On This Day

December 28

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1795 SIMCOE TO BUILD YONGE STREETToronto Ontario – Upper Canada Governor John Graves Simcoe orders start to building of 80 km highway from town of York to Lake Simcoe; to be used as a portage road for the North West Company, and as a military route to protect Upper Lake Huron; completed in April, 1796, and named for Sir George Yonge, then British Secretary of State for War.

Also On This Day...

Montreal Quebec – Paul Rose 1938-, his brother Jacques Rose 1942-, and Francis Simard 1943- captured at 4;30 am in tunnel under farmhouse near Montreal; suspected FLQ terrorists, kidnappers and murderers of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. Here is the Montreal Police mug shot of Paul Rose


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld 1903-1969
track and field athlete, sportswriter. born on this day in Russia in 1903; brought up in Barrie, Ont.; died in Toronto Nov. 14 1969. In 1925 Rosenfeld was the sole entry from the St. Pats Athletic Club at the Ontario Ladies Track and Field meet in Toronto but won enough points to win the team title single handedly; held Canadian records in running and standing broad jump and discus; joint holder of 100 yard world record of 11 seconds; 1928 won the silver medal in the 100m sprint at the Amsterdam Olympic Games, the first Olympiad where women first competed; key member of Canada’s gold medal winning 400m Relay team that set a new world record time of 48.2 seconds.Also John Molson 1763-1836
brewer, banker, steamship owner, born on this day at Spalding, England, in 1763; died at Ile Ste-Marguerite, Quebec, Jan. 11, 1836. Molson was an orphan; 1782 immigrated to Canada; 1786 used legacy to buy a small brewery in Montreal; 1816 took three sons into partnership as John Molson and Sons; moved into banking and lumbering; 1809 built the steamboat Accomodation at Montreal with an engine constructed at the Forges St-Maurice; 1821 built Canada’s first distillery; financed the Champlain & St. Lawrence Railway, Canada’s first; 1816-20 MLA Lower Canada; 1826 President of the Bank of Montreal ; 1832 member of the Legislative Council of Lower Canada.

Also John Ross Robertson 1841-1918
newspaper publisher, born on this day at Toronto in 1841; died there May 31, 1918. Robertson studied at Upper Canada College; founded the Evening Telegram newspaper; published several volumes of Landmarks of Toronto and Canada and left his collection of Canadiana to the Toronto Public Library.

Also Calixa Lavallée 1842-1891
composer, pianist, teacher, born on this day at Verchères, Quebec, in 1842, the son of Augustin Lavallée, a woodcutter and blacksmith, who became an instrument repairman, bandleader and music teacher; moved family to St-Hyacinthe to work for organ-builder Joseph Casavant; died at Boston, Massachusetts, Jan. 21, 1891. Lavallée played the organ in the cathedral at age eleven; studied in Montreal, then left for the US in 1857 and toured South America, the West Indies and Mexico with famous Spanish violinist Olivera; 1863 returned to Verchères to teach like his father; joined the Northern army as a band Lieutenant during the American Civil War; Jan. 24, 1864 gave a recital at the Theatre Royal in Montreal playing piano, violin and cornet; 1865-72 lived and composed operettas in the US; 1873-75 studied piano and composition in Paris; 1975 settled in Montreal; failed in attempts to found a conservatory; June 1880; composed O Canada for the National Congress of French Canadians held in Quebec City, with words by Judge A.B. Routhier; 1881 his comic opera The Widow presented in New Orleans.

Also Lou Jacobi 1913-
actor, was born on this day at Toronto in 1913. Jacobi has played in almost 30 movies; he was also a regular on the Dean Martin Show 1971-1973.

Also Eric Nicol 1919-
journalist, humorist, playwright, born on this day at Kingston, Ontario, Dec. 28, 1919; grew up in Vancouver. Nicol’s columns in the Vancouver Province were collected in Girdle Me a Globe (1957, Leacock Medal for Humour); other works include Vancouver (1970), A Scar is Born (1968), The Joy of Hockey (1978).

Also Bruno Bobak 1923-
artist, arts administrator, born on this day at Wawelowska, Poland in 1923. Bobak was commissioned Canada’s youngest official war artist in 1944; trained with Carl Schaefer; 1947-59 worked in BC; 1962 director of the Art Centre at the University of New Brunswick.

Also Moe Koffman 1928-
flautist, saxophonist, born on this day at Toronto in 1928. Koffman started his career as a saxophonist with Toronto dance bands; 1950-55 worked in the US with Sonny Dunham, Jimmy Dorsey and others; 1957-58 had an international hit with his Swinging Shepherd Blues; his quartet or quintet a fixture at George’s Spaghetti House in Toronto; soloed with Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass; 1982 started touring with Dizzy Gillespie.

Also Terry Sawchuck 1929-1970
NHL goaltender, was born on this day at Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1929; died accidentally in New York City May 31, 1970, in a scuffle with a teammate. Sawchuck played junior hockey at Winnipeg and Galt, Ont.; 1947 turned pro with Omaha; 1950 joined the Detroit Red Wings; 1951 Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year; 1952 led Detroit to the Stanley Cup in a minimum eight games, collecting four shutouts and allowing only five goals; Vezina Trophy as best goalie three times in his first five years, and again in 1965 as a Toronto Maple Leaf. He was in nets for the Leafs in their 1967 Stanley Cup win; compiled NHL record 103 shutouts.

Also Henry Vernon ‘Harry’ Howell 1932-
NHL defenseman, born on this day at Hamilton, Ontario in 1932. Howell played 25 professional seasons, and played in 1,581 games – 1,411 in the NHL and 170 in the World Hockey Association – more than any other pro defenseman. 1952 joined the New York Rangers; 1966-67 Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s leading defenseman; 1969 traded to California (later Oakland); 1973 to Los Angeles Kings; later played and coached WHA teams in New York, New Jersey, San Diego; 1975 retired after playing 31 games with Calgary Cowboys of the WHA.

Also David Peterson 1943-
lawyer, politician, businessman, born on this day at Toronto in 1943; grew up in London, Ont. Peterson studied at the universities of Western Ontario and Toronto; 1969 joined family electronics firm; 1975 MLA for London Centre; 1982 elected Liberal leader; May 02, 1985 defeated Progressive Conservatives under Frank Miller, ending 42 years of PC rule in Ontario; Premier of Liberal minority government with 2 year NDP guarantee of support for reform legislation; Sept. 10, 1987 won majority; Sept 1990 lost to Bob Rae’s NDP in upset after calling snap election; 1991 retired from politics to became a partner in a Toronto law firm.

Also Raymond Bourque 1960-
NHL defenseman, born on this day at Montreal in 1960. Bourque played junior with Sorel and Verdun; 1979 drafted by the Boston Bruins as their 1st choice, 8th overall; 1979-80 Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie; 5 time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman.

Also Michelle Cameron 1962-
synchronized swimmer, was born on this day at Calgary Alberta in 1962. Cameron began the sport in 1976 with the Calgary Aquabelles. From 1981 to 1988, they won 6 of 8 national championships. In the 1988 Olympics, she and Carolyn Waldo won a Gold Medal in the duet event.

Also Jamie Storr 1975-
NHL goaltender, born on this day at Brampton, Ontario; selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (seventh pick overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft; played for the Toronto Planets in the 1993 Roller Hockey International playoffs.

Also Rob Niedermayer 1975-
NHL centre, born on this day at Cassiar, British Columbia; selected by the Florida Panthers in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft; missed 10 games with concussion and 16 with post-concussion syndrome in 1997-98, ending season.

In Other Events…
1996 Quebec Quebec – Newspaper Le Soleil de Québec celebrates its 100th anniversary.
1980 Ottawa Ontario – Pierre Trudeau gives year-end interview on CTV; says if Canada breaks up as a result of his constitutional proposals, it’s ‘not worth holding together.’
1977 Colorado Springs, Colorado – Pierre Trudeau tours headquarters of NORAD, the North American Air Defence Command.
1967 Toronto Ontario – Reopening of 116-year old St. Lawrence Hall, renovated as a Centennial project.
1964 Boston Massachusetts – Canadian composers Marion Grudeff and Ray Jessel premiere their musical ‘Baker Street’ in the US after revisions and two week run in Toronto; opens on Broadway Feb. 1965.
1944 Montreal Quebec – Canadiens’ right winger Maurice Richard the first player in NHL history to score eight points in one game, with 5 goals and 3 assists in a 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings; Leafs’ Darryl Sittler breaks the record with 10 points on Feb. 7, 1976.
1943 Ortona Italy – Canadians enter the medieval town of Ortona after a week of battling enemy paratroopers in house to house fighting; Germans moved out quickly the night before when they were in danger of being cut off.
1929 Aklavik NWT – Wilfred Wop May 1896-1952 flies first official air mail north to Aklavik.
1891 Hull Quebec – Ottawa and Gatineau Valley Railway opens a line to LaPeche (Wakefield); Canadian Pacific will complete the line to Maniwaki Jan. 08, 1904.
1876 Montreal Quebec – Grand Trunk Railway engine drivers go on strike for the first time.
1859 Winnipeg Manitoba – William Coldwell and William Buckingham publish first issue of The Nor’Wester at Fort Garry; first newspaper in Red River Settlement; the former reporters on the Toronto Globe bought a hand press in St. Paul, Minnesota, which they transported to Red River by ox cart.
1857 Kamloops British Columbia – Governor James Douglas 1803-1877 issues proclamation regulating new gold mines in Kamloops, Ashcroft and Vernon areas; proclaims Crown’s control of mineral rights; requires BC mining licenses.
1857 Montreal Quebec – Thomas D’Arcy McGee elected MLA for Montreal West.
1837 Toronto Ontario – Upper Canada Governor Francis Bond Head 1793-1875 approves raising of six regiments of incorporated militia to head off potential rebellion.
1814 Quebec – Gordon Drummond 1771-1854 appointed administrator of Lower Canada; serves from May 4, 1815 to May 21, 1816.

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