Time Machine Vol.66
12 October 1957: Pearson Receives Nobel Prize
Lester Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his solution to the Suez Crisis.
13 October 1961: First Medical Plan
The Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Bill, the first plan in North America providing universal coverage, was introduced in the Legislature. It received royal assent on 17 November 1961, to come into effect April 1 (later delayed to 1 July 1962).
14 October 1912: First Crossing of Canada by Automobile
Thomas Wilby and Jack Haney arrived in Vancouver after completing the first crossing of Canada by automobile.
15 October 1951: Charlotte Whitton Elected Mayor of Ottawa
Social worker, politician, and feminist Charlotte Whitton was elected as the first female mayor of a major Canadian city. She was re-elected mayor in 1952 and 1954, and again in 1960 and 1962. Defeated in 1964, Whitton continued as an alderman until her retirement from politics in 1972.
16 October 1981: Canada Post Corporation Created
The Canada Post Corporation was created as a Crown corporation and successor to the embattled Post Office Department, which had faced criticism over service and fiscal performance.
17 October 1868: Death of Laura Secord
Laura Secord died in Chippawa [Niagara Falls], ON. During the War of 1812, Secord walked 30 km from Queenston to Beaver Dams, near Thorold, to warn James FitzGibbon that the Americans were planning to attack his outpost. The story of her trek has become legendary, and Secord herself mythologized in Canadian history.
18 October 1929: Women Legally Persons
The Imperial Privy Council ruled that women were legally “persons” and therefore could hold seats in the Canadian Senate.