On This Day

January 02

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1983 JOE CLARK RESIGNSOttawa Ontario – Joe Clark 1939- resigns as Leader of the Opposition after getting support of only 2/3 of delegates at Winnipeg; Erik Neilsen interim leader; calls leadership convention.

Also On This Day...

Edmonton Alberta – World War I ace Wop May takes off with fellow bush pilot Vic Horner to deliver diphtheria vaccine to Fort Vermilion, Alberta, 1600 km north. The pilots make the trip in an open aircraft, with oil burners to keep the vaccine from freezing. A crowd of 10.000 greet the heroes on their return. Here he is with one of his Northwest Aero planes, used to open up the north.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Frederick Horsman Varley 1881-1969
painter, born on this day at Sheffield England in 1881; dies in Toronto in 1969. A founding member of the Group of Seven, Varley studied at the Sheffield School of Art and the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Antwerp, Belgium. In 1912, he met his friend Arthur Lismer, who had returned briefly to Sheffield to be married, and Lismer convinced him to move to Toronto, where he landed a job at the design firm Grip Limited. He became an official World War I war artist, and painted battlefields and cemeteries. During the late 1920s he painted landscapes, then expressionistic portraits such as this one entitled Vera, now in the National Gallery. In 1926, he became the head of the Department of Drawing and Painting, School of Decorative and Applied Arts, Vancouver, and during that period he sketched in the Arctic and Russia. In 1933 he moved to Toronto where he spent the last 25 years of his life. Find out more at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection .
Also George Hungerford 1944-
rower, was born on this day in 1944. Hungerford was a member of the Canadian eights rowing team headed for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, but he was dropped from the events 5 weeks prior to the games when he developed mononucleosis. To keep in shape, he teamed with Roger Jackson to row pairs, but with good practice results the coach entered them in the Doubles Without Cox event, that they won by three quarters of a length over the highly favoured Dutch crew.


In Other Events…
1988 Washington DC – Brian Mulroney 1939- signs free trade accord with Ronald Reagan.
1983 Asia – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- starts 18-day mission to Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines; returns Jan. 19
1951 Ottawa Ontario – Trade Minister C.D. Howe announces construction of a $30 million-dollar atomic reactor facility at Chalk River, Ontario.
1942 Washington DC – Canada signs declaration of unity with 27 other countries at war with the Axis; allies pledge not to make a separate armistice or peace.
1929 Niagara Falls Ontario – Canada and the US sign treaty to preserve Niagara Falls; limits diversion of water for hydro generation.
1918 Westmount Quebec – Montreal Wanderers’ hockey arena burns down.
1917 Montreal Quebec – Royal Bank of Canada takes over the Quebec Bank, founded in 1882.
1908 Ottawa Ontario – Founding of the Royal Mint of Canada, as a branch of the British Royal Mint.
1884 Toronto Ontario – Railway accident at the Humber, west of Toronto, claims 31 lives.
1872 Ottawa Ontario – Canada and the US first share telegraphed weather reports.
1832 Toronto Ontario – William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861 wins back his seat in the Upper Canada Assembly in a by-election, 119 votes to 1. He had been expelled from the Legislature and was expelled again a few days later.
1826 Newfoundland – Founding of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland.

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