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.
2017Death of Victor Prus
Polish-born architect Victor Prus died in Montréal, Québec, at age 99. Prus immigrated to Canada in 1952, having served with the Polish forces and the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He went on to have an award-winning career in this country, designing such notable structures as Montréal’s Palais des congrès (Convention Centre), three of the city’s metro stations and the Centaur Theatre.
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.
Louis-Joseph Papineau was elected speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
1948Flag of Québec (the Fleurdelisé)
Québec’s flag, the Fleurdelisé, was flown for the first time at centre tower of the Québec Parliament Building in Québec City. The Québec government adopted the Fleurdelisé during the administration of Maurice Duplessis. It was the first provincial flag officially adopted in Canada. 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.
1910Sudbury Train Disaster
A broken rail caused derailment of a CPR passenger train west of Sudbury, killing 43.
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).