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 1931 to 1935
For more details on these items see the Chronology for the
- In 1931, on July 3, Canadas first baseball
game played under lights took place at Athletic Park in Vancouver.
- In 1931 Vancouver International Airport opened. Cowley Crescent,
a road surrounding the first terminal, was created when the airports
designer, William Templeton, took a pencil and traced a line around
a light bulb held down on the plans. You can still see that bulb-shaped
road from the air today.
- A party of local dignitaries was taken up in a plane on the
day the airport opened to see what it looked like from the air.
A well-known city alderman became airsick up there and threw up
in the police chiefs hat.
- Jack Kendrick, who worked as a commissionaire at the airport
in the early 1990s, was born the same day it opened.
- In 1931, on August 2, the Province had
this startling lead to a story: One person in every 300
in British Columbia is insane.
- In 1931, on October 10, in the depths of the Depression, West
Vancouver sold 4,000 acres of land to a British syndicate for
$18.75 an acre. We know that land today as British Pacific Properties.
- In 1931 Vancouvers Charlie Crane became the first blind
person to attend a Canadian university when he was accepted at
UBC. His achievement becomes remarkable when you learn that he
was also deaf.
- In Port Coquitlam a Mrs. Struthers donated a chair to serve
as the May Queens throne. In the more than 75 years since,
the only change to the chair has been the trim.
- When the Burrard Bridge opened in 1932 Cedar Street disappeared.
When the bridge went in, it connected to Cedar Street south of
the bridgethe name Burrard was simply extended and Cedar
- In 1932, on December 8, businessman (and ex-politician) H.H.
Stevens walked around Stanley Park on his 54th birthday. He would
continue that birthday walk for 40 more years. His last was December
8, 1972 when he was 94.
- In 1932 the M.V. Scenic began service,
the only floating post office in the British Empire. She will
serve to 1968, known as the Burrard Inlet T.P.O. (Travelling Post
- In 1932, thanks to the Depression, construction on the CNRs
huge chateau-style hotel at Georgia and Hornby Streets came to
a halt. The building stood uncompleted for five years. (We know
it today as the Hotel Vancouver.)
- In 1932 a 14-year-old boy named Gerald Hobbis, nicknamed Cap,
traded a bunch of old magazines for his first bicycle. He repaired
it in his basement and sold it for $10. Cap will become a hugely
successful bicycle retailer.
- In 1933, on June 9, Vancouver City Council voted to allow men
to go topless on city beaches.
- In 1933 Vancouver businessman Dominic Burns died. He had lived
in the penthouse of the Vancouver Block on Granville Street since
- In 1934 the first United Airlines flight arrived at Vancouver
International Airport. For the first three years of the airports
life, no airline company flew there.
- In 1934 a 20-year-old named Foncie Pulice set up a camera on
the sidewalk on Granville Street in downtown Vancouver and began
taking pictures of passersby. He would continue doing that for
45 years. It is said Foncie may have taken pictures of more peoplemillionsthan
anyone else in the world.
- In 1934 the Pacific National Exhibition gave away a home, the
first Home Lottery. This was the first time such a significant
prize had ever been awarded. The prizewhich included a lot
in East Vancouver and all the furnishingswas valued at more
- In 1935, on January 21, Vancouver got 43 centimetres (17 inches)
of snow, still the citys 24-hour record for snowfall. One
result: the roof of the Hastings Park Forum collapsed. There were
- In 1935, on March 28, architect Francis M. Rattenbury,
who gave us the legislative buildings and the Empress Hotel in
Victoria, and a provincial courthouse in Vancouver that is now
our art gallery, was murdered by his wifes 19-year-old lover,
the family chauffeur.
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