Maurice Richard (1921–2000) was a Canadian professional ice hockey
player. He played 18 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the
Montreal Canadiens between 1942 and 1960. A prolific scorer, he was the
first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season and the
first to reach 500 career goals. An eight-time Stanley Cup champion, he
won the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in 1947 and played in 13
consecutive All-Star Games. Richard was a cultural icon for Quebec's
Francophone population, as recounted in the short story The Hockey
Sweater, which elevated him to a pan-Canadian hero. His 1955 suspension
for striking an official precipitated the Richard Riot; some historians
consider the incident a violent manifestation of Francophone Quebec's
dissatisfaction over its place within Canada and a precursor to the
Quiet Revolution. Richard was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in
1961 and was named to the Order of Canada in 1967. The Canadiens retired
his jersey number, 9, in 1960, and in 1998 donated the Maurice "Rocket"
Richard Trophy to the NHL, awarded annually to the league's regular
season leading goal-scorer.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
A cataclysmic eruption of Mount Asama, the most active volcano
in Japan, killed roughly 1,400 people and exacerbated a famine,
resulting in another 20,000 deaths.
First World War: Adhering to the terms in the 1839 Treaty of
London, the United Kingdom declared war on Germany in response to the
latter's invasion of Belgium.
A second US Navy destroyer was reportedly attacked by North
Vietnamese forces in the Gulf of Tonkin, leading Congress to authorize
the use of military force in Southeast Asia.
A coup d'état organised by Blaise Compaoré and supported by
Libya made Thomas Sankara President of the Republic of Upper Volta (now
Sri Lankan Civil War: Seventeen employees of the French INGO
ACF International were massacred in Muttur.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. A circumnavigation; a sea voyage around a coastline.
2. A record of such a voyage.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
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makes us patriots is what’s in here. That’s what matters. … And
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will always fail in the end. That is America. That is America. Those
bonds of affection; that common creed. We don’t fear the future; we
shape it. We embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on
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