Speed skater Jean Wilson, who, after winning international honours for Canada, died of the muscular disease myasthenia gravis, was born at Glasgow, Scot.
1842Birth of Charles Woodward
Merchant Charles Woodward, who founded Woodward Department Stores Ltd, was born in Wentworth County, Canada W.
1996Olympic Games Open
The 26th Olympic Games opened in Atlanta, Georgia. Canada would achieve what, at the time, was its best medal total, with 22 medals in 9 sports (among them Donovan Bailey's gold win in the 100 m race, making him the world's fastest man).
1997Fishermen Blockade Ferry
A group of disgruntled Canadian fishermen blockaded an Alaskan ferry to protest the overfishing of Pacific salmon by Alaskan fishermen.
2013Famed "Maple Leaf Forever" Tree Felled by Storm
Said to have inspired Alexander Muir's poem, and later song, "The Maple Leaf Forever," a roughly 150-year-old silver maple in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood was felled during a thunderstorm. When a leaf from the tree lodged on George Leslie's coat sleeve, despite efforts to brush it off, Muir was moved to write the once unofficial Canadian national anthem, in 1867.
1862Stikine Territory Organized
The Stikine River region of BC was removed from HBC authority and organized as Stikine (or Stickeen) Territory.
1979“Indian Women’s March” Protests the <i>Indian Act</i>
Twenty-eight Aboriginal women from the Tobique First Nation’s women’s group organized a 160 km walk from the Oka Reserve in Québec to Ottawa. They aimed to bring national attention to gender discrimination in the Indian Act.
Flooding caused by torrential rains killed 10 people, destroyed 22 488 homes and left thousands homeless in the Saguenay region of Québec. An inquiry later reported that the region's system of dams was poorly maintained.
1958Royal Totem Presented to Queen Mother
Kwakwaka'wakw Chief Mungo Martin (Naka'pankam) presented the Royal Totem to Her Majesty the Queen Mother in London, who accepted on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, to mark the centennial of the creation of the colony of British Columbia.