On This Day

December 02

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1933 NEWFOUNDLAND GOES BUSTSt. John’s Newfoundland- Newfoundland gives up self-governing Dominion status and suspends constitution; caused by disastrous financial situation.

Also On This Day...

Winnipeg Manitoba – Audrey McLaughlin 1936- elected national leader of the NDP, succeeding Ed Broadbent. NDP also retract support of Meech Lake Accord. McLaughlin won Yukon seat in 1987 by-election; first New Democrat MP elected in the Yukon; 1988 reelected, NDP caucus chair.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

M. J. Coldwell 1888-1974
teacher, politician, CCF founder, was born on this day at Seaton, England; died in Ottawa Aug 25, 1974. Coldwell emigrated to Canada as a teacher in 1910; 1924-34 leader in teachers’ organizations and Regina alderman; 1932 leader of the Saskatchewan provincial Farmer-Labour Party; 1934 defeated in quest for seat; 1935-58 MP for Rosetown-Biggar; 1939 disagreed with leader JS Woodsworth, a pacifist, on the declaration of war; 1942-62 succeeded Woodsworth as CCF leader, heading the party in 5 general elections; 1945 member of the Canadian delegation at the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco. Here he is [right] with fellow national party leaders George Drew and Louis St-Laurent.Also Jean-Charles Chapais 1811-1885
businessman, politician, Father of Confederation, was born on this day at Rivière-Ouelle, Quebec, in 1811; died at Ottawa July 17, 1885. A merchant from St-Denis de Kamouraska, Chapais served as MLA for Kamouraska 1851-67; 1867 elected both provincially and federally; lost both seats due to voting irregularities, but won Champlain riding by acclamation; 1867-69 Minister of Agriculture; 1868 appointed to the Senate; 1869-73 Receiver General.

Also George Stewart 1890-1985
engineer, business executive, was born on this day at Winnipeg in 1890; died at Toronto Mar. 21, 1985. Stewart studied engineering from McGill; joined Imperial Oil at its Sarnia, Ontario, refinery as a draughtsman; 1918 built Imperial refinery at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; 1931 superintendent of Sarnia refinery; 1934 GM of refining operations; 1944-55 served as a director, president and chairman of Esso.

Also Louis-Marcel Raymond 1915-1972
botanist, was born on this day at St-Jean, Quebec, in 1915; died at Montreal Aug. 23, 1972. Raymond was educated at l’Université de Montréal; 1943 joined Brother Marie-Victorin at the Jardin Botanique; 1970 retired at age 54; wrote over 240 scientific works and another 500 literary articles on botany and history.

Also Bill McCreary 1934-
NHL referee, was born on this day in 1934; formerly played for New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues.

Also Francis Fox 1939-
lawyer, politician, was born on this day at Montreal in 1939. Fox studied at Jean-de-Brébeuf College and the universities of Montreal, Harvard and Oxford; 1972 entered politics as a Liberal; served in Trudeau cabinets as Solicitor General, Secretary of State and Minister of Communications; helped create Telefilm Canada; 1994 sat on Ottawa’s Information Highway Task Force.

Also Ron Sutter 1963-
NHL centre, was born on this day at Viking, Alberta, in 1963; selected as an underage junior by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (fourth pick overall) of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft; traded by the Quebec Nordiques with 1994 first-round draft pick (Brett Lindros) to the New York Islanders for Uwe Krupp and 1994 first-round draft pick (Wade Belak) on June 28, 1994; currently with San Jose Sharks. One of the five Sutter brothers; three have served as NHL team captains (Brian, St. Louis, 1979-88; Darryl, Chicago, 1982-87 and Brent, Islanders, 1987-91); Duane and Brent also played for the Islanders.

Also Kelly Buchberger 1966-
NHL right winger, was born on this day at Langenburg, Saskatchewan, in 1966; selected as an underage junior by the Edmonton Oilers in the ninth round (188th pick overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Also Sergei Zholtok 1972-
NHL Centre, was born on this day at Riga, Latvia; selected by the Boston Bruins in the third round (56th pick overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft; 1996 signed as a free agent by the Ottawa Senators; picked up by Montreal Canadiens Sept. 1998.

In Other Events…
1997 Montreal Quebec – Pierre Péladeau dies of a heart attack; founding Chairman of media giant Québécor.
1996 Quebec Quebec – Lucien Bouchard sworn in as Quebec Premier, replacing Jacques Parizeau.
1996 Ottawa Ontario – Michel Gauthier resigns as interim leader of the Bloc québécois; later replaced by Gilles Duceppe in a convention vote.
1995 Montreal Quebec – Patrick Roy resigns from the Montreal Canadiens; suspended the following day by General Manager Réjean Houle; later traded to Colorado Avalanche.
1993 North America – National Hockey League referees go back to work after walkout.
1991 Ottawa Ontario – Canada recognizes newly independent state of Ukraine.
1991 Montreal Quebec – National Bank of Canada buys Central Guaranty Trust’s branches east of Ontario for $50 million; 48 retail branches plus $3.5 billion in deposits and loans.
1985 Quebec – Robert Bourassa 1933-1996, with the slogan ‘la force de l’expérience’, leads the Liberals back to power in Quebec after 9 years of PQ rule, defeating René Lévesque’s successor Pierre-Marc Johnson with 56% of the vote and 99 seats; loses his own riding of Bertrand, but subsequently elected (Jan. 20) in the riding of St Laurent; puts forward list of five demands as Quebec’s conditions for signing the Constitution. Bourassa was re-elected leader of the Liberals in the fall of 1983, replacing Claude Ryan.
1981 Ottawa Ontario – House of Commons votes 246 to 24 to patriate British North America Act from Britain; with amending formula and Charter of Rights.
1973 Montreal Quebec – Rock group The Who and some pals are jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of hotel damage, after a show at the Montreal Forum. The incident is later profiled in the John Entwistle song, Cell Block Number Seven. (1973)
1972 Toronto Ontario – Jerry Williams’ Hamilton Tiger-Cats beat Saskatchewan, 13-10, in 60th CFL Grey Cup game.
1971 Oslo Norway – Canada signs fishing and sealing agreements with Norway; end of Norway’s right to fish within Canada; seal harvest split between Canada and Norway.
1970 Montreal Quebec – James Cross discovered, as police surround house where is held captive; British Trade Commissioner in Montreal kidnapped by FLQ terrorists.
1969 Copenhagen Denmark – Canada, US, Denmark and USSR set up permanent secretariat to deal with problems of the Inuit.
1967 Toronto Ontario – Ralph Sazio’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 24-1, in the 55th CFL Grey Cup game.
1963 London England – Queen Elizabeth II speaks by phone to Prime Ministers of Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to inaugurate new 24,140 km COMPAC, the Commonwealth Pacific Cable System, multi-channel multipurpose cable; event broadcast live on CBC-TV.
1963 Glace Bay Nova Scotia – Industry Minister Charles ‘Bud’ Drury 1912- announces heavy water plant, necessary for CANDU reactor, at Glace Bay.
1961 Toronto Ontario – Bud Grant’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger Cats 21-14 in overtime in the CFL’s first OT Grey Cup game.
1960 Quebec Quebec – Provincial premiers meet at first Interprovincial Conference of Premiers; discuss national cooperation at provincial level.
1960 Ottawa Ontario – Parliament passes Act halting national rail strike; continues rail service until May 15.
1959 Toronto Ontario – Murray Ross 1910- appointed first President of York University in Toronto; Ontario’s 10th university.
1949 London England – British Parliament gives Canada the power to make changes to the British North America Act 1867.
1942 Ottawa Ontario – William Lyon Mackenzie King 1874-1950 proposes new world order based on human rights and universal rule of law.
1942 Germany – Canadian bomber crew get key data on German airborne radar; prelude to big bomber offensive; return badly shot up.
1922 Toronto Ontario – Queen’s University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1, in the 10th Grey Cup game.
1907 Los Angeles, California – Tommy Burns from Hanover, Ontario, KOs Gunner Moir to retain the world heavyweight boxing title. Burns was the smallest champion ever, at only 162 lbs and 5’7″; captured the crown from Marvin Hart Feb. 23, 1906.
1893 Montreal Quebec – Lord Aberdeen, Governor General of Canada, officially opens the Royal Victoria Hospital.
1881 Quebec – J-A Chapleau re-elected Premier of Quebec.
1881 Montreal Quebec – Bomb discovered in the Palais de Justice in Montreal.
1853 Victoria BC – David Cameron 1804-1872 appointed first Chief Justice of new Supreme Court of Vancouver Island; founded by Governor James Douglas.
1841 Montreal Quebec – Arrival of the first priests of the Oblate Order (Oblats de Marie) in Montreal.
1837 Toronto Ontario – John Rolph advances date of Upper Canada coup to December 4, causes confusion among the rebels.
1837 St-Denis, Quebec – Lt-Col. Gore returns to St-Denis after earlier standoff by the Patriote rebels; troops sack and burn the village; heads to St-Charles the following day, then to St-Hyacinthe.
1615 Quebec Quebec – Father Jean Dolbeau departs from Quebec to minister to the Montagnais.

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


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