The Post Office is born, World War II gets its first flying ace, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, and a fire at a Great White concert leaves 100 dead, all on this day.
1942: Hall of Fame ice hockey player Phil Esposito, who played 18 seasons in the NHL for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, is born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Esposito scored 717 goals along with 873 assists for a total of 1,590 career points, ranking him at retirement as the second leading all-time NHL goal and point scorer, and third in assists. The 10-time NHL All-Star also won two Stanley Cup championships with the Boston Bruins and won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's scoring leader five times and the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP twice.
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