This week in New England history: May 9-15

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A list of significant dates in New England history:

May 9

John Brown

John Brown

1800: John Brown, who became a catalyst for the Civil War in 1859 when he attempted to incite a slave rebellion by raiding the National Arsenal in what is now West Virginia, is born in Torrington, Connecticut.

May 10

1970: Bobby Orr scores one of the most iconic goals in sports history, scoring the overtime winner to give the Boston Bruins a four-game sweep over the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals.

May 14

Harvard vs. McGill

Harvard vs. McGill

1874: McGill’s football team plays Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the first modern football game. Previous games in North America more closely resembled soccer than what Americans would recognize as football today. The Harvard team likes the Canadian style of play so much, they use it against Yale the following year.