The Grey Cup is the name of both the championship game of the Canadian
Football League (CFL) and the trophy awarded to the victorious team. It
is contested between the winners of the CFL's East and West Divisional
playoffs and is one of Canadian television's largest annual sporting
events. It was commissioned by Governor General Albert Grey, 4th Earl
Grey, to serve as the national championship of Canadian football. The
trophy has been broken several times, stolen twice, held for ransom and
survived a fire. The University of Toronto won the inaugural title in
1909. Typically played in late November, inclement weather has
periodically impacted the Grey Cup game, notably the 1962 "Fog Bowl"
when the contest was postponed due to a lack of visibility. The Toronto
Argonauts have the most Grey Cup victories with 15, while the Edmonton
Eskimos formed the longest dynasty with five consecutive titles between
1978 and 1982. Competition for the Grey Cup has been limited exclusively
to Canadian teams, except for a brief period in the 1990s which saw the
Baltimore Stallions become the only American Grey Cup champion in 1995.
The 100th Grey Cup is being held in Toronto in 2012.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Cup>
Today's selected anniversaries:
William Adelin, the only legitimate son of King Henry I of
England, drowned in the White Ship Disaster, leading to a succession
crisis which would bring down the Norman monarchy of England.
Stanisław August Poniatowski, the last King of Poland, was
forced to abdicate after the Third Partition of the Polish–Lithuanian
Commonwealth by Austria, Prussia, and Russia.
Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan signed the Anti-Comintern
Pact, agreeing that if the Soviet Union attacked one of them, they would
consult each other on what measures to take "to safeguard their common
Korean War: After 42 days of fighting, the Battle of Triangle
Hill ended as American and South Korean units abandoned their attempt to
capture the "Iron Triangle".
Freak rains caused devastating flooding in Jeddah, Saudi
Arabia, killing 122 people and stranding thousands of Hajj pilgrims.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. An adjustable dam placed across a river to regulate the flow of water
2. A fence placed across a river to catch fish.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
You have your thoughts and I have mine. This is the fact and you can't
change it even if you kill me.
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