silver dart
Time Machine Vol. 35

23 February 1909 – John Alexander Douglas McCurdy (1886-1961) flew the aircraft, the Silver Dart, for about 1 km at Baddeck, NS. It was the first powered flight of a heavier-than-air machine in Canada or the British Empire.

24 February 1663 – King Louis XIV revoked the monopoly of The Compagnie des Cent-Associés and New France became a Crown colony. The king appointed a new governor and an intendant.

25 February 1752 – John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, was born at Cotterstock, Eng.

26 February 1915 – Suffragist Nellie McClung presented the Alberta legislature with a petition demanding that women be given the right to vote. The right was granted in municipal elections 2 months later.

27 February 1977 – An RCMP raid on Keith Richards’ hotel suite in Toronto uncovered the Rolling Stones guitarist’s serious drug addiction. He was initially charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic, and released on $25,000 bail. Richards was found guilty on a reduced charge, but released on condition that he perform two benefit concerts for the blind. 1

28 February 1788 – Governor John Parr approved a land grant for Black Loyalist supporters of the British Crown, at Birchtown, NS. Of the 649 male Black Loyalists at Birchtown, only 184 received farms at all. The grant was made in recognition of the men’s service and fidelity to the Crown — often as soldiers — during the American War of Independence.

1 March 1834 – The Ninety-Two Resolutions, put forth by Louis-Joseph Papineau, were adopted by the Assembly of Lower Canada, 56 to 32, expressing grievances against the colonial administration.

Image: Silver Dart replica, Canadian Air and Space Museum, Toronto, 2009. Ken Mist. Flickr/cc.


  1. This didn’t dampen the band’s interest in Toronto, though. Check out this 2002 Maclean’s interview.