Friday, April 5, 2013

April 5 - National Walk to Work Day

I walked to work today (sure, I only live a block away), did you? Get out there and get moving!

Today is also National Deep Dish Pizza Day, and Hospital Admitting Clerks Day!

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

- St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary bishop in 456
- The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth on a return trip to England in 1621
- Isaac Quintard patented apple cider in 1806
- An Act of the Canadian Parliament created the Supreme Court of Canada in 1875. The court sat for the first time on January 17, 1876.
- Anne Sullivan taught "water" to Helen Keller in 1887
- Sherlock Holmes's "Adventure of Empty House" began in 1894
- Sherlock Holmes's "Adventure of 3 Students" began in 1895
- 1st modern Olympic Games officially opened in Athens in 1896
- British Columbia women (excepting Asians and Aboriginals) won the rights to vote and to hold provincial office in 1917. The Dominion Elections act, which made race a ground for exclusion from federal vote, wasn't repealed until 1948.
- Writer Guy Vanderhaeghe, whose novel The Englishman's Boy won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction, was born at Esterhazy, Saskatchewan in 1951
- Elvis Presley recorded his debut single, "That's All Right" in 1954
- Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister in 1955
- Gentilly nuclear power plant opened in Qu├ębec in 1971, the world's first nuclear plant with a reactor fuelled by natural uranium and cooled by ordinary water (the CANDU system).
- Also in 1971, Fran Phipps became the first woman to reach the North Pole
- Paul Newman won a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity in 1990
- Construction began on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hal of Fame in 1993
- Mark Chahal killed 10 people in Vernon, BC. in 1996
- International Internet group "Anonymous" hacked several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship in 2012
- And finally, for the Trekkies out there, Earth first made contact with the extra-terrestrial Vulcan species in 2063

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

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