125 years ago
Died on this date
Louis Riel, 41. Canadian native and political activist. Mr. Riel, a Metis leader, led the provisional government at Red River Settlement which became the foundation of the province of Manitoba in 1870. The murder of Orange activist Thomas Scott by Mr. Riel's men in 1870 led to Mr. Riel's eventual exile in the United States for several years. He returned to western Canada in 1884 and established a provisional government at Batoche, Northwest Territories (now part of Saskatchewan). The North-West Rebellion ensued and lasted for two months. Mr. Riel surrendered and was convicted of treason in a trial in Regina in July. Although he was regarded as a traitor by English-speaking Canadians--especially those in Ontario--he was regarded as a hero in Quebec and among native peoples. He was hanged at Regina, and was buried in St. Boniface, Manitoba.
75 years ago
Hamilton (7-2) 23 @ Montreal (0-9) 0
Toronto (6-3) 5 @ Ottawa (5-4) 9
The game at Molson Stadium was the Montreal team’s last game as the Winged Wheelers. The Montreal Amateur Athletic Association couldn’t afford to operate the club after this season, and it passed to other hands, becoming known as the Indians in 1936.
The Argonauts’ loss to the Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park was their third straight, ending their season and giving the Tigers the Big 4 championship outright.
Toronto 0 @ Sarnia 8 (1st game of 2-game total points series)
70 years ago
Toronto 1 @ Ottawa 12 (1st game of 2-game total points series)
Sarnia 0 @ Toronto 12 (1st game of 2-game total points series)
The Argonauts opened the scoring against the Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park with a rouge in the 2nd quarter on a missed field goal attempt by Annis Stukus. Ottawa came back with a touchdown by Tommy Daley, converted by Tiny Herman. Sammy Sward punted for a 60-yard single in the 3rd quarter, and Orville Burke concluded the scoring with a 35-yard field goal in the 4th quarter.
Balmy Beach halfback Johnny Manson rushed 34 yards to the Imperials’ 2-yard line and then rushed 2 yards for the touchdown. Reg Turnbull returned a blocked Sarnia punt for the other touchdown. Bob Porter added a punt single for Balmy Beach.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Clark Gable, 59. U.S. actor. The "King of Hollywood," most famous for his starring roles in Gone With the Wind (1939), Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and It Happened One Night (1934)--for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor--died of a heart attack shortly after finishing work on The Misfits, which was released to theatres three months later.
Gilbert Harding, 53. U.K. radio and television personality. Mr. Harding, a panelist on the radio program We Beg to Differ and the television program What’s My Line?, was known for his outspoken manner.
40 years ago
St. Louis (7-2) 38 @ Dallas (5-4) 0
Johnny Roland returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and added touchdowns on rushes of 9 and 3 yards to lead the Cardinals. Wide receiver John Gilliam scored another touchdown on a double reverse that covered 48 yards. Roy Shivers scored the final touchdown on a 29-yard rush in the 4th quarter. Jim Bakken converted all 5 touchdowns and added a 31-yard field goal. Many of the 69,323 fans at the Cotton Bowl began leaving in droves when Mr. Shivers scored his touchdown. It was the first shutout against the Cowboys in their 11-year history, and an especially humiliating defeat considering it was on Monday Night Football. For the Cardinals, it was their third consecutive shutout, matching a record set by the New York Giants in 1935.
30 years ago
Iraq claimed to have killed more than 500 Iranian troops in a battle for the town of Susangird in southwestern Iran. Kuwait accused Iran of a rocket attack on an area of the country bordering Iraq, and Saudi Arabia offered to go to Kuwait’s aid in case of danger.
Pope John Paul II continued his visit to West Germany, conducting masses in Osnabruck and Mainz.
Doug Christie, leader of the separatist Western Canada Concept movement, was outside Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton--as fans were entering to watch the Western Bowl football game--passing out leaflets promoting his upcoming appearance at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton.
Brush fires began in southern California that eventually swept across 30,000 acres, forcing thousands to flee, and destroying nearly 100 homes.
Montreal 13 @ Hamilton 24
Dave Marler threw touchdown passes of 3 and 4 yards to Gord Paterson as the Tiger-Cats, trailing 13-6 after 3 quarters, scored 18 points in the 4th quarter to win their first Eastern Football Conference title since 1972. Mr. Marler completed just 11 of 25 passes for only 99 yards and 2 interceptions, but engineered a rushing attack that amassed 200 yards and controlled the ball when necessary. Obie Graves gained 149 yards on 18 carries, including a run of 55 yards to set up the game’s first touchdown; Mr. Marler carried 6 times for 46 yards. Bernie Ruoff converted both Hamilton touchdowns and added 3 field goals and a single. Gerry McGrath kicked 4 field goals and a single for the Alouettes, who failed to score a touchdown and were held to 9 first downs and 132 yards net offense. David Green, who had won the Schenley award as the CFL’s most outstanding player in 1979, concluded a relatively poor 1980 season--and his 3-year Alouette career--with 5 rushes for 20 yards, while backfield mate Skip Walker was held to 20 yards on 9 carries and 25 yards on 4 pass receptions. Former Oakland Raider star Fred Biletnikoff ended his football career by catching 3 passes for 52 yards. John Holland led the Tiger-Cats with 48 yards on 3 receptions; Mr. Paterson caught 4 for 25. Montreal quarterback Gerry Dattilio completed 13 of 28 passes for 125 yards and 1 interception. 30,838 attended the game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Western Ontario 4 @ Alberta 14
The Golden Bear defense limited the high-powered, top-ranked Mustangs to 10 first downs and 253 yards net offense as they advanced to the Canadian College Bowl for the first time in 8 years. Alberta scored the game’s first point when Rick Magee missed a 40-yard field goal for a single 4:30 into the game. Western Ontario scored all its points in the 2nd quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Kevin Rydeard at 5:33 and a 40-yard single on a missed field goal attempt by Mr. Rydeard at 12:10. The Golden Bears marched 80 yards in 7 plays early in the 3rd quarter, and quarterback Forrest Kennerd completed a 9-yard pass to Mike Wolfram at 2:59 for the game’s first touchdown. Frank Boehres missed the convert, leaving the Golden Bears ahead 7-4. Rick Paulitsch rushed 3 yards for a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Boehres converted to complete the scoring. The Golden Bears outrushed the Mustangs 124 yards to 106. Sean Kehoe led Alberta with 84 yards on 19 carries, while Greg Marshall led the Western Ontario ground game with 87 yards on 18 carries. Peter Eshenko, whose spectacular catch set up the first touchdown, caught 4 passes for 84 yards, while Mr. Wolfram caught 4 for 49 and Mr. Kehoe 5 for 35. Dan Dominico led Western Ontario’s receivers with 78 yards on 2 receptions; Ryan Potter caught 2 for 27. Mr. Kennerd, playing his final home game, completed 17 of 29 passes for 205 yards and shared the honour as the game’s most valuable player with Alberta defensive tackle Rollie Miles. Western Ontario quarterback Andy Rossit completed just 7 of 21 passes for 147 yards and allowed 4 interceptions, 2 of them by Glen Music. 3,600, including this blogger, attended the game at Commonwealth Stadium.
25 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 We Built This City--Starship
2 Miami Vice Theme--Jan Hammer
3 Head Over Heels--Tears for Fears
4 You Belong to the City--Glenn Frey
5 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
6 Part-Time Lover--Stevie Wonder
7 Take On Me--A-Ha
8 Broken Wings--Mr. Mister
9 Saving All My Love for You--Whitney Houston
10 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits
As U.S. President Ronald Reagan arrived in Geneva for his summit with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, newspapers published a letter to him from Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger who appealed to Mr. Reagan not to compromise on Strategic Defense Initiative and to take a tough stand on arms control. Mr. Weinberger had been omitted from the U.S. delegation to the summit, and speculation was rife as to who had leaked the letter, and why.
20 years ago
U.S. Senator Alan Cranston (Democrat--California), addressing a Senate Ethics Committee hearing into the relationship between several Senators and former savings and loan chairman Charles Keating, said that he had done no favours for Mr. Keating in exchange for political contributions. Senators John McCain (Republican--Arizona), John Glenn (Democrat--Ohio), and Donald Riegle (Democrat--Michigan) also denied any wrongdoing.
Politics and government
In a speech to the Supreme Soviet, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said that unnamed officials were seeking to discredit him.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the merchandise trade deficit had declined to $9.41 billion in September. The U.S. Labor Department reported that consumer prices had risen 0.6% in October.
10 years ago
The 21-nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit concluded in Brunei. U.S. President Bill Clinton persuaded the nations to issue a communiqué to endorse a resumption of global trade discussions that would seek to end trade barriers. Plans for such talks had been abandoned after a 1999 meeting in Seattle of the World Trade Organization.
Bill Clinton arrived in Hanoi, becoming the first U.S. President to visit Vietnam while in office since Richard Nixon had visited South Vietnam in 1969.
Coca-Cola Company settled a class action racial disrimination suit with 2,000 current and former Negro employees for $192.5 million. The employees had alleged that they had suffered discrimination in pay, promotions, and performance evaluations. $113 million was awarded to the plaintiffs; $43.5 million was set aside for salary adjustments; and $36 million was pledged for the monitoring of future employment practices.
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