On This Day

January 09

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1899 MANITOBA RECORDS RECORD LOWManitoba – Manitobans suffer under a record low temperature of minus 52.8 Celsius (minus 63 Fahrenheit).

Also On This Day...

Brantford Ontario – Tom Longboat 1888-1949 dies at age 61 on the Ohsweken Mohawk reserve. Longboat won the 1907 Boston Marathon, pursued a pro running career, then served with the Canadian Army in World War I (wounded in action).


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Catherine Parr Traill 1802-1899
writer, born on this day at London, England in 1802; dies at age 97 in Lakefield, Ontario Aug 29, 1899. Traill came from a family of writers, and was the sister of Susannah Moodie. She wrote rich descriptions of frontier life and nature in pioneer Ontario.
Also Rev. Athol Murray 1892-
priest, hockey coach, was born on this day in 1892; died Dec 15 1975. Pere Murray was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1918 and was appointed parish priest of Wilcox Saskatchewan in the early 1930’s. With the Sisters of St. Louis he established Notre Dame College for boys, which became a hotbed of hockey on the Prairies. His team, the Notre Dame Hounds, sent many players to the NHL.


In Other Events…
1997 Seoul Korea – Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien starts visit to South Korea.
1990 Ottawa Ontario – Judge acquits NDP MP Lorne Nystrom of shoplifting; Nystrom explained he put some contact lens cleaning discs in his pocket while distracted.
1988 Leith Scotland – Sylvana Tomaselli, from Toronto, marries the Earl of St. Andrews in a private ceremony; first Canadian to marry into the British Royal Family.
1982 New Brunswick – Three moderate earthquakes measuring 5.5 to 4.9 on the Richter scale shake New Brunswick; no serious damage or injuries; last similar quake was in 1855.
1981 New York New York – Sault native Phil Esposito plays his final pro hockey game, helping the New York Rangers skate to a 3-3 tie with the Buffalo Sabres. Espo goes on to become General Manager and Coach of the Rangers. In 1969 and 1974, playing for the Boston Bruins, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the NHL, and helped lead the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships in 1970 and 1972.
1971 Biafra Nigeria – Ottawa gives $2,250,000 in relief to both sides in Nigerian civil war.
1967 Victoria BC – Centennial Train leaves Victoria; travelling museum will stop in 83 communities across Canada; until December 4
1965 Hope BC – Mountain avalanche kills 4 drivers on highway near Hope.
1954 Montreal Quebec – Bert Olmstead, Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game.
1950 Colombo Sri Lanka – Canada attends Commonwealth Conference on Foreign Affairs in Colombo, Ceylon; five-day meeting leads to the Columbo Plan.
1927 Montreal Quebec – Fire kills 77 children in a Montreal movie theatre.
1889 Queenston Ontario – Niagara Suspension Bridge collapses during a winter storm.
1888 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario – Opening of railway bridge across the St. Mary’s River to US.
1885 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario – Opening of the International Bridge at Sault Ste. Marie.
1870 Winnipeg Manitoba – Charles Mair 1838-1927 escapes from Fort Garry with Thomas Scott.
1862 Halifax Nova Scotia – Grenadier Guards land at Halifax to garrison the Citadel.
1838 Amherstburg Ontario – Canadian militia capture US sloop ‘Anne’ used by republican rebels – the Hunters Lodges.
1666 Quebec – New France Governor Daniel de Remy de Courcelle 1626-1698 leads a 500-man military campaign against the Mohawks.

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