This Day In History
February 17
Year 3 Day 200 WWI
Year Month Start Date Event
1817 February 17 Born - February 17 - Donald Alexander Macdonald, politician (d.1896)
1820 February 17 Born - February 17 - Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Archbishop of Quebec (d.1898)
1834 February 17 February 17 - The Ninety-Two Resolutions are passed by the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada. The complaints relate, chiefly, to nominations of Councillors, partiality in filling offices, of which 47 are alleged to have been distributed among 525,000 French Canadians
1902 February 17 Born - February 17 - Howard O'Hagan, writer
1917 February 17 February 17 - Ralph Smith, coal miner, labour leader and politician (b.1858)
1919 February 17 Born - February 17 - J. M. S. Careless, historian (d.2009)
1919 February 17 Died - February 17 - Wilfrid Laurier, politician and 7th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1841)
1919 February 17 February 17 - Wilfrid Laurier, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, dies in office.
1929 February 17 Died - February 17 - James Colebrooke Patterson, politician, Minister and Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba (b.1839)
1931 February 17 Born - February 17 - Mark MacGuigan, academic and politician (d.1998)
1932 February 17 February 17 - The "Mad Trapper" is killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the Yukon
1938 February 17 Born - February 17 - Martha Henry, actress
1953 February 17 Born - February 17 – Borys Chambul, discus thrower
1957 February 17 Born - February 17 – Loreena McKennitt, singer, composer, harpist and pianist
1960 February 17 Born - February 17 – Lindy Ruff, ice hockey player and coach
1968 February 17 Died - February 17 – Ernest Charles Drury, politician, writer and 8th Premier of Ontario (b.1878)
1970 February 17 February 17 - The use of phosphates in laundry detergent is banned
1971 February 17 Born - February 17 - Martyn Bennett, musician (d.2005)
1977 February 17 Died - February 17 - Edward LeRoy Bowerman, politician (b.1892)
1996 February 17 February 17 - Michel Gauthier is elected new leader of the Bloc Québécois
2004 February 17 February 17 - John Bryden, Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament for Ancaster—Dundas—Flamborough—Aldershot in the Canadian House of Commons, resigns from the party due to the Prime Minister of Canada's sponsorship scandal.
2004 February 17 February 17 - Canada donates $800,000 to the World Food Program and $350,000 to the International Red Cross, to help with the current food and medical needs in Haiti, following the recent coup there.
2006 February 17 Winter Olympics - Turin - February 17 - Dominique Maltais wins bronze in ladies' snowboard cross.
2006 February 17 Winter Olympics - Turin - February 17 - Duff Gibson and Jeff Pain win gold and silver respectively in men's skeleton.
2006 February 17 Winter Olympics - Turin - February 17 - Jeff Pain wins silver in men's skeleton.
2007 February 17 Died - February 17 – Dermot O'Reilly, musician, producer and songwriter (born 1942)
2008 February 17 Died - February 17 - Bill Juzda, ice hockey player (born 1920)
2008 February 17 Died - February 17 - Val Ross, writer and journalist (born 1950)