This Day In History
May 8
Year Month Start Date Event
1642 May 8 Maisonneuve led his company - in a pinnace, a barge, and two rowboats - to the site of the new colony. Charles de Montmagny accompanied the mission.
1796 May 8 Born - May 8 - Jean-Baptiste Meilleur, doctor, educator and politician (d.1878)
1818 May 8 Born - May 8 - Samuel Leonard Tilley, Premier of New Brunswick (d. 1896)
1839 May 8 Born - May 8 - Adolphe-Basile Routhier, judge, author and lyricist (died 1920)
1841 May 8 Born - May 8 - John Norquay, politician and 5th Premier of Manitoba (died 1889)
1844 May 8 Born - May 8 - Théotime Blanchard, farmer, merchant and politician (died 1911)
1845 May 8 On May 8, Élisabeth Bruyère and the Sisters of Charity establish a single ward hospital on Saint Patrick Street. The name General Hospital is taken from the description contained in its charter.
1859 May 8 Born - May 8 - Edward Morris, 1st Baron Morris, politician and 2nd Prime Minister of Newfoundland (died 1935)
1860 May 8 May 8 - Roman Catholic Diocese of Chatham (later renamed Roman Catholic Diocese of Bathurst (Canada)) erected
1871 May 8 May 8 - The Treaty of Washington reaches agreements on fishing rights and Great Lakes trade between Canada and the United States
1885 May 8 Born - May 8 - Thomas B. Costain, journalist and historical novelist (d.1965)
1885 May 8 Died - May 8 - James Colledge Pope, politician and 5th Premier of Prince Edward Island (b.1826)
1887 May 8 Died - May 8 - Sir William Young, Premier of Nova Scotia (b.1799)
1903 May 8 Died - May 8 - David Mills, politician, author, poet and jurist (b.1831)
1909 May 8 Born - May 8 - Samuel Boulanger, politician (d.1989)
1912 May 8 Born - May 8 - George Woodcock, poet, essayist, critic, biographer and historian (d.1995)
1920 May 8 Born - May 8 - Harry Rankin, lawyer and politician (d.2002)
1940 May 8 Born - May 8 - Irwin Cotler, politician and Minister
1945 May 8 May 8 - VE Day sees celebrations across the nation, but also the Halifax Riot.
1956 May 8 May 8 – The controversial bill to create the TransCanada pipeline is introduced in the House of Commons.
1961 May 8 Born - May 8 – Greg Thomey, comedian
1968 May 8 Born - May 8 – Louise Stratten, actress and younger sister of the murdered actress Dorothy Stratten
1970 May 8 Born - May 8 - Naomi Klein, journalist, author and activist
1982 May 8 Died - May 8 - Gilles Villeneuve, motor racing driver (b.1950).
1982 May 8 May 8 - Grant Devine becomes Premier of Saskatchewan after defeating Allan Blakeney's NDP
1984 May 8 Deranged federalist former soldier Denis Lortie goes on a shooting spree at the National Assembly on May 8 with the intention to kill René Lévesque. The assembly is not in session; however, there are 3 deaths and 9 injured.
1984 May 8 May 8 - Cpl. Denis Lortie enters the Quebec National Assembly and opens fire, killing 3 and wounding 13. René Jalbert, sergeant-at-arms of the assembly, succeeds in calming him, for which he will later receive the Cross of Valour.
1986 May 8 May 8 - Alberta election: Don Getty's PCs win a fifth consecutive majority, but a smaller majority than before
1996 May 8 May 8 - The Ontario government cuts provincial income taxes by 30 per cent
2005 May 8 May 8 - Steve Nash becomes the first Canadian player to win the NBA MVP Award
2011 May 8 Died - May 8 – Hilton Rosemarin, 58, set decorator (Three Men and a Baby, Cocktail, Jumper), brain cancer (born 1952).