210 years ago
The United States Congress met in Washington, D.C. for the first time.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Boscombe Valley Mystery
Born on this date
Happy Birthday, David Amram! U.S. musician and composer. Mr. Amram plays many instruments and has composed a large number of symphonic and chamber pieces. Among his film scores are those for Pull My Daisy (1959); Splendor in the Grass (1961) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962).
Two months after winning the Grand Slam, Bobby Jones announced his retirement from competitive golf at the age of 28.
70 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Norwood Builder
40 years ago
Died on this date
Roger Rischer, 37. U.S. boxer. A heavyweight who fought former champion Sonny Liston and contenders such as Zora Folley, Cleveland Williams, Thad Spencer, and Eddie Machen, Mr. Rischer was the California state heavyweight champion from 1957-1965. His biggest victory was probably his 10-round decision over British champion Henry Cooper at Royal Albert Hall in London on November 16, 1964. Mr. Rischer's last fight came on January 21, 1969, when he was knocked down seven times and finally out in the 4th round by rising contender Mac Foster in Mr. Foster's hometown of Fresno, Calfornia. Mr. Rischer compiled a professional record of 29 wins, 13 losses, and 2 draws in a 15-year career. He was killed in a shootout in a hotel in his hometown of Oakland.
30 years ago
Max Kampelman, co-chairman of the U.S. delegation at the Madrid Conference on European security and human rights, warned that the Atlantic alliance would not concede military superiority to the Soviets, but that the United States was still willing to negotiate arms control agreements with the Soviet Union.
Nigel Barry Hamer, the so-called "sixth man" in the 1970 kidnapping of British Trade Commissioner James Cross, pleaded guilty in Montreal to conspiracy, kidnapping, extortion, and forcible detention. Mr. Cross was kidnapped from his Montreal residence on October 5, 1970 by members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec (FLQ), a separatist terrorist organization. Five days after Mr. Cross was kidnapped, the FLQ kidnapped Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte, and murdered him a week later when their demands weren’t met. Mr. Cross was freed on December 3, 1970.
After seven days of deliberations, a jury in Greensboro, North Carolina acquitted six present or former members of the Ku Klux Klan of five counts of first-degree murder and one count of felonious rioting. IN the fall of 1979 the Communist Workers Party had staged an anti-Klan rally, and five members had been killed when the defendants, who had armed themselves, drove into the crowd at the rally while firing their guns.
Politics and government
U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan made his first trip to Washington since the election, visiting with leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties, cultural and religious leaders, President Jimmy Carter, and Washington Mayor Marion Barry.
The Double Fantasy album by John Lennon and Yoko Ono was released on the Geffen label. For Mr. Lennon, it was his first album since Rock and Roll in 1975, and his first album of new material since Walls and Bridges in 1974. The first single from the new album, (Just Like) Starting Over, was already moving up the charts.
Pope John Paul II continued his visit to West Germany, meeting with Protestant and Jewish leaders in Mainz and conducting mass for priests and seminarians in Fulda.
25 years ago
Died on this date
Lon Nol, 72. Cambodian dictator, 1970-1975. General Lon Nol was Premier under Prince Norodom Sihanouk but took power in a coup in March 1970. He ruled the country until he was deposed by the Khmer Rouge in 1975. Lon Nol died in Fullerton, California.
Montreal 26 @ Hamilton 50
Winnipeg 22 @ British Columbia 42
Ken Hobart completed 22 of 28 passes for 397 yards and 5 touchdowns and rushed 6 times for 47 yards and a touchdown to lead the Tiger-Cats to their second straight Eastern Division title. 24,423 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium saw the Tiger-Cats score the first 22 points of the game in the 1st quarter on touchdown passes from Mr. Hobart of 18 yards to Rocky DiPietro; 14 yards to Steve Stapler; and 32 yards to Ron Ingram. Bernie Ruoff converted all 3 and added a single on the kickoff after Mr. Ingram’s touchdown. Roy Kurtz kicked a 36-yard field goal on the last play of the quarter to get the Concordes on the scoreboard. The teams traded touchdowns in the 2nd quarter--Johnny Shepherd rushed 1 yard for Hamilton, converted by Mr. Ruoff, and Joe Barnes completed an 11-yard pass to Nick Arakgi, converted by Mr. Kurtz. Mike McTague added a single on the kickoff after Mr. Arakgi’s touchdown to make the halftime score 29-11 in favour of Hamilton. Mr. Hobart rushed 1 yard for his touchdown in the 3rd quarter, converted by Mr. Ruoff, before Montreal came back with 15 straight points. Mr. Kurtz kicked a 32-yard field goal, and then Harry Skipper returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful, but Mr. Kurtz kicked a 39-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter to reduce the Hamilton lead to 36-23. Mr. Kurtz kicked a 24-yard field goal at 5:12 of the 4th quarter to make the score 36-26, but the Tiger-Cats put the game away when Mr. Hobart completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Stapler at 7:33 and a 56-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Stapler at 10:00, both converted by Mr. Ruoff. Mr. DiPietro led all receivers with 163 yards on 7 receptions, while Mr. Stapler had 114 on 4 catches. Jeff Patterson led the Montreal receivers with 8 receptions for 111 yards, and Mr. Arakgi caught 6 for 59. Alan Reid led the Concordes on the ground with 40 yards on 13 carries. Montreal quarterback Joe Barnes completed 24 of 40 passes for 246 yards. It was the last time that the Montreal team played as the Concordes. In 1986 they reacquired the rights to their earlier name of Alouettes.
59,478 loud fans saw the Lions break open a close game with 3 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to defeat the Blue Bombers at B.C. Place Stadium. B.C. quarterback Roy Dewalt had one of his best games, completing 17 of 28 passes for 314 yards and touchdowns of 38 yards to Ron Robinson in the 1st quarter, 35 yards to John Pankratz in the 2nd quarter, and 27 yards to Ned Armour in the 3rd quarter. Mr. Armour, who had played in just 1 game during the regular season and had caught just 1 pass, was activated for the game to replace injured star Merv Fernandez. Mr. Armour responded with 6 receptions for 138 yards to lead all receivers. Another late-season injury replacement, Freddie Sims, rushed 22 times for 116 yards and a touchdown for the Lions. He had been activated for the last regular season game to replace the injured Keyvan Jenkins. The biggest Lion touchdown was scored by defensive back Keith Gooch, who returned an interception 57 yards for a major score in the 3rd quarter to put the Lions ahead 32-16 after Lui Passaglia’s convert. The Lions led 17-16 at halftime, and Winnipeg head coach Cal Murphy, who had recently returned to the team after a heart attack, was angry at B.C. general manager Bob Ackles for refusing to let him use an extra headset in the spotter’s booth in the press box. Mr. Murphy coached the second half from the sidelines, but it failed to inspire his team to victory. The Blue Bombers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead when defensive end Tony Norman recovered a fumble by Mr. Dewalt in the Lions’ end zone. Trevor Kennerd converted and added a single on a missed field goal attempt before Mr. Robinson scored and Mr. Passaglia converted to make the score 8-7 in favour of Winnipeg at the end of the 1st quarter. Mr. Pankratz scored his touchdown, converted by Mr. Passaglia, and the Blue Bombers responded with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Tom Clements to James Murphy, converted by Mr. Kennerd. Mr. Passaglia kicked a 22-yard field goal and Mr. Kennerd scored a single off another missed field goal to leave the Lions ahead 17-16 at halftime. Mr. Sims rushed 2 yards for his touchdown, converted by Mr. Passaglia, and Mr. Passaglia added a single before Mr. Gooch’s touchdown put the game away. Mr. Passaglia converted that touchdown and the one by Mr. Armour as the Lions led 39-16 after 3 quarters. Mr. Passaglia added a 22-yard field goal to make the score 42-16 before the Blue Bombers finally answered with a 1-yard touchdown rush by Willard Reaves with 4:49 remaining in the game. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. Joe Poplawski led the Blue Bombers with 90 yards on 5 pass receptions, while Mr. Reaves led them on the ground with 45 yards on 15 carries. Mr. Murphy caught 6 passes for 64 yards and rushed twice for 28. Mr. Clements had a poor game, completing 19 of 39 for 284 yards but surrendering 4 interceptions, including 2 by Darnell Clash in the 1st half.
20 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Love Takes Time--Mariah Carey
2 More Than Words Can Say--Alias
3 Pray--M.C. Hammer
4 Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice
5 Groove is in the Heart--Deee-Lite
6 Giving You the Benefit--Pebbles
7 Something to Believe In--Poison
8 I Don’t Have the Heart--James Ingram
9 I’m Your Baby Tonight--Whitney Houston
10 Knockin’ Boots--Candyman
Among the singles entering the chart were new versions of I’m Not in Love by Will to Power (#73) and The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) by Cher (#77).
U.S. President George Bush, on his way to Paris for the summit that would mark the official end of the Cold War, visited Czechoslovakia, addressing an audience of 100,000 in Prague’s Wenceslas Square before speaking to the Federal Assembly.
Politics and government
The Supreme Soviet approved a plan put forward earlier in the day by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev that called for an emergency reorganization of the U.S.S.R.’s executive branch of government. The plan would put the executive branch directly under presidential control, but allow the 15 republics more decision-making powers. The office of Premier would be abolished and the council of heads of the republics, chaired by Mr. Gorbachev, would be elevated to the key role in the government.
10 years ago
U.S. President Bill Clinton continued his visit to Vietnam, meeting separately with Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong and Premier Phan Van Khai. Mr. Luong urged Mr. Clinton to provide help with a legacy of the Vietnam War--3.5 million mines and 300,000 tons of unexploded bombs that killed or injured 2,000 people each year. Mr. Luong said he believed that Agent Orange, a defoliant sprayed during the war by American troops in order to expose North Vietnamese positions, had caused thousands of birth defects. Mr. Clinton spoke at Vietnam National University and noted the immense sacrifices by both sides in the war. Although he had opposed the war at the time (while playing legal games with his draft board), he didn’t apologize for the U.S. role in the war. Mr. Clinton urged Vietnam to embrace free trade.
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