March 1: The Flying Bandit strikes; Winnipeg's first telephone; aqueduct begins.

March 1, 1966 - The "Flying Bandit" Ken Leishman pulls off Canada's largest gold heist, $400,000 of gold bullion from the tarmac at Winnipeg International Airport. The robbery made him a folk hero in the eyes of many Canadians. For more on The Flying Bandit.

March 1, 1878 – The first telephone is installed in Winnipeg. A Mr. McDougall rented a set to run from his apartment to The Telegraph newspaper office, both located at 152 Garry Street. The rental rate was $60 per year. (For more on early telephony in the city of Brandon.)

March 1, 1929 - James Aikins (also see) dies on the eve of a dinner to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a lawyer.

Aikins was a former M.P. and Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. The law firm he founded, now called Aikins, is the oldest and largest in Manitoba. For more on the history of the firm.
 


March 1, 1966 - Speed skating Olympic medalist Susan Auch is born in Winnipeg.
 

March 1, 1948 - Winnipeg briefly has a third daily newspaper called The Winnipeg Citizen.

Not to be confused with the pro-business / anti-general strike Citizen published in 1919, this labour-backed paper was published around the time of the typographers strike against the Trib and Free Press in 1948-49. The strike forced the two major dailies to publish joint editions.

The Citizen folded in April 1949.



March 1, 1928 - The first issue of Chatelaine Magazine hits the shelves with an initial subscription base of 57,053. Subscriptions would hit 950,000 by 1994 and in the mid 2000's the readership was around 4.5 million, second in Canada only to Reader’s Digest.
For more covers from Chatelaine's past check out Little Miss Chatelaine.


March 1, 1914 - Work begins on the Winnipeg Aqueduct.

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