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Happy Birthday, Hilary Wharf!
275 years ago
Died on this date
Ulrika Eleonora, 53. Queen of Sweden, 1718-1720. Ulrika Eleonora, the youngest child of King Charles XI of Sweden and Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark, was Queen Regnant of Sweden from 1718-1720 and Queen Consort to King Frederick I from 1720 until her death from smallpox.
110 years ago
A 13–6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, led to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Forrest J Ackerman. U.S. author, editor, and literary agent. Mr. Ackerman wrote science fiction, edited Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, acted as a literary agent for science fiction writers, and was a major figure in science fiction fandom. He died on December 4, 2008 at the age of 92.
Died on this date
Hiram Maxim, 76. U.S.-born U.K. engineer. Sir Hiram was beast known for inventing the Maxim gun--the first portable, fully automatic machine gun.
75 years ago
The United States granted Lend-Lease to Free French Forces.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Smoky--Die Sieben Raben
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (3rd week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Me Tender/Any Way You Want Me--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--4th week at #1); Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley (Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Top 100--1st week at #1); The Green Door--Jim Lowe (Jukebox--2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley (5th week at #1)
2 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell
3 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
4 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
5 Don't Be Cruel--Elvis Presley
6 True Love--Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
7 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
8 Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2)--Bill Doggett
9 Cindy, Oh Cindy--Vince Martin with the Tarriers
10 Hey! Jealous Lover--Frank Sinatra
Singles entering the chart were Mutual Admiration Society by Eddy Arnold and Jaye P. Morgan (#24, charting with the version by Teresa Brewer); Slow Walk by Bill Doggett (#27, charting with the version by Sil Austin); Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody by Jerry Lewis (#34); Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter (#36); Jamaica Farewell by Harry Belafonte (#43); I Dreamed by Betty Johnson (#44); On London Bridge by Jo Stafford (#46); and Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now by Patience and Prudence (#48).
The first 20 Canadian peacekeeping troops arrived in Egypt as part of the United Nations Emergency Force. The United Kingdom objected, saying that the Canadian infantry uniforms were too much like the British. Canada agreed to provide service and supply troops only.
Glenn Davis of the United States won the gold medal in the men's 400-metre hurdles in an Olympic record time of 50.1 seconds in Melbourne.
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Edmonton 50 Montreal 27
Jackie Parker set a Grey Cup scoring record with 19 points on 3 touchdowns and a single as the Eskimos defeated the Alouettes before 27,425 fans to become the first Western team to win three straight Grey Cups. Don Getty, who had replaced Mr. Parker at quarterback during the Western Interprovincial Football Union finals, with Mr. Parker moving to halfback, directed a solid ball-control offence, handing off to Johnny Bright for 2 touchdowns and rushing for 2 of his own. Joe Mobra added 4 converts and a field goal as the Eskimos came back from a 14-12 2nd-quarter deficit to take a 19-14 halftime lead before taking control of the game in the 2nd half. The Eskimos amassed 39 first downs and a Grey Cup-record 448 yards rushing. Mr. Getty completed 8 of 16 passes for 102 yards, while Mr. Parker's only pass was intercepted by Bruce Coulter. Hal Patterson scored 2 Montreal touchdowns, while Sam Etcheverry and Pat Abbruzzi scored the others, 3 of which were converted by Bill Bewley. The Alouettes rushed for 191 yards and Mr. Etcheverry passed for 293 yards on just 15 completions in 38 passes, but surrendered 4 interceptions. Mr. Bright rushed 27 times for a then-Grey Cup record 169 yards. Mr. Mobra missed his first 2 converts and didn't get a chance to attempt the convert on the last TD, when Mr. Parker scored his third touchdown with 8 seconds remaining in the game and a fan ran onto the field and stole the last remaining ball. It was the first Grey Cup in which touchdowns counted 6 points.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys (2nd week at #1)
The Beatles were in studio two at Abbey Road in London, where they began recording the song Strawberry Fields Forever.
Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashed near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.
40 years ago
Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Fermina Martinez!
The Canadian Wheat Board sold Poland up to 1.2 million metric tons of wheat, barley, and oats over three years.
The Çaldıran–Muradiye earthquake in eastern Turkey killed 4,000-5,000 people.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): You're the Voice--John Farnham (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): ¿A Quién Le Importa?--Alaska y Dinarama (2nd week at #1)
Buffalo Sabres' centre Gilbert Perreault announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NHL, all with the Sabres, who, as a first-year expansion team, drafted him first overall in the amateur draft in 1970. He centred a line with wingers Rene Robert and Rick Martin that became known as The French Connection, and was one of the highest-scoring and most entertaining lines of the 1970s. Mr. Perreault scored 1,326 points on 512 goals and 814 assists in 1,191 regular season games and 103 points on 33 goals and 70 assists in 90 playoff games. In 20 games in 1986-87 he scored 9 goals and 7 assists.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Black or White--Michael Jackson
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (16th week at #1)
Died on this date
Freddie Mercury, 45. Zanzibar-born U.K. singer. Mr. Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, was lead singer of the rock group Queen, and died the day after announcing that he was HIV-positive.
Grey Cup @ Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
Toronto 36 Calgary 21
Raghib "Rocket" Ismail's 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 4th quarter was the decisive play as the Argonauts defeated the Stampeders before 51,985 fans--including this blogger--on a cold Sunday afternoon in the first Grey Cup to be played at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Ismail's touchdown was the first in Grey Cup history on a kickoff return, and was the longest Grey Cup kickoff return to date. Toronto quarterback Matt Dunigan played the entire game despite suffering from a broken collarbone, and completed just 7 passes, but 2 of his completions went for touchdowns by Darrell K. Smith and Paul Masotti. Argos' defensive back Ed Berry scored the game's first touchdown on a 50-yard interception return early in the 1st quarter. Lance Chomyc converted all 4 Argonaut touchdowns and added 2 field goals and 2 singles on missed field goals. Calgary quarterback Danny Barrett completed 34 of 56 passes--both Grey Cup records--for 377 yards. Carl Bland caught 11 of Mr. Barrett's passes for 136 yards. Mr. Barrett threw 1 touchdown pass, a 13-yard play to Allen Pitts. Mr. Barrett scored the first Calgary touchdown on a 1-yard sneak. Mark McLoughlin converted both and added 2 field goals and a single on a missed field goal. The Stampeders dominated the offensive statistics, amassing 28 first downs to 7 for the Argonauts, and 406 yards net offense to 174 for the Argonauts. For Toronto punter Hank Ilesic, it was his ninth appearance in a Grey Cup game, and his sixth time playing for the winning team. For Calgary offensive tackle Lloyd Fairbanks, it was the final game of a 17-year CFL career--and his only Grey Cup appearance.
20 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys
#1 single in Switzerland: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys
Grey Cup @ Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Toronto 43 Edmonton 37
Adrion Smith's 49-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:22 remaining in regulation time provided the winning margin as the Argonauts defeated the Eskimos before 38,595 fans on a snowy Sunday night in one of the most entertaining Grey Cups ever. Mr. Smith's touchdown was preceded by a bad call when Toronto quarterback Doug Flutie fumbled and the Eskimos recovered, only to have an official blow a quick whistle, resulting in the Argonauts retaining possession. Edmonton led 9-0 after the 1st quarter on a safety touch and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Danny McManus to Eddie Brown, who had the ball go through his hands, and kicked it back into his hands before it hit the ground. The Argonauts then outscored the Eskimos 27-14 in a wild 2nd quarter, with Toronto touchdowns coming from Jimmy Cunningham on an 80-yard punt return, Robert Drummond on a 1-yard rush, and Mr. Flutie on a 10-yard rush. The Eskimos responded with a 75-yard touchdown bomb from Mr. McManus to Jim Sandusky and a Grey Cup-record 91-yard kickoff return TD by Henry "Gizmo" Williams. Toronto kicker Mike Vanderjagt kicked 2 field goals in the 2nd quarter, added another for the only scoring of the 3rd quarter, and kicked his fourth FG 3:06 into the 4th quarter to give the Argonauts a 33-23 lead. Eric Blount's 5-yard touchdown rush, converted by Sean Fleming, made the score 33-30 with 7:07 remaining. The quick whistle on Mr. Flutie's fumble led to Mr. Vanderjagt's fifth field goal, giving Toronto a 36-30 lead with 1:34 remaining. Mr. Smith scored his touchdown on his next play when Mr. McManus's pass bounced off receiver Darren Flutie and Mr. Smith intercepted. The Eskimos responded with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Mr. McManus to Marc Tobert with 9 seconds remaining; Mr. Fleming converted, but his short kickoff was recovered by the Argonauts, who ran out the clock. Mr. Flutie completed 22 of 35 passes for 302 yards and led all rushers with 98 yards on 12 carries, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Mr. Vanderjagt was named the outstanding Canadian, going 5 for 5 in field goals and 4 for 4 in converts. Mr. McManus completed 25 of 38 passes for 413 yards. Mr. Fleming, playing with an injury sustained while making a game-saving tackle in the West Final a week earlier, missed all 3 of his field goal attempts. It was the final CFL game in the 14-year CFL career of Edmonton centre Blake Dermott.
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