The Act of Union joining Upper and Lower Canada received royal assent in England. It came into effect on 10 February 1841.
1885Birth of Izaak Walton Killam
Financier Izaak Walton Killam, who built an investment empire in Canada and Latin America and was said to be the richest Canadian of his day, was born at Yarmouth, NS.
1823Birth of Alexandre-Antonin Taché
Roman Catholic archbishop Alexandre-Antonin Taché, who was one of the great Catholic bishops of Canada, was born at Rivière-du-Loup, Qué.
1996Internet Use Survey
A research company in Toronto reported the results of a survey showing that 29% of Canadian adults have used the Internet.
1947First Female Political Candidate (Qué)
Mae O'Connor, widow of Liberal Member Dennis O'Connor, unsuccessfully ran as the first female candidate in a Québec election.
1999Pan-Am Games Held in Winnipeg
The Pan-American Games were held in Winnipeg. More than 5000 athletes from 42 countries participated. Canada won 64 gold medals, 52 silver and 80 bronze, finishing second to the US.
1904First Bridge Opens at New Westminster
The first bridge built across the lower reaches of the Fraser River opened at New Westminster. To mark the occasion, residents held a civic luncheon, watched Aboriginal canoe races and set off fireworks from the bridge's upper deck.
1975Ottawa Bans Soviet Fleet
Ottawa banned the Soviet Atlantic fishing fleet from Canadian ports for overfishing.
2006Death of Jean-Paul Desbiens
Jean-Paul Desbiens, whose pseudonym was Frère Untel, died at Château-Richer, Qué. A Marist Brother, he published Les insolences du Frère Untel(1960), in which he denounced Québec taboos, particularly the education system. His book opened the door to the Quiet Revolution and heralded a new era in Québec.