The early history of the National Hockey League (NHL) began in 1917 when
it was founded by a majority of the franchises in the National Hockey
Association (the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators
and Quebec Bulldogs). The NHL's first quarter-century saw the league
compete against two rival major leagues, the Pacific Coast Hockey
Association and Western Canada Hockey League, for players and the
Stanley Cup. The NHL first expanded into the United States in 1924 with
the founding of the Boston Bruins, and by 1926 consisted of ten teams in
Ontario, Quebec, the Great Lakes region, and the Northeastern United
States. At the same time, the NHL emerged as the only major league and
the sole competitor for the Stanley Cup. Numerous innovations to the
rules and equipment were put forward as the NHL sought to improve the
flow of the game and make the sport more fan-friendly. Foster Hewitt's
radio broadcasts were heard coast-to-coast across Canada starting in
1933. The Great Depression and World War II reduced the league to six
teams by 1942, known as the "Original Six".
Today's selected anniversaries:
The pirate Blackbeard was killed in battle by a boarding party
of British sailors off the coast of North Carolina, ending his reign of
terror in the Caribbean.
War of 1812: During a punitive expedition against Native
American villages, a contingent of Indiana Rangers were ambushed by
Kickapoo, Winnebago, and Shawnee warriors.
The crews of the Brazilian warships Minas Geraes, São Paulo,
Bahia—all of which had been commissioned only months before—and
several smaller warships mutinied in what became known as the Revolt of
The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted
Resolution 242 in the aftermath of the Six-Day War between Israel and
Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
Massive protests started across Ukraine due to allegations that
the presidential election between sitting Prime Minister Viktor
Yanukovych and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was rigged.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (anatomy) In the cerebrum, the short crossbar or stem that connects the
two pairs of branches of an H-shaped fissure.
2. (music) An affinity or connection in a piece of music between tones,
chords, or phrases, such that one part appears to repeat, to imitate, or
to derive from the other, especially when perceived as an organising
force in the music.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
High achievements demand some other unusual qualification
besides an unusual desire for high prizes.
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