The ship Great Eastern completed the laying of the first transatlantic cable at Heart's Content, Nfld.
1921Banting and Best Isolate Insulin
Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the University of Toronto first isolated insulin. The first diabetes patient was treated on 11 January 1922. Banting and J.J.R. Macleod received the Nobel Prize for their achievement.
1995Thomson Sells Newspapers
The Thomson Corporation announced that it had agreed to sell 19 newspapers to Conrad Black's Hollinger Inc.
1857Birth of Ann Stowe-Gullen
Physician Ann Stowe-Gullen, who was the first woman to gain a medical degree in Canada, was born at Mount Pleasant, Canada W.
1934Birth of James Elder
Equestrian James Elder, who, with James Day and Thomas Gayford, brought Canadian equestrians to the fore in the late 1960s, was born at Toronto.
1999PC Party Wins NS Majority
The Nova Scotia Conservative Party won a majority of seats in the House of Assembly. Tory leader John Hamm became premier, succeeding Russell MacLellan.
1996Bailey Wins 100 Metres
Sprinter Donovan Bailey established a new world record and earned himself a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The victory set off an outburst of national pride in winning the glamour event of the Olympic Games.
Sprinter Donovan Bailey won the 100 m dash at the Atlanta Olympics. Kathleen Heddle and Marnie McBean won gold and Silken Laumann, Derek Porter and the Women's Eight won silver medals in rowing.
1918Albert Goodwin Shot
Labour organizer and draft resister Albert "Ginger" Goodwin was shot by police outside Cumberland, BC. On August 2, the day of his funeral, union members in Vancouver started a 24-hour strike and fought with returning servicemen.