Saturday, 3 December 2016

December 1, 2016

150 years ago

Died on this date
George Everest, 76
. U.K. geographer. Sir George was Surveyor General of India from 1830-1843; Mount Everest was named in his honour in 1865.

110 years ago

Dominion Final
Hamilton Tigers 29 @ McGill University 3

100 years ago

Born on this date
Wan Li
. Chinese politician. Mr. Wan was a Communist who held various offices in the People's Republic of China, including Vice Premier (1983-1988) and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (1988-1993). He died on July 15, 2015 at the age of 98.

The cabinet of Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden passed an Order-in-Council authorizing an increase of Canadian troop strength to 500,000.

90 years ago

Politics and government
Premier Howard Ferguson led his governing Conservative Party to re-election in the Ontario provincial election. The Conservatives won 72 of 112 seats in the Provincial Parliament, down from 75 in the 1923 election. The Liberals and Liberal-Prohibitionists, led by W.E.N. Sinclair, were second with a total of 15 seats.

In a referendum conducted in conjunction with the provincial election, Ontario voters decided on government control of sale of liquor rather than prohibition.

80 years ago

The purple violet (Viola cuculata) became New Brunswick's official flower after a vote by school children and the Women's Institutes.

75 years ago

Emperor Hirohito of Japan gave his final approval to initiate war against the United States.

Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the U.S. Office of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.

Economics and finance
Maximum Prices Regulations were passed by the Canadian Parliament, to begin wartime wage and price controls in Canada. The regulations were based on the highest prices in the four weeks ending October 11, 1941.

The final poll of Associated Press reporters named the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers as the best team in American college football for 1941, followed by Duke and Notre Dame.

70 years ago

Politics and government
Miguel Aleman Valdes was inaugurated as President of Mexico.

U.S. military veterans who had occupied 50 homes in Chicago as "squatters" began to move out after the Chicago Housing Authority promised not to prosecute them.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como (4th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Smoky--Die Sieben Raben (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (4th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Me Tender/Any Way You Want Me--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--5th week at #1); Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley (Disc Jockey--5th week at #1; Top 100--2nd week at #1); The Green Door--Jim Lowe (Jukebox--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell
2 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley
3 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
4 True Love--Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
--Jane Powell
5 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
6 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
7 Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2)--Bill Doggett
8 Hey! Jealous Lover--Frank Sinatra
9 Cindy, Oh Cindy--Vince Martin with the Tarriers
--Eddie Fisher
10 A Rose and a Baby Ruth--George Hamilton IV

Singles entering the chart were Love Me by Elvis Presley (#22); Moonlight Gambler by Frankie Laine (#37); I Feel Good by Shirley and Lee (#46); and Baby Doll by Andy Williams (#50).

At the movies
The Girl Can't Help It, co-written, directed, and produced by Frank Tashlin, and starring Tom Ewell, Jayne Mansfield, and Edmond O'Brien, opened in theatres.

The Baseball Writers Association of America named Cincinnati Redlegs' left fielder Frank Robinson as the National League Rookie of the Year for 1956, and Chicago White Sox' shortstop Luis Aparicio as the American League Rookie of the Year. Mr. Robinson batted .290 with 38 home runs and 83 runs batted in in 152 games, and led the NL with 122 runs. Mr. Aparicio batted .266 with 7 homers and 33 RBIs in 152 games, and led the AL with 21 stolen bases.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones

Politics and government
The West German Bundestag elected Kurt Kiesinger to replace Ludwig Erhard as Chancellor of West Germany.

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded shortstop Maury Wills to the Pittsburgh Pirates for third baseman Bob Bailey and shortstop Gene Michael. Mr. Wills, who had been with the Dodgers since 1959, had fallen into disfavor with team management after leaving the club during a post-season tour of Japan.

40 years ago

Angola was admitted to the United Nations.

Politics and government
Jose Lopez Portillo took office as President of Mexico; he called for national unity and told Mexicans to look forward to "austerity as a way of life."

An Italian parliamentary commission implicated former Prime Minister Mario Rumor in connection with the Lockheed bribery scandal.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): You're the Voice--John Farnham (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): ¿A Quién Le Importa?--Alaska y Dinarama (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Frank McCarthy, 74
. U.S. military officer and movie producer. Brigadier General McCarthy was secretary of the U.S. Department of War General Staff from 1943-1945, winning several decorations. He then embarked on a career in film production, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture for Patton (1970).

The value of shares of the British distiller Guinness dropped by more than £300 million after the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered an inquiry into the affairs of the company.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada Post was not obligated to provide door-to-door delivery to every Canadian household.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Black or White--Michael Jackson

Died on this date
George Stigler, 80
. U.S. economist. Dr. Stigler, a key figure in the Chicago School of Economics, was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for his seminal studies of industrial structures, functioning of markets and causes and effects of public regulation."

Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum for independence from the U.S.S.R.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre) (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (2nd week at #1)

Politics and government
Dalton McGuinty was elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, replacing Lyn McLeod, who had led the party since 1992.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Bruce Trigger, 69
. Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist. Dr. Trigger, a native of Preston, Ontario, spent most of his career at McGill University. He was best known for The Children of Aataentsic (1976), a two-volume study of the Huron peoples. Dr. Trigger died of cancer.

Claude Jade, 58. French actress. Miss Jade acted in plays, films, and television programs. Her movies included Topaz (1969); Bed and Board (1970); and Love on the Run (1979). Miss Jade died of cancer.

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