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Category: History

Happy Canada Day!

Lately, we Americans have been obsessed with Mexico but it’s all too easy to forget about our other neighbor, Canada. No American forgets about Cinco de Mayo (actually a rather minor Mexican holiday), but I’d be surprised if more than one in a hundred knows about Dominion Day. This commemorates Canada’s transition from British colony […]

Happy Victoria Day!

Today is the 199th anniversary of the birth of England’s celebrated Queen Victoria, who reigned over the British Empire from 1837 to 1901. This was an official holiday for many years in the United Kingdom, though it’s been superseded by Commonwealth Day, which is celebrated in March. It’s still a holiday in Canada, though like […]

Happy Birthday, Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini, the world-famous illusionist and stunt performer, was born on this day in 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. His real name was Erik Weisz. His best-known acts involved escaping from impossible situations such as being chained upside-down in a tank of water. Erik’s family emigrated to the US in 1878, where his father served as […]

Happy St. Paddy’s Day

We Americans have a tradition of turning minor ethnic holidays into major excuses to party. St. Patrick’s was just another Catholic feast day to commemorate the man who, according to tradition, brought Christianity to Ireland. Now it’s become a festival of drink and debauchery – not that I object to that sort of thing, within […]

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