John’s Believe It Or Not… February 23rd

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

It’s Therapeutic Thursday! Did you know…

1893 – Lord Stanley Donates Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup – later known as the Stanley Cup – to Canadian Amateur Hockey Association Champions. (It has become the annual championship prize of the National Hockey League.)

1906 – Boxing – Tommy Burns of Hanover, Ontario, at just 5’7 and 175 lb., defeats titleholder Marvin Hart in a gruelling 20 rounds to claim the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship; (He is the first Canadian champion and will lose the title to Jack Johnson December 26, 1908. San Francisco, California.)

1836 Alamo besieged for 13 days until 6th March by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed.

1904 United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million. (That would be roughly $236,525,000 US today!)

1945 US Marines raise the flag on Iwo Jima, later a famous photo and Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture. (On this day, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, the highest point on the island of Iwo Jima and a key strategic point. Later, Marine commanders decide to raise a second, larger flag, an event which an Associated Press photographer captured on film. The resulting photograph became a defining image of the war.)


Look who was born on this date!

* George Frederic Handel in 1685. (As a young man the German-born composer travelled and lived in Italy, its operatic tradition becoming very influential on his work. Handel began to move away from Italian-style operas towards oratorios before later in life embracing a more English choral tradition. His most famous work “Messiah” was composed in 1742 and its “Hallelujah” chorus has been a Christmas favourite ever since.)

* W.E.B. Du Bois in 1868. ( He was a civil rights activist who rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African-American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. He protested strongly against lynching, Jim Crow laws and discrimination in education and employment.)

* Victor Fleming in 1889. (American director of the films “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone with the Wind” for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director.)




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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