Twins Colin And Gregory Rankin March 25

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Twins Colin And Gregory Rankin March 25, March 25, 1584 – Exploration – Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert’s patent to explore North America. London, England
March 25, 1752 – Charles de Longueuil appointed Intendant of New France after death of La Jonquière. Québec, Québec
March 25, 1776 – American Revolutionary War – American invaders win skirmish at St. Pierre. St-Pierr, Québec
March 25, 1805 – Farming – Lower Canada Assembly passes an act to preserve apple trees; also First Canadian legislation for the control of farm pests. Montréal, Québec

George Brown shot by Bennett
March 25, 1807 – Human Rights – King George III proclaims the Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire; the abolition campaign had been led by British MP William Wilberforce. London, England
March 25, 1815 – War of 1812 – BNA Governor George Prevost informs the Lower Canada Assembly that the Prince Regent (later George IV) has ordered him to England, to answer charges relating to the Battle of Lake Champlain and the navy. Quebec, Quebec
March 25, 1820 – Banking – Incorporation of the Bank of New Brunswick at Saint John, New Brunswick. Fredericton, New Brunswick
March 25, 1839 – Aroostook War – Truce called in damaging Aroostook lumber war over New Brunswick boundary with Maine; later agreement between Lord Ashburton and Daniel Webster. Aroostook, New Brunswick
March 25, 1853 – Human Rights – Medoia – Samuel Ward & Mary Ann Shadd publish First edition of The Provincial Freeman, a newspaper for the 40,000 blacks who had fled slavery in the southern US. Windsor, Ontario
March 25, 1862 – Religion – John Lewis elected First Anglican Bishop of Ontario. Kingston, Ontario
March 25, 1880 – Crime – Globe editor George Brown shot in his office by George Bennett, a disgruntled ex-employee; Brown pushed the gun down so Bennett only shot him in the leg, but the wound turned gangrenous, and 7 weeks later on May 9, 1880, Brown died; Bennett was hanged for murder. Toronto, Ontario
March 25, 1884 – Justice – Ainsworths’ appeal of Bluebell decision commences in Victoria before Matthew Begbie, H.P.P. Crease & George Walkem. Victoria, BC
March 25, 1884 – Education – Victoria College in Toronto becomes Victoria University. Toronto, Ontario
March 25, 1886 – Labour – Ontario Legislature passes Workman’s Compensation Act; First Act of its kind in Canada. Toronto, Ontario
March 25, 1889 – Mining – Crow’s Nest Coal and Mineral Company incorporated in British Columbia: trustees; Colonel Baker, Wm. and Peter Creake Fernie, Edwd. Bray and J. Despard Pemberton. Capitalization, $2 million. Victoria, BC
March 25, 1893 – Crime – Religion – Toronto cab driver fined for driving on Sunday; $2 or 10 days in jail. Toronto, Ontario
March 25, 1897 – Second session of the 8th Parliament of Canada meets; until June 29, 1897. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1903 – Alaska Boundary – Anglo-American Convention decides to define the Alaska-Canada border as it is today; US President Theodore Roosevelt had threatened to send in troops if the boundary was not fixed the way the US wanted. Left out of the talks, Canada ended up with no seaports in northern BC or the Yukon, and the resulting anti-British sentiment led to the founding of the Department of External Affairs in 1909. Washington, DC
March 25, 1907 – Hockey – Montreal Wanderers lose to Kenora Thistles but win the Stanley Cup by outscoring them 12-8 in the 2 game series. Montréal, Québec
March 25, 1913 – Urban – Red Deer becomes the sixth city in Alberta. Red Deer, Alberta
March 25, 1924 – Hockey – NHL Montréal Canadiens sweep the Calgary Tigers of the Western Canada Hockey League in the second of two games for the Stanley Cup. Montréal, Québec
March 25, 1926 – Environment – Canadian National Parks Association passes a resolution opposing the attempt of the Alberta government to control the natural resources in Rocky Mountain Park, Jasper Park and Waterton Lakes Park. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1926 – Politics – T.C. Norris resigns as leader of the Liberal party in Manitoba; served as Premier from 1915-1922. Winnipeg, Manitoba
March 25, 1929 – Mining – Fire discovered in a collapsed roadway in the No.1 East mine at Coal Creek. Coal Creek, BC
March 25, 1936 – Hockey – Detroit Red Wings finally beat the Montréal Maroons 1-0 after midnight in the NHL’s longest game, 2 hours, 56 minutes and 30 seconds; the game began on March 24, 1936. Detroit, Michigan
March 25, 1937 – Hockey – Lionel Conacher misses on the First Stanley Cup penalty shot. Toronto, Ontario
March 25, 1955 – State Visit – Mario Scelba Prime Minister of Italy visits Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1957 – State Visit – Louis St. Laurent starts two-day meeting with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. Bermuda
March 25, 1958 – Aviation – Crowd of 14,000 Avro employees cheer maiden flight of supersonic fighter the AVRO CF-105 Arrow at Malton Airport; one of world’s most advanced airplanes at the time; cancelled five months later. Toronto, Ontario
March 25, 1965 – Crime – RCMP seize $25 million worth of pure heroin in Montreal. Montréal, Québec
March 25, 1967 – Roland Michener installed as Governor General of Canada, replacing the late Georges Vanier; serves until 1974. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1972 – Hockey – Bobby Hull joins Gordie Howe, becoming the second NHL player to score 600 career goals. Chicago, Illinois
March 25, 1976 – Justice – Law Reform Commission asks Parliament to amend the Criminal Code regarding several crimes; abortion, indecency, bigamy, incest, obscenity, gambling. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1980 – Hockey – Pierre Larouche of the Montréal Canadiens scores his 50th goal of the season against Chicago Blackhawks. Montréal, Québec
March 25, 1982 – Chiuldren – Colin Rankin and Gregory Rankin born; North America’s First test-tube twins. Oakville, Ontario
March 25, 1982 – Constitution – The Canada Bill to patriate the BNA Act gets final approval in the House of Lords. London, England
March 25, 1982 – Hockey – Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers bags two goals and two assists against the Calgary Flames, becoming the First in the NHL to score 200 points in a season. Edmonton, Alberta
March 25, 1986 – Figure Skating – Brian Boitano of the US wins his second World Figure Skating Championship Mens gold, in spite of Canadian Kurt Browning’s quadruple jump, the First ever landed in competition. Geneva, Switzerland
March 25, 1991 – Environment – Commons Environment Committee urges 20% cut in carbon dioxide emissions; to help combat global warming. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1992 – Energy – Federal government says it will lift restrictions on foreign ownership in Canada’s oil and gas industry. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 1995 – Music – The Tragically Hip debut on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, introduced by another Kingston, Ontario, native, actor Dan Aykroyd; the band perform Grace, Too, and Nautical Disaster from their album Day for Night; two days later the Hip win two Juno Awards for entertainer and group of the year. New York, New York
March 25, 1996 – Figure Skating – Edmonton hosts the World Figure Skating Championships; Ice Dance won by Gritshuk & Platov of Russia, the Pairs by Eltsova & Bushkov of Russia, the Ladies by Michelle Kwan of the USA, and the Men’s by Todd Eldredge of the USA. Edmonton, Alberta
March 25, 1996 – Politics – Jean Chretien’s Liberal Party wins five federal by-elections, against one for the Bloc Québecois; restores Liberals to 177 seats and confirms the BQ as the Official Opposition. Canada
March 25, 2000 – Politics – Reform Party of Canada members vote overwhelmingly to dissolve and join a new conservative political party called the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance Party of Canada.
March 25, 2004 – Justice – Religion – Supreme Court of Canada rules 9-0 in not holding the Canadian Roman Catholic Church responsible for the sexual abuse of altar boys by Newfoundland priest Kevin Bennett. Ottawa, Ontario
March 25, 2011 – Politics – Stephen Harper’s minority Conservative government defeated in a no-confidence vote, 156 to 145, after being found in contempt of Parliament, thus triggering a general election; first instance in Commonwealth history of a government in the Westminster parliamentary tradition losing the confidence of the House of Commons on the grounds of contempt of Parliament. On May 2, 2011, after a 5-week campaign, Harper will lead the Conservatives to their third consecutive election victory. Ottawa, Ontario

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