Hello there and welcome to the May 2nd edition of Hangin’ in the Hammer; where we take a quick daily look at some of the interesting people and events from Canadian history, sports and entertainment associated with the day’s date.
We are so glad to have you here for our Wednesday edition and once more you can count on a flood of great Canadian facts to be sent your way about this date, well, once we get Gordie out here that is. Would you welcome please, our chief spokesperson, Gordie Cornforsale.
On this day in 1610, King James I, gave a grant to the Company of Adventurers & Planters of London & Bristol (The Newfoundland Company) at urging of Sir Francis Bacon. The company then turned to John Guy as ‘their guy’ to organize the colonization of the New Found land.
On this day in 1670, King Charles II of England, granted a charter to company formed by his cousin Prince Rupert of the Rhine that turned into quite a prize. The charter gave the company the exclusive monopoly of commerce in lands drained by waters that flowed into the Hudson Bay and required them to search for mines and a route to the South Seas whilst conducting their business. In exchange, the Company had to pay ‘two Elkes and two Black beavers’ to the King whenever he or his successors visited the territory (a payment that was only made four times in the Company’s history.) In 1859, the HBC’s exclusive trade license expired and in 1869, the Company agreed to surrender its Rupert’s Land rights to Canada. In 1870, the lands were officially handed over to Canada, who immediately created the province of Manitoba and the North West Territory from those same lands.
On this day in 1885, Canadian Militia Colonel William Otter and his 300 soldiers were forced to retreat with eight dead and 15 wounded, as Cree chief Poundmaker held off his six-hour attack at Cut Knife Hill near Poundmaker’s Reserve. Otter had attacked without orders and later realised that the Crees were surrounding his troops so he ordered a quick retreat. Poundmaker commanded his warriors to let the Canadian troops retreat without further attack, sparing the militia any further human toll.
On this day in 1939, an act in Parliament was passed that allowed for the creation of The National Film Board of Canada. Since its creation later in 1939, NFB films have won a total twelve Academy Awards.
On this day in 1986, Prince Charles and Princess Diana helped the city of Vancouver officially kick-off the World’s Exposition being held there.
From the world of sports, on this day in 1964, Canadian sports fans were treated to a surprise victory at the Kentucky Derby from a little horse named Northern Dancer.
On this day in 1967, the Toronto Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup in a stunning upset of the Montreal Canadiens. The next season six new teams joined the league, of which three have since won the cup (Philly, Pittsburgh and the Stars), one has dropped from the face of the Earth (Oakland Seals) and St Louis and Los Angeles remain without a cup as long as the Leafs. ( But they have at least made the finals since then and are still alive this year as well.)
On this day in 1970, the city of Montreal was awarded the right to host the 1976 Summer Olympic Games (and the very next day, construction was six weeks behind and millions of dollars over budget).
Some Canadians of note born on this date include Abraham Gesner, who invented a refining process for kerosene that lit up the world; Elijah McCoy, whose inventions were so good, they spawned the phrase, The Real McCoy; William Buell Richards, who was the first head of the Canadian Supreme Court; Art Hurst, who was a member of the KW Dutchmen when they won a bronze at the 1956 Olympics; Blythe Hartley, who claimed a bronze in synchronized diving at the 2004 Olympics; Dave Neville, who was part of the silver medal winning Port Arthur Bearcats from the 1936 Olympics (born in Hamilton, BTW) and an animation producer/director who was involved with projects like The Wall from Pink Floyd, Heavy Metal and the tv series ReBoot, Alan Best (also a Son of the Hammer.)
Today’s Juno Moldy Oldy was inspired by Goldy McJohn, who was born on this day in 1945, in Toronto. Goldy played keyboards in a band with fellow Canadians Jerry Edmonston and John Kay called Steppenwolf and they released Monster in 1969 (for the Leafs, who apparently have one under their bed.)
Born on this day in 1946, Miss Lesley Gore, who inspired us to ask when was the last time you heard It’s My (Stanley Cup) Party.
Our musical title today, Cold As Ice was inspired in part by the fact that Lou Gramm from Foreigner was born on this day in 1950.
At this point and time I will send you back over to Puck and the closing comments. Later.
Don’t forget Doors Open hits Hamilton this weekend, with plenty to see and do on both days so check the website for details.
Perhaps we have been a little hard on one of the most financially successful sports franchises in history but, it is far too much fun to stop. (We’re pretty sure the payback will come once Hell is as cold as ice.)
We sure do appreciate you dropping by to see us today and we look forward to the pleasure of your company again. Until then, have fun and be safe.
You’re as cold as ice…