Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1 - Global Love Day

Global Love Day - founded by Harold W. Becker - was first launched in December of 2004, celebrating on May 1, 2004. The purpose of this global event is to acknowledge, celebrate, and share the love everyone has within them. It is a special day of recalling that love is the link that binds everyone together; it is the "awesome power that heals and transforms everything it contacts".

Here's a short video made by the Love Foundation about this event:

Share your love with the world!

Today is also Batman Day, Mother Goose Day, Lei Day, National Bubba Day, School Principals' Day, and Stepmother's Day!

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

- A supernova was observed by Chinese & Egyptians in the constellation Lupus in 1006.
- The first stone was laid for Nôtre-Dame-des-Victoires, the oldest surviving church in Canada, in Place Royal, Québec in 1688.

- England, Wales & Scotland formed the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707.
- The Quebec Act took effect in 1775, enlarging Quebec’s boundaries and the freedoms of its French inhabitants.
- Adam Weishaupt founded the "secret society" of Illuminati in 1776.
- Kamehameha, the king of Hawaiʻi,  defeated Kalanikupule and established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1785
- Governor Sir James Henry Craig recommended to the British Parliament that the constitution be suspended and Upper and Lower Canada reunited in 1810, a recommendation that was reiterated in Lord Durham’s 1839 report.
- Emily Stowe, first Canadian woman to practise medicine, was born in Norwich, Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1831.

- Sir Pierre-Amand Landry, lawyer, politician, judge, first New Brunswick Acadian Cabinet minister and Supreme Court judge, and the only knighted Acadian, born in Memramcook, New Brunswick in 1846.
- Amsterdam began transferring drinking water out of the dunes in 1854.
- Sir Charles Tupper became Prime Minister of Canada in 1896, succeeding Mackenzie Bowell.

The Beverly Hills Hotel opened in 1912.
- Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupted in 1919, boiling Crater Lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages.
- Two thousand workers in Edmonton and Calgary went on strike (known as the "Sympathy Strike") from May 1, 1919 to December 1, 1919 in support of the strikers in the Winnipeg General Strike.

- Radio station CJCA made its first broadcast in Edmonton, Alberta in 1922.
- British coal-miners went on strike in 1926.
- Canada's 1st silver dollar circulated in 1935.
- Batman comics hit the street in 1939.
- General Mills introduced Cheerios in 1941.

- Gwendolyn Brooks became the 1st black person awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1950 for her poetry.

- In 1961, Fidel Castro announced there would be no more elections in Cuba.
- Also in 1961, the Pulitzer prize was awarded to Harper Lee for "To Kill a Mockingbird".
- Elvis Presley wed Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas in 1967.
- The Dominion Bureau of Statistics became Statistics Canada in 1971.
- In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled that compulsory breath tests did not breach the Bill of Rights.
- Shirley Carr replaced Dennis McDermott as president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 1986, the first woman to hold the position.

- In 1997, the water crested on the worst flood since 1950 in southern Manitoba. The new floodway and 6.5 million sand bags protected Winnipeg but a number of other communities were inundated.

- Writer Nicole Brossard won the $50,000 Canada Council Molson Prize in 2006 for her contribution to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada.
- Same-sex marriage was legalized in Sweden in 2009.

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

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