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On This Day In History - February 1, 2014

On this day in America in 1790, Chief Justice John Jay presided over the first meeting of the United States Supreme Court. Also on this day in America in 1951, viewers tuned into the first telecast of a nuclear explosion at a U.S. Nevada test sight. Also on this day in America in 1878, the first woman to ever be elected to the United States senate, Hattie Caraway was born in Bakerville, Tennessee. Lastly on this day in America in 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart and burned while re-entering the earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts on board.

Conn Smythe
On this day in Canada in 1963, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Neil Young, performs his first professional date at a Winnipeg country club. Also on this day in Canada in 1895, player, coach, manager, owner, founder of the Maple Leafs Hockey Club, builder of Maple Leaf Gardens, with a trophy for most valuable player to his team in the NHL playoffs named after him, Conn Smythe was born in Toronto, Ontario. Lastly on this day in Canada in 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are founded in Ottawa with training in Regina; made up of 2,500 members and was an amalgamation of the Royal North-West Mounted Police and the Dominion Police.  

"A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
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