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U.S. and Britain end Revolutionary War; Britain an...
Canadian census reaches 113,012 people
New Brunswick created; With the arrival of so many...
First school in Ontario; Reverend John Stuart open...
Benedict Arnold settles in Saint John, New Brunswi...
Richard Pullen b. 11 September 1790, d. 3 November...
British Parliament passes Canada Act; The Canada A...
Ontario divided into districts and counties; John...
First Europeans cross Continental Divide.; Alexand...
First steps to abolish slavery ; The Upper Canada...
Capital of Upper Canada moved to York (Toronto)
Thomas C. Williams b. 9 July 1800, d. 12 June 1877
William Phillips b. 19 August 1801, d. 16 Septembe...
War of 1812: U.S. declares war on Britain; U.S. pr...
Treaty of Ghent ends War of 1812; Britain and the...
Mary A. Pullen b. 4 April 1817, d. 19 December 188...
49th Parallel Becomes Offical Canadian Border; The...
Mary A. Tanner b. 1822, d. 13 October 1871
Lower Canada pop. 479,288: Upper Canada 157,923
"Uncle Tom" to Canada?; Josiah Henson, an enslaved...
Cholera epidemic hits Lower Canada; Immigrants wit...
Last Duel in Upper Canada; John Wilson kills 19-ye...
Toronto becomes a city; The fast-growing town of o...
First passenger railway in Canada; The first train...
William Lyon Mackenzie leads Upper Canada Rebellio...
Upper and Lower Canada united; The Act of Union is...
Thomas A. Williams b. 26 May 1840, d. 23 January 1...
Halifax incorporated as a city
Frederick C. W. Williams b. 21 July 1842, d. 30 Ju...
Matilda A. Hipkins b. 12 August 1844, d. 18 Novemb...
Alfred J. Williams b. 17 August 1844, d. 20 Januar...
Treaty settles western U.S.-Canada boundary; The O...
Tide of Irish immigrants arrive in Canada; A year...
Ice jam blocks Niagara Falls; An ice jam at the mo...
John Y. Williams b. 3 August 1848, d. 31 March 192...
Province of Canada prints its first money notes
Toronto becomes new seat of gov't of Canada
New Caledonia is renamed British Columbia
Charles R. Williams b. 19 July 1850, d. 7 March 19...
First Canadian stamp issued; Canada's first "regul...
Capital of Canada moved to Quebec City from Toront...
First Y.M.C.A in North America; The first North Am...
Montreal fire leaves more than 10,000 homeless
Toronto Stock Exchange opens
Arthur S. Williams b. 11 November 1852, d. 2 May 1...
First black newspaperwoman in North America; Mary...
Martha Phillips b. 9 October 1853, d. 26 January 1...
Ottawa is incorporated as a city
Toronto becomes new capital of Canada
First recorded game of hockey; On Christmas Day, 1...
Queen Victoria picks Ottawa as new capital of Cana...
Ottawa becomes Canada's Capital; Queen Victoria na...
First Canadian coins minted; The first Canadian co...
Blondin walks tightrope over Niagara Gorge; Blondi...
Maple leaf first used as Canadian emblem; The Prin...
Canada East pop.is 1,111,566: Canada West 1,396,09...
Charlottetown Conference sets tone for Confederati...
Fenians threaten to invade Canada; Ten thousand mi...
Confederation of Canada: Dominion of Canada create...
Sir John Alexander Macdonald (1815-1891) [Liberal-...
Metis tensions heat up; The Metis (mixed Indian an...
Timothy Eaton opens store in Toronto; A small dry...
Metis leader Louis Riel leads Red River Rebellion...
Far Northern territories join Canada; An Imperial...
Manitoba joins Confederation; All of British North...
First census of Dominion of Canada; The first cens...
B.C. joins Confederation; On the promise of a tran...
Prince Edward Island joins Confederation
First North American golf club; Three Scottish imm...
Conservative gov't resigns: Liberals take office;...
Alexander Mackenzie (1822-1892) [Liberal] was call...
Winnipeg is incorporated as a city
McGill & Harvard play first modern football; McGil...
Alexander Graham Bell begins work on phone in Ont....
Metis leader Louis Riel found guilty of murder; Ri...
The Northwest Territories is created; An act creat...
Richard Williams b. 20 May 1875, d. 8 February 195...
Indian Act defines special status; The Indian Act...
Toronto Public Library lends first book
First telephone call; Alexander Graham Bell makes...
Sitting Bull flees to Canada; After the massacre o...
First commercial phone installed at Hamilton, Ont.
First electrical lights; Electricity was first use...
Liberal gov't of Mackenzie defeated; In a general...
Standard Time proposed in Toronto; Sir Sandford Fl...
Conservative gov't wins re-election; John A. Macdo...
Canada's first kindergarten opens; Ada Marean, a T...
First national park in Canada; An order-in-council...
Metis leader Louis Riel is hanged; After a trial f...
Last spike driven in transcontinental railway; The...
Vancouver is incorporated as a city; Shortly after...
First panoramic camera; Patented in 1887 by John C...
Conservatives win general election\Macdonald dies;...
Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott (1821-1893) [Liber...
Fire destroys St. John's, Newfoundland; Few, if an...
New Prime Minister of Canada; Following the resign...
Sir John Sparrow David Thompson (1845-1894) [Liber...
First Stanley Cup; The Stanley Cup, donated by Gov...
Calgary incorporated as a city
Mackenzie Bowell becomes new Cons. Prime Minister;...
Sir Mackenzie Bowell (1823-1917) [Liberal-Conserva...
Joshua Slocum, first man to sail around world; Jos...
Klondike Gold Rush lures 100,000 goldseekers; The...
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Charles Tupper becomes new Cons. Prime Minister; A...
Sir Charles Bart Tupper (1821-1915) [Conservative]...
Canada gets first Liberal gov't; The Liberals unde...
Sir Wilfred Laurier (1841-1919) [Liberal] became...
First woman lawyer in British Empire; Clara Brett...
The Yukon becomes a territory; An Act of Parliamen...
First Canadian troops sent overseas.; The 2nd Batt...
Britain-U.S. set Alaska/Canada boundary
Canadian census registers 5,371,315 people; Englis...
First transatlantic wireless message; The first tr...
Ford Motor Company of Canada begins production; Th...
Regina is incorporated as a city
FIrst Canadian Olympic gold medalist; Montreal pol...
Major fire sweeps Toronto; The fire causes $12-mil...
The Liberals maintain power in general election; W...
Alberta & Saskatchewan created: Both join Dominion...
Anne of Green Gables is published; Lucy Maud Montg...
First Canadian service station opens in Vancouver
Edmonton is incorporated as a city
Wilfrid Laurier leads Liberals to election victory
First airplane flight in Canada; J.A.D. McCurdy pi...
Chocolate bar invented in N.B.; At a 38-year-old b...
The Conservatives win federal election; The Conser...
Sir Robert Laird Borden (1854-1937) [Conservative]...
Titanic sinks; After striking an iceberg in the ch...
Number of immigrants reaches all-time high, 400,87...
Canada enters World War I; Canada enters war when...
Canadian composes "In Flander Fields"; John McCrae...
"Billy" Bishop awarded Victoria Cross; William Ave...
Income tax is introduced; Income tax is levied as...
Canada's first woman judge; Helen Emma MacGill is...
Halifax explosion - Canada's worst disaster!; Hali...
Women get federal vote; The Canada Elections Act e...
World War I ends; A total of 628,462 Canadians ser...
Winnipeg general strike; In the only general strik...
Robert Borden resigns as Canadian Prime Minister;...
First exhibition of The Group of Seven painters; T...
Arthur Meighen (1874-1960) [Conservative] became...
Population of Canada reaches 8,788,483.; Number of...
Liberals win federal election: 1st woman elected;...
William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874-1950) [Liberal]...
First snowmobile invented; Mechanic Joseph-Armand...
Banting/Best win Nobel Prize for insulin ; Sir Fre...
Warren Harding 1st U.S. president to visit Canada
United Church forms Protestant church in Canada; P...
Conservatives under King win minority gov't; The C...
Union Station opens in Toronto
The Great Depression begins; The prices on the Can...
Canada's first talking movie; The Vikings, the sto...
Conservatives under R.B. Bennett defeat Liberals
Richard Bedford Bennett (1870-1947) [Conservative]...
Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto
Tallest building in British Empire; The 34-story B...
Dionne Quintuplets born; Annette, Emilie, Yvonne,...
Liberals win landslide victory in federal election...
Nurse arrested for distributing birth control info...
First regular flight of Trans-Canada Airlines; Can...
Mackenzie King visits Adolph Hitler; The Prime Min...
Canadian helps create Superman; The world's most f...
First royal visit to Canada; In May and June, 1939...
Canada declares war on Germany; After remaining ne...
Liberals win federal election
Canada declares war on Japan; Following the Japane...
Canadians lead attack on Dieppe; Canadian troops n...
First Canadian Army liberates Dieppe
First socialist provincial gov't in Canada; The C....
World War II draws to a close; Altogether, 1,086,7...
Mackenzie King and Liberals win federal election
Mackenzie King resigns as Prime Minister; After se...
Barbara Ann Scott wins Olympic crown; After winnin...
Louis Stephen St. Laurent (1882-1973) [Liberal] be...
Newfoundland joins Canada; Joey Smallwood, who lat...
Louis St. Laurent's Liberals win federal election;...
Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour; Fire sweeps over...
The first Canadian troops arrive in Korea; The tro...
Building of Trans-Canada Highway begins; The first...
Canada's first television station goes on air; CBF...
Canadian celebrates coronation of Queen Elizabeth...
The first Canadian subway line opens in Toronto
Marilyn Bell first to swim Lake Ontario; Sixteen-y...
Hurricane Hazel hits Ontario; During the worst inl...
Progressive Conservatives win federal election; Jo...
John George Diefenbaker (1895-1979) [Progressive C...
The St. Lawrence Seaway opens; The system of locks...
First Acadian Premier; Louis Robichaud is the firs...
Canadian census reports pop. of 18,238,247; The po...
Last executions in Canada; The double hanging of R...
Liberals win federal election; After the Conservat...
Lester Bowles Pearson (1897-1972) [Liberal] became...
Northern Dancer wins Kentucky Derby; Northern Danc...
Canada gets a new flag; After much national debate...
The Liberals retain power in federal election; Les...
Canada's first topless bar opens in Vancouver
Colour television comes to Canada via C.B.C.
Canada is 100 years old; Centennial celebrations o...
Expo '67 opens in Montreal. ; The World's Fair cl...
Pierre Trudeau becomes Prime Minister.; Pierre Ell...
Divorce becomes easier in Canada; For the first ti...
Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919- ) [Liberal] beca...
Medicare established; After years of negotiation a...
Laws on abortion and homosexuality liberalized; A...
English & French declared official languages; The...
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Canadian History as compiled by Greg Stott, Toronto, Ontario, for use with The Master Genealogist.
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