130 years ago
Died on this date
Clark Brown, 21. Canadian murderer. Mr. Brown was publicly hanged in Cornwall, Ontario for the September 2 murder of his 68-year-old father Robert and 12-year-old sister Addie.
60 years ago
Calgary (13-1) 11 @ Edmonton (4-10) 1
Ken Sluman’s single accounted for the Eskimos’ only point as they suffered their sixth loss in as many games against the Stampeders in 1949. The game was worth only 1 point in the standings.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: Travellin’ Light--Cliff Richard (3 weeks at #1)
Calgary's top 10 (CFAC)
1 Mack the Knife--Bobby Darin
2 Mr. Blue--The Fleetwoods
3 Put Your Head on My Shoulder--Paul Anka
4 ('Til) I Kissed You--The Everly Brothers
5 Teen Beat--Sandy Nelson
6 Sleep Walk--Santo and Johnny
7 Battle Hymn of the Republic--The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
8 Morgen--Ivo Robic
9 In the Mood--Ernie Fields
10 Torquay--The Fireballs
Pick hit of the week: Hound Dog Man--Fabian
Audience picks: Mack the Knife--Bobby Darin
The Three Bells--The Browns
Put Your Head on My Shoulder--Paul Anka
Lonely Street--Andy Williams
Just Ask Your Heart--Frankie Avalon
Teen Beat, Sleep Walk, In the Mood, and Torquay were instrumentals. Hound Dog Man was the title song of a movie in which Fabian starred.
Hamilton (10-4) 14 @ Montreal (6-8) 15
Ottawa (8-6) 31 @ Toronto (4-10) 21
Semi-Finals: Game 1 (Two-game total points series)
Edmonton 20 @ British Columbia 8
Two interceptions late in the game paved the way for a dramatic Montreal comeback on a muddy field at Molson Stadium. Milt Campbell intercepted a Bernie Faloney pass, which was followed by a 67-yard pass from Sam Etcheverry to Tom Moran to the Hamilton 3-yard line. Mr. Etcheverry carried for a touchdown, converted by Bill Bewley, to tie the game at 14. Wes Gideon then intercepted another pass from Mr. Faloney; Mr. Etcheverry drove the Alouettes to the 1-yard line, from where he punted for the game-winning single on the last play. The win, before a crowd of 21,817, clinched the third and final playoff spot in the IRFU.
Dave Thelen carried 20 times for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Rough Riders. He finished the season with 1,339 yards rushing, surpassing Pat Abbruzzi’s previous IRFU record of 1,248 from 1955. Ron Stewart and Ted Smale also scored touchdowns for Ottawa, while Gary Schreider contributed 4 converts and a field goal. Al Dorow, Al Schlosser, and Ron Stover scored Toronto’s touchdowns. Cookie Gilchrist, the IRFU scoring champion, added 2 converts and a single. 19,465 fans at CNE Stadium saw the Argonauts finish out of the playoffs for the fourth straight season and the sixth time in the last seven years.
A then-record playoff crowd of 33,993 showed up at Empire Stadium in Vancouver to see the Lions play their first playoff game ever. After a scoreless first quarter, the Lions got on the scoreboard first on a short touchdown run by Don Vicic, converted by Vic Kristopaitis. The Eskimos, playing what head coach Eagle Keys called their best game of the season, eventually took control. Rookie Howie Schumm was a surprise star, rushing 5 times for 46 yards and a touchdown. Normie Kwong carried 10 times for 73 yards, while Johnny Bright rushed 17 times for 61 yards and a touchdown. The other Edmonton touchdown came on a pass from Jackie Parker to Jim Letcavits. Mr. Parker added 2 converts. Hal Sparrow’s punt single provided the Lions with their other point. The Edmonton defense did a good job of shutting down the B.C. running game, holding By Bailey to 40 yards on 11 carries and Willie Fleming to 36 on 8 carries.
Alberta (4-2) 33 @ Saskatchewan (0-5) 6
Ross Christensen led the Golden Bears with 2 touchdowns, with other Alberta majors being scored by Pierre Turgeon, Bill Dunnigan, and Ross Walker. Maury Van Vliet added 2 converts and a single. Ken Tidsbury scored the Huskies’ touchdown on a 41-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Alberta led 19-0 after the first quarter.
40 years ago
Edmonton’s top 10
1 Suspicious Minds--Elvis Presley
2 Ruben James--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
3 Which Way You Goin’, Billy?--The Poppy Family
4 Something/Come Together--The Beatles
5 Echo Park--Keith Barbour
6 Sugar, Sugar--The Archies
7 Take a Letter, Maria--R.B. Greaves
8 Try a Little Kindness--Glen Campbell
9 You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’--Dionne Warwick
10 Baby It’s You--Smith
On the radio
A Book at Bedtime, on BBC 4
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 10, read by Nigel Stock
U.S. President Richard Nixon delivered a policy speech on Latin America in which he said he would loosen restrictions on U.S. aid to Latin nations, treating all equally, regardless of whether their governments were democratic or dictatorial. He also stressed that the U.S. would be receptive to suggestions from the Latin Americans to give them a greater say in American aid programs.
U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Raphael Minichiello, a decorated Vietnam veteran who had escaped custody the previous day while en route to a court martial at Camp Pendleton, California to face a charge of breaking into the post exchange, hijacked a Trans World Airlines Boeing 707 at gunpoint on a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles and forced the crew to fly him to Rome. In the course of the 6,900-mile flight, the plane made refuelling stops at Denver, New York, Bangor, and Shannon, Ireland while frustrated police and FBI agents stood by. The drama began at 4:42 A.M. when LC Minichiello ordered pilot Donald Cook to divert his flight to Denver, and permitted 39 passengers and 3 stewardesses to debark. With three remaining crew members as hostages, the flight continued to New York’s Kennedy Airport. FBI agents tried to board, but gave up after the skyjacker fired his rifle into the roof of the cockpit and threatened to shoot spectators unless they moved away. He permitted two overseas pilots to board, and the plane finally landed at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport after almost 20 hours. The Italian-born Marine then took off into the countryside at the wheel of a police car with airport police chief Pietro Guli as a hostage. He was captured a few hours later.
Colonel Robert B. Rheault, 43, the former Green Beret commander in Vietnam who had been charged with the murder of a South Vietnamese double agent but had never been tried on the charge, retired from the U.S. Army, apparently bitter and unsure of his future.
30 years ago
Hartford 4 @ Toronto 2
Dave Keon, playing his first NHL game at Maple Leaf Gardens since the Maple Leafs let him go in 1975, scored his first 2 goals of the season to lead the Whalers to victory.
25 years ago
Died on this date
Indira Gandhi, 66. Prime Minister of India, 1966-1977; 1980-1984. Mrs. Gandhi was shot to death by two of her bodyguards, reported to be Sikhs, as she walked from her residence through a garden to an interview with actor Peter Ustinov. She was succeeded as Prime Minister by her 40-year-old son Rajiv.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the nation’s trade deficit had grown to $12.6 billion in September, the second-largest monthly total on record.
20 years ago
On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: Mom Wars
U.S. President George Bush said that he and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev would hold an informal summit on ships in the Mediterranean Sea on December 2-3.
Politics and government
The Hungarian National Assembly voted to conduct a national referendum on how to choose a president.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that its leading economic indicators had risen 0.2% in September.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Greg Moore, 24. Canadian auto racing driver. A native of New Westminster, British Columbia and resident of Maple Ridge, Mr. Moore began racing in the Indy Lights circuit in 1993. He won 3 races in 1994 and then won 10 of 12 races and the Indy Lights championship in 1995 after joining the Player’s Forsythe team. Mr. Moore graduated to the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) circuit in 1996, finishing 9th in the overall standings, with a best finish of second at Nazareth. In 1997 he won at Milwaukee and Belle Isle, becoming the youngest driver to that time to win a CART race. In 1998 he won at Rio de Janeiro and passed Jimmy Vasser on the last lap to win the U.S. 500 at Michigan in a very exciting race that featured more than 60 lead changes. Mr. Moore won the season-opening race at Homestead, Florida in 1999, but lacked a competitive enough engine to compete for the championship. The Marlboro 500 at California Speedway in Fontana was due to be Mr. Moore’s final race with the Player’s Forsythe team; he had signed to join Penske Racing for 2000, as legendary owner Roger Penske believed that Mr. Moore possessed the ability to win a championship if he had the proper equipment. Early in the race, Richie Hearn skidded off the track at the exit of turn 2 and crashed into the wall, but walked away. Mr. Moore had started in 20th position, but after only about 10 laps of green flag racing, he had already passed 10 cars, and was enjoying the race. He then went off the track, possibly as a result of a gust of wind, at the same spot as Mr. Hearn a few laps earlier. Mr. Moore’s car flipped several times before finally hitting the infield wall upside-down at high speed. The g-forces on Mr. Moore’s body were the highest ever recorded in a CART race. He suffered serious head, neck, brain, and internal injuries, and was finally extricated from the car and flown by helicopter to Loma Linda University Medical Center. Attempts to revive Mr. Moore were unsuccessful, and he died about 45 minutes after the crash, while the race continued. The Player’s Forsythe team called their other driver, Patrick Carpentier, into the pits and retired him for the rest of the day. Adrian Fernandez won the race. Helio Castroneves took Mr. Moore’s place with Penske Racing and has enjoyed a successful career ever since. Greg Moore was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame in 2000. He was this blogger’s favourite driver, and a lot of the enjoyment of watching the races left with him.
The last 900 Indonesian soldiers left the former Indonesian territory of East Timor early in the day. East Timorese in the capital city of Dili, moving about freely as part of a "non-self-governing territory" under United Nations occupation, participated in a Roman Catholic procession.
Politics and government
The November 8 issue of Time magazine hit the streets, which contained an article revealing that U.S. Vice-President Al Gore had paid feminist author Naomi Wolf $15,000 per month (later reduced to $5,000 per month) to offer campaign advice. She had told him that he needed to be perceived as an "alpha male," or leader of the pack.
All 217 people aboard an EgyptAir jetliner bound for Cairo were killed when the plane plunged 33,000 feet in two minutes, crashing into the Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket Island. Experts later speculated that the plane was deliberately crashed by the co-pilot.
Adrian Fernandez won the final CART race of the season, the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway in Fontana. Greg Moore was fatally injured early in the race, making this at least the second CART race that Mr. Fernandez had won during which a driver had been killed. At Toronto in 1996, rookie Jeff Krosnoff was killed instantly in a horrific crash on the second-last lap while Mr. Fernandez was on his way to his first career victory. That race was immediately red-flagged.
Montreal (11-6) 24 @ Calgary (12-5) 31
On a cold, windy, and occasionally snowy Sunday afternoon at McMahon Stadium, the Stampeders scored 17 points with the wind behind them in the fourth quarter to defeat the Alouettes and keep their hopes alive of finishing first in the West Division. Backup quarterback Mike McCoy threw 2 touchdown passes to Allen Pitts to give the Stampeders a 28-24 lead, and Mark McLoughlin extended the lead with a 46-yard field goal with just under 5 minutes remaining. Calgary led 14-13 at halftime, but the Stampeders were outscored 11-0 in the third quarter when Montreal had the wind advantage. Kelvin Anderson, who was held to 42 yards on 15 carries, rushed 2 yards for a Calgary touchdown and caught a 23-yard pass from starting quarterback Dave Dickenson for another. Vince Danielsen led Calgary’s receivers with 7 catches for 149 yards. Montreal quarterback Tracy Ham rushed 1 yard for a touchdown in the second quarter and connected with Jock Climie for a 5-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. The Calgary defense held Mike Pringle to 64 yards on 19 carries. 28,250 were in attendance.
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