Austin Clarke won the inaugural Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for his novel The Origins of Waves.
1926Death of Charles Johnson
Charles Gardiner Johnson, known as "the father of Vancouver's shipping industry," died at Vancouver. He arrived in Vancouver broke in 1885 and worked as a labourer.
1989First Female Combat Soldier in Canada
Ten years after women were first admitted to military colleges in Canada, Heather Erxleben completed training at the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle School in Wainwright, Alberta. In doing so, Erxleben became the first female combat soldier in Canada.
1962Fairclough Dismantles Discriminatory Policy
During her term as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Ellen Fairclough oversaw improvements to the Canadian Immigration Service, but her most significant accomplishment was the radical reform of the government's "White Canada" immigration policy. Regulations tabled in 1962 helped to eliminate racial discrimination in Canada's immigration policy.
1649First Execution in Canada
Date of the first execution in Canada. The victim was a 16-year-old girl found guilty of theft.