July 12: Brandon Fair goes Royal; St. Regis opens; CKJS founder dies; Pinsent's Winnipeg.

July 12, 1970 - The Brandon Winter Fair is granted patronage from Queen Elizabeth II thus creating the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

July 12, 1981 - C. G. Stanczykowski, founder and owner of CKJS in Winnipeg and CFMB Montréal, dies in a traffic accident.

July 12, 1930 - Actor Gordon Pinsent is born in Newfoundland. He joined the military at 17 and four years later was discharged at Fort Churchill, Manitoba. 

Pinsent moved to Winnipeg and according to his Literary Encyclopedia entry worked as a meter reader, streetcar ticket taker, an MTS employee and taught ballroom dance at Arthur Murray Studios. From 1954 – 60 he began acting, first with the Winnipeg Repertory Theatre and then everything from Rainbow Stage to CBC TV and radio.

He joined John Hirsch and Tom Hendry’s Theatre 77, (it was named 77 because the theatre was 77 steps from Portage and Main.) Theatre 77 later merged with Winnipeg Little Theatre to become the Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Pinsent has two Winnipeg firsts under his belt. He starred in the first live radio drama ever produced in Winnipeg and was the first actor to set foot on the stage when the curtain went up on an MTC production in 1958.

July 12, 1933 - Angusville farmer Fred Stawycznyj, 45, is hanged in Headingly for murdering his illegitimate child.

The widower farmer and his neighbour Mrs. Pauline Yatchuk began an affair in 1927 after her husband left to work in the U.S.. The two produced four children together, the first three were born dead, (at least that's what Stawycznyj claimed Mrs. Yatchuk told him.)

In the case of the fourth child, the one at the centre of the murder trial, Yatchuk said that Stawycznyj was present at the birth. The child was born alive but he strangled and buried the girl in the back yard to keep the affair a secret. Stawycznyj insisted that he was not present and that she told him that the child was born dead.

It took the jury an hour and a half to reach a guilty verdict against Stawycznyj. Yatchuk received a two-year sentence.

July 12, 1911 - The St. Regis Hotel opens.

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