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Richard Marvin HansenCCOBC (born August 26, 1957) is a Canadian track and field athlete (Paralympic Games), activist, and philanthropist for people with disabilities. Following a pickup truck accident at the age of 15, Hansen sustained a spinal cord injury and became a person with paraplegia. Hansen is most famous for his Man in Motion World Tour. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He was one of the final torchbearers in the 1988 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics. He was profiled and spoke during the 2010 Winter Paralympics opening ceremony.
In 1933, Congress designated May 22 as National Maritime Day. On this day in 1819, the “first successful transoceanic voyage under steam propulsion” began when the steamship S.S. Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia. It arrived in Liverpool, England, on June 20. National Maritime Day is an occasion to honor the past and present contributions of the U.S. merchant marine during both peace and war.
Question of the Day
What is the origin of American football, and when was the first game played?Football is an American version of English rugby. It was first played, on the college level, in 1869 — in a 6-4 victory of Rutgers over Princeton.
Advice of the Day
Plant marigolds around your lover’s footsteps to keep your true love.
Home Hint of the Day
Sharpen your hand scraper frequently throughout a paint scraping project. It’s the rough edge left on the scraper after you file it that removes the paint.
Word of the Day
SleetSleet falls in the winter when the air temperature is below freezing near the ground and above freezing up in the clouds. Rain forms in the warm air and falls into the cold air, freezing into little pieces of ice on the way down.
Puzzle of the Day
What did Mama Tomato say to Baby Tomato when he lagged behind?Ketchup!
- William Sturgeon (inventor) – 1783
- Richard Wagner (composer) – 1813
- Mary Cassatt (painter) – 1844
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes) – 1859
- Laurence Olivier (actor) – 1907
- Peter Nero (pianist) – 1934
- Paul Winfield (actor) – 1941
- Morrissey (singer) – 1959
- Naomi Campbell (model) – 1970
- Alastair Ralphs (wrestler) – 1977
- Ginnifer Goodwin (actress) – 1978
- Apolo Ohno (Olympic speed skater) – 1982
- Martha Washington (U.S. First Lady) – 1802
- Victor Hugo (writer) – 1885
- Langston Hughes (writer) – 1967
- Thurl Ravenscroft (character voice, most well known for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes’ pitchman Tony the Tiger) – 2005
- Tiffany Two (oldest known cat at the time) – 2015
- Train of 100-plus wagons left Independence, Missouri, for Oregon– 1843
- Representative Preston Brooks caned Senator Charles Sumner in Senate– 1856
- Patent granted for Wright brothers’ Flying-Machine”“– 1906
- The American Cancer Society was founded– 1913
- The Space Needle’s revolving restaurant in Seattle, Washington, was dedicated– 1961
- Barry Bishop and the other members of a National Geographic expedition team were the first Americans to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Barry Bishop placed the U.S. flag on top of Mount Everest– 1963
- First permanent IMAX theater opened in Toronto– 1971
- Athlete Rick Hansen completed Man in Motion World Tour– 1987
- Hubble telescope detected at least two more Saturn moons– 1995
- Northeast Maine had 6 inches of snow– 1858
- Lewiston, Maine, reached 101 degrees F– 1911
- Rains caused flooding, New Mexico– 1941
- Heavy rain brought the Pearl River ten feet above flood stage at Carthage, Mississippi– 1983
- A 2.5 mile-wide tornado touched down near Hallam, Nebraska.– 2004
- An EF-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri, causing at least 155 deaths. An evaluation by the National Weather Service estimated the tornado’s wind speeds reached 198 miles per hour.– 2011