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Saints First Coach, Tom Fears is Dismissed
November 3, 1970  


Historic New Orleans Collection photo: Saints football team President, John Mecom, Jr. (left), Head Coach Tom Fears (right)

After the Saints ended the first half of the 1970 NFL season with a 1-5-1 record, their first coach, Tom Fears was dismissed on November 3 after compiling an overall mark of 13-34-2.  His last game as coach of the Saints was a 30-17 loss to the team he played for, the Rams, the same team which defeated the Saints in their first game in 1967. He was replaced the same day by John David "J. D." Roberts.  In the Saints' next game, Tom Dempsey set the NFL record by kicking a 63-yard field goal to lift New Orleans to a 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions.

Thomas Jesse Fears was born in Guadalajara, Mexico on December 3, 1922.  After service in World War II, he played split end for the Los Angeles Rams for nine seasons from 1948 to 1956.  

He was an assistant coach in 1959 during the first year Vince Lombardi began with the Green Bay Packers. Fears took a job assisting with coaching the Rams, then moved back to the Packers -- including when they were championship teams in 1962 and 1965.

He coached the expansion Atlanta Falcons and in their first game of the 1966 regular season, Fears caused controversy when he accused Rams coach George Allen of attempting to garner inside information on the team from a player who had been cut.  

After a 2-12 first season in Atlanta, Fears became a head coach (the first Latino head coach in the NFL) for the first time when he was hired by the expansion New Orleans Saints on January 27, 1967.  While coaching the Saints, in 1970 Fears was recognized for his professional playing career when he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Issues between Fears and Saints owner John Mecom, Jr. (primarily of Fears seeking the additional role of general manager fueled by speculation that Fears might replace Don Shula with the Baltimore Colts) ended on April 20 when Fears was given control over all player personnel matters. 

Despite the great promise of the young team after scoring on the first-ever kickoff return in franchise history, Fears' nearly four years with the Saints was marked by many losses.  The team ended the first half of the 1970 NFL season with a 1-5-1 mark, resulting in his dismissal on November 3 after compiling an overall mark of 13-34-2.

Tom Fears died on January 4, 2000 in Palm Desert, California. (Wiki)

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The current attendance record, for LSU stadium, of 93,374  was set on November 3, 2012 when fifth-ranked LSU lost to first-ranked Alabama with a score of 21-17.

Born in New Orleans on August 20, 1922, Charles Schwartz, Jr. received a B.A. from Tulane in 1943 and served in the Army as a Second Lieutenant from 1943 to 1945.  He was then an Army reservist from 1946 to 1965,  attaining the rank of Major. He received a J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1947, and was then in private practice in New Orleans until 1976. He was a district counsel for the Gulf Coast District of the U.S. Maritime Administration from 1953 to 1962.  On March 23, 1976, Schwartz was nominated by President Gerald Ford to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Herbert W. Christenberry. Schwartz was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 1976, and received his commission on May 7, 1976. He assumed senior status on February 28, 1991. He also taught as an adjunct professor of law at Tulane University beginning in 1977.  He died in his home town on November 3, 2012.

William (Dollar Bill) Jefferson was elected as the U. S. Representative, 2nd Congressional District on November 3. 1998.

Born in New Orleans on August 25, 1921, Alvin Joseph Jurisich was a  right-handed pitcher who appeared in 104 games in Major League Baseball between 1944–1947 for the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. Jurisich appeared in one contest as a relief pitcher in the "All-St. Louis" 1944 World Series, won by his Cardinals in six games over the St. Louis Browns. He entered Game 3 in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Cardinals trailing, 4–2. He gave up two hits, doubles to Don Gutteridge and George McQuinn, and was charged with two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.  The Browns would win the game, 6–2. Jurisich was mainly a relief pitcher in the Majors, but he did make 42 starts in his 104 appearances and notched 13 complete games. He gave up 344 hits in 388⅓ innings pitched, and issued 189 bases on balls. Standing 6 feet 2 inches tall ant 193 pounds, he had 177 strikeouts and five saves.  Jurisich passed away on November 3, 1981.

Photograph in Jackson Square on November 3, 1969 includes Fr. Nicholas Tanaskovic, Councilman James A. Moreau, Councilman Clarence O. Dupuy, Mayor Schiro, and Mel Leavitt  [Photo by Joseph C. Davi]

Born on January 12, 1894 in Reserve, Abraham Lazar Shushan on died on November 3, 1966 at Touro Infirmary and is buried in Chevra Thilim Cemetery. He was educated in New Orleans and began his career at Shushan Brothers, a whole-sale dry-goods firm owned by his father and uncle, and later became its president and principal owner.  He had served as levee board president during the terms of four governors (Parker, Fuqua, Long, Allen) who had all appointed him to the position beginning in 1920.  He was a close personal friend of Huey P. Long. Shushan's political clout enabled constitutional amendments calling for the development of the lakefront to be enacted. See August 21 for much more about him. 

Born on September 26, 1918, Fred James Cassibry received a B.A. from Tulane University in 1941 and an LL.B. from Tulane Law School in 1943. After serving in the Navy during World War II he became a field examiner for the National Labor Relations Board from 1946 to 1948. He entered private practice in New Orleans from 1948 to 1961, and was a New Orleans City Councilman from 1954 to 1961. He was a judge on the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish from 1961 to 1966.  On October 11, 1966, Cassibry was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana created by 80 Stat. 75. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 20, 1966, and received his commission on November 3, 1966. He assumed senior status on March 15, 1984, serving in that capacity until his retirement on April 3, 1987.  He died on July 6, 1996.

Photo of the Paris Avenue Underpass on November 3, 1959 [Photography by Geer Studio]

Born into a 7th Ward Creole family John Boutté was born in New Orleans on November 3, 1958.  Exposed to the local culture such as Mardi Gras parades and jazz funerals since childhood, Boutté also grew up listening to R&B music of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the like. He played trumpet and cornet in marching bands in his junior high and high school days. During this time, he also formed an a cappella group and sang on the streets. He is known for diverse music style that goes beyond jazz to R&B, gospel, Latin, and blues. He is the younger brother of the jazz and gospel singer Lillian Boutté.  Boutté's "Treme Song" on his Jambalaya album is the theme song of HBO's series, Treme. Boutté appears in Treme Season 2, episode 1, performing several songs (including "Accentuate the Positive") and sings onstage in Treme Season 3, episode 10.

Photographs of NORD's Fifth anniversary television show. [?] taken on November 3, 1955. with Don Arata, Ann Marie Laumann, Wilma Cherry, and Sam LeBlanc.  Scroll down to Series Number 157.

Amédé Ardoin (March 11, 1898 – November 3, 1942) with fiddle player Dennis McGee, was one of the first artists to record Cajun music on December 9, 1929 for Columbia Records in New Orleans.

Born on November 3, 1936  in New Orleans,  Earl John Robinson was a Major League Baseball outfielderwho who played from 1958 to 1964 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles. He attended college at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played both baseball and basketball. He was inducted into the Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor in 2010.

Montage of photos of Poydras, Cleveland, St. Roch and Taylor Playgrounds in 1912. The Poydras Playground, opened on May 16, 1908 by the Outdoor Art Association, was located on the site of the old Pilie Market. The St. Roch Playground at St. Roch and Roman was the third oldest of the city playgrounds, opening on June 26, 1910. The Cleveland Playground at Tulane and South Claiborne opened on September 26, 1909, and the Taylor Playground at Washington and Derbigny, on November 3, 1911.  The caption under this collage from the 1912 Report reads: Top left, Group at Poydras; Top right, Using the slide at Cleveland; Center, Girls playing Basketball at St. Roch; Bottom left, Football at St. Roch; Center, Mrs. Mary Buckley, Supervisor at Poydras; Bottom right, Flag Raising at Taylor. See also May 16 and July 14.

Mayor Martin Behrman won a second term as mayor on November 3, 1908. His inauguration took place on December 7, 1908. 

CROSSMAN, Abial Daily, politician, mayor of New Orleans. Born, Greene, Me., November 3, 1803. Limited formal education; was taught by father to make and sell hats. Arrived New Orleans, 1829; opened hat shop at 24 Canal Street; succeeded in business; entered politics 1839; became successively alderman, state representative, mayor. A Whig, elected to the state legislature, 1844, about same time named to the general council when Mayor Joseph E. Montegut was elected, April 11, 1844. Thus Crossman became chairman of the Financial Committee of the debt-ridden Municipality Council. His fiscal conservatism won Crossman popularity. Elected mayor, April 6, 1846. Reelected to three two-year terms. Left office in the spring of 1854. During tenure a new city hall, now named James Gallier Hall for its architect, was designed in 1846 and constructed shortly thereafter; levees were built; local streets were paved with granite blocks for the first time; a new charter consolidated the city's former three municipalities. Never married. Died, New Orleans, June 13, 1859. Interred Cypress Cemetery. His remains were subsequently moved to the base of a monument in nearby Greenwood Cemetery. Crossman Public School named for subject in 1907.  From

At a meeting of the Cabildo on November 3, 1769, a report was made by the two Commissioners investigating the work done in the cemetery and on the Carondelet Canal by Juan Bugui, in which the bill for 296 Pesos and five reales, is approved.

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