March 31, 1883 - The first edition of the Minnedosa Tribune hits the streets. It's the oldest weekly newspaper in Western Canada ! To read hundreds of early editions go to manitobia.ca
March 31, 1890 - The Manitoba legislature passes the Manitoba Schools Act which abolishes separate schools for Catholics and Protestants effective May 1, 1890.
March 31, 1984 - Steve Fonyo begins his 7,294 km run across Canada at St. John's Harbour.
March 31, 1933 - A plane carrying the Winnipeg Toilers basketball team, three-time national champions, crashes in Kansas. Only one member escapes death or serious injury. For more, read my post Remembering the Winnipeg Toilers.
March 31, 1992 - Westminster United Church in Winnipeg is declared a provincial historic site.
March 31, 1940
- Winnipeg firefighter James Thomas Murray, 50, dies of a heart
attack while fighting a chimney fire on Jubilee Avenue. A 21-year
member of the department and WWI Veteran left behind a wife and three
March 31, 1945 - The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan agreement ends.
It was created
as a way to quickly train thousands of pilots and support staff for the
war. A joint
effort between Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand,
Canada became a centre for most of the activity with 107 schools.
By the time the program ended a total of 131,553 students, (50,000 of
them pilots), would be trained.
Brandon's has a restored CATP hangar that is a national historic site.
March 31, 1891 - The City of Winnipeg introduces a plan to change its street names to numbers. For more on the failed scheme.