On This Day

January 11

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1922 CANADIAN BOY THE FIRST TO BEAT DIABETESToronto Ontario – Leonard Thompson, a 14 year old Canadian, is the first person to have his diabetes successfully treated, with Banting and Best’s new discovery, insulin.

And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891
politician, born on this day at Glasgow, Scotland in 1815, the son of Hugh Macdonald and Helen Shaw; died in Ottawa June 6, 1891, Ontario in 1938. Macdonald moved to Kingston, Ontario with his parents at the age of five. He was to become the first Prime Minister of the Dominion of Canada (1867-73, 1878-91). (His birth is marked on this day; in actual fact, he was born late on the 10th,, and his birth registered the following day.)


And in Other Canadian Birthdays...

Jean Chrétien 1934-
lawyer, politician, born on this day at Shawinigan, Quebec in 1934. Chrétien got his law degree from Laval in 1958, and practiced until 1963, when he won election to the House of Commons as a Liberal. He served in the Pearson Cabinet as Minister of National Revenue, and under Trudeau had the portfolios of Indian Affairs, Treasury Board, Industry, Finance, Justice and Energy. He ran second to John Turner in the 1984 Liberal leadership race, but took the leadership and a federal seat in Beauséjours NB in 1990. In the 1993 election, he defeated Kim Campbell with a clear majority to become Prime Minister of Canada, a position he retained after the 1997 election.
Also Anne Heggtveit 1939-
skier, was born on this day at Ottawa in 1939. Heggtveit Learned to ski at Camp Fortune in Chelsea Quebec. In 1954, at age 15, she won the 1954 Holmenkollen Giant Slalom event in Norway, the youngest winner in the event’s 50 year history. Her Gold Medal in the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics was Canada’s first ever Olympic Skiing Gold. In 1960 she won the FIS giant slalom and combined women’s alpine titles, the first time these championships had been won by a non-European.

Also Gus Ryder 1899-1991
swim coach, was born on this day in 1899; died May 23 1991. Ryder established the Lakeshore Swimming Club, and coached distance swimmers Marilyn Bell and Cliff Lumsden. He also spent much of his time teaching physically handicapped children to swim.

Also William (Samuel) Stephenson 1896-1989
industrialist, intelligence chief, was born on this day in 1896 at Point Douglas, Manitoba; died in Paget, Bermuda Jan 31, 1989. Stephenson perfected the process of sending photos by wire in the 1920s. His role as Britain’s intelligence chief in the US, and Churchill’s confidential liaison with Roosevelt in World War II was chronicled in A Man Called Intrepid (1979).


In Other Events…
1996 Quebec Quebec – Bloc Quebecois Leader Lucien Bouchard appointed Premier designate of Quebec by the Parti Quebecois.
1994 Quebec Quebec – Robert Bourassa retires as Premier of Quebec; succeeded by Daniel Johnson, Quebec’s 30th Premier.
1995 Toronto Ontario – Dylex Ltd., Canada’s largest clothing retailer seeks court protection from its creditors and says it will shut 200 stores, eliminating 1,800 jobs.
1995 North America – NHL players and owners come to an agreement; 103-day National Hockey League lockout ends.
1993 Montreal Quebec – Henry Birks and Sons jewelry chain files for bankruptcy protection; closes 34 stores, then sells remaining 39 stores to Italian group.
1982 Toronto Ontario – CBC moves national news to 10 pm and introduces a new public affairs program The Journal, hosted by Barbara Frum, which will last for a decade.
1980 Toronto Ontario – Thomson Newspapers Ltd. of Toronto acquires control of FP Publications Ltd., owner of 8 papers; including Toronto Globe & Mail
1974 Toronto Ontario – Celia Franca 1921- retires after 23 years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada; succeeded on July 1 by David Haber
1967 Montreal Quebec – CP Hotels opens 38-story Chateau Champlain in Montreal; Canada’s tallest hotel
1957 Port Said Egypt – Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent arrives in Egypt with men and supplies for the UN emergency force; Canadian strength in Egypt now about 1,000 men.
1952 Ottawa Ontario – Winston Spencer Churchill British Prime Minister starts four-day visit to Ottawa.
1947 Ottawa Ontario – Government lifts some price controls, but food, clothing, fuel and rent still stay under the control of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.
1914 Herald Island NWT Arctic – Captain Robert Abram Bartlett 1875-1946 sees Karluk crushed by ice near Herald Island, north of Siberia; one of three ships of Stefansson expedition.
1911 Ottawa Ontario – Protesting western farmers occupy the House of Commons; one sits in Laurier’s seat and demands free trade with the US.
1909 Washington DC – The US and Canada (with the British in attendance) set up the International Joint Commission under the Boundary Waters Treaty; agree to submit major fishery and boundary disputes to World Court; also agree to work to prevent pollution of the Great Lakes.
1865 Halifax Nova Scotia – Joseph Howe 1804-1873 publishes the first of his Botheration Letters in the Halifax Morning Chronicle; his series attacking Confederation continues until March 2
1864 New Westminster BC – Frederick Seymour 1820-1869 appointed first Governor of the united province of British Columbia and Vancouver Island; from May 21, 1864 to June 10, 1869
1747 Minas Nova Scotia – Nicolas-Antoine Coulon de Villiers 1708-1750 leads 240 Canadians and 60 Indians from Chebucto against on the Chignecto; 2nd-in-command of French forces under Ramezay.

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