Paul Henderson (born 1943) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey
player. A left winger, he played 13 seasons in the National Hockey
League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and Atlanta
Flames and 5 in the World Hockey Association for the Toronto Toros and
Birmingham Bulls. He played over 1,000 games, scoring 376 goals and
758 points. He is best known for leading Team Canada to victory at the
1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Played at the height of
the Cold War, the series was viewed as a battle for both hockey and
cultural supremacy. Henderson scored the game-winning goal in the sixth,
seventh and eighth games, the last of which was voted the “sports moment
of the century” by The Canadian Press. Henderson played in two NHL All-
Star Games and has twice been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
(individually and as a member of the 1972 national team). He was
inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in
2013. A born-again Christian, Henderson became a minister and
motivational speaker after his playing career, and has co-written three
books. He was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012.
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Pope Gregory VII lifted the excommunication of Henry IV after
the Holy Roman Emperor made his trek from Speyer to Canossa Castle to
beg the pope for forgiveness for his actions in the Investiture
King Charles VI of France was nearly killed when several
dancers’ costumes caught fire during a masquerade ball.
Horace Walpole first coined the word “serendipity” in a letter
he wrote to a friend, saying that he derived the term from the Persian
fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip.
An unarmed US Air Force T-39 Sabreliner on a training mission
was shot down over Erfurt, East Germany, by a Soviet MiG-19, killing all
Tropical Storm Domoina made landfall in southern Mozambique,
causing some of the most severe flooding recorded in the region.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
A partially shaded area around the edges of a shadow, especially an
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I am a sincere man from where the palm tree grows, and before I
die I wish to pour forth the verses from my soul.
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