June 21: Bloody Saturday; Norrie elected; Selkirk Ave. bell tower dedicated.

June 21, 1814 - The third group of Selkirk Settlers arrived near Winnipeg. They call their place Kildonan after the district in Scotland they came from.

June 21, 1894 - Archbisop Taché died in St. Boniface.

June 21, 1919 - Despite official warnings not to congregate, another afternoon pro-strike parade is held outside city hall. Mayor Gray read the riot act from his office balcony and gives people 30 minutes to disperse.

Before he can re-enter his office, a shot is fired causing panic in the crowd. Strikers and police turn on each other, the Mounties charge in on horseback, and Saturday, June 21, 1919 becomes Bloody Saturday.

NYTimes Strike June 22
New York Times' coverage

For a timeline and related media from the day, see the June 21, 1919 entry on my 1919 General Strike blog.

June 21, 1979 - William Norrie is elected in a by-election as 47th Mayor of Winnipeg replacing Mayor Steen who died in office.

Selkirk Square
June 21, 1985 - The bell tower on Selkirk Avenue is dedicated. It contains the city bell cast in 1877.

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