Wednesday’s History: December 2
Today, December 2, in history includes a dam collapsing, player winning a second Heisman and a group's final No. 1, according to history.com
The city of Frejus, France, was built on the French Riviera as a port city by Roman Emperor Caesar. The city moved inland, closer to Reyran River. The Malpasset Dam was built in the 1950s to control the river's flow.
A rain storm stalled for a week over that area in 1959 in late November. From the pressure of the water, rocks beneath the Malpasset Dam gave way and it collapsed in the middle of the night. The rushing water caused damage to homes. Victims were buried in mud and some were swept out to sea. More than 400 people were killed.
Archie Griffin followed his three older brothers playing football in high school and later at Ohio State University. During a game versus North Carolina, the running back rushed for nearly 240 yards that helped Buckeyes to a victory. He started every game after that.
In 1974 as a junior, Griffin won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide. Anthony Davis from Southern California was a distant runner-up. In Griffin's senior year, he won his second Heisman Trophy award, becoming the first to win two years in a row. Chuck Muncie from California was runner-up.
Griffin was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976 and played for seven years. A torn stomach muscle ended his career. In 1984, Griffin returned to Ohio State University to become their associate athletic director and then president of OSU Alumni Association.
In the early 1960s, The Distants and The Primes formed The Elgins, who changed their name to The Temptations after signing with Motown Records in Detroit.
Even though singers would change, the hits continued to chart. In 1972, at No. 1 "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was their last hit to chart. In 1989, The Temptations were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.