John’s Believe It Or Not… February 8th

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Wondrous Wednesday! Did you know…

  • Canadian, Sandford Fleming first proposes the adoption of Universal Standard Time in a lecture in Toronto in 1879. It was accepted by 24 countries in 1884.
  • D.W Griffiths’ silent film “The Birth of a Nation” screens in Los Angeles in 1915 – the first 12-reel film in America.
  • Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded in 1587 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. She was tried and convicted of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth.
  • Tong Lee was the first person to be executed by lethal gas in Carson City, Nevada in 1924.
  • Del Shannon dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1990. An early star of American Rock ‘n Roll, singer-songwriter Del Shannon recorded his greatest hit “Little Runaway” in 1961.

Look who was born on this date…

  • Billy Bishop in 1894 – Canada’s greatest flying Ace during World War I.
  • Jules Verne in 1828 – one of the greatest science fiction novelists.
  • William T. Sherman in 1820 – famous Union General during the American Civil War.

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December, 2013, and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

5 thoughts on “John’s Believe It Or Not… February 8th”

    1. Thanks, Mae! I was surprised that it was a Canadian who first proposed it. Fleming was one of Canada’s greatest men of science – he was a civil engineer – his greatest accomplishment was that he engineered the Canadian Pacific Railway that spanned Canada from Atlantic to the Pacific. AND there’s a street in Waterloo, Ontario named after him!

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