Saturday, May 4, 2013

May 4 - Intergalactic Star Wars Day

Star Wars fans know this day as the "May Fourth Movement", an anti-imperialist, cultural, and political movement, and a major theme of the original films.

In 2005, George Lucas was asked so say the famous line, "May the Force be with you" during an interview with German news TV channel N24. The interpreter relayed it as "Am 4. Mai sind wir bei Inhen" - translated to, "On May 4 we are with you". This was captured by TV Total and aired on May 18, 2005. Since then, "May the Fourth be with you" has trended amongst fans everywhere.

Today is also Free Comic Book Day, International Firefighters Day, International Space Day, International Respect for Chickens Day, National Scrapbooking Day, and World Give Day!

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

- The American Academy of Arts & Science was founded in 1780.
- The territory of Assiniboia was transferred to the Hudson's Bay Company by Lord Selkirk's family in 1836.
- The phonograph was shown for the 1st time at the Grand Opera House in 1878.
- Franklin Carmichael, painter, founding member of the Group of Seven, was born in Orillia, Ontario in 1890.
- The first prospectors arrived in Portland Canal, from Seattle in 1898. The first gold stakes were claimed the following year, which ultimately led to the establishment of the town of Stewart, BC.
- Tel Aviv was founded in 1910.
- Also in 1910, the Canadian Navy began as the Canadian Naval Service when the Naval Service Act was passed in. Canada has sent over 850 warships to sea since its creation.

- The Battle of Coral Sea begun in 1942, the 1st sea battle fought solely in the air.
- The Pulitzer prize was awarded to Ernest Hemingway in 1953 for Old Man & The Sea.
- Kathy Kreiner, alpine skier, who won Canada's only 1976 Olympic gold medal in the giant slalom, was born in Timmins, Ontario in 1957.
- During the night, the worst landslide in Quebec’s history destroyed 40 houses in the small city of Saint-Jean-Vianney, Saquenay in 1971. 31 died, and hundreds were left homeless.

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

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