It Happened On #97

How’s 2013 going for you thus far? I didn’t bother making any resolutions this year. I think I did pretty good with last years

According to my Heart & Stroke calendar, January is New Year’s Resolution month, so I got all of January left to make one

It happened on January 2 2009…a rare unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S bugattiAtalante Coupe was found in the garage of a British doctor. A month later, on February 7, the car sold at a Paris auction for some $4.4 million

The black two-seater, one of just 17 57S Atalante Coupes ever made by Bugatti, had been owned by English orthopedic surgeon Harold Carr since 1955. Carr, who died in 2007, reportedly had kept the rare vehicle parked in his garage since the early 1960sand hadn’t driven it in five decades. The car was built in May 1937 and originally owned by Francis Richard Henry Penn Curzon. Curzon was the first president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and a winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans race

When it was built, the 57S Atalante Coupe was capable of reaching speeds of more than 120 miles per hour at a time when the average car couldn’t do more than 50 miles per hour. It was also notable for its low-slung frame and V-shaped radiator and featured pig-skin upholstery. At the time of the auction, Carr’s car was said to be in good condition and had 26,284 miles on its odometer

Also on January 2 1971, 66 soccer fans are killed in a stampede at a stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, as they attempt to leave a game after a late goal by the home team. Initial reports suggested that the disaster was caused by fans returning to their seats after hearing of the last goal, but in fact it was simply the crush of spectators all leaving at the same time on the same stairway that led to tragedy

Meanwhile, in Canada, on January 2 1826, the Supreme Court of Newfoundland was founded

Man, Canada is boring

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