On This Day

January 04

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1983 CRIMINAL CODE SEXUAL ASSAULT REFORMSOttawa Ontario – Criminal Code changes replace rape with 3 categories of sexual assault; equal protection to men and women; women allowed to charge their husbands with sexual assault.

Also On This Day...

Toronto Ontario – Edward ‘Ned’ Hanlan 1855-1908 dies. Rower Hanlan was Canada’s first world sporting champion. The Toronto-born sculler won the Ontario championship in 1873, and four years later, the Dominion cup. In 1878, he took the American title, and the following year the World Rowing Championship, which he held for five years. He is memorialized by a statue on Toronto’s waterfront and Hanlan’s Point on the Toronto Islands.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Matt Frewer 1958-
actor, born on this day at Washington DC to a Canadian Navy father. Frewer has played in Kissinger and Nixon (General Alexander Haig), National Lampoon’s Senior Trip (Principal Todd Moss), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Big Russ Thompson), Speed Zone, Supergirl, Doctor, Doctor (Dr. Mike Stratford); and as a cartoon voice in the Pink Panther and as The Exterminator in Itsy Bitsy Spider. On TV he has starred as Rasmussen in in Star Trek: The Next Generation; in Stephen King’s The Stand (Trashcan Man), as Shaky Ground’s Bob Moody; and his most famous role, as reporter Edison Carter and his alter ego Max Headroom in Max Headroom (1987 – picture)
Also Dr. John Emery 1932-
plastic surgeon, bobsledder, was born on this day in 1932. In 1957 Emery teamed with brother Victor and formed the Laurentian Bobsledding Association. At the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics, they teamed with Peter Kirby and Doug Anakin to win Canada’s first ever Bobsled Gold Medal.

Also Denise ‘Vanity’ Matthews 1959-
rhythm and blues singer, actress, was born on this day in 1959. She is married to Anthony Smith.

Also Dave Foley 1963-
actor, was born on this day at Toronto in 1963. In the early 1980s, Foley met Kevin McDonald at an improv class and they started working as a comedy team while employed as movie ushers. In 1984 they merged with another team to form The Kids in the Hall troupe (televised 1989-96), and he currently stars as Station Manager Dave Nelson in the TV sitcom News Radio.


In Other Events…
1995 Quebec Quebec – Denis Lortie released on parole after serving 10 years in prison for 1984 shooting in the Quebec legislature, where he killed three people.
1993 Toronto Ontario – Manufacturers Life opens 14 Manulife Bank branches; converted out of smaller trust companies; first banks owned by insurance and trust companies under new financial rules.
1990 Europe – Canada defeats Czechoslovakia 2-1 to win World Junior Hockey title.
1984 Edmonton Alberta – Oiler Wayne Gretsky scores eight points in a night for the second time in his NHL career as Edmonton defeats the Minnesota North Stars, 12-8. Gretsky had four goals and four assists.
1983 Ottawa Ontario – Criminal Code changes replace rape with 3 categories of sexual assault; equal protection to men and women; women allowed to charge their husbands with sexual assault.
1975 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Canadiens shut out Washington Capitals 10-0.
1971 Montreal Quebec – Ottawa withdraws troops from Montreal and other areas in Quebec in wake of FLQ crisis.
1970 Montreal Quebec – Canada withdraws from international hockey tournament set for Montreal and Winnipeg to protest rules.
1965 Montreal Quebec – La Presse resumes publishing after seven-month strike.
1951 London England Britain – Louis Stephen St. Laurent 1882-1973 attends one-week meeting of Commonwealth Prime Ministers; discuss Commonwealth defence policy.
1919 London England – Robert Laird Borden 1854-1937 opens London exhibit of 400 war paintings by British and Canadian artists.
1904 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club 2 games to 1 for the Stanley Cup.
1883 Toronto Ontario – Ontario Rugby Football Union (ORFU) founded; forerunner of CFL.
1839 Buffalo New York – William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861 arrested for violating US neutrality laws.
1839 Kingston Ontario – Rebels Christopher Buckley executed; Sylvester Lawton and Russell Phelps executed Feb. 11.
1830 Toronto Ontario – Opening of Upper Canada College at York.
1817 Toronto Ontario – Stagecoach service starts between York and Kingston; fare is 18 dollars.
1800 Toronto Ontario – John White c l761-1800 dies from wounds suffered in a duel fought on Jan 3; shot by John Small, Clerk of Executive Council; Attorney General of Upper Canada
1796 Toronto Ontario – Deputy Surveyor Augustus Jones starts cutting out Yonge St. north from York to Lake Simcoe with a company of Queen’s Rangers.
1717 London England – Opening of the Seven Years War, as England declares war on Spain and Naples.

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