This day in the history
of the Supreme Court of Canada
and in the legal history of Canada
The Royal Proclamation is issued. This document will serve as the de facto constitution of Quebec until 1774 when the Quebec Act is passed.
Henri-Elzéar Taschereau, who will become Chief Justice of Canada in 1902, is born in Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Lower Canada.
The Honourable Sir Henri-Elzéar Taschereau is appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada as a puisne judge. During his tenor as puisne judge, Justice Taschereau was a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa.
Adrienne Clarkson is sworn in as Canada's 26th Governor General. She is the first immigrant to hold this office.