Today in Hystery March 3rd

On this day in 468, Saint Simplicius was elected as Pope to succeed Pope Hilarius. Now, who said the Catholic Church doesn’t have a sense of humour?

On this day in 1634, Boston’s first tavern opened. It was a great success. Patrons reportedly said they liked going to a place “where everybody knows your name”

On this day in 1875, the first known hockey game took place in Montreal using roughly modern rules. I said ‘roughly’ modern rules. I mean, there were a bunch of fist fights, a lot of players swearing at each other, a few brawls and the police had to be called but…hey! Looks like they were using ‘modern’ rules!

On this day in 1919, the first international airmail was delivered, in a flight from Vancouver to Seattle, Washington. And the first letter to be delivered by international airmail read; “Dear Mom, well it’s raining again!”

On this day in 1956, Dutch swimmer Cockie Gastelaars swam a world record hundred-meter freestyle in 1:04.2. I threw that one in here because some names are fun to say. Go ahead, try it!

On this day in 1962, the British Antarctic Territory was formed. Despite the early excitement, they’ve had trouble attracting settlers.

On this day in 1968, a musical called “Here’s Where I Belong” opened at the Billy Rose Theater in New York City. That was the only performance. It closed that night, so, you kids out there trying to write Broadway musicals, be careful what you name them.

On this day in 1980, Pierre Elliott Trudeau succeeded Joe Clark to become Prime Minister of Canada for a second time. Other than Sir John A. Macdonald, the first prime minister of Canada, there have been no prime ministers more famous at home and around the world than Pierre Trudeau, the man who, during the FLQ crisis spoke those famous words, “Just watch me!” Which, by the way were also the famous words spoken by the prostitute to New York Governor Elliot Spitzer.

If your birthday is March 3rd, you share it with actor James Doohan who was born on this day in 1920 in Vancouver. And there cannot be a human alive today who doesn’t remember Doohan’s most famous role as chief engineer Commander Montgomery Scott, usually just called Scotty, in Star Trek. Come on, everybody yell it along with me, “I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain!”

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