Jun 24, 2015
On June 24, 1880, "O Canada" was performed for the first
Here are some things you may not have known about the Canadian
First: The lyrics were originally written in French to celebrate
Saint Jean-Baptiste Day. A version in English was written in 1906,
with more-popular lyrics written in 1908. The current lyrics were
adopted in 1980, when the song was officially named Canada's
Second: Several songs vied with "O Canada" for the right to be the
national anthem. "Chant National" was frequently used by
Francophones, while "God Save the Queen" and "The Maple Leaf
Forever" were used by English speakers.
Third, as with the American "Star Spangled Banner, "O Canada" has
several additional and rarely-sung verses.
Our question: What year did Canada become completely free of
entanglements with the British Parliament?