Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 6 - National Love Our Children Day

"National Love Our Children Day" is an American event, similar to Mother's Day or Father's Day, celebrated on the 1st Saturday of April. It was created to acknowledge the value of children, and to educate parents on the importance of giving them love, protection, and respect - three essential elements children need to become strong and successful adults.

Thought it is not a National Canadian holiday, I believe it is worth celebrating because of the important message it sends.

Learn more about National Love Our Children Day here:

Today is also Drowsy Driver Awareness Day, National Student Athlete Day, and International Pillow Fight Day!

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

- John Langton, the first Auditor General of Canada, was born at Blythe Hall near Ormskirk, England in 1808
- Sherlock Holmes began his "Adventure of Speckled Band" in 1883
- Vancouver was incorporated as a city in 1886
- Leonard Brockington, the first chair of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1888
- George Easton placed Kodak Camera on sale for the first time in 1889
- Bakery executive James Dewar invented Hostess Twinkies in 1930
- Teflon was invented by Roy J. Plunkett in 1938
- George McClellan was named ombudsman Alberta, becoming Canada's first in 1967
- Pierre Trudeau was chosen leader of the Liberal Party of Canada at a national leadership convention in Ottawa in 1968
- Post It Notes were introduced in 1980
- An aircraft carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down in 1994, starting the Rwandan Genocide
- Pierre Lebrun, a former employee of OC Transpo, an Ottawa bus company, shot and killed 4 workers and wounded another before killing himself in 1999
- NZSL (New Zealand Sign Language) was made an official language of New Zealand in 2006

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

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