February 24 - 1940: Eight ships answer Cape Cod SOS - Hoax suspected

1969: Another big snowstorm in that blustery winter. 1980: US wins Olympic Hockey. 2007: Former Mashpee student one of two BU students killed in fire
Did eight ships come to the rescue of an SOS hoax in 1940? Bing map.

1969: We really got socked today on Cape Cod

It was the second major storm
in past two weeks

On this day in 1969, residents of the Cape and Islands awakened to yet another snowstorm during what had already been a very snowy winter. A howling nor'easter that stalled off Nantucket dumped more than two feet of snow in some areas before tapering off.

"This was the second major storm to hit New England in two weeks," the Associated Press reported. "The results had a similar ring: Logan International Airport closed, cars abandoned on clogged highways, stranded motorists seeking shelter in police barracks, and power failures."

Schools across the region were forced to remain closed on the first day of the work week, resulting in an unexpected day off for students and teachers.

1980: US wins Olympic Hockey Gold Medal

Team members from Bay State

On this day in 1980, the U.S. hockey team beat Finland to win the Gold Medal at the Lake Placid Olympics. What really captured the country's imagination occurred two days earlier in the semi-finals.

The young Americans' thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Soviet Union, remembered ever since as the "miracle on ice," showed that speed and endurance could outweigh experience and technical skill.

In a sport long dominated by Canadians and Russians, the victory boosted the popularity of hockey in the U.S. and raised the nation's spirits. Four of the team's players hailed from Massachusetts, including the goalie, Jim Craig, and the captain, Mike Eruzione, who scored the winning goal. 

Read more here. Cover of the books about this event courtesy of Amazon.


2007: Former Mashpee student one of two BU students killed in fire  

Rhiannon McCuish graduated in 2004, regional all-star in soccer and track

On this day in 2007 a gifted former Mashpee High School athlete was among two Boston University students killed in a searing apartment fire near her college campus. Rhiannon McCuish, 21, was found dead after 5 a.m. in a burned out, top-floor apartment at 21 Aberdeen St., the Cape Cod Times reported Sunday, quoting a Boston Fire Department official and a family member.

Fire officials have not released the identity or age of the second victim, and were still investigating the cause. Another man was injured in the blaze and taken to a local hospital. Rescuers found him unconscious and removed him from the flames, Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald said.

When the fire broke out early Saturday, the building had been without power for several hours as crews performed utility work nearby, MacDonald said. Investigators will try to determine if the work played a role in the fire.

Michaela McCuish described her younger sister as "a happy, lovable girl who enjoyed playing soccer and basketball."

Rhiannon, the second-oldest of three sisters, graduated from Mashpee High School in 2004 and enrolled at Boston University the same year as a psychology major. In addition to her studies, Rhiannon recently joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Boston, mentoring a girl with the same name as her older sister.

1940: Eight ships answer Cape Cod SOS - Hoax suspected

On this day in 1940 came a report that an unidentified vessel with 146 persons aboard was sinking off Cape Cod. The report sent eight rescue ships scurrying to the scene last night, but radio experts declared openly the SOS might well have been a hoax. See the AP story in the St. Petersburg FL Times below:

Read about "Everything Else Which Happened Today" here.

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