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This Week in New Brunswick History

This Week in New Brunswick History ! March 29, 1632
Under the terms of the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, England agrees to return Acadia and New France (Québec) to France.

March 29, 1867
The British North America Act, uniting the provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into one Dominion of Canada, receives Royal Assent in London (England).

March 29, 1929
CFBO Radio in Saint John hosts Don Messer's first broadcast with a group known as "The New Brunswick Lumberjacks".

March 30, 1848
The City of Fredericton is incorporated.

March 30, 1894
The Women's Enfranchisement Association of New Brunswick is organized in Saint John, under the presidency of Sarah Manning.

March 31, 1831
Carleton County is established out of York County, with Woodstock as the Shire Town.

March 31, 1831
An Act is passed by the House of Assembly to regulate the size and weight of bread being sold in the towns of Newcastle and Chatham.

March 31, 1893
New Brunswick's first electric trolley cars appear on the streets of Saint John.

March 31, 1900
The Collège du Sacré-Coeur in Caraquet is incorporated as a university, with the Reverends Prosper LeBastard, Joseph Haquin, Edward Travert and Joseph Dreau as directors.

March 31, 1954
Atlantic Canada's first television station, CHSJ in Saint John, completes its first month of broadcasting.

March 31, 1960
Aboriginal people in Canada are first permitted to vote in federal elections.

April 1, 2020

April 1, 1901
Canada's population is counted at 5,371,315, with the three Maritime Provinces dropping to a combined total of just under 17 percent.

April 1, 1932
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police assume provincial policing of New Brunswick.

April 1, 1942
Gas rationing begins throughout the Maritimes to conserve gasoline for the war effort. Ration books are used for non-essential vehicles, and before the year is out butter is also rationed.

April 1, 1951
Canada's postal service is reduced to home mail deliveries of only once per day.

April 1, 1980
Radio-Canada in Moncton announces that Sugarloaf Mountain, a long dormant volcano for hundreds of millions of years, is suddenly erupting. Many in the region become alarmed – before they realize that it is only an April Fool’s joke !

April 2, 1865
Francis A. Anglin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, is born in Saint John.

April 2, 1871
Canada's first federal census reports a population of 3,485,761, with New Brunswick and Nova Scotia accounting for a combined total of just over 19 percent.

April 2, 1886
The town of Marysville is incorporated.

April 2, 1886
Mount Allison Wesleyan College and Academies becomes a university - and is renamed The University of Mount Allison College.

April 3, 1852
The death of Alexander Rankin marks the end of the era of the great lumber baron duels on the Miramichi. Rankin and his rival from the south bank, Joseph Cunard, fought for control of the thriving timber industry in the area.

April 4, 1784
First marriage in Parrtown (Saint John) - Hannah Lester and Lieutenant Andrew H. Stockton.

April 4, 1881
A national census reports Canada's population at 4,324,810, with all three Maritime Provinces accounting for 20 percent.

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