Saturday, 4 December 2010

December 4, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Marina Kosan!

90 years ago

Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
University of Toronto 16 Toronto Argonauts 3

A steady rain that stopped half an hour before game time made the field slick. Dunc Munro punted for a single to give the Argonauts a 1-0 lead after the 1st quarter, but Warren Snyder scored a touchdown in the 2nd quarter, converted by Red Mackenzie, to give the Varsity Blues a 6-1 halftime lead. Jo-Jo Stirrett and Mr. Mackenzie scored unconverted touchdowns in the 2nd half, while Mr. Munro punted for singles in each of the 3rd and 4th quarters. It was the last all-Toronto Grey Cup and the fourth and last Grey Cup win for the Varsity Blues. For Mike Rodden, it was his first of 3 Grey Cup wins in the 1920s as a head coach. 10,088 were in attendance.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: It's Now or Never--Elvis Presley (6th week at #1)

World events
The U.S.S.R. vetoed the admission of Mauritania, a former French colony which had become fully independent on November 28, to the United Nations. The veto was cast in the Security Council, which had rejected a Soviet demand that it take up simultaneously the admission to the UN of Outer Mongolia.

Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church and the nation’s most prominent mainline Protestant clergyman, addressed an assembly of the (U.S.) National Council of Churches at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco--the church led by heretic Episcopal Bishop James A. Pike--and proposed a plan to merge four major Protestant bodies: the Methodist Church (9,815,460 members); Protestant Episcopal Church (3,126,662); United Presbyterian Church (3,145,743); and United Church of Christ (2,223,732). Although Dr. Blake stressed that he spoke as an individual and not as an official spokesman of his church, the proposal was acclaimed by some Protestant leaders as a hopeful step toward Protestant unity. Bishop Pike offered his endorsement and commendation, and it became known as the "Blake-Pike proposal." The proposal marked the beginning of what became the Consultation on Church Union (COCU). Later in the day, Billy Graham addressed the assembly, with Bishop Pike at his side.

Detroit 20 @ Baltimore 15
Green Bay 41 @ Chicago 13

Johnny Unitas threw 2 touchdown passes for the Colts in their loss to the Lions at Memorial Stadium, extending to 47 the record number of consecutive games in which he had thrown a touchdown pass.

Paul Hornung led the Packers with 2 touchdowns, 5 extra points, and 2 field goals to lead the Packers over the Bears at Wrigley Field. The 23 points gave him 152 for the season, breaking the single-season record of 138 set by Don Hutson of the Packers in 1942.

40 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
2 Gypsy Woman--Brian Hyland
3 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother--Neil Diamond
4 Share the Land--The Guess Who
5 See Me, Feel Me--The Who
6 Fire and Rain--James Taylor
7 Fly Little White Dove, Fly--The Bells
8 It's Only Make Believe--Glen Campbell
9 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Elvis Presley
10 After Midnight--Eric Clapton

On television tonight
The Interns, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Fever

World events
Spanish dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco imposed martial law in the Basque province of Guipuzcoa. The 16 members of the Basque separatist organization ETA who were being court-martialled on charges of banditry and the 1968 murder of a secret police inspector in Guipuzcoa. ETA had taken credit for the killing but the 16 defendants denied their guilt and asserted that incriminating statements they had made in jail had been obtained through torture.

The United States Transportation Department announced that three U.S. Coast Guard officers--Rear Admiral William B. Ellis, First Coast Guard District Commander; Captain Fletcher Brown, his chief of staff; and Commander Ralph Eustis, skipper of the Coast Guard cutter Vigilant had been relieved of duty pending an investigation into the November 23 refusal to permit Lithuanian sailor Simas Kudirka to board the Vigilant in an attempt to obtain U.S. asylum, his beating by Soviet sailors who had been allowed to board the Vigilant, and his forcible return to the Russian trawler Sovietskaya Litva.

Pope Paul VI continued his Asian tour. He Djakarta and stopped in Hong Kong, where he conducted a mass, and arrived in Colombo, Ceylon, where he also conducted a mass.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Stella Walsh, 69
. Polish athlete. Miss Walsh won the gold medal for Poland in the women’s 100-metre dash at the 1932 Summer Olympics at Los Angeles and the silver medal in the same event in the Summer Olympics at Berlin in 1936. She eventually settled in the United States, and was shot to death during a robbery attempt at a discount store in Cleveland, after which an autopsy proved that "Miss" Walsh, who had male and female chromosomes, was in fact a man.

Francisco Sa Carneiro. Prime Minister of Portugal. He was killed in a plane crash just four days before the Portuguese presidential election, which saw the re-election of General Ranalho Eanes, who was opposed to the party of Mr. Carneiro.

The bodies of three Roman Catholic nuns and a lay worker were found in a crude grave 25 miles southeast of San Salvador. Extreme rightist groups were blamed for the killings.

World events
One of China’s "Gang of Four," Chairman Mao Zedong’s widow, Jiang Qing, reversed her previous plea of complete innocence and confessed in court that she had personally directed a special group that had persecuted China’s former head of state, Liu Shaoqi, and his wife.

The Polish Communist Party’s Central Committee asked for an and to labour unrest, pleading for Poles to stay calm and stay on their jobs.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board increased from 12% to 13% the basic interest rate that it charged for loans to financial institutions, which caused the nation’s larger banks to raise their prime lending rate from 18½%-19%.

20 years ago

World events
Idris Deby, who had entered the Chadian capital of Ndjamena two days earlier, the day after President Hissene Habre had fled into exile in Cameroon, proclaimed himself the new President of Chad.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Benjamin Harrison Holcomb, 111
. U.S. geriatric. Mr. Holcomb, the world’s oldest man, died in Oklahoma.

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