240 years ago
American Patriot revolutionary forces under General Richard Montgomery captured Montreal.
110 years ago
Politics and government
78.9% of voters in a referendum in Norway approved of the Storting's decision to authorize the government to offer the throne of newly-independent Norway to Prince Carl of Denmark. Prince Carl was offered the throne on November 18 and accepted, becoming King Haakon VII.
100 years ago
Toronto (4-2) 28 @ Montreal (0-6) 1
Hamilton (6-0) 7 @ Ottawa (2-4) 2
Hamilton 17 @ Toronto 11 (Toronto won 2-game, total points series 38-22)
75 years ago
At the movies
Walt Disney's animated musical film Fantasia received its premiere screening at New York's Broadway Theatre, on the first night of a roadshow.
Japanese troops were reported standing by at Hainan, Haiphong, and Kwangchow awaiting orders for new operations in southern Asia, presumably in French Indochina or the Netherlands East Indies.
The government of Martinique announced the "consolidation of good relations" with the United States following U.S. Navy Rear Admiral John Greenslade's visit from November 2-5.
U.S. Ambassador to France William Bullitt submitted his resignation.
Politics and government
General Juan Almazan, self-styled President-elect of Mexico, denied in New York receiving Axis support in his attempts to obtain the presidency of Mexico.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles stated that the U.S.A. "has never sought directly or indirectly" to obtain bases in Uruguay.
Royal Dutch, Japanese Mitsui, and American Standard-Vacuum companies signed an agreement in Batavia, Netherlands East Indies, under which Japan would receive 1.8 million tons of oil per year.
The New York City Board of Education adopted the Coudert-McLaughlin Law, which permitted principals to release public school children from their classrooms for an hour per week for outside religious instruction at their parents' request.
The U.S. Army team won the International Military Perpetual Challenge Trophy in the final event at the National Horse Show in New York for the second straight year.
Cincinnati Reds' first baseman Frank McCormick was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1940. Mr. McCormick batted .309 with 19 home runs and 127 runs batted in as the Reds won their second straight pennant before beating the Detroit Tigers in 7 games to win their first World Series championship since 1919.
70 years ago
In an address to the United States Congress, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee asserted that "man's material discoveries have outpaced his moral progress" and world cooperation was necessary for man to survive the atomic bomb.
The U.S.A. and U.K. agreed to create a joint committee of inquiry to examine the problem of European Jews and Palestine.
Politics and government
Socialist leader Sutan Sjahrir was appointed Premier of the "Indonesian Republic," leaving President Sukarno with little power.
Samuel Rosenman, special counsel and member of former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's original "brain trust," submitted his resignation to President Harry Truman, effective December 31, 1945.
Nearly 1,000 petitions were filed in the U.S. federal district court in San Francisco by American-born people of Japanese ancestry to regain their U.S. citizenship--taken from them during World War II--and to bar their deportation to Japan as aliens.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Breakdown, starring Joseph Cotten and Raymond Bailey
This episode was directed by Mr. Hitchcock.
Died on this date
Bernard DeVoto, 58. U.S. historian. Mr. DeVoto was known for his column The Easy Chair, which appeared in Harper's Magazine from 1933 until his death, and for his histories of the American West such as The Year of Decision, 1846 (1942); Across the Wide Missouri, With an Account of the Discovery of the Miller Collection (1947); and The Course of Empire (1952).
50 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)/Shakin' All Over--Normie Rowe (6th week at #1)
#1 single in France: Le Folklore Américain--Sheila
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Help!--The Beatles
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Yesterday--The Beatles
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)
2 I Hear a Symphony--The Supremes
3 A Lover's Concerto--The Toys
4 1-2-3--Len Barry
5 Yesterday--The Beatles
6 Keep on Dancing--The Gentrys
7 Rescue Me--Fontella Bass
8 You're the One--The Vogues
9 Everybody Loves a Clown--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
10 Let's Hang On--The 4 Seasons
Singles entering the chart were Puppet on a String by Elvis Presley (#67); Hang on Sloopy by the Ramsey Lewis Trio (#69); Let's Get Together by We Five (#74); Mother Nature, Father Time by Brook Benton (#80); Princess in Rags by Gene Pitney (#83); Only Love (Can Save Me Now) by Solomon Burke (#85); I Don't Know What You've Got But It's Got Me (Part 1) by Little Richard (#86); Sunday and Me by Jay & the Americans (#87); Try Me by James Brown (#88); I Really Love You by Dee Dee Sharp (#89); Hole in the Wall by the Packers (#94); Don't Pity Me by Peter and Gordon (#96); C.C. Rider by Bobby Powell (#100); and Rainbow '65 (Part 1) by Gene Chandler (also #100). Puppet on a String was from the movie Girl Happy (1965).
The Canadian Magazine, a Saturday supplement to Southam newspapers, published its first edition.
The U.S.-built Panamanian steamship SS Yarmouth Castle burned and sank 60 miles off Nassau, with the deaths of 90 of the 552 people aboard.
Winnipeg 9 @ Calgary 27 (Calgary led best-of-three series 1-0)
The Stampeders led 10-9 after 3 quarters, but Eagle Day completed a 53-yard touchdown pass to Herm Harrison, and Lovell Coleman rushed 58 yards for another TD as they beat the Blue Bombers before 21,200 fans at McMahon Stadium.
40 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Rhinestone Cowboy--Glen Campbell (4th week at #1)
30 years ago
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev called the U.S.A.'s proposed Strategic Defense Initiative the central issue of the forthcoming summit with U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Mr. Gorbachev viewed SDI as having offensive capabilities.
Politics and government
Xavier Suarez took office as Miami's first Cuban-born mayor.
Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales, flew back to England, ending a vacation in Australia and the United States that had begun on October 27.
About 23,000 people were killed when the volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupted in northern Colombia.
25 years ago
In Aramoana, New Zealand, David Gray shot and killed 13 people after a dispute with a neighbour before being tracked down and killed by police the next day.
20 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Exhale (Shoop Shoop)--Whitney Houston (2nd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Back for Good--Take That (2nd week at #1)
2 Fantasy--Mariah Carey
3 Until I Hear it from You--Gin Blossoms
4 I Wish You Well--Tom Cochrane
5 Runaway--Janet Jackson
6 As I Lay Me Down--Sophie B. Hawkins
7 Can I Touch You...There?--Michael Bolton
8 This--Rod Stewart
9 Side of the Road--Blue Rodeo
10 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
Singles entering the chart were Exhale (Shoop Shoop) by Whitney Houston (#90); Runaway by the Corrs (#94); Grind by Alice in Chains (#98); Better Off as We Are by Blue Rodeo (#99); and I Do by Fleetwood Mac (#100).
A truck-bomb exploded outside of a U.S.-operated Saudi Arabian National Guard training centre in Riyadh, killing five Americans and two Indians. A group called the Islamic Movement for Change claimed responsibility.
Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves was named the winner of the National League Cy Young Award for 1995, becoming the first man to win the award in four straight seasons. Mr. Maddux was 19-2 with a 1.63 earned run average, striking out 181 batters and walking only 23 in 1995 as the Braves won their first World Series championship since 1957, when they were the Milwaukee Braves.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Vine Deloria, Jr., 72. U.S. historian. Professor Deloria, a Sioux Indian, was best known for his book Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969), challenging the typical view of American expansion and American Indians held by white people. He became prominent for promoting an account of creation that he called a defense against scientific racism, but which establishment academics derided as Native American creationism.
Saskatchewan 14 @ Montreal 30
Edmonton 33 @ Calgary 26
Anthony Calvillo passed for 314 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Alouettes took a 24-0 halftime lead and coasted to victory over the Roughriders before 31,199 fans at Olympic Stadium. Ben Cahoon led the Montreal receivers with 7 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.
Jason Maas, whose only previous playing time at quarterback in 2005 had been in the last 3 minutes of the last game of the season, came off the bench to start the 2nd half and completed 15 of 18 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown as the Eskimos came back from a 23-10 deficit to defeat the Stampeders before 26,799 fans at McMahon Stadium. The Eskimos trailed 23-17 entering the 4th quarter, but Mathieu Bertrand rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 6:50 remaining, and Mr. Maas connected with Jason Tucker for another TD with 4:07 remaining, both converted by Sean Fleming. Sandro DeAngelis kicked a 52-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining to draw the Stampeders to within 3 points, but Mr. Fleming kicked a 32-yard field goal--his sixth of the game--with 36 seconds left to restore the 6-point margin. Mr. Fleming also punted 6 times for a 44.8-yard average and a single. Edmonton running back Troy Davis rushed 19 times for 100 yards and caught 7 passes for 40 yards. The Eskimos didn't turn the ball over once, while Calgary allowed 2 interceptions and fumbled 6 times and lost 3, with a fumble by the usually sure-handed Joffrey Reynolds proving costly. Calgary quarterback Henry Burris rushed for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns in the 1st half, with Mr. Reynolds rushing 1 yard for the other Calgary TD.
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