December 6, 1917 dawned clear and sunny in Halifax. Before darkness fell,
more than a thousand people would die, with another thousand to follow.
Nine thousand more would be injured and maimed in the biggest man-made
explosion the world had ever seen.
This website will take you through that terrible day and the days that
followed. It will show how the Halifax Explosion and the hard lessons
it taught affect our lives today.
You will meet the heroes, the survivors, and families whose lives were
changed in a great flash of light just after 9 a.m. on that December day.
The Halifax Explosion website brings together a wide range of resources
from CBC Television, CBC Radio and CBC.ca; from
major research bodies, community groups and individuals.
CBC Television Specials
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion
October 26 & 27 on CBC TV
Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion,
a four-hour, two-part mini-series will tell the story of how this tragic
incident became a living metaphor for the war. Out of the ashes of this
historic catastrophe come the personal stories of small sacrifices and
great heroism. Those are the stories at the heart of this unforgettable
drama. Featuring Vincent Walsh (Hemingway vs. Callaghan), Graham Greene
(Dances with Wolves) and Peter Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father).
on Shattered City
City of Ruins
October 28 on CBC TV
City of Ruins is a CBC feature
documentary. The "stars" are real people who survived the explosion, supported
by leading authorities on the events of Dec. 6, 1917. Using photographs
and newsreels taken the day after the explosion, the program presents
an extraordinary time in Canadian history.
Love from Katie
December on CBC TV
Love from Katie is a 10-minute
segment produced as part of a holiday series for families. It tells the
story of the Christmas tree sent annually from Nova Scotia to Boston to
thank the people of Massachusetts for their relief efforts following the
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