Friday, April 12, 2013

April 12 - D.E.A.R. Day

D.E.A.R.: Drop Everything and Read. This is a national month-long celebration of reading, designed to remind people of all ages to make reading a priority in their lives.

D.E.A.R. programs are generally held on April 12th, in honour of Beverly Cleary's birthday. She first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

Learn more about D.E.A.R. here:

Today is also Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, International Day of Human Space Flight, and Walk on Your Wild Side Day!

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

- England adopted the Union Jack as its flag in 1606
- The Earl of Dalhousie was named Governor in Chief of British North America in 1820
- Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews were hanged for treason in Toronto in 1838, for their roles in the Rebellion of 1837.
- North Carolina legislature passed an anti-Klan Law in 1869
- The Jesse James gang robbed a bank in Columbia, Kentucky in 1872, leaving one dead, getting away with $1500
- George C. Blickensderfer patented the portable typewriter in 1892
- Women were granted the right to vote and hold public office in Ontario in 1917
- The House of Commons approved O Canada as the national anthem in 1967
- Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope at St John's, Newfoundland in 1980, to raise money for cancer research. The run ended on September 1st in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after cancer was discovered in his lungs. Within days the Marathon had raised over $10 million.
- The government of Québec appointed Juanita Westmorland-Traore as the first black judge of the Québec court in 1999.

Stay tuned for our next, "On This Day in History"!

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