1954 in Canada


1954 in Canada

"See also:"
1953 in Canada,
other events of 1954,
1955 in Canada and the
Timeline of Canadian history.

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Incumbents

*Monarch - Queen Elizabeth II
*Governor General - Vincent Massey
*Prime Minister - Louis Saint Laurent
*Premier of Alberta - Ernest Manning
*Premier of British Columbia - W.A.C. Bennett
*Premier of Manitoba - Douglas Campbell
*Premier of New Brunswick - Hugh John Flemming
*Premier of Newfoundland - Joey Smallwood
*Premier of Nova Scotia - Angus Macdonald then Harold Connolly then Henry Hicks
*Premier of Ontario - Leslie Frost
*Premier of Prince Edward Island - Alex Matheson
*Premier of Quebec - Maurice Duplessis
*Premier of Saskatchewan - Tommy Douglas

Events

* January 1 - Metropolitan Toronto comes into being to coordinate services among the various municipalities around Toronto.
* January 8 - The first oil from Alberta arrives in Sarnia through the new pipeline
* March 30 - The Yonge St. subway, the first subway system in Canada, opens in Toronto
* April 13 - Harold Connolly becomes premier of Nova Scotia, replacing Angus Macdonald
* May 31 - Winnipeg's first television station, CBWT a CBC Television O&O station begins broadcasting
* July 30 - The "Miracle Mile" is run at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver
* August 10 - The groundbreaking ceremony for the St. Lawrence Seaway begins
* September 9 - Marilyn Bell becomes the first person to swim Lake Ontario
* September 30 - Henry Hicks becomes premier of Nova Scotia, replacing Harold Connolly
* October 15 - Hurricane Hazel hits Toronto killing 81
* Canada contributes to a peacekeeping force in Indochina
* Sir Adam Beck Generating Station built on the Canadian side of the Niagara River
*Pinetree Line radar system completed
*Yahtzee is invented by a Canadian couple
*Jean Drapeau first elected mayor of Montreal
*Streetcars leave Winnipeg

Arts and literature

:New books
*Mordecai Richler - "The Acrobats"
*Gabrielle Roy - "Alexandre Chenevert"
*Igor Gouzenko - "The Fall of a Titan":Literary awards
* See 1954 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
*Stephen Leacock Award: Joan Walker, "Pardon My Parka"

Births

* February 3 — Tiger Williams, hockey player
* March 4 — Catherine O'Hara, actress
* April 13 — Gulzar Singh Cheema, politician
* April 17 — Roderick Toombs, wrestler
* April 18 — Rick Moranis, actor
* May 4 — Sylvia Burka, cyclist and ice speed skater
* May 10 — Eleni Bakopanos, politician
* May 13 — David Bissett, field hockey player
* May 14 — Danny Gare, hockey player
* May 16 — Dafydd Williams, astronaut
* May 26 — Aritha van Herk, author
* May 28 — John Tory, politician
* July 6 — Brian Pallister, politician
* July 18 — Audrey Vandervelden, volleyball player
* August 16 — James Cameron, film director
* September 3 — Avis Gray, Manitoba politician
* November 12 — David Edge, long-distance runner
* November 24 — Stuart Murray, Manitoba politician
* December 14 — Steven MacLean, astronaut
* December 24 — Lorne Calvert, Premier of Saskatchewan
*Alan Kane, author
*David Milgaard, wrongfully accused of murder
*Guy Gavriel Kay, author
*Brian Tobin, politician

Deaths

*April 8 - Winnifred Eaton, author
*August 6 - Emilie Dionne, one of the Dionne Quintuplets
*Welland Gemmell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury


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