Tuesday, June 25, 2013

June 25 - Global Beatles Day

On this day in history, in 1967, broadcast to 26 countries via satellite, with 400 million viewers, "All You Need is Love" was performed by The Beatles on the BBC-produced program, Our World, the first live global television link.

Global Beatles Day was created by super-fan Faith Cohen on Facebook in 2009. She considers the creation of the event to be a "thank you note and a love letter to The Beatles".

The purpose of this day is to honour and celebrate the phenomenon and ideals of The Beatles, collectively and individually, for their promotion of peace and love, truth and youth, and of the expansion of the human consciousness. The Beatles paved the way for global changes in personal expression, fashion, imaginations, sex, and art, having as much or more impact on global society as anyone of their time. For this, we thank them.

Celebrate The Beatles today, and remember everything they taught us.

Today is also Color TV Day (CBS), National Columnists Day, Tammuz, and Please Take My Children to Work Day!

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

- 5 Canterbury monks reported something exploding on the Moon in 1178. What they saw was likely an asteroid impact that led to the creation of the lunar crater Giordano Bruno, named after Italian philosopher, priest, and cosmologist Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for heresy in 1600.
- The "Great Canadian Detective" John Murray, a pioneer of scientific crime investigation and one of the first to utilize forensic science and information obtained through autopsies, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1840.
- Barbed wire was patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio in 1867.
- American Civil War veterans began arriving at the Great Reunion of 1913.
- Mackenzie King's Liberals were defeated on a motion of censure in 1926. Governor General Byng refused to grant King's request to dissolve Parliament. Byng asked Arthur Meighen to form a government, which he did, on June 29.

Seen above: Mackenzie King with one of his many dogs named "Pat".

- Filmmaker Denys Arcand, who won the highest award by a Canadian film at the Cannes Film Festival, was born in Deschambault, Québec in 1941.
- Michel Tremblay, whose first widely produced play, Les Belles-soeurs, opened the floodgates of theatre in Canada, was born in Montréal in 1942.

- The 1st edition of Anne Frank's "The Back of House" was published in 1947. Also in 1947, tennis shoes were introduced.
- The 1st colour TV broadcast, CBS' Arthur Godfrey from NYC to 4 cities occurred in 1951.
- In the 1968 federal election, in which Liberal leader Pierre Trudeau's popularity reached "Trudeamania", the Liberals won 155 seats and a majority. The Progressive Conservatives won 72 seats, the NDP 22, and the Créditistes 14, with one independent.

- Also in 1968, Leonard Marchand became the first Aboriginal to be elected to the federal Parliament since Louis Riel.
- The CN Tower, at 553.33 m the world's tallest free-standing structure at that time, was officially opened in 1976.

- Roger Rabbit Cartoon Character debuted in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" in 1988.
- Brian Mulroney turned over the office of Prime Minister to Kim Campbell in 1993, making her Canada's first female Prime Minister.
- In 2010, the G8 Summit was held in Canada for the 5th time since the country joined the forum in 1976. Participating countries included Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Summit leaders discussed critical global challenges such as health, education, and peace and security.

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

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