On This Day

December 26

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1791 PITT SPLITS CANADA IN TWOLondon England – British PM William Pitt passes the Constitutional Act, dividing Quebec along the Ottawa River, into Upper and Lower Canada, each with a Lieutenant-Governor and a Legislature; Lower Canada keeps French civil law. The so-called ‘Canada Act’ gives colonies first powers to pass duties for revenue, a form of responsible government, but the governors and council retain the right to control revenue from the sale of Crown Lands, letting them bypass the Assembly.

Also On This Day...

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Canadian-escorted convoy ONS-154 loses 14 ships to German U-boats in mid-Atlantic; gets 32 to Britain by Dec. 30.


Also On This Day...

London England – General A.G.L. ‘Andy’ McNaughton 1887-1966 retires as commander of First Canadian Army; will become Minister of National Defence replacing J. L. Ralston. Here he is with Mackenzie King at Aldershot in 1942.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Jean-Baptiste Lagimodière 1778-1855
fur trader, born on this day at Trois-Rivières, Quebec in 1778; died at St-Boniface, Manitoba Sept. 07, 1855. Lagimodière first went west as a hunter and trapper in about 1800; 1806 married Marie-Anne Gaboury and took her to Red River; 1815 took despatches to Montreal for the Hudson’s Bay Company, informing Lord Selkirk of the dangerous situation in Red River; captured on his return near Fort William and held prisoner by the North West Company for 56 days; given a land grant across the river from Fort Garry; maternal grandfather of Louis Riel.Also Crawford Gordon 1914-1967
business executive, born on this day at Winnipeg in 1914; died at New York City Jan. 26, 1967. Gordon studied at McGill University; worked in the Department of Munitions and Supply during World War II; 1945 appointed C.D. Howe’s director of industrial reconversion; 1951 co-ordinator of production for the Department of Defence; 1951-59 President and general manager of A.V. Roe aircraft company at Malton, Ontario; improved production of Avro CF-100 fighter; presided over development of Avro CF-105, the Arrow, canceled by the Diefenbaker government in 1959.

Also Arnold Spohr 1927-
dancer, choreographer, director, born on this day at Rhein, Saskatchewan, in 1927. Spohr trained in London, England, New York City and Hollywood; 1945-54 danced with the Winnipeg Ballet until premises destroyed by fire; partnered Alicia Markova in London; 1957 interim director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet; 1958-88 Artistic Director; 1970 established professional division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School under David Moroni; trained such dancers as Evelyn Hart and David Peregrine.

Also Norm Ullman 1935-
NHL centre, was born on this day at Provost, Alberta, in 1935. Ullman broke into the NHL with Detroit in 1955; Punch Imlach acquired Ullman for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967-68 as part of a for Ullman, Paul Henderson and Floyd Smith in return for Frank Mahovlich, Pete Stemkowski, Garry Unger and the rights to Carl Brewer; Ullman moved to the WHA for his final two seasons, where he added another 47 goals and 83 assists before retiring in 1977; scored lifetime 490 goals, assisted on another 739 in his 20 NHL seasons.

Also Ronnie Prophet 1937-
country singer/guitarist, comedian, born on this day in 1937 at Hawkesbury, Ontario; raised on a farm in Calumet, Quebec. Prophet started performing in grade school; appeared on The Happy Wanderers Show on radio station CFRA in Ottawa in his teens; 1960s worked on club circuit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nashville, Tennessee, and The Bahamas; 1970s hosted two shows on CTV, Grand Ole Country and The Ronnie Prophet Show; hits include San Diego (1973), Sanctuary (1975), Shine On (1976), and Phantom of the Opry (1980); 1986 married his duet singer, Glory-Anne Carriere.

In Other Events…
1991 Toronto Ontario – Northwest Airlines buys 20 Dash 8 Series 100 aircraft from de Haviland for $190 million; division of Boeing Canada.
1990 Montreal Quebec – Doug Harvey 1924-1990 dies; born Dec 19, 1924. Harvey played defence for the Montreal Canadiens; he won the Norris Trophy as best NHL defenceman seven times.
1976 St. John’s Newfoundland – Nursing home fire kills 21 elderly residents.
1971 Cuba – Air Canada jet on flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto hijacked to Cuba.
1970 Ste-Foy, Quebec – Quebec suburb of Ste-Foy incorporated.
1960 Toronto Ontario – National Youth Orchestra Association meets for first time; concludes with New Year’s Eve concert at Massey Hall.
1934 Lévis Quebec – Joseph Bernier 1852-1934 dies, born on this day at L’Islet, Quebec on Jan 01, 1852. Captain of the government steamship Arctic, Bernier led expeditions into Canada’s Arctic between 1904 and 1911; July 1909 unveiled a plaque on Melville Island which officially claimed the Arctic Islands for Canada.
1908 Sydney Australia – Jack Johnson knocks out Canada’s Tommy Burns to win the world heavyweight boxing crown; police stopped the fight in the 14th round; Johnson the first black heavyweight champion; Burns, a Hanover, Ontario, native who weighed only 175 pounds, won the title with a 20-round decision over Marvin Hart at Los Angeles in 1906.
1901 Sydney, Nova Scotia – Guglielmo Marconi arrives in North Sydney from Newfoundland two weeks after he had received the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St. John’s Newfoundland; the Anglo-American Telegraph Company, owner of the undersea cable and holder of a monopoly of telegraphy in the province, notified him that it would take legal action unless he immediately ceased his wireless experiments and removed his equipment from Newfoundland. He confers with Nova Scotia Premier George Murray, William Smith of the Canadian Post Office, Mayor Mckenzie of North Sydney, and the Honourable J.N. Armstrong, a prominent local politician and member of the Nova Scotia cabinet. They urge him to set up shop in Cape Breton, and send him on to Ottawa two days later.
1887 Winnipeg: Manitoba – David Harrison sworn in as Premier of Manitoba; will resign on Jan. 19, 1888 after support evaporates.
1852 Liverpool England – New Brunswick-built ship Marco Polo arrives back from Melbourne, Australia in 140 days, a trip that usually took 240 days; declared the fastest ship in the world; 1883 wrecked when grounded in a gale off Cavendish, PEI.
1848 Longueuil Quebec – First train runs between Longueuil and St-Hyacinthe.
1823 St. John’s Newfoundland – Founding of Chamber of Commerce of St. John’s.
1727 France – Louis-François Duplessis de Mornay appointed Bishop of Quebec on death of Saint-Vallier; he never came to Canada.

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