TODAY – FEB 21, 2011 – IN CANADIAN HISTORY

On This Day

February 21

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1980 CLARK CALLS IT QUITSOttawa Ontario – Prime Minister Joe Clark submits resignation to Governor General, three days after his Tory government was defeated by Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals.
1935

Also On This Day...

London England – John Buchan 1875-1940 appointed Governor-General of Canada as Baron Tweedsmuir; Buchan was also a biographer and novelist, who wrote one of the first modern thrillers, The Thirty-Nine Steps.

1982

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Toronto Ontario – David Peterson 1943- elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, succeeding Stuart Smith; a member of the Legislature from London, Ontario, Peterson will go on to defeat Frank Miller’s Conservatives and become Premier of the province.

1808

And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Robert Campbell 1808-1894
fur trader, born on this day at Glenlyon, Perth, Scotland in 1808; died May 9, 1894 on the Merchiston Ranch, near Riding Mountain, Manitoba. Campbell spent his life in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1830-71); he was an early explorer of the Yukon.
 

In Other Events…
1995 Leader Saskatchewan – Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett touches down at Leader, becoming the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
1972 Ottawa Ontario – Canada lets International Atomic Energy Agency verify Canada’s peaceful use of nuclear power.
1969 Montreal Quebec – Réjane Laberge-Colas 1923- appointed to Quebec Superior Court for the district of Montreal; Montreal lawyer the first woman named to the bench of a Superior Court in Canada.
1961 Toronto Ontario – Ontario Royal Commission endorses water fluoridation to cut tooth decay.
1945 Goch Germany – Canadian Army breaks through the Seigfried Line, reaches Goch.
1941 Newfoundland – Canadian co-discoverer of insulin Frederick Banting 1891-1941 killed at age 49 in Newfoundland air crash en route to England on a wartime medical mission; Nobel Prize winner.
1921 Quebec Quebec – Quebec the first province to establish government control of liquor; for a period of time Quebec is the only jurisdiction in North America with no prohibition of alcohol.
1918 Ottawa Ontario – James Alexander Lougheed 1854-1925 appointed Minister of Soldiers Civil Re-establishment; relocation, hospital care, pensions for returning soldiers and war workers
1891 Springhill Nova Scotia – Coal gas explosion in Springhill kills 129 miners.
1881 Winnipeg Manitoba – Horace McDougall sells Winnipeg telephone system to Bell; first Winnipeg telephone directory has 42 subscribers.
1849 Halifax Nova Scotia – Pony Express carries first despatches from to Digby for relay to Saint John, New Brunswick telegraph.
1824 Saint John NB – 18-year old Saint John boy hanged for stealing 25 cents.
1731 Quebec Quebec – Gilles Hocquart 1694-1783 appointed Intendant of New France; serves from August 20 to Sept. 2, 1748
1642 Nova Scotia – Charles Menou d’Aulnay 1604-1650 ordered to arrest Charles de La Tour for insubordination.
In World Events…
1989 Soweto, South Africa – Two of Winnie Mandela’s private guard charged with murder of 14-year-old Stompie Seipei in Soweto.
1989 Prague Czech Republic – Czech dissident playwright Vaclav Havel jailed for incitement to riot and obstruction; later his country’s President.
1981 New York City – Charles Rocket clearly says the ‘F’ Word on the Saturday Night Live comedy show.
1975 Washington DC – Former Attorney General John Mitchell, Nixon Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman and Nixon domestic adviser John Ehrlichman jailed for obstructing justice in Watergate affair.
1973 Chicago Illinois – Chicago Black Hawks play their NHL record 262nd game without being shut-out.
1972 Beijing China – Richard Nixon the first U.S. President to visit China.
1970 Chicago Illinois – Bobby Hull scores two goals, including the 500th point of his career, as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the New York Rangers 4-2.
1965 New York City – Black nationalist leader Malcolm X (Malcolm Little) murdered at age 39 as he prepares to address a meeting of his Afro-American Unity Organization.
1952 USA – Dick Button performs the first figure skating triple jump in competition.
1947 New York City – Edwin H. Land demonstrates the first instant developing camera – his Polaroid.
1934 Nicaragua – Nicaraguan patriot Augusto Cesar Sandino assassinated by National Guard.
1925 New York City – First issue of the New Yorker magazine published.
1916 Verdun France – German army launches attack on fortress of Verdun; this World War One battle will generate one million casualties.
1885 Washington DC – Washington Monument dedicated; not completed for another 30 years.
1878 New Haven Connecticut – World’s first telephone directory issued; with 50 names.
1849 Gujerat India – British defeat large force of 50,000 Sikhs under Shir Singh at the battle of Gujerat in the second Anglo-Sikh war.
1804 Wales – Richard Trevithick runs the world’s first locomotive.
1613 Russia – Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, elected Tsar of Russia; start of Romanov rule in Russia.
1437 Scotland – James I, King of Scotland, assassinated by conspirators led by Walter of Atholl; he had tried to diminish the power of the Scottish nobles.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1958 USA – Mary-Chapin Carpenter, country singer, Shooting Straight in the Dark.
1943 Brooklyn NY – David Geffin, record producer, Geffin Asylum.
1934 Healdton Oklahoma – Rue McClanahan, actress, Maude, Golden Girls.
1931 USA – Larry Hagman, actor, I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas; son of actress Mary Martin.
1925 USA – Sam Peckinpah, film director, The Wild Bunch, Straw Dogs.
1924 Zimbabwe – Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe.
1907 England – Wystan Hugh Auden, poet; his Age of Anxiety won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948.
1903 Paris France – Anais Nin, writer, Winter of Artifice, House of Incense.
1893 Linares Spain – Andres Segovia, classical guitarist.
1801 England – John Henry Newman, English Roman Catholic Cardinal, author.
1794 Mexico – Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, revolutionary, President of Mexico 1833-36.
1728 Kiel Germany – Karl Peter Ulrich, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, later Peter III, Tsar of Russia 1761-62, husband of Catherine the Great.


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