Thursday, April 4, 2013

April 4 - Victims of Violence Wholly Day


On this day in history, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. One of three Day of Respect, Victims of Violence Wholly Day is dedicated to visually affirming the principles of non-violence as preached by Dr. King.

Watch his famous "I Have a Dream" speech here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs

CBC Digital Archives posted a video on their Twitter account today in memory of Dr. King. Go to http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/rights-freedoms/general-2/freedom-riders-stand-up-with-martin-luther-king-against-segregation.html to watch what happened when a mixed-race group of civil rights activists known as the "Freedom Riders" began testing the Supreme Court ruling against segregation in waiting rooms, restrooms and lunch counters for bus travelers.

Today is also International Day for Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action, Vitamin C Day, and National D.A.R.E. Day!

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

- The census recorded the population of Canada as 4 324 810 in 1881,  of which 2 548 514 were of English and 1 298 929 of French descent.
- Jules L├ęger, Governor General of Canada, was born in St-Anicet, Quebec in 1913
- Canada's first silver dollar coin was minted in 1935, to be released to the public on May 1
- 84-year-old Connie Mack challenged 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base in 1948; it ended in a tie
- Canada, along with 11 other countries, signed the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO) in Washington, DC in 1949
- Ballerina Evelyn Hart, whose sublimely lyrical dancing made her one of the most compelling stage personalities in Canada, was born in  Toronto in 1956

Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in 1968

- Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft in 1975
- Challenger 1 was launched in 1983
- The Supreme Court of Canada concluded the a refugee has the right not to "be removed from Canada to a country where his life or freedom would be threatened" in 1985

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

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