Alexander Graham Bell first demonstrated his invention—the telephone—in Canada in 1874.The first phone call was made in Boston in 1875—and the first long distance call was in Canada in 1876.
The Statute of Westminster was a key document in Canada’s history. It authorized the Balfour Report in 1931. The report granted autonomy and equality to Canada in its relationship with Great Britain.
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.
Railways helped to link the different parts of Canada.The last spike of the railway running all across Canada was driven in Eagle Pass, British Columbia on November 7, 1885.
In May 1932, Parliament established the publicly funded Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, which became the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1936.The CBC is Canada’s public broadcaster to this day.
In 1983, Jeanne Sauvé was appointed as the first female Governor General in Canada.
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.
In August 1932, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) was founded as a political party. This democratic socialist party evolved to become the New Democratic Party in Canada.
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms—in effect as of April 17, 1982 —guarantees all Canadians fundamental rights including democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights, and linguistic rights.
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.