Le Club Athletique Canadien Hockey Team First Game

January 5, 2012 by staff 

Le Club Athletique Canadien Hockey Team First Game, Today is Jan. 5:

In A.D. 459, St. Simeon Stylites, who lived at the top of an 18-metre pillar in the Syrian desert non-stop for 36 years, died on it.

In 1066, Edward the Confessor, the only English king ever canonized a saint by the Catholic Church, died. Builder of Westminster Abbey, he was buried there the following day.

In 1757, R.F. Damiens stabbed French King, Louis the 15th, but did not puncture the thick royal robes. The would-be assassin was drawn and quartered in public.

In 1781, a British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Va.

In 1795, the first parliament of Lower Canada imposed licencing requirements on pedlars, public houses and retailers of wine and brandy.

In 1805, the first issue of the “Quebec Mercury” was published.

In 1809, the Treaty of the Dardanelles, which ended the Anglo-Turkish War, was concluded by the United Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire.

In 1839, a gallows was erected in London, Ont., for the first hanging in the province.

In 1870, the first issue of “Le Courier d’Ottawa” went on sale.

In 1874, Winnipeg held its first civic election. There were 331 votes cast, although only 308 voters were registered.

In 1896, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen announced the development of the x-ray.

In 1898, the first bobsled race was held at St. Moritz, Switzerland.

In 1910, le club athletique Canadien hockey team played its first game in Montreal.

In 1914, American carmaker Henry Ford doubled the salaries for assembly-line workers to five-dollars for an eight-hour shift.

In 1920, the Boston Red Sox sold pitcher-outfielder Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000.

In 1922, Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton died aboard his ship.

In 1925, Nellie Taylor Ross became governor of Wyoming, the first U.S. woman to serve as governor of a state.

In 1940, FM Radio was demonstrated for the first time by American inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong.

In 1943, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld the War Measures Act, a statute that confers emergency powers on the federal cabinet. Passed in 1914, it allowed the government to govern by decree when it perceived the existence of “war, invasion or insurrection, real or apprehended.” The Act was invoked during both World Wars and during Quebec’s October Crisis of 1970. It was replaced in 1988 by a more detailed and limited emergency law.

In 1956, actress Grace Kelly announced her engagement to Prince Rainier of Monaco.

In 1958, Sedgefield General Hospital in England revealed that 424 coins and more than two kilos of wire had been removed from the stomach of a 54-year-old man.

In 1964, during a tour of the Holy Land, Pope Paul VI met with Patriarch Athenagoris of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It was the first meeting of the heads of the two churches in more than 500 years.

In 1971, Paul and Jacques Rose, Francis Simard, and Bernard Lortie, members of Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ), were charged with the kidnapping and non-capital murder of Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. When convicted, Paul Rose was sentenced to two life terms in prison, Francis Simard to life imprisonment, Bernard Lortie to 20 years, and Jacques Rose to eight years.

In 1973, U.S. airlines began scanning passengers with electronic devices, a practice now routine at major airports.

In 1981, 35-year-old truck driver Peter Sutcliffe was charged as Britain’s “Yorkshire Ripper” and later pleaded guilty to killing 13 women. (A formal minimum term was not set at the time, but the judge recommended he serve at least 30 years. In 2010, Britain’s High Court ruled that he would remain in custody the rest of his life.)

In 1982, Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw, a founding member of Canada’s first birth control clinic and its medical director for 30 years, died. She was 100.

In 1987, Margaret Laurence, one of Canada’s most respected novelists and a writer of international repute, killed herself rather than face a long and painful death from lung cancer. She was 60.

In 1995, Parks Canada released a study that said human activity in Banff National Park was having adverse effects on the park’s ecosystem. The report on Canada’s first and most popular park, west of Calgary in the Rocky Mountains, came on its 100th birthday as a national park.

In 1995, Rogers Cablesystems bowed to complaints from customers and revised the way it planned to charge for seven new specialty channels. Customers were furious about so-called negative-option billing — unless customers told Rogers they didn’t want the channels, they would automatically be billed for them.

In 1997, Montreal solo sailor Gerry Roufs disappeared at sea during an around-the-world race.

In 1998, an ice storm that devastated Quebec and eastern Ontario began. It was caused by a moisture-laden front from the Gulf of Mexico stalling over Arctic air on the ground and lasted until Jan. 10. A state of emergency was declared after the ice downed power lines, forcing 100,000 people out of their homes. Millions were left without power, sometimes for weeks. The Canadian Forces sent in 16,000 troops, the largest peacetime deployment in the military’s history. The storm caused more than two dozen deaths and over $1 billion in insurance claims.

In 1999, U.S. President Bill Clinton unveiled steps aimed at easing 36 years of U.S. sanctions against Cuba.

In 2000, the U.S. government decided to return six-year-old Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba. He was plucked from the Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 25 after a boat smuggling Cubans to the U.S. sank.

In 2004, the United States began fingerprinting foreign visitors as part of a heightened anti-terrorist campaign.

In 2004, after 14 years of denials, Pete Rose publicly admitted that he’d bet on baseball while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

In 2006, at least 76 Muslim pilgrims were killed and 62 injured when a hotel building collapsed in the holy city of Mecca at the beginning of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia.

In 2006, two suicide bombing attacks killed at least 130 people in Iraq, including 11 U.S. soldiers.

In 2007, a storm with wet snow brought down the fibreglass roof at B.C. Place stadium.

In 2009, Canada beat Sweden 5-1 to capture the world junior hockey championship for a fifth straight year. It was Canada’s 15th gold at the world juniors, tying Russia/Soviet Union for the all-time lead.

In 2010, Saskatchewan Roughriders general manager Eric Tillman was given an absolute discharge a day after he pleaded guilty to a summary charge of sexual assault involving a 16-year-old girl during the summer of 2008.

In 2011, Canada squandered a 3-0 lead as Russia rallied for five unanswered goals in the third period to win the gold medal at the World Jr. Hockey Championship in Buffalo, stunning a sellout crowd of 18,690 fans nearly all sporting the Canadian Maple Leaf.

In 2011, second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven were selected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Alomar helped Toronto to World Series titles in 1992 and 1993 and became the first Blue Jay to enter the Hall.)

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