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1950s: Time Line

This time line consists of local, national, and international events relevant to the Canadian experience. It serves to contextualize the growth and evolution of VIU.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online


June 1950
Harmac pulp mill officially opened in Nanaimo, BC

The Korean War began as a UN operation when North Korean forces invaded the south

October 1950
The 1770km oil pipeline from Edmonton to the Great Lakes was completed, linking Canada's gas fields with the markets of central Canada. In 1958 Alberta gas finally reached Toronto and imports of Texas gas ended

The census taken this year reported the population of Canada as 14,009,000

June 1953
Nanaimo's Fort Bastion celebrated its 100 year anniversary

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July 1953
An armistice ended Korean War hostilities

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame was founded

October 1957
Lester Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his solution to the Suez Crisis

November 1957
Nanaimo's Terminal Park Plaza, the first shopping centre on Vancouver Island opened for business

June 1958
The Second Narrows Bridge in Vancouver collapsed as a result of an engineering miscalculation. 18 workers were killed

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March 1959
Barbie, the fashion doll with the impossible figure was launced by Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler at a toy fair in New York City

November 1959
After a slapshot cut his face, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens had the cut stitched and returned to the ice wearing a mask. He became the first goalie to wear a mask regularly

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