Happy Canada Day to all of u Canadians!!
Every July 1st, Canadians across the country celebrate Canada's birthday, on what's known as Canada Day.
But it wasn't always called that — it was, in fact, first known as Dominion Day, after Canada was formally acknowledged as the "Dominion of Canada" at the time of Confederation on July 1, 1867.
It's a day that marks the real start of summer — school's out, the weather is finally warm, and it's a signal to get out of town if you can.
So how did it happen that the name of the special birthday holiday had Dominion in front of it, and that it was changed to the simpler and more obvious Canada Day?
As we hear in this CBC Television clip from 1959, Canada was the first among the Commonwealth members to assume the "Dominion" title.
Queen Elizabeth, seated in the garden of her Ottawa home-away-from-home, delivers a congratulatory speech to Canadians on Dominion Day.