Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 19 - May Ray Day

Today is May Ray Day - a day to get outside and soak up the sun!

Though winter provides plenty of enjoyable activities - skating, skiing, hockey/ringette, snowball fights, building snowmen, making snow angels, snowshoeing, and more - today is a day to get out and do the things we've been waiting all winter to do.

Head down to the lake and make a splash! Build some sandcastles at the beach, or take a walk down Centennial Park. Play catch with a friend, or take the dogs for a walk. Go sailing or water skiing, have a barbecue. Whatever you enjoy doing, get out there and do it!

Today is also Boys Club Day, Mike the Headless Chicken Day, Neighbor Day, and World Autoimmune Arthritis Day.

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

- Sir William Phips captured and plundered Port-Royal in 1690.

- New England experienced a "Dark Day" in 1780, when a combination of smoke from forest fires, thick fog, and cloud cover caused a total blackout. The darkness was so complete that candles were required from noon on, the darkness refusing to let up until the following night.
- The Tenant League, a militant agrarian movement, was formed in Charlottetown, PEI in 1864. It advocated sale of lands by estate owners to the farmers in actual occupation.
- The Ringling Brothers circus premiered in 1884.
- The Federated Boys' Club (Boys' Club of America) organized in 1906.
- Percy Williams, runner whose Olympic double is the most brilliant solo achievement by any Canadian in international track and field competition, was born in Vancouver in 1908.

- The world's first national parks service, the Dominion Parks Branch, was established in 1911. It is now known as Parks Canada.

- Francis Sparshott, Canada's leading philosopher of the arts, was born in Chatham, England in 1926.
- White women won voting rights in South-Africa in 1930.
- Junko Tabei became the 1st woman to climb to the top of Mount Everest in 1975.
- Sri Lanka announced victory in its 27 year war against the terrorist organisation, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in 2009.

Check out what happened last week in science:

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

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