John’s Believe It Or Not… February 26th

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

It’s Sublime Sunday! Did you know…

1920 – Dominion Elections Act gives the federal vote to all eligible Canadians over 21. (It gives the federal vote to every eligible Canadian over 21, male or female. Treaty Aboriginal people (First Nations) and Inuit are still not eligible because of the trust relationship; also ineligible are those barred from provincial voters lists, including Asians and Hindus. On July 1, Section 107 of the amended Indian Act will receive royal assent: qualified status Indians could be forced to accept enfranchisement and loss of treaty rights.)

1815 Napoleon Bonaparte and his supporters leave Elba to start a 100-day re-conquest of France. 

The Twin Towers before 9/111993 World Trade Center is bombed in New York. (A bomb explodes in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City on this day in 1993. Six people died and 1,000 were injured by the powerful blast, which also caused the evacuation of thousands of people from the Twin Towers. An informant later identified a group of Serbians in New York as the culprits. However, when the FBI conducted surveillance of the gang they found not terrorists but jewel thieves, putting an end to a major diamond-laundering operation.)

2012 Florida teen Trayvon Martin is shot and killed. (On this day in 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African-American teen walking home from a trip to a convenience store, is fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer patrolling the townhouse community of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman later claimed to have shot the unarmed 17-year-old out of self-defense during a physical altercation. After police initially opted not to arrest Zimmerman, whose father is white and mother is Hispanic, the case sparked protests and ignited national debates about racial profiling and self-defense laws. Zimmerman later was charged with second-degree murder; following a high-profile trial that riveted America, he was acquitted of the charges against him.)

Head shot of Halle Berry2005 Oscar winner Halle Berry accepts Razzie for Catwoman. (If the Academy Awards celebrate the best of what Hollywood has to offer each year, the Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards take a distinct pleasure in celebrating the worst. On February 26, 2005, the Razzies held their 25th annual ceremony at Hollywood’s historic Ivar Theatre. Making a surprise appearance was Halle Berry, an Oscar winner for Best Actress in Monster’s Ball (2001), who showed up to accept that year’s Razzie for Worst Actress for the title role in the poorly received action extravaganza Catwoman.)

Look who was born on this date!

Portrait of Victor Hugo* Victor Hugo 1802. (French author: Famous for very big books, e.g. Les Miserables)



Head shot of Fats Domino1928 Fats Domino is born in New Orleans. (Antoine Domino was the youngest of eight children born into a Creole family that spoke French as its first language. Domino’s father was a fiddle player, but it was his much older brother-in-law, Harrison Verrett, who taught young Antoine the piano. By age 10, Antoine was playing professionally in New Orleans honky-tonks, where he earned the nickname “Fats” from bandleader Bill Diamond. In 1949, he caught the eye and ears of trumpeter, band leader and Imperial Records talent scout Dave Bartholomew, and a legendary partnership was born.)

Head shot of Johnny Cash* Johnny Cash in 1932. (Cash came to fame in the mid-1950s with Sun Records along with Elvis Presley. He later moved to Colombia records recording such hits as “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” and “Folsom Prison Blues”. During the 1960s Cash fought increasing battles with addiction, which were to feature throughout his life. He was helped in this fight by June Carter who became his wife in 1968. Cash had his own TV show ‘The Johnny Cash Show’ (1969-71) and in the 1980s was part of the successful group The Highwaymen. In the 1994 Cash returned to huge acclaim recording American Recordings and winning a Grammy. Through his career Cash became known as ‘The man in black’ due to his usual dark clothing while performing.)



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.

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