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* 1658 – Marguerite Bourgeoys opens Ville Marie’s first school for French and native children
Marguerite Bourgeoys was born in Troyes, then in the ancient Province of Champagne in the Kingdom of France, on 17 April 1620. The daughter of Abraham Bourgeoys and Guillemette Garnier, she was the sixth of their twelve children. Marguerite came from a middle-class and socially connected background, her father being a candle maker and coiner at the royal mint in the town. Her father died when she was very young, and her mother followed when Marguerite was 19. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 30th”
* 1813 – War of 1812 – American Invasion Fleet Captures York – Burns the Parliament. * 1978 Afghan president is overthrown and murdered * 1865 Union soldiers die in steamship explosion * 1667 John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost * 1963 High school freshman Little Peggy March earns a #1 hit with “I Will Follow Him”
It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…
* 1813 – War of 1812 – American Invasion Fleet Captures York – Burns the Parliament.
No day in Toronto history has more drama — or consequence — than Saturday 205 years ago, when the Battle of York raged, the city was lost and a huge explosion destroyed Fort York.
It’s hard to imagine today but the place we call Toronto was once brutally invaded by a foreign power, looted and its public buildings burned. That was the penalty for defeat in the Battle of York, 205 years ago today. But destruction didn’t end there. A thirst for revenge ultimately resulted in the burning of the White House in Washington. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 27th”
* 1887 – Charles Ora Card and a small group of Mormons found Cardston in Alberta. * 1986 Nuclear explosion at Chernobyl * 1913 Girl murdered in pencil factory * 1986 Maria Shriver marries Arnold Schwarzenegger * 1977 Studio 54 opens
It’s Thursday! Did You Know…
* 1887 – Charles Ora Card and a small group of Mormons found Cardston in Alberta.
The town of Cardston was the first of what would become several Mormon settlements in Southern Alberta, Canada. Its colonizer, Charles O. Card, came seeking refuge from prosecution in the U.S. due to his practice of plural marriage. On President John Taylor’s advice, he went first to British Columbia in search of friendlier territory. There, he found nothing available that was to his liking. Hearing from a mountaineer of the “buffalo plains” of Alberta, he reportedly said to his traveling companions, “If the buffalo can live there, we can. Let us go and see it.” Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 26th”
* 1849 – Lord Elgin signs Rebellion Losses Bill – Tory mobs set fire to the Legislature. * 1983 Andropov writes to U.S. student * 1989 James Richardson is exonerated after 21 years * 1995 Ginger Rogers dies * 1947 Truman inaugurates White House bowling alley
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* 1849 – Lord Elgin signs Rebellion Losses Bill – Tory mobs set fire to the Legislature.
Rebellion Losses Bill, modeled on Upper Canadian legislation, was introduced by Louis LaFontaine in Feb 1849 to compensate Lower Canadians whose property had been damaged during the Rebellions of 1837-38 (totaling approximately £100,000). It was similar to legislation for Upper Canada and was based upon a claims report approved in principle in 1846. LaFontaine saw the bill as a symbolic means to heal the wounds of the rebellion and buttress French Canadian claims to equality and power in the Canadas by testing the strength of responsible government. Consequently, the growing influence of Louis-Joseph Papineau could be stemmed. The Tories saw the bill as a sign of French domination of the union (the union of Upper Canada & Lower Canada into The Province of Canada) and their own loss of power; they criticized it as payment for disloyalty. (In fact, because it was difficult in any given instance to determine which side in the conflict had caused the damage, some rebels, as well as those who remained loyal to the government, were compensated for losses; only those convicted or exiled were excluded.) Over heated Tory opposition, the legislation was passed by a majority of Reformers in both sections; the Tories then demanded that Gov Gen Lord Elgin refuse assent. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 25th”
* 1928 – Famous Five to take “Persons Case” to British Privy Council after Supreme Court of Canada Ruling. * 1916 Easter Rebellion begins in Ireland. * 1955 The Bandung Conference concludes * 1980 Hostage rescue mission ends in disaster * 1945 Truman is briefed on Manhattan Project
It’s Tuesday! Did You Know…
* 1928 – Famous FIve to take “Persons Case” to British Privy Council after Supreme Court of Canada Ruling.
The Persons Case (officially Edwards v. A.G. of Canada) was a constitutional ruling that established the right of women to be appointed to the Senate. The case was initiated by the Famous Five, a group of prominent women activists. In 1928, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that women were not “persons” according to the British North America Act and therefore were ineligible for appointment to the Senate. However, the women appealed to the Privy Council of England, which in 1929 reversed the Court’s decision. The Persons Case opened the Senate to women, enabling them to work for change in both the House of Commons and the Upper House. Moreover, the legal recognition of women as “persons” meant that women could no longer be denied rights based on a narrow interpretation of the law. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 24th”
* 1827 – Settlement – John Galt starts settling the town of Guelph. * 1564 William Shakespeare born * 1014 King Brian of Ireland murdered by Vikings * 1969 Sirhan Sirhan receives death penalty * 1961 Judy Garland plays Carnegie Hall
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* 1827 – Settlement – John Galt starts settling the town of Guelph.
Archaeological evidence shows that First Nations peoples used the site of present-day Guelph as early as 11,000 to 10,300 years ago. Later, the Chonnonton or Neutral, peoples inhabited a large part of southern Ontario, including what is now Guelph. Archaeological evidence also suggests that although the Chonnonton had expanded into the area of present-day London in the 1300s, by the 1400s their settlements were concentrated mostly east of the Grand River, mostly within a 32 km radius of present-day Hamilton, Ontario. European intrusion and diseases exacerbated intertribal warfare. Between 1647 and 1651, the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) dispersed the Chonnonton. After 1690 the Mississauga (see Ojibwa) entered the area from north of Georgian Bay, settling along major tributaries of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. In 1784, the British, facing an influx of settlers in the wake of the American Revolution, negotiated with the Mississaugas to purchase a huge tract of land, including the location of present-day Guelph, for approximately £1,180. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 23rd”
* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister. * 1999 A massacre at Columbine High School * 1871 Ku Klux Act passed by Congress * 1926 New sound process for films announced * 1914 Militia slaughters strikers at Ludlow in Colorado
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* 1968 – Pierre Trudeau sworn in at Rideau Hall as Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, PC, CC, prime minister of Canada 1968–79 and 1980–84, politician, writer, constitutional lawyer (born 18 October 1919 in Montréal, QC; died 28 September 2000 in Montréal). A charismatic and controversial figure, Trudeau was arguably Canada’s best-known politician, both at home and abroad. He was instrumental in negotiating Canada’s constitutional independence from the British Parliament and establishing a new Canadian Constitution with an entrenched Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Trudeau also brought in the Official Languages Act in 1969, making Canada officially bilingual. While he played an important role in defeating the Québec sovereignist movement of the 1970s and 1980s, his federalist stance, as well as his language and economic policies, alienated many in Canada, particularly in the western provinces. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 20th”