Montreal’s CBFT carries the first televised hockey game in Canada: Montreal Canadiens vs Detroit Red Wings.
The founding convention of the Parti Québécois, lead by the charismatic René Lévesque, says it will declare Quebec a sovereign state if it wins a majority in the Quebec legislature.
Montreal-born Mario Lemieux makes his NHL debut against the the Boston Bruins, scoring a goal on his first shot.
British-Canadian painter and scholar Barker Fairley dies in Toronto at the age of 99.
Victoria-born William Vickrey dies in a car accident at the age of 82, three days after winning the Nobel Prize in economics.
For the first time, as part of the Beijing Olympic Games, the Canadian Olympic Committee rewards its Olympic medal winners with cash: $20,000 for each gold medal, $15,000 for each silver medal and $10,000 for each bronze medal.
Kathy Dunderdale becomes the first female Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. The Progressive Conservative party member took over from long-serving Premier Danny Williams following his retirement a year before, then later won both the party’s leadership and re-election.