Canadian Historical Events in August

Canadian Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped Canada to what it is today. It is a compilation of significant events for the month of August including the birth and death of famous Canadians as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

Canada Historical Events in August

Day Year Event
1 1976 Closing day of the Montreal Olympic Games.
2 1858 The Colony of British Columbia was founded by Richard Clement Moody as a second England on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
4 1976 Opening day of the Toronto Paralympic Games.
4 1913 The town of Athabaska Landing in northern Alberta was renamed Athabasca.
5 1583 Sir Humphrey Gilbert took possession of Newfoundland for the English Crown.
6 1866 The Colony of British Columbia was incorporated with the Colony of Vancouver Island.
7 1930 Richard Bedford Bennett assumes office as the 11th prime minister of Canada.
16 1896 Gold was discovered in Klondike, Yukon Province which led to a gold rush including Californian prospectors.
16 1930 The first British Empire Games, the precursor of the Commonwealth Games, was opened in Hamilton, Ontario.
16 1954 Birth: James Cameron, a highly successful film director.
28 1938 Birth: Paul Edgar Philippe Martin, the 21st prime minster of Canada.
31 1822 Birth: Timothy Anglin, the second Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada

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