130 years ago today, with only a population of 6,000, Vancouver, BC, welcomed Lord Stanley—the British Earl and Governor General of Canada—to dedicate the park named for him. Today, Canada’s most beloved urban park, totaling 1,000-acres (405-hectares), Stanley Park is a green oasis in a city landscape, offering unforgettable moments to more than 8 million visitors annually.

Larger than New York’s Central Park, it features a 5-mile-long (10-km) walking and cycling trail that encircles the entire peninsula along a seawall with majestic views of mountains, sailboats, beaches, and forests with every turn.

Surrounding manmade attractions like Canada’s largest aquarium and nine First Nation totem poles, the park contains a natural West Coast rainforest with a 41-acre (17-ha) lake and densely forested hiking trails among a half million trees—some of the red cedars are hundreds of years old. Stanley Park was named the ‘top park in the entire world’ by TripAdvisor, based on traveler’s reviews. WATCH a quick video tour… (1889)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague (1787)
  • Leaders from 14 countries and 6 nonprofits convened in Geneva seeking to develop possible measures, for the first time, to improve medical services on the battle field—Swiss businessman Henry Dunant organized the group which eventually became the International Red Cross. (1863)
  • Turkey became a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire (1923)
  • The National Organization for Women was founded in the U.S. by 28 women in response to the failure of the federal government to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the group now has 550 chapters nationwide (1966)
  • 35 years ago today, the song ‘Islands In The Stream‘, performed by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, co-produced by Barry Gibb, and written by The Bee Gees, reached #1 in the US (1983)
  • John Glenn, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, became the oldest person to go into space, at 77-years old (1998)
  • European Union leaders signed the EU’s first constitution (2004)
  • Turkey opened a sea tunnel connecting Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul (2013)

And, Happy 72nd Birthday to Richard Dreyfuss, the actor best known for his roles in Jaws, American Graffiti, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Goodbye Girl, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977.

He also earned an Oscar nomination for Mr. Holland’s Opus. (1947) – Photo by Georges Biard, CC license

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