Today in Hystery May 22nd

On this day in 1200, the Peace of Goulet was signed between England’s King John and his nephew Arthur of Brittany. It had nothing to do with Robert Goulet, except that, the day they signed the peace, it was a clear day and you could see forever.

On this day in 1838, the last duel took place in Canada at the Montreal racetrack between Colonel Robert Sweeny and Major Henry Warde. Major Warde had sent a love letter to Sweeny’s wife, so Sweeney was dueling for his honour and he won. Warde died in the duel. The only other duel to the death since then was Kim Campbell’s Conservative Party losing the federal election to the Liberals and reducing the Conservatives to only two members, or as I like to call it, a single breeding pair.

On this day in 1893, we got the answer to who won the very first Stanley Cup; it was a team from Montreal called the AAA’s (Triple A’s), or as they called them in Quebec, “the Hay Hay Hays”, who beat the Ottawa Generals 2-1 and became the first hockey team to receive Lord Stanley’s Cup, which is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America. Yes, kids, it’s even older than the “Dancing With the Stars” trophy.

On this day in 1906, the Wright Brothers patented an aeroplane. The patent office handed them the certificate and said, “Congratulations Messers Wright, we hope you’re not wrong.

On this day in 1933, the first reported sighting of the Loch Ness Monster took place. The sighting was by a man named John Mackay. He called the police and said, “Ah’ve spoated a braw-brick moonlit monster oot at Loch Ness”. And the Policeman replied “Och, man! Yer bum’s oot the windae!”

On this day in 1955, the oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix, aged 55, finished in 6th place. It was a wonderful moment until they saw that his left turn signal was still on.

On this day in 1990, Microsoft released Windows 3.0. And a small child asks, “Daddy, what’s “Windows”?

If your birthday is May 22nd, you share it with Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was born on this day in 1859. I imagine if Sir Arthur was around today, he’d be writing a Sherlock Homes novel called, “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Stolen Intellectual Property.”

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