270 years ago
G.F. Handel’s Organ Concerto No. 13, "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale," was published.
240 years ago
Born on this date
Friedrich Witt. German composer. Mr. Witt is perhaps best known as the likely author of a symphony in C major known as the Jena Symphony. He died on January 3, 1836 at the age of 65.
120 years ago
Montreal 12 @ Ottawa College 11
Under the rules then in effect, a team had to outscore its opponent by at least two points in order to win the game. The result was ruled a draw.
80 years ago
Toronto (4-1) 9 @ Ottawa (0-6) 1
Montreal (2-3-1) 1 @ Hamilton (4-0-1) 29
The Rough Riders' loss at Lansdowne Park was their 13th straight going back to 1928. They scored just 7 points in 1930 and gave up 90, compared with 12 points for and 128 against in 1929.
50 years ago
Politics and government
The U.S. presidential election took place, with the result in doubt into the wee hours of the next day. Official results had U.S. Senator and Democratic party candidate John F. Kennedy with 303 electoral votes to 219 electoral votes for Vice-President and Republican party candidate Richard Nixon. The popular vote was closer, with Mr. Kennedy taking 34,227,096 votes (49.9%), and Mr. Nixon 34,108,546 (49.6%)--a difference of just 118,550 (0.1735%). Allegations of vote fraud in Illinois and southern Texas--both of which areas went to Mr. Kennedy--have always called into question the legitimacy of the result. 15 electors--8 in Mississippi, 6 in Alabama, 1 in Oklahoma--refused to vote for Mr. Kennedy and voted for U.S. Senator Harry Byrd of Virginia, a conservative Democrat who wasn’t running for President.
40 years ago
Calgary 16 @ Edmonton 9
Hugh McKinnis rushed 5 yards for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter to break a 9-9 tie and give the Stampeders the win. The touchdown drive was prolonged by a pass interference call against Edmonton defensive back Mike Law, a call which was hotly disputed by the Eskimos. Eskimo coach Ray Jauch was very critical of the officiating crew headed by referee Paul Dojack, calling one of his last games. The back judge who flagged Mr. Law was Ken Stein of Vancouver, who never officiated again in the CFL after 1970. Mr. Jauch commented, "Stein should be run out of the league." The score was tied 0-0 at halftime, but the Stampeders scored after Edmonton’s Joe Hernandez fumbled the second-half kickoff and was stopped at the Eskimo 4-yard line. A short punt by Fred Dunn gave the Stampeders good field position, and Jerry Keeling completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Herm Harrison to put Calgary ahead 6-0. Larry Robinson, who missed 2 field goal attempts, missed the convert, but kicked a field goal later in the quarter to give his team a 9-0 lead. The Eskimos came back in the 4th quarter with field goals by Dave Cutler of 21, 53, and 20 yards. The second field goal was the longest ever kicked in a CFL post-season game to that time. Mr. Robinson was successful in converting Mr. McKinnis’s touchdown. Mr. McKinnis led all rushers with 79 yards on 19 carries. Alan Pitcaithley led the Eskimos with 27 yards on 8 carries. Mr. Harrison caught 4 passes for 76 yards, and teammate Gerry Shaw caught 4 for 72. Mike Eben led the Eskimos with 3 catches for 48 yards. Mr. Keeling and backup Larry Lawrence completed 13 of 28 passes for 199 yards, while Don Trull and Rusty Clark of the Eskimos combined to complete 12 of 26 for 141 yards. The Eskimos managed just 8 first downs and 161 yards net offense, while the Stampeders picked up 14 first downs and 249 yards net offense. 23,105 were in attendance at Clarke Stadium to witness the first CFL playoff game in Edmonton in 9 years.
Detroit (5-3) 17 @ New Orleans (2-5-1) 19
Tom Dempsey set a professional football record with a 63-yard field goal on the last play of the game to give the Saints the victory over the Lions before 66,910 fans at Tulane Stadium. The kick came just 11 seconds after Errol Mann had kicked a field goal to give Detroit the lead.
Montreal 1 @ Boston 6
A bench-clearing brawl near the end of the game at Boston Garden marred (or made, depending on your point of view) the evening. This was one of a number of brawls during the 1970-71 season that led the NHL to adopt, in time for the 1971-72 season, the rule (66 (a)) that the first identifiable player leaving the bench to enter a brawl would receive a 5-minute major penalty and an automatic game misconduct (and an automatic 1-game suspension if the action occurred during the playoffs). The game was broadcast on CBC radio. Mickey Redmond scored the Canadiens' only goal.
30 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand (2nd week at #1)
2 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
3 He’s So Shy--The Pointer Sisters
4 Lady--Kenny Rogers
5 The Wanderer--Donna Summer
6 Upside Down--Diana Ross
7 I’m Coming Out--Diana Ross
8 Never Knew Love Like This Before--Stephanie Mills
9 Jesse--Carly Simon
10 Master Blaster (Jammin’)--Stevie Wonder
Among the singles entering the chart were Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen (#37) and I Love a Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbitt (#86).
A 15th moon of Saturn was discovered from photographs sent back by the probe Voyager 1.
Iran and Iraq announced that their armies had clashed in several cities in the Iranian province of Khuzistan, and Iran announced that it had repelled an Iraqi advance outside Abadan. Iraq claimed that 30 Iranian troops had been killed and two tanks destroyed at Abadan and two gunboats sunk in the Shatt-al-Arab waterway. Iran claimed that it had halted the flow of Iraqi oil through the Persian Gulf by destroying Iraq’s major oil-export platforms.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that total personal income for the April-June quarter of 1980 had risen 1.1% from the January-March quarter. However, inflation had risen 2.6%, more than outpacing the rise in wages.
Ottawa 21 @ Montreal 25
The Alouettes narrowly escaped with a victory when Condredge Holloway, playing his last game in an Ottawa uniform, missed a wide-open Bruce Walker in the Montreal end zone with a pass on a play that began at the Montreal 15-yard line on the last play of the game. Skip Walker had rushed 5 yards for a touchdown, converted by Gerry McGrath, to give the Alouettes a 25-12 lead with just 3:32 remaining. The Rough Riders quickly struck back with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Holloway to Bruce Walker, converted by Gerry Organ, with 1:42 remaining. Mr. McGrath conceded a safety touch 37 seconds later to make the score 25-21. The Rough Riders scored first when defensive end Greg Marshall recovered a blocked punt in the Montreal end zone in the 1st quarter. Mr. Organ converted and kicked a 43-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter to give Ottawa a 10-0 lead. Montreal hit the scoreboard with 1:52 remaining until halftime when, on a third down-and 1 yard-to-go gamble, Skip Walker rushed 73 yards for a touchdown, converted by Mr. McGrath. 51 seconds later, Mr. Organ missed a field goal that went for a single point, giving the Rough Riders an 11-7 halftime lead. The teams exchanged singles on missed field goals in the 3rd quarter, and another single by Mr. McGrath early in the 4th quarter reduced Montreal’s deficit to 12-9. Montreal quarterback Gerry Dattilio rushed 2 yards for a touchdown at 6:37, converted by Mr. McGrath. Mr. Organ conceded a safety touch 1 minute and 17 seconds later, giving the Alouettes an 18-12 lead. Skip Walker rushed for 116 yards on just 12 carries, while teammate David Green rushed 15 times for 51 yards and caught 4 passes for 64. Richard Crump led the Rough Riders with 125 yards on 20 carries and caught 4 passes for 21. Mike Murphy and Tony Gabriel also caught 4 passes each for Ottawa, whith Mr. Murphy leading in yards with 57. Mr. Dattilio completed 13 of 27 passes for 196 yards; Mr. Holloway and backup Jordan Case combined for 18 completions in 29 passes for 198 yards. Only 17,420 fans attended the game at Olympic Stadium.
St. Francis Xavier 31 Mount Allison 18
Acadia 41 New Brunswick 24
Kevin Aver caught 2 touchdown passes in the 3rd quarter as the X-Men defeated the Mounties.
Larry Priestnall rushed for 216 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown, to lead the Axemen over the Red Bombers. Hubert Walsh ran 41 yards for another Axemen touchdown, while Don Clow and George Watkinson caught touchdown passes from Steve Repic, and Mark Hickey scored an Acadia touchdown on a fumble recovery. Steve White added 5 converts and 2 field goals. New Brunswick quarterback Greg Clarke completed 2 touchdown passes to Mike Washburn, one of them covering 77 yards. Steve Corscadden rushed 1 yard for the Red Bombers’ other touchdown.
Wilfrid Laurier 28 @ Western Ontario 51
Greg Marshall rushed 29 times for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to victory at J.W. Little Memorial Stadium in London. He also threw an 82-yard touchdown pass to Dave McCann, while Ryan Potter rushed for the other Western Ontario touchdown. Kevin Rydeard kicked 6 converts and 3 field goals.
Calgary 14 @ Alberta 22
Peter Eshenko caught 9 passes for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Sean Kehoe rushed 57 yards for a touchdown to lead the Golden Bears to their second straight WIFL championship at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton. Frank Boehres converted all 3 touchdowns. Mr. Kehoe rushed for 141 yards on 25 carries, while Tim Petros led the Dinosaurs with 101 yards. Darcy Krogh led the Calgary receivers with 5 receptions for 63 yards. Alberta quarterback Forrest Kennerd completed 12 of 23 passes. The game was the first playoff match between the two Alberta teams.
10 years ago
Politics and government
The leaders of the major Canadian political parties--Prime Minister Jean Chretien (Liberal); Stockwell Day (Canadian Alliance); Alexa McDonough (New Democratic Party); and Gilles Duceppe (Bloc Quebecois)--engaged in their French-language debate. The federal election was scheduled for November 27.
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