La Salle was assassinated by his own men in present-day Texas.
1988Parizeau New PQ Leader
Jacques Parizeau became leader of the Parti Québécois. He told party members that their primary goal must be independence for Québec.
1909Birth of John Fauquier
John Fauquier, the only Canadian airman to be awarded a second Distinguished Service Order bar, was born at Ottawa.
1885Riel's Provisional Government
At Batoche, a provisional government of the North-West was proclaimed, with Louis Riel as president and Gabriel Dumont as adjutant-general.
1948Birth of Kristjana Gunnars
Kristjana Gunnars, whose writing celebrates her Icelandic roots, was born at Reykjavik, Iceland.
1923Birth of Henry Morgentaler
Physician and social activist Henry Morgentaler was born at Lodz, Poland.
1973Owen BC's 22nd Lieutenant-Governor
The Honourable Walter Steward Owen was installed as BC's 22nd lieutenant-governor.
1825Founding Fort Vancouver
The Hudson's Bay Company established Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River, near present-day Portland, Oregon.
2004Same-Sex Marriage Legalized
A Court of Appeal ruling legalized same-sex marriage in Québec.
1997Bre-X Geologist Dies
Bre-X Geologist Michael de Guzman died in mysterious circumstances in Indonesia, either jumping or being pushed from a helicopter.
2015Supreme Court Rules on Faith-Based Education
The top court decided that the Québec government infringed on religious freedom by requiring that a Jesuit high school in Montréal teach a course on ethics and religious culture from a secular, neutral perspective. The decision affirmed Loyola High School's right to include its own perspective in the course, which is designed to promote understanding of diverse cultures and religious traditions.