Canadian Social Media Calendar for December

Looking for Canadian-specific content and ideas for your social media calendar? Take a look at this curated list for the month of December.

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December 1

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  • Birth of short track speed skaters Sylvie Daigle (born in 1962) and Nathalie Lambert (born in 1963).

December 2

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  • 1971 / Norway-Canada Agreement – Norway agrees to cease fishing in Canadian territorial waters.

December 3

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  • 1985 / The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) voted to inscribe Old Québec on its list of World Heritage sites.

December 4

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  • 1945 / Birth of Roberta Bondar–first Canadian woman in space and first neurologist in space–in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

December 5

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The six Canadian astronauts: Ken Money, Marc Garneau, Steve MacLean and Bjarni Tryggvason. Front row: Robert Thirsk and Roberta Bondar.

December 6

December 7

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1916 / Birth of French Canadian fiddler Jean Carignan.

Did you know? In 1974, Carignan was made a Member of the Order of Canada as “the greatest fiddler in North America”. He died in Montreal on February 16, 1988 at the age of 71.

December 8

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  • 1992 / Helen (Callaghan) Candaele St. Aubin dies at age 63 (born in Vancouver in 1929). She was a left-handed outfielder for the Fort Wayne Daisies, one of the teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Did you know? Helen was batting champion in 1945, hitting .299 and was often called the “Ted Williams” of women’s baseball.

December 9

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  • 1935 / Birth of Christopher Pratt, one of Canada’s most prominent painters and printmakers, in St. John’s, Nfld.

December 10

Did you know? The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the day of Alfred Nobel’s death, the 10th of December, a time-honored tradition since 1901. 

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  • 1948 / The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in Paris.

Did you know? The principal author of the first draft of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was Canadian legal scholar, jurist and human rights advocate John Peters Humphrey.

December 11

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  • 1962 / Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin were the last men executed in Canada. They were both hanged at Toronto’s Don Jail.

December 12

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December 13

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  • 1962 / Launch of Relay-1, a communication satellite built by RCA Limited. The transponder onboard the spacecraft is the first Canadian-built hardware in a communications satellite.

December 14

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December 15

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  • 1984 / Bill 101 Challenged

Did you know? The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the compulsory exclusive use of French on public commercial signs, as per Bill 101, was contrary to the right of freedom of speech. The Bourassa government reacted by introducing Bill 178, reinstating the use of French-only signs.

December 16

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  • 1949 / Amendment to British North America Act giving power to the Canadian Parliament to amend its own constitution. Full control over the constitution was not achieved until 1982.

December 17

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December 18

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1941 / Canadian soldiers joined the fight on the then-Bristish Colony of Hong Kong against the Japanese army.

Did you know? The Battle of Hong Kong would forever change the lives of the 1,975 Canadian soldiers who had been sent to help defend the small colony only a month before hostilities began. The Canadian troops came from two battalions: the Royal Rifles of Canada (from Quebec City) and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. The vast majority of them had never seen combat before. They were underequipped, inadequately trained, and had almost no air and naval support.

December 19

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  • 1983 / Laurence Decore becomes a member of the Order of Canada for his vast community service. He also co-authored the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

December 20

December 21

  • December solstice (the Sun travels the shortest path through the sky, and that day therefore has the least daylight and the longest night.)

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  • 1963 / First weather photo transmitted in Canada from U.S. satellite TIROS 8.

December 22

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  • The federal government ordered a halt to all whaling operations based out of Canadian ports. The Inuit are still allowed to harvest whales as part of their traditional rights.

December 23

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December 24

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  • 1814 / The Treaty of Ghent is signed in Belgium, ending the war of 1812 between Great Britain and the US.

December 25

  • Chrismas Day

December 26

  • Boxing Day

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December 27

December 28

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  • 1938 / America’s first movie star, Florence Lawrence (born in Hamilton, ON), dies in Beverly Hills California. Lawrence got her first film part in 1907 in “Daniel Boone” and went on to make more than 250 films.

Did you know? Lawrence was a passionate automobile enthusiast. She came up with two automobile innovations, the first turn indicator and the full-stop signal activated by applying the footbrake. She never patented her innovations.

December 29

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  • 1837 / A force of Upper Canadian militia found the ship Caroline moored at Schlosser and set it ablaze and then adrift over Niagara Falls.

December 30

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  • 1918 / Birth of Al Purdy in Wooler, ON. He’s considered one of Canada’s greatest poets. He has also been called the “most,” the “first” and the “last Canadian poet.”

December 31

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Did you know? The Battle of Quebec 1775 was the first major defeat of the Revolutionary War for the Americans.