125 years ago
Quebec 3 Ontario 0 @ Toronto
Under rules then in force, a margin of four points was necessary for a victory to be awarded, so the result was ruled a draw in favour of Quebec. The Ontario team included players from various teams in the province, while all of Quebec’s players came from Montreal.
100 years ago
Ottawa (3-3) 14 @ Montreal (2-4) 9
Hamilton (4-2) 6 @ Toronto (3-3) 7
Toronto (5-1) 11 @ Dundas (4-2) 7
McGill (3-3) 24 @ Ottawa (0-6) 6
Toronto (6-0) 9 @ Queen’s (3-3) 5
These games marked the end of regular season play in all three leagues, with the first place teams winning the championship of each league.
90 years ago
U.S. District Court Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was named the first Commissioner of baseball by the 16 major league club owners.
50 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Save the Last Dance for Me--The Drifters (5th week at #1)
2 You Talk Too Much--Joe Jones
3 I Want to Be Wanted--Brenda Lee
4 Georgia On My Mind--Ray Charles
5 Poetry in Motion--Johnny Tillotson
6 Stay--Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
7 Don’t Be Cruel--Bill Black’s Combo
8 Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go--Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
9 My Heart Has a Mind of its Own--Connie Francis
10 Last Date--Floyd Cramer
Singles entering the chart included You’re Sixteen by Johnny Burnette (#57); Perfidia by the Ventures (#64); Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra (#84); The Green Leaves of Summer by the Brothers Four (#97); and Brand New Heartache by the Everly Brothers (#98).
The U.S.A. launched Discoverer 17, a satellite whose purpose was to obtain data on propulsion, communication, orbital performance, and recovery techniques.
Toronto 21 @ Ottawa 33 (1st game of 2-game total points series)
Winnipeg 22 @ Edmonton 16 (Winnipeg led best-of-three series 1-0)
18,385 fans at Lansdowne Park saw the Rough Riders defeat the Argonauts.
17,500 fans at Clarke Stadium witnessed what many thought was the hardest-hitting game they’d ever seen. It was a costly victory for the Blue Bombers, as starting quarterback Kenny Ploen broke his right hand. Eskimo halfback Cowboy Woodruff, who had scored 3 touchdowns in the semi-finals, suffered a season-ending injury, and never returned to the CFL. Johnny Bright and Don Getty scored the Edmonton touchdowns, both converted by Tommy-Joe Coffey. Vic Chapman punted for 2 singles to complete the Eskimos’ scoring. It was the 10th time in 11 years that the Blue Bombers and Eskimos had met in the playoffs, and the 9th time in 11 years that they’d played each other in the western finals, but this was the last time the teams played a playoff game against each other in Edmonton until 1980.
Alberta 19 Saskatchewan 0
The Golden Bears won the western championship and began making arrangements to travel to Montreal to play McGill for the Churchill Cup in an unofficial national championship game.
30 years ago
The U.S. probe Voyager 1 was within 77,000 miles of Saturn, and photographs suggested that the number of rings around the planet may run from 500 to 1,000, and that Saturn’s inner satellites were icy gray and white, many of them having craters similar to our own moon.
Politics and government
U.S. President Jimmy Carter told a press conference that he planned to return to Plains, Georgia after leaving the presidency, write his memoirs, and "live the life of a former president." He also intended "to become a very good fly fisherman," and not to overburden incoming President Ronald Reagan with advice on how to be President.
Algeria, acting as an intermediary between Iran and the United States, delivered a secret response from the U.S. to Iran’s latest conditions for the release of the 52 hostages from the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The four main Iranian demands were promises by the U.S. not to interfere in Iranian affairs; to unfreeze Iranian assets in the U.S.; to drop financial claims made against Iran; and to move to return the wealth of the late Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi.
Iraq stepped up attacks on Abadan in its war against Iran.
The United States House of Representatives approved and sent to the White House a Senate measure that would make more than 104 million acres of land in Alaska into national parks, wildlife refuges, and national conservation areas. The acreage, scattered trhoughout the state, included more land than was in the entire state of California. As a part of the bill, the William O. Douglas Arctic Wildlife Range on Alaska's North Slope was designated as wilderness in which no development would be permitted. This area was the breeding ground of the last large caribou herds.
Economics and finance
U.S. president-elect Ronald Reagan announced tha he intended to cut the 1981 budget by $13 billion, and that Caspar Weinberger, his top budget adviser, was working on a plan for a $40-billion cut.
25 years ago
Arthur Walker, brother of John Walker, an American who had been convicted of espionage on behalf of the U.S.S.R., was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a spy ring headed by his brother. He had passed confidential documents from a defense contractor to his brother for transmittal to the Soviet Union.
20 years ago
Akihito was formally enthroned as Emperor of Japan, becoming the 125th monarch to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne. His wife, Empress Michiko, was enthroned in the same ceremony. Breaking with tradition, Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu stood in the same room and at the same level as Akihito during the ceremony, and wore a formal coat rather than the traditional clothes of a vassal. The ceremony was stripped of most religious and Shinto rituals, to rule out the Emperor as an object of worship. Among the foreign dignitaries attending were United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.
10 years ago
U.S. President Bill Clinton met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in the White House as part of an attempt to renew negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian authorities in order to end the recent outbreak of violence in their territories.
Winnipeg 22 @ Hamilton 20
British Columbia 34 @ Edmonton 32
Troy Westwood’s 33-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining in regulation time gave the Blue Bombers their upset win before just 15,105 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium and ended the Tiger-Cats’ reign as Grey Cup champions. The Tiger-Cats appeared to have won the game when quarterback Danny McManus completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Archie Amerson with 2:10 remaining. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful, leaving Hamilton in front 20-19. The Blue Bombers were going into a 30-kmh wind and had to punt four plays later, but Mr. Westwood punted 52 yards, and the Tiger-Cats took possession at their own 27-yard line. After a 2-yard gain on first down, an ill-advised pitchout to Mr. Amerson resulted in a 16-yard loss, and Paul Osbaldiston’s punt travelled just 35 yards, enabling Winnipeg quarterback Khari Jones to move the ball into field goal range. The Tiger-Cats led 11-5 at halftime on a 1-yard touchdown run by Ronald Williams and a convert, field goal, and single by Mr. Osbaldiston. Mr. Westwood kicked a 17-yard field goal in the 1st quarter, and Mr. Osbaldiston conceded a safety touch with 1:32 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Mr. Jones took advantage of the wind in the 3rd quarter and completed touchdown passes of 30 yards to Milt Stegall and 31 yards to Geroy Simon, both converted by Mr. Westwood, to give the Blue Bombers a 19-11 lead heading into the final quarter. Mr. Osbaldiston kicked a 12-yard field goal at 6:34 to reduce Winnipeg’s lead to 19-14. Mr. Williams was the Tiger-Cats’ main weapon, rushing 27 times for 103 yards. Andrew Grigg led Hamilton receivers with 5 receptions for 79 yards. Cory Philpot of the Blue Bombers rushed 13 times for 50 yards, and Mr. Jones added 46 on 7 carries. Mr. Stegall led the Blue Bombers with 90 yards on 5 receptions. Mr. McManus completed 16 of 30 passes for 210 yards, while Mr. Jones completed just 13 of 30 for 204 yards, but made the completions when his team needed them.
Sean Fleming missed a 29-yard field goal with 58 seconds remaining that would have tied the game, and B.C. quarterback Damon Allen was able to use up the remaining seconds as the Lions held off a late Eskimo rally before 25,103 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. The Lions outplayed the Eskimos for 3 quarters before Edmonton quarterback Nealon Greene almost completed a 4th-quarter comeback, but the Eskimo defense was unable to stop the B.C. running game, especially when a last-minute stand could have given Mr. Fleming another chance for a field goal. Mr. Allen had one of his best games, completing 20 of 27 passes for 284 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushing 6 times for 51 yards. He threw touchdown passes of 5 and 22 yards to Robert Drummond in the 1st quarter and 7 yards to Jimmy Cunningham and 12 yards to Alfred Jackson in the 3rd quarter. Lui Passaglia added 4 converts and 2 field goals. Mr. Greene completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Nigel Williams in the 2nd quarter and another one of 8 yards to Kez McCorvey in the 4th quarter. Troy Mills rushed 1 yard for the last Eskimo touchdown with 2:29 remaining in regulation time. Mr. Fleming added 3 converts, 2 field goals, and 3 singles. The Lions gave up a safety touch with 1:45 remaining in the 4th quarter to make the score 34-31, and Mr. Greene marched the Eskimos into position for Mr. Fleming’s last field goal attempt. The Lions outrushed the Eskimos 239 yards to 129. Sean Millington led the B.C. ground came with 96 yards on 14 carries, while Mr. Drummond added 70 on 15 carries. Mr. Mills led the Eskimos with 12 carries for 83 yards, and Mr. Greene added 46 on 6 carries. Mr. Drummond led all receivers with 94 yards on 7 receptions; Ed Hervey led the Eskimos with 6 catches for 72 yards. Mr. Greene completed 25 of 35 passes for 314 yards.
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