February 23, 1979 -The Portage and Main Concourse is officially opened by Mayor Steen. The $7.3 project, which came in $820,000 over budget, prohibits pedestrian traffic at the intersection for a period of 40 years.
Read my Seven Stories about Portage and Main and various blog wishes for its 150th birthday !
February 23, 1874 - The Winnipeg Police Force is created. The first and only officer was 23 year-old Chief Constable John Ingram. For more on Winnipeg's pioneer police force.
February 23, 1882 - Joseph Edouard Cauchon
dies. A businessman and journalist, he was a Lieutenant Governor of
Manitoba and built the Cauchon Block, one of Winnipeg's earliest
high-end office blocks. It went on to become the Empire Hotel. (Also see.)
February 23, 1925
– The first International Goodwill Meeting of Rotary International is
held in Winnipeg. In 1910 Winnipeg became the first Rotary Club
established outside the U.S..
February 23, 1928 - William W. McMillan
dies while on vacation on Florida. He was a mover and shaker in
Winnipeg's early grain trade and president of the Dominion Elevator
Company when he died.
February 23, 1967 - James Richardson and Sons announce that they will build Winnipeg's first modern skyscraper at the intersection of Portage and Main.
announcement was almost forty years in the making. In October 1929 the
site was cleared to make way for a Richardson building but the project
was postponed after the stock market crash.
For a history of the Richardson Building site.