Sunday, 29 March 2009

April 1, 2009

70 years ago
1939

Hockey

Gord Drillon scored at 5:42 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings in a Stanley Cup semi-final game at Maple Leaf Gardens.

60 years ago
1949


On television tonight
Your Show Time, hosted and narrated by Arthur Shields, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Tenor, starring Julie Adams, Carol Brannon, Hugo Haas, and Lee Patrick

40 years ago
1969

World events

The ninth congress of the Chinese Communist Party opened in Peking, and immediately named party Chairman Mao Tse-Tung and defense Minister Lin Piao as leaders of the 176-member presidium that would direct its work. Premier Chou En-lai was elected secretary-general. Others elected to the presidium included Mao's wife, Chiang Ching; Lin's wife, Yeh Chun; Army chief of staff Huang Yung-sheng; foreign minister Chen Yi; and five army marshals, all of whom had been denounced at one time during the cultural revolution. The congress opened eight years later than scheduled.

Law
A United States Court in Boston declared unconstitutional a section of the Selective Service Act of 1967 under which religion was the only basis for conscientious objection. The court ruled that Congress discriminated against those who were atheists, agnostics, or had deep moral objections as the basis of their beliefs.

30 years ago
1979


Canadiana


The cost of mailing a letter jumped from 14c to 17c.

World events
In the cruelest April Fool's joke ever played on the people of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini declared Iran to be an Islamic republic.

Diplomacy
The Israeli cabinet formally ratified the peace treaty with Egypt.

Disasters
U.S. President Jimmy Carter visited the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. Mr. carter and his advisers stressed that the situation was stable, but evacuation remained a possibility.

Labour
The trucking industry in the United States locked out 300,000 Teamsters as the union called for selective nationwide strikes after rejecting a tentative three-year contract.

Scandal
Former Congressman Otto Passman was found not guilty by a jury in Monroe, Louisiana of accepting bribes from South Korean rice dealer Tongsun Park.

Hockey
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, while the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins tied 3-3 at Boston Garden.

25 years ago
1984

Died on this date
Marvin Gaye, 44
. U.S. singer, songwriter, and musician. Mr. Gaye was shot to death by his father after an argument. Mr. Gaye would have turned 45 the next day. Marvin Gaye was one of the biggest stars in pop music in the 1960s and '70s, with such hits as I Heard it Through the Grapevine; Let's Get it On; and Got to Give It Up (Part I). What's Going On, from 1971, may have been the best album ever released by Motown, and marked Mr. Gaye's high point of creativity. His career at Motown began a decade earlier as a session drummer, but he soon made a name for himself as a singer, and became the label's biggest sex symbol. He was popular not only as a solo artist (Pretty Little Baby, from 1965, is my favourite song of his), but had a number of hit singles in duets with Motown female singers, most notably Tammi Terrell (other partners included Mary Wells; Kim Weston; and Diana Ross).

Mr. Gaye left Motown at the end of the 1970s, but made a strong comeback in 1982 on Columbia with his album Midnight Love. His first single from that album, Sexual Healing, was his biggest hit in years, and earned Mr. Gaye his only Grammy Award. Unfortunately, Mr. Gaye's life, fuelled by drugs, was spinning out of control, and it culminated in that fatal argument with his father. Several albums and singles of Mr. Gaye's were released from the vaults after his death, including an album that had been recorded for Motown in 1972, but wasn't released until 1986.

20 years ago
1989

Hockey

In the national Hockey Night in Canada game, the Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers tied 2-2 at the Montreal Forum.

10 years ago
1999


Canadiana
Nunavut, formerly part of the Northwest Territories, came into existence as a separate territory. Prime Minister Jean Chretien was among those on hand to observe the event in the territorial capital of Iqaluit. The territory, whose population of 25,000 (spread throughout 820,000 square miles) was mostly Inuit, was created ostensibly for the purpose of granting the Inuit more autonomy in exchange for the Inuit dropping land claims against the federal government.

In reality, the creation of Nunavut just added another layer of bureaucracy, and the social problems that existed before were, and are, still around. Nunavut has been a disaster, which is exactly what knowledgeable people, including this blogger, predicted. The late Justice Jack Sissons criticized the first attempt at the creation of a third territory in the early 1960s as a move by the "bright boys" in Ottawa to increase their power.

War
The Serbian news agency reported that three captured American soldiers would be tried by a military court. Another report concluded that the Serbs had killed 800 ethnic Albanians in the past week.

Business
The merger of British Petroleum PLC and the Amoco Corporation was announced, to be known as BP Amoco PLC, with annual revenues expected to approach $100 billion. The new company said that it now planned to acquire the American firm Atlantic Richfield Coompany. The merger was expected to cost 2,000 employees, most of them Americans, their jobs. The new company would rank first in oil and gas production in Great Britain and the United States.

Hockey
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-1.

March 31, 2009

60 years ago
1949

Canadiana

Newfoundland joined Confederation as the tenth province.

50 years ago
1959

Hockey

Frank Mahovlich's powerplay goal at 11:21 of overtime gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the fourth game of their Stanley Cup semi-final series at Maple Leaf Gardens, tying the series at 2 games each.

40 years ago
1969

Americana

The United States observed a national day of mourning for Dwight D. Eisenhower, the nation's 34th President, who had died three days earlier. A funeral service was held in Washington National Cathedral, where Rev. Edward Elson, Gen. Eisenhower's pastor and minister of National Presbyterian Church, offered a pastoral prayer. Episcopal Dean Francis Sayre, a close friend, opened the services, and Rt. Rev. William Creighton, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, closed them.

President Richard Nixon, who had served as General Eisenhower's Vice-President, commented, "It was the character of the man; not what he did, but what he was, that so captured the trust and faith and affection of his own people and of the people of the world."

World events
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson concluded his five-day visit to Nigeria. He had met with Nigeria's military leader, Major General Yakubu Gowon, but their talks resulted in no change in the strategy of Nigeria's war against its rebellious province of Biafra, or the United Kingdom's support for the Nigerian regime.

Britain and the Caribbean island of Anguilla signed a truce ending two weeks of turmoil, invasion, and protest.

The U.S.S.R. sharply criticized the leaders of Czechoslovakia for allowing liberal forces to spread "nationalist and anti-Soviet slander" in demonstrations that followed a Czechoslovak hockey victory three days earlier.

Disasters
34 bodies were recovered in the explosion of a coal mine near Musquiz, Mexico. 134 were still missing and presumed dead.

30 years ago
1979


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Tragedy--Bee Gees (2nd week at #1)

World events
Foreign ministers of 18 Arab nations plus the Palestine Liberation Organization announced the severing of relations with Egypt and the imposition of a total economic boycott against Egypt as a result of Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

Initial returns of a nationwide referendum showed overwhelming support by Iranian voters for the Islamic republic favoured by Ayatollah Khomeini.

Disasters
Federal inspectors at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania said that the damaged reactor was cooling down, but that a "crisis" and the possibility of a non-nuclear pressure explosion still existed. Leading Congressional figures demanded tighter federal controls over the nuclear industry.

Hockey
The Toronto Maple Leafs clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 6-2 win over the Minnesota North Stars, while the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3.

Curling
Norway won the men's world championship with a 5-4 win over Switzerland.

10 years ago
1999

War

Three American soldiers, members of a peacekeeping force in Macedonia that was in the process of withdrawing, were captured by Serb forces near the Yugoslav-Macedonian border.

Economics and finance
The Ford Motor Company completed the purchase of Volvo Cars, a unit of Sweden's Volvo A.B., for $6.45 billion. The Volvo Cars division specialized in medium-priced luxury cars and station wagons.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

March 30, 2009

70 years ago
1939


Hockey
Snuffy Smith scored at 17:19 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the fifth game of their Stanley Cup semi-final playoff series at Boston Garden, reducing the Bruins' lead in the best-of-seven series to 3 games to 2.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Venus--Frankie Avalon (4th week at #1)

40 years ago
1969

Crime

One Detroit policeman was killed and a second policeman and four civilians were wounded in an apparent shootout between the police and members of a Negro separatist group. The firing erupted inside and outside a church in the heart of the area where the 1967 riots took place. In the subsequent arrest of 135 people, all but two were later released.

Americana
After a three-hour military procession along Constitution Avenue, the body of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower lay in state at the Capitol. At least 55,000 people filed past the bier in 24 hours, including French President Charles de Gaulle, who saluted the coffin twice.

30 years ago
1979

Died on this date
Airey Neave. U.K. politician. Mr. Neave, a Conservative Member of Parliament and a close adviser to party leader Margagret Thatcher, was killed by a bomb in London believed planted by Irish Republican Army terrorists.

Disasters
Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh issued an emergency warning that children and pregnant women should be evacuated from the vicinity of the Three Mile Island nuclear power accident. The Nuclear Regulatory Commmission warned Congress that a core meltdown was still possible at the reactor.

Labour
The Teamsters reached a tentative accord with the trucking industry on wage issues in a proposed three-year master freight contract, covering 300,000 union members. The present contract expired on April 1, 1979.

10 years ago
1999


Law
A jury in Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court awarded $81 million to the family of a cigarette smoker who died of lung cancer. Attorneys for the plaintiffs presented documents from cigarette maker Philip Morris showing an apparent effort by the company to conceal the health threats and addictiveness of smoking.
The jury's award, including $79.5 million in punitive damages, was the highest ever awarded against a tobacco company. Philip Morris said that the award would be appealed.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

March 29, 2009

50 years ago
1959

Died on this date
Johnny Allen, 53
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Allen pitched for five teams during a 13-year major league career from 1932-1944. His winning percentage of .654 (142 wins, 75 losses) included a 17-4 record for an American League leading .810 in his rookie season with the World Series champion New Yankees; 13-6, .684 with the Yankees in 1935; 20-10, .667 with the Cleveland Indians in 1936; and 15-1, .938 with the Indians in 1937. Mr. Allen was known for his hot temper, and opposition players enjoyed taunting him. His only loss of 1937 came in his last game of the season, and he attempted to slug teammate Odell "Bad News" Hale after the game, blaming Mr. Hale's error for the loss.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K: I Heard it Through the Grapevine--Marvin Gaye
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Dizzy--Tommy Roe (3rd week at #1)

Calgary's top 10
1 Things I'd Like to Say--The New Colony Six
2 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
3 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
4 Build Me Up Buttercup--The Foundations
5 Proud Mary--Credence Clearwater Revival
6 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
7 Galveston--Glen Campbell
8 Rock Me--Steppenwolf
9 Something's Happening--Herman's Hermits
10 Johnny One Time--Brenda Lee
Pick hit of the week: In the Bad Bad Old Days--The Foundations

Americana
The body of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was put on public view in Washington National Cathedral after a brief service for the immediate family and close friends.

Disasters
Two earthquakes hit the Danakil depression of Ethiopia, killing 20 and injuring more than 150.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
Luke Easter, 63
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Easter, a first baseman, stood 6'4½" and weighed 240 lb. He played in the Negro leagues in the late 1940s; with the Homestead Grays in 1948, he hit .363 in 58 games. The Cleveland Indians signed him in 1949 and assigned him to the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. He hit .363 with the Padres, with 25 home runs and 92 runs batted in in just 80 games. Mr. Easter was called up to the Indians later in the season, hitting just .222 with no home runs in 21 games. From 1950-1952 Mr. Easter averaged just under 29 home runs and just over 102 RBIs per season; his 31 home runs in 1952 were just one behind teammate Larry Doby for the American League lead, and his ratio of home runs per at bats was the AL's best. An ankle injury that slowed him down ended his major league career, but he spent many productive years in the International League, leading the IL in home runs and RBIs with the Buffalo Bisons in 1955 and 1956, when he was over 40 years of age. With the Rochester Red Wings, he hit 15 home runs and drove in 60 runs in 249 at bats at the age of 46. Mr. Easter was carrying the payroll for a construction company that he worked for in Euclid, Ohio, when he was shot to death by robbers. He was elected to the International League Hall of Fame in 2008.

World events
Argentina's military regime allowed the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to investigate charges that it had violently repressed suspected "subversives,' indicating a letup in the general crackdown against leftists.

Disasters
The radiation leak continued at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, releasing unspecified levels of radiation over a four-county area, and prompting anti-nuclear protests and demands by public officials that emergency steps be taken to sageguard the public.

25 years ago
1984

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 24 (CHED)
1 Footloose--Kenny Loggins
2 Somebody's Watching Me--Rockwell
3 Miss Me Blind--Culture Club
4 I Want a New Drug--Huey Lewis and the News
5 Against All Odds--Phil Collins
6 Jump--Van Halen
7 Radio Ga Ga--Queen
8 Hold Me Now--Thompson Twins
9 Hello--Lionel Richie
10 Runner--Manfred Mann's Earth Band
11 Come Back and Stay--Paul Young
12 Adult Education--Daryl Hall and John Oates
13 Hyperactive--Thomas Dolby
14 Thriller--Michael Jackson
15 Don't Bite--Pretty Rough
16 Got a Hold on Me--Christine McVie
17 This Could Be the Right One--April Wine
18 Girls Just Want to Have Fun--Cyndi Lauper
19 Girls--Dwight Twilley
20 Joanna--Kool & the Gang
21 Leave It--Yes
22 You Might Think--The Cars
23 Don't Answer Me--Alan Parsons Project
24 Love Somebody--Rick Springfield

20 years ago
1989

Movies

The Academy Award for Best Picture went to Rainman. Rainman also won for director (Barry Levinson) and actor (Dustin Hoffman). Other Oscar winners included Jodie Foster (actress, The Accused); Kevin Kline (supporting actor, A Fish Called Wanda); Geena Davis (supporting actress, The Accidental Tourist); Pelle the Conqueror (foreign language film); and "Let the River Run" (song, Working Girl--a poor choice; it should have been "Kokomo" from Cocktail).

10 years ago
1999

Economics and finance

The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the first time. The final charge saw the Dow jump 184.54 points to rise slightly above the barrier at 10,006.78. The average of 30 large companies had been advancing steeply over the past several years, although it had skidded badly, almost 20% at one point in 1998 because of fears about the Asian financial crisis. The rebound left many smaller companies behind, and they were still showing declines in 1999.

World events
Former Paraguayan President Raul Cubas Grau went to Brazil, where he was granted political asylum. Luis Angel Gonzalez Macchi, President of the Senate, was sworn in as his successor.

Crime
United States Marine Captain Joseph Schweitzer, navigator on a plane that had snapped a ski-lift cable above a valley in Italy in 1998, causing 20 deaths, pleaded guilty to obstruction and conspiracy for destroying a videotape that had recorded part of the flight.

Basketball
The University of Connecticut Huskies upset the Duke University Blue Devils 77-74 to win their first National Collegiate Athletic Association men's title. Heavily-favoured Duke carried a 32-game winning streak into the game. Richard Hamilton, named the most valuable player in the finals, scored 27 points for the Huskies.

March 28, 2009

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Elusive Agent, Part 2

50 years ago
1959

Hockey

Gerry Ehman scored 5:02 into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in the third game of their Stanley Cup semi-final playoff series at Maple Leaf Gardens. Mr. Ehman had also scored the tying goal. The win reduced the Bruins' lead in the best-of-seven series to 2 games to 1.

40 years ago
1969

Died on this date
Dwight David Eisenhower, 78
. 34th President of the United States of America (1953-1961) and General of the Army. General Eisenhower was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during World War II, and served as president of Columbia University before accepting the Republican presidential nomination in 1952. General Eisenhower died at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington with his wife Mamie and son John at his side. Doctors attributed the immediate cause of death to an episode of congestive heart failure on March 15, although Gen. Eisenhower had been hospitalized since May 14, 1968, two weeks after suffering his fourth heart attack. He suffered three more heart attacks in the hospital, and had surgery for a gastrointestinal obstruction on February 23.

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 Time of the Season--The Zombies
2 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
3 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
4 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
5 Games People Play--Joe South
6 To Susan on the West Coast Waiting--Donovan
7 Condition Red--The Goodees
8 Things I'd Like to Say--The New Colony Six
9 Mendocino--Sir Douglas Quintet
10 Galveston--Glen Campbell

Religion
Pope Paul VI named 33 new members to the College of Cardinals, raising the total number of cardinals to a record 134. The new American cardinals were John Joseph Wright, Bishop of Pittsburgh (who was called to join the Curia); Terence Cooke, Archbishop of New York; John Deardon, Archbishop of Detroit and president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops; and John Carberry, Archbishop of St. Louis.

Disasters
At least 53 were killed and 350 injured in an earthquake that hit western Turkey.

30 years ago
1979

Disasters

An accident caused the release of radiation from the three-month-old Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, 11 miles south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission initially minimized the danger from the radiation leak.

World events
A two-day conference of the Arab League in Baghdad concluded with an agreement to a limited political boycott of Egypt. Libya and the Palestine Liberation Organization walked out after moderates, led by Saudi Arabia, refused to go beyond minimum sanctions.

Politics
Great Britain's Labour government, under Prime Minister James Callaghan, lost 311-310 on a non-confidence vote in Parliament. General elections were set for May 3.

20 years ago
1989


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

Music
Crowded House performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. A highlight was their recent hit Into Temptation. Richard Thompson was the opening act, and put in a fine performance of his own. My main floor, centre F ticket cost $20.75.

10 years ago
1999


Hockey
The University of Alberta Golden Bears defeated the University of Moncton 6-2 to win the Canadian university men's championship.

Basketball
Purdue University defeated Duke University 62-45 to win its first NCAA women's basketball title. Purdue head coach Carolyn Peck became the first Negro woman to coach a national championship team.

March 27, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Beth Nyambura!

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Pat Novak For Hire, starring Jack Webb, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Joe Candono Blackmail Pictures

40 years ago
1969


Space
The United States launched Mariner 7, a probe headed for Mars to investigate that planet's polar conditions.

World events
British Prime Minister Harold Wilson began a five-day visit to Nigeria.

War
The NLF and North Vietnam termed the American and South Vietnamese suggestion for private talks to break the Paris peace talks impasse as deceitful, although they did not totally reject the idea.

30 years ago
1979

Politics

In Texas, a court order halted municipal elections in Houston and Dallas, as the U.S. Justice Department and federal courts investigated the apparent failure of those cities to enforce the Federal Voting Rights Act.

10 years ago
1999


World events
Spain added 33 new criminal charges against former Chilean President Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

War
A United States F-117 was shot down over Bosnia-Herzegovina; the pilot was rescued.

Hockey
On Hockey Night in Canada, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs tied 2-2 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

March 26, 2009

80 years ago
1929

Hockey

Frank Boucher scored 2:03 into overtime to give the visiting New York Rangers a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Stanley Cup semi-final playoff action.

70 years ago
1939

Hockey

Marty Barry's goal at 7:47 of overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens at Olympia Stadium in Detroit in a Stanley Cup quarter-final playoff game.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Murder on Stage

Hockey
Woody Dumart scored at 16:14 of overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third game of their Stanley Cup semi-final playoff series at Maple Leaf Gardens. The win reduced the Maple Leafs' lead in the best-of-seven series to 2 games to 1.

40 years ago
1969

War

Jordan reported that 18 civilians had been killed and 25 wounded when four Israeli bomber jets attacked roadside rest houses on the outskirts of a town 16 miles from Amman. Israel described the target as an Arab guerrilla base. At Jordan's request, the United Nations Security Council looked into the incident.

No casualties were reported in a clash between North Korean and American forces in the DMZ.

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched Meteor, part of the Soviet Union's weather satellite system.

Brittanica
Wearing a scarlet robe with ermine trimmings, Lord Constantine, the son of a Trinidadian cocoa farmer, and once one of the world's great cricket players, was installed as the first Negro member of the House of Lords, "with all the rights, privileges, preeminences, immunities, and advantages to the degree of baron."

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed a peace treaty in Washington, ending nearly 31 years of hostilities. President Jimmy Carter signed as a witness for the United States.

Politics
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau called a federal election for May 22.

Law
A United States federal judge in Milwaukee granted a government motion to bar The Progressive's publication of an article describing how a hydrogen bomb works. It was the first such injunction to impose prior restraint in the name of national security.

20 years ago
1989


Hockey
The Calgary Flames defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 7-5.

10 years ago
1999

Crime

"Dr." Jack Kevorkian, who claimed that he had helped 130 people to take their own lives, was found guilty in Oakland County (Michigan) Circuit Court of second-degree murder in the death (by injection of a lethal drug) of Thomas Youk, who was fatally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. A tape of Mr. Youk's death was played on national television.
In four previous trials, "Dr." Kevorkian had never been convicted of a death, as the patients in those cases had self-administered lethal drugs. "Dr." Kevorkian acted as his own attorney.

War
NATO planes downed two MiGs over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Sunday, 22 March 2009

March 25, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Natasha!

60 years ago
1949


On television tonight
Your Show Time, hosted and narrated by Arthur Shields, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Speckled Band, starring Alan Napier as Sherlock Holmes, Melville Cooper as Dr. Watson, Evelyn Ankers as Helen Stoner, and Edgar Barrier as Dr. Grimesby Roylott

40 years ago
1969


World events
Pakistani President Mohammad Ayub Khan resigned after 10 years in office and turned the country over to army commander-in-chief General A.M. Yahya Khan, who promptly declared martial law throughout the country.

U.S. President Richard Nixon and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau concluded two days of talks in Washington. In joint commmunique, the leaders agreed that "problems between us can be settled in ways that promote the interests and the identities of both nations."

War
The United States and South Vietnam issued separate statements stressing the need to break the impasse at the Paris peace talks with the Communists through private talks.

Disasters
20 were killed and 70 injured in a head-on crash of two passenger trains in a morning mist in southern Belgium.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Israeli and Egyptian leaders in Washington agreed on a timetable for the scheduled return by Israel of Sinai oil fields to Egypt; it was the last issue blocking t a comprehensive peace treaty.

Terrorism

Four were injured when a bomb exploded in the baggage-loading area of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The bomb had been set to explode aboard a flight bound for Los Angeles. An anti-Castro Cuban group claimed responsibility.

Hockey
With Ken Dryden in goal, the Montreal Canadiens edged the New York Rangers 1-0.

25 years ago
1984

On television tonight

CBC broadcast the latest Wayne and Shuster special, which featured their takeoffs on recent commercials, and "Never Say Dandruff Again."

20 years ago
1989

Hockey

In Hockey Night in Canada action, the Toronto Maple Leafs kept their playoff hopes alive with a 6-5 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Maple Leaf Gardens, while the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in a fight-filled game at The Forum in Inglewood, California.

March 24, 2009

60 years ago
1949

Hockey

Gerry Plamondon scored 2:59 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the second game of their Stanley Cup semi-final playoff series at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. The win evened the best-of-seven series at 1 game each.

40 years ago
1969

World events

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau began a two-day visit with U.S. President Richard Nixon in Washington. The two leaders discussed the anti-ballistic missile system; the North Atlantic Treaty organization; world problems; Canadian-American differences over wheat and oil; and student unrest and racial issues.

Economics and finance
Three weeks after the Bank of Canada raised its prime rate, eight of the nation's chartered banks followed suit by raising their prime lending rate from 7% to 7.5%. They also announced that as of April 1, interest paid on savings accounts would increase from 5.25% to 5.5%.

War
Egyptian and Israeli forces resumed artillery fire at each other across the Suez Canal.

Boxing
Jerry Quarry won a 12-round decision over Buster Mathis in a heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Tragedy--Bee Gees

Hockey
The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 at the Montreal Forum. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks tied 3-3.

25 years ago
1984

Weather

It hit 52 F in Edmonton, the most beautiful day of the year so far.

Hockey
The St. Louis Blues shocked the Edmonton Oilers 7-1 at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Chicago Black Hawks 7-3.

20 years ago
1989

Weather

It was warm enough in Edmonton for this blogger to wear shorts outside.

10 years ago
1999

War

NATO forces launched attacks on targets in Yugoslavia after Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic refused to sign a peace agreement regarding the future of the rebellious province of Kosovo. Targets in Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo were hit. Cruise missiles were fired from U.S. and British ships and submarines in the Adriatic Sea and from American B-52 bombers; other NATO warplanes attacked from bases in Italy. The participation of four German jets marked the first combat by German aircraft since the end of World War II. The United States reported that three Yugoslav MiG jets were shot down during the first night.

U.S. President Bill Clinton said in an address that NATO sought to stop the Serbian offensive against civilians in Kosovo and to damage the Serbian military. Targets included radar and missile sites and command and communication centres. Russian President Boris Yeltsin denounced the attacks, and both Russia and China criticized the NATO offensive at the UN Security Council the next day.

It was the war on Kosovo (a place that I, like millions of others, had never heard of before 1999) that killed patriotic feeling in me toward Canada. I felt ashamed (and still do) to live in a country that started a war, dropping bombs from a safe distance on people who had done nothing to us. Thanks to the Liberal government of Jean Chretien (or Cretin, as I call him), Canada became the aggressor in a war for the first time ever. It's worth noting that these Liberals are the type of people who consider themselves to be morally superior to those of us who believe that wars should only be fought if we have national interests at stake. These politically-correct one-worlders don't believe in something as crass as "national interests;" no, they believe in Canadian "values" instead. The result is that Trudeaupia (formerly Canada) now has no qualms about starting wars and killing innocent people.

As for NATO, it was formed as a defensive alliance against an aggressive Soviet Union, and helped to prevent war for 40 years. When the Soviet Union disbanded at the end of 1991, NATO should have disbanded as well. However, NATO had to invent a reason to justify its continued existence, and like the firemen in Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, NATO ended up starting fires instead of preventing them.

The Liberal war on Kosovo also led to the end of my membership in the Reform Party of Canada, then the official opposition. Under the leadership of Preston Manning, the Reformers went right along with the Liberals, refusing to call for a free vote or even for a debate in Parliament. A year later the Reform Party became the Canadian Alliance, and eventually merged with Progressive Conservatives (the bunch that the Reform Party was created to oppose) to become the Conservative Party of Canada. They're in power now, but in foreign affairs as in many other areas, the "Conservative" government is continuing the Liberal policy. This is one of a number of reasons why I no longer vote in federal elections.

Politics
Paraguay's lower house of Congress voted to begin impeachment proceedings against President Raul Cubas Grau immediately for his defiance of a Supreme Court order to return Gen. Lino Cesar Oviedo to prison for planning a coup against a former president. Six people were killed in riots calling for Mr. Cubas's ouster.

Rev. Jesse Jackson announced that he would not make a third attempt for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination in 2000.

Law
An appellate committee of Great Britain's Law Lords ruled that the 1998 arrest of former Chilean President General Augusto Pinochet in England had been legal. The majority agreed that the international convention against torture applied to former heads of state.The issue of extradition to Spain remained unresolved.

On television tonight
The first episode of It's Like...You Know was broadcast on ABC. The show was promoted as a Los Angeles equivalent to the New York-set Seinfeld. Among the cast were Chris Eigeman (co-star of Whit Stillman's movies Metropolitan; Barcelona; and The Last Days of Disco) and Jennifer Grey (co-star of Dirty Dancing). The show had some funny situations, but the characters didn't have the appeal of those in Seinfeld.

March 23, 2009

70 years ago
1939


Hockey
Mel Hill scored 8:24 into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in a Stanely Cup semi-final game. it was the second straight win for the Bruins over the Rangers in overtime, with Mr. Hill scoring the winning goal on both occasions.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Venus--Frankie Avalon (3rd week at #1)

40 years ago
1969


War
The United States revealed that American and South Vietnamese forces had launched a counteroffensive against Communist forces on March 1 in the Ashau Valley.

Popular Culture
30,000 people attended a rally at the Orange Bowl in Miami to support a teenage crusade for decency in entertainment. The rally was organized following the arrest of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, for indecent exposure at a concert in Miami.

30 years ago
1979

Terrorism

Guatemala was shaken by a terrorist campaign against the moderate opposition; the military government denied involvement, but moderate leaders said that rightists were tied to elements within the police and armed forces.

Labour
Over 60,000 steelworkers marched in Paris in protest against unemployment, layoffs, and the possible shutdown of France's steel industry.

Scandal
U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell conferred full powers of a special prosecutor upon special counsel Paul Curran , amid Republican criticism that Mr. Curran had not been given sufficient authority to conduct a thorough investigation into loans to President Jimmy Carter's family business by Bert Lance's National Bank of Georgia.

10 years ago
1999


Died on this date
Luis Maria Argana. Mr. Argana, the Vice-President of Paraguay, was assassinated in Asuncion by four men in a gun and grenade assault on the jeep of Mr. Argnana and his driver. Mr. Argana's faction of the ruling party had called for the impeachment of President Raul Cubas Grau for his defiance of a Supreme Court order to return to prison General Lino Cesar Oviedo, who had been sentenced for planning a coup against a former president.

Diplomacy
Two days of talks between United States envoy Richard Holbrooke and Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic regarding the future of the rebellious Yugoslavian province of Kosovo concluded with no agreement.

March 22, 2009

75 years ago
1934

Hockey

Herbie Lewis scored 1:33 into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Stanley Cup semi-final playoff action at Maple Leaf Gardens.

60 years ago
1949

Hockey

Max McNab scored at 4:52 of the third overtime period to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the first game of their Stanley Cup semi-final playoff series at Olympia Stadium in Detroit.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes--The Platters (5th week at #1)

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Where Do You Go To My Lovely--Peter Sarstedt (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Dizzy--Tommy Roe (2nd week at #1)

Calgary's top 10
1 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
2 Build Me Up Buttercup--The Foundations
3 Things I'd Like to Say--The New Colony Six
4 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
5 Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Something's Happening--Herman's Hermits
7 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
8 Johnny One Time--Brenda Lee
9 Bears--Quicksilver Messenger Service
10 Condition Red--The Goodees
Pick hit of the week: Rock Me--Steppenwolf

30 years ago
1979


World events
Great Britain's ambassador to the Netherlands was slain outside his home in The Hague. The assassination was believed to be a work of a faction of the provisional Irish Republican Army.

The United States pledged to continue surveillance flights over the Sinai peninsula--begun secretly in 1974 at Israeli and Egyptian request--for three years to verify both sides' compliance with the Middle East peace treaty.

Politics
In the United States, the White House announced that Rear Admiral Rowland G. Freeman III would succeed Jay Solomon as head of the scandal-plagued General Services Administration.

Hockey
The New York Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3.

25 years ago
1984

Weather

It was a beautiful day in Edmonton, hitting 52 F.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

March 21, 2009

80 years ago
1929

Hockey

Butch Keeling scored at 9:50 of the second overtime period to give the New York Rangers a 1-0 win over the New York Americans in a Stanley Cup quarter-final game at Madison Square Garden.

70 years ago
1939

Hockey

Mel Hill scored at 19:25 of the third overtime period to give the Boston Bruins a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in a Stanley Cup semi-final playoff game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Elusive Agent, Part 1

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
2 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
3 Condition Red--The Goodees
4 Time of the Season--The Zombies
5 Games People Play--Joe South
6 Tear Drop City--The Monkees
7 To Susan on the West Coast Waiting--Donovan
8 Things I'd Like to Say--The New Colony Six
9 Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon--Paul Revere and the Raiders

World events
The Hong Kong newspaper The Star quoted Mao Tse-tung as saying that China was prepared to use nuclear weapons in the event of a Soviet nuclear attack.

Anthony Lee, installed the previous day as resident Commissioner of the island of Anguilla after an invasion by British troops, promised capital improvements.

Disasters
A head-on crash of an electric train and locomotive, triggered by a power failure, killed at least 40 and injured more than 300 near Sao Paulo, Brazil.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Israel's Knesset endorsed the peace treaty with Egypt, clearing the way for signing ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on March 26. The United States was expected to pledge support for Israel in the event the pact with Egypt was violated.

Economics and finance
Zairian President Mobutu Sese Seko announced that the International Monetary Fund had pledged $150 million in aid to Zaire in exchange for his government's pledge to cut government spending by two-thirds.

Scandal
The South African bribery scandal widened as ex-Information Ministry official Eschel Rhoodie said that the United States was the main target of South Africa's bid to influence press and government figures to support her racial policies.

Hockey
In the regular Wednesday telecast, the Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues tied 1-1. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2.

25 years ago
1984

Hockey

This blogger was in attendance at the Northlands Coliseum as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Hartford Whalers 5-3.

20 years ago
1989


Edmontonia
Enumeration began for the city census. Enumerators were paid 90c per household and 10c for each name on the voters' list for the upcoming civic election. This blogger was covered two large apartment buildings full of university students--a very enjoyable assignment.

Hockey
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3.

10 years ago
1999

Movies

Shakespeare in Love won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1998. Other Oscars included: Director--Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan; Actor--Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful; Actress--Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love; Supporting Actor, James Coburn, Affliction; Supporting Actress--Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love; Foreign Language Film--Life is Beautiful.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

March 20, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Cliff Lander!

100 years ago
1909

Born on this date
Richard Wurmbrand
. Romanian-born pastor and writer. Mr. Wurmbrand, a Christian of Jewish ancestry, spent 14 years in Romanian prisons; he wrote the book Tortured for Christ about this experience. He and his wife Sabina were eventually freed, and came to the United States. In 1969 Mr. Wurmbrand founded the ministry Jesus to the Communist World, which is known today as Voice of the Martyrs, dedicated to helping the persecuted church throughout the world. The Canadian address of this ministry may be found here. Richard Wurmbrand went to be with his Lord on February 17, 2001 at the age of 91.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Pat Novak For Hire, starring Jack Webb, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Rory Malone, Prizefighter

40 years ago
1969


Disasters
A United Arab airliner crashed at Aswan airport, leaving 87 dead and 14 injured.

All 16 aboard crashed when a chartered plane carrying men from the Memphis, Tennessee area to a hunting expedition in British Honduras crashed in a heavy fog and burned at New Orleans airport.

Academia
A 134-day class boycott at San Francisco State College was reported settled at a student rally where strike leaders claimed to have won all their demands. The demands were mainly concerned with creating more courses in black studies and enrolling more Negroes as students. The strike had begun on November 6, 1968.

30 years ago
1979


World events
During the Knesset debate on the peace treaty with Egypt, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin vowed not to allow a Palestinian state to be established in the West Bank or Gaza.

War
France withdrew its troops from Chad after a peace agreement between warring factions in the former French colony was announced in Paris.

Scandal
United States Attorney General Griffin Bell appointed former federal attorney Paul Curran as special counsel to investigate practices by Bert Lance's National Bank of Georgia involving $7 million in loans to President Jimmy Carter's family business.

On the radio
CFCN in Calgary had added Here Comes the Night by the Beach Boys to its playlist. This new disco version of a cut originally released on the 1967 album Wild Honey marked a low point for the Beach Boys. Not only did it sound bad, but in the early months of 1979 it was becoming apparent that the popularity of disco, at least as far as radio play was concerned, was waning.

20 years ago
1989

Politics

Alberta Premier Don Getty, who had called an election less than three years after winning a majority government, received a rude surprise when his Progressive Conservatives dropped from 61 seats to 59. One of the losses was in Edmonton Whitemud, where former alderman Percy Wickman, running for the Liberals, defeated Mr. Getty, prompting some pundits to declare the Premier's political career to be at an end. The New Democrats took 16 seats, and the Liberals 8.

10 years ago
1999

Adventure

19 days after leaving Switzerland, Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland (the captain) and Brian Jones of Great Britain completed the first nonstop circumnavigation of the globe by balloon after flying about 29,000 miles in the Breitling Orbiter 3, a 180-foot tall helium-powered balloon. Shortly after takeoff they picked up a high-altitude jet stream and travelled east across Africa, Asia, the Pacific ocean, Central America, the Atlantic Ocean, and back to Africa.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

March 19, 2009

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Design for Death

40 years ago
1969

World events

A 100-man task force of British paratroopers, marines, and policemen landed on the tiny island of Anguilla in a dispute dating back to May 1967, when the island pulled out of the Associated State of St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, made up of former British colonial territories. Although hundreds of the 6,000 inhabitants shouted their protests, there was no resistance to the bloodless invasion, which inspired much humour and satire in the press around the world.
Ronald Webster, the island's self-appointed president, vehemently denied a British official's charge that U.S. adventurers and "Mafia types" had plotted a takeover of the 35-square-mile island. With a form of colonial rule restored to the island and Anthony Lee acting as Resident Commissioner, Britain justified the invasion on its fear that Anguilla, with its chief natural resource being a small salt pond, could not go it alone.

The Peruvian navy seized two more American tuna boats, fishing 23 and 40 miles, respectively, off Peru's coast. The boats and their crews were held in the port of Talara on charges of illegal fishing, but were released after paying fines of $17,000 and $8,000. It was the second such seizure in a month.

Terrorism
10 days of mob terror in rural East Pakistan had left more than 150 dead and thousands homeless.

Labour
A 21-say strike by 12,700 American Airlines employees ended with a new contract, effective through February 28, 1971, calling for a 25.5% wage increase per hour.

30 years ago
1979

Died on this date
Richard Beckinsale, 31
. U.K. actor. Mr. Beckinsale co-starred in a number of British television comedy series in the 1970s, most notably Porridge and Rising Damp. He had completed five of a scheduled six episodes of Bloomers, but didn't show up for rehearsal for the sixth episode, and was found dead at home of an apparent heart attack. He was the father of actress Kate Beckinsale.

Diplomacy
The administration of United States President Jimmy Carter pledged $2 billion in arms aid to Egypt and $3 billion toward the cost of Sinai disengagement to Israel after the signing of the Middle East peace treaty.

War
Kurds in southwestern Iran demanding autonomy clashed with government troops in Sanadaj, inflicting heavy losses.

Politics
United States Attorney General Griffin Bell won a reversal in federal appellate court of a contempt citation in a suit by the Socialist Workers party seeking confidential files on 18 informers who had spied on the party.

Hockey
The Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3.

25 years ago
1984


Weather
It hit 48 F in Edmonton, the most beautiful day of the year so far.

Music
The Edmonton Public School Board's Annual Night of Music took place at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The final work presented was Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (minus real cannons).

20 years ago
1989


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 Lost in Your Eyes--Debbie Gibson
2 Straight Up--Paula Abdul
3 The Living Years--Mike and the Mechanics
4 You Got It--Roy Orbison
5 Wild World--Maxi Priest
6 Lover in Me--Sheena Easton
7 What I Am--Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
8 My Heart...--Rod Stewart
9 She Drives Me Crazy--Fine Young Cannibals
10 Roni--Bobby Brown

10 years ago
1999


War
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that 240,000 people had fled their homes in Kosovo because of the conflict between separatist forces from the Yugoslavian province and Yugoslavian government forces.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

March 18, 2009

60 years ago
1949


On television tonight
Your Show Time, hosted and narrated by Arthur Shields, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Treasure of Franchard, starring Alan Reed

40 years ago
1969


War
American and South Vietnamese forces launched an offensive around Saigon as the Communists pressed their push with widespread ground and rocket attacks against both military and civilian centres.

Egyptian and Israeli forces resumed artillery fire against each other across the Suez Canal.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

Saudi Arabian leaders and King Hussein of Jordan declined to back the Middle East peace treaty after separate talks with United States envoy Zbigniew Brzezinski, but the Saudis pledged not to join any anti-Egypt economic boycott.

Hockey
The University of Alberta Golden Bears defeated Dalhousie University 5-1 to win their second consecutive Canadian men's university championship. In the National Hockey League, the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-1.

25 years ago
1984

Weather

It was a beautiful day in Edmonton, hitting 42 F.

20 years ago
1989


Hockey
The York University Yeomen defeated the Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks 5-2 to win the Canadian men's university championship.

10 years ago
1999

Diplomacy

Representatives of ethnic Albanians, who constituted the majority of the population of Kosovo, signed a peace agreement which had been worked out for the future of the rebellious Yugoslavian province.

Monday, 16 March 2009

March 17, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Kathy Fisher!

100 years ago
1909

Born on this date
Denis Conan Doyle
. U.K. playboy. A son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Denis, along with his younger brother Adrian, spent his life sponging off his father's estate, driving fast cars, and hunting game. He delivered a few lectures during World War II, but didn't write any books or articles, as far as I know. He died in 1955 of a heart attack while on a big game hunt in Africa.

40 years ago
1969


Politics
Golda Meir, 70, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Israel, replacing the late Levi Eshkol. Mrs. Meir had been nominated by the ruling Labor party's central committee 10 days earlier. 100 committee members, supporters of defense minister Moshe Dayan for the post, shunned the nominating meeting. Mrs. Meir told the Knesset that her government would continue to insist on direct talks with the Arabs to attain peace in the Middle East.

Economics and finance
America's major banks increased their prime interest rate from 7 to 7.5%, a result of the government's drive against inflation.

War
In the first attack on the Vietnam policy of the administration of President Richard Nixon by a Senate dove, George McGovern (Democrat, South Dakota) castigated the administration for its lack of "strength and courage to genuinely reverse our course."

Disasters
17 were killed when a bus crashed into a ravine west of Bogota, Colombia.

5 were killed and 14 injured when fire razed a hotel in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: I Will Survive--Gloria Gaynor (2nd week at #1)

World events
The United States and Great Britain appealed to Patriotic front guerrillas to resume negotiations with the Rhodesian regime for a peaceful transition to majority rule in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe that would include UN-supervised elections.

Hockey
In Hockey Night in Canada action, the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Minnesota North Stars 6-4. The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1.

25 years ago
1984

Hockey

The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 in the national Hockey Night in Canada game.

March 16, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Tatyana!

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Venus--Frankie Avalon

40 years ago
1969

Disasters

A Venezuelan DC-9 airliner with 83 on board crashed in a populous suburb of Maracaibo, killing all on board and at least 67 on the ground in what was the worst air disaster in history to that time.

War
A dramatic reversal of conditions in Biafra in almost every aspect of life in the last six months was reported. Most of the more than one million uprooted had been relocated, and the civilian death toll from starvation was estimated at 700 per day, down from the estimate of 6,000 per day the previous September.

32,063 Americans had died in the Vietnam War, a figure fast approaching the Korean War total of 33,629.

No casualties resulted from a skirmish between North Korean and American soldiers in the DMZ.

20 years ago
1989

Figure skating

Kurt Browning of Caroline, Alberta, representing Canada, won his first world men's championship. These were the last world championships to involve compulsory figures.

Hockey
The Vancouver Canucks blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-0.

10 years ago
1999


World events
The 20 members of the European Commission, executive wing of the European Union, resigned the day after a report issued by investigators appointed by the European Parliament revealed the commission's corruption.

Politics
Magazine publisher Steve Forbes announced his candidacy for the 2000 Republican Party nomination for President of the United States. Mr. Forbes endorsed the flat tax, opposed abortion, and advocated giving paents vouchers to put their children in private schools.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

March 15, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Walker Morrow!

60 years ago
1949


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Suspicion, starring Ernest Truex and Sylvia Field

This is the earliest episode of the series that is available on DVD as of 2009.

Died on this date
Bill Cissell, 45
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Cissell, an infielder, played 956 games with five major league teams from 1928-1938, with a lifetime batting average of .267. He spent his first four seasons with the Chicago White Sox, but failed to live up to expectations. Mr. Cissell eventually turned to drink, and reportedly spent some years wandering around Comiskey Park in Chicago as a part-time labourer. He died from malnutrition.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes--The Platters (4th week at #1)

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Where Do You Go To My Lovely--Peter Sarstedt (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Dizzy--Tommy Roe

Calgary's top 10
1 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
2 Build Me Up Buttercup--The Foundations
3 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
4 Condition Red--The Goodees
5 Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
7 Something's Happening--Herman's Hermits
8 Bears--Quicksilver Messenger Service
9 Johnny One Time--Brenda Lee
10 Things I'd Like To Say--The New Colony Six
Pick hit of the week: Galveston--Glen Campbell

War
The U.S.S.R. and China resumed fighting over Chenpao (Damansky) Island) in the frozen Ussuri Rive on the Soviet-Chinese border. Each country accused the other of instigating the conflict.

Communist rockets landed in Saigon in the second bombardment of a major South Vietnamese city in as many days.

An American soldier was killed in a two-hour skirmish with North Korean forces in the DMZ west of Panmunjom.

World events
The Agency for International Development reported that any progress attained for Latin America by the Alliance for Progress had been "largely canceled out" by the region's "staggeringly high" birthrates.

Former United States President Dwight Eisenhower suffered an episode of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

The Egyptian cabinet approved the last provisions of the peace treaty with Israel.

Religion
Pope John Paul II, in his first papal encyclical, declared his theological conservatism and his concern for the world's poor.

Economics and finance
The United States House of Representatives approved an increase in the national debt limit by $32 billion to $830 billion total, but the close 201-199 vote showed growing support for a balanced federal budget.

20 years ago
1989

Hockey

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 8-6.

10 years ago
1999

Scandal

Investigators appointed by the European Parliament reported that the European Commissioners, the executive wing of the EU, had mismanaged programs for which they were responsible and had hired friends who were unqualified for their positions. Six commissioners, including former President Edith Cresson of France, came under sharpest criticism. It was concluded that she knew that millions of euros were being wasted on her programs.

The United States Central Intelligence Agency began an inquiry into how U.S. national security might have been damaged by China obtaining information from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

March 14, 2009

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Unfortunate Valet

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
2 Games People Play--Joe South
3 Try a Little Tenderness--Three Dog Night
4 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
5 Tear Drop City--The Monkees
6 Condition Red--The Goodees
7 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
8 You Showed Me--The Turtles
9 To Susan on the West Coast Waiting--Donovan
10 River Deep, Mountain High--Deep Purple

Died on this date
Heinie Zimmerman, 82
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Zimmerman was an infielder (playing mostly at third base) with the Chicago Cubs from 1907-1916, and the New York Giants from 1916-1919. His best season was 1912, when he led the National League with a .372 batting average, 14 home runs, 207 hits, and 41 doubles. Mr. Zimmmerman also led the National League in runs batted in with 83 in 1916 and 102 in 1917. He's remembered for an allegedly bonehead play in the 1917 World Series against the Chicago White Sox, when he held onto the ball and chased Eddie Collins across the plate with the Series-winning run. Mr. Zimmerman, along with his teammate Hal Chase, was kicked off the Giants late in the 1919 season for throwing games.

Defense
U.S. President Richard Nixon announced his decision to go ahead with a revised missile defense system. His plan called for 12 sites, equipped with both long- and short-ranged missiles, to defend U.S. missile retaliatory capacity. The system, which would cost about $6 billion-$7 billion and be operative by the mid-1970s, was termed "truly a 'Safeguard' system, a defensive system only" by Mr. Nixon. "It safeguards our deterrent," he declared, and thus would not "delay the progress which I hope will continue to be made toward arms talks."

War
The Communists were on the last day of their post-Tet offensive drive in Vietnam. U.S. President Richard Nixon said that the Communist attack ruled out a reduction in American forces in "the foreseeable future."

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
The Israeli cabinet approved the last provisions to the peace treaty with Egypt.

Politics
Premier Peter Lougheed led his Progressive Conservatives to a landslide victory in the Alberta provincial election, capturing 74 of 79 seats. Social Credit took 4 seats, with New Democratic Party leader Grant Notley holding onto his seat in Spirit River-Fairview. The Liberals were shut out, as party leader Nick Taylor failed to win in Calgary Glenmore.

20 years ago
1989


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

10 years ago
1999

Scandal

U.S. national security adviser Sandy Berger said that China had benefited from information obtained from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

March 13, 2009

60 years ago
1949

On the Radio

Pat Novak For Hire, starring Jack Webb, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Reuben Calloway's Pictures

40 years ago
1969


Space
The Apollo 9 crew of Jim McDivitt, David Scott, and Rusty Schweickart concluded their 10-day mission with a splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean at 12:01 P.M. EST just one mile from the target point about 360 miles northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

War
During a debate in the British House of Commons, it was announced that Prime Minister Harold Wilson would visit Nigeria. Foreign Minister Michael Stewart, explaining his country's support of the Nigerian government with arms shipments as an outgrowth of the British government's view of the secession of Biafra from Nigeria as a "disastrous error," said that a cutoff of arms would have increased Soviet influence there and endangered British interests.

The Nigerian government rejected the previous day's proposal from Biafran military leader Col. Chuckwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu of a month's truce as "propaganda."

At the second plenary session of the Vietnam War peace talks in Paris, United States Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge charged that the purpose of the post-Tet Communist attacks was "to terrorize the civilian population into submission." U.S. Command revealed that casualties for the second week of the attacks brought the number of Americans killed since January 1, 1961 to 32,712, and the number of wounded to 206,182. Communist deaths for the same eight-year period were estimated at 461,256.

Three days of artillery fire across the Suez Canal between Egyptian and Israeli forces concluded.

Defense
The United States Senate approved a treaty to limit the spread of nuclear weapons, ending a five-year effort for approval.

Disasters
Between 22 and 25 Russian seamen were missing after their fishing trawler collided with a Panamanian-registered tanker and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

In Cairo, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced Egypt's approval of the bulk of the treaty provisions with Israel.

Energy
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission ordered five nuclear power plants closed within 48 hours because of a deficient analysis of their ability to withstand earthquakes.

Labour
Teachers in St. Louis ended an 8-week strike after approving a new contract; makeup classes were scheduled to run through July 20.

20 years ago
1989

Politics

Deborah Grey became the first Reform Party candidate to be elected to Canada's House of Commons as she won a by-election in the Alberta riding of Beaver River. Miss Grey had finished fourth in the federal election of November 21, 1988, but the winning candidate, John Dahmer of the Progressive Conservatives, had died of cancer just five days after the election.

10 years ago
1999

Boxing

Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, who between them held three world heavyweight titles recognized by leading organizations, fought at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight was declared a draw although most fans and boxing officials thought that Mr. Lewis had clearly won. The result led to calls for open scoring in bouts.

Hockey
In the national Hockey Night in Canada game, the Montreal Canadiens edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1.

March 12, 2009

510 years ago
1499

Exploration

King Henry VII wrote a letter to his lord chancellor, Archbishop of Canterbury John Morton, ordering him to suspend a lawsuit facing Bristol shipping merchant William Weston until after Mr. Weston's return from North America. Mr. Weston had apparently sailed, with the king's approval, for the "new founde land" reached by John Cabot two years earlier.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Tower of Ice

40 years ago
1969

War

In a proposal sent to the foreign ministers of the six European Economic Community nations, Colonel Chuckwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, military leader of Biafra, asked a month's truce in Biafra's war to secede from Nigeria, asserting that the two belligerents could work out a permanent cease-fire in that period. The proposal, which asked the EEC countries to get the United Kingdom to stop arms shipments to Lagos, also urged a total arms embargo to both sides.

30 years ago
1979

World events

15,000 Iranian women marched through Tehran in continuing protests against the government's traditionalist Islamic policies toward women.

Defense
Resumption of a limited military draft was proposed in a Congressional debate over a solution to critical manpower shortages faced by the armed services.

Politics
U.S. Senator Lowell Weicker of Connecticut declared his candidacy for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination.

Hockey
The Montreal Canadiens and Detroit red Wings tied 3-3.

20 years ago
1989

Curling

Pat Ryan's Alberta rink defeated British Columbia 3-2 in the final to win the Brier.

Hockey
The Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 6-3.

At Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton, the University of Alberta Golden Bears scored 2 goals in 5 seconds in defeating the University of Calgary Dinosaurs 3-1 to win the Canada West men's championship 2 games to 1. Peter Fry was the unfortunate Calgary goalie.

10 years ago
1999

World events

The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland--all former Iron Curtain countries--formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The foreign ministers of the three countries attended a ceremony with United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Independence, Missouri. NATO planned to commit considerable resources to upgrading the military forces of the three nations.

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

March 11, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Tim Sproule and Aurora B.G.!

60 years ago
1949


On television tonight
Your Show Time, hosted and narrated by Arthur Shields, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Real Thing, starring John Archer, Marjorie Lord, Selena Royle, and Dan Seymour

40 years ago
1969

War

Egypt and Israel resumed artillery fire at each other's forces across the Suez Canal. Israel reported that one of its soldiers had been killed, bringing the total to 5 since March 8.

Four American airmen who had been captured by the Viet Cong a month earlier and turned over to Cambodia were freed. Upon their arrival in Bangkok, Thailand, the men confirmed that they had been taken prisoner after their observation plane was shot down near the Cambodian-Vietnamese border.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

The Israeli cabinet approved newly revised language in the U.S.-proposed Middle East peace treaty. United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance arrived in Jerusalem to resume negotiations.

Terrorism
Colombia's military arrested 1,000 people in a crackdown against terrorists. Opponents protested that the government was violating human rights by illegal detentions and the use of torture in interrogating prisoners.

Hockey
Rocky Saganiuk scored his first NHL goal and added two assists as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 at Pittsburgh Civic Arena. Mike Palmateer recorded the shutout in goal for the Maple Leafs.

25 years ago
1984

Personal

This blogger attended Tim Sproule's 22nd birthday party at Stefanie Railey's apartment. We played a game of Trivial Pursuit, the last time I ever played the game.

20 years ago
1989

Hockey

The University of Calgary Dinosaurs defeated the University of Alberta Golden Bears 4-2 to tie the Canada West finals at 1 game each. This blogger was at the game at Clare Drake Arena in Edmonton with a number of friends, and enjoyed the company.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

March 10, 2009

50 years ago
1959

World events

The Dalai Lama and 100,000 of his followers were forced to flee Tibet to India when an uprising against Communist Chinese rule failed.

40 years ago
1969

Crime

James Earl Ray pled guilty in a Memphis, Tennessee courtroom to the murder of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. Mr. Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison. The possibility of a conspiracy was not dismissed by the guilty plea, although both prosecution and defense attorneys agreed that there was no evidence of a conspiracy. The United States Justice Department continued to investigate.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: I Will Survive--Gloria Gaynor

Diplomacy
U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrived in Jerusalem, and told Israelis that he believed a peace treaty could be concluded soon, despite remaining differences with Egypt on the future status of the occupied Arab territories.

Hockey
On Hockey Night in Canada, the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 at the Montreal Forum, while the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Los Angeles Kings 9-4.

25 years ago
1984

Hockey

The New York Rangers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 3-2.

10 years ago
1999

World events

Bill Clinton became the first U.S. President in 30 years to visit Guatemala, where he apologized for former governments that had committed human-rights abuses.

Politics
Elizabeth Dole, former head of the Red Cross and wife of U.S. Senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, said that she was creating an exploratory committee to consider a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

March 9, 2009

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Venus--Frankie Avalon

Popular Culture
The Barbie doll, created by Ruth Handler and named for her daughter Barbara, made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

40 years ago
1969


Journalism
Virulent anti-Chinese propaganda rolled from the Soviet presses. Pravda said that the recent border clash marked "China's final transformation into a force hostile to the Socialist countries."

Golf
Ken Still took home $23,000 for winning the Florida Citrus Open in Orlando.

10 years ago
1999

Politics

Former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander announced his candidacy for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. Mr. Alexander had also been a candidate for the nomination in 1996.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

March 8, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Linda Woodhams!

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes--The Platters (3rd week at #1)

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K: Where Do You Go To My Lovely--Peter Sarstedt (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Everyday People--Sly and the Family Stone (4th week at #1)

Calgary's top 10
1 Build Me Up Buttercup--The Foundations
2 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
3 Condition Red--The Goodees
4 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
5 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
6 Star Crossed Lovers--Neil Sedaka
7 Bears--Quicksilver Messenger Service
8 Johnny One Time--Brenda Lee
9 Touch Me--The Doors
10 Games people Play--Joe South
Pick hit of the week: Tear Drop City--The Monkees

Tear Drop City and the B-side, A Man Without a Dream (released in 1967 by the Righteous Brothers as the B-side of Melancholy Music Man) were from the Instant Replay album, the first Monkees' album to be released after the departure of Peter Tork. I think Mr. Tork played on at least some of the tracks, but the photographs on the front and back covers of the album show just the three remaining Monkees.

War
After weeks of sporadic gunfire along the Suez Canal, the biggest Egyptian-Israeli duel across the canal in 4 1/2 months took place. Egyptian oil storage installations in the city of Suez were severely damaged and General Abel Moneim Riad, 49, head of Egyptian armed forces, was killed while inspecting front-line positions near the city of Ismailia.

Communist gunners increased their shelling in South Vietnam, concentrating on military targets.

Disasters
At least 600 were reported missing and believed dead following an earthquake on the west coast of Celebes Island, Indonesia.

Boxing
Lionel Rose retained his world bantamweight title with a 15-round decision over Alan Rudkin in Melbourne, Australia.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

U.S. President Jimmy Carter conferred with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Cairo, but the meeting failed to resolve issues blocking a peace accord with Israel.

Politics
The United States Senate voted to postpone until 1983 a rule limiting Senators' outside incomes over and above their annual $57,500 salary to $8,625, which had taken effect January 1.

25 years ago
1984


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Thriller--Michael Jackson
2 Jump--Van Halen
3 Girls Just Want to Have Fun--Cyndi Lauper
4 99 Red Ballons--Nena
5 Here Comes the Rain Again--Eurythmics
6 Footloose--Kenny Loggins
7 I Want a New Drug--Huey Lewis and the News
8 Got a Hold on Me--Christine McVie
9 Somebody's Watching Me--Rockwell
10 Nobody Told Me--John Lennon
11 Red Red Wine--UB40
12 Heaven--Bryan Adams
13 Runner--Manfred Mann's Earth Band
14 Karma Chameleon--Culture Club
15 Dont Bite--Pretty Rough
16 Joanna--Kool & the Gang
17 Come Back and Stay--Paul Young
18 This Could Be the Right One--April Wine
19 Radio Ga Ga--Queen
20 Wrapped Around Your Finger--The Police
21 Hold Me Now--Thompson Twins
22 The Language of Love--Dan Fogelberg
23 Middle of the Road--The Pretenders
24 Adult Education--Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 Miss Me Blind--Culture Club
26 New Moon on Monday--Duran Duran
27 Against All Odds--Phil Collins
28 Yah Mo B There--James Ingram and Michael McDonald
29 Rebel Yell--Billy Idol
30 Almost Over You--Sheena Easton

20 years ago
1989

Hockey

The Hartford Whalers defeated the Edmonton Oilers 7-3.

Personal
This blogger met a lovely lady named Halyna Dudzic, who lived less than a block away. 11 months later she tragically froze to death.

10 years ago
1999


Died on this date
Joe DiMaggio, 84
. U.S. baseball player. The second of three brothers who were outstanding major league outfielders, "The Yankee Clipper" represented grace and glamour as he played center field for the New York Yankees from 1936-1942 and 1946-1951 (he played for service teams during the World War II years of 1943-1945). He led the American League in hitting in 1939 and 1940, and in home runs in 1937 and 1948. As late as 1950 Mr. DiMaggio led the league in slugging percentage. He appeared in 11 All-Star games and 10 World Series (9 of them won by the Yankees), and was Al Most Valuable Player in 1941, 1945, and 1948. In 1941 Mr. DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games, a major league record that still stands. He also holds the minor league record with a 61-game streak accomplished with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League in 1933.

Mr. DiMaggio finished his career with a .325 batting average, and 361 home runs. Yankee Stadium in those days had very deep outfield dimensions (461 feet to straightaway center, 415' to left center, 407' to right center), and Joe DiMaggio probably lost as many or more home runs to the dimensions of his ballpark as any player in history. In the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, Joe DiMaggio is rated the 5th best center fielder in major league history. According to Mr. James' Win Shares method, the top four defensive outfielders whose careers were centred in the 1940s were, in order: Dom DiMaggio; Terry Moore; Joe DiMaggio; and Vince DiMaggio. Non-baseball fans may remember Joe DiMaggio best for his 9-month marriage to Marilyn Monroe in 1954.

Scandal
In the midst of a burgeoning investigation of the possible theft of U.S. nuclear secrets by China, the United States Department of Energy fired Wen Ho Lee, a computer scientist who worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mr. Lee was officially ousted for having failed to "properly guard classified material" and for not telling his employers of his contacts with a "sensitive country."

The investigation, conducted by the Energy Department and the FBI, sought to determine if secrets obtained from the United States had permitted China to make smaller nuclear warheads that could be carried in a cluster on a single missile.

Disasters
U.S. President Bill Clinton began a tour of four Central American countries, two of which had suffered heavy damage when hit by Hurricane Mitch in October 1998. In Nicaragua, Mr. Clinton announced $120 million in hurricane-recovery aid for that country.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

March 7, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Carolyn Jagger!

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: Murder on a Wager

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
2 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
3 Games People Play--Joe South
4 Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.
6 Try a Little Tenderness--Three Dog Night
7 Hooked on a Feeling--B.J. Thomas
8 Touch Me--The Doors
9 Can I Change My Mind--Tyrone Davis
10 This Magic Moment--Jay and the Americans

Space
Apollo 9 Commander Jim McDivitt and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart went aboard the lunar module Spider for the third time, and detached Spider from the command module Gumdrop for a successful 6 1/2 hour independent flight. After docking, the two modules flew together for two hours. Messrs. McDivitt and Schweickart returned to Gumdrop, and Spider was jettisoned, destined to burn up on reentry into the earth's atmosphere. During the mission, the two vehicles had flown docked together a record total of 54 hours 47 minutes.

World events
Tens of thousands marched to the Chinese embassy in Moscow and broke about 100 windows in protest against the deaths of Soviet soldiers in the recent border clash.

Politics
Golda Meir accepted the Labour party's nomination to become Prime Minister of Israel, pledging to "continue in the same framework" as the late Levi Eshkol.

Economics and Finance
The price of gold climbed to record levels in Europe's money markets, pushed by speculation that the French franc was about to topple, and fears of labour unrest in France.

30 years ago
1979


Movies
1,500 guests were in attendance at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, California as the American Film Institute bestowed its seventh annual Lifetime Achievement Award on Alfred Hitchcock. Mistress of ceremonies Ingrid Bergman ignored the script and performed spontaneously. Mr. Hitchcock sat stone-faced through the entire evening. For a detailed examination of this event, read chapter one of Donald Spoto's book The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, published in 1983.

Baseball
Spring training games began.

Hockey
The Toronto Maple Leafs shut out the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.

20 years ago
1989


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

Space
A solar eclipse took place; western Canada was one of the places where it was clearly observable. A similar eclipse took place exactly 19 years earlier to the day.

10 years ago
1999

Politics

Francisco Flores of the ruling Arena Party got 51% of the vote in the election to become President of El Salvador; his closest opponent obtained 29% of the vote. Mr. Flores said that he would continue the policies of his predecessor, Armando Calderon Sol, who had pushed for privatization of the economy.