Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 16 - National Library Workers Day!

National Library Workers Day is a day for Library staff, users, administrators, and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all Library workers - 'cause we're awesome!

What do the Library workers do for you?

Today is also National Health Care Decisions Day, and National Stress Awareness Day!

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

- Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton at Trinity College in 1705
- Octave Crémazie, poet, bookseller, known as the founder of French Canadian poetry, was born in Quebec in 1827
- The Toronto Locomotive Works completed the "Toronto" in 1853, the first locomotive built in Canada
- Slavery was abolished in the District of Columbia in 1862
- Louis Riel was expelled from the House of Commons when he attempted to take his seat in 1874
- Joseph-Armand Bombardier, inventor of the snowmobile, was born in Valcourt, Quebec in 1907
- Harriet Quimby became the 1st woman pilot to cross the English Channel in 1912
- Annie Oakley set a women's record by breaking 100 clay targets in a row in 1922
- German U-boat U-190 sank HMCS Esquimalt near the Halifax lightship in 1945. U-190 surrendered to Canada on 11 May 1945 and was sunk ceremonially on 21 October 1947 where she had destroyed the Esquimalt.
- Geraldine Mock became the 1st woman to fly solo round the world in 1964
- Wayne Gretzky, aged 38, announced that he would retire from hockey at the end of the season in 1999. He had played for 21 years and held or shared 61 NHL records.
- Gunman Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 and injured 23 others before committing suicide in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007

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

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