On This Day

January 29

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1990 HNATYSHYN TO RIDEAU HALLOttawa Ontario – Ray Hnatyshyn sworn in as Canada’s 24th Governor General; was MP Saskatoon West 1974-88 and Minister of Justice; wife Gerda; son of John, Canada’s first Ukrainian-born Senator, and Helen, President of the National Council of Women.

Also On This Day...

Haiti – Racing schooner Bluenose sinks after striking a reef off Haiti; built by Smith and Rhulandat at Lunenburg, and launched March 26th, 1921, the ship was invincible in races. She was sold as a Caribbean cargo ship in 1938. Here is a MacCaskall photo of her in her glory, signed by her captain Angus Walters.


Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – Ishbel, Lady Aberdeen, wife of the Governor General, helps found the Victorian Order of Nurses at the request of the National Council of Women; name chosen to recognize Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Here she is (centre, book) with her husband and the Council in 1898.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Joe Primeau 1906-1989
hockey player, coach, born on this day in 1906; died May 14 1989. Primeau played for Conn Smythe’s Toronto Maple Leafs during their opening season in 1927, centering the Kid Line with Charlie Conacher and Busher Jackson. He won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1932, while helping the Leafs win their first Stanley Cup. After he retired from play, Primeau coached the St. Michael’s College juniors to two national championships, the Toronto Marlboro Seniors to the Canadian crown and the Toronto Maple Leafs to a Stanley Cup in 1950 – making him the only coach to win the Allan Cup, the Memorial Cup and the Stanley Cup.
Also Edward Plunkett E.P. Taylor 1901-1989
business leader, horseman, was born on this day in 1901; died May 14 1989. Taylor pulled together Canadian Breweries and other Canadian conglomerates, and built up Canadian horse racing through his Windfields Farm stables. Between 1960 and 1970 he was the top race-winning breeder in North America. Fifteen Queen’s Plate winners came our of Windfields, plus such winners as Northern Dancer (1964 Kentucky Derby and Preakness) and Nijinsky. He was President of the Ontario Jockey Club from 1953 to 1973.


In Other Events…
1996 Quebec Quebec – Lucien Bouchard sworn in as Premier of Quebec; former Bloc Quebecois Leader replaces Jacques Parizeau.
1991 Quebec Quebec – Jean Allaire calls for Quebec control of energy, environment, industry and regional development; Allaire Report proposes sovereignty referendum by Fall of 1992.
1990 Sault Ste. Marie Ontario – Brian Mulroney 1939- deplores motion by Sault Ste. Marie Town Council declaring English official language of the municipality.
1985 Fredericton NB – New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield found not guilty of possession of marijuana; drug discovered in his bag during Royal Visit security search Sept 25th; he claimed it was planted.
1982 London England – British House of Lords refuses to hear case of Canadian Indians for entrenchment of rights.
1980 Montreal Quebec – Canadian Union of Postal Workers president Jean-Claude Parrot starts serving 3 month prison term for defying a back to work law making a strike illegal.
1973 Saigon Vietnam – Canadian Ambassador to South Vietnam Michel Gauvin 1919- leads first 130 members of projected Canadian complement of 230 in ICCS on arrival at Saigon.
1969 Montreal Quebec – Canadian and West Indian students occupy computer centre of Sir George Williams University.
1967 Ottawa Ontario – Terrorists bomb Yugoslav Embassy in Ottawa and Consulate in Toronto.
1964 Innsbruck, Austria – Canadian team attends the opening of the ninth Winter Olympic games in Innsbruck.
1856 London England – Alexander Dunn 1833-1868 awarded Victoria Cross for gallantry at the charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimea in 1854; first Canadian; awarded by Queen Victoria, the VC is Britain’s highest military honour
1853 Ottawa Ontario – Founding of the Bytown Mechanics Institute and Athenaeum; forerunner of Ottawa Public Library.
1829 Montreal Quebec – Opening of McGill University in Montreal; built with legacy from fur trader James McGill.
1796 Toronto Ontario – Yonge Street officially opened, as a portage road running from the town of York up to Lake Simcoe.

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