April 8: Manitoba's first female M.P.; first female United Church moderator; Lord Selkirk dies.

April 8 1963 - Margaret Konantz (née Rogers) is the first woman elected as a Member of Parliament in Manitoba. For more about her see my West End Dumplings post. 

April 8, 1927 - Lois Miriam Freeman Wilson is born in Winnipeg.

A graduate of U of M, she was the first woman moderator of the United Church in Canada and the first Canadian to serve as president of the World Council of Churches. She also served as a Senator (now retired) giving her the verbose official title of
"The Honourable The Very Reverend Senator Lois Wilson" !

April 8, 1820 - Thomas Douglas, Fifth Earl of Selkirk, dies in the South of France.

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