September 11, unfortunately, will always be remembered for the tragedy at New York’s Twin Towers. For those brave men and women who died that day, and their families, I say a special prayer.
9/11 has always been a special day for me, as it’s my birthday, born in 19??! Here are a few who also have a birthday today.
Those with Canadian ties:
1862 – Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy, British army officer, 12th Governor General of Canada (died in 1935)
1924 – Rudolf Vrba, Czech-Canadian holocaust survivor & educator (died in 2006)
1925 – Harry Somers, Canadian composer (died in 1999)
1934 – Oliver Jones, Canadian pianist and composer
Others born today:
1862 – O. Henry, American author (died in 1910)
1885 – D. H. Lawrence, English novelist (died in 1930)
1958 – Roxann Dawson, American actress (Whoo-Hoo! Known for her role as B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager)
1962 – Kristy McNichol, American actress (best known for her role as Letitia “Buddy” Lawrence in TV series Family)
Other events happened on 9/11:
1609 – Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there.
1939 – World War II: Canada declares war on Germany, the country’s first independent declaration of war
1961 – Foundation of the World Wildlife Fund.
1997 – NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars
To complete today’s events, I should also mention other “famous” people who passed away on this day:
1915 – William Cornelius Van Horne, American-Canadian businessman (born in 1843)
1956 – Billy Bishop, Canadian pilot (born in 1894)
1958 – Camillien Houde, Canadian politician, 34th Mayor of Montreal (born in 1889)
1958 – Robert W. Service, Scottish-Canadian poet (born in 1874)
1987 – Lorne Greene, Canadian actor and singer (born in 1915)
1978 – Janet Parker, British medical photographer and last Smallpox victim (born in 1938)
2003 – John Ritter, American actor (born in 1948)