The House of Commons voted 217-48 in favour of a bill that would give the Nisga'a of northwest BC the right to self-government. The band received 2000 sq km of land and $253 million. In return they agreed to pay taxes and relinquish future claims.
1979Clark's Government Defeated
A non-confidence vote on Finance Minister John Crosbie's budget defeated Joe Clark's minority government. Clark called an election.
1996Homo Erectus Dates Pushed Back
Science magazine reported that the species Homo erectus, a predecessor to modern humans, inhabited the globe for more than 200 000 years longer than was previously thought.
1943Birth of Ferguson Jenkins
Baseball player Ferguson Jenkins, who was the finest Canadian-born baseball player and became the first Canadian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, was born at Chatham, Ont.
1804Birth of Joseph Howe
Nova Scotian patriot Joseph Howe was born in Halifax. He was influential in the achievement of responsible government in Nova Scotia.
1929Birth of Christopher Plummer
Celebrated Canadian actor Christopher Plummer was born at Toronto. Raised in Montréal, he decided to pursue an acting career after watching Laurence Olivier in Henry V. He apprenticed with the Montreal Repertory Theatre along with fellow Montréaler William Shatner.
1890Death of John William Ritchie
John William Ritchie, one of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation, died in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ritchie, like many Nova Scotians, sympathized with the South during the United States Civil War. He showed his support by aiding in the defence of three New Brunswick men involved in the Chesapeake Affair in 1863.
2016Death of Alan Thicke
Actor, writer, producer and composer Alan Thicke died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 69. Thicke was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and began his career writing for the CBC in the 1960s. He went on to become an internationally recognized media figure, hosting The Alan Thicke Show and starring in the sitcom Growing Pains. He also composed theme songs for the shows Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and Wheel of Fortune.
1918Birth of Michelle Tisseyre
Mary Jane Michelle Tisseyre (née Ahern), OC, television host, journalist and translator was born in Montréal, QC. The first woman to present a "Grand Journal" newscast for CBC French services (Radio-Canada), Tisseyre also hosted the very first talk show in Canada.