175 years ago
Born on this date
Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau. Canadian politician. Sir Joseph-Adolphe, a Conservative, represented Terrebonne in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec from 1867-1882 and served as Premier of Quebec from 1879-1882. He represented Terrebonne in the Canadian House of Commons from 1882-1892, holding several cabinet posts. Sir Joseph-Adolphe was Lieutenant Governor of Quebec from December 5, 1892-January 20, 1898. He died on June 13, 1898 at the age of 57.
125 years ago
Born on this date
George Regas. Greek-born U.S. actor. Mr. Regas played various ethnic roles in action and adventure movies. He died on December 13, 1940 at the age of 50 after an operation for a throat infection.
120 years ago
University of Toronto 7 @ Queen's College 12 (University of Toronto won 2-game, total points series 26-14)
110 years ago
Politics and government
The Liberal Party, led by Premier Alexander Rutherford, won 22 of 25 seats in the Legislative Assembly in Alberta's first provincial election. The Conservatives, led by R.B. Bennett, captured the remaining 3 seats.
80 years ago
The Committee for Industrial Organization--later the Congress of Industrial Organizations--was founded in Atlantic City, New Jersey by eight trade unions belonging to the American Federation of Labor.
Hamilton (6-2) 19 @ Montreal (0-8) 6
Ottawa (4-4) 18 @ Toronto (6-2) 13
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Only Forever--Bing Crosby (4th week at #1)
Died on this date
Neville Chamberlain, 71. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1937-1940. Mr. Chamberlain, a Conservative, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1919, and held several positions before succeeding Stanley Baldwin as Prime Minister. Mr. Chamberlain was one of the heads of government who negotiated the Munich agreement in September 1938, which resulted in the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslvakia being ceded to Germany. Mr. Chamberlain proclaimed that the agreement had produced "Peace for our time," but that proved to be untrue when German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of the Czech provinces of Bohemia and Moravia in March 1939 and the invasion of Poland six months later. The German invasion of Norway in May 1940 led to a heated debate in the British House of Commons, and Mr. Chamberlain resigned in favour of Winston Churchill. Mr. Chamberlain was appointed Lord President of the Council and served in Mr. Churchill's war cabinet, but was soon diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, and he resigned on October 3.
Sergei Rachmaninoff performed a piano recital at Carnegie Hall in New York, and the reaction from the overflow audience was so enthusiastic that he returned to the stage and played for another half hour.
A Greek report said that Italy’s Centaur Division of 15,000 men, trapped by Greek troops in the Pindus Mountain region, had surrendered. After conquering Lambarene in the interior of Gabon, Free French forces led by General Charles de Gaulle landed near Libreville, Gabon’s most important port. The city of Warsaw was awarded the War Order of Virtuti Militari--Poland's highest decoration for courage and heroism in the face of the enemy--for her defense against the invasion by German forces in 1939.
The U.S. War Department disclosed that new dive bombers were being delivered to the Army Air Corps by the Douglas Aircraft Company.
Samuel Mustain, former president of Continental Securities Corporation, was convicted by a U.S. federal grand jury of defrauding investors of more than $1 million through the sale of oil royalties and securities.
The California State Supreme Court denied a rehearing in the Howard automobile case, which had held the closed shop to be legal and had upheld the sedondary boycott and declared that the courts had no right to enjoin peaceful picketing.
The Mexican Army team won the International Low-Score Challenge Trophy at the National Horse Show in New York.
Hamilton (2-4) 18 @ Ottawa (5-1) 19
Montreal (1-5) 11 @ Toronto (4-2) 15
Toronto (6-0) 9 @ Hamilton (1-4-1) 3
Sarnia (4-2) 6 Camp Borden (0-5-1) 0 @ London
Calgary 2 @ Winnipeg 23 (Winnipeg won best-of-three series 2-0)
The Blue Bombers took advantage of Bronk turnovers to score all their touchdowns and take a 20-0 halftime lead before 3,500 fans on a bitterly cold day at Osborne Stadium. Bill Nairn scored the first touchdown when he recovered a fumble in the Calgary end zone; Greg Kabat converted for a 6-0 Winnipeg lead. The second touchdown came on a spectacular "hot potato" play: Bud Marquardt intercepted a pass by Calgary's Ed Rorvig and lateralled to Ches McCance, who then lateralled to Jeff Nicklin, who then lateralled to Benny Hatskin, who raced down the sidelines into the end zone. Mr. Kabat converted to make the score 12-0. After a field goal by Mr. Kabat increased Winnipeg's lead to 15-0, the Blue Bombers scored on yet another Calgary turnover when Mr. Marquardt fell on a fumble in the end zone. Bill Nairn's convert attempt was blocked, leaving the Blue Bombers with a 20-point lead at halftime. Mr. Kabat added another field goal to conclude the Winnipeg scoring. The Bronks finally got on the scoreboard late in the 3rd quarter when Art Stevenson of the Blue Bombers fielded a punt outside his goal line but was pushed back into the end zone and was trapped for a safety touch. This was the Calgary team's last game under the name Bronks, and the last game of senior football played by a Calgary team until 1945.
70 years ago
At the movies
The House I Live In, a short film starring Frank Sinatra, opened in theatres.
The novels The Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West and Repent in Haste by John P. Marquand were published.
Chinese Communists cancelled peace talks with the Nationalists and announced their intention to oppose Nationalist efforts to enter Manchuria and other “liberated areas.”
Czechoslovakian Premier Zdenek Fierlinger told Parliament that the U.S.S.R. and U.S.A. had agreed to withdraw their troops from Czechoslovakia.
The Japanese cabinet ended conscription.
U.S. Army Lieutenant General James Doolittle told a U.S. Senate committee that he favoured a merger of the armed forces, stressing the need for an air command.
Before departing for the United States, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee said that he would discuss with U.S. President Harry Truman "not so much how to control atomic energy as what kind of world society is necessary.”
Economics and finance
The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers urged an end to all Office of Price Administration controls, except on rents, because the controls retarded production.
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board reported that United Auto Workers at Ford Motor Company had voted to strike in support of their demand for a 30% wage increase.
60 years ago
#1 single in France (IFOP): Les Lavandières du Portugal--Jacqueline François (6th week at #1)
50 years ago
Politics and government
Senator Ferdinand Marcos, candidate of the Nacionalistas, was elected President of the Philippines, defeating incumbent Liberalista President Diosdado Macapagal. 8 seats in the 24-member Senate and 104 seats in the House of Representatives were also up for election; the Nacionalistas won most of the Senate seats, but not enough to give them full control, while a majority of Liberalistas were elected to the House.
A switch at a station near Niagara Falls, Ontario failed, and the northeastern United States and parts of Canada went without power for more than 13 hours.
Roger LaPorte, 22, a member of the Catholic Worker Movement, set himself on fire in front of the United Nations building in New York in a protest against the Vietnam War. He died the next day.
40 years ago
King Hassan II of Morocco ordered an end to the "Green March" of 300,000 unarmed Moroccans into Spanish Sahara.
Hamilton 12 @ Montreal 35
Jimmy Jones threw 2 touchdown passes to Joe Petty and handed off to Steve Ferrughelli for another TD as the Alouettes took a 24-0 halftime lead and coasted to victory before 15,378 fans in the last CFL playoff game ever played at Autostade. Mr. Jones connected with Johnny Rodgers for another TD in the 3rd quarter, with Don Sweet's convert making the score 31-0. Hamilton quarterback Jerry Keeling, playing the final game of his 15-year Hall of Fame career, threw 2 touchdown passes to Terry Evanshen, but was unsuccessful on 2-point convert attempts after both. Mr. Petty's touchdowns were the first of his CFL career. The Montreal defense limited the Tiger-Cats to 14 yards rushing. Hamilton wide receiver Speedy Thomas rushed once for 8 yards, enough to lead his team in his final game. Andy Hopkins, playing his final game in a Hamilton uniform, carried 8 times for just 5 yards and caught 7 passes for 60 yards. Mr. Evanshen led all receivers with 133 yards on 8 receptions, while Mr. Rodgers caught 6 for 124 yards. It was the final game in the 16-year Hall of Fame career of Hamilton flanker and defensive back Garney Henley, and the final game for Jerry Williams as head coach of the Tiger-Cats. Mr. Williams, who had led the Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup championship in 1972 in his first year with the team, was furious at the state of the grass at Autostade; it was slippery because it hadn't been covered by a tarpaulin. Montreal defensive back Art Edgson suffered a career-ending injury, while Montreal linebacker Jim Cope dressed for his fifth and final CFL game.
Baltimore (4-4) 42 @ Buffalo (5-3) 35
Washington (6-2) 21 @ New York Giants (3-5) 13
St. Louis (6-2) 24 @ Philadelphia (1-7) 23
Houston (6-2) 17 @ Pittsburgh (7-1) 24
Cleveland (0-8) 10 @ Detroit (5-3) 21
Green Bay (1-7) 14 @ Chicago (2-6) 27
Atlanta (2-6) 0 @ Minnesota (8-0) 38
Cincinnati (7-1) 17 @ Denver (3-5) 16
New York Jets (2-6) 7 @ Miami (7-1) 27
New Orleans (2-6) 10 @ Oakland (6-2) 48
San Francisco (3-5) 24 @ Los Angeles (6-2) 23
New England (3-5) 33 @ San Diego (0-8) 19
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Into the Groove--Madonna (11th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Only Love--Nana Mouskouri (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Only Love--Nana Mouskouri (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Miami Vice Theme--Jan Hammer
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Miami Vice Theme--Jan Hammer
2 Part-Time Lover--Stevie Wonder
3 Head Over Heels--Tears for Fears
4 Take on Me--A-Ha
5 We Built This City--Starship
6 You Belong to the City--Glenn Frey
7 Saving All My Love for You--Whitney Houston
8 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
9 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits
10 I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down--Paul Young
Singles entering the chart were Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie (#39); Love is the Seventh Wave by Sting (#56); That’s What Friends are For by Dionne and Friends (with Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder) (#60); Small Town Girl by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (#79); Goodbye by Night Ranger (#80); Everyday by James Taylor (#84); Face the Face by Pete Townshend (#86); and Count Me Out by New Edition (#87).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Part-Time Lover--Stevie Wonder (2nd week at #1)
2 Oh Sheila--Ready for the World
3 Miami Vice Theme--Jan Hammer
4 Cherish--Kool & The Gang
5 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
6 I Got You Babe--UB40 with Chrissie Hynde
7 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits
8 Saving All My Love for You--Whitney Houston
9 Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
10 You Belong to the City--Glenn Frey
Singles entering the chart were Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie (#71); Small Town by John Cougar Mellencamp (#74); Ball of Confusion by Love and Rockets (#78); Everything in My Heart by Corey Hart (#80); Do it for Love by Sheena Easton (#84); Tonight She Comes by the Cars (#88); Sisters are Doin' it for Themselves by Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin (#89); There was a Time by One to One (#93); Life in a Northern Town by the Dream Academy (#94); Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy (#96); and Love Has Remembered Me by April Wine (#97).
This blogger was among those who saw the Amy Grant Band perform at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. I paid $15.75 for a good seat.
The Prince and Princess of Wales left Hawaii and arrived in Washington, D.C., where they attended a White House dinner in their honour.
The Soviet freighter Marshal Konev left the dock at New Orleans and headed home with seaman Miroslav Medved aboard. Mr. Medved had twice attempted to jump ship on October 24, only to be returned to the ship by U.S. Border Patrol police. After negotiations between U.S. and Soviet officials, Mr. Medved signed a statement affirming that he desired to return to the U.S.S.R., but the U.S. translator later said that Mr. Medved had in fact said that he wanted asylum.
Gary Kasparov of the U.S.S.R. became, at 22, the youngest world champion in history when he defeated countryman Anatoly Karpov in the final game of their match in Moscow to win the 24-game match--in which draws counted as half a point for each player--13-11. Mr. Kasparov won 5 games, Mr. Karpov won 3, and there were 16 draws. The two had played an inconclusive 48-game match that had been halted earlier in the year, after which a 24-game limit was imposed. Mr. Karpov, 34, had held the title for 10 years.
British Columbia (4-4) 13 @ Alberta (4-4) 38
The Golden Bears won by enough points to finish ahead of the Thunderbirds on the basis of total points in games between the two teams, but the University of Manitoba Bisons won that day to finish ahead of the U of A to take the second and last playoff spot in the West. This was the last game as a Golden Bear for my friend Harold Riemer, a starting offensive tackle for the U of A. It was such a bitterly cold day that I showed up at Varsity Stadium just in time to see the last two plays.
25 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Sadeness (Part I)--Enigma
Politics and government
Mary Robinson was declared elected as President of Ireland after the votes of the third-place candidate in the first round of voting on November 7 were distributed accordig to the second-choice preferences of those voters.
Indian President Ramaswamy Venkataraman chose Chandra Seklar, a Socialist, to be the country’s new Prime Minister.
A large crowd attended a Reform Party of Canada rally at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, with party leader Preston Manning the main speaker.
Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that producer prices for finished goods had risen 1.1% in October.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Lucky Love--Ace of Base (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.
Economics and finance
The Bank of Mexico intervened to bolster the peso after it hit a record low value of 7.8 to the U.S. dollar amid uncertainty over Mexico's economic recovery plans.
10 years ago
Died on this date
K. R. Narayanan, 85. 10th President of India, 1997-2002; Vice President of India, 1992-1997. Mr. Narayanan was a career diplomat before entering politics as a member of the Indian National Congress party before taking office as President, becoming the first Dalit ("Untouchable") to hold the office. Opposition from other parties prompted Mr. Narayanan to decline to seek a second term.
The European Space Agency's Venus Express orbiter was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Three suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing 60 victims and wounding hundreds.
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