On This Day

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1982 WILSON FIRST WOMAN ON THE SUPREME COURT Ottawa Ontario – Bertha Wilson 1933- appointed first woman to sit on Supreme Court of Canada; Ontario Court of Appeal Justice; resigned Jan, 1991.

Also On This Day...

Durango Mexico – Toronto actor John Candy dies at 43 of a heart attack while filming Wagons East on location in Mexico; Candy was a Second City TV Network regular (Johnny LaRue/The Shmenge brothers’ Yosh); his films include Radio Candy, 1941, Stripes, National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Three Amigos!, Summer Rental, Brewster’s Millions, The Great Outdoors, Splash, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Home Alone (with Catherine O’Hara), JFK, Uncle Buck, Camp Candy, Cool Runnings.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Catherine O’Hara 1954-
comedy writer, actress, born on this day at Toronto in 1954. From a family of artists (brother Marcus was a documentary director and sister Mary Margaret a pop singer), O’Hara got into showbiz the old-fashioned way. While waiting on tables at the Firehall Theatre in Toronto, she convinced Second City troupe member John Candy to listen to her routines. She joined the cast in 1973, while also appearing as a regular on the children’s television show Coming Up Rosie, which sometimes featured Candy and a comic from Ottawa, Dan Aykroyd. By 1976, she was a regular on the highly successful Second City TV Network (Lola Heatherton, Brooke Shields); she has acted in Home Alone (with John Candy), Beetlejuice, Dick Tracy, A Simple Twist of Fate, Wyatt Earp, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour. For more, see her entry in Internet Movie Database .
Also Carroll Baker 1949-
country singer, born on this day in 1949.



In Other Events…
1989 Ottawa Ontario – Edward Ed Broadbent 1936- announces resignation as NDP leader after 14 years as an MP; leadership convention in December; Oshawa MP succeeded by Yukon MP Audrey McLaughlin.
1981 Montreal Quebec – Canadien Guy Lafleur scores his 1000th NHL Point.
1981 Mississauga Ontario – Ontario Labour Relations Board rules that Westroc Industries had right to lock out employees in July.
1977 Toronto Ontario – The Rolling Stones record their Love You Live album in Toronto.
1975 Ottawa Ontario – First TV coverage of a Canadian parliamentary committee.
1971 Vancouver BC – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- marries Margaret Sinclair in St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church; first Prime Minister to marry while in office; couple divorce in 1984.
1969 Ottawa Ontario – RCMP to replace remaining dog teams with snowmobiles.
1968 Gabon – Lester B. Pearson 1897-1972 suspends diplomatic relations with the African country of Gabon.
1967 Montreal Quebec – 4,500 civic clerical workers accept two-year contract; end 34-day strike with City of Montreal
1966 Ottawa Ontario – Demonstrators protest Vietnam war on Parliament Hill.
1966 Ottawa Ontario – Liberal Justice Minister Cardin breaks news of the Munsinger Affair scandal, involving former Diefenbaker Associate Minister of National Defence Pierre Sevigny 1917- and his relationship with Gerda Munsinger, known to the RCMP as a prostitute with East German contacts.
1966 Hamilton Ontario – Studebaker of Canada stops car production.
1966 Tokyo Japan – Canadian Pacific DC-8 explodes on landing at Tokyo, killing 64 people, including 18 Canadians.
1962 Ottawa Ontario – Cairine R. Wilson dies at 77; first Canadian female senator appointed
1961 Ireland – John George Diefenbaker 1895-1979 starts three-day visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Dublin, Ireland; first Canadian prime minister to officially visit Ireland.
1957 Ottawa Ontario – Guy Mollet Prime, Minister of France, addresses Parliament.
1956 Ottawa Ontario – Giovanni Gronchi, President of Italy, addresses joint session of Senate and House of Commons.
1946 Ottawa Ontario – Communist MP Fred Rose and 13 others charged with spying for the Soviet Union; result of Gouzenko revelations.
1933 Toronto Ontario – Toronto Stock Exchange stays open as US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt closes all US banks and stock exchanges; puts embargo on gold exports; good for Canadian mining shares; $US down 35 cents
1881 St. Thomas Ontario – St. Thomas gets city charter.
1871 Ottawa Ontario – Sandford Fleming appointed engineer in charge of the Canadian Pacific Railway survey.
1870 Winnipeg Manitoba – Thomas Scott executed by firing squad at Fort Garry.
1868 Toronto Ontario – Founding of Young Men’s Christian Association in Toronto.
1868 Toronto Ontario – Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) chartered in Toronto.
1865 New Brunswick – Samuel Leonard Tilley 1818-1896 defeated in New Brunswick elections; a vote against Confederation
1848 Montreal Quebec – Sherwood-Daly Ministry resigns.
1837 Fort Erie Ontario – Fort Erie Canal Company incorporated.
1837 Kingston Ontario – Bishop Alexander Macdonnell founds Regiopolis College, in the Hotel Dieu, Kingston.
1814 Wardsville Ontario – Americans defeat British at Battle of Longwoods; between London and Thamesville.
1791 London England – Constitutional Act introduced in the British House of Commons; to divide Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada.
In World Events…
1996 Tel Aviv Israel – Muslim suicide bomber kills 13, wounds 100 others, outside crowded Tel Aviv shopping mall.
1994 New York City – Four Muslim fundamentalists found guilty of truck bombing World Trade Center in New York.
1991 Moscow Russia – Soviet parliament ratifies six-nation treaty on German unification.
1991 Iraq – Saddam Hussein releases 6 US, 3 British and 1 Italian POW.
1986 London England – Today newspaper makes its debut in London; staff of 550, compared to 6,000 at the Daily Express.
1985 New York City – Dr. Benjamin Spock publishes 5th edition of Baby and Child Care; 30 million sold to date.
1980 Zimbabwe – Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party wins election; Rhodesian governor, Lord Soames, invites him to form the government.
1979 Pasadena California – Jet Propulsion Lab releases US Voyager I photo, revealing Jupiter’s rings.
1978 Chicago Illinois – Chicago Daily News publishes last issue; founded in 1875.
1977 New Mexico – Seymour Cray ships first CRAY 1 supercomputer to Los Alamos Laboratories.
1976 Belfast Northern Ireland – Ulster Convention formally dissolved in Northern Ireland; direct rule from London and via the British parliament.
1966 England – John Lennon says the Beatles are more popular than Jesus.
1964 United Nations New York – UN Security Council adopts resolution to appoint mediator and establish peace-keeping force in Cyprus.
1950 USA – Walt Disney’s Cinderella released to movie theaters.
1941 Lofoten Norway – British naval raid on German-occupied Lofoten Islands off Norway sinks eleven German ships
1936 Germany – First flight of airship Hindenburg.
1933 Washington DC – Franklin D. Roosevelt inaugurated; Frances Perkins becomes Secretary of Labor, first US woman cabinet member.
1925 Washington DC – Calvin Coolidge’s inauguration broadcast live on 21 radio stations.
1917 Washington DC – Jeannette Rankin (Rep-Mont) becomes first female member of Congress.
1913 Washington DC – Woodrow Wilson inaugurated as 28th US President; Congress passes first law regulating the shooting of migratory birds.
1881 London England – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes A Study in Scarlet; Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson begin first case together.
1880 New York City – NY Daily Graphic publishes first half-tone engraving by S.H. Horgan.
1877 Moscow Russia – Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky premieres his ballet Swan Lake at the Bolshoi Theater.
1873 New York City – NY Daily Graphic first illustrated daily newspaper in US.
1861 Richmond Virginia – Confederate States adopt Stars & Bars flag.
1826 Quincy Massachusetts – Granite Railway chartered; first in the US.
1801 Washington DC – Thomas Jefferson first president inaugurated in Washington.
1793 New York City – George Washington was inaugurated for a second term as president of the United States; his inauguration speech has only 133 words.
1791 New York City – Israel Jacobs of Pennsylvania takes office as first Jewish member of US Congress.
1791 New York City – Vermont admitted as the 14th state of the Union; first addition to the original 13 colonies; Washington calls the US Senate into its first special session.
1789 New York City – First U.S. Congress convenes in New York; declares constitution in effect.
1681 London England – King Charles II grants William Penn almost all of what is now Pennsylvania.
1675 London England – King Charles II appoints John Flamsteed first Astronomer Royal of England.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1969 USA – Chastity Bono, actress, daughter of Sonny & Cher.
1950 England – Kenny Dalglish, soccer manager.
1939 England – Paula Prentiss (Ragusa), actress: What’s New Pussycat; Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Where the Boys Are, Man’s Favorite Sport, He & She.
1936 England – Jim Clark, British auto racer: Indianapolis 500 winner (1965).
1934 England – Jane van Lawick-Goodall, ethologist, expert on chimpanzees, won 1974 Walker Prize.
1932 South Africa – Miriam (Zensile) Makeba, singer, won Grammy Award, 1965.
1928 England – Alan Sillitoe, England, writer, Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner.
1921 London England – Joan Greenwood, director: The Amorous Mr Prawn; actress: Little Dorritt series, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Tom Jones, Importance of Being Earnest, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Frenzy.
1918 USA – Margaret Osborne DuPont, tennis champion: Women’s Singles: French Open (1946, 1949), Wimbledon (1947), US Open (1948, 1949, 1950).
1916 Netherlands – Hans Eysenck, psychologist.
1913 USA – John Garfield (Garfinkle), actor, Air Force, Destination Tokyo, Gentlemen’s Agreement, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Juarez.
1905 Budapest Hungary – Lili Kraus, pianist, Austrian Cross of Honor, 1978.
1901 USA – Charles Goren, card game expert, inventor of contract bridge.
1888 USA – Knute Rockne, college football coach: Notre Dame (1918-1930): 122 games: won 195, lost 12, tied 5.
1835 Italy – Giovanni Schiaparelli, astronomer, discovered canals of Mars.
1782 Switzerland – Johann Wyss, Swiss folklorist, author, Swiss Family Robinson.
1756 Scotland – Henry Raeburn Scottish artist.
1747 Poland – Count Casimir Pulaski, soldier, American Revolutionary War general.
1678 Venice Italy – Antonio Vivaldi, baroque violin virtuoso, composer, the Four Seasons.
1651 England – John Baron Somers, William III’s chief minister 1696-1700; a Whig.
1394 Portugal – Prince Henry the Navigator, sponsor of Portuguese voyages of discovery.

<!– “I only know that it was a huge election and that on it turned issues of the most tremendous importance, such as whether or not Mariposa should become part of the United States, and whether the flag that had waved over the school house at Tecumseh Township for ten centuries should be trampled under the hoof of an alien invader, and whether Britons should be slaves, and whether Canadians should be Britons.”
Stephen Leacock
The Great Election in Missinaba County
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

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