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December Births

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...
Clarke, Leo
Cpl. Leo Clarke earned his Victoria Cross in 1916. He was sent to clear a section of trench when he was attacked by 20 German soldiers. He stood his ground and emptied his revolver twice into...
Carr, Emily
Emily Carr was a painter and writer whose lifelong inspiration was the coastal environment of British Columbia.
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.
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.
King, William Lyon MacKenzie
William Lyon MacKenzie King was Canada's 10th Prime Minister. He was the dominant political leader in Canada throughout most of the 1920 to the 1940s. He is commemorated on the Canadian $50 b...
Conacher, Charles William Sr.
Charlie Conacher was a hockey star in the NHL in the 1930s. He led the league in scoring for 5 season and was named to the All-Star Team 5 times. He is a Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He...
Brown, Arthur Roy
Canadian flying ace credited with shooting down Manfred von Richthofen more famously known as "The Red Baron".
Karsh, Yousef
Yousuf Karsh was one of the most famous and accomplished portrait photographers of all time.
Haim, Corey
Corey Haim was best known for his 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol.
Bowell, Mackenzie
Sir Mackenzie Bowell was a newspaperman, militia officer, Orangeman, and politician. He served as Canada's 5th Prime Minister (1894 - 1896)
Koffman, Moe
Moe Koffman was a great Canadian Jazz/Bebop musician who played both the flute and the saxophone.
Sawchuk, Terry
Terry Sawchuck was an NHL goalie who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
Leacock, Stephen
Stephen Leacock was a humorist, essayist, teacher, political scientist, and historian.
Arden, Elizabeth
Florence Nightingale Graham, who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was a Canadian businesswoman who built a cosmetics empire.

December Deaths

Davies, Robertson
Robertson Davies was a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was also the founding Master of Massey College, University of Toronto.
Rogers, Edward "Ted"
Ted Rogers was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and the fifth-richest person in Canada in terms of net worth.
Dailey, Mark
Mark Dailey was a television journalist and announcer. He was the host of City News newscasts in Toronto.
Jerome, Harry
Harry Jerome was a track and field runner who held a world record in 1960 and won a bronze medal at the 1964 summer Olympics. He was the grandson of John Howard, who represented Canada in the...
Baldwin, Robert
Robert Baldwin along with his political partner Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, led the first responsible ministry in Canada, regarded by some as the first truly responsible government.
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...
Bowell, Mackenzie
Sir Mackenzie Bowell was a newspaperman, militia officer, Orangeman, and politician. He served as Canada's 5th Prime Minister (1894 - 1896)
Keith, Alexander
Alexander Keith was mayor of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Conservative member of the provincial legislature, and the founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery.
Snow, Hank
Hank Snow was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts fro...
Peterson, Oscar
Oscar Peterson (August 15, 1925 – December 23, 2007) was a Canadian jazz pianist and composer. He was called the "Maharaja of the keyboard" by Duke Ellington, but simply "O.P." by his friends....
Apps, Sylvanus "Syl"
Syl Apps won three Stanley Cups at Toronto, is a member of the Hall of Fame and was voted as one of the top 50 players of all-time by The Hockey News.
Pearson, Lester Bowles
Lester B. Pearson was the fourteenth Prime Minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. He was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1957.
Conacher, Charles William Sr.
Charlie Conacher was a hockey star in the NHL in the 1930s. He led the league in scoring for 5 season and was named to the All-Star Team 5 times. He is a Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He...
McLuhan, Herbert Marshall
Marshall McLuhan's work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. He is popularly known for the expressions "the medium is the message" and "global village".