1.  Beltane is May Day, May 1, or the Wiccan festival held on that date.
2.  King George V appointed the Canadian delegate to the League of Nations in 1926, and the Canadian minister to the United States in 1926.
3.  ”bb” means ball bearing.
4.  Douglas Coupland wrote ”Generation X:  Tales for an Accelerated Culture”, published in 1991.  He lives in Vancouver.
5.  Louis XIV granted a pension to Madeleine de Vercheres, heroine of the siege of Vercheres, Quebec, in 1692.