Sunday, 14 November 2010

November 14, 2010

190 years ago

Politics and government
Voting concluded in the U.S. presidential election, where President and Democratic-Republican party candidate James Monroe and Vice-President Daniel D. Tompkins were running for re-election without any serious opposition. The voting, which went state-by-state, had begun on November 1. In the closest any candidate since George Washington has ever come to being elected unanimously, Mr. Monroe received 231 electoral votes to 1 for John Quincy Adams, with 3 electoral votes not cast. William Plumer of New Hampshire was the elector who voted for Mr. Adams; legend has it that Mr. Plumer wanted to preserve for Mr. Washington the honour of being the only President elected unanimously, but Mr. Plumer apparently just disliked Mr. Monroe and his policies.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Aaron Copland. U.S. composer. Mr. Copland’s compositions include Billy the Kid (1938); Quiet City (1940); Rodeo (1942); Lincoln Portrait (1942); and Fanfare for the Common Man (1942). Appalachian Spring, a collaboration with choreographer Martha Graham, won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1945. He also composed scores for several movies, including Our Town (1940) and The Red Pony (1949). His score for The Heiress won the Academy Award for 1949. Mr. Copland died on December 2, 1990.

100 years ago

The Hamilton Tigers, champions of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, hired Seppi DuMoulin, their former captain, as their head coach in preparation for the Grey Cup game on November 26 against the winner of the November 19 semi-final between the University of Toronto Blues and Toronto Amateur Athletic Club. The Tigers had been playing without a coach all season, being led by captain Bob Isbister. Mr. DuMoulin had played for the Tigers from 1894-1906 and had then moved west to Moose Jaw to pursue a career as a banker. Toronto Argonauts' coach Chaucer Elliott was enlisted to assist Mr. DuMoulin with the Tigers.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Brush-Off, starring Leslie Nielsen, George Reeves, and Royal Dano

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Georgia on My Mind--Ray Charles

The U.S. Discoverer 17 capsule was recovered in midair, two days after its launch. The same day, the mission of Discoverer 13 ended. It had been launched on August 10 to obtain data on propulsion, communication, orbital performance, and recovery techniques.

Western Finals
Edmonton 10 @ Winnipeg 5 (Best-of-three series tied 1-1)

Jackie Parker scored the only touchdown in the game at Winnipeg Stadium. Tommy-Joe Coffey missed the convert but collected 2 singles on missed field goal attempts, and Vic Chapman punted for 2 singles. The Blue Bombers were hampered by the absence of Kenny Ploen from the position of quarterback after he’d broken his right hand in the first game of the series. Rookie Vernon Cole had seen little playing time during the course of the season, and he was unable to put a touchdown on the scoreboard while directing the Winnipeg offense.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort (3rd week at #1)

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

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor
2 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
3 We’ve Only Just Begun--Carpenters
4 Fire and Rain--James Taylor
5 I’ll Be There--The Jackson 5
6 Somebody’s Been Sleeping--100 Proof Aged in Soul
7 It Don’t Matter to Me--Bread
8 The Tears of a Clown--Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
9 All Right Now--Free
10 Green-Eyed Lady--Sugarloaf

Singles entering the chart included Border Song by Aretha Franklin (#70); One Man Band by Three Dog Night (#72); Knock Three Times by Dawn (#87); Carolina in My Mind by James Taylor (#93); and one I’ve never heard of called Big Leg Woman (With a Short Short Mini Skirt) by Israel "Popper Stopper" Tolbert (whoever he was) at #83. Those who like the title will probably like the song.

Calgary’s top 10
1 I’ll Be There--The Jackson 5
2 Lola--The Kinks
3 Green-Eyed Lady--Sugarloaf
4 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
5 Burning Bridges--The Mike Curb Congregation
6 Cracklin’ Rosie--Neil Diamond
7 It’s Only Make Believe--Glen Campbell
8 Lucretia MacEvil--Blood, Sweat & Tears
9 El Condor Pasa--Simon & Garfunkel
10 Fly Little White Dove, Fly--The Bells
Pick hit of the week: Share the Land--The Guess Who

U.S. dead for the week in Vietnam numbered 32, with 308 South Vietnamese killed and 1,135 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong killed.

All 75 people aboard a chartered plane, including 43 members and coaches of the Marshall University football team, were killed when the plane crashed and burned near Tri-State Airport at Huntington, West Virginia. The team was returning from a game in Kinston, North Carolina. It was the worst disaster ever to strike a professional or college team. The tragedy inspired the movie We Are Marshall (2006).

Western Finals
Calgary 28 @ Saskatchewan 11 (Calgary led best-of-three series 1-0)

Jerry Keeling threw 3 touchdown passes as the Stampeders came back from a 10-0 1st-quarter deficit to upset the Roughriders before 15,510 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Saskatchewan fullback George Reed, playing his first game after missing 3 games with a broken leg, scored the Roughriders’ only touchdown in the 1st quarter. Calgary fullback Hugh McKinnis fumbled, and Ken Frith recovered for the Roughriders on the Stampeders’ 2-yard line. Mr. Reed made it into the end zone on a third-down gamble. Jack Abendschan converted and added a field goal. The Stampeders scored 15 points in the 2nd quarter on touchdown passes from Mr. Keeling to Herm Harrison and Uriel Johnson. Larry Robinson converted both an added a single on a missed field goal. Mr. Abendschan’s single on a missed field goal was the only scoring of the 3rd quarter, reducing Calgary’s lead to 15-11. In the first minute of the 4th quarter, the Stampeders broke the game open when Mr. Keeling completed a short pass to Dave Cranmer, who turned it into a 94-yard touchdown. Mr. Robinson converted to make the score 22-11. Frank Andruski blocked an Alan Ford punt from the Roughriders’ 25-yard line, and Calgary defensive tackle John Helton returned the ball to the 10. Mr. Robinson then kicked a field goal to make the score 25-11. Mr. Robinson then intercepted a pass from Gary Lane and kicked his second field goal from the 31 to make the final score 28-11. Mr. Reed led all rushers with 54 yards on 13 carries, while Mr. McKinnis led the Stampeders with 52 on 19 carries. Mr. Cranmer led all receivers with 126 yards on 4 receptions. It was a dismal game for Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster, who was presented at halftime with the Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy as the Western Football Conference’s most valuable player. Mr. Lancaster completed just 8 of 24 passes for 87 yards before being relieved in the 4th quarter by Mr. Lane, who was 1 for 6 for 25 yards. The Calgary defense limited the Roughriders to just 167 yards net offense.

30 years ago

World events
The government of President Luis de Almedia Cabral of Guinea-Bissau was toppled by nationalist military officers, and two members of the government were killed in the coup. The country’s new leaders accused the former regime of executing more than 500 political prisoners in six years.

25 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 30
1 Part-Time Lover--Stevie Wonder
2 You Belong to the City--Glenn Frey
3 Miami Vice Theme--Jan Hammer
4 We Built This City--Starship
5 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
6 Take on Me--A-Ha
7 Lay Your Hands on Me--Thompson Twins
8 Alive and Kicking--Simple Minds
9 Broken Wings--Mr. Mister
10 One Night Love Affair--Bryan Adams
11 Never--Heart
12 Be Near Me--ABC
13 Oh Sheila--Ready for the World
14 Saving All My Love for You--Whitney Houston
15 Who's Zoomin' Who--Aretha Franklin
16 Sleeping Bag--ZZ Top
17 I'm Goin' Down--Bruce Springsteen
18 Fortress Around Your Heart--Sting
19 One of the Living--Tina Turner
20 Say You, Say Me--Lionel Richie
21 Money For Nothing--Dire Straits
22 Lovin' Every Minute of It--Loverboy
23 Situation Critical--Platinum Blonde
24 Election Day--Arcadia
25 Perfect Way--Scritti Politti
26 One More Colour--Jane Siberry
27 Everything in My Heart--Corey Hart
28 Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
29 Lonely Ol' Night--John Cougar Mellencamp
30 Girls are More Fun--Ray Parker, Jr.

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CITV
Tonight’s episode: Act Break, starring James Coco; The Burning Man, starring Piper Laurie; Dealer’s Choice, starring Barney Martin, Garrett Morris, M. Emmet Walsh, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Hedaya

20 years ago

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The Ties that Bind

Politics and government
Former British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine announced that he would challenge Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for the Conservative party leadership.

At least 112 people were killed when a typhoon with 150-mile-per-hour winds struck the central Philippines.

10 years ago

Convoys of lorries and tractors converged on London and Edinburgh to mark the 60-day deadline for British government action to cut the fuel tax.

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