80 years ago
Born on this date
Happy 80th birthday, Gordie Howe!
A native of Floral, Saskatchewan, "Mr. Hockey" played 25 years at right wing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League from 1946-1971. In 1972 he was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, then came out of retirement a year later. He joined the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association in 1973, playing there with his sons Mark and Marty from 1973-1977. When the Aeros folded, the Howes joined the New England Whalers, playing with them during the WHA’s last two seasons (1977-1979). When the Whalers joined the NHL as the Hartford Whalers, Gordie Howe played the 1979-80 season with them before retiring for good.
I don’t have time to go into detail on Gordie Howe’s records. His 26 seasons, 1,767 games, 801 goals, 1,049 assists, and 1,850 points were NHL career regular season records at the time of his retirement. In six seasons in the WHA he played 419 regular season games, scoring 174 goals, 334 assists, 508 points. From 1948-49 through 1954-55 the Red Wings finished first seven straight seasons, winning four Stanley Cups (1950, ‘52, ‘54, ‘55). In his first two years in the WHA, Mr. Howe led the Aeros to the Avco World Trophy (1974 and ‘75).
My favourite Gordie Howe statistic: In the 22 seasons from 1948-49 through 1969-70, he was a first or second team all-star in every season but one (1954-55). Even in the one year that he missed out, he scored 9 goals and 11 assists in 11 playoff games in leading the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup. Mr. Howe was a first team NHL all-star at the age of 41, and a first team WHA all-star in his first two seasons in that league.
I saw him play in person twice: On January 21, 1975, he played in the WHA All-Star Game at the Edmonton Coliseum, and set up his son Mark with the game’s first goal, and on January 29, 1977, he scored the Aeros’ final goal in a 6-4 win over the Calgary Cowboys at the Stampede Corral in Calgary.
Earthquakes in Turkey killed 38 in Smyrna and vicinity, and destroyed many buildings there, including those at Tourboli.
60 years ago
Born on this date
Al Gore. U.S. politician. Mr. Gore, the son of a United States Congressman and Senator, was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from 1977-1985, and the Senate from 1985-1993, representing Tennessee (despite the fact that he’s actually spent a huge chunk of his life as a resident of Washington, D.C.). He served as Vice-President under Bill Clinton from 1993-2001, losing a close and controversial decision to George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election. In recent years, Mr. Gore has gained a lot of weight while propagandizing about global warming. His propaganda efforts were rewarded with a share of the Nobel peace Prize in 2007.
Those who believe that the earth has been visited by space aliens in recent decades can point to Mr. Gore as evidence--he was born nine months after space aliens supposedly landed at Roswell, New Mexico.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Tequila--The Champs (3rd week at #1 on the Billboard (TM) Best Seller and Top 100 charts, 2nd week at #1 on the Disc Jockey chart)
In the biggest landslide in Canadian history, the Progressive Conservatives, led by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, took 208 of 265 seats in the House of Commons in the federal election. The Liberals, who had held power for 22 years prior to losing a close election in June 1957, were reduced to 49 seats in Lester Pearson’s first campaign as party leader. The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation took 8 seats, and Social Credit none.
40 years ago
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson delivered a nationally-televised address on the war in Vietnam. During the 40-minute address, Mr. Johnson announced the unilateral halting of bombing of 90% of the territory of North Vietnam, and asked North Vietnam to make some movement toward the peace conference table.
President Johnson dropped a bombshell of his own at the end of his speech when he announced, "I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President." The President’s decision was believed to have been sparked by his relatively poor showing in the New Hampshire showing against war opponent Eugene McCarthy on March 12, and the officially announced candidacy of Senator Robert F. Kennedy four days later.
30 years ago
In Brazil, U. S. President Jimmy Carter met with six prominent Brazilians, some of whom had publicly opposed the military regime of President Ernesto Geisel. However, President Carter also publicly stressed the American need for stronger ties with Brazil, and seemed to have eased tensions slightly.
Later, President Carter flew to Nigeria, where he was joined by United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young. Mr. Carter called for withdrawal of the 16,000 to 17,000 Cuban troops in Ethiopia and for majority-rule governments in Rhodesia and Namibia.
British troops withdrew from Malta, leaving Malta fully independent.
French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing reappointed Premier Raymond Barre to head the government.
David Begelman, former head of Columbia Pictures, was charged with embezzling $40,000 from the company. He had resigned on February 9 amid controversy over financial practices in the movie industry. Mr. Begelman was said to have accomplished the theft by illegally endorsing cheques made out to director Martin Ritt, actor Cliff Robertson, and Los Angeles restaurateur Pierre Groleau. In fact, it was Mr. Robertson who blew the whistle, after Mr. Begelman had forged his signature.
25 years ago
An earthquake in southern Colombia killed at least 250 people.
Three Soviet citizens were expelled from Britain and accused of espionage.
37 members of the United States House of Representatives wrote to President Ronald Reagan expressing concern about possible violations of the Boland Amendment, a law passed in 1982 forbidding the use of U.S. defense funds to help overthrow the Sandanista government of Nicaragua.
20 years ago
The United States Senate approved $47.9 million in humanitarian aid for the Contras in Nicaragua and for children injured in the war between the Contras and the Sandanistas.
15-year school board member Dianne Cunningham won an Ontario provincial by-election in the riding of London North. Ms. Cunningham’s win gave the Progressive Conservatives 20 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, far behind the governing Liberals and opposition New Democrats. London North was held by Ron Van Horne of the Liberals from 1977-1987; Mr. Van Horne was named to the cabinet of Premier David Peterson as minister in charge of seniors’ services when the Liberals came to power in 1985, and had easily retained his seat in the election of September 10, 1987. However, Premier Peterson dropped him from cabinet, and Mr. Van Horne resigned his seat effective December 31, 1987. Of the seven candidates in the by-election, five (including those of all three major parties) were women.
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