Looking Back at Life in 1945!
Minimum Wage was $0.40 per/hr.
New house cost was between $4,600-$10,000
The average Electric Bill as $4.58 a month
A New car sold for $1,020 and fuel was $0.15 per gallon (no litres back then in Canada)
January – World War II: The first conscripted Canadian soldiers arrive overseas. February – Maurice Richard sets a new record for the most goals (50) in a single ice hockey season.
March – The cartoon character Sylvester the cat debuts in Life with Feathers.
April – Toronto Maple Leafs won their Fifth Stanley Cup by defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 3.
May – Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) is observed by the western European powers as Nazi Germany surrenders, marking the end of WWII in Europe.
June –William Lyon Mackenzie King is re-elected as Canadian prime minister.
July – The ‘Family Allowance’ payments were introduced.
August – VJ Day marks the end of the Second World War. Over a million Canadians had fought in the conflict and 42,000 were killed.
September – The Ford Motor employees in Windsor, ON go on strike.
October – Elvis Presley’s 1st public appearance at the age of 10.November – Wills Transfer started operations in Smiths Falls, ON with 2 trucks providing local moving and cartage services.
December – Toronto Argonauts won their Sixth Grey Cup by defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35 to 0 in the 33rd Grey Cup played in Varsity Stadium in Toronto.“1945 Grey Cup Recap”.