Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18 - International Museum Day

International Museum Day was created in 1977, to promote the role of museums around the world by creating unique, enjoyable, and free activities around a theme decided by the International Council of Museums community that year.

Since its creation, International Museum Day has gained increasing attention. By 2009, International Museum Day attracted the participation of 20 000 museums hosting events in more than 90 countries. By 2010, 98 countries participated in the celebration. By 2012, 30 000 museums and 129 countries were participating. The official International Museum Day poster for 2012 was translated into 38 different languages.

Join the celebration!

Today is also HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, I Love Reeses Day, National Learn to Swim Day, and Visit Your Relatives Day!

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

- The Voyages and Explorations of Samuel de Champlain, an account of Samuel de Champlain’s adventures in New France, was published in 1619.
- Also in 1619, Hugo the Great was sentenced to life in prison.
- Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France in 1804.
- John Croke, who was the first Newfoundlander to be posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, was born in Little Bay, Newfoundland in 1892.

- Sir Robert Borden announced his decision in Parliament to implement Conscription in 1917. The imposition of conscription on reluctant French Canadians was a failure, and bitterly divided the country along French-English lines.

- The expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union began in 1944; they were accused of collaborating with the Germans.
- Jacqueline Cochrane became the 1st woman to break the sound barrier in 1953.
- In 1965, Gene Roddenberry suggested 16 names for the Star Trek Captain, including Kirk.

- Sharon Pollock's The Komagata Maru Incident, a play about the government's refusal to allow Sikh immigrants to land on Canadian soil in 1914, opened at Vancouver's Playhouse Theatre in 1976.
- Mount St. Helens blew its top in 1980, killing 60.
- The trial of Paul Bernardo, accused of the murder and torture of 2 girls, began in 1995.
- In 2001, Conrad Black announced that he would give up his Canadian citizenship in order to become a peer in Great Britain, becoming Lord Black of Crossharbour. Canadian citizens cannot accept such honours from foreign governments.
- Diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in 2002 after smoking from the age of 11, Edmontonian Barb Tarbox, 41, decided to devote the time left to her to preventing others from facing the same fate. Speaking to students across first Alberta and then Canada, she used her cancer-ravaged body as a visual testament to the dangers of smoking. In 2003, she succumbed to her cancer.

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

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