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.

This day in Montreal, 1993: Birks jewelry store files for bankruptcy protection1:46

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.

This day in Montreal, 1993: Mario Lemieux diagnosed with cancer1:47

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.

This day in Montreal, 1986: The Holy Trinity Church is destroyed by a fire1:19

Jan. 17, 1965: Major heist

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