120 years ago
A revolution in Honduras ended.
Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany began a visit to England.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Jingle Jangle Jingle--Kay Kyser Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
60 years ago
On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Sudden Darkness, starring Olive Deering
50 years ago
Four days after launch, the Soviet satellite Cosmos 7 re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.
Bill Monbouquette pitched a no-hitter as the Boston Red Sox edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Winnipeg (2-1) 17 @ Toronto (2-2) 14
40 years ago
The Communist government of Czechoslovakia convicted Milan Huebl, former adviser to Premier Alexander Dubcek, of anti-state activities, and sentenced him to 6½ years in prison. Also convicted were Karl Kynci, former television commentator and New York correspondent for Prague radio, and historian Karel Bartosek, who had been charged with “preparing, circulating and mailing abroad illegal printed matter.”
A Delta Airlines jet bound from Detroit to Miami was diverted to Algiers by five hijackers with three children. The hijackers, who collected a record ransom of $1 million for freeing the passengers, asked for political asylum in Algeria. Two of the hijackers were identified as escaped convicts—one a murderer and the other an armed robber.
Politics and government
U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton of Missouri officially withdrew as the 1972 Democratic party nominee for Vice-President of the United States, a week after confirming that he had been hospitalized three times in the 1960s for depression, nervous exhaustion, and fatigue, and that he had received electroshock therapy.
Indian officials reported that flooding in Assam, West Bengal, and Bihar had killed at least 100 people.
British Columbia (0-1) 22 @ Edmonton (1-0) 34
The Eskimos committed 7 fumbles and lost 3, but still beat the Lions before 19,844 fans at Clarke Stadium. Bruce Lemmerman rushed 1 yard for a touchdown and completed touchdown passes of 26 and 16 yards to George McGowan, while tight end Tyrone Walls, playing his first CFL game, recovered B.C. punt returner Bob Friend's fumble and raced 40 yards for a touchdown as the Eskimos built a 27-8 halftime lead. B.C. quarterback Don Moorhead completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jim Young in the 2nd quarter, handed off to fullback Jim Evenson for a 1-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter, and rushed 15 yards for a touchdown of his own as the Lions reduced the deficit to 27-22. The Lions moved the ball to the Eskimos' 54-yard line in the last minute, but Edmonton defensive end Ron Forwick returned an interception 45 yards with 16 seconds remaining for the only touchdown of his 11-year CFL career. Edmonton's Gene Foster rushed for over 100 yards, almost all of it in the 1st half. It was the first CFL game for B.C. running backs Monroe Eley and Johnny Musso and defensive tackle Ron Estay, and the last game in a Lions' uniform for Ken Phillips, who had led the Western Football Conference in average in 1970 and 1971, but who averaged just 35.8 yards on 6 punts in this game. Former Lion quarterback Tom Wilkinson made his first appearance as an Eskimo in a regular season game, holding for Dave Cutler's convert attempts.
30 years ago
Died on this date
Sobhuza II, 83. Paramount Chief (later King) of Swaziland, 1899-1982. Sobhuza succeeded his father, Ngwane V, as Paramount Chief when he was just a few months old. Sobhuza's grandmother, Labotsibeni Mdluli, acted as regent until Sobhuza was crowned on December 22, 1921. His title changed from Paramount Chief to King after Swaziland obtained her independence from Great Britain in 1968. Sobhuza's reign of 82 years and 9 months is the longest precisely dated monarchical reign on record, and the longest since antiquity. He had 70 wives and 210 children--about 180 of whom survived infancy--and left over 1,000 grandchildren at the time of his death. A power struggle ensued upon King Sobhuza's death, and his young son Mswati was eventuall crowned as King Mswati III in 1986.
Israeli forces bombarded Beirut by land, sea, and air. The bombardment was halted when a cease-fire arranged by U.S. envoy Philip Habib went into effect.
Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi announced that a group of junior air force officers had attempted to overthrow the country’s civilian government, but the coup had been crushed by Kenyan army and police units. 145 people were killed, $111 million worth of property was lost in the ensuing looting, and more than 300 air force personnel were arrested. A curfew was imposed in Nairobi and Nanyuki.
Bruce Lietzke won the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario, with a score of 11 strokes under par. Mr. Lietzke had also won the Canadian Open in 1978.
Winnipeg (3-1) 32 @ Edmonton (2-2) 26
William Miller rushed 15 yards for a touchdown with 7:20 remaining in the game to lift the Blue Bombers to victory over the Eskimos before a record Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 57,596. Mr. Miller, who led all rushers with 91 yards on 13 carries, scored right after linebacker Leo Ezerins intercepted a Warren Moon pass and returned it 19 yards. Eugene Goodlow became the first visiting player to catch 3 touchdown passes in a game at Commonwealth Stadium, scoring on passes of 52, 15, and 58 yards from quarterback Dieter Brock. Mr. Goodlow finished the game with 4 catches for 133 yards, and teammate Rick House caught 6 for 132. David Boone scored the first Eskimo touchdown, returning an interception 38 yards in the 1st quarter for the only touchdown of his professional career. The Blue Bombers led 25-10 late in the 2nd quarter, but the Eskimos rallied for 16 straight points on 3 field goals by Dave Cutler and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Moon to Waddell Smith in the 3rd quarter, converted by Mr. Cutler. The loss was the Eskimos’ first at home since October 26, 1980, and their first against the Blue Bombers at Commonwealth Stadium.
25 years ago
#1 single in Italy: Who's That Girl--Madonna (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: La Bamba--Los Lobos
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Shakedown--Bob Seger
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Shakedown--Bob Seger
2 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For--U2
3 I Want Your Sex--George Michael
5 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
6 Heart and Soul--T'Pau
7 Rhythm is Gonna Get You--Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
8 Point of No Return--Expose
9 Cross My Broken Heart--The Jets
10 Something so Strong--Crowded House
Singles entering the chart were Didn't We Almost Have it All by Whitney Houston (#42); Carrie by Europe (#81); Lost in Emotion by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (#84); Misfit by Curiosity Killed the Cat (#88); and Montego Bay by Amazulu (#89).
Canada’s top 10 (The Record)
1 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)—Whitney Houston
3 Shakedown—Bob Seger
4 Head to Toe—Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
5 Funkytown—Pseudo Echo
6 Who’s That Girl—Madonna
7 Heart and Soul—T’Pau
8 I Want Your Sex—George Michael
9 You’re the Voice—John Farnham
10 Always—Atlantic Starr
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Shakedown--Bob Seger
2 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
4 Always--Atlantic Starr
5 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
6 Funkytown--Pseudo Echo
7 Heart and Soul--T'Pau
8 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For--U2
9 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros
10 Something so Strong--Crowded House
Singles entering the chart included I Just Can't Stop Loving You by Michael Jackson (with Siedah Garrett) (#74) and The Living Daylights by A-Ha (#96). The Living Daylights was the title song from the movie.
Died on this date
Pola Negri, 90. Polish-born U.S. actress. Miss Negri was a leading lady in silent movies, in her native Poland and later, in Germany and the United States. She was one of the leading "vamps" of the era, starring in movies such as Madam DuBarry (1919); The Cheat (1923); The Spanish Dancer (1923); Shadows of Paris (1924); East of Suez (1925); and A Woman of the World (1925). Miss Negri's career rapidly declined after she made a public spectacle of herself at Rudolf Valentino's funeral in 1926.
Benson Fong, 70. U.S. actor. Mr. Fong played Orientals in character roles for many years in movies and on television. He played Tommy Chan (Number Three Son) in the Charlie Chan movies from 1944-1946, when the series was bing filmed at Monogram studios.
As Saudi Arabia put the death toll in the previous day’s violence near the Grand Mosque in Mecca at 402—275 Iranians, 85 Saudis, and 42 pilgrims from other countries—and blamed the riot on Iran, denying that the police had fired any shots--a mob in Tehran sacked the Saudi and Kuwaiti embassies.
Saskatchewan (1-4-1) 28 @ Edmonton (4-2) 38
Matt Dunigan and Damon Allen combined to throw 4 touchdown passes as the Eskimos defeated the Roughriders before a crowd announced at 33,098 at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Dunigan connected on scoring passes of 7 yards to Chris Skinner in the 1st quarter; 17 yards to Stewart Hill in the 2nd quarter, and 49 yards to Stephen Jones with 54 seconds remaining in the game. Mr. Allen threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Brian Kelly with 30 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter. Jerry Kauric, playing his first CFL game, kicked 4 converts, 3 field goals, and a single for the Eskimos. Tom Burgess completed touchdown passes of 13 yards to Tony Dennis and 8 yards to Todd Brown for Saskatchewan touchdowns, both in the 4th quarter. Mr. Brown’s touchdown came with 1:02 remaining in the game, and was converted by Dave Ridgway. A short kickoff was unsuccessful, and Mr. Dunigan promptly completed the touchdown bomb to Mr. Jones. In addition to his touchdown reception off a fake field goal while he lined up as a tight end, Mr. Hill sacked Mr. Burgess 4 times. Mr. Brown led all receivers with 174 yards on 10 receptions, while Mr. Kelly caught 3 passes for 132 yards.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Hazard--Richard Marx (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy: Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (10th week at #1)
#1 single in France: Le Chat--Pow woW (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot (5th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot (3rd week at #1)
2 Wishing on a Star--Cover Girls
3 This Used to Be My Playground--Madonna
5 Achy Breaky Heart--Billy Ray Cyrus
6 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
7 November Rain--Guns N' Roses
8 Just Another Day--Jon Secada
9 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey
10 Giving Him Something He Can Feel--En Vogue
Singles entering the chart included Sexy M.F. by Prince and the New Power Generation (#59); Twilight Zone by 2 Unlimited (#63); Nothing Broken But My Heart by Celine Dion (#89); Jesus He Knows Me by Genesis (#91); and Do I Have to Say the Words? by Bryan Adams (#97).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey (4th week at #1)
2 Just Another Day--Jon Secada
3 America--Kim Mitchell
4 Achy Breaky Heart--Billy Ray Cyrus
5 This Used to Be My Playground--Madonna
6 Too Funky--George Michael
7 The One--Elton John
8 The Best Things in Life are Free--Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson
9 Take this Heart--Richard Marx
10 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
Singles entering the chart included Heaven Sent by INXS (#61); Baby-Baby-Baby by TLC (#72); Do I Have to Say the Words? by Bryan Adams (#84); Days of Light by Roger Daltrey (#85); Last Chance by John Mellencamp (#92); and Stay by Shakespears Sister (#97).
On the outskirts of Sarajevo, Serb snipers fired at a busload of Bosnian orphans on the first leg of a trip to asylum in Germany, killing a boy and a girl.
10 years ago
Ottawa (2-4-0-1) 8 @ Toronto (2-4) 24
Saskatchewan (3-3-0-1) 31 @ Hamilton (3-3) 34 (OT)
Calgary (2-4-0-1) 23 @ British Columbia (1-5) 15
Reggie Slack completed touchdown passes of 43 and 3 yards to Mookie Mitchell to lead the Argonauts past the Renegades before 18,734 fans at SkyDome. Mr. Mitchell finished the game with 6 receptions for 126 yards.
Troy Davis rushed 1 yard for his second touchdown of the game on the Tiger-Cats’ first overtime possession to give them their win over the Roughriders in front of a crowd of 15,369 at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Saskatchewan had taken possession to begin overtime, and Paul McCallum had kicked a 34-yard field goal to give the Roughriders a 31-28 lead. The Roughriders had sent the game into overtime on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Glenn to Derick Armstrong, converted by Mr. McCallum with 2:33 remaining in regulation time, just 28 seconds after Hamilton had taken the lead on a 67-yard touchdown by Duane Butler on a fumble return, converted by Paul Osbaldiston.
Kelvin Anderson rushed 23 times for 138 yards and Marcus Crandell completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Rob Johnson as the Stampeders beat the Lions before 15,117 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Mr. Johnson finished the game with 6 receptions for 157 yards. B.C.’s only touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Damon Allen to Jason Clermont with 2:43 remaining in regulation time, reducing Calgary’s lead to 20-15. An attempted 2-point convert failed when Sean Millington dropped a pass from Mr. Allen. Mark McLoughlin ended the scoring with a 20-yard field goal for the Stampeders with 18 seconds remaining.
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