On this day in history, Freedom of Information Day was born, in honor of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the "Father of the Constitution". Freedom of Information Day is celebrated on or around the 16th of March, that being James Madison's Birthday.
Come down to the library whenever you get a chance! We are full of information! We even have a copy of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act!
Learn more about Freedom of Information and James Madison here: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/federallegislation/govinfo/opengov/freedomofinfo
Today is also: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, Buzzards Day, True Confessions Day, and World Consumer Rights Day.
Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:
- Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutis, and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March in 44 BC
- Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first New World voyage in 1493
- Samuel de Champlain boarded the Bonne-Renommée at Honfleur, France as a private passenger of Gravé Du Pont's expedition in 1603
- Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island was discovered by Captain James Cook in 1778
- David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers, The Fly) was born in Toronto in 1943
- John Lee became the first "black" commissioned officer in the US Navy in 1947
- Donald Jackson (Canadian, woohoo!) became the first to land a triple lutz ice skate jump in 1962
- The first Internet domain name was registered (symbolics.com) in 1985
- The discovery of 90377 Sedna (the farthest natural object in the Solar system so far observed) was announced in 2004
Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History".