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David Thompson was the first European to set foot here, in 1787, but Calgary was not settled until 1873, by John Glenn of Alberta.
Today, Calgary is known for its skyscrapers, sporting events, economy, and education. It was the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Games, in 1988.
People Born in Calgary
Calgary in People's Lives
Jake Gyllenhaal: I traveled here in 1992 to film scenes of the movie Josh and Sam. I returned in 2004 to film scenes of Brokeback Mountain.
Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook: I moved here in 1898, a struggling young man eager to come up in the world. I came here temporarily to helped run a campaing for Richard Bedford Bennet, who I had already worked closely with back in Fredericton a year ago. At the time, he was running for a seat on the Legislative Assembly of the North-West Territories, but he would eventually become the Canadian Prime Minister. I tried out a business venture establishing a meat business, which failed, and I fell back on selling insurance again. In 1900, I moved to Halifax.
Tatiana Maslany: I worked here in 2002 as a high school student, working hard to save up enough money to support myself as an aspiring actress once I graduated high school.
Viggo Mortensen: I traveled here in 1989, to film scenes for the movie The Reflecting Skin, in which I play a troubled military veteran in love with a local widow.