When Newfoundland Joined Confederation
11:59 p.m., March 31, 1949
They were the last to join the party, and not everyone wanted to join. A narrow majority—52 per cent—voted to become the 10th province of Canada.
On April 1, Newfoundlanders woke up as Canadians and Joey Smallwood declared himself the last Father of Confederation.
September 28, 1972
It was supposed to be so easy. But the Russians won the first game decisively 7-3, making an entire country nervous. We clawed our way back into the eight-game series and were locked in a nation-deflating tie until Paul Henderson scored with 34 seconds left in the final game, and the country celebrated as one.
The Last Spike
November 7, 1885
A sea of darkly-attired men huddled around Donald Smith’s Methuselah-like form as he swung that hammer. Among them was one boy who had squeezed through the dignitaries to get into the photograph. He was Edward Mallandaine, and he would become a part of history, and part of the enduring mythology of the railroad.
The Plains of Abraham
September 13, 1759
A key battle between the French and English in the Seven Years War. Both commanders—Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and James Wolfe—died from wounds suffered in battle, and both were commemorated by paintings. As the winning general, Wolfe got the more heroic portrait, though both were marred by inaccuracies. Montcalm is dying beside a palm tree, and Wolfe has a First Nations warrior staring at him contemplatively (the First Nations fought with the French).