Born on October 20 in Falkirk, Scotland.
Douglas family emigrates to Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Suffers from osteomyelitis and nearly loses a leg.
Returns to Scotland. Leaves school early to
work in a factory
Douglas family returns to Winnipeg. Works as apprentice in a printing plant and witnesses
the Winnipeg General Strike.
Marries Irma Dempsey, with whom he has two daughters. Appointed pastor of the Baptist Church, Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
Attends inaugural convention of the socialist
Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF).
Is elected federal Member of Parliament for Weyburn.
Is elected Premier of Saskatchewan.
Introduces medicare to Saskatchewan. Resigns
to become Leader of the federal New Democratic
Party (NDP), which replaces the CCF.
Resigns as NDP Leader and is appointed energy
critic for the party.
Dies on February 24 in Ottawa.