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Today in History (April)


1949 – Louis St. Laurent give speech welcoming Newfoundland into Canada

1954 – William Lyon Mackenzie King’s family homestead becomes a National Historic Park

1970 – Richard Nixon signs bill limiting cigarette advertising

1981 – April Fools hoax video aired indicating threat to Ronald Reagan

1983 – Bill Bennett’s government sees it’s spending mandate expire

2002 – April Fools story about Paul Martin’s retirement causes dollar to fall

2009 – Stephen Harper gets G20 to agree to not raise trade barriers for 12 months


1965 – Lester Pearson calls for a stop to bombing of North Vietnam in speech while in US

1968 – Eugene McCarthy wins Wisconsin Primary

1984 – Pierre Trudeau divorces Margaret Trudeau


1776 – George Washington receives honourary degree from Harvard University

1948 – Harry Truman signs the Marshall Plan

1977 – Jimmy Carter meets with Anwar Sadat for first time

2012 – Stephen Harper suspends further spending on F35 stealth fighter

2012 – Barack Obama officially secures Democratic nomination


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Claude Wagner, former Quebec Liberal minister, former Progressive Conservative MP

1949 – Lester Pearson signs the North Atlantic Treaty

2006 – Ralph Klein announces intention to step down


1792 – George Washington casts first ever Presidential veto

1922 – Charles Dunning sworn in as Saskatchewan Premier

1983 – Bill Bennett is summoned to Government House to receive emergency spending warrants

1991 – Kitty Kelly publishes book bashing Nancy Reagan


HAPPY BIRTHDAY George “Ike” Smith, Nova Scotia’s 18th Premier

1943 – John Glenn marries high school sweetheart Anna Margaret Castor

1966 – Lester Pearson announces plan to promote bilingualism in public service

1968 – Pierre Trudeau wins leadership of Liberal Party of Canada

1987 – Ronald Reagan addresses Canadian House of Commons

1990 – Lucien Bouchard announces agreement to set up Saguenay Marine Park

1991 – Preston Manning stresses Reform Party wants Quebec to stay in Canada


1868 – Thomas D’Arcy McGee is assassinated

1954 – Dwight Eisenhower first to mention “domino-effect” regarding Communism in Indo-China

1971 – Richard Nixon orders It Calley (Mi Lai) free

1978 – Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bomb

1980 – Jimmy Carter breaks relations with Iran

1984 – Frank Church passed away


HAPPY BIRTHDAY John Hamm, 25th Nova Scotia Premier

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Betty Ford, former first lady

1873 – Sir John A. Macdonald moves for creation of committee to look into “pacific scandal”

1943 – Franklin Roosevelt brings in measures to check inflation

1952 – Harry Truman seizes steel mills to avert strike

1963 – Lester Pearson and the Liberal Party win general election

1970 – Richard Nixon’s Supreme Court nominee, G. Harold Carswell, rejected by Senate

2004 – Condoleezza Rice testifies before 9/11 Commission


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Richard Hatfield, 26th New Brunswick Premier

1961 – John Diefenbaker meets with British Prime Minister in Ottawa

1962 – John Kennedy throws out first pitch at Washington’s new stadium

1990 – Article alleges Rene Levesque showed US government legislation before own cabinet


1887 – Abraham Lincoln re-buried in Springfield, IL

1942 – William Lyon Mackenzie King approves resolutions of Joint Economic Committees

1961 – John Kennedy talks with Dutch Foreign Minister about New Guinea

1990 – Brian Mulroney meets with US President over acid rain

1990 – George H. W. Bush meets with Canadian Prime Minister over acid rain

2006 – Stephen Harper outlaws the Tamil Tigers in Canada

2014 – Jim Flaherty passed away


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Robert Stanfield, 24th Nova Scotia Premier

1865 – Abraham Lincoln urges spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction

1951 – Harry Truman fires Douglas MacArthur

1968 – Lyndon Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act

1981 – Ronald Reagan returns home after assassination attempt

1991 – Brian Mulroney protests US challenge of Free Trade Tribunal ruling on Canadian pork

2015 – Barack Obama meets with Raul Castro, first meeting by US and Cuban Presidents since revolution


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lord Durham, 37th Governor General of Canada

1945 – Franklin Roosevelt passed away

1945 – Harry Truman sworn in as 33rd US President

1999 – Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court

2015 – Hillary Clinton announces her second run for the Presidency


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Thomas D’Arcy McGee, Father of Confederation

1868 – Thomas D’Arcy McGee given a state funeral

1870 – George-Etienne Cartier receives report on situation in Red River

1885 – Sir John A. Macdonald’s government introduces “An Act to Restrict and Regulate Chinese Immigration”

1943 – Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Jefferson Memorial

1972 – Richard Nixon arrives in Ottawa for two day visit

1972 – Pierre Trudeau signs Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with US President

1972 – Richard Nixon signs Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement with Canadian Prime Minister

1981 – Rene Levesque and the Parti Quebecois win re-election


HAPPY BIRTHDAY William “Bill” Bennett, 27th British Columbia Premier

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Olive Diefenbaker, wife of former Prime Minister

1865 – Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre

1943 – Dwight Eisenhower, Kenneth Anderson, Harold Alexander & Omar Bradley discuss assault on Tunis

1944 – Dwight Eisenhower becomes Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Force

1969 – Lester Pearson throws first pitch at first ever Montreal Expos home game

1971 – Richard Nixon ends blockade against People’s Republic of China

1975 – Judy LaMarsh chairs Ontario Royal Commission to Examine Violence in Media

1983 – Ronald Reagan signs Social Security rescue

2003 – Jean Charest and the Quebec Liberals win the election

2004 – Paul Martin announces extension of mission in Afghanistan

2010 – Jean Charest appoints public inquiry into how judges are appointed in Quebec

2013 – Justin Trudeau elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada


1865 – Abraham Lincoln passed away

1945 – Franklin Roosevelt buried at Hyde Park

1991 – Michael Wilson announces contribution to the founding of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

2002 – Ernie Eves sworn in as Ontario Premier


1789 – George Washington heads for first Presidential Inauguration

1861 – Abraham Lincoln outlaws doing business with Confederate States

1941 – William Lyon Mackenzie King meets with US President at White House

1941 – Franklin Roosevelt meets with Canadian Prime Minister in White House

1980 – Rene Levesque accepts amending formula without veto for Quebec

2011 – Allan Blakeney passed away


1967 – Lester Pearson announces creation of Order of Canada

1969 – Robert Kennedy’s murderer is convicted

1982 – Pierre Trudeau proclaims the Constitution Act, 1982

1990 – Lucien Bouchard announces draft rules forcing pulp and paper mills to install secondary waste treatment plants


1872 – Sir John A. Macdonald introduces a bill legalizing trade unions

1919 – Richard Bennett drives his car into a building

1963 – Lester Pearson and the Liberal Party win federal election

1994 – Audrey McLaughlin announces resignation as NDP leader

1994 – Richard Nixon suffers a stroke

1998 – Terry Sanford passed away

2007 – Jean Charest appoints Canada’s first gender balanced cabinet


1861 – Abraham Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports

1932 – Herbert Hoover proposes 5 day work week

1933 – Franklin Roosevelt announces US will leave gold standard

2016 – Brian Pallister and the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party win election


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Maurice Duplessis, 16th Quebec Premier

1941 – William Lyon Mackenzie King signs Hyde Park Agreement with US President

1941 – Franklin Roosevelt signs Hyde Park Agreement with Canadian Prime Minister

1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister

1982 – Peter Pocklington held hostage in his home

1983 – Ronald Reagan signs bail out for social security


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada…Long Live the Queen!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Keith Davey, former Liberal Party of Canada Senator

1864 – Thomas D’Arcy McGee publishes letter saying, “…the threat of assassination…has no terrors for me.”

1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington

1948 – William Lyon Mackenzie King sets record as longest serving Commonwealth Prime Minister

1960 – John Diefenbaker departs for Mexico

1989 – George W. Bush becomes co-CEO of the Texas Rangers

1991 – Jean Chretien recommends referendum on constitutional change

2005 – Paul Martin addresses the nation about the Sponsorship Scandal

2005 – Jack Layton offers to keep parliament alive in exchange for concessions in the budget

2014 – Herb Gray passed away

2016 – Barack Obama begins visit to United Kingdom


HAPPY BIRTHDAY John Buchanan, 27th Nova Scotia Premier

1793 – George Washington attends opening of first circus in US

1897 – William Fielding introduces a new tariff in the federal budget

1963 – Lester Pearson sworn in as Canada’s 14th Prime Minister

1980 – Mark McGuigan announces Canada will boycott 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow

1991 – Brian Mulroney announces Royal Commission on Aboriginal Affairs to settle land claims

1991 – Joe Clark named Minister of Constitutional Affairs

1994 – Richard Nixon passed away

1996 – John Nunziata expelled from Liberal caucus for voting against budget


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lester Pearson, Canada’s 14th Prime Minister

1789 – George Washington moves into Franklin House

1995 – Bill Clinton declares national day of mourning for Oklahoma City

2004 – Paul Martin attends interfaith prayer event with Dalai Lama

2013 – Hacked news story about Barack Obama being injured causes 1% flash drop of markets


HAPPY BIRTHDAY David Crombie, 56th Toronto Mayor, former Progressive Conservative Minister

1950 – Harry Truman denies there are communists in US Government

1961 – Tommy Douglas predicts the Royal York Hotel’s Hotel & Employees Union strike will be short

1961 – John Kennedy accepts sole responsibility for Bay of Pigs


1862 – George-Etienne Cartier introduces Militia Bill leading to fall of government

1980 – Jimmy Carter announces failed rescue attempt in Iran

1989 – Michael Wilson’s budget leaked to Doug Small of Global News

2014 – Supreme Court rules Stephen Harper cannot unilaterally change Senate appointment process


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jeanne Sauve, 66th Canadian Governor General

1954 – Lester Pearson leads Canadian delegation at conference on Korea

1982 – Grant Devin and the Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party win the election

1984 – Ronald Reagan visits China

1988 – Gary Filmon and the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party win election

1989 – Michael Wilson reads budget at news conference because of leak

1991 – Richard Hatfield passed away

1998 – Jean Chretien begins official visit to Cuba


1846 – Sir John A. Macdonald gives maiden speech in Assembly of the Province of Canada

1861 – Abraham Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus

1880 – Edward Blake becomes leader of the Liberal Party

1942 – William Lyon Mackenzie King relieved of election promise on conscription through plebiscite

1967 – Lester Pearson officially opens Expo ’67

1982 – Trial of Ronald Reagan’s would be assassin begins

1994 – Richard Nixon is buried at his Presidential Library

2005 – Christina McCall passed away

2011 – Barack Obama releases a copy of his birth certificate


1934 – Franklin Roosevelt signs the Home Owners Loan Act

1944 – Frank Knox passed away

1952 – Dwight Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO

1958 – Richard Nixon begins goodwill tour of Latin America


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada

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