Novelist Aritha van Herk was born at Wetaskiwin, Alta.
1779Birth of William Wood
William Wood, first North American–born actor to achieve notable success in theatre, was born in Montréal.
1603Champlain Reaches Tadoussac
Samuel de Champlain reached Tadoussac on the north shore of the St Lawrence River and set foot for the first time in New France.
1906Dunsmuir Appointed BC's Lieutenant-Governor
The Honourable James Dunsmuir was installed as BC's 8th lieutenant-governor.
1896Point Ellice Bridge Disaster
During celebrations for Queen Victoria's birthday, a span of the bridge at Point Ellice in the harbour of Victoria, BC, fell out. A loaded streetcar fell with it and 55 people were killed, the worst streetcar accident in North American history.
2014First Woman to Head a Canadian National Newspaper
Anne Marie Owens was named editor of the National Post, making her the first woman to hold the top editorial position at a national newspaper in Canada.
1910A. Sifton Becomes Premier of Alberta
Arthur Sifton became premier of Alberta. He held together a divided party and was an effective premier, a strong leader and a skilled administrator.
1932CRBC (future CBC) Established
Parliament passed an Act establishing the publicly funded Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, the forerunner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp of 1936. Before the CRBC almost the only programs available to Canadians were from the US.
2014Residential School Monument in Winnipeg
A monument to honour the survivors of residential schools was unveiled in Winnipeg, MB, near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Residential schools were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Aboriginal children into Euro-Canadian culture. Since the last residential school closed in 1996, former students have pressed for recognition and restitution, resulting in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement in 2007.
1846Responsible Government in Newfoundland
Public meetings at St John's, Newfundland, adopted resolutions in favour of responsible government.
1874Secret Ballot Introduced
An Act was passed introducing vote by secret ballot, simultaneous elections and the abolition of property qualifications for Members of Parliament.