This day in Montreal: A week of ice, heists and flames

A CBC Montreal social media feature, 'This day in Montreal' takes a look back at some of the big stories that were making the news in the city.

Mario Lemieux receives cancer diagnosis, Canada's first opera and army moves in

Pedestrians in Montreal make their way past broken branches during the Quebec ice storm on Wednesday, Jan.7, 1998. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)

A CBC Montreal social media feature, 'This day in Montreal' takes a look back at some of the big stories that were making the news in the city over the decades, even centuries.

Starting on Jan. 1, a news story from the past will be featured on CBC Montreal's Facebook page every day, including photos or videos from our archives and other public archives in Montreal.

Here's a look at this week's posts:

Jan. 11, 1993: Bankruptcy protection

Henry Birks & Sons jewelry chain, which started as a modest store on St. James Street, files for bankruptcy protection. The company would later be sold to Dr. Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera.

Henry Birks & Sons jewelry chain, which started as a modest store on St. James street, files for bankruptcy protection on January 11, 1993. The company would later be sold to Dr. Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera. 1:46

Jan. 12, 1993: Mario Lemieux faces cancer

The Pittsburgh Penguins announce that 27-year-old superstar Mario Lemieux has been diagnosed with cancer — Hodgkin's disease, now known as Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Lemieux would return to the ice in March and lead an incredible 17-game winning streak.

On January 12, 1993, the Pittsburgh Penguins announce that 27-year-old superstar Mario Lemieux has been diagnosed with cancer. He would return to the ice two months later, sparking an NHL-record 17-game winning streak. 1:47

Jan. 13, 1998: Aftermath of the ice storm

At the request of the province, Canadian Forces members assume the role of peace officers in the most devastated areas around Montreal. At the height of the ice storm, more than 16,000 members of the Canadian Forces were deployed.

Thousands of Quebecers were left in the dark after the ice storm. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

Jan. 14, 1790: Montreal and Canada's first opera

Joseph Quesnel premieres his opera "Colas et Colinette ou le Bailli Dupé" in Montreal, the first opera performed in Canada.

Jan. 15, 1957: Coldest day

Montreal sees its coldest day on record. The city experiences a bone-chilling -37.8 C without wind chill.

Jan. 16, 1986: Flames ravage Holy Trinity Church 

The city's oldest Greek Orthodox church, Holy Trinity Church is destroyed by a fire. The remains of the church would be demolished in 1997 for safety reasons.

On January 16, 1986, the oldest Greek Orthodox church in the city is destroyed by a fire. 1:19

Jan. 17, 1965: Major heist

Robbers steal close to $100,000 in ancient rare coins from the Chateau Ramezay.

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