Welcome to the Pleasuredome (a.k.a. 2016)

2016

Yes, as 2016 starts, everything starts at the Pleasuredome, a place where the positive exists and all adventures are a discovery.

Here is what to expect in the Pleasuredome of notable events in the year of MMXVI

January:

950 Years ago, Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King before the Norman Conquest was crowned King of England. The UN Security Council met for the first time in January 1946, 170 years ago. Happy 50th Bat Anniversary Adam West (Batman)!

February:

200 years ago, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville was first performed at the Teatro Argentina in Rome. For most of us, our earliest exposure to the opera is from Bugs Bunny performing “Figaro”.

March:

The Ontario PC Party Annual General Meeting takes in Ottawa March 4-6. It is Leader Patrick Brown initial AGM and what promises to be the start of the road towards the Ontario Election in 2018. In 2006 Jack Dorsey sent this tweet, “just setting up my twttr” as the first tweet.

April

The 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is celebrated on April 23rd. I expect Stratford Ontario and Stratford-Upon-Avon England will be central locales for the festivities. 70 Years ago, a young baseball player named Jackie Robinson suited up for the Montreal Royals of the AAA International League.

May

Carnegie Hall in New York opened 125 years ago. It’s the 60th Anniversary of Elvis Presley reaching #1 for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel. It’s the 50th Anniversary of classic albums by the Beach Boys and Bob Dylan, Pet Sounds and Blonde on Blonde.

June

The 150 Anniversary of the raids of 1866 along the Niagara frontier furthered the cause of Confederation by encouraging a united defence. The defence of the extensive Canadian border against Irish-American raiders was victorious and showed the devotion of Canadians to their nation.

July

Canada celebrates its 149th Birthday on July 1st. Why Bother? Because next one is the BIG one, 150! It’s the 20th Anniversary of Dolly, the world’s first cloned mammal.

August

The Jeep turns 75 this month. Orville Wright was born 145 years ago August 19th. The Beatles took to the stage for the last time 50 years ago in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

September

The XXXIst Olympiad, 2016 Rio Olympic begins September 5th. While we are all gushing over Episode VII of Star Wars, September marks the 50th Anniversary of the first episode of the Star Trek TV series.

October

Winnie the Pooh was published 90 years ago October 14th 1926. It is the 30th Anniversary of the premiere of The Phantom of the Opera in London. The first Billboard Album from an American artist to debut on the Top 200 happened 40 years ago, with Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life October 8th 1974.

November

The 175th birthday of Canada’s 1st French Canadian Prime Minister, Sir Wilfred Laurier, is celebrated on November 20th.  The world’s first television service, BBC TV went on the air 80 years ago on November 2 1936.  The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election is held.

December

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong will be remembered, especially Christmas day when Allied Forces were overrun by the Japanese. The 75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbour attack is December 7th. On a lighter note, December marks the 50th Anniversary of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Canada became ‘independent’ with the Statute of Westminster 85 years ago on December 11th.

 

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