On This Day

January 14

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1968 ICE STORM DOWNS MUIR'S MAPLEToronto Ontario – Ice storm fatally damages the silver maple at 62 Laing Street that inspired Alexander Muir to write The Maple Leaf Forever.

Also On This Day...

Halifax Nova Scotia – Canadian Mounted Rifles sail out of Halifax bound for Boer War in South Africa.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice
5th Marquess of Lansdowne 1845-1927

nobleman, diplomat, born on this day at London England in 1845; dies in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland June 3, 1927. Lord Lansdowne served as Governor General of Canada (1883-88) and India, as well as Secretary for War and Foreign Secretary. An enthusiastic supporter of the CPR, he gave his name to Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park.
Also Roger Jackson 1942-
MD, rower, Olympic executive, was born on this day in 1942. Jackson started rowing in university, and he and George Hungerford were surprise winners of the Olympic Gold Medal in Coxless Pairs event at the 1964 Tokyo Olympiad, having only practiced together for five weeks prior to the games. From 1976-1978, Jackson served as the Director of Sport Canada, and he was President of the Canadian Olympic Association during the early 1980’s. He also chaired the advisory board for the Calgary Olympic Development Association.

Also Lucille Wheeler 1935-
slier, was born on this day in 1935. Wheeler started skiing at age 2. She won her first national junior ski title at 12 and was named to the national team at 14. After training for 5 winters in Kitzbuhel Austria, she won the Bronze in the Olympic Downhill event at the 1956 Cortina Winter Olympics – the first Olympic ski medal won by a Canadian. In 1958 she took both the Downhill and the Giant Slalom titles at the FIS World Championships.


In Other Events…
1990 California USA – Laurence J. Peter dies at age 70; author of The Peter Principle, where employees rise to their level of incompetence.
1982 Vancouver BC – Clifford Robert Olson, from Coquitlam, is sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder of 11 children, 3 boys and 8 girls, aged nine to 18, from Nov 1980 to Aug 1981; RCMP agreed to give Olson’s family $100,000 if he told them where he had buried the bodies.
1979 Montreal Quebec – FLQ terrorist Jean-Pierre Charette returns to Canada after 10 years in Cuba; sentenced to a jail term in March on charges of planting three bombs in 1978.
1977 Terrace BC – Northern Thunderbird Airlines aircraft crashes at Terrace, killing 12 people.
1977 Toronto Ontario – Toronto Police set up special ethnic squad to deal with Asian community problems; after racial attacks
1976 Toronto Ontario – The T. Eaton Company winds up its catalogue sales operation after over 10 years of heavy losses; stops publishing catalogue, issued since 1884
1975 Ottawa Ontario – Canadian Egg Marketing Agency notes 40 million egg surplus, increasing about 15 million a week.
1974 Ottawa Ontario – Jules Leger sworn in as Canada’s 21st Governor General.
1971 Singapore – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- attends week-long Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Singapore; suggests study of arms embargo of South Africa
1967 Montreal Quebec – Catholic elementary and secondary teachers strike, closing schools in Montreal and Trois-Rivieres; ends Feb. 17 when Quebec passes Bill 25.
1963 Seoul Korea – Canada and South Korea establish diplomatic relations.
1952 Stellarton, Nova Scotia – Underground gas explosion at McGregor coal mine kills 19 men.
1949 Halifax Nova Scotia – First non-stop trans-Canada flight arrives from Vancouver.
1944 France – Guy Bieler captured by the Gestapo in France; Canadian secret agent.
1943 Montreal Quebec – Alex Smart scores three goals in his first NHL game to lead the Canadiens to a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks; first NHLer to score hat trick in his first game.
1942 BC – Canada orders Japanese Canadians out of British Columbia coastal region; now defined as a ‘protected area’.
1941 Ottawa Ontario – Opening of Dominion-Provincial Conference in the Parliament Buildings.
1930 Ontario – Canada signs agreement with Germany settling German property seized in Canada during First World War.
1875 Halifax Nova Scotia – First issue of the Halifax Herald newspaper published.
1875 Caraquet New Brunswick – Start of 2-week riot in Caraquet over Act for non-sectarian public schools in New Brunswick; militia called in to restore order
1830 Sarnia Ontario – ‘The Rapids’ settlement on St. Clair River given the name of Sarnia.

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