August Births

Dailey, Mark
Mark Dailey was a television journalist and announcer. He was the host of City News newscasts in Toronto.
Fisher, Frederick
Lance-Corporal Frederick Fisher Born August 3 1895 in St. Catharines, Ontario Died April 23 1915, Ypres, Belgium First Canadian-born soldier to be awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross.
Combe, Robert Grierson
Robert Grierson Combe VC, was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth ...
Bessette, André
Blessed Brother André was a significant figure of the Roman Catholic Church, credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings. He will be formally canonized in 2010.
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 frie...
Blake, "Toe"
Toe Blake was a hockey player and coach in the NHL. He won 10 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. First as a player and later as coach. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Davies, Robertson
Robertson Davies was a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor. He was also the founding Master of Massey College, University of Toronto.
Gooderham, William
William Gooderham Sr. was a distiller. He and his brother-in-law built a small distillery in 1837 to handle surplus grain, expanded in 1859, and by 1875 Gooderham & Worts were Canada's larges...
Richard, Maurice
Maurice "The Rocket" Richard was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in one season and the first to score 500 goals in a career. He won 8 Stanley Cups and retired as the NHL's all-time lea...
Thomson, Tom
Tom Thomson was an influental artist in Canadaing in the early 20th century. His influence can be seen in the work of the Group of Seven.

August Deaths

Hyndman, Christopher
Chris Hyndman (March 3, 1966 – August 3, 2015) was a Canadian interior designer and television personality, who was co-host of the afternoon talk show Steven and Chris on CBC Television until ...
Dionne, Émilie Marie Jeanne
Émilie Dionne was the fourth daughter born in the Dionne Quints in Corbiel, Ontario.
Diefenbaker, John
John Diefenbaker (September 18, 1895 – August 16, 1979) was the 13th Prime Minister of Canada, serving from June 21, 1957, to April 22, 1963.
Fraser, Simon
Simon Fraser was a fur trader and an explorer who charted much of what is now British Columbia. He was responsible for building that area's first trading posts, and, in 1808, he explored what...
Seagram, Joseph
Joseph Emm Seagram was an entrepreneur, racing administrator, community leader and politician.
Bell, Alexander Graham
Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.
Gooderham, William
William Gooderham Sr. was a distiller. He and his brother-in-law built a small distillery in 1837 to handle surplus grain, expanded in 1859, and by 1875 Gooderham & Worts were Canada's larges...
Dewhurst, Colleen
Colleen Dewhurst (June 3, 1924 – August 22, 1991) was a Canadian actress known most for theatre roles but most enduringly in her role as Marilla Cuthbert in the Kevin Sullivan television adap...
Layton, John Gilbert
Jack Layton was the federal leader the New Democratic Party and leader of the official opposition. He served as Toronto city councellor for many years. "My friends, love is better than anger....
Traill, Catherine Parr
Catherine Parr Traill was an author famous for her books "The Backwoods Of Canada" (1835), "Canadian Crusoes" (1852), Ramblings In The Canadian Forest" (1854), "Stories Of The Canadian Forest...
Ford, Glenn
Glenn Ford is best known for his film roles as cowboys and as an ordinary man in unusual circumstances. His acting career began on stage, and his first large movie part was in 1939 film Heave...
Bourassa, Henri
Henri Bourassa was a politician, journalist, newspaper owner, editor-in-chief, publisher, and author.
Thomson, Roy
Roy Thomson, newspaper and media baron -- he was literally a Baron having been bestowed with the title 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet. Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto was named in his honour.
Meighen, Arthur
9th Prime Minister of Canada in 1920-21 and again in 1926.
Ross, Art
Art Ross was one of the premier defense men of his time. He was one of the first "rushing" defense men and that fact is reflected in his career stats, with 85 goals in 167 games. Ross won the...
Wray, Fay
Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Fay Wray attained international stardom as an actress in roles such as King Kong, leading to many considering her as the first "scream queen".
Barilko, Bill
Bill Barilko scored the overtime goal in game 5 of the 1950-51 Stanley Cup playoffs to win the Stanley Cup.