On this day: November 1

POSTED: 11:34 PM Oct 31 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Nov 01 2013

The Sistine Chapel's ceiling is unveiled, the National Weather Service makes its first forecast, the U.S. explodes its first hydrogen bomb, and Honda opens its first U.S. factory, all on this day.

OTD November 1 - Plante Mask
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1959: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante wears a protective mask during a regular season game for the first time. Plante donned the mask after breaking his nose three minutes into a game against the New York Rangers. The homemade fiberglass mask, which Plante had previously worn during practices, is seen here in the Hockey Hall of Fame. While he wasn't the first goalie known to wear a mask in a game (Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons wore a crude leather version in 1929 to protect a broken nose), Plante's example would introduce the mask as everyday equipment.

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