Irma Le Vasseur, the first French Canadian female doctor, was born in Québec City.
1899Doukhobors Arrive in Canada
About 2000 Doukhobors landed in Halifax from Russia, en route to farms in the West.
1945First Conscripts Overseas
The first of Canada's home defence forces conscripted for overseas duty arrived in Britain. The government confirmed that over 6000 "zombies" absent without leave in Canada would be classed as deserters.
1924Birth of Marcelle Ferron
Stained-glass artist Marcelle Ferron was born at Louiseville, Qué.
1811Birth of Samuel Keefer
Samuel Keefer, builder of the first suspension bridge in Canada, was born at Thorold, UC.
1888Birth of Ethel Wilson
Ethel Wilson, novelist was born at Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Her small but impressive literary output included Swamp Angel.
1985Protest at PQ Convention
At a Parti Québécois convention in Montréal, several PQ members voted not to have the issue of sovereignty as their party's platform in the next election. Several members left the convention in protest.
2013Death of Richard Garneau
Richard Garneau, Québec sports journalist and writer, died in Montréal, QC. A veteran sports reporter in Québec, Garneau was best-known for his Olympic coverage, having reported 23 Olympic Games.
1904Disallowance of Chinese Ban
The Canadian government disallowed a BC Act restricting Chinese immigration to that province.
1979First Female Territorial Commissioner
Ione Christensen became the first female territorial commissioner (Yukon).
1971Radio Tuktoyaktuk Goes On Air
Radio Tuktoyaktuk (Northwest Territories) began broadcasting, in both English and Inuktitut, bringing radio service to approximately 650 residents of the Mackenzie River Delta and introducing Aboriginal-language broadcasting to Canada.
One of Québec's major poets, Jacques Brault, won the Prix Gilles-Corbeil for his body of work.
2017Trump Inauguration Sparks Women's Marches across Canada
The inauguration of US president Donald Trump was met with protests that took place around the world in the two days that followed. Millions of women, men and children, including thousands in cities across Canada, joined marches in support of rights they feared would be threatened under the new administration. During his election campaign, Trump had made misogynistic statements and taken controversial positions on policy issues affecting women.
1941Birth of Pierre Lalonde
Beloved Québec crooner and television personality Pierre Lalonde was born in Montréal. Lalonde began his singing career at age four and started releasing music in the early 1960s. Having mastered English during his studies in the United States as a teen, he achieved success in Canada and across the border, where he performed under the name Peter Martin. In 2011, he was awarded the Québec National Assembly’s Medal of Honour.