Remembering The Globe and George Brown: March 5: Snapshots in History

March 7, 2017 | John P.

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During March, take a moment to remember Father of Confederation and Liberal Reformer George Brown (1818-1880) and the newspaper that he founded. The Globe (superseded by today’s Globe and Mail), founded on March 5, 1844, embraced new technologies. Beginning in August 1844, it began publishing on the first cylinder press...

Remembering the Avro Arrow: February 20: Snapshots in History

February 20, 2017 | John P.

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On February 20 and beyond, take a moment to remember the cancellation of the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow interceptor aircraft on February 20, 1959 by the then-Progressive Conservative federal government of Prime Minister John George Diefenbaker. For many people, the “Avro Arrow” has been a symbol of Canadian aerodynamic and...

Remembering the 1890 Fire at the University of Toronto: February 14: Snapshots in History

February 16, 2017 | John P.

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University College; Interior, Convocation Hall. [1890?] (Credit: Toronto Reference Library, Baldwin Collection E 3-17a; Rights and Licenses: Public Domain) University College at the University of Toronto was designed by architects Frederic Cumberland and William Storm. Using Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England as an inspiration, the building was designed in...

Remembering Sandford Fleming and Standard Time: February 8: Snapshots in History

February 9, 2017 | John P.

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On February 8 and beyond, take a moment to remember the contributions and life of Sir Sandford Fleming (Born: January 7, 1827 at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland; Died: July 22, 1815 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Fleming is best known for his espousal of standard time (and the division of the...

Remembering Ernest McCulloch, James Till and the Discovery of Stem Cells in Toronto: February 4: Snapshots in History

February 9, 2017 | John P.

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Local history can and does intersect with many disciplines: business, medicine, science, politics, sports, and so on. As Canada and Ontario are both on track to celebrate their 150th anniversaries, that affords all of us an opportunity to look back, remember, and/or learn… On February 4 and beyond, take a...

Remembering Andrew Carnegie’s $350,000 Donation to Toronto Public Library: January 27: Snapshots in History

January 27, 2017 | John P.

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Source: Toronto Public Library Annual Report 1903, pages 3-4. On January 27 and beyond, take a moment to reach back into time to January 27, 1903 when Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie made an offer to donate $350,000 to Toronto Public Library for the construction of a new central library and...

Remembering the Abolition of the Toll Gates of York County: December 31: Snapshots in History

December 31, 2016 | John P.

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On December 31 and beyond, take a moment to delve back into history to the time when the toll gates were abolished in York County (including the Toronto Area) on December 31, 1896. Road tolls began in the town of York (Toronto’s forerunner) in 1820 as a means to build...

Remembering the December 20-23, 2013 Ice Storm: Snapshots in History

December 28, 2016 | John P.

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December is a good time to reflect back upon the 2013 North American Ice Storm that plagued much of central and eastern Canada, parts of the Central Great Plains and the northeastern United States from December 20-23, 2013 with large amounts of freezing rain and snow that damaged electrical power...

The Globe and Mail Historical Newspaper Archive

October 28, 2016 | Stacey

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Conducting research into your family history? Writing a research paper on an aspect of Toronto history? Seeking first-hand coverage on major historical events? Historical newspapers are invaluable sources of information for genealogists, students, and general researchers. Proquest Historical Newspapers: The Globe and Mail features digitized copies of the newspaper dating...

Remembering Hurricane Hazel: October 15: Snapshots in History

October 15, 2016 | John P.

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On October 15 and beyond, take a moment to reflect upon the destructive power and aftermath of Hurricane Hazel which struck southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area on October 15, 1954 after affecting various Caribbean countries and several American states along the eastern seaboard. Hurricane Hazel merged with a...