December 11, 1919 - Winnipeg’s Timothy Eaton statue is unveiled. The Ivor Lewis creation weighs in at over 1000 kg and has a twin in Toronto. In 2002 it was declared a provincial heritage object to prevent it from being sold out of the province. It now rests in the MTS Centre. (For more on Winnipeg's Timothy Eaton statue.)
December 11, 1920 - R.B. Russell, a labour leader during the 1919 General Strike, is released from prison on parole.
December 11, 1942 - At their convention in Winnipeg, the Conservatives elect John Bracken as leader and change their name to the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.
Bracken served in the Manitoba Legislature for over 20 and as premier from 1922 - 1943 before jumping to federal politics.
December 11, 1876 - The first recorded curling match is played in Manitoba. The early custom was that the losers had to donate a barrel of oatmeal to the hospital.
December 11, 1962 - The last hanging in Canada takes place.it wasn't until July 14, 1976 that the death penalty was abolished. For more on Manitoba's last hanging and what the end of capital punishment to Manitobans on death row, check out my West End Dumplings post.