Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18 - International Sushi Day

On this day in history in 2009, Chris DeMay founded International Sushi Day - on Facebook!

It's forth year running, International Sushi Day is a testament to the power of social networking websites to create and foster cultural movements.

All you have to do to celebrate this day is eat sushi - unless you're allergic like me, in which case ... it's just sad. Sigh ...

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

- The US Congress declared war on Great Britain in 1812, which would later become known as the War of 1812. President Madison signed the declaration that day.
- Napoleon was defeated by Wellington and Blucher in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
- Conservationist Anahareo, or Gertrude Bernard, who played an important role in converting Grey Owl into a dedicated conservationist, born in Mattawa, Ontario in 1906.
- Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer, was lost on a rescue mission in the Arctic in 1928.

- Mounted police charged 1000 longshoremen in Vancouver during a strike lockout in the "Battle of the Ballantyne Pier." in 1935.
- Bill 16 came into effect in 1964, superseding Quebec’s Civil Code, which maintained inequality between spouses. It permitted women to enter legal contracts without their husbands’ consent.
- Figure skater Kurt Browning, who stunned the world at the World Championships by executing the first successful quadruple jump in competition, was born in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta in 1966.

- Fixed to a modified Boeing 747, the Space Shuttle test model "Enterprise" carried a crew aloft for the 1st time in 1977.
- Mrs Shakuntala Devi mentally multiplied 2 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds in 1980.
- Timothy Findley won the Canadian Booksellers' Association Libris Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

- In 2003, Google launched AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages.

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

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