On This Day

 December 23

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1900 CANADIAN SENDS WORLD'S FIRST VOICE COM BY RADIOBrant Rock, Massachusetts – Reginald Aubrey Fessenden 1866-1932, a Canadian wireless expert working for the US Weather Service, broadcasts the world’s first voice communications by AM (amplitude modulation) radio wave for a distance of 1.6 km between two 13 metre towers; asks his assistant, ‘Is it snowing where you are, Mr. Thiessen?’
[see also tomorrow, Dec 24, 1906]

Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – Jeanne Sauvé 1922-1993 appointed Canada’s first woman Governor General. Sauvé was born in Saskatchewan, brought up in Ottawa, was first elected to the Commons in 1972, was the first female French Canadian cabinet minister, and the first female Speaker of the House of Commons. After treatment for cancer, she was sworn in on May 14, 1984; she left Rideau Hall early in 1990 and died in January, 1993.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...


Yousuf Karsh 1908-
photographer, born on this day at Mardin, Armenia (Turkey) in 1908. He and his brother Malak grew up during the Armenian massacres, but were brought to Canada in 1924 by his uncle George Nakashian, a portrait photographer in Sherbrooke, Quebec; 1928-31 apprenticed with portrait photographer John Garo of Boston; 1932 opened his Chateau Laurier studio in Ottawa; 1941 photographed Winston Churchill with a scowl for cover of Life Magazine; one of the most famous images in history; other portraits include Robert Borden, Albert Einstein, Yuri Gagarin, Charles de Gaulle, Martha Graham, Ernest Hemingway, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Peter Lorre, Somerset Maugham, Georgia O’Keeffe, Grey Owl and Marshall McLuhan; 1987 sold his 1933-87 collection of negatives, prints and transparencies to the National Archives of Canada; June 1992 closed his studio in Ottawa to move near his wife’s physician in Boston. Here is his portrait, done by his brother Malak, also an Ottawa photographer.Also Jacques Cartier 1491-1557
navigator, born on about this day at St-Malo, France, in 1491; died there Sept. 01, 1557. Cartier led 3 voyages of exploration to the St Lawrence region in 1534, 1535-36 and 1541-42; discoverer of ‘Canada’, the region of Quebec he named during his 1535 voyage.

Also Arthur Roy Brown 1893-1944
fighter pilot, born on this day at Carleton Place, Ontario, in 1893; died at Stouffville, Ontario Mar. 09, 1944. Brown served as a flight commander with 209 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps and had 11 kills; involved in the April 21, 1918, shooting down of Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron; July 1918 injured in a flying accident and returned to Canada the following year.

Also Guy Beaulne 1921-
director, born on this day at Ottawa, son of the director of Le Groupe Beaulne, a theatre company. Beaulne studied arts, pedagogy and philosophy at the University of Ottawa; 1944 director of La Corporation des Diseurs in Le Caveau (1944-48); taught dramatics and elocution at U of O, studied phonetics at the Sorbonne; 1948-50 acted at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique under Denis d’Ins; 1950-63 radio and TV drama producer for Radio-Canada, where he created La Famille Plouffe on radio; 1963-70 head of artistic education at Quebec Department of Cultural Affairs; 1970-76 first director of the Grand Théâtre de Québec; 1976-79 Délégation générale du Québec in Paris; 1981-87 director of Montreal’s Conservatoire d’art dramatique.

Also Patrick Watson 1929-
TV producer and host, filmmaker, author, actor, born on this day at Toronto in 1929. Watson earned an MA from the University of Toronto; 1957 joined production staff of CBC’s ‘Close-Up’; 1960-64 produced the weekly ‘Inquiry’ from Ottawa; 1964-66 coproducer with Douglas Leiterman and cohost with John Drainie and Laurier LaPierre of ‘This Hour Has Seven Days’; 1975-81 host of ‘The Watson Report’ and the 10-part international coproduction ‘The Struggle for Democracy’; 1989-94 Chairman of the CBC; helped shepherd the corporation through budget cuts, station closings and the elimination of 1,100 jobs.

Also Corey Haim 1971-
movie actor, was born on this day at Toronto in 1971. Haim started his career playing Larry in the Edison Twins (1982), after which he went to Hollywood, where he has played in Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive and many other films. For a complete filmography, check out the Internet Movie Database.

In Other Events…
1992 Ottawa Ontario – CRTC approves $40.5 m sale of Maclean Hunter Hamilton TV station CHCH; to Shaw Cablesystems and WIC Western International Communications; also $308 m sale of Cablecasting Ltd. to Shaw Cablesystems of Edmonton; from controlling shareholder David Graham..
1991 Toronto Ontario – Grafton-Fraser to close 221 Jack Fraser, George Richards, Grafton & Co, Madison, Bimini stores; 1700 full and part time jobs.
1991 Quebec – Gallup Poll says support for sovereignty-association in Quebec has dropped to 47% from 61% in May 1990.
1977 Ottawa Ontario – Royal Canadian Mint postpones bringing in new, smaller pennies, after protests from owners of coin-operated vending machines.
1971 Ottawa Ontario – Parliament passes Capital Gains Tax, effective Jan. 1, 1972, ‘Valuation Day’.
1970 New York City – Canadian folksinger Joni Mitchell awarded her first gold record for her third album, Ladies of the Canyon; contained hit single ‘Big Yellow Taxi.’
1969 Quebec Quebec – Quebec government creates la Société d’exploitation des Loteries – Loto-Québec – to manage lotteries and off-track betting in the province.
1966 Ottawa Ontario – Royal Canadian Mint announces that dimes, quarters and 50-cent pieces will be struck from nickel instead of the more costly silver.
1966 Borden Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Premier W. Ross Thatcher 1917- announces that farm house where John Diefenbaker spent childhood will be moved; near Borden, Saskatchewan.
1964 Montreal Quebec – Anglican, Baptist, Greek Orthodox, Lutheran, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic churches agree to share pavilion at Expo ’67.
1963 Ottawa Ontario – Founding of National Centre for the Performing Arts in Ottawa; annual National Festival of the Arts starts in 1967.
1945 Toronto Ontario – Archbishop James Charles McGuigan 1894-1974 nominated Canada’s first non-French cardinal by Pius XII.
1944 Halifax, Nova Scotia – German submarine U-806 torpedoes Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS Clayoquot by the Halifax lightship; sinks on the 24th.
1900 Halifax Nova Scotia – William Dillon Otter 1843-1929 leads first Canadian contingent arrives back in Halifax from South Africa; completed Boer War service.
1869 Winnipeg Manitoba – Louis Riel 1844-1885 replaces John Bruce as President of the National Committee of Metis.
1855 St-Thomas Quebec – Opening of Grand Trunk Railroad from Lévis to St. Thomas.
1771 Montreal Quebec – Marie Marguerite d’Youville dies; founder of the Grey Nuns, she was declared venerable in 1890 and the first steps in her beatification were taken in 1955.
1615 Oro Ontario – Samuel de Champlain c1570-1635 leads defeated Huron war party back to Cahiagué after campaign against Iroquois across Lake Ontario.

<!– “Mon pays, ce n est pas un pays/ C’est l’hiver.”
Gilles Vigneault
Mon Pays
Song from NFB film, La neige a fondu sur Ia Manicouagan

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