On this day in Canadian pop culture: Oct. 14

1926

British author A.A. Milne publishes Winnie-the-Pooh. The honey-loving title character is inspired by a real-life bear named Winnipeg, which had been donated to the London Zoo by Canadian soldiers in 1915.

1966

Montreal’s Metro subway system officially opens. Inspired by the Paris Metro, it is Canada’s busiest metro system, and North America’s third busiest in total daily passenger usage behind those of New York City and Mexico City.

1992

The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Oakland Athletics 9-2 to become the first Canadian Major League Baseball team to reach the World Series.

2008

Voter turnout in the federal election is the lowest ever in Canadian history — with just 58 per cent. Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party wins 143 seats, Liberals 76 seats, Bloc Québécois 50 seats, NDP 37 seats and two Independent seats.

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