Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Guillermina Ramirez Morales!
60 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Goodnight Irene--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers (10th week at #1)
2 Harbor Lights--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
3 All My Love (Bolero)--Patti Page
--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
4 Mona Lisa--Nat King Cole
--Victor Young and his Orchestra (Don Cherry, vocal)
5 Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)--The Ames Brothers
6 La Vie en Rose--Tony Martin
7 Our Lady of Fatima--Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen
8 Sam’s Song--Gary Crosby and Friend
--Joe "Fingers" Carr and the Carr-Hops
9 Thinking of You--Don Cherry
10 I’ll Never Be Free--Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie
Ain’t Nobody’s Business But My Own, the B-side of I’ll Never Be Free, entered the chart at #32. Beyond the Reef by Bing Crosby, the B-side of Harbor Lights, entered at #34.
Hamilton (7-5) 11 @ Ottawa (4-7-1) 3
Montreal (6-6) 18 @ Toronto (6-5-1) 17
10,502 fans at Lansdowne park saw the Tiger-Cats defeat the Rough Riders. 11,000 fans at Varsity Stadium went home disappointed when the defending Grey Cup champion Alouettes, who didn't qualify for the playoffs in 1950, prevented the Argonauts from finishing in first place.
Winnipeg 16 @ Edmonton 17 (Edmonton led best-of-three series 1-0)
Mike King, Bob Paffrath, and Rollin Prather scored touchdowns for the Eskimos; Annis Stukus converted 2 of the 3. Mr. Prather’s touchdown came on a pass from Lindy Berry with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game; Mr. Stukus’s convert provided the winning margin in the first western playoff game to be played at night. 14,900 attended the game at Clarke Stadium--the largest crowd to attend a game in western Canada to that time.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Howling Man, starring John Carradine, H.M. Wynant, and Robin Hughes
40 years ago
The United Nations General Assembly adopted an Egyptian-backed resolution calling for a three-month extension of the Middle East cease-fire and for the unconditional resumption of Arab-Israeli peace talks. Israel and the United States opposed the resolution because it did not consider reported violations of the cease-fire by Egypt.
30 years ago
Politics and government
In the U.S. presidential election, former California Governor Ronald Reagan, running as the Republican party nominee, defeated President Jimmy Carter, the Democratic party candidate, with 489 electoral votes to 49. The popular vote was much closer, with Mr. reagan taking 43.9 million votes (50.7%) to 35.5 million (41.0 %) for Mr. Carter; 5.7 million (6.6%) for independent candidate John Anderson; and 921,188 (1.1%) for Libertarian party candidate Ed Clark. The conservative tide also extended to the Senate, as liberal Democratic veterans such as George McGovern (South Dakota), Birch Bayh (Indiana), and Frank Church (Idaho) going down to defeat before Republican challengers.
Exactly one year after Iranian militants had seized the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran announced new conditions for the release of the hostages and urged the United States to reply through the mass media to their offer. The four main Iranian demands were promises by the U.S. not to interfere in Iranian affairs; to unfreeze Iranian assets in the U.S.; to drop financial claims made against Iran; and to move to return the wealth of the Late Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi. The U.S. State Department noted that Iran’s conditions required careful analysis and an answer would therefore take time.
25 years ago
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz met in Moscow for two days of talks, two weeks prior to the summit in Geneva between Mr. Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
Vitaly Yurchenko, deputy chief of the Soviet intelligence agency KGB’s North American desk, who had defected to the United States earlier in the year, appeared at a news conference at the Soviet embassy in Washington and charged that he had been kidnapped and drugged by the CIA, and then held prisoner and interrogated. The claim was rejected by knowledgeable people, but U.S. government leaders were sharply divided over whether Mr. Yurchenko had been a genuine defector who had changed his mind or whether he had been a Soviet plant from the beginning.
Italian Premier Bettino Craxi condemned the use of a NATO military base in Sicily as the site of a forced landing by the United States of an Egyptian plane carrying the Palestinian terrorists who had seized the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in October.
Politics and government
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos said that he favoured January 17, 1986 as the date for a new presidential election instead of the scheduled 1987 vote, as he intended to pre-empt Communist opposition.
20 years ago
Hamilton (6-12) 15 @ Winnipeg (12-6) 32
Edmonton (10-8) 32 @ Calgary (11-6-1) 34
The wind at Winnipeg Stadium was a major influence as the Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats before 26,528 fans. Winnipeg’s Trevor Kennerd kicked 6 field goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while the Blue Bombers had the wind behind them. Paul Osbaldiston’s 5 field goals, 4 of them in the 1st and 4th quarters when the Tiger-Cats had the wind at their backs, accounted for the Hamilton scoring. One of Mr. Osbaldiston’s field goals was from 57 yards. Eric Streater, who led all receivers with 123 yards on 7 receptions, scored Winnipeg touchdowns on passes of 11 yards in the 1st quarter and 24 yards in the 4th on passes from Tom Burgess. Hamilton quarterbacks Mike Kerrigan and Todd Dillon completed just 14 of 40 passes for 160 yards, and the Tiger-Cats managed just 12 first downs and 197 yards net offense. CFL rushing leader Robert Mimbs led the Blue Bombers with 75 yards on 17 carries. Michael Vaughn, playing his only CFL game, led the Tiger-Cats with 7 carries for 28 yards, and caught 1 pass for 3 yards.
The Stampeders withstood a late rally to defeat the Eskimos and finish in first place in the Western Division for the first time in 19 years. Calgary quarterback Danny Barrett completed 16 of 28 passes for 344 yards and touchdowns of 34 yards to Allen Pitts and 36 yards to Derrick Crawford. Andy McVey and Tony Cherry rushed for Calgary touchdowns. Mark McLoughlin added 4 converts, a field goal, and 3 singles. Tracy Ham started at quarterback for the Eskimos, but completed just 10 of 22 passes for 133 yards, although he managed 67 yards on 8 rushes. Blake Marshall rushed 1 yard for an Edmonton touchdown in the 2nd quarter, converted by Ray Macoritti, who also kicked a field goal and 2 singles. The Stampeders led 34-12 in the 4th quarter when Steve Taylor, who had relieved Mr. Ham, completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Michael Soles, converted by Mr. Macoritti. With just 2:33 remaining in regulation time, Mr. Taylor completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brian Walling; a 2-point convert was unsuccessful, leaving the Stampeders ahead 34-25. The Eskimos stopped the Stampeders and got the ball back, and Mr. Taylor rushed 26 yards for his first CFL touchdown with 1:15 remaining. Mr. Macoritti converted, but the Eskimos were unable to get possession of the ball afterward. Attendance at McMahon Stadium was 26,676, which included this blogger and Canadian Senator Stan Waters.
10 years ago
Saskatchewan (5-12-1) 26 @ British Columbia (8-10-0-1) 27
Lui Passaglia, playing the last regular season game of his 25-year CFL career, was sent in to play quarterback with the ball on the Saskatchewan 1-yard line, and sneaked over for his second career touchdown with 2:47 remaining in regulation time. His convert provided the winning margin as Saskatchewan’s Paul McCallum, one of several kickers once employed by the Lions as Mr. Passaglia’s heir-apparent, missed a 37-yard field goal, which went for a single point with 1:23 remaining. Mr. Passaglia’s only other touchdown had come against the Roughriders at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium in his first CFL game on July 22, 1976. In addition to his touchdown and winning convert, Mr. Passaglia added 2 field goals and converted touchdowns 2 touchdowns by Alfred Jackson. Mr. Jackson, who had 147 yards on 6 receptions, scored on a 55-yard pass from Damon Allen in the 1st quarter and on a 20-yard pass from Doug Nussmeier in the 3rd quarter. Saskatchewan quarterback Marvin Graves completed touchdown passes of 11 yards in the 2nd quarter and 18 yards in the 4th quarter to Eric Guliford. Darren Davis, who led all rushers with 114 yards on 17 carries, ran 1 yard for a Roughrider touchdown in the 1st quarter. Mr. McCallum converted all 3 and added 2 singles, including the one he had late in the game. Curtis Marsh led Saskatchewan’s receivers with 8 catches for 117 yards. Attendance at B.C. Place Stadium was 33,232.
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