December 31, 1857 will always be one of the most important dates in Canadian history. On this day, Queen Victoria chose Ottawa, Ontario as the capital city of Canada. While Ottawa is now a major city in Canada, at the time it was primarily a logging town in the hinterland and far away from the colony's major cities. One of the primary reasons the Queen chose the city of Ottawa was that it was the only city that was located on the border of then Canada East and Canada West (Quebec and Ontario today) that was of significant size. This was important as it was seen as a compromise between the English and French speaking colonies.
Secondly, the Queen wanted to chose a city that was well protected from potential attack. At the time, Ottawa was surrounded by dense forests which made it very tough to attack (oppose to other cities which were located very close to the American border).
Today, Ottawa is a major metropolitan city. The Capital is the fourth largest city in Canada and has a population of over 800,000. The city is regarded as "most educated city in Canada" as it has the highest concentration of engineers, scientists, and residents with a PhD.
Ottawa is home to the NHL's Ottawa Senators.
On this day 76 years ago, one of the most iconic movies in Disney's history had its world premiere. December 21, 1937 marked the day the world first got to see Disney's animated film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Many celebrities attended the premiere including Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, Mary Pickford, and Ed Sullivan. The premiere got a standing ovation upon its completion and six days later, the movie found itself on the cover of Time Magazine.
The movie has been a huge success since the premiere, as it has grossed nearly $185 million dollars worldwide. Snow White is one of a handful of animated characters to have her own Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and she's appeared in several other Disney movies and video games.
The success of the movie lead Disney to continue producing feature-film productions. Much of the profits from the film went to purchasing a new studio in Burbank, which is where the Walt Disney Studios is located today.
November 16 will always hold special significance for The Spice Girls. On this day in 1996, the Spice Girls hit the top of the UK charts with their debut album "Spice". To make this day even more special, the English Pop Group followed up their debut album by hitting the top of the charts again on November 16, 1997 with their second album "Spiceworld". Was this planned or was it just a weird coincidence? Whatever it is, November 16 will always be a special day for the girls from London.
The Spice Girls' debut album "Spice", featured their iconic hit "Wannabe". This single helped push the album to the top of the charts in 15 different countries. The followup album "Spiceworld", featured the hit singles "Stop" and "Spice up your life". This album was just as successful, hitting the peak position in 14 different countries. The albums have combined to sell 43 million copies across the globe.
On this day, 44 years ago, The King hit the top of the U.S. charts for the 18th time with his iconic single "Suspicious Minds". This was the last Elvis single to reach #1 in the United States. The song is about "being stuck in a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship".
The song has been covered by several modern day artists including Pete Yorn, Bowling for Soup, and Clay Aiken. Needless to say, none of these versions came remotely close to having the impact or quality that Elvis' version had.
Rolling Stone ranked "Suspicious Minds" at #91 on its list of top 500 rock songs of all time.
The band's latest album, "Come Around Sundown", just hit the stores with its lead single "Radioactive" already working its way up the U.S. Billboard Charts.
So if you know an engineer, give him/her a high five and a slap on the bum. Happy Engineer's Day!