Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Chuck Chandler and Connie LeGrand!
225 years ago
Politics and government
The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the United States Senate: William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.
200 years ago
Born on this date
John Rae. U.K. physician and explorer. Dr. Rae, a native of Scotland, worked for the Hudson's Bay Company from 1833 until his death at the age of 80 on July 22, 1893. He was the first man to find the remains of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated 1847 expedition to find the Northwest Passage.
Forces commanded by Simón Bolívar defeated those led by Santiago Bobadilla in the Battle of Bárbula in Venezuela.
125 years ago
Died on this date
Catherine Eddowes, 46; Elizabeth Stride, 45. U.K. murder victims. Mrs. Stride and Miss Eddowes were prostitutes working in the Whitechapel district of London, and were the third and fourth victims, respectively, of Jack the Ripper.
75 years ago
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain arrived home from Munich claiming that the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany had achieved "peace for our time" after agreeing to German dictator Adolf Hitler's demand that Germany be allowed to annex the area of Czechoslovakia known as Sudetenland, which was populated mainly by ethnic Germans.
The League of Nations unanimously outlawed "intentional bombings of civilian populations."
70 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): White Christmas--Bing Crosby (4th month at #1)
On the radio
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Lost Special, starring Orson Welles
This was an adaptation of the short story by A. Conan Doyle.
60 years ago
On the radio
I Was a Communist for the FBI, starring Dana Andrews
McGill University scientists developed a radar system for early warning against air attacks.
Brooklyn Dodgers 5 @ New York Yankees 9 (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)
A bases-loaded triple by Billy Martin in the 1st inning helped the Yankees to a 4-0 lead, but the Dodgers came back to tie the game 5-5 in the top of the 7th before Joe Collins hit a home run off losing pitcher Clem Labine to give New York a 6-5 lead, and they added 3 more runs in the 8th. Yogi Berra also homered for the Yankees, while Jim Gilliam, Gil Hodges, and George Shuba homered for the Dodgers. Johnny Sain, who relieved starting pitcher Allie Reynolds, was the winning pitcher. Mr. Labine was the third of four Brooklyn pitchers; Carl Erskine was removed after the 1st inning, and Jim Hughes pitched the next 4 innings. Ben Wade relieved Mr. Labine in the 7th. Attendance at Yankee Stadium was 69,734.
Bill Veeck sold the St. Louis Browns to a Baltimore syndicate headed by brewer Jerry Hoffberger. It was the first move of an American League franchise since the Baltimore Orioles had moved to New York in 1903 to become the New York Highlanders, and eventually the Yankees. The Browns also became known as the Baltimore Orioles.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Outer Limits, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Architects of Fear, starring Robert Culp and Geraldine Brooks
Politics and government
Premier W.A.C. Bennett led his Social Credit party to another majority government in the British Columbia provincial election, as they captured 34 of 52 seats in the legislature, three more than Social Credit had when the election was called. The New Democratic Party won 13 seats and the Liberals 5. Mr. Bennett, NDP leader Robert Strachan and Liberal leader Ray Perrault were all elected. Former federal cabinet minister E. Davie Fulton, who had left federal politics to lead the provincial Progressive Conservatives, was defeated, along with the other 42 PC candidates. Herb Capozzi, general manager of the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, ran as a Social Credit candidate but was defeated.
Floyd McCoy (15-14-1) scored an upset when he knocked out Leotis Martin (9-1) at 2:11 of the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout at Philadelphia Arena.
Saskatchewan (6-4-1) 12 @ Winnipeg (6-6) 10
Calgary (6-4-1) 14 @ British Columbia (8-3) 32
Reg Whitehouse's short field goal in the 4th quarter gave the Roughriders their win over the Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium. Defensive back Dale West scored the only Saskatchewan touchdown on a 60-yard interception return. Martin Fabi, punting mostly with a strong wind behind him, punted 12 times for a 50-year average and added 3 singles for the other Saskatchewan points. Ray Purdin led the Roughrider ground game with 21 carries for 96 yards. Roger Hagberg scored the Winnipeg touchdown.
Joe Kapp completed 19 of 39 passes for 339 passes and 4 touchdowns--3 to Mack Burton and the other to Pat Claridge--as the Lions beat the Stampeders before more than 32,000 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Quarterback Eagle Day rushed for one Calgary touchdown and handed off to Lovell Coleman for the other. Calgary offensive end Bill McKenna suffered a career-ending achilles tendon injury.
Red Hickey resigned as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, the day after the team had lost 45-14 to the Minnesota Vikings to drop to 0-3 for the season. Mr. Hickey was in his fifth season as San Francisco's head coach, compiling a record of 27-27-1. He was replaced by head coach Jack Christiansen.
40 years ago
Died on this date
Peter Pitseolak, 71. Canadian artist. Mr. Pitseolak was a resident of Cape Dorset, Northwest Territories, and was an Inuit artist and photographer who recorded legends and traditions of his people as those traditions were in the process of disappearing.
Montreal (5-4-1) 28 @ Ottawa (5-5) 15
Hamilton (4-5) 31 @ Calgary (5-5) 29
Saskatchewan (7-4) 13 @ Edmonton (7-4) 17
George Mira threw touchdown passes of 58 and 12 yards to Johnny Rodgers in the 1st quarter as the Alouettes beat the Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park to end Ottawa's 5-game winning streak. Dickie Harris scored the other Montreal touchdown on a 57-yard return of a blocked field goal attempt in the 4th quarter. Hugh Oldham scored the first Ottawa touchdown on a 37-yard pass from Jerry Keeling in the 1st quarter, and Art Green rushed 2 yards for the other Ottawa TD in the 4th quarter. John Harvey of the Alouettes led all rushers with 113 yards on 15 carries, while Mr. Oldham led all receivers with 127 yards on 6 receptions.
The Stampeders, down 31-12 with 9 minutes remaining in the game, rallied for 17 straight points, only to blow a chance at victory and allow the clock to run out on them in losing to the Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium. Hamilton quarterback Chuck Ealey rushed for touchdowns of 1 and 69 yards, handed off to Andy Hopkins for a 2-yard touchdown, and passed 9 yards to Dave Fleming for another TD. Calgary quarterback Peter Liske threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Rudy Linterman in the 2nd quarter, and rushed 1 yard for a TD with 8:30 remaining in the game to begin the Calgary rally. Mr. Liske then completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Tom Forzani with 5:32 remaining, and Larry Robinson's convert made the score 32-26. Mr. Linterman added a single on the ensuing kickoff, and Hamilton punter Alec Lockington conceded his second safety touch of the game with 4:19 remaining to reduce the Hamilton lead to 31-29. In the game's final seconds, the Stampeders were in possession of the ball in field goal range for Mr. Robinson, but decided to run one more play to get the ball in front of the goal posts and closer for Mr. Robinson to attempt the winning field goal. Unfortuntately for the Stampeders, they failed to execute the play so as to leave time for the kick, the clock ran out with that play, and Mr. Robinson didn't get a chance to try what would have been a game-winning field goal if successful.
Bruce Lemmerman's 2-yard touchdown pass to George McGowan on a third down-and-goal-to-go with 1:13 remaining in the game gave the Eskimos the win over the Roughriders before 21,429 fans at Clarke Stadium. The touchdown climaxed a 75-yard drive that started on the Eskimos' 35-yard line after Jack Abendschan's fourth field goal of the game had given Saskatchewan a 13-10 lead with 2:44 remaining. Garry Lefebvre scored the other Edmonton touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Mr. Lemmerman in the 2nd quarter. Saskatchewan fullback George Reed led all rushers with 33 carries for 133 yards, while teammate Rick Eber led all receivers with 6 receptions for 113 yards. It was the first CFL game for Edmonton linebacker Marty Huff, who was replacing the departed Steve Svitak.
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Send Me an Angel--Real Life
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Sunshine Reggae--Laid Back (4th week at #1)
Cynthia Kereluk was chosen Miss Edmonton for 1984. The pageant was televised on CFRN.
The Chief Justice of the Philippines, Enrique Fernando, resigned as head of the commission inviestigating the August 21 assassination of political opposition leader Benigno Aquino. Justice Fernando was an ally of President Ferdinand Marcos, and there had been court challenges to Justice Fernando's right to serve on the commission.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had fallen 0.1% in August, its first decline in a year.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Cecilia--Times Two (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Hand in Hand--Koreana
Died on this date
Al Holbert, 41. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Holbert was primarily known as a sports car driver. He won the IMSA Camel GT Series five times, and co-drove victorious cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1983, 1986, and 1987. Mr. Holbert also raced in 19 NASCAR races from 1976-1979 and finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 in 1984. He was killed in the crash of his small plane. In 1993 Mr. Holbert was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
A jury in Gibraltar ruled 9-2 that the March 1988 killing of unarmed Irish Republican Army members Sean Savage, Daniel McCann, and Mairead Farrell by British soldiers was legal because the SAS team believed that the three were about to detonate a remote-controlled bomb in Gibraltar.
Toronto (9-4) 42 @ Calgary (5-8) 25
Toronto running back Gill Fenerty was just 32 yards short of 1,000 yards rushing for the season when he broke his leg in the win over the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium and was out of action for the rest of the season.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Go West--Pet Shop Boys
Politics and government
More than a week after Russian President Boris Yeltsin had dissolved parliament, only 150 hardline deputies remained barricaded in the parliament building in protest against Mr. Yeltsin.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 5-4 that the federal law against assisted suicide did not violate the constitutional rights of Sue Rodriguez, who was fatally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the court upheld the law.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Nova Scotia's ban on free-standing abortion clinics was unconstitutional, largely because the ban dealth with an area of criminal law falling under federal authority and outside the jurisdiction of provincial governments.
10,000 people were killed and widespread damage resulted when an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck a densely-populated area of India southwest of Bombay.
10 years ago
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the U.S. Justice Department was launching an internal investigation into whether and which administration officials may have acted illegally in leaking the identity of Central Intelligence Agency agent Valerie Plame, who was married to former diplomat Joe Wilson. Mr. Wilson had criticized the administration of Preasident George W. Bush for allegedly manipulating intelligence information to justify war with Iraq. Democratic party members of Congress called for an independent investigation.
Three people employed at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba were under arrest and had been charged with espionage. The three included a Muslim chaplain and an Arabic translator--both members of the U.S. military--and a civilian translator. More than 650 al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist supects remained in custody in the prison camp, without any charges being laid.
Canada and the German mercenaries of the American Revolution - By Anik Laflèche If your last name is Schneider, Sigman, Henry, or André, or it has “von” in it, you may be of German descent. In 1776, the Thirteen Coloni...
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