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    Fact of the Day - THE THREE-PENCE BEAVER Did you know... that The Three-Pence Beaver is Canada’s first postage stamp, designed by Sir Sandford Fleming and issued on April 23, 1851? In 1851, the British Crown transferred authority to the Province of Canada for the management of its own postal system, whereupon Canada hastened to issue postage stamps so as to give tangible form to its new authority. Only two days after being instructed to reorganize the Post Office from top to bottom, James Morris met with Sandford Fleming in Toronto, on 24 February 1851, to discuss certain details concerning postage stamp illustration. During this meeting, Fleming suggested the idea of using the beaver to illustrate the first Canadian postage stamp. The proposal was audacious, to say the least, for it broke with the tradition hitherto observed in the British Empire of using the effigy of the monarch to illustrate postage stamps. Sandford Fleming felt that the beaver was totally appropriate, since this characteristic specimen of Canadian wildlife, known for its industriousness, its building skills and its tenacity, was the perfect representative of a young nation occupied with building its future in a land that was still virtually undeveloped. The beaver was also evocative of the colony’s beginnings, since beaver pelts were one of the first articles of trade between Amerindians and the French who disembarked in New France. Sandford Fleming succeeded in convincing James Morris, and, on 23 April 1851, a three-pence postage stamp for domestic mail was issued. Its central motif is of course a beaver, which appears in profile in its natural habitat, at work building a dam near a waterfall; on the same plane, to the right, is a field of trilliums. The stamp is not devoid of symbols of the monarchy, for it also features the royal crown of England on a cushion of heraldic flowers: the English rose, the Scottish thistle and the Irish shamrock. The VR monogram of Queen Victoria also overhangs the representation of the beaver. Sandford Fleming created two other postage stamps in 1851, this time for international mail. These were a six-pence stamp with the effigy of Prince Albert and a twelve-pence bearing the portrait of the Queen. The beaver we now see on the back of our five-cent nickels became the official emblematic animal of Canada on 24 March 1975.
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    Fact of the Day - THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Did you know... that The Underground Railroad (UR) was not underground nor was it a railroad? It was called “underground” because of its secretive nature and “railroad” because it was an emerging form of transportation. The history of the UR goes back to the 1780s and became known as such in the 1830s. It reached its height in the 1850s and ended in 1863 when President Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation. Levi Coffin was known as the “President of the Underground Railroad” and his home as the “Grand Station of the Underground Railroad”. One of the most famous members of the Underground Railroad was Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave. She helped to free more than 300 slaves. Quakers in the North, who believed that slavery was wrong, also helped escaping slaves to freedom. Most travel from one safe house to the next was done at night and on foot.
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    Fact of the Day - QUEBEC CITY Did you know... that There are 85 Roman Catholic parishes in the Quebec City area? The Notre-Dame de Québec Cathedral near the Chateau Frontenac is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec. Other churches you’ll find in Quebec City are one for each of these religions – Anglican, Baptist, Presbyterian, Reformed, United, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness and Buddhist. Another fun fact is that Quebec City is home to a Chocolate Museum. Other museums worth visiting include Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec – an art museum, Musée de la Civilisation, La Citadelle de Québec – North America’s largest British fortress and Musée de l’Amérique Francaise – Canada’s oldest museum. Translations Musée = Museum Citadelle = Citadel Beaux-Arts = Fine Arts Amérique Francaise = French America
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    Fact of the Day - CELL PHONES Did you know... that many of the early cell phones were considered to be “car phones?” However, in 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x arrived on the market. Though huge by today’s standards, it was considered the first truly mobile phone because it was small enough to carry. The phone, though incredibly expensive, became a pop culture symbol, showing up on everyone from Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street, to high school heartbreaker, Zack Morris, in Saved by the Bell.
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    Fact of the Day - KANGAROOS Did you know.... that female kangaroos can determine the sex of their offspring.? They can even delay gestation when environmental factors are likely to diminish the chance of young surviving. Like all marsupials, kangaroos are born extremely early; the equivalent of the seventh week of pregnancy for humans. They travel from the birth canal as little more than an embryo by blindly propelling through the mother’s fur to the safety of the pouch, where they will spend several months developing before finally leaving to explore the world.
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    Fact of the Day - INDIA Did you know... that Hindi is not the National Language of India? There are more than 20 official languages and Hindi is one of them but it is not India's National language. Official languages are the ones which a country uses to communicate on an official level. In fact, there are some cities in India like Chennai, where people are happy not to communicate in Hindi.
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    Fact of the Day - CASTLES Did you know... that the first castles were wooden? When the Normans (who came from Normandy, France) came to England almost a thousand years ago, they built wooden motte-and-bailey-styled castles, which were essentially castles built on a mount, whereby low-level residents and enemies at naturally lower altitudes had to hike up sharp inclines to reach the castle itself. While this was a clever way of putting the earth to good use, the walls which enveloped the castle, as well as the castle itself, were made of wood, which could easily be burnt down.
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