Canadian History (1914-present)

  • Canada declared war on Germany

    Aug, 5, 1914 is the date that Canada declared war on Germany.
  • Second Battle Of Ypres

    First battle of Candian soldiers in WW1.
  • Battle of Vimy Ridge

    The main combatants of this battle were the Canadian Corps against three divisions of the German Sixth Army.
  • The Halifax Explosion

    About 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, or collapsed buildings and it is estimated that over 9,000 people were injured in this explosion.
  • WW1 Ended

    WW1 ended on November 11, 1918, Canadian troops did not start coming home until January 1917.
  • The Winnipeg General Strike

    On May 15, 1919, 30000 Winnipeg workers walked off the job at 11 a.m.
  • Women won the right vote

    Aug, 26, 1920, the Day the Suffrage Battle Was Won.
  • Wiliam Lyon Mackenzie King became the Prime Minster

    In the 1921 election, his party defeated Arthur Meighen and the Conservatives, and he became Prime Minister.
  • Black Thursday

    Wheat prices on the Winnipeg Grain Exchange plummeted. Everyone wanted to sell thier wheat - but few wanted to buy. Millions of dollars in profits were lost as people tried to cut thier losses by selling wheat. The day became known as Black Thursday.
  • Black Tuesday

    Worried investors started trying to sell their shares. This started a panic, and prices plummeted. Suddenly, the downward slide turned into a crash.
  • The Parliament of Canada declared war on Germany in WW2

    This is Canada's first independent declaration of war
  • Battle of the Atlantic

    On September 16, 1939, the first convoy set out from Halifax for the United Kingdom.
  • The battle of Dieppe

    The battle of Dieppe was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942.
  • The RCAF had reached the height of its wartime strength

    By January 1, 1944, The RCAF had reached the height of its wartime strength: 215 200, including 15 153 women. It was the thrid-largest air force in the world.
  • The Liberation of the Netherlands

    The nation was liberated largely by Canadian troops, with the assistance of the British and American Armies and French airborne.
  • Newfoundland joins Canada

    On April 1, 1949, Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent cut the first ceremonial chisel strokes onto the blank stone. At 11:59 the previous night, Newfoundland had become a Canadian province.
  • NATO

    To protect them from the Soviet military threat, the countries of Western Europe and North America formed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, in 1949. Apr, 4, 1949, Canada joined NATO.
  • Black Friday

    On May 17, 1963, a day that became known as Black Friday, FLQ members placed 17 bombs in mailboxes in the mainly English-soeaking Montreal suburb of Westmount. A Canaian army engineer who was trying to dismantle one of the bombs was killed when another exploded nearby
  • Canada Gets New Flag

    The official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian flag was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965, with Governor General Georges Vanier, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the members of the Cabinet and thousands of Canadians in attendance.
  • The Parti Quebecois

    The Parti Quebecois is formed, consisting of the MSA and the RN. Rene Levesque is elected president and Gilles Gregoire is vice-president.Their goal was independence for Quebec.
  • The First Canadian Astronauts

    Marc Garneau was Canada's first astronaut and he became the first Canadian in space in October 1984.
  • The first female Prime Minister of Canada

    Kim Campbell served as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, serving from June 25, 1993, to November 4, 1993 (132 days). Campbell was the first and to date the only female Prime Minister of Canada, the first baby boomer to hold that office, and the only PM to have been born in British Columbia.
  • Conservative Party leadership

    On January 12, 2004, Harper announced his resignation as Leader of the Opposition, in order to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. Harper was elected the first leader of the Conservative Party, with a first ballot majority against Belinda Stronach and Tony Clement on March 20, 2004. Harper's victory included strong showings in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.
  • Computer glitch shut down the Royal Bank's computers

    On June 2, 2004, A computer glitch shut down the Royal Bank's computers for several days. As the result, bank transactions for millions of Canadians could not be processed.
  • 2011 Canadian federal election

    The 2011 Canadian federal election (formally the 41st Canadian general election) was held Monday, May 2, 2011, to elect members to the House of Commons of the 41st Canadian Parliament.