Vancouver in History

British Columbia: Abbotsford - Vancouver Island - Victoria, BC

Historical Events

  • 1791-07-05 Jose Maria Narvaez discovers Point Grey (now Vancouver BC)
  • 1792-05-08 British Captain George Vancouver sights and names Mt Rainier, Washington
  • 1792-06-04 Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for Britain
  • 1792-06-12 Captain George Vancouver discovers site of Vancouver BC
  • 1792-06-21 Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, BC
  • 1794-08-08 Joseph Whidbey and George Vancouver lead an expedition to search for the Northwest Passage near Juneau, Alaska.
  • 1863-08-12 1st cargo of lumber leaves Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
  • 1886-01-15 Weekly Herald, 1st newspaper in Vancouver, BC, publishes 1st issue
  • 1886-04-06 City of Vancouver BC incorporated
  • 1886-05-03 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, BC
  • 1886-06-13 Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings in Vancouver, BC
  • 1887-05-23 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC
  • 1888-05-16 CPR opens Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
  • 1889-10-29 Stanley Park dedicated in Vancouver, BC
  • 1911-12-07 National Hockey Association forms with New Westminster, Vancouver & Victoria
  • 1922-01-01 Vancouver, BC starts driving on the right side of road
  • 1922-03-11 Western Hockey Championship: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Regina Capitals, in 2 games
  • 1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
  • 1940-06-21 The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • 1953-06-03 KVOS TV channel 12 in Bellingham/Vancouver, WA (CBS) begins
  • 1954-07-30 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games open in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1954-08-07 5th British Empire Games and Commonwealth Games close in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1958-06-17 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
  • 1960-03-05 Ice Dance Championship at Vancouver won by Denny & Jones (GRB)
  • 1960-03-05 Ice Pairs Championship at Vancouver won by Wagner & Paul (CAN)
  • 1960-03-05 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Vancouver won by Alain Giletti (FRA)
  • 1960-03-05 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Vancouver won by Carol E Heiss (USA)
  • 1973-12-11 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • 1975-02-01 1st successful Wash Cap penalty shot, Ken Lockett vs Vancouver Canucks

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1975-06-23 Rocker Alice Cooper falls off stage in Vancouver, breaks 6 ribs

Rocker Alice Cooper
Rocker
Alice Cooper
  • 1979-01-02 30th Islander shut-out opponent-Glenn Resch 9-0 vs Vancouver
  • 1986-05-02 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
  • 1987-08-02 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)
  • 1990-07-25 "Les Miserables" opens at Princess Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
  • 1996-05-05 Renette Cruz, Vancouver, wins Miss Canadian Universe

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1997-07-28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1997-08-24 Mark Calcavecchia wins Greater Vancouver Golf Open shooting 265
  • 1997-10-03 Vancouver Canucks beats Mighty Ducks, 3-2 in Japan

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2003-12-11 Joe Sakic scores his 500th career goal at Vancouver

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2009-07-03 Mark II.5 Skytrain cars enter service in Metro Vancouver.
  • 2010-02-12 21st Winter Olympic Games open at Vancouver, Canada
  • 2010-02-28 21st Winter Olympic Games close at Vancouver, Canada
  • 2015-07-05 7th Womens' Football World Cup: USA defeat Japan 5-2 in Vancouver

Famous Birthdays

  • 1899-12-08 John Qualen, actor (Grapes of Wrath, Searchers), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1912-11-08 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • 1914-01-30 John Ireland, actor (Rawhide, Gunfight at OK Corral), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1917-10-31 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2016)
  • 1920-03-03 James Doohan, actor (Montgomery Scott-Star Trek), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1920-11-02 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2012)
  • 1922-09-01 Yvonne De Carlo, Canadian actress (10 Commandments, Lily-Munsters), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2007)
  • 1929-03-31 Lee Patterson, actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1931-06-10 Jim [Purvis] Ferree Jr, Pine Bluff NC, PGA golfer (1958 Vancouver)
  • 1931-07-02 Robert Ito, actor (Sam-Quincy ME), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1932-02-28 Don Francks, actor (Terminal Choice, Finian's Rainbow), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1942-05-22 Barbara Parkins, actress (Betty-Peyton Place, Asylum), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1944-11-06 Bill Henderson, rock vocalist/guitarist (Chilliwack), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-01-24 Michael Ontkean, actor (Rookies, Slap Shot, Twin Peaks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1946-02-19 Paul Dean, rock guitarist/vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1948-01-29 Marc Singer, actor (V, Dallas), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1948-09-10 Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-01-08 Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1955-10-09 Linwood Boomer, actor (Adam-Little House on the Prairie), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1955-10-15 Kristine Winder, playmate (Oct, 1977), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-07-02 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1956-08-29 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1959-05-30 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2015)
  • 1960-02-28 Dorothy Stratten, playmate (August, 1979) (Galixina), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1961-12-16 Kelly Tough, playmate (Oct, 1981), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1962-11-09 Teryl Rothery, Canadian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-03-28 Therese Washtock, 3 day equestrian (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1963-05-11 Blair Piercy, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Cordova Bay Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1964-08-26 Karla Karch-Gailus, basketball guard (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1964-11-09 Leah Pells, 1.5k runner (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-01-24 Ross MacDonald, star sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-10-21 Chima McLean, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Conestoga), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1965-12-10 Jennifer Wyatt, golfer (1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1966-03-12 Alecia Stephenson, North softball ss (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-12-29 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1967-02-20 Theresa Luke, Canadian rower (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-01-28 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-05-22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968-11-03 Debbie Rochon, Canadian actress (Tromeo & Juliet), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969-08-28 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-03 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-01-17 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-07-18 Margaret Langford, canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970-12-15 Michael Shanks, Canadian actor and director (Stargate), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-02-06 Lance Bade, US double trap (Olympics-bronze-1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-07 Paul Hannam, 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1971-10-10 Bryn Parry, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 BC Amateur-2nd), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-05-02 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972-07-03 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Oly-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1975-06-27 Sarah Evanetz, 100m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-06-01 Camille Martens, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1976-10-23 Ryan Reynolds, Canadian actor and comedian (Deadpool), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1980-05-27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1981-04-19 Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor (Sam-Life as a House, Star Wars), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

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1982-04-15 Seth Rogen, Canadian actor and writer (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Interview), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Actor & Writer Seth Rogen
Actor & Writer
Seth Rogen
  • 1991-07-24 Emily Bett Rickards, Canadian actress (Arrow), born in Vancouver

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1971-03-04 Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau (51) weds author/actress Margaret Joan Sinclair (23) at a private ceremony in North Vancouver, Canada

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 2005-11-19 "Corner Gas" actor Brent Butt (39) weds actress Nancy Robertson (34) at Vancouver's Cin Cin Ristorante
  • 2012-08-11 "The Hangover" actor-comedian Zach Galifianakis (42) weds co-founder of the Growing Voices charity Quinn Lundberg at the UBC Farm in Vancouver, Canada

Famous Deaths

  • 1798-05-10 George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40