100 years ago
The Edmonton Canoe Club announced that it was dropping out of the Edmonton city league. Meanwhile, only 10 players showed up to practice with the Edmonton Eskimos.
75 years ago
Died on this date
Sigmund Freud, 83. Austrian physician and psychoanalyst. Dr. Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, is one of those mentioned in Dave Breese’s book 7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave. He should have been put face-down in his grave so he could see where he was going.
Cookie Lavagetto went 6 for 6 with a double, triple, and base on balls in 7 plate appearances as the Brooklyn Dodgers routed the Philadelphia Phillies 22-4 in the first game of a doubleheader before 4,000 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The Dodgers completed the sweep with an 8-0 win in the second game.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Swinging on a Star--Bing Crosby (8th week at #1)
Transport planes and gliders delivered reinforcements to the trapped airborne Allied troops in the Arnhem area of the Netherlands. Soviet troops in Estonia reached the Gulf of Riga at Paernu. Finnish troops attacked German forces in northern Finland after the Nazis failed to withdraw as required by the Moscow Armistice. The Japanese government reported that Prime Minister Joseph Laurel of the Philippines had declared war on the U.S.A. and U.K. as a result of air attacks on the islands.
Economics and finance
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to local chambers warning against "bringing pressure on the federal government to continue operation of war plants beyond the time needed for the war program."
50 years ago
Mount Royal College 11 @ University of Alberta at Calgary (2-0) 28
1,853 fans were at McMahon Stadium to see the Dinosaurs defeat the Cougars.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Night Chicago Died--Paper Lace
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Tómame o Déjame--Mocedades (3rd week at #1)
On television today
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, on CBC
This was the first broadcast of one of the worst programs in the history of television. The CBC children's sketch "comedy" show had a cast of Second City performers from Toronto, including then-unknown John Candy and Gilda Radner. I haven't seen the program in almost 40 years, but I can still, unfortunately, remember the annoying theme song.
U.S.S.R. 5 Canada 5 @ Vancouver (Eight-game series tied 1-1-2)
Aleksandr Maltsev scored with 3:52 remaining in the game and Aleksandr Gusev scored 51 seconds later to give the Soviets the tie with the World Hockey Association's representatives of Canada before 15,772 fans at Pacific Coliseum. Canada led 5-2 after the 1st period on 3 goals by Bobby Hull and 1 each by Gordie Howe and Frank Mahovlich. Valery Vasiliev and Boris Mikhailov scored for the U.S.S.R. in the 1st period, and Aleksandr Yakushev scored the only goal of the 2nd period. Vladislav Tretiak was in goal for the Soviets and Gerry Cheevers for Canada.
Philadelphia (1-1) 13 @ Dallas (1-1) 10
30 years ago
#1 single in France: Femme libérée--Cookie Dingler (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Such a Shame--Talk Talk (5th week at #1)
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, commenting on the September 20 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut by a suicide bomber, acknowledged that security had not been complete at the Embassy building, and said, "Anyone that’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would."
Politics and government
Nicaraguan leaders said they would not postpone the November 4 presidential election despite pressure from the U.S. administration of Ronald Reagan to do so in order to permit opposition parties to mount a stronger campaign.
Calgary (5-7) 26 @ Hamilton (3-8-1) 29
Running back Rufus Crawford and quarterback Dieter Brock scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Tiger-Cats overcame a 23-7 third-quarter deficit. Felix Wright intercepted a Greg Vavra pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown at 9:02 of the third quarter to begin the Hamilton comeback. Lewis Walker led the Stampeders’ attack with 16 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, and 4 pass receptions for 47 yards and another touchdown. Mr. Crawford rushed 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown; caught 4 passes for 41; returned 6 punts for 45; and returned 1 kickoff for 20 yards. Only 12,501 were in attendance at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win 100 games in a season with two different teams as his Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-1 before 39,198 fans at Tiger Stadium. Mr. Anderson had recorded seasons with 100 or more wins with the Cincinnati Reds in 1970, 1975, and 1976.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Lambada--Kaoma (9th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Viva la Mamma--Edoardo Bennato (11th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): French Kiss--Lil Louis (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Ride on Time--Black Box (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Girl I'm Gonna Miss You--Milli Vanilli
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Don't Wanna Lose You--Gloria Estefan (2nd week at #1)
3 Girl I'm Gonna Miss You--Milli Vanilli
4 If I Could Turn Back Time--Cher
5 Shower Me with Your Love--Surface
7 18 and Life--Skid Row
8 Keep on Movin'--Soul II Soul
9 One--Bee Gees
10 Hangin' Tough--New Kids on the Block
Singles entering the chart were When I See You Smile by Bad English (#57); Sugar Daddy by Thompson Twins (#74); Bust a Move by Young M.C. (#76); The Way to Your Heart by Soulsister (#80); Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) by New Kids on the Block (#82); The Angel Song by Great White (#87); and I Love the Bass by Bardeux (#89).
Calgary (7-5) 20 @ Toronto (4-8) 13
The Stampeders used a balanced attack--208 yards rushing and 199 passing--to defeat the Argos before 35,776 at SkyDome. Toronto managed 225 yards net offense, and turned the ball over 5 times. The only Argo touchdown came on a halfback option pass from Mike Clemons to Eric Hoskins in the second quarter.
Alberta (2-2) 29 @ Calgary (3-1) 26
Saskatchewan (3-1) 45 @ British Columbia (2-2) 17
Steve Kasowski’s 28-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter was the winning score as the Golden Bears ended the defending Vanier Cup champions’ 12-game winning streak before 8,829 fans at McMahon Stadium. Trailing 26-19, the Golden Bears tied the game when defensive back Trent Brown went in on offense and hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Steinberg at 5:05 of the fourth quarter. Mr. Kasowski kicked the tying convert. J.P. Izquierdo rushed 20 times for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Dinosaurs, who jumped out to an early 15-0 lead, and led 25-12 in the third quarter before backup quarterback Rob Taylor completed a touchdown pass to Steve Camp to bring Alberta within a touchdown. The game was televised on TSN, and analyst Jamie Bone ended up selecting a catch in this game by Alberta’s Darryl Szafranski as the best of the season in the CIAU.
20 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Cotton Eye Joe--Rednex (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Saturday Night--Whigfield
British Columbia (8-3-1) 18 @ Winnipeg (8-4) 30
The Blue Bombers recovered 4 B.C. fumbles and made 3 interceptions as they beat the Lions before 30,134 fans at Winnipeg Stadium.
Nielsen Bottom 10, February 19th-25th, 1973 - A look at the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during the week of February 19th-25th, 1973. *Here We Go Again* on ABC was at the bottom of the ratings char...
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