75 years ago
Primo Carnera retained his world heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Tommy Loughran in Miami, Florida.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes--The Platters (2nd week at #1)
40 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: Where Do You Go To My Lovely--Peter Sarstedt
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Everyday People--Sly and the Family Stone (3rd week at #1)
Calgary's top 10
1 Condition Red--The Goodees
2 Build Me Up Buttercup--The Foundations
3 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
4 Star-Crossed Lovers--Neil Sedaka
5 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
6 Touch Me--The Doors
7 Bears--Quicksilver Messenger Service
8 Games People Play--Joe South
10 Cruel War--Sugar and Spice
Pick Hit of the Week: She's Not There--Neil McArthur
As far as I know, Calgary is the only place where Star Crossed Lovers was a hit. Neil Sedaka was very out-of-fashion in 1969; he didn't place a single in the Billboard top 40 between December 1963 and November 1974.
U.S. President Richard Nixon continued talks with French President Charles de Gaulle at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
In the first major harassment of Berlin traffic since April 1965, heavily armed Communist border guards sealed off the main autobahn access route to West Berlin for about two hours.
The Communist offensive increased its pace in South Vietnam, concentrating on military installations.
The right-wing National party rose to second place in Chilean congressional elections. Political observers saw the results as a rebuff to the reform policies of President Eduardo Frei Montalva's Christian Democratic party, and a harbinger of a move to the right in the 1970 presidential elections.
11 people died in an earthquake tha shook Lisbon, while 4 were killed and 258 buildings were damaged in an earthquake in Huelva Province, Spain.
Kim Ko-Soo won a 15-round decision over Hisao Minami in a middleweight fight in Seoul. I don't know who they were, but I do know this...
30 years ago
Israel rejected U.S. proposals for a peace treaty with Egypt. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrived in Washington for talks with President Carter.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal signed an accord in Beijing in which China agreed to settle American claims on $196.6 million in assets that had been confiscated in 1949.
Toronto Maple Leafs' owner Harold Ballard had threatened to fire head coach Roger Neilson if the Maple Leafs lost to the defending Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens at the Montreal Forum. With Paul Harrison playing well in goal in place of injured regular Mike Palmateer, the Maple Leafs gave a heroic effort, but lost 2-1. Mr. Harrison was injured in the last minute, and was replaced by Pierre Hamel; it was Mr. Hamel's first NHL action since the fall of 1974. It was announced after the game that Mr. Neilson had been fired and replaced by John McLellan, who had previously been head coach of the Maple Leafs from 1970-1973.
25 years ago
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Thriller--Michael Jackson
2 99 Red Balloons--Nena
3 Jump--Van Halen
4 Girls Just Want to Have Fun--Cyndi Lauper
5 Here Comes the Rain Again--Eurythmics
6 Nobody Told Me--John Lennon
7 Red Red Wine--UB40
8 Got a Hold on Me--Christine McVie
9 Heaven--Bryan Adams
10 Footloose--Kenny Loggins
11 I Want a New Drug--Huey Lewis and the News
12 Karma Chameleon--Culture Club
13 Somebody's Watching Me--Rockwell
14 Wrapped Around Your Finger--The Police
15 Middle of the Road--The Pretenders
16 New Moon on Monday--Duran Duran
17 Yah Mo B There--James Ingram and Michael McDonald
18 Don't Bite--Pretty Rough
19 Runner--Manfred Mann's Earth Band
20 Rebel Yell--Billy Idol
21 Joanna--Kool & the Gang
22 An Innocent Man--Billy Joel
23 This Could Be the Right One--April Wine
24 Hold Me Now--Thompson Twins
25 The Language of Love--Dan Fogelberg
26 Come Back and Stay--Paul Young
27 Scratchin' the Surface--Saga
28 So Bad--Paul McCartney
29 Radio Ga Ga--Queen
30 Adult Education--Daryl Hall and John Oates
Died on this date
Jackie Coogan, 79. U.S. actor. Mr. Coogan, the son of vaudevillian parents, made his movie debut in Skinner's Baby in 1917, and rocketed to fame when Charlie Chaplin used him as his co-star in The Kid (1921). Mr. Coogan followed this with a string of hits through 1927, including Peck's Bad Boy (1921); Oliver Twist (1922); and Little Robinson Crusoe (1924). He was paid $2,000 per week while making Peck's Bad Boy. Mr. Coogan's popularity diminished with adolescence, and his career stalled after he played Tom Sawyer in Tom Sawyer (1930) and Huckleberry Finn (1931).
In 1935, Mr. Coogan was seriously injured in a car accident that claimed the life of his father, Jack Coogan, Sr., and best friend, actor Junior Durkin. His mother promptly remarried (to Arthur Bernstein, his business manager), but the couple refused to let Jackie have access to the money that he'd earned as a child star. Jackie filed suit, but under California law at the time, he had no right to the approximately $4 million that he'd earned, and he was awarded just $126,000 in 1939. Public outrage led the California legislature to pass the Child Actors Bill, also known as the Coogan Act, designed to set up trust funds and protect the earnings of child actors.
Mr. Coogan was reduced to bit parts in movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and then fought with the United States Army in the Pacific theatre in World War II. Television allowed him to resume his acting career. In addition to many guest spots, Mr. Coogan was a regular in the western series Cowboy G-Men (1952-1953); the comedy series McKeever and the Colonel (1962-1963); and most memorably, The Addams Family (1964-1966), as Uncle Fester. In his last 20 years he continued to make numerous television and occasional movie appearances. His last appearance was in the slasher movie The Prey, which was released eight months after Mr. Coogan's death.
10 years ago
Eight tourists, a Ugandan game warden, and three rangers were murdered in a national forest in Uganda. The killers were Rwandan Hutus who apparently sought to destabilize the Ugandan government, which relied heavily on tourist revenue. The slain tourists were from Great Britain (4); New Zealand (2); and the United States (2).
The third of five investigations into the International Olympic Committee was concluded with the release of a final report. The independent panel, headed by former United States Senator George Mitchell, concluded that the bribery related to the effort by Salt Lake City leaders to win the 2002 winter games was only part of a broader corruption of the IOC.
Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland (the captain) and Brian Jones of Great Britain took off from Switzerland in the Breitling Orbiter 3, a 180-foot helium-powered balloon in an attempt to make the first circumnavigation of the globe in a balloon.
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