of the SUN
Significant dates in Sun history:
Oct. 30, 1971: Toronto Telegram folds
Nov. 1, 1971: The Toronto Sun born
with $650,000 in financing. Publishes Monday to Friday
Sept. 16, 1973: Sunday Sun introduced
April 2, 1978: Edmonton Sun launched
June 1978: Sun goes public with $7.4-million share offer
May 2, 1980: Sun acquires Canada Wide Features Service
Aug. 3, 1980: Calgary Sun launched
Feb. 26, 1982: Maclean Hunter buys 50% of Sun for $54 million
Dec. 2, 1983: Sun buys Houston Post for US$100 million
Sept. 13, 1986: First edition of Saturday Sun
Nov. 20, 1987: Houston Post sold
Dec. 31, 1987: Sun buys Financial Post weekly
Feb. 2, 1988: Launched daily Financial Post
March 28, 1988: Sun buys Comprint, a Washington-based printing business, for US$10.25
April 11, 1988: Acquires Bowes Publishers, a chain of small dailies, weeklies and special
Sept. 4, 1988: Ottawa Sun launched
June 19, 1989: Announces acquisition of Florida chain of papers for US$14.5
Nov. 4, 1992: Doug Creighton out, Paul Godfrey in, as Sun president
Feb. 2, 1994: Rogers Communications announces $3.1-billion takeover of Maclean
July 1, 1995: Sun's page size shrinks by one and a half inches
Dec. 15, 1995: Sun sells its commercial printing business in Washington for $12
March 4, 1996: Sun launches online website, CANOE
May 7, 1996: Rogers announces it's selling its 62.5% share in Sun Publishing
Oct. 3, 1996: Deal closes on Sun management-led buyout worth $411 million. CIBC-Wood Gundy
and Ontario Teachers Pension Fund are main partners. Sun Media Corporation is born
Against all odds, the little paper grew
It seems like only yesterday ....
Okay, not quite yesterday. More like 9,133 yesterdays and about 8,000 Suns ago.
It's our 25th birthday today, a long way from overcoming the odds of those predicting
our demise within weeks and months after the launch on Nov. 1, 1971.
There's been some bumps, several ownership changes, even a change to a smaller page size along
the way, but today the Sun chain of newspapers stretches across the country and readership is counted
in the millions each day.
In this section we're doing some reminiscing, revisiting each year since 1971 in headlines and
SUNshine Girls, and listing the ever debatable top 25 stories, trends and people.
The Sun sold itself as "Toronto's Other Voice" back in 1971, and 25 years later we still do. We're
older, bigger, hopefully wiser. What remains constant is a commitment to you, the readers.
It is what has made the last 25 years a great experience, and the next 25 a great challenge. So
stick around ... it's going to be fun.