Year Event
1615 Etienne Brûlé arrives at a site that the natives call "Toronto", the meeting place. The Toronto region had been populated for at least ten thousand years before the arrival of Brûlé.
1720 French trading post established
1750 The French build Fort Toronto on the east bank of the Humber River; it was replaced with a larger French fort called Fort Rouille which was built three miles east of the Humber on the grounds of the present day Canadian National Exhibition.
1787 Lord Dorchester initiates the purchase of Toronto from the Mississauga tribes for the price of 1700 British pounds.
1793 Lieutenant Governor Simcoe moves the capital of Upper Canada (Ontario) from Niagara-on-the-Lake, to the more defensible position at Toronto. He names the newly-formed town York.
April 27, 1813 Americans occupy York during the War of 1812.
1824 William Lyon Mackenzie begins publishing the Colonial Advocate.
1827 The University of Toronto is founded.
1832-1834 Cholera epidemics
Dec 5, 1837 Mackenzie attempts the "Rebellion of Upper Canada", leading a group of 700 citizens down Yonge Street to confront the Loyalist troops.
1849 The first great fire
1867 Confederation of Canada
1869 Eaton's department store opens
1886 Women admitted to universities
Nov 3rd, 1892 The first issue of The Evening Star newspaper is printed.
Jan 24th, 1900 The Evening Star changes its name to The Toronto Star.
1904 The second great fire
1907 The Royal Alexandra Theatre is built
Mar 19th, 1914 The Royal Ontario Museum is opened to the public.
1920 The Group of Seven exhibitions.
1927 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is held on Canada's 60th birthday
1930 Union Station is completed
1931 First hockey game at Maple Leaf Gardens
1954 Toronto's first subway line opens
1960s Canada becomes a safe haven for US Vietnam draft-dogders
1965 New City Hall opens
October 5th, 1970 The October Crisis begins. British trade commissioner James Cross is kidnapped in his Westmount home by members of the terrorist group Front de liberation du Quebec (FLQ). A week later, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act, essentially declaring martial law.
1976 CN Tower opens



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