Monday, 30 November 2009

November 30, 2009

80 years ago
1929

Football

CRU
Grey Cup @ Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds, Hamilton
Regina 3 @ Hamilton 14

The forward pass, which had been legalized in the west in 1929 but not in the east, was allowed in the Grey Cup game. The Roughriders, led by Jersey Jack Campbell, tried 11 passes and gained about 100 yards, but the only scoring they could manage came on 2 singles by Sol Bloomfield and another by Jerry Erskine. Jimmy Simpson scored a touchdown for the Tigers; Huck Welch punted for 6 singles and Pep Leadlay punted for 3 singles. The Tigers tried one pass late in the game: Huck Welch completed it to Jimmy Simpson for a touchdown, but it was disallowed--forward passes were illegal inside the opposition’s 25-yard line, and umpire Priestley of Winnipeg ruled that the play had taken place inside the 25. The game was played in some of the worst weather in Grey Cup history; attendance was listed at 1,906, but only about 100 were in the stands at the Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds when the game started. Hundreds more huddled under the stands and came up for brief glimpses of the action, and hundreds left the stadium before halftime. The game was played in driving snow and freezing temperatures, and the field was frozen. It was the Roughriders’ second straight loss to the Tigers in the Grey Cup, and the sixth loss for a western team without a win. However, the 3 points scored by Regina was the greatest total yet scored by a western team in a Grey Cup game, and the 11-point margin was the closest yet for an east-west Grey Cup.

70 years ago
1939

War

The Winter War began when Soviet forces invaded Finland with 21 divisions, totaling some 450,000 men, and bombed Helsinki in an attack which violated three different non-aggression pacts: the Treaty of Tartu (signed in 1920); the non-aggression pact between Finland and the Soviet Union signed in 1932 and again in 1934; and also the Charter of the League of Nations, which the Soviet Union signed in 1934. C.G.E. Mannerheim was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Finnish Defence Forces after the Soviet attack. In further reshuffling, the Finnish government named Risto Ryti as the new prime minister and Väinö Tanner as foreign minister.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC

50 years ago
1959


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Mack the Knife--Bobby Darin (8th week at #1)

40 years ago
1969


Music
The Monkees, by now a threesome (Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith) performed at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It was their last concert during the first run of their existence as a group, and the last appearance in concert by Michael Nesmith as a Monkee until an encore appearance in 1986.

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ Autostade, Montreal
Ottawa 29 Saskatchewan 11

Ottawa quarterback Russ Jackson, who had announced that 1969 would be his last season, went out in style, completing 13 of 22 passes for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns, while also rushing 5 times for 31 yards. Ron Stewart caught 2 of Mr. Jackson’s passes for 112 yards, scoring touchdowns of 80 and 32 yards. Jay Roberts caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Jackson, and Jim Mankins, who led all rushers with 10 carries for 72 yards, had a 12-yard touchdown reception among his 5 catches for 56 yards. Don Sutherin converted all 4 Rough Rider touchdowns and added a single on a missed field goal with 26 seconds remaining in the game. Saskatchewan jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Ron Lancaster to Alan Ford, converted by Jack Abendschan, and a safety touch. The only points scored by the Roughriders after that came in the third quarter on a 37-yard single off a missed field goal by Mr. Abendschan and a 67-yard punt by Mr. Ford. The Saskatchewan offense was hurt by the absence of receivers Gord Barwell, who had suffered a shoulder injury in the first game of the western finals, and Jim Worden, who dressed for what turned out to be his last game, but was unable to play. The game also marked the end of the line for Saskatchewan’s Hugh Campbell, who caught 4 passes for 57 yards. The Ottawa defense held Saskatchewan’s great fullback George Reed to 28 yards on 11 carries, although Mr. Reed was able to gain 55 yards on his only pass reception. Mr. Ford, who punted 9 times for a 39.8-yard average, was probably Saskatchewan’s best player. In addition to his punting, he caught 2 passes for 44 yards and returned 2 kickoffs for 101, including a then-Grey Cup record 78-yard return. Mr. Lancaster completed 15 of 30 passes for 239 yards. One oddity was the lack of production from Ottawa’s dynamic receiving duo of Margene Adkins and Whit Tucker, who had combined for 2,257 yards on 93 receptions in 14 regular season games. Mr. Adkins had led the CFL in receiving yardage during the regular season, but in his final CFL game before going to the NFL, he didn’t catch a pass. Mr. Tucker caught 1 for 34 yards. 33,172, including Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, were in attendance at the first Grey Cup played in Montreal since 1931 and the only Grey Cup played at Autostade. Ottawa head coach Frank Clair, who retired after this game to become the Rough Riders’ general manager, tied Lew Hayman’s record with his fifth Grey Cup win as a head coach.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
The United States announced that the deposed Shah of Iran was expected to leave the country when his medical treatment was completed, and a behind-the-scenes search was begun to find him another refuge.

Religion
Pope John Paul II, concluded his visit to Turkey for the purpose of working toward the reconciliation of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, beginning the day in Istanbul and continuing to Izmir and Ephesus. He celebrated the feast of St. Andrew, patron of the Orthodox Church, with Dimitrios I, the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch. The two men announced the formation of a joint commission consisting of prelates and theologians of the two churches to discuss the remainingtheological disagreements between them. The pope also made an appeal to Christians for greater understanding of Islam as a monotheistic religion that shared many beliefs and moral values with Christianity.

20 years ago
1989


Diplomacy
The United States flew 282 embassy officials and dependents out of El Salvador, where fighting had renewed between the government and FMLN rebels.

10 years ago
1999


Protest
20,000 participated in a labour-organized march in Seattle to protest the 135-nation ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization. Protesters linked arms or laid down in the street to block traffic, and delegates were trapped in their hotels. Fires burned in the streets, and police used tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets. Seattle Mayor Paul Schell declared a state of emergency. That night, Washington Governor Gary Locke called in the National Guard.

Health
The British government announced that the country’s beef-on-the-bone ban would be lifted, with T-bone steaks and ribs likely available by December 17. The ban had been imposed by the European Union in 1996 because of the risk of the beef being infected with BSE, which can cause brain disease in humans.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

November 29, 2009

210 years ago
1799

Born on this date
Amos Bronson Alcott
. U.S. educator and philosopher. Mr. Alcott, a philosopher in American Transcendentalism, was the father of the original "Little Women:" Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth, and May Alcott. At the basis of his educational theory was his belief that "early education is the enduring power" in the formation of the imagination and moral life of the human being. Mr. Alcott believed that learning should be a pleasant experience for children, and that the environment of the classroom should be beautiful.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight's episode: The Thundering Murder Case

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Man in the House, starring Kim Hunter and Alan Baxter

50 years ago
1959


Football
NFL
Washington (3-7) 14 @ New York (8-2) 45
San Francisco (7-3) 21 @ Cleveland (6-4) 20
Philadelphia (6-4) 0 @ Pittsburgh (5-4-1) 31
Los Angeles (2-8) 21 @ Baltimore (7-3) 35
Chicago Bears (6-4) 31 @ Chicago Cardinals (2-8) 7

The Cardinals’ loss was their last home game in Chicago. They finished the season with two road games and moved to St. Louis in 1960.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Sugar, Sugar--The Archies (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Come Together--The Beatles

Calgary’s top 10
1 Suspicious Minds--Elvis Presley
2 Take a Letter, Maria--R.B. Greaves
3 Something--The Beatles
4 Ruben James--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
5 Down on the Corner--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Cherry Hill Park--Billy Joe Royal
7 Holly Holy--Neil Diamond
8 Try a Little Kindness--Glen Campbell
9 Jesus is a Soul Man--Lawrence Reynolds
10 The Rainmaker--Tom Northcott
Pick hit of the week: Someday We’ll Be Together--Diana Ross and the Supremes

The Rainmaker was written by Harry Nilsson, and Mr. Nilsson’s version was released several months before Mr. Northcott’s version as the B-side of Everybody’s Talkin’. Mr. Nilsson co-produced Mr. Northcott’s recording.

Someday We’ll Be Together was the last single released by Diana Ross and the Supremes. Miss Ross left the group to perform as a solo artist in 1970.

War
The Vietnam War casualty list for the week ending on this day showed 70 Americans killed and 1,049 wounded; 373 South Vietnamese killed and 953 wounded; and 2,177 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong killed. The U.S. casualty list since January 1, 1961 hit 300,029--39,642 killed; 1,359 missing; and 259,828 wounded.

Disasters
4 died and 18 were injured in an 18-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbury, New Jersey after a tractor-trailer ran into a gas tank truck in a patch of fog.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Mexico announced that the deposed Shah of Iran would not be allowed to return there. The Shah had been in exile in Mexico after being forced to flee Iran early in the year, and had been allowed to enter the United States for medical treatment.

Religion
Pope John Paul II continued his Turkish tour, beginning the day in Ankara and continuing to Istanbul.

Disasters
In the fourth-worst aviation disaster in history to that time, a DC-10 from New Zealand on a sightseeing flight over Antarctica crashed into a 12,400-foot mountain near McMurdo Station, killing all 257 people aboard. The third fatal DC-10 crash of 1979 was apparently caused by a navigational error by the pilot, who steered the plane around the side of the mountain that was notorious for high winds.

25 years ago
1984

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 The Wild Boys--Duran Duran
2 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)--Billy Ocean
3 Sea of Love--The Honeydrippers
4 Penny Lover--Lionel Richie
5 No More Lonely Nights--Paul McCartney
6 All Through the Night--Cyndi Lauper
7 Out of Touch--Daryl Hall John Oates
8 Run to You--Bryan Adams
9 We Belong--Pat Benatar
10 Valotte--Julian Lennon
11 The War Song--Culture Club
12 Stranger in Town--Toto
13 I Feel for You--Chaka Khan
14 Born in the U.S.A.--Bruce Springsteen
15 I Can't Hold Back--Survivor
16 Better Be Good to Me--Tina Turner
17 Walking on a Thin Line--Huey Lewis and the News
18 Tears--John Waite
19 I Do Wanna Know--REO Speedwagon
20 Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy)--Roger Hodgson
21 Heaven (Must Be There)--Eurogliders
22 Teacher Teacher--.38 Special
23 I Need You Tonight--Peter Wolf
24 Lucky Star--Madonna
25 Pride (In the Name of Love)--U2
26 Like a Virgin--Madonna
27 The Boys of Summer--Don Henley
28 Hello Again--The Cars
29 Understanding--Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
30 You're the Inspiration--Chicago

20 years ago
1989


Music
Gordon Lightfooot performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. This blogger paid $22 for his ticket.

Politics and government
Three days after the governing Congress Party lost more than half of its seats in parliamentary elections, Rajiv Gandhi announced his resignation as Prime Minister of India, subject to the selection of a new Prime Minister.

Czechoslovakia’s parliament deleted from the Constitution a provision guaranteeing the Communist Party the "leading role" in society.

10 years ago
1999


Politics and government
Protestant and Roman Catholic adversaries in Northern Ireland joined forces to form the Ulster Assembly.

Protest
2,000 people marched through the streets of downtown Seattle on the opening day of the 135-nation World Trade Organization ministerial meeting. Protesters included labour union members unhappy with the apparent loss of jobs for American workers, and environmentalists seeking stronger protections in backward nations. Complaints involved issues such as genetically engineered products, U.S. world domination, destruction of rain forests, and the growing gap between rich and poor nations.

Friday, 27 November 2009

November 28, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Dede Hill and Chris Milner!

90 years ago
1919


Politics and government
American-born Lady Astor became the first woman to take a seat in the British Parliament.

80 years ago
1929


Football
NFL
Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals scored all of his team's points, running for 6 touchdowns and kicking 4 extra points in a 40-6 victory over the Chicago Bears at Comiskey Park. The total remains the longest-standing record in the NFL.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Travellin’ Light--Cliff Richard (7th week at #1)

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ CNE Stadium, Toronto
Winnipeg 21 Hamilton 7

Muddy field conditions in the first Grey Cup game to be held at Toronto’s new CNE Stadium kept the score low as the Blue Bombers won their second straight Grey Cup over the Tiger-Cats. The Blue Bombers, behind the quarterbacking of Kenny Ploen, marched to the Hamilton 21-yard line in the first quarter, settling for a field goal by Gerry James. In the second quarter, Hamilton’s Vince Scott blocked a Charlie Shepard punt and chased the ball into the Winnipeg end zone, but Jack Delveaux of the Blue Bombers beat him to the ball and fell on it. Under the rules in existence at the time, Mr. Scott was credited with a single point, leaving Winnipeg ahead 3-1 at halftime. The Blue Bombers continued to have trouble moving out of their end of the field in the third quarter, but the Tiger-Cats, quarterbacked by Bernie Faloney, were unable to score a touchdown. Steve Oneschuk kicked 2 field goals to give Hamilton a 7-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Early in the quarter Mr. Faloney fumbled, and Bud Tinsley recovered for Winnipeg on the Hamilton 43-yard line. Mr. Ploen then threw long for Farrell Funston, who made the catch on the 2-yard line. Mr. Shepard ran for a touchdown from there, and Mr. James’ convert made the score 10-7 for Winnipeg. The Blue Bombers then hemmed the Tiger-Cats’ offense inside their own 35-yard line, and Mr. Shepard punted for 4 singles to increase the lead to 14-7. With less than a minute remaining, the Blue Bombers gained possession of the ball in Hamilton territory, and it looked as though they would just run out the clock. Instead, Mr. Ploen spotted Ernie Pitts open and hit him for a 35-yard touchdown. Mr. James converted to make the final score 21-7. Mr. Shepard became the first player to win an award as the Grey Cup’s most valuable player; his prize was a Triumph TR-6 sports car. Attendance was 33,133, the largest crowd to attend a Grey Cup in eastern Canada to that time.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10
1 Something/Come Together--The Beatles
2 Take a Letter, Maria--R.B. Greaves
3 Jesus is a Soul Man--Lawrence Reynolds
4 Cherry Hill Park--Billy Joe Royal
5 Echo Park--Keith Barbour
6 Riverboat--Five Man Electrical Band
7 And When I Die--Blood, Sweat and Tears
8 Eli’s Coming--Three Dog Night
9 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes--Crosby, Stills and Nash
10 Down on the Corner--Creedence Clearwater Revival

And When I Die and Eli’s Coming were both written by Laura Nyro.

Diplomacy
West Germany signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The treaty was a matter of great controversy in West German politics.

Football
Six members were elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Dr. Andrew Davies, who played for McGill and Ottawa, was an officer and physician with the Ottawa Rough Riders and Senators from 1915-1948. He and Art Chipman, who was responsible for reviving football in Winnipeg after World War II, were elected as builders. Elected as players were Art Stevenson, a halfback and quarterback with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1930s and early '40s; Abe Eliowitz, halfback and fullback with Ottawa and Montreal in the 1930s; Sam Etcheverry, the record-setting Montreal Alouettes' quarterback from 1952-1960; and Normie Kwong, fullback with the Calgary Stampeders from 1948-1950 and Edmonton Eskimos from 1951-1960. Mr. Kwong was the first player from the Eskimos to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

30 years ago
1979


Politics and government
Iranian acting Foreign Minister Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, who had been attempting to find an international forum to investigate charges against deposed Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi, was dismissed and replaced by Sadegh Ghotbzadeh.

Science
The 100-year-old mystery of colour vision was reported solved by Professor Koji Nakanishi and co-workers at Columbia University. According to the scientists, retinal, the basic substance of vision, attaches itself to cone cells or rod cells in the retina of the eye. The three kinds of cone cells are sensitive to red, blue, or green; the rod cells are sensitive to black and white. All other colours and tones are combinations of these. Each type of cell binds the retinal with a different protein, each of which surrounds the retinal with a different pattern of electrical charges. Retinal’s sensitivity to different wavelengths of light is explained by the number and location of those electrical charges. The wavelength of blue light, for example, disrupts the specific pattern of charges in the blue cone cells and causes the cells to send a signal to the brain. The researchers suggested it was theoretically possible now to find a cure for colour blindness.

Religion
Pope John Paul II flew to Turkey to work toward the reconciliation of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. He arrived in Ankara to begin his tour.

Hockey
NHL
Edmonton 4 Chicago 2

20 years ago
1989


On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Pimple

Diplomacy
West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl proposed a plan for the confederation of West and East Germany.

Politics and government
Czechoslovakian Premier Ladislav Adamec opened talks on sharing power with the opposition group Civic Forum.

Law
Canada’s House of Commons approved in principle new legislation on abortion, but the bill appeared not to satisfy activists on either side of the debate. The bill would amend the Criminal Code to permit abortion at any stage of pregnancy, provided one doctor determined that the physical, mental, or psychological health of the mother was threatened. Canadian Justice Minister Doug Lewis admitted that the legislation, introduced November 3, was a compromise that satisfied neither pro-abortion advocates demanding equal access to abortion in all parts of the country nor pro-lifers who wanted the procedure abolished. However, Mr. Lewis said that it would survive a court challenge because it "balances the rights of the woman with society’s interest in the protection of the fetus." If given final approval, the bill would fill a legal void created by the Supreme Court’s decision of January 28, 1988 that struck down Canada’s existing abortion law.

10 years ago
1999


World events
Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said that Juan Miguel Gonzalez, the father of 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez, one of three survivors who had been rescued when their boat sank on the way to Florida from Cuba several days earlier, was alleging that the boy’s mother, who drowned when the boat sank, had kidnapped Elian.

Diplomacy
Talks were at an impasse over the fate of the Golan Heights; Syria demanded the territory back, and Israel refused to give it up.

Crime
11 people were injured, 4 critically, when a naked man wielding a Samurai sword burst into a church in south London and began indiscriminately attacking parishioners.

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver
Hamilton 32 Calgary 21

The Tiger-Cats jumped to a 21-0 halftime lead and coasted to victory. Ronald Williams rushed 1 yard for a touchdown in the first quarter, and after Joe Montford hit Calgary quarterback Dave Dickenson and forced a fumble, recovered by Tim Terry, Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Flutie late in the second quarter for another touchdown. Paul Osbaldiston converted both and added 2 field goals and a single off a missed field goal. The Tiger-Cats rolled up 246 yards of net offense in the first half compared to 82 for the Stampeders. Mr. Osbaldiston punted for a 41-yard single in the third quarter to make it 22-0, and then the Stampeders came back with 2 touchdowns before the end of the quarter. Mr. Dickenson threw 7 yards to Vince Danielsen for the first Calgary score (set up by a 57-yard completion to Travis Moore on the previous play), and then Mr. Dickenson connected with Allen Pitts for an 18-yard major score. Mark McLoughlin converted both. Mr. Osbaldiston kicked a 20-yard field goal to give Hamilton a 25-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Mr. McManus hit Mr. Flutie with a 7-yard touchdown pass, converted by Mr. Osbaldiston to make it 32-14, and the Stampeders got a touchdown from fullback Duane Forde on a 1-yard run, converted by Mr. McLoughlin, to make the final score 32-21. Mr. McManus completed 22 of 34 passes for 347 yards. Mr. Dickenson, who played courageously with an injured left shoulder, completed 24 of 38 for 321, but most of Calgary’s yardage came when the Stampeders were playing from well behind. Darren Flutie led the Tiger-Cat receivers with 6 receptions for 109 yards. 7 different Hamilton players caught at least one pass, and many of the receptions were of spectacular quality. Mike Morreale, the game’s outstanding Canadian, caught 3 for 51. Travis Moore led the Stampeders with 3 catches for 101 yards. The win gave Hamilton its first Grey Cup since 1986, and meant that a Hamilton team had won a national championship at least once in every decade of the 20th Century. 45,118 were in attendance at B.C. Place Stadium.

November 27, 2009

70 years ago
1939


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Creeping Man

60 years ago
1949


Football
NFL
Pittsburgh (5-4-1) 17 @ Philadelphia (9-1) 34
Washington (3-6-1) 7 @ New York Giants (6-4) 23
New York Bulldogs (1-8-1) 20 @ Los Angeles (7-1-2) 42
Chicago Bears (7-3) 28 @ Detroit (3-7) 7
Green Bay (2-8) 21 @ Chicago Cardinals (5-4-1) 41

Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles became the second player in NFL history to run for 200 or more yards in a game when he piled up 205 in their victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Franklin Field.

50 years ago
1959


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Perchance to Dream, starring Richard Conte and Suzanne Lloyd

This was the first episode of the series written by Charles Beaumont, based on his short story. The theremin is prominently featured in Nathan Van Cleave's spooky score.

40 years ago
1969


Terrorism
Arab terrorists threw a hand grenade into the Athens passenger terminal of the Israeli airline El Al, injuring 15 people--none of them Israelis--but fatally injuring a Greek boy. Greek police arrested two men carrying Jordanian passports.

Society
Representatives of more than 100 tribes who were occupying Alcatraz Island celebrated Thanksgiving with Turkeys given by white men. The occupation group demanded that the U.S. government return the island to the Indians and provide money for an Indian cultural centre.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini attacked plans for a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the Iranian seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran as being part of a U.S. plan with a predetermined conclusion.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that consumer prices had risen by 1% in October or 13.2% at an adjusted annual rate. Leading the increase was housing costs, which rose 1.5% in October after the October 6 austerity measures of the Federal Reserve Board.

Hockey
NHL
Detroit 5 Montreal 5

20 years ago
1989


War
FMLN rebels in El Salvador resumed their offensive in San Salvador, and the homes of several American diplomats were seized.

Protest
Millions of workers joined a two-hour general strike in Czechoslovakia.

Politics and government
The Virginia Board of Elections certified Democratic party candidate Douglas Wilder as the winner of the November 7 gubernatorial election.

Disasters
A Colombian jetliner exploded in midair shortly after taking off from Bogota, killing all 107 aboard.

10 years ago
1999


Diplomacy
Implementation of the April 1998 peace settlement in Northern Ireland became increasingly likely after the Ulster Unionist Party agreed to participation by its leaders in the government alongside members of its bitter adversaries in Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army. Under the new agreement, the IRA would be required to name a representative to the commission on disarmament, and would have to begin the destruction of its weapons by the end of January.

Health
McCain Foods of Florenceville, New Brunswick said it would refuse to accept genetically engineered potatoes for processing into French fries.

Football
CIAU
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Laval 14 St. Mary’s 10

Stephane Lefebvre rushed 16 times for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Rouge et Or to victory in front of a SkyDome crowd of 12,595. Laval’s triumph came in just the fourth year of their football program’s existence. Quarterback Mathieu Bertrand marched the Rouge et Or 65 yards in the first quarter, and Mr. Lefebvre finished the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run, converted by Michael Gagne. The Huskies got a drive going late in the quarter, and Luis Perez rushed 2 yards for a touchdown, converted by Jay Currie, 9 seconds into the second quarter to tie the game 7-7. Later in the quarter the Rouge et Or were deep in their own end with a second down and 18 yards to go, and Mr. Bertrand connected with slotback Pascal Robitaille for a 50-yard gain. A few plays later, Mr. Lefebvre ran 41 yards for his second touchdown, converted by Mr. Gagne, to give Laval a 14-7 halftime lead. The second half was scoreless except for a 23-yard field goal by Mr. Currie in the third quarter to make the score 14-10. Mr. Currie and Mr. Gagne each missed 2 field goal attempts. Mr. Bertrand left the game after suffering a concussion in the third quarter; he finished with 10 completions in 18 passes for 182 yards, and rushed 4 times for 29. His replacement, Francois Chapdelaine, completed 4 of 8 passes for 50 yards. St. Mary’s quarterback Ryan Jones completed 20 of 32 passes for 251 yards and rushed 10 times for 48. Mr. Perez carried 13 times for 70 yards. Mr. Lefebvre was voted the game’s most valuable player, while Rouge et Or lineman Francesco Pepe-Esposito, who recorded 1 of Laval’s 4 quarterback sacks, was chosen the outstanding defensive player. Jacques Chapdelaine was the winning head coach over Blake Nill.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

November 26, 2009

220 years ago
1789

Americana

The United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving since President George Washington had issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3.

60 years ago
1949


Football
CRU
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Montreal 28 Calgary 15

Behind the quarterbacking of Frank Filchock, the Alouettes defeated the defending champion Stampeders on a frozen field before a crowd of 20,087. The Stampeders had the game’s first scoring opportunity when Montreal star Virgil Wagner, apparently not fully recovered from an illness that kept him out of the first game of the IRFU finals, fumbled a punt, and the Stampeders recovered on the Alouettes’ 40-yard line. They got as far as the 15-yard line, but were pushed back to the 25, and instead of going for a field goal, chose to gamble on third down, but Keith Spaith’s pass for Harry Hood was knocked down in the end zone. Mr. Filchock then marched the Alouettes 85 yards downfield; Mr. Wagner finished the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Ches McCance’s convert made the score 6-0. Mr. McCance then made a poor kickoff, but Montreal’s Herb Trawick recovered on the Calgary 34-yard line. Three plays later, Mr. Filchock passed for a touchdown to Bob Cunningham. The convert was nullified by a holding penalty, leaving the score 11-0. In the second quarter, Calgary’s Vern Graham attempted a 35-yard field goal, but the kick was short and run out of the end zone by Mr. Cunningham. Mr. Spaith finally got Calgary on the scoreboard with a punt single. When the Stampeders next got the ball, they marched from midfield, and Harry Hood rushed 2 yards for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Graham, to cut Montreal’s lead to 11-7. One of the game’s turning points came shortly after; Mr. Spaith dropped back to pass from his own 34-yard line, fumbled when hit, and Mr. Trawick returned it for a touchdown. Mr. McCance converted and the Alouettes led 17-7 at halftime. A questionable call against Calgary’s Rod Pantages on a pass from Mr. Filchock intended for Mr. Wagner prolonged a Montreal drive, and Mr. Wagner rushed 3 yards for a touchdown. Mr. McCance converted to make the score 23-7. The Stampeders drove back downfield before the end of the third quarter, but Mr. Pantages was stopped on a third-down gamble at the Montreal 16-yard line. Mr. McCance kicked a 35-yard field goal to give the Alouettes a 26-7 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Stampeders struck for 8 points on 2 plays in the fourth quarter; Johnny Aguirre nailed Mr. Cunningham in his own end zone for a safety touch to make the score 26-9, and when the Alouettes took possession on their own 25-yard line, Mr. Wagner fumbled on first down, and Sugarfoot Anderson returned it for a touchdown. Mr. Graham converted to make the score 26-15, but that was as close as the Stampeders got. Mr. McCance scored a single on a missed field goal, and Fred Kijek punted for a single to round out the scoring. Stampeder president Tom Brooks complained about the CRU’s failure to cover the field with a tarpaulin before the game: "We’ve just witnessed some bare-faced larceny. Fans don’t want to see a bunch of guys sliding around on their bellies or their backsides in a national final. The fans were robbed." For Montreal head coach Lew Hayman, it was his fifth Grey Cup win, a record that has been tied by several others but never surpassed. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first Grey Cup to be filmed in colour.

50 years ago
1959


Football
NFL
Green Bay (5-5) 24 @ Detroit (2-7-1) 17

40 years ago
1969


World events
After a meeting with President Charles Helou, Lebanese Premier Rashid Karami, who had resigned when fighting between the Lebanese army and Palestinian commandos had broken out in October, formed a new government, ending a seven-month crisis that had brought the country to the brink of civil war.

War
The White House said that the March 16, 1968 massacre of at least 109 men, women, and children in the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai, currently breaking as a news story, "is in direct violation not only of U.S. military policy, but is also abhorrent to the conscience of all the American people." Army Secretary Stanley Resor brief the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees, assuring them that the episode was not known to the Defense Department or the Army’s top command prior to April 1969.

Politics and government
U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell rejected the advice of Secretary of State William Rogers and barred Dr. Ernest Mandel, a Belgian Marxist, from a brief lecture visit to the United States. Liberal academics protested the decision as barring someone because of his political views.

30 years ago
1979


World events
After suspending a news blackout that it had imposed, Saudi Arabia identified the people who had occupied the Grand Mosque in Mecca since November 20 as mostly members of the Oteiba tribe from the northern part of the country, although non-Saudis also participated in the attack.

Diplomacy
The United States told its embassies in about 10 Muslim countries to "voluntarily" evacuate dependents, nonessential diplomats, and private businessmen.

Weather
It was snowing in Edmonton.

Music
The Beach Boys were scheduled to perform at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, but the concert was cancelled some time in advance of this date, probably because of the problems the band was having in dealing with Dennis Wilson’s drinking.

Disasters
A Pakistani jetliner carrying Muslim pilgrims returning to Pakistan from Mecca crashed about 30 miles north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing at least 156 people.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
Four days of voting in parliamentary elections in India concluded with the governing Congress Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi losing more than half its seats; opposition parties won more than half of the seats.

In a national referendum, Hungarians voted in favour of letting their next parliament choose the president of the country. Opposition groups had favoured this approach, rather than the direct election of the president. Parliamentary elections were to take place in 1990.

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Saskatchewan 43 Hamilton 40

Dave Ridgway’s 35-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining in regulation time gave the Roughriders the win over the Tiger-Cats in one of the most exciting Grey Cup games ever played. It was the second Grey Cup win for the Roughriders, and their first in 23 years. 54,088 were in attendance at the first Grey Cup to be played at SkyDome. Mr. Ridgway’s game-winning field goal, his fourth of the game, came just 42 seconds after Tony Champion had made a spectacular touchdown catch which, after Paul Osbaldiston’s convert, tied the game. Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin, who was chosen the game’s outstanding offensive player, completed 26 of 41 passes for 474 yards and touchdowns to Ray Elgaard, Jeff Fairholm, and Don Narcisse. Tim McCray ran 1 yard for the other Roughrider touchdown. Mr. Ridgway converted all 4 touchdowns, Terry Baker punted for a single, and the Roughriders scored a safety touch. Saskatchewan receiver Mark Guy caught 4 passes for 100 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 127 and 1 punt for 6. Hamilton quarterback Mike Kerrigan completed 23 of 35 passes for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mr. Champion led all receivers with 8 receptions for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Hamilton running back Derrick McAdoo carried 21 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, caught 2 passes for 29 yards and another touchdown, and returned 3 kickoffs for 75. Mr. Osbaldiston added 4 converts and 4 field goals. Saskatchewan defensive tackle Chuck Klingbeil, who recorded 2 quarterback sacks, was named the game’s outstanding defensive player, and Mr. Ridgway was chosen the outstanding Canadian. The Tiger-Cats led 13-1 after the first quarter and 27-22 at halftime. The Roughriders led 34-30 after three quarters.

10 years ago
1999


World events
5-year-old Elian Gonzalez, one of three survivors of a boatload of refugees whose boat sank on the way to the United States from Cuba, was released into temporary custody of relatives in Miami.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

November 25, 2009

110 years ago
1899


Football
ORFU
Final
Kingston 8 Ottawa 0 @ Toronto

The Rough Riders protested the Granites’ win, alleging that the Kingston club had used ineligible players. The issue wasn’t decided until a league meeting in December, when the vote went in favour of the Granites under suspicious circumstances.

100 years ago
1909


Hockey
The Eastern Canada Hockey Association was dissolved as a result of the desire of Montreal Wanderers' owner P.J. Doran to move his team's home games to the Jubilee Arena, which he owned, but which was smaller than the Montreal Arena, meaning that visiting teams' share of the gate would be less. The owners of the Ottawa Hockey Club, Quebec Bulldogs, and Montreal Shamrocks promptly founded a new professional league, the Canadian Hockey Association. Two more teams--All-Montreal and Monreal de National--were added before the league began play on December 30.

80 years ago
1929

Theatre

William Gillette's "farewell tour" in the starring role of his play Sherlock Holmes: A Drama in Four Acts opened for the first of 45 performances at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York. Wallis Clark played Doctor Watson.

75 years ago
1934


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Today’s episode: The Adventure of the Syrian Mummy

70 years ago
1939


Football
IRFU
Finals
Ottawa 28 @ Toronto 6 (Ottawa won 2-game, total points series 39-6)

ORFU
Finals
Sarnia 18 @ Montreal 13 (Sarnia won 2-game, total points series 31-14)

Ottawa's Arnie McWatters recovered his own 45-yard punt to the Toronto end zone for a touchdown to open the scoring as the Rough Riders routed the Argonauts before 20,000 fans at Varsity Stadium. Andy Tommy rushed 78 yards in the 3rd quarter to set up his own 1-yard touchdown rush; Tony Golab rushed 1 yard for a touchdown; and Orville Burke completed a pass to Tommy Daley for the other Ottawa TD. Doug McPherson scored the only Toronto touchdown on a 21-yard fumble return in the 3rd quarter.

The Westmounts amassed 20 first downs and 356 yards total offense to just 1 first down and 40 yards total offense for the Imperials, but Sarnia took advantage of Montreal fumbles to win the game and the series. Montreal's Ray Mullins was a notable goat: he fumbled the opening kickoff, which Sarnia's Ike Norris recovered for a touchdown, and lost a fumble on his 1-yard line, leading to a 1-yard touchdown rush by Mike Hedgewick on the next play. Lyle Withers scored the Imperials' final touchdown when the Westmounts fumbled a punt in their own end zone and Mr. Withers recovered.

40 years ago
1969


War
U.S. President Richard Nixon renounced the use of germ warfare for the United States, which would use chemical warfare only in retaliation. Tear gas and defoliants were exempted from this decision.

30 years ago
1979


World events
A report from Bangkok said that food reaching Cambodia was still far below the level needed to effectively combat starvation.

Diplomacy
Citing a "serious threat to international peace and security," United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim requested an "urgent meeting" of the Security Council to deal with the Iranian crisis. It was now three weeks since Iranian militants had seized the American embassy in Tehran.

Football
CFL

Grey Cup @ Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Edmonton 17 Montreal 9

The Eskimos defeated the Alouettes before 65,113 fans to win their second straight Grey Cup. The most exciting play of the game was an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown by Montreal’s Keith Baker late in the game that was nullified by a penalty for an illegal block. David Green of the Alouettes, who rushed 21 times for 142 yards, was named the game’s outstanding offensive player. The Alouettes recorded 204 yards rushing, but quarterback Joe Barnes passed for just 151 yards, and failed to produce a touchdown. The Eskimos, who had led the CFL with 495 points scored in the regular season, weren’t much better, but they managed a couple of touchdowns. Tom Wilkinson threw to a wide-open Waddell Smith for a 43-yard touchdown at 9:41 of the first quarter, and then Warren Moon, who took over as Edmonton’s quarterback in the second half, threw for a 33-yard touchdown to Tom Scott at 10:07 of the third quarter. Dave Cutler’s second convert of the game gave the Eskimos a 14-9 lead, several minutes after Don Sweet’s third straight field goal had given the Alouettes a 9-7 lead. Mr. Cutler completed the scoring with a 38-yard field goal on the last play of the third quarter. The Alouettes swept the individual honours: in addition to Mr. Green, linebacker Tom Cousineau, who made an interception, was chosen the game’s outstanding defensive player, and Mr. Sweet was named the outstanding Canadian. Edmonton linebacker Carl Crennel, who had played from 1972-1978 and the first 12 games of 1979 for Montreal before being dealt to the Eskimos, got the last laugh, and even recorded an 8-yard punt return. The Alouettes were hurt by the absence, caused by injury, of all-star offensive tackle Dan Yochum. He was replaced by Larry Pfohl, playing just his second CFL game. Mr. Pfohl managed 5 yards rushing after recovering a teammate’s fumble. It was the fifth Grey Cup appearance for Montreal linebacker Wally Buono, but the first in which he handled the punting duties. He did a fine job; he and the Eskimos’ Hank Ilesic each punted 8 times, and Mr. Buono averaged 45.5 yards per punt to Mr. Ilesic’s 40.4. Joe Clark presented the Grey Cup to the Eskimos, becoming the last Prime Minister to do so to date.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
Czechoslovakian playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel, addressing 800,000 people in Prague, dismissed the previous day’s personnel shift within the country’s Communist government as a trick.

10 years ago
1999


World events
5-year-old Elian Gonzalez was one of three people rescued off the coast of Florida who had been among a boatload of 13 refugees fleeing Cuba for the United States when the boat sank on November 23. The three had survived by floating on inner tubes. The boy’s mother was among the drowned.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

November 24, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Heaps and Fermina Martinez!

150 years ago
1859

Abominations

Charles Darwin’s book The Origin of Species (full title: On the Origin of Species and the Preservation of Favoured Races by Means of Natural Selection) was published in England.

75 years ago
1934


Football
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Sarnia 20 Regina 12

The Imperials, winners of four straight Ontario Rugby Football Union championships, defeated the Roughriders 20-12 in front of 8,900 fans for their first Grey Cup win. It was the sixth time in seven years that the Roughriders had played in the Grey Cup, and they had yet to win. Gordon Paterson and Johnny Manone scored the Sarnia touchdowns. Alex Hayes drop-kicked 2 converts and a field goal, while Hugh "Bummer" Stirling punted for 5 singles for the Imperials. Ted Olson and Steve Adkins scored touchdowns for Regina; Paul Kirk converted one of them, and Mr. Olson added a single. It was the first Grey Cup in which the western team had scored more than one touchdown. The game marked the end of the 15-year Hall of Fame career of Sarnia's Norm Perry.

40 years ago
1969


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: Space Commander

Space
The Apollo 12 command module Yankee Clipper, with astronauts Pete Conrad, Dick Gordon, and Al Bean aboard, splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about three miles from the primary recovery ship, the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet, ending the 10-day mission.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Richard Nixon, in Washington, and Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny, in Moscow, signed the nuclear nonproliferation treaty, making the U.S. and U.S.S.R. the 23rd and 24th countries to ratify the agreement.

Crime
The U.S. Army announced that 1st Lieutenant William Calley would face a general court martial on charges that he murdered at least 109 men, women, and children during an army sweep through the South Vietnamese village of Songmy on March 16, 1968. A disabled veteran who said he participated in the so-called My Lai massacre told a television interviewer that he killed a number of men, women, and children at Lt. Calley's orders.

Disasters
Four days of torrential rains in Sao Paulo, Brazil resulted in 9 deaths and 4,000 people left homeless.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): No More Tears (Enough is Enough)--Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer

Health
The United States General Accounting Office reported that thousands of U.S. troops had been deployed in areas of South Vietnam that had been sprayed with a herbicide known as Agent Orange. The Defense Department had previously denied such allegations. The report claimed that at least 5,000 Marines were within 1/3 of a mile of the sprayed areas during and shortly after defoliation missions during the Vietnam War. The GAO study labelled as "inaccurate" the Defense Department's contention that no U.S. troops were within the sprayed areas until at least a month had passed and the herbicide had decomposed. About 4,800 servicemen had asked the Veterans Administration for treatment of what the veterans believed were health problems such as cancer, impotnce, and personality changes that were related to contact with Agent Orange, which contains dioxin, a highly toxic chemical. The Defense Department, Veterans Administration, and Dow Chemical Company, which manufactured the herbicide, denied that there was any firm evidence linking Agent Orange to illnesses.

Hockey
NHL
Boston 1 @ Montreal 3
Philadelphia 2 Edmonton 2
Winnipeg 5 Vancouver 3

25 years ago
1984


Football
CIAU
Vanier Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Guelph 22 Mount Allison 13

The Gryphons scored 15 points in the 4th quarter to defeat the Mounties 22-13 and win their first Vanier Cup in front of 19,842 fans. Parri Ceci, who was named the game’s outstanding player, caught an 89-yard touchdown pass from Randy Walters in the first quarter, and with the Gryphons trailing 13-7 in the fourth quarter, made an outstanding catch for a 38-yard touchdown on a pass from Mr. Walters to tie the game. Tim Quirke’s convert was blocked, but Mr. Quirke kicked a 24-yard field goal with 2:50 remaining to give the Gryphons a 16-13 lead. Jed Tommy ran 1 yard for a touchdown on the game’s final play; the convert wasn’t attempted because so many fans had run onto the field. Mr. Quirke was succesfsful in converting Guelph’s first touchdown. Defensive back Scott Cameron scored Mount Allison’s touchdown on a fumble recovery. Terry Baker converted and kicked field goals of 11 and 24 yards, but also missed 4 field goals.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
24 members of the Czechoslovakian Politburo and Secretariat--the entire leadership of the ruling Communist Party--resigned to make way for democratic changes. A new Presidium, including 6 holdovers, was named, with Karel Urbanek as general secretary of the party. Alexander Dubcek, who had led the "Prague Spring" reform movement in 1968 before it had been crushed by an invasion from the U.S.S.R., spoke to a crowd of 250,000 in Prague’s Wenceslas Square.

Nicolae Ceausescu, who had been in power since 1965, was unanimously re-elected secretary of the Romanian Communist Party at the party’s 14th Congress in Bucharest.

Health
The Journal of the American Medical Association reported that women who take non-prescription multivitamin pills containing folic acid early in pregnancy reduce the risk of having a baby with certain neurological defects. These neural tube defects include anencephaly (tha absence of part or all of the brain); and spina bifida, in which part of the spinal cord protrudes from the spinal column. Mothers who took these pills during the first 6 weeks of pregnancy had only ¼ as many babies with these defects as women who did not take such pills. 23,000 women participated in the study.

10 years ago
1999


Scandal
Reform Party MP Jack Ramsay, 62, was convicted of attempting to rape a 14-year-old girl on a Saskatchewan reserve when he was an RCMP corporal in 1969. He was convicted under the law that was in place at the time of the incident. Interestingly, it was Mr. Ramsay’s own words that convicted him, not those of his accuser.

November 23, 2009

120 years ago
1889


Technology
The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Mack the Knife--Bobby Darin (7th week at #1)

40 years ago
1969


World events
It was reported that Iraq had executed eight more men, including one identified as a Jew, as spies for Israel.

War
For four hours Israeli jets hit Egyptian positions between Qantara and Suez city in the most sustained air strike since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Crime
Stressing that fear of violence "is gnawing at the vitals of urban America," the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence warned in a report that crime would turn cities into amed camps "in a few years," unless the nation changed its priorities and embarked on a massive spending program ranging from improving local law enforcement to cleaning up slums.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
Fred Sgambati, 58
. Canadian sportscaster. Mr. Sgambati began his sportscasting career on radio in 1951 and joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1957, where he spent the rest of his life. Mr. Sgambati broadcast many sports, including football and hockey, especially on radio. Mr. Sgambati, who lost a long battle with cancer, was able to call the play-by-play for the Canadian College Bowl football game on CBC radio just six days before his death.

Politics and government
The struggle between military and civilian authority in Bolivia resumed when interim President Lidia Gueiler Tejada ordered the army commander to step down and he refused. The commander acquiesced to the order only after securing the right to name his successor.

Crime
Thomas McMahon, 31, was found guilty of the August 27 murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten and was sentenced to life in prison. Mr. McMahon, according to police, was the leading expert in remote-controlled bombs in the provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army.

Disasters
60 were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked Pereira, Colombia.

25 years ago
1984


Disasters
Almost 1,000 passengers were trapped in smoke-filled tunnels for three hours after a fire at London's busiest underground station, Oxford Circus.

Football
NCAA
Doug Flutie’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan on the last play of the game gave Boston College Eagles a 47-45 win over the University of Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl in Miami.

20 years ago
1989


World events
Alexander Dubcek, leader of the "Prague Spring" reform movement in Czechoslovakia in 1968, spoke to a pro-democracy crowd in Bratislava.

10 years ago
1999


World events
A boat carrying Cuban refugees to the United States sank, and 10 of the 13 people aboard drowned.

Politics and government
U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said that she would run for a U.S. Senate seat from New York, although this was not a formal announcement. She said that she would soon move into the new home that she and President Bill Clinton had found in Chappaqua, New York.

Crime
A jury in Yorkton, Saskatchewan convicted Larry Fisher of the 1969 murder of Gail Miller, the sex slaying for which David Milgaard spent 23 years in prison before being exonerated by DNA evidence.

Health
Health Canada released 1,200 pages of industry documents showing that Canadian-based Imperial Tobacco Ltd. assessed smokers as young as nine and "fortified" products to increase their addictive qualities.

Hockey
Wayne Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

November 22, 2009

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight's episode: The Nightmare Murder Case

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Third One, starring Margaret Phillips, Theodore Newton, and Martin Balsam

50 years ago
1959


Football
NFL
New York (7-2) 30 @ Chicago Cardinals (2-7) 20
Pittsburgh (4-4-1) 21 @ Cleveland (6-3) 20
Los Angeles (2-7) 20 @ Philadelphia (6-3) 23
Washington (3-6) 0 @ Green Bay (4-5) 21
San Francisco (6-3) 14 @ Baltimore (6-3) 45
Chicago Bears (5-4) 24 @ Detroit (2-6-1) 14

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Sugar, Sugar--The Archies (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Wedding Bell Blues--The 5th Dimension (3rd week at #1)

Calgary’s top 10
1 Suspicious Minds--Elvis Presley
2 Something--The Beatles
3 Ruben James--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
4 Take a Letter, Maria--R.B. Greaves
5 Down on the Corner--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Try a Little Kindness--Glen Campbell
7 Which Way You Goin’, Billy?--The Poppy Family
8 Jesus is a Soul Man--Lawrence Reynolds
9 Riverboat--Five Man Electrical Band
10 Make Believe--Wind
Pick hit of the week: Cherry Hill Park--Billy Joe Royal

War
The 130 U.S. fatalities in Vietnam for the previous week marked the highest weekly toll in two months, while 653 were wounded. South Vietnamese troops suffered their heaviest casualties of the war, with 567 killed and 1,421 wounded. Viet Cong and North Vietnamese killed were put at 3,201, a three-month high.

Science
It was reported that a group of Harvard University scientists had succeeded in chemically isolating the basic unit of heredity, a single gene. The separation of the gene and its identification from 3,000 other genes in the chromosome of the common intestinal bacterium E. coli was hailed as a major feat.

Football
CFL
Eastern Finals
Toronto 3 @ Ottawa 32 (Ottawa won 2-game, total points series 46-25)

24,354 were in attendance at Lansdowne Park to celebrate Russ Jackson Day. The Ottawa quarterback completed 14 of 23 passes for 260 yards in leading the defending Grey Cup champion Rough Riders into the Grey Cup again. Wayne Giardino rushed 19 times for 62 yards and 3 touchdowns and caught 1 pass for 16 yards. Ron Stewart scored the other Ottawa touchdown. Don Sutherin converted 3 of the touchdowns and added a field goal and single, while Bill Van Burkleo punted for a single. Whit Tucker led all receivers with 5 receptions for 117 yards. The Argonauts' only scoring came on a 43-yard field goal by Tom Johansen in the third quarter, when Toronto had yet to record a first down. Starting quarterback Tom Wilkinson completed 10 of 19 passes for just 62 yards. Mr. Wilkinson, with 3 carries for 26 yards, led the Argonauts in rushing. Bill Symons was held to 7 yards on 6 carries. Meanwhile, Gene Thomas, who dressed as the designated import for the Rough Riders and didn't see any action until the last few minutes, managed 24 yards rushing on just 2 carries. Among those whose careers ended with this game were defensive back Ed Learn (12 years in the CFL) and quarterback Frank Cosentino (10 years).

Boxing
Nino Benvenuti retained his world middleweight title with an 11-round knockout of Luis Rodriguez in Rome.

30 years ago
1979


World events
The last five non-American hostages were released from the United States embassy in Tehran. Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini said that he took "great joy" in the sacking of the U.S. embassy in Pakistan the previous day.

25 years ago
1984


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 All Through the Night--Cyndi Lauper
2 Out of Touch--Daryl Hall John Oates
3 The Wild Boys--Duran Duran
4 Penny Lover--Lionel Richie
5 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)--Billy Ocean
6 The War Song--Culture Club
7 No More Lonely Nights--Paul McCartney
8 Sea of Love--The Honeydrippers
9 Better Be Good to Me--Tina Turner
10 Had a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy)--Roger Hodgson
11 Run to You--Bryan Adams
12 We Belong--Pat Benatar
13 Valotte--Julian Lennon
14 Lucky Star--Madonna
15 I Can't Hold Back--Survivor
16 Stranger in Town--Toto
17 What About Me--Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes and James Ingram
18 Tears--John Waite
19 Wake Me Up Before You Go Go--Wham!
20 Walking on a Thin Line--Huey Lewis and the News
21 On the Dark Side--John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
22 Teacher Teacher--.38 Special
23 I Feel for You--Chaka Khan
24 Born in the U.S.A.--Bruce Springsteen
25 I Do Wanna Know--REO Speedwagon
26 Heaven (Must Be There)--Eurogliders
27 Get it While You Can--Gary O
28 I Need You Tonight--Peter Wolf
29 Pride (In the Name of Love)--U2
30 Alphabet Town--Gerry Cott

20 years ago
1989

Died on this date
Rene Moawad, 64
. President of Lebanon. Mr. Moawad, a moderate Maronite Christian who enjoyed the support of Syria, was assassinated just 17 days after being elected President. A bomb exploded along the route of his motorcade that killed Mr. Moawad and 23 other people.

War
After being threatened with death, 12 Green Berets who had been trapped in a San Salvador hotel when it had been taken over by Salvadoran rebels the previous day, were permitted to leave.

November 21, 2009

220 years ago
1789

Americana

North Carolina entered the union as the 12th state.

75 years ago
1934

Theatre

Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes opened at the Alvin Theatre on Broadway in New York City.

50 years ago
1959


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Travellin’ Light--Cliff Richard (6th week at #1)

Football
CFL
IRFU
Finals
Ottawa 7 @ Hamilton 21 (Hamilton won 2-game total points series 26-24)

The Rough Riders seemed content to sit on the 12-point lead that they brought into the game, and the game was tied 0-0 at halftime. The Tiger-Cats scored 3 times in the third quarter.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10
1 Something/Come Together--The Beatles
2 Take a Letter, Maria--R.B. Greaves
3 Cherry Hill Park--Billy Joe Royal
4 Jesus is a Soul Man--Lawrence Reynolds
5 Riverboat--Five Man Electrical Band
6 Echo Park--Keith Barbour
7 Eli’s Coming--Three Dog Night
8 Down on the Corner--Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 Smile a Little Smile for Me--The Flying Machine
10 Suspicious Minds--Elvis Presley

Politics and government
In a hushed 10-minute roll call, the United States Senate voted 55-45 to reject the nomination of Clement Haynsworth of South Carolina to the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote on President Richard Nixon’s nominee ended a three-month debate over Mr. Haynsworth’s ethics.

Defense
Officials with the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon said that American forces in Japan would have greater freedom of action after 1972 under the terms of an agreement reached between Mr. Nixon and Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato on the return of Okinawa and other American-held Ryukyu islands to Japan. U.S. troops were presently restricted to operations in defense of Japan, while troops in Okinawa were not so restricted.

Disasters
Five children were killed, 28 injured, and 15 missing in the collapse of an orphanage in Saigon.

Football
CIAU
Canadian College Bowl @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Manitoba 24 McGill 15

Bob Kraemer rushed for a touchdown and passed for another in quarterbacking the Bisons over the favoured Redmen to win the Vanier Cup in front of 10,000 people on a Friday night. Robin Wright and Graham Kinley scored the other Manitoba touchdowns. Walt McKee converted all 3 and added a field goal. Dave Fleiszer, who the previous day had been awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy as the outstanding university player in Canada, scored 2 touchdowns for the Redmen. Sal Lovecchio added a convert and single, while Ron Kelly punted for a single. Manitoba middle linebacker Gil Bramwell played a key role in the Bisons' victory by making 2 interceptions.

CFL
Don Luzzi announced his retirement after a brilliant 12-year career as a tackle with the Calgary Stampeders. He broke in with a spectacular rookie season in 1958, making the WIFU all-star team at both offensive tackle and defensive tackle, and winning the Becket-DeMarco Memorial Trophy as the west's outstanding lineman and the Schenley Award as the CFL's outstanding lineman. Mr. Luzzi made the western all-star team at offensive tackle in 1961, and at defensive tackle in 1960, '62, '63, and '66. He made the all-Canadian team at defensive tackle in 1962, '63, and '66.

30 years ago
1979


Terrorism
A mob of Pakistanis stormed the U.S. embassy in Islamabad, burning it to the ground, and killed two U.S. servicemen and two Pakistani clerks. The other 90 members of the embassy staff were rescued from the roof by Pakistani helicopters after being trapped for hours in a vault which had been used for a refuge. Four other U.S. missions in Pakistan were damaged by demonstrators, and protests were staged in Turkey, India, and Bangladesh.

Hockey
NHL
Edmonton 4 @ Toronto 4

20 years ago
1989


On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Family Car

Politics and government
Czechoslovakian Premier Ladislav Adamec met with playwright Vaclav Havel and other dissidents who had just formed a new opposition group, Civic Forum. Mr. Havel, addressing 150,000 afterward, said the regime had promised some reforms, but Communist Party leader Milos Jakes said on television that evening, "There are boundaries that should not be crossed."

War
Salvadoran rebels seized a hotel in San Salvador, trapping 12 U.S. Green Berets.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that conumer prices had risen 0.5% in October.

10 years ago
1999


Football
CFL
Eastern Final
Hamilton 27 @ Montreal 26

Western Final
Calgary 26 @ British Columbia 24

Danny McManus completed a 27-yard pass to linebacker Joe Hagins on a third down and inches-to-go gamble from the Montreal 38-yard line to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Ronald Williams with 1:37 remaining in regulation time to give the Tiger-Cats their second straight late-game win over the Alouettes in the eastern final. The touchdown was the third of the game for Mr. Williams, who rushed 19 times for 67 yards. The Alouettes had taken the lead earlier in the fourth quarter on a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Winston October. Paul Osbaldiston added a convert and 2 field goals for Hamilton, while Archie Amerson scored a 2-point convert on a pass from Mr. McManus on Hamilton’s second touchdown. A 2-point convert attempt on the last touchdown was unsuccessful. Mike Pringle, who carried 22 times for 115 yards, ran 1 yard in the second quarter for Montreal’s first touchdown, and Tracy Ham threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Alfonzo Browning late in the second quarter for the other Alouette major score. It was the final game for Mr. Ham, who completed 14 of 26 passes for 190 yards and rushed 8 times for 53 yards in ending his 13-year CFL career. Montreal fullback Michael Soles, whose 11-year CFL career ended with this game, caught 1 pass for 27 yards. Hamilton’s Darren Flutie led all receivers with 4 receptions for 100 yards. 19,461 heartbroken fans were at Molson Stadium.

After the Stampeders had blown a 23-7 halftime lead before a crowd of 28,238 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, quarterback Dave Dickenson, who had been out of the game with a shoulder injury since the second quarter, returned to direct a long drive that ended with Mark McLoughlin’s 24-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation time to give Calgary the lead again. 15 seconds later, B.C. quarterback Damon Allen fumbled at his own 43, and William Hampton recovered for the Stampeders. Mr. Dickenson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Vince Danielsen in the first quarter for the first Stampeder touchdown, and backup Mike McCoy connected with Allen Pitts for a 53-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. Mr. McLoughlin converted both and added 3 field goals in the first half, one of them on the last play. The Lions’ first-half points came on a converted touchdown by Rod Harris on a 34-yard pass from Mr. Allen. The Lions scored 17 straight points in the second half on a field goal by Lui Passaglia, an 18-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Allen to Don Blair, and Mr. Allen’s 6-yard touchdown run. Mr. Passaglia converted all the B.C. touchdowns. Mr. Blair’s touchdown was set up when Calgary running back Rock Preston, filling in for injured star Kelvin Anderson, fumbled, and it was recovered by the Lions. Mr. Preston carried 11 times for 58 yards, caught 3 passes for 11, and returned 1 kickoff for 24. Mr. Dickenson finished with 17 completions in 23 passes for 210 yards, while Mr. McCoy was 8 for 15 for 113. Mr. Allen completed 16 of 33 for 204 yards; he also rushed 14 times for 88. Mr. Pitts led all receivers with 9 catches for 173 yards. The Lions recorded 7 quarterback sacks, 3 of them by Herman Smith.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

November 20, 2009

220 years ago
1789


Law
New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution).

100 years ago
1909

Football

ORFU
Final
(Toronto) Parkdale Canoe Club 8 Toronto Amateur Athletic Club 3

70 years ago
1939


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Dying Detective

60 years ago
1949


Football
NFL
New York Bulldogs (1-7-1) 0 @ Philadelphia (8-1) 42
Pittsburgh (5-3-1) 30 @ Green Bay (2-7) 7
Detroit (2-7) 45 @ New York Giants (5-4) 21
Chicago Bears (6-3) 31 @ Washington (3-5-1) 21
Los Angeles (6-1-2) 28 @ Chicago Cardinals (4-4-1) 28

50 years ago
1959


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Time Enough at Last, starring Burgess Meredith

This was one of the series’ most popular episodes, with Mr. Meredith playing a henpecked bookworm who could never find enough time to do any reading.

40 years ago
1969


Space
Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean left the moon in the lunar module Intrepid to rejoin the command module Yankee Clipper after a 31½-hour stay which included 8 hours of moonwalks. The astronauts left behind a nuclear-powered remote-control scientific observatory that began radioing data to Earth immediately, and was expected to do so for the next year. They took with them almost 150 pounds of lunar rocks and soil, and parts of Surveyor 3, an unmanned U.S. probe that had landed on the moon in 1967.

Law
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a 6-3 vote, upheld the judgement of Justice William G. Morrow of the Northwest Territories Territorial Court in the case of R. v. Drybones that section 94(b) of the Indian Act (which prohibited "Indians" from being intoxicated off a reserve) was inoperative because it violated section 1(b) of the Canadian Bill of Rights. It was the first--and only--time that the Bill of Rights was ruled to take precedence over another piece of federal legislation, and "empowered the courts to strike down federal legislation that offended its dictates."

War
Henry Cabot Lodge, said to be increasingly pessimistic that the Paris peace talks would produce a settlement of the Vietnam War, resigned as chief United States negotiator at the talks. President Richard Nixon’s personal representative at the talks, Lawrence Walsh, also resigned.

100 guerrillas stormed the Nabatiyeh army camp south of Beirut, leaving 3 dead and wounding 6 soldiers.

Protest
A group of 89 American Indians occupied Alcatraz in a pre-dawn "invasion," claiming the former prison island as their own "by right of discovery."

Journalism
U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew delivered a speech to the Montgomery (Alabama) Chamber of Commerce in which he particularly criticized The New York Times and The Washington Post. Attacking the "trend toward the monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power in fewer and fewer hands," Mr. Agnew said that "many strong, independent voices have been stilled in this country in recent years." Mr. Agnew’s targets immediately issued rebuttals. It was around this time that Time magazine featured Mr. Agnew on its cover, and there were complaints that many of the copies sent to subscribers arrived with the subscription label placed over Mr. Agnew’s mouth (that wasn’t the case with the copy that arrived in our mailbox).

Environment
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clifford Hardin ordered an end to the use of the pesticide DDT in residential areas within 30 days and decreed a virtual halt to its use elsewhere by 1971.

Health
U.S. Health, Education, and Welfare Secretary Robert Finch announced that the recently banned artificial sweetener cyclamate would be allowed in foods if the amount of the chemical was specified; however, the ban on its use in beverages continued.

Disasters
All 14 aboard a Nigerian jet died in a crash northeast of Iju.

Football
CFL
British Columbia Lions' defensive back Dave Easley was announced as the winner of the Dr. Beattie Martin Trophy as the Western Football Conference's outstanding Canadian rookie for 1969.

CIAU
Dave Fleiszer of the McGill Redmen won the Hec Crighton Trophy as the outstanding player in Canadian university football for 1969. Mr. Fleiszer amassed 703 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns during the regular season.

30 years ago
1979


World events
10 female and Negro hostages were released from the American embassy in Tehran, joining the 3 freed the previous day. The United States warned that it might take military action if the remaining American hostages were not released. A 6-ship U.S. task force was ordered to join another 8-ship group in the Indian Ocean to reinforce the American presence in the region.

In an apparent attempt to overthrow the Saudi Arabian government, several hundred members of an ultraconservative Islamic tribe seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest site. It was dawn when they attacked, and 50,000 worshippers had assembled for prayers on the first day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic new year, and the start of the Islamic 15th century. The worshippers managed to scramble to freedom before the fanatics barricaded themselves inside the mosque. The insurgents demanded the abolition of television (not a bad idea, if they got the same programs in Saudi Arabia as in North America); an end to women working in public; and a ban on soccer. All of these were recent developments in Saudi Arabia.

Scandal
Sir Anthony Blunt, exposed five days earlier by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as the "fourth man" in the Burgess-Maclean spy scandal of the 1950s and '60s, emerged from hiding and admitted that he had made "an appalling mistake" in agreeing to spy for the U.S.S.R. 40 years earlier.

20 years ago
1989


Protest
More than 200,000 people marched in Prague, calling for free elections.

Politics and government
Seemingly oblivious to events going on elsewhere in eastern Europe, the Romanian Communist Party opened its 14th Congress in Bucharest. In a five-hour keynote address, President Nicolae Ceausescu proclaimed the party to be the "vital centre" of life in Romania.

Economics and finance
The United States Senate and House of Representatives approved a foreign aid bill that contained $532.8 million for Poland and Hungary.

10 years ago
1999


Football
CIAU
Atlantic Bowl
Waterloo 14 @ St. Mary’s 21

Churchill Bowl
Saskatchewan 21 @ Laval 27

At Huskies Stadium, Ryan Jones threw a touchdown pass to Travis Tyler in the first half and Luis Perez ran 65 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter for St. Mary’s.

A standing-room crowd of more than 12,000 at PEPS Stadium in Ste.-Foy, Quebec saw Rouge et Or quarterback Mathieu Bertrand rush for 2 touchdowns within a span of 2 minutes and 31 seconds in the second quarter; he also completed 18 of 28 passes for 303 yards.

November 19, 2009

90 years ago
1919


Football
IRFU
The Montreal Winged Wheelers, champions of the IRFU, decided not to play for the Grey Cup. McGill University, champions of the intercollegiate league, had disbanded for the season several days earlier, and the Winged Wheelers decided that a championship without McGill wouldn't be worth contesting.

60 years ago
1949


Football
Eastern Final
Hamilton (ORFU) 0 @ Montreal (IRFU) 40

This was the last game the Tigers played before they amalgamated with the Wildcats of the IRFU in 1950 to become the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

40 years ago
1969


Space
Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean, in the lunar module Intrepid, landed on the moon in the Ocean of Storms.

War
A sergeant who was in the American army unit that swept through the South Vietnamese village of Songmy on March 16, 1968 said that "women and children and old men" were gunned down by "most of the men" in the unit, C Company of the First Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade.

Diplomacy
Japanese Prime Minister Eisako Sato began a three-day state visit to Washington.

Disasters
All 19 aboard were killed when a Mohawk airliner crashed into Pilot Knob in the Adirondacks in New York.

Football
CFL
Western Finals
Saskatchewan 36 @ Calgary 13 (Saskatchewan won best-of-three series 2-0)

The Roughriders were clinging to a 4-3 lead 5 minutes into the second quarter when Saskatchewan defensive back Ted Dushinski intercepted a Jerry Keeling pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, which, with Jack Abendschan's convert, made the score 11-3. A single by Mr. Abendschan off a missed field goal made the score 12-3 at halftime. Larry Robinson's second field goal of the game for the Stampeders cut the deficit to 12-6 in the third quarter, but when the Roughriders took possession of the ball at their own 35-yard line, quarterback Ron Lancaster promptly completed a pass to Bobby Thompson for a 75-yard touchdown. Mr. Abendschan's convert made the score 19-3, and the Stampeders never got close again. Mr. Lancaster completed a pass to Hugh Campbell for a touchdown, and George Reed ran for another, both converted by Mr. Abendschan, to make the score 36-6. Calgary finally managed a touchdown late in the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run by Ted Woods, converted by Mr. Robinson. Many of the 23,265 in attendance at McMahon Stadium had departed by then. Saskatchewan's first 4 points were scored by Mr. Abendschan on a field goal and single. George Reed rushed 21 times for 82 yards and caught 4 passes for 51. Mr. Woods carried 13 times for 57 yards in his last CFL game. It was also the last game in the Hall of Fame career of Calgary defensive tackle Don Luzzi, as well as quarterback Bill Redell. I may be mistaken, but I think this was the last CFL game to be televised in black and white.

30 years ago
1979


Labour
Lane Kirkland was elected president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations at the AFL-CIO's biennial convention in Washington, succeeding outgoing president George Meany. Mr. Kirkland implored unions outside the federation to rejoin the fold.

30 years ago
1984


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (5th week at #1)

Disasters
A series of explosions at the Pemex petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City started a major fire, and killed about 500 people.

20 years ago
1989


Soccer
The U.S.A., with Tony Meola in goal, clinched its first berth in the World Cup since 1950 with a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at Port of Spain.

Football
CFL
Eastern Final
Winnipeg 10 @ Hamilton 14

Western Final
Saskatchewan 32 @ Edmonton 21

On a windy day at Ivor Wynne Stadium, Winnipeg kicker Trevor Kennerd missed all 3 of his field goal attempts, while Hamilton’s Paul Osbaldiston was good on 2 of 5 attempts. Winnipeg quarterback Lee Saltz completed just 15 of 44 passes, but his completions went for 308 yards. His 87-yard completion to Rick House in the first quarter accounted for the Blue Bombers’ only touchdown, which went unconverted because of a bad snap. Hamilton’s only touchdown came in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from Mike Kerrigan to Wally Zatylny; Mr. Osbaldiston’s convert gave the Tiger-Cats an 11-9 lead, which held up. 20,389 fans saw the Hamilton defense hold the Blue Bombers to 21 yards rushing, as Tim Jessie picked up just 16 yards on 11 carries.

The Eskimos saw their 16-2 regular season go for naught when they were outplayed and outcoached by the Roughriders in front of a Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 35,112. The Eskimos took the ball from the opening kickoff and scored quickly on a 4-yard run by Reggie Taylor, and Jerry Kauric’s field goal made it 10-0 midway through the first quarter. The key play of the game occurred with the Eskimos leading 10-3 early in the second quarter and moving into field goal range. Eddie Lowe hit Edmonton quarterback Tracy Ham, forcing him to fumble, and Saskatchewan’s Dave Albright returned the ball 62 yards for a converted touchdown to tie the game. Kent Austin then hit Ray Elgaard with a touchdown pass to put the Roughriders ahead. The Eskimos came back with a second-quarter field goal by Mr. Kauric and a third-quarter touchdown by Mr. Ham to regain the lead, but Saskatchewan continued to play better football, and controlled the last 25 minutes. Mr. Austin left with an injury, and Tom Burgess took over in the second half and did an excellent job, completing 9 of 12 passes for 120 yards and throwing for third-quarter touchdowns to Jeff Fairholm and Mr. Elgaard. Tracy Ham had a dismal day for Edmonton, completing just 17 of 40 passes. The Roughriders did an excellent job of shutting down Edmonton slotbacks Craig Ellis and Tom Richards, and wide receivers Tony Hunter, Keith Wright, and Walter Murray weren’t good enough to make up for it. Jerry Kauric’s 34-yard punting average didn’t help the Edmonton cause, either.

10 years ago
1999


Protest
During a visit to Greece by U.S. President Bill Clinton, thousands of demonstrators reportedly organized by Greece’s Communist party threw stones and gasoline bombs and looted and set fires, protesting U.S. foreign policy, including the bombing of Kosovo.

Diplomacy
The summit of the 54-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe set lower ceilings on the size of conventional armaments in Europe. Limits of about half of 1990 highs were established for tanks, combat vehicles, and artillery.

Health
Canadian Health Minister Allan Rock announced that about half of the $115 million pledged by the government to fight diabetes would go to aboriginal communities, where diabetes was a particular problem.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

November 18, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Veronica Vamosi, Patty Werbicki, Tommy-Joe Coffey, Warren Moon, and Darren Flutie!

230 years ago
1779


Born on this date
Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. French photographer. In the 1830s, Mr. Daguerre invented the method of photography known as the daguerreotype, which remained popular through the 1850s.

110 years ago
1899

Football

ORFU
Kingston (5-1) 16 @ Toronto (2-4) 9
Ottawa (5-1) 8 @ Hamilton (0-6) 5

100 years ago
1909


Born on this date
Johnny Mercer. U.S. songwriter and singer. Mr. Mercer wrote and co-wrote many songs that have become standards, including Moon River, Blues in the Night, and Days of Wine and Roses.

75 years ago
1934


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Today's episode: The Case of the Lost Special

This was another episode based on one of A. Conan Doyle's non-Sherlock Holmes stories.

70 years ago
1939


Married on this date
New York Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio, the American League's Most Valuable Player of 1939, married aspiring actress Dorothy Arnold.

Football
IRFU
Finals
Toronto 0 @ Ottawa 11 (First game of 2-game, total points series)

WIFU
Finals
Winnipeg 28 @ Calgary 7 (Winnipeg won 2-game, total points series 35-20)

ORFU
Finals
Montreal 1 @ Sarnia 13 (First game of 2-game, total points series)

Orville Burke completed a 45-yard pass to Tommy Daley in the 1st quarter for the winning touchdown as the Rough Riders shut out the Argonauts before 12,000 fans at Lansdowne Park. Tony Golab scored the other touchdown on a short rush after Toronto's Bill Stukus fumbled a punt, and Ottawa's Leo Seguin recovered. Tiny Herman converted Mr. Golab's touchdown.

Fritz Hanson rushed 18 times for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns--including a TD run of 69 yards--as the Blue Bombers defeated the Bronks before 5,000 fans at Mewata Stadium to win their third straight Western title. Winnipeg, trailing ther series 13-7 after the first game, tied the series on the first play from scrimmage when Calgary's Jimmy Gilkes fumbled and Winnipeg's Bill Ceretti returned the ball 16 yards for a touchdown, converted by Ches McCance. Bizz Bisbing scored the only Calgary touchdown on a 4-yard rush late in the game.

40 years ago
1969

Died on this date
Joseph P. Kennedy, 81
. U.S. diplomat and political figure. Mr. Kennedy, the United States ambassador to Great Britain from 1938-1940, was the father of Joe, Jr., who was being groomed to run for president until his death in a 1944 plane crash. It was left to surviving sons Jack, Bobby, and Teddy to carry on. Joe, Sr. outlived all of his sons except Teddy, the Senator from Chappaquiddick.

War
Testimony released by a U.S. Senate foreign relations subcommittee disclosed that the U.S.A. spent almost $39 million over three years to equip, support, and finance a battalion of the Philippine army in Vietnam, attempting to show widespread allied support for the war, according to Senators.

Diplomacy
West Germany formally signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

30 years ago
1979


World events
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini threatened that some of the embassy personnel being held hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran would be tried as spies.

Thailand agreed to open its borders to a large flow of Cambodian refugees from among as many as 560,000 camped on the Cambodian side of the border.

Science
It was announced that a scientific team led by Drs. Anna Behrensmeyer and Leo LaPorte had found seven footprints that might be the oldest made by a direct ancestor of man along the northeastern shore of Lake Turkana, Kenya. The 1.5 million-year-old prints were the oldest recorded from the period when Homo Erectus existed.

Football
CFL
Western Final
Calgary 7 @ Edmonton 19

Warren Moon, who relieved starting quarterback Tom Wilkinson early in the second quarter, threw touchdown passes to John Konihowski and Brian Kelly late in the second quarter to lead the Eskimos to their third straight Western title and 6th in the last 7 years. Mr. Wilkinson was 0 for 6 in passing when Edmonton head coach Hugh Campbell made the switch. The score was 0-0 until late in the second quarter, but the Stampeders nearly scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Quarterback Ken Johnson completed a bomb to Willie Armstead, who fumbled after a 68-yard gain when he was hit by Edmonton defensive back Gregg Butler. Pete Lavorato recovered for the Eskimos at the 1-yard line, but the Stampeders argued (correctly) that Mr. Butler should have been penalized for illegal interference for holding onto Mr. Armstead while the ball was loose, preventing him from getting to the ball. The Stampeders hit the scoreboard first when J.T. Hay kicked a 37-yard field goal at 12:20 of the second quarter to take a 3-0 lead. Four plays and 27 seconds later, Mr. Moon completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to John Konihowski, who made a great play to drag one foot in bounds as he caught the ball on his way out of the end zone. The Edmonton defense quickly stopped the Calgary offense, and at 14:20 Mr. Moon completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Brian Kelly, who made a tremendous catch in the end zone while being covered closely by Terry Irvin and Al Burleson. Neither team accomplished much offensively in the second half. The Eskimos ended up making 4 interceptions, including the first career interception for rookie Emilio Fraietta. Two all-star middle linebackers combined on the last interception late in the game when Dan Kepley intercepted and lateralled to Carl Crennel. Mr. Johnson went the distance at quarterback for the Stampeders, completing just 20 of 48 passes for 251 yards. The Eskimos’ defense shut down the Calgary rushing attack; James Sykes picked up just 20 yards on 8 carries and was stopped on a third-down gamble in the first quarter, while Willie Burden gained just 12 yards on 6 carries. 43,033, a Commonwealth Stadium record at the time, were in attendance on a sunny but crisp day.

25 years ago
1984


Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Winnipeg 47 Hamilton 17

The Blue Bombers overcame early 14-0 and 17-3 deficits to rout the Tiger-Cats before 60,081 freezing fans (including this blogger and a lovely female companion) in the first Grey Cup ever played in Edmonton. It was Winnipeg’s first Grey Cup win in 22 years. Trailing 17-3 early in the second quarter, the Blue Bombers scored 27 straight points to take a 30-17 halftime lead, and cruised from there. Winnipeg quarterback Tom Clements, the game’s outstanding offensive player, completed 20 of 29 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown to Joe Poplawski. Mr. Clements handed off to Willard Reaves for 2 touchdowns, and backup quarterback John Hufnagel completed a touchdown pass to Jeff Boyd. Defensive end Stan Mikawos scored the other Winnipeg touchdown on a 22-yard fumble return when Hamilton quarterback Dieter Brock was sacked in the second quarter. Trevor Kennerd converted all 5 touchdowns and was successful on all 4 of his field goal attempts. Mr. Poplawski, Mr. Kennerd, and Sean Kehoe, Edmonton natives and University of Alberta alumni, all had big games. Mr. Kehoe was voted the game’s outstanding Canadian; he rushed 12 times for 89 yards, caught 5 passes for 47, and returned 2 punts for 31. Tyrone Jones of the Blue Bombers sacked Mr. Brock 4 times and was chosen the outstanding defensive player. Mr. Brock, playing his final CFL game and his only Grey Cup, surprised the Blue Bombers with a 15-yard run for the game’s first touchdown, and completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Rocky DiPietro for the Tiger-Cats’ other touchdown in the first quarter. Mr. Brock, who was relieved by Jeff Tedford for the final few plays, completed 21 of 42 passes for 198 yards. Bernie Ruoff converted both Hamilton touchdowns and added a field goal. Despite the fact that the field had been covered by a tarp for several days, there were still icy patches that affected the play.

20 years ago
1989


Society
Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey signed a law restricting abortions, making Pennsylvania the first state to restrict abortions after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in July giving states the right to do so. The Pennsylvania law banned most abortions at public hospitals and almost all abortions after 24 weeks of gestation. For abortions that were permitted, prior notification of the spouse and a 24-hour waiting period were required.

Football
CIAU
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Western Ontario 35 Saskatchewan 10

Quarterback Chris Gaffney completed 8 of 18 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 3 touchdowns himself to lead the Mustangs over the Huskies in the first Vanier Cup to be played indoors, before a crowd of 32,877. It was the Mustangs’ sixth national championship, but first since 1977, while it was the Huskies’ first appearance in the Vanier Cup. Tyrone Williams, who caught Mr. Gaffney’s touchdown pass in the third quarter, caught 5 passes for 157 yards and was named the game’s most valuable player. Mike Clawson scored the other UWO touchdown on a 5-yard run with 29 seconds remaining in the first half after Saskatchewan running back Terry Eisler was stopped on a third down- and-2 gamble on their own 42-yard line. Steve McCann converted all 5 Western Ontario touchdowns. Saskatchewan slotback Dan Farthing scored the Huskies’ touchdown on a 14-yard rush in the second quarter. Phil Guebert converted and added a field goal, also in the second quarter. UWO linebacker Darryl Forde, whose first-quarter interception set up Mr. Gaffney’s first touchdown, was named the game’s outstanding defensive player, while his brother Duane was the game’s leading rusher with 13 carries for 58 yards.

Hockey
NHL
The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime in the national Hockey Night in Canada game.

10 years ago
1999


World events
Ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was handed over to police as the military government widened its crackdown on corruption. Mr. Sharif was accused of conspiracy, hijacking, kidnapping, and attempted murder.

Diplomacy
At the meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin exchanged sharp words over the Russian assault on the rebellious province of Chechnya.

Crime
Shawn Allen Berry became the third white man to be convicted in the 1998 death by dragging from an automobile of James Byrd, a Negro. Mr. Berry, convicted on murder charges in Jasper, Texas, was spared the death penalty, which had been imposed on both of his co-defendants. Mr. Berry was sentenced to life in prison the same day.

Disasters
12 people were killed and 27 injured when a 40-foot tower of logs being constructed for a bonfire as part of a rally by students before the annual Texas A&M University Thanksgiving football game collapsed at 2:28 A.M.