Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 9 - Donald Duck Day

On this day in history, in 1934, Donald Duck first appeared in the Silly Symphony cartoon, "The Wise Little Hen".

Watch the video here:

Though his birthday actually occurs on March 13th, today we wish him Happy Anniversary!

Today is also Abused Women and Children's Awareness Day, Multicultural American Child Day, World Wind Day, Race Unity Day, and World APS Day.

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

- Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide in the year 68, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.
- Duccio's Maestà Altarpiece, a seminal artwork of the early Italian Renaissance, was unveiled and installed in the Siena Cathedral in Siena, Italy in 1310.
- The 23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet occurred in 1456.

- A fire in St. John's, Newfoundland levelled most of the city in 1846.
- The 1st US "dime novel" was published in 1860: "Malaseka, The Indian Wife of the White Hunter," by Mrs. Ann Stevens.
- Timothy O'Hea extinguished a fire in a coach filled with gunpowder, on a train en route from Montréal with passengers and troops to Fort Erie, Canada West in 1866. On January 7, 1867, he received the Victoria Cross, the only VC awarded for bravery in peacetime.

- Alexandra Palace burnt down in 1873, after being open for only 16 days.
- Fishing captain Angus Walters, who captained the Bluenose to fame on the Grand Banks and in the International Fisherman's Trophy races 1921 to 1938, was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1882.

- Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, became the first woman to drive across the United States in 1909. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan, New York, to San Francisco, California.
- Biochemist Fernand Seguin, who received Canada's first UNESCO's Kalinga Award for scientific popularization, was born at Montréal, Québec in 1922.
- Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle was killed during rush hour at the Illinois Central train station in 1930 by the Leo Vincent Brothers, allegedly over a $100 000 gambling debt owed to Al Capone.

Seen above: infamous gangster Al Capone.

- Norway surrendered to Germany in 1940.
- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport, (LGW), Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom in 1958.
- Bob Dylan was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Princeton University in 1970.
- Secretariat became the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes in 1973.

- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abolished their 148-year policy of excluding black men from priesthood in 1978.
- Donald Duck's 50th birthday was celebrated at Disneyland in 1984.
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier premiered in 1989.
- Denise Chong was born in Vancouver in 1953. Her book The Concubine's Children won the City of Vancouver Book Award in 1994 and the Vancity Book Prize in 1995.
- Floods in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1995 forced some 5000 people from their homes.

- Stanley Knowles, a Member of Parliament for 4 decades, died in Ottawa in 1997.
- Canada and the United States signed a border security agreement in 2000, under which the two countries would bolster security along the eastern border directed by a joint enforcement team.
- In a fierce competition with CBC, CTV successfully bid nearly $3 million for exclusive rights in perpetuity to Canada’s hockey anthem - the theme song to Hockey Night in Canada in 2008. It was written in the late 1960s by Dolores Claman.

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

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