Monday, April 29, 2013

April 29 - International Dance Day

International Dance Day was founded in 1982 by the International Theatre Institute, to be celebrated every year on April 29th, the birth date of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet.

International Dance Day is intended to celebrate dance, to revel in the universality of the art form. It was created to cross all political, cultural, and ethnic barriers, bringing people together with a common language - the language of Dance.

Every year a message from an outstanding choreographer or dancer is circulated throughout the world. This year's message comes from Lin Hwai-min, Founder/Artistic Director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Read his message here:

Today is also "Peace" Rose Day.

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

- The Compagnie des Cent-Associés, founded by Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister of Louis XIII, was granted New France from Florida to the Arctic in 1627 to establish the French empire in North America. The Company was given full seigneurial ownership of New France. The company was granted a fur trade monopoly in the St. Lawrence Valley.
- Sweden & Denmark signed a defense treaty against the Duke of Wallenstein in 1628.
- Guillaume Couillard-Lespinay, Louis Hébert's son-in-law, was reportedly the first person in Canada to use a plow in 1628.
- Charles Darwin's expedition reportedly saw the top of the Andes from Patagonia in 1834
Apr 29, 1903 - A rock slide (commonly called the Frank Slide) from Turtle Mountain, NWT, onto the town of Frank killed at least 70 people in 1903, the most disastrous rockfall in Canadian history.

- Andrew Hill Clark, historical geographer, was born in Fairford, Manitoba in 1911.
- Irish Nationalists set a post office on fire in Dublin in 1916.
- Robert Falls, the 1st Canadian to be chair of the NATO Military Committee, was born in Welland, Ontario in 1924.
- Jews were forced to wear a Jewish Star in the Netherlands and Vichy-France in 1942.
- Quebec law was changed to admit women to the Bar in 1941. They were not permitted to become notaries until 1956.
- Aretha Franklin released "Respect" in 1967
- Premier Robert Bourassa announced the development of the James Bay Project in 1971.
- Phillie Steve Carlton became the 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters in 1981
- About 200 000 books were destroyed by a fire set by an arsonist in the LA Central Library in 1986. The building remained closed until 1993.

- Wrecking cranes began tearing down the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate in 1990.
- Croatia declared independence in 1991.
- The longest sausage ever (2877 miles long) was made in Kitchener, Ontario in 1995.
- Oldsmobile built its final car in 2004, ending 107 years of production.

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

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