90 years ago
Vincent Massey took up his duties as first Canadian Ambassador to the United States; it was Canada's first official diplomatic posting to a foreign country after the Balfour Report and Dominion independence.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 2
75 years ago
Died on this date
Ernest Lapointe, 65. Canadian politician. Mr. Lapointe, a Liberal, represented Kamouraska in the House of Commons from 1904-1919 and Quebec East from 1919 until his death. He was Minister of Marine and Fisheries in the Government of Prime Minister Mackenzie King from 1921-1924, and Minister of Justice from 1924 until his death. Mr. Lapointe served as Mr. King's "Quebec lieutenant," as Mr. King did not speak French, and had little interest in Quebec affairs.
New York Roman Catholic Archbishop Francis Spellman issued a pastoral letter denouncing Two-Faced Woman as "dangerous to public morals." It was the first time a movie had been so singled out.
60 years ago
Died on this date
Tommy Dorsey, 51. U.S. musician. Mr. Dorsey was a trombonist and bandleader who became known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing." He and his older brother Jimmy, a clarinetist, played together in several bands before forming their own band in the late 1920s. A personality clash led to a split in the Dorsey Brothers band in 1935, and Jimmy and Tommy each went on to have tremendous success leading their own bands. The brothers reconciled in the late 1940s, and reunited musically after Jimmy broke up his orchestra in 1953. Tommy Dorsey choked to death a week after his 51st birthday, after eating a heavy meal and taking a sleeping pill; he started choking, and was too sedated to rise from his bed.
Bob Richards of the United States, winner of the gold medal in the men's pole vault competition in 1952, won the gold medal again, this time with an Olympic record height of 14 feet 11 1/2 inches in Melbourne.
50 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Sorry/Funny Feelin'--The Easybeats
#1 single in France: L'Heure de la Sortie--Sheila (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Bang Bang--Equipe 84
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Bend It--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You Keep Me Hangin' On--The Supremes (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
2 You Keep Me Hangin' On--The Supremes
3 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
4 Poor Side of Town--Johnny Rivers
5 Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly--Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
6 I'm Your Puppet--James and Bobby Purify
7 Last Train to Clarksville--The Monkees
8 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
9 Rain on the Roof--The Lovin' Spoonful
10 Born Free--Roger Williams
Singles entering the chart were Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies by the Association (#57); I Need Somebody by ? and the Mysterians (#62); Single Girl by Sandy Posey (#66); Happenings Ten Years Time Ago by the Yardbirds (#68); Please Don't Ever Leave Me by the Cyrkle (#71); You Can Bring Me All Your Heartaches by Lou Rawls (#73); Behind the Door by Cher (#83); Tell it Like it Is by Aaron Neville (#84); Bad Misunderstanding by the Critters (#86); Ghost Riders in the Sky by Baja Marimba Band (#88); Pushin' Too Hard by the Seeds (#91); Questions and Answers by the In Crowd (#93); Help Me Girl by Eric Burdon & the Animals (#94); (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet by the Blues Magoos (#96); Blue Autumn by Bobby Goldsboro (#97); Sunshine Superman by Willie Bobo (#98); The Eggplant that Ate Chicago by Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band (#99); and I'm Gonna Make You Love Me by Dee Dee Warwick (#100).
Grey Cup @ Empire Stadium, Vancouver
Saskatchewan 29 Ottawa 14
George Reed rushed 23 times for 133 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, to help the Roughriders defeat the Rough Riders before 36,553 fans and win their first Grey Cup championship, in their ninth attempt. Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster completed touchdown passes to Jim Worden in the 1st quarter, Alan Ford in the 2nd quarter, and Hugh Campbell in the 4th quarter. Ottawa quarterback Russ Jackson completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Whit Tucker to open the scoring, and connected with Mr. Tucker for an 85-yard TD in the 2nd quarter. The halftime score was 14-14, but the Saskatchewan defense did a tremendous job of containing Mr. Jackson and the Ottawa offense in their own end of the field in the 2nd half. It was the last game in the 15-year professional career of Saskatchewan guard Reg Whitehouse, and the first Grey Cup to be televised in colour.
Boston 2 @ Toronto 4
This was the Hockey Night in Canada telecast that many Canadians watched after the Grey Cup was over.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Howzat--Sherbet
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Daddy Cool--Boney M (11th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Daddy Cool--Boney M (7th week at #1)
Pittsburgh 24 Pennsylvania State 7
Oklahoma 20 Nebraska 17
Tony Dorsett of the University of Pittsburgh ended his regular-season collegiate career as the NCAA's all-time leading ground-gainer with 6,082 yards, before winning the Heisman Memorial Trophy and leading the Panthers to the national title. The record stood until Ricky Williams of Texas finished with 6,279 yards in 1998.
30 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (2nd week at #1)
At the movies
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, generally regarded as the best of the Star Trek movies (and the only one this blogger has seen), opened in theatres.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the members of what would become known as the Tower Commission to investigate the Iran–Contra affair.
25 years ago
Died on this date
Bob Johnson, 60. U.S. coach. "Badger Bob" coached the University of Wisconsin Badgers from 1966-1975 and 1976-1982, winning national championships in 1973, 1977, and 1981. He coached the United States Olympic team in 1975-1976, and U.S. national teams in various tournaments from 1973-1991. Mr. Johnson was head coach of the Calgary Flames from 1982-1987, leading them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1986. After three years as president of USA Hockey, Mr. Johnson returned to coaching with the Pittsburgh Penguins, leading them to his--and their--first Stanley Cup championship in 1991. He died of brain cancer, which was diagnosed while he was preparing Team USA for the Canada Cup tournament. Mr. Johnson was replaced as head coach of the Penguins by Scotty Bowman, who led them to another Stanley Cup victory in 1992. Mr. Johnson was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.
The Genie Awards, recognizing the best in Canadian cinema for 1990 and 1991, were handed out at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto. Black Robe won six awards, including Best Picture and Direction (Bruce Beresford).
The National Assembly of Azerbaijan abolished the autonomous status of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of Azerbaijan and renamed several cities back to their original names.
Major league owners ratified the collective bargaining agreement in a five-year contract retroactive to 1996, to run through the year 2000. They also voted to adopt interleague play and revenue sharing for small-market teams such as the Montréal Expos.
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