Sunday, 15 November 2020

November 15, 2020

390 years ago

Died on this date
Johannes Kepler, 58
. German astronomer and mathematician. Mr. Kepler was one of the most influential astronomers in history, best known for his laws of planetary motion. He believed that God created the world according to an intelligible plan that is accessible through the natural light of reason. Mr. Kepler's books included Astronomia nova (1609); Harmonices Mundi (1619); and Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae (three volumes, 1618-1621). He served as imperial mathematician to Holy Roman Emperors Rudolf II, Matthias, and Ferdinand II, and while often criticizing astrology, devised horoscopes in order to make a living. Mr. Kepler died after a brief illness.

140 years ago

Ned Hanlan of Canada defeated Edward Trickett of Australia in London to win the world single sculls rowing championship.

130 years ago

Born on this date
Richmal Crompton
. U.K. authoress. Richmal Crompton Lamburn wrote short stories and 41 novels for adults, but was best known for her Just William series of 39 children's books (1922-1970). She died of a heart attack on January 11, 1969 at the age of 78.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Olga Nikolaevna Romanova
. Russian royal family member. Grand Duchess Olga was the eldest child of Czar Nikolai II and Empress Alexandra. She was murdered at the age of 22 with the rest of her family, on July 17, 1918.

Antoni Słonimski. Polish writer. Mr. Słonimski wrote fiction, non-fiction, and poetry who opposed Stalinism and supported liberalization. He was killed in a car accident in Warsaw on July 4, 1976 at the age of 80.

110 years ago

Died on this date
Wilhelm Raabe, 79
. German author and artist. Mr. Raabe wrote several dozen novels from 1856-1899; his early works were published under the pseudonym Jakob Corvinus. Mr. Raabe also produced about 600 paintings.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Vasilis Diamantopoulos
. Greek actor. Mr. Diamantopoulos appeared in plays, films, and television programs in a career spanning 50 years. He was one of the founders of the Modern Theater, and in 1966 became the first actor to appear live on Greek television. Mr. Diamantopoulos died from a heart attack following injuries from a fall, on May 5, 1999 at the age of 78.

The first assembly of the League of Nations was held in Geneva.

The Free City of Danzig was established, in accordance with the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.

90 years ago

Hamilton (4-0-2) 3 @ Toronto (4-1-1) 3

The tie at Varsity Stadium gave the Tigers their fourth straight Big Four championship.

Portsmouth (4-5-2) 6 @ Frankford (4-10-1) 7

80 years ago

On the radio

Official ceremonies were held for the opening of Glenora School, which had opened for classes in September. This blogger attended the school for Grade 1 in 1967-1968, and also attended ceremonies on September 26, 2015 celebrating its 75th anniversary. Glenora School, on 102 Ave. between 134 St. and 136 St., now offers kindergarten in addition to the traditional grades 1-6.

The German Luftwaffe concluded their 10-hour bombing of the English city of Coventry. The people of the Netherlands East Indies donated L650,000 for bombers and fighters for Britain.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt formally proclaimed the existence of a state of war between Greece and Italy, and applied the U.S. neutrality statutes.

The first 75,000 men were called to service in the United States armed forces under peacetime conscription.

Former U.S. census employee Edward D. Blount was sentenced in Washington, D.C. to 2-6 years in prison for threatening the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Politics and government
Turibio Olasso resigned as Uruguay's minister of public instruction and social welfare in protest against the negotiations with the U.S. on naval bases.

Economics and finance
Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover urged immediate aid to "the five little democracies" of Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, and central Poland in order to prevent famine and epidemic diseases.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt named Dr. Harry Mills to succeed J. Warren Madden as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.

The U.S. United Auto Workers called a strike at the Vultee Aircraft Company plant at Downey, California, halting work on $80 million worth of military aircraft.

World welterweight champion Fritzie Zivic (102-24-4) defeated Al "Bummy" Davis (40-2-2) by disqualification in the 2nd round of a scheduled 10-round non-title fight at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. Davis was knocked down in the 1st round, and when he was thumbed in the eye by Mr. Zivic in the 2nd round, he went berserk and hit Mr. Zivic with at least 10 straight low blows, and was disqualified. Mr. Davis then kicked referee Bily Cavanaugh and attempted to resume the fight.

75 years ago

Chinese Communist forces closed in on the Changchun airfield to prevent Nationalist landings as Soviet troops withdrew from the area.

40 elite guard members, including camp commander Martin Gottfreid-Weiss, went on trial in a military court in Dachau, Germany for war crimes.

A joint U.S. congressional committee investigating the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii began hearings in Washington with the introduction of 379 pages of Japanese messages intercepted prior to the attack.

British troops restored order in Tel Aviv after another outburst of rioting in protest against the U.S.-U.K. statement on Palestine.

The 44-nation conference in London established the United Nations Economic, Social, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Venezuela joined the United Nations.

U.S. President Harry Truman, U.K. Prime Minister Clement Attlee, and Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced their joint decision to share the atomic secret with other United Nations members "as soon as effective enforceable safeguards against its use for destructive purposes can be devised."

Allied Supreme Commander in Europe General Dwight Eisenhower told a U.S. Senate committee that universal military training was "essential" to meet any "threat of aggression" and to assure "keeping the peace for which we fought."

Gabriela Mistral of Chile was awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world."

The 1945 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Artturi Virtanen of Finland "for his research and inventions in agricultural and nutrition chemistry, especially for his fodder preservation method" and James Sumner of the United States "for his discovery that enzymes can be crystallized." Wolfgang Pauli of Austria was awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of the Exclusion Principle, also called the Pauli principle."

Ford Motor Company joined General Motors and Chrysler Motors in opposing the United Auto Workers demand for a 30% wage increase and asked for 31 modifications in the current contract.

70 years ago

U.S. planes bombed targets in extreme northeastern Korea, dropping 40,000 incendiaries on Hoeryang and knocking out a Yalu River bridge at Hyesanjin.

Politics and government
Anna Rosenberg took office as the U.S.A.'s first female assistant Defense Secretary, in charge of manpower and personnel policy.

Arthur Dorrington became the first Negro player in organized hockey when he signed with the Atlantic City Seagulls of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League.

Hamilton 6 @ Toronto 24 (Toronto won 2-game total points series 35-19)

23,349 attended the game at Varsity Stadium.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Norway (VG-lista): Frøken Johansen og jeg--Inger Jacobsen (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, hosted by John Newland, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Trap, starring Mike Kellin and Ruth Storey

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Outlaw in Town, starring Ricardo Montalban, Constance Ford, and Arch Johnson

Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Girl with a Secret, starring Fay Bainter, Paul Hartman, and Anne Seymour

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Ken Powless!

Died on this date
Bobby Cook, 23
. Canadian criminal. Mr. Cook murdered his father, step-mother, and five half-siblings at their home in Stettler, Alberta in June 1959, but was convicted only of the murder of his father. He was hanged in the Fort Saskatchewan jail and became the last person to be legally executed in Alberta.

An Ontario panel of experts, appointed by Attorney General Kelso Roberts, found that D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover was not obscene according to the Criminal Code of Canada.

Los Angeles (5-7) 123 @ New York (2-10) 108

Elgin Baylor set a National Basketball Association record for points in a game when he scored 71, while grabbing 25 rebounds, to lead the Lakers over the Knickerbockers at Madison Square Garden. Mr. Baylor had set the previous record of 64 points in a game 13 months earlier. Willie Naulls led New York scorers with 35 points.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Austria's Top 10 (Ö3)
1 Lookin' Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 A Song of Joy--Miguel Rios
3 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry
4 Lola--The Kinks
5 Yellow River--Christie
6 All Right Now--Free
7 Neanderthal Man--Hotlegs
8 What About Tomorrow--Sir Douglas Quintet
9 Du--Peter Maffay
10 Deine Einsamkeit--Udo Jürgens

Singles entering the chart were Deine Einsamkeit; Viola by Adriano Celentano (#12); Yoyo by Chris Andrews (#13); I man i dram by Madcaps (#14); Me and My Life by the Tremeloes (#15); Hi-De-Ho by Blood, Sweat & Tears (#18); Komm in mein Boot by Adamo (#19); and Something by Shirley Bassey (#20).

Died on this date
Konstantinos Tsaldaris, 86
. Prime Minister of Greece, 1946-1947, 1947. Mr. Tsaldaris was a member of several political parties and held sevreal cabinet posts in a political career spanning more than 30 years. He led the right-wing "United Patriotic Party" coalition to victory in the 1946 general election, and served as Prime Minister from April 1946-January 1947, stepping down in favour of Dimitrios Maximos. Mr. Tsaldaris was Prime Minister again from August 29-September 7, 1947, stepping down again in favour of Themistoklis Sophoulis. Mr. Tsaldaris was last elected to Parliament in 1956 with the Liberal Democratic Union, but he was defeated in the 1958 general election, ending his career.

South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky began a three-week visit to the United States.

Politics and government
Candidates from President Joseph Mobutu's Popular Movement of the Revolution (MPR) were approved by 99.26% of voters in elections for the National Assembly of the Demcocratic Republic of the Congo. It was the first election since Mr. Mobutu taken power in a coup five years earlier, but only the MPR was allowed to field candidates.

Eastern Finals
Hamilton 22 @ Montreal 32 (First game of 2-game total points series)

Playing on a muddy field before an Autostade record crowd of 33,212, the Alouettes came back from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat the Tiger-Cats. Hamilton defensive end Billy Ray Locklin returned a fumble by Montreal quarterback Sonny Wade 8 yards for a touchdown less than 4 minutes into the game. Tommy-Joe Coffey missed the convert, but Joe Zuger punted for a 41-yard single 4 minutes later to make the score 7-0. Montreal punt returner John Couture then fumbled on his own 8-yard line, and Gord Christian recovered for the Tiger-Cats. Quarterback Wally Gabler rushed for a touchdown, and Mr. Coffey converted to give Hamilton a 14-0 lead. The Alouettes hit the scoreboard 25 seconds into the 2nd quarter when Bruce Van Ness rushed in from 8 yards after Garry Lefebvre, playing his first game in three months after suffering two serious injuries, caught a pass from Mr. Wade for a 25-yard gain. George Springate converted to reduce Hamilton’s lead to 14-7. With 38 seconds remaining until halftime, Mr. Wade completed a touchdown pass to Terry Evanshen. Mr. Springate converted to tie the score 14-14. Dave Fleming of the Tiger-Cats returned the 2nd-half kickoff 57 yards, and Mr. Gabler completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Dick Wesolowski. Mr. Coffey’s convert gave Hamilton a 21-14 lead, which became 22-14 just 5 seconds later when Doug Mitchell’s kickoff went into the Montreal end zone and Moses Denson of the Alouettes was trapped for a single. Hamilton running back Ed Buchanan fumbled later in the quarter, and the recovery by Montreal linebacker Charlie Collins set up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Wade to Mr. Van Ness. Mr. Springate’s convert reduced the Hamilton lead to 22-21. Mr. Wesolowski then fumbled the ball away, but Mr. Wade was intercepted by Garney Henley in the Hamilton end zone. On the first play after that, Mr. Fleming threw a halfback option pass, and Al Phaneuf intercepted and returned it to the Hamilton 10-yard line. Mr. Springate kicked an 18-yard field goal at 10:53 to put the Alouettes ahead 24-22. Mr. Wade then connected with Mr. Lefebvre on a 55-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Springate’s convert made the score 31-22 in favour of the Alouettes. The only scoring of the 4th quarter came when Wally Highsmith intercepted a pass from Mr. Gabler and returned it 10 yards to the Hamilton 14-yard line. Mr. Springate missed a field goal for a single point. Mr. Denson led all rushers with 66 yards on 10 carries; Mr. Wesolowski led the Tiger-Cats with 39 yards on 7 carries. Mr. Lefebvre, who had caught just 1 pass for 16 yards in the regular season, caught 3 for 94 in this game to lead all receivers. Mr. Christian led the Tiger-Cats with 3 receptions for 35 yards. The Tiger-Cats managed just 12 first downs and 171 yards net offense, and completed just 8 of 19 passes. It was the Alouettes’ first playoff game at home in 8 years, and their first playoff win at home in 14 years. Of the 7 CFL playoff games in 1970, this was the only one won by the home team.

New Orleans (2-6-1) 10 @ Miami (5-4) 21
San Diego (4-3-2) 16 @ Boston (1-8) 14
Washington (4-5) 33 @ New York Giants (6-3) 35
Buffalo (3-5-1) 17 @ Baltimore (7-1-1) 17
Atlanta (3-4-2) 13 @ Philadelphia (1-7-1) 13
Kansas City (5-3-1) 31 @ Pittsburgh (4-5) 14
Cleveland (4-5) 10 @ Cincinnati (3-6) 14
Chicago (3-6) 19 @ Green Bay (5-4) 20
Detroit (5-4) 20 @ Minnesota (8-1) 24
San Francisco (7-1-1) 30 @ Houston (2-6-1) 20
Oakland (5-2-2) 24 @ Denver (4-5) 19
New York Jets (2-7) 31 @ Los Angeles (5-3-1) 20

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Upside Down--Diana Ross (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): The Tide is High--Blondie

Austria's Top 10 (Ö3)
1 Santa Maria--Oliver Onions (5th week at #1)
2 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
3 Dreamin'--Cliff Richard
4 What You're Proposing--Status Quo
5 Matador--Garland Jeffreys
6 Feels Like I'm in Love--Kelly Marie
7 Upside Down--Diana Ross
8 Xanadu--Olivia Newton John/Electric Light Orchestra
9 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
10 Ashes to Ashes--David Bowie

Singles entering the chart were Woman in Love; What You're Proposing; Feels Like I'm in Love; Another One Bites the Dust; Gadda-Da-Vida by Boney M. (#12); and Magic by Olivia Newton-John (#20).

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand (5th week at #1)
2 Upside Down--Diana Ross
3 Never Knew Love Like This Before--Stephanie Mills
4 Feels Like I'm in Love--Kelly Marie
5 Master Blaster - Jammin'--Stevie Wonder
6 Don't Stand So Close to Me--The Police
7 Release--Patti Labelle
8 Driver's Seat--Sniff 'n' the Tears
9 Give Me Back My Love--Maywood
10 De Vogeltjesdans--De Electronica's

Singles entering the chart were Super Trouper by ABBA (#18); My Number One by Luv' (#24); and Rovers Return by the Korgis (#33).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Lady--Kenny Rogers
2 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
3 The Wanderer--Donna Summer
4 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
5 I'm Coming Out--Diana Ross
6 Never Knew Love Like This Before--Stephanie Mills
7 Master Blaster (Jammin')--Stevie Wonder
8 He's So Shy--Pointer Sisters
9 More than I Can Say--Leo Sayer
10 (Just Like) Starting Over--John Lennon

Singles entering the chart were Turn and Walk Away by the Babys (#79); The Tide is High by Blondie (#81); Gotta Have More Love by Climax Blues Band (#86); Real People/Chip Off the Old Block by Chic (#89); Shine On by L.T.D. (#90); Rough Boys by Pete Townshend (#92); and Remote Control by the Reddings (#94).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Lady--Kenny Rogers
2 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
3 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
4 The Wanderer--Donna Summer
5 He's So Shy--Pointer Sisters
6 I'm Coming Out--Diana Ross
7 Master Blaster (Jammin')--Stevie Wonder
8 Never Knew Love Like This Before--Stephanie Mills
9 Upside Down--Diana Ross
10 Dreaming--Cliff Richard

Singles entering the chart were The Tide is High by Blondie (#84); Help Me! by Marcy Levy and Robin Gibb (#86); Turn and Walk Away by the Babys (#87); He Can't Love You by the Michael Stanley Band (#88); Shine On by L.T.D. (#90); and Rough Boys by Pete Townshend (#99).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
2 Lady--Kenny Rogers
3 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
4 The Wanderer--Donna Summer
5 He's So Shy--Pointer Sisters
6 Jesse--Carly Simon
7 Dreaming--Cliff Richard
8 Never Knew Love Like This Before--Stephanie Mills
9 Lovely One--The Jacksons
10 You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling--Daryl Hall & John Oates

Singles entering the chart were Stop this Game by Cheap Trick (#71); The Tide is High by Blondie (#82); I Love a Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbitt (#83); The Horizontal Bop by Bob Seger (#84); Gotta Have More Love by Climax Blues Band (#85); and Turn and Walk Away by the Babys (#86).

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Another One Bites the Dust--Queen (4th week at #1)

World events
The government of China outlined its charges against Jiang Qing--Mao Zedong’s widow--and nine other radicals by accusing them of persecuting to death more than 34,000 people during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. Jiang was also accused of ordering 40 people dressed as red Guards to burglarize the houses of five famous writers to find material that incriminated her, and then burning that material. The trial had been postponed for more than a month because Jiang and Zhang Chunqiao, another member of the so-called "Gang of Four," had refused to confess their crimes of arbitrary arrests, imprisonment, and physical abuse.

Pope John Paul II began a five-day visit to West Germany. He greeted dignitaries in Bonn and conducted mass in Cologne.

Western Final
Winnipeg 24 @ Edmonton 34

In the most exciting game played at Commonwealth Stadium to date, the Eskimos overcame a 17-4 2nd-quarter deficit to win their fourth straight Western Football Conference championship, and their seventh in the last eight years. The Eskimos scored on their opening drive when Dave Cutler kicked a 12-yard field goal, which the Blue Bombers answered with a 40-yard field goal by Trevor Kennerd. Late in the 1st quarter, Winnipeg quarterback Dieter Brock completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Rick House. Mr. Kennerd’s convert gave the Blue Bombers a 10-3 lead. Mr. Cutler missed a field goal in the 2nd quarter that went for a single, and the score remained 10-4 until less than 3 minutes remained until halftime. Edmonton punter Hank Ilesic fumbled a snap and recovered, but as he was dropping the ball to his foot to punt, Winnipeg defensive back Reggie Pierson knocked it away and recovered for a 42-yard touchdown on the fumble return. Mr. Kennerd’s convert made the score 17-4. The Eskimos mounted a drive in the last minute, and Brian Fryer made a clutch catch of a pass from Warren Moon at the Winnipeg 2-yard line. Jim Germany rushed for the touchdown with 4 seconds remaining, converted by Mr. Cutler, to make the halftime score 17-11. The Eskimos kept up the momentum with another touchdown on their opening possession of the second half. Mr. Moon connected with Stu Lang for a 10-yard score, converted by Mr. Cutler, at 2:12 of the 3rd quarter, to give the Eskimos an 18-17 lead. For Mr. Lang, it was his only touchdown of the season. Vince Phason of the Blue Bombers then intercepted a pass from Mr. Moon intended for Danny Buggs, who made a bad play on the ball and then took a penalty for face-masking on the tackle near the Edmonton goal line. Mr. Brock rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, converted by Mr. Kennerd at 6:24, to give the Blue Bombers a 24-18 lead. The Eskimos gradually began to control the ball, and Mr. Cutler kicked a 34-yard field goal with 1:27 remaining in the 3rd quarter to reduce the deficit to 24-21. The Eskimos took the lead for good when Mr. Moon mounted a drive that finished with a 1-yard touchdown run by Neil Lumsden, converted by Mr. Cutler at 3:13 of the 4th quarter, to make the score 28-24. The Edmonton defense kept up the pressure on Mr. Brock, led by rookie defensive lineman James Parker. Mr. Cutler kicked a 10-yard field goal at 8:12 and put the game away with a 27-yard field goal with 1:03 remaining in regulation time. Mr. Lumsden rushed 11 times for 48 yards and added 69 yards on 3 pass receptions. Mr. Germany rushed for 48 yards on 9 carries. William Miller led the Blue Bombers with 66 yards on 13 carries. Tom Scott of the Eskimos had 72 yards on 3 pass receptions; Joe Poplawski led the Blue Bombers with 66 yards on 5 receptions, while teammate Mike Holmes had 65 yards on 3 catches. It was another dismal game for Edmonton wide receivers Danny Buggs and Ernest Pough, who each caught just 1 pass for 8 yards. For Mr. Pough, it turned out to be his last game. Mr. Moon completed 17 of 33 passes for 257 yards; Mr. Brock completed just 14 of 34 for 221 yards. It was the last game and only Eskimo appearance for Hall of Fame offensive tackle Dan Yochum, who had been released by the Montreal Alouettes earlier in the season. He would have played in the Grey Cup except for the fact that safety Pete Lavorato suffered a separated shoulder against the Blue Bombers, and when Mike McLeod, an American, was activated to replace him for the Grey Cup, another import had to be dropped from the roster, and Mr. Yochum was moved to the injured list. 43,346 attended the game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

St. Mary's 10 @ Acadia 27

Larry Priestnall rushed 26 times for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns as the defending national champion Axemen retained their Atlantic Universities Football Conference title and advanced to meet the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the Atlantic Bowl. Acadia quarterback Steve Repic completed 7 of 20 passes for 100 yrads; Donnie Clow caught 6 of Mr. Repic's passes for 81 yards. St. Mary's quarterbacks Mike San Angelo and Chris Tzanateas combined to complete 7 of 19 passes for 85 yards. Brian Murray led the Huskies with 26 yards rushing on 11 carries, while Rick Reynolds was their leading receiver with 4 receptions for 53 yards.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Unchained Melody--The Rightesous Brothers (2nd week at #1)

The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida to begin the 5-day military mission STS-38. The five-man crew was led by Commander Richard Covey.

Politics and government
The Communist People's Republic of Bulgaria was disestablished and a new republican government is instituted.

The U.S. Senate Ethics Committee began hearings in a case involving conduct by five Senators: Alan Cranston (Democrat--California); Dennis DeConcini (Democrat--Arizona); Donald Riegle (Democrat--Michigan); John Glenn (Democrat--Ohio) and John McCain (Republican--Arizona). The Senators were known as the "Keating 5" because of their relationship with Charles Keating, who had been chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association in California. The collapse of the S&L in 1989 had cost the government $2 billion. Special counsel Bob Bennett said that Senators Cranston and DeConcini had been "by far the most active" in the allegedly improper activity; that Sen. Riegle had played a greater role than he later recalled; and that Sens. Glenn and McCain had not played any meaningful role. Mr. Bennett said that Sens. Cranston and DeConcini had pressured Federal Home Loan Bank Board chairman Edwin Gray to ease regulations that restricted investments by thrifts into high-risk investments, and had continued to do favours for Mr. Keating, coinciding with large political contributions by Mr. Keating.

Canadian abortionist Henry Morgentaler was served with an eviction notice by the St. John’s city council and given 10 days to close his abortion clinic. A day earlier, the city council had rescinded the clinic’s permit and said it was unaware of the clinic’s purpose when the operating permit had been granted earlier in the year. "Dr." Morgentaler, who had officially opened the clinic on November 14, said that he wouldn’t obey the order and would take the city to court.

Canada’s National Energy Board approved a $546-million initial phase of a $2.6-billion expansion for a cross-country natural gas pipeline to be built by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. The board agreed with TransCanada that increased capacity was needed to deliver 155 million cubic feet of gas daily from Alberta gas fields to Ontario, Quebec, and the northeastern United States beginning late in 1991.

20 years ago

World events
Rajkumar, the popular 72-year-old Indian movie star kidnapped by the Tamil bandit Veerappan, was released in Bangalore, India after 109 days in jungle captivity. Mr. Veerappan has been accused of 120 murders but had eluded capture for 30 years and was regarded as a hero among Tamil separatists. He took a ransom of US $2.17 billion raised by two Indian state governments, and retreated to his hideout, foregoing his demand for the release of government prisoners.

Jharkhand officially became the 28th state of India, formed from eighteen districts of southern Bihar.

The 21 member nations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation began their annual summit in Brunei, focusing on global trade discussions to seek an end to trade barriers, as well as such issues as AIDS and high oil prices.

Three Los Angeles policemen were convicted by a California State Superior Court jury of obstructing justice and falsifying police reports in connection with an unfolding corruption scandal in the LAPD’s anti-gang Rampart Division. A fourth officer was acquitted.

A chartered Antonov An-24 crashed after takeoff from Luanda, Angola, killing more than 40 people.

10 years ago

Died on this date
William Self, 89
. U.S. actor and producer. Mr. Self appeared in minor roles in almost 30 movies from 1945-1953, and then began a career of more than 40 years as a television producer. He was perhaps best known for his work with 20th Century Fox television (1959-1975), producing series such as Peyton Place (1964-1969); Batman (1966-1968); Julia (1968-1971); and M*A*S*H (1972-1983). Mr. Self died four days after suffering a heart attack.

Ed Kirkpatrick, 66. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Kirkpatrick was a catcher and outfielder with the Los Angeles/California Angels (1962-1968); Kansas City Royals (1969-1973); Pittsburgh Pirates (1974-1977); Texas Rangers (1977); and Milwaukee Brewers (1977), batting .238 with 85 home runs and 424 runs batted in in 1,311 games. He was paralyzed from complications following a car accident in 1981, and died after a long battle with throat cancer.

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