In 1972, Canada played a historic hockey series against the Soviet Union. Canada won the eight game series in a dramatic comeback victory with a goal by Paul Henderson.
In 1967, Montreal hosted Expo ’67—a World’s Fair that was held in conjunction with Canada’s Centennial Year—its 100th birthday as a nation.
On August 4, 1960 the Canadian Bill of Rights was passed.This Bill meant that the civil rights and freedoms of all Canadians had to be guaranteed and protected by the federal government.
On April 1, 1959 the St. Lawrence Seaway was opened.With its opening, ocean ships were able to travel from Montreal, through the Great Lakes, to Lake Superior.
In 1956, Canadian Lester B. Pearson and others at the United Nations organized steps to end the Suez Canal crisis. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.In 1956, Canadian Lester B. Pearson and others at the United Nations organized steps to end the Suez Canal crisis. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
On April 4, 1949 Canada and eleven other countries signed the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO)—a step toward closer ties with the U.S. and more independence from Britain.
In 1896 a group of gold miners discovered gold in Bonanza Creek—a tributary of the Klondike River.This discovery led many people—about 100,000—north to try and find gold.This period is called the Gold Rush.
Wilfred Laurier became Canada’s first French-Canadian Prime Minister when he led the Liberal Party to victory over the Conservatives on June 23, 1896.
National Hockey League teams play today for the Stanley Cup.The Stanley Cup was donated by Governor General Lord Stanley and was won first by Montreal who defeated Ottawa 3–1 on March 22, 1894.
The Canada Act of 1982 was passed by the British House of Commons on March 8, 1982 and adopted by the House of Lords on March 25.This Act ended British legislative jurisdiction over Canada.