On This Day

November 28

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1812 BRITISH AND CANADIANS BEAT BACK AMERICANSFort Erie Ontario – – British and Canadian militia drive back a second American attempt to cross Niagara River at Fort Erie; War of 1812.

Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – Canada grants $1 million and free passage to Canada to refugees from Hungarian Revolution against Communist rule. Here is a Hungarian refugee family arriving on a liner in Montreal.


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Quebec Quebec – Louis de Buade et de Palluau, Count Frontenac 1622-1698, soldier, Governor of New France, dies in the Château St-Louis at Quebec; born at St-Germain, France May 22, 1622; 1672 obtained governorship of Canada; 1682 recalled to France after quarrel with Intendant Jacques Duchesneau; 1689 reinstated as governor when the Iroquois Confederacy were attacking New France; 1696 commanded punitive expedition to destroy Oneida and Onondaga villages and crops; here he is preparing to go on the warpath; replaced by Louis de Callières.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Paul Shaffer 1949-
rock & roll keyboardist, actor, comic, band leader, was born at Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1949. Shaffer studied sociology at the University of Toronto while playing in bars and in jazz bands; 1972 musical director for the Toronto production of Godspell; part of the group Northern Lights who sang the song ‘Tears Are Not Enough’ which was on the We Are The World album.. He was a Saturday Night Live regular 1975-80 aka Don Kirshner; music director of the Blues Brothers; David Letterman’s sidekick & bandleader of The World’s Most Dangerous Band 1982-93 (NBC), then Paul Shaffer & the Party Boys of Rock ‘n Roll / …& the CBS Orchestra 1993-present.Also Noël Levasseur 1680-1740
sculptor, was born on this day at Quebec City in 1680; died there Aug. 12, 1740. Levasseur built the balustraded tabernacle at the chapel of the Hôpital-Général in Quebec (1722-23).

Also Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl 1851-1917
diplomat, was born on this day at St James’s Palace, London, Nov. 28, 1851; died at Howick, England, Aug. 29, 1917. Grey served as Governor General of Canada, 1904-11; donated the Grey Cup for football supremacy; also inaugurated music and drama festivals.

Also Cal Bricker 1884-
dentist, track athlete, was born on this day in Toronto in 1884. Bricker set a world long jump record of 24′ 1.5″ at the 1908 Olympic trials, a mark that stood for 27 years; took bronze at the 1908 Games in the long jump and placed fourth in the hop step and jump; 1912 won silver medal in hop step and jump at the Stockholm Olympics, just behind the US Olympic record breaker.

Also Carlyle Clare Agar 1901-1968
helicopter pioneer, founder of Okanagan Air Service, was born on this day at Lion’s Head, Ontario, in 1901; died at Victoria BC Jan. 27, 1968. Agar’s family moved to Edmonton in 1905; 1940 joined the RCAF; awarded an Air Force Cross for work as a flight teacher; 1947 flew first commercial helicopter to Canada, spraying Okanagan orchards with insecticide; 1949 airlifted construction material, equipment and personnel to the Palisade Lake Dam site; 1951 airlifted material to Aluminium Co of Canada’s Kemano dam and Kitimat smelter.

Also Lotta Hitschmanova 1909-
humanitarian, was born on this day at Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1909; founder, in July 1945, of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada (USC Canada), to help children in postwar Europe.

Also Ken Winters 1929-
music critic, broadcaster, was born on this day at Dauphin, Manitoba, in 1929. Winters has been a baritone soloist, organist, choir director, composer and teacher; 1956-66 music and dance critic of the Winnipeg Free Press; 1966-71 at the Toronto Telegram; 1981 co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada with Helmut Kallmann and Gilles Potvin; has appeared on CBC Radio from 1956 to the present.

Also Ramsay Cook 1931-
historian, was born on this day at Alameda, Saskatchewan, in 1931. Cook studied at the universities of Manitoba, Queen’s and Toronto; has taught at U of T and York; currently with U of T Press; works include John W. Dafoe and the Free Press (1963), Canada and the French Canadian Question (1966), The Maple Leaf Forever (1971) and The Regenerators (1985).

Also Ray Perkins 1932-
rhythm and blues Singer, of Crew Cuts, was born on this day in 1932.

Also Kevin Dineen 1963-
NHL right winger, was born on this day at Quebec City, in 1963; selected as an underage junior by the Hartford Whalers in the third round (56th pick overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft; traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Hartford Whalers for future considerations on Dec. 28, 1995; currently with Carolina Hurricanes.

Also Benoit Hogue 1966-
NHL right winger, was born on this day at Repentigny, Quebec, in 1966; selected as an underage junior by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft; traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs along with Randy Wood to the Dallas Stars for Dave Gagner and a 1996 or 1997 sixth-round draft pick on Jan 28, 1996; signed with Tampa Bay Lightning as free agent, July 29, 1998.

In Other Events…
1996 Montreal Quebec – Synchro swimmer Sylvie Fréchette joins the Cirque du Soleil as an artist-trainer; Barcelona gold medal winner; only athlete to receive seven perfect 10’s in solo at the 1991 World Aquatic Championships.
1993 Calgary Alberta – Ron Lancaster’s CFL Edmonton Eskimos beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33-23 to win 81st Grey Cup game.
1992 New York New York – CBC wins International Documentary of the Year Emmy Award for Fifth Estate show, To Sell A War; plus International Emmy Award in Performing Arts category for dance special Pictures on the Edge; co-produced with Rhombus Media of Toronto.
1988 Quebec Quebec – NHL Quebec Nordiques sold to local interests.
1983 Ottawa Ontario – Federal Court of Appeal rules Cabinet decision to allow US cruise missile testing in Canada did not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
1983 Beijing China – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- visits Beijing for 2 day meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Zhao Ziyang and Chairman Deng Xiaoping.
1982 Toronto Ontario – Hugh Campbell’s CFL Edmonton Eskimos beat Toronto Argonauts 32-16 to win 70th Grey Cup game.
1979 Uniondale, NY – New York Islanders’ Billy Smith the first NHL goaltender to score; his team 4-3 lost to Colorado.
1978 Quebec – Bill 101 declared Ultra Vires.
1976 Toronto Ontario – George Brancato’s CFL Ottawa Roughriders beat Saskatchewan Rough Riders 23-20 to win 64th Grey Cup game.
1975 Montreal Quebec – Ottawa acquires assets of aircraft manufacturer Canadair Ltd. of Montreal.
1974 Annapolis Nova Scotia – Ottawa to fund $3 million feasibility study of harnessing Bay of Fundy tides for electric power.
1971 Vancouver BC – Jim Duncan’s CFL Calgary Stampeders defeat Toronto Argonauts 14-11 to win 59th Grey Cup game.
1970 Montreal Quebec – FLQ terrorists Jacques Cossette, Jacques Lanctôt, Marc Charbonneau and Pierre Séguin allowed to leave for Cuba after they hand over British trade commissioner James Cross.
1970 Toronto Ontario – Sam Etcheverry’s CFL Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders 23-10 to win 58th Grey Cup game.
1964 Toronto Ontario – Dave Skrien’s CFL British Columbia Lions beat Hamilton Tiger Cats 34-24 to win 52nd Grey Cup game.
1959 Toronto Ontario – Bud Grant’s CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger Cats 21-7 to win 47th Grey Cup game.
1953 Toronto Ontario – CFL Hamilton Tiger Cats beat Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12-6 to win 41st Grey Cup game.
1950 Columbo Sri Lanka – Canada to join other Commonwealth nations in Columbo Plan; to aid newly-independent India, Pakistan, Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
1948 Asbestos Quebec – 2,000 workers at Johns-Manville plant in Asbestos start strike that will last two years, to 1950; joined by 2,500 workers from Thetford Mines.
1945 Manitoulin Island, Ontario – Manitoulin Island gets permanent highway bridge linking it with the rest of Ontario; end of ferry service except from Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula.
1944 Antwerp Netherlands – First Canadian convoy reaches newly opened port of Antwerp after the channel is cleared of mines, and after capture of the island of Walcheren at the mouth; Canadians first attacked the causeway on October 31.
1939 Lawrence, Kansas – Dr. James Naismith dies at age 78; born at Almonte, Ont. Nov. 6, 1861; invented basketball in 1891, while working at the YMCA International Training School at Springfield, Mass.
1935 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings skate to a 0-0 tie.
1934 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Symphony Orchestra gives first performance.
1925 Montreal Quebec – NHL goalie Georges Vézina collapses in a game; dies of tuberculosis 4 months later; tended goal for the Canadiens 1910-25 without missing a game; Canadiens donated the Vézina Trophy to the NHL in his honour.
1916 London England – George Halsey Perley 1857-1938 appointed Minister of Overseas Military Forces for Canada; High Commissioner in London
1907 Sydney Nova Scotia – Dial telephones first used at Sydney Mines; possibly first dial telephones in Canada
1906 Los Angeles California – Canadian pugilist Tommy Burns fights to a grueling 20 round draw against Jack O’Brien in a heavyweight boxing match.
1888 Port Edward BC – North Pacific Canning Company gets charter; builds salmon cannery in Port Edward, 740 km north of Vancouver, at the mouth of the Skeena River; closed in 1981; today a museum.
1902 Quebec Quebec – Quebec Symphony Orchestra gives its first performance, in Tara Hall; under the baton of Joseph Vézina.
1887 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Bell Telephone sells majority holdings in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to Nova Scotia Telephone Co.
1885 Ottawa Ontario – Cabinet orders creation of Banff Hot Springs Reserve (today, Banff National Park); consisting of 10 square miles on the northern slopes of Sulphur Mountain surrounding three hot springs.
1877 Quebec Quebec – Wilfrid Laurier first elected to the House of Commons as MP for the riding of Quebec East.
1871 Winnipeg Manitoba – Opening of telegraph service from Winnipeg to the border to Pembina, and the outside world.
1857 Kingston Ontario – Dissolution of the 5th Parliament of United Canada.
1852 Montreal Quebec – Ludger Duvernay dies; founder of the St Jean Baptiste Society.
1844 Montreal Quebec – Opening of the 1st session of the 2nd Parliament of United Canada.
1838 Kingston Ontario – John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891 acts as legal counsel to Nils von Schoultz and other republican rebel prisoners taken at Prescott after the Battle of the Windmill.
1838 Montreal Quebec – Court martial established at Montreal to try Patriote rebels and the Frères Chasseurs.
1837 St-Mathias, Quebec – Edouard-Élizée Malhiot leads Patriote rebels in skirmish against Wetherall’s British troops; two killed at Pointe-Olivier; most have fled on hearing of the defeat at St-Charles.
1822 Ontario – Mississaugas cede 1,112,100 hectares in Hastings, Addington, Frontenac, Lanark, Carleton and Renfrew counties; 2,748,000 acres
1797 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario – North West Company starts to build Sault Ste. Marie Canal; completed in 1801; destroyed by Americans in 1812
1795 Quebec Quebec – Presentation of Molière’s ‘Le Festin de Pierre’ at Quebec.
1795 Montreal Quebec – Presentation of Molière’s ‘Le Médecin malgré lui’ at Montreal.

Today in Canadian History is written, compiled, edited and produced by Ottawa Researchers © 1984-2002.

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