It’s Marvellous Monday! Did you know…
* Calgary, Alberta hosts 15th Winter Olympics, with 1,800 athletes from 57 countries in 1988. (For the first time, the Winter Games were extended to 16 days, including three weekends.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 13th”
It’s Sterling Sunday! Did you know…
* Hockey – Canadian team beats Denmark 47-0 in Europe in 1949. It is the most lopsided international hockey game in history. (It was a slow day in Canadian history!) 😉 Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 12th”
It’s Superb Saturday! Did you know…
* Patrick James Whelan hanged in a snowstorm before a crowd of 5,000 people in 1869 for the murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee – Federal Member of Parliament on April 7, 1868. (Whelan denies he did it; second last public execution in Canada. Ottawa, Ontario) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 11th”
It’s Fabulous Friday! Did you know…
* Canada is ceded by France to Great Britain in 1763. The Treaty of Paris that ended The Seven Years War (aka The French-Indian War) turned all French colonies in North America except Louisiana into British possessions.
* The HMS Dreadnaught is launched by the British Royal Navy in 1906. It rendered all other capital warships of its day obsolete as the first steel-hulled battleship.
* IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov in 1996.
* Laura Ingalls Wilder, the chronicler of American frontier life, dies in 1957.
Look who was born on this date!
* Boris Pasternak in 1880. (Influential Soviet Russian novelist, poet, and literary translator. He died in 1960)
* Greg Norman in 1955. (He is the top professional golfer to hail from Australia. He’s 62 today.)
* Elizabeth Banks in 1974. (American actress of Seabiscuit, The Hunger Games, and Catching Fire fame.)
It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…
* Metis establish a provisional government at Red River; Louis Riel elected President. Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1870. The Red River Colony centred on present-day Winnipeg Manitoba was mainly populated by the Metis – which means “mixed blood” They saw themselves as a new nation (French/Native, English/Native) and demanded provincial status within the new Confederation of Canada. It was the Red River Rebellion and Louis Riel became the spokesperson. It was successful as Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald caved to Metis demands making the rebel leader, Riel, a Father of Confederation! Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 9th”