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John’s Believe It Or Not… February 12th

Fioravanti stands in front of the classroom blackboard with his hands on his hips. Picture was taken in August, 2006.

It’s Sterling Sunday! Did you know…

* Hockey – Canadian team beats Denmark 47-0 in Europe in 1949. It is the most lopsided international hockey game in history. (It was a slow day in Canadian history!) 😉

* Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic goes on trial at The Hague, Netherlands, on charges of genocide and war crimes in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo in 2002.

* US President Bill Clinton acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial in 1999. (His second term was marred by a scandal involving intern Monica Lewinsky resulting in the impeachment attempt.)

* Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin, performed for the first time in 1924 in New York City. (Billed as an educational event, the “Experiment In Modern Music” concert was organized by Paul Whiteman, the immensely popular leader of the Palais Royal Orchestra, to demonstrate that the relatively new form of music called jazz deserved to be regarded as a serious and sophisticated art form.)

* Congress enacts first fugitive slave law in 1793. (It required all states, including those that forbid slavery, to forcibly return slaves who have escaped from other states to their original owners. Many Northern states, which had abolished slavery, refused to abide by the law. Outrage in the South eventually led to the US Civil War.)


Look who was born on this date!

* Lorne Green in 1915. (This Canadian actor played Ben Cartright on the TV Western, Bonanza from 1959 to 1973.)

* Abraham Lincoln in 1809. (He led the United States through the American Civil War and abolished slavery. He was assassinated in 1865. He is widely considered to be the greatest of all US Presidents.)

* Charles Darwin – also in 1809. (Darwin established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors – that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.)

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

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