175 years ago
The first Opium War between China and Great Britain began.
80 years ago
Hamilton (2-1-2) 0 @ Montreal (3-1-1) 13
Toronto (2-2-1) 14 @ Ottawa (1-4) 6
70 years ago
Allied troops in Belgium occupied Antwerp. Soviet forces in Hungary captured Alsonemedi and were within 6 miles of Budapest. Two supreme commanders of the Slovak National Uprising, Generals Ján Golian and Rudolf Viest, were captured by German forces in Pohronský Bukovec, Slovakia. U.S. troops in the Philippines overran Carigara on the north coast of Leyte Island. Chinese troops captured Lungling in the Chinese province of Yunnan, the last major Allied objective in the drive to open the Burma Road. Japanese forces surrounded Kweilin the Chinese province of Kwangsi.
Politics and government
Spanish dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco, in an interview, claimed that Spain had never been Fascist or Nazi and had never been allied secretly or otehrwise with Axis powers.
The International Aviation Conference in Chicago adopted a resolution accepting the principle of international cooperation in postwar commercial aviation.
Economics and finance
The U.S. War Production Board authorized the production of 12,400 domestic electric ranges.
Officials of all major Congress of Industrial Organizations unions in Alameda, California issued a statement calling members of Local 1304 who were abstaining from machinist work on 82 ships in San Francisco "enemies of labor and of the nation."
U.S. Army Surgeon General Major General Norman Kirk said that the incidence of malaria had been reduced by one-quarter since the early part of World War II.
60 years ago
At the movies
Godzilla opened in theatres in Japan, marking the first appearance of the title character.
Died on this date
Henri Matisse, 84. French artist. Mr. Matisse was a painter and sculptor who was one of the major figures in 20th century modern art, and was often compared with Pablo Picasso. He was known for the use of colour in his paintings.
Sarnia 12 @ Kitchener-Waterloo 13 (OT) (Kitchener-Waterloo led best-of-three series 1-0)
Bob Celeri's 52-yard punt single was the only point of the 10-minute overtime period as the Dutchmen edged the Imperials. Sarnia had a chance to win the game in the last minute of regulation time, but Cookie Gilchrist's 25-yard field goal attempt was wide, and according to the ground rules in place at the stadium in Kitchener that was less-than-regulation size, the ball would have had to touch the field before going out of the end zone to count as a point. Instead, the kick sailed through on the fly. On the second-last play of overtime, Mr. Celeri lost a fumble on his own 39-yard line, and the Imperials recovered. Instead of attempting a punt for a single to tie the game, Mr. Gilchrist attempted another field goal. The kick was wide, and Mr. Celeri succeeded in running the ball out of the K-W end zone. The Dutchmen took a 12-0 lead in the 1st quarter on a 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown by tackle Jay Fry and a TD run by Bill Tonegusso, both converted by Paul Amodio. Mr. Gilchrist kicked field goals of 20 yards in the 2nd quarter and 49 yards in the 3rd. John Chorostecki scored a touchdown on a short rush in the 4th quarter, and Mr. Gilchrist's convert tied the game. The Sarnia defense also stopped the K-W offense on three downs from the Imperials' 1-yard line.
50 years ago
Politics and government
Lyndon Johnson, who had taken office as President of the United States upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was elected in his own right, capturing, with vice presidential running mate Hubert Humphrey, 486 electoral votes (61.1% of the popular vote) to 52 electoral votes (38.5%) for Republican Party candidate Barry Goldwater and running mate William Miller (see also here).
40 years ago
Toronto (6-9-1) 24 @ Hamilton (7-9) 26
Calgary (6-10) 9 @ Winnipeg (8-8) 19
The Tiger-Cats intercepted Mike Rae's first 2 passes as they took an early 17-0 lead and held on to defeat the Argonauts before 32,790 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium and beat them out of the third and last playoff spot in the Eastern Football Conference. It was the last game for Joe Moss as head coach of the Argonauts.
The Blue Bombers defeated the Stampeders before 16,569 fans at Winnipeg Stadium to clinch fourth place in the Western Football Conference in a rare game between two teams that had already been eliminated from playoff contention. Among players whose careers ended with this game were Calgary defensive back Larry Robinson and receiver Gerry Shaw, and Winnipeg running back Dave Buchanan and receiver Bob Kraemer.
Buffalo (7-1) 29 @ New England (6-2) 28
Cleveland (2-6) 35 @ San Diego (2-6) 36
Houston (3-5) 27 @ New York Jets (1-7) 22
Minnesota (6-2) 17 @ Chicago (3-5) 0
New Orleans (3-5) 14 @ Detroit (4-4) 19
Philadelphia (4-4) 0 @ Pittsburgh (6-1-1) 27
St. Louis (7-1) 14 @ Dallas (4-4) 17
Washington (5-3) 17 @ Green Bay (3-5) 6
Cincinnati (5-3) 24 @ Baltimore (1-7) 14
Oakland (7-1) 28 @ Denver (3-4-1) 17
New York Giants (2-6) 33 @ Kansas City (3-5) 27
Atlanta (2-6) 7 @ Miami (6-2) 42
The Dolphins' rout of the Falcons at the Orange Bowl was the last game for Norm Van Brocklin as Atlanta's head coach. He was fired and replaced by Marion Campbell. Mr. Van Brocklin had taken over as Atlanta's head coach after the third game of the 1968 season.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Sounds Like a Melody--Alphaville (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (VRT Top 30): I Just Called To Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (8th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Purple Rain--Prince and the Revolution
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Freedom--Wham! (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Freedom--Wham! (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)--Billy Ocean
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (4th week at #1)
2 Hard Habit to Break--Chicago
3 Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)--Billy Ocean
4 Purple Rain--Prince and the Revolution
5 Blue Jean--David Bowie
6 Wake Me Up Before You Go Go--Wham!
7 Lucky Star--Madonna
8 Let's Go Crazy--Prince and the Revolution
9 Drive--The Cars
10 I'm So Excited--Pointer Sisters
Singles entering the chart were The Wild Boys by Duran Duran (#42); Run to You by Bryan Adams (#68); Concealed Weapons by J. Geils Band (#88); and Catch My Fall by Billy Idol (#89).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (3rd week at #1)
2 Wake Me Up Before You Go Go--Wham!
3 Let's Go Crazy--Prince and the Revolution
4 The Warrior--Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
5 Missing You--John Waite
6 The Glamorous Life--Sheila E.
7 Blue Jean--David Bowie
8 We're Not Gonna Take It--Twisted Sister
9 Drive--The Cars
10 Dynamite--Jermaine Jackson
Singles entering the chart were Walking on a Thin Line by Huey Lewis and the News (#86); Edge of a Dream by Joe Cocker (#89); Heaven's on Fire by Kiss (#90); We Belong by Pat Benatar (#91); I Feel for You by Chaka Khan (#94); I Can't Hold Back by Survivor (#98); and All We Are by Kim Mitchell (#99).
Saskatchewan (3-5) 7 @ Alberta (7-1) 29
Jeff Funtasz rushed 17 timed for 105 yards and 3 touchdowns to finish the season with 915 yards, breaking Dalton Smarsh’s 9-year-old team record for yards rushing in a single season. Mr. Funtasz’s first touchdown covered 54 yards in the first quarter. The other Alberta touchdown was scored by cornerback Sheldon Weinkauf on a 49-yard interception return. Steve Kasowski converted all 4 touchdowns, while Rick Magee added single. Saskatchewan quarterback Doug Simens, who threw 4 interceptions, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Joe Mahnic in the second quarter, converted by Greg Holtz. Mark Denesiuk, Joel Brown, and Darren Brezden, who all played quarterback for the Golden Bears, combined to throw 5 interceptions. Only 338 fans, including this blogger, were in attendance at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton to see the Golden Bears finish first in the west for the first time in 4 years.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Swing The Mood--Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers (5th week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Lambada--Kaoma (7th week at #1)
Sarunas Marciulionis of the Golden State Warriors and Aleksandr Volkov of the Atlanta Hawks became the first players from the Soviet Union to play in a regular-season NBA game. Mr. Marciulionis, of Lithuania, scored 19 points against the Phoenix Suns, and Mr. Volkov, of Russia, was held scoreless against the Indiana Pacers.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Secret--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
Susan Smith of Union, South Carolina, was charged with the October 25 murders of her sons Michael, 3, and Alexander, 14 months. Mrs. Smith, a white woman, had told police that an armed Negro man had taken her car and driven off with the boys. Police, in charging Mrs. Smith, said that she had strapped the boys into safety seats, and had driven the car to the edge of a lake and allowed the car to roll downhill into the lake, drowning the boys.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Sergejs Žoltoks (Sergei Zholtok), 31. Latvian hockey player. Mr. Zholtok was a centre who played with six teams in 10 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1992-2004, scoring 111 goals and 147 assists in 588 games. He was playing for HK Riga 2000 in the Belorussian Hockey League when he left a game with 5 minutes remaining, and collapsed and died in the dressing room of a heart arrhythmia that had previously affected him.
Politics and government
Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's first presidential election.
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