Today in History – March 15th

WINNIPEG, MB. – Today in history, the first meeting of the Manitoba Legislator happened, possibly the very first NHL strike, and a Saskatchewan court says no to Colin Thatcher.

1778 – James Cook reaches the west coast of Vancouver Island with ships HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery, on the way to search for a North West Passage from the Pacific; names the site Friendly Cove after a warm reception from local Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) people, who trade sea otter pelts with the sailors. The British will anchor in Nootka Sound from March 29 to April 26 in Resolution Cove, at the south end of Bligh Island, about 8 km east across the sound from Yuquot.

1870 – Alexandre-Antonin Taché, Bishop of St. Boniface, meets the Métis council at Fort Garry; the new list of rights includes a claim for separate schools.

1871 – Lt Gov Adams G. Archibald opens the first meeting of the Manitoba legislature in the house of A.G.B. Bannatyne, since no public building is available; his ceremonial guard is provided by the Ontario Rifles; elected members come from 12 English and 12 French electoral districts; an appointed legislative council and an appointed executive council advise the governor; the assembly will adopt a court, legal and educational system.

1925 – The NHL Hamil­ton Tigers, who finished first in the regular season, are sus­pended from fur­ther play for the Stan­ley Cup after the players go on strike, demanding an extra $200 a game for additional work; Mon­treal Cana­di­ens will be awarded the O’Brien Tro­phy as NHL cham­pi­ons after defeating Toronto St Pats in a two-game series. The Vic­to­ria Cougars will even­tu­ally win the 1925 Stan­ley Cup. 

1962 – Donald Jackson First in the world to land a triple lutz jump in ice skating competition; gives him a gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championship. 

1970 – Boston Bruin Bobby Orr picks up four points against Detroit, to become the First NHL defenceman to score 100 points in a season; will go on to lead the league in reg­u­lar sea­son scor­ing with 120 points, and help the Bru­ins win their first Stanley Cup since 1941.

2004 – Politics – Brad Wall elected leader of the Saskatchewan Party. 

2010 – A Saskatchewan court rules against an appeal by Colin Thatcher, convicted killer of his wife JoAnn Wilson, that he could not profit from the book he wrote in prison, “Final Appeal: Anatomy of a Frame,” in which he claimed his innocence in the 1983 murder; a 2009 Saskatchewan law stated criminals couldn’t profit from recounting their crimes. 

-Kevin Klein, MyToba News

Photo – Wikipedia

Kevin Klein is President and CEO of MyToba News. The former publisher and CEO of the Winnipeg Sun, Kevin has spent several years in Canadian media working in newspapers, radio and television. A proud and passionate citizen of Winnipeg and Manitoba, Kevin is excited to bring you news, pictures and information on the many wonderful charity groups in our province. If you have an event you want us to know about, email Kevin at and follow him on Twitter @kevinkleinwpg.
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