Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen, who sailed the Gjoa, the first ship to cross the top of North America, was born at Sarpsborg, Norway.
1916Birth of Jack Gallagher
Geologist and industrialist Jack Gallagher, who established a firm that later became Dome Petroleum, was born at Winnipeg.
1964Fishing Limit Extended
A bill extending Canada's fishing limits to 22.2 km (12 nautical miles) received royal assent.
1913Birth of Woodrow Lloyd
Premier of Saskatchewan Woodrow Lloyd, who was best known for his fight for free universal medical care in Saskatchewan, was born near Webb, Sask.
1994Comet Collides with Jupiter
Fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy collided with the planet Jupiter.
1812Skirmish at the River Canard, Upper Canada
Advanced units of Hull’s invading army attacked a British picket, which fell back to Amherstburg. Two British soldiers were accidentally left behind, and they defended their position until they were captured. One of them, Private Hancock, died of his injuries that evening, becoming the war’s first British casualty.
2003Death of Carol Shields
Novelist Carol Shields, whose celebrated The Stone Diaries won the Governor General's Literary Award and the Pulitzer Prize, died at Victoria, BC.
1860New Westminster Incorporated
Named by Queen Victoria, the "Royal City" of New Westminster - and first capital of BC - was incorporated.
1958Manitoba Theatre Centre
The first regional theatre, the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg, staged its first production.
2013Death of Alex Colville
Renowned artist Alex Colville died at Wolfville, NS, at 92. Colville's work balanced the everyday and the extraordinary. He had been a prominent figure on the Canadian art scene since the Second World War, during which he served as a war artist. He was perhaps best-known for his meticulous depictions of common scenes in everyday life.
2016Creator of the Loonie Design Dies
Robert-Ralph Carmichael, the artist who created the design for the loonie, Canada’s famous one-dollar coin, died in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, aged 78. His proposal featuring a solitary loon on water was accepted by the Royal Canadian Mint for the introduction of the coin in 1987. The image quickly took on iconic status among Canadians. Three decades later, more than one billion of these coins were in circulation. In addition to designing a number of other coins for the mint and a loon stamp for Canada Post, Carmichael was a widely exhibited painter.