1942: The Canadiens signed Maurice Richard to his first contract. He made his NHL debut two days later.
1951: Princess Elizabeth (later Queen of England) and the Duke of Edinburgh were at the Forum when the Canadiens got three goals from Floyd Curry (his only career hat trick) and two from Maurice Richard in a 6-1 win against the New York Rangers.
1952: Maurice Richard scored his 323rd and 324th career goals to tie the all-time goal scoring record set by Nels Stewart. He also had two assists but the Canadiens lost 7-5 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
1953: Defenseman Tom Johnson was moved to center, and scored two goals to lead the Canadiens to a 3-1 win over Toronto, at the Forum
1960: Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion had three assists to lead the Canadiens to a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
1966: Goaltender Gump Worsley recorded his 29th career shutout, and Claude Provost scored twice as the Canadiens won 3-0 over the Rangers, at the Forum.
1969: Jean Beliveau became the first player in Canadiens history to play 1,000 NHL games, when he appeared in a 4-1 Canadiens' loss to the Minnesota North Stars
1977: Guy Lafleur scored three times in the first period to become the 11th player in franchise history to score 250 goals. The milestone goal came in the Canadiens' 5-3 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The loss snapped the Canadiens home unbeaten streak at 37 games (41 if you count the playoffs). The streak dated back nearly a year to November 1, 1976.
1996: The Canadiens trade captain Pierre Turgeon, Rory Fitzpatrick, and Craig Conroy to the St. Louis Blues, in exchange for Shayne Corson, defenseman Murray Baron, and a 5th round pick in 1997.
Habs born on this day: Francis Stahan (1918), Matt Higgins (1977)