On this day: Christmas shoppers in Canada

Policeman directing Christmas shoppers at St. Catherine St. and Union Ave. Eaton's department store in background. Montreal, Canada. 14th December 1940. Black and White Vintage

14th December 1940: A policeman in Montreal, Quebec, Canada directs Christmas shoppers at the intersection of St. Catherine Street and Union Avenue.

The photograph was taken by photojournalism pioneer Conrad Poirier.

On this day: celebrating the end of the war

On the 2nd of September, 1945, the Chinese community of Montreal, Canada held a parade to celebrate the surrender of the Japanese in the Second World War.

The parade took place in Chinatown, and was photographed by photojournalism pioneer Conrad Poirier.

Parade_in_Montreal's_Chinatown Montreal's Chinese community celebrates V-J Day and the official surrender of Japan with a parade in Chinatown. 2nd September 1945.

On this day: the St-Hilaire train disaster

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On the 29th of June, 1864, a train in Quebec, Canada fell through an open swing bridge and into the Richelieu River.

The worst train disaster in Canadian history, it is thought ninety-nine people died in the crash. The majority of people on board were European immigrants.

The investigation placed the blame for the disaster on Grand Trunk Railway, as the train failed to acknowledge stop signals that would have prevented it from falling through the bridge.

On this day: Victoria Day in 1934

Fête de la Reine (Victoria Day) is a national holiday for Canada, celebrated on the final Monday before Queen Victoria’s birthday in late May.

This image is of children in Quebec celebrating with maypole dancing on the 24th of May, 1934.

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On this day: the Charlevoix-Kamouraska Earthquake

The Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake took place in north-eastern North America on the 28th of February, 1925.

Le Soleil reports on the 1925 Charlevoix-Kamouraska Earthquake

The epicentre of the quake was in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska area along the Saint Lawrence River.

Damage in Shawinigan, Quebec, from the February 28, 1925, Charlevoix-Kamouraska earthquake.

Damage in Shawinigan, Quebec.

Reaching 6.2 on the Moment magnitude scale, the worst of the damage occurred in three separate areas of Quebec, Canada.