Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Silvia Castro!
125 years ago
Born on this date
Grace Darmond. Canadian-born U.S. actress. Miss Darmond, a native of Toronto, appeared in silent films, including The Gulf Between (1917) and the serial The Hope Diamond Mystery (1921). She faded into obscurity after sound came into movies, and died on October 8, 1963 at the age of 69.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Great Lakes and their connecting waters constituted "high seas."
90 years ago
Died on this date
Carl Jensen. U.S. criminal. Mr. Jensen, alias Arthur Persson, alias Henry Peterson, wanted since November 13 for the shooting in Brooklyn of Patrolman George Wilson, died at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore of seven bullet wounds received in that city in a pistol battle in which Detective Sergeant Joseph Carroll was killed and two other detectives wounded.
Politics and government
The 20th annual conference of the Governors of the States opened in Louisiana.
The medals belonging to Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, who had died in June while searching for Italian aviator Umberto Nobile, were bought by Conrad Langaard for a sum sufficient to wipe out all the debt of Mr. Amundsen's estate, fulfilling the explorer's wish that he might die free of debt. The medals were presented to King Frederick University in Oslo.
An explosion at an army ammunition plant at Vincennes, France, near Paris, killed and injured 50.
Montreal Canadiens 1 @ Boston 0
The Canadiens edged the Bruins in the first National Hockey League game played at Boston Garden.
80 years ago
Died on this date
Edwin Hall, 83. U.S. physicist. Dr. Hall discovered the Hall effect, a potential difference (Hall voltage) on opposite sides of a thin sheet of conducting or semiconducting material (the Hall element) through which an electric current is flowing. Dr. Hall died 13 days after his 83rd birthday.
Maud of Wales, 68. Queen consort of Norway, 1905-1938. Maud, the youngest daughter of King Edward VII, married her first cousin Prince Carl of Denmark, in 1896, who accepted the Norwegian throne in 1905, taking the name Haakon VII. While on a visit to England, she took ill, and died four days after an abdominal operation, and six days before her 69th birthday. Queen Maud Land and the Queen Maud Mountains in Antarctica are named in her honour, as is the Queen Maud Gulf in Nunavut.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Paper Doll--The Mills Brothers (3rd week at #1)
The Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Calgary helped sink the German submarine U-536 northeast of the Azores.
Allied forces in Italy made their greatest gains in two weeks, as British troops took Archi on the south bank of the Sangro River near the Adriatic Sea. Soviet troops turned back the German attacks near Korostyshev, checking the enemy drive into the Zhitomir salient west of Kiev. U.S. Army and Marine troops invaded the Makin and Tarawa atolls in the Japanese-held Gilbert Islands at dawn and suffered heavy fire from Japanese shore guns and machine guns.
British Union of Fascists leader Sir Oswald Mosely and Lady Diana Mosley, imprisoned since May 1940, were released from Holloway Prison on orders of Home Secretary Herbert Morrison.
Riots in Tel Aviv followed the British suspension of two Jewish newspapers.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard) (Best Seller): Buttons and Bows--Dinah Shore and the Happy Valley Boys (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Buttons and Bows--Dinah Shore and the Happy Valley Boys (2nd week at #1)
--The Dinning Sisters
2 Maybe You'll Be There--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
3 Twelfth Street Rag--Pee Wee Hunt and his Orchestra
4 A Tree in the Meadow--Margaret Whiting
5 It's Magic--Doris Day
--Dick Haymes and Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
6 Until--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
7 On a Slow Boat to China--Kay Kyser Orchestra
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
8 My Happiness--The Pied Pipers
--Jon and Sondra Steele
9 Underneath the Arches--Primo Scala’s Banjo and Accordian Orchestra with the Keynotes
--The Andrews Sisters
10 Rambling Rose--Perry Como and the Satisfiers
Singles entering the chart were the version of On a Slow Boat to China by Eddy Howard and his Orchestra and Down Among the Sheltering Palms by Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (#38). Down Among the Sheltering Palms was the other side of Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly), charting at #24 with the version by Dinah Shore.
Chinese Communist and Nationalist forces battled indecisively aroun Suchow, northwest of Nanking.
U.S. Army General William Riley, head of the United Nations truce observation force, met in Tel Aviv with Israeli officials and in Gaza with Egyptian officers to arrange preliminary armistice talks.
The Congress of Industrial Organizations ended a four-day session in Portland, Oregon after revoking the charter of the Greater New York CIO Council for "slavish adherence" to Communist tactics.
Hamilton Tigers 0 @ Ottawa 19
Tony Golab scored touchdowns in the 1st and 3rd quarters and Bert Haigh scored one in the 2nd quarter as the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union champion Rough Riders shut out the Ontario Rugby Football Union champion Tigers at Lansdowne Park. Eric Hipper converted all the touchdowns, and Howie Turner punted for a single in the 2nd quarter. It was the last game in a Hamilton uniform for quarterback and coach Frank Filchock, who joined the Montreal Alouettes of the IRFU in 1949.
Western Ontario 7 @ Toronto 18
Nick Volpe, Mr. Gray, and Walt Chorostecki scored touchdowns for the Varsity Blues as they upset the Mustangs before 20,000 fans at Varsity Stadium. Bruce Cummings kicked 2 converts and a single, and threw 2 touchdown passes for Toronto. Bob Phibbs gave Western a 1-0 lead after the 1st quarter with a single, but the Mustangs didn't score again until the 4th quarter, when Jack Parry closed the scoring with a touchdown, which he converted. It was the first time since 1938 that Western Ontario hadn't won the intercollegiate championship, and the first playoff for the title since McGill's win over Toronto in 1938.
60 years ago
Died on this date
George Long, 89. U.S. engineer. Mr. Long built the first workable pay telephone, and contributed to the development of the internal combustion engine.
A military court in Baghdad sentenced former Iraqi Prime Minister Ahmed Mukhtar Baban to death for alleged participation in an anti-government plot.
A U.S. federal court in New York prohibited a projected merger of Bethlehem Steel Corporation and Youngstown Steel and Tube Company on the grounds that it would violate the Clayton Anti-trust Act.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): The Good, the Bad and the Ugly--Hugo Montenegro, his Orchestra and Chorus (2nd week at #1)
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Hey Jude/Revolution--The Beatles (7th week at #1)
2 Those were the Days--Mary Hopkin
3 Little Arrows--Leapy Lee
4 (The Lament of the Cherokee) Indian Reservation--Don Fardon
5 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
6 Hold Me Tight--Johnny Nash
7 Mary, Mary/What am I Doing Hangin' 'Round--The Monkees
8 Over You--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
10 1,2,3, Red Light--1910 Fruitgum Company
Singles entering the chart were With a Little Help from My Friends by Joe Cocker (#16); Love Child by Diana Ross and the Supremes (#24); Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf (#36); and Jesamine by the Casuals (#39).
The album Eivets Rednow, an instrumental album by Stevie Wonder (Eivets Rednow is Stevie Wonder spelled backwards), was released on Gordy Records.
Politics and government
Québec Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand tabled Bill 90 in the Legislature, abolishing the Legislative Council. The bill provided that the Quebec Legislature would now be composed solely of the Lieutenant-Governor and an elective chamber that would be called the National Assembly of Quebec, instead of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec. The legislative counsels, who saw their jobs disappear, were entitled to a $ 10,000 pension, a measure that was strongly contested by the Liberals who sat in the Opposition. The bill was approved by a majority of deputies on November 29 and then by the Legislative Council on December 13, and went into effect on December 31, 1968.
An explosion and fire trapped 78 of 99 miners at the Consolidated Coal Company's No. 9 mine in Farmington, West Virginia.
Saskatchewan 12 @ Calgary 25 (OT) (Calgary won best-of-three series 2-0)
The Stampeders scored 2 touchdowns in the 1st 10-minute half of overtime to break a 10-10 tie before 23,780 fans at McMahon Stadium and win their first Western title since 1949. Jack Abendschan's field goal gave Saskatchewan a 3-0 lead after the 1st quarter, but Calgary took the lead in the 2nd quarter when Frank Andruski recovered a blocked punt in the Saskatchewan end zone for a touchdown. Larry Robinson missed the convert, but scored a single on a missed field goal attempt, and the Stampeders took a 7-3 halftime lead. They led 10-3 after 3 quarters on a field goal by Mr. Robinson, but George Reed rushed 1 yard for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Abendschan with 11:33 remaining in regulation time. In the 1st overtime half, Mr. Robinson intercepted a Ron Lancaster pass and returned it to the Saskatchewan 17-yard line, leading to a 3-yard touchdown pass from Peter Liske to Terry Evanshen, converted by Mr. Robinson with 5:27 remaining. On the last play of the half, Saskatchewan punter Alan Ford was under pressure from Calgary defenders and attempted to run the ball out of his end zone, but he fumbled, and Art Froese recovered in the end zone; Mr. Robinson converted to make the score 24-10. Ron Stewart punted for a single with 1:35 remaining in the 2nd half of overtime to give the Stampeders a 15-point lead, and Saskatchewan scored a safety touch when Jim Worden tackled Rick Shaw in the Calgary end zone with 23 seconds remaining.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Three Times a Lady--Commodores (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kisetsu no Naka de--Chiharu Matsuyama (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (7th week at #1)
Politics and government
The Progressive Conservatives, led by Hilda Watson, won 11 of 16 seats in the Legislative Assembly in the Yukon territorial election, the first to be contested by parties. The Liberals, led by Iain MacKay, won 2 seats, and two independent candidates were elected. New Democratic Party leader Fred Berger was defeated in Klondike, but NDP candidate Tony Penikett was elected in Whitehorse West. Ms. Watson was defeated in Kluane by Liberal candidate Alice McGuire, and thus didn't become government leader; that position went to Chris Pearson, who was elected in Whitehorse Riverdale North.
Former British Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe was accused in court of plotting to kill his former homosexual lover, Norman Scott. He was acquitted in 1979, but the scandal destroyed his career.
U.S. Representative Charles Diggs (Democrat--Michigan) was sentenced to a maximum of three years in jail for his part in a payroll kickback scheme. Rep. Diggs had been re-elected by a substantial majority on November 7, and took his seat in Congress while appealing.
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): The Only Way is Up--Yazz and the Plastic Population
#1 single in Switzerland: A Groovy Kind of Love--Phil Collins (4th week at #1)
Winnipeg 27 @ Toronto 11
British Columbia 37 @ Edmonton 19
The Blue Bombers allowed only 112 yards net offense--81 in the 1st half--as they defeated the Argonauts before 26,091 fans on a rainy Sunday afternoon in the last game ever played at Exhibition Stadium. A 43-yard field goal by Trevor Kennerd and a 70-yard punt single by Bob Cameron gave Winnipeg a 4-0 lead after the 1st quarter, and Tony Johns rushed 1 yard for a touchdown, converted by Trevor Kennerd just 6 seconds into the 2nd quarter, to make the score 11-0. Lance Chomyc kicked a 39-yard field goal at 2:48 to get Toronto on the scoreboard, but Winnipeg led 11-3 at halftime. The key play occurred at 4:02 of the 3rd quarter when Winnipeg defensive back Rod Hill blocked a Hank Ilesic punt and recovered in the Toronto end zone for a touchdown. Mr. Kennerd's convert gave the Blue Bombers an 18-3 lead. Mr. Ilesic punted 59 yards for a single at 8:02, and then a no yards penalty against Winnipeg set up a drive that culminated in Toronto's only touchdown, a 1-yard rush by Lorenzo Graham, converted by Mr. Chomyc, to make the score 18-11 with 2:01 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The Blue Bombers put the game away in the 4th quarter with field goals of 12, 43, and 34 yards by Mr. Kennerd. Winnipeg quarterback Sean Salisbury completed 18 of 34 passes for 223 yards and an interception, while Toronto's Gilbert Renfroe, who played the entire game despite being almost completely ineffective, was 15 for 37 for 142 yards and 2 interceptions. Winnipeg's Tim Jessie led all rushers with 17 carries for 62 yards, while Mr. Graham led the Argonauts with just 27 yards on 12 carries. James Murphy of the Blue Bombers led all receivers with 102 yards on 6 receptions. Paul Nastasiuk led the Argonauts in yards receiving with 32 yards on 2 receptions, while Darrell K. Smith caught 4 for 31. The Argonauts were so short of wide receivers because of injuries to Pernell Moore, James Noble, and Lee Morris that Danny Barrett, normally a quarterback, played the entire game at wide receiver in what turned out to be his last game in a Toronto uniform.
The Lions scored 17 points in the last 7 minutes and 13 seconds of the game to turn a 20-19 lead into a rout before 27,055 fans to become the first visiting team to defeat the Eskimos in a playoff game at Commonwealth Stadium. Jerry Kauric opened the scoring for the Eskimos with a 38-yard field goal 2:47 into the game, but the Lions took the lead just 53 seconds later on a 73-yard touchdown pass from former Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan to Tony Cherry, converted by Lui Passaglia. The Eskimos scored their only touchdown at 7:19 of the 1st quarter on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Tracy Ham to defensive end Brett Williams, converted by Mr. Kauric. Mr. Passaglia kicked a 39-yard field goal and Mr. Kauric punted 55 yards for a single to give the Eskimos an 11-10 lead after the 1st quarter. Mr. Dunigan rushed 3 yards for a touchdown at 4:26 of the 2nd quarter, and Mr. Passaglia's convert gave the Lions a 17-11 lead. Mr. Kauric scored a single on a missed field goal and then kicked a 12-yard FG (after the Eskimos failed to score a touchdown with a first down and goal-to-go at the B.C. 3-yard line) with 19 seconds remaining to make the halftime score 17-15. A 32-yard field goal by Mr. Passaglia and a single on a missed 32-yard field gaol attempt by Mr. Kauric left the Lions ahead 20-16 after 3 quarters, and Mr. Kauric closed the gap with a 35-yard field goal with 9:05 remaining in regulation time. However, the Eskimos promptly fell apart, as Mr. Dunigan completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to David Williams with 7:13 remaining, and another of 18 yards to Eric Streater with 2:16 left. Mr. Passaglia converted both and kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining to finish the scoring. Mr. Dunigan completed 16 of 33 passes for 230 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Mr. Ham was just 17 for 37 for 209 yards, 1 TD, and 1 interception, but played the entire game, while Damon Allen, playing his last game as an Eskimo before joining the Ottawa Rough Riders, was used just as a holder on Mr. Kauric's placekicks. Mr. Cherry led the B.C. rushing game with 11 carries for 52 yards and led all receivers with 81 yards on 2 receptions. Mr. Ham led all rushers with 11 carries for 85 yards. Rick House, playing the last game of his 4-year career as an Eskimo before returning to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, led his team with 4 receptions for 52 yards. It was the last game in the 14-year CFL and 15-year professional career for Edmonton offensive tackle Bill Stevenson, who had come back from mid-season retirement to play in place of Blake Dermott, who had suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final regular season game. It was also the last CFL game for Edmonton cornerback Steve Benjamin, who threw an elbow at Mr. Williams on the sidelines after a play late in the game, prompting a minor brawl. Mr. Williams, who caught 5 passes for just 37 yards, blasted Mr. Benjamin for not showing class. Another departing Eskimo was wide receiver Jim Sandusky, who expressed frustration with not being used enough during the season after being acquired from the Lions as part of the trade for Mr. Dunigan. Mr. Sandusky spent the next two seasons on the injured list of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks before rejoining the Eskimos for 6 productive seasons.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): All that She Wants--Ace of Base (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy: Living on My Own--Freddie Mercury (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Boom! Shake the Room--DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (VRT): I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf
#1 single in France (SNEP): Living on My Own (1993)--Freddie Mercury (7th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Cash Box): I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf (3rd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 All That She Wants--Ace of Base
2 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf
3 Please Forgive Me--Bryan Adams
4 No Rain--Blind Melon
5 Again--Janet Jackson
6 Human Wheels--John Mellencamp
7 When There's Time (For Love)--Lawrence Gowan
8 Two Steps Behind--Def Leppard
9 Everybody Hurts--R.E.M.
10 Wild World--Mr. Big
Singles entering the chart were The Power of Love by Celine Dion (#43); Touch of Your Hand by Glass Tiger (#56); Linger by the Cranberries (#70); Because the Night by 10,000 Maniacs (#73); Heartbeats Accelerating by Linda Ronstadt (#74); Found Out About You by Gin Blossoms (#77); Stick it Out by Rush (#78); Into Your Arms by the Lemonheads (#93); and Tuesday Morning by the Pogues (#98).
This blogger attended a concert by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra under guest conductor Karl Rickenbacher at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, with pianist Robert Silverman as the featured soloist.
In one of the most dramatic changes this blogger has ever seen, it was above freezing and sunny in Edmonton in the early afternoon. By that night it was snowing and much colder, and by the following morning the windchill was approaching -35 C.
The lavish Outremont and Rialto movie theatres, built from 1915-30, were designated sites of national historic significance; each had seating for over 1,000 people.
The United States Senate voted to pass the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which would require a waiting period for approval of the purchase of a handgun. The "Brady Bill" was named after former White House press secretary James Brady, who had been critically wounded in the March 30, 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley.
The United States Senate Ethics Committee issued a stern censure of Senator Alan Cranston (Democrat--California) for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
Economics and finance
The United States Senate voted 61-38 in favour of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. The House of Representatives had approved the agreement three days earlier.
Edmonton 2 @ Toronto 3
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Toronto 37 Calgary 34
John Raposo blocked Bruce Parsons' 22-yard field goal attempt with 10 seconds remaining in regulation time to preserve the Varsity Blues' win over the Dinosaurs before 20,211 fans. Calgary rallied from a 23-7 deficit in the 3rd quarter to close it to 23-21, but Glenn McCausland returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the first minute of the 4th quarter to make the score 30-21 after the convert, and Barry McCamus returned an interception 22 yards at 3:29 of the 4th quarter for another TD as Toronto took a 37-21 lead, only to see Calgary make the game close again.
20 years ago
At the movies
Celebrity, written and directed by Woody Allen, and starring Kenneth Branagh, Judy Davis, and others, opened in theatres.
Died on this date
Cec Luining, 67. Canadian football player. Mr. Luining, a native of Winnipeg, was a guard and end with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1954-1963, and was a member of their Grey Cup championship team in 1958, 1959, 1961, and 1962. He died of a heart attack while celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1958 Grey Cup with his former teammates.
Zarya, the first space station module component for the International Space Station, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declared accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the August 7, 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
10 years ago
Economics and Finance
Tumbling oil prices and bank losses pushed the Standard & Poor/Toronto Stock Exchange composite index below 8,000 points for the first time since 2003.
Greenwich Village, through the eyes of Jean Shepherd - Jean Shepherd was born 100 years ago today in Chicago, so I’m bumping up this older post in tribute to this wonderful New Yorker. Jean Shepherd, probabl...
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