490 years ago
The Treaty of St. Truiden, an anti-French Trapdoors/Bourgondisch covenant, was signed. I don't know who the anti-French Trapdoors or Bourgondisch were, but I do know this...
180 years ago
The Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opened.
170 years ago
Fire destroyed half of Charleston, South Carolina.
100 years ago
The 4th modern Olympic games opened in London.
90 years ago
The New York Giants 9-0 start and the Brooklyn Dodgers 0-9 losing streak were both stopped, as the Dodgers won the opening game of a doubleheader 5-3, behind Larry Cheney's strong pitching.
80 years ago
The Ford relief plane, sent to aid the German Junker Bremen, which had been stranded on Greenely Island, near Newfoundland, since April 13, left Lake St. Agnes at 6:55 A.M. with the Bremen’s crew, as well as Miss Herta Junkers and C.J.V. Murphy of the New York World. The plane refuelled at Hartford, Connecticut, and landed at Curtiss Field, Long Island at 1:51 P.M. The passengers and crew then went to Washington by train. The body of Floyd Bennett, who had taken ill with pneumonia on the relief flight, arrived at New York from Quebec, and was taken by train to Washington, to be interred with military honours at Arlington National Cemetery.
75 years ago
Karl Jansky reported reception of a cosmic radio signal in Washington, D.C.
60 years ago
An Arab legion attacked the Gesher bridge on the Jordan River.
50 years ago
On the radio
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 4, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBc Light Programme
On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents on CBS
Tonight's episode: Death Sentence
40 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: What a Wonderful World--Louis Armstrong
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Honey--Bobby Goldsboro (3rd week at #1)
What a Wonderful World "bubbled under" the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967, and didn’t become a hit in North America until early 1988, when it was re-released as a single after being included on the soundtrack of the movie Good Morning, Vietnam.
The United Nations Security Council urged the cancellation of a military parade in Jerusalem scheduled for May 2 to mark Israel's 20th anniversary.
In a bid to foment new fighting, North Korean troops attacked United Nations troops near the Demilitarized Zone, killing two South Korean soldiers and wounding two Americans.
Seven days of Nigerian government bombing raids against Ibo refugees in secessionist Biafra concluded, with about 300 killed. The pilots, believed to be Egyptian and Sudanese, flew Russian MiG and Czechoslovakian Delfin jets.
U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey officially declared that he was seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. Mr. Humphrey, who made the announcement on a nationally-televised program before 1,700 friends and supporters since it was too late to enter the primary races, called for "a new American patriotism."
The Congress of Political Party Radicals (PPR) was formed in the Netherlands.
Tom Phoebus of the Baltimore Orioles pitched a no-hitter against the visiting Boston Red Sox at Memorial Stadium. Third baseman Brooks Robinson drove in three runs and made a great catch to rob Rico Petrocelli of a hit in the eighth inning as the Orioles won 6-0.
Gary Sabourin scored 1:32 into overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 win over the Minnesota North Stars at the St. Louis Arena, tying their Stanley Cup semi-final series at 2 games each.
A biplane in an air show near San Luis Obispo, California crashed, killing 4.
The Broadway musical I'm Solomon closed at the Mark Hellinger Theatre four days after opening, after just seven performances.
30 years ago
A pro-Soviet military junta overthrew the government of President Mohmmad Daud Khan of Afghanistan. President Daud, who himself had come to power in a coup in 1973, was killed resisting the coup against him.
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro concluded a week of meetings with Ethiopian dictator Lt. Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam. The two main secessionist guerrilla groups in the Ethiopian province of Eritrea, the Eritrean Liberation Front and the Eritrean People's Liberation Front, agreed to merge forces.
The Toronto Maple Leafs scored 4 goals in the first period and coasted to a 5-2 win over the New York Islanders at Maple Leaf Gardens to send their Stanley Cup quarter-final series to a seventh game.
In the 14th annual Mayor's Trophy Game, the New York Yankees beat the New York Mets 4-3 in 11 innings.
Scaffolding inside a cooling tower being built for a utility company in West Virginia collapsed, throwing 51 workers 170 feet to their deaths.
25 years ago
Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros fanned Brad Mills of the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium in Montreal for his 3,509th career strikeout, passing Walter Johnson for first place on the career list. The Astros won 4-2.
Soviet leader Yuri Andropov proposed an international agreement that would keep outer space free from weapons, probaly in reaction to U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s recent announcement of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, in Israel, received a briefing on a large Soviet military buildup in Syria.
Politics and government
U.S. President Ronald Reagan took the unusual step of addressing a joint session of Congress on a foreign policy issue. He appealed for approval of his requests for economic and military assistance to Central America, stressing the region’s proximity to the United States, adding that it was vital to American interests. While acknowledging that the government of El Salvador had human rights problems, the President said that El Salvador was making progress in democracy and land reform, and that the Marxists were seeking to destabilize the country and its neighbours. President Reagan also accused Nicaragua of stirring up trouble in the area. The President received heavy applause when he said that he had "no thought of sending American combat troops" into Central America. Senator Christopher Dodd, replying for the Democrats, called for negotiated settlements for the region, and said that the Reagan administration did not understand the causes of conflict in Central America.
20 years ago
The London chapter (now the Southwestern Ontario Chapter) of the Ontario Association of Archivists (now the Archives Association of Ontario) was formed at a meeting on the campus of the University of Western Ontario. This blogger was one of those in attendance.
Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney arrived in Washington for his fourth and final summit conference with U.S. President Ronald Reagan. In an address to Congress, Mr. Mulroney urged approval of a bilateral agreement on control of acid rain, and he called on Congress to ratify the U.S.-Canada free trade agreement. At his meeting with Mr. Reagan, the Prime Minister asked the President to set a timetable for banning sulfurous emissions in the United States that many experts--though not those in the Reagan administration--believed were the cause of acid rain. President Reagan said that the United States would not oppose the transfer of nuclear reactor technology, clearing the way for Canada to purchase British nuclear submarines.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Carlos Castaneda, 72. Peruvian-born U.S. anthropologist. Dr. Castaneda became popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s for books in which he detailed his encounters with a Yaqui Indian shaman from Mexico named don Juan Matus. As a graduate student in anthropology at University of California at Los Angeles, Mr. Castaneda published The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge in 1968. Subsequent books included A Separate Reality (1971); Journey to Ixtlan (1972); and Tales of Power (1974). Since Dr. Castaneda’s writings resulted from the use of psychotropic plants, there’s always been some dispute as to whether his stories were fact or fiction. Was don Juan Matus an actual shaman, or was he just a demon that appeared to Dr. Castaneda when he went on his drug trips? In his later years, Dr. Castaneda promoted Tensegrity, a variety of body movements that he said had been passed down through 25 generations of Toltec shamans. Some have called Carlos Castaneda "The Godfather of the New Age."
In the U.S.A., an appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that restrictions on campaign spending were an unconstitutional limitation on freedom of speech.
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