Queen Victoria died at Windsor Castle. Edward VII was proclaimed King the next day and was crowned on August 29.
1878Secret Ballot Employed
The secret ballot and simultaneous voting were employed for the first time in Canada.
1874Stanislas Poirier (Perry) elected to the House of Commons
Stanislas-François Poirier (Perry) became the first Acadian Member of Parliament, twenty years after becoming the first Acadian elected to the House of Assembly of Prince Edward Island.
1908Birth of Sinclair Ross
James Sinclair Ross, one of Canada's most respected writers, in particular for his acclaimed novel, As for Me and My House, was born at Shellbrook, Sask.
1874Liberals Win First Majority
In the federal election, the Liberals formed their first majority, winning 133 seats. Alexander Mackenzie became the first Liberal prime minister.
1996Molson Sells Diversity
Molson, Canada's largest brewery, announced the sale of its chemical unit, Diversity Corp, to Unilever for $780 million.
1957Birth of Mike Bossy
Hockey player Michael Bossy, the first NHL palyer to score 50 goals in his rookie season, was born at Montréal.
1878Birth of Ernest Charles Drury
Ernest Charles Drury, premier of Ontario and co-founder of the United Farmers of Ontario, was born at Barrie, Ont.
1915Birth of Bill Durnan
William Arnold "Bill" Durnan, the greatest goalie of his day, was born at Toronto.
2016La Loche School Shooting
Four people were killed and seven injured by a 17-year-old gunman in La Loche, Saskatchewan. The shooter, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, took the lives of two teenage brothers at a home in the community before opening fire at the La Loche Community School, where two staff members were killed and seven other people wounded.
2012RIM Execs Resign
Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, co-chief executives of Research in Motion, stepped down as heads of the technology company after months of pressure from shareholders.
1992Canada's First Female Astronaut
Neurologist and clinical science researcher specializing in the nervous system, Dr. Roberta Bondar blasted into space aboard the US space shuttle Discovery. Bondar was Canada's first female astronaut.
1690Iroquois Peace Treaty
The Iroquois concluded a peace treaty with the English and the tribes of the Great Lakes.
1813Second Battle of Frenchtown
After capturing Frenchtown (now Monroe, Michigan) a week earlier, American forces came under attack from Western Confederacy and British forces. The American defenders were quickly overwhelmed by cannon and musket fire. After the fighting ended, the battle turned into a massacre when more than 30 American prisoners were killed.
2000Death of Anne Hébert
Award-winning author and poet Anne Hébert died in Montréal, QC. Her prolific and ever-evolving output which includes Les enfants du sabbat (1975) and Lenfant chargé de songes (1992) was recognized by three Governor General's Awards, one for her poetry, two for her prose.
1931First Radio Drama
The first episode of "The Romance of Canada" was broadcast from Montréal; it was the first series of radio dramas produced in Canada.