At Fort Langley, Judge Matthew Begbie read aloud the Queen's commission making James Douglas the governor of the new colony of British Columbia.
1900Birth of Ernest Bushnell
Pioneer broadcast executive Ernest Bushnell, who started Canada's first advertising agency for radio, was born near Lindsay, Ont.
1937Birth of Marilyn Bell
Swimmer Marilyn Bell, who at age 16 swam across Lake Ontario, was born at Toronto.
1967Mouvement Souveraineté-Association Formed
René Lévesque formed the Mouvement Souveraineté-Association to promote sovereignty in Québec. Levesque published the organizations manifesto, Option Québec, the following year.
1794Jay's Treaty Passed
By Jay's Treaty, the British agreed to evacuate frontier posts by 1796. US shipping would have access to British possessions.
1804Canada's First Theatre
Canada's first theatre was opened in Montréal, by a Scottish actor named Ormsby.
2015Death of Ron Hynes
Singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, whose powerful stories and characters moved audiences far beyond the shores of his native Newfoundland, died in St. John's at the age of 64.
2014Staffer Sentenced for Role in Robocall Scandal
The Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph, ON, sentenced former Conservative staffer Michael Sona to nine months in prison for his role in the robocall scandal that erupted in the wake of the 2011 federal election. On the day of the election, 6,000 Guelph voters received automated calls directing them to incorrect voting locations. Sona was the only person charged in relation to the fraudulent calls.