Tuesday, 29 January 2008

February 2, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Died on this date
Forrest Winant, 39
. U.S. actor. He appeared in various Broadway productions from 1907-1920, including Kick In, which starred John Barrymore. Winant was in four movies: The Brink (1915); New York (1916); The Iron Heart (1917); and His Woman (1919).

He died of a heart attack in his hotel room in Alameda, California. I'd never heard of Forrest Winant until I saw his name mentioned among the deaths of 1928, and I bet you'd never heard of him until you saw his name mentioned here.

50 years ago
1958

On television tonight

Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS
Tonight's episode: Miss Bracegirdle Does Her Duty

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's Top 10
1 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)--John Fred and his Playboy Band
2 Bottle of Wine--The Fireballs
3 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite--Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
4 Green Tambourine--The Lemon Pipers
5 Itchycoo Park--Small Faces
6 Susan--The Buckinghams
7 Love is Blue--Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra
8 Woman, Woman--The Union Gap
9 Jezebel--The Witness, Inc.
10 Skip a Rope--Henson Cargill
Pick of the Week: Tomorrow--The Strawberry Alarm Clock
New this week: Guitar Man--Elvis Presley
Walk Away Renee--The Four Tops
Make it Easy--The Collectors
Dottie I Like It--Tommy Roe
Maybe Just Today--Bobby Vee and the Strangers

30 years ago
1978

Football

Cal Murphy, who had been an assistant coach with the Montreal Alouettes team that had recently demolished the Edmonton Eskimos 41-6 in the 1977 Grey Cup, joined the Eskimos as offensive line coach.

The Toronto Argonauts announced the signing of former Winnipeg Blue Bombers' assistant coach Del Wight as an assistant coach under Leo Cahill.

One former Montreal Alouettes' head coach hired another. Marv levy, who had just become head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after leading the Alouettes to the 1977 Grey Cup championship, hired Kay Dalton as one of his assistants. Dalton had joined the Alouettes as an assistant under Darrel Mudra in 1966, and was head coach with the Alouettes from 1967-1969.

Hockey
In Buffalo, U.S. District Court Judge John Elfvin ruled that the American Hockey League had violated New York human rights law, as well as the constitutional rights, of Greg Neeld by denying him employment because he'd lost the vision in his left eye as the result of an injury in junior hockey.

February 1, 2008

75 years ago
1933

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Speckled Band

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS, starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Avenging Blade

50 years ago
1958


World events
The United Arab Republic, a union of Egypt and Syria, came into effect. The union was driven by the government of Syria, controlled by a combination of Army officers and the Ba'ath party. Government leaders were concerned about increasing Communist activity in Syria, and saw a union with Egypt a way of avoiding Communist domination. Egyptian President Gamel Nasser was respected for his ability to get what he wanted from the Soviet Union without giving in to Communism, and was viewed (and promoted himself) as the one man who could unite the Arab people.

Politics
Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker kept the House of Commons in suspense when he departed for a lengthy absence. He made a trip to Quebec City, where Governor General Vincent Massey was temporarily residing, in order to obtain the consent of the Queen's representative to dissolve Parliament. Mr. Diefenbaker returned to the House later in the day to announce that Parliament had been dissolved, and a federal election would be held on March 31.

Also that day, Prime Minister Diefenbaker appointed Jim Gladstone, 70, to the Senate. The native of the Blood reserve in southern Alberta thus became Canada's first aboriginal Senator.

Disasters
Two large U.S. military planes collided in flight over Norwalk, California, killing 48 people. 41 of the dead were on a transport plane, and 6 more were on a Navy bomber. The other person killed was Edith Hernandez, a 23-year-old housewife who had rushed outside to find out what the noise was, when she was hit by debris and decapitated. Two crew members from the Navy bomber were rescued.

40 years ago
1968

Politics

Former U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon formally declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President.

Canadiana
Unification of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force into the Canadian Armed Forces took effect. This was the brainchild of Defence Minister Paul Hellyer, almost 40 years before he made headlines by alleging that the United States was preparing for war against space aliens.

30 years ago
1978

Football

George Allen was rehired by the Los Angeles Rams as head coach. Allen was the Rams' head coach from 1966-1970, where he had good records, but failed to win a championship. He was fired by then-owner Dan Reeves, and spent the next 7 years as head coach of the Washington Redskins, leading the Redskins to the National Football Conference title in 1972. Shortly after Reeves fired Allen, he and Baltimore Colts' owner Carroll Rosenbloom swapped franchises, and it was Rosenbloom who brought Allen back to Los Angeles.

25 years ago
1983

World events

About 1,600 U.S. military personnel and 4,000 Honduran soldiers began six days of war games in Honduras near the border of Nicaragua, whose Sandanista government had been the recent target of criticism by Mr. Reagan. The U.S. forces didn't engage in the mock combat, but Nicaragua charged that the games were a training exercise for an invasion of Nicaragua.

Diplomacy
Soviet leader Yuri Andropov rejected U.S. President Ronald Reagan's proposal that they meet and sign a ban on all intermediate-range, land-based missiles. Mr. Andropov proposed removing all nuclear weapons from Europe. Western European leaders supported Mr. Reagan's proposal, but Mr. Reagan undercut his own offer by saying that he was merely responding to the Soviet peace offensive.

20 years ago
1988

Died on this date

Georgi Malenkov, 86
. Prime Minister of the Soviet Union from 1953-1955. He was one of those who filled in the vacuum after the death of Josef Stalin, before Nikita Khruschchev centralized power in his own hands.

Heather O'Rourke, 12. U.S. actress; appeared in all three of the Poltergeist movies. She had Crohn's Disease, and her sudden death from septic shock as a result of a bowel obstruction contributed to the legend that the Poltergeist movies were cursed. Poltergeist III was released four months after her death.

Monday, 28 January 2008

January 31, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Space

The United States entered the space race with the successful launch of the Explorer I satellite atop an Army Jupiter C rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The event made a household name of rocket wizard Wernher von Braun, and to a lesser extent, physicist James Van Allen (the satellite's instrument package discovered that the earth was surrounded by radiation belts, which were promptly named the Van Allen belts).

The launch came almost four months after the Soviet Union had begun the space race with the launch of Sputnik I. The first American attempt, a Vanguard satellite atop a Navy rocket (but under civilian management), ended in embarrassment, as the rocket collapsed in flames on the launch pad on live television on December 6, 1957.

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Jailhouse Rock--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
Robert Stevens, 83
. U.S. politician. Secretary of the Army under President Dwight Eisenhower from 1953-1955. He held the position during the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.

20 years ago
1988


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

Football
NFL
The Washington Redskins, behind 10-0 after the first quarter, stormed back to rout the Denver Broncos 42-10 to win the Super Bowl at Jack Murphy San Diego Stadium in San Diego. Washington quarterback Doug Williams was voted the game's Most Valuable Player, as he became the first black man to quarterback a team to the NFL championship, completing 18 of 29 passes for 349 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Deion Sanders caught 9 passes for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Broncos' quarterback John Elway completed just 14 of 38 passes for 257 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.

January 30, 2008

75 years ago
1933

World events

Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany.

On the radio
The Lone Ranger, created by George W. Trendle, and written by Fran Striker, made its debut on station WXYZ in Detroit. Go to http://www.write101.com/loneranger.htm for more information.

60 years ago
1948

Died on this date
Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, 78
. Indian independence activist. At Birla House in Delhi, the "great soul" emerged from his quarters to conduct a prayer meeting in the gardens. He was weak from a fast and was supported by a grandniece on each side. As the crowd parted for him, a man in a green pullover and khaki jacket rushed up to Gandhi, bowed briefly, and shot him once in the abdomen and twice in the chest. Gandhi shouted "Hai Rama! Hai Rama!", collapsed and died.

The assassin, 37-year-old newspaper editor Nathuram Godse, was the ringleader of an 8-man conspiracy to kill Gandhi. He was a dedicated member of Hindu Mahasabha, an anti-Muslim organization that hated Gandhi for his tolerance of non-Hindu religions. Godse was afraid that Gandhi's policies would lead to a Muslim takeover of India.

Winston Churchill, in a speech to his constituency association on February 23, 1931, had Gandhi pegged:

It is alarming, and also nauseating, to see Mr. Gandhi,
a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir
of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked
up the steps of the Viceregal palace, while he is still
organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil
disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the repre-
sentative of the King-Emperor...this malignant,
subversive fanatic and the Viceroy of India.


50 years ago
1958

Crime

The hunt for fugitives Charley Starkweather and Caril Fugate ended in Wyoming, almost 500 miles from its beginning several days earlier in Lincoln, Nebraska. 12 miles outside of Douglas, Wyoming, Starkweather spotted a Buick pulled over at the side of the road, and decided that it would be an excellent opportunity to change cars (he had been driving a 1956 Packard stolen from Lincoln businessman C. Lauer Ward, one of Starkweather's murder victims).

Shoe salesman Merle Collison was sleeping in the Buick, and Charley shot him 9 times (he later claimed that Caril had finished Collison off). An oil company worker named Joe Sprinkle came upon the Buick, intending to offer help, and met Starkweather pointing a rifle at him. Sprinkle decided to go down fighting, and rushed forward, wrestling for the gun. As they scuffled, a deputy sheriff just happened to arrive, and Caril ran to the deputy, screaming, "It's Starkweather! He's going to kill me!" The deputy fired at Charley's boots when Starkweather refused to raise his hands.

In the confusion, Starkweather ran back to the Packard and took off. In a chase that reached speeds of up to 110 miles per hour, Charley crashed a roadblock, but finally stopped when his windshield was shattered by a police bullet, and his face was cut by the flying glass.

Charley's explanation to the deputy was "I shot all those people in self-defense. People kept coming at me and I had to shoot. What else would you do?"

Charley Starkweather was extradited to Nebraska, and went to the electric chair on June 25, 1959. Caril Fugate went to prison, and was paroled in 1976. The crime spree has inspired several movies, including Badlands (1973); Natural Born Killers (1994); and Starkweather (2004).


40 years ago
1968

World events

Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces, believed to number 50,000, struck at 30 provincial capitals in South Vietnam in violation of a mutually agreed-upon ceasefire for Tet, the lunar new year. The attacks, which became known as the Tet offensive, caught Allied forces off guard. Saigon and Hue became major battlefields, and Communist forces occupied buildings of the U.S. embassy in Saigon for 6 hours before being wiped out.

North Vietnam claimed that the attacks were being launched "to punish the American aggressors" for unilaterally cancelling the ceasefire in South Vietnam's five northern provinces the day before.

30 years ago
1978

Scandal

Francis Fox resigned as Canada's Solicitor-General, days after admitting to an affair with a married woman which had resulted in her pregnancy, followed by Mr. Fox forging the signature of the woman's husband on a hospital document in order to obtain an abortion for the woman. The incident was a typical example of Quebec morality.

25 years ago
1983

Football

The Washington Redskins scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in the Super Bowl at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, avenging their defeat of 10 years earlier. Washington fullback John Riggins set Super Bowl records with 38 carries and 166 yards rushing. His 43-yard touchdown run gave the Redskins a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter, and Joe Theismann's 6-yard scoring pass to Charlie Brown put the game away shortly after. Riggins, the game's MVP, also caught 1 pass for 15 yards, and his 181 yards of total offense was 5 yards more than the combined rushing and passing yardage of the Dolphins as a team.

Washington's other touchdown came on a 4-yard pass from Theismann to Alvin Garrett. Miami scored on a 76-yard pass from David Woodley to Jimmy Cefalo in the first quarter, and a 98-yard kickoff return by Rick Walker in the second quarter. Theismann completed 15 of 23 passes for 143 yards. Woodley was just 4 for 14 (0 for 8 in the second half) for 97 yards, and Miami backup quarterback Don Strock was 0 for 3 in passing. The Redskins' defense held the Dolphins to just 9 first downs.

January 29, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Aviation

French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Lebrix flew from Guatemala City to Mexico City as they resumed their transatlantic flight.

40 years ago
1968

World events

The United States unilaterally cancelled a ceasefire agreement with North Vietnam that covered South Vietnam's five northern provinces. The ceasefire was to have taken effect for the lunar new year, better known as Tet.

Sunday, 27 January 2008

January 28, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Died on this date
Vicente Blasco Ibanez, 60
. Spanish novelist. His best known works include The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse; Blood and Sand; and Mare Nostrum. The first two of these were made into movies in 1921, and helped propel Rudolph Valentino to stardom. Mare Nostrum was made into a movie in 1926.

Blasco Ibanez was an activist on behalf of Republican politics in Spain in his younger days, and made many enemies. He eventually became so disenchanted with Spanish politics that he moved to Paris just before the start of World War I. He supported the Allies.
Blasco Ibanez died the day before his 61st birthday.

50 years ago
1958

Baseball

Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Roy Campanella,36, was paralyzed below the neck when his car skidded off a slippery road while he was driving to his home in Glen Cove, New York. After a long career in the negro leagues, Mr. Campanella had a sensational 10-year career with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948-1957. He was voted the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1951, 1953, and 1955. His best season was probably 1953, when he hit .312 with 41 home runs and a league-leading 142 runs batted in, and 103 runs scored. Mr. Campanella played in 5 World Series from 1949-1956, but the Dodgers' only win came in 1955.

30 years ago
1978

Football

New Orleans Saints' owner John Mecom, Jr. fired Hank Stram just 2 years into a 10-year contract as head coach. The Saints had gone 4-10 in 1976, and had followed that with a 3-11 record in 1977. Perhaps the low point of Mr. Stram's coaching reign in New Orleans came in the second last game of the season, when the Saints lost 33-14 at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers, in their second season in the NFL, had lost their first 26 games going into that game.

Mr. Stram coached the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs franchise in the AFL and NFL from 1960-1974, winning American Football League titles in 1962, 1966, and 1969. His 1969 team finished the season with a victory over the NFL champion Minnesota Vikings in the Super Bowl.

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Baby Come Back--Player (3rd week at #1)

25 years ago
1983

Politics

Canada's federal Progressive Conservatives, at a party convention in Winnipeg, put Joe Clark's leadership to a vote. The former Prime Minister received the support of 66.9% of those in attendance, a remarkably high percentage for someone whose blundering had cost his party the government three years earlier. However, showing the judgement for which he was famous, Chinless Joe decided that that figure was too low. A leadership convention was then set for June.

20 years ago
1988

Abominations

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada's abortion law. Bertha Wilson, showing the mental and moral retardation that characterized her dismal feminist career, wrote for the majority. Ted Byfield, writing in Alberta Report, stated that "her so-called judgement...reads like something you'd be handed on a street corner." I've read "Madam Justice" Wilson's judgement, and Mr. Byfield was right.

January 27, 2008

50 years ago today
1958

Crime

Charley Starkweather and Caril Fugate left Lincoln, Nebraska, six days after Starkweather had murdered Caril’s mother, stepfather, and sister. A note taped to the front door of the house where the murders took place warned visitors that the residents had the flu, but Caril’s grandmother got suspicious and called police. By the time they arrived, Charley and Caril were heading for Bennet in Charley’s rebuilt 1949 Ford, carrying a .38, a .22 rifle, and a .410-gauge shotgun.

Arriving early in the evening at the farmhouse of 70-year-old August Meyer, a Starkweather family friend, Charley shot Meyer (ostensibly for his guns and ammunition), but the couple abandoned their car when it got stuck in the mud on the way out. Robert Jensen and Carol King, two local teenagers out on a date, picked them up, but Charley forced them to drive to an abandoned storm cellar. Robert and Carol were shot to death; Starkweather later admitted shooting Jensen, but claimed that Caril had shot King. The killers then made off with their victims’ car, a more recent model Ford.

Charley and Caril returned to Lincoln, and drove to the wealthy residential area on the southeast side of the city. They entered the home of C. Lauer Ward, 48-year-old president of Capital Steel Works, who at that moment was downtown in conference with Nebraska governor Victor Anderson. Ward’s wife Clara and maid Lillian Fencl were stabbed to death. When Ward arrived home, Charley shot him, and he and Caril filled Ward’s black 1956 Packard with loot from the house and hit the highway, in the direction of Wyoming.

Football
Sam Lyle was named to succeed the departed Pop Ivy as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos. Lyle, like Ivy, was an assistant to Bud Wilkinson at the University of Oklahoma when approached by the Eskimos. Perry Moss was also interviewed for the Eskimo job, and impressed the directors, but they wished to continue their "Oklahoma Connection."

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)--John Fred and his Playboy Band (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde--Georgie Fame

The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde was not from the soundtrack of the then-current movie Bonnie and Clyde.

1983
25 years ago

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Pass the Dutchie--Musical Youth
2 Africa--Toto
3 Come On Eileen--Dexys Midnight Runners
4 The Other Guy--Little River Band
5 Baby Come to Me--Patti Austin
6 You Can't Hurry Love--Phil Collins
7 Be Good Johnny--Men at Work
8 Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?--Culture Club
9 I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)--Donald Fagen
10 Shame on the Moon--Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
11 Truly--Lionel Richie
12 All of My Heart--ABC
13 Gloria--Laura Branigan
14 Allentown--Billy Joel
15 Goody Two Shoes--Adam Ant
16 Crazy--Supertramp
17 When I'm With You--Sheriff
18 Heart to Heart--Kenny Loggins
19 Subdivisions--Rush
20 Mirror Man--The Human League
21 Stray Cat Strut--The Stray Cats
22 She Controls Me--Strange Advance
23 Everytime I See Your Picture I Cry--Luba
24 Heart Gone Cold--Harlequin
25 We've Got Tonight--Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
26 Silhouettes--The Nylons
27 The Woman in Me--Donna Summer
28 Space Age Love Song--A Flock of Seagulls
29 Breaking Us in Two--Joe Jackson
30 All Right--Christopher Cross

Saturday, 26 January 2008

January 26, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Aviation

French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Lebrix flew from Colon, Panama to Guatemala City, Guatemala, the latest stop on their transatlantic flight.

50 years ago
1958

On television tonight

Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Motive

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's Top 10
1 Bottle of Wine--The Fireballs
2 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)--John Fred and his Playboy Band
3 Susan--The Buckinghams
4 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite--Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
5 Woman, Woman--The Union Gap
6 Itchycoo Park--Small Faces
7 Green Tambourine--The Lemon Pipers
8 Dear Eloise--The Hollies
9 Jezebel--The Witness, Inc.
10 Bend Me, Shape Me--The American Breed
Pick of the Week: Sunday Mornin'--Spanky and Our Gang
New this week: Tomorrow--Strawberry Alarm Clock
Lollipop Train--Barry McGuire
1941--Tom Northcott
Get Out Now--Tommy James and the Shondells
Strawberry Shortcake--Jay and the Techniques

30 years ago
1978

Died on this date
Leo Genn, 72
. British stage and screen actor. He trained as a barrister, and practiced law when he wasn't acting, assisting the prosecution at the Nuremberg war crimes trials. Among Genn's movie credits are The Velvet Touch; Mourning Becomes Electra; Quo Vadis (1951); Moby Dick; and 55 Days at Peking.

Hockey
A major snowstorm caused the postponement of the Detroit Red Wings' home game vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins. The storm also battered Chicago, and it ws expected that the Black Hawks' home game that night against the Cleveland Barons. To the surprise of just about everybody, the game went ahead. Only 537 fans weree on hand in the 17,000-seat Chicago Stadium to watch the Black Hawks win 5-0. Tony Esposito stopped 26 shots for the shutout, and the Black Hawks got goals from Ivan Boldirev, Stan Mikita, John Marks, Alain Daigle, and Phil Russell.

Among the other games that night, the New York Islanders defeated the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2; the hometown Los Angeles Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues 5-1 behind two goals from Glenn Goldup and Marcel Dionne's 250th career goal; and the visiting Minnesota North Stars upset the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 at War Memorial Auditorium, as Paul Harrison made 34 saves to outduel Sabres' goalie Don Edwards for his first NHL win.

Football
It was announced that longtime CBC colour analyst Frank Rigney would be taking his telestrator with him to join the CTV Canadian Football League broadcast crew.

In Edmonton, Vic Rapp of the British Columbia Lions was awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL's Coach of the Year for 1977. Mr. Rapp had coached the Lions to a 10-6 record and second place in the Western Football Conference, the Lions' best season since the Grey Cup year of 1964.

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
Paul "Bear" Bryant, 69
. U.S. college football coach. He amassed a record of 323-85-17 in 38 years as a head coach at Maryland (1945); Kentucky (1946-1953); Texas A&M (1954-1957); and Alabama (1958-1982), and recorded just one losing season. Bryant died just a month after announcing his retirement (and appearing on the cover of Time magazine).

Hockey
The Toronto Maple Leafs came from behind to earn a 6-6 tie with the Edmonton Oilers at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton.

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

January 25, 2008

75 years ago
1933

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Missing Dancer

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS, starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Engineer's Thumb

20 years ago
1988

Died on this date
Colleen Moore, 87
. U.S. actress. She was one of the best-known "flappers" of the 1920s, and was Hollywood's biggest box office draw in 1927. Among her best-known movies are Flaming Youth (1923); So Big (1924); Ella Cinders (1926); The Power and the Glory (1933); and her last film, The Scarlet Letter (1934).

Miss Moore invested wisely, became a partner in Merrill Lynch, and wrote a book on investing. She was one of the people interviewed for Sidney D. Kirkpatrick's fascinating 1986 Hollywood true crime book A Cast of Killers.

January 24, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Aviation

French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Lebrix, continuing their transatlantic flight, went from Baranquilla, Colombia to Colon, Panama.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Jailhouse Rock--Elvis Presley

30 years ago
1978

Space

The Soviet nuclear-powered spy satellite Cosmos 954 broke up over the Northwest Territories, spreading Communist radiation over an area of several hundred square miles.

Hockey
Gilbert Perreault scored 3:55 into overtime to give the Prince of Wales Conference a 3-2 win over the Clarence Campbell Conference in the NHL All-Star Game at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo. Campbell Conference goalie Billy Smith was chosen the game's Most Valuable Player. It's hard to believe today that there was a time when the NHL All-Star game could be such a low-scoring affair.

Football
Joe Namath announced his retirement as a professional football player. After 13 seasons with the New York Jets, Broadway Joe had joined the Los Angeles rams in 1977, but a hard hit in the fifth game of the season had sidelined him for the rest of the year. Mr. Namath's best season was 1968, when he led the Jets to the American Football League championship, and followed it with a 16-7 win over the NFL champion Baltimore Colts to become the first AFL team to win the Super Bowl.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hired Tom Dimitroff as head coach to succeed Bob Shaw, who had stepped down in order to be the team's full-time general manager. Mr. Dimitroff had been an assistant under George Brancato with the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1974-1977, earning a Grey Cup ring in 1976.

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
George Cukor, 83
. U.S. movie director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for My Fair Lady in 1964. Cukor's other movies include The Women; Born Yesterday; Camille; Let's Make Love. He was known as a "woman's director," and was particularly known for his successful working relationship with Katharine Hepburn, with whom he made 10 movies (including Holiday; The Philadelphia Story; and Adam's Rib).

10 years ago
1998

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Truly, Madly, Deeply--Savage Garden

January 23, 2008

100 years ago
1908

Died on this date
Edward MacDowell, 47
. U.S. composer and pianist. Mr. MacDowell is best known for his second piano concerto and the piano suites Woodland Sketches (1896), Sea Pieces (1898), and New England Idylls (1902).
In 1896 he was considered America's finest composer, but his reputation began to wane around World War I, perhaps as a result of the instant American dislike for all things German (Mr. MacDowell had spent some time in Germany, and was heavily influenced by German romanticism).

Mr. MacDowell was chairman of the music department at Columbia University for a number of years, but left after a dispute with university president Nicholas Murray Butler over the importance of fine arts as an educational requirement. Mr. MacDowell and his wife then settled in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where they established an artists' colony. Mr. MacDowell died of a progressive degenerative nervous disease; his wife continued to operate the colony, and the MacDowell Colony continues to this day. Its alumni include composer Aaron Copland and writer Thornton Wilder.

50 years ago
1958

Politics

Marco Perez Jimenez, President of Venezuela since December 2, 1952, wsa deposed by a military coup and fled to the Dominican Republic. Wolfgang Larrazabal was appointed interim President.

40 years ago
1968

World events

Four North Korean patrol boats seized the U.S. Navy electronic surveillance ship Pueblo and her 83-man crew in the Sea of Japan, and took them to the port of Wonsan.

30 years ago
1978

Football

In the NFL's Pro Bowl, the National Football Conference All-Stars, coached by Bud Grant of the Minnesota Vikings, defeated the American Football Conference, coached by John Madden of the Oakland Raiders, 14-13 at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida. Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears was the game's Most Valuable Player.

Died on this date
Jack Oakie, 74
. U.S. comic actor, best known for his portrayal of Italian dictator "Benzino Napaloni" in Charlie Chaplin's satire The Great Dictator (1940).

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

January 22, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Space

NASA sent up Apollo 5, an unmanned mission that served as the first test for the Lunar Module. There were a few minor glitches, but the mission was successful enough for a second such test to be cancelled. The Saturn 1B rocket that carried the Apollo spacecraft was the same one that would have taken the Apollo 1 crew into space, if they hadn't been killed in the fire on January 27, 1967.

Television
Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, which had aired on NBC as a pilot in September 1967, broadcast its first regular episode. One unintentionally prophetic skit had Rowan and Martin delivering a newscast of the future, set in January 1988: "Dateline: Washington. President Ronald Reagan..." The audience burst into laughter at this point. The cancelled series that NBC replaced in its time slot was The Man from UNCLE.

Music
Roy Orbison's single Born to Be Loved by You b/w Shy Away was released on MGM. It failed to chart in either the U.S.A. or U.K.

January 21, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Aviation

French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Lebrix continued their transatlantic flight by going from Caracas, Venezuela to Branquilla, Colombia.

50 years ago
1958

Crime

19-year-old Charley Starkweather began his murder spree in Lincoln, Nebraska. When he went to the home of his 14-year-old girlfriend Caril Fugate, and found she wasn’t home, he argued with, and shot to death, Caril’s mother and stepfather, Velda and Marion Bartlett, and clubbed Caril’s 2-year-old sister Betty Jean to death. Charley hid the bodies behind the house before Caril came home from school. Charley and Caril stayed in the house for six more days, keeping visitors away with a note taped to the front door warning that everyone inside was sick with the flu.

30 years ago
1978

Hockey

On the national Hockey Night in Canada telecast, the Montreal Canadiens whipped the Vancouver Canucks 8-1 at the Montreal Forum.

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Baby Come Back--Player (2nd week at #1)

10 year ago
1998

Died on this date
Jack Lord, 77
. U.S. actor. He starred in the ABC television western series Stoney Burke in 1962-1963, and then hit it big as the star of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-O from 1968-1980. As Steve McGarrett, he was known for the line "Book him, Dan-O!" Among his movies were Man of the West and Dr. No. Lord was a talented artist who sold paintings to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the British Museum of Modern Art by the time he was 20.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

January 20, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)--John Fred and his Playboy Band

30 years ago
1978

On the radio

CBS Radio Mystery Theater
Tonight's episode: The Enchanted Child, starring Teri Keane and Ralph Bell

A boy influences events around him in an increasingly terrifying way. I remember this as a very scary show; the plot has similarities to the Twilight Zone episode It's a Good Life.

25 years ago
1983

Crime

6-year-old Tania Murrell disappeared on her way home from school in Edmonton. Tania's disappearance has never been solved, and led to the creation of Child Find Alberta.

January 19, 2008

50 years ago
1958

On television tonight

Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS
Tonight's episode: Sylvia

40 years ago
1968

Died on this date
Ray Harroun, 89
. U.S. auto racer. He won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911 with an average speed of 74.6 miles per hour. It took him about 6 hours and 42 minutes to complete the race, driving a Marmon of his own design. In those days, race cars carried a mechanic seated behind the driver, but Harroun's Marmon replaced the mechanic with a rear-view mirror. Harroun had retired after winning the AAA championship in 1910, but came out of retirement for this race only.

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 Bottle of Wine--The Fireballs
2 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)--John Fred and his Playboy Band
3 Dear Eloise--The Hollies
4 Jezebel--The Witness, Inc.
5 Hello Goodbye--The Beatles
6 Daydream Believer--The Monkees
7 Next Plane to London--The Rose Garden
8 Different Drum--The Stone Poneys
9 Monterey--Eric Burdon and the Animals
10 Woman, Woman--The Union Gap
Pick of the Week: New Orleans--Neil Diamond
New this week: Sunday Mornin'--Spanky and Our Gang
Quicksand--The Youngbloods
My What a Shame--Dino, Desi, and Billy
You--Marvin Gaye
And Get Away--The Esquires

The B-side of Sunday Mornin', titled Echoes, is the Fred Neil composition that became a huge hit for Harry Nilsson under the title Everybody's Talkin'. Nilsson's version was originally released in the late summer of 1968, but didn't become a big hit until a year later, after it was used in the movie Midnight Cowboy.

30 years ago
1978

Politics

U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivered his first State of the Union address, in which he called for a $25 billion tax cut, Senate ratification of the Panama Canal treaties, creation of a federal department of education, and a strong energy bill.

Baseball
Eddie Mathews, who hit 512 home runs in a 17-year major league career, was the only player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 1978 vote of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mr. Mathews was the only man to play for the Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves. The third baseman played in the World Series of 1957 and 1958 (the Braves won in 1957), and finished his career as a backup with the Detroit Tigers' World Series championship team of 1968.

Mr. Mathews' best season was probably 1953, the Braves' first season in Milwaukee. He led the National League in home runs with 47, with 135 runs batted in (second in the NL), 110 runs scored, and 99 bases on balls (fourth in the league). He batted .302 that year, and his slugging percentage of .627 was second best in the NL. Mr. Mathews also led the National League in home runs in 1959 with 46.

Journalism
Hal Walker, retiring after 12 years as sports editor of The Calgary Herald, wrote his last column. He came to Calgary in 1966 after many years in Toronto. He was particularly known for his coverage of the Canadian Football League.

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
Don Costa, 57
. U.S. conductor and arranger for many hit recordings of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and others. He also had his own record label, DCP.

10 years ago
1998

Died on this date
Carl Perkins, 65
. U.S. musician. He was one of the pioneers of rock and roll in the mid-1950s, part of the stable of artists assembled by Sam Phillips for his Sun label in Memphis, TN. Perkins' biggest hit was Blue Suede Shoes, which hit #2 in the U.S. in the spring of 1956, spending 17 weeks in the top 40. The song was quickly covered by Elvis Presley, who took it to #20. Perkins' career was interrupted shortly after when he was seriously injured in a car accident. Several of his songs were performed by the Beatles, usually with Ringo (Honey Don't; Matchbox) or George (Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby) on lead vocal.

In 1986 the surviving Sun records alumni--Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison--came together to record the album Class of '55. Although Perkins' song Birth of Rock and Roll didn't achieve chart success as a single, the album was highly regarded.

In addition to his status as an elder statesman of rock and roll, Perkins became known in later years for his ridiculously obvious toupee.

January 18, 2008

80 years ago
1928

World events

In London, Wilfred Francis McCartney, of British birth, and George Hansen, a German, were each found guilty of espionage on behalf of Soviet Russia and sentenced to ten years in prison.

75 years ago
1933

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Murder by Proxy

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS
starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Lucky Shilling

50 years ago
1958

Hockey

Willie O'Ree, playing on a line with Don McKenney and Gerry Toppazzini, became the first black player to appear in a National Hockey League game when he played for the Boston Bruins in their 3-0 win over the hometown Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. After playing the next night, O'Ree returned to the minors before playing 43 games with the Bruins in 1960-61, scoring 4 goals and 10 assists (he was pointless in his earlier 2 games). O'Ree was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 1961, and spent the rest of his career in the minors, much of it with California-based teams in the Western Hockey League. He finished his playing career at the age of 42 in 1978-79 with Los Angeles in the Pacific Hockey League, a short-lived minor league that folded in mid-season.

Two years before his NHL debut, while still in junior hockey, O'Ree lost almost all the sight in his right eye when he was hit by the puck, a fact that Willie kept secret at the time.

Willie O'Ree is director of youth development in the NHL's diversity program, introducing hockey to players of various ethnic backgrounds. On January 16, 2008, his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick honoured him by naming its new sports complex Willie O'Ree Place.

Go to www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/columnists/ story.html?id=4057b40e-c04f-495e-9020-b43420b5b4d1 for John MacKinnon's column on O'Ree's career and current activities.

40 years ago
1968

Died on this date
Bert Wheeler, 72
. U.S. comedian and actor, half of the comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey. Their movies, such as Rio Rita, Half Shot at Sunrise, Diplomaniacs, Hips, Hips, Hooray, and Kentucky Kernels were credited with saving the RKO studio from bankruptcy in the 1930s. Their 1934 film So This is Africa was one of the first movies released under the Production Code, and gave the censors more problems than any other Hollywood movie of the time. The teaming of Wheeler and Woolsey ended with the death of Robert Woolsey from kidney disease in 1938. For more information, go to www.wheelerandwoolsey.com .

30 years ago
1978

World events

President Anwar Sadat recalled the Egyptian delegation from peace talks in Jerusalem because, he reportedly told U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Israel was seeking "land and not peace."

Hockey
The $1.4 million roof of the Hartford Civic Center, home of the World Hockey Associaton's New England Whalers, caved in under 4.8 inches of wet snow. The building was empty and there were no injuries, although 5,000 people had been at a basketball gme there just 6 hours earlier. The Whalers were forced to move their home games to Springfield, Mass. until the roof was repaired. Design deficiencies, according to the official report, caused the collapse.

Died on this date
Carl Betz, 56
. U.S. actor. He was known for his roles in the television series The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966) and Judd for the Defense (1967-1968).

25 years ago
1983

War

A British committee of inquiry issued a report that concluded that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government could not have foreseen the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands the previous April, and that it could not attach "any criticism or blame" to the government for Argentina's action.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

January 17, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Football

The Canadian Football Council, meeting in Winnipeg, changed its name to the Canadian Football League. Winnipeg lawyer G. Sydney Halter was chosen as Commissioner.

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Great Balls of Fire--Jerry Lee Lewis (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Hockey

6,143 were in attendance at Le Colisee in Quebec to see the defending Avco World Trophy champion Nordiques defeat the WHA All-Stars in the World Hockey Association All-Star game. Marc Tardif led the Nordiques with 1 goal and 4 assists, and was named the Nordiques' best player. Mark Howe of the New England Whalers was named the All-Stars' best player.

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
Doodles Weaver, 71
. U.S. comedian and comic actor. Brother of NBC president Pat Weaver, and uncle of actress Sigourney Weaver.
He was a member of Spike Jones' troup from 1946-1951, creating the comic character "Professor Feitlebaum." He hosted kiddie TV shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the 1950s. He reportedly became a drunkard in later years, and committed suicide after several years of poor health.
Doodles got his nickname from his mother, who told him he looked like a doodlebug.
Look for him in a small role in Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds.

10 years ago
1998

Scandal

U.S. President Bill Clinton, in a 6-hour session, defended himself under oath (and perjured himself) against accusations of sexual misconduct while he was governor of Arkansas.

January 16, 2008

80 years ago
1928

World events

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, speaking at the opening of the sixth Pan American Conference at Havana, declared that the sovereignty of small nations is respected in this hemisphere, and all are on terms of absolute equality. He pleaded for friendship and understanding.

It was reported that the Soviet government, under Josef Stalin, had banished its opponents: Leon Trotsky to Vierny on the China-Turkestan frontier; Leon Kamenev to Pensa; Gregory Zinoviev to Tambov; Christian Rakovsky to Astrakhan; Karl Radek to the Urals, etc.

Aviation
French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Lebrix, continuing their transatlantic flight, flew from Panama City, Panama, to Caracas, Venezuela.

50 years ago
1958

Politics

Lester B. Pearson, former Secretary of State for External Affairs, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 (for his role in resolving the Suez crisis in 1956), was chosen as leader of Canada's federal Liberal party, succeeding Louis St. Laurent. Mr. Pearson defeated former Health and Welfare minister Paul Martin on the first ballot by a margin of 1,074 votes to 305. The Liberals were then in opposition, having resigned the government after losing a narrow plurality to the Progressive Conservatives in the election of June 10, 1957.

The evening included a farewell speech from former cabinet minister C.D. Howe, whose political career had ended with his defeat in the 1957 election. Mr. Howe had been in cabinet from 1936-1957, presiding over departments such as transport, munitions and supply, reconstruction, and Trade and commerce. He helped to create Trans-Canada Airlines, ran the nation's war production program, and presided over a successful transition to the post-war economy.

The Liberal leadership convention was held at the Ottawa Coliseum.

40 years ago
1968

Space

The U.S.S.R. launched its first satellite of the year, Cosmos 199, which was probably intended to be a spy satellite.

30 years ago
1978


Football
Rogers Lehew resigned as vice president and assistant general manager of the Detroit Lions to pursue private business opportunities. Mr. Lehew had spent many year's with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders: chief scout, minor football coordinator, and assistant coach from 1960-1964, then general manager through the 1973 season. His Stampeder teams won western titles in 1968 and 1970, and finally won the Grey Cup in 1971.

January 15, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Died on this date
Bill Masterton, 29
. The Minnesota North Stars' centre died 30 hours after being injured in a game against the Oakland Seals, becoming the National Hockey League's first (and still only) on-ice fatality. An NHL rookie in 1967-68, Masterton scored 4 goals and 8 assists in 38 games. His first goal, on October 11, 1967, was also the first goal for the North Stars franchise. The North Stars eventually retired his uniform number 19. After the 1967-68 season, the NHL began awarding the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, presented to the player who best embodies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. Claude Provost of the Montreal Canadiens was the first winner.

30 years ago
1978

Football

In the first Super Bowl to be played indoors, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10 before 76,400 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Cowboys' quarterback Roger Staubach completed 17 of 25 passes for 183 yards, including a spectacular 45-yard touchdown pass to Butch Johnson. Tony Dorsett rushed 3 yards for another Cowboy touchdown, and Robert Newhouse, on an option pass, connected with Golden Richards for a 29-yard score. Efren Herrera added three converts and two field goals.
Rob Lytle rushed 1 yard for the Broncos' lone touchdown, and Jim Turner converted and added a field goal. Former Cowboys' quarterback Craig Morton had a miserable day, completing just 4 of 15 passes for 39 yards and 4 interceptions. Backup Norris Weese wasn't much better: 4 for 10 for 22 yards. It was the second Super Bowl triumph for Dallas head coach Tom Landry. For the Broncos, making their first Super Bowl appearance, the head coach was Red Miller.

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
Meyer Lansky, 80
. U.S. mobster.

January 14, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Aviation

Kansas aviator Fred Hoyt, on his way from Salt Lake City to Boise, parachuted from his disabled plane into a mountain canyon, where he froze to death.

40 years ago
1968

Football

The Green Bay Packers made it two Super Bowl wins in a row for the National Football League champions when they defeated the Oakland Raiders 33-14 before 75,546 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Packer quarterback Bart Starr completed a 62-yard bomb to Boyd Dowler for one touchdown, and handed off to Donny Anderson for a 2-yard run for another score. Herb Adderley scored the other Packer TD on a 60-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. Don Chandler converted all 3 Packer touchdowns and added 4 field goals.

Bill Miller, who led all receivers with 5 catches for 84 yards, scored both Raider touchdowns on 23-yard passes from quarterback Daryle Lamonica. The Green Bay defense held the great Raider receivers Fred Biletnikoff and Warren Wells to 2 catches for 10 yards, and 1 for 17, respectively.

The game marked the end of Vince Lombardi's reign as coach of the Packers. In 9 years he won 5 NFL championships, and the first 2 Super Bowls. He stayed on as general manager, and turned the coaching reigns over to Phil Bengtson, one of his assistants. The AFL champion Raiders, coached by John Rauch, had finished with a record of 13-1.

30 years ago
1978

Died on this date
Joe McCarthy, 90
. Manager of the Chicago Cubs (1926-1930), New York Yankees (1931-1946), and Boston Red Sox (1948-1950). He managed the Cubs to the National League pennant in 1929, and hit his peak with the Yankees, winning 8 pennants and 7 World Series. From 1936-1943 the Yankees won 7 pennants and 6 World Series. The streak of four straight World Series wins from 1936-1939 ranks second to the five straight from 1949-1953 that the Yankees won under Casey Stengel. Mr. McCarthy contributed to the Yankees' image as a class organization by insisting that the players wear suits and ties on road trips. His Red Sox teams lost the American League pennant in 1948 in a one-game playoff, and in the last game of the season in 1949. Many Red Sox fans blamed the losses on Mr. McCarthy's decisions regarding his starting pitchers in those games. Mr. McCarthy never had a losing record in his 24 seasons as a major league manager, and his .615 winning percentage remains the game's best. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A: Baby Come Back--Player

January 12, 2008

80 years ago
1928


Died on this date
Mrs. Ruth Brown Snyder, 33, and her lover, corset salesman Henry Judd Gray, 34, were executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Prison, New York, at 11:06 P.M. and 11:14 P.M. respectively. They had been convicted at Long Island City on May 9, 1927 (by their own separate confessions) of the murder of the woman's husband, 45-year-old Albert Snyder, art editor of Motor Boating magazine. Mr. Snyder had been found in his bed at the Snyder residence in Queen's Village, L.I., strangled and clubbed to death, on March 20, 1927.
Mrs. Snyder's last words were: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." She was survived by a 10-year-old daughter, as was Mr. Gray. Autopsies of the murderers showed that they had normal brains.
The reader will note that the trial took place just two months after the crime, and the execution took place just eight months after the trial, in contrast to the 15-20 years of appeals that are so common today. Ah, the good old days...
One of the official witnesses to the execution was Thomas Howard, a reporter with the New York Daily News. Howard had strapped a camera to his leg, and snapped a picture at the moment the switch was turned on while Mrs. Snyder was in the chair. The photo was published on the front page, under the headline "Dead!", and the reaction was so sensational that the Daily News had to print 750,000 extra copies to meet the additional demand. Security at executions has been beefed up since then. Howard's actions inspired the 1933 movie Picture Snatcher, starring James Cagney.
If you want to see the infamous photo, just Google Ruth Snyder, and you'll find a number of sites that have it.

50 years ago
1958

Football

Ray Prochaska, who had served with the Edmonton Eskimos as an assistant coach under Pop Ivy from 1955-1957, shocked the club by telling them that he was turning down the position of head coach with the Eskimos to join Ivy as an assistant with the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. He would have made more money as a head coach in Canada (approximately $15,000 per year) than as an assistant in the NFL.

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS
Tonight's episode: Together

40 years ago
1968


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 Hello Goodbye--The Beatles
2 Daydream Believer--The Monkees
3 Bottle of Wine--The Fireballs
4 Dear Eloise--The Hollies
5 Jezebel--The Witness, Inc.
6 Next Plane to London--The Rose Garden
7 Neon Rainbow--The Box Tops
8 Monterey--Eric Burdon and the Animals
9 Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)--John Fred and his Playboy Band
10 Different Drum--The Stone Poneys
Pick of the Week: That's All Right--Brenda Lee
New this week: I Wish it Would Rain--The Temptations
Keep the Ball Rolling--Al Hirt
New Orleans--Neil Diamond
Just Dropped In--The First Edition
Has She Got the Nicest Eyes--Gary Lewis and the Playboys

25 years ago
1983

Died on this date
Nikolai Podgorny, 79
. President of the Soviet Union from 1965-1977.

January 13, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Died on this date
Karl Boettecher
. Beheaded in Berlin. The previous summer he had killed Countess Lambsdorf and little Senta Eckert after an atrocious assault.

40 years ago
1968


Hockey
Four minutes into the game between the Minnesota North Stars and the Oakland Seals at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, North Stars' centre Bill Masterton had just crossed the Oakland blue line and passed the puck to Wayne Connelly, when he was checked by Seals' defensemen Larry Cahan and Ron Harris. Mr. Masterton's head hit the ice hard, and blood started spurting out of his nose and ears. A teammate heard Mr. Masterton mutter "Never again, never again," and then he lost consciousness.

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A: Hello Goodbye--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Hello Goodbye--The Beatles (6th week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Died on this date

Hubert Humphrey, 66. U.S. Senator from Minnesota, and Vice-President from 1965-69. He was the Democratic candidate for president in 1968, losing a close election to Republican nominee Richard Nixon.

25 years ago
1983


Diplomacy
Israel and Lebanon agreed to an agenda for negotiations, with Israel seeking an overall normalization of relations, and Lebanon seeking to rid the country of all foreign troops, including the Israeli army.

Crime
In Memphis, Tennessee, eight members of a religious cult were killed in a showdown with police, one day after the group had taken a policeman hostage (the cop had gone to investigate a minor theft. The group, all of whose members were black, were led by a former mental patient, and apparently believed that the world would soon end, and that police were agents of Satan. After other policemen surrounded the house, the captive officer was beaten to death. In the siege that followed, the cultists were all shot in the head.

20 years ago
1988


Diplomacy
Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita, on his first visit to Washington, met with President Ronald Reagan, but the two leaders were unable to make much progress on the issue of the imbalance of trade between the countries. Japan's surplus was about $52 million U.S. in 1987.

10 years ago
1998

World events

Iraq blocked U.N. weapons inspectors, and accused the American in charge, Scott Ritter, of being a spy.

January 11, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Died on this date
Thomas Hardy, 87
. English poet and novelist. Tess of the Durbervilles, Jude the Obscure (panned by critics as "Jude the Obscene"). He was not related to Oliver Hardy.

Aviation
French aviators Dieudonne Costes and Joseph Lebrix continued their transatlantic flight by going from Lima, Peru to Guayaquil, Ecuador.

75 years ago
1933

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Haunted Bagpipes

60 years ago
1948


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS
starring John Stanley and Alfred Shirley
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Sudden Senility

40 years ago
1968

Space

The U.S.A. launched Geos II, second in a series of satellites aimed at more accurately measuring the earth's size, shape, and gravitational field, using, among other instruments, laser beams bounced off it from the ground.

30 years ago
1978


Hockey
NHL
Toronto 4 @ Minnesota 3

The North Stars took a 3-0 led over the Maple Leafs less than 10 minutes into the game before 6,942 fans at Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, but Toronto struck back with a goal in the 2nd period and 3 in the 3rd. Tiger Williams scored the winning goal with 1:53 remaining in th game when his 40-foot slapshot eluded Minnesota goalie Pete LoPresti. Doug Hicks, Pierre Jarry, and Brad Maxwell scored for the North Stars. Lanny McDonald got the Maple Leafs on the scoreboard in the 2nd period, and Jerry Butler and Bruce Boudreau scored in the 3rd to tie the game. The game's most notable play took place in the 2nd period, when, with the score 3-0, Minnesota's Steve Jensen was tripped by Jack Valiquette while on a breakaway and was awarded a penalty shot. In one of the most hilarious misplays in NHL history, Mr. Jensen got the puck caught up in his skates just after he crossed the blue line, accidentally kicked it too far away to get a shot, tripped over Toronto goalie Mike Palmateer, and went crashing into the boards. Dick Irvin selected it as Hockey Night in Canada's play of the week.

January 10, 2008

Born on this date
Happy 70th birthday, Senator Frank Mahovlich!

50 years ago
1958


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Great Balls of Fire--Jerry Lee Lewis

30 years ago
1978

Died on this date
Mike Rodden, 86
. Canadian football player, coach, and referee, hockey coach and referee, and sportswriter and editor. He played football at the University of Ottawa and Queen's University. Upon graduation he played for the Ontario Rugby Football Union's Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club Paddlers in 1915, then with the Toronto Argonauts of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in 1919-1920. Mr. Rodden was also the Argonauts' coach in 1920, leading them to the IRFU title before losing to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in the Grey Cup.

Mr. Rodden shared the coaching duties (with Andy Buett) with Toronto Balmy Beach in that team's inaugural season in 1924. Balmy Beach won the ORFU title before losing to Queen's in the Grey Cup. Mr. Rodden took over as coach of the IRFU's Hamilton Tigers in 1927. Once again, he got his team into the Grey Cup, only to lose again--this time, to his old team, Balmy Beach. Mr. Rodden finally came out on the winning end of the Grey Cup, winning titles with the Tigers in 1928 and 1929. He stepped down as coach of the Tigers after the 1930 season.

Mr. Rodden coached several college hockey teams in the early 1920s, and coached the NHL's Toronto St. Patrick's for two games early in 1927, shortly before Conn Smythe purchased the team and changed the team's name to Maple Leafs. While he was coaching, Mr. Rodden was working as a referee in the Ontario Hockey Association before moving up to the National Hockey League, where he refereed 1,187 games.

Mr. Rodden was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a referee in 1962, and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1964, becoming the first man to be elected to both bodies.

Mr. Rodden joined the Toronto Globe as a sportswriter in 1918, and was the paper's sports editor from 1928-1936. He then served as sports editor of the Kingston Whig-Standard from 1936-1958, and remained with that paper as a sports columnist until just a few weeks before his death.

Football
The Philadelphia Eagles released Roman Gabriel, ending the quarterback's NFL career after 16 seasons. He had played in just 3 games for the Eagles in 1977, his fifth year with the club after 11 years with the Los Angeles Rams.

Mr. Gabriel's best years were 1967-1971. He was the National Football League's Most Valuable Player in 1969, and was also the MVP in the Pro Bowl which followed that season. Mr. Gabriel's performance suffered during the next two years, partly because of a sore arm. He requested a trade, and was dealt to the Eagles. Despite playing for a poor team, he led the NFL in 1973 in passes, completions, yards passing, and touchdown passes, and was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.

Mr. Gabriel had bit parts in several TV shows, and appeared in the movies Skidoo (1968) and The Undefeated (1969).

Sunday, 6 January 2008

January 9, 2008

Born on this date
Richard Nixon would have been 95 today. I always observe 18 1/2 minutes' silence in honour of the occasion.

50 years ago
1958

Football

Frank "Pop" Ivy resigned as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos to take the same position with the National Football League's Chicago Cardinals. In four seasons in Edmonton, Ivy compiled a record of 61 wins and 18 losses, and led the team to Grey Cup championships in his first three years.

Ivy was returning to the team for which he'd played in the 1940s. Pop began his NFL playing career with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1940. Before that season was over, he'd been picked up by the Cardinals, with whom he played until 1947 (minus military service in 1943-1944). Ivy concluded his playing career as an end with the Cardinal's championship team of 1947. He was an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma under head coach Bud Wilkinson when he was hired by the Eskimos in 1954 to replace Darrell Royal, who had departed for the U.S. college ranks.

1 year ago
2007


James Brown was scheduled to perform at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he didn't make it.

January 8, 2008

Born on this date
Happy 73rd birthday, Elvis Presley!

80 years ago
1928

World events

Amanullah Khan, King of Afghanistan, arrived at Naples and Rome to begin a visit to Europe. He was accompanied by his wife and daughters, the crown prince, and 25 attendants.

30 years ago
1978

Football

On a rainy day at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida, the U.S. defeated Canada 22-7 in the first Can-Am Bowl, a game played mainly under Canadian rules. The American team was composed of players from smaller schools, while the Canadian team was composed of players from the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.

The U.S. lineup included future Canadian Football League players such as Larry Key, Bruce Threadgill, and Ben Zambiasi. Current University of Alberta Golden Bears head coach Jerry Friesen was among the Canadian university players. Others included future Hall of Famer Joe Poplawski, and punting great Bob Cameron, then the quarterback for Acadia University.

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats' assistant coach Jack Zilly was head coach of the American squad, and former CFL all-star quarterback Don Jonas was one of his assistants. The CIAU coaching staff was headed by Western Ontario's Darwin Semotiuk, who had just won his second straight Vanier Cup. His assistants were Bob Vespaziani (Acadia); Frank Smith (British Columbia); and Bruce Coulter (Bishop's).

25 years ago
1983

World events

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher began a 4-day surprise visit to Port Stanley, capital of the Falkland Islands, to "pay tribute to those who liberated the islands." Argentina's foreign minister, still smarting from losing the war over the islands in 1982, denounced Mrs. Thatcher's visit as an act of "provocation and arrogance."

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Maneater--Daryl Hall and John Oates (4th week at #1)

10 years ago
1998

Crime

The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, pleaded guilty in Sacramento Federal Court to all U.S. charges against him in connection with killing and maiming people with bombs sent through the mail. He accepted an unconditional sentence of life in prison with no parole and gave up his right to appeal.

January 7, 2008

80 years ago
1928

Born on this date
Happy 80th birthday, Emilio Pericoli!

Mr. Pericoli was an Italian pop singer whose recording of Al Di La' was an international hit in 1962, going as high as #6 on the U.S. chart, and #30 in Britain. The song was sung in Italian, back in the days when it was possible to have a hit in North America in a language other than English. There was far more diversity on the pop chart then; early '60s hits included folk songs, country crossovers, jazz instrumentals, and songs sung in foreign languages.

40 years ago
1968

Space

The U.S.A. launched Surveyor VII, last of the robot moon-landing series. It photographed and analyzed the lunar surface, revealing earth-type basalt and volcanic rock, supporting the theory that the moon was born either with or from the earth.

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: How Deep is Your Love--Bee Gees (3rd week at #1)

20 years ago
1988

Died on this date

Trevor Howard, 74. U.K. actor. His movies included Brief Encounter, Von Ryan's Express, The Third Man, The Heart of the Matter, and White Mischief. He was not related to Moe, Curly or Shemp Howard.

Friday, 4 January 2008

January 6, 2008

Born on this date
Happy 154th birthday, Sherlock Holmes!

‘A most characteristic question of yours, Watson...You will not, I am sure, be offended if I say that any reputation for sharpness which I may possess has been entirely gained by the admirable foil which you have made for me. Have I not heard of debutantes who have insisted upon plainness in their chaperones? There is a certain analogy.’

The Field Bazaar

80 years ago
1928

Weather

In London, thaw and a high tide caused the Thames River to flood the cellars of the Houses of Parliament and the Tate Gallery, many dwellings further east. 15 lives were lost. The peak of the flood was between Kew and Canning Town, where it burst through the embankment boundaries, foamed through neighbouring streets, swamped basements, and filled the first storeys of houses to the ceilings. In Westminster, 10 people died and thousands were driven from their homes.

50 years ago
1958


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: At the Hop--Danny and the Juniors

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hello Goodbye--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Hello Goodbye--The Beatles (5th week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

World events
U.S. President Jimmy Carter returned to Washington after a 9-day, 16,000 mile tour that saw him visit Poland, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, France, and Belgium.

Hockey

Super Series '78 ended with the Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens defeating the Czechoslovakian club Spartak 5-2 at the Montreal Forum.

January 5, 2008

75 years ago
1933

Died on this date
Calvin Coolidge, 60
. 30th President of the United States, 1923-1929. The only president born on July 4, Coolidge attracted national attention in 1919 when he used his authority as Governor of Massachusetts to end the Boston police strike. He was chosen as Republican presidential candidate Warren G. Harding's running mate in 1920, and became Vice-President on March 4, 1921. When Mr. Harding died suddenly on August 2, 1923, Mr. Coolidge took the oath of office as President from his father, a Vermont Justice of the Peace. Mr. Coolidge won respect for his refusal to shield the members of the "Ohio Gang" from prosecution in the Teapot Dome oil lease scandal which had engulfed the Harding administration in 1923, and easily won re-election in 1924. Mr. Coolidge surprised the nation in 1927 when he announced "I do not choose to run for president in 1928." While he was in the White House, his son Calvin, Jr. died at the age of 16 from an infection, and it's been speculated that it was that tragedy that robbed Calvin, Sr. of his desire for another term. Mr. Coolidge was known as "Silent Cal" for his ability to hold his tongue. His most famous quote was "If you don't say anything, you won't be called on to repeat it." At a social function, a woman bet him she could get him to say more than two words. He replied, "You lose." Mr. Coolidge left office on March 4, 1929, and returned home to Massachusetts. His autobiography, published later that year, gave more space to the blacksmith who worked on his father's farm than to foreign policy. Calvin Coolidge died of natural causes at his home in Northampton. Mister, we could use a man like Calvin Coolidge again.

50 years ago
1958

On television tonight

Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Percentage

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Hello Goodbye--The Beatles
2 Daydream Believer--The Monkees
3 Next Plane to London--The Rose Garden
4 Bottle of Wine--The Fireballs
5 Massachusetts--The Bee Gees
6 Dear Eloise--The Hollies
7 Peace of Mind--Paul Revere and the Raiders
8 Snoopy's Christmas--The Royal Guardsmen
9 Jezebel--The Witness, Inc.
10 Different Drum--The Stone Poneys
Pick of the Week: She Says--The 49th Parallel
New this week: To Give--Frankie Valli
Counting Cracks in the Sidewalk--The Daisy Hill Puppy Farm
That's All Right--Brenda Lee
It's a Great Life--Trini Lopez
Pata Pata--Ray Bryant

20 years ago
1988


Died on this date
Pete Maravich, 40
. U.S. basketball player. Pistol Pete's 44.2 average points per game at Louisiana State University is an NCAA record that still stands. Mr. Maravich played in the National Basketball Association with the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, and Boston Celtics from 1970-1980, retiring because of a leg injury. He was a five-time NBA all-star in his 10-year career. Mr. Maravich came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour at the age of 35, and died in the arms of Dr. James Dobson while on a visit to the headquarters of Focus on the Family. His death was caused by a heart defect so rare (a missing left coronary artery) that it was said that only 2 of every 500 doctors would ever see it during the course of their careers.
At the age of 25 Pistol Pete made the eerily prophetic comment that he didn't want to play 10 years in the NBA and die of a heart attack at the age of 40. Fortunately, when that event did happen, he entered into the presence of the Lord.

10 years ago
1998

Died on this date
Sonny Bono, 62
. Half of the popular music duo Sonny & Cher, mayor of Palm Springs, California, and U.S. Congressman from 1994-1996. When Sonny & Cher burst on the scene in 1965 they were so popular that Sonny even had a top 10 hit (Laugh At Me) as a solo performer, although that song doesn't get played on oldies stations today. His first success as a songwriter was High School Dance, performed by Larry Williams as the B-side of Short Fat Fanny in 1957. Mr. Bono died from injuries suffered in a skiing accident at South Lake Tahoe, CA.

January 4, 2008

75 years ago
1933

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Dying Rose Bush

60 years ago
1947

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS
Starring John Stanley & Alfred Shirley
Tonight's episode: The Mazarin Stone

30 years ago
1978

Hockey

In Super Series '78, the New York Islanders defeated the Czechoslovakian club Pardubice 8-3 at the Nassau County Coliseum. Former Swedish national team goalie Goran Hogosta played for the Islanders that night, the only complete game he ever played for them.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

January 3, 2008

75 years ago
1933

Died on this date

Jack Pickford, 36. U.S. Movie producer and actor. Mary Pickford's younger brother used his family's influence to become an adolescent actor, and later, producer. He joined the U.S. Navy in World War I, but was accused of accepting bribes from wealthy recruits to help keep them out of combat. He was reportedly given a general, instead of dishonourable, discharge, because of his family's influence. Jack's first wife, Hollywood star and former Ziegfeld girl Olive Thomas, died in 1920 from swallowing a whole bottle of mercury biochloride (then commonly used as a treatement for syphilis)while the couple was visiting Paris. It was never clearly established whether her death was an accident or a suicide. Jack's two subsequent marriages were unsuccessful, and bouts of syphilis, drug use, and drinking ultimately led to his death.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Mary's Boy Child--Harry Belafonte (7th week at #1)

30 years ago
1978


Health
The Canadian federal government released a report by three scientists concerning the amount of arsenic in the water supply of Yellowknife. Almost three years earlier, reports of high levels of arsenic (coming from the Giant and Con gold mines) in Yellowknife's water had prompted then-minister of health and welfare, Marc Lalonde, to commission the report.

The scientists concluded that there were few possibilities of Yellowknifers acquiring arsenic through the city's main water supply, but offered no assurances for the native population who obtained their water directly from natural sources.

This blogger was one of the Yellowknife residents to be tested for arsenic in 1975 as part of the federal government's research. I'd drunk plenty of Yellowknife's great-tasting water for 6 1/2 years at the time of testing, and received a clean bill of health. I was a New Town resident, and the highest arsenic levels were reported in those living in Old Town, especially near Back Bay.

Basketball
The Boston Celtics, with an 11-23 record, fired head coach Tom Heinsohn. Heinsohn, whose career NBA coaching record was 427 wins and 263 losses, was in his ninth season as Celtics' coach, and had led his team to NBA championships in 1974 and 1976. His win total was second in league history to Red Auerbach, one of his predecessors as Celtics' head coach, and the general manager who hired--and fired--him. Heinsohn's replacement was one of his assistants, Tom Sanders.