Browsing: July 1

A Brief History Pursuant to the British North America Act, on July 1, 1867, the colonies of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia joined to form the semi-autonomous federal Dominion of Canada, which began an accretion of provinces and territories to the mostly self-governing Dominion to the present ten provinces and three territories forming modern Canada.  Fairmont.com commissioned 10 hand-drawn GIFs in the style of Canadian Pacific’s vintage travel posters, each of which represents a fun fact about Canada. Digging Deeper 10. Apology Act 9. Polar Bears 8. Coins 7. Mac and Cheese 6. Ogopogo 5. Sunshine Village 4. Maple…

A Brief History This article presents a calendar of historical paranormal events that allegedly occurred in July! Digging Deeper On 1 July 2013, Mike Rosoft, an account with a bizarre history of being blocked, nominated the “Creepypasta” article for deletion on Wikipedia again after its apparent recreation. On July 7, 1456, Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) was acquitted of heresy. On July 7, 1947, a mysterious object fell from the sky near Roswell, New Mexico, and was reported the next day in the local newspaper as a “Flying Saucer” captured by RAAF (Roswell Army Airfield) personnel. On July 8, 1947,  the…

A Brief History On July 1, 1916, the five month Battle of the Somme began with horrific results for the British Army, leaving 19,240 men dead on the battlefield and another 36, 230 wounded on lonely the first day!  Known in Britain as The Battle of Albert (July 1 through July 13, 1916), the start to the Battle of the Somme was a portent of the slaughter to come. Digging Deeper With “only” 7000 total casualties the French do not remember this day as particularly noteworthy, lost in World War I, a war of many horrific days.  Nor do the…

A Brief History On July 1, 1863, the battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania began, perhaps the most important battle of the US Civil War.  Many historians have considered it the battle that the war hinged on, especially as it was the “high water mark” of the Confederate invasion of the North.  We list here some of the most important, most critical battles in our nation’s history, battles that the very existence of the country depended on.  Since the only wars that our existence hinged on were the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II, by our definition only those…

A Brief History On July 1, 1957, the International Geophysical Year began.  The IGY was a cooperative scientific effort by 67 countries (there were under 100 countries in the world then, 200 now).  In an effort to minimize Cold War tensions, scientists from these countries would work in harmony for the advancement of mankind.  The IGY would last until December 31, 1958 (which you may notice is more than 1 year).  Things were different then, and here we point out 20 things that did not yet exist or were different then as opposed to now.  What items would you include? Digging Deeper 20. Mobile…

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