Today in Canadian History (Part 4)

1958-08-14 Canadian Football League plays 1st game (Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 21)
1959-02-20 The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate.
1959-04-27 The last Canadian missionary leaves the People’s Republic of China.
1959-06-03 Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker message off the Moon
1962-01-26 Canadian Marine Service renamed Coast Guard
1962-03-15 Donald Jackson of Canada, is 1st to land a triple lutz ice skate jump
1962-09-28 Alouette (Canada), 1st Canadian satellite, launched
1962-09-29 Launch of Alouette 1, 1st Canadian satellite (on US Delta rocket)
1962-11-08 Canada government orders changing nickel back to round shape
1963-06-19 Charter members of Canadian Football Hall of Fame chosen
1963-11-29 Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831: A Douglas DC-8 carrying 118, crashes after taking-off from Dorval Airport near Montreal, Canada
1964-11-16 Radio CJCX Sydney Nova Scotia (Canada) starts shortwave transmission
1964-12-15 Canada adopts maple leaf flag
1965-01-02 Obverse design of all Canadian coins is changed to depict present-day
1965-02-15 Canada replaces Union Jack flag with Maple Leaf
1965-02-15 – Maple Leaf becomes official flag of Canada
1965-05-15 Canadian Football Players Association organizes
1965-11-09 Hurricane hits north east US/Canada
1965-11-09 – Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965.
1966-03-04 Canadian Pacific airliner explodes on landing at Tokyo, 64 die
1966-05-06 Canadian Minister of Finance announces a $20 Centennial gold coin
1966-07-01 The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
1966-08-10 Daylight meteor seen from Utah to Canada. Only known case of a meteor entering Earth’s atmosphere & leaving it again
1967-01-18 Yellowknife replaces Ottawa as capital of NW Territories, Canada
1967-06-05 Royal Canadian Mint ordered to start converting 10 cent & 25 cent coins to pure nickel as soon as possible
1967-07-01 Canada celebrates the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867.
1967-10-27 Expo ’67 closes in Montreal, Canada
1968-04-20 Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada’s PM
1968-06-02 Canadians must get government permission to export silver
1968-06-03 Canada announces it will replace silver with nickel in coins
1968-07-27 Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
1968-08-01 Canada begins replacing silver with nickel in coins
1969-01-30 US/Canada ISIS 1 launched to study ionosphere
1969-04-01 Royal Canadian Mint formally forms as a Crown Corp
1969-04-08 1st Baseball game in Canada – Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
1969-04-14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
1969-05-14 Abortion & contraception legalized in Canada
1969-06-01 Tobacco advertising is banned on Canadian radio & TV
1969-07-07 Canada’s House of Commons approves equality of French-English lang
1969-09-07 Carol Mann wins LPGA Molson’s Canadian Golf Open
1970-07-05 Air Canada DC-8 crashes 7 miles from Toronto’s airport killing 109
1971-01-06 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days
1971-04-01 US/Canada ISIS 2 launched to study ionosphere
1972-05-04 The Don’t Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to “Greenpeace Foundation”.
1972-06-16 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
1972-08-10 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
1972-09-28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eigth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series.
1972-11-27 Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
1973-04-20 Canadian ANIK A2 becomes 1st commercial satellite in orbit
1973-07-07 Glenda Reiser (Canada) sets record women’s mile (4:34.9)
1973-11-14 Canada begins production of Olympic coins
1973-12-12 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
1974-02-09 “The Americans (A Canadian’s Opinion)” by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
1974-05-08 Canada government of Trudeau falls
1974-07-09 Trudeau’s Liberal Party wins Canadian parliamentary election
1974-10-10 Canadian John Hathaway begins 2-yr ride of 50,600 miles
1975-01-09 600 employees of Royal Canadian Mint go on strike
1975-03-08 Royal Canadian Mint announces branch opening in Winnipeg Manitoba
1976-04-30 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg Manitoba
1976-08-01 21st Olympic games close at Montreal Canada
1976-10-22 Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs. The dye is still used in Canada.
1977-02-27 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
1977-04-18 81st Boston Marathon won by Jerome Drayton of Canada in 2:14:46
1977-10-17 Canada begins regular live TV coverage of Parliament
1978-03-09 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
1978-06-26 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
1978-12-10 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians
1979-04-22 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards give a benefit concert in Canada
1979-05-22 Canadians elect conservatives, Joseph Clark replaces Pierre Trudeau
1979-06-14 Canada all out 45 in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40 3 overs
1979-06-21 Sri Lanka beat Canada by 60 runs to win the 1st ICC Trophy
1979-09-05 Canada puts its 1st gold bullion coin on sale
1980-01-29 6 Iranian held US hostages escape with help of Canadians
1980-02-18 Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Liberal Party wins Canada’s elections
1980-07-01 O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada.
1980-12-05 Bank of Canada’s Canadian Currency Museum opens
1982-01-09 5.9 earthquake in New England & Canada; 1st since 1855
1982-04-16 Queen Elizabeth proclaims Canada’s new constitution
1982-04-17 Canada adopts its constitution
1982-04-18 Canada Constitution Act replaces British North America Act
1982-07-26 Canada’s Anik D1 Comsat launched by US Delta rocket
1982-07-26 – Karen Dianne Baldwin, 18, of Canada, crowned 31st Miss Universe
1982-09-14 Cindy Nicholas of Canada makes her 19th swim of English Channel
1983-06-02 Toilet catches fire on Air Canada’s DC-9, 23 die at Cincinnati
1983-07-23 Gimli Glider: Air Canada Flight 143 runs out of fuel and makes a deadstick landing at Gimli, Manitoba.
1984-02-29 Canadian PM Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he is stepping down
1984-06-17 John Turner succeeds Pierre Trudeau as premier of Canada
1984-09-17 Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada’s 18th PM succeeding John Turner
1984-11-01 Despite Mike Bossy 4 goals Islanders lose 5-6 to Canadians making Islander record when scoring a hat trick-77-3-4
1985-05-29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months.
1985-05-31 Tornados in Penn, Ohio, NY & Canada kill 88 & injured more than 1,000
1985-05-31 – 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead.
1986-03-25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
1986-04-11 A Canadain 1921 50 cent piece auctioned in NYC for $22,000
1986-08-28 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium
1987-06-30 The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.
1987-08-02 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)
1987-08-30 Ben Johnson of Canada runs 100 m in world record 9.83 sec
1988-01-02 Mulroney & Reagan sign Canada-US free trade agreement
1988-01-28 Canada’s Supreme court declares anti-abortion law unconstitutional

 

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