October 18: Arena opens; Women are persons; CFRY on the air; Chief Buchanan; Safeway arrives.

October 18, 1955 - The Winnipeg Arena opens with a game between the Winnipeg Warriors and Calgary Stampeders. The crowd of 9,671 breaks the attendance record for a WHL game. On March 26, 2006 it was imploded and the site is now home to an office mall.

October 18, 1989 – The official opening of the Keewatin Underpass takes place.

The Famous Five
October 18, 1929 – Women are legally recognized as persons under the British North America Act. The five women who launched the “Persons Case”, also known as The Famous Five, are: Justice Emily Murphy; Henrietta Muir Edwards; Louise McKinney; Hon. Irene Parlby and Manitoba’s own Nellie McClung.

McClung was a teacher from Manitou, Manitoba who began to write and lecture and was soon a leader of Manitoba's suffragette movement. McLung's autobiographical The Stream Runs Fast can be read here.  Also see the Historica Heritage Minute.

October 18, 1956CFRY radio in Portage La Prairie begins broadcasting.

October 18, 1895 - John E. Buchanan is appointed chief of the Winnipeg Fire Department. He would serve in that position until 1928.

October 18, 1892 - The Trappist Monastery at St. Norbert formally opens. The site was added to over the years. In 1975 the Trappist left the site due to encroaching urbanization for one near Holland, Manitoba.

October 18, 1929 - Canada's first Safeway stores open in Winnipeg. For more on Safeway in Winnipeg.

October 17: MTN is on the air; Selinger as leader, MB's first federal cabinet minister; West Broadway's origins.

October 17, 1986 - Portage la Prairie-based Manitoba Television Network (MTN) signs on the air.   Owned by Craig Broadcasting, MTN also had studios in Winnipeg and links to Brandon's CKX making it Manitoba's only regional television broadcaster.  In 1999 it was re-branded A-Channel then sold to CHUM in 2004. Now, it is part of Rogers’ CITY TV network.

For a Prairie Pulse News Break.

October 17, 2009 - Greg Selinger defeats Steve Ashton to become leader of the Manitoba NDP. He was sworn in as Premier of Manitoba two days later.

October 17, 1892 - Thomas Mayne Daly becomes the first Manitoban appointed to the federal cabinet. He served as Minister of the Interior and Superintendent of Indian Affairs under Prime Minister Sir John Abbott.

October 17, 1882 – Col. James Mulligan sells off his Highwood Manor Estate.  

A retired soldier, he was granted the river lot stretching from Assiniboine River to Portage Avenue between Langside and Maryland. As urban development came closer, he created Furby Street and sold off land along it for subdivision. On this date he sold of the rest of his estate to the city and developers and retired to Montreal. These were the origins of the West Broadway neighbourhood.

October 16: Princess Elizabeth visits; Pointe du Bois on line; BTO's Fred Turner.

October 16, 1951 - Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Winnipeg. Less than six months later Elizabeth would become Queen.

While in Winnipeg the Winnipeg Ballet Club performed at the Queen’s request. The year following her coronation Elizabeth granted them a Royal charter, a first for a ballet company. The troupe was rechristened the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

For more on their Royal Tour check out this documentary (Winnipeg starts at 19:49) as well as here and this photo set.

October 16, 2010 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are inducted into the Manitoba Rugby Hall of Fame.

October 16, 1911 - The first power from the Pointe du Bois Generating Station is delivered to Winnipeg. It is the province's oldest station built by Winnipeg Hydro.

Manitoba Hydro inherited in 2002 when it bought Winnipeg Hydro. In early 2012 the company announced that it would be closing down the adjacent “company town” by the same name. The power station will remain open.

October 16, 1943 - Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive is born in Winnipeg.

October 15: Winnipeg Auditorium opens; Jets' first home opener; street lights shine.

October 15, 1932 - Winnipeg's Civic Auditorium on Vaughan Street is officially opened by Prime Minister R. B. Bennett. Built as a Depression relief project, the Auditorium was Winnipeg's main hall for concerts, lectures and indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball. It was also home to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the art gallery.

The combination of so many venues under one roof was unique and made the venue very successful. From the mid 50s to late 60s many of the events and institutions that called the building home headed to newer sites. In 1970 the province purchased it and converted it into the Manitoba Provincial Archives building.

October 15, 1882
- The first electric street lights appear in Winnipeg. The three lamps were located at Broadway and Main, Lombard Street and the CPR station on Higgins.

For more on
Winnipeg's first utilities. Also, for about James Stuart, a key player in the early 'electrification' of Winnipeg.

October 15, 1972 - The WHA's Winnipeg Jets play their first-ever home game at the Winnipeg Arena. 

Despite a 2-0 regular season record and the hype over signing Bobby Hull, fans took time to warm up to the team. Many complained about the ticket prices: $6 and $5 plus tax. Only 8,000 were in attendance at the arena that night – 2,500 short of a sell-out.

The Jets lost 5 - 2 to the Alberta Oilers. For more on the Jets' first season

October 15, 1943 - Charles Evans, window washer, dies after falling 20 feet from the Dismorr Building.

October 14: Father of the CFL; West End Library; John Pritchard.

October 14, 1990 - G. Sydney Halter dies. He was one of Winnipeg's most honoured sportsmen, though his work was mostly done behind the scenes. He is remembered most as the driving force behind the creation of a single Canadian Football League and serving as its first commissioner. For more on the Man Who Pulled The CFL Together.

October 14, 1979
- The Winnipeg Jets win their first-ever NHL regular season game becoming the first of the WHL expansion teams to do so.  Coach Don McVie’s Jets beat Don Cherry’s Colorado Rockies 4-2 in front of a home crowd at the Winnipeg Arena. The game winner was scored by Jude Drouin.

West End Library
October 14, 1966 - Mayor Juba officially opens the West End branch of the Winnipeg Public Library on Ellice Avenue. 

October 14, 1966 - Photo of U of M looking north, looking south west.

October 14, 1874 – The newly created Winnipeg city council holds its first money plebiscite. It was to obtain a $25k line of credit to purchase fire engines and related fire equipment. It passed !

 October 14, 1856 - John Pritchard, (1777-1856), is buried. The British-born pioneer came to Manitoba around 1805 with what would become the North West Company. In 1822 he was appointed the Councillor of Assiniboia.

Lord Kitchener School at Henderson Highway and Whellams Lane underwent an expansion in 1967 and was renamed John Pritchard School. it was fitting as the building sits on land that was once part of his homestead. Pritchard Avenue is also named for him.

October 14, 1941 - Sgt-Pilot Leslie Falardeau is killed in action. Months before enlisting he worked as an assistant and body double for actor Raymond Massey during the filming of 49th Parallel. He died before the Oscar-winning movie was released.

October 12: Floodway opens; Richardson Building 1.0; "Spanish" flu precautions; Pearson's Nobel Prize.

Floodway at Lockport
October 12, 1968 - The Red River Floodway is officially opened by Premier Walter Weir and energy minister J. J. Greene. Former Premier Duff Roblin, who led the charge to get the project built, left provincial politics that year to run for Parliament.

The 47 km channel took six years to build, cost $63m and was said to be the largest earth-moving construction project in history to that date. It has been used 20 times and is estimated to have saved over $10 billion in direct damages, (source).

Also See:
Duff’s Ditch" and CBC Archives.

Spanish Flu - Winnipeg
October 12, 1918 - Both Gordon Bell, chair of the Provincial Public Health Board, and A. J. Douglas, Winnipeg's Health Officer, issue orders closing all public places and forbidding all public gatherings. It was an effort to deal with Spanish Influenza which was beginning to circulate in the province.

October 12, 1934 - Sidney Smith is installed as the second president of the University of Manitoba. At the same ceremony John Dafoe is installed as its third Chancellor. For more U of M history.

October 12, 1876 - Mr. Steele of Steele Bros. Seeds in Toronto arrives in Winnipeg to pick up what would be the first wheat export order from Manitoba. The company that arranged the transaction was Higgins and Young. The two were also partners in a dry goods store.

October 12, 1957 - Lester B Pearson wins the Nobel Prize. As described by CBC Radio:

“A cable is sent from Oslo to inform Liberal MP Lester B. Pearson that he has won the Nobel Peace Prize. It arrives, but at the wrong house. Four hours later a reporter calls Pearson for an interview and unknowingly becomes the bearer of marvellous news. Pearson is shocked and honoured. The prize honours Pearson's creation of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF), deployed the previous year to help bring peace in Egypt, following the Suez Crisis”.

October 12, 1929 - Excavation begins on the "James Richardson Building" at Portage and Main. By the end of the month the project was put on hold due to the stock market crash. It took until 1967 for James Richardson and Sons to re-announce the construction of their headquarters at the famous intersection.

October 10: Manitoba Club opens; Travellers' Association created; Jets' first NHL game; Pumping Station retired.

October 10, 1882The North West Commercial Travellers’ Association is formed at a meeting at the Grand Union Hotel, 200 Princess Street. The aim of the association: "to secure traveling and personal benefits for commercial travelers, manufacturers’ agents, sales executives and proprietors of wholesaling and distribution companies."

Downtown Winnipeg
Along with the HBC, the NWC (as it's now called) is the only surviving original member of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. The organization's first main headquarters was the Traveller's Building off Old Market Square. In 1946, they took over the Inglis Building on Garry Street. They are now located at 715 Portage Avenue.

October 10, 1979 -The Winnipeg Jets play their first NHL regular season game. It is 4 - 2 loss on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins. For more Jets history.

Manitoba Club
October 10, 1905 - Governor General Earl Grey opens the Manitoba Club's new building at 194 Broadway.

October 10, 1870 - Manitoba's first police force, the "Mounted Constabulary Force" is ready for action ! For more on early policing in the province.

October 10, 1986 - The James Avenue High Pressure Pumping Station, which supplied pressurized waster to downtown Winnipeg since 1907, is retired. The building stills stands near Waterfront Drive.

October 8: Countess of Dufferin; Queen unveils Golden Boy; Lockport Dam; CJOB to 680.

Winnipeg Rail Museum
October 8, 1877Joseph Whitehead's Countess of Dufferin arrives in St. Boniface by barge from the U.S.. She is the first locomotive in Western Canada and in thirty years of service hauled much of the infrastructure that opened up the region.

The Countess was restored in 1910 and is currently on display at the Winnipeg Railway Museum.

October 8, 1900 - The sod turning for the St. Andrews Lock and Dam at Lockport takes place. (Also see here and here)

October 8 to 9, 2002 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Winnipeg during her Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) celebrations. One of their duties was to unveil the restored Golden Boy.

October 8, 1871 - Not Manitoba history but considering the rivalry that would develop between the two, it was big news here. The Great Chicago Fire begins. It destroyed 17,450 buildings, killed 250 people and left 90,000 homeless.

October 8, 2010 - Businessman and philanthropist Gerry Gray dies. 

October 8, 1957 - CJOB moves to its new frequency at 680 AM.

October 7: Remembering Izzy Asper; fireman down; Durbin's first film.

October 7, 1954 - Winnipeg firefighter Kenneth Edward Ross, 28, collapses at the wheel of his fire truck while responding to a call at the Lanark Gardens Apartment. He died on scene.

A Winnipeg native, Ross had been a firefighter for just 18 months and left a wife and small child.

October 7, 2003 - Israel "Izzy" Asper dies at the age of 71.

Born in Minnedosa, Asper went on to become a respected tax lawyer, leader of the provincial Liberal party and an international media mogul. Later in life he turned his attention to philanthropy, donating tens of millions of dollars to projects around the province.

October 7, 1882 - Edmund Burke Wood dies in Winnipeg. As one of the first Chief Justices of Manitoba, he presided over many landmark rulings during the province's infancy and is considered by some to be the father of Manitoba's judicial system.

October 7, 1937 - Winnipeg-born Deanna Durbin's first feature film, 100 Men and A Girl, opens at the Capitol Theatre. Read my four part series about Deanna !

October 7, 1957 - LIFE Magazine publishes a photo spread on the fight to save the Wolseley Elm.

October 6: E. Cora Hind dies; Unicity's first election; Floodway underway.

October 6, 1899 - The Treherne Times begins publishing.

October 6, 1971 - The first municipal election for the new 'Unicity' of Winnipeg takes place. Stephen Juba easily wins as mayor.

February 3, 1891. Manitoba Free Press.

October 6, 1942 - E. Cora Hind dies in Winnipeg. Born in 1861, Hind grew up on a farm in Grey County, Ontario. In 1882 she arrived in Winnipeg and soon became a noted writer and lecturer on topics such as temperance, rural life and women's suffrage.

In 1901 John W. Dafoe, the Free Press' Editor-in-Chief, hired Hind as an agricultural reporter and soon promoted her to the editor of that section. Her annual Western crop predictions were so accurate that they were read world-wide and influenced international commodity markets.

June 9 1906. Manitoba Free Press

In 1937 Hind stepped down as an editor but continued writing for the paper until her death at the age of 81.

Also see obituaries in Time Magazine and Winnipeg Tribune.

October 6, 1972. (Source)

October 6, 1962 – With son in tow, Duff Roblin climbs aboard a tractor to perform the official sod-cutting for the Winnipeg Floodway.

October 6, 1941 - A leader of Manitoba's German community, Hugo Carstens dies in Winnipeg. (Also see his obituary.)

October 5: 24Hours debuts; Civic Centre opens; Manitoba's Irish invasion.

Civic Centre 60s
October 5, 1964 - Mayor Juba officially opens Winnipeg’s Civic Centre. Architects Green Blankstein Russell submitted the winning design in an international competition. For more about all three Winnipeg's city halls.

October 5, 1899 - The Boissevain Recorder newspaper begins publishing.

October 5, 1905 - The cornerstone is laid for the Point Douglas Presbyterian / Our Lady of Lourdes Church on MacDonald Avenue.

October 5, 1871 – Manitoba is briefly invaded by about 40 Irish-Americans and Métis led by W. B. O’Donoghue. The group crossed at Pembina, N.D. and demanded the surrender of the tiny HBC post inside the border. The invasion ended the following day when members of the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Pembina came to arrest the invaders and return them to the U.S..

Though the invasion was short-lived, some feared that it may be the beginning of Fenian raids seen in Eastern Canada.

For more on the O’Donoghue invasion see Manitoba Historical Society's Unequal Justice and St. Vincent Memories' Witnesses to an Invasion.

October 5, 1970 Winnipeg Free Press

October 5, 1970 - CBC Manitoba's flagship news program '24Hours' debuts.

The show was a 'game changer' in TV news. It took the traditional news program, a man at a desk reading news for 25 minutes, changed it to an hour-long format intermixing traditional news with commentary, in-studio interviews and phone-in sessions.

Ad ca. 1976

The original on-air line-up for 24Hours included Garth Dawley (news presenter), John Harvard and Gerry Haslam (current affairs), Murray Parker (weather). Don Wittman and Bob Picken shared the sports desk. The show ran until 2000.

24 Hours crew ca. 1979 (source)

Other 24Hours alumni include: Mike McCourt, Kevin Evans, Scott Oake, Diana Swain, Ernie Nairn and Sandra Lewis. For assorted 24Hours video clips.

September 29: 'Terror of the Scorchers' dies; Ste. Agathe fire; Uptown Lanes opens.

September 29, 2000 - Bomber receiver and 1986 CFL MVP James Murphy is inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. For his bio, stats and awards.

September 29, 1881 - Le Métis, Manitoba's first French newspaper, closes after a decade. It is replaced by Le Manitoba.

September 29, 1962 - Fire starts in the Manitoba Pool Grain elevator in Ste. Agathe. By morning the elevator, 65,000 bushels of wheat and the town's train station were destroyed. Damage was estimated at $100,000. Nobody was injured.

September 29, 1960
- Uptown Academy Lanes opens as Winnipeg's largest bowling lanes. It was built in 1911 as the Uptown Theatre.

September 29, 1957 - Warren Beggs dies.

As a young police constable, Beggs was Winnipeg's first bicycle law enforcer. Nicknamed the "Terror of the Scorchers" (scorchers were cyclists that rode too fast on trails) his job was to "... round up dilatory wheel owners and other delinquents against the laws of Winnipeg regarding fast riding, traveling on sidewalks and other overt acts against the public safety".

From 1908 to 1920 Beggs was chief of the St. James police department. After retiring, the Northern Ireland native went back to work for various departments within the city and retired in 1946.

Beggs lived on Atlantic Avenue and died in King Edward Hospital at the age of 91.

For more on early cycling in Winnipeg. To read a bit of Beggs in action.

September 28: Peguis dies; 'Little Black Devil' unveiled; Churchill's railway; Memorial Park opens.

September 28, 1929 - The Hudson Bay Railway reaches the town of Churchill. The line became part of CN in 1951 and today is owned by OmniTRAX.

Henderson scores ! (CP Photo)

September 28, 1972 - The final game of the Canada - Russia Super Series is played at Moscow's Luzhniki Arena.

Winnipeg was deserted. Newspapers quote bank managers and supermarket staff saying that in the middle of the afternoon there were no customers to be seen. Eaton's television department housed 200 'shoppers' for the three hour duration.

Even schools relaxed the rules. The Free Press of September 29, 1972 mentions a memo issued by the Vincent Massey Collegiate principal to teachers:

"Subject: Staff meeting, Sept. 28, 1972, 11:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. in staff room.

Particulars: Study of interpersonal relationship of Canadian and Russian citizens when they are involved in a capitalistic competitive enterprise. The study will take place in the staff room with audio-visual aids supplied by the CBC."

Foster Hewitt called the game winning goal by Paul Henderson, check out these links to hear or see his call: "Here's a shot. Henderson makes a wild stab for it and falls. Here's another shot. Right in front. They score! Henderson scores for Canada !"

For more on the series: Hockey Hall of Fame or 1972 Summit Series .com. In June 2010 a Canadian bidder paid over $1m in a U.S. auction to purchase Henderson's game jersey.

September 28th, 1898 - A block-long section of Treherne's main street, from Broadway to Smith, is razed by fire. Numerous businesses are destroyed and damage was estimated to be at least $20,000. It was believed to be arson.

September 28, 1934 - Colin Inkster, the first Sheriff of Winnipeg, dies in a fire at his cabin at Delta Marsh.

St. Peters Old Stone Church

September 28, 1864 - "William King, alias Pegowys, Chief of the Red River Indians" dies at the age of 90. Chief Peguis was seen as a peacemaker and friend to the Selkirk Settlers. He is buried at St. Peter's Dynevor church in East Selkirk MB.

Memorial Fountain
September 28, 1962 - Memorial Park and the City Hydro Fountain are officially opened on the former site of the University of Manitoba.

September 28, 1869 - The Nor'Wester, Manitoba's first newspaper ceases publication. (Also see.)

Little Black Devils Memorial
September 28, 1886 - The Little Black Devil monument is unveiled on the front lawn of city hall. It is dedicated to the volunteers of the 90th Winnipeg Battalion of Rifles (now the Royal Winnipeg Rifles) who died in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion.

September 27: Clara Hughes; Randy Bachman; Wawanesa's first war dead.

September 27, 1943 - Randolph Charles (Randy) Bachmann is born in Winnipeg. His last name was shortened early in his singing career.

September 27, 1972 - Five-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes is born in Winnipeg.

Hughes medalled in cycling in the 1996 Summer Olympics and in speed skating in the 2002 Winter Olympics making her the only Canadian to medal at both a summer and winter games. Only four athletes in history have ever achieved that feat.

September 27, 1989 - The Manitoba Glass Company site on Cemetery Road West, Beausejour, is designated a Provincial Heritage Site.

Wawanesa, Manitoba
September 27, 1916 - Gasoline engineer Arthur Austin is the first Wawanesa resident killed in World War I. He is buried at the Vimy Memorial cemetery in France and commemorated on the village's war memorial.

September 26: Isbister School; Hamitoa's first fair; U of M science building opens.

Isbister UM Archives Ill Souv of Wpg item 155b Neg ID
September 26, 1898 - The cornerstone for Isbister School on Vaughan Street is laid by Joseph Carman, Winnipeg School Board Chairman.

Downtown WInnipeg
 "The walls that you see rising before you are an expression of the universal desire of our citizens to give their children who will succeed them such a training as will enable them to carry on worthily the work of nation building which their fathers have so well begun." 
(J. Carman, September 27, 1898, Winnipeg Free Press)

Now the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, it is the oldest surviving public school building in the city.

September 26, 1978 - Arc Industries, now Versatech Industries, is incorporated. It was started in 1962 by the parents of adults with intellectual disabilities to provide day programs and employment opportunities.

ca. 1901 (Source)

September 26, 1901 – The Duke and Duchess of York, (later George V and Queen Mary), formally open the first University of Manitoba science building on Broadway across from the Legislature. (For a photo of the celebrations.)

September 28, 1893 - The Hamiota Agricultural Society host their first Agricultural Fair at Dunsmore’s warehouse. The fair is still going strong !

September 26, 2009 - Winnipeg's Rock and Radio Reunion takes place at the convention centre. It reunited a number of bands and deejays from what many consider Winnipeg's musical 'golden era'.