Louis-Joseph Papineau was elected speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
1839Acadia College Opens
Acadia College opened at Wolfville, NS.
1900More Canadians to South Africa
A second contingent of Canadian troops sailed for South Africa to fight in the Boer War.
1980Canada Expels Spies
Canada expelled 3 Soviet Embassy employees for spying. They had been involved in buying classified information from a US citizen in Ottawa.
1941Birth of Gary Beck
Drag race driver Gary Beck was born at Seattle, Wash.
1910Sudbury Train Disaster
A broken rail caused derailment of a CPR passenger train west of Sudbury, killing 43.
1721Birth of James Murray
James Murray, military officer and first British governor of Québec, was born at Ballencrieff, Scot.
1905Birth of George Craig Laurence
Nuclear physicist George Craig Laurence was born at Charlottetown, PEI.
1948Fleur de Lis Official Emblem
Maurice Duplessis proclaimed the fleur de lis as the official emblem of Québec. After more than 50 years, the controversy continues as botanists insist that the flowers on the flag are not lilies but irises, which are indigenous to Québec.
1935Record Snowfall in Vancouver
Forty-three cm of snow fell on Vancouver, setting a 24-hour record for snowfall for the city. There were no injuries, but the roof of the Hastings Park Forum collapsed.
1922Birth of Lincoln Alexander
Lincoln Alexander, CC, OOnt, lawyer, parliamentarian, public servant, lieutenant-governor of Ontario, was born in Toronto, ON. The first Black Canadian to sit in the House of Commons (1968) and to hold a viceregal position (1985).