Monday, 6 December 2010

December 7, 2010

75 years ago

Grey Cup @ Hamilton Amateur Athletic Grounds, Hamilton
Winnipeg 18 Hamilton 12

6,405 fans at Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds were shocked to see the Winnipeg Rugby Football Club defeat the Tigers on a rainy day to become the first western team to win the Grey Cup. Winnipeg amassed 367 yards in kick returns, with Fritz Hanson accounting for about 300 yards. WRFC got off to a fast start when Herb Peschel recovered the opening kickoff at the Hamilton 18-yard line. Quarterback Russ Rebholz promptly threw a touchdown pass to Bud Marquardt. The convert attempt was unsuccessful, and Winnipeg led 5-0. Frank Turville kicked a field goal for the Tigers to reduce the Winnipeg lead to 5-3 after the 1st quarter. Greg Kabat scored a Winnipeg touchdown in the 2nd quarter, converted by Mr. Rebholz. Mr. Turville and Mr. Kabat each punted for a single, and Winnipeg led 12-4 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, Bert Oja of WRFC was penalized for rough play, which in those days involved the penalized player being sent off the field for 3 minutes. While Winnipeg was playing a man short, Wilf Patterson scored a Hamilton touchdown, converted by Mr. Turville, to make the score 12-10. Later in the quarter, Huck Welch’s punt was taken by Mr. Hanson at his own 32-yard line, and he broke free for a 78-yard touchdown. Mr. Rebholz converted to give WRFC an 18-10 lead after 3 quarters. The Tigers scored the only points of the 4th quarter when Winnipeg’s Joe Perpich was downed in his end zone after a bad snap prevented him from punting. In addition to his touchdown, Mr. Hanson returned 7 kicks for 35-50 yards. WRFC outrushed the Tigers 125 yards to 48 and gained 87 yards on 3 pass completions to 38 yards on 2 completed passes for Hamilton.

70 years ago

Grey Cup
Toronto Balmy Beach 5 @ Ottawa 12 (Ottawa won 2-game total points series 20-7)

Only 1,700 fans--the smallest crowd in Grey Cup history--showed up at Lansdowne Park to see the Rough Riders win their first Grey Cup in 14 years. Tommy Daley of the Rough Riders scored the only Ottawa touchdown. Tiny Herman converted and added a single, and Sammy Sward punted for 5 singles. Bobby Porter, who had scored both Balmy Beach points in the first game, accounted for all the Balmy Beach scoring in the second game with a touchdown.

50 years ago

The U.S.A. launched Discoverer 18, a satellite whose purpose was to obtain data on propulsion, communication, orbital performance, and recovery techniques.

The United Nations Security Council was called into session by the U.S.S.R. to consider Soviet demands that the UN seek the immediate release of former Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba; the immediate restoration of Mr. Lumumba as head of the Congolese government; the disarming of the forces of Colonel Joseph Mobutu; and the immediate evacuation of Belgians from the Congo. Soviet Representative Valerian Zorin refused U.S. demands that he disqualify himself as Security Council President during the debate. UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, answering Soviet attacks against his Congo operations, said that if the UN forces were withdrawn from the Congo, "I fear everything would crumble." The threat to the UN cause was intensified by the announcement of withdrawal of their UN Congo contingents by Yugoslavia; United Arab Republic; Ceylon; Indonesia; Morocco; and Guinea.

The Soviet government issued a statement accusing the United States of blocking the reunification of Korea. The statement said that the United Nations must demand the immediate withdrawal of U.S. and other foreign troops from Korea and the abolition of the Commission for Korean Unification and Rehabilitation.

40 years ago

A historic treaty, aimed at restoring normal relations after 25 years of bitterness, was signed by West Germany and Poland. The pact, which formally recognized the post-World War II border running along the Oder-Neisse Rivers, amounted to the cession of 40,000 square miles, or ¼ of Germany, to Poland. West German Chancellor Willy Brandt made the Warschauer Kniefall--a gesture of humility--toward the victims of the World War II Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Politics and government
The Awani League--a party of East Pakistan nationalists advocating considerable home rule--captured the largest bloc of seats in nationwide elections for a Pakistan National Assembly to write a new constitution.

Armed leftist terrorists in Rio de Janeiro kidnapped Giovanni Enrico Bucher, 57, Swiss Ambassador to Brazil, and fatally wounded his bodyguard.

A jury of eight U.S. Marine officers cleared Lance Corporal Ronald V. Johnson, a 21-year-old Negro from Brooklyn, who had spent two years in prison on a conviction of raping an Okinawan woman. Sentenced to 12 years at his first trial in 1968, Cpl. Johnson had won a second trial I April 1970.

Erbito Salvarria retained his world flyweight title with a 2-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi in Bangkok.

In his second fight since beginning a comeback after 3½ years of inactivity, former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali scored a 15-round technical knockout of Oscar Bonavena of Argentina at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. Ali knocked down Mr. Bonavena three times in the 15th round, which, according to the rules of the New York State Athletic Commission, provided for an automatic TKO. On the undercard, world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan of Scotland won a 10-round decision over Canadian welterweight Donato Paduano in a non-title bout.

30 years ago

World events
Colonel Adolfo Arnoldo Majano, the most liberal of the members of El Salvador’s junta, was ousted. He had openly feuded with the junta’s other members.

Saudi Arabian King Khalid’s invitation to Jordanian King Hussein and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad to talk over their differences appeared to have failed as reports stated that there were 50,000 Syrian troops and 30,000 Jordanian troops on the border between their countries.

Iranian jet fighters continued to bomb the Iraqi oil terminal at Fao, while Iraqi planes concentrated on the Iranian oil refining city of Avadan.

Politics and government
The ruling Kuomintang party won the parliamentary elections in Taiwan.

25 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Broken Wings--Mr. Mister
2 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
3 We Built This City--Starship
4 You Belong to the City--Glenn Frey
5 Say You, Say Me--Lionel Richie
6 Never--Heart
7 Alive and Kicking--Simple Minds
8 Who’s Zoomin’ Who--Aretha Franklin
9 Lay Your Hands on Me--Thompson Twins
10 Sleeping Bag--ZZ Top

Singles entering the chart included How Will I Know by Whitney Houston (#55) and Living In America by James Brown (#84).

In the closest balloting in the history of the Heisman Trophy, Bo Jackson of Auburn edged Iowa quarterback Chuck Long by 45 votes of the 2,973 cast.

20 years ago

World events
Eight days of violent clashes between Muslims and Hindus in several Indian cities began in Aligarh and Hyderabad, cities with large Muslim populations. Hindu fundamentalists in Ayodhya, a city near Aligarh, wanted to tear down a mosque and build a temple to the god Rama, whom they believed was born on the site.

Politics and government
Polish Premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who had been eliminated from contention in the first round of elections for the Polish presidency, urged members of the Solidarity trade union movement to close ranks behind its leader, Lech Walesa, who was leading after the first round of voting.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported the nation’s unemployment rate in November at 5.9%, up from 5.7% in October. The November percentage was the highest in three years. The number of payroll jobs lost in October and November was put at 445,000, the greatest for any two consecutive months since the 1982 recession.

10 years ago

World events
Leaders of the 15 European Union members began several days of meetings in Nice, France to plan for the expansion of the EU in the coming years to 27 members. The 12 new members would include many former Communist countries.

The United Nations World Food Program asked for 800,000 tons of food to help starving people in North Korea. More than 2 million had reportedly already perished as a result of a series of natural disasters.

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