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February Births

Best, Charles H.
Charles Best was a medical scientist and one of the co-discoverers of insulin.
Breakey, Norman James
Norman Breakey was the inventor of the paint roller. He never reaped the financial benefits of his invention.
Burroughs, Jackie
Jackie Burroughs was best known for her role as Hetty King in Road to Avonlea.
Connors, Thomas Charles
Stompin' Tom Connors was known across the country, this singer-songwriter, fiddler and guitarist is a staunch supporter of Canada, its music and musicians. A modern minstrel, he criss-crossed...
Davis, Victor
Victor Davis was an Olympic and world champion swimmer, a well known breaststroker from Canada. He also enjoyed success in the individual medley and the butterfly. In 1984 he won a gold and 2...
Geoffrion, Bernie "Boom Boom"
"Boom Boom" Geoffrion was born in Montreal, Quebec, and began playing in the NHL in 1951. He was a player for 16 seasons and also a coach.
Greene, Lorne
Lorne Greene 1915-1987 broadcaster, actor, born on February 12 at Ottawa Ontario in 1915; died at Santa Monica California Sept 11, 1987 after an operation for a perforated ulcer.
McGarrigle, Kate
Kate McGarrigle Singer-song-writer
Nielsen, Leslie
Leslie Nielsen was an actor and comedian. Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters.
Scott, Barbara Ann
Born 22 February 1947 in Notre Dame Hospital, Montréal, Québec. Died 22 February 2006 Tillsonburg Memorial Hospital, Tillsonburg, Ontario. Barbara Ann was third and the last child born to Wil...
Simcoe, John Graves
John Graves Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. He founded York (now Toronto) and was instrumental in introducing courts, trial by jury, English common law and in abolis...
Smillie, Jennie
Jennie Robertson (February 10, 1878 – February 26, 1981) was a Canadian physician and the first female surgeon in Canada. Jennie Smillie Robertson was teaching school in rural Ontario early i...
Smythe, Conn
He is best known as the principal owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1927 to 1961 and as the builder of Maple Leaf Gardens. He has his name on the Stanley Cup 11 times.
Weider, Ben
Born: 1 February 1923 Died: 17 October 2008 (Jewish General Hospital, Montreal) Interred: Victorian Cemetery Association, de la savane

February Deaths

Babcock, John
John Babcock was the last known surviving veteran of the Canadian military to have served in the First World War.
Banting, Frederick
Frederick Banting was the discoverer of insulin and winner of a Nobel Prize for medicine in 1923 shared with J.J.R. Macleod
Bombardier, Joseph-Armand
Joseph-Armand Bombardier, engineer, entrepreneur, inventor of the snowmobile and Ski-Doo (born 16 April 1907 in Valcourt, QC; died 18 February 1964 in Sherbrooke, QC). While Bombardier’s many...
Casson, A.J.
A.J. Casson was a member of the Group of Seven. He joined the group in 1926. Casson is best known for his depictions of landscapes, forests and farms of southern Ontario, and for being the yo...
Cosens, Aubrey
Sgt. Aubrey Cosens was a WWII VC recipient.
Douglas, Thomas Clement
Tommy Douglas is best known as the "father of medicare" in Canada.
Faith, Percy
Percy Faith was a music producer, band-leader and pianist, Faith is best known for his composition, Theme From a Summer Place.
Henning, Doug
Doug Henning was a magician and entertainer. He was also a political candidate for the Natural Law party and co-author of a book about Harry Houdini.
Horton, Miles Gilbert "Tim"
Tim Horton played hockey in the NHL from 1949 until his tragic death in 1974. He opened his first doughnut shop in Hamilton in 1964.
Kane, Paul
Paul Kane, an Irish-born painter famous for his depiction of Canadian First Peoples.
Kerr, John Chipman VC
Kerr worked as a lumberjack near Kootenay, BC; 1912 bought a homestead in Spirit River, Alberta, where he and his brother farmed until war broke out; 1914 they set out for Edmonton, leaving o...
Lampman, Archibald
Born: 17 November 1861 Died: 10 February 1899 Interred: Beechwood Cemetery and Crematorium, Ottawa
Laurier, Sir Wilfrid
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada from 11 July 1896 to 5 October 1911.
MacPhail, Agnes Campbell
Agnes MacPhail was Canada's first woman Member of Parliament. She was elected in the 1921 federal election. She was a champion of the rights of farmers, women and prisoners was Canada's first...
Mitchell, W.O.
An author of novels, short stories, and plays, Mitchell is best known for his 1947 novel, Who Has Seen The Wind, which has sold close to a million copies in North America, and the radio serie...
Scott, Barbara Ann
Born 22 February 1947 in Notre Dame Hospital, Montréal, Québec. Died 22 February 2006 Tillsonburg Memorial Hospital, Tillsonburg, Ontario. Barbara Ann was third and the last child born to Wil...
Smillie, Jennie
Jennie Robertson (February 10, 1878 – February 26, 1981) was a Canadian physician and the first female surgeon in Canada. Jennie Smillie Robertson was teaching school in rural Ontario early i...
Talbot, Thomas
Col. Thomas Talbot was an army and militia officer, settlement promoter, office holder, and politician. He was responsible for the settlemet of a large portion of the north shore of Lake Erie...