Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13 - Scrabble Day!

On this day in history, Alfred Mosher Butts - inventor of "Scrabble" - was born! He invented the popular game in 1938.

Dust off your old Scrabble board - tear yourself away from the computer and "Words With Friends" - and celebrate this event with family and friends! Some cities actually sponsor Scrabble tournaments on the weekend before or after the 13th in honour of Mr. Butts!

Today is also Thomas Jefferson Day, and Baby Massage Day!

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

- As lieutenant to the Sieur de Monts, Samuel de Champlain set out on his third voyage to New France in 1608. He arrived at Tadoussac on 3 June
- Thomas D'Arcy McGee, one of the few Canadian politicians to be assassinated, was born at Carlingford, Ireland in 1825
- Margaret Saunders, writer whose book Beautiful Joe was reportedly the first Canadian book to sell more than a million copies, was born at Milton, Nova Scotia in 1861
- Steam power brake was patented by George Westinghouse in 1869
- Sherlock Holmes began his "Adventure of Solitary Cyclist" in 1895
- The Royal Flying Corps was formed in 1912 to participate in the expanding field of aviation. It comprised a military wing, a naval wing and a flying school
- British forces kill hundreds of Indian Nationalists in what would be known as the Amritsar Massacre in 1919
- Newfoundland women won the rights to vote and to hold provincial office. in 1925
- The Hindustani Lal Sena (Indian Red Army) was formed in 1939, with a vow to engage in armed struggle against the British
- Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man on record to pole vault 15 feet in 1940
- The Canadian Army liberated Teuge & Assen Neth from the Nazis in 1945
- France became the 4th nuclear nation after exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara in 1960
- The CBC announced that it was dropping the program Front Page Challenge in 1995, which had been on the air since 1957
- The Nisga'a Treaty was given royal assent by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in 2000

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

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