On this day in 1812, the U.S. Congress authorized war bonds to finance the War of 1812, the war against Canada, which by the way, Canada won, even marching on Washington and burning down the Whitehouse. The lesson is obvious; don’t piss the Canadians off!
On this day in 1903, and I know I keep going on about historic Stanley Cup hockey finals, but this was another one I couldn’t resist. In the 1903 Stanley Cup final series, the Ottawa Silver Seven beat the Rat Portage Thistles in seven games…and Rat Portage Thistle Nation was devastated! And it makes you wonder; if the other team had won the Stanley Cup, would the President of the United States invite the Rat Portage Thistles to the Whitehouse for a photo? I think not.
On this day in 1918, the first concrete ship to cross the Atlantic was launched in San Francisco, and, soon, everyone was building concrete ships. It just doesn’t sound right does it; a concrete ship. It’s like saying ‘an honest politician’. I just can’t imagine it.
On this day in 1923, the world’s first broadcast of a professional hockey game took place over radio station CKCK in Regina, Saskatchewan, with play-by-play broadcaster Peter Parker. Parker didn’t do the play-by-play for every game. Sometimes Spiderman was needed elsewhere.
On this day in 1997, “Mr. Hockey”, Gordie Howe signed an American Hockey League contract with the Syracuse Crunch. He was 68 years old! The reason it happened was Gordie wanted to say he had played professional hockey in six different decades. However, his first game with the Crunch wasn’t a great success. He got winded during the national anthem and needed a nap.
If your birthday is March 14th, you share it with physicist Albert Einstein, who was born on this day in 1879. Einstein, of course, came up with the Theory of Relativity, which goes like this; “two relatives who stay too long at your house and eat all your food and drink all your booze will quickly go through relative motion, in other words, right out your front door at the speed of light.” Or, am I thinking of the Theory of Relative Fish which goes; ‘Fish and visiting relatives smell in three days.” That wasn’t Einstein. That was Benjamin Franklin. You can look it up.
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