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Twenty questions about Canadian history

Welcome to 20 Questions, a new feature of Calgary Senior. This month, in honour of Canada's 149th birthday and upcoming 150th celebration in 2017, here are 20 questions with an all-Canadian theme. Canada turned 149 this year.

Welcome to 20 Questions, a new feature of Calgary Senior. This month, in honour of Canada's 149th birthday and upcoming 150th celebration in 2017, here are 20 questions with an all-Canadian theme.

Canada turned 149 this year. Name the four original members of Confederation.

Which province was the first to join Confederation after the original four?

Before it was rechristened Canada Day, what was the original name of our national holiday?

Jackie Robinson famously broke baseball's ‘colour barrier' when he became the first black to play Major League Baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. However, he made his professional debut playing AAA ball in what Canadian city?

From 1958-85, CBC aired the beloved children's show The Friendly Giant. Friendly had a rooster and a giraffe as his friends. What were their names?

That one was easy, but here's a much tougher one: what was the name of the famous theme song from The Friendly Giant, which is no doubt going through your head right now?

Canadian governors-general have donated two of Canada's most famous sports trophies, the Grey Cup and the Stanley Cup. Which came first?

Two of the most important figures in the early history of Hollywood — one the biggest female star of the silent era, the other a giant of film comedy — were both Canadian born. Who were they?

Finish the quote: in 1936, Prime Minister Mackenzie King said “Canada has too much geography and not enough _____.”

The discovery of what popular natural attraction led to the creation of Banff National Park in 1885?

Gordie Howe, who died last month, played professional hockey in parts of six decades. What was the last professional team he played for?

Who was the last Canadian prime minister to be knighted?

Why have no further Canadian prime ministers — or ANY Canadian — been awarded the traditional British title?

Which future prime minister won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957?

What baby food was invented by doctors at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in 1931?

What popular indoor sport, a less muscular version of an American original, is played exclusively in Canada?

What is the origin of the name Canada?

During the October Crisis of 1970, a Quebec cabinet minister was kidnapped and murdered, and a British diplomat was kidnapped and later released. What were their names?

It is still considered the largest accidental explosion in history, even though it happened almost 100 years ago. Where did it happen?

What purely Canadian product brags that “it still tastes like soap!”


Ontario (Upper Canada), Quebec (Lower Canada), New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Manitoba in 1870.

It was known as Dominion Day until 1982. Canada is still officially a ‘dominion'.


Rusty the Rooster and Jerome the Giraffe.

Early One Morning, an English folk song dating back to 1787.

The Stanley Cup was first played for in 1893; the Grey Cup dates back to 1909.

Mary Pickford (known as America's Sweetheart and half of Hollywood's first power couple while married to Douglas Fairbanks) was born in Ontario; Mack Sennett, the ‘King of Comedy' and creator of the Keystone Kops, was born in Quebec.


The Banff Hot Springs were discovered by railway workers working on the construction of the transcontinental railway in 1883. The government decided to preserve the hot springs for all Canadians, leading to the eventual creation of Banff National Park in 1887.

The Detroit Vipers of the International League. He played one, 46-second shift on Oct.3, 1997, to become the first (and certainly only) six-decade hockey player.

Sir Robert Borden, prime minister from 1911-17.

The Nickle Resolution, passed by the House of Commons in 1919, discontinued the tradition.

Lester Pearson won the peace prize for his efforts to end the Suez Crisis of 1956. Pearson came up with the idea of UN peacekeeping forces, still used today.

Pablum, which was the first baby food to come pre-cooked. The addition of Vitamin D helped prevent rickets in young children.

Five-pin bowling.

It's a variation of an Iroquois word, ‘kanata', meaning village. Jacques Cartier first heard it in 1535.

Pierre Laporte was the Quebec minister, and James Cross was the diplomat.

Two ships — one carrying 2,653 tonnes of explosives — collided in Halifax harbor in 1917, causing an explosion the equivalent of 2.9 kilotons of TNT. At least 1,950 people died, and much of Halifax was destroyed.

Thrills gum. And yes, it still does taste like soap.