80 years ago
Hamilton (4-0-2) 3 @ Toronto (4-1-1) 3
The tie at Varsity Stadium gave the Tigers their fourth straight Big Four championship.
70 years ago
The German Luftwaffe bombed the English city of Coventry for 10 hours.
60 years ago
Hamilton 6 @ Toronto 24 (Toronto won 2-game total points series 35-19)
23,349 attended the game at Varsity Stadium.
50 years ago
On television tonight
Thriller, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Girl with a Secret, starring Fay Bainter, Paul Hartman, and Anne Seymour
Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Ken Powless!
Died on this date
Bobby Cook. Canadian criminal. Mr. Cook, a convicted murderer, was hanged in the Fort Saskatchewan jail and became the last person to be legally executed in Alberta.
Elgin Baylor set a National Basketball Association record for points in a game when he scored 71 to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 123-108 win over the New York Knickerbockers at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. Baylor had set the previous record of 64 points in a game 13 months earlier.
40 years ago
South Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky began a three-week visit to the United States.
Hamilton 22 @ Montreal 32 (1st game of 2-game total points series)
Playing on a muddy field before an Autostade record crowd of 33,212, the Alouettes came back from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the Tiger-Cats. Hamilton defensive end Billy Ray Locklin returned a fumble by Montreal quarterback Sonny Wade 8 yards for a touchdown less than 4 minutes into the game. Tommy-Joe Coffey missed the convert, but Joe Zuger punted for a 41-yard single 4 minutes later to make the score 7-0. Montreal punt returner John Couture then fumbled on his own 8-yard line, and Gord Christian recovered for the Tiger-Cats. Quarterback Wally Gabler rushed for a touchdown, and Mr. Coffey converted to give Hamilton a 14-0 lead. The Alouettes hit the scoreboard 25 seconds into the 2nd quarter when Bruce Van Ness rushed in from 8 yards after Garry Lefebvre, playing his first game in three months after suffering two serious injuries, caught a pass from Mr. Wade for a 25-yard gain. George Springate converted to reduce Hamilton’s lead to 14-7. With 38 seconds remaining until halftime, Mr. Wade completed a touchdown pass to Terry Evanshen. Mr. Springate converted to tie the score 14-14. Dave Fleming of the Tiger-Cats returned the 2nd-half kickoff 57 yards, and Mr. Gabler completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Dick Wesolowski. Mr. Coffey’s convert gave Hamilton a 21-14 lead, which became 22-14 just 5 seconds later when Doug Mitchell’s kickoff went into the Montreal end zone and Moses Denson of the Alouettes was trapped for a single. Hamilton running back Ed Buchanan fumbled later in the quarter, and the recovery by Montreal linebacker Charlie Collins set up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Wade to Mr. Van Ness. Mr. Springate’s convert reduced the Hamilton lead to 22-21. Mr. Wesolowski then fumbled the ball away, but Mr. Wade was intercepted by Garney Henley in the Hamilton end zone. On the first play after that, Mr. Fleming threw a halfback option pass, and Al Phaneuf intercepted and returned it to the Hamilton 10-yard line. Mr. Springate kicked an 18-yard field goal at 10:53 to put the Alouettes ahead 24-22. Mr. Wade then connected with Mr. Lefebvre on a 55-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Springate’s convert made the score 31-22 in favour of the Alouettes. The only scoring of the 4th quarter came when Wally Highsmith intercepted a pass from Mr. Gabler and returned it 10 yards to the Hamilton 14-yard line. Mr. Springate missed a field goal for a single point. Mr. Denson led all rushers with 66 yards on 10 carries; Mr. Wesolowski led the Tiger-Cats with 39 yards on 7 carries. Mr. Lefebvre, who had caught just 1 pass for 16 yards in the regular season, caught 3 for 94 in this game to lead all receivers. Mr. Christian led the Tiger-Cats with 3 receptions for 35 yards. The Tiger-Cats managed just 12 first downs and 171 yards net offense, and completed just 8 of 19 passes. It was the Alouettes’ first playoff game at home in 8 years, and their first playoff win at home in 14 years. Of the 7 CFL playoff games in 1970, this was the only one won by the home team.
30 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Lady--Kenny Rogers
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Lady--Kenny Rogers
2 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
3 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
4 The Wanderer--Donna Summer
5 He’s So Shy--The Pointer Sisters
6 I’m Coming Out--Diana Ross
7 Master Blaster (Jammin’)--Stevie Wonder
8 Never Knew Love Like This Before--Stephanie Mills
9 Upside Down--Diana Ross
10 Dreaming--Cliff Richard
The government of China outlined its charges against Jiang Qing--Mao Zedong’s widow--and nine other radicals by accusing them of persecuting to death more than 34,000 people during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. Jiang was also accused of ordering 40 people dressed as red Guards to burglarize the houses of five famous writers to find material that incriminated her, and then burning that material. The trial had been postponed for more than a month because Jiang and Zhang Chunqiao, another member of the so-called "Gang of Four," had refused to confess their crimes of arbitrary arrests, imprisonment, and physical abuse.
Pope John Paul II began a five-day visit to West Germany. He greeted dignitaries in Bonn and conducted mass in Cologne.
Winnipeg 24 @ Edmonton 34
In the most exciting game played at Commonwealth Stadium to date, the Eskimos overcame a 17-4 2nd-quarter deficit to win their fourth straight Western Football Conference championship, and their seventh in the last eight years. The Eskimos scored on their opening drive when Dave Cutler kicked a 12-yard field goal, which the Blue Bombers answered with a 40-yard field goal by Trevor Kennerd. Late in the 1st quarter, Winnipeg quarterback Dieter Brock completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Rick House. Mr. Kennerd’s convert gave the Blue Bombers a 10-3 lead. Mr. Cutler missed a field goal in the 2nd quarter that went for a single, and the score remained 10-4 until less than 3 minutes remained until halftime. Edmonton punter Hank Ilesic fumbled a snap and recovered, but as he was dropping the ball to his foot to punt, Winnipeg defensive back Reggie Pierson knocked it away and recovered for a 42-yard touchdown on the fumble return. Mr. Kennerd’s convert made the score 17-4. The Eskimos mounted a drive in the last minute, and Brian Fryer made a clutch catch of a pass from Warren Moon at the Winnipeg 2-yard line. Jim Germany rushed for the touchdown with 4 seconds remaining, converted by Mr. Cutler, to make the halftime score 17-11. The Eskimos kept up the momentum with another touchdown on their opening possession of the second half. Mr. Moon connected with Stu Lang for a 10-yard score, converted by Mr. Cutler, at 2:12 of the 3rd quarter, to give the Eskimos an 18-17 lead. For Mr. Lang, it was his only touchdown of the season. Vince Phason of the Blue Bombers then intercepted a pass from Mr. Moon intended for Danny Buggs, who made a bad play on the ball and then took a penalty for face-masking on the tackle near the Edmonton goal line. Mr. Brock rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, converted by Mr. Kennerd at 6:24, to give the Blue Bombers a 24-18 lead. The Eskimos gradually began to control the ball, and Mr. Cutler kicked a 34-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining in the 3rd quarter to reduce the deficit to 24-21. The Eskimos took the lead for good when Mr. Moon mounted a drive that finished with a 1-yard touchdown run by Neil Lumsden, converted by Mr. Cutler at 3:13 of the 4th quarter, to make the score 28-24. The Edmonton defense kept up the pressure on Mr. Brock, led by rookie defensive lineman James Parker. Mr. Cutler kicked a 10-yard field goal at 8:12 and put the game away with a 27-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining in regulation time. Mr. Lumsden rushed 11 times for 48 yards and added 69 yards on 3 pass receptions. Mr. Germany rushed for 48 yards on 9 carries. William Miller led the Blue Bombers with 66 yards on 13 carries. Tom Scott of the Eskimos had 72 yards on 3 pass receptions; Joe Poplawski led the Blue Bombers with 66 yards on 5 receptions, while teammate Mike Holmes had 65 yards on 3 catches. It was another dismal game for Edmonton wide receivers Danny Buggs and Ernest Pough, who each caught just 1 pass for 8 yards. For Mr. Pough, it turned out to be his last game. Mr. Moon completed 17 of 33 passes for 257 yards; Mr. Brock completed just 14 of 34 for 221 yards. It was the last game and only Eskimo appearance for Hall of Fame offensive tackle Dan Yochum, who had been released by the Montreal Alouettes earlier in the season. He would have played in the Grey Cup except for the fact that safety Pete Lavorato suffered a separated shoulder against the Blue Bombers, and when Mike McLeod, an American, was activated to replace him for the Grey Cup, another import had to be dropped from the roster, and Mr. Yochum was moved to the injured list. 43,346 attended the game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
St. Mary's 10 @ Acadia 27
Larry Priestnall rushed 26 times for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns as the defending national champion Axemen retained their Atlantic Universities Football Conference title and advanced to meet the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the Atlantic Bowl. Acadia quarterback Steve Repic completed 7 of 20 passes for 100 yrads; Donnie Clow caught 6 of Mr. Repic's passes for 81 yards. St. Mary's quarterbacks Mike San Angelo and Chris Tzanateas combined to complete 7 of 19 passes for 85 yards. Brian Murray led the Huskies with 26 yards rushing on 11 carries, while Rick Reynolds was their leading receiver with 4 receptions for 53 yards.
25 years ago
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald signed an agreement at Hillsborough Castle in County Down, Northern Ireland that gave the Republic of Ireland a role in Northern Ireland for the first time in more than 60 years.
20 years ago
The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee began hearings in a case involving conduct by five Senators: Alan Cranston (Democrat--California); Dennis DeConcini (Democrat--Arizona); Donald Riegle (Democrat--Michigan); John Glenn (Democrat--Ohio) and John McCain (Republican--Arizona). The Senators were known as the "Keating 5" because of their relationship with Charles Keating, who had been chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association in California. The collapse of the S&L in 1989 had cost the government $2 billion. Special counsel Bob Bennett said that Senators Cranston and DeConcini had been "by far the most active" in the allegedly improper activity; that Sen. Riegle had played a greater role than he later recalled; and that Sens. Glenn and McCain had not played any meaningful role. Mr. Bennett said that Sens. Cranston and DeConcini had pressured Federal Home Loan Bank Board chairman Edwin Gray to ease regulations that restricted investments by thrifts into high-risk investments, and had continued to do favours for Mr. Keating, coinciding with large political contributions by Mr. Keating.
Canada’s National Energy Board approved a $546-million initial phase of a $2.6-billion expansion for a cross-country natural gas pipeline to be built by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. The board agreed with TransCanada that increased capacity was needed to deliver 155 million cubic feet of gas daily from Alberta gas fields to Ontario, Quebec, and the northeastern United States beginning late in 1991.
Abortionist Henry Morgentaler was served with an eviction notice by the St. John’s city council and given 10 days to close his abortion clinic. A day earlier, the city council had rescinded the clinic’s permit and said it was unaware of the clinic’s purpose when the operating permit had been granted earlier in the year. "Dr." Morgentaler, who had officially opened the clinic on November 14, said that he wouldn’t obey the order and would take the city to court.
10 years ago
Rajkumar, the popular 72-year-old Indian movie star kidnapped by the Tamil bandit Veerappan, was released in Bangalore, India after 109 days in jungle captivity. Mr. Veerappan has been accused of 120 murders but had eluded capture for 30 years and was regarded as a hero among Tamil separatists. He took a ransom of US $2.17 billion raised by two Indian state governments, and retreated to his hideout, foregoing his demand for the release of government prisoners.
The 21 member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation began their annual summit in Brunei, focusing on global trade discussions to seek an end to trade barriers, as well as such issues as AIDS and high oil prices.
Three Los Angeles policemen were convicted by a California State Superior Court jury of obstructing justice and falsifying police reports in connection with an unfolding corruption scandal in the LAPD’s anti-gang Rampart Division. A fourth officer was acquitted.
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