225 years ago
The United States celebrated its first Thanksgiving since President George Washington had issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3.
75 years ago
The Soviet Army shelled the Russian village of Mainila near the Finnish border, an incident which was used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.
70 years ago
A German V-2 rocket hit a Woolworth's store on New Cross High Street in London, killing 168 people. Germany began V-1 and V-2 rocket attacks on Antwerp, Belgium. U.S. forces in Germany split the Maginot Line in gains of five miles on the Saar basin front.
Politics and government
Itlaian Prime Minister Ivanoe Bonomi and his cabinet resigned.
The 17,000-ton U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Bon Homme Richard was commissioned at the New York Navy Yard in Brooklyn in the presence of 10,000 invited guests.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): This Ole House--Rosemary Clooney
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me--Sandie Shaw
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Baby Love--The Supremes (2nd week at #1)
40 years ago
Died on this date
Cyril Connolly, 71. U.K. writer. Mr. Connolly was an influential literary critic. He edited the magazine Horizon from 1940-1949.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (6th week at #1)
25 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Lambada--Kaoma (14th week at #1)
Politics and government
Four days of voting in parliamentary elections in India concluded with the governing Congress Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi losing more than half its seats; opposition parties won more than half of the seats.
In a national referendum, Hungarians voted in favour of letting their next parliament choose the president of the country. Opposition groups had favoured this approach, rather than the direct election of the president. Parliamentary elections were to take place in 1990.
Grey Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Saskatchewan 43 Hamilton 40
Dave Ridgway’s 35-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining in regulation time gave the Roughriders the win over the Tiger-Cats in one of the most exciting Grey Cup games ever played. It was the second Grey Cup win for the Roughriders, and their first in 23 years. 54,088 were in attendance at the first Grey Cup to be played at SkyDome. Mr. Ridgway’s game-winning field goal, his fourth of the game, came just 42 seconds after Tony Champion had made a spectacular touchdown catch which, after Paul Osbaldiston’s convert, tied the game. Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin, who was chosen the game’s outstanding offensive player, completed 26 of 41 passes for 474 yards and touchdowns to Ray Elgaard, Jeff Fairholm, and Don Narcisse. Tim McCray ran 1 yard for the other Roughrider touchdown. Mr. Ridgway converted all 4 touchdowns, Terry Baker punted for a single, and the Roughriders scored a safety touch. Saskatchewan receiver Mark Guy caught 4 passes for 100 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 127 and 1 punt for 6. Hamilton quarterback Mike Kerrigan completed 23 of 35 passes for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mr. Champion led all receivers with 8 receptions for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Hamilton running back Derrick McAdoo carried 21 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, caught 2 passes for 29 yards and another touchdown, and returned 3 kickoffs for 75. Mr. Osbaldiston added 4 converts and 4 field goals. Saskatchewan defensive tackle Chuck Klingbeil, who recorded 2 quarterback sacks, was named the game’s outstanding defensive player, and Mr. Ridgway was chosen the outstanding Canadian. The Tiger-Cats led 13-1 after the first quarter and 27-22 at halftime. The Roughriders led 34-30 after three quarters.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Tomorrow--Silverchair (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Cotton Eye Joe--Rednex (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): King of Your Heart--Good Shape
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Hymn--Caballero (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men (14th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men (13th week at #1)
2 Here Comes the Hotstepper--Ini Kamoze
4 On Bended Knee--Boyz II Men
5 All I Wanna Do--Sheryl Crow
6 Always--Bon Jovi
7 I'm the Only One--Melissa Etheridge
8 I Wanna Be Down--Brandy
9 Never Lie--Immature
10 You Want This/70's Love Groove--Janet Jackson
Singles entering the chart were Shame by Zhane (#56); Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon by Overkill (#74); Constantly by Immature (#77); Spin the Black Circle/Tremor Christ by Pearl Jam (#78); Foolin' Around by Changing Faces (#87); Dream Away by Babyface & Lisa Stansfield (#88); and Sun's Gonna Rise by Sass Jordan (#91). Dream Away was from the movie The Pagemaster (1994).
10 years ago
A man stabbed and killed eight people and seriously wounded another four in a school dormitory in Ruzhou, China.
The last Poʻouli (Black-faced honeycreeper) died of avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
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