Today in History (January)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Francis Bond Head, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barry Goldwater, former US Senator

1776 – George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag

1861 – Abraham Lincoln declares slavery in Confederate states unlawful

1863 – Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation

1976 – John Diefenbaker appointed a Companion of Honour by Queen Elizabeth

1992 – George H. W. Bush becomes first US President to address Australian Parliament

2005 – Shirley Chisholm passes away


1908 – Lord Grey strikes Canada’s first domestically struck coin

1935 – Richard Bennett outlines his “new deal” programme

1960 – John Kennedy announces candidacy for US Presidency

1974 – Richard Nixon imposes 55 MPH speed limit

1983 – Joe Clark announces a leadership convention after receiving 2/3 support among PC Party delegates

1983 – Pierre Trudeau begins 18 day tour of Asia

1988 – Brian Mulroney signs free trade agreement with US President

1988 – Ronald Reagan signs free trade agreement with Canadian Prime Minister


1777 – George Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton

1919 – Herbert Hoover placed in charge of war relief in Europe

1946 – Thomas Dewey commutes Lucky Luciano’s sentence

1947 – William Lyon Mackenzie King receives Canadian Citizenship certificate 0001

1993 – George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign Start II arms reduction treaty


HAPPY BIRTHDAY John Crosbie, 80th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd US President

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sterling Lyon, 17th Premier of Manitoba

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dick Cheney, 46th US Vice President

1839 – Lord Durham completes his Report on the Affairs of British North America

1946 – The first issue of the Franklin Roosevelt dime

1957 – Congress accepts the “Eisenhower Doctrine”

1961 – John Kennedy asks for an Alliance for Progress and Peace Corps

1976 – George H. W. Bush becomes CIA Director

1989 – Brian Mulroney shuffles cabinet

1989 – Lucien Bouchard sworn in as Minister of the Environment

1990 – Michael Wilson gets GST through first reading


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Richard Gephardt, US House Minority Leader

1839 – Lord Durham hands in his Report on the Affairs in British North America

1884 – Sir John A. Macdonald passes Railway Relief Bill providing further loans to CPR

1934 – Franklin Roosevelt devalues US dollar relative to gold to $35

1950 – Harry Truman announces support for development of hydrogen bomb

1982 – Pierre Trudeau urges end to martial law on Polish TV

1995 – Bill Clinton authorizes $20 billion loan to Mexico