Some 700 workers in the Aluminium Company of Canada (Alcan) in Arvida, Qué, spontaneously walked off the job. The next day the strike spread to 4500 workers.
1967De Gaulle Incites Separatists
French president Charles De Gaulle boosted Québec's separatist movement with a speech in Montréal in which he declared "Vive le Québec libre!"
2015De Grasse Sets Canadian Record
Andre de Grasse of Markham, ON, became the first Canadian to finish the 200-metre sprint in under 20 seconds, crossing the finish line at 19.88 seconds for the gold medal at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, ON.
1534Cartier Lands at Gaspé
Jacques Cartier landed at Gaspé, placed a cross bearing the arms of France and made an official claim over the territory in the name of France.
1942Birth of Gloria George
Native Council of Canada president Gloria George, who became the first woman to lead a major aboriginal political organization, was born at Hubert, BC.
1914Birth of Frances Kelsey
Frances Kelsey, the Canadian doctor hailed as a hero for withholding approval of the drug thalidomide in the United States, was born in Cobble Hill, BC. While employed at the US Food and Drug Administration in the early 1960s, Kelsey likely saved thousands of American children from severe deformities and disabilities by refusing to approve the drug for sale, despite the fact that it was already being prescribed in Europe and Canada. Her suspicions were confirmed in 1961, when reports emerged of birth defects among children born to women who had taken thalidomide during pregnancy.
1899Birth of Dan George
Actor Dan George, or Teswahno, was born on Burrard IR No 3.
Ottawa chief Pontiac signed a treaty with the British ending the uprising he initiated three years earlier. The treaty helped to establish aboriginal rights for the future.
1754Henday in the West
Anthony Henday reached Fort Paskoyac; he later reached a Blackfoot camp southwest of present-day Red Deer, being likely the first European to set foot in territory that became Alberta.