Today we can celebrate the ending of world war to and commemorate the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, Japan where an estimated 200,000 people lost their lives. Today people dedicate this day to anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.
On a happier note, lets all enjoy National Root Beer Float Day by indulging in this tasteful concoction of root beer soda and vanilla ice cream. Don't forget it's assistance dog week, so lets be extra friendly and helpful to our working dogs out there.
Now how about we look at some interesting things that have happened on this day in history.
-1623 Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, dies.
-1661 Holland sells Brazil to Portugal for 8 million guilders.
-1664 Johann Christoph Schmidt, composer born.
-1806 Holy Roman Empire ends; it was neither holy, Roman, nor an empire.
-1809 Alfred Lord Tennyson, Somersby, England, Poet Laureate of Great Britain born.
-1845 Governor general of Canada the Marquis of Lorne, who founded the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, was born at London, Eng.
-1856 The Great Bell is cast in the Great Clock of Westminster (Big Ben).
-1866 An imperial statute established the political union of Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC as the colony of British Columbia.
-1911 Lucille Ball, Jamestown NY, comedienne/actress (I Love Lucy, Mame), (d. 1989) born.
-1913 The first death involving an airplane in Canada occurred at Victoria, BC, when American barnstormer John M. Bryant was killed.
-1928 Andy Warhol, McKeesport PA, pop artist & film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), (d. 1987) born.
-1945 Hiroshima Peace Day-atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima by "Enola Gay".
-1964 Prometheus, the world's oldest tree, is cut down.
-1965 LBJ signs Voting Rights Act, guaranteeing voting rights for blacks.
-1968 Children's author Dr. Seuss (64) weds Audrey Geisel.
-1970 M. Night Shyamalan, Indian/American film director born.
-1990 Jon Benet Ramsey, little beauty queen born.
-1995 Thousands of people in Hiroshima tribute on 50th anniversary of bomb.
-1996 NASA officials in the US reported that an ancient meteorite from Mars could contain chemical signs of life.
-1996 Catherine Callbeck, the first woman elected head of a provincial government, resigned as premier of PEI.
-2004 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak") dies aged 56.
Books and Movies: The Goods.
This great site found it's way into my mailbox the other day (thanks Mrs. Gates) it highlights all the great summer reading lists. I'd like to put a focus on a particularly interesting list, for those of you who love murders and solving mysteries check out the Murdock Mysteries reading list, where the cast give some awesome book suggestions.
If your looking for some good reads, the New York Times Best Sellers list ending August 11th can be found here publishers weekly also has a weekly best sellers list found here
Check out the Kirkus book review for Read Me A Story, Stella by Marie-Louise Gay here
Movies that have been released in theaters recently are: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and We're the Millers.
Check out the movie listings for Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.
Joke of the Day
What did the tree wear to the pool party?
What did the beaver say to the tree?
It's been nice gnawing you!
Why did the leaf go to the doctor?
It was feeling green!
What kind of tree can fit into your hand?
A palm tree!
How do trees get on the internet?
They log in.