On This Day

February 25

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1940 HOCKEY NIGHT HITS THE TUBENew York City – Montreal Canadiens lose 6-2 to the New York Rangers in Madison Square Gardens in the world’s first televised hockey game; on Westinghouse station W2XBS-TV.

And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

John Graves Simcoe 1752-1806
British soldier and statesman, born on this day at Cotterstock Northumberland England in 1752; died Oct. 26, 1806 in Exeter, Devonshire. Simcoe attended Eton and Merton College, Oxford; commanded the Queen’s Rangers 1777-81 in the American Revolutionary War; he was first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada in 1791 and founder of Toronto (York) in 1794. His wife Elizabeth kept a diary and painted scenes from their time in Upper Canada.


And in Other Canadian Birthdays...

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless 1857-1910
reformer, born on this day at St. George Ontario in 1857; died in Toronto Feb. 26 1910. Hoodless was founder of the world’s first Woman’s Institute, later the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Canada (motto ‘For Home and Country’) which promoted pasteurization of milk as one of its main projects (her infant son died after drinking impure milk); she also helped Lady Aberdeen found the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses and the YWCA in Canada.
Also Molly Lamb Bobak 1922-
artist, was born on this day at Vancouver BC in 1922. Bobak studied at the Vancouver School of Art 1938-41 under Jack Shadbolt; in 1945 she was the only female appointed a war artist in the Second World War.

Also A.G.L. ‘Andy’ McNaughton 1867-1966
soldier, was born on this day at Moosomin, Saskatchewan in 1867; died in 1966. McNaughton headed the National Research Council, commanded the First Canadian Division in World War II, and was Minister of National Defence and Canada’s Ambassador to the UN.

Also Robert Bond 1857-1927
politician, was born on this day at St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1857; died March 16, 1927 at Whitbourne. Bond was Leader of the Liberal Party in Newfoundland and Prime Minister of the British Dominion from 1900 to 1909.


In Other Events…
1991 Toronto Ontario – Silver speculator Bruce McNall, hockey star Wayne Gretzky and entertainer John Candy jointly buy CFL Toronto Argonauts; Gretzky and Candy are later financially embarrassed by the bankruptcy of McNall.
1990 Quebec Quebec – Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa 1933-1997 sets up provincial study group to examine Meech Lake Accord; says Quebec will not return to constitutional negotiations if Meech Lake fails.
1989 Whistler BC – Rob Boyd wins a World Cup downhill race in home town of Whistler; first Canadian to win a FIS World Cup Ski race in Canada.
1988 Toronto Ontario – Osler Inc investment dealers ‘deemed to be insolvent as of the opening of business’ today.
1982 St. John’s Newfoundland – Ottawa and Newfoundland governments start joint inquiry into Ocean Ranger disaster.
1982 Ottawa Ontario – House of Commons starts inquiry into bank profits, in wake of record interest rates.
1981 Calgary Alberta – Flames score 11 goals against New York Islanders.
1972 Pickering Ontario – Ontario Hydro opens $75 million Pickering nuclear power plant; has been the largest single producer of electricity in the world.
1971 Vancouver BC – Boston Bruins left-winger Johnny Bucyk, center Ed Westfall and defenseman Ted Green scored 3 goals in 20 seconds against the Vancouver Canucks; an NHL record.
1971 Vancouver BC – Chapin Scott Paterson, an American citizen, hijacks a US Boeing 747 en route to Vancouver; turned over to FBI same day.
1966 Toronto Ontario – Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson 1897-1972 cuts a ribbon opening the 13 km long $200 million east-west Toronto subway.
1965 Ottawa Ontario – Commons receives preliminary report of Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism.
1952 Oslo, Norway – Closing of the VI Winter Olympic games at Oslo; the Edmonton Mercurys take home Canada’s only Gold Medal, in Ice Hockey.
1951 Buenos Aires Argentina – Canadian team attends opening of the first Pan American Games, in Buenos Aires.
1945 Ottawa Ontario – Official opening of CBC’s international short wave service, Radio Canada International.
1918 New York City – Carnegie Corporation donates $1 million to McGill University; to recognize the university’s wartime services.
1908 St. Boniface Manitoba – St. Boniface incorporated as a city.
1904 Toronto Ontario – Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games for hockey’s Stanley Cup.
1880 Fredericton New Brunswick – Fire destroys Parliament Buildings at Fredericton.
1838 Amherstburg Ontario – Canadian militia routs American republican sympathizers on Fighting Island, in the Detroit River.
1832 Montreal Quebec – The Company of Proprietors of the Champlain & St. Lawrence Railroad get a charter; first railway incorporation in Canada; work not begun until 1835; first train July 21, 1836.
1651 Paris France – Charles de St-Etienne de La Tour 1593-1666 commissioned as Governor of Acadia after d’Aulnay’s drowning.
1620 Paris France – Henri, Duc de Montmorency appointed Viceroy of New France; with Champlain as Lieutenant.
1610 Dieppe France – Jean de Biencourt, Baron de Poutrincourt 1557-1615 sets sail from Dieppe to recolonize Port Royal; with son Charles de Biencourt and Claude de La Tour.
In World Events…
1994 Hebron Israel – Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein massacres 43 Muslim worshippers at a mosque; beaten to death at the scene.
1993 Seoul South Korea – Kim Young-sam sworn in as South Korea’s first civilian president in 32 years.
1990 Managua Nicaragua – Nicaraguans vote out Daniel Ortega’s Sandinista government.
1986 Manila Philippines – Corazon Aquino becomes President of the Philippines; ex-President Ferdinand Marcos flees in disgrace.
1983 Key West Florida – Tennessee Williams dies at age 71; chokes to death on a bottle cap; US playwright known for A Streetcar Named Desire.
1981 Minneapolis Minnesota – Boston Bruins play the Minnesota North Stars in the NHL’s most penalized game – 84 penalties, for a total of 392 minutes.
1972 Russia – Soviet Union’s Luna 20 spacecraft returns to Earth with samples from the moon’s surface.
1964 Miami Florida – Cassius Clay, a 7-1 underdog, knocks out Sonny Liston in the 7th round to become World Heavyweight Boxing Champion for the first time; later known as Muhammad Ali.
1956 Moscow Russia – Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin as a demigod and tyrant, in a speech to the 20th Soviet Party Congress.
1950 New York City – Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premiere their comedy program Your Show of Shows on NBC; writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen.
1948 Prague Czechoslovakia – Czechoslovakian President Edvard Benes accepts resignations of non-Communists in his Cabinet; Communists legally take control of Czech government in the February Coup.
1913 Washington DC – The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing income tax, is ratified.
1904 Dublin Ireland – J.M. Synge premieres his Riders to the Sea at the Irish National Theatre Society, the Abbey.
1901 New York City – Financier J.P. Morgan pulls together the US Steel Corp out of the Carnegie and other companies; the first billion dollar corporation.
1863 Washington DC – US Congress creates a national banking system and a comptroller of currency.
1862 Washington DC – US Congress establishes the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
1839 Tampa Bay Florida – Florida’s Seminole Indians and their black allies are shipped to New Orleans to be sent West.
1836 Washington DC – Samuel Colt patents the first revolving barrel multishot firearm.
1804 Washington DC – Thomas Jefferson nominated for president at the Democratic-Republican caucus.
1791 Philadelphia Pennsylvania – First Bank of US chartered.
1723 London England – Sir Christopher Wren dies; astronomer, architect.
1601 London England – The Earl of Essex is executed for treason in revolt against Queen Elizabeth.
1570 Rome Italy – Pope Pius V issues the papal bull Regnans in Excelsis, excommunicating Queen Elizabeth I of England, daughter of Henry VIII; absolves her subjects from allegiance.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1943 Liverpool England – George Harrison, Beatle, member of the Travelling Willberries; My Sweet Lord.
1918 USA – Bobby Riggs, tennis star, winner of 1939 US Open.
1917 England – Anthony Burgess, essayist, novelist, A Clockwork Orange.
1913 Germany – Gert Frobe, actor, title role in Goldfinger.
1906 Spain – Domingo Ortega, matador.
1901 USA – Zeppo Marx, comedian, actor, one of the Marx Brothers.
1888 USA – John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State 1953-59.
1873 Naples Italy – Enrico Caruso, operatic tenor, Faust.
1866 Italy – Beneditto Croce, historian, editor, philosopher.
1841 France – Pierre Auguste Renoir, impressionist painter.
1814 Ukraine – Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet, painter.
1778 Argentina – José Francisco de San Martín, liberator of Argentina Chile and Peru.
1725 Paris France – Armand-Louis Couperin, composer, organist at Notre Dame.
1707 Italy – Carlo Goldoni, dramatist, The Love of Three Oranges.

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