Wednesday, 3 November 2010

November 3, 2010

80 years ago

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Clive Brook and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Red-Headed League

This was Mr. Brook's second and last episode as Sherlock Holmes. Richard Gordon took over the role the following week and continued in the part for several years.

70 years ago

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Problem of Thor Bridge

50 years ago

The United States launched Explorer 8, whose mission was the direct measurement of the ionosphere and micrometeorites.

40 years ago

Politics and government
In U.S. midterm elections, the Democratic party gained 9 seats in the House of Representatives, giving them a majority of 255-180 over the Republicans. The Republicans recorded a net gain of 2 seats in the Senate, and President Richard Nixon claimed an "ideological" victory when three liberal incumbents targeted by his administration were defeated: Al Gore, Sr. (Democrat--Tennessee); Joseph Tydings (Democrat--Maryland); and Charles Goodell (Republican--New York). Mr. Gore’s defeat, at the hands of Republican Representative William Brock, was his first defeat in a political career that had included three terms in the Senate. Mr. Goodell was defeated by Conservative party candidate James Buckley. The 2-seat gain for the Republicans reduced the Democrats’ majority in the Senate to 55-45. Former Vice-President Hubert Humphrey ran for the Senate as a Democrat and was elected, taking the seat given up by Eugene McCarthy. The Democrats also won 11 governorships and now led the Republicans in that category by 29 states to 21.

30 years ago

World events
A South Korean military court confirmed the death sentence of Kim Dae Jung, who had been convicted of plotting to overthrow the government by instigating student demonstrations. It was alleged that Mr. Kim was the leader of Hanmintong, an organization that supported North Korea.

25 years ago

Two French secret service agents pleaded guilty to charges of arson and manslaughter in the July bombing of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.

Edmonton (10-6) 20 @ Montreal (8-8) 23
Toronto (6-10) 30 @ Saskatchewan (5-11) 26

Joe Barnes completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Chuck McMann with 2:05 remaining in the game to give the Concordes their second straight win before an Olympic Stadium crowd announced as 15,785. Roy Kurtz converted and added 5 field goals and a single. The Eskimos scored both of their touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, on a 1-yard rush by quarterback Damon Allen and a 34-yard rush by Chris Skinner. Tom Dixon added 2 converts and 2 field goals. Mr. Allen and Matt Dunigan were both ineffective, combining to complete just 9 of 31 passes for 104 yards and 3 interceptions. Turner Gill saw some action at quarterback for the Concordes, but was knocked out early on a clean but vicious hit by Edmonton linebacker Craig Shaffer. Mr. Gill suffered his third concussion of the season, and it ended his promising football career. Other than Mr. Skinner’s touchdown, the Eskimos’ best offensive play was a 29-yard rush by defensive tackle Dan Kearns, who took a short snap on a fake punt.

The Argonauts, down 26-7 in the 3rd quarter, rallied for 23 consecutive points to defeat the Roughriders in a rare game between teams that had both been eliminated from playoff contention. Craig Ellis rushed for touchdowns of 45 yards in the 1st quarter and 1 yard in the 2nd quarter, and Joe Paopao connected with Daric Zeno on a 21-yard touchdown pass early in the 3rd quarter to help Saskatchewan build up the big lead. Dave Ridgway added 3 converts, a field goal, and a single, while Gerry McGrath punted for a single for the Roughriders’ other point. The Argonauts didn’t score a touchdown until the 13:10 mark of the 3rd quarter, when Ricky Turner completed a 53-yard strike to Terry Greer. Lance Chomyc, who had kicked 2 field goals and a single in the 1st half, converted to reduce the deficit to 26-14. In the 4th quarter, the Argonauts got the benefit of the wind, and Hank Ilesic punted or singles of 82 and 83 yards to make the score 26-16. A snap from Saskatchewan centre Willie Thomas that went through quarterback Harold Smith’s legs and eluded running back Denny Ferdinand was kicked downfield and eventually recovered for a touchdown by Toronto linebacker Frank Robinson, playing his second and last game as an Argonaut after being acquired from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. It was the only touchdown of Mr. Robinson’s CFL career. A 2-point convert attempt failed, but the Argonauts soon got the ball back, and Mr. Turner completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Walter Bender. Mr. Chomyc converted, and a 68-yard punt single by Mr. Ilesic with 1:10 remaining made the final score 30-26. Despite the poor record of both teams and the fact that the game meant little in the standings, the game was quite entertaining for the 19,212 fans at Taylor Field in Regina and the national television audience. Condredge Holloway started at quarterback for Toronto and left after completing 8 of 18 passes for 90 yards. Mr. Turner completed just 5 of 12 passes, but for 143 yards; he also led the Argonauts with 22 yards rushing on 3 carries. Mr. Greer, playing the final game of his 6-year CFL career, caught 4 passes for 104 yards, while Danny Barrett, who had played more at receiver than at his usual position of quarterback in 1985, caught 2 for 46. Mr. Zeno had 118 yards on 7 catches; Mr. Ellis, who rushed for 54 yards on 7 carries, caught 12 passes, but for just 72 yards.

20 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice
2 Black Cat--Janet Jackson
3 Love Takes Time--Mariah Carey
4 I Don’t Have the Heart--James Ingram
5 Suicide Blonde--INXS
6 Giving You the Benefit--Pebbles
7 Can’t Stop--After 7
8 Praying for Time--George Michael
9 Unchained Melody--The Righteous Brothers
10 Pray--M.C. Hammer

Unchained Melody was the same recording that had been a major hit in 1965. It was re-released as a single in 1990 after being included in the soundtrack of the movie Ghost. The re-released 1965 recording wasn’t released on cassette, so the Righteous Brothers re-recorded the song for Curb Records for release as a cassette single. The 1990 version failed to make the chart.

Ottawa (7-11) 30 @ Toronto (10-8) 49
Saskatchewan (9-9) 28 @ British Columbia (6-11-1) 35

Rickey Foggie passed for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead the Argos to victory before a SkyDome crowd of 36,321. Mike "Pinball" Clemons caught 5 passes for 98 yards and touchdowns of 65 and 16 yards, and rushed 4 yards for another score. Darrell K. Smith caught 4 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, and Jeff Boyd also caught a touchdown pass from Mr. Foggie. Mr. Foggie threw 3 interceptions, and Willie Gillus, who replaced him in the 4th quarter, threw 2 more. Mr. Gillus was 0 for 7 in passing, but rushed 3 times for 52 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown with 1:55 remaining in the game. Lance Chomyc added 7 converts. Ottawa quarterback Damon Allen threw for 315 yards and touchdowns to Stephen Jones and David Williams. Mr. Allen also rushed 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown, while Reggie Barnes rushed 13 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. Dean Dorsey added 3 converts and a field goal. The 49 points by the Argos gave them a CFL record for a single season of 689, surpassing the Edmonton Eskimos’ total of 644 from the previous year.

Former West Virginia University star quarterback Major Harris rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 more as the Lions prevented the Roughriders from finishing higher than third place in the Western Division. For Mr. Harris, who relieved starter Joe Paopao in the 1st quarter, it was his last CFL game, and the only one in which he saw significant playing time. He rushed 9 times for 79 yards, and completed 10 of 19 passes for 139 yards. His touchdown strikes went to Ryan Hanson and Jay Christensen. Mr. Hanson also scored the game’s first touchdown on a pass from Mr. Paopao. Tony Martino converted all 5 B.C. touchdowns. Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin completed 28 of 45 passes for 297 yards and touchdowns to Milson Jones and Lucius Floyd. Mr. Jones also rushed 24 yards for a touchdown. Dave Ridgway added 3 converts, 2 field goals, and a single. 23,919 were in attendance at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

Manitoba 17 @ Alberta (1-6-1) 5

This blogger was among the few in attendance at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon to see the Golden Bears play their last game under head coach Jim Donlevy. Several months later, the university threatened to drop football, and Mr. Donlevy, who had been head coach for 18 of the past 20 seasons, put the program’s welfare above his own and resigned.

Texas Christian 35 @ Houston 56

Cougars’ quarterback David Klingler passed for 563 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Matt Vogler of the visiting Horned Frogs passed for 690 yards and 5 touchdowns. None of the scoring drives in this game at the Astrodome took more than 1 minute and 40 seconds.

10 years ago

Former Salvadoran Defense Minister Jose Guillermo Garcia and former Salvadoran national guard chief Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova were acquitted by a U.S. federal jury in West Palm Beach, Florida of complicity in the murders of four American female church workers in El Salvador in 1980. The four--three nuns and a lay worker--had been raped and murdered by Salvadoran soldiers. The jury concluded that the defendants did not have "command responsibility"--knowledge that the crime was being committed, coupled with failure to act.

Edmonton (10-8-0-1) 18 @ Winnipeg (7-10-1-1) 30

The Blue Bombers made 5 sacks, recovered 2 Edmonton fumbles, and made 2 interceptions as they beat the Eskimos to clinch the third and final playoff spot in the Eastern Division before 25,537 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Cory Philpot rushed 15 times for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 2 passes for 48 yards to lead the Blue Bombers. His first touchdown came on a 1-yard run just 1:04 into the game after Edmonton’s Troy Mills fumbled Troy Westwood’s opening kickoff and Doug Hocking recovered for Winnipeg. Mr. Philpot’s second touchdown covered 22 yards on the last play of the first half. The other Edmonton fumble came late in the 3rd quarter when Sean Fleming’s punt was blocked, and Harold Nash returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. The Blue Bombers’ other touchdown came in the 4th quarter on an 11-yard pass from Khari Jones to Rocky Henry. The Eskimos’ only touchdown came on a 1-yard rush by Shawn Daniels with 2:53 remaining in the game. A 2-point convert was unsuccessful. Mr. Fleming kicked 4 field goals for the Eskimos, including kicks from 47 and 49 yards. He was injured in the 3rd quarter, and Rick Walters replaced him for the kickoff after Mr. Daniels’ touchdown.

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