Thursday, 23 February 2017

February 3, 2017

230 years ago
1787


War
Militia led by General Benjamin Lincoln crushed the remnants of Shays' Rebellion in Petersham, Massachusetts.

210 years ago
1807


War
A British military force under Brigadier-General Sir Samuel Auchmuty captured the Spanish Empire city of Montevideo.

100 years ago
1917


Diplomacy
The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (6th week at #1)
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
2 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
3 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hoagy Carmichael
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
4 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
5 A Gal in Calico--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids
--Johnny Mercer
6 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
7 Sonata--Perry Como
--Jo Stafford
8 The Whole World is Singing My Song--Les Brown and his Orchestra
9 Oh, But I Do--Margaret Whiting
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
10 September Song--Frank Sinatra
--Dardanelle Trio

The only single entering the chart was I'll Close My Eyes, with versions by Andy Russell, and Johnny Desmond.

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Dying Detective

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliot Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: Vengeance in Vegas

60 years ago
1957


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: A Bottle of Wine, starring Herbert Marshall, Robert Horton, and Jarma Lewis

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Hooray for Hazel--Tommy Roe

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen (3rd week at #1)
2 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees
3 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon
4 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
5 Pretty Ballerina--The Left Banke
6 Go Go Round--Gordon Lightfoot
7 Armful of Teddy Bears--Barry Allen
8 Summer Wine--Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood
9 Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
10 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
Pick hit of the week: So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star--The Byrds
New this week: One More Mountain to Climb--Ronnie Dove
Peek-A-Boo--The New Vaudeville Band
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy--The Buckinghams
Lonely Again--Eddy Arnold
You Tell Her, I Stutter--The New Happiness

Died on this date
Joe Meek, 37
. U.K. songwriter and record producer. Mr. Meek was known for his innovative recording techniques such as overdubbing, sampling and reverb. Among the recordings he wrote and produced was the 1962 instrumental single Telstar by the Tornados, which was the biggest-selling single from Britain prior to the Beatles, and one of this blogger's favourite tunes. Mr. Meek was reportedly paranoid, suffering from financial problems, and was also a sodomite and necromancer. Mr. Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton to death and then turned the gun on himself.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Just Another Day--John Mellencamp (2nd week at #1)
2 Don't Speak--No Doubt
3 Someone Who's Cool--The Odds
4 A Long December--Counting Crows
5 How Bizarre--OMC
6 Just Between You and Me--dc talk
7 Swallowed--Bush X
8 Do to You--Bryan Adams
9 Fly Like an Eagle--Seal
10 Mouth--Merril Bainbridge

Singles entering the chart included Don't Cry for Me Argentina by Madonna (#82); Superman's Dead by Our Lady Peace (#83); Saving Face by the Boomers (#92); Change the Locks by Tom Petty (#93); Night Train by Bruce Cockburn (#94); Electrolite by R.E.M. (#95); Good Day for the Blues by Storeyville (#96); The Lines You Amend by Sloan (#97); Believer by Chantal Kreviazuk (#98); Dancin' by Chris Isaak (#99); and I Believe in You and Me by Whitney Houston (#100).

10 years ago
2007


Terrorism
A market bombing in Baghdad killed at least 135 people and injured a further 339.

February 2, 2017

130 years ago
1887


Americana
The first gathering of people at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to see the groundhog's shadow occurred.

125 years ago
1892


Crime
Six days after being convicted in New York of murdering his wife with poison, Carlyle W. Harris was sentenced to death.

110 years ago
1907


Died on this date
Dmitri Mendeleev, 72
. Russian chemist. Dr. Mendeleev formulated the Periodic Law and created an early version of the periodic table of the elements. He died of influenza, six days before his 73rd birthday; element 101--mendelevium--is named in his honour, as is the lunar crater Mendeleev.

75 years ago
1942


Died on this date
Ado Birk, 58
. Prime Minister of Estonia, 1920. Mr. Birk, a veteran politician and diplomat, was Prime Minister for just two days--July 28-30, 1920. After the 1940 Soviet invasion and occupation of Estonia, he was put in a prison camp in Russia and sentenced to death, but died before the sentence could be carried out.

War
The Osvald Group was responsible for the first, active event of anti-Nazi resistance in Norway, to protest the previous day's inauguration of Vidkun Quisling as Minister President of Norway.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (9th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Sei zufrieden--Lukas-Trio

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): The Garden of Eden--Frankie Vaughan

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (Best Seller--9th week at #1; Disc Jockey--9th week at #1; Jukebox--8th week at #1; Top 100--9th week at #1);

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Young Love--Sonny James
--Tab Hunter
2 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell
3 Don't Forbid Me--Pat Boone
4 Too Much--Elvis Presley
5 The Banana Boat Song--The Tarriers
6 Moonlight Gambler--Frankie Laine
7 Banana Boat (Day-O)--Harry Belafonte
8 Blue Monday--Fats Domino
9 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
10 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley

Singles entering the chart were Marianne by Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders (#34); The Party's Over by Doris Day (#47); Bad Boy by the Jive Bombers (#49); Stashu Pandowski (She’s Not Very Much Good for Pretty), with versions by Russ Carlyle and the Coachmen, and Julius LaRosa (#50); and Roman Guitar (Chitarra Romana) by Lou Monte (also #50).

Died on this date
Grigory Landsberg, 67
. U.S.S.R. physicist. Professor Landsberg was a co-discoverer of inelastic combinatorial scattering of light used now in Raman spectroscopy. He died 11 days after his 67th birthday.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express): Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul (3rd week at #1)

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Alistair MacLean, 64
. U.K. author. Mr. MacLean, a native of Scotland, was known for adventure and suspense novels such as The Guns of Navarone (1957); Ice Station Zebra (1963); and Where Eagles Dare (1967). He also used the pseudonym Ian Stuart. Mr. MacLean reportedly drank himself to death.

Terrorism
Church of England envoy Terry Waite was kidnapped in Beirut by members of the group Islamic Jihad.

Politics and government
After the 1986 People Power Revolution, the Philippines enacted a new constitution.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had risen 2.1% in December 1986.

25 years ago
1992


25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Live and Let Die--Guns N' Roses (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (12th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Bert Parks, 77. U.S. radio and television announcer. Born Bertram Jacobson, Mr. Parks hosted several radio and television game shows, but was best known for hosting the annual Miss America telecast from 1955-1979.

Football
NFL
Pro Bowl @ Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
NFC 21 AFC 15

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Freak--Silverchair (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): I Believe I Can Fly--R. Kelly

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli (3rd week at #1)

Football
NFL
Pro Bowl @ Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
AFC 26 NFC 23

Died on this date
Sanford Meisner, 91
. U.S. acting teacher. Mr. Meisner was known for teaching the "Meisner technique," in which the actor "gets out of their head," and behaves instinctively toward the surrounding environment.

February 1, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Snejka!

120 years ago
1897


Economics and finance
Shinhan Bank, the oldest bank in South Korea, opened in Seoul.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Eiji Sawamura
. Japanese baseball pitcher. Mr. Sawamura played with the Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Baseball League from 1936-1943, compiling a record of 63-22 with an earned run average of 1.74. He pitched 3 no-hitters, including the first in JBL history in 1936. Mr. Sawamura's best season was 1937, when he was 33-10 with an ERA of 1.38. He enlisted in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II, and was killed at the age of 27 in battle near Yakushima when his ship was torpedoed on December 2, 1944. The Sawamura Award, first presented in 1947, is given to the outstanding pitcher in Japanese baseball each season. Mr. Sawamura was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1959.

75 years ago
1942


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Five Orange Pips

Radio
Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the United States government, begins broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers.

War
The U.S. Navy conducted the Marshalls–Gilberts raids, the first offensive action by the United States against Japanese forces in the Pacific Theatre.

Politics and government
Josef Terboven, Reichskommissar of German-occupied Norway, appointed Vidkun Quisling as Minister President of the National Government.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (7th week at #1)

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será)--Doris Day (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Friedrich Paulus, 66
. German military officer. Generalfeldmarschall Paulus commanded the Sixth Army in the Battle of Stalingrad from August 1942-February 1943. He was captured by Soviet forces on January 31, 1943, and later turned against the German Nazi regime. Generalfeldmarschall Paulus moved to East Germany in 1943, and died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (2nd week at #1)
2 Ooh La La--Normie Rowe
3 It's Not Easy--Normie Rowe
4 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
5 Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats
6 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
7 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon
8 Let it Be Me (EP)--Johnny Young
9 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
10 I'm a Believer--The Monkees

Singles entering the chart were Georgy Girl by the Seekers (#27); Gimme Some Lovin' by the Spencer Davis Group (#28); and Happy Jack by the Who (#39).

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Daddy Cool--Boney M. (10th week at #1)

On television tonight
Family, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Good Times--Jimmy Barnes featuring INXS

#1 single in France: T'en va pas--Elsa (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Alessandro Blasetti, 86
. Italian movie director. Mr. Blasetti had a career that spanned more than four decades, and was the leading Italian director during the country's Fascist regime. His first film, Sun (1929), was described by Duce Benito Mussolini as "the dawn of the Fascist film."

Law
Ethiopian voters gave overwhelming approval to a new constitution establishing a civilian Communist government.

Football
NFL
Pro Bowl @ Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
AFC 10 NFC 6



Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Garagara hebi ga yattekuru--Ton'neruzu

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black or White--Michael Jackson (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John

#1 single in France (SNEP): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Goodnight Girl--Wet Wet Wet (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me-George Michael/Elton John

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John
2 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
3 Diamonds and Pearls--Prince and the New Power Generation
4 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
5 Mysterious Ways--U2
6 The Way I Feel About You--Karyn White
7 Finally--Ce Ce Peniston
8 I Love Your Smile--Shanice
9 Black or White--Michael Jackson
10 Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana

Singles entering the chart were I Can't Dance by Genesis (#62); Too Much Passion by the Smithereens (#70); The Time Alone with You by Bad English (#74); Can't Cry Hard Enough by the Williams Brothers (#78); You are the One by Chris Cuevas (#79); Thinkin' Back by Color Me Badd (#81); You're All that Matters to Me by Curtis Stigers (#83); Uhh Ahh by Boyz II Men (#86); Masterpiece by Atlantic Starr (#87); The Globe by Big Audio Dynamite II (#89); and You Think You Know Her by Cause and Effect (#90)..

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Mysterious Ways--U2
2 Black or White--Michael Jackson
3 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
4 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me-George Michael/Elton John
5 There Will Never Be Another Tonight--Bryan Adams
6 No Regrets--Tom Cochrane
7 No Son of Mine--Genesis
8 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
9 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
10 Change--Lisa Stansfield

Singles entering the chart were I Can't Dance by Genesis (#34); Remember the Time by Michael Jackson (#40); I'll Get By by Eddie Money (#49); Good for Me by Amy Grant (#52); King of the Heap by the Odds (#53); Hearts Don't Think (They Feel) by Natural Selection (#56); Love Me All Up by Stacy Earl (#57); To Be with You by Mr. Big (#65); Levon by Jon Bon Jovi (#68); Hazard by Richard Marx (#72); Give it All Up by Darby Mills and the Unsung Heroes (#75); I Love Your Smile by Shanice (#76); Again Tonight by John Mellencamp (#83); Vibeology by Paula Abdul (#84); and Make You a Believer by Sass Jordan (#87).

Law
Former Union Carbide Chief Executive Officer Warren Anderson was declared by the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Bhopal a fugitive under Indian law for failing to appear in the case of the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, which had resulted in thousands of deaths. Mr. Anderson was the chief defendant facing a charge of culpable homicide.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): One and One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Madonna (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Freed from Desire--Gala (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Freed from Desire--Gala (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Finally Found Someone--Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Beetlebum--Blur

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (9th week at #1)

Died on this date
Herb Caen, 80
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Caen wrote a column of local interest and events for the San Francisco Chronicle for most of the period from 1938 until his death on February 1, 1997 at the age of 80. He wrote his column for the San Francisco Examiner from 1950-1958.

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Gian Carlo Menotti, 95
. Italian composer. Mr. Menotti wrote music and libretto for more than two dozen operas, winning Pulitzer Prizes for The Consul (1950) and The Saint of Bleecker Street (1955).

January 31, 2017

125 years ago
1892


Died on this date
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 57
. U.K. clergyman. Mr. Spurgeon, the "Prince of Preachers," had been pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle in London since 1861. For more about and by C.H. Spurgeon, see the sites Charles Spurgeon Quotes and The Spurgeon Archive. I particularly recommend the section from the latter site on the Down-Grade controversy, which not only remains relevant, but more so with each day.

110 years ago
1907


Died on this date
Timothy Eaton, 72. U.K.-born- Canadian businessman. Mr. Eaton, a native of Ireland, moved to Ontario at the age of 20. He founded T. Eaton Company in Toronto in 1869; the store grew into one of Canada's largest department store chains until Mr. Eaton's descendants neglected the business, and it went bankrupt in 1999, with the Eaton name disappearing completely from the stores in 2002. Timothy Eaton died of pneumonia.

100 years ago
1917


War
Germany announced that its U-boats would resume unrestricted submarine warfare after a two-year hiatus.

75 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): In the Mood--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra; Joe Loss and his Orchestra (1st month at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (9th week at #1)

Died on this date
Henry Larkin, 82
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Larkin was a first baseman and outfielder with the Philadelphia Athletics (1884-1889, 1891); Cleveland Infants (1890); and Washington Senators (1892-1893), batting .303 with 53 home runs and 836 runs batted in in 1,184 games. He tied for the American Association lead in doubles in 1885 (37) and led the AA in doubles in 1886 (36). Mr. Larkin hit for the cycle on June 16, 1885, and hit 4 doubles in a game later that season. He managed the Infants in 1890, the only year of the Players League.

War
Allied forces were defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya, and retreated to the island of Singapore.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra; The Merry Macs (1st month at #1)

60 years ago
1957


Disasters
Eight people on the ground in Pacoima, California were killed following the mid-air collision between a Douglas DC-7 airliner and a Northrop F-89 Scorpion fighter jet.

50 years ago
1967


On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Breaking of the Habit, with guest stars Eileen Heckart, Linden Chiles, and Antoinette Bower

The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Leeches



Died on this date
Eddie Tolan, 58
. U.S. runner. Mr. Tolan, nicknamed the "Midnight Express," won gold medals in the men's 100- and 200-metre runs at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, becoming the first non-European to be regarded as the world's fastest man. He died of kidney failure.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Way You Do It--Pussyfoot

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Seishun Jidai--Koichi Morita and the Top Gallants (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Don't Go Breaking My Heart--Elton John and Kiki Dee

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: The Final Countdown--Europe (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Final Countdown--Europe

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)--Mel and Kim (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)--Mel and Kim (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Jack Your Body--Steve "Silk" Hurley

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Jack Your Body--Steve "Silk" Hurley (2nd week at #1)

Jack Your Body was released as a 12-inch single, and at 25 minutes, was apparently too long to be properly classified as a single. Otherwise, Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson would have been #1 for the 5th straight week.

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters
2 Open Your Heart--Madonna
3 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
4 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
5 Land of Confusion--Genesis
6 Control--Janet Jackson
7 Change of Heart--Cyndi Lauper
8 Someday--Glass Tiger
9 Will You Still Love Me?--Chicago
10 Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi

Singles entering the chart were Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship (#66); That Ain't Love by REO Speedwagon (#70); Skin Trade by Duran Duran (#77); Fire by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (#79); Don't Leave Me this Way by the Communards (#84); Midnight Blue by Lou Gramm (#85); Ain't So Easy by David and David (#87); Kiss You (When it's Dangerous) by Eight Seconds (#89); and Hooked on You by Sweet Sensation (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Can't Help Falling in Love--Corey Hart
2 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
3 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
4 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
5 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
6 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
7 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
8 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
9 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
10 At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters

Singles entering the chart were Brand New Lover by Dead or Alive (#85); Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#88); Don't Dream it's Over by Crowded House (#92); Let's Go by Wang Chung (#94); Big Mistake by Peter Cetera (#96); Midnight Blue by Lou Gramm (#97); Stop to Love by Luther Vandross (#98); Too Much or Nothing by General Public (#99); and Every Beat of My Heart by Rod Stewart (#100).

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (3rd week at #1)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Molly Ivins, 62
. U.S. journalist. Ms. Ivins was a syndicated columnist with the Dallas Times-Herald, and later the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where she was known for her humourous expression of liberal social views and criticism of politicians such as President George W. Bush. She died aster a long battle with breast cancer.

World events
Suspects were arrested in Birmingham, England and accused of plotting the kidnap, holding and murder by beheading of a serving Muslim British soldier in Iraq.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

January 30, 2017

170 years ago
1847


Americana
Yerba Buena, California was renamed San Francisco.

150 years ago
1867


Died on this date
Kōmei, 35
. Emperor of Japan, 1846-1867. Kōmei, born Osahito, succeeded his father Ninkō, and was on the throne when Japan began its transformation into a modern industrial power after the arrival of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853. Kōmei died of smallpox and was succeeded by his son Meiji.

75 years ago
1942


War
Japanese forces invaded the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies; 300 captured Allied troops were massacred at Laha airfield.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Lady Pepa--Los Pekenikes

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part VIII

This was the final episode of the miniseries.

25 years ago
1987


At the movies
Radio Days, one of director Woody Allen's best movies, opened in theatres. This is the Woody Allen film for people who don't like Woody Allen films.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Goodnight Girl--Wet Wet Wet

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Don't Speak--No Doubt

#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Breathe--The Prodigy (7th week at #1)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Sidney Sheldon, 89
. U.S. writer. Mr. Sheldon, born Sidney Schechtel, was a screenwriter from the 1940s through the 1970s, and won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947). He later became a novelist, with bestsellers that included The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Bloodline (1977). Mr. Sheldon died 12 days before his 90th birthday.

Technology
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system was released.

January 29, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Ken Dies!

110 years ago
1907


Politics and government
Charles Curtis (Republican--Kansas) took his seat in the United States Senate, becoming the first American Indian to do so. Mr. Curtis's father was white, but his mother was an Indian, and Mr. Curtis grew up on the Kaw Reservation in Kansas Territory.

50 years ago
1967


Music
The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Moby Grape were among the artists who performed at the Mantra-Rock Dance at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The dance was a fund-raising event for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sei forte papà--Gianni Morandi (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Anita--Costa Cordalis (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Sunny--Boney M.

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Car Wash--Rose Royce

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Wish--Stevie Wonder
2 Blinded by the Light--Manfred Mann's Earth Band
3 Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor
4 Hot Line--Sylvers
5 Dazz--Brick
6 Car Wash--Rose Royce
7 Walk This Way--Aerosmith
8 New Kid in Town--Eagles
9 Enjoy Yourself--The Jacksons
10 I Like Dreamin'--Kenny Nolan

Singles entering the chart were Don't Give Up on Us by David Soul (#71); Crackerbox Palace by George Harrison (#76); Here is Where Your Love Belongs by the Sons of Champlin (#81); Here Come Those Tears Again by Jackson Browne (#87); Kong by Dickie Goodman (#89); Sam by Olivia Newton-John (#91); and Somethin' 'Bout 'Cha by Latimore (#99).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Hot Line--Sylvers
2 I Wish--Stevie Wonder
3 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing--Leo Sayer
4 Car Wash--Rose Royce
5 Somebody to Love--Queen
6 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
7 Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor
8 Walk This Way--Aerosmith
9 After the Lovin'--Engelbert Humperdinck
10 Blinded by the Light--Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Singles entering the chart were Dazz by John Ellison with the Soul Brothers Six (#79); Are You Ready for Love by Patsy Gallant (#93); In the Mood by Henhouse Five Plus Two (#94); Boogie Child by the Bee Gees (#95); Long Time by Boston (#96); Reach by Orleans (#97); Rich Girl by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#98); You Know Like I Know by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (#99); and Forever for Now by April Wine (#100).

On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part VII

Died on this date
Freddie Prinze, 22
. U.S. comedian and actor. Mr. Prinze, born Frederick Karl Pruetzel, was of mixed Hungarian-Puerto-Rican ancestry. He had success as a standup comedian before achieving fame as co-star of the television comedy series Chico and the Man (1974-1977). Mr. Prinze suffered from depression, which was exacerbated by his wife's filing for divorce. After talking with her on the telephone on the night of January 28, Mr. Prinze received a visit from his business manager, Marvin "Dusty" Snyder. Mr. Prinze then picked up a gun and shot himself in the head, and he died the following day. His death was ruled a suicide, although a jury years later ruled the death accidental.

Hockey
WHA
Houston 6 @ Calgary 4

This blogger and his father were in attendance at the Stampede Corral to see the Aeros defeat the Cowboys. Gordie Howe scored the last Houston goal in his last appearance in Calgary as a player.

30 years ago
1987


World events
Philippine President Corazon Aquino suppressed an attempted insurrection.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (11th week at #1)

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Kodachrome

Died on this date
Willie Dixon, 76
. U.S. musician. Mr. Dixon played guitar and double bass, but was best known as a blues singer and songwriter, with a career that spanned more than 50 years. His songs included Little Red Rooster and My Babe.

January 28, 2017

300 years ago
1717


Born on this date
Mustafa III
. Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, 1757-1774. Mustafa III, a son of Ahmed II, succeeded Osman III. He died on January 21, 1774, a week before his 57th birthday, and was succeeded by his brother Abdul Hamid I.

80 years ago
1937


Hockey
NHL
Boston 1 @ New York Rangers 1
Chicago 5 @ Montreal Canadiens 6

George Mantha scored 4 goals and added an assist as the Canadiens jumped to a 4-1 lead and held on to defeat the Black Hawks at the Montreal Forum. The Canadiens were badly shaken when Howie Morenz, who had rejoined the team before the start of the season and returned to the form that had made him one of the game's all-time greats during his first tour of duty in Montreal (1923-1934), caught the tip of his skate in the boards early in the first period and broke his leg in two places when he was hit by Chicago defenseman Earl Siebert, who was unable to avoid the collision. Mr. Morenz was taken from the ice on a stretcher and transported to St. Luke's Hospital.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Inch Allah--Salvatore Adamo

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): C'era un ragazzo che come me amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones--Gianni Morandi (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Good Night My Love--Roy Black (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (5th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees (6th week at #1)
2 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
3 Tell it Like it Is--Aaron Neville
4 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
5 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
6 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
7 Standing in the Shadows of Love--Four Tops
8 Kind of a Drag--The Buckinghams
9 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet--The Blues Magoos
10 Nashville Cats--The Lovin' Spoonful

Singles entering the chart were Love is Here and Now You're Gone by the Supremes (#38); So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star by the Byrds (#71); The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game by the Marvelettes (#75); Wish You Didn't Have to Go by James and Bobby Purify (#77); I've Been Lonely Too Long by the Young Rascals (#78); Sit Down, I Think I Love You by the Mojo Men (#84); Daddy's Little Girl by Al Martino (#85); You Got to Me by Neil Diamond (#86); Sunrise, Sunset by Roger Williams (#88); Love You So Much by the New Colony Six (#89); Keep a Light in the Window Till I Come Home by Solomon Burke (#90); I Dig You Baby by Jerry Butler (#99); Girls are Out to Get You by the Fascinations (#100); and Grits 'n Corn Bread by the Soul Runners (also #100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen (3rd week at #1)
2 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
3 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
4 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
5 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
6 Nashville Cats--The Lovin' Spoonful
7 Tell it to the Rain--The 4 Seasons
8 I've Passed This Way Before--Jimmy Ruffin
9 Where Will the Words Come From--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
10 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet--The Blues Magoos

Singles entering the chart were Go Go Round by Gordon Lightfoot (#85); The Beat Goes On by Sonny and Cher (#86); His Girl by the Guess Who? (#88); Danger! She's a Stranger by the Five Stairsteps (#91); There's a Pain in My Heart by the Poppies (#92); Niki Hoeky by P.J. Proby (#95); Little Black Egg by the Nightcrawlers (#96); Let's Spend the Night Together by the Rolling Stones (#97); Great Name Dropper by the Legion of Super Heroes (#99); and People Like You by Eddie Fisher (#100).

40 years ago
1977


On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part VI

Weather
The first day of the Great Lakes Blizzard of 1977 dumped 10 feet (3.0 metres) of snow in one day in upstate New York, with Buffalo, Syracuse, Watertown, and surrounding areas most affected.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): One Love to Give--Stéphanie (3rd week at #1)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Robert Drinan, 86
. U.S. politician. Rev. Drinan, a Democrat, was a Roman Catholic Jesuit priest who represented Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives from 1971-1981. When Pope John Paul II issued an order in 1980 that all clergy withdraw from electoral politics, Rev. Drinan complied, and declined to run for re-election.

January 27, 2017

90 years ago
1927


Asiatica
King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia took the title King of Nejd.

75 years ago
1942


Died on this date
Kaarel Eenpalu, 53
. Prime Minister of Estonia, 1938-1939. Mr. Eenpalu, known as Karl August Einbund until 1935, held several positions in a political career of more than 20 years. A month after the June 1940 Soviet occupation of Estonia, Mr. Eenpalu was arrested by U.S.S.R. authorities and deported to Russia, where he died in a prison camp.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (5th week at #1)
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hoagy Carmichael
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
3 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
4 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
5 A Gal in Calico--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids
--Johnny Mercer
6 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
7 The Whole World is Singing My Song--Les Brown and his Orchestra
8 Sonata--Perry Como
--Jo Stafford
9 Oh, But I Do--Margaret Whiting
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
10 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were Managua, Nicaragua, with versions by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra; Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra; and Kay Kyser and his Orchestra (#12) and Dark Town Poker Club by Phil Harris and his Orchestra (#20).

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Babbling Butler

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliot Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Missing Masterpiece

60 years ago
1957


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Manacled, starring Gary Merrill and William Redfield

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen (2nd week at #1)
2 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees
3 Armful of Teddy Bears--Barry Allen
4 Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
5 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon
6 Go Go Round--Gordon Lightfoot
7 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
8 Talk Talk--The Music Machine
9 Summer Wine--Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood
10 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
Pick hit of the week: Go Where You Wanna Go--The 5th Dimension
New this week: Gonna Get Along Without You Now--Trini Lopez
Baby, I Need Your Lovin'--Johnny Rivers
Morning Town Ride--The Seekers
So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star--The Byrds
Music to Watch Girls By--Al Hirt

Died on this date
Gus Grissom, 40; Ed White, 36; Roger Chaffee, 31
. U.S. astronauts. Mr. Grissom was one of the original seven astronauts, and was the second American in space, making the suborbital Mercury-Redstone 4 flight on July 21, 1961. He commanded the first manned Gemini mission, Gemini 3 on March 23, 1965, and was named Command Pilot of the first Apollo mission, Apollo 1. Mr. White joined the astronaut corps in 1962, and was the first American to walk in space, as Pilot of the Gemini 4 mission in June 1965. He was named Senior Pilot for Apollo 1. Mr. Chaffee was among the third group of astronauts, selected in 1963; he was named Pilot for Apollo 1, which was to be his first space flight. The mission was scheduled for liftoff on February 21, 1967, but the crew died when a fire flashed through their spacecraft while they were inside, about 10 minutes prior to the end of one of the final ground tests of the spacecraft. For details of the disaster, go here, here, here, and here.





Diplomacy
More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.

40 years ago
1977


On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part V

30 years ago
1987


Died on this date
Norman McLaren, 72
. U.K.-born-Canadian animator. Mr. McLaren worked in the United Kingdom and New York before moving to Canada in 1941, where he became known for his work with the National Film Board of Canada. His film Neighbours (1952) won an Academy Award.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Just Another Day--John Mellencamp
2 Fly Like an Eagle--Seal
3 Mouth--Merril Bainbridge
4 How Bizarre--OMC
5 Don't Speak--No Doubt
6 Just Between You and Me--dc talk
7 Someone Who's Cool--The Odds
8 Swallowed--Bush X
9 Do to You--Bryan Adams
10 When You Love a Woman--Journey

Singles entering the chart were Jumping the Shadows by Damnhait Doyle (#79); Free by Phish (#80); Long Day by Matchbox 20 (#81); Can't Get this Stuff No More by Van Halen (#82); Crash Into Me by the Dave Matthews Band (#83); The Wakeup Bomb by R.E.M. (#84); If I Had My Way by Big Sugar (#85); Carmalina by The Pursuit of Happiness (#89); My Own Sunrise by Crash Test Dummies (#91); Lakini's Juice by Live (#99); and Sleep to Dream by Fiona Apple (#100).

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Yang Chuan-kwang, aka C.K. Yang, 73
. Taiwanese athlete. Mr. Yang won the silver medal in the decathlon at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, losing a close duel with University of California at Los Angeles teammate Rafer Johnson, representing the United States.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

January 26, 2017

180 years ago
1837


Americana
Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (8th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Oh Billy Boy--Club Argentina (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (3rd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (Best Seller--8th week at #1; Disc Jockey--8th week at #1; Jukebox--7th week at #1; Top 100--8th week at #1);

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (9th week at #1)
2 Young Love--Sonny James
--Tab Hunter
3 The Banana Boat Song--The Tarriers
4 Banana Boat (Day-O)--Harry Belafonte
5 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
6 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
7 Moonlight Gambler--Frankie Laine
8 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley
9 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
10 A Rose and a Baby Ruth--George Hamilton IV

Singles entering the chart were Too Much (#25)/Playing for Keeps (#43) by Elvis Presley; and Take Me Back Baby by Guy Mitchell (#44). Take Me Back Baby was the other side of Knee Deep in the Blues, charting at #26.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
Dragnet 1967, starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Kidnapping



40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington

On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part IV

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo (6th week at #1)

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Live and Let Die--Guns N' Roses

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John

Died on this date
José Ferrer, 80
. U.S. actor. Mr. Ferrer, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, won a Tony Award for his starring role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1947), and an Academy Award for Best Actor for reprising his role in the movie (1950), becoming the first Puerto Rican actor to win an Oscar. His other movies included Moulin Rouge (1952); The Caine Mutiny (1954); and The Great Man (1956). Mr. Ferrer died 18 days after his 80th birthday.

Defense
Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced that Russia would stop targeting United States cities with nuclear weapons.

Football
NFL
Super Bowl XXVI @ Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis
Washington 37 Buffalo 24

Mark Rypien completed touchdown passes to Earnest Byner and Gary Clark, and handed off to Gerald Riggs for two short touchdown runs to lead the Redskins over the Bills before 63,130 fans. Chip Lohmiller added 4 converts and 3 field goals to complete the scoring for the Redskins, who led 24-0 in the 3rd quarter and 37-10 before Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly completed touchdown passes to Pete Metzelaars and Don Beebe in the 4th quarter. Thurman Thomas scored the Bills' first touchdown on a 1-yard rush in the 3rd quarter.



20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Freak--Silverchair

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Don't Speak--No Doubt (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli

#1 single in Switzerland: Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Jeane Dixon, 93
. U.S. astrologer and psychic. Mrs. Dixon, born Lydia Pinckert, was one of the best-known astrologers and psychics of the 20th century, who made some correct predictions, and numerous incorrect predictions. For example, she reportedly correctly predicted (in 1956) the assassination of the U.S. President who would be elected in 1960 (John F. Kennedy), but incorrectly predicted Richard Nixon as the winner of that election. Mrs. Dixon died 20 days after her 93rd birthday.

Football
NFL
Super Bowl XXXI @ Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans
Green Bay 35 New England 21

Brett Favre completed touchdown passes of 54 yards to Andre Rison in the 1st quarter and Antonio Freeman in the 2nd quarter, and rushed 2 yards for a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, but it was Desmond Howard's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter that clinched the Packers' win over the Patriots before 72,301 fans for their first Super Bowl championship in 29 years.



10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Gump Worsley, 77
. Canadian hockey goaltender. Lorne Worsley, who was nicknamed after comic strip character Andy Gump, played with the New York Rangers (1952-53, 1954-63; Montreal Canadiens (1963-69); and Minnesota North Stars (1970-74), posting a record of 335-352-150 with a goals against average of 2.88 with 43 shutouts in 861 regular season games, and 40-26 with a 2.78 GAA and 5 shutouts in 70 playoff games. He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as Rookie of the Year in 1952-53, and the Vezina Trophy for the team allowing the fewest goals in 1965-66 and 1967-68. Mr. Worsley didn't play on any good teams until he went to Montreal, leading the team to Stanley Cup championships in 1965, 1966, 1968, and 1969. He was one of the last goalies to play without a mask, wearing one for only the last six games of his career. Mr. Worsley was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980, and died four days after suffering a heart attack.

January 25, 2017

950 years ago
1067


Died on this date
Yingzong, 35
. Emperor of China, 1063-1067. Yingzong, born Zhao Zongshi, was the fifth emperor of the Song Dynasty. He succeeded his adoptive father Renzong, and was succeeded in turn by his eldest son Shenzong.

230 years ago
1787


War
Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts, resulting in 4 dead and 20 wounded.

225 years ago
1792


Politics and government
The radical organization London Corresponding Society was founded.

125 years ago
1892


Diplomacy
More than three months after the brawl between American sailors and Chilean nationals outside the True Blue Saloon in Valparaiso, the new Chilean government, which had taken office on January 1, conceded all the American points, apologizing for the riots and withdrawing December 11, 1891 note from then-Foreign Minister Manuel Matta, which had accused the U.S. government of being insincere, wrong, and bellicose.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Jânio Quadros
. 22nd President of Brazil, 1961. Mr. Quadros, a member of several political parties during his career, was Governor of Sao Paulo from 1955-1959, and served as President of Brazil from January 31-August 25, 1961. He resigned in an apparent attempt to increase his power by appealing directly to the Brazilian people, but his resignation was accepted by the legislature. Mr. Quadros died on February 16, 1992 at the age of 75.

Ilya Prigogine. Russian-born Belgian chemist. Dr. Prigogine was awarded the 1977 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures." He died on May 28, 2003 at the age of 86.

80 years ago
1937


On the radio
The Guiding Light, on NBC

The long-running soap opera began broadcasting on this date, from Chicago.

75 years ago
1942


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Lion's Mane

War
Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom, the day after Allied forces had bombed Bangkok.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Al Capone, 48
. U.S. gangster. Mr. Capone was boss of the Chicago Outfit during the 1920s, and became the most notorious gangster in the United States. His career ended when he was convicted of income tax evasion in 1931, and advancing syphilis, combined with cocaine addiction, turned him into a blithering idiot. Mr. Capone was paroled in 1939, and he died in Florida eight days after his 48th birthday.

Technology
Thomas Goldsmith, Jr. filed a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device," the first electronic game.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será)--Doris Day (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): The Garden of Eden--Frankie Vaughan

Died on this date
Kiyoshi Shiga, 85
. Japanese physician. Dr. Shiga was known for his 1897 discovery of Shigella dysenteriae, the bacillus that causes dysentery. He died 13 days before his 86th birthday.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
2 Ooh La La--Normie Rowe
3 It's Not Easy--Normie Rowe
4 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
5 Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats
6 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
7 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
8 Let it Be Me (EP)--Johnny Young
9 No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
10 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon

Singles entering the chart were Sad Dark Eyes by the Loved Ones (#27); Words of Love/Dancing in the Street by the Mamas and the Papas (#28); Step Back/Cara-Lyn by Johnny Young and Kompany (#34); Big Time Operator by the Id (#35); In the Country by Cliff Richard (#38); and Snoopy vs. the Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen (#40).

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Daddy Cool--Boney M. (9th week at #1)

On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part III

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But the Rent--Gwen Guthrie (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: T'en va pas--Elsa (4th week at #1)

Football
NFL
Super Bowl XXI @ Rose Bowl, Pasadena
New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20

New York quarterback Phil Simms completed 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and touchdowns to Zeke Mowatt, Mark Bavaro, and Phil McConkey, and Joe Morris and Ottis Anderson added short touchdown runs for the Giants. Denver quarterback John Elway completed 22 of 37 passes for 304 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Vance Johnson in the 4th quarter. Mr. Elway scored the Broncos' first touchdown on a 4-yard rush in the 1st quarter. It was the Giants' first Super Bowl win, and their first NFL championship since 1956.



25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Sore ga daiji--MAN Brothers Band (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): James Brown is Dead--L.A. Style

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Black or White--Michael Jackson

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Goodnight Girl--Wet Wet Wet

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): All 4 Love--Color Me Badd

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
2 Black or White--Michael Jackson
3 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John
4 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
5 Diamonds and Pearls--Prince and the New Power Generation
6 Mysterious Ways--U2
7 Finally--Ce Ce Peniston
8 The Way I Feel About You--Karyn White
9 No Son of Mine--Genesis
10 I Love Your Smile--Shanice

Singles entering the chart were Remember the Time by Michael Jackson (#58); Missing You Now by Michael Bolton featuring Kenny G (#63); What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by Paul Young (#73); Again Tonight by John Mellencamp (#75); Justified and Ancient by KLF (featuring Tammy Wynette) (#78); and Paper Doll by PM Dawn (#80).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)
2 Mysterious Ways--U2
3 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
4 No Son of Mine--Genesis
5 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
6 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
7 You May Be Right--The Grapes of Wrath
8 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
9 Spending My Time--Roxette
10 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me-George Michael/Elton John

Singles entering the chart were Southern Rain by Cowboy Junkies (#45); The Way I Feel About You by Karyn White (#47); Stars by Simply Red (#52); Love and Happiness by John Mellencamp (#59); Great Big Love by Bruce Cockburn (#62); Somewhere, Somebody by Aaron Neville (#70); Lovers in a Dangerous Time by Barenaked Ladies (#73); All Nite by Big House (#75); Androgynous by Crash Test Dummies (#80); and It's Only Natural by Crowded House (#88).

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): One and One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Madonna (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Freed from Desire--Gala (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Freed from Desire--Gala (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Where Do You Go--No Mercy

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Your Woman--White Town

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (8th week at #1)

January 24, 2017

1,200 years ago
817


Died on this date
Stephen IV, 46 or 47 (?)
. Roman Catholic Pope, 816-817. Stephen IV succeeded Leo III as Pope on June 22, 816, and was succeeded in turn by Paschal I.

200 years ago
1817


War
Many soldiers of Juan Gregorio de las Heras were captured during the Action of Picheuta during the crossing of the Andes.

160 years ago
1857


Academia
The University of Calcutta was formally founded as the first fully-fledged university in South Asia.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Ernest Borgnine
. U.S. actor. Mr. Borgnine, born Ermes Effron Borgnino, acted in films and television for more than 60 years. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Marty (1955), and starred in the television comedy series McHale's Navy (1962-1966). Mr. Borgnine was still active when he died on July 8, 2012 at the age of 95.

75 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (8th week at #1)

War
Allied forces bombarded Bangkok, leading Thailand, then under Japanese control, to declare war against the United States and United Kingdom.

70 years ago
1947


Politics and government
Banker Dimitrios Maximos took office as Prime Minister of Greece, succeeding Konstantinos Tsaldaris.

50 years ago
1967


On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Concrete Evidence, with guest stars Jack Warden, Harold Gould, and Celeste Holm

The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Mutation



40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): If You Leave Me Now--Chicago (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Seishun Jidai--Koichi Morita and the Top Gallants (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Sandokan--Oliver Onions (3rd week at #1)

On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part II

Terrorism
Neofascists opened fire on a meeting in Madrid of specialists in labour law, members of the Workers' Commissions trade union (CCOO), and of the then-clandestine Communist Party of Spain (PCE), killing five and wounding four.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: The Final Countdown--Europe (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Geronimo's Cadillac--Modern Talking (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)--Mel and Kim

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)--Mel and Kim (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)--Jackie Wilson (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)--Jackie Wilson (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Jack Your Body--Steve "Silk" Hurley

Jack Your Body was released as a 12-inch single, and at 25 minutes, was apparently too long to be properly classified as a single. Otherwise, Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson would have been #1 for the 5th straight week.

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters

At this Moment was originally released in 1981 and reached #79, but achieved popularity and was re-released after being featured in several episodes of the television comedy series Family Ties in the 1985-86 season.

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott (2nd week at #1)
2 At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters
3 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
4 Open Your Heart--Madonna
5 Control--Janet Jackson
6 Land of Confusion--Genesis
7 Notorious--Duran Duran
8 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
9 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
10 Someday--Glass Tiger

Singles entering the chart were Let's Wait Awhile by Janet Jackson (#61); Let's Go! by Wang Chung (#72); Don't Need a Gun by Billy Idol (#76); Come Go with Me by Expose (#77); The Final Countdown by Europe (#84); Cry Wolf by A-Ha (#85); Someone Like You by Daryl Hall (#86); As We Lay by Shirley Murdock (#87); Big Mistake by Peter Cetera (#88); Deep River Woman by Lionel Richie with Alabama (#89); and The Honeythief by Hipsway (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
2 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
3 Can't Help Falling in Love--Corey Hart
4 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
5 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
6 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
7 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
8 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
9 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
10 Notorious--Duran Duran

Singles entering the chart were Love You Down by Ready for the World (#91); I Wanna Go Back by Eddie Money (#93); You Got it All by the Jets (#95); Easy to Tame by Kim Mitchell (#96); Nothing Could Stand by Alfie Zappacosta (#97); and Talk to Me by Chico DeBarge (#98).

Terrorism
Gunmen in Lebanon kidnapped educators Alann Steen, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill, and Mitheleshwar Singh; all were later released.

Tennis
Hana Mandlikova defeated Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6 in the finals of the women's singles competition at the Australian Open, ending Miss Navratilova's winning streak at 58 matches, the third-longest in history.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (2nd week at #1)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Emiliano Mercado del Toro, 115
. Puerto Rican supercentenerian. Mr. Mercado was born when Puerto Rico was still a Spanish colony, before it was ceded to the United States after the Spanish-American War in 1898. Mr. Mercado worked in sugar cane fields until he was 81. On December 11, 2006, he succeeded Elizabeth Bolden as the world's oldest living person; at the time of his death at the age of 115 years and 156 days, only Christian Mortensen, at 115 years 252 days, had a longer verified lifespan for males.

Monday, 20 February 2017

January 23, 2017

450 years ago
1567


Died on this date
Jiajing, 59
. Emperor of China, 1521-1567. Jiajing, born Zhu Houcong, succeeded his cousin Zhengde, and was the 11th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. He was succeeded by his son Longqing.

80 years ago
1937


World events
The trial of the anti-Soviet Trotskyist centre began in Moscow against 17 mid-level Communists accused of sympathizing with Leon Trotsky and plotting to overthrow Josef Stalin's regime.

75 years ago
1942


War
The Battle of Rabaul commenced Japan's invasion of Australia's Territory of New Guinea.

60 years ago
1957


Popular culture
American inventor Fred Morrison sold the rights to his flying disc to the Wham-O toy company, which renamed it the "Frisbee" five months later.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black is Black--Los Bravos (12th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I'm a Believer--The Monkees

Diplomacy
The U.S.S.R. and Ivory Coast established relations.

Britannica
Milton Keynes, England was founded as a new town by Order in Council, with a planning brief to become a city of 250,000 people. Its initial designated area enclosed three existing towns and 21 villages. The area to be developed was largely farmland, with evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the Bronze Age.

40 years ago
1977


On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part I

This was the first episode of the eight-part miniseries starring LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte.

Died on this date
Toots Shor, 73
. U.S. restaurateur. Bernard Shor was famous from the 1930s through the 1950s as the proprietor and host of Toots Shor's Restaurant in Manhattan, New York City, where show business, media, and sports celebrities were regular patrons. Mr. Shor sold his first building in 1959 and relocated nearby, but business declined, and Mr. Shor's sloppy bookkeeping resulted in the closure of his restaurant in 1971 for nonpayment of taxes. Mr. Shor opened another restaurant in a new location 18 months later, but business never recovered, and he died broke.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives--Queen (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Freddie Bartholomew, 67
. U.K.-born U.S. actor. Mr. Bartholomew was a child star who was best known for his starring roles in movies such as David Copperfield (1935); Captains Courageous (1937); and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1938). He died of heart failure after suffering from emphysema for years.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Roses are Red--Aqua (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Breathe--The Prodigy (6th week at #1)

Politics and government
Madeleine Albright took office as the first woman to serve as United States Secretary of State, in the administration of President Bill Clinton.

Terrorism
A judge in Fairfax, Virgina sentenced a Pakistani man to death for an assault rifle attack outside Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in 1993 that killed two people and wounded three.

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
E. Howard Hunt, 88
. U.S. spy and author. Mr. Hunt worked with the Central Intelligence Agency from 1949-1970, and became one of President Richard Nixon's "plumbers"--a secret team of operatives charged with fixing "leaks" of confidential information to outsiders. He was involved in the bugging of the office of Dr. Lewis Fielding--the psychiatrist of former Defense Department employee Daniel Ellsberg, who had leaked the "Pentagon Papers" to The New York Times in 1971--and was most notorious for organizing the 1972 bugging of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. He served 33 months in prison on a conspiracy charge. Mr. Hunt was a prolific author, mainly of spy novels.

Ryszard Kapuściński, 74. Polish journalist. Mr. Kapuściński was known for his collections of foreign dispatches, which earned a worldwide audience. His books included The Soccer War (1978) and The Shadow of the Sun (1998). He died of a heart attack.

January 22, 2017

500 years ago
1517


War
Ottoman Empire forces under Sultan Selim I defeated Mamluk Sultanate forces of Al-Ashraf Tuman bay II and captured present-day Egypt in the Battle of Ridaniya.

100 years ago
1917


War
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, whose country was still officially neutral in the Great War, called for "peace without victory" in Europe.

90 years ago
1927


Died on this date
James Ford Rhodes, 78
. U.S. industrialist and historian. After making a fortune in iron, coal, and steel, Mr. Rhodes devoted himself to writing American history. From 1893-1920 he published an eight-volume history of the United States, and his one-volume History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (1918) won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

On the radio
Teddy Wakelam provided the first live commentary of a soccer match anywhere in the world, calling the game between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury, England for BBC. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

70 years ago
1947


Television
KTLA, the first commercial station west of the Mississippi River, began operation in Hollywood, California, being available in Los Angeles as channel 5.

60 years ago
1957


Died on this date
Ralph Barton Perry, 80
. U.S. philosopher. Dr. Perry was a leader in the New Realism movement. His books included The Moral Economy (1909) and Puritanism and Democracy (1944).

War
Israeli forces withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula, more than two months after aiding an abortive Anglo-French invasion of Egypt following Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal.

Crime
The New York City "Mad Bomber," George P. Metesky, was arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.

50 years ago
1967


Hockey
AHL
Pittsburgh 10 @ Baltimore 2

Ab McDonald and Duke Harris each scored twice as the Hornets routed the Clippers, one night after routing the Buffalo Bisons 10-2.

Football
NFL
Pro Bowl @ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
East 20 West 10

Frank Ryan handed off to Johnny Roland for a touchdown and passed to Gary Collins for another as the Eastern Conference took a 20-0 halftime lead and coasted to victory over the Western Conference before just 15,062 fans, who sat through a heavy rainstorm. Bart Starr passed to Ken Willard for the West's only TD. The Coliseum had hosted the AFL-NFL World Championship Game (later retroactively renamed Super Bowl I) a week earlier.

Baseball
Bob Howsam, who had served as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals since replacing the fired Bing Devine in August 1964, signed a three-year contract as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sei forte papà--Gianni Morandi (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Anita--Costa Cordalis

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Somebody to Love--Queen (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Wish--Stevie Wonder

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Car Wash--Rose Royce (2nd week at #1)
2 I Wish--Stevie Wonder
3 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
4 Hot Line--Sylvers
5 Dazz--Brick
6 Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor
7 Blinded by the Light--Manfred Mann's Earth Band
8 Walk This Way--Aerosmith
9 Somebody to Love--Queen
10 New Kid in Town--Eagles

Singles entering the chart were Long Time by Boston (#70); Reach by Orleans (#78); Rich Girl by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#81); Dis-Gorilla (Part 1) by Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots (#91); Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme) by the Wilton Place Street Band (#93); You Know Like I Know by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (#95); So Into You by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#96); Gloria by Enchantment (#97); and Fire Sign by Cory (#99).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing--Leo Sayer
2 Hot Line--Sylvers
3 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
4 I Wish--Stevie Wonder
5 Somebody to Love--Queen
6 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
7 After the Lovin'--Engelbert Humperdinck
8 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart
9 Walk This Way--Aerosmith
10 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word--Elton John

Singles entering the chart were Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow by Tom Jones (#76); Daddy Cool by Boney M. (#83); Spring Affair by Donna Summer (#85); Maybe Tomorrow by Hagood Hardy (#94); Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac (#96); Baby Don't You Know by Wild Cherry (#97); Let Me Down Easy by Shirley Eikhard (#99); and When Love is New by Arthur Prysock (#100).

30 years ago
1987


On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC

Tonight's episode: World Apart: Summer 1939

Died on this date
R. Budd Dwyer, 47
. U.S. politician. Mr. Dwyer was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1971-1981, and was the Pennsylvania State Treasurer from 1981-1987. He had been convicted on a bribery charge and was due to be sentenced on January 23, but held a televised press conference, where he proclaimed his innocence. At the end of his statement, Mr. Dwyer handed an envelope to each of three associates, then took a handgun out of another envelope; despite protests from those in attendance, he put the barrel in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

Protest
Philippine security forces opened fire on a crowd of 10,000–15,000 demonstrators at Malacañang Palace, Manila, killing 13.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (10th week at #1)

Space
A seven-person crew commanded by Ronald Grabe lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard U.S. space shuttle Discovery to begin the eight-day mission STS-42. The crew included payload specialist Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman to go into space.

World events
Rebel forces occupied Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcasted a demand for the resignation of the government of President Mobutu Sese Seko, who had been in power since 1965.

20 years ago
1997


Politics and government
The United States Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female Secretary of State.

10 years ago
2007


Terrorism
At least 88 people were killed when two car bombs exploded in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad.

January 21, 2017

80 years ago
1937


Died on this date
Marie Prevost, 40
. Canadian-born U.S. actress. Miss Prevost, born Marie Dunn in Sarnia, Ontario, starred in comedy short films for the Mack Sennett studio in the 1910s, and achieved success in several feature films directed by Ernst Lubitsch, including The Marriage Circle (1924); Three Women (1924); and Kiss Me Again (1925). Her career soon went into decline, and she drank herself to death.

60 years ago
1957


Politics and government
Public ceremonies took place in Washington as Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated into his second term as 34th President of the United States of America and Richard Nixon was inaugurated into his second term as Vice President. The oaths had been taken in private the previous day, as January 20, 1957 was a Sunday.



50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones

#1 single in France: Paris en Colère--Mireille Mathieu (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): C'era un ragazzo che come me amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones--Gianni Morandi

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Good Night My Love--Roy Black

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I'm a Believer--The Monkees

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'm a Believer--The Monkees

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (4th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees (5th week at #1)
2 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
3 Tell it Like it Is--Aaron Neville
4 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
5 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
6 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
7 Standing in the Shadows of Love--Four Tops
8 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
9 Coming Home Soldier--Bobby Vinton
10 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet--The Blues Magoos

Singles entering the chart were It Takes Two by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston (#52); Let's Spend the Night Together (#68)/Ruby Tuesday (#73) by the Rolling Stones); Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by the Casinos (#69); All by James Darren (#70); Lovin' You by Bobby Darin (#71); Lady by Jack Jones (#75); Ten Commandments by Prince Buster (#81); Indescribably Blue by Elvis Presley (#86); Skate Now by Lou Courtney (#87); Go Where You Wanna Go by the 5th Dimension (#89); My Special Prayer by Joe Simon (#92); Full Measure by the Lovin' Spoonful (#97); and 96 Tears by Big Maybelle (#99). Full Measure was the B-side of Nashville Cats, charting at #14.

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen (2nd week at #1)
2 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
3 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
4 Talk Talk--The Music Machine
5 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
6 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
7 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
8 Mustang Sally--Wilson Pickett
9 East West--Herman's Hermits
10 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra

Singles entering the chart were Armful of Teddy Bears by Barry Allen (#64); Gimme Some Lovin' by the Spencer Davis Group (#78); Wild Thing by Senator Bobby (#82); Love Me by Bobby Hebb (#85); Bring it Up by James Brown and the Famous Flames (#87); Jungle Sun by the Lovin' Kind (#90); I've Got to Have a Reason by the Dave Clark Five (#91); Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye by the Casinos (#93); Feel So Bad by Little Milton (#94); Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (#95); What Would I Be by Val Doonican (#96); Bend It! by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (#97); I Got to Go Back (And Watch that Little Girl Dance) by the McCoys (#98); Ride, Ride, Ride by Brenda Lee (#99); and Spooky by Mike Sharpe (#100). Spooky was the original instrumental version of the song that became a hit a year later in a vocal version by Classics IV.

On television tonight
Pistols 'n' Petticoats, starring Ann Sheridan, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Beware the Hangman

This episode aired as scheduled, the night of Miss Sheridan's death.

Died on this date
Ann Sheridan, 51
. U.S. actress. Miss Sheridan was a popular leading lady in movies with the Warner Brothers studio in the 1930s and '40s, including Angels with Dirty Faces (1938); The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942); and Nora Prentiss (1947). Her last role was as the star of the Western television comedy series Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966-1967), but she died of esophageal and liver cancer after filming 21 of the 26 scheduled episodes.

Football
AFL
All-Star Game @ Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
East 30 West 23

Boston Patriots' quarterback Babe Parilli quarterbacked the East to victory before 18,876 fans, and was named the Most Valuable Player on offense. New York Jets' defensive end Verlon Biggs was the MVP on defense.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Sunny--Boney M.

War
U.S. President Jimmy Carter granted an amnesty to almost all Vietnam War draft evaders.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): One Love to Give--Stéphanie (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Charles Goodell, 59
. U.S. politician. Mr. Goodell, a Republican, represented New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1959-1968 and in the Senate from 1968-1971. He was first elected to the House in a special election caused by the death of Daniel Reed, and was appointed to the Senate by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Robert F. Kennedy. Mr. Goodell was regarded as a liberal Republican and was defeated in the 1970 election. He was the father of current National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.

25 years ago
1992


Diplomacy
The United Nations ordered Libya to surrender intelligence agents accused of airline bombings in 1988 and 1989.

20 years ago
1997


Abominations
More than 80 people were named as child abusers in statements to the North Wales inquiry into claims of abuse of children in care.

Scandal
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich (Republican--Georgia) was reprimanded by a vote of 395-28 and "ordered [him] to reimburse the House for some of the costs of the investigation in the amount of $300,000" as the House voted for first time in history to discipline its leader for ethical misconduct. 84 ethics charges were filed by Democrats against Mr. Gingrich during his term as Speaker; all were eventually dropped except for one: claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes.

10 years ago
2007


Football
NFL
NFC Championship
New Orleans 14 @ Chicago 39

AFC Championship
New England 34 @ Indianapolis 38