Sunday, 26 December 2010

December 27, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Marilyn Draper!

110 years ago

Prohibition activist Carrie Nation arrived in Wichita, Kansas, and used her hatchet to smash the bar at the Carey Hotel.

50 years ago

On television tonight
Thriller, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Cheaters, starring Mildred Dunnock, Harry Townes, Jack Weston, Paul Newlan, and Henry Daniell

World events
France completed its third test of a nuclear device, exploding a bomb at Reggan in southwestern Algeria.

Cassius Clay improved his record as a professional to 2-0 with a 4-round technical knockout of Herb Siler (1-2) at the Miami Beach Auditorium. The bout had been scheduled for a maximum of 8 rounds.

40 years ago

An Israeli airborne force attacked a major Palestinian commando base in the village of Yater, four miles inside Lebanon.

25 were killed and 25 injured when two Brazilian trains collided and plunged into a ravine near Belo Horizonte.

Six crewmen were lost when the Finnish tanker Ragny split in half in the Atlantic Ocean, 600 miles off Cape May, New Jersey.

NFC Conference playoff
San Francisco 17 @ Minnesota 14

AFC conference playoff
Miami 14 @ Oakland 21

San Francisco quarterback John Brodie completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dick Witcher in the 1st quarter and rushed 1 yard for a touchdown in the 4th quarter as the ‘49ers held off the Vikings for the first playoff win in their 25-year history. The Vikings scored first on a 22-yard fumble return by Paul Krause, and scored last on a 24-yard pass from Gary Cuozzo to Gene Washington, both converted by Fred Cox. Bruce Gossett converted both San Francisco touchdowns and added a 40-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter, which turned out to be the difference in the game. Ken Willard led the ‘49ers with 27 carries for 85 yards, and caught 1 pass for 18. Clint Jones led the Vikings with 15 carries for 60 yards, while teammate John Henderson led all receivers with 5 catches for 80 yards. Mr. Cuozzo completed just 9 of 27 passes for 146 yards and 2 interceptions. Attendance at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington was 45,103.

Daryle Lamonica completed touchdown passes of 22 yards to Fred Biletnikoff in the 2nd quarter and 82 yards to Rod Sherman in the 4th quarter, and defensive back Willie Brown returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter as the Raiders held off the Dolphins before 52,594 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. George Blanda converted all 3 Oakland touchdowns. The Dolphins opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on a 16-yard pass from Bob Griese to Paul Warfield and closed the scoring on a 7-yard pass from Mr. Griese to Willie Richardson, both converted by Garo Yepremian. Mr. Lamonica completed just 8 of 16 passes for 187 yards, while Mr. Griese was 13 for 27 for 155 yards and 2 interceptions. For the Dolphins, it was the first playoff game in their 4-year history, and concluded their first season under head coach Don Shula.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (Just Like) Starting Over--John Lennon

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Just Like) Starting Over--John Lennon
2 Lady--Kenny Rogers
3 More Than I Can Say--Leo Sayer
4 Master Blaster (Jammin’)--Stevie Wonder
5 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
6 Love on the Rocks--Neil Diamond
7 Hit Me with Your Best Shot--Pat Benatar
8 Hungry Heart--Bruce Springsteen
9 Guilty--Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
10 The Tide is High--Blondie

Singles entering the chart included Seven Bridges Road by the Eagles (#58); United Together by Aretha Franklin (#88); and Theme from Ordinary People by Marvin Hamlisch (#96).

Winnipeg’s top 10 (CKY)
1 Wasn’t That a Party--The Rovers
2 (Just Like) Starting Over--John Lennon
3 Love on the Rocks--Neil Diamond
4 Guilty--Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
5 The Tide is High--Blondie
6 Every Woman in the World--Air Supply
7 More Than I Can Say--Leo Sayer
8 Passion--Rod Stewart
9 Suddenly--Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard
10 Tell it Like it Is--Heart

1 (Just Like) Starting Over--John Lennon
2 Love on the Rocks--Neil Diamond
3 More Than I Can Say--Leo Sayer
4 Guilty--Barbra Steisand and Barry Gibb
5 Hungry Heart--Bruce Springsteen
6 The Tide is High--Blondie
7 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da--The Police
8 Passion--Rod Stewart
9 Wasn’t That a Party--The Rovers
10 Lady--Kenny Rogers

Suddenly was from the movie Xanadu.

Leftist guerrillas in El Salvador mounted an offensive against government troops in the northern area of the country, and heavy fighting was under way. Estimates of the guerrilla strength ranged from 2,500-10,000 trained troops.

Afghans living in Iran stormed the Soviet embassy in Tehran, protesting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on the first anniversary of the event. The protesters broke into the compound, burned a Soviet flag, and were then dispersed by Iranian police.

It was reported that floods in the Pacific Northwest of the United States had washed away more than a dozen homes in Washington and killed two people in Oregon.

25 years ago

18 people were killed and 120 injured in simultaneous attacks at airports in Rome and Vienna.

20 years ago

Politics and government
The fourth session of the Congress of People’s Deputies, the overall Soviet parliament, closed with only a partial victory for President Mikhail Gorbachev. Though the deputies approved his proposed reorganization of the central government’s executive branch and accepted in principle his union treaty, the Congress denied Mr. Gorbachev some new powers he had sought.

10 years ago

Politics and government
John Agyekum Kufuor won a runoff election against John Atta-Mills to become the new President of Ghana, ending Jerry Rawlings’ 19 years in power. Mr. Rawlings, who had twice seized power and led a harsh military regime before turning to democracy, was constitutionally barred from running again.

Toronto 0 @ Pittsburgh 5

Playing his first game in more than 3½ years, Mario Lemieux scored a goal and 2 assists to lead the Penguins over the Maple Leafs before a capacity crowd of 17,148 at Mellon Arena.

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