Patrick Roy, one of the NHLs premier goalies, retired after 18 seasons. He won 551 games during the regular season and 151 in playoffs.
1934Dionne Quintuplets Born
The Dionne Quintuplets, Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile and Marie aroused worldwide attention after their birth at Corbeil, Ontario, to Oliva and Elzire Dionne in 1934. They were the only quintuplets to survive for more than a few days.
1611Champlain Leaves for Lachine
Samuel de Champlain left Québec and arrived at Lachine and named the island in the middle of the St Lawrence River St. Hélène for his wife.
1996NDP Re-elected in BC
The NDP were re-elected in British Columbia with a 2-seat majority. Glen Clark remained premier.
1927Old-age Pension Introduced
The House of Commons approved the old-age pension plan.
1947Birth of Lynn Johnston
Cartoonist Lynn Johnston, author of the daily comic strip "For Better or For Worse," was born at Collingwood, Ont.
1829Birth of Albert Rogers
Albert Rogers, railway surveyor and discoverer of Kicking Horse Pass and Rogers Pass, was born at Orleans, Mass.
1948Floods in BC
BC's worst flood on record caused 10 deaths and $300 million in damage along the lower
Fraser River.Two hundred families were left homeless, rail service was disrupted for two weeks, and more than 80 bridges washed away.
1838Outlaw Seizes Steamer
Outlaw William Johnston seized and burned the steamer Sir Robert Peel in the Thousand Islands, carrying off $175 000 in cash and plunder.
1969Alberta Resources Railway
Alberta premier Harry Strom opened the Alberta Resources Railway, a 378 km line from Grande Prairie north to Solomon.
1996Chong and Kwan Elected
Liberal Ida Chong and the NDP’s Jenny Kwan were elected and became British Columbia’s first Chinese Canadian Members of the Legislative Assembly.
1983Death of Pitseolak Ashoona
Pitseolak Ashoona, Inuk graphic artist known for her lively prints showing "the things we did long ago," died at Cape Dorset, NWT (now Nunavut).
2016Conservative Party Ends Opposition to Gay Marriage
At the federal Conservative Party convention in Vancouver, members voted to end the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage by deleting the definition of marriage from its official policy. Many Conservatives spoke out in support of the values of equality and respect embodied in this decision. Same-sex marriage has been legal across Canada since the Civil Marriage Act was passed in 2005.