410 years ago
Scotland adopted January 1 as New Year's Day.
100 years ago
Quebec 7 @ Montreal Shamrocks 6
This was the first game for both teams in the new Canadian Hockey Association.
80 years ago
At the movies
Party Girl, starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., opened with a screening shortly after midnight as 1929 passed into 1930.
Southern California 47 Pittsburgh 14
75 years ago
Bucknell 26 U of Miami 0
Tulane 20 Temple 14
El Paso All-Stars 25 Ranger (Texas) 21
These were the first Sugar Bowl and Sun Bowl games ever played.
Alabama 29 Stanford 13
70 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Blue Carbuncle
Georgia Tech 21 Missouri 7
Clemson 6 Boston College 3
Arizona State 0 Catholic 0
Texas A&M 14 Tulane 13
Ohio State 17 California 14
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Four of Us are Dying, starring Harry Townes, Ross Martin, Philip Pine, and Don Gordon
Georgia 14 Missouri 0
Syracuse 23 Texas 14
Mississippi 21 Louisiana State 0
U of Washington 44 Wisconsin 8
40 years ago
As the centennial year of the Northwest Territories began, Yellowknife officially became a city, and her first traffic lights began operating.
The price of a chocolate bar in Canada increased from 10c to 15c, prompting this blogger to stop buying them.
U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew interrupted a 10-nation, 23-day tour of Asia by making a side trip from Manila, his first stop, to South Vietnam for a 24-hour stay. He visited American troops, including the wounded at an evacuation hospital, and said that his day "confirms to me the wisdom of our policies" and that he is leaving "with the feeling that the new year will bring us closer to our common goal."
Israeli jets knocked out the East Ghor Canal in Jordan for the third time.
The government of France suspended two French officials involved in the December 25 theft of five French gunboats from Cherbourg by an Israeli crew, and expelled an Israeli diplomat said to have negotiated the boats’ sale through a non-existent Norwegian concern.
Pope Paul VI denounced powerful nations basing their stability on "trading arms to poor nations lacking plows, schools, and hospitals" and "giant industries" prospering on their "capacity to produce arms" in the most spontaneous and fervent peace plea of his papacy.
The age of majority in Great Britain dropped from 21 to 18 as legislation passed in 1969 went into effect. An estimated 2.25-3 million young people were now eligible to vote, marry without their parents’ consent, and enjoy other rights. The Labour government also announced the abolition of the money limit for travel outside Britain.
U.S. President Richard Nixon signed a bill creating a Council on Environmental Quality, pledging a fight against pollution so that "the decade of the seventies will be known as the time when this country regained a productive harmony between man and nature." Without such a fight, he said, areas such as the one around his California home "will be unfit to live in" by 1980.
Economics and finance
In line with an agreement signed between the government of Chile and Anaconda Co. in June 1969, the first of two stages of "negotiated nationalization" of the firm’s subsidiaries in the country went into effect.
Texas 21 Notre Dame 17
Mississippi 27 Arkansas 22
Pennsylvania State 10 Missouri 3
Southern California 10 Michigan 3
30 years ago
Died on this date
John "Shorty" Powers, 57. U.S. Air Force officer. Colonel Powers acted as a public relations liaison on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the early U.S. astronauts, and became known as the voice of Project Mercury. He was best known for coining the phrase "A-OK."
There was heavy fighting between Soviet forces and Afghan army units at the town of Bala Zhar in Afghanistan. Soviet forces killed or interned 700 soldiers of the Afghan Army’s 26th Parachute Regiment when they refused a Soviet request to disarm. The U.S.S.R. said it had sent troops to Afghanistan to help repel "reactionary bands" armed, trained, and directed by the U.S.A. and China. The Soviets also accused Pakistan of training officers to command Afghan Muslim groups to fight in Afghanistan.
A constitutional provision went into effect providing for royal succession by absolute, or equal, primogeniture. It meant that King Carl XVI Gustaf's infant son Carl Philip was now displaced as heir by the king's daughter Victoria, who was two years older than the prince.
44 were reported killed when fire swept through a crowded social club in Chapais, Quebec at a New Year’s Eve party.
An earthquake registering 7.0 on the Richter scale hit Portugal’s Azore Islands, crumbling building, killing at least 52 people, and injuring more than 300.
Houston 17 Nebraska 14
Southern California 17 Ohio State 16
Oklahoma 24 Florida State 7
Alabama 24 Arkansas 9
Czechoslovakia 1 @ Canadian Olympic Team 5
25 years ago
U of California at Los Angeles 39 U of Miami 37
Boston College 45 Houston 28
Southern California 20 Ohio State 17
U of Washington 28 Oklahoma 17
Nebraska 28 Louisiana State 10
20 years ago
Florida State 41 Nebraska 17
Tennessee 31 Arkansas 27
Southern California 17 Michigan 10
Notre Dame 21 Colorado 6
U of Miami 33 Alabama 25
10 years ago
Died on this date
Y2K. Worldwide crisis. A computer programming problem that was supposed to threaten the existence of us all, it died and was quickly forgotten when January 1, 2000 came and nothing unusual happened, even in countries that had done little or nothing to prepare for it. Governments and industry had spent $350 billion U.S. to prepare. It was reported that The Gambia had experienced some problems, but I have it on good authority that even that report was bogus. U.S. authorities did lose contact with a spy satellite for two or three hours.
Shirley Macklin of Winnipeg and 154 other hostages were freed after an eight-day kidnapping ordeal that had begun on Christmas Eve when an Indian Airlines flight from Katmandu to New Delhi had been hijacked by terrorists linked to the separatist movement in Kashmir. The hostages were freed after India agreed to release two Kashmiri terrorists and a Pakistani Muslim cleric.
Arkansas 27 Texas 6
Wisconsin 17 Stanford 9
Michigan 35 Alabama 34 (OT)
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