Today is Canada Day, 1 July, 486 years old. The Canadian National Anthem first composed by Calixa Lavallée as a French-Canadian Patriotic Song in 4 couplets and performed on 24 June 1880. It Officially became the National Anthem of Canada by Act of Parliament in 1980, though everyone considered O Canada the National Anthem prior to that date. The english words to the Anthem are recent and have been modified several times to suit the taste of the times. The French version is the original, though only the short version is sung usually.
Some dates in the History of Canada,
1534 arrival of French Navigator Jacques Cartier in the Gaspé area and his first encounter with native people. He was looking for a route to China.
1608 Samuel de Champlain founding of Quebec City which becomes the Capital of the French Empire in North America.
1642 Paul de Chomedey De Maisonneuve founder of Montreal with Jeanne Mance who creates the first hospital, L’Hôtel Dieu de Montreal, still in operation today 378 years later.
1755, Deportation of thousands of Acadian people from the Maritime region of Canada by British forces.
1763, Treaty of Paris at the end of the Seven Years War in Europe, France ceding vast territories in North America to England.
1837-38 Rebellion against British rule and demands for elected responsible government by French Canadians.
1855 Creation of the Canadian Militia later known as the Canadian Army whose commander in Chief is H.M. the Queen.
1864-1867 Three Conferences between the British North American Colonies (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI and Ontario-Quebec) to establish an independent country. 1 July 1867 Proclamation of the Constitution and establishment of Canada as a unified country. Ottawa designated as the National Capital.
1875 Supreme Court of Canada is established by Act of Parliament.
1910 Creation by Royal Decree of the Royal Canadian Navy. Commander in Chief H.M. the Queen.
1914-1918 Canada participates in First World War as an independent nation and sign the Peace Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
1921, The discovery of insulin occurred in 1921 following the ideas of Canadian orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frederick G. Banting, the chemistry skills of his assistant Charles Best, and John MacLeod of the University of Toronto
1924 Creation of the Canadian Royal Air Force, Commander in Chief H.M. the Queen.
1931 Statute of Westminster, British Parliament affirmed Canadian autonomy and recognized the virtual independence.
1956 Canadian diplomat and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson won the Nobel Peace Prize for “saving the world” with a UN peacekeeping force, during the Suez Canal Crisis in the Middle East.
1965, Royal Proclamation of the Canadian Maple Leaf Flag.
1976 Olympics Games are held in Montreal under the mandate of Mayor Jean Drapeau.
1980, O Canada by Act of Parliament becomes the Official Anthem of Canada.
1982 Proclamation by Constitutional Act of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
1984, Marc Garneau is the first Canadian Astronaut to go to space.
1999 The Ottawa Treaty signed by 133 countries banning Land mines, Canadian minister of Foreign Affairs Lloyd Axworthy launched the Ottawa Process, which led to the treaty ratification banning of Land mines in armed conflicts.
2005, The Civil Marriage Act was introduced by Prime Minister Paul Martin in Parliament on February 1, as Bill C-38. It was passed by the House of Commons on June 28, becoming law in Canada in July 2005. Canada is the fourth country in the World to legalize same-sex marriage.
This rendition of the National Anthem is performed by the Band of the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces.