On This Day

February 18

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1968 END OF GRENOBLE GAMESGrenoble, France – 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble; Canada’s Nancy Greene takes home Gold Medal in Giant Slalom

Also On This Day...

Lake Placid New York – Canada wins 2 medals at Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; Steve Podborski 1957- takes Bronze Medal in Downhill Skiing (Ken Read’s ski comes off in the starting gate); Gaetan Boucher 1959- wins Silver Medal in Speedskating. Here’s Pod going downhill fast.


Also On This Day...

Canada – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- defeats Joe Clark in the general election 146 seats to 103, with 32 for the NDP; wins majority government after nine months out of office; there are now no Liberal MPs west of Winnipeg. Only a few weeks earlier, Trudeau had announced he was retiring as Liberal Party leader.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Robbie Bachman 1953-
rock & roll drummer, born on this day in 1953. Bachman is the younger brother of Randy Bachman, who started Bachman-Turner Overdrive in 1970 when he left the Guess Who, and enlisted his brother Robbie, Chad Allan and Fred Turner into a new band called Brave Belt, then BTO. Click here to find out more about Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
Also Andy Moog 1960-
NHL Goalie, was born on this day in 1960. Moog has played for the Oilers, Bruins and others, and played for the Canadian Olympic team in 1988.

Also Jean Drapeau 1916-
Mayor of Montreal 1954-73, was born on this day in 1960.


In Other Events…
1981 Edmonton Alberta – NHL Oilers Wayne Gretzky scores five goals and two assists (four goals in the third period), to lead Edmonton to a 9-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
1981 Ottawa Ontario – Four Saskatchewan NDP MPs say they will oppose Ottawa’s constitutional package.
1980 Victoria BC – 2,200 BC railway workers vote to end 5-week strike against provincial railway.
1972 Kitimat BC – Record 44.2 inches of snow fall on Kitimat.
1966 Toronto Ontario – Ontario Legislature passes non-compulsory medical care plan; to take effect July 1.
1965 Stewart BC – Avalanche on Grandue Mountain kills 18 copper miners, 8 others at Oranduc Mines camp 48 km north of Stewart.
1965 Ottawa Ontario – Carleton University in founds graduate School of International Affairs.
1965 Ottawa Ontario – Royal Commission on Health Services outlines workings of new pre-paid medical care plan; second report
1963 Ottawa Ontario – Leonard Walter Brockington, Claude Champagne and Arthur Lismer awarded Canada Council medals.
1963 Ottawa Ontario – Canada Council gets anonymous $4,250,000 for advanced studies in medicine, science, engineering.
1960 Lake Tahoe California – Canadian team attends ceremonies as Vice President Richard M. Nixon opens the Eighth Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley; with 29 other nations and 665 competitors.
1936 Montreal Quebec – New York Americans (with 28) and Montreal Maroons (with 24) score NHL record 32 points in one game.
1932 Montreal Quebec – Sonja Henie wins her sixth straight World Women’s Figure Skating Championship; following her win, she retires to Hollywood to become an actress.
1919 Ottawa Ontario – Cy Dennehy of the Ottawa Senators scores his 52nd goal in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs; becomes the all-time NHL scorer to date.
1905 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Shamrocks Goaltender Fred Broy, in the American Hockey Association, scores a goal against Quebec; scores again on March 7, 1906, against the Montreal Victorias.
1900 Paardeburg South Africa – Canadian troops play major role in nine-day Battle of Paardeburg; take over 130 casualties.
1899 Montreal Quebec – Montreal Shamrocks sweep Winnipeg Victorias in 2 games for the Stanley Cup.
1899 White Pass Yukon – Michael J. Heney completes White Pass & Yukon Railway to summit of White Pass; 177 km from Whitehorse; completes road in 1900.
1870 Winnipeg Manitoba – Charles Arkoll Boulton 1841-1899 captured outside Fort Garry with Thomas Scott and group of Canadians trying to overthrow Louis Riel’s government.
1814 Toronto Ontario – Upper Canada MP Joseph Wilcocks expelled posthumously from the Assembly at York for being a traitor; led American raids into Canada.
In World Events…
1994 United Nations New York – Delegates from 130 UN countries agree on need for new cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to stop global warming.
1918 Germany – German Army launches offensive against Russia; quickly occupies the Baltic States.
1885 USA – Mark Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
1861 Rome Italy – First Italian parliament proclaims Victor Emmanuel King of Italy.
1564 Italy – Michelangelo Buonarotti dies; Italian painter, sculptor and architect of the Italian Renaissance, whose works include the Sistine Chapel, and the statue of David.
1546 Germany – Martin Luther dies; German Augustinian monk and leader of the 16th century Protestant reformation.
1478 London England – George, Duke of Clarence, murdered by drowning in a wine butt in the Tower of London; convicted of treason against his brother Edward IV.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1954 Englewood NJ – John Travolta, actor, Welcome Back Kotter, Grease.
1949 Memphis Tennessee – Cybill Shepherd, actress, Moonlighting, The Last Picture Show, Cybill.
1932 Italy – Milos Forman, film director, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ragtime.
1922 Portland Maine – Helen Gurley Brown, author, publisher, Cosmopolitan.
1894 Linares Spain – Andrés Segovia, classical guitarist.
1859 Russia – Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], author of Fiddler on the Roof.
1848 USA – Louis Comfort Tiffany, glassmaker; famous for stained glass windows.
1745 Italy – Count Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta, inventor of the battery.
1516 England – Mary I 1553-58, first reigning Queen of England; daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; called Bloody Mary after her campaign against English Protestants.

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