Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nancy Eakin and Silvia Castro!
210 years ago
Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, received its premiere performance in Vienna.
170 years ago
A combined Anglo-French fleet won a pyrrhic victory over the Argentine Confederation in the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado on the Paraná River in Argentina.
100 years ago
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Hamilton 13 Toronto Rugby & Athletic Association 7
Jack Erskine rushed 15 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter and Norman Lutz scored a TD for the Tigers in the 4th quarter as they defeated the Black and White before 2,808 fans. The Hamilton defense stopped the Toronto offense on three straight plays from the Hamiltonn 1-yard line in the 4th quarter to preserve the win. Sam Manson added a convert and 2 singles for Hamilton. George Bickle led Toronto with a field goal and 2 singles, and Hal DeGruchy also kicked 2 singles. The game ended with several hundred fans chasing referee Reddy Dixon across the field because of dissatisfaction with his calls. Mr. Dixon hid in a dressing room and wouldn't come out until the fans had left.
75 years ago
Chinese reports indicated that China would reject any Japanese peace proposals that would alter its alignment with Britain and America against Axis aggression.
Hungary became a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers. More than 200,000 Puerto Ricans had registered for U.S. military service despite an appeal from the Nationalist Party not to do so. The U.S.A. and U.K. agreed on a partial standardization of weapons and a pool of technical knowledge. U.S. Navy Secretary Frank Knox announced that U.S. patrol planes were now operating from Bermuda.
Politics and government
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities released a White Paper alleging that German agents in the United States engaged in propaganda, espionage, economic penetration, and activities designed to strain U.S.-Japanese relations.
Economics and finance
Hungary's export trade, seriously affected by the European war, caused the country to stop the transfer of interest payments on its foreign debts, effective October 15, 1940.
70 years ago
The war crimes trials of 24 German Nazi leaders began at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg.
Iran protested to the U.K. and U.S. that a battalion of gendarmes sent to relieve besiege garrisons in Azerbaijan had been turned back by the Soviets at Kazvin. Soviet troops were also reported moving from Kazvin toward Tehran.
Politics and government
Greek Prime Minister Panayotis Canellopoulos resigned, and Regent Archbishop Damaskinos appointed Themistoklis Sophoulis to form a new cabinet.
Brazilian President Jose Linhares suspended the mayors of all municipalities until December 3 to ensure free elections scheduled for December 2.
U.S. President Harry Truman named General Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff and Admiral Chester Nimitz as Chief of Naval Operations to succeed General George Marshall and Admiral Ernest King, respectively.
U.S. United Auto Workers ordered a nationwide strike against General Motors beginning November 21, charging GM with refusing arbitration of the auto industry dispute.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Our Cook's a Treasure, starring Everett Sloane, Beulah Bondi, and Janet Ward
50 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)/Shakin' All Over--Normie Rowe (7th week at #1)
#1 single in France: Même Si Tu Revenais--Claude François
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Si fa sera--Gianni Morandi (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Yesterday--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Hear a Symphony--The Supremes
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Hear a Symphony--The Supremes
2 1-2-3--Len Barry
3 Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones
4 A Lover's Concerto--The Toys
5 Rescue Me--Fontella Bass
6 Let's Hang On--The 4 Seasons
7 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)--The Byrds
8 Yesterday--The Beatles
9 Taste of Honey--Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
10 Ain't That Peculiar--Marvin Gaye
Singles entering the chart were The Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel (#84); Our World by Johnny Tillotson (#87); Buckaroo by Buck Owens and his Buckaroos (#88); You Didn't Have to Be So Nice by the Lovin' Spoonful (#89); Back Street by Edwin Starr (#91); Flowers on the Wall by the Statler Brothers (#92); I'm Satisfied by San Remo Golden Strings (#94); Let the Good Times Roll by Roy Orbison (#96); and The Carnival is Over by the Seekers (#100).
Ottawa 7 @ Hamilton 17 (Hamilton won 2-game total points series 35-20)
Winnipeg 19 @ Calgary 12 (Winnipeg won best-of-three series 2-1)
Joe Zuger completed a 90-yard touchdown pass to Dick Cohee 6 minutes into the game as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Rough Riders before 21,530 fans at Civic Stadium to win the Eastern Football Conference championship for the fifth straight season.
The Blue Bombers trailed 8-0 after the 1st quarter and 8-4 at halftime, but rookie Ken Nielsen scored 2 touchdowns--one on a 109-yard pass from quarterback Kenny Ploen--as they came back to beat the Stampeders before 21,361 fans at McMahon Stadium. A pair of fumbles by Calgary fullback Lovell Coleman didn't help the Stampeders' cause.
Canadian College Bowl @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto 14 Alberta 7
Bryce Taylor's touchdown pass to Mike Eben on a "hot potato" play was the key play as the Varsity Blues defeated the Golden Bears before 3,844 fans in the first Canadian College Bowl, with Canadian Governor General Georges Vanier on hand to present the cup named in his honour. Mr. Taylor, the Toronto quarterback, handed off to halfback Gerry Sternberg, who in turn, handed off to flanker Jim Ware, who was going the other way on a reverse. Mr. Ware then flipped the ball back to Mr. Taylor, who found Mr. Eben wide open for the touchdown. Alberta defensive back Rennie Bradley scored the first touchdown in Vanier Cup history on a 58-yard interception return. Mr. Sternberg won the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game's most valuable player. Dalt White was the winning head coach over Gino Fracas.
40 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Rhinestone Cowboy--Glen Campbell (5th week at #1)
Died on this date
Francisco Franco, 82. Caudillo (Chief) of Spain, 1936-1975. Generalissimo Franco led the rebel Nationalists to victory in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and then led a dictatorship for the rest of his life.
It was Clash Day as part of Spirit Week at Sir John Franklin Territorial High School, with students encouraged to wear clothes that clashed in pattern or colour. A hot dog sale took place during lunch hour.
The Oakland Athletics released outfielder Tommy Harper. Mr. Harper had played 89 games with the California Angels in 1975, batting .239 with 3 home runs and 31 runs batted in, before being sold to Oakland on August 13, where he batted .319 with 2 homers and 7 RBIs in 34 games.
30 years ago
Page 2 of that day's issue of the Yellowknifer consisted entirely of an ad placed by management and staff of Our Place Cocktail Lounge, with a poem titled In Memory of Jack Doyle;
Big Jack, our favourite customer,
No longer will appear.
"Our Place" is saddened by his loss
We loved the man so dear.
As faithful as the nights are long,
A very cheerful "guy",
The two of them would always show,
To sample our "Mud Pie".
The joking--it did never end,
He lived for every day,
A "Man's Mug" Jack would always get,
There was no other way.
Yes, Lona was the cheeky one
Jack Doyle would always say,
And Carol, quiet as she is,
He made a better day.
To Donna and the Redpath crew
The Lord has called his name,
His memory will always stay,
On "Our Place Wall of Fame".
The summit between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev continued in Geneva, with the leaders and their wives taking turns entertaining each other at dinner at the Soviet Mission and at the Maison de Sassure, the Reagans’ temporary residence.
The computer operating system Microsoft Windows 1.0 was released.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the gross national product had increased at an annual rate of 4.3% during the third quarter of 1985. The department also reported that after-tax profits of U.S. corporations had risen 5.3% during the quarter.
25 years ago
The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida to conclude the secret defense mission STS-38. The five-man crew was led by Commander Richard Covey.
Politics and government
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher failed to win a majority of votes in her battle against former Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine for leadership of the Conservative Party. In the first round of voting, Mrs. Thatcher received 372 votes to 152 for Mr. Heseltine with 16 abstentions, leaving Mrs. Thatcher 4 votes short of a majority.
El Sayyid A. Nosair, a Muslim and U.S. citizen who had been born in Egypt, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and other charges for the November 5 assassination in New York of Jewish Defense League founder and Israeli Knesset member Rabbi Meir Kahane.
Bertha Wilson, the first woman and the most evil person to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, announced her retirement after 18 years on the Court.
About 6,000 steelworkers at Algoma Steel Corporation in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario ratified a tentative agreement, ending a 112-day strike. The new contract would increase hourly wages by $2.89 by 1993, as well as improving pensions and severance pay and introducing a profit-sharing plan.
20 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Chasis--Ricardo F.
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Fantasy--Mariah Carey
2 Runaway--Janet Jackson
3 Until I Hear it from You--Gin Blossoms
4 I Wish You Well--Tom Cochrane
5 Hand in My Pocket--Alanis Morisette
6 Back for Good--Take That
7 Let it Rain--Amanda Marshall
8 As I Lay Me Down--Sophie B. Hawkins
9 Name--Goo Goo Dolls
10 Family Secret--Alannah Myles
Singles entering the chart were I Go Blind by Hootie & the Blowfish (#90); Watch Over You by Hemingway Corner (#92); Too Much Love Will Kill You by Queen (#96); Taxman by Stevie Ray Vaughan (#97); and Garden of Allah by Don Henley (#98).
On television tonight
Panorama, on BBC
In an interview with reporter Martin Bashir, Diana, Princess of Wales admitted having an affair with James Hewitt.
Died on this date
Sergei Grinkov, 28. Russian figure skater. Mr. Grinkov and his wife Ekaterina Gordeeva won gold medals in the pairs competition in the 1988 and 1994 Winter Olympic Games and in four world championships from 1986-1990. Mr. Grinkov died from a heart attack while practicing for the 1995-96 Stars on Ice tour; he was found to have severe coronary artery blockage and a genetic predisposition to heart attacks.
The album Anthology I by the Beatles was released on Apple Records.
10 years ago
Montreal 33 @ Toronto 17
Edmonton 28 @ British Columbia 23
Eric Lapointe rushed 15 times for 112 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 2nd half as the Alouettes defeated the Argonauts before 44,211 fans at SkyDome. Mr. Lapointe entered the game in relief of Robert Edwards, who suffered two broken ribs in the 2nd quarter.
The Eskimos led 21-3 late in the 2nd quarter, but the Lions scored 18 straight points before Jason Maas, who entered the game at quarterback in relief of Ricky Ray in the 4th quarter, completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Trevor Gaylor with 5:43 remaining in regulation time to provide the winning margin before 37,337 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Mr. Ray rushed for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns, both converted by Sean Fleming, who added 2 field goals and a single as the Eskimos took an 18-point lead with 4:06 left in the 1st half. B.C. quarterback Casey Printers rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining in the 1st half, and Dave Dickenson threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to Geroy Simon at 5:12 of the 3rd quarter. Mark McLoughlin converted both TDs and added 2 field goals, while Duncan O'Mahony punted 51 yards for a single with 54 seconds left in the 3rd quarter to tie the game. The Eskimos conceded a safety touch with 1:28 remaining in regulation time, and barely held on to win. The Lions almost scored on a last-second pass to the end zone, and the Eskimos were fortunate not to get called for pass interference. Mr. Simon finished with 112 yards on 3 receptions, while Jason Tucker led the Eskimos with 95 yards on 4 receptions.
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