625 years ago
Born on this date
Isabella of Valois. English queen consort. Isabella was wed at the age of 6 to King Richard II of England in a political arrangement. When he died in custody after being deposed, Isabella went into mourning rather than accede to King Henry IV's demand that she marry his son, the future King Henry V. She was eventually allowed to return to France, where she married her cousin Charles, Duke of Orleans, in 1406. Isabella died in childbirth on September 13, 1409 at the age of 19.
125 years ago
Ottawa College 11 Queen’s University 9 @ Brockville
This was the fourth successful defense of the title for Ottawa College in 1889, and the second unsuccessful challenge for Queen’s University.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Hedy Lamarr. Austrian-born U.S. actress and inventor. Born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, Miss Lamarr shot to fame with a nude appearance in the Czech film Ecstasy (1933); she made the move to Hollywood, where her movies included Samson and Delilah (1949) and My Favorite Spy (1951). In 1942, Miss Lamarr and composer George Antheil received a patent for a radio-signalling device, a forerunner of today’s "spread spectrum." She died on January 19, 2000 at the age of 85.
The Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney defeated the German light cruiser SMS Emden in the Battle of Cocos in the Indian Ocean.
90 years ago
Died on this date
Henry Cabot Lodge, 74. U.S. politician. Mr. Lodge, a Republican, represented Massachusetts' 6th District in the United States House of Representatives from 1887-1893, and represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1893-1924. As leader of the Republican majority in the Senate, Mr. Lodge led the opposition to U.S. membership in the League of Nations after World War I, and his effort was successful. He died of a stroke following surgery for gallstones.
The New York Giants edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 in an exhibition game in Paris. The teams were attempting to repeat their successful world tour of 1913-1914.
75 years ago
U.K. Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) agents Captain Sigismund Payne Best and Major Richard Stevens were abducted by German Sicherheitsdienst (SD-Security Service) agents on the outskirts of the Dutch town of Venlo.
70 years ago
The 1944 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Danish author Dr. Johannes Jensen for his novels The Fall of the King and Long Journey.
U.S. troops in France crossed the Moselle River, taking Konigsmacher and Ham and outflanking Metz. Soviet troops in Hungary crossed the Tisza River northeast of Budapest and established a west bank bridgehead of 45 miles. Chinese troops opened a new drive in northern Burma by crossing the Irawaddy River between Bhamo and Katha, threatening to outflank both of those Japanese strongholds. Japanese forces in China opened an all-out attack upon the encircled city of Kweilin, while in the south they converged on the last U.S. air base at Liuchow in the province of Kwiangsi.
Politics and government
The cabinet of Iranian Prime Minister Mohamed Maraghei Said resigned.
The 1944 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Isidor Isaac Rabi for research on the resonance method of registering the magnetic moments of atomic particles.
60 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: The Six Napoleons
The Ontario Racing Commission banned jockey Ray Powers for life as a result of accusations of attempted bribery of jockeys prior to the third race at Dufferin racetrack in Toronto on November 6. Mr. Powers was ruled off the track for failing to appear at the Commission's hearing on November 8, and as a result of evidence provided by other jockeys during that hearing.
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): A Hard Day's Night--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Have I the Right?--The Honeycombs (2nd week at #1)
2 Unless You Care--Terry Black
3 Tobacco Road--The Nashville Teens
4 When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)--The Beach Boys
5 Last Kiss--J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
6 We'll Sing in the Sunshine--Gale Garnett
7 A Summer Song--Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde
8 Let it Be Me--Betty Everett & Jerry Butler
9 Leader of the Pack--The Shangri-Las
10 Ain't That Loving You Baby--Elvis Presley
Singles entering the chart were I Don't Want to See You Again by Peter and Gordon (#27); I'm Gonna Be Strong by Gene Pitney (#30); Gone, Gone, Gone by the Everly Brothers (#32); Walking in the Rain by the Ronettes (#33); Right or Wrong by Ronnie Dove (#34); I Had a Talk with My Man by Mitty Collier (#37); Mr. Lonely by Bobby Vinton (#38); Hey Now by Lesley Gore (#39); and Everything's Alright by the Newbeats (#40).
On television tonight
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, on NBC
Tonight's episode: See the Monkey Dance, starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Roddy McDowall, and Patricia Medina
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album was released on Capitol Records, and so was the single from that album, The Man with All the Toys/Blue Christmas.
The comic strip The Wizard of Id by Brant Parker and Johnny Hart was first published in newspapers.
Saskatchewan 6 @ Calgary 51 (Calgary won 2-game, total points series 76-40)
The Roughriders took an early 6-0 lead on a touchdown pass to Jim Worden, but the Stampeders replied with 51 straight points before 18,455 fans at McMahon Stadium to advance to the finals against the British Columbia Lions. Bobby Taylor scored 2 touchdowns for Calgary. This was the last time that the Western semi-finals were played as a 2-game, total points series; the semi-final became a sudden-death game in 1965.
40 years ago
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Kung Fu Fighting--Carl Douglas (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Everything I Own--Ken Boothe (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Jazzman--Carole King
2 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night--John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
3 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
4 You Haven't Done Nothin'--Stevie Wonder
5 The Bitch is Back--Elton John
6 My Melody of Love--Bobby Vinton
7 Stop and Smell the Roses--Mac Davis
8 Tin Man--America
9 Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)--Reunion
10 Do it Baby--The Miracles
Singles entering the chart were Junior's Farm by Paul McCartney & Wings (#66); One Man Woman/One Woman Man by Paul Anka with Odia Coates (#68); Ain't Too Proud to Beg by the Rolling Stones (#73); Boogie On Reggae Woman by Stevie Wonder (#76); Dream On by the Righteous Brothers (#86); My Eyes Adored You by Frankie Valli (#89); You and I by Johnny Bristol (#92); Dreams are Ten a Penny by First Class (#97); and Sexy Ida (Part 2) by Ike and Tina Turner (#99).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 Jazzman--Carole King
3 Stop and Smell the Roses--Mac Davis
4 The Bitch is Back--Elton John
5 Straight Shootin' Woman--Steppenwolf
6 Whatever Gets You Thru the Night--John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
7 Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)--Reunion
8 I Honestly Love You--Olivia Newton-John
9 You Haven't Done Nothin'--Stevie Wonder
10 Tin Man--America
Singles entering the chart were La La Peace Song by O.C. Smith (#80); Heavy Fallin' Out by the Stylistics (#85); Build a Tower by Susan Jacks (#86); Rock 'N Roll (I Gave You the Best Years of My Life) by Terry Jacks (#89); Willie and the Hand Jive by Eric Clapton (#90); Dance Gypsy Dance by Fludd (#92); Tell Your Mother by Downchild Blues Band (#93); Diana by Don Goodwin (#94); Lost in Colorado by Ron Nigrini (#95); La La Peace Song by Al Wilson (#96); Sweet Feelin' by Craig Ruhnke (#99); and Candy's Going Bad by Golden Earring (#100).
Calgary's top 10
1 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet--Bachman-Turner Overdrive (3rd week at #1)
2 Jazzman--Carole King
3 Tin Man--America
4 Can't Get Enough--Bad Company
5 Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)--Tony Orlando and Dawn
6 So You are a Star--The Hudson Brothers
7 Carrie's Gone--J.C. Stone
8 It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)--Rolling Stones
9 I Honestly Love You--Olivia Newton-John
10 Carefree Highway--Gordon Lightfoot
Pick hit of the week: Back Home Again--John Denver
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (5th week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): When the Rain Begins to Fall--Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (9th week at #1)
The U.S. space shuttle mission STS-51-A deployed the Canadian communications satellite Anik-D2 into geosynchronous orbit.
25 years ago
The East German government lifted travel and emigration restrictions, and exit visas were issued to those who asked for them. Within hours, thousands of Germans from East and West massed at the Berlin Wall, many of them sitting atop the barrier that had been there since 1961. At midnight East Germany's Communist rulers gave permission for gates along the Wall to be opened. A spokesman for the Soviet foreign ministry said that the changes in East Germany were welcome.
Politics and government
A conference of Canadian first ministers in Ottawa failed to resolve opposition to the Meech Lake constitutional accord that had been raised by Manitoba and Newfoundland. Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells threatened to rescind his province's ratification unless the accord was altered to protect Newfoundland's ability to get transfer payments from the federal government.
Toronto 4 @ Philadelphia 1
John Kordic scored one of the Maple Leafs' goals as they beat the Flyers at the Spectrum.
20 years ago
The element Darmstadtium (atomic number 110) was created by the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany.
Politics and government
United States Senator Richard Shelby (Alabama), who had not been up for re-election in 1994, announced that he was switching parties from the Democrats to the Republicans. His announcement came the day after the 1994 elections, and increased the number of Republicans in the Senate to 53, reducing the Democratic total to 47.
10 years ago
Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros was named the National League winner of the Cy Young Award for 2004, giving "Rocket Roger" a record seven Cy Young Awards for his career. He posted a record of 18-4 in 2004 with an earned run average of 2.98.
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