John’s Believe It Or Not… June 22nd

* 1774 – Parliament passes the Québec Act – backs Catholic religion and the French civil code. * 1633 Galileo Galilei forced to recant his Copernican views that the Earth orbits the Sun by the Pope (Vatican only admits it was wrong on Oct 31, 1992!) * 1611 Hudson set adrift by mutineers * 1962 Mysterious crash in Guadeloupe * 1937 Louis becomes champ

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* 1774 – Parliament passes the Québec Act – backs Catholic religion and the French civil code.

Question: Why was Quebec allowed to maintain its French character while Louisiana could not?

n 1763, after a century of imperial warfare in North America, which included a decisive British victory at the Plains of Abraham, France ceded much of its North American territory, including Île Royale (Cape Breton Island), Canada and its holdings in the Great Lakes Basin and east of the Mississippi (except New Orleans), to Great Britain with the signing of the Treaty of Paris (see also Conquest). Subsequently, the Royal Proclamation (also adopted in 1763) integrated these new territorial gains and its people into Britain’s North American empire. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 22nd”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 21st

* Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day * 1964 The KKK kills three civil rights activists * 1990 Earthquake devastates Iran * 1956 Arthur Miller refuses to name communists * 1965 Mr. Tambourine Man is released and the folk-rock revolution is on

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It’s National Indigenous Peoples Day!

Did You Know…

* Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous peoples in Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on 21 June annually. 21 June was chosen as the statutory holiday for many reasons-including its cultural significance as the Summer solstice, and the fact that it is a day on which many Aboriginal groups traditionally celebrate their heritage. On 21 June 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement pledging to rename the event National Indigenous Peoples Day. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 21st”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 20th

* 1877 – Great Fire of Saint John destroys business district. * 1789 Third Estate makes Tennis Court Oath * 1900 Boxer Rebellion begins in China * 1977 Oil flows in Alaska * 1975 Jaws released

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* 1877 – Great Fire of Saint John destroys business district.

In late June 1877, Saint John, New Brunswick, was laid waste by a devastating fire.

It began about 2:30 on the afternoon of 20 June when a spark fell into a bundle of hay in Henry Fairweather’s storehouse in the York Point Slip area, which in present day is in the vicinity of Market Square. It is unknown where the spark originated. It may have come from McLaughlan & Son’s boiler shop next door or may have been carried from a nearby sawmill. The month of June had been warm, with fine weather and little or no rain. Wooden structures predominant in Saint John at this time were tinder dry and highly flammable. When the fire was discovered it was already burning rapidly in large bundles of hay and aided by a fresh, strong breeze it rapidly escalated into a major conflagration. Within two minutes of the alarm sounding, Engine #3 was dousing the fire. Although other engines followed immediately, the fire had already spread by means of heat and sparks to other wooden structures nearby. At times, the fire reached temperatures perhaps so high some buildings exploded into flames without actual contact with the fire. This prompted fearful rumors that the fire was intentionally set. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 20th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 19th

* 1625 – Jean de Brébeuf and first permanent Jesuit missionaries arrive at Québec. * 1829 Sir Robert Peel introduces the Metropolitan Police Act 1829 into Parliament to establish a unified police force for London * 1864 USS Kearsarge sinks CSS Alabama * 1867 Emperor of Mexico executed * 1970 Carole King has her first #1 hit as a performer

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* 1625 – Jean de Brébeuf and first permanent Jesuit missionaries arrive at Québec.

Spurred by the inspirational writings of their founder and unswerving in their obedience to the papacy, the Jesuits quickly became known as the schoolmasters of Europe – teaching not only the tenets of the Catholic faith but also subjects as varied as the Latin classics and dancing. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 19th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… June 18th

* 1812 – US President Madison signs Bill to declare war on Great Britain. * 1972 Mysterious crash at Heathrow. * 1983 First American woman in space. * 1967 The Monterey Pop Festival reaches its climax. * 1984 A radio host is gunned down for his controversial views

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* 1812 – US President Madison signs Bill to declare war on Great Britain.

The day after the Senate followed the House of Representatives in voting to declare war against Great Britain, President James Madison signs the declaration into law–and the War of 1812 begins. The American war declaration, opposed by a sizable minority in Congress, had been called in response to the British economic blockade of France, the induction of American seaman into the British Royal Navy against their will, and the British support of hostile Indian tribes along the Great Lakes frontier. A faction of Congress known as the “War Hawks” had been advocating war with Britain for several years and had not hidden their hopes that a U.S. invasion of Canada might result in significant territorial land gains for the United States. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… June 18th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… May 28th

* 1934 – Birth of Dionne Quintuplets * 1937 Volkswagen is founded * 1987 Matthias Rust lands his plane in Red Square * 1983 Irene Cara has a #1 pop hit with the Flashdance theme * 2014 Author Maya Angelou dies

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* 1934 – Birth of Dionne Quintuplets: Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie and Yvonne.

Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile and Marie aroused worldwide attention after their birth at Corbeil, Ontario, to Oliva and Elzire Dionne on 28 May 1934. With only two previous cases on record, they were the only quintuplets to survive for more than a few days. This miracle, plus their baby cuteness, the poverty of their French Canadian parents, and the controversy over their guardianship, made them the sensation of the 1930s. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 28th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… May 25th

* 2000 – Remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier – who died at Vimy Ridge – are brought back to Canada and buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beside the National War Memorial. * 1977 Star Wars opens * 1977 Chinese government removes ban on Shakespeare * 1895 Oscar Wilde is sent to prison for indecency * 1927 International best-selling thriller writer Robert Ludlum is born

It’s Friday! TGIF! Did You Know…

* 2000 – Remains of an unidentified Canadian soldier – who died at Vimy Ridge – are brought back to Canada and buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beside the National War Memorial.

Canada repatriated the remains of an Unknown Soldier from France in May 2000 and laid them to rest at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The idea originated as a millennium project of the Royal Canadian Legion and was coordinated through the government by Veterans Affairs Canada. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 25th”