Jacques Rose was acquitted of the murder of Pierre Laporte during the FLQ crisis. On 9 December 1972, he would also be acquitted of Laporte's kidnapping but would be convicted of being an accessory after the fact on 17 July 1973.
1986Train Disaster at Hinton
Twenty-three people died in a head-on collision between a CN freight train and a Via Rail passenger train at Hinton, Alta.
1995Clinton Addresses Parliament
President Bill Clinton addressed the Canadian Parliament, urging Canadian unity.
1949Birth of Marc Garneau
Marc Garneau, first Canadian astronaut to enter space, was born at Quebec City.
1920Birth of Paul Gérin-Lajoie
Politician Paul Gérin-Lajoie, one of the leading political figures in Quebec's Quiet Revolution was born at Montreal.
1994Bedard Wins Second Olympic Gold
Myriam Bedard won the 7.5 km event in biathlon and took Olympic gold. It was Canadas second Olympic medal in Nordic competitions. Bedard later realized that she had accomplished the feat on mismatched skis, inadvertently grabbing one from each of her sets on the way to the competition.
2002Mens Short-Track Speed Skaters Win Second Olympic Gold
Marc Gagnon and teammates Jonathan Guilmette, François-Louis Tremblay and Mathieu Turcotte won Olympic gold in the mens 5000 m relay at Salt Lake, narrowly beating the Italian team by 0.047 seconds.
2000Canada’s Peacekeeping Mission in East Timor Ends
Operation Toucan, Canada’s peacekeeping mission in East Timor, came to an end. The United Nations International Force was involved in restoring security in the small Southeast Asian country. Canadian activities included flying supplies to UN troops and completing several humanitarian projects, such as repairs to schools and hospitals.
1807Wilberforce Introduced Bill to End Slave Trade
William Wilberforce introduced a motion in the British House of Commons seeking to abolish the Atlantic slave trade. Having pursued the abolitionist cause for nearly 20 years, and after 10 hours of debate, Wilberforce’s motion was carried by a vote of 283 to 16. Upper Canada was the first jurisdiction in the British Empire to limit enslavement with its 1793 Act to Limit Slavery. Though the British ended their slave trade in 1807, slavery in the colonies continued until 1834.
1875Secret Ballot in Québec
A new electoral law was instated in Québec, enforcing the secret ballot for the first time.
1996Bridging the Cultural Gap
The preliminary report of the royal commission into Native affairs recommended that First Nations should be able to set up their own justice systems, appropriate to their own cultures.
2010McIvor Wins Olympic Gold
Skier Ashleigh McIvor won a gold medal in women's freestyle skicross at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. It was the first time the event had been held at an Olympic Games.
1909<i>Silver Dart</i> Flies
John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961) flew the aircraft the Silver Dart for about one kilometer at Baddeck, NS. It was the first powered flight of a heavier-than-air machine in Canada and the British Empire.
2002Gagnon Wins Olympic Gold
Marc Gagnon won the 500 m in short-track speed skating, the first of his two gold-medal wins at the Salt Lake Olympics that day, adding a second with teammates in the relay. Gagnon's total of five Olympic medals from 1994 to 2002 exceeded Gaëtan Boucher record of four medals, making Gagnon Canadas most decorated male winter Olympian to that date.
2010<i>Truth in Sentencing Act</i>
The Truth in Sentencing Act, a law reducing the amount of credit an offender can receive for time spent in pre-trial custody, came into effect. The impact of the Harper-government initiative was later tempered by the Supreme Court, which ruled in 2014 that judges may credit 1.5 days for each day an offender spends in pre-trial custody. (The government had sought to limit the credit to one day for each pre-trial day.)
1970First Juno Awards
The first Juno Awards were presented.
1906Tommy Burns Heavyweight Champ
Tommy Burns became the only Canadian to hold the world heavyweight boxing championship when he beat Marvin Hart at Los Angeles. He lost it to famed boxer Jack Johnson in 1908.
2015MacLauchlan Becomes Premier
Liberal candidate Wade MacLauchlan was sworn in as the 32nd premier of Prince Edward Island, taking over the province's leadership following the resignation of Robert Ghiz. MacLauchlan, who has held professorships in law and written a biography of PEI premier Alex B. Campbell, was president of the University of Prince Edward Island from 1999 to 2011.