September 11, 2016

On this day in Canadian pop culture: September 11

In 1847, 300 people died when a hurricane hit Newfoundland. In 1860, Toronto’s Horticultural Gardens (now known as Allan Gardens), built on land donated to the city by George Allan, was opened by Edward, Prince of Wales. In 1888, Canadian Gov. Gen. Baron Stanley made one of the oldest surviving recordings. The message, a greeting […]

September 11, 2016

On this day in Canadian pop culture: September 10

In 1919, the “Treaty of Saint Germain” was signed, ending the First World War. In 1939, Canada declared war on Germany. Originally it was thought that Canada’s role would be to supply war materiel to Britain, which had declared war seven days earlier, and Prime Minister Mackenzie King took a stand against conscription. But by […]

September 9, 2016

On this day in Canadian pop culture: September 9

1945 Toronto-born baseball player Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics pitches a no-hitter, becoming the only Canadian to ever do so (a record that holds today). 1954 Marilyn Bell, 16, becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, swimming from from Youngstown, New York to Toronto. She swims for 20 hours and 57 minutes […]