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75 years ago
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini described Italy's new alliance with Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Piano Concerto in B Flat--Freddy Martin (5th week at #1)
Ottawa (5-1) 11 @ Montreal (0-6) 2
Toronto Balmy Beach (2-4) 5 @ Toronto Argonauts (5-1) 8
Wilf Tremblay scored the Rough Riders' touchdown in their win over the Bulldogs at Percival Molson Stadium. George Fraser converted and added a field goal and single, and Arnie McWatters punted for a single for Ottawa. Gord Noseworthy punted for 2 singles for Montreal, who were playing their last game under the name Bulldogs.
Pat Reid scored the Argonauts' touchdown in their win over Balmy Beach at Varsity Stadium. Earl Selkirk converted, and Mike Meikle and Annis Stukus added singles. Singles accounted for all the Balmy Beach points: 3 by Sammy Sward, and 1 each by Bobby Porter and Jack Alexander.
These games marked the end of regular season play for the Eastern Rugby Football Union's only season. Balmy Beach returned to the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1942, while the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Bulldogs suspended operations through the 1944 season because of World War II. The Ottawa Rough Riders played in the Ottawa City Senior Football League in 1942 before suspending operations through 1944. For the present, the Rough Riders and Argonauts were preparing for a 2-game, total points series to determine the ERFU champion, with the first game scheduled for Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on November 8.
60 years ago
Broolyn Dodgers' catcher Roy Campanella was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1951.
50 years ago
The body of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was removed from the mausoleum in Red Square in Moscow where it had lain next to that of Vladimir Lenin since Mr. Stalin's death in 1953, and was reburied near the Kremlin wall.
40 years ago
Two days after The Toronto Telegram had published its last edition, The Toronto Sun published its first edition. Many of the Sun's employees were alumni of the Telegram.
30 years ago
Ottawa (5-11) 15 @ Montreal (3-13) 39
Calgary (6-10) @ Winnipeg (11-5) 44
Montreal tight end Peter Dalla Riva, who was being honoured with a day at Olympic Stadium, caught 2 touchdown passes as the Alouettes clinched the third and final playoff spot in the East Division, becoming the worst team ever to make the playoffs in the CFL.
Winnipeg receiver Eugene Goodlow tied a CFL single-game record with 15 receptions as the Blue Bombers routed the Stampeders at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Goodlow finished the season with 100 receptions, breaking the record of 98 set by George McGowan of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1975. Mr. McGowan had also set the regular season record of 15 pass receptions in a game in 1973. The Stampeders' loss marked the last game for Jerry Williams as a CFL head coach. He had been head coach of the Stampeders from 1965-1968, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1972-1975, before returning to the Stampeders in 1981 as an assistant to Ardell Wiegandt and resuming the head coaching duties with 4 games remaining after the dismissal of Mr. Wiegandt.
25 years ago
#1 single in Italy: Holiday Rap by M.C. Miker G and D.J. Sven (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Every Loser Wins--Nick Berry (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): True Colors--Cyndi Lauper (2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
2 Typical Male--Tina Turner
4 I Didn't Mean to Turn You On--Robert Palmer
5 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
6 Human--Human League
7 Heartbeat--Don Johnson
8 True Blue--Madonna
9 All Cried Out--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force
10 Throwing it All Away--Genesis
Singles entering the chart were Notorious by Duran Duran (#52); Land of Confusion by Genesis (#62); Control by Janet Jackson (#75); All I Wanted by Kansas (#76); Someday by Glass Tiger (#79); Victory by Kool and The Gang (#80); Goldmine by the Pointer Sisters (#83); and Goin' to the Bank by the Commodores (#89).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh (2nd week at #1)
2 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
3 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
4 Rumors--Timex Social Club
5 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
6 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
7 Walk This Way--Run D.M.C.
8 Human--Human League
9 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
10 True Blue--Madonna
Singles entering the chart included Loving Strangers by Christopher Cross (#95); and C'est la Vie by Robbie Nevil (#97).
A fire at the Sandoz chemicals factory near Basel, Switzerland sent tons of toxic chemicals into the Rhine River, turning the water red and killing hundreds of thousands of fish.
Edmonton (12-4-1) 16 @ Ottawa (3-13-1) 16
The Eskimos had a chance to clinch first place in the West Division with a win over the Rough Riders on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Lansdowne Park. They were leading 16-8 late in regulation time and appeared to be heading for more points, but quarterback Matt Dunigan fumbled while attempting to score a touchdown, and the Rough Riders recovered. Ottawa quarterback Gilbert Renfroe marched the Rough Riders for a touchdown pass to Marc Lewis and a 2-point convert pass to Glenn Steele to tie the game with 26 seconds remaining. Neither team came close to scoring in the two 5-minute halves of overtime. With the tie, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who were playing at home against the British Columbia Lions the next day, still had a chance to finish first.
Manitoba (3-5) 32 @ Alberta (1-7) 9
10 years ago
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 @ New York Yankees 3 (12 innings) (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Steve Finlay and Rod Barajas hit solo home runs off New York starting pitcher Mike Mussina to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the top of the 5th inning. Miguel Batista started for Arizona and pitched 7 2/3 innings, but Byun-Hyun Kim, who had failed to protect the lead the previous night, gave up a 2-run home run to Scott Brosius with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game. Alfonso Soriano singled home Chuck Knoblauch with the winning run off losing pitcher Albie Lopez with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th. 56,018 were in attendance at Yankee Stadium.
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