Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sylvia Smith and Grace Padaca!
600 years ago
English forces commanded by King Henry V defeated French forces led by Constable Charles d'Albret and various prominent French noblemen of the Armagnac party in the Battle of Agincourt in northern France.
125 years ago
Stratford 1 @ Hamilton 39
University of Toronto 5 @ Queen's College 29
Louisville Colonels 2 @ Brooklyn Bridegrooms 7 (Brooklyn led best-six-of-ten series 3-1-1)
The Bridegrooms scored 2 runs in each of the 1st, 4th, and 7th innings as they defeated the Colonels 7-2 before 1,000 fans at Washington Park. Tom Lovett pitched a 5-hitter to get the victory over Ed Daily. Brooklyn had just 7 hits, but the Colonels hurt their cause by making 6 errors, while the Bridegrooms fielded flawlessly.
75 years ago
German forces advanced in northern Norway as German bombers severed Allied supply lines. The United Kingdom requested U.S. permission to place orders with American factories for 12,000 additional planes.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned French Prime Minister Marshal Henri Petain that if the French fleet were allowed to fall into German hands, the United States would regard it as a "flagrant and deliberate breach of faith."
The government of New Zealand banned the Jehovah's Witnesses on the grounds that the sect was conducting subversive propaganda.
Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was named the first Negro general in the United States Army.
Politics and government
Charging that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt would create a dictatorship if elected to a third term in November, United Mine Workers of America President John L. Lewis announced his support for Republican Party presidential candidate Wendell Willkie.
70 years ago
Died on this date
Robert Ley, 55. German politician. Dr. Ley joined the Nazi Party in the mid-1920s, and served as head of the German Labour Front from 1933-1945. Three days after being indicted for war crimes, he committed suicide in his prison cell in Nuremberg by strangling himself with a self-made noose.
ABC joined CBS and NBC in announcing the discontinuation of FM music as of October 29, 1945 because of demands for double crews by American Federation of Musicians President James Petrillo.
The Republic of China took over administration of Taiwan following Japan's surrender to the Allies.
Allied headquarters ordered Japan to sever all diplomatic relations, recall all diplomatic representatives stationed overseas, and turn over all its diplomatic materials throughout the world to the Allied powers.
Paraguay, Ecuador and Cuba extended recognition to the new government of Venezuela, which had taken power in an army coup six days earlier.
U.S. President Harry Truman and U.K. Prime Minister Clement Attlee were reportedly in agreement on the issue of Palestine.
Former Republican Party U.S. presidential candidate Alf Landon criticized the Truman administration's foreign policy for being vindictive, and suggested that Germany be made self-sufficient.
U.S. President Truman unveiled a new presidential flag and exhibited a new seal of the President of the United States.
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Mundo (Il Mondo)--Jimmy Fontana (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Tears--Ken Dodd (3rd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 A Lover's Concerto--The Toys
2 Just a Little Bit Better--Herman's Hermits
3 Everyone's Gone to the Moon--Jonathan King
4 Are You a Boy or are You a Girl--The Barbarians
5 I Knew You When--Billy Joe Royal
6 Yesterday--The Beatles
7 I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True--Ronnie Dove
8 What Color (Is a Man)--Bobby Vinton
9 Kansas City Star--Roger Miller
10 Positively 4th Street--Bob Dylan
Singles entering the chart were Make Me Your Baby by Barbara Lewis (#29); Think by Jimmy McCracklin (#34); Roses and Rainbows by Danny Hutton (#35); Butterfly by Van McCoy (#36); Don't Talk to Strangers by the Beau Brummels (#37); You've Got to Hide Your Love Away by the Silkie (#38); Make it Easy on Yourself by the Walker Brothers (#39); and Get Off My Cloud by the Rolling Stones (#40).
The liftoff of Gemini 6, with the crew of Command Pilot Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford, was scrubbed when the Agena Target Vehicle that Gemini 6 was supposed to dock with, and which was launched 90 minutes before the liftoff of Gemini 6, failed and apparently exploded six minutes into its flight.
40 years ago
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sabato pomeriggio--Claudio Baglioni (10th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Stan the Gunman--Hank the Knife and the Jets
#1 single in the U.K.: I Only Have Eyes for You--Art Garfunkel
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Bad Blood--Neil Sedaka (3rd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Bad Blood--Neil Sedaka
2 They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)--The Spinners
3 Lyin' Eyes--The Eagles
4 Miracles--Jefferson Starship
5 Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady--Helen Reddy
6 Mr. Jaws--Dickie Goodman
7 Dance with Me--Orleans
8 Island Girl--Elton John
9 Who Loves You--The Four Seasons
10 Low Rider--War
Singles entering the chart were I Love Music (Part 1) by the O'Jays (#86); Welcome to My Nightmare by Alice Cooper (#87); Caribbean Festival by Kool & The Gang (#89); Never Been Any Reason by Head East (#93); Machines by John LiVigni (#97); Easy Evil by Travis Wammack (#99); and Nice, Nice, Very Nice by Ambrosia (#100).
Winnipeg's top 30 (CFRW)
1 Bad Blood--Neil Sedaka
2 I'm Sorry--John Denver
3 Rocky--Austin Roberts
4 Who Loves You--The Four Seasons
5 Third Rate Romance--Amazing Rhythm Aces
6 What the Hell I Got--Pagliaro
7 Island Girl--Elton John
8 Feelings--Morris Albert
9 Wasted Days and Wasted Nights--Freddy Fender
10 Rhinestone Cowboy--Glen Campbell
11 I Only Have Eyes for You--Art Garfunkel
12 Ballroom Blitz--Sweet
13 New Orleans--Stampeders
14 Dance with Me--Orleans
15 Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady--Helen Reddy
16 How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved by You)--James Taylor
17 Lady Blue--Leon Russell
18 The Homecoming--Hagood Hardy
19 Tonite is a Wonderful Time to Fall in Love--April Wine
20 Hold Me, Touch Me--Octavian
21 Daisy Jane--America
22 Wild Little Story--Moonquake
23 Jive Talkin'--The Bee Gees
24 They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)--The Spinners
25 Brazil--The Ritchie Family
26 S O S--ABBA
27 Midnight Blue--Melissa Manchester
28 Heat Wave--Linda Ronstadt
29 Miracles--Jefferson Starship
30 Long Distance Love--Little Feat
Rod Stewart and the Faces, with Heart as the opening act, performed before an audience of 14,300 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Ticket prices ranged from $5.50-$7.70.
The snow came to stay in Yellowknife for the winter.
Someone broke into the visitors' dressing room at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton and stole 22 jerseys, 6 helmets, and other items belonging to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who were scheduled to play a Canadian Football League game against the Edmonton Eskimos the following afternoon.
Philadelphia 2 @ Montreal 6
This was the national Hockey Night in Canada telecast.
Hamilton (4-10-1) 23 @ Toronto (5-9-1) 27
Saskatchewan (10-5-1) 8 @ British Columbia (6-9) 12
Doyle Orange rushed 18 times for 137 yards and touchdowns of 56 and 2 yards as the Argonauts defeated the Tiger-Cats before 40,294 fans at CNE Stadium to strengthen their bid for the third and last playoff spot in the Eastern Football Conference. Dickie Morton scored the other Toronto touchdown on a 63-yard pass from quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Tiger-Cats scored both their touchdowns in the 2nd quarter on a 62-yard pass from Jerry Keeling to Speedy Thomas and a 4-yard rush by Andy Hopkins. The Tiger-Cats had the ball at the Toronto 3-yard line with less than 5 minutes left in the game, but Hamilton head coach Jerry Williams elected to try for a touchdown on third down, and Mr. Keeling's pass to the end zone for Mr. Thomas was knocked down by Toronto defensive back Barry Finlay. Mr. Ealey then led a 10-play 82-yard drive that ended with a 33-yard field goal by Zenon Andrusyshyn on the last play. Mr. Thomas caught 5 passes for 136 yards, while teammate Terry Evanshen caught 6 for 100. Mr. Morton led the Argonauts with 104 yards on 3 receptions, while Mike Eben caught 8 for 90. Angelo Santucci led the Hamilton rushing attack with 58 yards on 13 carries. The game was preceded by a moment of silence in memory of Hamilton linebacker Tom Pate, who had died three days earlier, four days after lapsing into a coma after hitting his head on the artificial turf of Calgary's McMahon Stadium. The Argonauts and Tiger-Cats played each other four times in 1975: Toronto won 27-7 on August 13, and Hamilton won 20-11 on September 1. The latest result gave Toronto a 2-1 edge in games, and a 65-50 edge in total points in the three games. To take the last playoff spot, the Tiger-Cats would have to defeat the Argonauts by at least 16 points in their game at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton a week later.
The B.C. defense intercepted 3 passes from Ron Lancaster as the Lions held on to defeat the Roughriders before 15,269 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The only B.C. touchdown came on a 45-yard pass from Peter Liske to Ross Clarkson in the 2nd quarter. Former Roughrider Brian Berg converted and added a 14-yard field goal, and Eric Guthrie punted for 2 singles. Rhett Dawson scored the only Saskatchewan touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Mr. Lancaster in the 3rd quarter. Jack Abendshcan converted and added a single on a missed field goal. The final interception was by former Roughrider Bob Pearce with 1:39 remaining in the game. B.C. running back Mike Strickland, playing his second CFL game, rushed for 98 yards on 21 carries. Mr. Dawson led all receivers with 69 yards on 7 receptions.
McGill (3-4) 25 @ Concordia (4-3) 26
Queen's (3-4) 37 Bishop's (2-5) 6
Ottawa (7-0) 55 Carleton (2-5) 22
Toronto (6-1) 20 Western Ontario (4-4) 13
Guelph (5-2) 33 Waterloo (2-5) 32
Wilfrid Laurier (4-3) 52 McMaster (0-7) 11
Windsor (6-0) 45 York (1-6) 0
Calgary (5-1) 22 @ Alberta (3-4) 15
Saskatchewan (4-3) 20 @ British Columbia (4-2) 43
Andy Morley completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Nick Carausalis with 10 seconds remaining, and the convert gave the Stingers their win over the Redmen at Concordia's Loyola campus, and a playoff spot in the Ontario-Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference. The touchdown was immediately preceded by a 39-yard pass from Mr. Morley to Mike Groper on third down and 25-yards-to-go. McGill appeared to have won the game when Concordia's John Montelapare fumbled the snap while in punt formation, and McGill lineman Yvon Thibeault returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown with 1:27 remaining in the game to give the Redmen a 27-19 lead. Mr. Groper returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter. Bernie Muldoon scored the other Concordia TD on a 13-yard option pass from halfback Scott McLachlan, followed by a 2-point convert pass from Fran Tognari to Dave McMillan to tie the score 11-11 with 25 seconds remaining in the 1st half. Running back Tom Barbeau scored 2 touchdowns for the Redmen, rushing 14 times for 98 yards and catching 4 passes for 40 yards.
Don Siler rushed for 2 touchdowns and Greg Watson added another as the Dinosaurs defeated the Golden Bears at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton. Alberta quarterback Brian Larsen rushed 1 yard for a touchdown and connected with Brian Fryer from 20 yards for the other Alberta TD. Mr. Fryer caught 10 passes for 150 yards.
St. Louis (4-2) 20 @ New York Giants (2-4) 13
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Cheri, Cheri Lady--Modern Talking (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Rock Me Amadeus--Falco (2nd week at #1)
30 years ago
Argentinian President Raul Alfonsin declared a state of siege and issued new warrants for the arrest of 12 people that he suspected of being connected with a recent series of bombings. The previous day, a judge had ruled Mr. Alfonsin’s October 22 decree to be unconstitutional.
Winnipeg (12-4) 47 @ Calgary (3-12) 4
Jeff Boyd and Willard Reaves each scored 2 touchdowns and Trevor Kennerd scored 17 points to set a single-season CFL scoring record as the Blue Bombers routed the Stampeders before just 11,185 fans at McMahon Stadium. Mr. Boyd scored on passes of 17 and 34 yards from starting quarterback Tom Clements. Mr. Reaves rushed 1 yard for his first touchdown and scored on a 31-yard pass from backup quarterback John Hufnagel for his second. Pat Cantner scored the final touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Mr. Hufnagel with 1:06 remaining in the game. Mr. Kennerd’s 5 converts, 3 field goals, and 3 singles gave him 198 points for the season, 3 more than Dave Cutler’s total with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1977. Calgary’s points came on a single by J.T. Hay in the 2nd quarter and a field goal by Mr. Hay in the 3rd. The embarrassingly poor quality of the Stampeders’ performance on the field was matched by the quality of the radio broadcast on CHQR. The game was so lopsided that the station cut away during the second half for lengthy updates on the Flames’ hockey game.
The Toronto Blue Jays named third base coach Jimy Williams as their new manager, replacing Bobby Cox, who had resigned to become general manager of the Atlanta Braves.
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Useta Lover--The Saw Doctors (6th week at #1)
This blogger won $100 on Rob Christie's morning show on CHED for phoning in with a Tom Jones impression (to the tune of It's Not Unusual).
U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney announced that the number of American troops in the Persian Gulf would be increased by up to 100,000, which could bring the total to 340,000 and give the U.S. forces an offensive capability.
An aide to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir declared that the United States, in supporting United Nations resolutions condemning Israel’s refusal to cooperate with a UN investigation of shootings on October 8 by Israeli police of Palestinian demonstrators on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, was playing into the hands of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Canadian Employment and Immigration Minister Barbara McDougall announced a five-year federal plan to increase immigration to 250,000 people per year. Preference would be given to those with desired skills, to be determined in consultation with the provinces. The plan would encourage immigrants to settle areas other than Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. Critics charged--correctly--that the rise in immigration would put added financial pressures on provincial governments to provide educational and social services benefits.
Evander Holyfield (25-0) knocked out Buster Douglas (30-5-1) at 3:10 of the 3rd round at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to win the world heavyweight title as recognized by the WBA, WBC, and IBF. Mr. Douglas had won the title on February 11 with a shocking 10-round knockout of Mike Tyson in Tokyo.
20 years ago
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Tør du la' vær'?--Timm & Gordon (3rd week at #1)
Died on this date
Bobby Riggs, 77. U.S. tennis player. Mr. Riggs was the world's number one-ranked player in 1939 as an amateur, and in 1946 and 1947 as a professional. He came out of retirement in 1973, alleging that he could beat the best current female players. After an easy win over Margaret Court, Mr. Riggs was defeated by Billie Jean King in three straight sets in a $100,000 winner-take-all match that was more of a television event than a sports event. It has been alleged that Mr. Riggs threw the match in order to pay debts owed to organized crime. Mr. Riggs was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1967.
Viveca Lindfors, 74. Swedish actress. Miss Lindfors appeared in various plays, movies, and television programs, and won an Emmy Award in 1990 for her guest performance in Life Goes On.
A commuter train slammed into a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, killing seven students.
Atlanta Braves 5 @ Cleveland Indians 2 (Atlanta led best-of-seven series 3-1)
The Braves scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning--the last 2 coming on a single by David Justice with 2 out--to break a 1-1 tie as they defeated the Indians before 43,578 fans at Jacobs Field.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Wellington Mara, 89. U.S. football executive. Mr. Mara was the son of New York Giants' founder Tim Mara, and co-owned the club from 1930 until his death. He was one of the National Football League's most powerful owners, and the team won eight NFL titles and two Super Bowls during his time.
U.S. military deaths in Iraq reached 2,000.
Chicago White Sox 7 @ Houston Astros 5 (14 innings) (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Geoff Blum hit a solo home run off Ezequiel Astacio with 2 out in the top of the 14th inning, and Chris Widger subsequently drew a base on balls with the bases loaded to force in another run as the White Sox overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Astros before 42,848 fans at Minute Maid Park in the first World Series game ever played in Houston. The White Sox did all their scoring in just 2 innings, with their first 5 runs coming in the 5th.
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