Wednesday, 24 November 2010

November 25, 2010

60 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Harbor Lights--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby
2 All My Love (Bolero)--Patti Page
--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Bing Crosby
3 Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You)--Paul Weston and his Orchestra
--The Mills Brothers
--Ralph Flanagan and his Orchestra
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
4 Thinking of You--Don Cherry
--Eddie Fisher
5 Goodnight Irene--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers
--Frank Sinatra
6 Mona Lisa--Nat King Cole
--Victor Young and his Orchestra (Don Cherry, vocal)
--Art Lund
7 A Bushel and a Peck--Perry Como and Betty Hutton
--Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
8 Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)--The Ames Brothers
9 La Vie en Rose--Tony Martin
--Bing Crosby
--Edith Piaf
10 Our Lady of Fatima--Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen
--Red Foley

Entering the chart that week was The Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page at #29.

Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto 13 Winnipeg 0

The Canadian Rugby Union neglected to cover the field at Varsity Stadium with a tarpaulin, and a snowfall followed by a thaw turned the field into a quagmire. The resulting game became known as the "Mud Bowl," and was one of the most notorious games in Canadian football history. The field conditions nullified the high-powered passing attack of the Blue Bombers, and Winnipeg quarterback Jack Jacobs completed just 2 of 11 passes for 21 yards before backup Pete Petrow managed slightly more success. All of the scoring took place in the first half. Joe Krol scored the only point of the 1st quarter when he punted into the Winnipeg end zone and Tom Casey was rouged. Mr. Jacobs lost 2 fumbles, and Nick Volpe kicked 2 field goals. A pass interception led to another single by Mr. Krol to make the score 8-0. Jake Dunlap then blocked a punt by Mr. Jacobs to give the Argonauts possession of the ball at the Winnipeg 20-yard line. Quarterback Al Dekdebrun moved the Argonauts to the 1-yard line, from which he sneaked over for the game’s only touchdown. Mr. Volpe’s convert attempt was unsuccessful. Mr. Dekdebrun, who completed 1 of 3 passes for 7 yards early in the game and then refrained from passing, was able to handle the ball in the first half because he’d taped thumb tacks to his fingers. Referee Hec Crighton ordered Mr. Dekdebrun to remove the tacks for the second half. Mr. Crighton also pulled Winnipeg tackle Buddy Tinsley out of a puddle where he had fallen face-first, but Mr. Tinsley always denied that he had been at risk of drowning. 27,101 fans showed up for the spectacle. Frank Clair, in his first year in Canadian football, was the winning head coach, while Frank "Butch" Larson was fired by the Blue Bombers, becoming the first of four consecutive head coaches of western teams to be fired after losing the Grey Cup.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Yukio Mishima, 45
. Japanese novelist, playwright, and political activist. Mr. Mishima, whose real name was Kimitake Hiraoka, took four members of his Tatenokai (Shield Society)--an 80-man private army he had founded to protect the emperor--to Ichigaya Camp, the Tokyo headquarters of the Eastern Command of Japan's Self-Defense Forces. They tied up the commandant, and Mr. Mishima stepped out on the balcony to deliver a speech to 1,000 soldiers below. Mr. Mishima denounced the "disgrace" of losing World War II, and urged them to support him in a coup d’etat. The soldiers mocked and jeered Mr. Mishima, and Mr. Mishima returned to the commandant’s office and committed the traditional Japanese suicide ritual of seppuku (hara-kiri). A Tatenokai member named Hirosayu Koga ritually beheaded Mr. Mishima. Mr. Mishima’s literary output included 40 novels, 18 plays, 20 books of short stories, and at least 20 books of essays.

56.4% of 130,000 eligible ratepayers braved below-zero (Fahrenheit) weather to vote on the approval of Omniplex, a proposed domed stadium/arena complex. The proposed bylaws were: 1/to authorize city council to borrow $26.4 million for the building, equipment, and site; 2/to authorize city council to borrow $1.2 million for parking--garage or facility; 3/to authorize a rapid transit pedestrian passageway. Bylaw 1 was defeated by about 54%-46%; bylaw 2 was defeated 57%-43%; and bylaw 3 was defeated 60%-40%.

Politics and government
Julian Kinisky was easily elected to Edmonton’s city council to take the seat that had been held by his mother Julia before her death the previous fall. Mr. Kinisky became the last Edmonton alderman to be elected by the city at large; the ward system was implemented for the 1971 election and all elections thereafter. Future alderman and provincial legislator Percy Wickman finished seventh of nine candidates in the voting.

U.S. President Richard Nixon fired Interior Secretary Walter Hickel because "essential elements of mutual confidence" did not exist between the two, according to the White House. The former Governor of Alaska had been opposed by conservationists upon his nomination to the cabinet post, but he turned out to be a supporter of protection of the environment. Republican National Committee chairman Rogers Morton, a Maryland Congressman, was designated to replace Mr. Hickel.

30 years ago

World events
Upper Voltan President Sangoule Lamizana was overthrown by a group called the Military Committee of Recovery for National Progress, led by Colonel Saye Zerbo. Col. Zerbo said that the coup had been necessary because of the political and economic situation of the country, and he guaranteed all individual and group freedoms except that of political activity.

Three more members of the group accused of plotting to assassinate China’s Chairman Mao Zedong in 1976 testified that they had participated in the plot, but Zhang Chunqiao, a member of the "Gang of Four," refused to confess.

The death toll from the previous two days’ earthquakes in southern Italy had risen to more than 1,000, and the estimate of the number of quakes had risen from 7 to 32. Rescue operations continued.

Miners in Poland struck for two hours, and the trade union movement Solidarity threatened a general strike.

Economics and finance
The U.S. government announced that a surge in mortgage rates had pushed consumer prices up 1% in October, and that those prices were 12.6% higher than in October 1979. The average worker was able to buy 6% fewer goods than had been possible a year earlier.

Sugar Ray Leonard regained the World Boxing Council world welterweight title in New Orleans with a technical knockout when champion Roberto Duran quit 2:44 into the 8th round, saying "No mas, no mas. No more box."

25 years ago

Sharon Scranage, an employee of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, was sentenced to five years in prison for giving the names of U.S. intelligence agents in Ghana to a citizen of Ghana.

Ronald Pelton, a former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency, was charged with selling U.S. intelligence secrets to the U.S.S.R.

20 years ago

Politics and government
In the first round of voting to elect a President of Poland, Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity trade union movement, led with 40%. Stanislaw Tyminski, a businessman who had emigrated to Canada in 1969, was second with 23%. Premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki was third of six candidates with 18%. The winner needed to draw more than 50% of the vote, and only the top two candidates were allowed to move on to the second round of voting.

Grey Cup @ B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver
Winnipeg 50 Edmonton 11

The Blue Bombers recovered 4 Eskimo fumbles and made 3 interceptions and a turnover on downs to win their second Grey Cup in 3 years before 46,968 fans. Winnipeg led 10-0 after the 1st quarter on a 13-yard Trevor Kennerd field goal and an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tom Burgess to Lee Hull, converted by Mr. Kennerd. Ray Macoritti got the Eskimos on the scoreboard with a 56-yard punt single in the 2nd quarter, and kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1 second remaining to reduce Winnipeg’s lead to 10-4 at halftime. The key play of the game occurred at 5:16 of the 3rd quarter when Winnipeg linebacker Greg Battle made a great play for an interception and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Kennerd. The Blue Bombers quickly turned the game into a rout, as Mr. Burgess completed touchdown passes of 5 yards to Perry Tuttle and 18 yards to Warren Hudson, and handed off to Mr. Hudson for a 2-yard touchdown rush on the last play of the 3rd quarter. All were converted by Mr. Kennerd, and Winnipeg led 38-4 after 3 quarters. The only Edmonton touchdown came on a 20-yard pass from Tracy Ham to Larry Willis at 2:34 of the 4th quarter, converted by Mr. Macoritti. James West sacked Mr. Ham in the Edmonton end zone for a safety touch, Mr. Kennerd added a 14-yard field goal, and backup quarterback Danny McManus completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Rick House, converted by Mr. Kennerd. Mr. Burgess completed 18 of 31 passes for 286 yards, while Mr. McManus was 2 for 2 for 66 yards and Sammy Garza was 1 for 4 for 15 yards and an interception. Mr. Ham completed 20 of 37 passes for 253 yards and led all rushers with 84 yards on 11 carries. Robert Mimbs led the Blue Bombers with 11 carries for 55 yards. Edmonton’s Craig Ellis led all receivers with 8 receptions for 131 yards; Mr. House led the Blue Bombers with 107 yards on 6 receptions. Eight different Eskimos caught at least one pass, while seven different Blue Bombers made at least one reception. Mr. Burgess was named the game’s outstanding offensive player; Mr. Battle was the outstanding defensive player; Mr. Hudson was the outstanding Canadian. The game was the last as a CFL head coach for Winnipeg’s Mike Riley, and was the end of the line for Joe Faragalli with the Eskimos; he was retired a few days later.

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