March 8: Chamber of Commerce incorporated; John Wesley Dafoe; Donald Smith.

March 8, 1873 - The Winnipeg Gas Company is incorporated to provide gas lighting to the City of Winnipeg. One of the founders of the company was Donald Smith who later became Lord Strathcona.

March 8, 1873 - The incorporation of the Winnipeg Board of Trade, forerunner to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, is given royal ascent.

March 8, 1866 - John Wesley Dafoe is born. He came to Manitoba in 1901 to become the editor of the Free Press. In his 44 years at the helm he made the newspaper one of the most respected and influential in the country.

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