This Day In History
October 17
Year 5 Day 74 WWI
Year Month Start Date Event
1663 October 17 Election of Jean-Baptiste Legardeur de Repentigny, the first mayor of Quebec City on October 17.
1748 October 17 Signature of the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle on October 17.
1753 October 17 Died - October 17 - François-Josué de la Corne Dubreuil, a soldier and trader. (born 1710)
1777 October 17 October 17 - Though aware of approaching relief, Burgoyne, having promised to capitulate, and fearing annihilation by a threatened attack, signs the capitulation. During its first session the Canadian Council passes sixteen ordinances, adopts English Common law.
1787 October 17 Died - October 17 - Jean-François Hubert, bishop of Quebec (b. 1739)
1849 October 17 Born - October 17 - William Mackenzie, railway contractor and entrepreneur (died 1923)
1868 October 17 Died - October 17 — Laura Secord, heroine of the War of 1812 (born 1775)
1872 October 17 Born - October 17 - Samuel Wickett, businessman
1878 October 17 October 17 - Sir John A. Macdonald becomes prime minister for the second time, replacing Alexander Mackenzie
1920 October 17 October 17 – The first airplane to fly across Canada arrives in Richmond from Halifax.
1922 October 17 Born - October 17 - Pierre Juneau, politician and film and broadcast executive
1933 October 17 Died - October 17 - Emily Murphy, women's rights activist, jurist and author, first woman magistrate in Canada and in the British Empire (b.1868)
1941 October 17 Died - October 17 - John Stanley Plaskett, astronomer (b.1865)
1948 October 17 Born - October 17 - Margot Kidder, actress
1950 October 17 Born - October 17 – Val Ross, writer and journalist (d.2008)
1956 October 17 Born - October 17 – Sheela Basrur, medical doctor and Chief Medical Officer of Health in Ontario (d.2008)
1963 October 17 Born - October 17 – Norm Macdonald, comedian, actor and poker player
1966 October 17 October 17: The Montreal Metro opens
1966 October 17 Born - October 17 – Peter Milkovich, field hockey player and coach
1967 October 17 October 17: Ontario election: John Robarts's PCs win a seventh consecutive majority
1969 October 17 Born - October 17 - Rick Mercer, comedian, television personality and political satirist
1970 October 17 Died - October 17 - Pierre Laporte, Quebec politician and Minister, kidnapped and murdered by Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) (b.1921)
1970 October 17 October 17 - October Crisis: The body of Pierre Laporte is found in the trunk of a car.
1972 October 17 Born -October 17 - Cameron Baerg, rower and Olympic silver medalist
1973 October 17 October 17 - OPEC dramatically raises the price of oil. This is a boom to Alberta but hurts central Canada.
1980 October 17 Died - October 17 - Richard Gavin Reid, politician and 7th Premier of Alberta (b.1879)
1992 October 17 Born - October 17 - Mikaël Grenier, racing driver
1995 October 17 Died - October 17 - Herbert J. Smith, president of General Electric Canada
1996 October 17 Died - October 17 – Laura Sabia, social activist and feminist (born 1916)
1997 October 17 October 17 - CTV News Channel begins broadcasting.
1998 October 17 October 17 -Robert Dickson, Supreme Court justice
1998 October 17 October 17 - Mary O'Brien, feminist
2004 October 17 October 17 - The ten finalists in the CBC's The Greatest Canadian series are announced. They are Sir Frederick Banting, Alexander Graham Bell, Tommy Douglas, Terry Fox, Wayne Gretzky, Sir John A. Macdonald, Lester B. Pearson, David Suzuki, Pierre Trudeau
2007 October 17 October 17 – Floyd Roland is selected as the new Premier of the Northwest Territories.
2008 October 17 Died - October 17 - Ben Weider, bodybuilding promoter and Napoleon scholar (born 1923)
2009 October 17 October 17 - Danielle Smith is chosen as the new leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party of Alberta.
2009 October 17 October 17 - Greg Selinger is chosen as the new leader of the Manitoba New Democratic Party and the new Premier of Manitoba.
2010 October 17 Died - October 17 - Jake Dunlap, football player (Ottawa Rough Riders) (born 1925)
2010 October 17 Died - October 17 - John Baird Finlay, politician, MP for Oxford (1993–2004) (born 1929)
2011 October 17 Died - October 17 – Barney Danson, 90, politician and soldier (born 1921)