TODAY – FEB 5, 2011 – IN CANADIAN HISTORY

On This Day

 

February 05

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1980 THE MAN CALLED INTREPID IS HONOREDHamilton Bermuda – Sir William Stephenson is awarded the Order of Canada; the ailing Winnipeg-born engineer pioneered digital wireless photo transmission. He worked for British intelligence during World War II under the code name Intrepid, and was the personal contact man between Churchill and Roosevelt.
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Ottawa Ontario – John Diefenbaker’s minority government is defeated 142-111 in House of Commons in two non-confidence motions over nuclear weapons policy, and Defence Minister Harkness’ resignation; Dief resigns, and will be beaten by Lester Pearson in the federal general election.

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Trois-Rivières Quebec – Mining of bog iron nuggets begins at Three Rivers; later smelting at Les Forges de St-Maurice. This is the first large scale iron mining in Canadian history.

In Other Events…
1991 Ottawa Ontario – Quebec and Ottawa sign immigration accord giving Quebec exclusive responsibility for selecting immigrants who wish to live in the province.
1989 Vail Colorado – Karen Percy wins silver medal in Women’s World Alpine Ski Championship; native of Banff, Alberta.
1981 Toronto Ontario – Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau inducts Joni Mitchell into Canada’s Juno Hall of Fame.
1980 Detroit Michigan – Gordie Howe plays in his 23rd and final NHL all-star game at age 51; Howe, from Floral, Saskatchewan, will retire from the Hartford Whalers at the end of the season.
1973 Toronto Ontario – Start of construction on CN Tower, a communications transmission mast and observation post; to be the world’s tallest freestanding structure
1972 Quebec – Quebec prison guards and game wardens start five-week strike; disrupts courts and forces closure of 22 of 35 jails.
1968 Ottawa Ontario – Start of 3-day federal-provincial conference in Ottawa; provinces officially recognize French language rights.
1965 Ottawa Ontario – Government agrees to provide new funding for fine art work by Canadian artists, and creates the Art Bank; formula = l% amount of construction contracts for federal buildings.
1956 Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – Close of seventh Winter Olympic games at Cortina d’Ampezzo. Canada failed to win a Gold Medal, and the USSR team took away Canada’s crown in Ice Hockey.
1954 Queen Elizabeth Islands NWT – Most northerly group of Canada’s Arctic islands, discovered by William Baffin in 1616, and not seen again until 1818, are named after Queen Elizabeth.
1951 Ottawa Ontario – Government starts three-year, $5 million rearmament program for Canadian armed forces.
1946 Ottawa Ontario – Justice J.C. McRuer appointed to head new Royal Commission to examine allegations of Soviet spy ring operating in Canada; due to revelations of USSR Embassy defector Igor Gouzenko 1919-1982.
1934 Toronto Ontario – The Standard Exchange refuses to comply with a new provincial Act forcing them to amalgamate with the Toronto Stock Exchange; the two remain in separate buildings until the new TSE Ticker Palace opens in 1937.
1923 Doucet Quebec – Temperature dips to -54.4 degrees Celsius in Doucet; coldest day recorded in Quebec.
1920 Windsor Nova Scotia – Fire guts King’s College at Windsor; governors agree to affiliate with Dalhousie University in Halifax.
1901 Ottawa Ontario – Charles Tupper 1821-1915 resigns as Leader of the Opposition and retires to England.
1889 Ottawa Ontario – The Catholic Oblate College of Ottawa becomes Ottawa University.
1873 Ottawa Ontario – Hugh Allan 1810-1882 awarded charter for the Canadian Pacific Railway; to be financed with a $30 million subsidy and grant of 20 million hectares of land (50 million acres).
1857 London England – British House of Commons appoints a committee to investigate the business affairs and governing powers of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
1790 Montreal Quebec – Chief Justice W. T. Smith writes to Lord Dorchester advising a federation of the provinces of British North America.
In World Events…
1983 Lyons France – Klaus Barbie, wanted as a Nazi war criminal, is jailed after his extradition from Bolivia; the former Gestapo official is put on trial for war crimes in 1987, and given a life sentence after being convicted of deporting thousands of French Jews to death camps.
1856 Windsor England – Queen Victoria institutes the military Order of the Victoria Cross (VC).
1811 London England – Prince of Wales becomes Prince Regent of England after his father George III is declared insane; later George IV.
1788 London England – Sir Robert Peel born; later British Prime Minister and founder in 1829 of London’s Metropolitan police force – called Bobbies or Peelers in his honour.


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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Dennis Jessome on February 6, 2011 at 01:06

    Thanks George for the fond memories . I knew pretty well every one of this class . Sure brings back a lot of good Memories . well appreciated Buddy . A few of them are not with us today ,but they wil never be forgotten , Good Memories Linger forever.PS To anyone in this picture , I woulkd like to get in contact with,for old times sake . Thank you .

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