Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Mike Matson!
160 years ago
The Great Western Railway reached London, Ontario from Hamilton.
130 years ago
The first unit of the Canadian Permanent Force, "A" Company of the Infantry School Corps, was first mustered in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It later became the Royal Canadian Regiment.
90 years ago
On the radio
The chimes of Big Ben were broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC.
75 years ago
The first breath test for drivers, the "drunkometer," was introduced in Indianapolis.
70 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Had the Craziest Dream--Vera Lynn; Harry James and his Music Makers (1st month at #1)
The first German V-2 rockets rolled off the assembly line at the Mittelbau-Dora slave labour camp, an underground facility in the Harz Mountains. Production chief Arthur Rudolph later declared that the first rockets had been rejected and sent back underground for rework.
The Royal Canadian Air Force was at its peak, with 215,000 men and women, and 78 squadrons, including 35 overseas and 6 heading there. Canada had produced 11,000 planes so far.
50 years ago
The Central African Federation--aka Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland--was formally dissolved after 10 years, to be split into the independent countries of Zambia and Malawi, and U.K.-controlled Rhodesia.
Nuclear warheads for Bomarc missiles arrived at the Royal Canadian Air Force base near North Bay, Ontario.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)--Helen Reddy (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France: Noël interdit--Johnny Hallyday (5th week at #1)
30 years ago
#1 single in France: Dès que le vent soufflera--Renaud
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): You Are--Dolly Parton (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Only You--The Flying Pickets (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Only You--The Flying Pickets (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Say Say Say--Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson (4th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Union of the Snake--Duran Duran
2 Say Say Say--Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
3 Say it Isn't So--Daryl Hall-John Oates
4 Owner of a Lonely Heart--Yes
5 All Night Long (All Night)--Lionel Richie
6 Twist of Fate--Olivia Newton-John
7 Uptown Girl--Billy Joel
8 Love is a Battlefield--Pat Benatar
9 Break My Stride--Matthew Wilder
10 Talking in Your Sleep--The Romantics
Singles entering the chart were She's Trouble by Musical Youth (#85) and Just One More Time by the Headpins (#90).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Say Say Say--Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)
2 Love is a Battlefield--Pat Benatar
3 Major Tom (Coming Home)--Peter Schilling
4 Union of the Snake--Duran Duran
5 Church of the Poison Mind--Culture Club
6 All Night Long (All Night)--Lionel Richie
7 Islands in the Stream--Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton
8 Cum On Feel the Noize--Quiet Riot
9 Tonight I Celebrate My Love--Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
10 Owner of a Lonely Heart--Yes
Singles entering the chart were Middle of the Road by the Pretenders (#43); Rebel Yell by Billy Idol (#46); 99 Red Balloons by Nena (#49); and Melody by Boys Brigade (#100).
A military coup led by Major General Mohammed Buhari deposed Nigerian President Shehu Shagari, ending four years of civilian government, two days after Mr. Shugari had presented an austerity budget to the National Assembly that called for cuts in capital spending and imports in an attempt to balance the budget. Maj. Gen. Buhari, who said that deteriorating economic conditions had made the coup necessary, replaced Mr. Shagari as President, suspended the constitution, and banned political parties.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, a candidate for the 1984 Democratic party nomination for President of the United States, met U.S. Navy Lieutenant Robert Goodman at a Syrian army headquarters in Damascus. Lt. Goodman had been shot down by Syrian antiaircraft batteries near Beirut on December 4, and Rev. Jackson, accusing the U.S. administration of not doig enough to secure Lt. Goodman's freedom, had flown to Damascus on December 29.
Josh McDowell and Bill Bright were the keynote speakers on the final evening of the Campus Crusdae for Christ student conference "KC '83" at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
AFC Divisional Playoff
Seattle 27 @ Miami 20
NFC Divisional Playoff
Detroit 23 @ San Francisco 24
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kokomo--The Beach Boys
#1 single in France (SNEP): Pourvu qu'elles soient douces--Mylène Farmer (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): C'è Da Spostare Una Macchina--Francesco Salvi (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Smooth Criminal--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Mistletoe and Wine--Cliff Richard (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Mistletoe and Wine--Cliff Richard (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Every Rose Has its Thorn--Poison (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Every Rose Has its Thorn--Poison (2nd week at #1)
2 My Prerogative--Bobby Brown
3 Two Hearts--Phil Collins
4 Waiting for a Star to Fall--Boy Meets Girl
5 Don't Rush Me--Taylor Dayne
6 Armageddon It--Def Leppard
7 Giving You the Best That I Got--Anita Baker
8 Smooth Criminal--Michael Jackson
9 Look Away--Chicago
10 In Your Room--Bangles
Singles entering the chart were Girl You Know It's True by Milli Vanilli (#81); The Living Years by Mike + the Mechanics (#83); I Beg Your Pardon by Kon Kan (#89); The Great Commandment by Camouflage (#91); Chip Away the Stone by Aerosmith (#93); and Tears Run Rings by Marc Almond (#95).
At least 51 people died when a boat transporting New Year's Eve celebrants sank at the entrance of the bay in Rio de Janeiro.
Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored a goal in each of the five possible ways: even strength, by power play, shorthanded, by penalty shot and into an empty net, in an 8-6 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Civic Arena.
AFC Divisional Playoff
Seattle 13 @ Cincinnati 21
NFC Divisional Playoff
Philadelphia 12 @ Chicago 20
20 years ago
Died on this date
Zviad Gamsakhurdia, 54. 1st President of Georgia, 1991-1992. Mr. Gamsakhurdia was a philologist and dissident who served as Chairman of the Supreme Council of Georgia from November 14, 1990-April 14, 1991, when he became the independent republic's first president. He faced much opposition and accusations of dictatorial behaviour, and was deposed in a violent coup d'état on January 6, 1992. Mr. Gamsakhurdia was leading a "government in exile" in the western Georgian city of Zugdidi, and died in the western Georgian village of Khibula under circumstances that remain unclear.
Barbra Streisand performed her first paid concert in 22 years, singing to a sellout crowd at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Economics and finance
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 3,754.09, a 13.7% increase for the year.
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