Government of New Brunswick
May 3, 1845

The revolutionary steamboat "Reindeer" is launched near the mouth of the Nashwaak River, opposite Fredericton. Equipped with the world's first practical marine compound steam engine and designed by New Brunswick inventor Benjamin F. Tibbitts.


Credit : Kevin Lunn

November 12, 1970 Richard B. Hatfield is sworn in as New Brunswick’s Premier. Heralded as Canada’s first “modern” premier, Hatfield represents a new breed of politician – one who brings a new idealism to New Brunswick politics.
November 12, 1776 Jonathan Eddy's attack on Fort Cumberland (Aulac), in support of the American Revolution, ends in failure. The Eddy Rebellion is a serious challenge to British authority as many New England settlers in the region are sympathetic to the Republican cause.
November 13, 1911 The Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) is formally leased to Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for 999 years - effective January 1, 1912.
November 13, 1808 George Duncan Ludlow, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Brunswick, dies in Spring Hill (Fredericton).
November 14, 1895 Saint John becomes Canada's Winter Port as the Beaver Line Steamship Company announces a fortnight service between Saint John and Liverpool.
November 14, 1835 The first separate lunatic asylum in Canada opens in Saint John under the direction of Dr. George Peters, who led the move to segregate the insane from criminals. A new treatment centre, the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, opens in 1848.
November 15, 1929 New Brunswick’s first Santa Claus, Charles A. Sampson dies in Fredericton at the age of 90. Born in St. Andrews, Sampson opens a candy store in Fredericton in 1867, and soon advertises that he is an agent for Santa Claus.
November 15, 1873 Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, having resigned his position as Member of Parliament in the administration of Sir John A. Macdonald, is appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick
November 15, 1841 William Valentine advertises his new Daguerreotype Miniature Portraits process in the " St. John Morning News", the first known reference to photographic services in the Maritimes.
November 15, 1902 The Albert County Teacher's Union is established.
November 15, 1854 Opening of the Séminaire Saint-Thomas in Memramcook.
November 17, 1934 The Honourable Richard Burpee Hanson, of Fredericton, receives the appointment of federal Minister of Trade and Commerce in the administration of Prime Minister R.B. Bennett.
November 18, 2004 The Rochdale Gold Potato is launched by Co-op Atlantic. More than 15 years in development by the Potato Research Center in Fredericton, the first growers of the new variety are Bob Watson, Bernard Ouellette and Gerard Pickard.
November 18, 1883 At midnight, New Brunswick residents join with other Maritime regions in the Atlantic Zone and set their clocks to conform with the first installation of Standard Time across North America.
November 18, 1983 The $7 million Humpty Dumpty potato chip plant opens in Hartland, replacing the old plant destroyed by fire on October 6, 1981.