On This Day

February 12

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1989 MORE GRETZKY RECORDSLos Angeles California – Wayne Gretzky sets two more NHL records, his 45th hat trick and his tenth 40+ goal season.

Also On This Day...

London England – Prime Minister Robert Laird Borden 1854-1937 arrives in London to sit as a member of the British [Imperial] War Cabinet. Here he is with Winston Churchill, then first Lord of the Admiralty.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Lorne Greene 1915-1987
broadcaster, actor, born on this day at Ottawa Ontario in 1915; died at Santa Monica California Sept 11, 1987 after an operation for a perforated ulcer. Greene started his radio career in the 1930s at radio station CBO in Ottawa. During World War II was chief news broadcaster on the CBC from 1939-42, and his sonorous voice earned him the nickname, The Voice of Doom. After starring in a few Hollywood movies – The Silver Chalice (1954), Peyton Place (1957), and The Buccaneer (1958) – he landed the role of patriarch Ben Cartwright in the long-running Western TV series Bonanza (1959-73). Greene even had a Top 100 hit in 1964, when his non-song Ringo hit Number One in the US. He worked on CTV’s Lorne Greene’s New Wilderness for five years, then starred in two short-lived TV series, Battlestar Galactica and Code Red. Greene
Also Michael Ironside 1950-
actor, was born on this day in 1950 at Toronto.


In Other Events…
1994 Victoria BC – Sue Rodriguez takes her own life at age 43 with the help of an anonymous doctor, after a long fight with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
1994 Lillehammer, Norway – Canadian team attends opening ceremonies of the 17th Olympic Winter games in Lillehammer.
1994 Toronto Ontario – Rev. Victoria Matthews consecrated the first female Bishop in the Anglican Church of Canada.
1990 Chambly Quebec – Phil Edmonston wins riding of Chambly for NDP in federal by-election; first NDP/NPD seat in Quebec; consumer advocate Edmonston author of the Lemon Aid series.
1990 Hagersville, Ontario – Tire dump fire set by teenage boys forces hundreds of families from their homes, causes massive air pollution.
1976 Toronto Ontario – John Napier Turner 1929- resigns his Vancouver Quadra seat in the House of Commons and joins Toronto law firm; until 1984, when he returns to politics, winning the Liberal leadership and becoming Prime Minister.
1970 Montreal Quebec – Three-month-old baby receives Canada’s first successful liver transplant at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Hospital.
1966 Banff Alberta – Nancy Greene 1943- wins women’s slalom title at Canadian International Ski Championships; from Rossland, BC; first FIS World Cup race held in Canada.
1949 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa announces creation of a far northern radar chain later called the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line.
1949 Europe – Canadian ice hockey team beats Denmark 47-0.
1942 Brest France – German battle cruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau escape from Brest after allied air bombings; nine Canadian squadrons lose seven planes in the attack.
1894 Halifax Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia Legislature votes to hold plebiscite on prohibition of alcohol.
1816 St. John’s Newfoundland – St. John’s almost completely destroyed by a fire.
1800 Fredericton New Brunswick – College of New Brunswick founded at Fredericton; today the UNB.
In World Events…
1996 Israel/Jordan – Yasser Arafat takes office as the first Palestinian President.
1994 Dover England – Group of 100 people walk the 50 km Channel Tunnel for charity; first humans to walk from France to Britain since the Ice Age.
1992 Ulan Bator Mongolia- Mongolia’s new non-communist constitution takes effect..
1986 Paris France- Britain and France sign the Channel Tunnel treaty.
1984 Sarajevo Bosnia- Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean skate their Bolero at the Olympics; get all perfect scores for quality and are awarded the Pairs Gold Medal.
1924 New York City – George Gershwin premieres his Rhapsody In Blue at Carnegie Hall.
1912 China – Last Ch’ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Henry P’u-i, abdicates; provisional republic established; China adopts the Gregorian calendar.
1879 New York City – First artificial ice rink in North America installed at Madison Square Gardens.
1851 Summerhill Creek Australia – Edward Hargraves discovers gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, starting the Australian gold rush.
1818 Santiago Chile – Chile proclaims independence from Spain.
1733 Savannah Georgia – English philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe arrives with first Georgia colonists.
1554 London England – Lady Jane Grey executed for high treason; former Queen of England for nine days in 1553.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1945 Lulea Sweden – Maud Adams, actor, Octopussy, Rollerball, Tattoo.
1923 Italy – Franco Zefferelli, film director, Romeo and Juliet.
1893 USA – Omar Bradley, US Army General, World War II.
1828 England – George Meredith, poet, novelist, The Shaving of Shagpat.
1809 Shrewsbury England – Charles Darwin, author of the theory of evolution.
1809 USA – Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President (1861-65).

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