Five at Random …

In 1918 … Canadian women won the right to vote in federal elections.
In 1936 … CBC Radio launched nationwide.
In 1959 … The Montreal Canadians’ Jaques Plant became the first NHL goalie to wear a mask.
In 1983 … Michael Jackson’s Thriller was released.
In 1995 … A referendum vote of 50.6% to 49.4% saw Quebec remain a Canadian province.

Russia Launched a Stray Dog into Outer Space

On November 3rd, 1957, a poor little pooch dubbed “Laika” was snatched from the streets of Moscow, and sent into outer space in the spaceship Sputnik II.  There were no plans (or technology) to ever bring her back. The purpose of Laika’s mission was simply to prove that a “live passenger” could survive being thrust into orbit around the earth. Russians claimed, “This has been done not for the sake of cruelty but for the benefit of humanity,” but naturally, there was a lot of outrage over their actions. Initial reports claimed Laika passed peacefully away after a week, but the truth was leaked by the Institute for Biological Problems, in 2002: Laika died from panic and overheating within hours of takeoff.

American Woman Hit by Meteorite

On November 2nd, 1954, Ann Hodges was napping on her couch in Alabama when a meteorite came hurtling through her roof and crashing into her thigh. It’s really no way to be woken up, and no one but Ann has been. The meteorite had luckily whittled itself down to the size of a softball on its journey through our atmosphere. As astronomer Michael Reynolds said at the time, Ann had “a better chance of getting hit by a tornado and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time.” Ann and her landlord wound up fighting over who got to keep the meteorite. It went to court, the landlord won, and then sold it back to Ann for $500!