On This Day

December 30

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1981 GRETZKY SHATTERS RICHARD RECORDEdmonton Alberta – Wayne Gretzky scores five goals, including his 50th of the season into an empty net, leading the Oilers to a 7-5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Scoring in only his 39th game of the season, Gretzky becomes the first player to reach the mark in fewer than 50 games, shattering Maurice Richard’s NHL record.

Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – Winston Spencer Churchill arrives in Ottawa after his talks with President Roosevelt over strategy to win the war with Germany. In his Chateau Laurier studio, Yousef Karsh 1908- snaps this famous photo of a scowling Churchill – by telling him to pose without his cigar. In a speech to Parliament that evening, he quips, ‘Hitler thought that England would have her neck wrung like a chicken… Some chicken… some neck.’


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Stephen Butler Leacock 1869-1944
humorist, economist, born on this day at Swanmore, Hampshire, England in 1869; dies in Toronto March 28, 1944. Taken to Canada at age 6 to settle on a farm near Sutton, Ontario, Leacock attended Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, then taught at UCC from 1889 to 1899. After graduate work at the University of Chicago, he went to McGill University, where he was Professor of Economics 1908-36. He is the author of over 60 books of humour and economics, plus biographies of Mark Twain (1932) and Charles Dickens (1933). His major works are Literary Lapses (1910), Nonsense Novels (1911), Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912), Arcadian Adventures with the Idle Rich (1914), Moonbeams from the Larger Lunacy (1915) and My Remarkable Uncle (1942).Also Ben Johnson 1961-
track and field sprinter, was born on this day in 1961 in Jamaica. Johnson set the 100m world record (9.83) at 1987 World Championships, and won the 100m at 1988 Olympics in Seoul, but failed his drug test and forfeited the Gold medal. His 1987 world record was revoked in 1989 for admitted steroid use. He returned drug-free in 1991, but performed poorly; was banned for life by IAAF in 1993 for testing positive after a meet in Montreal.

Also Linda Thom 1943-
pistol shooting champion, was born on this day in 1943. Thom took the Gold Medal in the Sport Pistol event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, winning a dramatic shoot-off against American Ruby Fox. Hers was the first individual gold medal for Canada since 1956 and the first gold for a Canadian woman since the 1928 summer games. Thom retired in 1987.

Also Lester Patrick 1883-1960
NHL player, coach, owner, and league official, was born on this day in 1883 at Drummondville, Quebec; died June 1, 1969 in Victoria, BC. Along with his brother Frank, Les Patrick helped set up professional ice hockey in Canada and promoted the expansion of the National Hockey League into the US. Patrick started his hockey career as a defenceman in Brandon and then played with Montreal Wanderers and Renfrew Millionaires before heading to BC to serve as manager and playing captain of the Victoria team in the Pacific Coast Hockey League. He and Frank also built the first artificial ice arenas in Vancouver and Victoria. In 1926 he managed the New York Rangers and led them to three Stanley Cups, while setting up hockey’s first major farm team system.

Also William Aberhart 1878-1943
politician, was born on this day in 1878 at Kippen, Ontario; died in Vancouver May 23, 1943. ‘Bible Bill’ Aberhart was Alberta’s first Social Credit Party Premier, and served during and after the Great Depression.

In Other Events…
1992 Ottawa Ontario – RCMP Commissioner Norman Inkster to investigate suicide of Inspector Claude Savoie, age 49, ex head of Montreal drug squad; day before Fifth Estate alleges links with Montreal drug kingpin Alan Ross.
1992 Victoria BC – Sue Rodriguez to appeal court ruling that Criminal Code ban on suicide aid does not violates her Charter rights; terminally ill with Lou Gherig’s Disease; wants assisted suicide.
1988 Ottawa Ontario – The Senate passes the bill approving the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.
1923 Montreal Quebec – Canadian National Railways sets up the first radio network in Canada by hooking up Montreal station CHYC with CNRO Ottawa over telephone lines to broadcast the CNR anniversary program.
1909 Porcupine Ontario – Gold discovered in Porcupine.
1908 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Wanderers lose to Edmonton but retain Stanley Cup by winning the most total points in a 2 game series (4th game of 1908).
1896 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias 6-5 for the Stanley Cup.
1881 Ottawa Ontario – John Douglas Sutherland, Marquis of Lorne 1845-1914 founds The Royal Society of Canada, to promote learning in the arts and sciences.
1870 Manitoba – Manitoba holds first provincial election.
1861 St. Andrews New Brunswick – 62nd Wiltshire Regiment despatched to St. Andrews, New Brunswick; as a response to Trent crisis.
1834 Toronto Ontario – Fire destroys Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada at York.
1650 Quebec Quebec – Fire destroys Ursuline convent at Quebec.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Marc Martin on December 30, 2010 at 20:18

    Wasn’t the quote from Churchill about Hitler made in 1951 – after the war??


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