On This Day

March 05

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1980 TONTO RIDES INTO SUNSETWoodland Hills California – Jay Silverheels dies; born Harold J. Smith May 26, 1919 on the Six Nations Reserve, Brantford Ontario; lacrosse player, boxer, actor, he played The Lone Ranger’s sidekick Tonto; founded the Indian Actors Workshop in 1963.

Also On This Day...

Ottawa Ontario – Georges-Philias Vanier 1888-1967 dies at age 78; soldier, Royal 22ème Regiment; Canada’s 19th Governor-General 1959-67, and the first French Canadian to hold the position.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac 1658-1806
soldier, explorer, and French colonial Governor, born on this day at Les Laumets France in 1658; died 1730 in France. Cadillac arrived in Canada in 1683, fought against the Iroquois, founded the city of Detroit in 1701 (in the picture – yes, the car is named after him), and served as Governor of Louisiana (1710-17).

In Other Events…
1995 Pembroke Ontario – Canadian Airborne Regiment officially disbanded at laying-up of the colors ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa; 660 paratroopers dismissed.
1991 Ottawa Ontario – Environment Minister Robert de Cotret announces $25 million plan to cut toxic discharges into Great Lakes; part of Green Plan.
1990 Ottawa Ontario – Crown charges 8 Canadian flour mills with rigging prices for food aid; $500 million over 12 years.
1985 Uniondale New York – Montreal native Mike Bossy of the NHL New York Islanders becomes the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons. Wayne Gretsky and Guy Lafleur have each scored 50 goals in six seasons.
1982 Ottawa Ontario – Parliament passes Canada Oil and Gas Act; Petro Canada gets automatic 25% of all new offshore finds; to speed offshore oil and gas development
1982 Aspen Colorado – Steve Podborski 1957- wins men’s downhill skiing World Cup title over Austria’s Harti Weirather; Toronto native the first non-European to win, with three Cup wins and two seconds during the season.
1976 Ottawa Ontario – Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919- suggests Ottawa can take unilateral action to patriate BNA Act if provinces unable to agree.
1969 Montreal Quebec – Réjane Laberge-Colas appointed first woman judge in the Quebec Superior Court.
1968 Ottawa Ontario – Justice John C. McRuer’s Royal Commission on Civil Rights recommends greater protection for the individual.
1945 San Francisco California – US, China, Soviet Union and Britain invite Canada to attend founding United Nations Conference.
1943 Germany – British and Canadian bombers start Battle of the Ruhr; year-long bombing offensive against Germany.
1910 Rogers Pass BC – Avalanche kills sixty-two railroad workers in the Rogers Pass.
1891 Canada – John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891 wins his last election 121 seats to 94; fights under the slogan ‘The old man, the old flag, the old policy’
1891 Canada – John Alexander Macdonald 1815-1891 wins the seventh general election, and his last, 121 seats to 94; defeats Wilfrid Laurier with 51.5% of popular vote; slogan ‘the old man, the old flag, the old policy’.
1874 Charlottetown PEI – First session, after Confederation, of the Prince Edward Island legislature.
1873 Ottawa Ontario – First session of second Parliament meets until August 13; abolishes Secretary of State for Provinces; sets up Department of Interior
1872 Toronto Ontario – Toronto Typographical Union goes on 17 week strike against the Globe newspaper for nine-hour workday; 24 union members still arrested for ‘conspiracy to restrain trade’- by striking.
1870 Ottawa Ontario – Garnet Joseph Wolseley 1833-1913 chosen to lead military expedition to Red River; Deputy Quartermaster-General
1844 Montreal Quebec – Province of Canada revolving seat of government moved from Kingston to Montreal.
1844 Toronto Ontario – George Brown 1818-1880 publishes first edition of the Toronto Globe.
1838 Toronto Ontario – Bank of Upper Canada suspends payment; until Nov. 1, 1839.
1838 Paris Ontario – Founding of the village of Paris; near fine clay deposits used for plaster of Paris
1838 Kingston Ontario – Incorporation of the Town of Kingston.
1804 Alberta – David Thompson 1770-1857 starts to descend the Peace River.
1800 Quebec – Fourth session of second Parliament of Lower Canada meets until May 29; penalties for harbouring runaway sailors, bridge over Jacques Cartier R.
1764 Quebec Quebec – Governor James Murray requires inhabitants of Quebec to declare their French money; before May 1
1648 Quebec Quebec – Charles Huault de Montmagny c1583-c1653 convenes first sitting of the Council of New France.
1496 Bristol England – Italian merchant and explorer John Cabot [Giovanni Caboto Montecataluna] c1450-1498 gets letters patent from Henry VII for voyage; sails from Bristol with one ship, forced to return.
In World Events…
1991 Chicago Illinois – Reggie Miller (Indiana) begins NBA free throw streak of 52 games.
1989 New York City – Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc. merge; creating world’s largest media and entertainment corporation.
1983 Australia – Bob Hawke’s Australian Labour Party takes power, beating the Liberals of Malcolm Fraser.
1982 Hawaii – John Belushi, comedian, Saturday Night Live, dies of drug overdose at 32.
1980 Zimbabwe – Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo agreed to form a coalition government in Rhodesia.
1970 United Nations – Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty comes into force after 45 countries, including the three main nuclear powers, sign the agreement.
1963 Camden, Tennessee – Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hankshaw Hawkins killed in a plane crash near Nashville after returning from a benefit performance.
1953 Russia – Josef V Stalin dies at 73; Soviet dictator responsible for 11 million deaths.
1953 Russia – Sergei Prokofiev dies at 62; composer, Peter and The Wolf, Romeo and Juliet.
1946 Fulton, Missouri – Winston Churchill gives speech to Fulton College, says ‘From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent.’
1936 Southampton, England – Spitfire fighter plane unveiled for the first time.
1933 Germany – Adolf Hitler’s Nazis and their allies win 52% of seats in the Reichstag in the national election.
1924 New York City – Computing-Tabulating-Recording Corp becomes International Business Machines – IBM.
1856 London England – Covent Garden theater destroyed by fire.
1770 Boston Massachusetts – Boston Massacre occurs when 5 people are killed when British troops open fire on a crowd.
1616 Rome Italy – Copernicus’ de Revolutionibus placed on Catholic Forbidden index.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1958 Manchester England – Andy Gibb, group: The Bee Gees; solo: Love is Thicker than Water, I Just Want to be Your Everything, Shadow Dancing, (Our Love) Don’t Throw It all Away; host of TV’s Solid Gold.
1954 USA – Marsha Warfield, comedian, actress, Roz in Night Court, The Richard Pryor Show, Empty Nest, DC Cab.
1952 England – Alan Clark, keyboardist, Dire Straits: Telegraph Road, Private Investigation, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, The Man’s Too Strong, Goin’ Home, Smooching.
1946 Indiana – Michael Warren, actor, Bobby Hill in Hill Street Blues, Paris, Sweet Justice, Sierra.
1945 USA – Randy Matson, US shot putter, 1968 Olympic Gold, 1964 Olympic Silver; first to break the 70′ barrier.
1939 London England – Samantha Eggar, actress, Exterminator, Doctor Dolittle, The Collector, Samantha and the King.
1936 USA – Michael Landon, actor: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven; director: The Loneliest Runner, Killing Stone; writer: Killing Stone, Sam’s Son.
1936 USA – Dean Stockwell actor: Gentlemen’s Agreement, Dune, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Legend of Billie Jean, Quantum Leap.
1922 Bologna Italy – Pier Paolo Pasolini, director, Teorema, Pigsty.
1908 England – Rex (Reginald) Harrison, Academy Award-winning actor, My Fair Lady (1964), Cleopatra, Dr. Dolittle, The Agony and the Ecstasy.
1893 USA – Emmett Culligan, inventor of water-softening; founder of Culligan Water, world’s largest water-treatment company.
1887 Rio de Janeiro Brazil – Heitor Villa-Lobos, composer, Salon Waltz.
1886 England – Paul Radmilovic, swimmer, 3 Olympic gold medals.
1874 England – Henry Travers, actor, Bells of St Mary, High Sierra.
1852 Ireland – Lady Isabella Gregory, writer, playwright, Golden Apple.
1824 USA – James Merritt Ives, lithographer, Currier & Ives.
1696 Venice Italy – Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Rococo painter.
1595 England – William Blackstone, first settler in what is now Boston, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
1574 England – William Oughtred, mathematician, inventor of the slide rule.
1512 Rupelmonde Belgium – Gerardus Mercator, geographer, mapmaker.
1326 Poland – Louis I the Great, King of Hungary 1342-82 Poland 1370-82.

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