First Grey Cup Game

December 4, 2011 by staff 

First Grey Cup Game, In 1866, delegates from Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia began talks with British officials in London. They finalized details of the British North America Act, which created Canada the following year.

Also on this date:
In 1619, a group of settlers from Bristol, England, arrived at Berkeley Hundred in present-day Charles City County, Va., where they held a service thanking God for their safe arrival. (Some suggest this was the true first Thanksgiving in America, ahead of the Pilgrims’ arrival in Massachusetts.)

In 1791, Britain’s “Observer” newspaper was first published. It’s the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper.

In 1800, explorer and geographer David Thompson crossed the Rockies.

In 1835, Sir Richard Cartwright, finance minister of Canada from 1873-78, and minister of trade and commerce from 1896 to 1911, was born in Kingston, Ont.

In 1856, bonding arrangements were made so American goods could pass through Canada.

In 1909, the first Grey Cup game was held at Rosedale Field in Toronto. The University of Toronto defeated Toronto Parkdale 26-6 in front of 3,800 fans. The trophy was donated that year by Governor General Earl Grey for the rugby football championship of Canada. The Varsity Blues also won the Cup in 1910 and 1911.

In 1921, Winnipeg-born retired movie actress Deanna Durbin was born.

In 1926, British novelist Agatha Christie mysteriously dropped out of sight for 11 days. She later said she had no idea what happened.

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