On This Day

March 06

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1834 TORONTO'S BIRTHDAYToronto Ontario – City of Toronto, formerly York, incorporated; population now 10,000; first municipal election to be held March 27th.

Also On This Day...

Quebec Quebec – Louis Hébert signs agreement to become the first colonist of New France; he is a farmer and apothecary, and will provide herbal medicines to the inhabitants.


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Ottawa Ontario – Governor General John Douglas Sutherland, Marquis of Lorne 1845-1914 helps found the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Ken Danby 1940-
painter, born on this day at Sault Ste. Marie Ontario in 1940. Born on the same day as Michelangelo, Ken Danby is best known for his painting of a masked goaltender, At the Crease (1972).

In Other Events…
1997 Nakina Ontario – Students at Nakina Public School, 100 km east of Lake Nipigon, exchange email with Queen Elizabeth, as she launches her official royal website from Buckingham Palace.
1995 Regina Saskatchewan – Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan Inc. agrees to pay US$810 million for Texasgulf Inc of North Carolina.
1969 Ottawa Ontario – Wilfrid Laurier 1841-1919 papers and memorabilia displayed at the National Library in Ottawa; first exhibit of its kind in Canada
1962 Riondel BC – Sons of Freedom Doukhobors bomb electric power pylon near Riondel.
1957 Ottawa Ontario – Supreme Court of Canada nullifies Quebec ‘Padlock Law’ of 1937; says jurisdiction federal and not provincial.
1940 Ottawa Ontario – Founding of the wartime Agricultural Supplies Board.
1925 Truro Nova Scotia – 12,000 Nova Scotia coal miners go on strike until August 6.
1909 Hamilton Ontario – Samuel Carter appointed first President of Co-operative Union of Canada, an insurance company founded at Gore Park in Hamilton; native of Guelph; origin of The Cooperators.
1901 Ottawa Ontario – Ottawa increases Pacific Cable subsidy to $2 million.
1889 Toronto Ontario – Emile Zola’s novels seized and destroyed by customs officers after they are ruled obscene.
1884 Toronto Ontario – Opening of free public library in Toronto; today’s Toronto Public Library.
1873 Ottawa Ontario – Alexander Mackenzie 1822-1892 appointed Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition, replacing George Brown.
1852 Newfoundland – Newfoundland Electric Telegraph completed between St. John’s and Carbonear.
1852 Toronto Ontario – Group of Toronto brokers frame ‘a code of Rules and Regulations’ for Toronto Stock Exchange
1837 London England – British Parliament passes Lord John Russell’s Ten Resolutions; the Governor of Lower Canada can now pay salaries of officials; without approval of the Assembly, who are refusing to vote funds.
1834 Toronto Ontario – Incorporation of London and Gore (later Great Western) Railroad between Hamilton and London; first railway incorporated in Upper Canada.
1645 Paris France – Founding of la Compagnie des Habitants; gets trade and colonization rights to New France; succeeds Company of New France
Today’s World Events …
1991 England – George Carey elected Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of world’s 70 million Anglicans.
1990 USA – Lougheed SR-71 Blackbird sets US transcontinental record, flying 2,404 miles in 1:08:17.
1987 Zeebrugge Belgium – Townsend Thoreson ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes while leaving Zeebrugge harbor, drowning 193 people.
1985 New York City – Yul Brynner, age 64, plays his 4,500th performance as the king in The King and I on Broadway; started in 1951.
1983 Milwaukee Wisconsin – San Antonio beats Milwaukee 171-166 in three overtime periods to score the most points ever scored by two National Basketball Association teams.
1982 USA – United States Football League starts first season of pro football competition in the spring; folded after two seasons..
1981 New York City – Walter Cronkite says ‘And that’s the way it is’ before 17 million viewers, in his last Evening News; replaced by Dan Rather.
1978 Georgia – Hustler publisher Larry Flynt shot and crippled by a sniper.
1976 USA – Dorothy Hamill wins world figure skating championship.
1974 Monaco – Italian gambler loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo.
1972 Miami Florida – Jack Nicklaus wins Doral Eastern Open, passing Arnold Palmer as golf’s all-time money winner with career earnings of $1,477,200.
1967 New Delhi India – Svetlana Alliluyeva, Stalin’s daughter, requests asylum at the US embassy in New Delhi.
1964 Greece – King Constantine II of Greece succeeds to the throne after the death of his father, Paul I.
1964 USA – Elijah Muhammad renames boxer Cassius Clay Muhammad Ali.
1964 USA – Elizabeth Taylor divorces Eddie Fisher; her 4th.
1957 Ghana – Ghana becomes independent within the Commonwealth; former Gold Coast.
1953 Moscow Russia – Georgy Malenkov succeeds Josef Stalin as Premier and First Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.
1946 Paris France – France recognizes Vietnamese statehood within the Indo-Chinese federation.
1945 Cologne Germany – Allied tanks and infantry, led by US First Army, drive into Cologne.
1944 Germany – US bombers start daylight raids on Berlin from bases in Britain.
1900 Germany – Gottlieb Daimler dies; designed first motorcycle.
1882 Serbia – Prince Milan IV proclaims himself king of Serbia.
1857 Washington DC – Dred Scott decision holds the blacks cannot be full US citizens.
1853 Venice Italy – Giuseppe Verdi premieres his opera La Traviata in Venice.
1836 Texas – Mexican General Santa Anna and his large army slaughter Davy Crockett and rest of 189 Texas volunteers after 13 day siege. General Sam Houston and his Texans capture Santa Anna 46 days later, with battle cry, Remember the Alamo.
1521 Pacific – Magellan discovers the island of Guam on his voyage around the world.
1480 Toledo Spain – Spain and Portugal sign Treaty of Toledo; Spain recognizes Portugal’s conquest of Morocco, Portugal cedes claims to Canary Islands.
1460 Portugal – Treaty of Alcacovas; Portugal gives Castile Canary Islands in exchange for West Africa.
Today’s Global Birthdays…
1972 USA – Shaquille O’Neal basketball star: Orlando Magic: NBA Rookie of the Year, 1993.
1959 Iowa – Tom Arnold, comedian, Roseanne, The Jackie Thomas Show, Tom, True Lies; Mr Roseanne Barr.
1947 USA – Dick Fosbury, Olympic Gold Medalist and record holder: high jump (7′, 4 1/4″, 1968); first to break 7′ indoors; inventor of the Fosbury Flop high jump technique.
1945 New York City – Rob Reiner, Emmy Award-winning Best Supporting Actor/Comedy Series: All In the Family (1973-74, 1977-78), Postcards from the Edge, Sleepless in Seattle; director: When Harry Met Sally, This is Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men; Carl’s son.
1944 Gisborne New Zealand – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, operatic soprano.
1944 Detroit Michigan – Mary Wilson, singer: The Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop! In the Name of Love, Back in My Arms Again, I Hear a Symphony, Nothing But Heartaches, You Can’t Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hanging On, My World is Empty Without You.
1941 USA – Willie ‘Pops’ Stargell, baseball player, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman; World Series MVP and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, 1979.
1937 Russia – Valentina Tereshkova-Nikolaeva Russian cosmonaut; first woman in space, Vostok 6.
1935 Ireland – Ronnie Delaney, 1500m runner, Olympic Gold Medal 1956.
1936 USA – Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, DC 1979-90; convicted drug felon.
1928 Colombia – Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, author: A Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera; winner of Nobel Prize for Literature 1982.
1927 Shawnee Oklahoma – Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr, USAF pilot, astronaut, Mercury 9, Gemini 5.
1926 USA – Alan Greenspan, economist, Chair, US Federal Reserve Board.
1923 Detroit Michigan – Ed McMahon, radio/TV announcer, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Star Search, The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Budweiser spots, TV’s Most Hilarious Bloopers.
1906 Paterson New Jersey – Lou Costello (Cristillo), comedian, actor, Abbott & Costello: ‘Who’s on First?’
1885 USA – Ring Lardner, sports reporter, humorist, writer: Alibi Ike, You Know Me Al, Elmer the Great, June Moon.
1844 Russia – Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov, composer, Flight of the Bumble Bee.
1831 Albany New York – Philip Henry Sheridan, General, Union Army, US Civil War.
1806 England – Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Moulton), poet: Sonnets from the Portuguese (How do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways); Robert Browning’s wife.
1619 France – Cyrano de Bergerac, soldier, dramatist, A Voyage to the Moon, The States and Empires of the Sun; subject of Rostand’s famous play about his nose.
1475 Italy – Michelangelo (de Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni), painter: Sistine Chapel ceiling; sculptor: David; architect: St. Peter’s in Rome.

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