Sunday, 4 December 2016

December 3, 2016

80 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 3

60 years ago
1956


Communications
The Canadian Overseas Telecommunication Corporation introduced international Telex to Canada in Montreal.

Basketball
NCAA
Northwestern 69 @ Kansas 87

Wilt Chamberlain made his debut with the University of Kansas by scoring a school-record 52 points to lead the Jayhawks over the Wildcats in Lawrence.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits

#1 single in France: Les Playboys--Jacques Dutronc

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Bang Bang--Equipe 84 (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Bend It--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 You Keep Me Hangin' On--The Supremes
2 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
3 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
4 Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly--Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
5 Poor Side of Town--Johnny Rivers
6 I'm Your Puppet--James and Bobby Purify
7 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
8 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
9 Born Free--Roger Williams
10 Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies

Singles entering the chart were Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding (#71); Good Thing by Paul Revere and the Raiders (#72); I Fooled You This Time by Gene Chandler (#81); I'm a Believer by the Monkees (#82); Words of Love (#83)/Dancing in the Street (#89) by the Mamas and the Papas; 98.6 by Keith (#85); Going Nowhere by Los Bravos (#87); Alvin's Boo-Ga-Loo by Alvin Cash and the Registers (#88); If You Go Away by Damita Jo (#96); Living for You by Sonny and Cher (#98); Wedding Bell Blues by Laura Nyro (#99); Just One Smile by Gene Pitney (#100); and There's Something on Your Mind by Baby Ray (also #100).

Diplomacy
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz met in Mexico to celebrate joint U.S.-Mexican construction of the Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande.

Basketball
NCAA
Southern California 90 @ California at Los Angeles 105

Lew Alcindor, making his debut with UCLA, scored a school-record 56 points to lead the Bruins over the Trojans at Pauley Pavilion.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Howzat--Sherbet (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Jeans On--David Dundas

#1 single in Switzerland: Daddy Cool--Boney M (8th week at #1)

25 years ago
1991


Politics and government
Canadian Auditor General Denis Desautels issued his first Annual Report; he criticizes farm aid, Indian Affairs, and investment of government pension funds.

20 years ago
1996


Scandal
Former National Hockey League Players Association executive director Alan Eagleson was charged by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Tornto with fraud and theft; he had been indicted in 1994 for racketeering and fraud.

December 2, 2016

125 years ago
1891


Transportation
The Great Northern Railway (GNR) started regular service from the ferry dock at Liverpool (Brownsville) on the Fraser River's south shore opposite New Westminster, British Columbia to Seattle.

80 years ago
1936


Died on this date
John Ringling, 70
. U.S. entertainment executive. Mr. Ringling was one of the founders of Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows, which merged with Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1919.

70 years ago
1946


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
--Betty Rhodes
--Tony Martin
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
--Hoagy Carmichael
3 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
4 Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra
--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--The Three Suns
5 This is Always--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Jo Stafford
6 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
7 South America, Take it Away--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
--Xavier Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
8 To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--The Ink Spots
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Tony Martin
--The Modernaires with Paula Kelly
9 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
10 Passe--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Margaret Whiting

Singles entering the chart were A Gal in Calico, with versions by Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids; A Gal in Calico (#16, charting with the versions just mentioned)/Winter Wonderland (#20) by Johnny Mercer; Winter Wonderland by Perry Como and the Satisfiers (#20, charting with the version by Johnny Mercer); Either it's Love or it Isn't (#22)/I Get the Blues When it Rains (#34) by the Ink Spots; and In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town by Johnny Long and his Orchestra (#28).

Disasters
The Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS Middlesex ran aground near Halifax and became a total loss.

60 years ago
1956


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Jonathan, starring Georgann Johnson, Corey Allen, and Douglas Kennedy



World events
The Granma reaches the shores of the Cuban province of Oriente; Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembarked to initiate the Cuban Revolution.

Olympics
The United States, led by center Bill Russell, defeated the U.S.S.R. 89-55 to win the gold medal in the men's basketball competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne. Mr. Russell scored 13 points, while teammate K.C. Jones scored 14.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
2 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
3 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
4 Walk Away Renee--The Left Banke
5 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
6 Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies
7 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
8 A Hazy Shade of Winter--Simon and Garfunkel
9 Coming on Strong--Brenda Lee
10 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
Pick hit of the week: A Symphony for Susan--The Arbors
New this week: Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
Armful of Teddy Bears--Barry Allen
98.6--Keith
Bad Misunderstanding--The Critters
The Bears--The Fastest Group Alive

Died on this date
Giles Cooper, 48
. U.K. playwright. Mr. Cooper wrote numerous dramas for BBC radio, some of which were later made into movies and television programs. He died from a fall from a train, probably because he was drunk, although some claim his death was suicide.

Diplomacy
U Thant was unanimously elected to a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

40 years ago
1976


Died on this date
Danny Murtaugh, 59
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Murtaugh was a second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies (1941-1943, 1946); Boston Braves (1947); and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948-1951), batting .254 with 8 home runs and 219 runs batted in in 767 games. He had four different stints as manager of the Pirates from 1957-1976, compiling a record of 1,115-950, and leading them to World Series championships in 1960 and 1971. Mr. Murtaugh suffered from health problems for years and died of a stroke two months after managing his last game, after already announcing his retirement. This blogger saw the Pirates play in person under Mr. Murtaugh four months before his death.

Politics and government
Fidel Castro became President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, who had held the office since July 18, 1959.

30 years ago
1986


Died on this date
Desi Arnaz, 69
. Cuban-born U.S. musician and actor. Mr. Arnaz, born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, was a popular bandleader in Cuba and the United States in the 1940s, but was best known for his marriage to American comedienne Lucille Ball from 1940-1960. The two formed the production company Desilu Productions and co-starred as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the television comedy series I Love Lucy (1951-1957) and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960). Mr. Arnaz was a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

Diplomacy
Canada and Poland became the first countries to recognize the newly-independent state of Ukraine.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Child--Mark Owen (3rd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (3rd week at #1)
2 He Liked to Feel It--Crash Test Dummies
3 Black Cloud Rain--Corey Hart
4 Leave it Alone--Moist
5 If it Makes You Happy--Sheryl Crow
6 Beautiful Goodbye--Amanda Marshall
7 Mouth--Merril Bainbridge
8 Everything You've Done Wrong--Sloan
9 Dance Into the Light--Phil Collins
10 How Bizarre--OMC

Singles entering the chart were Betcha by Golly Wow by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol) (#73); I Finally Found Someone by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand (#74); Do to You by Bryan Adams (#75); 100 Years from Now by Huey Lewis and the News (#82); Used to Be Alright by I Mother Earth (#83); Mary (There's Nobody Like You) by the Earthtones (#94); Love Rollercoaster by Red Hot Chili Peppers (#95); To Love You More by Celine Dion (#96); and Don't Speak by No Doubt (#97).

Politics and government
Lucien Bouchard was sworn in as Premier of Québec, replacing Jacques Parizeau.

Michel Gauthier resigned after nine months as interim leader of the Bloc québécois; he was later replaced by Gilles Duceppe in a convention vote.

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Mariska Veres, 59
. Dutch singer. Miss Veres was best known as lead singer of the rock group The Shocking Blue, who had an international hit single with Venus (1969-1970). She died of cancer.

Politics and government
Stéphane Dion defeated Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae to become leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, replacing retiring former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Ed Stelmach defeated Jim Dinning and Ted Morton to win the leadership of the governing Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta on the second ballot. In the first ballot, a week earlier, Mr. Dinning led, with Mr. Morton second, but lacked the required majority of votes to win. Mr. Stelmach was in third place after the first ballot.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

December 1, 2016

150 years ago
1866


Died on this date
George Everest, 76
. U.K. geographer. Sir George was Surveyor General of India from 1830-1843; Mount Everest was named in his honour in 1865.

110 years ago
1906


Football
CRU
Dominion Final
Hamilton Tigers 29 @ McGill University 3

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Wan Li
. Chinese politician. Mr. Wan was a Communist who held various offices in the People's Republic of China, including Vice Premier (1983-1988) and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (1988-1993). He died on July 15, 2015 at the age of 98.

War
The cabinet of Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden passed an Order-in-Council authorizing an increase of Canadian troop strength to 500,000.

90 years ago
1926


Politics and government
Premier Howard Ferguson led his governing Conservative Party to re-election in the Ontario provincial election. The Conservatives won 72 of 112 seats in the Provincial Parliament, down from 75 in the 1923 election. The Liberals and Liberal-Prohibitionists, led by W.E.N. Sinclair, were second with a total of 15 seats.

Society
In a referendum conducted in conjunction with the provincial election, Ontario voters decided on government control of sale of liquor rather than prohibition.

80 years ago
1936


Canadiana
The purple violet (Viola cuculata) became New Brunswick's official flower after a vote by school children and the Women's Institutes.

75 years ago
1941


War
Emperor Hirohito of Japan gave his final approval to initiate war against the United States.

Defense
Fiorello La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and Director of the U.S. Office of Civilian Defense, signed Administrative Order 9, creating the Civil Air Patrol.

Economics and finance
Maximum Prices Regulations were passed by the Canadian Parliament, to begin wartime wage and price controls in Canada. The regulations were based on the highest prices in the four weeks ending October 11, 1941.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como (4th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Smoky--Die Sieben Raben (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (4th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Me Tender/Any Way You Want Me--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--5th week at #1); Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley (Disc Jockey--5th week at #1; Top 100--2nd week at #1); The Green Door--Jim Lowe (Jukebox--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell
2 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley
3 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
4 True Love--Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
--Jane Powell
5 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
6 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
7 Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2)--Bill Doggett
8 Hey! Jealous Lover--Frank Sinatra
9 Cindy, Oh Cindy--Vince Martin with the Tarriers
--Eddie Fisher
10 A Rose and a Baby Ruth--George Hamilton IV

Singles entering the chart were Love Me by Elvis Presley (#22); Moonlight Gambler by Frankie Laine (#37); I Feel Good by Shirley and Lee (#46); and Baby Doll by Andy Williams (#50).

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones

Politics and government
The West German Bundestag elected Kurt Kiesinger to replace Ludwig Erhard as Chancellor of West Germany.

40 years ago
1976


Diplomacy
Angola was admitted to the United Nations.

Politics and government
Jose Lopez Portillo took office as President of Mexico; he called for national unity and told Mexicans to look forward to "austerity as a way of life."

Scandal
An Italian parliamentary commission implicated former Prime Minister Mario Rumor in connection with the Lockheed bribery scandal.

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): You're the Voice--John Farnham (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): ¿A Quién Le Importa?--Alaska y Dinarama (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Frank McCarthy, 74
. U.S. military officer and movie producer. Brigadier General McCarthy was secretary of the U.S. Department of War General Staff from 1943-1945, winning several decorations. He then embarked on a career in film production, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture for Patton (1970).

Business
The value of shares of the British distiller Guinness dropped by more than £300 million after the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered an inquiry into the affairs of the company.

Law
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada Post was not obligated to provide door-to-door delivery to every Canadian household.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Black or White--Michael Jackson

Died on this date
George Stigler, 80
. U.S. economist. Dr. Stigler, a key figure in the Chicago School of Economics, was awarded the 1982 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for his seminal studies of industrial structures, functioning of markets and causes and effects of public regulation."

Europeana
Ukrainian voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum for independence from the U.S.S.R.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre) (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (2nd week at #1)

Politics and government
Dalton McGuinty was elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, replacing Lyn McLeod, who had led the party since 1992.

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Bruce Trigger, 69
. Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist. Dr. Trigger, a native of Preston, Ontario, spent most of his career at McGill University. He was best known for The Children of Aataentsic (1976), a two-volume study of the Huron peoples. Dr. Trigger died of cancer.

Claude Jade, 58. French actress. Miss Jade acted in plays, films, and television programs. Her movies included Topaz (1969); Bed and Board (1970); and Love on the Run (1979). Miss Jade died of cancer.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

November 30, 2016

1,000 years ago
1016


Died on this date
Edmund II, 23 (?)
. King of England, 1016. Edmund II, commonly referred to as Edmund Ironside, succeeded his father Æthelred the Unready on the throne on April 23, 1016. His forces were defeated by Danish forces commanded by Cnut in the Battle of Assandun on October 18, and the two leaders agreed to divide the country, with Edmund remaining as King of Wessex until his death, which may have been murder, or as the result of battle wounds or disease. King Cnut then became king of all England.

150 years ago
1866


Born on this date
Andrey Lyapchev
. Prime Minister of Bulgaria, 1926-1931. Mr. Lyapchev was a revolutionary in the 1880s, but didn't enter parliament until 1908. A member of the Democratic Alliance Party, he held various offices until leading a coalition government with the National Liberal Party. Mr. Lyapchev's party lost the 1931 general election, largely as a result of inability to ease the Depression. He died on November 6, 1933, 24 days before his 67th birthday.

100 years ago
1916


Law
Costa Rica signed the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty.

80 years ago
1936


Britannica
The Crystal Palace in London was destroyed by fire.

75 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Bless 'em All (The Service Song)--George Formby (1st month at #1)

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: A Case of Identity

Football
NFL
Green Bay (10-1) 22 @ Washington (5-5) 17

Green Bay receiver Don Hutson broke three scoring records as the Packers beat the Redskins at Griffith Stadium.

AFL
The American Football League concluded its second season of play. There was no championship game, and the Columbus Bullies edged out the New York Americans for the title on the basis of heir regular season record. The standings were:

Columbus Bullies 5-1-2-.833
New York Americans 5-2-1-.714
Milwaukee Chiefs 4-3-1-.571
Buffalo Tigers 2-6-0-.250
Cincinnati Bengals 1-6-2-.167

Ties were not included when calculating winning percentages. The AFL suspended operations on September 2, 1942 for the duration of World War II, and the suspension eventually became permanent.

70 years ago
1946


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Symphony--Bing Crosby; Freddy Martin and his Orchestra (2nd month at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Strange Death Of Mrs Abernetty

Football
CRU
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Toronto 28 Winnipeg 6

Joe Krol passed for 3 touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, set up another touchdown with an onside kick, and kicked 3 converts as the Argonauts beat the Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup for the second straight year. The Blue Bombers outplayed the Argonauts in the 1st quarter, but couldn't score, and Toronto opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Krol to Royal Copeland. Less than a minute later, Mr. Krol intercepted a pass from Winnipeg quarterback Walt Dobler on the Blue Bomber 45-yard line, and Mr. Copeland then threw a touchdown pass to Mr. Krol. Mr. Krol later threw a touchdown pass to Rod Smylie, and the Argonauts led 16-0 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter, Mr. Krol punted from the Winnipeg 36, and Mr. Copeland, who was onside, outjumped Mr. Dobler and Don Hiney to catch the ball at the 1-yard line, from where Byron Karrys rushed for another Toronto TD, converted by Mr. Krol to make the score 22-0. In the 4th quarter, Mr. Krol completed a 55-yard pass to Leo Deadey from his own 17 to the Winnipeg 38, passed to Boris Tipoff for a touchdown on the next play, and converted to make the score 28-0. The Blue Bombers finally mounted a scoring drive in the last 3 minutes of the game. Mr. Dobler scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and Mr. Hiney converted. The Blue Bombers outrushed the Argonauts 148 yards to 182, but Toronto completed 8 of 14 passes for 214 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Winnipeg completed 7 of 24 passes for 133 yards.



60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Rae (3rd week at #1)

Boxing
Floyd Patterson (31-1) knocked out world light heavyweight champion Archie Moore (160-21-8) at 2:27 of the 5th round at Chicago Stadium to win the world heavyweight title, which had been vacant since the retirement of Rocky Marciano seven months earlier. Mr. Patterson, 21, was the youngest world heavyweight champion until Mike Tyson won at the age of 20 in 1986.



50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set):
1 Sorry--The Easybeats (2nd week at #1)
2 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
3 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
4 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
5 Spicks and Specks--The Bee Gees
6 Born a Woman--Sandy Posey
--Judy Stone
7 Last Train to Clarksville--The Monkees
8 See See Rider--Eric Burdon & the Animals
9 The Loved One--The Loved Ones
10 I'm a Boy--The Who

No singles entered the chart.

Caribbeana
Barbados became independent of Great Britain.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Daddy Cool--Boney M

On television tonight
Family, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Cradle Will Fall

Abominations
The Anglican Church of Canada ordained its first women as priests, in four dioceses across Canada: Rev. Patricia Reed at St. Michael and All Angels, Prince George, British Columbia (Diocese of Cariboo); Rev. Elspeth Alley and Rev. Virginia Briant at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, British Columbia (Diocese of New Westminster); Rev. Mary Mills at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario (Diocese of Huron); and Rev. Mary Lucas and Rev. Beverley Shanley, at Grace Church, St. Catharines, Ontario (Diocese of Niagara).

30 years ago
1986


Politics and government
Former Prime Minister John Turner won a vote of confidence as delegates to the national Liberal Party of Canada convention in Ottawa voted 2,001-622 to reject a call for a leadership review. Mr. Turner had succeeded retiring Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1984, but the Liberals had lost the federal election to the Progressive Conservatives two months later.

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ B.C. Place Stadium, Vancouver
Hamilton 39 Edmonton 15

The Tiger-Cats rolled up a 29-0 halftime lead and coasted to an easy win over the Eskimos before 59,621 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver to win the Grey Cup for the first time in 14 years. The Edmonton offensive line, which was missing veterans Bill Stevenson (out since the pre-season with a broken leg) and Hector Pothier (suspended late in the season for possession of illegal drugs), was no match for the Hamilton defensive line of Grover Covington, Mike Walker, Mitchell Price, and Rod Skillman. Hamilton quarterback Mike Kerrigan threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Steve Stapler in the 1st quarter. Their second touchdown came when defensive back Jim Rockford, playing only his second game in the CFL, recovered a blocked Tom Dixon punt in the Edmonton end zone. Paul Osbaldiston converted both and added 5 field goals in the 1st half. A 44-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Kerrigan to Ron Ingram early in the 3rd quarter made the score 36-0 after Mr. Osbaldiston's convert. The Eskimos finally broke the shutout late in the 3rd quarter on a 6-yard rush by backup quarterback Damon Allen, who had relieved starter Matt Dunigan. Tom Dixon converted to make the score 36-7. The Eskimos scored again late in the game on a 13-yard pass from Mr. Allen to Brian Kelly. Mr. Allen rushed 5 yards for a 2-point convert to make the score 36-15, but a short kickoff was recovered by the Tiger-Cats, and Mr. Osbaldiston tied a Grey Cup record with his 6th field goal. It was the only Grey Cup the Tiger-Cats won under Harold Ballard, who owned the team from 1978 until his death in 1990. CBC and CTV split the television coverage of the game, with Pat Marsden of CTV calling the play-by-play for the first half. It turned out to be the last CFL game televised by CTV after 25 years of broadcasting, and Mr. Marsden's last game as a football play-by-play broadcaster.



25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Black or White--Michael Jackson

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black or White--Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa

#1 single in France (SNEP): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (8th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Kon ik maar even bij je zijn--Gordon

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
2 That's What Love is For--Amy Grant
3 Cream--Prince and the New Power Generation
4 Blowing Kisses in the Wind--Paula Abdul
5 Set the Night to Music--Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest
6 It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday--Boyz II Men
7 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn
8 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
9 I Wonder Why--Curtis Stigers
10 Street of Dreams--Nia Peeples

Singles entering the chart were The Way I Feel About You by Karyn White (#72); Hearts Don't Think (They Feel)! by Natural Selection (#79); Every Road Leads Back to You by Bette Midler (#83); Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (#84); and Martika's Kitchen by Martika (#88).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
2 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
3 Cream--Prince and the New Power Generation
4 Get a Leg Up--John Mellencamp
5 What About Now--Robbie Robertson
6 No Son of Mine--Genesis
7 Broken Arrow--Rod Stewart
8 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
9 That's What Love is For--Amy Grant
10 Set the Night to Music--Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest

Singles entering the chart were Can't Let Go by Mariah Carey (#61); No Regrets by Tom Cochrane (#68); Little Lack of Love by World on Edge (#70); Double Good Everything by Smokey Robinson (#84); Hold On by Joey Ferrera (#86); Love Reaction by Harem Scarem (#96); Beauty and the Beast by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson (#98); and Saltwater by Julian Lennon (#99). Beauty and the Beast was the title song from the movie.

Football
CIAU
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Wilfrid Laurier 25 Mount Allison 18

Andy Cecchini rushed for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to lead the Golden Hawks to their first Vanier Cup championship. WLU led 24-4 late in the 3rd quarter until the Mounties struck for 2 converted touchdowns, one on a 27-yard rush by Grant Keaney late in the 3rd quarter, and the other on a 31-yard pass from Sean Hickey to Mark Huys with 8:35 remaining in regulation time. Mount Allison was stopped on a third down-and-five yards to go gamble at the WLU 45-yard line with less than 5 minutes remaining, and the Golden Hawks used up all but the last 50 seconds, and punted for a single. Mr. Keaney led the Mounties with 22 rushes for 124 yards. Mr. Hickey completed just 5 of 21 passes for 150 yards, but was chosen the outstanding offensive player by the media, for some strange reason. Rich Newbrough won the head coaching matchup over Marc Loranger. Attendance at SkyDome was 30,191.



20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Wannabe--Spice Girls (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): One & One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Aïcha--Khaled (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Breathe--The Prodigy

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Breathe--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre) (4th week at #1)

20 years ago
1996


Died on this date
Tiny Tim, 64
. U.S. musician. Tiny Tim, born Herbert Khaury, was a singer and ukulele player who had an encyclopedic knowledge of American popular music of the early 20th century. He performed under several names before achieving popularity as a novelty artist in 1968 with the single Tiptoe Thru the Tulips with Me, which he sang in an exaggerated falsetto. Tiny Tim's wedding to Vicki "Miss Vicki" Budinger on December 17, 1969 was televised on The Tonight Show. Tiny Tim died after having a heart attack while performing at The Woman's Club of Minneapolis.

Football
CIAU
Vanier Cup @ SkyDome, Toronto
Saskatchewan 31 St. Francis Xavier 12

The X-Men led 12-0 at halftime, but the Huskies came back with 7 points in the 3rd quarter and 24 in the 4th to win their first Vanier Cup championship. Saskatchewan quarterback Brent Schneider was named the winner of the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy as the game's Most Valuable Player.



10 years ago
2006


Abominations
Former Saskatchewan Energy and Mines Minister Colin Thatcher was granted full parole after 22 years in prison, where he had been sentenced to life without possibility of parole for 25 years for the January 1983 murder of his ex-wife JoAnn Wilson. There was no doubt about Mr. Wilson's guilt, but he was paroled because he whined for years that he was tired of being in jail.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November 29, 2016

200 years ago
1816


Born on this date
Morrison Waite
. 7th Chief Justice of the United States, 1874-1888. Mr. Waite was a member of the Whig Party and then the Republican Party because of his opposition to slavery. He was President U.S. Grant's seventh choice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase in 1873. Chief Justice Waite favoured a balance between state and federal government, and served until his death from pneumonia on March 23, 1888 at the age of 71. He was succeeded as Chief Justice by Melville Fuller.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Fran Ryan
. U.S. actress. Miss Ryan was a character actress who appeared in numerous movies and television programs. She died on January 15, 2000 at the age of 83.

Science
The National Research Council of Canada, originally the Honorary Advisory Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, was founded to advise the federal government on wartime research. It continued after World War I as the National Research Laboratories, to promote scientific planning and research and development.

75 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

Chattanooga Choo Choo was the B-side of the single on the Bluebird label. The A-side was I Know Why, with vocal refrain by Paula Kelly and the Four Modernaires.

Died on this date
Frank Waller, 57
. U.S. athlete and musician. Mr. Waller won silver medals in the men's 400-metre run and 400-metre hurdles events at the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis. He later served as a pianist accompanying singer Lillian Russell; as a voice coach with various classical singers; and as director of several orchestras. Mr. Waller died of a heart ailment.

Elton Sills, 17. Canadian high school student. A resident of Corbyville, Ontario, Mr. Sills died on his 17th birthday, two weeks after being breaking his neck and being paralyzed from the shoulders down while playing football for Belleville Collegiate against Tweed High School.

Football
CRU
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Winnipeg 18 Ottawa 16

George Fraser of the Rough Riders set a Grey Cup record with 3 field goals, but with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation time, he missed his fourth attempt, settling for a single, allowing the Blue Bombers to win the Grey Cup for the second time in three years. Ches McCance of the Blue Bombers opened the scoring with a 23-yard field goal, but the Rough Riders took the lead with one of the most unusual touchdowns in Grey Cup history. Ottawa's Tony Golab punted from his own 40-yard line and recovered the ball on the Winnipeg 45, and then spun away from a would-be tackler and ran for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Fraser, to give Ottawa a 6-3 lead. Winnipeg's Fritz Hanson fumbled a punt early in the 2nd quarter, and Mr. Fraser kicked a 16-yard field goal from a sharp angle to make the score 9-3. On a third-down gamble, Blue Bomber quarterback Wayne Sheley lateralled to Bud Marquardt, who ran 40 yards downfield before being tackled by Ottawa's Orville Burke. As he was being tackled, Mr. Marquardt lateralled to centre Mel Wilson, who ran the remaining 5 yards for the touchdown. Mr. McCance's convert made the score 9-9 at halftime. Mr. Burke, the Ottawa quarterback, was hit as he attempted to pass in the first minute of the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Marquardt intercepted the ball and ran 45 yards for another Winnipeg touchdown. Mr. McCance converted to give the Blue Bombers a 15-9 lead. Mr. Fraser tied the game with field goals of 26 and 20 yards before Mr. McCance replied with a 38-yard field goal to give Winnipeg an 18-15 lead after 3 quarters. The distance of 38 yards was a Grey Cup record that was tied by Bob Dean of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1954, but wasn't surpassed until 1973. An unsuccessful third-down gamble by the Blue Bombers gave the Rough Riders a chance to tie the game, but Mr. Fraser was wide from 20 yards out, and Winnipeg held on to win the Grey Cup for the second time in the previous three years, and the third time in seven years. 19,065 fans were in attendance at Varsity Stadium in the warmest Grey Cup weather to date.

70 years ago
1946


Died on this date
Johannes Vares, 56
. Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, 1940-1944. Dr. Vares, a physician who wrote poetry under the pseudonym Johannes Barbarus, led a Communist puppet government after the Soviet conquest of Estonia in 1940. He fled to Russia after the German invasion and occupation of Estonia in 1941, but returned in 1944 after the U.S.S.R. reconquered the country. On April 20, 1944, the Electoral Committee of the Republic of Estonia held a clandestine meeting where they ruled Mr. Vares' appointment to be illegal; he also came under suspicion from the Soviet secret police force NKVD because of his activities in the Estonian war of independence, and committed suicide at Kadriorg Palace in the capital city of Tallinn.

Labour
The All Indonesia Centre of Labour Organizations (SOBSI) was founded in Jakarta.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Au revoir Rome--Lucienne Delyle (9th week at #1)

War
Canadians joined the main body of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in Egypt, with Colombians and troops from four Scandinavian countries.

Oil
Panic-buying broke out at garages across the United Kingdom as the government of Prime Minister Anthony Eden gave details of its petrol rationing plans.

Business
The first Pioneer gas station opened on Upper James Street in Hamilton, Ontario.

50 years ago
1966


On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Right in the Middle of the Season, with guest stars Dean Jagger, Nancy Malone, and James Callahan

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Money, Money, Money--ABBA (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Abayo-- Naoko Ken (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)-- Santana

Baseball
The New York Yankees signed the six-time All-Star outfielder Reggie Jackson to a five-year, $2.9 million contract. Mr. Jackson, nicknamed "Mr. October" for his World Series heroics, had played with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976 after nine seasons with the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Notorious--Duran Duran (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Final Countdown--Europe

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Take My Breath Away--Berlin (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Human--Human League
2 Amanda--Boston
3 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
4 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
5 True Blue--Madonna
6 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
7 Word Up--Cameo
8 Hip to Be Square--Huey Lewis and the News
9 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
10 Love Will Conquer All--Lionel Richie

Singles entering the chart were Big Time by Peter Gabriel (#77); I'm Not Perfect by Grace Jones (#85); It's Not You, It's Not Me by KBC Band (#86); That's Life by David Lee Roth (#87); Graceland by Paul Simon (#88); Love You Down by Ready for the World (#89); and The Best Man in the World by Ann Wilson (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
2 True Blue--Madonna
3 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
4 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
5 Human--Human League
6 Amanda--Boston
7 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
8 To Be a Lover--Billy Idol
9 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
10 Rumors--Timex Social Club

Singles entering the chart were Can't Help Falling in Love by Corey Hart (#76); You're What I Look For by Glass Tiger (#91); Stranglehold by Paul McCartney (#92); Some People by Paul Young (#96); and Heartache Away by Don Johnson (#98).

Died on this date
Cary Grant, 82.
U.K.-born U.S. actor. Born Archibald Leach in England, Mr. Grant became one of the most popular actors in movie history, starring in such films as Gunga Din (1939); Suspicion (1941); Arsenic and Old Lace (1944); Notorious (1946); To Catch a Thief (1955); North by Northwest (1959); and Charade (1963). He retired from acting after Walk, Don't Run (1966) because he was too old to play romantic leads, but he remained a handsome man, and appeared on the cover of Gentleman's Quarterly in the summer of 1986. He began making a series of public appearances in various cities in the United States where he would chat with audiences and tell stories about his experiences. Davenport, Iowa was one of his stops, but he took ill there and died several hours before his scheduled public appearance.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Boku wa kono hitomi de usowotsuku--Chage and Aska

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Ralph Bellamy, 87
. U.S. actor. Mr. Bellamy had a career on stage, screen, and television spanning 70 years. He was probably best known for playing U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the play Sunrise at Campobello (1958), for which Mr. Bellamy won a Tony Award. He reprised the role in the film version (1960), and played Mr. Roosevelt again in the television mini-series The Winds of War (1983) and its sequel War and Remembrance (1988-1989).

Frank Yerby, 75. U.S. author. Mr. Yerby was known for novels such as The Foxes of Harrow (1946) and Dahomean (1971). He was of mixed racial origin and left the United States in 1955 in a protest against racial discrimination, living in Spain until his death

Environment
Canadian Environment Minister Jean Charest announced a $34.9-million program to protect Canadian wildlife and set up a national wildlife habitat network, plus $17.7 million for ecology research.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Breathe--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)

Monday, 28 November 2016

November 28, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Dede Hill and Chris Milner!

1,275 years ago
741


Died on this date
Gregory III
. Roman Catholic Pope, 731-741. Pope Gregory III, a Syrian, was the last non-European pope until Francis in 2013. Gregory III succeeded Gregory II, and was known for his opposition to iconoclasm. He was succeeded by Pope Zachary.

350 years ago
1666


War
At least 3,000 men of the Royal Scots Army led by Tam Dalyell of the Binns defeated about 900 Covenanter rebels in the Battle of Rullion Green in Scotland.

150 years ago
1866


Born on this date
Henry Bacon
. U.S. architect. Mr. Bacon was best known for his final project, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He died of cancer on February 16, 1924 at the age of 58.

110 years ago
1906


Boxing
Tommy Burns (34-2-7) retained his world heavyweight title with a 20-round draw against world light heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien (87-4-13) at Naud Junction Pavilion in Los Angeles. Mr. Burns reportedly bloodied Mr. O'Brien's nose early in the fight and then spent the rest of the fight running away from him. Former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries was the referee.



100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Ramón José Velásquez
. President of Venezuela, 1993-1994. Mr. Velásquez was a historian before entering politics. He held several positions before assuming the presidency after the impeachment of Carlos Andrés Pérez. Mr. Velásquez died on June 24, 2014 at the age of 97.

90 years ago
1926


Football
AFL
Chicago (5-4-3) 0 @ New York (9-5) 7

80 years ago
1936


Football
IRFU
Finals
Ottawa 17 @ Toronto 5 (Ottawa won 2-game total points series 22-6)

Mr. McCauley and Andy Tommy scored touchdowns for the Rough Riders in the 4th quarter at Varsity Stadium as they won the Big Four title for the first time in 10 years. The teams combined for 235 yards in penalties.

75 years ago
1941


Boxing
Tony Zale (51-15-2) retained his National Boxing Association world middleweight title and added New York State Athletic Commission recognition as world middleweight champion with a 15-round unanimous decision over Georgie Abrams (43-5-2) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. Zale was knocked down for a 9-count in the 1st round, but recovered to win.

60 years ago
1956


Canadiana
The government of Canada granted $1 million and free passage to Canada to refugees from the recent and unsuccessful Hungarian Revolution against Communist rule.

Baseball
Don Newcombe, coming off a 27-7 record for the pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers, was voted the winner of the first Cy Young Award as major league baseball's outstanding pitcher of 1956. He had recently been named the winner of the National League's Most Valuable Player award for 1956.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black is Black--Los Bravos (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Mursheen Durkin--Johnny McEvoy (3rd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
2 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
3 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
4 I'm Your Puppet--James and Bobby Purify
5 Look Through My Window--The Mamas and the Papas
6 Hooray for Hazel--Tommy Roe
7 Poor Side of Town--Johnny Rivers
8 Walk Away Renee--The Left Banke
9 Spin, Spin--Gordon Lightfoot
10 Dandy--Herman's Hermits

Singles entering the chart were Money (That's What I Want) Part 1 by Jr. Walker and the All Stars (#81); Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett (#82); Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies by the Association (#88); Talk Talk by Music Machine (#92); Living for You by Sonny and Cher (#94); Magic by Jeff Hewitson and the Fugitives (#96); I Fooled You This Time by Gene Chandler (#97); In a Dusty Room by Noel Harrison (#98); Since I Don't Have You by Lou Christie (#99); and The Proud One by Frankie Valli (#100).

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: The Five Orange Pips

World events
Prime Minister ColonelMichel Micombero overthrew the monarchy of Burundi and made himself the first President. King Ntare V, who had been placed on the throne when his father Mwambutsa IV had fled into exile a year earlier, was on a state visit to the Republic of Congo at the time of the coup.

40 years ago
1976


Died on this date
Rosalind Russell, 69
. U.S. actress. Miss Russell had a distinguished career on stage and screen, and was perhaps best known for playing the title role in the play (1956) and movie (1958) Auntie Mame. She won the Tony Award for her starring performance in the musical Wonderful Town (1953).

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
Ottawa 23 Saskatchewan 20

Tom Clements completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gabriel with 20 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Rough Riders their win over the Roughriders before 53,467 fans. The winning score came just 1 minute 12 seconds after the Saskatchewan defense had stopped the Ottawa offense on a third-down goal-line stand. Bill Hatanaka scored the first Ottawa touchdown on a Grey Cup-record 79-yard punt return in the 1st quarter as the Rough Riders took a 10-0 lead. The Roughriders then scored 20 straight points as Ron Lancaster completed touchdown passes to Steve Mazurak and Bob Richardson, with Bob Macoritti adding 2 converts and 2 field goals. Gerry Organ kicked his second and third field goals of the game--one of them set up by his own 52-yard run on a fake punt--to draw Ottawa to within 20-16.



25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Black or White--Michael Jackson

Europeana
South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Where Do You Go--No Mercy (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Breathe--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)

Sunday, 27 November 2016

November 27, 2016

120 years ago
1896


Music
The tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss received its premiere performance in Frankfurt, Germany.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Chick Hearn
. U.S. sportscaster. Francis Dayle Hearn was best known as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1961-2002, calling 3,338 consecutive games from 1965-2001. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Hearn died at the age of 85 on August 5, 2002, three days after suffering serious head injuries in a fall at his home.

90 years ago
1926


Football
Canadian university
Final
Queen's 0 @ Toronto 8

A Varsity Stadium record crowd of 20,000 saw the University of Toronto shut out the Tricolor to advance to the Grey Cup against the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union champion Ottawa Senators one week hence.

AFL80 years ago
1936

Died on this date
Basil Zaharoff, 87
. Ottoman-born industrialist. Sir Basil, born Basileios Zacharias Zacharoff, was the world's most prominent arms dealer from the 1880s through World War I, and was known as the "merchant of death."

75 years ago
1941


War
The Royal Canadian Air Force's 417 Fighter Squadron was formed at Charmy Down, England.

60 years ago
1956


Olympics
Donald Arnold, Ignace d'Hondt, Lorne Loomer and Archie MacKinnon won a rowing gold medal for Canada in Coxless Fours (four-oared shell without coxswain) at the Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne. Bobby Morrow, a 21-year-old student from Abilene Christian College in Texas, won the gold medal in the men's 200-metre run before a crowd of 110,000. Three days earlier, he had won the 100-meter gold, becoming the first Olympian to win both sprints since Jesse Owens in 1936.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Pooh--Linda

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Money, Money, Money--ABBA

#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express).: If You Leave Me Now--Chicago (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (2nd week at #1)
2 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
3 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald--Gordon Lightfoot
4 More than a Feeling--Boston
5 Love So Right--Bee Gees
6 Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)--Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
7 The Rubberband Man--The Spinners
8 You are the Woman--Firefall
9 Rock'n Me--Steve Miller Band
10 I Never Cry--Alice Cooper

Singles entering the chart were Saturday Nite by Earth, Wind & Fire (#77); Yesterday's Hero by the Bay City Rollers (#81); Lucky Man by Starbuck (#91); What Can I Say by Boz Scaggs (#92); If Not You by Dr. Hook (#97); Man Smart, Woman Smarter by Robert Palmer (#98); Do it to My Mind by Johnny Bristol (#99); and (She’s Just A) Fallen Angel by Starz (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart
2 Love So Right--Bee Gees
3 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
4 More than a Feeling--Boston
5 Beth--Kiss
6 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald--Gordon Lightfoot
7 You are the Woman--Firefall
8 Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)--Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
9 Rock'n Me--Steve Miller Band
10 Disco Duck (Part 1)--Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots

Singles entering the chart were Ruby Baby by Wednesday (#80); Walk This Way by Aerosmith (#94); Car Wash by Rose Royce (#95); Lost Without Your Love by Bread (#96); Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing by Donny and Marie (#97); Somebody to Love by Queen (#98); Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor (#99); and Sixteen Reasons by Laverne & Shirley (#100).

Americana
Rebecca Reid, representing Dallas, was named Miss Teenage America 1977. This blogger watched the pageant on television, and picked her as the winner at the beginning.

30 years ago
1986


Politics and government
Iona Campagnolo retired after four years as President of the Liberal Party of Canada.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

War
The United Nations Security Council adopted Security Council Resolution 721, leading the way to the establishment of peacekeeping operations in Yugoslavia.

20 years ago
1996


War
A United Nations court sentenced Bosnian Serb army soldier Drazen Erdemovic to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. It was the first international war crimes sentence since World War II.

Politics and government
Pat Binns was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing Keith Milligan. Mr. Binns had led the Progressive Conservative Party to victory in the recent provincial election, ending 10 years of Liberal government.

10 years ago
2006


Politics and government
The Canadian House of Commons voted 222-16 in an informal motion to recognize the Québécois as a nation within a united Canada. In federal by-elections, Glen Pearson held onto London North Centre for the Liberals, and Raymond Gravel retained Repentigny for the Bloc Québécois.

November 26, 2016

90 years ago
1926


Diplomacy
Vincent Massey took up his duties as first Canadian Ambassador to the United States; it was Canada's first official diplomatic posting to a foreign country after the Balfour Report and Dominion independence.

80 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 2

75 years ago
1941


Died on this date
Ernest Lapointe, 65
. Canadian politician. Mr. Lapointe, a Liberal, represented Kamouraska in the House of Commons from 1904-1919 and Quebec East from 1919 until his death. He was Minister of Marine and Fisheries in the Government of Prime Minister Mackenzie King from 1921-1924, and Minister of Justice from 1924 until his death. Mr. Lapointe served as Mr. King's "Quebec lieutenant," as Mr. King did not speak French, and had little interest in Quebec affairs.

60 years ago
1956


Died on this date
Tommy Dorsey, 51
. U.S. musician. Mr. Dorsey was a trombonist and bandleader who became known as the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing." He and his older brother Jimmy, a clarinetist, played together in several bands before forming their own band in the late 1920s. A personality clash led to a split in the Dorsey Brothers band in 1935, and Jimmy and Tommy each went on to have tremendous success leading their own bands. The brothers reconciled in the late 1940s, and reunited musically after Jimmy broke up his orchestra in 1953. Tommy Dorsey choked to death a week after his 51st birthday, after eating a heavy meal and taking a sleeping pill; he started choking, and was too sedated to rise from his bed.

Olympics
Bob Richards of the United States, winner of the gold medal in the men's pole vault competition in 1952, won the gold medal again, this time with an Olympic record height of 14 feet 11 1/2 inches in Melbourne.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Sorry/Funny Feelin'--The Easybeats

#1 single in France: L'Heure de la Sortie--Sheila (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Bang Bang--Equipe 84

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Bend It--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You Keep Me Hangin' On--The Supremes (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
2 You Keep Me Hangin' On--The Supremes
3 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
4 Poor Side of Town--Johnny Rivers
5 Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly--Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
6 I'm Your Puppet--James and Bobby Purify
7 Last Train to Clarksville--The Monkees
8 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
9 Rain on the Roof--The Lovin' Spoonful
10 Born Free--Roger Williams

Singles entering the chart were Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies by the Association (#57); I Need Somebody by ? and the Mysterians (#62); Single Girl by Sandy Posey (#66); Happenings Ten Years Time Ago by the Yardbirds (#68); Please Don't Ever Leave Me by the Cyrkle (#71); You Can Bring Me All Your Heartaches by Lou Rawls (#73); Behind the Door by Cher (#83); Tell it Like it Is by Aaron Neville (#84); Bad Misunderstanding by the Critters (#86); Ghost Riders in the Sky by Baja Marimba Band (#88); Pushin' Too Hard by the Seeds (#91); Questions and Answers by the In Crowd (#93); Help Me Girl by Eric Burdon & the Animals (#94); (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet by the Blues Magoos (#96); Blue Autumn by Bobby Goldsboro (#97); Sunshine Superman by Willie Bobo (#98); The Eggplant that Ate Chicago by Dr. West’s Medicine Show and Junk Band (#99); and I'm Gonna Make You Love Me by Dee Dee Warwick (#100).

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ Empire Stadium, Vancouver
Saskatchewan 29 Ottawa 14

George Reed rushed 23 times for 133 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown, to help the Roughriders defeat the Rough Riders before 36,553 fans and win their first Grey Cup championship, in their ninth attempt. Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster completed touchdown passes to Jim Worden in the 1st quarter, Alan Ford in the 2nd quarter, and Hugh Campbell in the 4th quarter. Ottawa quarterback Russ Jackson completed a 61-yard touchdown pass to Whit Tucker to open the scoring, and connected with Mr. Tucker for an 85-yard TD in the 2nd quarter. The halftime score was 14-14, but the Saskatchewan defense did a tremendous job of containing Mr. Jackson and the Ottawa offense in their own end of the field in the 2nd half. It was the last game in the 15-year professional career of Saskatchewan guard Reg Whitehouse, and the first Grey Cup to be televised in colour.



Hockey
NHL
Boston 2 @ Toronto 4

This was the Hockey Night in Canada telecast that many Canadians watched after the Grey Cup was over.



40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Howzat--Sherbet

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Daddy Cool--Boney M (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Daddy Cool--Boney M (7th week at #1)

Football
NCAA
Tony Dorsett of the University of Pittsburgh ended his regular-season collegiate career as the NCAA's all-time leading ground-gainer with 6,082 yards, before winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Panthers to the national title. The record stood until Ricky Williams of Texas finished with 6,279 yards in 1998.

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (2nd week at #1)

At the movies
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, generally regarded as the best of the Star Trek movies (and the only one this blogger has seen), opened in theatres.

Scandal
U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the members of what would become known as the Tower Commission to investigate the Iran–Contra affair.

25 years ago
1991


Died on this date
Bob Johnson, 60
. U.S. coach. "Badger Bob" coached the University of Wisconsin Badgers from 1966-1975 and 1976-1982, winning national championships in 1973, 1977, and 1981. He coached the United States Olympic team in 1975-1976, and U.S. national teams in various tournaments from 1973-1991. Mr. Johnson was head coach of the Calgary Flames from 1982-1987, leading them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1986. After three years as president of USA Hockey, Mr. Johnson returned to coaching with the Pittsburgh Penguins, leading them to his--and their--first Stanley Cup championship in 1991. He died of brain cancer, which was diagnosed while he was preparing Team USA for the Canada Cup tournament. Mr. Johnson was replaced as head coach of the Penguins by Scotty Bowman, who led them to another Stanley Cup victory in 1992. Mr. Johnson was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Movies
The Genie Awards, recognizing the best in Canadian cinema for 1990 and 1991, were handed out at the Pantages Theatre in Toronto. Black Robe won six awards, including Best Picture and Direction (Bruce Beresford).

Asiatica
The National Assembly of Azerbaijan abolished the autonomous status of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast of Azerbaijan and renamed several cities back to their original names.

Baseball
Major league owners ratified the collective bargaining agreement in a five-year contract retroactive to 1996, to run through the year 2000. They also voted to adopt interleague play and revenue sharing for small-market teams such as the Montréal Expos.

November 25, 2016

525 years ago
1491


War
The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, ended with the Treaty of Granada.

90 years ago
1926


Football
AFL
Philadelphia (7-2) 13 @ New York (8-4) 10
Los Angeles (5-6-2) 0 @ Chicago (5-3-3) 0

80 years ago
1936


Defense
In Berlin, Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, agreeing to consult on measures "to safeguard their common interests" in the case of an unprovoked attack by the Soviet Union against either nation.

75 years ago
1941


War
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's war council met in Washington. According to the notes of Secretary of War Henry Stimson, "The question was how we should maneuver them (the Japanese) into ... firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves." The British Royal Navy battleship HMS Barham was sunk by a German torpedo off the coast of Egypt, with the loss of 862 crewmen, approximately two-thirds of her crew.

70 years ago
1946


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
--Betty Rhodes
--Tony Martin
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
--Hoagy Carmichael
3 Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra
--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--The Three Suns
4 To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra (11th week at #1)
--The Ink Spots
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Tony Martin
--The Modernaires with Paula Kelly
5 South America, Take it Away--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
--Xavier Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
6 This is Always--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Jo Stafford
7 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
8 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
9 Passe--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Margaret Whiting
10 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were You Broke the Only Heart that Ever Loved You by Elliot Lawrence and his Orchestra (#20); September Song, with versions by Frank Sinatra, and the Dardanelle Trio (#21); My Blue Heaven by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (#23); and There is No Breeze (To Cool The Flame Of Love), with versions by Gene Krupa and his Orchestra, and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#34).

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The White Masters

This is the latest episode for which a recording is available.

60 years ago
1956


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Crack of Doom, starring Robert Horton and Robert Middleton



Football
NFL
Chicago Bears (7-1-1) 17 @ New York (6-2-1) 17
San Francisco (2-6-1) 10 @ Philadelphia (3-5-1) 10
Los Angeles (2-7) 21 @ Baltimore (4-4) 56
Washington (5-3) 20 @ Cleveland (3-6) 17
Pittsburgh (3-6) 27 @ Chicago Cardinals (6-3) 38

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band (4th week at #1)
2 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
3 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
4 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
5 Walk Away Renee--The Left Banke
6 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
7 Nineteen Days--The Dave Clark Five
8 Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies
9 Spin, Spin--Gordon Lightfoot
10 Coming on Strong--Brenda Lee
Pick hit of the week: Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
New this week: Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies--The Association
Going Nowhere--Los Bravos
Born Free--Matt Monro
A Symphony for Susan--The Arbors
I've Got the Feeling--Neil Diamond

Television
The first television link between Australia and the United Kingdom went into operation.

40 years ago
1976


Music
The Band performed their farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, backing guests Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Hawkins, and Canadians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. The event was filmed and made into the movie The Last Waltz (1978), directed by Martin Scorsese.

Politics and government
René Lévesque was sworn in as Premier of Québec, replacing Robert Bourassa, whose Liberal government had been in power since May 12, 1970. Mr. Lévesque's Parti Québecois government was the first openly separatist government in the province's history.

30 years ago
1986


Scandal
The Iran-Contra affair became public knowledge as U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan Contra rebels.

Transportation
The King Fahd Causeway, connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was officially opened.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Black or White--Michael Jackson

Crime
Winston Silcott, sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for killing a police officer during a 1985 riot in Tottenham, north London, was cleared of the crime by a U.K. Appeal Court.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Child--Mark Owen (2nd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (2nd week at #1)
2 He Liked to Feel It--Crash Test Dummies
3 Leave it Alone--Moist
4 If it Makes You Happy--Sheryl Crow
5 Beautiful Goodbye--Amanda Marshall
6 Everything You've Done Wrong--Sloan
7 What's Up with That--ZZ Top
8 It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion
9 Let's Make a Night to Remember--Bryan Adams
10 Black Cloud Rain--Corey Hart

Singles entering the chart were Just Another Day by John Mellencamp (#92); Hurt by Love by the Bodeans (#94); You Won't Remember This by Kim Stockwood (#96); Have You Seen Mary by Sponge (#97); and Half the World by Hush (#98).

10 years ago
2006


War
Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to a cease-fire to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian terrorists into Israel.

Politics and government
No candidate received 50% of the vote in the first round of balloting in the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership election to replace retiring Premier Ralph Klein. Jim Dinning led after the first ballot, followed by Ted Morton and Ed Stelmach.

Football
CIS
Vanier Cup @ Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon
Laval 13 Saskatchewan 8

Guillaume Allard-Cameus rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 1:11 remaining in the 1st half, and Cameron Takacs added a convert and 2 field goals as the Rouge et Or defeated the hometown Huskies before 12,567 fans in the first Vanier Cup played in western Canada. Tyler O'Gorman rushed 4 yards for the lone Saskatchewan touchdown with 10:50 remaining in regulation time to draw the Huskies to within 10-8, but a 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. Mr. Takacs' 14-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining closed the scoring.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

November 24, 2016

275 years ago
1741


Died on this date
Ulrika Eleonora, 53
. Queen of Sweden, 1718-1720. Ulrika Eleonora, the youngest child of King Charles XI of Sweden and Ulrika Eleonora of Denmark, was Queen Regnant of Sweden from 1718-1720 and Queen Consort to King Frederick I from 1720 until her death from smallpox.

110 years ago
1906


Football
A 13–6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, led to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Forrest J Ackerman
. U.S. author, editor, and literary agent. Mr. Ackerman wrote science fiction, edited Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, acted as a literary agent for science fiction writers, and was a major figure in science fiction fandom. He died on December 4, 2008 at the age of 92.

Died on this date
Hiram Maxim, 76
. U.S.-born U.K. engineer. Sir Hiram was beast known for inventing the Maxim gun--the first portable, fully automatic machine gun.

75 years ago
1941


Defense
The United States granted Lend-Lease to Free French Forces.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Smoky--Die Sieben Raben

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (3rd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Me Tender/Any Way You Want Me--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--4th week at #1); Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley (Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Top 100--1st week at #1); The Green Door--Jim Lowe (Jukebox--2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley (5th week at #1)
2 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell
3 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
4 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
5 Don't Be Cruel--Elvis Presley
6 True Love--Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
--Jane Powell
7 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
8 Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2)--Bill Doggett
9 Cindy, Oh Cindy--Vince Martin with the Tarriers
--Eddie Fisher
10 Hey! Jealous Lover--Frank Sinatra

Singles entering the chart were Mutual Admiration Society by Eddy Arnold and Jaye P. Morgan (#24, charting with the version by Teresa Brewer); Slow Walk by Bill Doggett (#27, charting with the version by Sil Austin); Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody by Jerry Lewis (#34); Since I Met You Baby by Ivory Joe Hunter (#36); Jamaica Farewell by Harry Belafonte (#43); I Dreamed by Betty Johnson (#44); On London Bridge by Jo Stafford (#46); and Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now by Patience and Prudence (#48).

War
The first 20 Canadian peacekeeping troops arrived in Egypt as part of the United Nations Emergency Force. The United Kingdom objected, saying that the Canadian infantry uniforms were too much like the British. Canada agreed to provide service and supply troops only.

Football
CRU
Grey Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Edmonton 50 Montreal 27

Jackie Parker set a Grey Cup scoring record with 19 points on 3 touchdowns and a single as the Eskimos defeated the Alouettes before 27,425 fans to become the first Western team to win three straight Grey Cups. Don Getty, who had replaced Mr. Parker at quarterback during the Western Interprovincial Football Union finals, with Mr. Parker moving to halfback, directed a solid ball-control offence, handing off to Johnny Bright for 2 touchdowns and rushing for 2 of his own. Joe Mobra added 4 converts and a field goal as the Eskimos came back from a 14-12 2nd-quarter deficit to take a 19-14 halftime lead before taking control of the game in the 2nd half. The Eskimos amassed 39 first downs and a Grey Cup-record 448 yards rushing. Mr. Getty completed 8 of 16 passes for 102 yards, while Mr. Parker's only pass was intercepted by Bruce Coulter. Hal Patterson scored 2 Montreal touchdowns, while Sam Etcheverry and Pat Abbruzzi scored the others, 3 of which were converted by Bill Bewley. The Alouettes rushed for 191 yards and Mr. Etcheverry passed for 293 yards on just 15 completions in 38 passes, but surrendered 4 interceptions. Mr. Bright rushed 27 times for a then-Grey Cup record 169 yards. Mr. Mobra missed his first 2 converts and didn't get a chance to attempt the convert on the last TD, when Mr. Parker scored his third touchdown with 8 seconds remaining in the game and a fan ran onto the field and stole the last remaining ball. It was the first Grey Cup in which touchdowns counted 6 points.





50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys (2nd week at #1)

Disasters
Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashed near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board.

40 years ago
1976


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Fermina Martinez!

Agriculture
The Canadian Wheat Board sold Poland up to 1.2 million metric tons of wheat, barley, and oats over three years.

Disasters
The Çaldıran–Muradiye earthquake in eastern Turkey killed 4,000-5,000 people.

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): You're the Voice--John Farnham (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): ¿A Quién Le Importa?--Alaska y Dinarama (2nd week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Buffalo Sabres' centre Gilbert Perreault announced his retirement after 17 seasons in the NHL, all with the Sabres, who, as a first-year expansion team, drafted him first overall in the amateur draft in 1970. He centred a line with wingers Rene Robert and Rick Martin that became known as The French Connection, and was one of the highest-scoring and most entertaining lines of the 1970s. Mr. Perreault scored 1,326 points on 512 goals and 814 assists in 1,191 regular season games and 103 points on 33 goals and 70 assists in 90 playoff games. In 20 games in 1986-87 he scored 9 goals and 7 assists.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Black or White--Michael Jackson

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (16th week at #1)

Died on this date
Freddie Mercury, 45
. Zanzibar-born U.K. singer. Mr. Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, was lead singer of the rock group Queen, and died the day after announcing that he was HIV-positive.

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
Toronto 36 Calgary 21

Raghib "Rocket" Ismail's 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 4th quarter was the decisive play as the Argonauts defeated the Stampeders before 51,985 fans--including this blogger--on a cold Sunday afternoon in the first Grey Cup to be played at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Ismail's touchdown was the first in Grey Cup history on a kickoff return, and was the longest Grey Cup kickoff return to date. Toronto quarterback Matt Dunigan played the entire game despite suffering from a broken collarbone, and completed just 7 passes, but 2 of his completions went for touchdowns by Darrell K. Smith and Paul Masotti. Argos' defensive back Ed Berry scored the game's first touchdown on a 50-yard interception return early in the 1st quarter. Lance Chomyc converted all 4 Argonaut touchdowns and added 2 field goals and 2 singles on missed field goals. Calgary quarterback Danny Barrett completed 34 of 56 passes--both Grey Cup records--for 377 yards. Carl Bland caught 11 of Mr. Barrett's passes for 136 yards. Mr. Barrett threw 1 touchdown pass, a 13-yard play to Allen Pitts. Mr. Barrett scored the first Calgary touchdown on a 1-yard sneak. Mark McLoughlin converted both and added 2 field goals and a single on a missed field goal. The Stampeders dominated the offensive statistics, amassing 28 first downs to 7 for the Argonauts, and 406 yards net offense to 174 for the Argonauts. For Toronto punter Hank Ilesic, it was his ninth appearance in a Grey Cup game, and his sixth time playing for the winning team. For Calgary offensive tackle Lloyd Fairbanks, it was the final game of a 17-year CFL career--and his only Grey Cup appearance.



20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): No Diggity--BLACKstreet (featuring Dr. Dre)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys

#1 single in Switzerland: Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys

Football
CFL
Grey Cup @ Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
Toronto 43 Edmonton 37

Adrion Smith's 49-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:22 remaining in regulation time provided the winning margin as the Argonauts defeated the Eskimos before 38,595 fans on a snowy Sunday night in one of the most entertaining Grey Cups ever. Mr. Smith's touchdown was preceded by a bad call when Toronto quarterback Doug Flutie fumbled and the Eskimos recovered, only to have an official blow a quick whistle, resulting in the Argonauts retaining possession. Edmonton led 9-0 after the 1st quarter on a safety touch and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Danny McManus to Eddie Brown, who had the ball go through his hands, and kicked it back into his hands before it hit the ground. The Argonauts then outscored the Eskimos 27-14 in a wild 2nd quarter, with Toronto touchdowns coming from Jimmy Cunningham on an 80-yard punt return, Robert Drummond on a 1-yard rush, and Mr. Flutie on a 10-yard rush. The Eskimos responded with a 75-yard touchdown bomb from Mr. McManus to Jim Sandusky and a Grey Cup-record 91-yard kickoff return TD by Henry "Gizmo" Williams. Toronto kicker Mike Vanderjagt kicked 2 field goals in the 2nd quarter, added another for the only scoring of the 3rd quarter, and kicked his fourth FG 3:06 into the 4th quarter to give the Argonauts a 33-23 lead. Eric Blount's 5-yard touchdown rush, converted by Sean Fleming, made the score 33-30 with 7:07 remaining. The quick whistle on Mr. Flutie's fumble led to Mr. Vanderjagt's fifth field goal, giving Toronto a 36-30 lead with 1:34 remaining. Mr. Smith scored his touchdown on his next play when Mr. McManus's pass bounced off receiver Darren Flutie and Mr. Smith intercepted. The Eskimos responded with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Mr. McManus to Marc Tobert with 9 seconds remaining; Mr. Fleming converted, but his short kickoff was recovered by the Argonauts, who ran out the clock. Mr. Flutie completed 22 of 35 passes for 302 yards and led all rushers with 98 yards on 12 carries, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Mr. Vanderjagt was named the outstanding Canadian, going 5 for 5 in field goals and 4 for 4 in converts. Mr. McManus completed 25 of 38 passes for 413 yards. Mr. Fleming, playing with an injury sustained while making a game-saving tackle in the West Final a week earlier, missed all 3 of his field goal attempts. It was the final CFL game in the 14-year CFL career of Edmonton centre Blake Dermott.