In the long reach of history, Nov. 1 has brought no shortage of momentous events. In 1512 in Vatican City, Michelangelo's artwork on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel went on public display for the first time. A little over 250 years later, the British Empire imposed The Stamp Act on its colonies in the Americas, igniting outrage over the idea that colonists now had to pay the King of England to process legal papers and conduct other everyday business.
And 194 years after that, on the west side of Manhattan, a Montreal Canadiens goaltender named Jacques Plante took a wicked shot just beneath his nose in the opening minutes of a game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. The blast was a backhander fired by Rangers right wing Andy Bathgate. Plante left the ice, blood gushing from the corner of his mouth as if from a spigot.
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