1980: The Miracle on Ice
The term, “Miracle on Ice” references when the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics on this day in Lake Placid, New York. Previously, the Soviet Union had won the gold medal in six of the seven previous Winter Olympic Games. The Soviet Union team consisted of professional players while the American team consisted of only amateur players who were also collectively, the youngest team in the tournament. During the final seconds of the game, Al Michaels (reporting for ABC) uttered the phrases, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” The event won the praise of Sport Illustrated who in 1999 named the event as the #1 top sports moment of the 20th century.
1983: Infamous Play Opens and Closes in One Night
Moose Murders, a play by Arthur Bicknell has the unique distinction of opening and closing on Broadway on the same night, this day in 1983. Moose Murders is also a term used in the industry to describe a really bad play. Originally, Eve Arden was to star in the murder mystery farce, but dropped out after the second preview due to “artistic differences.” New York Post’s Clive Barnes said that it was “so indescribably bad that I do not intend to waste anyone’s time by describing it.” He commended Eve Arden for leaving it before it opened and commented: “Some people have all the luck.”
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