MILESTONES: November 1, birthdays for Anthony Kiedis, Jenny McCarthy, Jim Steinman
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include golfer Gary Player, who was born in 1935; songwriter Jim Steinman, who was born in 1947; entrepreneur Mitch Kapor, who was born in Brooklyn in 1950; former baseball player Fernando Valenzuela, who was born in 1960; musician Anthony Kiedis, who was born in 1962; musician Rick Allen, who was born in 1963; musician Sophie B. Hawkins, who was born in 1964; former hockey player Tie Domi, who was born in 1969; actress Toni Collette, who was born in 1972; and actress Jenny McCarthy, who was born in 1972.
WRITE ON: Today is National Authors’ Day. This observance was adopted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1929 and in 1949 was given a place on the list of special days, weeks and months prepared by the US Department of Commerce. The resolution states in part: “By celebrating an Authors’ Day as a nation, we would not only show patriotism, loyalty, and appreciation of the men and women who have made American literature possible, but would also encourage and inspire others to give of themselves in making a better America.”
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: Today is the 60th anniversary of the hockey mask. Tired of stopping pucks with his face, Montreal Canadiens goalie Jacques Plante, having received another wound, reemerged from the locker room with seven new stitches — and a face mask he had made from fiberglass and resin. Cliff Benedict had tried a leather mask back in the ’20s, but the idea didn’t catch on until Plante wore his. Then goalies throughout the NHL began wearing protective plastic face shields.
“Failure isn’t so bad if it doesn’t attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn’t go to the head.”—Sportswriter Grantland Rice, who was born on this day in 1880
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