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Historical Timeline - Vancouver Island
Island Moments
by Danda Humphreys
After the dawn of a new millennium, it's interesting to peek at just a few of the events that helped shape Vancouver Island's past. Our Island has been occupied by humans for more than 12,000 years. One thousand years ago, it was home to many different groups of Native Indians. Five hundred years ago, the first Europeans arrived on the scene.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau shocks and delights Islanders with news of his marriage to BC girl Margaret Sinclair, almost 30 years his junior.
W.A.C. Bennett resigns; Bill Bennett becomes leader of the Social Credit party.
Norwegian cruise ship Meteor catches fire off Hornby Island, killing 32 crewmen.
Russian freighter rams BC ferry Queen of Victoria, killing three people aboard.
Announcement of the new BC Day August holiday inspires mixed reaction; some would prefer the holiday to brighten up one of the dull days of winter.
Nanaimo celebrates its centennial with presentation of an illuminated scroll.
Strikers in the foresty, food, pulp and propane industries are legislated back to work.
BC residents offered opportunity to invest in BC resources through purchase of BCRIC shares.

More Island Moments by Danda Humphreys
1500s - 1700s 1940s
1800s 1950s
1900s 1960s
1910s 1970s
1920s 1980s
1930s 1990s
History & Heritage of British Columbia Events in British Columbia's History

This information, researched and written by Danda Humphreys, appeared in a special Millennium Issue of the Victoria Times Colonist, December 31, 1999.

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