December 6, 1994 - Janet Cochrane dies. In 1958 she co-created the Winnipeg Friendship Centre, a place where urban Aboriginal peoples could gather. The concept soon rolled out across the country. She was awarded the Order of Canada in 1989.
December 6, 1920 - Jessie Kirk is the first woman elected to Winnipeg city council.
Born in Chesterfield, England, Kirk was a school principal before moving to Winnipeg and marrying William Kirk.
ran as an Independent Labour candidate and served four separate
one-year terms on council in the 1920s and 30s. She was also the chair
of the Civic Charities bureau and a board member of the General
Kirk died in 1965.
December 6, 1864 - Thorsteinn Oddson
is born in Iceland. In 1888 he emigrated to Manitoba and entered the
building trade. In the early 1900s he developed many apartment buildings
in the West End, especially along Burnell Street.
December 6, 1917 -
At 9:04 a.m. the Mont Blanc, a loaded munitions ship, explodes in
Halifax Harbour. The blast killed 1,600, injured 9,000 and destroyed
12,000 buildings in a 325 acre zone. For more: CBC Archives and the Halifax Explosion website.