April 19, 1907 – Six Nations Onondaga marathon runner Tom Longboat wins the 11th Boston marathon. This Canadian History for Kids exclusive, looks at an amazing Canadian, Tommy Longboat. This Canadian History for Kids fact starts with Longboat born at Ohsweken, on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, on July 4, 1887. His Onondaga Indian name was Cogwagee. When he began to race competitively, he developed the ability to save enough energy to sprint just before the finish line. This became the amazing feature of his racing style.Read More
April 17, 1982 – Constitution – Queen Elizabeth II signs the Royal Proclamation of Canada’s constitution in a ceremony on Parliament Hill. The Canada Act, or Canadian Constitution Act of 1982, was signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on Apr. 17, 1982. Canada’s political history began with the British North America Act of 1867.Read More
April 12, 1980 – Terry Fox dips his artificial leg into the Atlantic to start his cross-country ‘Marathon of Hope’ . This Canadian History for Kids exclusive, looks at an amazing Canadian, Terry Fox. This Canadian History for Kids articles starts with how Terry Fox was born on July 28, 1958, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.Read More
April 9, 1917 – World War I – Arthur Currie leads all four divisions of the Canadian Corps, capturing most of Vimy Ridge by nightfall. This Canadian History for Kids exclusive, looks at the battle of Vimy Ridge. April 9th, 1917, Easter Monday, four Canadian military divisions attacked Vimy Ridge in northern France during the first world war. This Canadian History for Kids, Sketches of our Canada, looks at this battle and the ‘birth of a nation”.Read More
April 7, 1977 – Baseball – 44,649 fans brave snow as the Toronto Blue Jays play their inaugural regular season at the CNE Exhibition Stadium. This Canadian History for Kids exclusive, looks at the amazing Toronto Blue Jays.
It was April 7, 1977, and there was a snowstorm happening, but that did not keep a crowd of 46,649 from watching the Toronto Blue Jays play their very first game. They were playing the Chicago White Sox at Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium.
April 7, 1968 Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Fathers of Confederation, was assassinated in Ottawa. This Canadian History for Kids exclusive, looks at the assassination of McGee. D’Arcy McGee, was born in Ireland, on April 13, 1825 and educated at a day-school in Wexford, Ireland. In 1842, he emigrated to America and became an editor with the Boston newspaper, the Boston Pilot.Read More
April 6, 1960 – Paul Anka’s single Puppy Love peaks at #1 on the Billboard pop chart. This Canadian History for Kids exclusive, looks at the amazing career of Canadian Paul Anka. On April 6, 1960, Paul Anka’s single, Puppy Love, hits #1 on New York’s Billboard. Puppy Love was written by Paul Anka in 1960 for the woman he was dating at the time, Annette Funicello. Twelve years later Donny Osmond made the song famous again.Read More