June 14: The Happy Gang; Let there be light; Stanley Cup tragedy.

June 14, 1873 - Manitoba's first electric arc light was demonstrated in Winnipeg on June 14 and 15 at the CPR crossing at Higgins and Main. The demonstration was put on by a New York businessman “for the purpose of exhibiting the electric light with which he hopes to obtain a contract for illuminating the streets of the city."

See more at the History and Timeline of Manitoba Hydro. For a national look at the introduction of arc lighting to Canadian cities.

June 14, 1937The Happy Gang begin their 22-year run on CBC Radio. For memories and audio clips of the show see the CBC's 75th anniversary page.

The Gang's host and pianist Bert Pearl was born Bert Shapira in Winnipeg in 1913. In 1982 he was awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt. He died in Los Angeles in 1986.

June 14, 1934 - Chicago Black Hawk goalie Chuck Gardiner dies of a brain hemorrhage at St. Boniface Hospital just weeks after winning the 1934 Stanley Cup. Gardiner, just 30 years old, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1945.

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