On This Day

January 27

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1984 WAYNE'S WORLDEdmonton Alberta – The Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers, 4-2, ending Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record for consecutive point getting at 51 games. Gretzky collected a total of 153 points – 61 goals and 92 assists – during the scoring streak, which started Oct 5, 1983.

Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – George-Etienne Cartier 1814-1873 proclaims Ottawa the capital of the Canadas. As co-Premier, he had strenuously lobbied for Ottawa as the Queen’s choice, against Montreal, Kingston and Toronto, as a place where French Canadians could feel at home.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Mordecai Richler 1931-
writer, born on this day at Montreal in 1931. Richler grew up in the working class area near St. Urbain Street. He attended Sir George Williams (Concordia) University, but left before finishing his degree. He started writing novels, then lived for a time in Paris, then London, England (1959-72), where he worked as a freelance journalist and wrote TV and film scripts, before returning to Canada. His novels include The Acrobats (1954), Son of a Smaller Hero (1955), A Choice of Enemies (1957), The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959 – filmed in 1974, and directed by Ted Kotcheff), The Incomparable Atuk (1963), Cocksure (1968 – Governor General’s Award), St. Urbain’s Horseman (1971 – Governor General’s Award), Joshua Then and Now (1980 – filmed in 1985) and Solomon Gursky Was Here (1989). His children’s books include Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang (1975 – filmed in 1977). Richler has also written an autobiography, Home Sweet Home (1985). Today he lives in Westmount, Quebec, and remains a lively commentator on the political and cultural scene. ‘No matter how long I live abroad,’ he has written, ‘I do feel forever rooted in St. Urbain Street. That was my time, my place, and I have elected myself to get it right.’
Also Walter Lockhart Gordon 1906-1987
businessman, politician, was born on this day in 1906 at Toronto; died in Toronto March 21, 1987. Gordon served as Finance Minister in the Pearson government.


In Other Events…
1994 Ottawa Ontario – Toronto area MP Jag Bhaduria quits the Liberal caucus to sit as an independent, after it was revealed he had falsified his academic background.
1982 Winnipeg Manitoba – Manitoba Court of Appeal rules that forced retirement at 65 contravenes province’s Human Rights Act.
1967 United Nations New York – Canada joins other nations in signing UN Outer Space Treaty pledged to peaceful exploration and use..
1966 Portland Island BC – Princess Margaret returns Portland Island to province for use as provincial park; British Columbia’s gift to Princess Margaret in 1958
1961 Montreal Quebec – Montreal starts to build subway, at estimated cost of $300 million; Quebec agrees to help with financing
1938 Niagara Falls Ontario – Ice dam crushes foundations of Honeymoon Bridge across Niagara River; causes bridge to collapse.
1916 Winnipeg Manitoba – Manitoba the first province to grant women the vote and full political equality; two years before Ottawa.
1903 Toronto Ontario – Andrew Carnegie 1835-1919 offers city of Toronto $350,000 for a central public library and two branch libraries; offer by US steel magnate accepted February 23.
1855 Toronto Ontario – Alan MacNab and Etienne-Paschal Taché take office as co-Premiers of the Union of the Canadas.
1854 London Ontario – Great Western Railroad opens from London to Windsor.
1826 Kingston Ontario – Catholic Church makes Upper Canada a separate diocese; Kingston the bishop’s seat
1806 Quebec Quebec – Joseph-Octave Plessis 1763-1825 appointed Bishop of Quebec; serves until 1825.
1721 Quebec Quebec – First regular mail coach service starts between Quebec and Montreal.

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