Take a look at what you've missed since our last "On This Day in History" post.
July 9 - Ramadan
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed as a month of fasting. Ramadan last 29-30 days from dawn to sunset.
- 1595 Johannes Kepler inscribes geometric solid construction of universe.
- 1793 Governor John Graves Simcoe introduced the Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada, "an Act to prevent the further introduction of slaves, and to limit the term of contract for servitude within this province." It was the first step toward abolishing slavery in Upper Canada, and following its passage the country became a refuge for American slaves.
- 1816 Argentina declares independence from Spain.
- 1877 1st Wimbledon tennis championship is held.
- 1942 Anne Frank, 13, goes into hiding with her family & 4 other Jews.
- 1956 actor Tom Hanks born.
- 1969 The Official Languages Act was given assent, to come into effect on September 7. It declared English and French the official languages of the federal administration.
- 1982 Margaret Thatcher begins her 2nd term as British Prime Minster.
- 2011 South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan.
Joke of the Day
Why did the librarian slip and fall on the library floor?
Because she was in the non-friction section.
July 10 - Clerihew Day, Don't Step on a Bee Day, Hot Dog Night, Teddy Bears' Picnic Day
Lets take a look at Clerihew Day, since I'm sure we all know how not to step on a bee, eat a hot day and picnic with teddies. Clerihew Day is named for author Edmund Clerihew Bentley and takes place on the anniversary of his birthday (1875). This day celebrates the "Clerihew" a whimsical, four-line biographical poem.
- 988 The city of Dublin is founded on the banks of the river Liffey.
- 1789 Alexander Mackenzie traveled down the Mackenzie River and reached the Arctic Delta.
- 1914 Cartoonist Joe Shuster, who created Superman, the most famous hero in comic-book history, was born at Toronto.
- 1951 Canada formally ended the state of war with Germany.
- 1956 The federal government passed a law guaranteeing equal pay for women doing "identical or substantially identical" work as men.
- 1991 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected president of Russian Rep.
Joke of the Day
A man goes into a library and asks for a book on cliffhangers.
The librarian says;
July 11 - Cheer Up the Lonely Day, Day of the Five Billion (1987), Slurpee Day, World Population Day
What are you doing today to be cheerful? Hopefully it's something that benefits not only yourself but others. It's Cheer Up the Lonely day there's no more to it that that. Make others happy and you too shall be happy this day.
Now on a more interesting note, on this day in 1987 the United Nations Population Fund noted this day as the approximate day the world reached a total population of 5 BILLION people.
As a kudos to the world today is also World Population day with a special spotlight on education and awareness around adolescent pregnancy. Good job world!
- 1274 Robert Bruce, King of Scots born.
- 1346 Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
- 1899 E. B. White, writer (Charlotte's Web) born.
- 1906 The Lord's Day Act, officially making Sunday a day of rest in Canada, was passed into law by the Senate. The Act restricted trade, labour and recreation on Sundays.
- 1934 Giorgio Armani, Milan Italy, fashion designer born.
- 1977 Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King J.
- 2009 "Step Up" actor Channing Tatum (32) weds actress Jenna Dewan (31).
- 2011 Neptune completes its first orbit since its discovery on September 23, 1846.
Joke of the Day
What do you call an alligator in a vest?
July 12 - Collector Car appreciation Day, Simplicity Day
Simplicity day celebrated on the anniversary of the birth of David Henry Thoreau (1817) who wrote about and lived a life of simplicity. A perfect spokesperson to model the celebration of simplicity day after. How about embarking on your own act of voluntary simplicity today - a little ecological awareness, frugal consumption or personal growth.
- 526 St Felix IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
- 1191 Saladin's garrison surrenders, ending the two-year siege of Acre.
- 1543 England's King Henry VIII weds Catherine Parr (6th & last wife).
- 1759 Intensive bombing marked the beginning of the Québec City siege, decimating most of the city by early September.
- 1914 Babe Ruth makes his baseball debut, pitches for Red Sox.
- 1920 Panama Canal opens.
- 1920 Journalist, historian and media personality Pierre Berton, was born at Whitehorse, YT.
- 1937 actor/comedian Bill Cosby born.
- 1961 Novelist Mazo de la Roche died.
- 1962 Rolling Stones 1st performance.
Joke of the Day
What do you call a computer floating in the ocean?
A Dell Rolling in the Deep.
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