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Position your family member on the timeline and check out important Canadian events that happened at the same time.

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1867: It was in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, that Canada became a country. Four provinces united to become the Dominion of Canada: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.

Black and white drawing of the Fathers of Confederation gathered around a large table. by J.B. Kelly, based on the original by R. Harris.

Source

Fathers of Confederation

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1875: Alexander Graham Bell made the first telegraph-telephone call.

Black and white portrait of Alexander Graham Bell, as an older man.

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Portrait of
Alexander Graham Bell.

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1879: Rules for Canadian Ice hockey were set by a group of students at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.

Black and white photograph of a group of men playing hockey on an outdoor rink.

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Hockey match at
McGill University.

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1885: On November 7, 1885, the last spike connecting the rails coming from the east and the west of Canada was put into place. Two years later, the railway reached Vancouver and connected the country from ocean to ocean.

Black and white photograph of a group of railway workers watching while a man swings a sledge hammer.

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Hon. Donald A. Smith driving
the last spike to complete the
Canadian Pacific Railway.

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1904: Cars might not be a Canadian invention, but in 1904 automobiles were built in Canada. Ford Canada, a company that built cars, produced 117 cars in its first year.

Black and white photograph of a team of horses pulling a car out of a ditch.

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Automobile being pulled out of
a ditch by a team on
Erindale Avenue.

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1909: The "Silver Dart" was the first airplane to fly in Canada. John McCurdy flew it.

Black and white photograph of the SILVER DART in flight over a frozen lake.

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The "Silver Dart" during its first
flight, on February 23, 1909.

1910: The "Baddeck 1" became the first aircraft built in Canada!

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1914: In the summer of 1914, few people suspected that the world was about to enter a war that would last four long years. Over 620,000 Canadians served in this war. Of those who fought, 60,000 were killed and 175,000 were wounded.

Colour poster mass-produced during the war to help raise money. Soldier has his back turned.

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Back Him Up!
Buy Victory Bonds:
victory loan drive.

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1918: It was on May 21, 1918, that women were granted the right to vote in federal elections. This meant that their vote would count in choosing their Member of Parliament.

Black and white studio portrait of Mrs. Nellie McClung seated at a small desk.

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Mrs. Nellie McClung.

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1939: The Second World War began just 21 years after the end of the First World War. Canada's population was 12 million and over one million Canadians served in the armed forces at home and overseas.

Black and white photograph of a soldier standing on an airstrip looking at an installation shaped like a pyramid.

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An unidentified infantryman of
the 9th Canadian Infantry
Brigade examining a
camouflaged obstacle left by
the Germans on the airfield at
Leeuwarden, Netherlands,
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1954: Public television started in Canada with the creation of the CBC and Radio-Canada.

Black and white photograph of the crew, the equipment, and the meteorologist taken while filming the weather report.

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Interior of television studio
during televising; unidentified
Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation studio.

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1959: Armand Bombardier came up with plans for the snowmobile after the death of his two-year-old son. He could not take his son to the hospital because the roads were snowed in. He decided to make a snowmobile that would permit travelling on snow. Also in 1959, alkaline batteries were created in an Ontario town called Ponty Pool.

Black and white photograph of a man sitting at the wheel of a large industrial snow mobile.

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Armand Bombardier poses,
seated at the wheel of the
Bombardier military
snowmobile.

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1967: Canada was 100 years old. The same year, Universal Exposition of 1967 was held in Montreal.

Black and white photograph of a group of young women in matching uniforms standing at the Eternal Flame, smiling and waving at the camera.

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Expo 67 hostesses in front of
Parliament in Ottawa.

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1980: Terry Fox was 18 years old when he learned that he was sick. He wanted to do something to help find a cure for cancer. On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope in Newfoundland. He wanted to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. Terry ran 43 kilometres every day for 143 days, but was forced to stop running in Thunder Bay, Ontario because of his sickness. By February 1981, the Marathon of Hope had raised more that $24 millions.

Black and white photograph of Terry Fox running up a hill, wearing a Marathon of Hope t-shirt, he is being followed by a long line of cars.

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Terry Fox
© Sun Media Corp.
Reproduced with the
permission of The Toronto Sun
nlc-10246

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1999: On April 1, 1999, Nunavut officially became the third Canadian territory. The two other territories are the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Colour photograph.  A postage stamp commemorating the creation of Nunavut territory.

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A postage stamp
commemorating the creation of
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