Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Heaps and Fermina Martinez!
110 years ago
Ottawa Rough Riders 17 Brockville Football Club 10 @ Toronto
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Man with the Twisted Lip
70 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Three Students
The Canadian Rugby Union announced that the 1940 Grey Cup would be a 2-game total points series between the Ottawa Rough Riders, champions of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, and Toronto Balmy Beach, champions of the Ontario Rugby Football Union. The defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers had repeated as champions of the Western Interprovincial Football Union, but the WIFU refused to abandon its rule on interference, which was not approved by the CRU. The WIFU allowed players to block for a teammate up to 10 yards downfield, while the CRU allowed interference for only 3 yards downfield. The first game of the 1940 Grey Cup would take place at Varsity Stadium on November 30, and the second game at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on December 7. 20% of the net receipts were to be given to charity, split between the Canadian Red Cross and the St. John Ambulance Brigade. Needless to say, the Blue Bombers weren’t happy with the CRU’s ruling, nor were most Canadian football fans or writers.
40 years ago
Guinean President Sekou Toure charged that "Portuguese mercenaries" had invaded his country, but had been repulsed. He demanded a United Nations investigation. Foreign correspondents were barred from Guinea, but according to some civilian reports, the raiders could have been there to attack leaders of a nationalist movement, with headquarters in Conakry, revolting against Portuguese rule in neighbouring Portuguese Guinea.
Stanford quarterback Jim Plunkett was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding player in U.S. college football. Among the other contenders was Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann.
30 years ago
A series of eight earthquakes in southern Italy that had begun the previous evening--measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale--concluded, killing at least 350 people and injuring hundreds more. Reports of damage came from 29 cities and towns where buildings of up to five storeys had been reduced to rubble. The epicentre of the quake was at Eboli, 30 miles southwest of Naples. Rescue teams were hampered by road and rail damage, and many electricity lines were down.
At the trial of China’s "Gang of Four," Wang Hongwen and Yao Wenyuan, two who were accused of plotting an armed uprising in Shanghai in 1976, confessed that they had tried to persuade Chairman Mao Zedong not to name Deng Xiaoping as senior Deputy Prime Minister in 1974.
Polish railway workers staged a 2-hour strike for wage increases.
25 years ago
The previous day’s hijacking of an Egyptian airliner by Arab terrorists concluded with a raid by an Egyptian army anti-terrorist unit. The plane had made an emergency landing at Malta the previous day. The commandos arrived there, and after dark about 25 commandos blew open the rear cargo door and entered the plane. A gun battle ensued and 57 people died, mainly from smoke inhalation from the resulting fire. One hijacker, a Tunisian, survived. Egyptian officials said that Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was behind the hijacking, and Egypt declared a state of emergency along its border with Libya.
Grey Cup @ Olympic Stadium, Montreal
British Columbia 37 Hamilton 24
B.C. quarterback Roy Dewalt completed just 14 of 28 passes, but the completions went for 394 yards and 3 touchdowns as he led the Lions to their second Grey Cup win, and their first in 21 years. The Lions got off to a fast start when Mr. Dewalt connected with Ned Armour for an 84-yard touchdown 5:16 into the game. Lui Passaglia converted and added a 44-yard field goal later in the 1st quarter and a 20-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter to give B.C. a 13-0 lead. The Tiger-Cats came back with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Ken Hobart to Ron Ingram at 6:57 and a 1-yard touchdown rush by Johnny Shepherd, set up by a 61-yard run by Mr. Hobart, at 13:00. Bernie Ruoff’s second convert of the game gave Hamilton a short-lived 14-13 lead. The Hamilton defense forced the Lions to punt, but Mr. Passaglia escaped the Tiger-Cat rush and ran for 13 yards and a first down. Mr. Dewalt then completed a 59-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Armour with 1:20 remaining. Mr. Passaglia converted, and when the Lions forced the Tiger-Cats to punt and then moved the ball into field goal range, connected from 24 yards with 5 seconds remaining to give the Lions a 23-14 halftime lead. Mr. Passaglia kicked his fourth field goal of the game, from 37 yards, at 9:59 of the 3rd quarter to make the score 26-14, and added his fifth just 9 seconds into the 4th quarter, a 27-yard kick that gave the Lions a 29-14 lead. Mr. Ruoff kicked a 21-yard field goal at 3:49 to make the score 29-17, but the Lions put the game away less than 3 minutes late when Mr. Dewalt completed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jim Sandusky, converted by Mr. Passaglia at 6:34. The Tiger-Cats didn’t quit, and Mr. Hobart connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Steve Stapler at 9:27; Mr. Ruoff’s convert reduced B.C.’s lead to 36-24. In the last minute, Mr. Passaglia attempted to equal Don Sweet’s 1977 record of 6 field goals in a Grey Cup, but his kick went wide for a single with 40 seconds remaining. Mr. Armour led all receivers with 151 yards on just 3 receptions; Mr. Sandusky caught 3 for 135, and John Pankratz of the Lions caught 3 for 79. Mr. Ingram led the Tiger-Cats with 107 yards on 3 receptions, and Mr. Stapler caught 5 for 55. Freddie Sims led the Lions on the ground with 98 yards on 19 carries. Mr. Hobart led the Tiger-Cats with 14 carries for 110 yards, while Mr. Shepherd carried 14 times for 88 yards, including a 22-yard gain on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Mr. Hobart injured a shoulder during the game when he was sacked, and completed just 10 of 32 passes for 174 yards and 2 interceptions. Backup Tom Porras relieved him late in the game and was 1 for 3 for 10 yards. Mr. Ruoff punted 12 times for a fine 46.3-yard average, while Mr. Passaglia averaged 41.5 yards on 11 punts. The Lions swept the individual awards: Mr. Dewalt was named the game’s outstanding offensive player, defensive end James Parker was the outstanding defensive player, and Mr. Passaglia was the outstanding Canadian. 56,723 were in attendance.
20 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Love Takes Time--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 More Than Words Can Say--Alias
3 Groove is in the Heart--Deee-Lite
4 I’m Your Baby Tonight--Whitney Houston
5 Something to Believe In--Poison
6 Because I Love You (The Postman Song)--Stevie B
7 From a Distance--Bette Midler
8 Pray--M.C. Hammer
9 Feels Good--Tony! Toni! Tone!
10 Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice
Entering the chart that week was You Gotta Love Someone by Elton John at #74.
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Saskatchewan 24 St. Mary’s 21
In a battle of Huskies, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies held on to win their first national championship. Saskatchewan quarterback David Earl completed 16 of 25 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown and rushed 11 times for 44 yards and a touchdown, earning the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game’s most valuable player. St. Mary’s quarterback Chris Flynn, winner of the Hec Crighton Trophy as the outstanding player in Canadian university football for 1990, completed 20 passes, 8 to Matt Nealon. Saskatchewan’s Duane Dmytryshyn set a Vanier Cup record with 105 yards on kickoff returns.
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