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Timeline of Toronto history

Part of a series on the
Town of York (1793–1834)
City of Toronto (1834–1954)
Metropolitan Toronto (1954–1998)
Toronto (Amalgamated) (1998–present)
Toronto Purchase 1787
Battle of York 1813
Battle of Montgomery's Tavern 1837
First Great Fire of Toronto 1849
Second Great Fire of Toronto 1904
Hurricane Hazel (effects) 1954
First Amalgamation 1967
Second Amalgamation 1998
Toronto portal

This timeline of the history of Toronto documents all events that occurred in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, including historical events in the former cities of East York, Etobicoke, North York, Old Toronto, Scarborough, and York. Events date back to the early-17th century and continue until the present in chronological order.[1]

In this timeline, the name Toronto refers to the former city of Toronto in events listed before 1998.

Year Date Events
17th century
1610s Étienne Brûlé arrives on the shores of Lake Ontario as the first European to set foot in the vicinity now known as Toronto.
18th century
1750 Fort Rouillé is established.
1787 The Toronto Purchase occurs.
1791 The lands of Etobicoke, York, and Scarborough are surveyed in preparation for settlement.[2]
1792 Joseph Bouchette is sent to Upper Canada to help survey the shores of Lake Ontario and produce maps.
1793 Fort York is established.
August 26 York (Upper Canada) is incorporated as a township.
1795 Etobicoke is name by John Graves Simcoe
1796 Scarborough is named by Elizabeth Simcoe.
1797 June 1 The 1st session of the parliament of York is held.
1797 The Cathedral Church of St. James is established.
19th century
1806 Lambton Mills is incorporated as a village.
1813 April 27 The Battle of York occurs.
1827 March 15 King's College is established.
1829 June 3 The York General Hospital is opened as the first public hospital in York.
1830 The York Mechanics' Institute is established.
1832 The first post office of Scarborough is opened in Scarborough Village.
1834 March 6 York is incorporated as a city and renamed as Toronto.
1837 December 7 The Battle of Montgomery's Tavern occurs.
1841 December 28 Several Toronto streets and stores illuminated by gasoline as a regular service for the first time.
1844 The Globe is established.
1846 December 19 First telegraph message transmitted from Toronto.
1849 April 7 The first Great Fire of Toronto occurs.
May 30 King's College is renamed as the University of Toronto.
The Williams Omnibus Bus Line is established as the first public transit system in Toronto.
1850 January 1 Etobicoke is incorporated as a township.
Scarborough is incorporated as a township.
York (Canada West) is incorporated as a township.
1853 Yorkville is incorporated as a village.
1856 October 27 The first commuter rail service between Toronto and Montreal begins.
The Armstrong, Beere and Hime panorama is created.
1858 April 13 The Toronto Islands sand formation modified by a storm.
1861 September 11 Toronto Street Railway is established.
1869 Eaton's is established.
1872 The Toronto Mail is established.
1874 August 19 Establishment of an official fire department is approved by the city council.
1875 March 1 Hospital for Sick Children opens at its original site.
September 26 The Jubilee Riots occur.
The Metropolitan Street Railway is established.
1879 June 8 Toronto's first telephone book published.
September 5 The 1st Canadian National Exhibition is held.
1883 September 25 Toronto Electric Light Company is established.
The Toronto Public Library is established.
1884 Brockton Village is annexed into Toronto.
1887 The Toronto Empire is established.
1890 The Toronto and Mimico Electric Railway and Light Company is established.
Toronto Railway is established.
1892 November 3 The Evening Star is established.
The Toronto and Scarboro' Electric Railway, Light and Power Company is established.
1893 April 4 Queen's Park and the Ontario Legislative Building opens.
July 1 The original Union Station is opened.
1894 May 17 The University Avenue Armoury opens.
June 14 Massey Hall opens.
Toronto Suburban Railway is established.
The Toronto Mail and Toronto Empire merge to create The Mail and Empire
1896 August 31 The first motion picture in Toronto is screened at Robinson's Musee at 81 Yonge Street.
December 31 All toll gates are abolished in York County.
1897 September 26 Temple Building opens at Bay Street and Richmond Street as the tallest office building in Canada at the time.
1899 September 18 The Old City Hall opens.
20th century
1900 January 24 The Evening Star is renamed as The Toronto Daily Star
The Art Museum of Toronto opens.
1903 May 10 King Edward Hotel opens.
1904 April 19 The second Great Fire of Toronto occurs.
December 12 First escalator in Toronto is installed at an Eaton's store on Queen Street West.
1905 December 2 The 1st Toronto Santa Claus Parade is held.
1906 November 19 Electricity generated at Niagara Falls begins to be supplied to Toronto.
The Toronto Professional Hockey Club is established as the first professional ice hockey team in Toronto.
1909 October 28 The Central Reference Library opens at the intersection of College Street and St. George Street.
December 4 The 1st Grey Cup game is held at Rosedale Field.
1911 The Toronto Blueshirts are established.
1912 October 7 Mutual Street Arena opens as Arena Gardens as the largest auditorium in Canada with the first artificial ice rink in Ontario.
Toronto Civic Railways is established.
1913 June 13 The Toronto General Hospital relocates to its present site at College Street.
1914 March 11 The Toronto Blueshirts win the first Stanley Cup of Toronto.
March 19 The Royal Ontario Museum opens.
The Guild Inn opens.
1915 November 15 Chorley Park, Ontario's fourth and last Government House, opens.
1916 September 16 The Ontario Temperance Act takes effect.
1917 The Toronto Blueshirts are renamed as the Torontos.
1918 March 30 The Torontos are renamed as the Toronto Arenas.
October 18 The Prince Edward Viaduct opens.
1919 December 8 A statue of Timothy Eaton is unveiled on Queen Street West.
The Art Museum of Toronto is renamed as Art Gallery of Toronto.
The Toronto Arenas are renamed as the Toronto St. Patricks.
1920 August 28 The Pantages Theatre opens as Canada's largest theatre.
1921 September 1 The Toronto Transportation Commission is established.
1922 June 13 North York is incorporated as a township.
June 28 Sunnyside Amusement Park opens.
1924 January 1 East York is incorporated as a township.
July 19 Telephone system begins switch from manual to automatic dialing.
1925 June 10 United Church of Canada holds its first service at Arena Gardens.
1925 July 29 Sunnyside Pool opens at Sunnyside Amusement Park as the largest outdoor pool in the world.
August 8 First automatic traffic signal begins operation at the intersection of Yonge Street and Bloor Street.
1926 April 29 Maple Leaf Stadium opens as the Fleet Street Baseball Stadium.
1927 February 14 The Toronto St. Patricks renamed as the Toronto Maple Leafs.
June 1 First liquor stores in Toronto open following repeal of the Ontario Temperance Act.
August 6 The new (present-day) Union Station is open.
1928 November 3 First sound film in Toronto is shown at the Uptown Theatre.
1929 June 11 The Fairmont Royal York is opened as the Royal York Hotel.
October 29 The Toronto Stock Exchange suffers its worst loss in history.
1930 January 21 Cross Waterfront Railway Viaduct opens to elevate tracks from York Street to Queen Street West.
1931 January 31 Commerce Court North opens as the tallest building in the British Commonwealth.
June 4 The intersection of College Street-Carlton Street and Yonge Street opened.
1931 November 12 Maple Leaf Gardens opens with hockey game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks.
1933 August 16 Christie Pits riot occurs.
1934 Fort York Guard created.
March 6 Centennial of the City of Toronto
1936 The Globe and The Mail and Empire merge to create The Globe and Mail.
1938 August 29 Malton Airport opens.
1939 February 4 An airport on the Toronto Islands opens.
May 22 Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother visit, marking the first royal visit made in Toronto.
June 7 Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) between Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario is opened.
1944 December 12 Worst winter storm in Toronto's history ends as 20.5 inches of snow fell in 24-hours.
1947 April 3 The Silver Rail opens as the first bar in Toronto.
1949 January 18 Conversion of hydro in Ontario to 60 cycles from 25 cycles begins.
September 17 SS Noronic burns at the Toronto Harbour resulting in 118 fatalities.
1951 August 9 Canada Life Building's weather beacon opens.
December 1 The Toronto-Barrie Highway opens.
1952 July 1 The Toronto-Barrie Highway is renamed as Highway 400
September 8 Ontario's first television station, CBLT, begins broadcasting in Toronto.
November 1 First English broadcast of Hockey Night in Canada is televised from Maple Leaf Gardens.
1954 January 1 Metropolitan Toronto is created.
March 30 The Yonge subway line opens as the first rapid transit line in Canada.
September 9 Marilyn Bell becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario.
October 15 Hurricane Hazel affects Toronto and kills a total of 81 people in Ontario.
1956 August 24 Highway 401's last section in Toronto from Bayview Avenue to Highway 2 opens.
1958 August 8 The Gardiner Expressway from Humber River to Jameson Avenue opens.
1960 October 1 The O'Keefe Centre opens.
1961 August 3 The Don Valley Parkway's first phase, from Bloor Street to Eglinton Avenue opens.
1964 February 26 The Yorkdale Shopping Centre opens.
1965 September 13 The Toronto City Hall opens.
November 10 Northeast Blackout of 1965 occurs.
1966 February 25 The Bloor-Danforth line opens.
October 21 The Spadina Expressway opens.
July 8 Art Gallery of Toronto is renamed Art Gallery of Ontario.
1967 May 23 GO Transit is established as the first passenger rail system in Canada.
Etobicoke, East York, North York, Scarborough, and York are incorporated as boroughs.
1968 October 28 The McLaughlin Planetarium opens.
1969 September 26 The Ontario Science Centre opens.
1970 July 5 The Air Canada Flight 621 accident occurs as the deadliest aviation incident in Toronto.
1971 May 22 Ontario Place opens.
November 6 The Toronto Daily Star is renamed as The Toronto Star.
1973 May 2 The Scarborough Town Centre opens.
1974 August 15 Toronto Zoo opens (originally called Metro Toronto Zoo).
October 26 Art Gallery of Ontario relocates to its present site on Dundas Street.
1975 May 18 The First Canadian Place opens as the tallest building in the Commonwealth of Nations.
1976 June 26 The CN Tower opens as the tallest freestanding structure in the world.
August 3 The opening ceremony of the 1976 Summer Paralympics is held at the Woodbine Racetrack.
February 11 The Toronto Eaton Centre opens.
November 2 Toronto Reference Library relocates to its present site at the intersection of Bloor Street and Yonge Street.
1979 North York is incorporated as a city.
1981 May 23 Canada's Wonderland opens.
1982 September 13 The Roy Thomson Hall opens.
1983 Etobicoke, Scarborough, and York are incorporated as cities.
1984 October 2 The Metro Toronto Convention Centre opens.
1985 March 22 The Scarborough RT line opens.
1989 June 5 Rogers Centre opens (originally known as SkyDome).
1991 The 1991 Toronto bomb plot is revealed.
1992 The 1992 Toronto race riots occur.
1995 August 11 The Russell Hill subway accident occurs.
1996 The O'Keefe Centre is renamed as Hummingbird Centre.
1998 January 1 East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, and York are amalgamated into Toronto.
1999 February 19 The Air Canada Centre opens.
21st century
2001 July The Pantages Theatre is renamed as Canon Theatre.
2002 November 22 The Sheppard line opens.
2003 August 14 Northeast Blackout of 2003 occurs.
2005 February 2 Skydome is renamed as Rogers Centre.
August 2 The Air France Flight 358 accident occurs.
December 26 The Boxing Day shooting occurs.
2006 June 2 The 2006 Toronto terrorism plot is revealed.
June 14 The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts opens.
September The Hummingbird Centre is renamed as Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
2008 August 10 2008 Toronto propane explosion occurs.
2010 June 26 2010 G-20 Toronto summit is held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
2011 June 25 12th International Indian Film Academy Awards are held at the Rogers Centre.
2014 August 18 Union Station (Toronto) TTC subway station opens second platform.

See also


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  2. ^ "Toronto Chronology". Ontario Genealogy Society - Toronto Branch. 
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