Canadian Historical Events in February

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 February 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 February

Day Year Event
1 1882 Birth: Louis St. Laurent, the 12th prime minister of Canada
1 1968 Unification of the Canadian Armed Forces through the merger of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force.
2 1857 Birth: Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta
6 1973 Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto, the tallest structure in Canada and one of the tallest in the world.
6 2006 Stephen Harper becomes the 22nd prime minister of Canada.
6 1602 King Henry IV of France appoints Aymar de Chaste as Viceroy of Canada.
7 1895 The Toronto Mail and Toronto Empire newspapers merged to form The Mail and Empire.
10 1763 The Treaty of Paris was signed which provides, among others, that France recognize the sovereignty of Great Britain over Canada.
12 1787 Birth: Joseph-Norbert Provencher, first bishop of the Diocese of Saint Boniface in Manitoba
12 1912 Edmonton in Alberta was amalgamated with the City of Strathcona south of the North Saskatchewan River.
12 2010 Opening day of the Vancouver Winter Olympics
13 1819 Birth: James Cockburn, one of the Fathers of Canadian Confederation and the first Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
13 1947 Substantial oil deposits were discovered in Leduc, Alberta.
13 1988 Opening day of the Calgary winter Olympics with 57 countries participating.
14 1859 Establishment of New Westminster, the capital of British Columbia until 1866.
14 1920 The Université de Montréal was given a provincial charter from the Legislative Assembly of Québec.
15 1977 The Canadian nationality law went into effect.
16 1881 The Canadian Pacific Railway Company was formally incorporated to complete the national railway between eastern Canada and British Columbia.
17 1820 Birth: Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, first Canadian prelate to be elevated to the Roman Catholic College of Cardinals.
22 1877 Birth: Alfred Arthur Sinnott, first Archbishop of Winnepeg in Manitoba.
22 2011 Gérald Lacroix was designated Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada.
22 2014 Gérald Lacroix, the Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, was elevated into the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis.
28 1988 Closing day of the Calgary Winter Olympics

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