Canadian Historical Events in June

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 June 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 June

Day Year Event
1 1876 The Royal Military College of Canada conducted its first classes at Kingston, Ontario.
3 1658 François de Laval was appointed vicar apostolic of New France (Canada) by a papal bull.
4 1847 Joseph-Norbert Provencher was installed as Bishop of Saint-Boniface in Manitoba.
4 1979 Charles Joseph “Joe” Clark becomes the 16th prime minister of Canada, the youngest so far in Canadian history to hold that office.
4 1988 Formation of the Canadian Heraldic Authority which is part of the Canadian honours system under the Canadian monarch, whose authority is exercised by the Governor General of Canada. The authority is responsible for the creation and granting of new coats of arms (armorial bearings), flags, and badges for Canadian citizens, government agencies, municipal, civic and other corporate bodies.
5 1939 Birth: Charles Joseph “Joe” Clark, the 16th prime minister of Canada.
6 1853 Ex-Catholic monk Alessandro Gavazzi was conducting a lecture in the Free Presbyterian Church in Quebec City when Catholics, mostly Irish, started a riot in protest against Gavazzi’s anti-Catholic discourse. This event came to be known as Gavazzi Riot.
6 1891 Death: Sir John Alexander Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada.
7 1853 Death: Joseph-Norbert Provencher, first bishop of the Diocese of Saint Boniface in Manitoba
7 1886 Pope Leo XIII made Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, the first cardinal from Canada.
7 1929 Birth: John Turner, the 17th prime minister of Canada
8 1944 Birth: Marc Armand Ouellet, a Canadian cardinal of the Catholic Church who was Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada from 2003 to 2010.
9 1610 The Battle of Sorel occurred in Quebec with Samuel de Champlain supported by the Kingdom of France and his allies, the Wendat people, Algonquin people and Innu people against the Mohawk people.
9 1853 The Gavazzi Riot which was more serious that what happened in Quebec three days earlier, occurred outside Zion Church in Montreal where at least 4 people died and scores of others were wounded.
9 1941 Death: Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta
11 1846 Hamilton in Ontario was incorporated.
13 1841 The first meeting of the Parliament of the Province of Canada was held in Kingston, Ontario, the first capital of Canada.
13 1898 Yukon was created as a separate territory of Canada.
14 1872 Enactment of the Trade Unions Act which gave workers the right to associate in trade unions.
16 1874 Birth: Arthur Meighen, the ninth prime minister of Canada.
19 1818 A violent confrontation known as the Battle of Seven Oaks took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba between the fur trade rivals Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) and the North West Company (NWC).
21 1957 John Diefenbaker is sworn in as the 13th prime minister of Canada.
24 1497 John Cabot landed on the Atlantic coast of Canada, claiming it for England.
24 1604 Saint John in the province of New Brunswick was founded.
25 1847 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bytown (now Ottawa) was created out of the territory of the Diocese of Kingston.
25 1993 Kim Campbell assumes the office of prime minister, the only woman so far in Canadian history to hold that office
26 1854 Birth: Robert Borden, the 8th prime minister of Canada
26 1976 CN Tower in Toronto was opened. It was the world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years, from 1975 until 2007.
27 1969 The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968–69 becomes effective, partially decriminalising homosexual acts and allowing abortion under certain conditions, among other provisions.
28 1828 Death: Miles Macdonell, the first governor of Red River Valley, an area in present-day Manitoba
29 1913 The cornerstone of Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina, Saskatchewan was blessed by the papal ambassador.
29 1920 Arthur Meighen is sworn in as the 9th prime minister of Canada.
30 1984 John Turner becomes the 17th prime minister of Canada

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