Chanukah Blog Post

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Chanukah Blog Post

In spirit of honouring Chanukah, Bold and Mighty wishes to remember the sacrifices of Jewish Canadians who served with the Canadian military during the World Wars. Chanukah  is a Jewish celebration which commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem; marking the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire during the Maccabean Revolt which took place between 167 and 160 BCE. According to Jewish traditions, because of the desecration of the Holy Temple by the Seleucid, the Maccabees could only find a day’s worth of olive oil to fuel the Temple’s Menorah’s eternal flame. However, miraculously, the oil lasted for 8 days which allowed for the procuring of more oil. As a result, the holiday is observed over 8 days and 8 nights; starting on the 25th day of Kislev (the ninth month of the Hebrew year). 

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#OTD in 1917, the Canadian Offensive at Passchendaele begins.

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#OTD in 1917, the Canadian Offensive at Passchendaele begins.

The Battle for the Passchendaele Ridge was without doubt one of the Muddy-est, Bloody-est, of the whole war. – Arthur Turner, Alberta

In Canadian memory, the battle of Passchendaele is synonymous with mud and blood. In October 1917, the Canadian Corps overcame horrible conditions and faced senseless death to capture the ruined village of Passchendaele. The Battle of Passchendaele remains a symbol of the terrible price of war on the Western Front. For the Canadians the capturing of Passchendaele cost 15 600 causalities, which remarkably high for a city that would only be held until the following year. 

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The Dumbells: The Canadian Army’s vaudeville troop

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The Dumbells: The Canadian Army’s vaudeville troop

Vaudeville, popular in the 19th century in both the United States and in Canada, was a style of theatrical entertainment that featured small unrelated acts, even incorporating dance and song. The vaudeville troops quickly took the place of Shakespearean plays, entertaining a wide range of people with a wide variety of acts. Some argue that vaudeville derives from the French expression “vaux de ville” meaning ““worth of the city, or worthy of the city’s patronage”, but in all likelihood, as Albert McLean suggests, the name was merely selected “for its vagueness, its faint, but harmless exoticism, and perhaps its connotation of gentility”. Therefore, vaudeville could be an amalgamation of many artistic things, creating a style of theatrical art open to many different artists.

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#OTD in 1945, Igor Gouzenko

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#OTD in 1945, Igor Gouzenko

#OTD in 1945, Igor Gouzenko, a cipher for the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, defects to Canada carrying with him over a hundred documents proving the Soviets were spying on Canada. 

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Enola Gay drops an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan

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Enola Gay drops an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan

#OnThisDay [August 6] in 1945, the Enola Gay drops an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Some of the uranium used in the bomb was mined in secret from Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories.

On 6 August 1945, the Allied forces dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later they dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, this one a smaller blast called “Fat Man”. These bombings immediately killed approximately 129 000 people, approximately 80% of these were civilians, and would continue to cause many horrific injuries and severe health issues that would lead to many more deaths. 

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