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Manon Rhéaume (born February 24, 1972) is a retired Canadian ice hockey goaltender. An Olympic silver medalist, she achieved a number of historic firsts during her career, including becoming the first woman to play in any of the major North American pro-sports leagues.
In 1992, Rhéaume signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL, appearing in preseason exhibition games in 1992 and 1993. She spent five years in professional minor leagues, playing for a total of seven teams and appearing in 24 games. She also played on the Canada women’s national ice hockey team, winning gold medals at the IIHF Women’s World Championship in 1992 and 1994, and the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics.
- 1779: DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, CAPTAIN JOHN PAUL JONES COMMANDED A SMALL SQUADRON INCLUDING THE FLAGSHIP USS BONHOMME RICHARD. ON THIS DATE, IN THE EVENING, HIS SQUADRON ATTACKED THE BRITISH FRIGATE HMS SERAPIS AND ROYAL SLOOP COUNTESS OF SCARBOROUGH, WHICH WERE GUARDING A CONVOY OF MERCHANT SHIPS OFF THE COAST OF ENGLAND. THE BONHOMME RICHARD ENGAGED WITH THE SERAPIS, COMMANDED BY CAPTAIN RICHARD PEARSON, WHEREUPON A 3.5-HOUR BATTLE ENSUED. AT ONE POINT, WHEN ASKED TO SURRENDER, JONES IS CREDITED AS SAYING: “I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT!” JONES EVENTUALLY ACHIEVED PEARSON’S SURRENDER AND CAPTURED THE SERAPIS AND COUNTESS OF SCARBOROUGH. BOTH SIDES SUFFERED HEAVY LOSSES AND THE DAMAGED BONHOMME RICHARD SANK SHORTLY AFTER.
- DIED 1830: ELIZABETH KORTRIGHT MONROE (U.S. FIRST LADY)
- BORN 1838: VICTORIA WOODHULL (SOCIAL REFORMER)
- 1885: BRYN MAWR COLLEGE, THE FIRST U.S. GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR WOMEN, OPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA
- BORN 1889: WALTER LIPPMAN (JOURNALIST)
- BORN 1930: RAY CHARLES (MUSICIAN)
- 1938: A TIME CAPSULE WAS BURIED ON THE SITE OF THE NY WORLD’S FAIR, TO BE OPENED IN THE YEAR 6939 TO REVEAL SUCH ARTIFACTS AS A BIBLE, MAIL ORDER CATALOG, FILM OF FDR, AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME
- DIED 1939: SIGMUND FREUD (PSYCHOLOGIST)
- 1980: BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD OPENED AT WALT DISNEY WORLD’S MAGIC KINGDOM IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA
- DIED 1981: CHIEF DAN GEORGE (CHIEF, ACTOR)
- DIED 1987: BOB FOSSE (DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER)
- 1992: MANON RHÉAUME FIRST WOMAN PLAYER IN AN NHL GAME
- DIED 1998: MARY FRANN (ACTRESS)
- DIED 1998: ROBERT WELLS (SONGWRITER, CO-WROTE “THE CHRISTMAS SONG”)
- 2010: CABOT CREAMERY AND CHEF JOHN FOLSE CREATED THE WORLD’S LARGEST MACARONI AND CHEESE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 440 POUNDS WAS BLOWN AWAY BY THE TEAM’S 2,469 POUND MACARONI AND CHEESE.