March 24: Brandon's Beaubier; Bomber Jeff Nicklin; firemen killed; Spunk Duncanson.

March 24, 1945 - Winnipeg Blue Bomber Jeff Nicklin is killed in action. See my post "The greatest Blue Bomber you've never heard of."
 March 24, 2000 - Albert "Spunk" Duncanson dies.

Born in Winnipeg on October 2, 1911, Duncanson was a member of both the 1932 (Lake Placid) Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey team The Winnipegs and the 1931 Elmwood Millionaires scoring the overtime goal that won them the Abbott Cup advancing them to the Memorial Cup, which they won.

March 24, 1920 - Wilbur "Bill" Irwin is born in Winnipeg. Irwin competed for Canada at the 1948 Winter Games in Saint Moritz in SIX men's skiing categories: Downhill Alpine; Nordic Combined; 'Normal Hill' Ski Jumping; Alpine Slalom; 18k Cross Country and Alpine Combined. (For a team photo.)


March 24, 1915 - Thomas J. Beaubier dies at his home in Brandon. The Irish-born Beaubier came to Brandon in 1880 and in 1882 opened one of Brandon's first hotels, Beaubier House. The hotel was torn down in 2008.

Read his obituary here and about his funeral here.

 Robinson & Webber Block
March 24, 1945 - Firemen Frank Sandison (47) and James Smith (35) are killed and four others are injured fighting the Robinson and Webber building fire at Princess and Bannatyne.

March 24, 1911 - All automobiles in the province must be registered and display a government of Manitoba issued licence plate. The cost of registration was $5.00 per year. For more on the history of Manitoba licence plates.

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