125 years ago
Born on this date
Eddie Rickenbacker. U.S. aviator, auto racing driver, and automobile and aviation executive. Mr. Rickenbacker was the top American air ace in World War I, downing 26 enemy planes. He founded the Rickenbacker Motor Company in 1920, and owned and served as chief executive officer of Eastern Air Lines from 1935-1959 and as chairman of the board of directors until 1963. Mr. Rickenbacker drove in the Indianapolis 500 in 1912 and 1914-1916, with a best finish of 10th place in 1914. He bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1927 and operated it until the U.S.A. entered World War II. He died on July 23, 1973 at the age of 82.
120 years ago
Died on this date
Myeongseong (Min), 43. Empress (posthumously) and Regent of Korea, 1873-1894; 1895. Empress Myeongseong, known in life as Queen Min, was the first official wife of Gojong, King of Joseon and the first Emperor of the Korean Empire. She was assassinated inside Gyeongbok Palace, and her corpse burnt, by Japanese agents in what became known as the Eulmi incident, 11 days before her 44th birthday.
100 years ago
Boston Red Sox 1 @ Philadelphia Phillies 3 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Grover Cleveland Alexander pitched a 5-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Ernie Shore as the Phillies won their first ever Word Series game before 19,343 fans at Baker Bowl in a game that was played in 1 hour 58 minutes. Babe Ruth of the Red Sox made his first appearance in a World Series game, grounding out to first base as a pinch hitter with 1 out in the 9th inning.
90 years ago
Washington Nationals 2 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Kiki Cuyler hit a 2-run home run off Stan Coveleski with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th inning to provide the winning margin for the Pirates as they edged the Nationals before 43,364 fans at Forbes Field. The ball hit by Mr. Cuyler bounced into the right field stands on one hop, but was a home run under the rules in place at the time.
75 years ago
Detroit Tigers 1 @ Cincinnati Reds 2 (Cincinnati won best-of-seven series 4-3)
Frank McCormick and Jimmy Ripple hit consecutive doubles in the 7th inning, and an outfield fly by Bill Myers brought in Mr. Ripple with the winning run before 26,854 fans at Crosley Field as the Reds won their first World Series championship since the infamous "Black Sox" series against the Chicago White Sox in 1919. Paul Derringer gave up 7 hits in pitching his second complete game victory of the Series. Bobo Newsom, who had won 2 games for the Tigers, went the distance and gave up 7 hits in taking the loss. The game was over in 1 hour 47 minutes.
70 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Till the End of Time--Perry Como (3rd week at #1)
--Les Brown and his Orchestra
2 Chopin's Polonaise--Carmen Cavallaro and his Orchestra
3 On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
--Judy Garland and the Merry Macs
4 If I Loved You--Perry Como
5 Gotta Be This or That--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Tampico--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
7 It's Only a Paper Moon--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
--Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys
8 I'll Buy that Dream--Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes
--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Hal McIntyre and his Orchestra
9 Lily Belle--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--The Pied Pipers
10 Sentimental Journey--Les Brown and his Orchestra
--Hal McIntyre and his Orchestra
--The Merry Macs
Singles entering the chart were I'm Gonna Love that Guy by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (#23); Shame on You by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra with Red Foley (#26); Promises by Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (#27); It's Been a Long Long Time, with versions by Harry James and his Orchestra, Bing Crosby with Les Paul and his Trio, and Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra (#29); and Something Sentimental by Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra (#31). Promises was the other side of I'll Be Walkin' with My Honey (Soon, Soon, Soon), charting at #37. The version of It's Been a Long Long Time by Harry James and his Orchestra was the other side of Autumn Serenade, charting at #34. Something Sentimental was the other side of (Why Don’t You Look Me Up) Down in Chi-Chi Hotcha Watchee, charting at #39.
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Vanishing Elephant
Montreal (1-2) 10 @ Hamilton (1-2) 3
Detroit Tigers 7 @ Chicago Cubs 8 (12 innings) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
The Tigers, trailing 7-3, scored 4 runs in the 8th inning to tie the game, but Frank Secory singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th inning, and Stan Hack doubled home pinch runner Bill Schuster with the winning run.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Unchained Melody--Al Hibbler; Les Baxter and his Orchestra
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White--Perez Prado and his Orchestra
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): The Man from Laramie--Jimmy Young
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces (Best Seller--1st week at #1); The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (7th week at #1)
2 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces
3 Autumn Leaves--Roger Williams
4 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
5 Moments to Remember--The Four Lads
6 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
7 Maybellene--Chuck Berry
8 Tina Marie--Perry Como
9 The Bible Tells Me So--Don Cornell
10 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
Singles entering the chart were At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama), with versions by Pat Boone and the El Dorados (#31); I Wanna Go Where You Go, Do What You Do (Then I’ll Be Happy) #33/Magic Fingers (#36) by Eddie Fisher; Amukiriki (The Lord Willing) by Les Paul and Mary Ford (#39); and I Hear You Knocking by Gale Storm (#49).
On television tonight
The Honeymooners, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Funny Money
Montreal (5-2) 35 @ Ottawa (2-5) 7
Toronto (2-5) 11 @ Hamilton (5-2) 15
Winnipeg (5-7) 13 @ Calgary (3-9) 12
British Columbia (4-8) 2 @ Edmonton (12-1) 38
Toronto halfback Dick Shatto set an Interprovincial Rugby Football Union record for a single game with 32 rushing attempts in the Argonauts' loss to the Tiger-Cats at Civic Stadium.
Calgary quarterback Don Klosterman scored a touchdown and a convert, but missed a field goal attempt in the last minute of the game, allowing the Blue Bombers to win at Mewata Stadium. Gerry James and Leo Lewis scored Winnipeg touchdowns, both converted by Buddy Leake, but it was Tom Casey's punt single that provided the winning margin. Lynn Bottoms scored the other Calgary touchdown, and Tom Miner also kicked a convert for the Stampeders.
The Eskimos amassed over 500 yards net offense while limiting the Lions to less than 90 yards net offense as they clinched first place in the Western Interprovincial Football Union for the second straight year. Normie Kwong rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown, with other touchdowns coming from Bob Kimoff, Bob Heydenfeldt, Dave West, and Rupe Andrews. The TDs by Messrs. Kimoff and Heydenfeldt were the first WIFU touchdowns for both players. Bob Dean added 6 converts and 2 singles.
Western Ontario (0-1-1) 6 @ McGill (0-1-1) 6
Queen's (1-1) 6 @ Toronto (2-0) 11
50 years ago
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Yesterday/Act Naturally--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
2 You were on My Mind--We Five
3 Not the Lovin' Kind--Dino, Desi and Billy
4 Catch Us if You Can--The Dave Clark Five
5 (My Girl) Sloopy--Little Caesar and the Consuls
6 Liar, Liar--The Castaways
7 Help!--The Beatles
8 Mohair Sam--Charlie Rich
9 Eve of Destruction--Barry McGuire
10 Treat Her Right--Roy Head and the Traits
Pick hit of the week: Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones
New this week: My Heart Sings--Mel Carter
Don't Hurt My Little Sister--The Surfaris
You Really Got a Hold on Me--Little Caesar and the Consuls
Feelin' Fruggy--Al Hirt
May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose--Little Jimmy Dickens
Muslim youths shouting "Long live America" burned down the headquarters of the Indonesian Communist Party in Djakarta.
Calgary (9-3) 27 @ Toronto (1-10) 26
Lovell Coleman scored 2 touchdowns in the 2nd half, and the Calgary defense made three goal-line stands as the Stampeders edged the Argonauts before 16,711 fans at CNE Stadium. Calgary quarterback Eagle Day was knocked out of the game with a knee injury and accused Toronto defensive tackle Billy Shipp of deliberately trying to injure him.
40 years ago
At the movies
Mahogany, starring Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, and Anthony Perkins opened in theatres.
Three days of rioting in Spain ended with the deaths of nine people protesting the executions of five Basque separatists.
Hamilton (2-9-1) 4 @ Ottawa (9-4) 31
Tom Clements completed 3 touchdown passes to Tony Ganriel, and Art Green amassed 253 combined yards in rushing, receiving, and kick returns and scored the other Ottawa touchdown, as the Rough Riders routed the Tiger-Cats before 22,467 fans at Lansdowne Park. Ottawa linebacker Bill Palmer suffered a broken arm in the 2nd quarter, ending his season.
30 years ago
Died on this date
Leon Klinghoffer, 69. U.S. murder victim. Mr. Klinghoffer was an appliance manufacturer from New York City. He was in a wheelchair as the result of strokes, but was on vacation with his wife aboard the cruise ship Achille Lauro when it was hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. They shot Mr. Klinghoffer and pushed him and his wheelchair overboard.
American League Championship Series
Kansas City 1 @ Toronto 6 (Toronto led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Dave Stieb gave up 3 hits in 8 innings as the Blue Jays defeated the Royals before 39,115 fans at Exhibition Stadium in the first ALCS game ever played in Canada. Losing pitcher Charlie Leibrandt lasted just 2 innings.
25 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): So Hard--Pet Shop Boys
A confrontation between the Temple Mount Faithful--a Jewish religious group that had declare their intention to raze the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa mosques on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70--and thousands of Palestinians resulted in the fatal shooting of between 17 and 21 Palestinians by Israeli police and the wounding of more than 100. Israeli authorities barred the Temple Mount Faithful, but the Palestinians threw stones at Jews worshipping at the Western (Wailing) Wall. Two dozen policemen and Jewish civilians were reportedly struck.
Economics and finance
Hectic trading in the City of London marked Britain’s first full day as a full member of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) of the European Monetary System.
David Souter was sworn in as the 105th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Edmonton (9-5) 23 @ Hamilton (5-9) 25
Paul Osbaldiston’s 6th field goal of the game, this one from 40 yards with 34 seconds remaining in regulation time, gave the Tiger-Cats their first win under Dave Beckman, who was in his second game as head coach after replacing the fired Al Bruno. Mr. Osbaldiston’s other field goals were from 14; 56; 53; 48; and 40 yards (the longest three came with a strong wind at his back in the 2nd quarter). Quarterback Mike Kerrigan scored Hamilton’s only touchdown on a 1-yard rush in the 3rd quarter. Edmonton quarterback Tracy Ham rushed for 111 yards on 13 carries and completed 19 of 36 passes for 191 yards. He led an impressive drive early in the 1st quarter and finished it with a 6-yard pass to Brian Walling for a touchdown. After that, the Eskimos seemed to abandon plays that were working, although Mr. Ham did hand off to Blake Marshall for touchdown runs of 1 yard in the 3rd quarter and 3 yards in the 4th. Mr. Marshall’s second touchdown came with 2:24 remaining and gave the Eskimos a 23-22 lead, but a 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. Mr. Ham marched the Eskimos to midfield in the final seconds of the game, but a short sideline pass to Craig Ellis ran out the clock, as head coach Joe Faragalli didn’t want to let Ray Macoritti attempt a 57-yard field goal. Mr. Macoritti was successful from 34 yards on his only convert attempt and added 2 field goals, but punted for only a 32.9 average in his first CFL game in his hometown. Earl Winfield of the Tiger-Cats had 92 yards on 4 pass receptions, while Mr. Ellis led the Eskimos with 90 yards on 10 receptions. Darrell Colbert caught 1 pass for 24 yards in his final game as an Eskimo before being traded to the British Columbia Lions for Larry Willis. Mr. Marshall rushed 16 times for 78 yards as the Eskimos outrushed the Tiger-Cats 227-59. Derrick McAdoo led the Hamilton ground game with 15 carries for 57 yards. Only 11,121 fans were at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.
National League Championship Series
Cincinnati 6 @ Pittsburgh 3 (Cincinnati led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Mariano Duncan drove in 4 runs--3 on a 5th-inning home run--and Billy Hatcher added a 2-run homer as the Reds defeated the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I Wanna Be a Hippy--Technohead (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Waterfalls--TLC
Died on this date
B.J. Wilson, 43. U.K. musician. Mr. Wilson was the drummer with the rock group Procol Harum from 1967-1977. He died three years after collapsing after a drug overdose and going into a vegetative state.
Ottawa (2-13) 7 @ Memphis (8-7) 26
San Antonio (9-6) 28 @ Birmingham (9-6) 38
Nick Mystrom kicked 6 field goals and a convert for the Mad Dogs as they defeated the Rough Riders before 12,437 fans at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Memphis running back Gary Anderson scored the game's only touchdown in the 1st quarter on a 16-yard pass from Damon Allen.
Matt Dunigan threw touchdown passes to Ted Long and Schredrick Austin, and rushed 17 yards for a touchdown of his own, as the Barracudas beat the Texans before 6,859 fans at Legion Field. Mr. Long set up the first touchdown when he blocked Todd Jordan's punt and Sam Peoples recovered in the San Antonio end zone. Shonte Peoples also scored a Birmingham touchdown on a 42-yard fumble return. Tony Burse rushed 3 yards for the Texans' first touchdown late in the 3rd quarter, and David Archer completed a 25-yard pass to Mike Saunders late in the game for the other S.A. TD.
American League Division Series
New York 5 @ Seattle 6 (11 innings) (Seattle won best-of-five series 3-2)
Randy Velarde singled home Roberto Kelly with 1 out in the top of the 11th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead, but Joey Cora singled to lead off the bottom of the 11th, Ken Griffey, Jr. followed with a single, and Edgar Martinez doubled them both home to give the Mariners their first ever post-season series win before 57,411 fans at the Kingdome. Randy Johnson pitched 3 innings of relief to get the win over Roger McDowell. New York first baseman Don Mattingly batted 1 for 5 with a double and 2 runs batted in in the last game of his 14-year major league career.
10 years ago
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake centred in Pakistan-administered Kashmir flattened villages in parts of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan, killing an estimated 86,000 people.
Montreal (8-6) 38 @ Saskatchewan (8-7) 34
Alberta (4-1) 12 @ Saskatchewan (5-0) 29
National League Division Series
Atlanta 3 @ Houston 7 (Houston led best-of-five series 2-1)
St. Louis 7 @ San Diego 4 (St. Louis won best-of-five series 3-0)
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