Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 20 - International Astrology Day

It's International Astrology Day! This event takes place on the Spring Equinox, which is considered to be the astrological new year! So, happy new year!

If you're interested in astrology, check out these books and more at the library:
"You and Your Future", by Georgia Nicols

"Who Do You Think You Are: 12 Methods for Analyzing the True You", by Tucker Shaw
"How to Tell the Future", by Sally Morningstar
"2012: Crossing the Bridge to the Future", by Mark Borax

Today is also Kiss Your Fiancee Day, Atheist Pride Day, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and Snowman Burning Day (not the snowmen!).

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

- The sixth recorded perihelion passage of Hailey's Comet took place in 141.
- The Jesse James Gang robbed a bank in Russelville, Kentucky of $14 000 in 1868
- Sherlock Holmes adventure "A Scandal in Bohemia" began in 1888
- Wilfred "Wop" May - one of Canada's leading bush flyers - was born in Carberry, Manitoba in 1896
- Novelist Hugh MacLennan - 5-time winner of the Governor General's Literary Award - was born at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1907
- Acclaimed abstract painter Jack Bush was born in Toronto in 1909
- Martin Brian Mulroney, the 18th Prime Minister of Canada, was born at Baie-Comeau, Quebec in 1939
- Henry Duncan Graham Crerar was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the 1st Canadian Army in 1944. Also in 1944, Mount Vesuvius exploded.
- Robert (Bobby) Gordon Orr, a hockey player for the Boston Bruins who revolutionized the role of the defenceman with his end-to-end rushes, was born at Parry Sound, Ontario in 1948
- Peter Lougheed was elected leader of the Alberta PC Party in 1965
- Canada signed an agreement with 19 other countries to establish the Francophone International Cooperation Society, for cultural and technological exchange among French-speaking nations in 1970
- The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 1991 that employers couldn't exclude women from jobs where exposure to toxic chemicals could potentially damage a fetus.
- Stephen Harper became the first leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in 2004
- 50 people were killed, 240 injured in a wave of terror attacks across 10 cities in Iraq in 2012

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History".

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