As you know by now, because of one of the many smart electronic devices in your possession, that this is the 26th day of February. Who needs a calendar when we have a hand-help computer?
This was the day award winning Canadian musician and composer Hagood Hardy was born. He came into this world in the U.S. state of Indiana, and left us on the 1st of January in 1997. Hardy wrote music, played the piano and the vibraphone, and graduated from the University of Toronto. He is best known for his 1975 hit called "The Homecoming", which was apparently first written in 1972 for a Salada Tea television ad. Hardy's mother was a U.S. citizen and he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992.
Also on this day, in 1920, the Conservative government of the time, under Prime Minister Robert Borden, passed the Dominion Elections Act, which gave federal voting rights to every elegible Canadian citizen, male or female, over the age of 21. Sounds good, right? Not so fast. Women from minority groups, such as Aboriginals and Asians, were denied this right. Much of the spade work in getting this bill passed was done by famed activist Nellie McClung from Manitoba.
In astronomy, a total solar eclipse occurred on Monday, February 26, 1979. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun. A total solar eclipse is said to occur when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. On this day in 1979, the central shadow of the moon reportedly passed over the northwestern U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana (where totality covered almost the entire state), the north-central state of North Dakota, parts of the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and what is now the Canadian Territory of Nunavut, and Greenland. (see video)
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