Monday, March 18, 2013

March 18 - Wellderly Day

Today is Well-Elderly (or Wellderly) Day! Do you have seniors in your life? Today is just the day to do a little something special for them to show how much you care!

Check out these books and more at the library:
"Strength Training for Seniors", by Michael Fekete

"The Caregivers Essential Handbook: More Than 1200 Tips to Help You Care for and Comfort the Seniors in Your Life", by Sasha Carr and Sandra Choron
"How Should Society Address the Needs of the Elderly?", edited by Tamara Thompson

Today is also Awkward Moments Day, Forgive Mom and Dad Day, and National Biodiesel Day!

Here are some interesting things that happened on this day in history:

- German emperor Frederick II crowned himself King of Jerusalem in 1229
- The Hudson's Bay Company steamer "Beaver" became the first steamer on the Pacific Coast, arriving at Fort Vancouver (near present-day Portland, Oregon) in 1836
- Psychiatrist Richard Burke, founder of the School of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario was born in 1837
- Amor De Cosmos' resolution calling for "the admission of BC into Confederation on fair and equitable terms" was given unanimous support by the colony's legislative council in 1867
- Made Abbott, who graduated from McGill but was barred from medicine because of her sex, was born at St. Andrews East, Quebec. in 1869
- Pickering discovers Phoebe, a moon of Saturn, in 1899
- Daylight Saving Time was introduced in Canada by the Federal Government as a measure for increasing war production in 1918, emulating legislation in Germany and Britain
- Jackie Robinson and Nate Moreland - two black baseball players - requested a tryout with the Chicago White Sox in 1942, and were allowed to work out.
- The Pillsbury Dough Boy was introduced in 1961
- Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov became the first person to walk in space in 1965 when he left his spacecraft Vokshod 2 for 12 minutes.
- The first Indian reserve in the Northwest Territories was created at Hay River in 1973
- A 4400-year-old mummy was found in the Pyramid of Cheops in 1989
- British Sign Language was recognised as an official British language in 2003

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History"! Make a senior feel special today!

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