200 years ago
Died on this date
Gouverneur Morris, 64. U.S. politician and diplomat. Mr. Morris, a Founding Father of the United States, signed the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution, and has been credited with writing the latter document's preamble. He represented New York in the Continental Congress from 1778-1779; was a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Constitutional Convention of 1787; served as U.S. Minister Plenipotentiary to France from 1792-1794; and represented New York in the United States Senate from 1800-1803. Mr. Morris died of accidental injury and infection after using a piece of whalebone as a catheter in an attempt to clear a blockage in his urinary tract.
130 years ago
Toronto Argonauts 0 @ Ottawa College 13
125 years ago
Osgoode Hall 10 @ University of Toronto 10 (Replay scheduled for November 9)
110 years ago
The first long distance telephone line reached Regina from Winnipeg.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Ray Conniff. U.S. musician. Mr. Conniff was a bandleader and arranger who achieved commercial success from the late 1950s through the late 1960s as the leader of the Ray Conniff Singers. Somewhere My Love, a vocal version of Lara's Theme from the movie Doctor Zhivago, was a major hit single for Ray Conniff and the Singers in 1966, and the resulting album won a Grammy Award. Mr. Conniff died on October 12, 2002 at the age of 85 from injuries suffered in a fall in his bathtub.
90 years ago
Montreal (1-5) 8 @ Ottawa (5-0) 26
Toronto (2-3) 5 @ Hamilton (3-3) 21
Camp Borden (2-3) 26 @ University of Toronto II (3-2) 9
Queen's (1-2) 12 @ McGill (2-2) 13
Rock Island (2-5-1) 0 @ Philadelphia (5-1) 24
75 years ago
U.S.S.R. dictator Joseph Stalin, addressing the Supreme Soviet in Moscow, falsely stated that even though 350,000 troops were killed in German attacks so far, the Germans had lost 4.5 million soldiers and that Soviet victory was near. He said that the United States has granted the Soviet Union a $ 1 billion loan in addition to supplying tanks and aircraft, and that the Soviet Union did not aim to impose its communist regime in European countries, but only to liberate them. Mr. Stalin declared that a second front would "undoubtedly" be created on the European continent soon, and called for "the extermination to the last man of all Germans who have penetrated the territory of our native land...Death to the German invaders!" U.S. Representative Hamilton Fish (Republican--New York) introduced a resolution stating that Congress should decide a state of war between the U.S.A. and Germany should be formally declared. The move was intended to force a congressional vote on the isse.
Maxim Litvinov was appointed Soviet Ambassador to the United States, succeeding Constantine Oumansky.
Haj Amin al-Husseini, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, arrived in Berlin from Rome and was hailed by a government spokesman as a "great man."
George E. Browne and Willie Bioff, leaders of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, were convicted in New York on three counts of extorting $1.2 million from the movie industry.
The Panamanian government banned Japanese commercial establishments.
Aldo "Buff" Donelli resigned as assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers; he was a two-way back who had taken over from Bert Bell as head coach after two games, and then in mid-season turned the duites over to Walt Kiesling, who had coached the team in 1939 and 1940. The Steelers had posted the league's worst record at 1-9-1.
70 years ago
The Pan American Union, meeting in Washington, elected Colombian Ambassador to the United States Antonio Rocha as chairman of the governing board.
Politics and government
In a trusteeship plan submitted to the United Nations Security Council, U.S. President Harry Truman demanded sole authority for the United States over the Marshall, Caroline, and Mariana chains of islands taken from Japan during World War II.
The U.S. Army Air Forces announced the start of production on its new B-36 bomber, which could carry nuclear weapons to any inhabited region in the world and return home without refuelling.
Economics and finance
Austrian Chancellor Leopold Figl announced that food rations would be increased from 1,200 to 1,500 calories daily due to a rise in United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration shipments.
A meeting of state assembly representatives in the U.S. occupation zone in Germany adopted a law guaranteeing freedom of the press.
Sugar Ray Robinson (73-1-1) knocked out Artie Levine (45-10-5) with 19 seconds remaining in the 10th and final round of a middleweight bout before 12,102 fans at Cleveland Arena.
60 years ago
British troops seized control of Port Said, Egypt, while French troops landed at Port Fuad and advanced southward along the banks of the Suez Canal. The U.K. and France then accepted the terms of the United Nations for a cease-fire, while Israel announced a cease-fire in the Sinai Peninsula.
Politics and government
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon won a second term by defeating Democratic Party candidates Adlai Stevenson and Estes Kefauver. The Republican Party ticket won 457 electoral votes to 73 for the Democratic ticket, and 41 of 48 states. Messrs. Eisenhower and Nixon took 57.4% of the popular vote to 42.0% for Messrs. Stevenson and Keafauver. Elections for the United States Senate resulted in no change, with the Democrats retaining their 49-47 majority. Among the four incumbents who were defeated was Herman Welker (Republican--Idaho), who lost to Democratic candidate Frank Church. The Democrats retained their majority in the House of Representatives, increasing their total by 2 to 234, with the Republicans losing 2 to drop to 201. Among the newcomers was future Senator and Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern (South Dakota). Luis Munoz Marin was re-elected to a third four-year term as Governor of Puerto Rico after a campaign in which he had backed the island's status as a commonwealth of the United States.
Voters in Washington rejected a proposed state right-to-work law, while Nevada voters refused to repeal the state's four-year-old union-shop ban.
The Netherlands and Spain withdrew their teams from the Summer Olympic Games in protest against Soviet military suppression of the Hungarian revolution. The People's Republic of China also withdrew its team when Nationalist Chinese entries were accepted.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Bill Smyth, 44. U.S.-born football player and coach. Mr. Smyth was an end and tackle at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cincinnati before playing with the Los Angeles Rams from 1947-1950, catching 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. He then coached at Withrow High School in Cincinnati (1951) and as line coach at Xavier University (1952-1955). When Frank Clair became head coach of the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union--later part of the Canadian Football League--in 1956, Mr. Smyth accepted his invitation to become the team's line coach, and was with the team when they won the Grey Cup in 1960. He was still with the Rough Riders when they finished first in the Eastern Football Conference in 1966 with an 11-3 record, winning a bye into the Eastern Finals. On the weekend that the CFL semi-finals were taking place, Mr. Smyth took ill with a heart ailment, was taken to hospital, and died after taking a sudden turn for the worse. The Rough Riders declined offers from other teams that had offered one of their assistants to the Rough Riders for the playoffs.
The United States launched the satellite Lunar Orbiter 2 from Cape Kennedy, Florida. It was the second in a series of satellites whose mission was to photograph potential landing sites for manned Apollo missions.
Politics and government
Former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce Alan Boyd took office as the first Secretary of Transportation in the cabinet of President Lyndon Johnson.
Montreal 14 @ Hamilton 24
Edmonton 8 @ Winnipeg 16
Willie Bethea rushed for a touchdown and Ted Page returned an interception for another as the Tiger-Cats took a 20-0 lead and held off a late Montreal rally to defeat the Alouettes at Civic Stadium. Don Sutherin converted both Hamilton touchdowns and added 3 field goals, and Joe Zuger punted for a single. Don Lisbon and J.W. Lockett rushed for Montreal touchdowns late in the game, both converted by Peter Kempf. It was the last CFL game for Mr. Lockett and the last in a Montreal uniform for Peter Kempf and backup quarterback Bernie Faloney, who didn't get onto the field for a single play in relief of George Bork. It was also the last game for Darrell Mudra as head coach of the Alouettes.
Kenny Ploen completed touchdown passes to Farrell Funston and Billy Cooper, and Marty Rosen made key rushing gains in the 4th quarter as the Blue Bombers defeated the Eskimos at Winnipeg Stadium. Winnipeg led 9-1 early in the 4th quarter when Jim Thomas rushed 21 yards for a touchdown, converted by Tommy-Joe Coffey, to reduce the deficit to 9-8. Mr. Ploen, aided by the running of Mr. Rosen, guided the Winnipeg offense downfield and connected with Mr. Cooper for the touchdown that clinched the victory. Norm Winton converted both Winnipeg touchdowns and added a single on a missed field goal, while Ed Ulmer punted for a single. Mr. Coffey scored a single on a missed field goal for the other Edmonton point. Edmonton quarterback Randy Kerbow had a terrible game, completing just 4 of 17 passes, but Edmonton head coach Neill Armstrong declined to move Bill Redell from the defensive backfield to replace Mr. Kerbow. It was the final game in an Edmonton uniform for Messrs. Coffey and Redell, and the last win for Bud Grant in his 10 years as head coach of the Blue Bombers.
Dallas (5-2-1) 23 @ Philadelphia (5-4) 24
Philadelphia offensive halfback Timmy Brown became the first player in National Football League history to return 2 kickoffs for touchdowns in a single game; his returns of 92 and 90 yards made the difference for the Eagles as they edged the Cowboys at Franklin Field.
40 years ago
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Margherita--Riccardo Cocciante (8th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Mon Amour--BZN (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express).: If You Leave Me Now--Chicago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rock'n Me--Steve Miller Band
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rock'n Me--Steve Miller Band
2 Disco Duck (Part 1)--Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots
3 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald--Gordon Lightfoot
4 If You Leave Me Now--Chicago
5 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
6 She's Gone--Daryl Hall & John Oates
7 (Don't Fear) The Reaper--Blue Oyster Cult
8 More than a Feeling--Boston
Singles entering the chart were Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word by Elton John (#49); Flight '76 by the Walter Murphy Band (#89); Car Wash by Rose Royce (#94); Do What You Want, Be What You Are by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#96); Let's Be Young Tonight by Jermaine Jackson (#98); and Mademoiselle by Styx (#100). Car Wash was the title song of the movie.
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Disco Duck (Part 1)--Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots (3rd week at #1)
2 Rock'n Me--Steve Miller Band
3 That'll Be the Day--Linda Ronstadt
5 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald--Gordon Lightfoot
6 New York to L.A.--Patsy Gallant
7 She's Gone--Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 (Don't Fear) The Reaper--Blue Oyster Cult
9 If You Leave Me Now--Chicago
Singles entering the chart were The End is Not in Sight by Amazing Rhythm Aces (#90); Livin' Thing by Electric Light Orchestra (#91); Make it Up to Me in Love by Odia Coates with Paul Anka (#92); The Fez by Steely Dan (#93); Hello Old Friend by Eric Clapton (#94); Hot Line by the Sylvers (#95); Help Wanted by the Hudson Brothers (#96); Groovy People by Lou Rawls (#97); Don't Take the Music Away by Tavares (#98); Say Hello, Say Goodbye by Sweeney Todd (#99); and California Girl by Chilliwack (#100).
Chicago 3 @ Montreal 11
Ottawa (9-6-1) 17 @ Montreal (7-8-1) 26
Winnipeg (10-6) 23 @ British Columbia (5-9-2) 17
Sonny Wade passed for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Alouettes over the Rough Riders before 61,950 fans at Olympic Stadium, clinching a playoff spot for Montreal. It was the second game in an Ottawa uniform and last in the 2-year CFL career of defensive back Vernon Roberson, and the only CFL game for backup Ottawa tight end Paul Moses. Steve Booras dressed for the Alouettes in his first CFL game in 6 years, and the last of his career; he had suffered a serious knee injury 8 games into his rookie season with Montreal in 1970, and had suffered a more serious injury to the other knee in a pre-season game in 1971. He was with the Toronto Argonauts in training camp in 1976, but was released during the pre-season and picked up by Montreal, but wasn't activated until this game.
Dieter Brock rushed 1 yard for a touchdown and passed 32 yards to Steve Beaird for another to help the Blue Bombers clinch at least a second-place finish in the Western Football Conference with a win over the Lions before 14,469 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Bernie Ruoff converted both Winnipeg touchdowns and added 3 field goals to finish the season with 142 points to lead the league, 1 point ahead of Montreal kicker Don Sweet. It was the last game for Cal Murphy as head coach of the Lions; he had taken the position after 6 games of the 1975 season, and compiled a record of 10-14-2. Among the players ending their careers were B.C. quarterback Rick Cassata, running back Barry Houlihan, and offensive tackle Allen Gallaher. Mr. Cassata retired; Mr. Houlihan retired after being seriously--and almost fatally--injured in an off-season car accident; and Mr. Gallaher died of a heart attack in the off-season.
St. Mary's 14 @ Acadia 19
Ottawa 22 Bishop's 20
Wilfrid Laurier 14 @ Western Ontario 28
Saskatchewan 10 @ British Columbia 36
The Thunderbirds' win over the Huskies at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver not only gave B.C. their first Western championship since 1962, but was the first regularly scheduled Western Intercollegiate Football League playoff game. Previously, the Western title was decided in a playoff only if there was a tie for first place.
Sheridan College 22 University of Quebec at Trois Rivieres 15
30 years ago
On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Breaking Barriers: 1954
A Chinook helicopter carrying oil rig workers plunged into the North Sea off the coast of Scotland, killing as many as 45 people.
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Good Vibrations--Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Triangle
Died on this date
Gene Tierney, 70. U.S. actress. Miss Tierney was one of the most popular leading ladies in Hollywood in the 1940s in movies such as Laura (1944); Leave Her to Heaven (1945); The Razor's Edge (1946); and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). She struggled with depression in the 1950s, was institutionalized for a time, and mostly retired from acting. Miss Tierney took up smoking in an effort to acquire a deeper voice, and habit led to her death from emphysema, 13 days before her 71st birthday.
A Canadian team in Burgan, Kuwait put out the last of 751 oil well fires started by Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's troops at the close of the Gulf War; the estimated cost to Kuwaitis was close to $2 billion.
South African officials announced that their nation would participate in the Summer Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 for the first time in 32 years.
20 years ago
At the movies
The English Patient, direced by Anthony Minghella and starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche, received its premiere screening in Los Angeles.
Politics and government
Bill Clinton and Al Gore were re-elected President and Vice President of the United States, respectively, defeating Republican Party opponents Sen. Bob Dole (Kansas) and former Representative Jack Kemp (New York) by a margin of 379 electoral votes to 159. The Clinton-Gore ticket took 49.2% of the popular vote to 40.7% for the Dole- ticket. Reform Party candidate Ross Perot and running mate Pat Choate attracted 8.4% of the popular vote but failed to win any states, as Mr. Perot's support declined after a strong showing in 1992. Republicans retained control of both houses of Congress; they increased their Senate majority by two to 55-45, but lost three seats in the House of Representatives, resducing their total to 227, with 206 Democrats and 2 independents.
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