Friday, June 7, 2013

June 7 - VCR Day

Today we celebrate VCR Day! A day to celebrate the simple elegance of analogue recording and playback. A day to look fondly back at the simpler times ... ;)

Some people see VCRs as a thing of the past, though you can still purchase them at venues such as Value Village, farmer's markets, or garage sales.

I used to have an enviable collection of VHS tapes - once our beloved VCR died, I passed them along to my brother.

Buried in some of those old VHS were movies that hadn't yet been converted to DVD. Collections of homemade videos and school functions. Fond memories, all of them.

Today is a good day to go through your old VHS tapes and see which ones are worth converting to DVD. The quality may not improve, but it won't be lost forever. Old VCR tapes will deteriorate over time and lose their colour and possibly sound quality. (We don't want that!)

So, today we reflect on VCRs and VHSs of the past!

Today is also Doughnut Day, Daniel Boone Day, and Day 1 of Banana Split Days!

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

- England declared war on France in 1557.
- Daniel Boone began exploring the Bluegrass State of Kentucky in 1769.

- David Thompson reaches the mouth of the Saskatchewan River in Manitoba in 1800.
- Notre-Dame Church in Montréal was dedicated in 1829.

- Asian cholera reached Quebec in 1832, brought by Irish immigrants, killing about 6,000 people in Lower Canada.
- Over 1000 Irish Fenians crossed the Canadian border and occupied Pigeon Hill in Missisquoi County, Canada East in 1866. They were repelled back to the United States after looting and plundering around Saint-Armand and Frelighsburg.
- Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau was created the first Canadian cardinal in 1886.

- Wilfrid Laurier was chosen leader of the Liberal opposition in Parliament in 1887, succeeding Edward Blake.
- Irma Levasseur became the first woman doctor, and the first woman pediatrician, in Québec in 1900. She helped found the Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jésus in Québec City and the Hôpital Sainte-Justine in Montréal. She devoted her life to helping handicapped children; she opened her own clinic for handicapped children in the faubourg of Saint-Jean-Baptiste as well as a school for the young disabled, which later became École Cardinal-Villeneuve.

- Actress Jessica Tandy, who at the age of 80 was the oldest actor to win an Academy Award, was born in London, England in 1909. Also in 1909, Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16.
- Louise McKinney and Roberta MacAdams were the first women in Canada elected to a provincial legislature, in Alberta in 1917.

Seen above: Louise McKinney

- George Leigh-Mallory disappeared 775' from Everest's summit in 1924.

- The New York Times agreed to capitalize the n in "Negro" in 1930.
- The Canadian 50th division occupied Bayeux in 1944.
- Dr. Mary Terrell won her struggle to end segregation in 1953, after a 3-year lawsuit against the then-segregated Thompson restaurant. In 1949, she and her colleagues Clark F. King, Essie Thompson, and Arthur F. Elmer entered the Thompson restaurant, and were refused service. They immediately filed a lawsuit, and in the 3 years it took to win her case, Dr. Terrell targeted other segregated restaurants, ultimately causing the court to rule segregated eating places in Washington DC unconstitutional.

- "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," by John Denver hit #1 on the charts in 1975.
- For one second on this morning in 1989, the time read 01:23:45, 6-7-89 (my favourite random fact so far!)
- In 1993, Prince changed his name to the symbol seen below, which is a combination of the symbols for male (♂) and female (♀), later described as a "love symbol". Because the symbol had no stated pronunciation, he often became referred to as "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince".

- Marilyn Bowering won the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her poetry collection Autobiography in 1997.
- 16th century archaeology remains of the Curtain Theatre, where some of Shakespeare's plays were first performed, were found under a pub in London in 2012.

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

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