175 years ago
Born on this date
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain). U.S. author. The author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) was born in Florida, Missouri.
110 years ago
Died on this date
Oscar Wilde, 46. Irish author. The author of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) died in Paris. His last words were reported as "I am dying beyond my means." Another account has it that his last words were, "Either that wallpaper goes or I do."
75 years ago
Hamilton Tigers 22 Sarnia Imperials 3 @ Toronto
70 years ago
Married on this date
Lucille Ball, U.S. actress, to Desi Arnaz, Cuban bandleader.
Ottawa Rough Riders 8 @ Toronto Balmy Beach 2 (1st game of 2-game total points series)
Dave Sprague scored the game’s only touchdown, converted by Rick Perley. Sammy Sward added 2 singles for the Rough Riders. Bobby Porter’s 2 singles accounted for Balmy Beach’s scoring. 4,998 attended the game at Varsity Stadium.
40 years ago
Pope Paul VI departed Manila and visited Western Samoa before arriving in Sydney, Australia.
30 years ago
Edwin Meese, a senior adviser to U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan, stated that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. would begin talks on a new arms limitation treaty within a few weeks of Mr. Reagan’s inauguration on Jaunuary 20.
25 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
2 We Built This City--Starship
3 You Belong to the City--Glenn Frey
4 Broken Wings--Mr. Mister
5 Miami Vice Theme--Jan Hammer
6 Head Over Heels--Tears for Fears
8 Who’s Zoomin’ Who--Aretha Franklin
9 Lay Your Hands On Me--Thompson Twins
10 Be Near Me--ABC
Singles entering the chart included I’m Your Man by Wham! (#45); The Sweetest Taboo by Sade (#76); The Sun Always Shines on T.V. by A-Ha (#80); Life in a Northern Town by The Dream Academy (#86); and Silent Running by Mike & the Mechanics (#90).
Vanier Cup @ Varsity Stadium, Toronto
Calgary 25 Western Ontario 6
Lew Lawrick threw touchdown passes to Mike Siroishka and Randy Guy and handed off to Elio Geremia for another touchdown to lead the Dinosaurs to their second Vanier Cup in three years. The Mustangs scored first on a touchdown pass from Steve Samways to Rick Wolkensperg, but Jeff Crews’ convert was blocked, and Western Ontario never scored again. Brent Matich converted all 3 Calgary touchdowns and added a field goal and a single. The game was played on a muddy field.
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