Oct 24, 1992 – The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Atlanta Braves in the 1992 World Series, making it the first World Series win for Canada. Watch the coverage here (or just skip to the 12 minute mark to see the final out.)
Oct 25, 1854 – Alexander Roberts Dunn becomes the first Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross. He was given this honour for his actions during the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War.
- 1923 – Frederick Banting and John Macloed win the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of insulin. Banting shared his prize money with Charles Best, who had assisted on the project.
Oct 26, 1813 – American forces attack a force of Canadian voltigeurs (largely professional force from Lower Canada), Kahnawake and militia fighters at the Battle of Châteauguay. Although the Canadian forces were greatly outnumbered, their strong defensive system and internal challenges in the American forces forced them to quickly retreat.
- 1917 – The Second Battle of Passchendaele begins, with Canadian forces under Sir Arthur Currie relieving II Anzac Corps. The constant shelling had left the battlefield a quagmire, making advances difficult. By November 5, the Canadian forces had over 15,000 casualties.
Oct 27, 1893 - The National Council of Women of Canada, an advocacy group, is founded with the goal of improving the status of women, and as a result, their families and society, through public education. (Well done, Sister Suffragette!)
Oct 28, 1914 - The War Measures Act, enacted in August, is amended to call for registration of and restrictions on all so-called “enemy aliens,” (those of Austrian, Hungarian, German or Ukrainian descent). It is used to intern thousands of these people during both World Wars.
Oct 29, 1929 – Black Tuesday: After days of an unstable financial market, the American Stock Exchange plunges further, quickly affecting Canadian Stock Exchanges and ushering in the Great Depression.
Oct 30, 1930 – Canadian novelist, playwright and actor Timothy Findley is born in Toronto, Ontario. His work includes Governor General’s Award-winning The Wars and Elizabeth Rex.