THIS WEEK IN history
– Dec. 23, 1839 – A brick Market House opens at Market Square in Saint John, two years after a fire destroyed more than 100 wooden structures in the city. Designed to withstand fire, the building burns in the Great Fire of 1877 and is rebuilt.
– Dec. 23, 1981 – The Honourable George Francis Gillman Stanley, of Sackville, is appointed Lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick.
– Dec. 25, 1635 – Explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlain dies at Quebec. As lieutenant to Pierre Dugua de Mons, Champlain charted the coast of Acadia and was one of the founding members of the first permanent French settlement in North America at Saint Croix island.
– Dec. 25, 1846 – The “New Brunswick Reporter” newspaper comments on the need for a Town Clock in Fredericton. Without a public Time Piece, mechanics in the city must depend upon the chimes from the Baptist Church, in billing for hours of labour and meals.
– Dec. 29, 1977 – Sandra Lovelace, of Tobique First Nation, presents her case to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations. Canada’s Indian Act discriminates against Native women by depriving them of their status as “Indian” when they marry a non-native.