Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Connie Legrand!
1,530 years ago
The Ostrogoths under King Theoderic the Great defeated the forces of Odoacer for the second time in the Battle of Verona in northern Italy.
620 years ago
Henry IV was proclaimed King of England, replacing the deposed Richard II.
330 years ago
Born on this date
Jacques Aubert. French musician and composer. Mr. Aubert was the first violinist at the Paris Opéra from 1728-1752. His compositions included operas and ballets. Mr. Aubert died on May 19, 1753 at the age of 68.
100 years ago
Born on this date
William L. Guy. U.S. politician. Mr. Guy, a Democrat, sat in the North Dakota House of Representatives (1959-1961) before serving as Governor of North Dakota (1961-1973). He modernized the state government and oversaw major federal projects in North Dakota. Mr. Guy was Chairman of the National Governors Association (1966-1967), and remains the longest-serving Governor in North Dakota's history. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1974, and died on April 26, 2013 at the age of 93.
90 years ago
Politics and government
Liberal Party candidate Andrew McMaster, appointed Treasurer on September 12 in the Quebec government of Premier Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, won a by-election in the riding of Compton, defeating Conserviative Party candidate Albert Pomeroy 2,270-2,026. The by-election followed the appointment of Liberal MLA Jacob Nicol to the Legislative Council.
A six-day race, covering 143 hours, took place at the Montreal Forum.
80 years ago
On television today
The Fordham University Rams (1-0) defeated the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets (1-1) 34-7 at Triborough Stadium in New York in the first American football game to be televised, on the NBC station W2XBS, with Bill Stern announcing the game by himself.
Politics and government
President Władysław Raczkiewicz named General Władysław Sikorski Prime Minister of the Polish Government in exile in Paris.
Calgary (3-4) 6 @ Winnipeg (7-0) 25
Edmonton (1-6) 7 @ Regina (3-4) 8
Andy Bieber scored 2 touchdowns and Wayne Sheley and Mel Wilson each scored a touchdown for the Blue Bombers as they beat the Bronks at Osborne Stadium.
Toar Springstein's single on a missed field goal attempt in the last minute of the game gave the Roughriders their win over the Eskimos at park de Young. Vince Yatchek scored the Edmonton touchdown on a 45-yard fumble return; Gordon Gelhaye converted.
Canadian university-high school
Strathcona High School 0 @ University of Alberta 0
1,200 fans witnessed the fumble-filled game between the Golden Bears and Strathcona High at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton.
The Washington Nationals, behind the pitching of rookie Joe Haynes, beat the Philadelphia Athletics 9-5 before 1,000 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Al Brancato hit his first major league home run for the Athletics. Elmer Valo, in his first major league game, entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a base on balls, but official scorer Red Smith later removed Mr. Valo’s name from the box score at the request of Philadelphia manager Connie Mack because Mr. Valo had not signed a major league contract.
75 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Vict'ry Polka--Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters (1st month at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Swinging on a Star--Bing Crosby with John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra and the Williams Brothers Quartet (Best Seller--9th week at #1; Jukebox--7th week at #1)
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto in A Minor received its premiere performance in Liverpool at a concert by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Sargent. Leon Goossens, for whom the concerto was written, was the featured soloist.
U.S. forces in France advanced to within 9 miles of Belfort. The U.S.S.R. revealed that Red Army troops had crossed into Yugoslavia and held a 60-mile-wide bridgehead on the south side of the Danube River. Allied heavy bombers, in one of their longest missions, raided the oil centre of Balikpapen, Borneo, leaving large fires raging. The U.S. 14th Army Air Force destroyed its base at Tanchuk in the southeastern part of the Chinese province of Kwangsi, before the Japanese occupation of it today.
Jewish commercial and residential districts of Jerusalem were placed under curfew by British authorities following the previous day's assassination of Assistant Police Superintendent T.J. Wilkin, allegedly by the Jewish terrorist organization Irgun Zvai Leumi.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt accepted the resignation of War Production Board Chairman Donald Nelson, and appointed acting Chairman Julius Krug to succeed him. Mr. Krug announced a tentative program whereby the WPB would revoke 350 of its 500 control orders on Victory in Europe Day.
Central Navigation School (Rivers) (1-0) 24 Service Flying Training School (Gimli) (0-1) 0 @ Winnipeg
Gordy Clemens scored a touchdown, convert, and 3 singles for the Pathfinders as they blanked the Hurricanes at Osborne Stadium. Lloyd Boivin, Doug McCuaig, and Buddy Meier scored the other touchdowns.
60 years ago
The Berlin Airlift, supplying necessities to residents of West Berlin who were under a Soviet blockade, came to an end. Since June 1948, 277,000 flights had been made; more than 2 million tons of goods—of which coal accounted for about two thirds—were delivered. By the time the blockade ended in May 1949, an average of 8,000 tons was being flown in daily.
Poland and Hungary followed the U.S.S.R. in severing their mutual aid and friendship agreements with Yugoslavia.
The U.S. Army issued a new racial equality plan, opening new training opportunities for Negroes, but retaining segregated units.
Politics and government
Mao Tse-tung (Mao Zedong) was named chairman of the People's Republic of China's People's Consultative Council, an organ supervising the government's executive functions. Deputy chairmen included General Chu Teh, Liu Shao-chi, and Madame Sun Yat-sen.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities charged that University of Minnesota physics professor Joseph Weinberg had passed atomic secrets to a Soviet agent during World War II as a mysterious "Scientist X." Professor Weinberg immediately denied the allegation.
Eleanor Patenôtre pled guilty in New York to income tax evasion, and paid the government $2 million in taxes owed on money she received from the sale of her interest in the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1930.
United Mine Workers of America President John L. Lewis ordered 102,000 striking miners, employed in pits which produced coal for heating, to return to work.
The Congress of Industrial Organizations United Rubber Workers union ended a 35-day strike against B.F. Goodrich Company, after accepting an increase in company contributions to existing pension and insurance plans.
Leaders of the CIO Farm Equipment Workers union ended a four-day meeting in Chicago after agreeing to merge with the United Electrical Workers union in defiance of CIO orders to merge with the United Auto Workers of America.
In a strange game before 10,089 fans at Griffith Stadium in Washington, the Washington Nationals outhit the Boston Red Sox 18-5, but left 11 men on base, allowed 14 bases on balls, and lost 11-9. The Nationals scored 2 runs in the 9th inning against Boston’s Ellis Kinder, but Sam Mele grounded into a game-ending double play. Jake Early caught the first 3 innings for Washington, drawing a base on balls and scoring in his only plate appearance, making 3 putouts and allowing a passed ball in the 747th and last game of his 9-year major league career. Washington pinch hitter Buddy Lewis walked in the 9th inning in the 1,349th and last game of his 11-year major league career.
Dick Fowler pitched a 4-hitter to improve his 1949 record to 15-11 and Ferris Fain hit a 3-run home run off Ed Lopat in the 3rd inning as the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Yankees 4-1 before 14,802 fans at Yankee Stadium, dropping the second-place Yankees 1 game behind the Red Sox in the American League pennant race with 2 games remaining for each team. Ben Chapman added a solo homer for the Athletics against Mr. Lopat, who dropped to 15-10. Wally Hood, the fourth and last New York pitcher, allowed no hits and no runs in 2 innings, walking 1 batter, striking out 2, and throwing a wild pitch in his second and last major league game. Fenton Mole pinch hit for him and grounded into a double play in the 9th inning in his 10th and last major league game.
Ralph Kiner hit his 54th home run of the season, a tremendous drive over the scoreboard in left field, to provide the deciding run as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 before 9,416 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. The homer, which gave the Pirates a 3-0 lead, was Mr. Kiner’s 16th in September, a National League record for a single month. The Reds rallied for 2 runs in the 9th, but Bob Chesnes (7-13) retired Ted Kluszewski on a ground ball to third base to preserve his 4-hitter. Herm Wehmeier (11-12) pitched a 9-hit complete game defeat.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Henry Barwell, 82. Australian politician. Sir Henry was a member of the Liberal Union Party when he entered the South Australia House of Assembly in 1915, representing Stanley. He became Attorney General in 1917 and took office as Premier of South Australia in 1920, succeeding the late Archibald Peake. Sir Henry received criticism for advocating the importation of black labour into the northern areas of Australia, and for his policies of small government and wage restraint. His government was defeated in the 1924 election, and Sir Henry remained as Leader of the Opposition until he was appointed to the Senate in 1925, sitting with the Nationalist Party and representing South Australia until 1928. He served as South Australia's Agent-General in London from 1928-1933, and didn't return to Australia until 1940.
Up from Liberalism by William F. Buckley, Jr. was published in New York by McDowell, Obolensky Inc.
Reiterating charges of North Vietnamese involvement, Laotian Foreign Minister Khamphan Panya appealed to the Untied Nations General Assembly for UN protection against the Pathet Lao revolt.
U.S.S.R. Premier Nikita Khrushchev told welcoming Chinese leaders in Peking (Beijin) that "we must make alll efforts to create conditions for the establishment of world peace."
French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville indicated that France would proceed with plans to conduct a nuclear test in the Sahara desert.
Politics and government
Southern Cameroons leaders appealed to the United Nations General Assembly's Trusteeship Committee to delay until 1962 a plebiscite on the future of the British trust territory.
Dr. Ernest Barsamian of Harvard University reported the successful transplantation and revival of puppy hearts to the bodies of adult dogs in 48 experimental operations.
The Cuban Sugar Stabilization Institute announced the sale of 330,000 long tons of raw sugar to the U.S.S.R.
U.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower conferred with steel industry executives and leaders of the United Steel Workers of America at separate meetings in the White House, persuading them to renew negotiations to end the steel strike.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders fired head coach George Terlep. The Roughriders finished third in the WIFU in 1958 with a record of 7-7-2, but were 0-9 in 1959 at the time the move was made. Mr. Terlep's replacement was Frank Tripucka, who had quarterbacked the team from 1953-1958, but had then been traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders. He got off to a poor start in Ottawa, and lost his starting job to Russ Jackson.
London @ Kitchener-Waterloo: postponed to October 7
50 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade): Je t'aime...mon non plus--Jane Birkin avec Serge Gainsbourg (5th week at #1)
Died on this date
Jim Galvin, 62. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Galvin was a catcher who batted 0 for 2 in 2 games as a pinch hitter with the Boston Red Sox in 1930. He played at least 747 games in at least 10 seasons in the minor leagues from 1929-1939. Mr. Galvin was a policeman after his baseball career, and died of cirrhosis of either the heart or liver.
Hank Thompson, 43. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Thompson was a third baseman and outfielder with the Dallas Green Monarchs (1941) and Kansas City Monarchs (1943, 1946-1948) in the Negro Leagues, and the St. Louis Browns (1947) and New York Giants (1949-1956) in the major leagues. He played 933 games in the majors, batting .267 with 129 home runs and 482 runs batted in. Mr. Thompson played with the Giants in the 1951 and 1954 World Series, batting .240 with no homers and 2 RBIs in 9 games. He was one of the stars of the Giants' 4-game upset of the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series, batting .364 (4 for 11), with 7 bases on balls, 6 runs, and 2 RBIs. Mr. Thompson finished his playing career with the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association in 1957. He fell upon hard times in his post-baseball life, and served three years in prison for armed robbery in the mid-1960s. Mr. Thompson then became a law-abiding citizen and helped underprivileged boys Fresno, California, but died the day after suffering a seizure.
Walter Prokopchuk, 44, was in custody after the Municipal Courts Building in Edmonton was blasted with 14 sticks of dynamite. Police believed the act was done on a dare after a drinking party.
Edmonton (3-8) 12 @ Hamilton (7-1-1) 17
A questionable decision by Edmonton head coach Neill Armstrong to use rookie Larry Kerychuk as the team's punter contributed to the defeat. Mr. Kerychuk's first attempt at punting was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Billy Ray Locklin as the Tiger-Cats beat the Eskimos before 20,533 fans at Civic Stadium. Mr. Armstrong eventually went back to Roger Kettlewell, who had been doing the punting since the third game of the season. Willie Bethea scored the other touchdown for the Tiger-Cats. The only Eskimo touchdown came on a pass to Tom Nettles from Charlie Fulton, who completed 18 of 37 passes for 244 yards. It was the only touchdown pass of the year for Mr. Fulton, and the second and last touchdown pass of his CFL career.
The Atlanta Braves scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 before 43,974 fans at Atlanta Stadium, clinching the National League West Division pennant. Phil Niekro allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings, and was credited with the win to improve his 1969 record to 23-13. Hoyt Wilhelm pitched 2 perfect innings to get the save; it was the Braves’ 10th straight win.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): I was Made For Lovin' You--Kiss (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Tu sei l'unica donna per me--Alan Sorrenti (7th week at #1)
Pope John Paul II continued his tour of Ireland with visits to Clonmacnois, Galway, Knock, Limerick, and Maynooth.
Montreal (8-3-1) 29 @ Ottawa (5-4-2) 29
Edmonton (9-1-2) 19 @ Calgary (8-3) 26
Keith Baker's second touchdown reception of the game, a 31-yard completion from quarterback Joe Barnes, followed by Don Sweet's convert with 1:29 remaining in the game, gave the Alouettes the tie before 32,669 fans at Lansdowne Park. Mr. Baker, who caught 4 passes for 155 yards, had scored earlier on a 72-yard pass from Mr. Barnes, who also connected with John O'Leary on a 4-yard touchdown strike. The other Montreal touchdown was scored by Dickie Harris on a 104-yard punt return. David Green led the Alouettes' rushing game with 16 carries for 100 yards. Richard Crump, recently acquired from the Calgary Stampeders, carried 17 times for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Rough Riders, while Condredge Holloway threw touchdown passes to Martin Cox and Tony Gabriel.
Willie Burden rushed 2 yards for a touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the game to break a 19-19 tie and hand the Eskimos their first loss of the season before 33,445 fans at McMahon Stadium. The touchdown was set up when Larry Highbaugh of the Eskimos fumbled a Mike McTague punt, and Larry Tittley of the Stampeders recovered. The winning score came less than 2 minutes after the Eskimos had tied the score on a 4-yard pass from Warren Moon to Brian Kelly and a 2-point convert pass from Mr. Moon to Mr. Kelly. Tom Wilkinson was ill with the flu, so Mr. Moon went the distance at quarterback for the first time in his CFL career. He completed 17 of 33 passes for 257 yards and a second-quarter touchdown pass to Waddell Smith. Calgary quarterback Ken Johnson completed 16 of 29 passes for 241 yards and touchdowns to Mr. Burden and Tom Forzani.
Willie Stargell drove in 2 runs with a home run and a sacrifice fly to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-3 before 42,176 fans at Three Rivers Stadium, clinching the National League East Division pennant. Chicago left fielder Dave Kingman batted 3 for 4 with his 48th homer of the season and a double.
Steve Carlton pitched a 3-hitter and struck out 12 batters to finish the 1979 season with a record of 18-11, outduelling Steve Rogers, who allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 18 innings to drop to 13-12, as the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the Montreal Expos 2-0 before 50,824 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, eliminating the Expos from pennant contention in the NL East Division.
Ozzie Smith drew a base on balls with 1 out in the top of the 10th inning and Gene Tenace followed with a home run to break a 3-3 tie as the San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 5-3 before 19,340 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Padres fired manager Roger Craig after the game. Mr. Craig had replaced Alvin Dark during spring training in 1978 and had led the Padres to their first winning season ever, but in 1979 they dropped to 68-93.
Phil Niekro (21-20) pitched a 6-hitter and drove in a run to help the Atlanta Braves defeat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 before 50,932 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. George Foster and Rich Auerbach hit solo home runs for the Reds in the 9th inning to break up the shutout bid of Mr. Niekro, who tied his brother Joe in wins, becoming the only major league pitcher in the 20th century to lead his league in wins and losses in the same season.
Jeff Leonard singled home Craig Reynolds and scored on a sacrifice fly Danny Heep as the Houston Astros scored 2 runs in the 8th inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 before 46,741 fans at Dodger Stadium. Mr. Reynolds singled as a pinch hitter for Joe Niekro (21-11), who allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings and was credited with the win. Rick Sutcliffe (17-10) pitched a 7-hit complete game loss.
Jim Spencer drove in 3 runs with a pair of home runs, Graig Nettles added a 2-run homer, and Bobby Murcer drove in 4 runs with a pair of doubles to help the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 before 28,150 fans at Yankee Stadium. The Blue Jays fired manager Roy Hartsfield after the game; Mr. Hartsfield, who had managed the Toronto Blue Jays since the franchise’s inception, was fired after 3 straight last-place finishes. In 1979 the Blue Jays posted a record of 53-109, 1 game worse than the Oakland Athletics, and the worst record of any major league team in the 1970s.
Dave Revering tripled home 2 runs with 2 out in the 9th inning to break a 4-4 tie as the Oakland Athletics outlasted the Kansas City Royals 6-5 before 23,842 fans at Royals Stadium. Clint Hurdle tripled home Frank White with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, but Darrell Porter flied out to left field to end the game.
Jerry Koosman (20-13) pitched a 9-hitter for the Minnesota Twins as they shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 before 10,277 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. It was the last game of the year, and the only time all season that the Brewers were shut out, ending their scoring streak at 213 games.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Lambada--Kaoma
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Swing The Mood--Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
#1 single in France (SNEP): Lambada--Kaoma (10th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Ride on Time--Black Box (4th week at #1)
Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
2 Pump Up the Jam--Technotronic featuring Felly
3 French Kiss--Lil Louis
4 Sowing the Seeds of Love--Tears for Fears
5 The Best--Tina Turner
6 Swing the Mood--Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
7 Crazy About Her--Rod Stewart
8 The Invisible Man--Queen
9 The Mix--Dance Classics
10 Mixed Emotions--Rolling Stones
Singles entering the chart were Poison by Alice Cooper (#22); Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice) by Gloria Estefan (#23); Girl I'm Gonna Miss You by Milli Vanilli (#25); If Only I Could by Sydney Youngblood (#26); Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx (#32); and Ride on Time by Black Box (#35).
U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Girl I'm Gonna Miss You--Milli Vanilli (2nd week at #1)
3 If I Could Turn Back Time--Cher
5 Miss You Much--Janet Jackson
6 18 and Life--Skid Row
7 One--Bee Gees
8 Kisses on the Wind--Neneh Cherry
9 Don't Wanna Lose You--Gloria Estefan
10 Love Song--The Cure
Singles entering the chart were Get on Your Feet by Gloria Estefan (#65); Don't Know Much by Linda Ronstadt (featuring Aaron Neville) (#72); Leave a Light On by Belinda Carlisle (#78); Don't Ask Me Why by Eurythmics (#81); The Angel Song by Great White (#88); Hold On by Donny Osmond (#89); Love Song by Tesla (#90); Edie (Ciao Baby) by the Cult (#93); and I'm a Believer by Giant (#94).
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Girl I'm Gonna Miss You--Milli Vanilli
3 If I Could Turn Back Time--Cher
5 18 and Life--Skid Row
6 Don't Wanna Lose You--Gloria Estefan
7 Miss You Much--Janet Jackson
8 Shower Me with Your Love--Surface
9 One--Bee Gees
10 Mixed Emotions--Rolling Stones
Singles entering the chart were Don't Ask Me Why by Eurythmics (#70); Don't Know Much by Linda Ronstadt (featuring Aaron Neville) (#75); Leave a Light On by Belinda Carlisle (#80); Get on Your Feet by Gloria Estefan (#83); Hold On by Donny Osmond (#85); We Could Be Together by Debbie Gibson (#87); No Big Deal by Love and Rockets (#90); Radar Love by White Lion (#92); and Hungry by Winger (#94).
Died on this date
Virgil Thomson, 92. U.S. composer. Mr. Thomson's works included scores for the films The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936); The River (1938); and Louisiana Story (1948), the last of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1949.
West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher flew to Prague, where his negotiations with East German authorities opened the way for thousands of refugees from East Germany who were crowding into the West German embassy in Prague to leave by bus on the first leg of a trip to West Germany.
British Columbia (5-8) 32 @ Saskatchewan (6-7) 30
On what should have been the last play of the game at Taylor Field in Regina, B.C. quarterback Matt Dunigan threw a desperation pass for wide receiver David Williams from the Saskatchewan 53-yard line. It was incomplete, but Roughrider safety Glen Suitor was called for pass interference at the 18-yard line. Another pass for Mr. Williams in the end zone resulted in a pass interference call against Albert Brown, giving the Lions a first down at the 1. Mr. Dunigan then sneaked over for the winning touchdown, his second of the game. Tony Cherry scored the other B.C. touchdown on a 26-yard rush on the last play of the third quarter. The Roughriders' touchdowns came from Mr. Brown on a 96-yard interception return and Milson Jones on a 2-yard run. Dave Ridgway added 2 converts and 5 field goals. Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin completed just 15 of 35 pases for 198 yards. The game was the last for veteran Saskatchewan defensive tackle James Curry, who left the team and was replaced by rookie Chuck Klingbeil.
Calgary (3-2) 20 @ Alberta (3-2) 40
Manitoba (0-5) 8 @ British Columbia (3-2) 46
Defensive back John Falconer was the star for the Golden Bears, intercepting 2 passes and recovering 2 fumbles, the second of which he returned 15 yards for a touchdown in the last minute of the game when Dave Brown of the Dinosaurs attempted a long lateral only to have the ball die in the wind and drop into an open area of the field. Calgary quarterback Bob Torrance completed just 10 of 34 passes for 173 yards. Kris Thorsteinson led the Alberta rushing attack with 22 carries for 124 yards. The game was played at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, the Golden Bears' first game in that stadium since 1982.
The Thunderbirds, led by quarterback Doug Lynch, passed for 425 yards and amassed a team record 610 yards in total offense as they routed the Bisons at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver.
The Toronto Blue Jays scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the second-place Baltimore Orioles 4-3 before 49,553 fans at SkyDome in Toronto, clinching the American League East Division pennant.
The Texas Rangers defeated the California Angels 2-0 before 34,910 fans at Anaheim Stadium as Nolan Ryan pitched a 3-hitter and struck out 13 to finish with 301 strikeouts for the season, the sixth time he’d reached that mark, but the first time since 1977.
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Cotton Eye Joe--Rednex (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Saturday Night--Whigfield (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
André Michel Lwoff, 92. French microbiologist. Dr. Lwoff shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with François Jacob and Jacques Monod "for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis."
Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Albert Reynolds met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Soskovets rather than Russian President Boris Yeltsin in Shannon, County Limerick. Mr. Yeltsin supposedly overslept, although it was widely suspected that he wouldn't get off his plane because he was too drunk.
Supporters of the recently-deposed military junta in Haiti concluded two days of killing demonstrators who were supporting President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, with the body count reaching 16.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a man accused of sexual assault could use the defense that he was too drunk to know what he was doing.
Aldwych tube station (originally Strand Station) of the London Underground closed after 88 years in service; Ongar railway station, the furthest London Underground from central London, also closed.
The National Hockey League postponed the start of the 1994-95 season for at least two weeks to deal with labour strife.
Sacramento (6-6-1) 19 @ Saskatchewan (7-6) 16
British Columbia (9-3-1) 26 @ Edmonton (9-4) 24
Roman Anderson kicked 6 field goals and a single for the Gold Miners as they defeated the Roughriders before 23,669 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Saskatchewan running back Mike Saunders scored the game's only touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Warren Jones late in the 1st half. Dave Ridgway converted and added 3 field goals, 2 in the 4th quarter after the Gold Miners had taken a 19-10 lead.
Lui Passaglia kicked a field goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Lions their win over the Eskimos before 23,187 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Passaglia's field goal was his fourth of the game. Sean Millington rushed 60 yards for the first B.C. touchdown, and quarterback Kent Austin rushed 1 yard for the Lions' other TD. Lucius Floyd scored the only Edmonton touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Damon Allen just 4:02 into the game. Sean Fleming converted and added 5 field goals, including one from 56 yards just before halftime. The other Edmonton points came on a safety touch when Mr. Passaglia was sacked in the end zone while trying to punt early in the 4th quarter. The game had been scheduled to be played on October 2, but had been moved up to accommodate the Rolling Stones concert several days hence.
20 years ago
The Tokaimura nuclear accident caused the deaths of two technicians in Japan's second-worst nuclear accident.
Raul Mondesi drove in 4 runs with a 3-run home run and a bases-loaded walk to help the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 before 61,389 fans in the last major league game in the 40-year history of 3Com Park at Candlestick Point (originally Candlestick Park) in San Francisco. Rookie Jeff Williams started on the mound for Los Angeles and allowed 6 hits and 4 earned runs in 5 innings, but was credited with the win, improving his 1999 record to 2-0, with Shawn Estes taking the loss, dropping to 11-11.
10 years go
A 7.6-MW earthquake struck off the southern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, killing 1,115 people, and impacting an estimated 1.2 million.
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