John’s Believe It Or Not… March 5th

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

It’s Sunny Sunday! Did you know…

Political cartoon showing Macdonal;d riding the shoulders of a western farmer and a businessman. It shows the slogan they used in that election - with the flag behind them.1891 – John A. Macdonald Wins His Last Election. (John A. Macdonald leads Conservatives to victory in the seventh general election, and his last, 121 seats to 94; defeats Wilfrid Laurier with 51.5% of popular vote, for his fourth consecutive majority; fights under the slogan, “The old man, the old flag, the old policy”. Macdonald is to Canada what George Washington is to the US.) 



Steve standing with his skis.1982 – Steve Podborski first non-European to win World Cup downhill title. (Downhill skier, broadcaster, a charter member of the Crazy Canucks 1974-84, the only skier from North America to win the World Cup Downhill Title, born in Toronto, Ontario, July 25, 1957. Podborski started skiing at age 2; 1973 joined the Canadian Alpine team and became a member of the Crazy Canucks with Jim Hunter and Ken Read; 1976 injured at Innsbruck; 1979 won his first FIS World Cup race at Morzine, France; 1980 took the Olympic Bronze at Lake Placid, the first Canadian to win an Olympic medal in the event; 1982 won 3 World Cup races, including Kitzbuhel, which he skied at the record speed of 166 kph; 1983 won three World Cup races and was the first Canadian and first non-European to take the World Cup overall title)

1770 Boston Massacre.  (British soldiers kill 5 men in a crowd throwing snowballs, stones and sticks at them. African American Crispus Attucks 1st to die; later held up as an early black martyr. The massacre galvanised anti-British feelings. On the cold, snowy night of March 5, 1770, a mob of angry colonists gathers at the Customs House in Boston and begins tossing snowballs and rocks at the lone British soldier guarding the building. The protesters opposed the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent to Boston in 1768 to enforce unpopular taxation measures passed by a British parliament without direct American representation.)

Sadler pictured playing his guitar in full uniform.* 1966 Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler hits #1 with “Ballad Of The Green Berets” (Sadler was exactly what his name and uniform implied he was: a real-life, active-duty member of the United States Army Special Forces—the elite unit popularly known as the Green Berets. In early 1965, Sadler suffered a severe punji stick injury that brought a premature end to his tour of duty as a combat medic in Vietnam. During his long hospitalisation back in the United States, Sadler, an aspiring musician prior to the war, wrote and submitted to music publishers an epic ballad that eventually made its way in printed form to Robin Moore, author of the then-current nonfiction book called The Green Berets. Moore worked with Sadler to whittle his 12-verse original down to a pop-radio-friendly length, and Sadler recorded the song himself in late 1965, first for distribution only within the military, and later for RCA when the original took off as an underground hit. Within two weeks of its major-label release, The Ballad of the Green Berets had sold more than a million copies, going on to become Billboard magazine’s #1 single for all of 1966.)

WANTED poster with Jim Morrison's head shot.* 1969 Jim Morrison is charged with lewd behaviour at a Miami concert.
(The Dade County Sheriff’s Office issues an arrest warrant for Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison. He is charged with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for his stage antics at a Miami concert a few days earlier. When Morrison first got word of the charges for lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, profanity, and drunkenness, he thought it was a practical joke. But he soon learned that Miami authorities were entirely serious. In fact, they later added an additional charge, simulated oral copulation on guitarist Robbie Krieger during the concert.)

Look who was born on this date!

Head shot of Zhou EnlaiZhou Enlai in 1898. (First Premier of the People’s Republic of China, serving from October 1949 until his death in January 1976. He was instrumental in consolidating the control of the Communist Party’s rise to power, forming foreign policy, and developing the Chinese economy.)


Momofuku Ando in 1910. (Taiwanese-born, Momofuku Ando moved to Osaka, Japan where he founded Nissin Foods on September 4th, 1948. With Japan suffering post-war food shortages, Ando decided to develop automated production of noodles. On August 25, 1958, at the age of 48 and after months of trial and error experimentation to perfect his flash-frying method, Ando marketed the first package of precooked instant noodles.)

* Andy Gibb in 1958. (British Singer and TV Host. Andy was the younger brother of Bee Gees Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. He died in 1988 of Myocarditis – Myocarditis is an inflammation of the myocardium, the middle layer of the heart wall. Myocarditis can affect both the heart’s muscle cells and the heart’s electrical system, leading to the reduction in the heart’s pumping function and to irregular heart rhythms. Myocarditis is usually caused by a viral infection. In case you’re not aware, the band’s name “Bee Gees” is taken from B G – the Brothers Gibb.)


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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