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The city began situated only on the Halifax Peninsula, settled in 1749 and named after George Montagu Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax.
Today, Halifax is known for its waterfront location, maritime industry, for its growth and up-and-coming status, downtown area, lighthouse, and artistic flair.
People Born in Halifax
Halifax in People's Lives
Kenneth Oppel: My family moved here around 1972, when I was about 5 years old. As a kid, I wanted to be a scientist, and had a strong interest in biology and nature. I also was interested in becoming an architect one day. At the age of 12, I started writing, and never stopped. The first things I wrote were sci-fi epics, heavily influenced by Star Wars, which I was a big fan of. I grew up in this city, but moved away to Victoria around 1982, when I was about 15 years old.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2001 to film scenes of the movie K-19: The Widowmaker.
Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook: I moved to this city in 1900, an ambitious 21 year old eager to make my place in the world. I chose to move here become it was, at the time, a very up-and-coming city that seemed on the verge of great things. Here, I met a wealthy and successful businessman who was a member of the Stairs family, who were the dominant power behind the city. He took me under his wing and began teaching me about business and the stock market. With his help, I began trading in the stock market and investing in companies. I was an adept businessman, something that Stairs recognized. When he opened the investment firm Royal Securities Corporation in 1904, he invited me to be a shareholder and the firm's general manager. I proudly accepted, but Stairs died unexpectedly a few months later. Equally unexpectedly, I found that he had left all of his shares in the company, as well as the task of leading it, to me. I moved to Montreal, where it was based, in November of 1904.
Roald Dahl: When traveling to America to begin work at the British Embassy, my ship landed here in April of 1942. I didn't have time to take in the city, however, and immediately took a sleeper train headed to Montreal.