On This Day

January 19

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1996 WINNIPEG MOURNS AS JETS FLY SOUTHMiami Florida – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces that the League has approved the sale of the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix, Arizona investors.

Also On This Day...

Winnipeg Manitoba – Donald Alexander Smith, later Lord Strathcona 1820-1914 meets Metis and Scottish settlers at two day meeting at Fort Garry to give them Canada’s position. Here he is speaking to the inhabitants from a balcony at the fort.


Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – Princess Margriet born to Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in a room in the Ottawa Civic hospital declared to be Dutch territory. The Dutch royal family live in Ottawa as exiles during World War II; Juliana will become Queen of the Netherlands in 1948.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Robert MacNeil 1931-
newscaster, journalist, born on this day at Halifax in 1931. MacNeil has worked for the CBC, Reuters, NBC and the BBC, and recently starred in PBS’s MacNeil-Lehrer Report.
Also Harvey Jackson 1911-1966
hockey player, left winger, was born on this day in 1911; died Jun 25 1966. Jackson played junior with the Toronto Marlboros, and joined the Maple Leafs in 1930, playing with Charlie Conacher and Joe Primeau Jackson on the Famous Kid Line. He was an All Star five times, a member of one Stanley Cup winning team (1931-32), and led the NHL in scoring in 1932-3.


In Other Events…
1994 Ottawa Ontario – Bloc Quebecois leader Lucien Bouchard delivers maiden speech as Commons Opposition leader.
1989 Calgary Alberta – Canadian Airlines International acquires Wardair, Canada’s third largest carrier, for $250 million.
1987 Ottawa Ontario – Erik Nielsen resigns as MP for the Yukon after 30 years in politics; former Deputy Prime Minister in Clark Government; brother of actor Leslie Nielsen.
1982 Ottawa Ontario – Statistics Canada announces 1981 inflation rate of 12.5%; a 33-year high.
1972 Ottawa Ontario – Public Archives releases minutes and documents of Canadian Cabinet War Committee of World War II.
1960 Whiteshell Manitoba – AECL to build Canada’s second Nuclear Research Establishment at Whiteshell on the Winnipeg River, 100 km from Winnipeg.
1960 India – Canada meets India’s request for $25 million in aid under Colombo Plan.
1958 Toronto Ontario – Canadian Football Council renamed the Canadian Football League (CFL).
1950 Downsview Ontario – Maiden flight of the Avro Canada CF-100 military jet.
1942 Halifax Nova Scotia – German submarine torpedoes Canadian ship Lady Hawkins, as U-boats ravage unprotected shipping along the Atlantic coast.
1901 Quebec Quebec – Government of Canada purchases the Plains of Abraham battlefield; to be maintained as a national park.
1857 Grand Manan New Brunswick – Vessel Lord Ashburton wrecked on Grand Manan Island en route from France to Saint John; loss of 21 lives
1843 Sackville New Brunswick – Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy opens at Sackville, New Brunswick; now Mount Allison University
1824 Toronto Ontario – William Hamilton Merritt gets Act of Incorporation for Welland Canal Company; President Samuel Keefer
1685 Matagorda Bay Texas – Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle 1643-1687 misses Mississippi, lands in Texas.
1649 Quebec Quebec – The first executioner in Canada, a pardoned criminal, performs his first assignment at Quebec on a 16 year old girl found guilty of theft.

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