Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy Canada Day!


This Sunday, July 1st we Canadians (eh!) will celebrate our country's birthday.  I don't go all out on celebrations but this year we are likely going to have a big BBQ and then find somewhere nearby to watch the fireworks at night.  I'm proud to be a Portuguese-Canadian and wanted to share some interesting facts with you today.

Here are some inventions that were created by us Canadians:

  • Baseball glove, 1883
  • Basketball - James Naismith (1892)
  • Dental mirror
  • Ear piercer
  • Electrical car (North America's first)
  • Electric wheelchair - George J. Klein
  • Heart valve operation (first)
  • IMAX - Grahame Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Robert Kerr (1968)
  • Lightbulb (first patented) - Henry Woodward (1874)
  • Nursing Mother Breast Pads - Marsha Skrypuch (1986)
  • Pacemaker - Wilfred Bigelow
  • Paint roller - Norman Breakey (1940)
  • Panoramic camera - John Connon (1887)
  • Portable high chair
  • Radio compass
  • Rollerskate
  • Snowblower - Arthur Sicard (1927)
  • Superman - Joe Shuster and Jerome Siegel (1938)
  • Telephone - Alexander Graham Bell (1874)
  • Walkie-Talkie - Donald L. Hings (1942)
  • Zipper - Gideon Sundback (1913)
  • Music Synthesizer - Hugh LeCaine
  • AM radio - Guglielmo Marconi
  • Telephone - Alexander Graham Bell
  • Television - Reginald A. Fessenden 
Famous Canadians:

  • Celine Dion - singer
  • Alanis Morissette - singer
  • Nelly Furtado - singer
  • Bryan Adams - singer
  • Neil Young - singer
  • Jim Carrey - actor
  • Leonard Cohen - singer
  • Pamela Anderson - actor
  • Avril Lavigne - singer
  • Keanu Reeves - actor
  • Estella Warren - actress
  • Shania Twain - singer and songwriter
  • Shannon Tweed - actress 
  • Sarah McLachlan - singer
  • Mike Myers - actor
  • Michael J. Fox - actor
  • William Shatner - actor
  • Dan Aykroyd - actor
  • Donovan Bailey - sprinter
Facts courtesy of www.niagara-falls-tourist-guide.com

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