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A Brief History On July 1, 1980, Canada officially adopted “O Canada” as its national anthem.  Dating back to 1880, “O Canada” became the informal national anthem of Canada in 1939.  The English form of the lyrics have been amended several times, including in 2018, while the French words remained the same. Digging Deeper Other countries have well known stirring anthems, and we list a few for you to pick from as your favorite: France, “La Marseillaise,” 1792. Germany, ”Deutschland Über Alles,” 1922. United Kingdom, “God Save the King (or Queen),” 1745. United States, “Star-Spangled Banner,” written 1814, adopted 1931.…

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A Brief History On May 23, 1829, Austrian maker of keyboard instruments, Cyrill Demian, a man of Armenian descent, was granted a patent for his new musical instrument, the Accordion. Digging Deeper As with so many other inventions, the actual inventor of the accordion is disputed, with some giving Christian Buschmann of Germany, credit as the real inventor. Some other instruments let their name lead you to their inventor, such as the Saxophone, invented by Adolphe Sax of Belgium in the 1840s, and the Sousaphone, of course invented by the March King himself, John Philip Sousa, in 1893, although the…

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A Brief History On May 8, 1970, the Fab Four, the Mop Tops, or simply, The Beatles, released what would be their final album, Let it Be.  Incredibly, the 35 minute and 10 second album was only the 5th album produced by the arguably greatest Rock and Roll band of all time. Digging Deeper Side 1 featured the songs: “Two of Us” “Dig a Pony” “Across the Universe” “I Me Mine” “Dig It” “Let It Be” “Maggie Mae” and Side 2 featured: “I’ve Got a Feeling” “One After 909” “The Long and Winding Road” “For You Blue” “Get Back” The…

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A Brief History On February 16, 1904, African American movie actor and singer James Franklin Baskett was born in Indianapolis.  You may not know his name, but the character he played in the Disney classic movie, Song of the South in 1946, Uncle Remus, is a beloved part of Americana as is his rendition of the song, “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Digging Deeper In 1948, Baskett was awarded an honorary Oscar, becoming the first Black actor to receive an Academy Award. Other notable African American births on February 16th include pianist and organist Bill Doggett in 1916, actor LaVar Burton in 1957, both…

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A Brief History On December 31, 192, Roman Emperor Commodus was assassinated, one of many Roman emperors that met an untimely end.  Today, we take a look at just a select few of those people that died in 2022.  Who else would you include on this list? Digging Deeper Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister Madeline Albright, Diplomat Kirstie Alley, actress Louie Anderson, Comedian Benedict, Pope Emeritus Peter Bogdanovich, Writer and director James Caan, Actor Irene Cara, Singer Coolio, Rapper Tony Dow, Actor Judith Durham, Singer Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet President Gilbert Gottfried, Comedian Franco…

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