This morning’s dose of random history bites is courtesy of VancouverHistory.ca.
In 1988: Point Roberts, the little tip of Washington State thatâ€™s accessible by land only through BC, finally got its own US-based telephone service. B.C. Tel had been serving the area up until this year.
In 1958: Under construction, the Second Narrows Bridge collapsed into Burrard Inlet. It would later be renamed to include the “Ironworkers Memorial” in memory of those who lost their lives during that tragedy.
In 1956: A baby penguin was born in the Stanley Park Zoo (the first in Canada) and postal service is brought to White Rock.
In 1963: Tolls came off the Lions Gate Bridge under its new owner, the provincial government, which had bought the bridge for $6 million.
In 1908: The first tourist bus services begins rolling through Stanley Park.
In 1930: The oldest surviving bowling centre in Canada, Commodore Lanes and Billiards, in the basement at 838 Granville Street, opened under the direction of Frank Panvin.