1950s CANADA By bagpipes Jan 1, 1950 Volunteers in the Canadian Army Special Force joined the United Nations forces in the Korean conflict. Period: Jan 1, 1950 to Dec 31, 1959 1950s canada May 5, 1950 The red river floods forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes Jul 22, 1950 Former prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King died in Kingsmere Sep 6, 1952 First television made in canada (CBFT) Jan 1, 1953 The National Library was created in Ottawa on January 1. Jul 13, 1953 Stratford Festival opened on July 13 Jul 27, 1953 Korean War ended on July 27 Mar 31, 1954 Toronto opened Canada's first subway system in Toronto on March 31. Sep 9, 1954 Marilyn Bell became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario on September 9. Sep 9, 1954 16 year old Marilyn Bellswims across lake Ontario Mar 17, 1955 Hockey fans rioted in Montreal following the suspension of favourite Rocket Richard on March 17. Oct 14, 1957 Lester Pearson wins the nobel peace prize Mar 31, 1958 PM John Diefenbaker's minority government went on to become the largest majority government ever obtained in a federal election on March 31. Feb 20, 1959 Despite public outcry and protest, Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow project (CF-105 aircraft) on February 20. Almost 14,000 Canadians suddenly became unemployed. Jun 26, 1959 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to traffic on June 26, allowing ocean-going ships and tankers to travel inland to both Canadian and American ports on the upper and lower Great Lakes.