Today in History – August 7th

WINNIPEG, MB. – Today in history a Winnipeg Judge is the first Western Canadian on the Supreme Court, a Winnipeg born swimmer loses 40 pounds crossing Lake Ontario and watch the video of The Miracle Mile.

1803 – Lord Selkirk sends First of 800 Highland settlers from Scotland to Orwell Bay; begins colonizing efforts in Prince Edward Island.

1903 – Winnipeg judge Albert Killam is appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, First judge chosen from Western Canada.

1940 – Government introduces Unemployment Insurance program after the legislation receives Royal Assent; Canada the last western industrialized nation to have UI.

1954 – Roger Bannister narrowly defeats John Landy in the “Miracle Mile” in Empire Stadium, with a time of 3:58.8 against Landy’s 3:59.6.

1987 – Marathon swimmer Vicki Keith, who was born in Winnipeg, completes the first double crossing of Lake Ontario; estimates she lost 40 pounds during the 56-hour swim.

Kevin Klein, MyToba News

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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