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November Births

Albani, Emma
Dame Emma Albani was a leading soprano of the 19th century and early 20th century. She performed operas for audiences as prestigious as Queen Victoria, Kaiser Wilhelm I and Tsar Alexander II....
Barker, William George
William George Barker VC, DSO & Bar, MC & Two Bars was a Canadian First World War fighter ace and Victoria Cross recipient.
Naismith, James A.
James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 as well as writing the rule book. He is also often credited with introducing the first football helmet.
Thompson, John Sparrow David
Sir John Thompson was the fourth Prime Minister of Canada. He was only Prime Minister for 2 years when he suddenly died in office. His most significant contribution to Canada was the Canadian...
Brewster, Harlan Carey
Harlan Brewster was Premier of British Columbia. He was first elected to the Legislature in 1907, he served as leader of the opposition from March 1916 until he became Premier in the November...
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
de Pédery-Hunt, Dora
Dora DePedery-Hunt is one of Canada's most recognised sculptors. Her engraving of Queen Elizabeth II has graced Canadian currency for more than a generation. You likely have one of her engrav...
Lampman, Archibald
Born: 17 November 1861 Died: 10 February 1899 Interred: Beechwood Cemetery and Crematorium, Ottawa
Collins, Dorothy
On "Your Hit Parade" in the 1950's, singing "Be happy, go Lucky" for the sponsor, Lucky Strike cigarettes; later sang weekly top hits; in the 1960s, helped set up gags on unwitting victims fo...
Laurier, Sir Wilfrid
Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada from 11 July 1896 to 5 October 1911.
Cunard, Samuel
Sir Samuel Cunard was a shipping magnate who founded the Cunard Line of steam ships.
Hewitt, Foster
Foster Hewitt was a radio broadcaster most famous for his play-by-play calls for Hockey Night in Canada. He coined the phrase "He shoot! He scores!"
Jory, Victor
Victor Jory (November 23, 1902 – February 12, 1982) was a Canadian actor. He was born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. He was the boxing and wrestling champion of the Coast Guard duri...
Richardson, James
James Richardson was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross "for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty ... strode up and down outside the wire playing his pipes with the greatest cooln...
Rogers, Stan
Stan Rogers was a folk musician and songwriter.
McCrae, John
John McCrae was a poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In...
Montgomery, Lucy Maud
Author of the Anne of Green Gables series. During her lifetime, she published 20 novels, over 500 short stories, an autobiography and a book of poetry.

November Deaths

Price, George Lawrence
Private George Lawrence Price was the last Commonwealth soldier killed during the First World War. He was killed at 10:58 am: 2 minutes before the armistice.
Bethune, Norman
Dr. Bethune was a physician and medical innovator. He is best known for his service in war time medical units during the Spanish Civil War and with the People's Liberation Army during the Sec...
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...
Wright, Janet
Janet Wright was a Genie and Gemini award-winning English Canadian actress and theatre director. She was best known for her role as Emma Leroy on the hit Canadian sitcom Corner Gas. She perfo...
Riel, Louis
Louis Riel was a politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis. He sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest. He is regarded...
Northern Dancer
Northern Dancer was the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was also the most successful horse in Canadian history
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.
Breakey, Norman James
Norman Breakey was the inventor of the paint roller. He never reaped the financial benefits of his invention.
Burns, Pat
Pat Burns was an NHL coach from 1988 until 2004. He coached Montreal, Toronto, Boston and New Jersey. he was the only man voted the National Hockey League's coach of the year three times (198...
Alexandrovna, Olga Romanov
Grand Duchess Olga was the was the youngest child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and sister of murdered Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
MacDonald, J.E.H.
James Edward Hervey MacDonald, painter (b at Durham, Eng 12 May 1873; d at Toronto 26 Nov 1932). Among the Group of Seven, of which he was a founder, J.E.H. MacDonald was one of the best trai...
Naismith, James A.
James Naismith invented the sport of basketball in 1891 as well as writing the rule book. He is also often credited with introducing the first football helmet.
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.
Williams, Percy Alfred
Percy Williams was an Olympian who won 2 gold medals for Canada in the 1928 Olympic games. In 1930 he set a world record for the 100 yard dash at the British Empire Games (now known as the Co...
Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert had a varied career but his impact on Canada was as the first Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company (1670), which included title to all lands draining into Hudson Bay.
Currie, Arthur
General Sir Arthur Currie was a General during World War I. He had the unique distinction of starting his military career on the very bottom rung as a pre-war militia gunner before rising thr...