Sunday, 31 October 2010

October 31, 2010

125 years ago

College Series
Toronto 2 @ Ottawa 19

100 years ago

St. Michael's College (2-2) 7 @ Dundas (3-1) 22

60 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Halloween Hold-Up, starring Conrad Janis

Earl Lloyd, a forward drafted from West Virginia State University, became the first Negro player to appear in a National Basketball Association game when he made his debut with the Washington Capitols. The Capitols folded nine weeks later and Lloyd spent the rest of his nine-year career with the Syracuse Nationals.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Save the Last Dance for Me--The Drifters (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I’ll Be There--The Jackson 5 (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I’ll Be There--The Jackson 5 (2nd week at #1)
2 We’ve Only Just Begun--Carpenters
3 All Right Now--Free
4 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor
5 Green-Eyed Lady--Sugarloaf
6 Fire and Rain--James Taylor
7 Cracklin’ Rosie--Neil Diamond
8 Lola--The Kinks
9 Somebody’s Been Sleeping--100 Proof Aged in Soul
10 Look What They’ve Done to My Song Ma--New Seekers

Singles entering the chart that week included Be My Baby by Andy Kim (#73); Stoned Love by the Supremes (#84); Hum Along and Dance by the Temptations (#93) (this was the B-side of Ungena Za Ulimwengu, which was at #48); Mr. Bojangles by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (#95); and It’s Impossible by Perry Como (#96).

Calgary’s top 10
1 Cracklin’ Rosie--Neil Diamond
2 Lola--The Kinks
3 I’ll Be There--The Jackson 5
4 Green-Eyed Lady--Sugarloaf
5 El Condor Pasa--Simon & Garfunkel
6 We’ve Only Just Begun--Carpenters
7 Montego Bay--Bobby Bloom
8 Yankee Lady--Jesse Winchester
9 The Circle Game--Buffy Sainte-Marie
10 It’s Only Make Believe--Glen Campbell
Pick hit of the week: Lucretia MacEvil--Blood, Sweat & Tears

At an airport rally in Phoenix two days after his motorcade in San Jose, California had been pelted with rocks and eggs by youths, U.S. President Richard Nixon described the rock-throwers as "1,000 haters," and said that "appeasement" of violence was the reason why "thugs and hoodlums" had gained such prominence in American society.

24 U.S. soldiers in Vietnam were listed as killed during the past week as B-52s were bombing the Ho Chi Minh Trail daily.

Politics and government
South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, addressing a joint session of the National Assembly, said that he would never accept a coalition government, and vowed to oust Communists from his country even after the end of the Vietnam War.

Ottawa (4-10) 17 @ Toronto (8-6) 19

Don Jonas kicked an 18-yard field goal with 6 seconds remaining in the game to win the game and clinch second place in the Eastern Football Conference for the Argonauts. The game was dominated by the defenses, who scored or set up all the touchdowns. Toronto’s only touchdown came on a 34-yard interception return by Chip Barrett in the 2nd quarter. Mr. Jonas converted and added a 24-yard field goal. Dave Mann punted for 4 singles, and the Argonauts scored a safety touch in the 2nd quarter when Ottawa punter Bill Van Burkleo conceded. Quarterback Gary Wood passed 1 yard to Hugh Oldham in the 3rd quarter for the first Ottawa touchdown, which was set up by linebacker Dan Dever’s 83-yard return of an interception of a Tom Wilkinson pass. The Rough Riders took a 17-15 lead early in the 4th quarter when Mr. Van Burkleo intercepted a pass from Mr. Jonas and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown. Ivan MacMillan converted both Ottawa major scores. Defensive end Wayne Smith tackled Mr. Wilkinson in the Toronto end zone for a safety touch in the 2nd quarter, and Mr. Van Burkleo punted for a single in the 3rd. The winning field goal was set up when Mr. Wilkinson pitched out to receiver Jim Henderson, who completed a pass to running back Bill Symons for a 42-yard gain. The usual sellout crowd of 33,135 attended the game at CNE Stadium despite rainy weather. It was the 11th time in 14 games that the Rough Riders had played on a muddy field. The game marked the end of several Rough Rider careers, including Hall of Fame running back Ron Stewart (13 seasons) and defensive end Billy Joe Booth (9 seasons).

Alberta (5-3) 32 @ British Columbia (0-8) 0

The game’s biggest play was a 101-yard touchdown pass from Dan McCaffery to Hart Cantelon. This was the last game for Harvey Scott as head coach of the Golden Bears; in two seasons he compiled a record of 8-6.

25 years ago

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CITV
Tonight’s episode: Examination Day (starring David Mendenhall); A Message From Charity (Starring Robert Duncan McNeill and Kerry Noonan).

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the deficit on merchandise trade with other countries had set a monthly record in September of $15.5 billion.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): I've Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat (4th week at #1)

General Motors reported its greatest quarterly loss ever, $1.98 billion. GM announced that it would close four assembly plants permanently and said that five other plants might be closed.

10 years ago

U.S. Navy Captain William Shepherd and Soviet Cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev were launched from Kazakhstan on a mission to the international space station to become the first residents of the $60-billion structure orbiting 240 miles above Earth. The station was a joint project of the United States, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Japan, and 11 European countries, but was paid for mainly by the United States. Captain Shepherd was to be the station’s first commander.

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