Today in Canadian History (Part 5)

1988-01-29 Canadian Ben Johnson breaks own 50-yard dash world record at 5.15
1988-02-13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
1988-02-28 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
1988-07-30 Ronald J Dossenbach begins world record ride, pedaling across Canada from Vancouver BC, to Halifax, NS (13 days, 15 hr, 4 min)
1988-08-13 Ronald J Dossenbach sets world record for pedaling across Canada from Vancouver, BC to Halifax, NS in 13 days, 15 hr, 4 min
1988-09-22 Canada begins production of a $5 silver Maple Leaf bullion coin
1988-09-24 Canada’s Ben Johnson runs drug-assisted 100 m in 9.79 sec
1988-09-26 Canada`s Ben Johnson stripped of his 100-m gold failing drug test
1988-11-25 Widespread earthquake hits North East US, Canada, no damage reported
1988-12-30 Canadian Senate OK’s free trade pact; with US
1989-06-12 Ben Johnson, Canadian Olympian, admits using steroids
1989-06-13 Houston’s Terry Puhl plays in his 1,403rd game (most by a Canadian)
1989-06-26 Canada updates coins with a new potrait of the Queen
1989-12-06 Worst Canadian mass murder: Marc Lepine kills 14 women at U Montreal
1990-07-11 Oka Crisis: First Nations land dispute in Quebec, Canada begins.
1990-09-30 The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa.
1991-02-05 Joni Mitchel inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame
1991-06-15 Birth of the first federal political party in Canada that supports Quebec nationalism, le Bloc Québécois.
1991-07-23 James Farentino of Dynasty arrested in Canada for cocaine possession
1992-02-03 Labor strike at Royal Canadian Mint ends
1992-08-12 Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
1992-10-26 The Charlottetown Accord fails to win majority support in a Canada wide referendum.
1993-10-25 Canada Liberal Party/Bloc Québécois wins parliamentary election
1995-01-01 Centennial of Canadian Mounties presence in Canada’s Yukon Territory
1995-10-30 Quebec Referendum votes to remain part of Canada
1995-12-12 CBC announces Radio Canada International service to end on March 31
1996-03-17 Montreal Canadian‘s 1st game in their new arena
1996-03-31 Radio Canada International’s final shortwave broadcast
1996-05-05 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe
1996-09-16 1st one-day international in Canada, India v Pakistan at Toronto
1996-11-19 Lt. Gen. Maurice Baril of Canada arrives in Africa to lead a multi-national policing force in Zaire.
1997-09-02 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Montreal Canada on CHOM 97.7 FM
1997-09-02 – Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Toronto Canada on CILQ 107.1 FM
1997-09-07 Steve Jones wins Canadian Golf Open with a 275
1998-01-04 A massive ice storm hits eastern Canada and the northeastern United States, continuing through January 10 and causing widespread destruction.
1998-02-17 USA Women’s Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
1998-08-20 The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government’s approval.
1999-04-01 Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories.
2000-05-02 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.
2001-09-14 Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation’s capital.
2001-12-06 The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador.
2002-01-21 The Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).
2002-02-24 Canada defeats the United States 5-2 to win the men’s ice hockey Olympic Gold Medal
2002-03-04 Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.
2002-04-17 Four Canadian Forces soldiers are killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire from two United States Air Force F-16s, the first deaths in a combat zone for Canada since the Korean War.
2002-05-11 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Ottawa and Apeldoorn (May 2), 2000, symbolically linking both the Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout the Second World War.
2003-08-14 Widescale power blackout in the northeast United States and Canada.
2003-08-25 The Tli Cho land claims agreement is signed between the Dogrib First Nations and the Canadian federal government in Rae-Edzo (now called Behchoko).
2003-12-07 The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
2004-01-21 Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O’Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar.
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen HarperPrime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper 2004-03-20 Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party’s first leader.
2005-02-01 Canada introduces the Civil Marriage Act, making Canada the fourth country to sanction same-sex marriage.
2005-03-03 Mayerthorpe Incident: James Roszko murders four Royal Canadian Mounted Police constables during a drug bust at his property in Rochfort Bridge, Alberta, then commits suicide. It is the deadliest peace-time incident for the RCMP since 1885 and the North-West Rebellion.
2005-05-08 The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day.
2005-07-20 Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, after the bill C-38 receives its Royal Assent.
2005-08-04 Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada’s 27th — and first black — Governor General.
2005-11-01 First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation, is released in Canada.
2005-11-24 Leader of the Opposition in the Canadian Parliament Stephen Harper, introduces a motion of no confidence. The motion is passed on November 28 leading to the dissolution of the 38th Canadian Parliament.
2006-04-08 Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.
2006-04-22 Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War.
2006-10-24 Justice Rutherford of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice struck down the “motive clause”, an important part of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
2006-11-27 The Canadian House of Commons endorses Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion to declare Québécois a nation within a unified Canada.
2007-01-22 The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada’s worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.
2008-06-11 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada’s First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
2012-03-26 Canadian Film maker, James Cameron, becomes the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth in over 50 years
Writer/Director James CameronWriter/Director James Cameron 2012-05-30 A number of nations including Germany, Turkey and Canada, expel Syrian diplomats following the Houla massacre
2012-06-21 Moody’s downgrades 15 major banks in the UK, US, Canada and Europe
2012-08-26 A Legionellosis outbreak in Quebec City, Canada, kills 8 and infects 104
2012-09-07 Canada closes its Iranian embassy and expels Iranian diplomatic staff out of Canada



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