On This Day

February 14

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1927 THE BIRTH OF THE LEAFSToronto Ontario – Conn Smythe takes over the Toronto St. Patricks team and renames them the Maple Leafs. For the next 4 years the team plays out of the old Mutual Street Arena, until Smythe’s ice palace on Carlton Street, Maple Leaf Gardens, is finished in 1931.

Also On This Day...

Hull Quebec – Lt. Colonel John By 1781-1836 of the Royal Engineers arrives in Hull to plan construction of the Rideau Canal from Ottawa River to Lake Ontario; here he is with his contractor Thomas Mackay during the building of the Ottawa locks.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Bernie ‘Boom Boom’ Geoffrion 1931-
hockey player, born on this day at Montreal Quebec in 1931. Geoffrion was the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season. On the power play with Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore and Doug Harvey, his dynamic slap shot from the point was so heavy and powerful, the Canadiens often scored two or even three goals during a single minor penalty, so the NHL had to change the rules to let the penalized player back on the ice after only one power play goal was scored. Geoffrion won the Calder Trophy in 1952 and the Hart Trophy in 1961, and led the NHL in scoring twice. Statistics (Regular Season) – Games: 863, Goals: 393, Assists: 429; (Playoffs) – Games: 132, Goals: 58, Assists: 60.
Also Abraham Moses Klein 1909-1972
poet, lawyer, was born on this day in 1909 at Ratno Ukraine; died in Montreal Aug 20, 1972. A. M. Klein is known for such works as Hath Not a Jew…(1940) and The Rocking Chair (1948). He was editor of the Canadian Jewish Chronicle 1938-55.


In Other Events…
1984 Moscow Russia – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- attends funeral of Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov; has discussions with Soviet leaders on peace.
1979 North York Ontario – North York officially becomes a city; part of Metropolitan Toronto.
1977 Montreal Quebec – Unity Bank of Canada and Provincial Bank of Canada merge; number of chartered banks reduced from 12 to 11
1974 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa announces $50 million project to extend CBC radio and television service to northern regions.
1973 Yukon – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- agrees to set up committee to negotiate Native land claims in the Yukon.
1964 Halifax Nova Scotia – Oceanographic research vessel Hudson commissioned at Halifax.
1956 Oshawa Ontario – 17,000 General Motors employees end 148-day strike.
1952 Oslo Norway – Canadian team attends opening of the sixth Olympic winter games at Oslo.
1920 Montreal Quebec – Incorporation of the University of Montreal.
1918 Montreal Quebec – Fire at Grey Nuns Orphanage kills 64 children.
1915 France – First Canadian Division arrives in France from England, and moves into Flanders.
1896 Montreal Quebec – Winnipeg Victorias beat the Montreal Victorias 2-0 for the Stanley Cup.
1890 Toronto Ontario – Fire partly destroys main building of the University of Toronto; $500,000 in damage
1761 Mackinac Michigan – British troops occupy Fort Michilimackinac.
1663 Paris France – Canada becomes a Royal Province of France.
In World Events…
1989 Teheran Iran – Ayatollah Khomeini issues an edict ordering the execution of novelist Salman Rushdie for blasphemy after publication of Satanic Verses; Rushdie goes into hiding in England.
1962 Washington DC – First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy conducts a televised White House tour.
1956 Moscow USSR – Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounces the policies of Joseph Stalin at the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party.
1949 Jerusalem Israel – First session of the Knesset opens in Jerusalem; the Israeli Parliament.
1946 Philadelphia Pennsylvania – The first ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) starts operations at the University of Pennsylvania, taking seconds to do calculations which previously took hours.
1929 Chicago Illinois – Al Capone’s gunmen machine gun seven members of the Bugsy Moran gang to stop them hijacking whiskey shipments; the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
1876 Washington DC – Inventors Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray both apply for US patents related to the telephone. Supreme Court eventually rules that Bell is the rightful inventor.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1944 USA – Carl Bernstein, Washington Post investigative reporter who broke the Watergate story.
1894 Waukegan, Illinois – Jack Benny [Benny Kubelski], comedian.
1913 USA – Jimmy Hoffa, Teamsters Union leader who disappeared in 1975.

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