On This Day

December 29

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1967 PARLIAMENT VOTES TO END DEATH PENALTYOttawa Ontario – Parliament drops death penalty for murder, except policemen or prison guards; for five-year trial period.

Also On This Day...

Buffalo, New York – Royal Navy Commander Andrew Drew 1792-1878 and a group of Canadian militiamen cross the Niagara River to Fort Schlosser, and capture the American supply steamer Caroline used by William Lyon Mackenzie and his rebels on Navy Island; they set the ship ablaze, cut her adrift and send her toward Niagara Falls; incident almost causes war between Britain and US. Legend says she went over the Falls, as in this picture.


Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – John Young, Baron Lisgar 1807-1876 appointed Governor General; serves from Feb. 2, 1869 to June 21, 1872


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Nels Stewart 1900-1957
NHL hockey centre, born on this day at Montreal in 1900; died at Toronto Aug. 21, 1957. Stewart played for the Montreal Maroons from 1925 to 1932, on the S line between Babe Siebert and Hooley Smith; also played with Boston Bruins (1932-35), New York Americans (1935-36), Bruins again (1936-37) and New York again (1937-40; won the Hart trophy in 1926 and 1930 as the NHL’s MVP and played on one Stanley Cup team; had a deadly accurate shot, and was the first hockey pro to score 300 goals in the NHL – goalies called him Old Poison; his record 324 goals was finally broken by Maurice Richard; still holds record for fastest 2 goals: in 4 seconds.Also Dinah Christie 1942-
actor, writer, director, singer, comedienne, designer, born on this day at in London, England, in 1942. Christie twice won the ACTRA award for best variety performer and won a Gemini for best actress in a comedy series (Check it Out). She starred in CHCH’s Party Game, with Bill Walker, Billy Van and Jack Duffy. She now lives near Holstein, Ontario, where she runs The Badd Sisters (Blondes Against Drunk Drivers), a cottage industry making environmentally friendly natural cotton and hemp accessories.

Also Lisa Savijarvi 1963-
alpine skier, born on this day at Bracebridge, Ontario in 1963. Savijarvi started racing at age 8; competed nationally at age 14; 1985 Canadian champion in Giant Slalom, second in Super G; third in Slalom and Downhill; 1986 10 World Cup top 10 finishes, with a win in Super G (Furano), second in Downhill (Badgastein) and fourth in Giant Slalom (Banff); March 1987 forced into retirement when she shattered her right knee and crushed a vertebra in a World Cup training run at Vail.

In Other Events…
1997 Toronto Ontario – Jacques Villeneuve voted Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year; winner of Formula 1 Grand Prix driving championship.
1997 Toronto Ontario – Kmart announces the closure of 10 stores across Canada; finding it difficult to compete against WalMart
1995 Dallas Texas – Detroit Red Wings’ Scotty Bowman coaches his 1,607th career game, beating the Dallas Stars 2-1; becomes the NHL’s all-time leader in games coached, passing former St. Louis and NY Islanders Al Arbour.
1995 Bormio Italy – Canadian Edi Podivinsky wins bronze in the World Cup Bormio downhill race.
1992 Ottawa Ontario – Fisheries Minister John Crosbie bans capture of beluga whales for export; after pair die in a Chicago aquarium.
1992 New York City – Washington Capitals’ goaltender Don Beaupre plays his 500th game, in a 4-3 overtime home win over the New York Rangers.
1991 Stratford Ontario – Susan Wright dies at age 44 in house fire that kills parents as well; actress at Stratford and Shaw Festivals; winner of Dora Mavor Moore awards.
1989 New York City – NHL star Wayne Gretzky named Male Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press; Martina Navratilova the Woman Athlete.
1989 Ottawa Ontario – Canada the first country in the world to ban smoking on domestic airlines.
1969 Toronto Ontario – First Canadian production of the rock musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Royal Alexandra Theatre; cast includes Terrence Black, Gale Garnett, Tobi Lark and Lucy Sweeny; closes Jan. 03, 1971.
1967 Ottawa Ontario – Opening of Ottawa Civic Centre; exhibition hall and arena attached to Lansdowne Park.
1958 Montreal Quebec – Radio-Canada’s 75 producers go on strike.
1947 Victoria BC – Byron Ingemar Johnson sworn in as British Columbia Premier, replacing John Hart, in office since Dec. 09, 1941; serves to Aug. 01, 1952.
1945 Windsor Ontario – End of bitter UAW strike against Ford of Canada; started Sept. 12 when 17,000 workers walked off the job; both sides agree to binding arbitration by Justice Ivan C. Rand.
1945 Ottawa Ontario – DND releases World War II casualty statistics; 41,371 Canadians in service killed, 43,178 wounded, 10,844 made prisoners of war, 32 missing in action.
1945 Montreal Quebec – Canadiens’ right winger Maurice Richard scores his 100th NHL goal in his 134th game.
1944 France – RCAF Flight Lt. Dick Audet destroys five German planes in ten minutes.
1921 Ottawa Ontario – William Lyon Mackenzie King 1874-1950 becomes Prime Minister on defeat of Arthur Meighen in Commons; he is Canada’s 10th Prime Minister; 12th Dominion Ministry, until June 28, 1929.
1919 Toronto Ontario – Sir William Osler 1849-1919 dies at age 70; born in Toronto Jul. 12, 1849; Osler was a physician, and an expert in the circulatory system and general practice.
1917 Toronto Ontario – Montreal Canadiens record their first road loss, losing to the Toronto Arenas 7-5.
1906 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for Stanley Cup (2nd game of 1906).
1901 Charlottetown PEI – Arthur Peters 1854-1908 sworn in as Liberal Premier of PEI; serves until his death Jan. 29, 1908.
1896 Quebec Quebec – First issue of newspaper Le Soleil.
1894 Toronto Ontario – John Wilson Bengough 1851-1923 stops publishing satirical weekly `Grip’; since May 24, 1873.
1884 Kingston Ontario – Kingston and Pembroke Railway opens line to Renfrew.
1877 Montreal Quebec – Grand Trunk Railroad workers strike to support fired members of Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers; strike broken by use of militia and unorganized workers.
1854 Ottawa Ontario – Bytown and Prescott Railway starts service, linking the city with the Grand Trunk Railway.
1827 Halifax, Nova Scotia – Joseph Howe acquires the Novascotian newspaper from George Young; first published in 1824.
1813 Buffalo, New York – Major General Phineas Riall attacks villages of Black Rock and Buffalo with a party of Canadian militia and Indians to get revenge on burning of Newark and Queenston on Dec. 10.
1673 Loretteville Quebec – Founding of the Mission Huronne de l’Ancienne-Lorette; many refugees from Huronia.
1635 Quebec Quebec – Authorities publish official notices forbidding blasphemy.
1625 La Rochelle, France – Samuel de Champlain leaves his property near La Rochelle; will be back in Quebec by July next.
1612 La Rochelle, France – Samuel de Champlain and Hélène Boullé given the right to consummate their union; marriage contract signed two years earlier, when Hélène was 12.

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