Prohibition ended in Alberta when the Alberta Liquor Act was amended. Albertans had chosen to have the liquor trade controlled by the government.
1819Birth of Future Queen Victoria
The future Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London.
2000E. Coli Outbreak
A lethal strain of E. Coli bacterium killed a child and 3 adults in Walkerton, Ont. By June 1, 5 more had died and 1000 had been made ill from the tainted drinking water.
1996Hollinger Takes over Southam
Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc increased its holdings in Southam Inc, publisher of 20 Canadian newspapers, to 41%.
1933Birth of Marian Engel
Marian Engel, first chair of the Writers' Union of Canada, was born at Toronto.
1952Lethbridge Herald Building Completed
With the completion of construction of the Lethbridge Herald Building, the most modern newspaper facility in Western Canada opened, replacing the old facility that had stood for 42 years.
1995Gay Adoption Law Struck Down
Judge James Nevins of the Ontario Court struck down a provincial law preventing same-sex couples from adopting children.
1918Canada Elections Act
The Canada Elections Act first enfranchised all Canadian women over the age of 21 for federal elections.
1918Canadian Women Gain Right to Vote Federally
Women who were British subjects, at least 21 years old, and met the voting qualifications applied to men in their province of residence were entitled to vote in federal elections, effective 1 January 1919.
1912First Parachute Jump
As part of an early Vancouver air show, Charles Saunders took the first parachute jump from an airplane in Canada. For the occasion, he sported red tights and a leather helmet, and reportedly thrilled the Hastings Park crowd.
1897Marchand Becomes Premier
Félix-Gabriel Marchand, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec's 13th premier.
1902First Victoria Day
The first Victoria Day was observed throughout Canada. PM Wilfrid Laurier designated the holiday to fall on the birthday of Queen Victoria.
2014Death of Knowlton Nash
Broadcasting executive Knowlton Nash, who was the CBC's chief correspondent and anchor on The National, died in Toronto.
1813US Bombards Fort George
The fortifications were largely destroyed by American batteries across the Niagara River at Fort Niagara. American "hot shot" – cannonballs heated until red hot – set Fort George alight.
1892Death of Sir Alexander Campbell
Lawyer and businessman Sir Alexander Campbell died in Toronto. A Father of Confederation, Campbell was a member of the Great Coalition and attended the Québec Conference. Though not a politician of lasting repute, Campbell was considered Sir John A. Macdonald’s right-hand man in his time.
1862Soccer Introduced to BC
The first documented match of "football" (soccer) was introduced to mainland BC by the Royal Engineers stationed at New Westminster.
2014Xavier Dolan Wins the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival
Xavier Dolan’s Mommy tied with Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language for the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
1861Birth of Albert Peter Low
Geologist and explorer Albert Peter Low was born in Montréal, QC. He led an Arctic expedition in 1903. Aboard the Neptune, Low and his team mapped the waters of Hudson Bay and lands further north. He collected information and photos of Inuit peoples who inhabited the area.