150 years ago
Born on this date
Herbert Austin. U.K. automobile executive. Sir Herbert founded the Austin Motor Company in 1905. A Conservative, he represented Birmingham King's Norton in the House of Commons from 1918-1922. Sir Herbert, who was created the first Baron Austin in 1937, died of a heart attack at the age of 74 on May 23, 1941.
110 years ago
Fred A. Dobson began filming The Skyscrapers of New York atop an uncompleted skyscraper at Broadway and 12th Street.
90 years ago
Hamilton (0-5) 7 @ Toronto (5-0) 18
IRFU-Canadian university (exhibition)
University of Toronto 12 @ Ottawa Senators 10
Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Winged Wheelers 7 @ McGill University 2
Saskatchewan (1-1) 1 @ Alberta (1-1) 20 (Alberta won 2-game total points series 29-12)
Queen's University Old Boys 12 Queen's University Seniors 0 (exhibition)
Bill Pullishy scored 2 touchdowns for the Golden Bears as they defeated the Huskies on Thanksgiving Day on a hard field at Varsity grid in Edmonton. The Huskies had won the first game 11-9 in Saskatoon.
New York (7-2) 28 Los Angeles (4-4-1) 0 @ Toronto
80 years ago
In the Spanish Civil War, Francoist troops failed in their effort to capture Madrid, but began the 3-year Siege of Madrid afterward.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Piano Concerto in B Flat--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)
German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, speaking in Munich, said that he had ordered German warships to fire on American ships only if attacked, declaring, "The German officer who does not defend himself, I will place before a court martial." The United Kingdom announced that British bombers had carried out the greatest aerial offensive of the war the previous night and today, ranging from Oslo to the Italian air base at Brandisi. 500 planes took part in raids on Germany.
The Japanese government announced that it had protested to Panama against "discriminatory racial treatment" in the closing of Japanese businesses there.
U.S. Navy Secretary Frank Knox announced that a Navy base had been established in Iceland with Rear Admiral James L. Kauffman as commandant.
American Federation of Labor Teamsters President Daniel Tobin rejected U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's appeal that he call off the union's strike in Detroit.
U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle asked the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee to impeach retired Federal Judge J. Warren Davis on charges of misconduct.
Toronto Argonauts 16 @ Ottawa 8 (First game of 2-game total points series)
Annis and Bill Stukus each scored a touchdown for the Argonauts, with Annis adding 2 converts and a field goal. Jimmy Folwell punted for a single to complete the Toronto scoring. Tony Golab scored the Rough Riders' touchdown, converted by George Fraser. Arnie McWatters punted for 2 singles to complete the Ottawa scoring.
Winnipeg 6 @ Regina 8 (Regina led best-of-three series 1-0)
Ken Charlton scored a touchdown and 2 singles for the Roughriders, while Toar Springstein converted Mr. Charlton's touchdown. Ches McCance converted his own touchdown for the Blue Bombers.
70 years ago
Nationalist Chinese leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek ordered his troops to cease hostilities on November 11, and invited the Communists to participate in a constitutional assembly meeting on November 12.
Switzerland agreed to give the United Nations the 144-acre former League of Nations site in Geneva.
The U.S. State Department recalled the U.S. mission to Albania because the Albanian regime of dictator Enver Hoxha "has failed to affirm its recognition of the validity" of treaties and agreements between the two countries.
The U.S. Navy disclosed that strong fleet units would visit ports in Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Crete in late November and early December "incident to training exercises." Plans for an Antarctic expedition were also revealed, involving 5,000 Navy personnel under Admiral Richard Byrd, to study weather conditions, test equipment, and search for uranium deposits.
Politics and government
Socialists from 18 countries met in Bournemouth, England under the chairmanship of British Labour Party leader Harold Laski to discuss the possible formation of a new Socialist International.
Canadian businesswoman Viola Desmond, a Negress, was arrested and fined $20 for sitting in the section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia that was reserved for white patrons; tickets sold to Negro Canadians were for the balcony.
Toronto Balmy Beach 12 @ Toronto Indians 7
Johnny Lake scored a touchdown and convert and Bob Cunningham also scored a TD as Balmy Beach upset the Indians at Oakwood Stadium. Bob Porter kicked a single for the other Balmy Beach point. Fred Kijek rushed 7 yards for the Indian touchdown in the 1st quarter; Annis Stukus converted and added a single.
60 years ago
#1 single in France (IFOP): Au revoir Rome--Lucienne Delyle (6th week at #1)
Died on this date
Marshall Field III, 63. U.S. publisher. Mr. Field, heir to the Marshall Field department store fortune, published the Chicago Sun (now the Chicago Sun-Times); the New York newspaper PM; and the newspaper magazine supplement Parade. He died of brain cancer.
At the movies
The Ten Commandments, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, and many others, received its premiere screening at the Criterion Theatre in New York City.
Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion asserted that Israel welcomed a United Nations force in the Sinai Peninsula, and would "willingly withdraw our forces" under "satisfactory arrangements" with the United Nations.
Anti-Soviet resistance in Budapest ceased in all but a few isolated districts.
A U.S. Navy helium balloon manned by two researchers attained an altitude of 76,000 feet, the highest achieved to date for a manned balloon.
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower announced that he had directed the Refugee Relief Administration to rush admission to the United States of up to 5,000 Hungarian refugees.
The American-Arabian Oil Company confirmed reports that Saudi Arabia had banned oil shipments to Britain and France.
50 years ago
Politics and government
The Democratic Party lost 47 seats to the Republican Party in mid-term elections for the United States House of Representatives, but maintained a comfortable 248-187 majority. Candidates elected for the first time included future President George H.W. Bush (Republican--Texas) and former Olympic decathlon gold medallist Bob Mathias (Republican--California), who unseated seven-term Democratic incumbent Harlan Hagen. In the Senate, the Democrats lost 3 seats to the Republicans, but maintained a 64-36 majority. Candidates elected for the first time included Charles Percy (Republican--Illinois); Mark Hatfield (Republican--Oregon); Howard Baker (Republican--Tennessee); and former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke (Republican), who became the first Negro elected to the Senate since Reconstruction in the 19th century. In gubernatorial elections, the Republicans won 23 of 35 races. Actor Ronald Reagan (Republican) defeated two-term incumbent Pat Brown (Democrat) in California by 850,000 votes. In Alabama, George Wallace (Democrat) was forbidden by state law to succeed himself as Governor, so his wife Lurleen ran as the Democratic candidate, and was elected.
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an antitrust exemption allowing the National Football League to merge with the rival American Football League.
Baltimore Orioles' right fielder Frank Robinson was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player after his triple-crown season (.316 average, 49 home runs, 122 runs batted in) as he helped the Orioles to their first World Series championship. He remains the only player to have won MVP awards in both leagues, having received the first one with the Cincinnati Reds in 1961.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Let's Stick Together--Bryan Ferry (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Ochiba ga Yuki ni--Akira Fuse
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Jardín Prohibido--Sandro Giacobbe (14th week at #1)
Burton Cummings former leader of the Guess Who, began his solo performing career with a concert at Manitoba Centennial Hall in Winnipeg, a year after leaving the group.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block federal funds for abortion by choice.
A U.S.-Canadian syndicate paid $235,000 for Hanover Hill Barb in Oaklville, Ontario; it was the highest price ever paid for a cow to that date.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Holiday Rap--M.C. Miker G & D.J. Sven (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Take My Breath Away--Berlin (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Take My Breath Away--Berlin (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Every Loser Wins--Nick Berry (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Amanda--Boston
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
2 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
3 Human--Human League
4 True Blue--Madonna
5 I Didn't Mean to Turn You On--Robert Palmer
6 Typical Male--Tina Turner
7 Take Me Home Tonight--Eddie Money
8 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
9 All Cried Out--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force
10 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
Singles entering the chart were Stay the Night by Benjamin Orr (#79); Falling in Love (Uh-Oh) by Miami Sound Machine (#81); Love in Siberia by Laban (#86); Touch Me (I Want Your Body) by Samantha Fox (#87); I Want to Make the World Turn Around by Steve Miller Band (#89); and Coming Around Again by Carly Simon (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
2 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
3 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
4 Human--Human League
5 Rumors--Timex Social Club
6 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
7 True Blue--Madonna
8 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
10 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
Singles entering the chart were Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles (#77); Notorious by Duran Duran (#80); Love is Forever by Billy Ocean (#82); Is This Love by Survivor (#86); Foolish Pride by Daryl Hall (#88); Thorn in My Side by Eurythmics (#92); Strangers in Love by Body Electric (#97); and All Along You Knew by Honeymoon Suite (#98).
Died on this date
Vyacheslav Molotov, 96. U.S.S.R. politician. Mr. Molotov, born Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skryabin, joined the Bolshevik movement soon after joining the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (RSDLP) in 1906. He played a major role in the early decades of the Soviet Union, holding several positions. Mr. Molotov was probably best known as Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars (Premier) from 1930-1941 and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1939-1949 and 1953-1956. He was the principal Soviet signatory of the Nazi–Soviet non-aggression pact of 1939 (also known as the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact).
Winnipeg (11-7) 24 @ British Columbia (12-6) 36
The Lions scored 26 points off 6 Winnipeg turnovers as they defeated the Blue Bombers before 54,723 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. It was the Lions' second win over the Blue Bombers in as many games, and clinched second place for the B.C. in the West Division, forcing the Blue Bombers to play the semi-final in Vancouver a week later. It was the only CFL game for Winnipeg defensive back Lyndell Jones.
25 years ago
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Alone--B'z
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): (Everything I Do) I Do It for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, attending a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Rome, said that Canada would join the European Community in imposing economic sanctions on Yugoslavia in an attempt to stop the Balkan civil war; Mr. Mulroney confirmed that the NATO alliance was still needed.
20 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Free Like a Flying Demon--E-type (3rd week at #1)
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