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A few late April dates to remember

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When it comes to Canadian history, plenty of our significant dates came out of the U.S.A. Such as this one: April 21, 1962. For that was the opening day for the 21st Century Exposition, also known as the Seattle World's Fair. This was a big event for plenty of us Canadians living along or near the Washington/British Columbia border, as such an event as this was certainly an exotic attraction for most of us, who grew up thinking of ourselves as dull, boring and bland and "anything" from across the line (as we used to say) as bigger, better and brighter.

The Seattle World's Fair ran from April 21st to October 21st of 1962, and there are probably more than a few Canadian households in which back closets and bottom drawers hold pictures, souvenirs and View-Master reels from that time period, along with memories of such marvels as The Space Needle and The Monorail. (see video)

On the other hand, April 22nd of 1915 was a major day in the development of Canada's international reputation. It was then, as the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium was getting underway and the First Canadian Division had just reached what was termed "The Western Front", where they were at once tossed into the fray and were soon hit with a deadly new weapon of war -- cholorine gas. Our boys held their own and established us on the world scene as a hardy, fighting nation.

It was also during this battle that John McCrae wrote the immortal "In Flanders Fields". Over two thousand Canadian soldiers died during the first 48 hours of the Second Battle of Ypres.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky the larks, still bravely singing, fly. Scarce heard amid the guns below.

And that's the way it was. Thanks for the click.

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