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Today in History (September)


1843 – Sir John A. Macdonald marries Isabella Clark

1900 – Lord Minto opens an irrigation canal from Kimball to Lethbridge in Alberta

1919 – Edward, Prince of Wales, lays cornerstone of Peace Tower in Ottawa

1939 – William Lyon Mackenzie King proclaims the War Measures Act

1961 – Leslie Frost brings in a 3% sales tax

1981 – Pierre Trudeau and Alberta Premier sign 2-tiered energy pricing agreement

1981 – Peter Lougheed and Prime Minister sign 2-tiered energy pricing agreement

1983 – Henry “Scoop” Jackson passes away

1996 – Amy Carter marries Jim Wentzel


1864 – While in Charlottetown, George-Etienne Cartier makes case for Confederation

1944 – George H. W. Bush bails from a burning plain during a mission in the Pacific

1959 – Dwight Eisenhower arrives in Paris

1963 – George Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee High School

1972 – Pierre Trudeau watches team Canada lose game 1 of the Canada-Soviet Summit Series

1974 – Gerald Ford signs Employee Retirement Income Security Act

2015 – Barack Obama become first President to visit Arctic Circle at Kotzebue, Alaska


HAPPY BIRTHDAY George Foster, former Conservative Minister

1940 – Franklin Roosevelt announces the Lend Lease Program

1957 – John Diefenbaker welcomes scientists to the General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

1962 – John Diefenbaker officially opens the Trans-Canada Highway at Rogers Pass

1964 – Robert Kennedy resigns as Attorney General

1964 – Lyndon Johnson signs the Wilderness Act

1992 – Brian Mulroney announces a national referendum on the Charlottetown Accord


HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Thomas Eagleton, former US Senator

1880 – Sir John A. Macdonald signs agreement with CPR Syndicate

1905 – Earl Grey officially proclaims the Saskatchewan Act

1946 – Louis St. Laurent appointed Minister of External Affairs

1951 – Harry Truman participates in first transcontinental TV broadcast

1951 – Harry Truman addresses opening of Japanese Peace Treaty Conference

1984 – Brian Mulroney wins election for PC Party

1985 – Mila Mulroney gives birth to son

1990 – Brian Mulroney announces Operation Scimitar to provide air cover during Gulf War

2008 – Erik Nielsen passes away


1939 – Franklin Roosevelt declares US neutrality in World War II

1945 – Maurice Duplessis brings in Quebec family allowance

1945 – William Lyon Mackenzie King authorizes use of red ensign until new Canadian flag adopted

1957 – Louis St. Laurent resigns as leader of Liberal Party

1961 – John Kennedy begins underground nuclear testing

1961 – John Kennedy signs law against hijacking

1975 – Assassination attempt on Gerald Ford by Squeaky Fromme

1978 – Jimmy Carter begins Israel-Egypt peace process

1988 – Brian Mulroney signs letter of agreement granting Dene and Metis land and money


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sir George-Etienne Cartier, Father of Confederation

HAPPY BIRTHDAY W.A.C. Bennett, 25th British Columbia Premier

1775 – George Washington issues his “Address to the Inhabitants of Canada”

1919 – George-Etienne Cartier statue unveiled in Mount Royal

1920 – George-Etienne Cartier statue erected in Quebec City

1939 – Charles Dunning resigns as finance minister

1957 – Louis St. Laurent announces retirement as Liberal leader

1964 – W.A.C. Bennett accepts cheque from US President for Columbia River Power Agreement

1964 – Lyndon Johnson presents cheque to BC Premier for Columbia River Power agreement

1990 – Bob Rae and the Ontario New Democratic Party win election

1991 – Bob Rae announces reversal of government auto-insurance pledge

2012 – Barack Obama accepts Democratic Presidential nomination

2014 – Jim Prentice wins leadership of Alberta Progressive Conservative Party


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Allan Blakeney, 10th Saskatchewan Premier

1936 – Herbert Hoover Dam begins operation

1939 – William Lyon Mackenzie King calls special session of Parliament to declare war against Nazi Germany

1959 – Maurice Duplessis passes away

1965 – Lester Pearson dissolves Parliament

1977 – Jimmy Carter signs Panama Canal treaties

1990 – Richard Hatfield appointed to the Senate

1993 – Kim Campbell dissolves Parliament

1995 – Jacques Parizeau tables law allowing legislature to proclaim sovereignty after referendum

2008 – Stephen Harper has writs of election issued


1858 – Abraham Lincoln give speech about when you can fool people

1930 – Richard Bennett retaliates against US with new tariffs on 130 items

1939 – Franklin Roosevelt declares “limited national emergency” due to war in Europe

1939 – William Lyon Mackenzie King says no conscription

1951 – Lester Pearson signs Japan Peace Treaty for Canada

1974 – Gerald Ford pardons his predecessor

1974 – Richard Nixon accepts a pardon from his successor

1993 – Kim Campbell calls an election


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alf Landon, 26th Kansas Governor

1957 – Dwight Eisenhower signs first Civil Rights Bill since Reconstruction

1963 – George Wallace served injunction against preventing Black students from attending white schools

1966 – Lyndon Johnson signs National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

1967 – Robert Stanfield selected as leader of PC Party

1977 – Maurice Duplessis statue unveiled in Quebec City

1981 – Vernon Jordan resigns as head of National Urban League

1985 – Ronald Reagan orders sanctions against South Africa

1987 – Gary Hart admits to being unfaithful to his wife

1990 – George H. W. Bush meets with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss Iraq

1992 – Don Getty announces retirement as Alberta Premier


1776 – George Washington asks for a volunteer spy, gets Nathan Hale

1939 – William Lyon Mackenzie King announces that Canada is at war with Germany

1939 – William Lyon Mackenzie King creates the Department of Supply

1948 – Lester Pearson becomes Minister of External Affairs

1957 – Jean Chretien married Aline Chaine

1971 – Peter Lougheed sworn in as Alberta’s 10th Premier

1982 – Jean Chretien becomes Minister of Energy and Mines

1987 – David Peterson and the Ontario Liberal Party win election

1992 – Referendum Bill for the Charlottetown Accord passes the House of Commons

2001 – Joe Clark forms a coalition of Progressive Conservative and Canadian Alliance MPs


1936 – Franklin Roosevelt dedicates Boulder (Hoover) Dam

1941 – Franklin Roosevelt orders Axis ships in US waters shot on site

1944 – William Lyon Mackenzie King hosts US President & Winston Churchill at 2nd Quebec Conference

1944 – Franklin Roosevelt & Winston Churchill hosted by Canadian Prime Minister at 2nd Quebec Conference

1975 – John Turner resigns as finance minister

1977 – Sterling Lyon and the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party win election

1990 – Gary Filmon and the Manitoba Progressive Conservative Party win election

1995 – Jacques Parizeau announces referendum date

1998 – Ken Starr sends report indicating 11 possible impeachable offences against Bill Clinton


1953 – John Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier

1960 – John Kennedy says he doesn’t speak for Catholic Church and it doesn’t speak for him

1960 – W. A. C. Bennett and the British Columbia Social Credit win re-election

1966 – W. A. C. Bennett and the British Columbia Social Credit win re-election

1990 – John Buchanan resigns as Nova Scotia Premier

1990 – John Buchanan appointed to the Senate

1991 – Bill Vander Zalm charged with breach of trust over Fantasy Gardens theme park

1994 – Jacques Parizeau and the Parti Quebecois win election


1919 – Edward, Prince of Wales, visits Calgary

1967 – George “Ike” Smith sworn in as Nova Scotia’s 18th Premier

1973 – Richard Nixon receives Bill from Congress to lift football’s blackout

1980 – Pierre Trudeau and the Provincial Premiers break off constitutional talks

1998 – George Wallace passed away

2004 – Paul Martin hosts health care conference with Provincial Premiers

2012 – Peter Lougheed passes away


1926 – William Lyon Mackenzie King and the Liberal Party win election

1926 – Arthur Meighen resigns as Conservative leader after losing election

1948 – Gerald Ford wins Michigan 5th Republican Primary

1964 – Lyndon Johnson presents Walter Lippmann with Presidential Medal of Freedom

1973 – Richard Nixon signs law lifting pro football’s blackout

1990 – Brian Mulroney sends squadron of F-18 fighters and crews to Persian Gulf

1991 – Grant Devine grants $431 million to Saskatchewan native bands

1992 – Paul Martin Sr. passes away

1993 – Robert Bourassa announces his retirement

2015 – Barack Obama sends out supportive tweet for 14 year old arrested for homemade clock mistaken for bomb


1905 – Earl Grey and Lady Grey visit Crowsnest Pass by train

1922 – William Lyon Mackenzie King refuses to support British in Chanak Affair

1957 – John Diefenbaker appointed to Imperial Privy Council

1961 – John Diefenbaker opens new Post Office Headquarters

1966 – Lyndon Johnson urges Congress to enact gun control legislation

1971 – David Barrett sworn in as British Columbia’s 26th Premier

1977 – Jimmy Carter meets with 15 record executives

2004 – Paul Martin and Provincial Premiers sign medicare deal

2013 – David Johnston unveils a new badge for the Royal Canadian Air Force

2014 – Barack Obama announces US will send 3000 troops to fight spread of Ebola virus


1890 – Lord and Lady Aberdeen officially open Hamilton’s first public library

1901 – Sir Wilfrid Laurier welcomes Duke and Duchess of Cornwall to Canada

1940 – Franklin Roosevelt signs Selective Training & Service Act

1964 – Lester Pearson, BC Premier & US President implement Columbia River Treaty

1964 – W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian Prime Minister & US President implement Columbia River Treaty

1964 – Canadian Prime Minister, BC Premier & Lyndon Johnson implement Columbia River Treaty

1968 – Richard Nixon appears on Laugh-In

1974 – Gerald Ford grants conditional amnesty to Vietnam War deserters

1990 – Iraq televises unedited 8 minute speech by George H. W. Bush

1992 – Taped conversation of bureaucrat criticizing Robert Bourassa over Charlottetown Accord is leaked

1996 – Sheila Copps opens Canadian Information Office in Ottawa

1997 – Sheila Copps rejects business development plan for Banff

1999 – Roy Romanow and the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party win re-election


1878 – Sir John A. Macdonald wins federal election

1949 – Lester Pearson attends first NATO meeting

1963 – Lester Pearson addresses United Nations

1978 – Jimmy Carter signs Camp David Accord with Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat

1984 – Brian Mulroney sworn in as Canada’s 17th Prime Minister

1996 – Spiro Agnew passed away


HAPPY BIRTHDAY John Diefenbaker, Canada’s 13th Prime Minister

1793 – George Washington lays cornerstone of Capital Building

1867 – Sir John A. Macdonald wins first Dominion election

1867 – Sir Charles Tupper elected to the House of Commons for the first time

1975 – Bill Davis and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party win election

1989 – Bob Rae arrested at Temagami Wilderness Society anti-logging protest

1992 – Michael Wilson announces that South Korea purchasing 2 CANDU Reactors


1796 – George Washington gives farewell address as President

1838 – Lord Durham learns he is being recalled to London

1950 – Lester Pearson chairs Canadian delegation at United Nations General Assembly

1956 – W. A. C. Bennett and the British Columbia Social Credit win re-election

1956 – Leslie Frost turns sod on Ontario’s first nuclear station

1962 – John Diefenbaker opposes Britain’s entry into European Economic Community

1978 – John Buchanan and the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party win election

1980 – Ed Schreyer invests Terry Fox as a Companion of the Order of Canada

1985 – John Fraser recalls 1,000,000 cans of tainted tuna

1991 – Kim Campbell announces funding for particle accelerator in Vancouver

2000 – Joe Clark returns to the House of Commons after a seven year absence

2014 – David Johnston officially opens the Canadian Museum of Human Rights


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Leslie Frost, 16th Premier of Ontario

1917 – Arthur Meighen presents Military Voters Act expanding the franchise

1956 – George Drew resigns as leader of PC Party

1963 – John Kennedy proposes joint US-USSR mission to the moon

1966 – Paul Martin Sr. chairs 21st session of UN General Assembly

1976 – Jimmy Carter interview in Playboy is released

1991 – Bob Rae proposes social charter in Constitution

2001 – George W. Bush declares war on terror

2011 – Stephan Harper’s government introduces The Safe Streets and Communities Act


1911 – Sir Robert Borden and the Conservative Party win federal election

1979 – Rene Levesque appoints Lise Payette as Quebec’s first Minister for Status of Women

1992 – Brian Mulroney, BC Premier and first nations announce BC Treaty Commission

1992 – Mike Harcourt, Canadian Prime Minister and first nations announce BC Treaty Commission

1992 – Pierre Trudeau publishes essays calling for No vote on Charlottetown Accord

2006 – Stephen Harper makes his first address to the United Nations

2012 – Peter Lougheed’s state funeral


1817 – John Quincy Adams becomes Secretary of State

1862 – Abraham Lincoln says he will free all slaves in all states on January 1

1930 – Richard Bennett passes Unemployment Relief Act

1970 – Richard Nixon calls for 1000 new FBI agents for college campuses

1975 – Second assassination attempt on Gerald Ford

1976 – Peter Lougheed opens Glenbow Centre

1988 – Brian Mulroney apologizes to Japanese-Canadians for WW II internment

1992 – Canada Committee formed to support Charlottetown Accord

1992 – Brian Mulroney & Saskatchewan Premier sign land claims deal with Federation of Saskatchewan Indians

1992 – Roy Romanow & Prime Minister sign land claims deal with Federation of Saskatchewan Indians

2015 – Barack Obama welcomes Pope Francis to the US


1862 – Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation published in Northern newspapers

1925 – William Lyon Mackenzie King address Liberal Party conference in Quebec

1949 – Harry Truman announces evidence of USSR’s first nuclear detonation

1952 – Richard Nixon makes “Checkers” speech

1957 – John Diefenbaker addresses UN General Assembly for the first time

1985 – John Fraser resigns as Fisheries Minister over Tunagate

1990 – Brian Mulroney names 5 new Senators

2008 – Stephen Harper says ordinary Canadians aren’t impressed by artists at rich galas


1789 – George Washington nominates first Chief Justice

1932 – Franklin Roosevelt visits Louisiana

1939 – Maurice Duplessis calls Quebec election

1941 – Franklin Roosevelt’s Atlantic Charter is joined by Canada

1955 – Dwight Eisenhower suffers a heart attack

1957 – Dwight Eisenhower orders troops to desegregate Little Rock schools

1962 – John Diefenbaker opens Garden of the Provinces

1990 – Jean Chretien announces he will run in Beausejour by-election

1990 – George H. W. Bush meets with South Africa’s F. W. de Klerk in Washington

1991 – Brian Mulroney presents outline for constitutional talks to parliamentary committee

1996 – Bill Clinton signs Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty at United Nations

2001 – Jean Chretien meets US President offering help in fight against terrorism

2001 – George W. Bush hosts Canadian Prime Minister who offers help in fight against terrorism


1889 – Sir Robert Borden marries Laura Bond

1911 – Parade held in Ottawa for Sir Robert Borden to celebrate election victory

1926 – William Lyon Mackenzie King sworn in as Prime Minister for the second time

1963 – John Robarts leads Ontario Progressive Conservative Party to 6th straight election win

1974 – Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific opens

1985 – Peter Lougheed opens the Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology

1989 – Robert Bourassa and the Quebec Liberal Party win re-election


1904 – Earl Grey appointed Governor General of Canada

1917 – Sir Robert Borden’s Military Service Act comes into effect, bringing in conscription

1958 – John Diefenbaker becomes first sitting Prime Minister to visit Yukon

1960 – John Kennedy has first televised debate

1960 – Richard Nixon has first televised debate

1960 – John Diefenbaker asks USSR to resume nuclear disarmament talks

1984 – Ronald Reagan vetoes sanctions against South Africa

1990 – Lester Pearson statue unveiled on Parliament Hill

1994 – Jacques Parizeau sworn in as Quebec’s 26th Premier

2000 – Roy Romanow steps down as Saskatchewan Premier


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Peter MacKay, former Conservative Minister

1964 – Earl Warren releases findings on presidential assassination

1964 – Commission of John Kennedy’s assassination releases report

1972 – Lester Pearson passes away

1990 – Brian Mulroney increases size of the Senate

1990 – Robert Bourassa has operation to remove cancer from back

1991 – George H. W. Bush ends full time B-52 Bomber alert


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Stephane Dion, former leader Liberal Party of Canada

1869 – George-Etienne Cartier makes speech supporting British connection

1872 – George-Etienne Cartier departs for London for treatment of Bright’s Disease

1937 – Franklin Roosevelt dedicates Bonneville Dam

1968 – W.A.C. Bennett opens Dr. Gordon M. Schrum Powerhouse

1974 – Betty Ford undergoes radical mastectomy

1981 – Pierre Trudeau’s unilateral constitutional proposal deemed constitutional

2000 – Pierre Trudeau passes away

1990 – George H. W. Bush hosts exiled Emir of Kuwait at White House

1996 – Lucien Bouchard rejects hard-liners who want a unilingual Quebec

2003 – Jean Chretien unveils monument to Canadians who lost their lives in Korean War


1922 – William Lyon Mackenzie King states Canada not automatically at war if Britain is

1941 – Sir William Hearst passes away

1943 – Dwight Eisenhower signs armistice with Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio

1962 – John Kennedy authorizes troops to integrate University of Mississippi

1983 – Ronald Reagan receives authorization to keep troops in Lebanon

1985 – Pierre-Marc Johnson elected leader of Parti Quebecois

1989 – Ed Broadbent announces his retirement from politics

1990 – Barbara Bush’s “Millie’s Book”, written for the president’s dog, becomes a best seller

2005 – John Hamm announces his retirement from politics


1935 – Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Hoover Dam

1952 – Earl Warren appointed Chief Justice of US Supreme Court

1955 – Lester Pearson leaves Canada for 12 country tour

1962 – John Kennedy routes 3000 troops to Mississippi

1992 – 52 Charlottetown Accord Yes committees registered

1996 – Jean Chretien asks Supreme Court to rule on unilateral declaration of independence by Quebec