John’s Believe It Or Not… July 11th

* 1906 – Lord’s Day Act makes Sunday a day of rest. * 1804 Burr slays Hamilton in duel * 1979 Skylab crashes to Earth * 1899 “Charlotte’s Web” author E.B. White born * 1960 The Hollwood Argyles’ “Alley Oop” leads a novelty-song outbreak

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It’s Hump Day Wednesday! Did You Know…

* 1906 – Lord’s Day Act makes Sunday a day of rest.

Lord’s Day Alliance of Canada (renamed People for Sunday Association of Canada in 1982), a lay organization founded in 1888 under the aegis of the PRESBYTERIAN Church and supported by the other Protestant churches to combat increasing Sabbath secularization. In the early phases of Canada’s industrialization and urbanization, Sunday was usually the only day of rest: the issue was whether that day should be a holy day or a holiday. The churches faced growing competition for the loyalty of potential churchgoers: industrial concerns, such as railways, demanded Sunday labour from their employees. More important, new leisure pursuits beckoned. Technological advances, particularly electric urban transit systems, increased people’s mobility, allowing them to escape the cities. Commercial recreation activities such as sporting events, ice cream parlours and theatres were equally tempting. Many Canadians seemed inclined to make Sunday a day both of religion and recreation. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… July 11th”