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New Collegiate Institute Opened

On February 21st, 1927, Lt. Gov. William Donald Ross  formally opened Sir Adam Beck Collegiate Institute whose staff and students had moved from the East End Collegiate to the new school on Monday January 4th, 1927. 

Bursting at the Seams!!

140 years ago on February 11, 1877, Rev. William Stephen Rainsford (1850-1933), the Church of England revivalist preacher, drew such a large crowd at St. Paul's Church in London, Ontario that hundreds of people could not even get standing room  and had to leave.   

What a February Thaw!!

110 years ago on February 7th, 1857 a thaw on the south branch of the Thames River caused the water to rise 11 feet above normal and wrecked Clarke's Bridge on Wellington Street. 

A Victorian Vignette for Valentine's Day

sweet marie

Love was in the air on a warm moonlit evening in Victoria Park in July 1891.  Cy Warman had just walked his sweetheart, Marie Jones, back to her school, Sacred Heart Academy

A Real Knockout

A moving picture was shown at the Grand Theatre 110 years ago on February 1-2, 1907 of the boxing match between "The Canadian Catapult" (Tommy Burns, the only Canadian-born world heavy-weight boxing champion) and "The Heavyweight Hurricane" (Jack O'Brien)

Crystal Palace Shattered!!

90 years ago on January 30, 1927, an arsonist set fire to the Crystal Palace at the Western Fair. 

This Church Was Really Lit Up!

First Presbyterian Church became the first place of worship in London  to have electric lighting 125 years ago on January 25th, 1892

From Royalty to Radio

150 years ago on January 25th, 1867, Lavinia Hermione Gertrude Amanda Guelph, wife of Charles Wetherbee, died at the age of 46

London's Miracle Baby

On January 25th, 1957, Mary Ann Elizabeth Semeuk was born three months premature, weighing just 26 ounces.  She was called the "dollar bill baby" because she was the same size as a dollar bill. 

From School Inspector to Senator

George William Ross, leader of the Liberal Opposition in Ontario's Legislative Assembly, was called to the Senate on January 15, 1907