1,000 years ago
Died on this date
Edmund II, 23 (?). King of England, 1016. Edmund II, commonly referred to as Edmund Ironside, succeeded his father Æthelred the Unready on the throne on April 23, 1016. His forces were defeated by Danish forces commanded by Cnut in the Battle of Assandun on October 18, and the two leaders agreed to divide the country, with Edmund remaining as King of Wessex until his death, which may have been murder, or as the result of battle wounds or disease. King Cnut then became king of all England.
150 years ago
Born on this date
Andrey Lyapchev. Prime Minister of Bulgaria, 1926-1931. Mr. Lyapchev was a revolutionary in the 1880s, but didn't enter parliament until 1908. A member of the Democratic Alliance Party, he held various offices until leading a coalition government with the National Liberal Party. Mr. Lyapchev's party lost the 1931 general election, largely as a result of inability to ease the Depression. He died on November 6, 1933, 24 days before his 67th birthday.
100 years ago
Costa Rica signed the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty.
80 years ago
The Crystal Palace in London was destroyed by fire.
75 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Bless 'em All (The Service Song)--George Formby (1st month at #1)
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: A Case of Identity
At the movies
Two-Faced Woman, directed by George Cukor and starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas, opened in theatres. The film had already been banned in Providence and Boston, and had been condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency and New York Roman Catholic Archbishop Francis Spellman.
Green Bay (10-1) 22 @ Washington (5-5) 17
Green Bay receiver Don Hutson broke three scoring records as the Packers beat the Redskins at Griffith Stadium.
The American Football League concluded its second season of play. There was no championship game, and the Columbus Bullies edged out the New York Americans for the title on the basis of heir regular season record. The standings were:
Columbus Bullies 5-1-2-.833
New York Americans 5-2-1-.714
Milwaukee Chiefs 4-3-1-.571
Buffalo Tigers 2-6-0-.250
Cincinnati Bengals 1-6-2-.167
Ties were not included when calculating winning percentages. The AFL suspended operations on September 2, 1942 for the duration of World War II, and the suspension eventually became permanent.
70 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Symphony--Bing Crosby; Freddy Martin and his Orchestra (2nd month at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Strange Death Of Mrs Abernetty
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto 28 Winnipeg 6
Joe Krol passed for 3 touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, set up another touchdown with an onside kick, and kicked 3 converts as the Argonauts beat the Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup for the second straight year. The Blue Bombers outplayed the Argonauts in the 1st quarter, but couldn't score, and Toronto opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Krol to Royal Copeland. Less than a minute later, Mr. Krol intercepted a pass from Winnipeg quarterback Walt Dobler on the Blue Bomber 45-yard line, and Mr. Copeland then threw a touchdown pass to Mr. Krol. Mr. Krol later threw a touchdown pass to Rod Smylie, and the Argonauts led 16-0 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, Mr. Krol punted from the Winnipeg 36, and Mr. Copeland, who was onside, outjumped Mr. Dobler and Don Hiney to catch the ball at the 1-yard line, from where Byron Karrys rushed for another Toronto TD, converted by Mr. Krol to make the score 22-0. In the 4th quarter, Mr. Krol completed a 55-yard pass to Leo Deadey from his own 17 to the Winnipeg 38, passed to Boris Tipoff for a touchdown on the next play, and converted to make the score 28-0. The Blue Bombers finally mounted a scoring drive in the last 3 minutes of the game. Mr. Dobler scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and Mr. Hiney converted. The Blue Bombers outrushed the Argonauts 148 yards to 182, but Toronto completed 8 of 14 passes for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Winnipeg completed 7 of 24 passes for 133 yards.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (3rd week at #1)
Floyd Patterson (31-1) knocked out world light heavyweight champion Archie Moore (160-21-8) at 2:27 of the 5th round at Chicago Stadium to win the world heavyweight title, which had been vacant since the retirement of Rocky Marciano seven months earlier. Mr. Patterson, 21, was the youngest world heavyweight champion until Mike Tyson won at the age of 20 in 1986.
50 years ago
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set):
1 Sorry--The Easybeats (2nd week at #1)
2 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
3 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
4 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
5 Spicks and Specks--The Bee Gees
6 Born a Woman--Sandy Posey
7 Last Train to Clarksville--The Monkees
8 See See Rider--Eric Burdon & the Animals
9 The Loved One--The Loved Ones
10 I'm a Boy--The Who
No singles entered the chart.
Barbados became independent of Great Britain.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Daddy Cool--Boney M
On television tonight
Family, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Cradle Will Fall
The Anglican Church of Canada ordained its first women as priests, in four dioceses across Canada: Rev. Patricia Reed at St. Michael and All Angels, Prince George, British Columbia (Diocese of Cariboo); Rev. Elspeth Alley and Rev. Virginia Briant at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia (Diocese of New Westminster); Rev. Mary Mills at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario (Diocese of Huron); and Rev. Mary Lucas and Rev. Beverley Shanley, at Grace Church, St. Catharines, Ontario (Diocese of Niagara).
30 years ago
Politics and government
Former Prime Minister John Turner won a vote of confidence as delegates to the national Liberal Party of Canada convention in Ottawa voted 2,001-622 to reject a call for a leadership review. Mr. Turner had succeeded retiring Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1984, but the Liberals had lost the federal election to the Progressive Conservatives two months later.
Grey Cup @ B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver
Hamilton 39 Edmonton 15
The Tiger-Cats rolled up a 29-0 halftime lead and coasted to an easy win over the Eskimos before 59,621 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver to win the Grey Cup for the first time in 14 years. The Edmonton offensive line, which was missing veterans Bill Stevenson (out since the pre-season with a broken leg) and Hector Pothier (suspended late in the season for possession of illegal drugs), was no match for the Hamilton defensive line of Grover Covington, Mike Walker, Mitchell Price, and Rod Skillman. Hamilton quarterback Mike Kerrigan threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Steve Stapler in the 1st quarter. Their second touchdown came when defensive back Jim Rockford, playing only his second game in the CFL, recovered a blocked Tom Dixon punt in the Edmonton end zone. Paul Osbaldiston converted both and added 5 field goals in the 1st half. A 44-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Kerrigan to Ron Ingram early in the 3rd quarter made the score 36-0 after Mr. Osbaldiston's convert. The Eskimos finally broke the shutout late in the 3rd quarter on a 6-yard rush by backup quarterback Damon Allen, who had relieved starter Matt Dunigan. Tom Dixon converted to make the score 36-7. The Eskimos scored again late in the game on a 13-yard pass from Mr. Allen to Brian Kelly. Mr. Allen rushed 5 yards for a 2-point convert to make the score 36-15, but a short kickoff was recovered by the Tiger-Cats, and Mr. Osbaldiston tied a Grey Cup record with his 6th field goal. It was the only Grey Cup the Tiger-Cats won under Harold Ballard, who owned the team from 1978 until his death in 1990. CBC and CTV split the television coverage of the game, with Pat Marsden of CTV calling the play-by-play for the first half. It turned out to be the last CFL game televised by CTV after 25 years of broadcasting, and Mr. Marsden's last game as a football play-by-play broadcaster.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Black or White--Michael Jackson
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black or White--Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa
#1 single in France (SNEP): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (8th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Kon ik maar even bij je zijn--Gordon
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
2 That's What Love is For--Amy Grant
3 Cream--Prince and the New Power Generation
4 Blowing Kisses in the Wind--Paula Abdul
5 Set the Night to Music--Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest
6 It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday--Boyz II Men
7 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn
8 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
9 I Wonder Why--Curtis Stigers
10 Street of Dreams--Nia Peeples
Singles entering the chart were The Way I Feel About You by Karyn White (#72); Hearts Don't Think (They Feel)! by Natural Selection (#79); Every Road Leads Back to You by Bette Midler (#83); Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (#84); and Martika's Kitchen by Martika (#88).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
2 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
3 Cream--Prince and the New Power Generation
4 Get a Leg Up--John Mellencamp
5 What About Now--Robbie Robertson
6 No Son of Mine--Genesis
7 Broken Arrow--Rod Stewart
8 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
9 That's What Love is For--Amy Grant
10 Set the Night to Music--Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest
Singles entering the chart were Can't Let Go by Mariah Carey (#61); No Regrets by Tom Cochrane (#68); Little Lack of Love by World on Edge (#70); Double Good Everything by Smokey Robinson (#84); Hold On by Joey Ferrera (#86); Love Reaction by Harem Scarem (#96); Beauty and the Beast by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson (#98); and Saltwater by Julian Lennon (#99). Beauty and the Beast was the title song from the movie.
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Wilfrid Laurier 25 Mount Allison 18
Andy Cecchini rushed for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to lead the Golden Hawks to their first Vanier Cup championship. WLU led 24-4 late in the 3rd quarter until the Mounties struck for 2 converted touchdowns, one on a 27-yard rush by Grant Keaney late in the 3rd quarter, and the other on a 31-yard pass from Sean Hickey to Mark Huys with 8:35 remaining in regulation time. Mount Allison was stopped on a third down-and-five yards to go gamble at the WLU 45-yard line with less than 5 minutes remaining, and the Golden Hawks used up all but the last 50 seconds, and punted for a single. Mr. Keaney led the Mounties with 22 rushes for 124 yards. Mr. Hickey completed just 5 of 21 passes for 150 yards, but was chosen the outstanding offensive player by the media, for some strange reason. Rich Newbrough won the head coaching matchup over Marc Loranger. Attendance at SkyDome was 30,191.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Wannabe--Spice Girls (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): One & One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Aïcha--Khaled (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Breathe--The Prodigy
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Breathe--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre) (4th week at #1)
20 years ago
Died on this date
Tiny Tim, 64. U.S. musician. Tiny Tim, born Herbert Khaury, was a singer and ukulele player who had an encyclopedic knowledge of American popular music of the early 20th century. He performed under several names before achieving popularity as a novelty artist in 1968 with the single Tiptoe Thru the Tulips with Me, which he sang in an exaggerated falsetto. Tiny Tim's wedding to Vicki "Miss Vicki" Budinger on December 17, 1969 was televised on The Tonight Show. Tiny Tim died after having a heart attack while performing at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis.
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Saskatchewan 31 St. Francis Xavier 12
The X-Men led 12-0 at halftime, but the Huskies came back with 7 points in the 3rd quarter and 24 in the 4th to win their first Vanier Cup championship. Saskatchewan quarterback Brent Schneider was named the winner of the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game's Most Valuable Player.
10 years ago
Former Saskatchewan Energy and Mines Minister Colin Thatcher was granted full parole after 22 years in prison, where he had been sentenced to life without possibility of parole for 25 years for the January 1983 murder of his ex-wife JoAnn Wilson. There was no doubt about Mr. Wilson's guilt, but he was paroled because he whined for years that he was tired of being in jail.
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