Today marks the 67th anniversary of the first mass inoculation against polio with the Jonas Salk vaccine.
Robert Oppenheimer, theoretical physicist and one of the “fathers of the atomic bomb”, died on this day, February 18, in 1967.
American magazine Newsweek launched on February 17, in 1933.
We mark the anniversary of Charles Schulz’s final “Peanuts” strip which ran in the Sunday papers on February 13, 2000.
American actress Kim Novak celebrated her 88th birthday on February 13, 2021.
Scottish novelist and politician John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, died on this day, February 11, in 1940
The Eisenhower Memorial Commission has sent their final dispatch, as the Eisenhower Memorial is now in the stewardship of the National Park Service.
Plummer made his Broadway debut in 1954, and received multiple accolades including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor at the age of 82.
Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz was born on February 2, in 1901.
Bertrand Russell was a polymath, philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
American film actor Clark Gable was born on February 1, in 1901.
In 1953 Karsh set off to investigate the Calgary Stampede on assignment for Maclean’s magazine.
Frost was honored frequently during his lifetime and is the only poet to receive four Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.
Polish-American classical pianist Artur Rubenstein was born on this day, January 28, in 1887.
American novelist, poet, and short-story writer John Updike died on this day, January 27, in 2009.
We received a request for the Indian philosopher, speaker and writer, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and so have added him to the website.
In redecorating the Oval Office, newly-elected President Biden placed a bust of labor icon Cesar Chavez behind the Resolute Desk.
The French fashion designer Christian Dior was born on January 21, in 1905.
Today marks the 35th Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday in the United States.
Happy 84th birthday to American film, radio, television, and stage actress Margaret O’Brien who was born on this day, January 15, in 1937.
Congratulations to singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez for her Kennedy Center Honor.
The Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation came to fruition in 2019 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Canadian painter and sculptor’s work.
A new British coin commemorating science fiction author H. G. Wells has been criticized for featuring multiple errors.
The American biochemist known for discovering the Calvin cycle, Dr. Melvin Calvin, died on this day, January 8, in 1997.
Before Jonas Salk’s vaccine was introduced in 1955, polio was considered one of the most serious public health problems in the world.
Canadian financier and philanthropist Paul Desmarais was born on this day, January 4, in 1927.
We say goodbye to 2020, and celebrate the 79th anniversary of the making of this portrait.
Yousuf Karsh was born on this day, December 23, in 1908.
Wishing everyone a safe, warm, and dry festive season.
In his early years of practice in the 1930s, Yousuf Karsh photographed the Canadian public: their weddings, pets, kids.
A nice new addition to the digital archives is this 1973 portrait of German-born businessman and philanthropist Max Stern.
The world lost sitar master Ravi Shankar on this day, December 11, in 2012.
Ralph Bunche was a political scientist, academic, and diplomat who became the first African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on this day, December 10, in 1950.
On December 9, 1990, Lech Walesa won the Polish presidential election to become Poland’s first freely elected head of state in 63 years.
German-French painter Hans Hartung died on this day, December 7, in 1989.
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the politician who served as President of France, has died.
“It was always an event when a performer of the stature of Ruth Draper came to Ottawa.”
Winston Churchill was born on this day, November 30, in 1874.
American politician and lawyer, Robert F. Kennedy was born on this day, November 20, in 1925.
“Steamboat Willie” premiered at Universal’s Colony Theater in New York City on November 18, 1928.