Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Marina Kosan!
225 years ago
The Observer, the world's first Sunday newspaper, published its first edition in London.
150 years ago
Politics and government
Delegates from Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick met at the London Conference to draw up an act uniting the provinces of British North America. Meetings were held at the Westminster Palace Hotel; business commenced with a thorough review of the Québec Resolutions (72 Resolutions) to ensure that the wording of each was satisfactory. Much discussion ensued over Section 93, which protected separate schools in Québec and Ontario, but not in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. The London conference lasted until December 24, when the London Resolutions were drafted and sent to the Imperial government.
90 years ago
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Ottawa Senators 10 University of Toronto 7
Charlie Lynch scored the game's only touchdown and Joe Miller added 5 singles as the Senators defeated U of T to win their second straight Grey Cup championship. Charlie Trimble kicked 5 singles for the University of Toronto and Mr. Snyder added 2 more. 8,276 fans were in attendance, but conditions were so cold in the stadium that many of the fans immediately went back downstairs and attempted unsuccessfully to get their money back, while others huddled under the stands trying to keep warm. Mr. Miller immediately retired from football after the game, and promptly joined the New York Americans of the National Hockey League as a goaltender. It was the last Grey Cup in which a university team played.
75 years ago
The Chicago Sun published its first edition.
60 years ago
The Million Dollar Quartet--Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash--got together at Sun Record Studios in Memphis for the first and last time.
The first Hungarian refugees arrived in Vancouver. Many who followed were students, staff and family members from the big Sopron School of Forestry in Hungary, and almost 300 enrolled in the Faculty of Forestry of the University of British Columbia. A total of about 37,000 Hungarian refugees came to Canada after Soviet tanks crushed their October 1956 uprising.
The New York Downtown Athletic Club named Notre Dame halfback Paul Hornung as the winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as the outstanding college player in the United States for 1956.
40 years ago
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sei forte papà--Gianni Morandi
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Money, Money, Money--ABBA (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express).: Under the Moon of Love--Showaddywaddy
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (4th week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (3rd week at #1)
2 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
3 Love So Right--Bee Gees
4 More than a Feeling--Boston
5 Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)--Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
6 The Rubberband Man--The Spinners
7 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing--Leo Sayer
8 You are the Woman--Firefall
9 I Never Cry--Alice Cooper
10 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
Singles entering the chart were I Wish by Stevie Wonder (#46); Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd (#56); Night Moves by Bob Seger (#80); Living Next Door to Alice by Smokie (#86); Someone to Lay Down Beside Me by Linda Ronstadt (#87); Save it for a Rainy Day by Stephen Bishop (#89); Can't Let a Woman by Ambrosia (#97); Slow Dancing by the Funky Kings (#98); and You've Got Me Runnin' by Gene Cotton (#100). Free Bird was a live version of the original hit from 1975.
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (2nd week at #1)
2 Love So Right--Bee Gees
3 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
4 More than a Feeling--Boston
5 Stand Tall--Burton Cummings
6 You are the Woman--Firefall
7 Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)--Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
8 I Never Cry--Alice Cooper
9 Do You Feel Like We Do--Peter Frampton
10 Nights are Forever Without You--England Dan & John Ford Coley
Singles entering the chart were Surprise by Andre Gagnon (#77); Flying by Hometown Band (#88); This Song by George Harrison (#95); I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love by the Emotions (#96); It Keeps You Runnin' by the Doobie Brothers (#77); Dog Eat Dog by Ted Nugent (#98); Baby, I'll Give it to You by Seals and Crofts (#99); and I Kinda Miss You by the Manhattans (#100).
Died on this date
Benjamin Britten, 63. U.K. composer. Mr. Britten wrote orchestral, chamber, and vocal music. His works included The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945); the opera Peter Grimes (1945); and The War Requiem (1962). In 1976, Mr. Britten became the first composer to receive a life peerage; he died of congestive heart failure 12 days after his 63rd birthday.
Tommy Bolin, 25. U.S. musician. Mr. Bolin was a guitarist with the rock groups Zephyr (1969-1971); The James Gang (1973-1974); and Deep Purple (1975-1976), and also had a solo career. He died of an overdose of heroin and other substances hours after performing in Miami as the opening act for Jeff Beck.
Pittsburgh 1 @ Montreal 3
St. Louis 24 Baltimore 17
Atlanta 0 @ Los Angeles 59
The Rams' rout of the Falcons at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum would have been even worse if Tom Dempsey hadn't missed the convert attempts on the first 3 touchdowns. All three Los Angeles quarterbacks--Pat Haden, James Harris, and Ron Jaworski--produced touchdowns.
Grantland Rice Bowl
Montana State 10 North Dakota State 3
30 years ago
On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Together and Apart: 1943
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Toys of Caliban, starring Richard Mulligan, Anne Haney, and David Greenlee
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)
On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Dinner Out
Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson was released by his Islamic captors after spending more than six years as a hostage in Lebanon.
Pan American World Airways ceased operations after 64 years, and 11 months after declaring bankruptcy. The last Pan Am flight took place that afternoon: Flight 436, a Boeing 727-200 from Bridgetown, Barbados to Miami, piloted by Captain Mark Pyle.
10 years ago
Racial tensions among Negro and white teenagers in Jena, Louisiana culminted in the beating by six Negro youths of white Justin Barker, 17. The usual anti-white race hustlers supported the thugs.
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