A Happy New Year from all the crew here at A Parallel Too High.
On this day in America in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect allowing the Union army as it operated in the South to actively free slaves belonging to the Confederacy. Also on this day in America in 1892, the Ellis Island Immigrant Station opened for the very first time on an island in New York harbour; making the Statue of Liberty the first thing all the millions of new immigrants that flocked to America saw as they arrived safely in their new nation over the span of the station's 62 year history. Lastly on this day in American history in 1959, US backed Dictator Fulgencio Batista flees the nation of Cuba for the Dominican Republic as Communist revolutionaries and guerrilla fighters under the authority of Fidel Castro and backed heavily by the Soviet Union successful spearhead a popular revolution inside the tiny island nation; paving the way for the October Cuban Missile Crises of 1962, the closest the world has ever come to a global nuclear apocalypse.
On this day in Canada in 1947, the Canadian Citizenship Act came into effect; officially creating Canadian citizens for the very first time, with Canadian citizenship being paramount to being a British subject. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect, creating a potential tariff free trade zone in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Lastly on this day in Canadian history, while everyone was still hung over from the night before the socialists in the government decided to screw with us, when in 1991 the 7% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into effect; in 1990 when MP's get pay raise to minimum of $82,700, plus $20,000 tax free allowance with the Prime Minister's pay being raised to $153,700; in 1982 when post office raises first class mail rates from 17 cents to 30 cents; and in 1952 when the New Old Age Security Act came into effect and created universal pensions for those over 70, and the Old Age Assistance Act came into effect and gave pensions to the needy aged 65 to 69.
"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
- Marcus Garvey
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