December 2: Donald Woods, actor; NDP leadership convention; "Fog Bowl" won.

December 2, 1977 - Edward Bruce Pitblado dies. A Rhodes Scholar, he attended law school at the U of M and Oxford. While in England he played for the 1924 Winter Olympics British ice hockey team and took home a  bronze medal.

December 2, 1989 - At the New Democratic Party’s leadership convention in Winnipeg, Yukon M.P. Audrey McLaughlin becomes the first woman to lead a federal party in Canada.

It was a long night as the vote went to four ballots and took over five hours to complete.  McLaughlin remained the NDP’s leader for six years. (See CBC Archives story.)

December 2, 1962 - Day two of 50th Grey Cup takes place. In the remaining 9:31 no additional points were scored and the Bombers win the “Fog Bowl” 28 to 27.

December 2, 1961 - The 49th Grey Cup game is the first, and only one to require overtime. The Bombers' Ken Ploen scored a touchdown in the 73rd minute to defeat Hamilton 21-14.

October 12, 1933, Winnipeg Free Press

December 2, 1904 - Actor Donald Woods is born in Brandon as Ralph Zink. 

While still a child his family moved to California. After graduating from UCLA he changed his name and went into acting. From the 1930s to 70s he is credited with 75 film roles including The Frisco Kid, The Return of Tin Tin Tin, and True Grit. He also appeared in 150 TV shows and in 98 stage productions.

Woods died March 5, 1998 in Palm Springs, California.

December 2, 1903 - The Suburban Rapid Transit Co. officially opens its Portage Avenue line from St. James St. to St. Charles. (For more on Winnipeg's regional transit history.)

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