On This Day

January 03

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1992 LAST MISS CANADA PAGEANTToronto Ontario – Miss Canada Pageant scrapped after 45 years, due to changing tastes and politics; Nicole Dunsdon, crowned Oct 1991, the last Miss Canada.

Also On This Day...

Halifax Nova Scotia – Covered skating rink opens in Halifax; first covered skating rink in Canada. Up to this time, skating was all done out of doors, such as in this early version of hockey – lacrosse on ice.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Robert Marvin ‘Bobby’ Hull 1939-
hockey player, born on this day at Point Anne, Ontario in 1939. Hull started skating at age 3. He played for the NHL Chicago Black Hawks for 16 seasons, from 1957-72. In 1962 he joined Rocket Richard and Bernie Geoffrion as the only NHLers to score 50 goals in a season (54), a feat he achieved four more times, and was the first player to record more than 50 goals a season. Hull revived hockey in Chicago and led his team to the 1961 Stanley Cup. With his blistering slap shot – one was measured at 118.3 mph, 35 mph above the NHL average – he won the Art Ross Trophy leading the NHL in scoring 3 times, was 2-time Hart Memorial Trophy MVP (1965, 1966), and was an NHL first team all-star 10 times. The Golden Jet jumped to the Winnipeg Jets of the WHA in 1972, giving that League instant credibility, and was 2-time MVP there (1973, 1975), playing with Swedish stars Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson. Hull scored a lifetime 913 goals with 895 assists in both leagues. He won the Lady Byng Trophy for good sportsmanship in 1965, and spoke out often against hockey violence. When he retired in 1980 the Chicago and Winnipeg teams both retired his #9 sweater. Hull is the father of Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues.
Also Graydon (Blondie) Robinson 1928-
bowler, was born on this day in 1928. Robinson won the World 10-Pin Bowling Championships in Tokyo at age 41.



In Other Events…
1990 Toronto Ontario – Merrill Lynch Canada sells retail arm to Wood Gundy Inc.
1985 Toronto Ontario – Justice Samuel Grange releases 224 page report on baby deaths at the Hospital for Sick Children; says 8 of 36 babies who died between June 1980 and March 1981 were given deliberate overdoses of digoxin, a heart drug; recommends province pay legal fees of Belleville nurse Susan Nelles, charged with four of the deaths, whose case was thrown out for lack of evidence.
1943 Algeria – Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa.
1941 St. John’s Newfoundland – Canada and the US acquire air bases at Gander and Goose Bay on a 99 year lease.
1931 Montreal Quebec – Nels Stewart of the Montreal Maroons scores two goals four seconds apart in the third period of a 5-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.
1912 Victoria BC – New Westminster Royals beat Victoria Aristocrats 8-3 in first Canadian hockey game played on artificial ice; organized by Frank Patrick.
1901 Toronto Ontario – Winston Spencer Churchill speaks at Massey Hall during book tour of Canada; talks about his adventures and exploits in Boer War
1862 Saint John New Brunswick – The Rifle Brigade lands at Saint John.
1849 Toronto Ontario – Opening of Royal Lyceum Theatre; seats 700
1802 Sydney Nova Scotia – 300 Scottish Highlanders arrive in Sydney to settle.
1793 Montreal Quebec – British decree abolishes slavery in Canada.
1621 Quebec Quebec – Henri, Duc de Montmorency gives 11 year trading monopoly to Guillaume & Emery de Caen in return for settling 6 families a year in Quebec; plus keeping 6 Recollet priests and not selling arms to Indians; names Guillaume de Caen general of the fleet of his new company; also known as La Compagnie de Caen.
1578 Paris France – Troilus de Mesgouez, Marquis de La Roche c1540-1606 named Viceroy of New France by Henri III; given monopoly of trade in return for colonization.

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