On This Day

January 23

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1995 MILITARY GET BLACK EYEOttawa Ontario – Defence Minister David Collenette disbands the Canadian Airborne Regiment; after some of its soldiers were found to be involved in the death of a Somali boy during a UN mission, and revelations of illegal hazing rituals.

Also On This Day...

Toronto Ontario – Francis Bond Head 1793-1875 arrives in Toronto to replace Colborne as Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada; he appoints Reformers Baldwin, Rolph and Dunn to the Executive Council in an effort to quell potential rebellion. Colborne moves to Montreal to take command of the military in the Canadas.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

John C. Polanyi 1929-
chemist, professor, born on this day at Berlin, Germany in 1929. Polanyi came to Canada as a young boy; he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1986 with Dudley R. Herschbach and Yuan T. Lee for their contribution to the field of chemical-reaction dynamics.
Also Noel MacDonald 1915-
basketball player, was born on this day at in 1915. MacDonald joined the famous Edmonton Grads in 1933 and was named Captain in 1936. She totaled 1874 points in 135 games – an average of 14 points per game – and was the unbeatable Grads’ top point getter.

Also Peggy Seller 1904-
synchronized swimmer, was born on this day at Montreal in 1904. Before competing in synchro, Seller was a track athlete (Quebec titles in javelin, broad jump, 100 yard dash and relays) and diving champion (Canadian 3 metre diving championships). She wrote the FINA synchronized swimming rules in 1952, as well as the first descriptive rule book for the sport, and won the Gale Trophy four times.


In Other Events…
1995 Toronto Ontario – Ontario Court of Appeal acquits Guy-Paul Morin of 1984 sex-slaying of his nine-year-old neighbor, Christine Jessop of Queensville, Ontario; ruling on basis of new DNA evidence.
1995 Victoria BC – British Columbia blocks Alcan’s $1.3-billion (Canadian) Kemano power dam development, citing the threat to its salmon fishery.
1992 Ottawa Ontario – Supreme Court rules that the federal government can conduct environmental reviews on any projects under its jurisdiction.
1984 Brantford Ontario – Stuart & Lillian Kelly of Brantford collect $13,890,588.80 for winning ticket in Lotto 6-49; largest to date.
1975 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa ends tax breaks to Canadian companies advertising in Canadian editions of foreign magazines.
1972 Montreal Quebec – Terrorists throw four firebombs at the Soviet consulate in Montreal, doing slight damage.
1967 Ottawa Ontario – Walter Lockhart Gordon 1906-1988 heads ministerial committee to look at foreign ownership in the Canadian economy.
1954 Ottawa Ontario – NHL Toronto Maple Leafs take their undefeated streak in 18 games, the longest in their history.
1949 Regina Saskatchewan – Fire destroys the Regina transit barns, torching most of its 38 buses and streetcars.
1941 Prescott Ontario – German prisoner of war Franz von Werra escapes from a train and makes it back to Germany, only to die in action a year later; the only German POW to make a successful escape in Canada.
1935 Iroquois Falls Ontario – Thermometer hits -60C, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Ontario.
1902 Toronto Ontario – Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in 2 games to win the Stanley Cup.
1901 London England – Edward VII 1814-1910 starts reign; to 1910; most public events in country cancelled on death of Queen Victoria.
1895 New York New York – Romaine Callender demonstrates his automatic telephone in New York; inventor from Brantford, Ontario
1888 Kingsville Ontario – Natural gas discovered in Kingsville by well drillers.
1883 Montreal Quebec – Montrealers celebrate winter with the city’s first ice palace carnival.
1863 Toronto Ontario – Toronto Stock Exchange introduces first regular daily trading sessions.
1834 Quebec Quebec – Fire destroys the old Chateau Saint-Louis, originally built by Samuel de Champlain, and home to the Governors of New France.

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