THINGS TO know
On May 14, 1907, Anna Jarvis arranged for a special church service in Philadelphia to honour mothers, an idea that caught on and became Mother’s Day.
On May 14, 2001, Cape Breton author Alistair Macleod’s novel, “No Great Mischief,” won the world’s richest literary prize for a single work of fiction. The IMPAC Dublin award was worth $172,000.
On this date in 1881, a revised New Testament went on sale. By day’s end, 800,000 copies had been sold.
On this date in 1918, the first U.S. airmail stamps, featuring a picture of an airplane, were introduced. On some of the stamps, the airplane was printed upside-down, making them collector’s items.
On this date in 1940, in his first speech as British prime minister, Winston Churchill told the Commons, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”