The government banned commercial fishing on Ontario's Lake St Clair because of contamination by mercury.
1945Topham Wins Victoria Cross
Corporal Frederick George Topham, a medical orderly with the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, won the Victoria Cross for rescuing wounded men despite his own injuries in fighting east of the Rhine River in Germany.
2012Mulcair Becomes NDP Leader
Thomas Mulcair is elected the NDP's new leader, following the death of Jack Layton
1908Birth of Carl Klinck
Carl Klinck, literary historian and educator, was born at Elmira, Ont.
1853First Edition of <i>The Provincial Freeman</i>
Educator, publisher and abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd founded the The Provincial Freeman newspaper in order to promote Black emigration to Canada. The paper publicized the successes of Black persons living in freedom in Canada. In establishing the weekly, Shadd became the first Black woman in North America to publish a newspaper, and one of the first female journalists in Canada.
1975Beaver Becomes Official Symbol
A private member's bill sponsored by Sean O'Sullivan making the beaver the official symbol of Canada received royal assent.
1935Birth of Mary Seeman
Psychiatrist Mary Seeman, whose research has resulted in a clearer understanding of the biochemical basis of schizophrenia, was born at Lodz, Poland.
Francis M. Rattenbury, architect of BC's provincial parliament and the Empress Hotel, was murdered in Bournemouth, England, by his wife and her lover.
1936Birth of David Suzuki
Geneticist and broadcaster David Suzuki was born at Vancouver.
1853<i>The Provincial Freeman</i> Published
Educator, publisher, and abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd founded the The Provincial Freeman newspaper in order to promote Black emigration to Canada. Shadd also used the newspaper to discuss women’s rights, including the right to vote.
1990Alannah Myles Topped the Charts
Alannah Myles topped the Billboard singles chart with her hit "Black Velvet."
1998Yvonne Atwell Elected to NS Legislative Assembly
Yvonne Atwell, community development advocate and president of the African Canadian Caucus of Nova Scotia, became the first Black Nova Scotian woman elected to the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly.
1937First Woman Elected to Vancouver City Council
Helena Gutteridge became the first female member of the Vancouver City Council. Gutteridge had been a force in the political scene for several decades. A noted feminist and socialist, she worked tirelessly for enfranchisement during the suffrage movement and for workers’ rights.
The Royal Commission of Inquiry on Education (Parent Commission) was created in Québec. Chaired by Alphonse-Marie Parent, the commission was the impetus for Québec's major school reforms in the 1960s.
2016Death of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain
Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, the first woman elected to Québec’s National Assembly, died at age 91. Kirkland-Casgrain left her mark on the province’s political history in 1964 by spearheading the passage of Bill 16, which improved the legal status of married women. For more than 12 years, she was the only woman to sit as a member of the National Assembly among some 100 male colleagues. In 1985, she was named a Knight of the National Order of Québec, and in 1992, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.