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1992 … Manon Rhéaume becomes the first woman to play in a game in a major North American sports league, the National Hockey League (NHL). The Canadian plays in goal during a pre season Tampa Bay Lightning game. This talented goaltender was also on the Canadian women’s hockey team for the 1992 world championships. She won gold with the team that year, and will win it again in 1994.

1980 … Jamaican musician Bob Marley, who was especially known for popularizing reggae, performed his last concert, a sold-out show in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; he died of cancer the following year.

1806 …Lewis and Clark arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of their daring expedition to the Pacific Northwest.



1994 … The first episode of Friends aired on NBC, and the show became one of the most popular sitcoms in the United States.

1930 … Parliament ratifies the Unemployment Relief Act as a grave economic crisis grips the country. The legislation provides $20 million in direct assistance to the unemployed and public works to encourage job creation. These measures are passed under Prime Minister R.B. Bennett, a strong supporter of unemployment insurance, old age pensions and minimum wage.

1888 … The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published, and it became famous for its richly illustrated articles on the various geographic regions of the world.



1937 … English writer J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, a coming-of-age fantasy that became a classic, was published.

1911 … Robert Borden’s Conservatives win the general election with 51.2% of the vote. Wilfrid Laurier is out after 15 years in power. Borden will be prime minister of Canada until 1920. During his first mandate, he will face challenges brought about by the start of the First World War in 1914. The Centre Block of Parliament will burn down in February 1916. Borden will escape, slightly burned and in just a shirt, leaving his office and all of its contents in flames. After the end of the First World War in 1918, Borden will insist that Canada send an independent delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, and he will help to establish the League of Nations (now the United Nations). In 1920, Borden will resign as prime minister for health reasons.

1840 … While experimenting with gallic acid, a chemical he was informed would increase the sensitivity of his prepared paper, William Henry Fox Talbot discovered that the acid can be used to develop a latent image on paper, leading to a revolution in photography.



2014 Scottish voters rejected a referendum that would have made Scotland an independent country.

1970 … American rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix—who fused American traditions of blues, jazz, rock, and soul with techniques of British avant-garde rock to redefine the electric guitar in his own image— died of an overdose of barbiturates in London.

1949 … Montréal jazz pianist Oscar Peterson makes his debut at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. Considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, he will be awarded the Order of Canada in 1973.



2011 … The first Occupy Wall Street protest was held in the United States, as some 1,000 demonstrators marched in Manhattan before occupying Zuccotti Park; the movement, which eventually went global, sought to highlight corporate greed and income inequality, among other issues.

1972 … The American TV series M*A*S*H, based on the Robert Altman film (1970), debuted on CBS, and the show was hugely popular with both critics and viewers. The series was so popular that when it wrapped in 1983 the series drew 105.97 million total viewers in the U.S. alone and a total audience of 121.6 million, more than that year’s Super Bowl.

1878 … The secret ballot is used for the first time in a federal general election. Introduced by Alexander Mackenzie’s Liberals four years earlier, the secret ballot was intended to clean up electoral practices and prevent violence on election day. This change does not help Mackenzie’s Liberals, who lose the election to John A. Macdonald’s Conservatives.



1974 … Thirty-two women, the first female cohort, join the ranks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Today, women make up around one fifth of the police officers in the RCMP.

1919 … The U.S. Congress granted a national charter to the American Legion, an organization of U.S. war veterans.

1620 …  English colonists aboard the Mayflower set sail for America, where they founded Plymouth, Massachusetts, after 41 men, including William Bradford and Myles Standish, signed the Mayflower Compact.



1978 … Muhammad Ali won the world heavyweight boxing championship for the third time with his victory over Leon Spinks.

1949 … The Lone Ranger, originally a radio series, debuted on television, with Clayton Moore as the renegade lawman and Jay Silverheels as Tonto.

1916 … Canadian troops capture the ruined village of Courcelette in France. For the first time, Canadians use tanks in combat. Canada will suffer 24,000 casualties during the four-month Battle of the Somme.



1994 … Acting commissioner of baseball Bud Selig announced that the remainder of the 1994 major league baseball season, including the World Series, would be canceled. Players and owners had failed to reach a settlement of the players' strike begun in August.

1907 … Jasper Forest Reserve, which covers 13,000 square kilometers in the Alberta Rockies, is established. In 1930, Jasper will become a national park under the National Parks Act.

1847 … U.S. General Winfield Scott's advance on Mexico City was marked by an unbroken series of victories that culminated this day in 1847, when he entered Mexico City and ended the military phase of the Mexican-American War.



2001 … On this day in 2001, 19 militants associated with the terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four planes in the United States, crashing three into buildings (the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania) and killing some 3,000 people. As a result of the attacks, Gander Airport in Newfoundland and Labrador receives thousands of passengers after hundreds of flights are directed to land and are diverted to Gander, Halifax and other Canadian airports.

1985 … American professional baseball player Pete Rose registered his 4,192nd career hit, breaking the record set by Ty Cobb.

1944 … Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt meet in Canada at the second Quebec Conference - code named "OCTAGON". It was a high-level military conference held during World War II by the British and American governments. The conference was the second of its kind, after "QUADRANT" in August 1943. The chief representatives were Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Combined Chiefs of Staff. Canada's Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King was the host but did not attend the key meetings.



1939 … Canada declares war on Germany, joining Britain and France in entering the Second World War.

1846 … American inventor Elias Howe was granted a patent for his sewing machine, which revolutionized garment manufacture in the factory and in the home.

1608 … Having survived capture by the Indigenous (reputedly through the efforts of Pocahontas, a chief's daughter), John Smith became president of Jamestown colony, the first permanent English settlement in North America.



2015 … Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British history, surpassing Victoria's record reign of 63 years and 216 days.

1984 … Pope John Paul II visits Canada for the first time. From September 9 to 20, he is welcomed like a star by approximately 1.5 million Canadians. On September 11 in Montréal, 65,000 people at the Olympic Stadium will see the pope and hear Céline Dion sing “Une colombe.”

1956 … Rock and roll star Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.



1998 … The American search engine company Google Inc. was formally established as founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page filed incorporation papers.

2006 … Australian wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin, who achieved worldwide fame as the exuberant and risk-taking host of The Crocodile Hunter (1992–2006) TV series and related documentaries, was killed by a venomous bull stingray.

1781 … Spanish settlers lay claim to what became Los Angeles, now the second most populous U.S. city and the home to Hollywood, whose name is synonymous with the American motion-picture industry.



1970 … American professional gridiron football coach Vince Lombardi— who became a national symbol of single-minded determination to win, known for leading the Green Bay Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls—died at age 57.

1976 … After a nearly yearlong journey, NASA's robotic spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars and began relaying information about the planet's atmosphere and soil as well as colour photographs of the rocky surface.

1894 … Labor Day was celebrated as a legal holiday in the United States for the first time.



1976 … The puck drops at the first Canada Cup international hockey tournament. Six countries send national teams. Canada will face off against Czechoslovakia, Finland, the Soviet Union, Sweden and the United States. In the final, Canada will win against Czechoslovakia. Notable players to lace up the skates for Canada included Bobby Orr, Lanny MacDonald and Bobby Hull.

1901 … American politician Theodore Roosevelt, who was then the Republican vice presidential candidate, gave the first public speech in which he said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” The Big Stick policy later became a central feature of his presidency.

1666 … The Great Fire of London begins. It accidentally started in the house of the king's baker and would burn for four days, destroying a large part of the city, including Old St. Paul's Cathedral and about 13,000 houses.



1985 … In a search led by American oceanographer Robert Ballard, the wreck of the Titanic was found on the ocean floor at a depth of about 13,000 feet (4,000 metres).

1980 … Due to poor health, Canadian activist Terry Fox, who had part of his leg amputated because of cancer, was forced to end his Marathon of Hope, a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research; it was later discovered that the cancer had spread to his lungs, and he died in 1981.

1905 … Saskatchewan and Alberta join Confederation together as the eighth and ninth Canadian provinces. By creating these provinces, the Canadian government of Wilfrid Laurier extends and occupies the land to the west of the Great Lakes, to prevent American expansionism. During negotiations in 1902 and 1905, the plan was to have one large province. But things turned out differently, as Laurier opted for two provinces because they would be easier to administer.