5349On This Day in History: September 30
- Oct 1, 2003Dr. John Rae 1813-1893 Physician and explorer of the Canadian Arctic, was born on this day near Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland in 1813; died in London, England July 22, 1893. A surgeon and expert outdoorsman, Rae worked for the Hudson's Bay Company from 1833 onward. He is best known for his ability to survive off the land and with the native Arctic people, and as the man who found the first remains of Sir John Franklin's disastrous expedition to find the North West Passage.
1974 Ottawa Ontario - RCMP riot squad officers stop 200 Indians from entering Parliament Buildings during the official opening of first session; a bloody scuffle erupts; 30th Parliament the longest in Canadian history; sitting until July 30, 1976; PM Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919-.
1973 Cape Dorset, NWT - Peter Pitseolak 1902-1973 dies at Cape Dorset; Inuit photographer, artist and writer; recorded Inuit legends and traditions, illustrating them with his own drawings; acquired first camera from Oblate missionary, and documented the igloos and dog teams of the Inuit hunters as the old era ended
1886 Montreal - Chief Crowfoot arrives in Montreal with delegation of western chiefs; given lifetime CPR pass.
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