On This Day

March 18

maple leaf Today's Canadian Headline...
1892 LORD STANLEY DONATES A CUPMontreal Quebec – Former Governor General Lord Stanley says he will donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada; originally presented to amateur champions; awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only by NHL teams.

Also On This Day...

Los Angeles California – Singer Joni Mitchell is reunited with a daughter, Killauren, she gave up for adoption many years earlier. For more information and pictures, check out the Joni Mitchell Website . [Photo: Barrington]


Also On This Day...

Montreal Quebec – Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard scores in 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins; becomes the first NHLer to score 50 goals in a season. Richard does it in 50 games.


And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...

Norval Baptie 1879-1966
speed skater, impresario, was born on this day in 1879; died Nov 26 1966. Baptie won the world title in 1895 at only 16 years of age. In the following quarter century, he shattered every amateur and pro speed skating record, winning nearly 5000 races, from the 200 metres to the 8 kilometres. At the end of World War I he launched one of the world’s first touring ice shows, including Olympic skating star Sonja Henie.
Also Jack Delaney 1900-1948
boxer, was born Ovila Chapdelaine on this day in 1900; died Nov 27 1948. Delaney officially changed his name when he turned pro age 19, since the ring announcers had trouble pronouncing his French surname. In 1926 he took the world light-heavyweight title from Paul Berlenbach but he came back the next year to claim the title from him. He retired with a career total of 86 pro bouts, with 42 KOs, 27 decisions, 1 foul and 3 draws.



In Other Events…
1990 Toronto Ontario – Juno Awards given by Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences; Rita McNeil Best Female Vocalist, Kim Mitchell Best Male Vocalist, The Family Brown Best Country Group, George Fox Best Male Country Vocalist, k.d. laing Best Female Country Vocalist, Alannah Myles Best Album and Best Single, Blue Rodeo Best Canadian Group.
1986 Washington DC – Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan agree on action to combat acid rain; after two-day summit.
1982 Hull Quebec – CRTC awards pay TV licences to six companies.
1981 Toronto Ontario – Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period in a game against Toronto.
1957 London England – Canada takes part in disarmament conference with Britain, the US, the USSR and France.
1942 Canada – Canadian forces establish unified military commands in Atlantic, Newfoundland, Pacific areas.
1942 Dawson Creek, BC – US Army Engineers start building Alcan (Alaska) Highway to supply the North West in case of Japanese invasion..
1918 Ottawa Ontario – First session of 13th Parliament meets until May 24; will put 10% wartime luxury tax on cars, gramophones, records, player pianos, jewels
1929 Windsor Ontario – Engineers break ground for the Windsor-Detroit tunnel under the Detroit River.
1907 Ottawa Ontario – Railroad Commission orders CPR and Grand Trunk to cut passenger fare to 3 cents a mile.
1886 Lachine Quebec – CPR starts building Lachine Bridge over the St. Lawrence River.
1870 Winnipeg Manitoba – Donald Alexander Smith, later Lord Strathcona 1820-1914 leaves Fort Garry to return to Ottawa to report on the situation in Red River.
1849 Toronto Ontario – William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861 visits Toronto, where an attempt is made to lynch the former Mayor and rebel.
1836 Vancouver Washington – Hudson’s Bay Company paddle wheel steamer Beaver arrives at Fort Vancouver; first steamboat on the Pacific Coast.
1766 London England – British pass Declaratory Act; gives Crown authority to make laws binding in the colonies; by and with consent of Parliament.
1687 Louisiana – Rene-Robert Cavelier de La Salle 1643-1687 assassinated at age 44 by mutineers on Gulf of Mexico.
1649 Midland Ontario – Jerome Lalement 1593-1673 killed by Iroquois after torture; Iroquois leave Huronia the following day.

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