Today in Hystery February 24th

On this day in 1208, St Francis of Assisi had a vision that changed him from a wealthy guy living the life to being a beggar. Of course everyone knows about his love for animals. Legend says that, on his deathbed, St. Francis thanked his donkey for carrying and helping him throughout his life, and his donkey wept. That was some smart ass.

On this day in 1836, 3,000 Mexicans attacked 182 Texans at the Alamo, in a siege that lasted 13 days. The Mexicans won. They no longer attack the U.S., except gastro intestinally.

On this day in 1905, members of the Ottawa Silver Seven, winners of the Stanley Cup, celebrated their victory by kicking the Stanley Cup, football style, onto the frozen Rideau Canal. It was retrieved unharmed the following day. Compare that to today where the Stanley Cup has a personal bodyguard, it’s own armoured vehicle and probably a condo in Maui.

On this day in 1917, the Russian revolution broke out. So, let’s recap shall we? The Russians hated living under a Tsar who treated them like dirt, so they revolted and put their own people in charge…who treated them like dirt.

On this day in 1979, the highest price ever paid for a pig was registered in Stamford, Texas. Somebody paid $42,500 for that pig! “That’ll do, pig!”

On this day in 1989, a woman named Margaret Ray was found in David Letterman’s home claiming to be his wife. Well, he wasn’t married at the time. Maybe she figured Squatters’ Rights applied.

On this day in 1998, pop star Elton John was knighted. It was all very exciting except for the shock when Elton arrived at Buckingham Palace and discovered that he and the Queen were both wearing the same dress.

On this day in 2008, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, although he did keep on making speeches to the Cuban people. The good news is, after he retired, his speeches were kept to well under two hours.

If your birthday is February 24th, you share it with one of Britain’s greatest soccer players, Denis Law, who was born on this day in 1940. This guy was so good in his playing days; they called him “The King”. He was a great striker and an excellent dribbler. Being over 70, he’s not much of a striker anymore but he still dribbles a lot.

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