This day in Montreal: A week of ice, heists and flames
Mario Lemieux receives cancer diagnosis, Canada's first opera and army moves in
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan. 17, 1965: Major heist
Robbers steal close to $100,000 in ancient rare coins from the Chateau Ramezay.