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On This Day in History - January 16, 2014

When Big Government Tries to Help
On this day in American history in 1945, the Americans had done such a good job for the allies since arriving in Europe in 1943, that Hitler was forced to retreat to his bunker below the streets of Berlin; where he would remain until his suicide 105 days later. Also on this day in American history in 1945, the U.S. First and Third armies link up after taking Houffalize, effectively ending the Battle of the Bulge. Also on this day in America in 1908, Ethel Merman was born in Queens, New York, and would grow up to become the undisputed "First Lady/Queen of Broadway." Also on this day in America in 1757, Samuel McIntire was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and would grow up to become a world famous "Genius in Architechture." Lastly on this day in America in 1919/20, America passed the 18th amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the "manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes," and in 1920 prohibition took effect out of the hopes that crime would decrease. However, drinking went underground and crime rose as gangsters made a killing selling and distributing illegal booze.


On this day in Canada in 1905, the Yukon Team of Dawson City walked from Dawson railhead to play the Stanley Cup game against the Ottawa Silver 7 for the Stanley Cup, unfortunately Frank McGee would score 14 goals and the Ottawa Silver would beat Dawson City 23-2, in the most lopsided playoff game in Stanley Cup history. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1939, Canadian Joe Schuster, born in Toronto, publishes his first Superman comic strip in New York City. Also on this day in Canada 1859, Henry Mill Pellatt was born in Kingston, Ontario, and would grow up to become a financier and Colonel in Chief in the Queen's Own Rifles regalia and the builder of Toronto's fabulous Casa Loma. Also on this day in Canadian history in 1874, Canadian author Robert William was born in Lancashire, England, and would grow up to become famous for his stories The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1970, just to irk our big brother to the south, Canada does what all little brothers do, seek to assert our uniqueness and independence by appointing a Royal Commission to oversee the nations conversion from Imperial to International (Metric) Systems of Units; all despite the fact that by 1970 the United States was our largest trading partner and they use the Imperial system.

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