225 years ago
Born on this date
Josef Munzinger. Swiss politician. Mr. Munzinger was one of the first seven councillors elected to the Swiss Federal Council in 1848. He was President of the Confederation in 1851. Mr. Munzinger died on February 6, 1855 at the age of 63.
125 years ago
Born on this date
Rabbit Maranville. U.S. baseball player. Walter Maranville was a shortstop with the Boston Braves (1912-1920, 1929-1935); Pittsburgh Pirates (1921-1924); Chicago Cubs (1925); Brooklyn Robins (1926); and St. Louis Cardinals (1927-1928), batting .258 with 28 home runs and 884 runs batted in in 2,670 games. He was with the Braves when they won the World Series in 1914, and with the Cardinals when they won the National League pennant in 1928, batting .308 in both World Series. Mr. Maranville managed the Cubs for part of the 1925 season, compiling a 23-30 record. He was one of the most colourful characters in baseball history, inspiring anecdotes too numerous to be mentioned here. Mr. Maranville died of a heart attack at the age of 62 on January 6, 1954; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame later that year.
100 years ago
The 4th Canadian Division captured the main German defensive position called the Regina Trench, during the Somme campaign in France.
Politics and government
Victor Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire, was sworn in as Governor General of Canada at a ceremony in Halifax. He replaced the Duke of Connaught.
Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden asked Sam Hughes to resign as Minister of Militia and Defence, ostensibly for administrative incompetence. An Irish Protestant Orangeman, Sir Sam alienated Roman Catholics and French Canadians from military service and refused to build French-speaking regiments; he also backed the military's use of the Ross rifle, which was heavy and jammed in the muddy trenches of Flanders. Sir Sam was succeeded by Albert Kemp.
90 years ago
The United States Numbered Highway System was established.
75 years ago
The British government claimed that seven more Italian ships had been sunk by British submarines in the Mediterranean Sea following the sinking of two convoys on November 9.
The Finnish government sent a note to Washington rejecting the U.S. warning to halt the Finnish invasion of Russia or lose American friendship.
Politics and government
Manuel Quezon, running on the Nacionalista Party ticket, was re-elected by a wide margin to another four-year term as President of the Philippines.
The day after the U.S. National Defense Mediation Board rejected the Congress of Industrial Organizations United Mine Workers of America's demand for a closed shop, CIO President Philip Murray and UMW Secretary-Treasurer Thomas Kennedy resigned from the NDMB in protest. They had cast the only dissenting votes on the closed shop matter.
American Federation of Labor building craftsmen were ordered by their leaders to return to work at noon on November 12 after striking on $23 million worth of U.S. Navy and Marine construction in San Diego the previous day.
The Baseball Writers Association of America named New York Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio as the American League's Most Valuable Player for 1941. He batted .357 with 30 home runs and a league-leading 126 runs batted in as the Yankees won the World Series. The highlight of Mr. DiMaggio's season was a 56-game hitting streak, which remains the major league record.
Regina 12 @ Winnipeg 18 (Best-of-three series tied 1-1)
Quarterback Wayne Sheley scored 2 touchdowns to lead the Blue Bombers past the Roughriders at Osborne Stadium. Ches McCance scored the other Winnipeg touchdown and converted all 3 scores.
70 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
2 To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--The Ink Spots
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--The Modernaires with Paula Kelly
3 Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra
--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--The Three Suns
4 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
5 South America, Take it Away--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
--Xavier Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
6 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
7 Surrender--Perry Como
--Woody Herman and his Orchestra
8 This is Always--Harry James and his Orchestra
9 Passe--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
10 Pretending--Andy Russell
Singles entering the chart were the version of Ole Buttermilk Sky by Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers; Sooner or Later (You’re Gonna Be Comin’ Around) (#21)/Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (#26) by Sammy Kaye and his “Swing And Sway” Orchestra; and The Best Man, with versions by the King Cole Trio, and Les Brown and his Orchestra (#28). Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah was a version of a song from the movie Song of the South (1946).
On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Tin Cup Mystery
Died on this date
Maynard Dixon, 71. U.S. artist. Mr. Dixon was known for his paintings of the American West in the early decades of the 20th century, and paintings of social realism in the 1930s.
A manuscript of a previously unknown string quartet by Benjamin Franklin was discovered in Paris.
Albanian Premier Enver Hoxha protested to the United Nations against a British decision to begin mine-clearing operations between Corfu and Albania. He also decried the entry of an American ship into the Albanian port of Durazzo to remove the American mission to Albania.
U.S. military authorities announced a plan to break up the I.G. Farben chemical combine in the American occupation zone of Germany into 30 independent companies; 400 Danube River barges and ships held by U.S. forces were also ordered to be returned to Yugoslavia and other owners.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Alibi Me, starring Lee Philips, Chick Chandler, Harvey Stephens, and Alan Reed
Hungarian Premier Janos Kadar met with deposed Premier Imre Nagy, grantng Mr. Nagy political asylum in the Yugoslavian embassy after he refused to support the new government.
Egypt agreed in principle to allow the United Nations peacekeeping force land on Egyptian territory.
The first U.S. supersonic bomber, the Convair B-58 Hustler, made its maiden flight at Fort Worth, Texas.
Cardiologists Charles Bailey and Angelo May described new operations in which heart arteries congested by fat had been scraped clean to reduce the chance of heart attack.
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Sweet Pea--Tommy Roe
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band (2nd week at #1)
2 96 Tears--? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians
3 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
4 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
5 I Can't Control Myself--The Troggs
6 Spin, Spin--Gordon Lightfoot
7 Dandy--Herman's Hermits
8 Psychotic Reaction--Count Five
9 (You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
10 The Great Airplane Strike--Paul Revere and the Raiders
Pick hit of the week: Let's Run Away--The Staccatos
New this week: Please Don't Ever Leave Me--The Cyrkle
Hi Hi Hazel--Gary and the Hornets
Peace of Mind--Count Five
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago--The Yardbirds
We Can Make it if We Try--Neil Sedaka
Roy Orbison and the Candymen, with the Newbeats as the opening act, performed two shows at the Sales Pavilion in Edmonton, starting at 7:30 P.M. and 9 P.M.
The Gemini 12 crew of Jim Lovell (Command Pilot) and Buzz Aldrin (Pilot) lifted off from Cape Kennedy, Florida atop a Titan II rocket to begin the last of the Gemini missions.
The United Nations Security Council elected Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Ethiopia, and India to two year terms, replacing Uruguay, New Zealand, Uganda, the Netherlands, and Jordan.
40 years ago
Representatives of the U.S.A., U.S.S.R., and 13 other nations began top-secret talks in London on curbing the spread of nuclear weapons.
The Minnesota North Stars traded right winger Bill Goldsworthy to the New York Rangers for right winger Bill Fairbairn and defenceman Nick Beverley. Mr. Goldsworthy had broken into the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins in 1964-65, but had been taken by the North Stars in the expansion draft in 1967. He had scored 267 of his 273 career goals to that point in a Minnesota uniform, but had just 2 goals and 3 assists in 16 games in 1976-77 with the North Stars. Mr. Fairbairn had been with the Rangers since 1968-69, and had 1 goal and 2 assists in 9 games so far in 1976-77. Mr. Beverley began his NHL career with the Bruins in 1966-67 and had played with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being traded to the Rangers after the 1973-74 season. He had no points in 9 games with the Rangers in 1976-77.
25 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Onnellinen perhe--Ne Luumäet (5th week at #1)
20 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Zero--Smashing Pumpkins (3rd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 If it Makes You Happy--Sheryl Crow
2 Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette
3 He Liked to Feel It--Crash Test Dummies
4 It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion
5 Let's Make a Night to Remember--Bryan Adams
6 Test for Echo--Hush
7 Leave it Alone--Moist
8 Nowhere to Go--Melissa Etheridge
9 Burden in My Hand--Soundgarden
10 Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)--John Mellencamp
Singles entering the chart were That Thing You Do! by the Wonders (#89); Fly Like an Eagle by Seal (#97); If We Fall in Love Tonight by Rod Stewart (#98); Just Between You and Me by dc talk (#99); and Mach 5 by the Presidents of the United States of America (#100). That Thing You Do! was the title song of the movie.
10 years ago
Queen Elizabeth II unveiled the New Zealand War Memorial in London, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army.
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