On This Day

January 18

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1967 YELLOWKNIFE NAMED NWT CAPITALYellowknife NWT – Yellowknife becomes capital of the North West Territories; administration transferred from Ottawa September 15.

Also On This Day...

Toronto Ontario – Ontario Premier Mitch Hepburn 1896-1953 condemns Mackenzie King’s conduct of the war as inadequate; gives PM excuse to dissolve Parliament and call election. The cartoon shows King asking Hepburn, a fellow Liberal, “What side are you on?’


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Mark Messier 1961-
hockey center, 2-time Hart Trophy winner as NHL MVP with Edmonton (1990) and NY Rangers (1992), born on this day in 1961. Messier was only 17 when he turned pro with Indianapolis of the World Hockey Association, then Edmonton Oiler GM Glen Sather picked him in the second round of the NHL Entry draft in 1979. He scored 33 points as an 18 year old in his first year, and followed that up by a 63 point campaign. But in 1981-82, Messier blossomed into a 50 goal scorer alongside Wayne Gretzky. The Oilers reached the Stanley Cup final in 1983, but partly due to Messier’s injured shoulder they were defeated by the New York Islanders. In 1983 they again faced the Isles, with a healthy Messier, and gained their first Stanley Cup, with Messier named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the playoff MVP. Messier and the Oilers won 3 more Cups. When Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles in 1988, Messier was named Oiler captain. He enjoyed his most productive season in 1989-90, scoring 129 points, and leading the Oilers to a 5th Stanley Cup in 7 years, sans Gretzky. At the start of the 1991-92 season Messier was traded to the New York Rangers, and given the mission to bring the Stanley Cup back to Manhattan for the first time since 1940. In 1994 he and goaltender Mike Richter inspired a 7 game Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks. Messier and Gretzky were reunited in 1996-97, but Vancouver Coach Mike Keenan lured him to the Canucks in 1997 (photo), with a new mission.
Also Gilles Villeneuve 1952-1982
racing car driver, was born on this day in 1952; killed while practicing for the Belgian Grand Prix on May 8 1982. Villeneuve was six times Formula One Grand Prix champion. He began racing in snowmobiles, and in 1974 won the world championship. He entered his first auto race in 1973 and by 1976 dominated the Formula Atlantic series, then signed with McLaren to drive Formula One, later switching to Ferrari. In 1978 he won the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal – a first by a Canadian driver.


In Other Events…
1996 Ottawa Ontario – Lucien Bouchard resigns as Leader of the Bloc Quebecois (BQ); to become head of the Parti Quebecois and Premier of Quebec.
1982 London England – British parliamentary committee concludes that it would be proper for Parliament to adopt legislation revising the Canadian Constitution.
1977 Toronto Ontario – McClelland and Stewart start Seal Books in a joint venture with Bantam Books of Canada Ltd.; to publish paperback books by Canadian authors
1972 St. John’s Newfoundland – Frank Duff Moores 1933- takes office as first Progressive Conservative premier of Newfoundland.
1972 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa bans use of aircraft and large ships in Gulf of St. Lawrence seal hunt.
1972 Ottawa Ontario – Senate Special Committee on Science Policy issues Part Two of Report; recommends increased R & D; recommends founding Canadian Industrial Laboratories Corporation
1971 Quebec Quebec – Quebec requires English-language schools in the province to teach French as a second language.
1966 United Nations New York USA – Agriculture Minister John Joseph Greene 1905- appointed chairman of pledging committee of World Food Program; Canada contributes $27,500,000.
1963 Sheridan Park Ontario – Opening of Ontario Research Community, group of R&D laboratories at Sheridan Park near Toronto.
1958 Boston Massachusetts – Bill O’Ree starts playing for the Boston Bruins; first black person in the NHL.
1919 Versailles France – Canadian delegation attends opening of World War I Peace Congress.
1839 Montreal Quebec – Several rebels are hanged following the rebellion in Lower Canada.
1834 Toronto Ontario – Chief Justice William Campbell dies at York.
1813 Frenchtown Michigan USA – Brig. Gen. James Winchester captures Frenchtown, 40 km south of Detroit; defended by handful of Canadian militia and Iroquois; after earlier defeat

Today in Canadian History is written, compiled, edited and produced by Ottawa Researchers © 1984-2002.

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