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Historical Events

Boxing Title Fight

1906 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien in Los Angeles, California

Sports History

1925 NHL goalie Georges Vezina collapses & dies 4 months later of TB

Sports History

1975 Bobby Orr plays his last game for the Boston Bruins

Album Release

1978 Atlantic Records releases "Briefcase Full of Blues", the debut album by The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi); album tops the chart and becomes best-selling blues record of all-time


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1902 Victor Jory, Canadian actor (Kings Row, Manhunt), born in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1949 Paul Shaffer, Canadian keyboardist (SNL, 1975-80), orchestra leader (David Letterman, 1982-2015; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and songwriter ("It's Raining Men"), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1949 Victor Ostrovsky, Canadian/Israel, Mossad agent (By Way of Deception)
  • 1964 Jesse Cook, French Canadian jazz-flamenco guitarist (Free Fall), born in Paris, France
  • 1984 Marc-Andre Fleury, Canadian NHL ice hockey goaltender, 3X Stanley Cup, 5X All-Star (Pittsburgh Penguins, and 2 other teams), born in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec

Famous Deaths

  • 1918 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, dies at 60

James NaismithJames Naismith (1861-1939)

Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

  • 1976 Robert Fleming, Canadian composer, dies at 55
  • 1993 Jerry Edmonton, Canadian rock drummer (Steppenwolf), dies at 47
  • 2009 Gilles Carle, Canadian screenwriter and film director (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (Spy Hard, Forbidden Planet, Naked Gun), dies of pneumonia at 84

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