Friday, March 22, 2013

March 22 - International Goof-Off Day

Today is - you guessed it - International Goof-Off Day! A day made for kicking back, relaxing, and doing what makes you happy!

What's your idea of goofing off?

Today is also As Young As You Feel Day, Education and Sharing Day, International Day of the Seal, and World Water Day!

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

- The Gutenberg Bible became the first major book printed with movable type in 1457
- Joseph Priestly invented carbonated water in 1733
- Thomas Evans, outstanding Canadian soldier of his generation, was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1860
- Slavery was abolished in Puerto Rico in 1873
- Elizabeth Smellie, the first woman promoted to Colonel in the Canadian Army (in 1944) was born in Port Arthur, Ontario in 1884
- Niagara Falls ran out of water due to a drought in 1903
- British court sentenced Mahatma Gandhi to 6 years in prison in 1922
- Foster Hewitt announced his first hockey game, over the Toronto Star's radio station CFCA, in 1923
- The Canadian schooner and rum-runner "I'm Alone" was sunk by the US Coast Guard in 1929. The captain and crew were taken to New Orleans as prisoners.
- Figure skater Elvis Stojko was born in Newmarket, Ontario in 1972
- Walt Disney World Shopping Village opened in 1975
- Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska, began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest in 2009
- Australia's most wanted man, Malcolm Naden, was captured in Gloucester, New South Wales after seven years on the run in 2012.

Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History". Don't forget to goof off!

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