Sunday, 26 December 2010

December 26, 2010

70 years ago

My Sister Eileen, starring Effie Afton, Michael Ames, and Shirley Booth, opened at the Biltmore Theatre in New York. The play was written by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov, based on stories by Ruth McKenney. Eileen McKenney, 26, the inspiration for her sister's stories, was to have been at the opening, but she and her husband, author Nathanael West, had been killed in a car accident in California on December 22.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Tip, starring Stanley Ridges and Felicia Montealegre

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Are You Lonesome To-Night?--Elvis Presley (5th week at #1)

Yugoslavian President Tito, addressing the Yugoslav parliament in Belgrade, said that Yugoslavia and the U.S.S.R. had identical views on "the most important issues of the day." He said that present world discord was the fault of "certain bellicose people, especially in the West, who still adhere to the position of power policy in the settlement of international problems and are therefore against the easing of international tension." Marshal Tito brushed aside the charges against Yugoslavia in the recent Moscow Communist manifesto as "a series of the harshest untruths," for which he blamed the Chinese Communists.

NFL Championship
Green Bay 13 @ Philadelphia 17

67,325 fans at Franklin Field saw the Eagles win their third NFL title and their first in 11 years. Ted Dean rushed 5 yards for the winning touchdown, converted by Bobby Walston, at 5:21 of the 4th quarter to conclude a drive that had begun with his 58-yard return of a kickoff after the Packers had scored their only touchdown of the game on a 7-yard pass from Bart Starr to Max McGee. Paul Hornung gave the Packers a 6-0 lead on field goals of 20 yards in the 1st quarter and 23 yards in the 2nd. Philadelphia quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, playing his final game, connected with Tommy McDonald for a 35-yard touchdown at 8:08 of the 2nd quarter. Mr. Walston converted and added a 15-yard field goal at 11:48 to give the Eagles a 10-6 lead, which held up until the Packers scored their touchdown at 1:53 of the 4th quarter. Green Bay twice passed up chances for field goals--in the 1st and 3rd quarters--and was stopped on fourth-down gambles. The game ended with the Packers scrimmaging from the Eagles’ 22-yard line. Mr. Starr completed a pass to Jim Taylor, but he was stopped on the 9-yard line by Bobby Jackson and Chuck Bednarik. For winning head coach Buck Shaw, it was the final game and the only league championship of his 13-year career as a head coach in professional football. For losing head coach Vince Lombardi, it was the beginning of a string of 6 appearances in the NFL championship game in the next 8 years, and his only loss.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: I Hear You Knocking--Dave Edmunds (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): My Sweet Lord--George Harrison

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison (2nd week at #1)
2 One Less Bell to Answer--The 5th Dimension
3 The Tears of a Clown--Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
4 Knock Three Times--Dawn
5 Black Magic Woman--Santana
6 Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?--Chicago
7 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
8 Stoned Love--The Supremes
9 No Matter What--Badfinger
10 Gypsy Woman--Brian Hyland

Singles entering the chart included Remember Me by Diana Ross (#53); I Really Don’t Want to Know (#57)/There Goes My Everything (#64) by Elvis Presley; If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot (#69); Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano (#71); Let Your Love Go by Bread (#76); Problem Child by Mark Lindsay (#83); Holly Holy by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars (#85); If You Were Mine by Ray Charles (#92); One Bad Apple by the Osmonds (#95); This Love is Real by Jackie Wilson (#97); and Fly Little White Dove, Fly by the Bells (#100).

Died on this date
Lillian Board, 22. U.K. athlete. Miss Board, who died of cancer, was a middle distance runner, twice winning a European Gold Medal, and winning a Silver Medal in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City in the women’s 400-metre run.

21 members of the Panamanian tanker Chryssi’s crew were missing after the sinking ship was abandoned in heavy seas off the U.S. south Atlantic coast.

AFC Conference playoff
Cincinnati 0 @ Baltimore 17

NFC Conference playoff
Detroit 0 @ Dallas 5

Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas completed touchdown passes of 45 yards to Roy Jefferson in the 1st quarter and 53 yards to Eddie Hinton in the 4th quarter before 49,694 fans at Memorial Stadium. Jim O’Brien added 2 converts and a 44-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter. Mr. Unitas completed just 6 of 17 passes for 145 yards, but Norm Bulaich picked up the slack for the Colts by rushing 25 times for 116 yards. The Colts’ defense limited the Bengals to 7 first downs and 139 yards net offense. It was Cincinnati’s first playoff appearance, having finished first in the Central Division of the American Football Conference in just their third year of play.

Mike Clark kicked a 26-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter and George Andrie sacked Detroit quarterback Greg Landry for a safety touch in the 4th quarter as the Dallas defense limited the Lions to 7 first downs and 156 yards in net offense before 69,613 fans in the last NFL game played at the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys managed just 231 yards in net offense themselves, but had a superior rushing attack on a muddy field, as Duane Thomas carried 30 times for 135 yards and Walt Garrison added 72 yards on 17 carries. Dallas quarterback Craig Morton, playing with a sore arm, completed just 4 of 18 passes for 38 yards, while Mr. Landry and Bill Munson combined to complete just 7 of 20 for 92 yards. The Detroit rushing attack totalled just 76 yards on 27 attempts.

30 years ago

Iraq announced that her forces had invaded Iran’s northwestern province of Kurdistan, which extended the front of the war to the full length of the border between the countries.

A cease-fire was declared in the fighting in Lebanon between Syrian and Jordanian troops.

25 years ago

Died on this date
Dian Fossey, 53
. U.S. zoologist. After many years of work among mountain gorillas in central Africa, she was found murdered, presumably by poachers, at her camp in Rwanda. Her book Gorillas in the Mist was published in 1983.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Nancy Cruzan
. U.S. medical patient. Miss Cruzan had suffered permanent brain damage in a car accident in Missouri in 1983, and had been fed through a tube while being hospitalized in a "permanent vegetative state." On June 25, 1990, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, voted 5-4 to reject an appeal from her parents to remove the tube an allow her to die, but a probate court judge in Jasper County, Missouri ruled on December 14 that they had a right to remove the tube because three of Miss Cruzan's co-workers had testified in November that she had once said that she would never want to live under such circumstances. The tube was removed two hours after the court ruling, and it took Miss Cruzan 12 dies to die from court-ordered starvation.

World events
Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei announced that the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, who had angered Muslims two years earlier with his novel The Satanic Verses, would remain in place.

The United States Census Bureau released its final figures for the year and reported that the U.S. population in 1990 was 249,632,692--10% higher than the total for 1980. The west, up 22%, led the nation in growth since 1980. The south was up 13.5%, the northeast 3.4%, and the midwest up 1.3%. California would gain 7 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Florida would gain 4 seats and Texas 3. Among states losing seats, New York led with 3.

10 years ago

Michael McDermott, 42, an employee of an Internet consulting firm in Malden, Massachusetts, went on a rampage, shooting and killing 7 co-workers with a semi-automatic rifle, a semi-automatic pistol, and a shotgun, before sitting in the lobby awaiting arrest.

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