On this day: free bread to honour the Queen

Canada honoured the Queen’s official birthday on the 21st of May this year. The British monarchs have celebrated an official birthday separate to their real birthday since the 1740s.

In 1859 this holiday occurred on the 24th of May, which was in fact Queen Victoria’s real birthday. To mark the occasion officials in Toronto handed out tickets for free loaves of bread.

1859-queens-birthday-vs As part of the celebrations surrounding Queen Victoria's birthday, the City of Toronto distributed free loaves of bread by way of tickets such as this one. Good f

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Labour Day in Canada

Canada’s Labour Day falls on the 4th of September in 2017. Here is an image of the holiday being celebrated in Toronto in the early 1900s.

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On this day: the Yonge Subway Line

Canada’s first subway line opened in Toronto on the 30th of March, 1954. Called the Yonge subway when it opened, it ran from Union Station.

Front Street outside Union Station being excavated to create the tracks. 1950. X

Front_street_excavationFront Street in Toronto being excavated in 1950 for the new subway.

A 1950 image of houses demolished to make way for the line. X

750px-Yonge_subway_home_demolitionView after homes were demolished to make way for Toronto’s (and Canada’s) first subway line. 1950.

A day of mourning in Canada

A poster from the 31st of January, 1901 in Toronto, Canada, announces a day of mourning for Queen Victoria. The Queen died on the 22nd, and her funeral was on the 2nd of February, the day the mourning was scheduled for.

Proclamation_-_Day_of_mourning_in_Toronto_for_Queen_Victoria_February_2,_1901Poster proclaiming a day of mourning in Toronto on the day of Victoria's funeral.1901.