Some odd stuff has happened in Vancouver's past.
Here's a sampling (click to view):
· 1900 to 1922
· 1923 to 1930
· 1931 to 1935
· 1936 to 1940
· 1941 to 1946
· 1947 to 1954
· 1955 to 1960
· 1961 to 1965
From 1923 to 1930
For more details on these items see the Chronology for the
- In 1923, on July 27, the first sitting US president
to visit Canada, Warren Harding, came to Vancouver. 50,000 of
us turned out to hear him speak in Stanley Park. Exactly one week
later Harding died in San Francisco.
- In 1923 Colony Grebegga Valdessa, a two year
old cow at Colony Farm at Essondale, the mental hospital, set
a world record for milk production for her age group: 28,371 pounds
of milk in one year, about 78 pounds a day.
- Local newspapers reported that the Point Grey
wireless station had picked up mysterious signals from the planet
Mars. It was believed the Martians were attempting to contact
- In 1924 Lansdowne Track in Richmond opened, named
for a former Governor General. The peat bog on which the track
was built acted like a sponge and horses ran slower at high tide.
- In 1925, on January 8, a man was attacked by
a shark in the First Narrows.
- In 1925 a Vancouver branch of the Ku Klux Klan,
the racist organization that had originated in the southern USA,
used the Tait Mansion in Shaughnessy as their headquarters. Rent
was $150 a month. Today that building is the childrens hospice,
- In 1925 movie superstar Rudolph Valentino judged
a tango competition in Vancouver.
- One of the minor performers in the 1925 Lon
Chaney movie treatment of Phantom of the Opera was Vancouver
choreographer Aida Broadbent.
- In 1925 Arthur Sparks Holstead,
who had been granted a licence to operate a 10-watt radio station,
CFDC, in Nanaimo in1923 brought the station's transmitter to Vancouver
in a suitcase, and went on the air. We know it today as CKWX.
- The first seaplane flight from Montreal to Vancouver
occurred in 1925. It took eight days.
- In 1926 baseball's Babe Ruth hammed it up on
stage in Vancouver during a personal appearance tour of North
America. He posed as a batter, with Vancouver mayor L.D. Taylor
crouching behind him as catcher, and the citys chief of
- In 1926 the Joe Fortes Memorial Drinking Fountain
was placed in Alexandra Park, much of the cost being raised from
pennies donated by local school childrenhundreds of whom
had been taught to swim by Joe.
- In 1927 a Wurlitzer pipe organ, with thirteen
sets of pipes, was shipped from the Wurlitzer factory in North
Tonawanda, New York, to Vancouver for use in the brand-new Orpheum
Theatre. Its still there, the only pipe organ in Canada
still in the theatre in which it was originally installed.
- In 1927, on October 17, the business magazine
Journal of Commerce ran an editorial against the building
of skyscrapers in Vancouver.
- In 1928, on January 1st, 16-year-old Ivy Granstrom
made her first entry into the chilly waters of English Bay in
the Polar Bear Swim. Ms. Granstrom, blind from birth, will go
on to appear at 77 consecutive Polar Bear events.
- In 1928, on March 1st, Capt. W.D. Davey
Jones, the first man appointed to fire the Nine OClock Gun,
died . . . at 9 p.m.
- In 1928, alderman J. DeGraves of the street
naming committee recommended to the Town Planning Commission that
Union Street be changed to Adanac, which is Canada
spelled backwards. Done.
- In 1929 Jones Tent & Awning of Vancouver
began to manufacture, for the first time in Canada, Venetian blinds.
- In 1929 Charles Lindbergh, visiting Seattle,
refused an invitation from Vancouver mayor L.D. Taylor to fly
into Vancouver because, said Lindbergh, your airport isnt
fit to land on. That embarrassed Vancouver, and prompted
the push to build one that was.
- In 1929 the New Westminster Exhibition was opened
by a British politician named Winston Churchill. The 55-year-old
Churchill was not yet Prime Minister.
- In 1930 the Barnet Lumber Mill in Burnaby was
the largest in the world.
- In 1930 Vancouver got its first shipment of
Lillybet dolls, modelled after five-year-old Princess
Elizabethwho is Queen Elizabeth II today.
- ) In 1930 a world record for egg-laying was set
by No Drone, No. 5H, a hen from the Whiting farm in
Surrey. She had laid 357 eggs in 365 days. No Drone
was preserved for posterity and her stuffed form put on display
at the World Poultry Congress in Rome.
- In 1930 more than 200 skeletons were found in
Vancouvers Marpole Midden. See our 1889
chronology for more on the midden.
1931 to 1935 »