This Day In History
July 17
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Year Month Start Date Event
1762 July 17 Born July 17 : Alexander Macdonell (bishop)
1771 July 17 July 17 - Massacre at Bloody Falls: Chipewyan chief Matonabbee traveling as the guide to Samuel Hearne on his Arctic overland journey, massacre a group of unsuspecting Inuit.
1776 July 17 Born - July 17 - John Neilson, publisher, printer, bookseller, politician, farmer, and militia officer (d.1848)
1821 July 17 Beginning of Lachine Canal digging on July 17.
1821 July 17 July 17 - Construction of the Lachine Canal in Montreal begins.
1885 July 17 Died - July 17 - Jean-Charles Chapais, politician (b.1811)
1894 July 17 Born - July 17 - Phillip Garratt, aviator
1898 July 17 Born - July 17 - Osmond Borradaile, cameraman, cinematographer and veteran of First and Second World War (d.1999)
1910 July 17 Born - July 17 - James Coyne, second Governor of the Bank of Canada
1912 July 17 Born - July 17 - Art Linkletter, television personality (d.2010)
1923 July 17 Died - July 17 - John Strathearn Hendrie, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (b.1857)
1935 July 17 Born - July 17 - Donald Sutherland, actor
1945 July 17 Died - July 17 - Adjutor Rivard, lawyer, writer, judge and linguist (b.1868)
1955 July 17 Born - July 17 – Geneviève Cadieux, artist
1956 July 17 Born - July 17 – Bryan Trottier, ice hockey player
1961 July 17 Born - July 17 – Blair Horn, rower and Olympic gold medalist
1969 July 17 Born - July 17 - Laurelee Kopeck, field hockey player
1969 July 17 Born - July 17 - Tom Glesby, boxer
1971 July 17 Born - July 17 - Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist and science fiction author
1975 July 17 Born - July 17 - Troy Amos-Ross, boxer
1976 July 17 July 17 - Opening Ceremony of the Montreal Summer Olympic
1976 July 17 Olympic Stadium (Montreal) opened on July 17.
1981 July 17 July 17 – The government of British Columbia named a 2,639-metre (8,658 foot) peak in the Rocky Mountains after Terry Fox.
1994 July 17 Born - July 17 - Jessica Amlee, actress
1995 July 17 July 17 - Christine Silverberg becomes Canada's first female police chief when she is promoted to that position in Calgary
2000 July 17 Born - July 17 - Maria Aragon, singer
2001 July 17 July 17 - Infighting in the Canadian Alliance forces out leader Stockwell Day
2006 July 17 July 17 - A series of severe thunderstorms hits Ontario, causing the worst damage to the province's power grid since the Ice Storm of 1998 and killing two people. Some communities in the Sudbury, Manitoulin and Nipissing regions go without power for a week.
2009 July 17 July 17 - R. v. Grant is ruled on at the Supreme Court of Canada.
2010 July 17 July 17 – Parks Canada had a no-entry fee day for all parks, national historic sites and National Marine Conservation Areas, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Canada's national parks system.