James Murray was named Governor of Québec. However, his willingness to allow French law and custom in the courts made him unpopular and led to his recall in April 1766. He left Canada in June.
1996Aboriginal Report Released
The Royal Commission on Aboriginal People released its report, recommending the establishment of 60-80 new nations with self-government at a cost of $30 billion.
1907Birth of Christie Harris
Author Christie Harris, whose children's books reflect the need to respect nature and its balance, was born at Newark, NJ.
1902Birth of Foster Hewitt
Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Foster Hewitt, who made one of the first radio broadcasts of a hockey game, and who probably did more to popularize hockey in N America than any other person, was born at Toronto.
1902Prior Sworn in as BC's Premier
Edward Gawler Prior was sworn in as BC's 15th premier.
1892Canada's First Black Physician Named Aide-de-Camp
Anderson Abbot became Canada's first Black physician in 1861. He served as one of only eight Black surgeons in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was distinguished by being appointed aide-de-camp of the New York Commanding Officers Dept., the highest military honour bestowed to that time on a Black person in North America.
1988Conservatives Regain Power
The Free Trade Agreement became the central issue in the 1988 federal election, and the Conservatives overcame a resurgent Liberal Party around whom opposition to the FTA coalesced.
1970Death of Édouard “Newsy” Lalonde
Gifted hockey and lacrosse player Édouard “Newsy” Lalonde died at age 83. Lalonde played for the Montreal Canadiens in the fledgling NHL for five seasons, scoring 124 goals in 99 regular-season games. He was also a star professional lacrosse player who was voted Canada’s best lacrosse player of the first half century in 1950. He was inducted into both sports’ halls of fame.
1988First Indigenous Woman Elected to Federal Government
Ethel Dorothy Blondin-Andrew, member of the Dene Nation, became the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Commons.
1921Royal Arms of Canada
Red and white were designated Canada’s colours by King George V in the proclamation of the Royal Arms of Canada, Canada’s Coat of Arms.A red maple leaf appears in the right paw of a lion and three maple leaves joined by one stem appear in the crest.
In an open letter to Québec newspapers, Cardinal Marc Ouellet issued an apology for errors committed by the Roman Catholic Church, asking Quebeckers to forgive the institution for its former attitudes toward anti-Semitism and racism, indifference to First Nations, and discrimination against homosexuals and women.