The first transatlantic radio press report was filed from Glace Bay, NS, by a Times correspondent.
1992Airborne Arrives in Somalia
An advance party of Canadian Airborne peacekeepers arrived at Baledogle, Somalia.
1850Birth of Joseph-Alphonse Couture
Veterinarian Joseph-Alphonse Couture, who produced the first Canadian textbook on breeding and livestock diseases, was born at Ste-Claire, Qué.
1928Birth of Ida Haendel
Violinist Ida Haendel, who enjoyed a career as a soloist, recitalist and recording artist, was born at Chelm, Poland.
1915Bowser Appointed BC's Premier
Conservative Party leader William John Bowser was sworn in as BC's 17th premier.
2006Stanley Park Severely Damaged
Stanley Park was hit by a severe storm with heavy rain and winds of up to 119 kph, which destroyed thousands of trees and forced the park to close for the first time in 40 years.
1979Trivial Pursuit Invented
On this evening, Montréal journalists Chris Haney and Scott Abbott got together to play a game of Scrabble. Wondering if they could devise a game as great as Scrabble, they spelled out a new one: Trivial Pursuit. They brought the game to market in 1982.
1876Letellier de Saint-Just Appointed Lieutenant-Governor
The Honourable Luc Letellier de Saint-Just was appointed Québec's third lieutenant-governor, serving until 25 July 1879.
The premier of Québec, Honoré Mercier, was dismissed from office by the lieutenant-governor because of allegations of conflict of interest; he was acquitted of malfeasance on 4 November 1892.
1813Skirmish at McCrae's House
A detachment of three officers and 36 men of the American 26th Regiment surrendered to 32 members of the Canadian militia at the house of Thomas McCrae, located west of Chatham, Upper Canada.
1913Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre Opens
The opening performance at Toronto's Elgin Winter Garden Theatre Centre was attended by Irving Berlin, who came onstage to perform.
2015Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Released
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future, its final report on the residential school systemand the experiences of its survivors, in which Canada’s treatment of Aboriginal people is characterized as "cultural genocide." Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who attended the ceremonial release of the report, committed his government to implementing all of the 94 recommendations set out in the June 2015 summary report. The recommendations are aimed at repairing relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada — relations that have suffered deeply from the legacy of more than a century of assimilationist policies and human rights violations.
1964New Flag Adopted
A new national flag of Canada was adopted after much debate. The Senate gave its approval on 17 December. Queen Elizabeth signed the royal proclamation on 28 January and the new flag, with its red maple leaf and side bars, flew officially for the first time on 15 February 1965.
2015Carey Price Wins Lou Marsh Trophy
Montréal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won the Lou Marsh Trophy, given annually to Canada's top athlete as determined by a jury of Canadian sports writers. He is the first goalie to ever win the award. The trophy was Price's fifth award of 2015, in addition to the Hart Trophy, the Vézina Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the William M. Jennings Trophy.
1890Death of Sitting Bull
Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux warrior and chief Tatanka Iyotake, also known as Sitting Bull, died at Standing Rock, South Dakota. Sitting Bull was a leader in indigenous resistance against American westward expansion. He and his people sought refuge in Canada, but left when the Canadian government refused to establish a reserve for them. Sitting Bull was killed during a gunfight with American authorities trying to execute a warrant for his arrest.
1984Bill 101 Challenged
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the compulsory exclusive use of French on public commercial signs, as per Bill 101, was contrary to the right of freedom of speech. The Bourassa government reacted by introducing Bill 178, reinstating the use of French-only signs.