An audience goes to the cinema for the first time, streetcars come to San Francisco, The Beatles' "White Album" goes to No. 1, and the first American test-tube baby is born, all on this day.
1929: Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk, who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Sawchuk saw his best years come at the beginning of his career for the Red Wings, leading the team to three Stanley Cups in five years, winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie and three Vezina Trophies for the fewest goals allowed. Sawchuk finished his hockey career with 447 regular season wins, a record that stood for 30 years, and his career record of 103 shutouts remained unsurpassed among NHL goaltenders until Martin Brodeur bested the mark on Dec. 21, 2009. He died from a pulmonary embolism at age 40 on May 31, 1970. He had earlier suffered internal injuries in a drunken fight with Rangers teammate Ron Stewart and had his gallbladder removed and underwent two operations on his damaged and bleeding liver before he died.
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