Following US President James Madison’s recommendation, Congress declared war on Great Britain in response to, among other issues, the forced induction of American sailors into service with the Royal Navy, and ongoing British support for Aboriginal peoples on the American frontier.
Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer, was lost on a rescue mission in the Arctic.
1935Battle of the Ballantyne Pier
Mounted police charged 1000 longshoremen in Vancouver during a strike lockout in the "Battle of the Ballantyne Pier."
1906Birth of Anahareo
Conservationist Anahareo, or Gertrude Bernard, who played an important role in converting Grey Owl into a dedicated conservationist, born at Mattawa, Ont.
1966Birth of Kurt Browning
Figure skater Kurt Browning, who stunned the world at the World Championships by executing the first successful quadruple jump in competition, was born at Rocky Mountain House, Alta.
1997CRTC Rating System
The CRTC approved a new television rating system grading programs in 6 categories from those appropriate to children (C) to those for adults only (18+).
2000Findley wins CBA Libris Lifetime Achievement Award
Timothy Findley won the Canadian Booksellers' Association Libris Lifetime Achievement Award.
1962Conservatives Win Minority
In a federal election, the Conservatives were reduced to a minority government, dropping to 116 seats. The Liberals won 99, Social Credit 30 and the NDP 19 seats. Diefenbaker remained prime minister with the support of the Social Credit.
1964Married Women in Québec Gain Legal Capacity
Under Bill 16, Québec women were able to act independently of their husbands, i.e., make decisions without their husband’s approval. This ability to have legal capacity had a huge impact, particularly on contractual transactions. The bill was championed by Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, Québec’s first female member of the Legislative Assembly.