400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare
The celebrated English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, died on April 23, 1616 at Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He was 52 years old at the time of his passing. The exact cause of Shakespeare's death remains a mystery, although there have been several theories, including that of a cerebral hemorrhage.
350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London (1666)
|Painting of The Great Fire of London (thought to be from 17th century)|
The Great Fire of London swept through the centre of London, England from September 2 to September 5, 1666. The conflagration destroyed thousands of houses and many churches, including St. Paul's Cathedral. It gutted the medieval City of London within the ancient Roman wall. Although there was much destruction of property, deaths are considered to have been few. The fire is believed to have stared at a bakery on Pudding Lane. Only six fatalities were officially recorded, but there were undoubtedly more.
The fire occurred under the reign of King Charles II and is considered one of the most famous incidents in Stuart England. It was the second tragedy to befall England's largest city within a period of a year. When the disaster struck, London was just recovering from the Great Plague of 1665 in which an estimated 15 per cent of its populated died from a major outbreak of the bubonic plague.
100th Anniversary of the Chicago Cubs' first game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field)
|Weeghman Park in 1916|
100th Anniversary of the Easter Rebellion in Ireland
Below is the Proclamation of the Republic, 1916, a document issued by the Irish republicans. In the document, the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood refers to itself as "the provisional government of the Irish Republic" and proclaims Irish independence from Great Britain.
100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme
|British soldiers waiting to attack during Battle of the Somme|
The Battle of the Somme was a battle of the First World War. It took place between July 1 and November 18, 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France and was one of the bloodiest confrontations in human history. All together more than 1,000,000 combatants were wounded and killed. The British alone suffered more than 57,000 casualties.
60th Anniversary of the Wedding of Grace Kelly to Price Rainier of Monaco
50th Anniversary of Muhammad Ali versus George Chuvalo
On that chilly spring evening in Toronto, the gritty Chuvalo went the distance with Ali in his prime, the first to do since Ali had won the championship title. After 15 hard fought rounds, Ali was awarded the decision, but Chuvalo won a great deal of respect for his performance in the ring that night.
50 Years Since the Speck Murders in Chicago
50th Anniversary of the Beatles' Final Public Concert
In August of 1966, the Beatles went on tour in the United States and Canada. They performed 19 shows, with 17 concerts in American locales and two in Toronto, Canada. It was to be the group's last commercial tour. On August 29th, 1966, they staged their final public concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, which was then the home of baseball's San Francisco Giants. The Park seated over 40,000 people, but only about 25,000 were sold. Ticket prices ranged from $4.50 to $6.50.
On January 30, 1969, the Beatles made a surprise live appearance on the rooftop of the Apple building in London. Although the rooftop concert was the band's final public performance, the Candlestick Park concert was really their last "commercial" concert.
HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS AND OBSERVANCES, RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR 2016 (Canada and the United States)
CHINESE NEW YEAR
MARDI GRAS (SHROVE TUESDAY): Tuesday, February 9, 2016
ASH WEDNESDAY: Lent begins February 10, 2016
VALENTINE'S DAY: Sunday, February 14, 2016
PRESIDENTS' DAY (United States): Monday, February 15, 2016
LEAP YEAR DAY: Monday, February 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Thursday, March 17, 2016
GOOD FRIDAY: Friday, March 25, 2016
EASTER SUNDAY: Sunday, March 27, 2016
PASSOVER: Begins the evening of Friday, April 22, 2016 and ends the evening of Saturday, April 30 , 2016
EARTH DAY: Friday, April 22, 2016
MOTHER'S DAY: Monday, May 8, 2016
VICTORIA DAY (Canada): Monday, May 23, 2016
MEMORIAL DAY (United States): Monday, May 30, 2016
RAMADAN: Dates vary with country - Begins Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Canada
FATHER'S DAY: Sunday, June 19, 2016
CANADA DAY (Canada): Friday, July 1, 2016
INDEPENDENCE DAY (United States): Monday, July 4, 2016
EID-AL-FITR (End of Ramadan): Thursday, July 7, 2016
LABOUR DAY (Canada), LABOR DAY (United States): Monday, September 5, 2016
ROSH HASHANA (Jewish New Year): Begins the evening of Sunday, October 2, 2016 and ends the evening of Tuesday, October 4, 2016
THANKSGIVING DAY (Canada): Monday, October 10, 2016
YOM KIPPUR (Jewish Day of Atonement): Begins the evening of Tuesday, October 11, 2016 and ends Wednesday, October 12, 2016.
DIWALI (Hindu Festival of Lights, beginning of Hindu New Year): Begins on Sunday October 30, 2016 and ends Thursday, November 3, 2016
HALLOWEEN: Monday, October 31, 2016
ALL SAINTS DAY: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
REMEMBRANCE DAY (Canada), VETERAN'S DAY (United States): Friday, November 11, 2016
THANKSGIVING DAY (United States): Thursday, November 25, 2016
HANUKKAH: Begins the evening of Saturday, December 24, 2016 and ends the evening of Sunday, January 1, 2017
CHRISTMAS DAY: Sunday, December 25, 2016
BOXING DAY (Canada): Monday, December 26, 2016
AROUND THE WORLD IN 2016
This is a census year in Canada. The next Census of Population and Census of Agriculture will occur in May. Starting on May 2, 2016, Statistics Canada will send census letters and packages to all Canadian households. The questionnaire can be completed online or on paper (It first appeared online in 2006). Statistics Canada has identified Tuesday, May 10, 2016 as the official census day. The long-form census will be mandatory again. In 2011, respondents could choose to complete a short form version instead.
The 138th Canadian National Exhibition (also known as the CNE or The Ex) will be held from August 19, 2016 to September 5, 2016 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the leading public film festival in the world, will take
place in Toronto, Ontario from Thursday, September 8, 2016 to Sunday, September 18, 2016.
|flag of New Zealand|
The Democratic National Convention will be held from July 25, 2016 to July 28, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with some events at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The delegates will choose the Democratic Party's nominees for President and Vice President of the United States.
SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES: The 2016 Summer Olympics (the 31st Summer Olympic Games) will be hosted by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5, 2016 to August 21, 2016.
GOLF: The Canadian Open will be played at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario. The tournament will be take place from July 18 to July 24, 2016.
INTERNATIONAL ICE HOCKEY: The World Cup of Hockey will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario from September 17, 2016 to October 1, 2016.
GOLF: The 145th British Open Championship will be held at Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrhire, Scotland from July 14, 2016 to July 17, 2016.
GOLF: The 80th edition of the Masters Tournament will be held from April 7, 2016 to April 10, 2016 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
HORSE RACING: The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, known as "The Run for the Roses," will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 (the first Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
GOLF: The 116th United States Open Championship (U.S. Open) will be played from June 16, 2016 to June 19, 2016 at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.
BASEBALL: The 87th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be hosted by the San Diego Padres at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The game between the stars of the American League and the National League will take place on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
TENNIS: The U.S. Open will be held from Monday, August 29, 2016 through Sunday, September 11, 2016. at the USTA Billie Jean King Center in New York, New York.
The city of Calgary, Alberta will host the 45th Juno Awards, honouring the best in Canadian music. The ceremony will be broadcast from the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
The 70th Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, better known as the Tony Awards, will be held at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
J.J. Abrams, American director, actor, producer, born June 27, 1966 in New York City, New York. United States
Justine Bateman, American writer, producer, actress, born February 19, 1966 in Rye, New York, United States
Halle Berry, American actress, born August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Helena Bonham Carter, English actress, born May 26, 1966 in Islington, London, England, United Kingdom
David Cameron, current British prime minister, born October 9, 1966 in London, England, United Kingdom
Cindy Crawford, American model, born February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois, United States
John Cusack, American actor, born June 28, 1966 in Evanston, Illinois, United States
Patrick Dempsey, American actor, born January 13, 1966 in Lewiston, Maine, United States
Salma, Hayek, Mexican-American actress, born September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Janet Jackson, American singer, born May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, United States
Nancy McKeon, American actress, born April 4, 1966 in Westbury, New York, United States
Sinead O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter, born December 8, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland.
Enrique Peña Nieto, current President of Mexico, born July 20, 1966 in Atlacomulco, Mexico
Gordon Ramsay, British chef, restaurateur and television personality, born November 8, 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Adam Sandler, American actor, comedian, musician, born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Curt Schilling, retired American baseball pitcher, born November, 14, 1966, Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Mike Tyson, retired American boxer, born June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Jimmy Wales, American Internet entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia, born August 7, 1966 in Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Robin Wright: American actress, born April 8, 1966 in Dallas, Texas, United States