Government of New Brunswick

Harry Peters, of Saint John, is appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.



January 13, 1833 Lt.-Governor Sir Archibald Campbell informs the House of Assembly that His Majesty’s Council is dismissed, and a new Executive Council shall take its place. Two separate councils now exist – the Legislative Council and the Executive Council.
January 13, 1953 St Anselme violinist Arthur Leblanc performs the North American premiere of Darius Milhaud’s Concerto No. 2 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Composed specifically for the violinist, the debut performance was in Paris.
January 13, 1839 A Maine land agent, Rufus McIntyre, operating on the upper reaches of the St. John River, is arrested and taken to Fredericton, where he spends time in the York County Goal.
January 14, 1837 The second most deadly fire in Saint John's history starts at Peter's Wharf and rages along South Market Wharf, eventually destroying 115 houses throughout the downtown and causing more than $1 million in property damages.
January 15, 1757 Charles Deschamps de Boishébert arrives on the Miramichi River, where he establishes a refugee camp for Acadians fleeing the Deportation.
January 15, 1900 The first Canadian chapter of the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire is formed in Fredericton, under the leadership of Katherine Robb Black.
January 15, 1635 Charles de Saint-Étienne de La Tour is granted a large tract of land which includes St. John harbour, and a bitter rivalry soon develops, with Charles d’Aulnay de Charnisay at Port Royal, for supreme authority in Acadia.
January 16, 1962 Hockey legend, Maurice “Rocket” Richard officially opens the recreation center arena in Shippagan.
January 16, 1800 John Murray Bliss and Samuel Denny Street fight the first known duel in New Brunswick, near the present-day Playhouse Theatre, on Queen Street, Fredericton. Street challenges Bliss over an issue of slavery. The incident ends in a draw.
January 16, 1880 Thomas Campbell, of Saint John, patents the Combined Hot and Cold Water Faucets.
January 16, 1865 Joseph Cunard, Miramichi shipbuilder and one of the founding brothers of the Cunard steamship line, dies in Liverpool (England).
January 17, 1786 Brook Watson becomes Agent for the province of New Brunswick in London (England).
January 18, 1958 Fredericton's Willie O'Ree becomes the first Black man to play in the National Hockey League. Playing with the Boston Bruins in the Montreal Forum, his team beats the Canadiens 3-0.
January 18, 1785 The first Governor’s Ball is held in Parrtown (Saint John), to celebrate the Queen’s birth night. Between 30 to 40 “Ladies…of the best families only” and nearly 100 “Gentlemen… of all sorts “ are reported in attendance.
January 19, 1826 Harry Peters, of Saint John, is appointed Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
January 19, 1843 Through the support of local merchant and philanthropist Charles Allison, the first classes commence at Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy (Mount Allison University).
January 19, 1826 The House of Assembly begins its first discussion on the development of the Baie Verte project - a canal linking the Bay of Fundy with the Northumberland Strait. Various schemes continue to be seriously considered until 1888.