The pilgrims get their first taste of popcorn, George Washington is born, Elvis hits the charts for the first time, and Team USA pulls off a "Miracle on Ice," all on this day.
1980: In what would be called the "Miracle on Ice," the United States hockey team defeats the heavily favored Soviet Union hockey team 4-3 in the medal round at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The team, made up of amateur and collegiate players and led by coach Herb Brooks, would go on to secure the gold medal by beating Finland two days later.
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