Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November 29, 2016

200 years ago

Born on this date
Morrison Waite
. 7th Chief Justice of the United States, 1874-1888. Mr. Waite was a member of the Whig Party and then the Republican Party because of his opposition to slavery. He was President U.S. Grant's seventh choice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in 1873. Chief Justice Waite favoured a balance between state and federal government, and served until his death from pneumonia on March 23, 1888 at the age of 71. He was succeeded as Chief Justice by Melville Fuller.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Fran Ryan
. U.S. actress. Miss Ryan was a character actress who appeared in numerous movies and television programs. She died on January 15, 2000 at the age of 83.

The National Research Council of Canada, originally the Honorary Advisory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, was founded to advise the federal government on wartime research. It continued after World War I as the National Research Laboratories, to promote scientific planning and research and development.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Chattanooga Choo Choo was the B-side of the single on the Bluebird label. The A-side was I Know Why, with vocal refrain by Paula Kelly and the Four Modernaires.

Died on this date
Frank Waller, 57
. U.S. athlete and musician. Mr. Waller won silver medals in the men's 400-metre run and 400-metre hurdles events at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis. He later served as a pianist accompanying singer Lillian Russell; as a voice coach with various classical singers; and as director of several orchestras. Mr. Waller died of a heart ailment.

Elton Sills, 17. Canadian high school student. A resident of Corbyville, Ontario, Mr. Sills died on his 17th birthday, two weeks after being breaking his neck and being paralyzed from the shoulders down while playing football for Belleville Collegiate against Tweed High School.

Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Winnipeg 18 Ottawa 16

George Fraser of the Rough Riders set a Grey Cup record with 3 field goals, but with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation time, he missed his fourth attempt, settling for a single, allowing the Blue Bombers to win the Grey Cup for the second time in three years. Ches McCance of the Blue Bombers opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal, but the Rough Riders took the lead with one of the most unusual touchdowns in Grey Cup history. Ottawa's Tony Golab punted from his own 40-yard line and recovered the ball on the Winnipeg 45, and then spun away from a would-be tackler and ran for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Fraser, to give Ottawa a 6-3 lead. Winnipeg's Fritz Hanson fumbled a punt early in the 2nd quarter, and Mr. Fraser kicked a 16-yard field goal from a sharp angle to make the score 9-3. On a third-down gamble, Blue Bomber quarterback Wayne Sheley lateralled to Bud Marquardt, who ran 40 yards downfield before being tackled by Ottawa's Orville Burke. As he was being tackled, Mr. Marquardt lateralled to centre Mel Wilson, who ran the remaining 5 yards for the touchdown. Mr. McCance's convert made the score 9-9 at halftime. Mr. Burke, the Ottawa quarterback, was hit as he attempted to pass in the first minute of the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Marquardt intercepted the ball and ran 45 yards for another Winnipeg touchdown. Mr. McCance converted to give the Blue Bombers a 15-9 lead. Mr. Fraser tied the game with field goals of 26 and 20 yards before Mr. McCance replied with a 38-yard field goal to give Winnipeg an 18-15 lead after 3 quarters. The distance of 38 yards was a Grey Cup record that was tied by Bob Dean of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1954, but wasn't surpassed until 1973. An unsuccessful third-down gamble by the Blue Bombers gave the Rough Riders a chance to tie the game, but Mr. Fraser was wide from 20 yards out, and Winnipeg held on to win the Grey Cup for the second time in the previous three years, and the third time in seven years. 19,065 fans were in attendance at Varsity Stadium in the warmest Grey Cup weather to date.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Johannes Vares, 56
. Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, 1940-1944. Dr. Vares, a physician who wrote poetry under the pseudonym Johannes Barbarus, led a Communist puppet government after the Soviet conquest of Estonia in 1940. He fled to Russia after the German invasion and occupation of Estonia in 1941, but returned in 1944 after the U.S.S.R. reconquered the country. On April 20, 1944, the Electoral Committee of the Republic of Estonia held a clandestine meeting where they ruled Mr. Vares' appointment to be illegal; he also came under suspicion from the Soviet secret police force NKVD because of his activities in the Estonian war of independence, and committed suicide at Kadriorg Palace in the capital city of Tallinn.

The All Indonesia Centre of Labour Organizations (SOBSI) was founded in Jakarta.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Au revoir Rome--Lucienne Delyle (9th week at #1)

At the movies
The Teahouse of the August Moon, starring Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford, received its premiere screening in New York City.

Canadians joined the main body of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Egypt, with Colombians and troops from four Scandinavian countries.

Panic-buying broke out at garages across the United Kingdom as the government of Prime Minister Anthony Eden gave details of its petrol rationing plans.

The first Pioneer gas station opened on Upper James Street in Hamilton, Ontario.

50 years ago

On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Right in the Middle of the Season, with guest stars Dean Jagger, Nancy Malone, and James Callahan

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Money, Money, Money--ABBA (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Abayo--Naoko Ken (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)--Santana

The New York Yankees signed the six-time All-Star outfielder Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $2.9 million contract. Mr. Jackson, nicknamed "Mr. October" for his World Series heroics, had played with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976 after nine seasons with the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Notorious--Duran Duran (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Final Countdown--Europe

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Take My Breath Away--Berlin (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Human--Human League
2 Amanda--Boston
3 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
4 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
5 True Blue--Madonna
6 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
7 Word Up--Cameo
8 Hip to Be Square--Huey Lewis and the News
9 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
10 Love Will Conquer All--Lionel Richie

Singles entering the chart were Big Time by Peter Gabriel (#77); I'm Not Perfect by Grace Jones (#85); It's Not You, It's Not Me by KBC Band (#86); That's Life by David Lee Roth (#87); Graceland by Paul Simon (#88); Love You Down by Ready for the World (#89); and The Best Man in the World by Ann Wilson (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
2 True Blue--Madonna
3 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
4 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
5 Human--Human League
6 Amanda--Boston
7 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
8 To Be a Lover--Billy Idol
9 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
10 Rumors--Timex Social Club

Singles entering the chart were Can't Help Falling in Love by Corey Hart (#76); You're What I Look For by Glass Tiger (#91); Stranglehold by Paul McCartney (#92); Some People by Paul Young (#96); and Heartache Away by Don Johnson (#98).

Died on this date
Cary Grant, 82.
U.K.-born U.S. actor. Born Archibald Leach in England, Mr. Grant became one of the most popular actors in movie history, starring in such films as Gunga Din (1939); Suspicion (1941); Arsenic and Old Lace (1944); Notorious (1946); To Catch a Thief (1955); North by Northwest (1959); and Charade (1963). He retired from acting after Walk, Don't Run (1966) because he was too old to play romantic leads, but he remained a handsome man, and appeared on the cover of Gentleman's Quarterly in the summer of 1986. He began making a series of public appearances in various cities in the United States where he would chat with audiences and tell stories about his experiences. Davenport, Iowa was one of his stops, but he took ill there and died several hours before his scheduled public appearance.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Boku wa kono hitomi de usowotsuku--Chage and Aska

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Ralph Bellamy, 87
. U.S. actor. Mr. Bellamy had a career on stage, screen, and television spanning 70 years. He was probably best known for playing U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the play Sunrise at Campobello (1958), for which Mr. Bellamy won a Tony Award. He reprised the role in the film version (1960), and played Mr. Roosevelt again in the television mini-series The Winds of War (1983) and its sequel War and Remembrance (1988-1989).

Frank Yerby, 75. U.S. author. Mr. Yerby was known for novels such as The Foxes of Harrow (1946) and Dahomean (1971). He was of mixed racial origin and left the United States in 1955 in a protest against racial discrimination, living in Spain until his death

Canadian Environment Minister Jean Charest announced a $34.9-million program to protect Canadian wildlife and set up a national wildlife habitat network, plus $17.7 million for ecology research.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Breathe--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)

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