125 years ago
Born on this date
David Townsend. U.S. art director. Mr. Townsend worked with several movie studios from 1919 until his death in a car accident at the age of 43 on August 5, 1935 while scouting locations in Sonora Pass in California for Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936).
90 years ago
Rock Island (2-4-1) 0 @ New York (5-2) 35
80 years ago
The Canadian Parliament passed the Canadian Broadcasting Act creating the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a crown corporation along the same lines as the British one (BBC), with a mandate to regulate broadcasting in Canada, transmit its own programming and purchase and construct stations for dissemination. The new CBC replaced the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission (CRBC), which had taken over over CNR Radio, the radio network of government owned Canadian National Railways used to broadcast to train passengers.
The British Broadcasting Corporation initiated the BBC Television Service, the world's first regular, "high-definition" (then defined as at least 200 lines) service.
Politics and government
The Canadian government of Prime Minister Mackenzie King established the Department of Transport.
75 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Walking Corpse
The German command reported that German and Romanian troops had captured the Crimean capital of Simferopol. Finnish President Risto Ryti told Henry Taylor of the North American Newspaper Alliance in Helsinki that "there are no German officers or soldiers in the Finnish units" battling against the U.S.S.R.
General Sir Archibald Wavell, commander of the British Indian Army, arrived in Singapore to confer on the Far Eastern situtation.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order placing the entire Coast Guard under the orders of Navy Secretary Frank Knox.
Communist Party USA Chairman William Z. Foster declared that the United States should "scrap the Neutrality Act and enter into a full military alliance" with the U.S.S.R. and U.K.
Economics and finance
The Canadian government of Prime Minister Mackenzie King issued an order-in-council imposing a ceiling on prices, effective November 17, based on maximum prices between September 15 and October 11.
U.S. Army Brigadier General Philip Fleming, wage and hour administrator, signed five orders increasing the minimum wage rates for about 320,000 workers in the shoe, furniture, jewellery, gray iron foundry, and lumber industries.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Original Hamlet
India's Congress Party and Muslim League sent representatives to Calcutta for discussions on the means of ending the latest wave of Hindu-Muslim violence.
Politics and government
Municipal and borough elections in the United Kingdom resulted in a net gain of 159 seats for the Labour Party.
Arabs in Palestine staged a one-day general strike against Jewish immigration.
Dr. Forest Huddleson of Michigan State Colleg announced the development of a new vaccine for undulant fever in cattle.
A 50-day United Parcel Service strike in New York ended with Teamsters union members winning a 33 1/2c hourly wage increase and a 40-hour week.
Toronto (7-2-2) 9 @ Montreal (6-3-2) 8
Ottawa (5-4-2) 11 @ Hamilton (0-9-2) 1
Calgary 0 @ Winnipeg 12 (Winnipeg won 2-game total points series 30-21)
Toronto Indians (8-1-1) 27 @ Sarnia (4-6) 16
Toronto Balmy Beach (6-4) 17 @ Windsor (3-7) 5
McGill (1-4) 5 @ Queen's (1-4) 14
Western Ontario (5-0) 15 @ Toronto (3-2) 6
The Stampeders carried a 21-18 lead from the first game of the Western Interprovincial Football Union finals into the second game before 5,600 fans at Osborne Stadium. The 1st half was scoreless, and Walt Dobler missed a field goal attempt that went for a single in the 3rd quarter to give the Blue Bombers a 1-0 lead. The combined score remained 21-19 in favour of Calgary until the last 5 minutes of regulation time and the Blue Bombers faced third down and 5 yards to go from their own 10-yard line. Mr. Dobler faked a punt and passed to end Harry Fitzgibbons for 7 yards and a first down. Mr. Dobler then marched the Blue Bombers to midfield, and on third down, threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Fitzgibbons. Mr. Dobler converted to give Winnipeg a 25-21 lead. Calgary's Billl Wusyk then threw a pass that was intercepted by Harry Hood, and on a fake field goal, Mr. Dobler connected with Doug Gauthier for a 30-yard TD pass to close the scoring and clinch the Blue Bombers' second WIFU championship in as many calendar years, and seventh straight going back to 1937, with a three-year interruption from 1942-1944 because of World War II.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): A Woman in Love--Frankie Laine (3rd week at #1)
General Mohammed Fuad A'Dajawi, Egypt's 8th division commander, surrendered control of Gaza to Israelis in talks agreed to by a United Nations truce observer.
Hungarian Prime Minister Imre Nagy reported that "large Soviet military units" were marching toward Budapest.
The United Nations General Assembly approved a U.S. draft resolution calling for a cease-fire and a halt to arms movements in the Middle East. UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold named a three-member committee to check on the British, French, and Israeli responses to the cease-fire appeal. U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon said that the U.S. split with the U.K. and France over the Suez crisis was "the first time in history we have shown independence of Anglo-French policies toward Asia and Africa, which seemed to us to reflect the colonial tradition."
Democratic Party U.S. presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson charged in Detroit that the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower had concealed the fact that radioactive strontium-90 from hydrogen bomb test was endangering the country's milk supply.
50 years ago
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set):
1 Step Back/Cara Lyn--Johnny Young and Kompany
2 Born a Woman--Sandy Posey
3 Needle in a Haystack--The Twilights
4 Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby--The Beatles
5 Spicks and Specks--The Bee Gees
6 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
7 Last Train to Clarksville--The Monkees
8 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
9 You Can't Hurry Love--The Supremes
10 Ever Lovin' Man--The Loved Ones
No singles entered the chart.
Died on this date
Peter Debye, 82. Dutch-born U.S. physicist and chemist. Dr. Debye, born Petrus Debije, was awarded the 1936 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "[for his work on] molecular structure through his investigations on dipole moments and the diffraction of X-rays and electrons in gases."
Mississippi John Hurt, 73 or 74. U.S. musician. Mr. Hurt was a country blues singer and guitarist who began making recordings in 1928, but failed to achieve commercial success until he was "discovered" in 1963 and moved to Washington, D.C., where he then made recordings for the Library of Congress and played at coffee houses and university campuses.
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson returned to the United States from his Pacific-Asian tour and the Manila Conference.
The Cuban Adjustment Act came into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Dancing Queen--ABBA (11th week at #1)
Politics and government
The Democratic Party ticket of former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter and U.S. Senator (Minnesota) Walter Mondale was elected President and Vice President of the United States, respectively, narrowly defeating the Republican Party ticket of President Gerald Ford and his vice presidential running mate, U.S. Senator Bob Dole (Kansas). Mr. Carter won 297 electoral votes and 50.1% of the popular vote, with Mr. Ford taking 240 electoral votes and 48.0% of the popular vote.
30 years ago
Died on this date
Paul Frees, 66. U.S. actor and announcer. Mr. Frees, born Solomon Hersh Frees, provided the voices for characters in numerous cartoons and radio programs, and served as narrator for movies and radio and television programs. He died of heart failure.
American hostage David Jacobsen was freed in Beirut after being held in captivity by Islamic Jihad for 17 months.
In what turned out to be his last live appearance, Liberace performed at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He died on February 4, 1987.
Track and field
Grete Waitz of Norway was the winner of the women's competition in the New York City Marathon for the eighth time, and fifth year in a row.
Montreal (4-13) 21 @ Toronto (9-8) 25
British Columbia (11-6) 26 @ Winnipeg (11-6) 20
The Argonauts, behind quarterback J.C. Watts, rallied for 2 touchdowns in the last 48 seconds to defeat the Alouettes before 23,488 fans at Exhibition Stadium. After Mr. Watts rushed 6 yards for a touchdown, converted by Lance Chomyc, the Argonauts recovered a short kickoff, and Mr. Watts quickly marched the team downfield, completing a 13-yard pass to Paul Pearson for the winning touchdown, converted by Mr. Chomyc, with 17 seconds remaining.
B.C. quarterback Roy Dewalt played one of the best games in his career as he led the Lions to victory over the Blue Bombers before 31,817 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Snow began falling in the second half, but the Lions, normally thought of as a fair-weather team, played inspired football. Lui Passaglia led the Lions with 4 field goals and 2 converts. The Blue Bombers' loss--their first at home in 1986--clinched first place in the West Division for the Edmonton Eskimos.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Fly--U2
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): The Fly--U2
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Asi Me Gusta--Chimo Bayo (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): James Brown is Dead--L.A. Style (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): James Brown is Dead--L.A. Style (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): The Fly--U2
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Romantic--Karyn White
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Romantic--Karyn White (2nd week at #1)
2 Emotions--Mariah Carey
3 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
4 Cream--Prince and the New Power Generation
5 Hole Hearted--Extreme
6 Do Anything--Natural Selection featuring Niki Haris
7 Good Vibrations--Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
8 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
9 Real, Real, Real--Jesus Jones
10 Don't Cry--Guns 'N' Roses
Singles entering the chart were No Son of Mine by Genesis (#46); Keep Coming Back by Richard Marx (#47); All 4 Love by Color Me Badd (#62); 2 Legit 2 Quit by Hammer (#84); Wild Side by Marky Mark & Funky Bunch (#86); Home Sweet Home '91 by Motley Crue (#88); Radio Song by R.E.M. (#89); and Angel Baby by Angelica (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Emotions--Mariah Carey
2 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
3 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
4 Calling Elvis--Dire Straits
5 Hole Hearted--Extreme
6 What About Now--Robbie Robertson
7 Love...Thy Will Be Done--Martika
8 Get a Leg Up--John Mellencamp
9 The Real Love--Bob Seger
10 My Town--Glass Tiger
Singles entering the chart were The Fly by U2 (#50); Senza una Donna (Without a Woman) by Zucchero and Paul Young (#69); Guaranteed by Level 42 (#79); Why Must I Always Explain by Van Morrison (#90); Set Adrift on Memory Bliss by PM Dawn (#91); Heavy Fuel by Dire Straits (#92); What Time is Love? by the KLF (#93); The Road of Hope by the Kite (#96); Street of Dreams by Nia Peeples (#97); Running Back to You by Vanessa Williams (#98); and I'll Respect You by Debbie Johnson (#99).
Died on this date
Irwin Allen, 76. U.S. television and film producer and director. Mr. Allen created the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968); Lost in Space (1965-1968); The Time Tunnel (1966-1967); and Land of the Giants (1968-1970), but became better known as the "Master of Disaster" for films such as The Poseidon Adventure (1972); The Towering Inferno (1974); and The Swarm (1978). He died of a heart attack.
Mort Shuman, 54. U.S. songwriter. Mr. Shuman was best known for his partnership with Doc Pomus, which resulted in some of the biggest hit songs of the late 1950s and early '60s, such as A Teenager in Love; This Magic Moment; Save the Last Dance for Me; and Can't Get Used to Losing You. Mr. Shuman died of cancer 10 days before his 55th birthday.
Judith Reisman, author of such books as Kinsey, Sex and Fraud (1990) and Soft Porn Plays Hardball (1991), addressed a small but attentive audience--including this blogger--at Bernard Snell Auditorium at University Hospital.
Hamilton (3-15) 26 @ British Columbia (11-7) 17
The Lions just needed to beat the Tiger-Cats--who hadn't won a road game all year-at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver to clinch first place in the West Division for the first time in 4 years, but Don McPherson--making his first start in the CFL--won the quarterbacking duel against Doug Flutie, the league's outstanding player. The Lions' loss before 47,823 fans opened the door for the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Stampeders to finish ahead of them.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Wannabe--Spice Girls
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Born Slippy--Underworld (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Banger hart--Rob de Nijs (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Aïcha--Khaled (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Words--Boyzone (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Say You'll Be There--Spice Girls (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio (14th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion
2 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio
3 No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre)
4 Mouth--Merril Bainbridge
5 Where Do You Go--No Mercy
6 If Your Girl Only Knew--Aaliyah
7 This is for the Lover in You--Babyface featuring LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniels
8 Nobody--Keith Sweat featuring Athena Cage
9 Last Night--Az Yet
10 I Love You Always Forever--Donna Lewis
Singles entering the chart were Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton (#17); Dance Into the Light by Phil Collins (#45); You Can Make History (Young Again) by Elton John (#68); and Like I Do by For Real (#81).
Died on this date
Eva Cassidy, 33. U.S. musician. Miss Cassidy was a singer and guitarist who interpreted standard songs of numerous genres. She was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C. area when she died of melanoma.
Toronto 6 Winnipeg 2
Toronto (15-3) 47 @ Hamilton (8-10) 14
Ottawa (3-15) 24 @ British Columbia (5-13) 35
Robert Drummond set a club record with 4 rushing touchdowns as the Argonauts routed the Tiger-Cats before 23,001 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Mr. Drummond's backfield mate Mike Clemons set another team record with 116 pass receptions for the season.
Cory Philpot rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown to lead the Lions over the Rough Riders before 18,308 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Ottawa quarterback David Archer threw 3 touchdown passes. It was the last game ever played by the Ottawa Rough Riders, and the last game for Joe Paopao as B.C.'s head coach.
Saskatchewan 28 Alberta (4-4) 20
10 years ago
Ted Haggard, founder and senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, announced his resignation as President of the National Association of Evangelicals as the result of accusations from homosexual prostitute and drug dealer Mike Jones that Mr. Haggard had paid Mr. Jones for sex for three years and that Mr. Haggard had purchased crystal methamphetamine from his and used it.
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