The Kenora Thistles were an ice hockey team founded in 1894 in Kenora,
Ontario, Canada. The team competed for Canada's Stanley Cup five times
between 1903 and 1907, winning it in January 1907 and defending it once.
They lost it in a challenge series two months later, the shortest length
of time that any team has possessed the Cup. Nine Thistles
players—four of them local to the area—have been inducted into the
Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Stanley Cup champion team was inducted into
the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. The Thistles competed in
Manitoba-based leagues throughout their existence, owing to the city's
proximity to that province. They joined the Manitoba Hockey Association
in 1902, winning the league championship in three of their six seasons.
After an economic downturn in 1907, they were unable to sustain their
success as professionalism came to ice hockey, and the team disbanded in
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Dartmouth College (building pictured), in what is now Hanover,
New Hampshire, was established by a royal charter, becoming the last
university founded in the Thirteen Colonies before the American
Second Sino-Japanese War: Japanese forces captured Nanking in
China and then began to commit numerous atrocities over the next several
The Troubles: The Provisional Irish Republican Army engaged in
a fierce firefight with the King's Own Scottish Borderers at a vehicle
checkpoint complex in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.
After murdering a woman at his home, a man threw grenades and
fired a rifle at crowds in Liège, Belgium, killing 6 people and
injuring 125 others, before committing suicide.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
I was sharpshooting. I don't think I missed a shot. It was no
time to miss. In order to sight me or to swing their machine guns on
me, the Germans had to show their heads above the trench, and every time
I saw a head I just touched it off. All the time I kept yelling at them
to come down. I didn't want to kill any more than I had to. But it was
they or I. And I was giving them the best I had.
--Alvin C. York