150 years ago
The clock in London whose bell is popularly known as Big Ben began ticking.
125 years ago
The Altoona Mountain Citys of the Union Association, with a record of 6-19, disbanded.
In the American Association, center fielder Oscar Walker went 6 for 6 at bat to lead the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers to a 16-1 rout of the St. Louis Browns.
In another AA game, umpire Tom Connell needed a police escort to leave Athletic Park in Washington after calling a forfeit against the home team. With the Cincinnati Reds leading the Washington Nationals 6-0 in the 6th inning, Washington manager Holly Hollingshead, angry at Mr. Connell's calls, pulled his team off the field. Mr. Connell then forfeited the game in favour of the Reds. In the resulting discontent, the umpire was escorted to the Reds' team carriage parked behind the outfield fence.
120 years ago
An estimated 2,200 people died in a terrible flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania when the South Fork Dam failed as a result of heavy rains. A 30-foot-high wall of water rushed through Conemaugh Valley, destroying everything in its path.
100 years ago
The New York Giants swept a morning-afternoon twinbill from the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds in New York. Hooks Wiltse won the opener 3-2, and 35,000 saw Christy Mathewson outduel Lew Moren 5-4 in the afternoon game. Mr. Mathewson won the game with a home run into the left field stands in the 8th inning.
In the Three I League, pitchers Otto Burns of Decatur and Ed Clarke of Bloomington both went the distance in a 26-inning game won by Decatur 2-1.
90 years ago
Howdy Wilcox won the Indianapolis 500, the first time the race had been held since 1916.
60 years ago
On the radio
Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight's episode: Red Duck Murder
On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Doors on the Thirteenth Floor, starring Louisa Horton, Anthony Ross, and Russell Collins
Cleveland druggist Charley Lupica boldly climbed to a 20-foot platform atop a flagpole after announcing that he was staying there until the Indians repeated as pennant winners. The seventh-place Indians moved up to fourth by the time Lupica descended on September 25‚ but the disappointed druggist was rewarded for his loyalty with a new car by Indians' owner Bill Veeck.
50 years ago
On the radio
The Sign of Four, Part 3, starring Richard Hurndall and Bryan Coleman, on BBC Light Programme
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, and the seven pitchers used by the two teams combined for a total of 23 strikeouts, tying the National League record. Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers led with 9 strikeouts.
Bob Turley gave up just 2 hits as the New York Yankees blanked the Washington Senators 3-0 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, with all the scoring coming on a three-run home run by first baseman Bill Skowron. Mickey Mantle almost hit a home run for the Yankees, but his 438-foot drive was caught by Senators' center fielder Bob Allison.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Braves split a doubleheader. Robin Roberts pitched a 6-0 shutout for the Phillies in the opener, and Warren Spahn came back to win the second game for the Braves by a 2-1 score. The Phillies' run in the second game came on a pinch-hit home run by Gene Freese, his 5th pinch-hit home run of the season.
40 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Get Back--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Get Back--The Beatles (6th week at #1)
Calgary’s top 10
1 Get Back--The Beatles
2 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
3 The Boxer--Simon and Garfunkel
4 Hair--The Cowsills
5 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
6 Medicine Man (Part I)--Buchanan Brothers
7 Love (Can Make You Happy)--Mercy
8 Hawaii 5-0--The Ventures
9 I’m a Drifter--Bobby Goldsboro
10 In the Ghetto--Elvis Presley
Pick hit of the week: Someday Man--The Monkees
Someday Man, written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, didn’t appear on a Monkees’ album until the 1980s. The B-side, Listen to the Band, was a Michael Nesmith composition, and ended up as the bigger hit.
New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller drastically shortened his visit to Bolivia to avoid a violent political crisis as thousands of student demonstrators marched in La Paz to protest his presence.
Dr. Gustav Husak, the Czechoslovak Communist party leader, announced a purge of "opportunist elements." The victims included Professor Ota Sik, a former deputy premier and chief planner of the previous year’s tentative economic reform, and Dr. Frantisek Kriegel, former chairman of the National Front, who was also ousted from the party.
The Montreal Expos lost their 15th straight game, 6-2 to the San Diego Padres. Al Ferrara hit 2 two-run homers for the Padres while the Expos' runs came on a two-run home run in the 7th inning by third baseman Coco Laboy off winning pitcher Joe Niekro.
The Detroit Tigers edged the Seattle Pilots 3-2 as Joe Sparma came within two outs of a ho-hitter. Seattle first baseman Don Mincher doubled with one out in the 9th inning for the Pilots' only hit.
30 years ago
Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary called for a coalition with former foes to roll back the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia.
Two days of fighting in the Iranian port city of Khurramshahr between ethnic Arabs seeking autonomy and government forces concluded with about 100-200 killed and 600 wounded.
An inspection of 37 DC-10s found "problems" in engine mounts similar to that thought responsible for the May 25 crash near Chicago that killed more than 270 people.
The Montreal Expos completed a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, all by shutouts, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Scott Sanderson won 1-0, as losing pitcher Larry Christensen gave up just 7 hits.
Pat Underwood, making his major league debut, pitched 8 1/3 innings, outduelling his older brother Tom, as the Detroit Tigers edged the Toronto Blue Jays. The only run of the game came on an 8th-inning home run by Tiger's right fielder Jerry Morales.
25 years ago
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the Index of Leading Economic Indicators had risen only 0.5% in April, evidence that the economic recovery was slowing.
20 years ago
U.S. President George Bush met with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Bonn. The main objective of the visit was to ease tensions between the allies that had been exacerbated by the dispute over short-range U.S. missiles based in West Germany.
United States House of Representatives speaker Jim Wright announced his resignation as speaker and from the House. In a long, impassioned speech to the House, Mr. Wright defended himself against 69 charges brought against him in April by the House Ethics Committee, and urged an end to the "period of mindless cannibalism" that prevailed in the House.
United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called for a major effort against alcohol and drunk driving. He urged the alcoholic beverage industry to stop sponsoring entertainment events and using celebrities in advertising, and he asked restaurants and bars to end "happy hours" and other similar promotions. Dr. Koop proposed an increase in excise taxes on alcoholic beverages and tougher enforcement of laws suspending licenses of drivers who had been drinking.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the Index of Leading Economic Indicators had risen 0.8% in April.
Cito Gaston was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on a permanent basis.
Deion Sanders threw out a baserunner, drove in a run, and ignited a 5-run 7th-inning rally with a single in his major league debut as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-5 at Yankee Stadium. Don Mattingly had 4 hits for the Yankees, and his two-run home run in the 8th inning finished the Yankees' scoring.
10 years ago
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in third-round Stanley Cup playoff action.
In NBA playoff action, The San Antonio Spurs edged the Portland Trail Blazers 86-85.
The Seattle Mariners defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-6, hitting four home runs. The home runs gave the Mariners a total of 58 for May, tying the major league record for home runs in a month.
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Florida Marlins 5-2. With St. Louis leading 4-1 in the 5th inning‚ Marlins' outfielder Cliff Floyd doubled off the scoreboard. When Florida argued that the ball cleared the wall‚ the umpires changed the call and ruled the hit a home run. The Cardinals then protested and the game was delayed for 5 minutes while umpires Frank Pulli and Greg Bonin studied replays of the hit on videotape. The call was eventually reversed and ruled a double. The Marlins played the game under protest‚ as there was no mention of replay in the rule books.
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