Canada Day 2013 Facts and Figures

As we crack the Molson's and fire up the barbecue, here's a mix of well-known and obscure Canuck trivia...

First Canadian to win an Academy Award:  Mary Pickford (Best Actress, ‘Coquette’ 1928-29)

First Canadian in space: Marc Garneau: October, 1984

Canada’s population when entered World War II: 11,267,000.

Canada’s Military Deaths in World War II: 45,300

Canadian Forces went farther faster than any other D-Day landing force despite facing the strongest Nazi resistance

Most Successful Canadian Singers of All Time: Celine Dion (200 million albums sold)

First Canadian-born Prime Minister:  Sir John J.C. Abbott. (PM-1891-1892)

Canada’s Top export: crude oil

Some notable Canadian Medical Discoveries/Inventions:
  • Pablum
  • T-cell receptor
  • Insulin
  • Electron microscope

A few other Canadian inventions:
  • Ginger Beef (George Wong, Calgary AB)
  • Telephone (Alexander Graham Bell)
  • The Space Shuttle’s Canadarm
  • Prosthetic hand
  • Gas mask
  • Instant Replay
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Caesar cocktail (Calgary, AB – 1969)
  • Wonderbra
  • Paint roller
  • Easy-Off oven cleaner
  • Garbage bag

Some famous Canadian celebs who made it big in America:
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Jim Carrey
  • William Shatner
  • James Doohan
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Raymond Burr
  • John Candy
  • Michael Cera
  • Nathan Fillion
  • Michael J. Fox
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Phil Hartman
  • Evangeline Lilly
  • Howie Mandel
  • Mike Myers
  • Sandra Oh
  • Anna Paquin
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Seth Rogan

Greatest Canadian fighter plane that never was (but would still kick ass today): Avro Arrow

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