Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 11 - Corn on the Cob Day

Corn on the cob may not be in season yet, but we're going to celebrate this delicious, buttery treat!

People tend to fall on one side or the other with corn on the cob - they love it, or they hate it! Where do you fall?

Check out some of these great corn on the cob recipes to get you in the mood: http://bbq.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/tp/Top-10-Grilled-Corn-Recipes.htm

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

- Trojan War: Troy was sacked and burned in the Trojan War, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, in 1184 BC.
- In 631 AD, Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sent envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to persuade the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners, who were captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier; this embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China.
- Samuel de Champlain travelled nearly 60 km up the Saguenay River, and learned from the Montagnais tribe that a large saltwater body existed to the north (the Hudson Bay) in 1603.

- Benjamin Franklin invented his Franklin stove in 1742.
- Captain James Cook discovered the Great Barrier Reef off Australia in 1770.

- Continental Congress created a committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence in 1776.
- The first elections were held in Lower Canada in 1792. Anyone over 21, including women, who owned property and had not been convicted of a criminal offence could vote.
- The Broad Street Riot occurred in Boston in 1837, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans.
- Soldier Leif Crozier, who bravely but impetuously led a party of NWMP into the opening engagement of the North-West Rebellion, was born in Newry, Ireland in 1846.
- Coal miner William Davis was killed in the culmination of a long Cape Breton strike in 1925.
- Alfred Hitchcock's 1st film, "Case Of Jonathan Drew," was released in 1928.

- Football player John Bright, the first black person to win a major football award in Canada, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1931.
- Miners in Flin Flon, Manitoba went on strike in 1934, which lasted until July 14th.
- The King & Queen of England tasted their 1st "hot dogs" at FDR's party in 1939.
- The Postmaster General banned D. H. Lawrence's book, Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1959. It was later overruled by a US Court of Appeals in March of 1960.
- Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to successfully escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island in 1962.
- "The Ballad Of John & Yoko", by The Beatles hit #1 on the charts in 1969.
- "Grease", starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John opened in 1978.
- "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" was released in 1982.

- Margaret Thatcher became the 1st British PM in 160 years to win a 3rd consecutive term in 1987.
- The UN appointed Olivia Newton-John as an environmental ambassador in 1990.
- Kenneth Oppel won the inaugural Canadian Booksellers' Association Libris Children's Author of the Year Award for his book Skybreaker in 2006.

- In 2008, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an official historic apology to Canada's First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children were isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
- A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home in 2009. Witnesses stated the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest, exiting her foot. Her 9-year-old son frantically called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital, but was able to return home - alive.

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

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