Today In History – March 19

WINNIPEG, MB – Today In History in 1885, Louis Riel began the North West Rebellion in Batoche, seizing hostages and proclaiming the Provisional Government of Saskatchewan. In the video above, watch the Louis Riel Heritage Minute, featuring a dramatization of Riel recounting his life before his execution.

Take a look at what else happened Today In History:

1871: Minister of Inland Revenue Alexander Morris introduces an Act to legalize the metric system in Canada.

1914: NHA Toronto Blueshirts sweep PCHA Victoria Capitals in 3 games for the Stanley Cup; last challenge series played.

1941: United States and Canada sign pact to develop the St. Lawrence Seaway.

1970: Ottawa brings in rigid federal rules barring any foreign ownership of Canadian uranium mining.

1981: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4; score 9 goals in the second period, the most goals in one period by an NHL team; total 31 goals and assists another NHL record.

1990: Toronto singer Alannah Myles’ song Black Velvet makes it to Number 1 on the Billboard Charts.

2004: Quebec Court of Appeal upholds a lower-court ruling that the traditional definition of marriage was discriminatory and unjustified; Quebec the third province to allow same-sex marriage after Ontario and BC.

2015: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Québec government infringed on religious freedom by requiring that Loyola High School, a Jesuit institution in Montreal teach a course on ethics and religious culture from a secular, neutral perspective; affirms Loyola’s right to include its own religious perspective on the course.

Spencer Fernando, MyToba News

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Spencer Fernando is a columnist and reporter for MyToba News. You can read more of Spencer’s writing at his website
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