The expansion era of the National Hockey League (NHL) began when six new
teams were added to the original six for the 1967–68 season. The
expansion teams formed the newly created West Division: the Los Angeles
Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Oakland Seals, Philadelphia Flyers,
Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues. By 1978, the NHL had lost the
Seals and had added another six teams: the Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver
Canucks, Atlanta Flames, New York Islanders, Colorado Rockies, and
Washington Capitals. They added another four teams in 1979, absorbed
from the defunct World Hockey Association—the Edmonton Oilers,
Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets—for a total of 21
teams, a figure that remained constant until the San Jose Sharks joined
as an expansion franchise in 1991. The NHL became involved in
international play in the Summit Series in 1972, matching NHL players
against the top players of the Soviet Union, and in the Canada Cup and
Super Series between 1976 and 1991. The expansion era was one of the
highest-scoring periods in NHL history, led in the 1980s by the Edmonton
Oilers and Wayne Gretzky (pictured in 2006), who scored 215 points in
1985–86, still a league record.
Today's selected anniversaries:
Nichiren, a Japanese monk, expounded Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for
the first time and declared it to be the essence of Buddhism, in effect
founding Nichiren Buddhism.
About 1,300 miles west of Tahiti, Fletcher Christian, master's
mate on board the Royal Navy ship HMAV Bounty, led a mutiny against the
ship's commander William Bligh.
Frenchman Louis Paulhan won the London to Manchester air race,
the first long-distance aeroplane race in England.
Japan and China signed the Treaty of Taipei to officially end
the Second Sino-Japanese War, seven years after fighting in that
conflict ended due to World War II.
Chief of the South Vietnamese army Cao Văn Viên fled the
country as the North Vietnamese closed in on Saigon.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
In a way that is stubbornly persistent: Abby marked the International
Day of the Dog with her beloved Jack Russell terrier, despite how he was
doggedly gnawing through her extensive collection of shoes.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
We ARE history! Everything we've ever been on the way to
becoming us, we still are. Would you like the rest of the story? I'm
made up of the memories of my parents and my grandparents, all my
ancestors. They're in the way I look, in the color of my hair. And I'm
made up of everyone I've ever met who's changed the way I think.