150 years ago
The Second Schleswig War ended as Denmark renounced all claims to the duchies of Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg, which came under Prussian and Austrian administration.
The city of Helena, Montana was founded after four prospectors discovered gold at "Last Chance Gulch."
100 years ago
Born on this date
Leabua Jonathan. Prime Minister of Lesotho, 1965-1986. Chief Jonathan was leader of the Basotho National Party. His government was deposed by a military coup on January 15, 1986, and he died under house arrest on April 5, 1987 at the age of 72.
75 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Devil’s Foot
70 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Haunted Chateau
Appalachian Spring, composed by Aaron Copland, received its premiere performance at the Library of Congress in Washington, with Martha Graham, for whom the ballet had been written, dancing the lead role.
Allied troops in the Netherlands pushed 40,000 German troops toward the Meuse River on a 50-mile front. Greek patriots claimed the liberation of Salonika, as British units caught up with fleeing German troops in Greece, 40 miles from the Yugoslavian border. With two-thirds of Leyte Island controlled by Americans, Japanese forces in the Philippines began escape operations on the west coast.
The Soviet new agency Tass reported that demonstrations had taken place in Tehran and other Iranian cities against President Mohammed Maraghei Said because of his refusal to grant oil concessions to the U.S.S.R.
Members of the cabinet of Puerto Rico Governor Rexford Tugwell spent an hour in jail for contempt of court for continuing to spend the $16-million fund of the war emergency program.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Little Things Mean a Lot--Kitty Kallen (2nd week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Hey There--Rosemary Clooney (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Jukebox--3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Hey There--Rosemary Clooney (6th week at #1)
--Sammy Davis, Jr.
2 If I Give My Heart to You--Doris Day
3 Skokiaan--Ralph Marterie and his Orchestra
--Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band
--The Four Lads
4 I Need You Now--Eddie Fisher
5 Sh-Boom--The Crew-Cuts
6 Papa Loves Mambo--Perry Como
7 Hold My Hand--Don Cornell
8 This Ole House--Rosemary Clooney
9 Shake, Rattle and Roll--Bill Haley and his Comets
10 Muskrat Ramble--The McGuire Sisters
Singles entering the chart were Teach Me Tonight by Jo Stafford (#14, charting with the version by the DeCastro Sisters); Hajji Baba (Persian Lament) (#24)/Unbelievable (#44) by Nat "King" Cole; Mr. Sandman by the Chordettes (#28); Lonesome Polecat by the McGuire Sisters (#33); Runaround by the Three Chuckles (#37); and Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie by the Esquire Boys (#42). Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie, a Bill Haley composition, had first been recorded by the Esquire Boys in 1952 on Rainbow Records before being re-recorded in 1954 for Guyden Records. The Esquire Boys featured guitarist Danny Cedrone, who died on June 17, 1954, shortly after the recording was made. Mr. Cedrone was a session musician who often played on records with Bill Haley and his Comets, and performed the guitar solo on (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock (1954).
Toronto (5-7) 13 @ Montreal (10-2) 41
Hamilton (8-4) 30 @ Ottawa (1-11) 9
Saskatchewan 14 @ Winnipeg 14 (First game of 2-game, total points series)
Western Ontario (2-1-1) 11 @ Queen's (3-1) 18
McGill (0-4) 12 @ Toronto (2-1-1) 36
Saskatchewan quarterback Frank Tripucka rushed for 2 touchdowns as the Roughriders tied the Blue Bombers before 15,749 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Tripucka's second TD, in the 4th quarter, was set up when Winnipeg's Pete Thodos--recently acquired from the Roughriders--fumbled a punt on his own 6-yard line, and it was recovered by Saskatchewan's Sully Glasser. Joe Aguirre converted both TDs and Larry Isbell punted for 2 singles. Gerry James and Tom Casey scored Winnipeg touchdowns, both converted by Buck Rogers, who added 2 singles.
The National Basketball Association played its first game with the 24-second clock, adopted before the 1954-55 season at the urging of Syracuse Nationals' owner Danny Biasone, to bring more scoring to the game. The rule's effect was immediately apparent as the Rochester Royals beat the Boston Celtics 98-95.
50 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Candy Store--Dickie Rock
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Last Kiss--J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers (4th week at #1)
2 Do Wah Diddy Diddy--Manfred Mann
3 I'm Into Something Good--Herman's Hermits
4 Las Vegas Scene--Wes Dakus
5 She's Not There--The Zombies
6 Pretty Woman--Roy Orbison
7 Have I the Right?--The Honeycombs
8 Little Honda--The Hondells
9 Ain't That Loving You Baby--Elvis Presley
10 Come a Little Bit Closer--Jay and the Americans
Pick hit of the week: Wendy--The Beach Boys
New this week: Big Man in Town--The 4 Seasons
Fickle Heart--Keith Hitchinson
He's My Man--Ann-Margret
Walk Away--Matt Monro
We Could--Al Martino
One More Time--The Ray Charles Singers
40 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Gigi l’Amoroso--Dalida (2nd week at #1)
Muhammad Ali (45-2) became the second man to regain the world heavyweight title when he knocked out defending champion George Foreman (40-1) at 2:58 of the 8th round before 60,000 fans at Stade du 20 Mai in Kinshasa, Zaire in a bout popularly known as the "Rumble in the Jungle" (see video here).
Chicago (7-11) 31 @ Philadelphia (8-10) 37
Portland (7-10-1) 14 @ Shreveport (6-11-1) 0
Southern California (13-5) 34 @ Charlotte (10-8) 25
Florida (12-6) 18 @ Birmingham (13-5) 26
30 years ago
Died on this date
Jerzy Popieluszko, 37. Polish clergyman. A Roman Catholic priest who spoke out against Poland’s Communist government and in support of the Solidarity trade union movement, Father Popieluszko’s body was found 11 days after he’d been kidnapped, allegedly by three members of Poland’s secret police, led by a police captain in the Interior Ministry.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Swing the Mood--Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Lambada--Kaoma (11th week at #1)
300,000 East Germans in Leipzig demonstrated in Leipzig on behalf of political reform. It was the second such demonstration there within a week.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Hey Süßer--Lucilectric
#1 single in Switzerland: Let the Dream Come True--DJ Bobo (2nd week at #1)
Hamilton (4-13) 10 @ Calgary (14-3) 47
Doug Flutie threw touchdown passes of 106 yards to PeeWee Smith, 5 yards to Will Moore, 23 yards to Vince Danielsen, and 15 yards to Allen Pitts as the Stampeders routed the Tiger-Cats before 20,029 fans at McMahon Stadium. Mr. Pitts' touchdown was his 20th of the season, tying the CFL single-season record for touchdown receptions set by Darrell K. Smith of the Toronto Argos in 1990. Calgary safety Greg Knox returned an interception 111 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter, and fullback Shawn Daniels rushed 1 yard for the final Calgary TD. Defensive end Tim Cofield scored the only Hamilton touchdown on a 29-yard fumble return in the 2nd quarter.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Peggy Ryan, 80. U.S. dancer and actress. Miss Ryan was best known for appearing in movie musicals in the 1940s with Donald O'Connor and Gloria Jean.
Hamilton (9-8-1) 24 @ Ottawa (5-13) 19
Saskatchewan (9-9) 38 @ British Columbia (13-5) 40
The Tiger-Cats' win over the Renegades on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Frank Clair Stadium was the only game in a Hamilton uniform for middle linebacker Kelvin Powell, and his last CFL game.
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