275 years ago
Born on this date
John Rutledge. U.S. politician. Mr. Rutledge was President of South Carolina from 1776-1778 and Governor of South Carolina from 1779-1782. He was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1789-1791, resigning to become Chief Justice of the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas and Sessions. Mr. Rutledge was appointed by President George Washington to fill the vacancy created whtn Chief Justice John Jay resigned to take office as Governor of New York. Mr. Rutledge took the position as a recess appointment, since the U.S. Senate wasn't in session at the time. He spoke out against the Jay Treaty with Great Britain, which helped to influence the Senate to vote 14-10 in December 1795 against Mr. Rutledge's appointment. Mr. Rutledge resigned from the Supreme Court on December 28, 1795 after just six months as Chief Justice; he died on July 23, 1800 at the age of 60.
120 years ago
Japanese forces defeated Chinese forces in the Battle of the Yalu River.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Thomas J. Bata. Czech-born Canadian businessman. Mr. Bata, who moved to Canada in 1939, ran the Bata Shoe company from 1940 until the 1980s. He died on September 1, 2008, 16 days before his 96th birthday.
Politics and government
The Labour Party, under Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, took office as the government of Australia. Mr. Fisher had previously served as Prime Minister from 1908-1909 and 1910-1913.
90 years ago
The Border Defence Corps was established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.
80 years ago
18-year-old rookie Reese Diggs recorded his only major league victory as he allowed 8 hits, including home runs by Earl Averill and opposing pitcher Bob Weiland, in pitching the Washington Nationals to a 13-6 win over the Cleveland Indians at League Park in Cleveland. Pete Sosko had 5 of Washington’s 21 hits.
75 years ago
The Soviet Union joined Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939.
70 years ago
Allied Airborne troops parachuted into the Netherlands to begin the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden. All Allied objectives on the perimeter of Morotai Island were taken as Japanese forces were pursued into the surrounding hills. The 14th U.S. Army Air Force destroyed its bases at Kweilin in the Chinese province of Kwangsi because of the Japanese threat to the city.
The government of Egypt announced that the Jabal al-Druze cabinet had voted to relinquish autonomy and merge with Syria to restore the Arab empire of the pre-1918 era.
U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Jefferson Caffrey left Brazil for Washington for consultations with the U.S. State Department.
The U.S. Congress of Industrial Organizations-United Auto Workers convention re-elected President R.J. Thomas; Vice-Presidents Richard Frankensteen and Walther Reuther; and Secretary-Treasurer George Addis.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Three Coins in the Fountain--Frank Sinatra
Rocky Marciano (47-0), despite suffering a severe cut on his nose, retainedhis world heavyweight title with a knockout of former champion Ezzard Charles (83-12-1) at 2:36 of the 8th round at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mr. Marciano had won a 15-round decision over Mr. Charles exactly three months earlier.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): You Really Got Me--The Kinks (2nd week at #1)
40 years ago
#1 single in France: Nabucco--Waldo de los Ríos (3rd week at #1)
Bangladesh, Grenada, and Guinea-Bissau joined the United Nations.
Rochester @ Syracuse (postponed, rain) (Syracuse led best-of-seven series 2-0)
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Careless Whisper--George Michael
Died on this date
Richard Basehart, 70. U.S. actor. Mr. Basehart was best known as the star of the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968). He died a month after serving as the announcer for the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The new Canadian government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was sworn into office in Ottawa. Mr. Mulroney, the country’s 18th Prime Minister, appointed a 40-member cabinet, the largest in Canadian history.
Politics and government
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale said that he would make war and peace a major issue, and accused President Ronald Reagan of making the world more dangerous.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the nation’s balance of payments showed a record deficit of $24.4 billion in the second quarter of 1984.
17 years to the day after hitting his first major league home run, Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career major league home run. The blow, off Bud Black, was the only run for the California Angels as they lost 10-1 to the Kansas City Royals before 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium, falling behind the Royals in the battle for first place in the American League West Division. Former Edmonton Trapper Stew Cliburn made his major league debut, entering the game as a relief pitcher for the Angels in the 8th inning.
Harold Baines hit 3 home runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins before 17,052 fana at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, dropping the Twins into second place in the AL West Division.
Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets struck out 16 batters for the second consecutive game, but lost 2-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies before 20,483 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia when he balked home the winning run in the 8th inning.
25 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Lambada--Kaoma (4th week at #1)
Hurricane Hugo struck Montserrat, destroying 80% of the island's property and leaving 99% of the 12,000 residents homeless.
Ottawa (1-10) 34 @ Hamilton (7-4) 52
Edmonton (9-2) 35 @ Saskatchewan (6-5) 48
Mike Kerrigan completed 24 of 45 passes for 398 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Tiger-Cats to victory before 14,327 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Wally Zatylny scored another Hamilton touchdown on a 54-yard punt return. Damon Allen started at quarterback for the Rough Riders and completed 17 of 37 passes for 247 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He was relieved by Tony Kimbrough, who was 6 for 8 for 146 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Hamilton defense held Ottawa to 0 yards rushing.
At Taylor Field in Regina, the Roughriders led 27-11 at halftime, but the Eskimos roared back with 3 straight touchdowns in the third quarter and a field goal in the early seconds of the fourth to take a 35-27 lead. However, quarterback Kent Austin led Saskatchewan to 21 consecutive points to finish the game, ending Edmonton’s winning streak at 7 games. Mr. Austin completed 19 of 32 passes for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns, and rushed 10 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Eskimo quarterback Tracy Ham completed 25 of 41 passes for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns, but was also sacked 8 times. Craig Ellis led Edmonton receivers with 10 catches for 222 yards and a touchdown, while Keith Wright caught 3 for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns. 24,776 fans enjoyed the afternoon’s entertainment.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Confide in Me--Kylie Minogue
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Love is All Around--Wet Wet Wet (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men (4th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men (3rd week at #1)
2 When Can I See You--Babyface
3 Stay (I Missed You)--Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
4 Wild Night--John Mellencamp with Me’shell Ndegeocello
5 All I Wanna Do--Sheryl Crow
6 Can You Feel the Love Tonight--Elton John
7 Any Time, Any Place/And On and On--Janet Jackson
8 Shine--Collective Soul
9 Don't Turn Around--Ace of Base
10 Back and Forth--Aaliyah
Singles entering the chart were But It's Alright by Huey Lewis and the News (#69) and Short Dick Man by 20 Fingers featuring Gillette (#78).
20 years ago
Died on this date
Karl Popper, 92. Austrian-born U.K. psychologist and philosopher. Dr. Popper was a cognitive psychologist who emigrated to New Zealand in 1937 and to the United Kingdom in 1946. He became one of the 20th century's foremost philosophers of science, and was known for advocating empirical falsification in testing the scientific method.
Vitas Gerulaitis, 40. U.S. tennis player. Mr. Gerulaitis won 25 singles titles--most notably the Australian Open in December 1977--in a 15-year professional career (1971-1986). He died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
U.S. President Bill Clinton sent former President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Senator Sam Nunn (Democrat--Georgia), and retired U.S. Army General and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell to Haiti in a final effort to negotiate the transfer of power in that country from a military junta to Jean-Bertrand Aristide, whose presidency had been interrupted by the coup in 1991. The U.S. delegation met with junta leader Lieutenant General Raoul Cedras; Brigadier General and military chief of staff Philippe Biamby; and President Emile Jonassaint. Their discussions were inconclusive until the Haitians learned that U.S. airborne forces were actually en route to Haiti.
Heather Whitestone of Alabama was named Miss America for 1995, becoming the first deaf woman to win the title.
Julio César Chávez (91-1-1), who had sustained his first loss earlier in the year, retained his WBC light welterweight title with a technical knockout over Meldrick Taylor (32-4-1) at 1:41 of the 8th round at the at the MGM Grand Hotel's Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Winnipeg (7-4) 38 @ Hamilton (3-8) 21
Edmonton (8-3) 25 @ British Columbia (8-2-1) 18
Shreveport (0-11) 3 @ Sacramento (5-5-1) 56
Keithen McCant threw 2 touchdown passes to Gerald Wilcox and another to Alfred Jackson, and Chris Johnstone rushed for a TD, as the Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats before 11,248 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Hamilton quarterback Timm Rosenbach completed touchdown passes to Ken Evraire and Earl Winfield.
Damon Allen completed 2 touchdown passes to Eddie Brown and another to Michael Soles as the Eskimos beat the Lions before 34,929 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. The Lions scored both their touchdowns in the 2nd quarter on a 61-yard pass from Kent Austin to Darren Flutie and a 109-yard return by Spencer McLennan of a missed field goal attempt by Edmonton's Sean Fleming on the last play of the 1st half. B.C. receiver Merv Fernandez was ineffective in returning punts in what turned out to be the last game of 6-year CFL (and 12-year professional) career.
David Archer completed 2 touchdown passes to James Pruitt and another to Myron Wise, and rushed for a touchdown of his own as the Gold Miners routed the Pirates before 13,747 fans at Hornet Field. Troy Mills rushed for 2 Sacramento touchdowns and Charles Miles rushed for another.
10 years ago
Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the recent school siege in Beslan and other terrorist attacks in Russia that had claimed more than 430 lives.
Ottawa (5-8) 26 @ Calgary (2-10) 24
Barry Bonds hit his 42nd home run of the season to help the San Francisco Giants defeat the San Diego Padres 4-1 before 42,526 fans at SBC Park in San Francisco, becoming the third man to hit 700 career major league home runs, joining Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
The Montreal Expos scored 4 runs in the 8th inning and 5 in the 9th to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-8 before 35,498 fans at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. 3 of the Montreal runs in the 9th inning were unearned.
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