On This Day

January 31

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1958 GLADSTONE FIRST ABORIGINAL SENATOROttawa Ontario – James Gladstone takes his seat as Canada’s first native Senator; Alberta Blood Indian is appointed by Diefenbaker.

Also On This Day...

London England – John ‘Radical Jack’ Lambton, Lord Durham 1792-1840 hands his ‘Report on the Affairs of British North America’ to British Prime Minister. The former Governor of the colony blames the power of the Family Compact and Chateau Clique for the 1837 rebellions, and recommends uniting the Canadas under one responsible government, with English the only official language, so as to assimilate the French Canadians.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Sylvie Bernier 1964-
diver, born on this day in 1964. Bernier started diving at age 10 and at 14 was a member of the Canada’s National team. Six years later, at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Bernier won a Gold Medal in Womens Diving, setting a new Olympic record with 530.70 points. She is the first Quebec-born woman to win Olympic gold and the first Canadian to win an Olympic diving gold..


In Other Events…
1990 Moscow Russia – George Cohon opens first McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in Pushkin Square, the world’s biggest McDonald’s; head of Canadian franchise subsidiary.
1982 Ottawa Ontario – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- urges end to Polish martial law on the ‘Let Poland be Poland’ TV broadcast; supporting the Polish Solidarity movement
1980 Toronto Ontario – Ontario to rebate up to $700 in sales tax for purchasers of 1979 model cars; effort to help slumping car sales.
1973 Ottawa Ontario – Supreme Court rules that Nishga Indians have no aboriginal rights over land in the Nass River Valley, BC; Nishga case.
1966 Quebec – Quebec Court of Appeals reverses Jacques Hebert’s contempt of court conviction; found guilty in 1965 for statements in book on Coffin murder.
1957 Ottawa Ontario – Government makes Thanksgiving Day a statutory holiday; second Monday in October
1955 Oakville Ontario – Start of l09-day strike of Ford workers at Windsor, Oakville and Etobicoke.
1951 Trois-Rivières Quebec – Duplessis Bridge over the St. Maurice River collapses, killing four people.
1907 Toronto Ontario – Timothy Eaton, founder of the T. Eaton Company of Canada, dies; an innovative retailer, he maintained fixed prices and cash sales, with satisfaction guaranteed.
1901 Montreal Quebec – Winnipeg Victorias sweep Montreal Shamrocks in 2 games for the Stanley Cup.
1863 Toronto Ontario – John Beverley Robinson dies at Beverley House; former Chief Justice.
1851 Hamilton Ontario – Hamilton Gas Light Company installs first lamps.
1825 Montreal Quebec – James Reid appointed Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench.
1747 Grand Pre Nova Scotia – Arthur Noble d1747 British commander at Grand Pre surprised by Villiers; loses 500 men.

<!– “If we in Canada can freely grant aid, comfort and recognition to underdeveloped and distressed people all over the world at public expense, we can well afford to have a careful and continuous regard to the fulfilment of the legitimate, and indeed, humble, aspirations of our native population.”
James Gladstone
Canada’s first Indian Senator
Senate, Debates

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