125 years ago
Died on this date
Ulrich Ochsenbein, 78. 1st President of the Swiss National Council, 1848. Mr. Ochsenbein held several offices before being elected to the Swiss Federal Council in 1848. He was voted out of office in 1854. Mr. Ochsenbein died three weeks before his 79th birthday.
90 years ago
At the movies
The Pleasure Garden, the first movie to be directed by Alfred Hitchock, opened in theatres in Munich.
80 years ago
Politics and government
In a referendum in Greece, 97.9% of voters supported restoring the monarchy. King George II, who had succeeded to the throne in 1922 and had been deposed in 1924, returned as king.
75 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Problem of Thor Bridge
Died on this date
Manuel Azaña Díaz, 60. Prime Minister of Spain, 1931-1933, 1936; President of Spain, 1936-1939. Mr. Azaña, a member of the Republican Left party, was the second and last President of the Spanish Republic, and was in office when the Spanish Civil War began in 1936. When the Republic was defeated in 1939, he fled to France, and died in exile.
Greek troops advanced toward the Italian base of Koritza in Albania.
Harvard University zoologists exhibited a mounted specimen of the kouprey--a kind of wild ox from Indochina--said to be the first new genus of large living mammals discovered in 40 years.
Politics and government
Republican Party U.S. Presidential candidate Wendell Willkie said that if he were elected two days hence, he would recommend a constitutional amendment limiting the time any one president could serve to eight years or less.
The U.S. Justice Department announced that 2,559,706 of the 3.6 million aliens believed to be in the United States had registered.
An epidemic of looting in London was leading newspapers to suggest that looters be hanged.
Economics and finance
The U.S. Bureau of Agricultural Economics reported that prices of farm products were higher than in 1939, and estimated 1940 cash farm income at $9 bilion, the second highest figure since 1929.
A typhoon struck Guam, causing heavy property and crop damage.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Till the End of Time--Perry Como (8th week at #1)
Nationalist Chinese Information Minister K.C. Wu reported a four-point peace plan sent to the Communists at Yenan, including a halt to all air attacks.
The Soviet government praised the Indonesian national revolt against Dutch control, the first instance of postwar U.S.S.R. support for a "war of national liberation."
Economics and finance
The U.S. War Production Board wound up its business and disbanded.
The International Labor Organization voted to admit Argentina.
The U.S. Petroleum Industry War Council approved the recent Anglo-U.S. agreement and urged prompt ratification by the United States Senate.
Irvin Mollison, a Republican from Chicago, was sworn in as a U.S. Customs Court judge in New York City, becoming the first Negro on the federal bench within the continental United States.
Regina 0 @ Calgary 12 (Calgary won 2-game, total points series 15-1)
Paul Rowe scored a touchdown and convert and Harry Hobbs added a touchdown as the Stampeders shut out the Roughriders on a snow-covered field before 3,000 fans at Mewata Stadium in one of the worst games of Canadian football ever played. The statistics included: First downs: Calgary 12, Regina 0; Yards rushing: Calgary 213, Regina 33; Yards passing: Calgary 37, Regina 0; Passes/complete: Calgary 9/3, Regina 8/0; Interceptions: Calgary 3, Regina 0; Punts/Average yards: Calgary, 12/36.5, Regina 11/38.1; Punt return yards: Calgary 67, Regina 30; Fumbles/lost: Calgary 12/5, Regina 3/1; Penalties/yards: Calgary 4/35, Regina 3/20.
60 years ago
At the movies
Guys and Dolls, starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine, opened in theatres.
50 years ago
Politics and government
Larry O'Brien took office as U.S. Postmaster General in the administration of President Lyndon Johnson, succeeding John Gronouski, who had accepted the appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Poland.
The Beatles were at EMI Studios in London, where they recorded the song Michelle.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Mamma Mia--ABBA
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Ichigo Hakusho wo Mou Ichido--Bang Bang (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Bella Sin Alma--Richard Cocciante (3rd week at #1)
Died on this date
Muhammad Mansur Ali, 56. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, 1975. Tajuddin Ahmad, 50. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, 1971-1972. Syed Nazrul Islam, 50. Acting President of Bangladesh, 1971-1972. Abul Hasnat Muhammad Qamaruzzaman, 49. Bangladeshi politician. Messrs. Ali, Ahmad, Islam, and Qamaruzzaman had been members of the government of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was assassinated during a military coup on August 15, 1975. The men were shot by army officials inside Dhaka Central Jail. The anniversary is observed in Bangladesh as Jail Killing Day.
Politics and government
U.S. President Gerald Ford announced major changes within his administration. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger and Central Intelligence Director William Colby were dismissed. Henry Kissinger was dismissed as National Security Advisor, although retaining his position as Secretary of State. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller announced that he would not run as President Ford's vice presidential running mate in the November 1976 U.S. election. Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld replaced Mr. Schlesinger, while Mr. Rumsfeld's deputy Dick Cheney moved up to Chief of Staff. George Bush replaced Mr. Colby, and General Brent Scowcroft replaced Mr. Kissinger as National Security Advisor.
Queen Elizabeth II formally began the operation of the United Kingdom's first pipeline at a ceremony in Scotland.
Los Angeles (6-1) 42 @ Philadelphia (1-6) 3
30 years ago
Two French secret service agents pleaded guilty to charges of arson and manslaughter in the July bombing of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand.
Edmonton (10-6) 20 @ Montreal (8-8) 23
Toronto (6-10) 30 @ Saskatchewan (5-11) 26
Joe Barnes completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Chuck McMann with 2:05 remaining in the game to give the Concordes their second straight win before an Olympic Stadium crowd announced as 15,785. Roy Kurtz converted and added 5 field goals and a single. The Eskimos scored both of their touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, on a 1-yard rush by quarterback Damon Allen and a 34-yard rush by Chris Skinner. Tom Dixon added 2 converts and 2 field goals. Mr. Allen and Matt Dunigan were both ineffective, combining to complete just 9 of 31 passes for 104 yards and 3 interceptions. Turner Gill saw some action at quarterback for the Concordes, but was knocked out early on a clean but vicious hit by Edmonton linebacker Craig Shaffer. Mr. Gill suffered his third concussion of the season, and it ended his promising football career. Other than Mr. Skinner’s touchdown, the Eskimos’ best offensive play was a 29-yard rush by defensive tackle Dan Kearns, who took a short snap on a fake punt.
The Argonauts, down 26-7 in the 3rd quarter, rallied for 23 consecutive points to defeat the Roughriders in a rare game between teams that had both been eliminated from playoff contention. Craig Ellis rushed for touchdowns of 45 yards in the 1st quarter and 1 yard in the 2nd quarter, and Joe Paopao connected with Daric Zeno on a 21-yard touchdown pass early in the 3rd quarter to help Saskatchewan build up the big lead. Dave Ridgway added 3 converts, a field goal, and a single, while Gerry McGrath punted for a single for the Roughriders’ other point. The Argonauts didn’t score a touchdown until the 13:10 mark of the 3rd quarter, when Ricky Turner completed a 53-yard strike to Terry Greer. Lance Chomyc, who had kicked 2 field goals and a single in the 1st half, converted to reduce the deficit to 26-14. In the 4th quarter, the Argonauts got the benefit of the wind, and Hank Ilesic punted or singles of 82 and 83 yards to make the score 26-16. A snap from Saskatchewan centre Willie Thomas that went through quarterback Harold Smith’s legs and eluded running back Denny Ferdinand was kicked downfield and eventually recovered for a touchdown by Toronto linebacker Frank Robinson, playing his second and last game as an Argonaut after being acquired from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. It was the only touchdown of Mr. Robinson’s CFL career. A 2-point convert attempt failed, but the Argonauts soon got the ball back, and Mr. Turner completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Walter Bender. Mr. Chomyc converted, and a 68-yard punt single by Mr. Ilesic with 1:10 remaining made the final score 30-26. Despite the poor record of both teams and the fact that the game meant little in the standings, the game was quite entertaining for the 19,212 fans at Taylor Field in Regina and the national television audience. Condredge Holloway started at quarterback for Toronto and left after completing 8 of 18 passes for 90 yards. Mr. Turner completed just 5 of 12 passes, but for 143 yards; he also led the Argonauts with 22 yards rushing on 3 carries. Mr. Greer, playing the final game of his 6-year CFL career, caught 4 passes for 104 yards, while Danny Barrett, who had played more at receiver than at his usual position of quarterback in 1985, caught 2 for 46. Mr. Zeno had 118 yards on 7 catches; Mr. Ellis, who rushed for 54 yards on 7 carries, caught 12 passes, but for just 72 yards.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Jukebox in Siberia--Skyhooks
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Good Night--B'z
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): I'm Your Baby Tonight--Whitney Houston
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Cult of Snap--Snap!
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Verdammt, ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Kingston Town--UB40 (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): The Joker--Steve Miller Band
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Unchained Melody--The Righteous Brothers
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice
2 Black Cat--Janet Jackson
3 Love Takes Time--Mariah Carey
4 I Don’t Have the Heart--James Ingram
5 Suicide Blonde--INXS
6 Giving You the Benefit--Pebbles
7 Can’t Stop--After 7
8 Praying for Time--George Michael
9 Unchained Melody--The Righteous Brothers
10 Pray--M.C. Hammer
Unchained Melody was the same recording that had been a major hit in 1965. It was re-released as a single in 1990 after being included in the soundtrack of the movie Ghost. The re-released 1965 recording wasn’t released on cassette, so the Righteous Brothers re-recorded the song for Curb Records for release as a cassette single. The 1990 version failed to make the chart. Singles entering the chart were One and Only Man by Steve Winwood (#68); After the Rain by Nelson (#70); Biscuit's in the House by Biscuit (#78); Just Another Dream by Cathy Dennis (#79); Love is a Killer by Vixen (#82); Me - U = Blue by Glenn Medeiros (#84); and Hard to Handle by the Black Crowes (#86).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Praying for Time--George Michael (2nd week at #1)
2 Suicide Blonde--INXS
3 More than Words Can Say--Alias
4 Unchained Melody--The Righteous Brothers
5 Something Happened on the Way to Heaven--Phil Collins
6 Say a Prayer--Breathe
7 Heart of Stone--Taylor Dayne
8 Close to You--Maxi Priest
9 Love Takes Time--Mariah Carey
10 Black Cat--Janet Jackson
Singles entering the chart were One and Only Man by Steve Winwood (#68); She's My Baby by the Traveling Wilburys (#80); Travelling Riverside Blues by Led Zeppelin (#79); Hard to Handle by the Black Crowes (#88); High Enough by Damn Yankees (#89); My Love is a Fire by Donny Osmond (#94); King of Dreams by Deep Purple (#96); Tom's Diner by DNA featuring Suzanne Vega (#97); Is it Love by Paul Laine (#99); and Hippychick by Soho (#100).
Died on this date
Mary Martin, 76. U.S. actress and singer. Miss Martin was known for her starring roles in Broadway musicals, winning Tony Awards for her performances in South Pacific (1949); Peter Pan (1954); and The Sound of Music (1959). She also recieved an Emmy Award for Peter Pan (1956).
Ottawa (7-11) 30 @ Toronto (10-8) 49
Saskatchewan (9-9) 28 @ British Columbia (6-11-1) 35
Rickey Foggie passed for 273 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead the Argos to victory before a SkyDome crowd of 36,321. Mike "Pinball" Clemons caught 5 passes for 98 yards and touchdowns of 65 and 16 yards, and rushed 4 yards for another score. Darrell K. Smith caught 4 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, and Jeff Boyd also caught a touchdown pass from Mr. Foggie. Mr. Foggie threw 3 interceptions, and Willie Gillus, who replaced him in the 4th quarter, threw 2 more. Mr. Gillus was 0 for 7 in passing, but rushed 3 times for 52 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown with 1:55 remaining in the game. Lance Chomyc added 7 converts. Ottawa quarterback Damon Allen threw for 315 yards and touchdowns to Stephen Jones and David Williams. Mr. Allen also rushed 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown, while Reggie Barnes rushed 13 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. Dean Dorsey added 3 converts and a field goal. The 49 points by the Argos gave them a CFL record for a single season of 689, surpassing the Edmonton Eskimos’ total of 644 from the previous year.
Former West Virginia University star quarterback Major Harris rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for 2 more as the Lions prevented the Roughriders from finishing higher than third place in the Western Division. For Mr. Harris, who relieved starter Joe Paopao in the 1st quarter, it was his last CFL game, and the only one in which he saw significant playing time. He rushed 9 times for 79 yards, and completed 10 of 19 passes for 139 yards. His touchdown strikes went to Ryan Hanson and Jay Christensen. Mr. Hanson also scored the game’s first touchdown on a pass from Mr. Paopao. Tony Martino converted all 5 B.C. touchdowns. Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin completed 28 of 45 passes for 297 yards and touchdowns to Milson Jones and Lucius Floyd. Mr. Jones also rushed 24 yards for a touchdown. Dave Ridgway added 3 converts, 2 field goals, and a single. 23,919 were in attendance at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.
Manitoba 17 @ Alberta (1-6-1) 5
This blogger was among the few in attendance at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon to see the Golden Bears play their last game under head coach Jim Donlevy. Several months later, the university threatened to drop football, and Mr. Donlevy, who had been head coach for 18 of the past 20 seasons, put the program’s welfare above his own and resigned.
Texas Christian 35 @ Houston 56
Cougars’ quarterback David Klingler passed for 563 yards and 7 touchdowns, while Matt Vogler of the visiting Horned Frogs passed for 690 yards and 5 touchdowns. None of the scoring drives in this game at the Astrodome took more than 1 minute and 40 seconds.
20 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (2nd week at #1)
New Jersey (0-1) 79 @ Toronto (1-0) 94
Vancouver (1-0) 92 @ Portland (0-1) 80
Alvin Robertson scored 30 points to lead the Raptors over the Nets before 33,306 fans at SkyDome in the expansion Raptors' first regular season game ever.
Benoit Benjamin scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the expansion Grizzlies won the first regular season game in franchise history over the Trail Blazers before 21,398 fans at the Rose Garden. Clifford Robinson of Portland led all scorers with 33 points.
10 years ago
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, pleaded not guilty to a five-count felony indictment in the case of the leaking of the name of Central Intelligence Agency secret agent Valerie Plame.
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