Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8 - "Hear Ye! Hear Ye!"

 "Oyez, Oyez!" or as is commonly known "Hear ye, Hear ye!" today is International Town Criers Day, celebrated annually on the second Monday of July.

A town crier is an officer of the court who makes public announcements and often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold robe, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. They commonly carry a hand-bell ringing it to get people attention while shouting "Oyez, Oyez!" meaning "hear ye," which is a call for silence and attention.

When was the last time you heard a town crier? Many places ceased the use of town criers as late as the early 20th century although there are still places today who have official town criers.

To find a town crier near you (you being our lovely readers who reside in the UK) visit the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Town Criers website

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

- Paris was founded in 951.
- 975 death of Edgar, King of England.

- The First Crusade happened in 1099 where 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
-1249 Alexander II, King of Scots dies at 51.

- 1290 Princess Margaret (age 15), daughter of Edward I of England marries John II of Brabant at Westminster Abbey.
- 1792 France declares war on Prussia.
- In 1835 the Liberty Bell cracks for the second time.

- 1889 Wall Street Journal begins publishing.
- 1948 Children's singer Raffi, who has sold over 7 million records, was born in Cairo, Egypt.

-1957 William Cadbury, chocolate maker, dies at 89.
- 1958 actor Kevin Bacon born.

- 1961 American country singer Toby Keith born.
- 1969 US troop withdrawal begins in Vietnam.
-1990 the date and time correspond to bring about the first (1234567890) 12:34:56 on 7/8/90.
- 1994 Space shuttle STS-65 (Columbia 17), launches.
- 1997 NATO invites Poland, Hungary & Czech Republic to join.
- 2000 fourth Harry Potter book is released (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

- 2011 Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.
- 2013 currently heavy rains are causing severe flooding, and power outages in Toronto, ON.

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

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