Canadian Social Media Calendar for July

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July 2022


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July 1

Did you know? Lord Monck, the first governor-general of Canada, declared July 1 to be Dominion Day in 1868. The name was officially changed to Canada Day in 1982. Check out more History of Canada Day!

On this day #OTD

  • 1991 / Canadian Museum of Immigration, Pier 21, opens in Halifax.
  • 1980 / ‘O Canada‘ officially becomes the national anthem.
  • 1966 / 1st colour television transmission in Canada.
  • 1960 / First Nations peoples receive the right to vote in federal elections.
  • 1958 / CBC links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.
  • 1952 / The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US at Stamford Park in Ontario.
  • 1920 / The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, known as Elections Canada, was officially created.
  • 1909 / Explorer Joseph-Elzéar Bernier takes possession of the Arctic Archipelago for Canada at Winter Harbour on Melville Island.
  • 1896 / Wilfrid Laurier sworn in as 1st French-speaking Prime Minister of Canada
  • 1890 / Canada and Bermuda are linked by telegraph cable
  • 1883 / Sir John A. Macdonald authorizes residential schools based on the 1879 Davin Report.
  • 1878 / Canada joins the Universal Postal Union
  • 1873 / Prince Edward Island joins Canada
  • 1871 / The decimal currency system is made uniform in Canada.
  • 1867 / The Constitution Act, originally known as the British North America Act comes into effect. The Dominion of Canada is formed, comprising the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario & Quebec, with John A. Macdonald serving as the first Prime Minister

Did you know? It was renamed the Constitution Act, 1867 with the patriation of the Constitution in 1982.

July 2

On this day #OTD

  • 1974 / Ralph Garvin Steinhauer, Indigenous leader of Cree descent, becomes the first Indigenous lieutenant-governor of a Canadian province.
  • 1883 / Birth of Chinese Canadian photographer C. D. Hoy (Chow Dong Hoy) in Guangdong Province, China. Hoy photographs offer a glimpse into a small frontier town and its diverse people.

July 3

On this day #OTD

  • 1814 / Americans capture Fort Erie, Canada (War of 1812)
  • 1608 / Quebec city is founded by Samuel de Champlain

July 4

On this day #OTD

  • 1945 / Aldershot Riot – (July 4-5) Canadian troops tired of waiting to be repatriated riot in the streets of Aldershot (Hampshire, England) causing considerable damage to property.
  • 1886 / Birth of Thomas Charles Longboat (Gagwe:gih) in Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River. Tom Longboat was a distance runner. He was the first Indigenous person to win the Boston Marathon in 1907.
  • 1886 / The first Canadian Pacific transcontinental passenger train completes its voyage, departing from Montréal, Quebec on June 28 and arriving at Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4. 
The first train to travel from the Atlantic to the Pacific at Port Arthur, Ontario (June 30, 1886).
Source: Library and Archives Canada/Image # C-014464

July 5

On this day #OTD

  • 1943 – Birth of singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson
  • 1942 – Ian Fleming graduates from a training school for spies in Canada

Did you know? Ian Fleming was a British writer, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond spy novels.

  • 1916 No. 2 Construction Battalion – The Department of Defence and Militia authorizes the formation of the largest Black unit in Canadian history.

July 6

On this day #OTD

  • 2021 / Mary Simon is named Canada’s first indigenous Governor General.
  • 2013 / A runaway train carrying crude oil derails in the town centre of Lac-Mégantic (QC). Explosions and fires kill 47 people and force the evacuation of 2,000 others.
  • 1906 / The House of Commons passes the Lord’s Day Act prohibiting work, entertainment, sport and most commerce on Sundays. In 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada struck it down.

July 7

On this day #OTD

Did you know? The Joggins Fossil Cliffs have been described as the coal age Galapagos due to their wealth of fossils from the Carboniferous period (354 to 290 million years ago). They are the most complete known fossil record of terrestrial life from that time.

  • 1969 / House of Commons approves equality of French-English language.
  • 1967 / Order of Canada – The first honours list is published in the Canada Gazette and released to the public on this day.

July 8

On this day #OTD

  • 1917 / Artist Tom Thomson drowns during a trip to Ontario’s Algonquin Park.

Did you know? Thomson’s art reflected Canadian nationalism with landscape paintings of Northern Ontario. Although not a member, he was associated with the Group of Seven.

  • 1903 / Artist Evern ‘Earl’ Bailly is born in Nova Scotia. A wheelchair-bound quadriplegic for most of his life, he learned to paint by holding a brush between his teeth and later became a highly-regarded artist.
  • 1892 / A fire in St. John’s leaves 11,000 people homeless.
  • 1867 / The first edition of Le Moniteur Acadien–Maritime’s first French-language newspaper–is published
  • 1852 / Montreal’s Great Fire of 1852

Did you know? The fire left as many as 10,000 people homeless and destroyed almost half of the city’s housing. Within one hour, one-quarter of the city was destroyed.

July 9

Nunavut Day #NunavutDay

Did you know? Nunavut officially became a territory on April 1, 1999. The date of July 9 was chosen to commemorate the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act which came into force on July 9, 1993.

On this day #OTD

  • 1969 / The Official Languages Act was passed with full support by all federal parties.
  • 1917/ Helen Gregory MacGill becomes the first woman appointed as a judge in British Columbia.

July 10

Did you know? Nikola Tesla, a prolific Serbian-American inventor and engineer, created the polyphase alternating current (AC) production and long-distance transmission system in 1888. Tesla’s system was used in the creation of the world’s first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls.

On this day #OTD

  • 1931 / Birth of Alice Munro, writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1914 / Birth of cartoonist and co-creator of Superman, Joe Shuster, in Toronto.
  • 1985 / Greenpeace’s flagship the Rainbow Warrior was sunk by agents of the French foreign intelligence services while docked in New Zealand’s Auckland harbor.

July 11

On this day #OTD

Did you know? The Oka Crisis (Jul.11–Sep. 26) was a 78-day standoff between Mohawk protesters, Quebec police, and the Canadian Army.

  • 1896 / The first French-Canadian prime minister, Wilfrid Laurier, is sworn in.

July 12

On this day #OTD

  • 1961 / Novelist Mazo de la Roche dies in Toronto

Did you know? Mazo de la Roche was one of the greatest Canadian writers and one of the most underrated. A prolific writer, she wrote 23 novels, more than 50 short stories, 13 plays and other works. She was designated a national historic person in 1976.

  • 1920 / Pierre Breton, prolific writer and historian, is born in Whitehorse, Yukon.
  • 1812 / US forces led by General William Hull invade Canada from Detroit with 2,500 men.

July 13

On this day #OTD

Did you know? Following the war, First Nations veterans did not receive the same services or benefits as fellow soldiers. Some even lost their identity as Status Indians. In 2003, First Nations veterans eventually received a public apology and compensation from the federal government. Aboriginal Veterans Day was also proclaimed for Nov. 8 to provide greater recognition of their wartime efforts.

  • 1953 / The Stratford Festival stages its first play.
  • 1929 / Anishinaabe author, storyteller and educator Basil Johnston was born on the Wasauksing First Nation in Ontario.

July 14

On this day #OTD

  • 2001 / The Jeux de la Francophonie are held on Canadian soil, in the National Capital Region, for the first time
  • 1996 / Hilda Watson, the first woman to lead a political party in Yukon and in Canada dies.
  • 1972 / Trade unionist and president of the Canadian Labour Congress, Donald MacDonald, is elected the first non-European president of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
  • 1645 / Charles Jacques Huault de Montmagny, governor of New France, concludes a peace treaty with the Mohaws (Iroquois) who had formally declared war on the French in 1641.

July 15

On this day #OTD

  • 1870 / Manitoba joins Confederation and becomes the fifth Canadian province.
  • 1870 / Hudson’s Bay and Northwest Territories transferred to Canada

July 16

  • Canada’s Parks Day ( The 3rd Saturday of each July)

On this day #OTD

1880/ Dr. Emily Stowe receives her medical license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Did you know? Dr. Stowe was considered to be the first female physician to publicly practice medicine in Ontario. She was also the first female principal of a public school in Ontario and the founder of the Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association.

  • 2013 / Death of renowned artist Alex Colville in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
  • 1861 / Richard Preston,  “The founder of the Black Nova Scotian community”, dies.

Did you know? Preston was raised as a slave in Virginia. After buying his freedom, he made his way to Nova Scotia. He became an important leader for the African Nova Scotian community and in the international struggle against slavery (the community of Preston, Nova Scotia, was named after him). He was the founder of the Cornwallis Street United Baptist Church in 1832.

July 17

  • World Emoji Day #WorldEmojiDay (created by Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge in 2014)

On this day #OTD

  • 1771 / English explorer Samuel Hearne and his guide, Matonabbee, reach the Arctic. He was the first European to reach the Arctic Ocean over land.

Did you know? Matonabbee was a Chipewyan leader justly famous for his overland journey to the Arctic Ocean. His leadership and knowledge made the trip possible.

  • 1976 / Montréal hosts the first Olympic Games in Canada.
  • 1935 / Birth of actor Donald Sutherland in Saint John, NB.

July 18

On this day #OTD

  • 1932 / US and Canada sign a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway.
  • 1926 / Novelist Margaret Laurence, an important figure in women’s literature in Canada, is born in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Did you know? During his career, Bernier commanded 100 ships and crossed the Atlantic Ocean 269 times. He made regular sailing voyages to the islands of the Arctic archipelago and spent 8 winters in the Arctic between 1906 and 1925, with a total of 12 trips during that time.

July 19

On this day #OTD

  • 2006 / 15-year-old Jenna Lambert becomes the first person with cerebral palsy to swim 32 kilometres across Lake Ontario.
  • 1979 / Native Women’s March – more than 100 women and children from the Tobique reserve in New Brunswick marched 110 miles from Oka, Quebec to Parliament Hill in Ottawa to protest gender discrimination in the Indian Act and bring attention to housing conditions for women on reserves. #IndigenousWomenActivism

July 20

On this day #OTD

  • 2005 / Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • 1885 / Louis Riel‘s trial begins. Leader of the Métis and founder of Manitoba, he was hanged later that year for his role in the 1885 resistance to Canadian encroachment on Métis lands.
  • 1871 / British Columbia joins the Canadian Confederation (and becomes the 6th province).
  • 1773 / Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia

July 21

On this day #OTD

  • 1988 / The Canadian Multiculturalism Act receives Royal Assent.
  • 1911 / “The medium is the message” Communication theorist Marshall McLuhan is born in Edmonton.
  • 1836 / Canada’s first railway–Champlain and St Lawrence Railroad–officially opens. It begins regular operations on July 25.

Did you know? Louis-Joseph Papineau, who would later lead the 1837 rebellion of Patriotes, was a honoured guest (as the Speaker of the Lower Canada Assembly) on the first run of the train.

  • 1793 / Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific and becomes the first explorer to complete the journey overland.

July 22

On this day #OTD

  • 1948 / Newfoundland votes (52%) in favour of joining Confederation with Canada.
  • 1947 / The Chalk River nuclear research reactor is activated. It will be instrumental in the development of CANDU reactors.

Did you know? Canada was among the pioneers of nuclear energy from the very beginning. This began with the initial research into nuclear weapons during the Second World War, as part of the Manhattan Project, when British-Canadian research was carried out in Montreal prior to moving to the U.S.

  • 1944 / The RCMP ship St. Roch leaves Halifax to return to Vancouver by the Northwest Passage. It’s the first ship to sail the passage in both directions.
  • 1915 / Sir Sandford Fleming, civil engineer, dies in Halifax.

Did you know? Sir Sandford Fleming was Canada’s foremost railway construction engineer, as well as an inventor and scientist. He also developed the system of standard time, still in use today.

  • 1793 / Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada

July 23

On this day #OTD

Did you know? 376 people (340 Sikhs, 24 Muslims and 12 Hindus) were aboard the immigrant ship. Their arrival provoked massive opposition, racism, and considerable effort to force its return to India. At the time the Canadian government had in place racially restrictive policies.

  • 1840 / Union Act passed by British Parliament, uniting Upper & Lower Canada.

July 24

On this day #OTD

  • 2018 / First bison born in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, in 140 years, after being reintroduced.
  • 2001 / Dr. Carrie Best dies in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Did you know? Dr. Best was a human rights activist, author, journalist, publisher and broadcaster. She co-founded one of the first newspapers in Nova Scotia owned and published by Black Canadians, which she used to advocate for Black rights.

  • 1534 / Jacques Cartier claims French possession of Gaspe Bay.

Did you know? As early as his first trip in 1534, Jacques Cartier encountered several Amerindians near the present-day city of Gaspé (Honguedo). They came from Stadacona (now Québec) to fish mackerels. Cartier returned to France with two members of this group, whom he presented to the king.

July 25

On this day #OTD

  • 1944 / WWII – Operation Spring. One of Canada’s bloodiest days with 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed.
  • 1917 / Finance Minister Sir Thomas Whyte introduces in the House of Commons a plan for the first income tax in Canada.

July 26

On this day #OTD

  • 1982 / Anik D1 Comsat launched by US Delta rocket
  • 1976 / Bill C-84 becomes law resulting in the abolition of the death penalty for murder, treason, and piracy.

July 27

Did you know? More than 26,000 Canadians served during the Korean War.

On this day #OTD

  • 1996 / Donovan Bailey wins the gold medal in the 100-metre dash at the Atlanta Olympic Summer Games, setting a new world record of 9.84 seconds.
  • 1921 / Frederick Banting and Charles Best successfully isolate insulin at the University of Toronto. The discovery was announced to the world on Nov. 14.
  • 1866 / The ship Great Eastern completed the laying of the first transatlantic cable at Heart’s Content, Nfld.

Did you know? On its second attempt, the Great Eastern brought the cable to Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, from Valentia, Ireland, establishing the first communication between Europe and North America.

July 28

  • In a proclamation, Queen Elizabeth II acknowledges the tragic consequences of the deportation of Acadians and proclaimed July 28 “A Day of Commemoration of the Great Upheaval“.

Did you know? The deportation of the Acadian people, commonly known as The Great Upheaval, began in 1755 and continued until 1763. Thousands perished during the deportation to the American colonies, Louisana or France.

On this day #OTD

  • 1914 / The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) closes on the eve of war and will remain closed for three months to protect investors.

Did you know? The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) is one of North America’s oldest and largest stock exchanges. Its informal beginnings are traced back to 1852.

July 29

On this day #OTD

  • 1971 / Bluenose II, financed by Oland Brewery, is gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia.
  • 1930 / First passenger-carrying flight, Airship R100, from England to Canada.
  • 1916 / Worst forest fire in Canadian history–the Great Matheson Fire in Ontario.
  • 1900 / The last spike is driven on the White Pass and Yukon Railway.

July 30

On this day #OTD

  • 1970 / One of Canada’s best-known and most prolific folk artists, Maud Lewis, dies.
  • 1962 / The Trans-Canada Highway opens in British Columbia.
  • 1609 / Champlain battles the Haudenosaunee (People of the Longhouse), beginning 150 years of war between the Iroquois and the French.

July 31

On this day #OTD

Did you know? Rosenfeld was voted Canada’s female athlete of the half-century by the Canadian Press in 1950.

  • 1868 / The Rupert’s Land Act is passed by the British Parliament and Queen Victoria. The Act cedes the land of the Hudson Bay basin to Canada.