To co-ordinate the various constitutional negotiations and recommendations, PM Mulroney named Joe Clark minister responsible for constitutional affairs. Clark began on April 23.
1975Corporate Power Commission
The Royal Commission on Corporate Concentration of power in Canada was appointed, with Robert Bryce as chairman.
1980Canada Boycotts Olympics
Parliament announced Canada would join the US-led boycott of the Moscow Olympics over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
1942Birth of Sandra Birdsell
Sandra Birdsell, writer whose fiction investigates the lives of small-town working-class figures, was born at Hamiota, Man.
1936Birth of Pierre Hétu
Pierre Hétu, who conducted Canada's leading orchestras, was born at Montréal.
1963Pearson Sworn In
Lester Pearson was sworn in as prime minister.
1662Royal Society Chartered
King Charles II of England chartered the Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific organization in Britain.
2015Death of Lois Lilienstein (of Sharon, Lois & Bram)
Lois Lilienstein, a member of the popular children's musical trio Sharon, Lois & Bram, died in Toronto at age 78. Over the course of a successful 37-year career, the group entertained Canadian families with such memorable songs as "Skinnamarink" and "Peanut Butter." Their TV series, The Elephant Show, aired for nearly a decade.
1915Battle of Ypres
German soldiers release poisonous chlorine gas against the Canadian lines during the second battle of Ypres in Belgium in spite of some opposition to its use from both sides. Soldiers who breathe in the gas have their lungs painfully burned and many choke to death due to a buildup of fluid.
1964Liberals Win in Saskatchewan
The Liberals under W. Ross Thatcher won the Saskatchewan provincial election, displacing the CCF-NDP after 20 years.
1992Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement
The Gwich’in Tribal Council and the Canadian and the Northwest Territories governments signed the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. The Agreement involved lands in the Mackenzie Delta in the Northwest Territories and in Yukon. Special hunting rights were also extended, permitting the harvest of fur-bearing animals throughout the settlement area.