Good News in History, January 26

Good News in History, January 26

Wayne_Gretzky-2013-cc-Mingle MediaTVHappy Birthday to Canadian hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, who turns 55 today. Nicknamed “The Great One”, Gretzky became the all-time leading scorer in history during his 20 career seasons in the National Hockey League. He scored more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 pts in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. As of 2014, the skater who famously looked down on fighting on the ice, still holds 60 NHL records. (1961)

230px-Wgretz_edit2Born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, he played most of his career in a small city for the Edmonton Oilers. “Despite his unimpressive stature, strength and speed, Gretzky’s intelligence and reading of the game were unrivaled. He was adept at dodging checks from opposing players, and he could consistently anticipate where the puck was going to be and execute the right move at the right time. Gretzky also became known for setting up behind his opponent’s net, an area that was nicknamed ’Gretzky’s office’.” Wikipedia

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Australia Day is celebrated as a public holiday commemorating the First Fleet landing 226 years ago (1788)
  • US Congress established the Library of Congress (1802)
  • Famed actor, philanthropist, and husband of 50 years, Paul Newman was born in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio (1925)
  • India celebrates its independence (1930) new constitution and first president (1950) state holiday of Republic Day
  • The Apollo Theater, renown for launching some of the biggest names in music, including Michael Jackson, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald, opened its doors on 125th Street in Harlem (1934)
  • Israel and Egypt, led by US President Jimmy Carter, ended an ongoing state of war that dated back to 1948, restored full diplomatic relations and reopened embassies (1980)
  • Phantom of the Opera opened, to become the longest-run Broadway show (1988)
  • Václav Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic (1993)
  • President Hamid Karzai signed the new constitution of Afghanistan (2004)

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