December 28, 1859 – The first edition of The Nor'Wester, Red River's first newspaper, is published. Founders William Buckingham and William Coldwell were Toronto Globe reporters who had presses hauled by ox-cart from St. Paul, Minnesota. The Nor'Wester ceased publication in 1869 when it was seized by Louis Riel’s men.
The paper was located in a small building near present day Main and Water. A commemorative plaque on the exterior of the Federal Building marks the site.
December 28, 1929 - Terry Sawchuk
is born in Winnipeg. Considered by many to be the greatest NHL
goalie, Sawchuk won the Vezina Trophy three times in his 20 NHL seasons.
December 28, 1956 - The fluoridation of Winnipeg’s water supply is completed.
December 28, 1888 - The first hanging takes place at Brandon Gaol.
owner of Pacific Laundry at First and Rosser, shot his wife Mary Jane
dead while she was doing the laundry because she was "going on at him." Alcohol
was a factor.
Webb had a history of abusing his wife. Earlier that year he attempted to strangle her but she escaped to a neighbor's house. He was taken to jail to cool off but she did not press charges and he was released.
To read Webb's confession and the verdict see this Brandon Sun Weekly story.
December 28, 2010 - Otto Koch dies. Born in Germany, he settled in Winnipeg in 1959 and a decade later purchased a Chicken Delight franchise. Eventually he owned the company.
December 28, 1921 - Ballerina
Rosemary Deveson is born in Bowsman River, Manitoba. Deveson had some
schooling with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet then at the age of 13 her
family moved to Vancouver where she continued her study.
Deveson toured the world and in 1941 returned to Vancouver to start her own ballet school and taught, among others, Berta Lynn Seymour and Lois Smith. (See CTV News World-famous Ballerina remembered.)