March 22, 2011

Calling all canucks and fellow history buffs

Day 81 of Vintage 365


There are few topics in the whole universe that I love and devote my time to as much as history. From the earliest of ages, I've been enamoured with the past; insatiably curious to know what happened during the lifetimes of those who walked this earth before me. My love of all things vintage is an extension of the general adoration for history that I have, and indeed writing about historical events and figures is by far one of my favourite elements of creating this blog.

I'm always on the prowl for great sources of historical information and trivia (include who was born and who passed away on a certain date), and recently discovered a super handy Canadian On This Day website that lists numerous interesting historical facts for each day of the year - all of which have a Canadian slant to them.

{Amongst the various events that have taken place in Canadian history on March 22nd, one finds the birth in 1909 of the highly influential, prolific French Canadian author, Gabrielle Roy, whose ground-breaking novel Bonheur d'occasion (published in English as The Tin Flute), set in Montreal, is sometimes credited for laying the foundation for Quebec's Quiet Revolution in the 1960s. So great was Roy's impact on Canadian culture and history, that a quote from her, "Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?", appears (in both English and French) on the back of the Canadian $20 bill, as a wonderful reminder for future generation of this insightful Canadian author.}

While the events that took place some dates may not always be earth-shatteringly interesting, others certainly are, and together they all work together to help weave the rich tapestry that is Canadian history.

If like me you can never get enough of the past and enjoy learning fun facts about Canadian history, than be sure to bop on over On This Day and bookmark it for any time you want to look up what happened on a particular day in this vast, delightful land of ours called Canada.


  1. Yet another thing we share in common ;) I love history so much too, that is a big part of what got me into vintage. I love that vintage is a piece of history for your very own and you can imagine the people in the past who wore that item, the earrings they may have worn to a party, etc. I know very little about Canadian history I must admit, so I will enjoy learnng more through this site you shared :)

  2. Hope you're well! Thanks for sharing this site with us. I'm definitely going to check it out. I'm a Canadian facts nerd. ;)

  3. Great link. Thanks for the tip. :)

  4. Haaah excellent--thanks for pointing this out!

    Today we've got the Halifax Gazette; I'm in a seminar on book history at the moment and "where was the first press and newspaper in Canada?" was a question posed on the first day that we were all, embarrassingly, unable to answer.