Audrey McLaughlin New Democratic Party

December 2, 2011 by staff 

Audrey McLaughlin New Democratic Party, In 1981, the House of Commons passed a resolution to patriate Canada’s Constitution. The legislation, which led to the Constitution Act of 1982, included an amending formula and a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The resolution was passed 246-24 and was supported by all three parties and all provinces except Quebec. The Constitution took effect April 17, 1982.

Also on this date:

In 1552, St. Francis Xavier, the founder of the Jesuits, died while on a missionary journey to China.

In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself Emperor of the French.

In 1805, the French army under Napoleon defeated the combined Austrian and Russian armies at the battle of Austerlitz, near Vienna.

In 1853, Gov. Douglas established the Supreme Court of Vancouver Island.

In 1878, a railway was completed from Winnipeg to the American border.

In 1902, James Hamilton Ross became the first member of Parliament for the Yukon, despite having a paralytic stroke which left him unable to campaign.

In 1927, Henry Ford unveiled his “Model A” car. The roadster was priced at $385.

In 1942, the atomic age was born with the first controlled nuclear chain reaction on a squash court at the University of Chicago.

In 1949, Britain empowered the Canadian Parliament to amend the British North America Act.

In 1961, Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared that he was a Marxist-Leninist and would lead the country to Communism.

In 1961, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 21-14 in the first overtime Grey Cup game. Winnipeg quarterback Kenny Ploen scored the winning touchdown in the extra session at Toronto’s CNE Stadium.

In 1962, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers edged the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-27 in Toronto in the only Grey Cup game that stretched over two days. Fog at Toronto’s CNE Stadium forced play to be suspended in the fourth quarter the previous day. There was no fog, nor scoring, on the second day.

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