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Leif Eriksson founded a great tradition of Canadian bat flipping

The history of the bat flip in the United States is well-documented, but what many don't know is that the first bat flip in North America didn't occur in the US. No, my friends. That achievement resides with our northern neighbors.

That's right, Canada. The Great White North has a very rich history of bat flips. Let's look back at some of their most famous ones.

Circa 1000: Leif Eriksson lands in Newfoundland

1814: The Burning of Washington (TL;DR - Canada basically rolled into Washington, burned down the White House and left)

1867: Canada's birthday

1917: The National Hockey League is founded

1920: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is founded

1962: Trans Canada Highway officially opens

1974: Jonah Keri is born, dooming baseball players everywhere.

1980: Terry Fox, with one leg having been amputated, embarks on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research like a complete badass.
1981: The Canadarm, Canada's most famous robotic and technological achievement, makes its space shuttle debut (basically an arm attached to the space shuttle for the sole purpose of bat flipping).

1984: Wayne Gretzky, of ProStars fame, wins his first Stanley Cup.

2013: Drake starts from the bottom

2015: Jose Bautista bat flips Toronto into the ALCS

(Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Such a rich history!