On This Day

December 04

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1909 U of T WINS FIRST GREY CUP GAMEToronto Ontario – The University of Toronto beats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6, in the 1st Grey Cup game, before 3,807 fans. The Governor General, Earl Grey, donated the trophy for the Canadian football championship. Three years later, the first western team to play in the championship was the Edmonton Eskimos, of the Western Canada Rugby Football Union. College teams stopped competing in 1936.

Also On This Day...

Toronto Ontario – Ontario goes dry, brings in prohibition by 199,749 votes; with 103,542 opposed; under Ontario Liquor Referendum Act. Here’s a photo of police smashing whiskey barrels at an illegal bar in Elk Lake, Ontario.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Roberta Lynn Bondar 1945-
neurobiologist, astronaut, was born on this day at Sault St. Marie, Ontario. Bondar was the first Canadian woman astronaut in space. After a career as a neurobiologist, she joined the Canadian Space Program in 1983 and trained with NASA in Houston for three years before serving on the space shuttle Discovery as payload specialist on the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission in January, 1992. She was recently appointed Science Advisor to the Chrétien government.Also William Fenwick Williams 1800-1883
soldier, was born on this day at Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, in 1800; died at London, England, July 26, 1883. Williams entered the British Arm as a young man; 1855 led the heroic defence of Kars against Russia during the Crimean War while on loan to the Turkish army; 1859-65, Commander in Chief in BNA; prepared defenses against possible US invasion during the American Civil War; 1865-67 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Also Richard Cartwright 1835-1912
financier, politician, was born on this day at Kingston, Ontario, in 1835, the grandson of loyalist Richard Cartwright; died there Sept. 24, 1912. Cartwright was educated at Trinity College, Dublin; continued his family interests in finance, transport, real estate, mining and manufacturing; 1863-1904 MLA and MP for Kingston and other ridings; 1869 broke with Macdonald government and sat as an independent; 1873 joined the Liberal Party; 1873-78 Mackenzie’s Minister of Finance; 1896-1911 Laurier’s Minister of Trade and Commerce; 1904-12 Senator.

Also Mark Robson 1913-1978
movie actor, director, writer, producer, was born on this day at Montreal in 1913; died in Los Angeles June 20, 1978. Robson directed a number of films in the 1940s and 1950s; for details, consult the Internet Movie Database.

Also Alex Delvecchio 1931-
NHL centre, was born on this day at Fort William, Ontario, in 1931. Delvecchio played for the Oshawa Generals then moved to the Detroit Red Wings, where he played for 24 seasons; 1962-1973 Captain; 1952, 1954 and 1955 Stanley Cup; 1959, 1966, 1969 Lady Bing Trophy winner, with only 383 regular-season penalty minutes in his career; had total 486 goals and 825 assists in 1548 games, plus 35 goals and 69 assists in playoffs; retired Nov. 09, 1973.

Also Donnelly Rhodes 1937-
movie and TV actor, was born on this day in 1921 at Winnipeg Manitoba. Rhodes studied at the Manitoba Theatre Center and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School in Montreal. After his stage debut as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, he worked as a bit player at Universal Pictures – he was a gunslinger in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). He also played the suave Phillip Chancellor Sr. on the TV soap The Young and the Restless (1973-76), then landed the role of veterinarian Dr. Grant Roberts on the Vancouver-based family series Danger Bay (1984).

Also Anna McGarrigle 1944-
singer, songwriter, was born on this day at Montreal in 1944. McGarrigle and her sister Kate 1946- started playing in coffee houses and colleges in the early 1960s; Kate moved to New York in 1970, but they reunited in 1975; albums include Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1976), Dancer With Bruised Knees (1977), Pronto Monto (1978), French Record – Entre Lajeunesse et la sagesse (1981), Love Over and Over (1982), Heartbeats Accelerating (1990); Matapedia (1996) and The McGarrigle Hour (1998); Linda Ronstadt recorded her song ‘Heart Like a Wheel’, as well as Kate’s ‘(Talk to Me of) Mendocino’; the duo have been called ‘the finest singer-songwriter team ever to go ignored by the American public’ (J. D. Considine in the Rolling Stone Album Guide).

Also Jassen Cullimore 1972-
NHL defenseman, was born on this day at Simcoe, Ontario, in 1972; selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round (29th pick overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft; currently with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In Other Events…
1996 Scottsdale Arizona – Wilf Carter dies at age 91; born in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, son of a Baptist minister; Canadian country music legend.
1995 United Nations New York – Brian Tobin signs UN Treaty on migrating fish stocks; Fisheries Minister wants to protect Grand Bank stocks outside Canada’s jurisdiction.
1991 Toronto Ontario – Bombardier buys rail transit maker UTDC Inc. from Ontario government for $17 million; will save 860 jobs in Kingston and Thunder Bay.
1990 Toronto Ontario – CTV show ENG, a newsroom drama, wins 1990 Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series; ‘Love and Hate’ wins for best dramatic mini series (Thatcher murder saga); Jackie Burroughs wins for best lead actress in a continuing dramatic role; Art Hindle wins for best lead actor in continuing role; Frank Mankiewicz wins for best director in miniseries; for Love and Hate; Michelle St. John wins for best lead actress in a miniseries; Kenneth Welsh wins for best lead actor (Love and Hate); Where The Spirit Lives wins for best TV movie; about native residential schools; awarded by Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Arts.
1987 Quebec Quebec – Ron Lapointe appointed head coach of the NHL Nordiques, replacing André Savard.
1974 Washington DC – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- visits Washington for talks with US President Gerald Ford.
1973 Ottawa Ontario – Trudeau government passes bill outlawing wiretapping and other forms of electronic surveillance except by police forces.
1973 USA – Alfred Carl Fuller 1885-1973 dies at age 88; born in Nova Scotia Jan 13, 1885; manufacturer, marketer, founder of the Fuller Brush Co.
1972 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa starts 3-year $350 million program to help provinces and municipalities create jobs; plus extra $150 million for federal job-creation programs.
1970 Montreal Quebec – British Trade Commissioner James Cross finally released in return for safe passage to Cuba for his FLQ kidnappers; three weeks later, Pierre Laporte’s suspected kidnappers, Paul and Jacques Rose and Francis Simard, are arrested south of Montreal.
1970 Montreal Quebec – Claude Ruel resigns as head coach of the NHL Canadiens.
1969 Montreal Quebec – Power Corporation sells three media properties: CKAC, CHLT and CHLT-TV.
1967 Cap-de-la-Madeleine Quebec – FLQ terrorists steal $9,000 worth of firearms and munitions from a store in Cap-de-la-Madeleine.
1957 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs skate to a 0-0 draw.
1950 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa and the provinces hold a conference on Canada’s fiscal problems.
1950 Chinnampo Korea – Royal Canadian Navy Captain J.V. Brock in command of the six UN destroyers of Task Element, receives an order to help prepare for a withdrawal from Inchon; in HMCS Cayuga, Brock leads his destroyers – three Canadian ships, two Australian and one American – 32 km up the narrow Taedong River at night to Chinnampo, the port of Pyongyang; the channel is seeded with North Korean mines and two ships run aground and turn back for repairs; Dec. 05, at Chinnampo, the force guards the evacuating troops against enemy attack, then starts shelling the port to destroy railway lines, docks and huge supplies of strategic materials which had to be left behind; Dec. 06 all ships clear of the river.
1944 Moro River Italy – The 1st Canadian Infantry Division reaches the Moro River after taking control of the bridgehead on the Sangro River.
1937 Canada – Canadian department stores display Dionne quintuplet dolls; Shirley Temple dolls still remain the favourite choice for Christmas.
1926 Toronto Ontario – Ottawa Senators beat the University of Toronto, 10-7, in the 14th Grey Cup game.
1920 Toronto Ontario – University of Toronto beats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3, in the 8th Grey Cup game.
1914 Ottawa Ontario – W.F. Taylor of Winnipeg founding president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association; mandate to promote hockey, and an amateur code; the CAHA manages the Allan Cup and will introduce the Memorial Cup for junior hockey in 1919.
1909 Montreal Quebec – J. Ambrose O’Brien founds the Canadian Athletic Club, as a founding member of the NHA; the uniform is a navy blue sweater with white narrow bands at the shoulders connected to a band across the chest, with a white ‘C’ in the centre of the chest band; in 1917 will be a founding member of the NHL, as the Club de Hockey Canadien (CHC).
1905 Quebec Quebec – Fans in Quebec riot after Sara Bernhardt performance.
1885 Montreal Quebec – Memorial mass for Louis Riel held in Montreal.
1884 Calgary Alberta – First meeting of Calgary’s Town Council held in Boynton Hall. Mayor George Murdock, and councillors S.J. Clarke, N.J. Lindsay, J.H. Milward and S.J. Hogg pass several motions; adopt railway time, approve design for Corporation Seal, petition NWT government for power to issue licenses and retain the proceeds.
1866 London England – Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick delegates meet Imperial government in London to draw up an act uniting the provinces of British North America, much discussion over Section 93, which protected separate schools in Quebec and Ontario, but not in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick; London conference lasts until Dec. 24.
1856 Ottawa Ontario – Government permits free transit of goods in bond through Canada to and from US destinations.
1838 Windsor Ontario – John Prince 1796-1879 leads Essex Militia in rout of 400 American raiders at the Battle of Windsor; four invaders executed.
1837 St-Hyacinthe Quebec – Lt-Col Charles Gore leads British troops into St-Hyacinthe from St-Charles.
1837 Toronto Ontario – John Rolph & Samuel Lount assemble rebel force at Montgomery’s Tavern on Yonge Street in Hogg’s Hollow.
1825 Quebec Quebec – Mgr. Octave Plessis dies at Quebec; replaced by Mgr. Panet ad Bishop of Quebec on Dec. 10.
1674 Chicago Illinois – Jacques Marquette 1637-1675 reaches Chicago River and winters on the site of Chicago, a name the local Indians give to a variety of wild onion.
1651 Montreal Quebec – Play Heraclitus performed at Montreal.
1615 New York State – Samuel de Champlain c1570-1635 leads defeated Huron war party back to Cahiagué in Huronia; arrives Dec. 23.

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


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