125 years ago
Petroleum deposits were discovered in Alberta along the Athabasca River.
Lumber mill workers in Ottawa went on strike.
80 years ago
The Chicago Cubs moved into first place in the National League with their 11th straight win, an 18-14 slugfest over the Brooklyn Dodgers before 10,000 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Winning pitcher Charlie Root allowed 11 hits and 9 runs--all earned--in 7 innings. The Dodgers used 7 pitchers, including Harvey Green and Bob Barr. For Messrs. Green and Barr, it was the second and last major league game for both pitchers. Mr. Green entered the game with 2 out in the 6th inning and walked the first two batters he faced, followed by a single by Phil Cavaretta. Mr. Barr then entered the game and issued a base on balls before getting the third out, after the Cubs had scored 8 runs in the inning.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Never Smile Again--Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers) (8th week at #1)
The Hungarian Army, supported by local Hungarians, killed 158 Romanian civilians in Ip, Sălaj, a village in Northern Transylvania in an act of ethnic cleansing.
The United States Congress passed the Selective Service Act, providing for the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.
60 years ago
Toronto (0-4) 0 @ Sarnia (3-1) 45
Gino Cappelletti scored 2 touchdowns, 7 converts, and a field goal to lead the Imperials over Balmy Beach at Norm Perry Park. John Jacobs also scored 2 touchdowns, and Herk Johnston, Andy Sokol, and Tom Dwinnell also scored TDs.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Wings of an Angel, with guest stars Lin McCarthy, Greg Morris, and Harold Gould
F Troop, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Scourge of the West
This was the pilot and first episode of the series.
My Mother the Car, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Come Honk Your Horn
This was the first episode of the series.
The fourth session of the Second Vatican Council opened in Rome.
40 years ago
Pope Paul VI declared Mother Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton the first U.S.-born Roman Catholic saint.
Edmonton (7-1) 17 @ Hamilton (2-6) 3
Tom Wilkinson completed touchdown passes of 18 yards to George McGowan in the 1st quarter and 43 yards to Don Warringtonn in the 2nd quarter as the Eskimos defeated the Tiger-Cats in a dull game before 22,144 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Edmonton running back Roy Bell led all rushers with 78 yards on 28 carries, while teammate Leroy Moss added 61 on 10 carries.
New York Jets (5-1) vs. New England (3-3) @ New Haven, Connecticut (New York won by forfeit)
St. Louis (3-3) 17 @ Denver (3-3) 21
The Jets won by forfeit when the Patriots' players went on strike the day before the game was to be played. They sought to get support from players on other clubs, but only the Washington Redskins went along with them.
Charlotte (4-2) 30 @ Southern California (4-3) 22
The Kansas City Royals scored 7 runs off Frank Tanana in the first 3 innings as they beat the California Angels 10-4 before 7,473 fans at Royals Stadium. Harmon Killebrew hit a home run in the 1st inning, and Frank White hit an inside-the-park homer in the 2nd. Mr. Tanana allowed 8 hits and 7 earned runs in 2 2/3 innings to take the loss, while Steve Busby allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings to improve his 1975 record to 17-12. California second baseman Winston Llenas batted 0 for 4 and made 1 putout and 1 assist in his 300th and final major league game.
Roy Howell singled home Tom Grieve with 2 out in the bottom of the 13th inning to conclude a 3-run rally as the Texas Rangers came from behind to win their second straight extra-inning game over the Chicago White Sox by a score of 9-8 before 6,705 fans at Arlington Stadium. Jim Gideon started on the mound for Texas and allowed 7 hits, 5 bases on balls, and 6 runs--5 earned--in 5 2/3 innings in his only major league game.
Mike Schmidt hit his 35th and 36th home runs of the season and Dick Allen added his 10th as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 13-7 before 16,294 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Chicago relief pitcher Donnie Moore made his major league debut, relieving starter Steve Stone with 1 out in the 3rd inning and allowing 3 hits and 2 bases on balls, but no runs in 2 2/3 innings. Steve Carlton allowed 4 hits and 2 earned run in 8 innings to get the win before being relieved by Randy Lerch, who was also making his major league debut. Mr. Lerch entered the game to begin the bottom of the 9th inning with the Phillies leading 13-2, and he allowed 4 hits, a base on balls, and 5 earned runs, the last 4 coming on a grand slam by Tim Hosley with 2 out.
Junior World Series
Evansville Triplets (AA) 0 @ Tidewater Tides (IL) 1 (Evansville led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Bill Laxton pitched a 2-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Mark Fidrych, who allowed just 6 hits in pitching a complete game, as the Tides edged the Triplets before 1,209 fans at Metropolitan Memorial Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Laxton faced just 30 batters an allowed just one runner to reach second base. The game's only run came in the 6th inning when Mark DeJohn singled, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bruce Boisclair, and scored on a 2-out single by Ron Diggle.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Into the Groove--Madonna (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Into the Groove--Madonna
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Into the Groove--Madonna
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Dancing in the Street--David Bowie and Mick Jagger
#1 single in the U.K.: Dancing in the Street--David Bowie and Mick Jagger (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr (2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr (2nd week at #1)
2 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits
3 We Don’t Need Another Hero--Tina Turner
4 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
5 Cherish--Kool & the Gang
6 Don’t Lose My Number--Phil Collins
7 Pop Life--Prince and the Revolution
8 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
9 Invincible--Pat Benatar
10 You're Only Human (Second Wind)--Billy Joel
Singles entering the chart were Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears (#48); One Night Love Affair by Bryan Adams (#54); You Belong to the City by Glenn Frey (#56); Boy in the Box by Corey Hart (#73); Never by Heart (#78); Perfect Way by Scritti Politti (#85); All Fall Down by Five Star (#88); and Stand by Me by Maurice White (#90).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
2 Crying Over You--Platinum Blonde
3 We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
4 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
5 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
6 Invincible--Pat Benatar
7 You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)--Dead or Alive
8 Head Over Heels--Tears for Fears
9 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
10 What About Love--Heart
Singles entering the chart were Miami Vice Theme by Jan Hammer (#70); Sunset Grill by Don Henley (#75); The Way You Do the Things You Do/My Girl by Daryl Hall John Oates with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick (#81); and Oh Sheila by Ready for the World (#86).
Two days after the British government ordered the expulsion of 25 Soviet spies, the U.S.S.R. responded by expelling 25 British nationals.
Penang Bridge, the longest bridge in Malaysia, connecting the island of Penang to the mainland, opened to traffic.
Ottawa (4-6) 7 @ Calgary (2-7) 32
Joe Barnes threw a touchdown pass to Larry Mason in the 3rd quarter and another to Greg Fieger in the 4th quarter for the Stampeders. J.T. Hay added 2 converts, 5 field goals, and 3 singles. His first convert was his 247th in a row, breaking Lui Passaglia’s CFL record. Dean Dorsey kicked 2 field goal and a single for the Rough Riders. Only 12,076 fans attended the game at McMahon Stadium.
Manitoba 32 British Columbia 20
Wilfrid Laurier 59 Waterloo 0
Mount Allison 24 Guelph 15
Carleton 24 Acadia 23
Windsor 14 Bishop’s 9
Queen’s 31 York 8
Western Ontario 34 McGill 8
25 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Tom's Diner--DNA featuring Suzanne Vega (2nd week at #1)
At the movies
The Grifters, directed by Stephen Frears and starring John Cusack, Angelica Huston, and Annette Bening, received its premiere screening at the Festival of Festivals in Toronto.
Iraqi troops raided several Western embassies in Kuwait City. Four French citizens were seized, then released. French President Francois Mitterand denounced the incident.
The United Kingdom announced that it was sending an armoured brigade of 8,000 troops and 120 tanks to Saudi Arabia.
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced that a squadron of CF-18 fighter jets would join Canadian forces in the Persian Gulf. The 18 jets, with about 450 flyers and ground crew, were to leave a NATO base in West Germany to provide cover for the three ships Canada had already sent to the gulf. In Mr. Mulroney’s words: "Not in 40 years has the case for Canadian action been more compelling." He also raised to $74 million the amount of Canadian aid to Kuwaiti refugees.
Economics and finance
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev submitted a modified version of the "Shatalin plan" to the Supreme Soviet that would retain central authority over financial matters.
The United States Labor Department reported that producer prices for finished goods had increased 1.3% in August.
Canadian Energy Minister Jake Epp approved the $5.2-billion Hibernia offshore oil project, led by Mobil Oil.
Spar Aerospace bought the defense contracts of bankrupt Leigh Instruments Ltd. of Ottawa for $10 million.
Winnipeg (7-4) 17 @ Calgary (6-4-1) 18
Two missed field goal attempts by Trevor Kennerd were the difference as the Stampeders edged the Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium. In the 2nd quarter he missed from 46 yards, and Ron Hopkins returned it 128 yards for a touchdown. Mr. Kennerd missed a 30-yard attempt with 7 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter that would have won the game for the Blue Bombers. Andy McVey scored the first Calgary touchdown on a 1-yard rush in the 1st quarter. The only Winnipeg touchdown came in the 3rd quarter on a 24-yard pass from Danny McManus to Eric Streater. Mr. Streater led all receivers with 111 yards on 5 receptions.
Ken Griffey, Sr. and Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners hit consecutive home runs in the 1st inning off Kirk McCaskill, but the Mariners lost 7-5 to the California Angels before 34,180 fans at Anaheim Stadium. California right fielder Dave Winfield hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs.
The Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 before 34,091 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as Dave Stewart reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight year.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Shut Up (And Sleep with Me)--Sin with Sebastian
10 years ago
Died on this date
Robert Wise, 91. U.S. movie director, editor, and producer. U.S. film director and producer. Mr. Wise won the Academy Award for Best Picture and shared the Academy Award for Best Director with Jerome Robbins for West Side Story (1961), and won both awards by himself for The Sound of Music (1965). He was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar for The Sand Pebbles (1966) and for the Best Film Editing Academy Award for Citizen Kane (1941). Mr. Wise died four days after his 91st birthday.
Frances Newton, 40. U.S. murderess. Mrs. Newton was executed by lethal injection in Texas for the April 7, 1987 murders of her husband Adrian, 23; her son Alton, 7; and her daughter Farrah, 21 months.
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