Friday, May 31, 2013

May 31 - What You Think Upon Grows Day

Today is "What You Think Upon Grows Day", selected in honour of the birth of Norman Vincent Peale, born on this day in 1898. Mr. Peale was an author, speaker, and pastor, ministering at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over 50 years. He is known as one of the pioneers of modern positive thinking.

We've all experienced the effect of a negative attitude, just as we've experienced that of a positive attitude. Your outlook on situations greatly impact their effect. If you go into a situation believing it will end badly, it probably will.

That being said, merely focusing on a positive outcome doesn't guarantee its success. You can will yourself to lose weight, but if you don't put in the time to exercise and eat healthy, you may never achieve your goal. The two go hand-in-hand.

Today we celebrate the power of positive thinking, while knowing that action and determination are just as important.

Today is also World No-Tobacco Day!

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

- Rome captured the 1st wall of the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
- Clarence Chant, notable for his development of Canadian astronomy, was born in Hagerman's Corners, Ontario in 1865.
- About 800 Fenians crossed the Niagara River at Buffalo into Canada in 1866, occupying Fort Erie.

- E. J. DeSemdt patented asphalt pavement in 1870.
- Madison Square Garden opened in 1879.
- Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patented "flaked cereal" in 1884.
- The doomed R.M.S. Titanic launched in 1911.

- German occupiers forbade Jews access to beaches & swimming pools in 1941.
- Ernest Charles Manning succeeded William Aberhart as Social Credit premier of Alberta in 1943.

- Corey Hart, popular Canadian singer/songwriter, was born in Montréal in 1961.
- A third level of the Order of Canada, Member, was created in 1972.

- A tornado hit Barrie, Ontario in 1985, in the worst inland storm since Hurricane Hazel. Roughly 300 houses were destroyed, at least 8 were killed, and thousands were left homeless.
- Seinfeld debuted on NBC as "Seinfeld Chronicles" in 1990.
- Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100m sprint in 2008, with a wind-legal (+1.7m/s) 9.72 seconds.

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

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