Today In History – March 18th

WINNIPEG, MB. – Lord Stanley offered a silver challenge cup to the champion hockey team, Aleksei Leonov became the first man to spacewalk, and Gandhi was sent to jail. All this happened today in history.

1892 – Governor General Lord Stanley suggests there should be “a challenge cup which should be held from year to year by the champion hockey team in the Dominion” and offers to provide it.

1918 – Parliament passes a law bringing in Daylight Saving Time as a way to boost wartime production.

1922 – Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience in India.

1931 – Parliament votes to observe “Armistice Day” on November 11 and on no other day and changes the name to “Remembrance Day.”

1937 – Nearly 300 students are killed when their school in New London, Texas explodes from a natural gas leak.

1965 – Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov becomes the first man to spacewalk when he exits his Voskhod 2 space capsule while in orbit around the Earth.

1973 – Federal government creates the first first Indian Reserve in the Northwest territories at Hay River.

1986 – Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scores his 50th goal of the season in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

2002 – 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil dies, two days after being struck in the head by a puck at a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game. In response, the NHL requires all teams to install mesh nets behind the goals.

— E. Epp, MyToba News

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E. Epp is an ethical fashion writer and graphic designer who works with fashion and creative entrepreneurs.

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