Government of New Brunswick

The Albert County natural gas pipeline from Stoney Creek commences service to Moncton, although a temporary disruption occurs when a gas explosion on Main Street destroys four buildings.



December 16, 1934 “The Slippery Eel of Alcatraz”, John Stadig, of Connors, is captured in Portland Oregon, having leaped from a moving train. Stadig becomes the first inmate to escape Alcatraz prison (California).
December 16, 1920 Father Patrice Alexandre Chiasson becomes Bishop of Chatham.
December 18, 1878 In Grand Falls, there is a “stir about town” as Christmas beef and poultry are being purchased: “Although the times are hard, people cannot afford to let Christmas go by without their customary goose or turkey” !
December 18, 1888 Lawyer, teacher, and deputy county magistrate, Frances Lillian Fish, is born in Newcastle. In 1918, Fish becomes the first woman to graduate with a law degree from Dalhousie University and the first woman to be admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar.
December 18, 1783 At Carleton (Saint John), Loyalists William Lewis and John Ryan publish New Brunswick’s first newspaper, “The Royal Saint John’s Gazette and Nova-Scotia Intelligencer”.
December 18, 1890 Lieutenant-general E.W. Sansom, director of military training between the wars, and commander of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division during World War II, is born in Stanley.
December 19, 1804 John Medley, New Brunswick’s first Anglican Bishop, is born in Chelsea (England).
December 20, 1893 The Honourable John James Fraser, of Fredericton, is appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.
December 20, 1911 The Albert County natural gas pipeline from Stoney Creek commences service to Moncton, although a temporary disruption occurs when a gas explosion on Main Street destroys four buildings.
December 21, 1867 In Fredericton, the "Colonial Farmer" advertises that Santa Claus has appointed Charles A. Sampson as agent for the sale of “all sorts of Fancy Confectionery for the Holiday Season”. New Brunswick’s first Santa Claus.
December 21, 1878 The City Market in Saint John reports heavy sales of “country produce”, as the Christmas season approaches.
December 21, 1943 Joseph Leon Therriault, of Saint Hilaire, patents wood molding Weatherstripping for windows and doors.
December 21, 1766 Jonathan Odell, New Brunswick’s first provincial secretary, is ordained an Anglican Deacon in London (England).
December 22, 1903 The first convention of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Union is held in Moncton. The organization is renamed the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association and a constitution is adopted.