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This Month in History
  • May 1, 1896: Charles Tupper sworn in as Prime Minister
  • May 2, 1986: Expo 86 begins in Vancouver, BC
  • May 2, 1994: Race horse Northern Dancer wins 90th running of Kentucky Derby
  • May 2, 1994: Nelson Mandela elected President of South Africa
  • May 4, 1910: Royal Canadian Navy formed
  • May 4, 1997: Bre-X gold scandle hits the news
  • May 5, 1950: Red River flooding begins
  • May 5, 1997: Red River flooding ends
  • May 6, 1910: King Edward VII dies
  • May 6, 1910: George V becomes King of England
  • May 6, 1938: Former Governor General Duke of Devonshire dies
  • May 7, 1915: World War I - German U-boat sinks ocean liner Lusitania
  • May 7, 1920: First exhibit by Group of Seven at Art Gallery of Toronto, ON
  • May 8, 1945: World War II - Victory in Europe (V-E Day)
  • May 8, 1982: Racecar driver Gilles Villeneuve dies in accident
  • May 9, 1950: Fires rage through Gaspe communities of Rimouski & Cabano
  • May 9, 1992: Westray Coal Mine explosion in Plymouth, NS
  • May 12, 1937: George VI coronation - King of England
  • May 14, 1904: Canada’s first Olympic gold medal – Etienne Desmarteau in hammer throw event
  • May 14, 1969: Abortion legislation (Section 251) passed in Canada
  • May 14, 1984: Jeanne Sauve sworn in as Governor General
  • May 15, 1919: Winnipeg General Strike begins, paralyzing city
  • May 19, 1950: Red River flooding ends
  • May 20, 1910: King Edward VII is buried
  • May 20, 1971: Quebec Crisis: Francis Simard sentenced to life imprisonment for Laporte killing
  • May 20. 1980: First referendum on the separation of Quebec defeated
  • May 21, 1927: American Charles Lindbergh flies solo across Atlantic
  • May 22, 1893: Lord Aberdeen announced Governor General
  • May 22, 1979: 31st general federal election
  • May 24, 1918: Canadian women over 21 gain right to vote federally
  • May 27, 1911: 22-month Springhill coal strike ends in Cape Breton, NS
  • May 28, 1934: Dionne quints born in Corbeil, ON
  • May 28, 1972: King Edward VIII, former King of England dies
  • May 29, 1914: Canadian Pacific ocean liner Empress of Ireland sinks in St. Lawrence
  • May 31, 1902: Boer War ends
  • May 31, 1985: Tornadoes devastate central Ontario town