Toronto in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 146

  • 1793-07-29 John Graves Simcoe decides to build a fort and settlement at Toronto, having sailed into the bay there.
  • 1813-04-27 Americans under Gen Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed
  • 1827-03-15 University of Toronto is chartered
  • 1834-03-06 Toronto incorporated with William Lyon Mackenzie as its 1st mayor
  • 1861-10-25 The Toronto Stock Exchange created.
  • 1861-11-09 1st documented Canadian football game (at U of Toronto)
  • 1867-09-28 Toronto becomes capital of Ontario
  • 1869-12-08 Timothy Eaton founds T. Eaton Co. Limited in Toronto, Canada.
  • 1873-10-04 Toronto Argonaut Football Club forms
  • 1873-10-11 Toronto Argonaut Football Club 1st game losing to U of Toronto
  • 1873-10-18 1st football game between Toronto Argonauts & Hamilton Tigers
  • 1883-11-10 Toronto Argonauts defeat Ottawa FC 9-7, for 1st ORFU Championship
  • 1884-11-06 Montreal Foot Ball Club (QFRU) defeats Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) 30-0 in 1st CRFU Championship game
  • 1893-12-05 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges
  • 1902-01-23 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1904-02-25 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • 1904-04-19 Much of Toronto destroyed by fire
  • 1907-09-13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football union (Big Four) forms with Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders & Montreal Foot Ball
  • 1908-03-14 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4
  • 1921-01-26 Toronto St Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
  • 1921-03-03 Toronto's Dr Banting & Dr Best announce discovery of insulin

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1921-07-27 Frederick Banting and Charles Best isolate insulin at the University of Toronto

  • 1925-02-28 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
  • 1925-06-10 Inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches held in Toronto Arena.
  • 1927-01-14 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs NY Rangers
  • 1930-10-29 1st Eastern Canada night CF game: Oshawa vs Toronto Balmy Beach
  • 1931-11-12 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto - Chic Blackhawks beat Leafs, 2-1
  • 1932-01-19 Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
  • 1932-04-09 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep NY Rangers in 3 games
  • 1933-04-13 Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1

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1933-12-12 Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 1934-03-10 Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games with 15 wins, 3 ties
  • 1934-11-11 1st penalty shot vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Mondou (Mont) unsuccessful
  • 1934-11-20 Toronto Maple Leaf Harvey Jackson is 1st to score 4 goals in a period
  • 1934-12-11 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
  • 1935-04-09 Stanley Cup: Montreal Maroons sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 3 games
  • 1936-02-08 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • 1936-04-11 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1938-03-19 Toronto Maple Leafs score 8 goals in 5 minutes
  • 1938-04-12 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1939-04-16 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1940-04-13 Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
  • 1942-04-18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1945-04-22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1946-11-01 NY Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66
  • 1947-01-08 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • 1947-04-19 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 1948-04-14 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • 1949-04-16 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • 1949-09-17 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
  • 1951-04-21 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • 1953-12-09 Mont Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) get 204 penalty mins
  • 1954-01-23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • 1956-03-15 Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champion
  • 1957-05-27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format.
  • 1957-11-02 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto, Ohio
  • 1957-11-14 Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • 1959-04-18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1960-04-14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 4 games
  • 1960-08-15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 16-7 in Toronto (NFL expo)
  • 1961-08-26 Official International Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
  • 1962-04-22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1963-01-24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion
  • 1963-04-18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1964-04-25 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1966-07-01 The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.
  • 1967-02-08 Longest losing streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (10 games)
  • 1967-05-02 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2

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1968-03-03 In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1968-05-11 The Toronto Transit Commission opens the largest expansion of its Bloor-Danforth Line, going to Scarborough in the east, and Etobicoke in the west.
  • 1968-10-16 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • 1970-07-05 Air Canada DC-8 crashes 7 miles from Toronto's airport killing 109
  • 1970-12-10 North American Soccer League awards NY & Toronto franchises

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1975-09-10 Darryl Sittler is named captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1976-03-26 AL approves purchase of Toronto franchise by LaBatt Brewing for $7M
  • 1976-06-23 CCN Tower in Toronto, tallest free-standing structure (555 m) opens
  • 1976-10-05 Seattle & Toronto picks 30 unprotected players on other AL rosters Ruppert Jones (Seattle) & Bob Bailor (Toronto) are picked 1st
  • 1976-10-16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
  • 1976-11-05 New AL franchises in Seattle & Toronto fill up their rosters
  • 1977-02-06 Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ
  • 1977-02-12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1977-04-07 Toronto Blues Jays 1st game, they beat Chicago 9-5
  • 1977-06-30 Yankee DH Cliff Johnson hit 3 consecutive HRs in Toronto
  • 1977-07-04 Red Sox wallop a major league-record 8 HRs beating Toronto 9-6
  • 1978-06-26 Air Canada Flight 189 to Toronto overruns the runway and crashes into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers on board perish.
  • 1978-09-09 Balt Orioles pull their 7th triple play (5-4-3 vs Toronto)
  • 1978-10-24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
  • 1979-10-14 Flyers start 35 game unbeaten streak beating Toronto 4-3
  • 1981-03-19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • 1981-04-08 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • 1981-05-15 Len Barker of Cleveland pitches perfect game vs Toronto
  • 1981-12-11 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • 1982-01-05 Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression
  • 1982-01-20 Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1983-05-22 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
  • 1984-04-30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • 1984-08-05 Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits record 19th career pinch HR
  • 1985-10-06 Yankee Phil Niekro becomes 18th pitcher to win 300 games & also at 46 becomes oldest to pitch a shut-out beating Toronto 8-0
  • 1986-08-28 Largest wrestling crowd in Canada (69,300) at Toronto Stadium
  • 1987-03-13 Washington Caps score 5 goals against Toronto in 3 mins & 3 secs

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 136

  • 1818-11-29 George Brown, Canada, publisher (Toronto Globe), PM (L) (1858)
  • 1859-01-19 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1882-07-16 Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1884-07-25 Davidson Black, Canadian paleoanthropologist and doctor of anatomy who identified "Peking Man", born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1934)

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black

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1887-02-20 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1967)

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • 1890-04-18 James Rennie, actor (Lash, Little Damozel), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1892-04-08 Mary Pickford [Gladys Smith], Candian actress (Poor Little Rich Girl), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1979)

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • 1894-05-29 Beatrice Lillie, comedian/actress (Around World in 80 Days), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1894-11-26 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto (d. 1974)

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1895-06-26 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1896-08-30 Raymond Massey, actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1896-12-15 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Elopement), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1897-04-23 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • 1903-02-22 Morley Callaghan, Canada, author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • 1908-04-11 Karel Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto)
  • 1912-03-01 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, archbishop of Toronto (d. 2003)
  • 1913-03-11 John Jacob Weinzweig, composer (Enchanted Hill), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1913-12-28 Lou Jacobi, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Melba), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1917-02-06 Arthur Gold, pianist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1921-06-12 James Houston, author/filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1922-12-18 Larry D Mann, actor (Marty-Accidental Family), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2014)
  • 1923-04-25 Melissa Hayden, ballerina (1961 Silver Bowl), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1924-04-29 Al Balding, Canadian Tour golfer (Quebec Open-1952), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1928-08-07 Amazing [James] Randi, skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1928-12-10 John Colicos, actor (Battlestar Galactica), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1929-12-13 Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor (Sound of Music, Doll's House), born in Toronto, Ontario

  • 1930-08-25 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1931-01-27 Rudi Maugeri, singer (The Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2004)
  • 1931-08-28 John Perkins, singer (Crew Cuts), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1932-09-25 Glenn Herbert Gould, pianist (sued Steinway Piano), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1934-04-24 John Barbour, TV host (Real People), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1934-07-26 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1935-03-02 Al Waxman, actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs 3, Spasms), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1935-04-02 Sharon Acker, actress (Della Street-Perry Mason 1973), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1938-05-26 Teresa Stratas, [Anastasia Stratakis], soprano (Salome), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1938-07-29 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • 1943-03-15 David Cronenberg, director (Shivers, Fly, Brood), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-07-05 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1943-12-28 David Peterson, premier of Ontario Canada (L) (1982- ), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1944-03-17 Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1944-10-16 Johnny Washbrook, actor (Ken-My Friend Flicka), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1944-11-17 Lorne Michaels [Lipowitz], Canadian producer, actor and comedy writer (Saturday Night Live), born in Toronto, Ontario

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

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1945-11-12 Neil Young, Canadian singer/songwriter (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1946-12-19 Robert Urich, Toronto Ohio, actor (SWAT, Spenser for Hire, Vega$)
  • 1947-06-18 Linda Thorson, actress (Tara-Avengers, Julia-1 Life to Live), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1949-12-03 Heather Menzies, actress (Jessica-Logan's Run), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950-06-02 Joanna Gleason, actress (Morgan-Hello Larry), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1950-12-18 Martha Johnson, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952-03-24 Nicholas Campbell, actor (Nick-Insiders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952-04-11 Michael Daly, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 BC Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1953-04-18 Rick Moranis, Canadian actor (SCTV, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Spaceballs), born in Toronto, Ontario

Actor and Musician Rick Moranis
Actor and Musician
Rick Moranis
  • 1953-05-14 Tom Cochrane, rock vocalist/guitarist (Red Rider), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953-07-10 Rik "The Rocket" Emmett, rock vocalist (Triumph), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1953-07-29 Geddy Lee, lead vocalist/bassist (Rush-Tom Sawyer), born in Toronto, Ontario

Singer-songwriter Geddy Lee
Singer-songwriter
Geddy Lee
  • 1953-08-27 Alex Lifeson, rock guitarist (Rush), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953-12-17 Mark Gane, rocker (M+M), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-03-04 Catherine O'Hara, comedienne (Beetlejuice, SCTV), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-03-13 Robin Duke, comedienne (SNL, SCTV, Club Paradise), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-04-12 Pat Travers, Canadian rock guitarist (Puttin' it Straight), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-07-07 Steve Gilchrist, Canadian politician (Cabinet Minister and Member of Provincial Parliament, in Ontario), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1954-08-06 Elma Miller, Canadian composer, born in Toronto
  • 1955-11-29 Howie Mandel, comedian (Dr Wayne Fiscus-St Elsewhere), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1956-10-03 Hart Bochner, actor (Aron-East of Eden, Supergirl, Die Hard), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-05-08 Jeff Wincott, actor (Night Heat), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-07-22 Dave Steib, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1957-10-07 Judy Sams, golfer (1994 du Maurier Ltd Classic-38th), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1957-10-10 Craig Marseilles, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Gold Coast), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1958-10-13 Barb Bunkowsky-Scherbak, Toronto ON, LPGA golfer (1984 Chrysler)
  • 1959-04-17 Teri Austin, actress (Terminal Choice, Knots Landing), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1959-04-30 Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada (2006-15), born in Toronto, Ontario

22nd Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Stephen Harper
  • 1959-09-20 Lesley Thompson, rower (Olympics-gold-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1959-11-09 Karin Mundinger, LPGA golfer (1985 Singapore Open-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario

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1960-03-07 Joe Carter, MLB outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Outfielder Joe Carter
MLB Outfielder
Joe Carter
  • 1960-09-21 David James Elliott, actor (Seinfeld, Lt Harmon Rabb-Jag), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1961-10-31 Sterling Hinds, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-1984), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962-07-14 Diane Ratnik, volleyball setter (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962-10-03 Rick Todd, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Ben Hogan Dakota), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963-03-01 Tony Castillo, Lara Venezuela, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1963-08-11 Mike Huff, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1963-11-15 Gideon Joe Ng, table tennis player (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1963-12-28 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • 1964-02-01 Sharon Bruneau, actress (Sensuous Muscle), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964-04-22 Chris Makepeace, actor (Vamp, My Bodyguard, Meatballs, Oasis), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964-06-09 Gloria Reuben, actress (Jeanie Boulet - ER), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1964-10-29 May Allison, marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965-05-14 Curt Harnett, sprint cyclist (Olympics-bronze-92/96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965-05-18 Erik Hanson, MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • 1965-05-27 Jacob Brumfield, Bogalusa LA, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1965-12-19 Jessica Steen, actress (Earth II, Homefront, Trial & Error), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966-03-10 Michael Timlin, Midland TX, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1966-04-05 Larry Norman, canoeist (Olympics-19-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966-04-11 Kara McGaw, softball rightfielder (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966-10-12 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • 1966-10-28 Juan Guzman, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1967-05-29 Bill Risley, pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967-07-25 Ed Sprague, Castro Valley CA, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1967-12-17 Alan Nolet, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968-03-14 Megan Follows, Canadian actress (Chase, Anne of Green Gables), born in Toronto, Onario
  • 1968-03-19 Liam Jewell, kayaker (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968-08-05 John Olerud, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Seattle, Washington

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1979-04-28 Actor and comedian John Candy (28) weds Rosemary Margaret Hobor at St. Basil's Church in Toronto, Canada

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy

Famous Deaths

  • 1973-07-03 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • 1974-04-08 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic archbishop of Toronto (b. 1894)
  • 2016-03-22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46