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Happy 182nd Birthday Toronto: 19 Events That Shaped the City

Happy 182nd Birthday Toronto: 19 Events That Shaped the City

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 07, 2016

Yesterday, the city of Toronto will turn 182. And it’s never looked better.

And while we all love to complain about the city, deep down we love it all the same. If nothing else, we should certainly celebrate.

So in honour of Toronto’s birthday, we’ve rounded up the most notable moments in the city’s history…

March 6, 1834: Toronto is Born

The former town of York is renamed as Toronto to distinguish itself from New York. The original city boundaries included Bathurst Street to the west, Lot Street (now Queen Street) to the north, and Parliament Street to the east.

King and York, circa 1834 (Wikimedia Commons)

December 19, 1846: First Telegraph

The Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara Electro-Magnetic Telegraph Co. is formed in 1846. The very first telegraph message ever to be sent in Canada travels from Toronto to Hamilton.

May 30, 1849: University of Toronto is Formed

King’s College becomes the University of Toronto, which will become one of the most prestigious universities in Canada and the world.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

October 25, 1861: Toronto Stock Exchange is Formed

Twenty-four men gathered at the Masonic Hall to create the Toronto Stock Exchange, which is now one of the largest stock exchanges in the world.

September 11, 1861: Toronto streetcar service begins

Toronto’s very first streetcar route begins its operation. Streetcars were originally pulled by horses and operated from the Yorkville Town Hall to St. Lawrence Market.

July 1, 1867: Canadian confederation

Three British colonies come together as the Dominion of Canada and split into four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

1869: Eaton’s Department Store Opens

Timothy Eaton sets up a small department store on Yonge Street. The shop will eventually grow to become one of the biggest shopping centres in Canada and one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. 

September 5th, 1879: CNE is Born

The first Canadian National Exhibition is held, which was then called the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, and proves to be a huge success.

July 1, 1893: Union Station Opens

Grand Trunk Railway builds Toronto’s first Union Station, which consisted of three wooden structures. At the time, it’s the largest railway station in Canada. This station would later be rebuilt and replaced in 1927.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

September 18, 1899: City Hall Opens

Toronto City Hall opens as one of the largest buildings in the city. It will hold city council until 1966, when a new city hall building will be built.

March 11, 1914: Toronto Blue Shirts Win Stanley Cup

The Toronto Blue Shirts win the Stanley Cup, defeating their long time rival, the Montreal Canadiens. The Blue Shirts will later be replaced by the Toronto Hockey Club, which will evolve into the Toronto Maple Leafs.

November 12, 1931: Maple Leaf Gardens Opens

The downtown hockey arena opens with an original six matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Leafs lose 2-1. (Things sure haven’t changed).

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

March 30, 1954: First Subway Line Opens

A 7.4-kilometre subway line opens under Yonge Street, using four- and six-car trains that operate at about 32 kilometres per hour.

May 23, 1967: GO Transit

Toronto’s Go Transit is established to connect the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, with trains running from Hamilton to Pickering.

June 26, 1976: CN Tower opens 

The CN Tower opens as the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The tower was built so members of the Canadian National Railway could observe the entire railway switching yard.

October 24, 1992: Toronto Blue Jays Win First World Series

The Jays beat the Atlanta Braves in the sixth game of the World Series to win the championship. It was the first time a Canadian team had ever won the trophy. The Jays would follow up this incredible season with another World Series championship the following year.

June 26, 2010: G20 Summit is Held

Outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, police cause controversy over their handling of security at the G20 Summit hosted in Toronto. Inside the meeting, leaders discuss global financial systems and the world economy.

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