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Canadian Firsts

Inventions, Sports, Medicine, Space, Women's Rights, Explorers, Science, Research, Arts, World Affairs

by (author) Lisa Wojna

Publisher
Folklore Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2008
Category
General, Popular Culture, Trivia
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894864756
    Publish Date
    Apr 2008
    List Price
    $18.95 USD

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Canadians don't spend a lot of time bragging, but as this collection shows, our citizens have a lot to be proud of--the many amazing firsts that have come from this country and its people and their impact on our culture and the world: * Alexander MacKenzie was the first recorded explorer to complete the transcontinental crossing of North America * In 1885, Banff National Park was the first patch of land ever recognized as a national park * Canadian-born Gideon Sundback was the first to patent a ''separable fastener,'' a.k.a. the zipper, in 1913 * The first kidney transplant performed between identical twins took place at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital in 1958 * Montreal's Maurice Richard was the first hockey player to record a 50-goal season in 1944-45 and the first to score more than 500 goals in his career * The Hudson's Bay Company, established on May 2, 1670, is the oldest, continuously operating company on the continent * The 12.9-kilometre-long Confederation Bridge between mainland Canada and Prince Edward Island is the world's longest uninterrupted span * In 1962, at just 15 years old, Petra Burka became the first woman figure skater in the world to complete a triple Salchow * And so much more.

About the author

Bestselling author Lisa Wojna has authored or co-authored more than 20 books for Blue Bike Books, including Weird Canadian Laws and the Bathroom Book of Canadian Quotes. She has also written many other non-fiction books. Having worked in the community newspaper industry as a writer and journalist, she has traveled all over Canada from the windy prairies of Manitoba to northern British Columbia and even to the wilds of Africa. Although writing and photography have been a central part of her life for as long as she can remember, it’s the people behind every story that are her motivation and give her the most fulfillment.

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