1,100 years ago
Liu Yan declared himself emperor, establishing the Southern Han state in southern China, at his capital of Panyu.
320 years ago
A French warship commanded by Captain Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville defeated an English squadron commanded by Captain John Fletcher in the Battle of Hudson Bay during the War of the Grand Alliance, defeating three Hudson's Bay Company ships, sinking two. Captain D'Iberville's ship was wrecked, and he barely beached it before a blizzard closed in and he was pinned under a barrage of cannon fire. The rest of the squadron arrived to rescue Captain D'Iberville the following morning.
150 years ago
Born on this date
Amy Beach. U.S. composer. Mrs. Beach was a pianist who became the first successful female American composer when her Gaelic Symphony was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1896. She wrote about 150 songs, as well as works for piano, and other compositions. Mrs. Beach died on December 27, 1944 at the age of 77.
130 years ago
A fire at Theatre Royal in Exeter, England killed 186 people.
90 years ago
At the movies
The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon, Trolley Troubles, produced by Walt Disney, was released by Universal Pictures.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Jingle Jangle Jingle--Kay Kyser Orchestra (8th week at #1)
Died on this date
François de Labouchère, 24. French military aviator. Warrant Officer Labouchère was with the Free French Air Force and shot down at least four enemy planes--including two during the attempted landing at Dieppe on August 19, 1942--but disappeared and was apparently shot down during air-to-air combat 13 days before his 25th birthday, and his body was never recovered.
The Japanese high command ordered a withdrawal at Milne Bay, New Guinea, the first major Japanese defeat in land warfare during the Pacific War in World War II.
Joseph Hilton Smyth and Irvine Harvey Williams were arrested in New York by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation on charges that they had been acting as unregistered Japanese agents since 1937.
70 years ago
Died on this date
Johnny MacDonald, 41. Canadian football player. Mr. MacDonald played with the Calgary Tigers and Calgary Altomahs of the Alberta Rugby Union from 1929-1934. He died after a week-long illness.
U.S. Civil Service Commissioner Arthur Fleming announced that membership in a Communist front organization was not in itself cause for dismissal from federal employment.
Daniel Carpio of Peru became the 24th person to swim the English Channel.
60 years ago
On the Road by Jack Kerouac, the defining novel of the Beat Generation, was published by Viking Press.
Politics and government
Former Prime Minister Louis St.-Laurent announced his resignation as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, three months after his government had lost narrowly to the Progressive Conservatives in the federal election.
Cuban President Fulgencio Batista ordered troops rushed to the port city of Cienfuegos, where they defeated a guerrilla force of 400 in a five-hour battle in which 200 combatants were killed.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Condition: Red
This was the first episode of the season.
This blogger registered for Grade 1 at Glenora School in Edmonton.
A Czechoslovakian airliner crashed near Gander, Newfoundland, killing 35 passengers.
The league suspended the Toronto Rifles because of failure to meet their financial obligations. The franchise was restored a week later, with help from the league. The Rifles were 1-1 after 2 regular season games, with their third game scheduled to be played in Wheeling, West Virginia against the Ironmen several days hence.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Go to Rio--Peter Allen (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Nagisa no Sindbad--Pink Lady (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Speak Up Mambo (Cuéntame)--The Manhattan Transfer (4th week at #1)
On television tonight
James at 15, starring Lance Kerwin, Melissa Sue Anderson, Lynn Carlin, Linden Chiles, and Kim Richards, on NBC
This made-for-television movie was the pilot for the series.
The United States launched the Voyager 1 probe from Cape Canaveral, Florida to the outer solar system, 16 days after the launch of Voyager 2.
Five men demanding the release of jailed terrorists Andreas Baader and two of his associates kidnapped West German industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer and killed his chauffeur and three bodyguards.
Two days after former Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had been arrested in Lahore on the charge of conspiring to murder a political opponent in 1974, a second murder conspiracy charge was added.
An Ecuadorian airliner crashed into a mountain peak in the Cajas Mountains 25 miles north of Cuenca and exploded and burned, killing all 33 people aboard.
Ottawa (3-5) 33 @ Hamilton (2-6) 18
Winnipeg (4-4) 18 @ Saskatchewan (5-3) 26
Edmonton (5-3) 22 @ Calgary (1-7) 8
Dave Cutler kicked 4 field goals--including one from 54 yards in the 4th quarter--and converted Tom Wilkinson's 35-yard touchdown pass to Howard Strickland as the Eskimos overcame an early 7-0 deficit to defeat the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The Stampeders opened the scoring when they drove from the opening kickoff, and quarterback John Hufnagel handed off to Willie Burden for a 1-yard touchdown rush, converted by Cyril McFall. Edmonton wide receiver Pete Ribbins suffered a shoulder separation on the 2nd-half kickoff, which kept him out of action until the playoffs. Calgary defensive back Wayne Allison, meanwhile suffered a bizarre season-ending torn achilles tendon when he was standing on the sidelines during a punting play; Edmonton guard Herb Dobbins accidentally rolled into Mr. Allison while attempting to bring down a Calgary punt returner. It was the last Canadian Football League game for Calgary running back Lou Harris and backup Edmonton tight end Henry Sovio, a former Stampeder. It was the first CFL game for Calgary defensive back Terry Irvin, defensive end Reggie Lewis, and defensive tackle Ed McAleney.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy: Who's That Girl--Madonna (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Voyage, voyage--Desireless (10th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): I Just Can't Stop Loving You--Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Just Can't Stop Loving You--Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Where the Streets Have No Name--U2
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Never Gonna Give You Up--Rick Astley
#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Never Gonna Give You Up--Rick Astley (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): La Bamba--Los Lobos (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 La Bamba--Los Lobos (2nd week at #1)
2 I Just Can't Stop Loving You--Michael Jackson (with Siedah Garrett)
3 Who's That Girl--Madonna
4 I Want Your Sex--George Michael
5 Don't Mean Nothing--Richard Marx
6 Only in My Dreams--Debbie Gibson
7 Didn't We Almost Have it All--Whitney Houston
8 Can't We Try--Dan Hill (with Vonda Shepard)
9 Here I Go Again--Whitesnake
10 When Smokey Sings--ABC
Singles entering the chart were Mony Mony "Live" by Billy Idol (#68); It's a Sin by Pet Shop Boys (#71); I Won't Forget You by Poison (#82); I've Been in Love Before by Cutting Crew (#83); Betcha Say That by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine (#85); Painted Moon by the Silencers (#88); Let's Dance by Chris Rea (#89); and Happy Together by the Nylons (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 La Bamba--Los Lobos
2 Who's That Girl--Madonna
3 I Want Your Sex--George Michael
4 Heart and Soul--T'Pau
5 Luka--Suzanne Vega
6 I Just Can't Stop Loving You--Michael Jackson (with Siedah Garrett)
7 Funkytown--Pseudo Echo
8 Together (The New Wedding Song)--Joey Gregorash
10 Don't Mean Nothing--Richard Marx
Singles entering the chart were Stay with Me by Tu (#83); Wipeout by the Fat Boys (with the Beach Boys ) (#87); It's a Sin by Pet Shop Boys (#89); Where the Streets Have No Name by U2 (#94); Let Me Be the One by Expose (#95); and Rain by Michael Green (#97);
Died on this date
Quinn Martin, 65. U.S. television producer. Mr. Martin, born Irwin Martin Cohn, was executive producer of such series as The Untouchables (1959-1960); 12 O'Clock High (1964-1967); The Fugitive (1963-1967); The Invaders (1967-1968); The F.B.I. (1965-1974); Dan August (1970-1971); Cannon (1971-1976); The Streets of San Francisco (1972-1977); Barnaby Jones (1973-1978); and Tales of the Unexpected (1977). At one time in the early 1970s, Quinn Martin Productions was responsible for more hours of prime-time television programming in the United States than any other company.
Kuwait expelled five Iranian diplomats, the day after a surface-to-surface missile had struck the coast of Kuwait.
Carlton Fisk of the Chicago White Sox hit his 300th career major league home run, but the White Sox lost 4-2 to the Kansas City Royals before 34,391 fans at Royals Stadium. All the Kansas City runs came on solo home runs--2 by Danny Tartabull, 1 each by Kevin Seitzer and Geroge Brett. Danny Jackson won the pitchers' duel over Jose DeLeon, each of whom pitched complete games.
In his first appearance in a Toronto uniform since being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles five days earlier, Mike Flanagan allowed 4 hits in 7 2/3 innings to get the win as the Blue Jays shut out the Seattle Mariners 3-0 before 38,436 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
The Cleveland Indians scored 8 runs in the 4th inning and 4 in the 9th as they routed the Boston Red Sox 15-2 before 28,638 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Joe Carter hit 2 home runs and a double, scoring 4 runs and driving in 5, while Cleveland second baseman Tommy Hinzo batted 5 for 6 with a double, run, and run batted in, and left fielder Mel Hall was 4 for 6 with a double, run, and 4 RBIs.
The New York Yankees overcame an early 4-0 deficit with 2 runs in the 2nd inning and 3 in the 3rd and held on for a 7-6 win over the California Angels before 31,566 fans at Yankee Stadium.
Tom Brunansky led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a home run to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 51,122 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. The Twins tied the game in the 8th when Kirby Puckett tripled home Al Newman with 2 out.
Oddibe McDowell singled home Tom O'Malley with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Texas Rangers an 8-7 win over the Detroit Tigers before 26,058 fans at Arlington Stadium. The Tigers led 7-4 after 6 1/2 innings.
The Cincinnati Reds scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning, 5 in th 4th, and 3 in the 9th to beat the Chicago Cubs 10-5 before 33,336 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Chicago second baseman Ryne Sandberg batted 4 for 4 with 3 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in. Damon Berryhill made his major league debut at catcher with the Cubs, playing the last 3 innings behind the plate, making 1 putout and batting 1 for 2.
Dennis Martinez allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings to improve his record for the season to 8-3 as the Montreal Expos beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 before 11,805 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Kevin Coffman made his major league debut as Atlanta's starting pitcher, allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking 3 batters and striking out 3 in taking the loss. Marty Clary, the third of four Atlanta pitchers, made his first major league appearance, allowed 2 hits and no runs in 2 innings.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Amigos Para Siempre--Jose Carreras and Sarah Brightman (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kiss of Tears--Southern All Stars (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): This Used to Be My Playground--Madonna (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Una Historia de Ellegibo--Ellegibo (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): It's My Life--Dr. Alban (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap!
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): It's My Life--Dr. Alban (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): End of the Road--Boyz II Men (4th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 November Rain--Guns N' Roses (3rd week at #1)
2 End of the Road--Boyz II Men
4 This Used to Be My Playground--Madonna
5 Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot
6 Humpin' Around--Bobby Brown
7 Giving Him Something He Can Feel--En Vogue
8 Stay--Shakespears Sister
9 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
10 Just Another Day--Jon Secada
Singles entering the chart were Am I the Same Girl by Swing Out Sister (#77); Forever Love by Color Me Badd (#79); How About That by Bad Company (#81); Thank You by Cover Girls (#84); Real Love by Mary J. Blige (#86); Bang Bang by David Sanborn (#91); Right Now by Al B. Sure! (#92); It Doesn't Matter by Tyler Collins (#94); and Countdown by Lindsey Buckingham (#97).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 The One--Elton John
2 This Used to Be My Playground--Madonna
3 Lost Together--Blue Rodeo
4 Even Better than the Real Thing--U2
5 November Rain--Guns N' Roses
6 Restless Heart--Peter Cetera
7 Friday I'm in Love--The Cure
8 Nothing Broken But My Heart--Celine Dion
9 Enid--Barenaked Ladies
10 Do I Have to Say the Words?--Bryan Adams
Singles entering the chart were Livin' in the '90s by Barney Bentall (#61); Start the Car by Jude Cole (#72); Deep Kiss by Mitsou (#82); Hot Fun in the Summertime by the Beach Boys (#84); Shaking by Infidels (#86); Big, Bad and Groovy by Bootsauce (#88); End of the Road by Boyz II Men (#96); and Real Love by Slaughter (#97).
Died on this date
Billy Herman, 83. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Herman was a second baseman with the Chicago Cubs (1931-1941); Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-1943, 1946); Boston Braves (1946); and Pittsburgh Pirates (1947). In 1,922 games he batted .304 with 47 home runs and 839 runs batted in. Mr. Herman's best season was probably 1935, when he batted .341 and led the National League with 227 hits and 57 doubles and helped the Cubs win the pennant. He managed the Pirates in 1947 and the Boston Red Sox for 2 games in 1964 and full-time in 1965 and 1966, posting a record of 189 wins and 274 losses. Mr. Herman was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975.
20 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 (11th week at #1)
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Barbie Girl--Aqua
Died on this date
Mother Teresa, 87. Ottoman-born Indian nun. Mother Teresa, born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in what is now Macedonia, moved to India in 1929 and founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950, opening her first hospice in 1952. She was known for ministering to suffering and dying people, especially those forgotten or ignored by most of society. Mother Teresa subscribed to a version of Roman Catholicism that believes that physical suffering is necessary for salvation, and was criticized by some for not doing more to alleviate poverty. However, she was much honoured by the world and her church. Mother Teresa died 10 days after her 87th birthday, and was canonized by Pope Francis on September 4, 2016.
Georg Solti, 84. Hungarian-born orchestra conductor. Sir George, born György Stern, conducted various orchestras throughout the world in a career spanning more than a half-century. He was music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1969-1991. Sir George, who became a British subject in 1972, was still active when he died in his sleep while on vacation in France.
Calgary (5-6) 20 @ Edmonton (8-3) 24
Kavis Reed intercepted a Jeff Garcia pass and returned it 59 yards for a touchdown with 6:57 remaining in the game to provide the winning margin as the Eskimos edged the Stampeders before 43,913 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton quarterback Jimmy Kemp completed 16 of 26 passes for 274 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown to Robert Gordon and a 69-yard completion to Shannon Myers to set up a field goal by Sean Fleming.
10 years ago
Died on this date
D. James Kennedy, 76. U.S. clergyman. Dr. Kennedy founded Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1960, and served as its pastor until shortly before his death, just over eight months after suffering a serious heart attack. He founded Evangelism Explosion International, a movement of lay people going door-to-door to present the gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Kennedy was active in his later years in efforts to restore the United States to its supposed Christian founding principles, but he denied being a Christian Reconstructionist or Dominionist--movements that believe that society should be run according to Biblical law and/or run by Christians.
Politics and government
David Onley was installed as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, succeeding James Bartleman.
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