Language course in Toronto: Timeline

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2015 Toronto hosts the Pan-American Games.

2010 G20 summit is held in Toronto, with a total security bill approaching $1,000,000,000.

2007 The Toronto FC play their first season in the MLS (North American soccer league).

1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series.

1981 Toronto hosts it first Pride Parade.

1977 Toronto welcomes major league baseball – the Toronto Blue Jays play their first game.

1976 The CN Tower opens as the tallest freestanding structure in the world. It is struck by lightning 75 times in an average year.

1967 Toronto Maple Leafs win their 13th Stanley Cup.

1950s – 1960s Toronto expands rapidly and gets its subway.

1954 Marilyn Bell becomes the first person to swim 52 km across Lake Ontario from Queens Beach, Niagara-on-the-Lake.

1939 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother visit: the first reigning royals to visit Toronto. They watch the horse racing at Woodbine Park.

1927 The Toronto St. Patricks are renamed the Toronto Maple Leafs.

1919 The Toronto Daily Star gives Ernest Hemingway his first job as a writer. He later moves to Paris as their foreign correspondent.

1916 The Ontario Temperance Act takes effect, banning the sale of alcoholic beverages. The Act is repealed in 1927, but some communities don’t legalise the sale of liquor until the 1970s. One part of The Junction neighbourhood remains "dry" until 2000.

1906 Electricity generated at Niagara Falls starts supplying Toronto.

1900 The Art Gallery of Ontario opens. It is now a major international museum.

1867 Canadian confederation on 1st July. Three British colonies come together as the Dominion of Canada, and split into four provinces: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

1849 Great Fire of Toronto destroys part of the city. Firefighters come all the way from Buffalo to help.

1834 Toronto gets its name after being incorporated as a city (it was previously called York).

1827 King's College is established. It becomes the University of Toronto in 1849.

1793 British colonial officials found the 'Town of York' on the Upper Canadian frontier.

1787 The Toronto Purchase: the Mississaugas of New Credit surrender lands in the Toronto area to the British crown in exchange for some small arms and tobacco. The agreement remains in dispute until 2010, when a $145 million settlement for the land is made between the Government of Canada and the Mississaugas.

1750 A French trading post called Fort Rouillé is established in the location of modern Toronto.

1610 Étienne Brûlé arrives on the shores of Lake Ontario as the first European to set foot in the Toronto area.

600 The Iroquois introduce corn, beans, squash, sunflowers and tobacco into Ontario from the south.

10,000BC First evidence of human habitation, as hunters move to Ontario looking for mammoths and mastodons. The word mastodon comes from the Greek for “nipple tooth”.

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