On this day in Canadian pop culture: September 9


Toronto-born baseball player Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics pitches a no-hitter, becoming the only Canadian to ever do so (a record that holds today).

Marilyn Bell on the front page of the Globe and Mail on Sept. 10, 1954.

Marilyn Bell on the front page of the Globe and Mail on Sept. 10, 1954.


Marilyn Bell, 16, becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, swimming from from Youngstown, New York to Toronto. She swims for 20 hours and 57 minutes and 300,000 people are on hand to see her arrive ashore.


Edwin “Honest Ed” Mirvish reopens Toronto’s historic Royal Alexandra Theatre. Mirvish spends $500,000 (nearly $4 million in 2016) on restoring the theatre which was originally built in 1907.


Canada announces a complete ban on the use of chemical pesticide DDT, effective Jan. 1, 1971.


Pope John Paul II becomes the first Pope to visit Canada, beginning a 12-day national tour in Quebec City, where he performs his first mass to 250,000 people at Laval Stadium.


About 100,000 federal civil servants walk off the job in Canada’s largest-ever strike. The Public Service Alliance calls off the strike after nine days once the Treasury Board agrees to return to the bargaining table.


Canadian Airlines agrees to merge with Air Canada.


Montreal’s Dorval Airport is renamed Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport after the former Canadian prime minister.


Canadian Blood Services is legally allowed to ban men who have sex with men from donating blood. An Ontario Superior Court judge rules that it could do so because the organization is not a government entity, therefore the Charter does not apply to its policies.


Queen Elizabeth II becomes the the longest-reigning British monarch in history, surpassing Queen Victoria who served for over 63 years. Elizabeth II has reigned since the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952.

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