On This Day

When I was young we spent summer vacations visiting family in Toronto and Canada's Wonderland.

One fuzzy childhood memory from these trips was a booth (or maybe a machine) that sold you a print of headlines from your date of birth. Knowing amusement parks it was probably cost prohibitive and having no money of my own I never got one. It's okay Mom don't feel bad, and no it didn't ruin my childhood.

To our younger readers, remember this was a decade before the modern internet and search engines so this was pretty a high tech novelty and totally cool for a ten year old to pine after.

More than a decade and a half later a simple Google search will turn up a plethora of sites devoted to serving this day in history facts.

My two favorite are from the BBC and CBC. I guess I'm a softy for Crown corporations but they both have some great footage of historical happenings.

Online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia and Encarta also carry on this day events.

The New York Times' on this day page is possibly the least graphically pleasing of the lot but they do offer the ability to purchase a reproduction of a front page since 1851 but it's a wee pricey.

I've always been a sucker for historical nostalgia and thanks to these sites now you can be to.

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