August 29, 1970 – Man-Pop, Winnipeg’s first outdoor rock festival, begins at the Winnipeg Stadium.
twelve hour long concert ended soon after it began when an intense
downpour damaged the sound system and destroyed some musical equipment.
Organizers hastily moved the crowd into the Winnipeg Arena and the
concert resumed. Headliner Led Zeppelin finally took to the stage 2
For more on Man-Pop see my West End Dumplings post !
August 29, 1959
– The Bombers break two CFL records in single a game against
Saskatchewan. Bomber quarterback Jim Van Pelt throws seven touchdown
passes, a record that would stand until 1962. Five of those catches are
made by Ernie Pitts and that is still a CFL record.
August 29, 1890 - Artist and illustrator Charles Thorson is born in Winnipeg.
of the West End's Icelandic community, Thorson worked locally as an
editorial cartoonist and an illustrator with Eaton's catalogue. In
1935 he landed a job with Disney, then went on to other Hollywood studios.
is credited with creating hundreds of characters, most recognizable
are Snow White, The Seven Dwarfs, Elmer the Safety Elephant, Elmer
Fudd and a prototype for Bugs Bunny.
Thorson died near Vancouver B.C. in August 1966. His fonds are at the University of Manitoba.