Friday, 31 July 2009

July 31, 2009

140 years ago
1869

Baseball

The Cincinnati Red Stockings defeated the Rockford Forest Citys 53-32 before 8,000 spectators at Ogden Park in Chicago for their third straight win over the Forest Citys.

110 years ago
1899

Baseball

Christy Mathewson made his professional debut, pitching for Taunton against Manchester in the New England League. Mr. Mathewson lost 6-5.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

Sleepy Bill Burns lost a no-hitter with 2 out in the 9th inning as Otis Clymer singled, but Mr. Burns and the Chicago White Sox held on to edge Walter Johnson and the Washington Nationals 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

American League President Ban Johnson suspended pitcher Carl Mays indefinitely, and ordered umpires not to let Mr. Mays pitch for the New York Yankees.

19-year-old Waite Hoyt made his major league debut, defeating the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in 12 innings. Babe Ruth, playing outfield, led the Boston attack with 2 singles and 2 doubles in 6 at bats.

The Cincinnati Reds swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves, winning 5-0 and 2-0. Bob Fisher and Dolf Luque were the winning pitchers.

80 years ago
1929

Baseball

The New York Yankees routed the Chicago White Sox 16-2 at Yankee Stadium. Lou Gehrig led the Yankee attack as he hit a home run and reached base 5 times.

The Philadelphia Athletics scored 9 runs in the 4th inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 10-1.

Lance Richbourg hit 3 triples to lead the Boston Braves to a 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of a doubleheader. The Cubs won the second game 6-3.

60 years ago
1949

Baseball

The New York Giants swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds by scores of 10-0 and 9-0. Sid Gordon hit 2 home runs in the 2nd inning of game 2. Larry Jansen and Adrian Zabala were the winning pitchers.

Ted Gray and Fred Hutchinson each pitched shutouts as the Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0 and 6-0.

50 years ago
1959

Baseball

Earl Wilson, the Boston Red Sox’ first Negro pitcher, made his first major league start. He gave up no hits but 9 bases on balls in 3 2/3 innings, and left with the Red Sox leading the Detroit Tigers 4-0. Despite allowing 6 more walks, the Red Sox won 6-5, with Mike Fornieles the winning pitcher.

The Chicago White Sox scored two runs in the 9th inning to beat the Washington Senators 2-1, handing the Senators their 14th straight loss.

40 years ago
1969


Space
The United States probe Mariner 6, launched February 24, flew by Mars, photographing the planet's surface and making measurements of its temperatures and atmospheric characteristics. Mariner 6 concentrated on the equatorial regions of Mars, while Mariner 7, which flew by Mars eight days later, concentrated on the polar regions.

World events
U.S. President Richard Nixon was in India, where he expressed praise and support for the South Vietnamese government, and called South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu one of the best political leaders in the world.

Religion
Pope Paul VI became the first pontiff to visit Africa when he flew to Uganda to participate I the closing session of the all-Africa bishops’ parley, and to press for a settlement in the Nigeria-Biafra conflict. After a procession that included five African heads of state, the pope addressed the bishops in Rubaga Cathedral, Kampala, and warned them against altering church teaching in the name of Africanization. He urged them to become "missionaries to yourselves."

Crime
As Ted Kennedy returned to his U.S. Senate duties, Edward Dinis, United States District Attorney for southern Massachusetts, requested an inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-0) 34 @ Toronto (0-1) 28
The Tiger-Cats rushed for 245 yards, led by Dave Fleming, who picked up 113 yards on just 6 carries. Tommy-Joe Coffey caught 3 passes for 61 yards and scored 2 touchdowns--one on a pass from Joe Zuger and the other when he raced downfield to recover a fumble in the end zone after he'd missed a field goal--and added 4 converts. Willie Bethea and Ed Buchanan also scored Hamilton touchdowns. Tiger-Cat quarterback Joe Zuger completed 9 of 15 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tom Wilkinson, who had won the Argonauts' starting quarterback job during the pre-season, completed 23 of 35 passes for 435 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first CFL start. Bobby Taylor led the Toronto receivers with 6 receptions for 113 yards. Mike Eben, whose end-zone fumble was recovered by Mr. Coffey, scored his first CFL touchdown on a pass from Mr. Wilkinson. Bill Symons, who rushed 13 times for 55 yards, added a 1-yard touchdown run for the Argonauts. Toronto kicker Dave Mann missed 3 field goals and 2 converts, which proved costly. In the last 2 minutes of the game, the teams combined for 3 touchdowns in 48 seconds. Tom Wilkinson threw 14 yards to Bobby Taylor, converted by Dave Mann, at 13:06 of the 4th quarter, to reduce the Hamilton lead to 28-22. Mr. Mann's short kickoff went right into the hands of Hamilton linebacker Henry Sorrell, who returned the kick 56 yards for a touchdown at 13:10 to make the score 34-22 (The Globe and Mail summary recorded the time of the earlier touchdown as 13:05, but even a 5-second difference sounded too unbelievable for their reporter). Mr. Wilkinson then brought the Argonauts back, and threw a 53-yard touchdown strike to Jim Thorpe (playing his first CFL game) at 13:54, making the final score 34-28.

30 years ago
1979

World events

Fromer Iranian prime Minister Shahpur Bakhtiar emerged from silent exile in Paris to denounce the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeini, saying that his Islamic regime had brought "chaos and dictatorship" to Iran.

Scandal
The United States House of Representatives unanimously censured Rep. Charles Diggs, Jr. (Democrat--Michigan) for padding his office payroll and making personal use of public funds. The senior Negro member of Congress stood silently in the well of the chamber as the censure resolution was read. He was ordered to deliver a $40,000 promissory note to the Treasury to cover his misdeeds. It was the first time a member of the House had been censured since 1921 and was the most severe punishment short of expulsion.

Energy
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to give President Jimmy Carter strong authority to draft a standby plan for gasoline rationing, reversing a July 25 vote calling for a Congressional veto over any such program.

Defense
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appeared before the Senate hearings on the SALT-II arms limitation treaty with the U.S.S.R., and said that the Senators should approve the treaty only if President Carter made a binding commitment to increase military spending rapidly.

Business
Chrysler Corporation reported a record quarterly deficit of $207.1 million. Chrysler officials announced that they had asked the United States government for $1 billion in aid to see the company through its financial crisis.

Disasters
10 were killed and 78 others injured in a fire at a Holiday Inn in Cambridge, Ohio.

Football
CFL
Toronto (2-2) 18 @ Ottawa (2-1) 16
Calgary (2-1) 9 @ Edmonton (3-0) 44
Saskatchewan (0-4) 15 @ British Columbia (4-0) 24

25 years ago
1984

Theatre

Eleusinian Rites, Mysteries and Drama Soirees put on its first performance, a murder mystery at the Youth Emergency Shelter in Edmonton.

20 years ago
1989

Baseball

The Minnesota Twins traded the previous year’s Cy Young Award winner, Frank Viola, to the New York Mets for five players: Rick Aguilera; David West; Tim Drummond; Kevin Tapani; and a player to be named later (Jack Savage).

10 years ago
1999

Baseball

The Chicago Cubs came back from a 7-0 deficit to beat the New York Mets 17-10 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Steroid Sammy Sosa hit his major league-leading 39th and 40th home runs of the season to lead the Cubs’ attack, and Gary Gaetti added his 11th career grand slam. Robin Ventura went 4 for 5, with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs to lead the Mets’ offense.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

July 30, 2009

390 years ago
1619

Politics and government

The first legislative assembly in English North America convened in Jamestown, Virginia.

280 years ago
1729

Americana

The city of Baltimore was founded.

110 years ago
1899

Baseball

The Louisville Colonels swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Spiders at Eclipse Park in Louisville by scores of 9-2 and 16-13. Honus Wagner hit 2 inside-the-park home runs to lead the Colonels’ attack in the second game. The losses dropped the Spiders’ record to 15-74.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Yankees won the first game 6-5 in 10 innings, scoring the winning run on a squeeze bunt. After Ping Bodie stole home for the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th to tie the second game 3-3, the White Sox scored 2 in the 10th to win 5-3.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Next of Kin

50 years ago
1959


Football
CFL Pre-Season
British Columbia (2-1) 22 @ Ottawa (1-0) 24
Calgary (1-3) 21 @ Kitchener-Waterloo 8
The Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen were members of the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

Baseball
Willie McCovey, playing his first major league game, went 4 for 4 with 2 triples off Robin Roberts to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Southern Association suspended Chattanooga first baseman Jesse Levan for life because of his involvement as a go-between for gamblers seeking to fix games. His teammate, Waldo Gonzales, received a one-year suspension.

40 years ago
1969

World events

U.S. President Richard Nixon sandwiched a brief visit to South Vietnam between visits to Thailand and India on his world tour, telling American troops that he would do his job "to see that you don’t fight in vain."

Anatoly V. Kusnetsov, a young Soviet writer attacked for his liberal views, defected to the West and received permission to remain in Britain.

War
The Organization of American States approved a peace pact between El Salvador and Honduras.

Politics and government
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy announced that he would retain both his Senate seat and position as majority whip after receiving an overwhelming vote of confidence from the people of Massachusetts. He also announced that he would seek re-election in 1970 and would serve out the "entire six-year term," apparently ruling out a presidential run in 1972.

Football
CFL
Montreal (0-1) 15 @ Ottawa (1-0) 47
Calgary (1-0) 32 @ British Columbia (0-1) 7

Terry Evanshen caught 3 touchdown passes to lead the Stampeders’ attack and make a winner of Jim Duncan in his first game as a CFL head coach. It was also the first game in the Hall of Fame career of Calgary defensive end John Helton. For the Lions, it was the only CFL game for rookie running back Jim Nicholson. A sensation in training camp, he came down with a bad knee, and dressed for the season opener as the designated import, but saw no action. For the Montreal Alouettes, highly-touted 19-year-old rookie running back Danny Houston carried 4 times for 4 yards, left early with a knee injury, and never played again.

Baseball
The Houston Astros swept a doubleheader from the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York by scores of 16-3 and 11-5. In the first game, the Astros scored 11 runs in the 9th inning, which included grand slams by both Jimmy Wynn (off Cal Koonce) and Denis Menke (off Ron Taylor). Also contributing to the Astros’ attack was relief pitcher Fred Gladding, who singled off Mr. Taylor for his only hit in 63 career at bats. The Astros scored 10 runs in the 3rd inning of the second game, as Curt Blefary tripled with the bases loaded, and winning pitcher Larry Dierker (13-8) hit a home run with a runner on base.

30 years ago
1979

Defense

U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance announced that the United States would honour a 1977 pledge to NATO to raise military spending by 3% annually. The statement was seen as an attempt to placate Senate critics of the SALT-II arms limitation treaty with the U.S.S.R., who sought to link the arms agreement to increased defense spending.

Politics and government
California Governor Jerry Brown authorized an "exploratory" campaign committee, his first formal challenge to U.S. President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic party presidential nomination.

20 years ago
1989

Terrorism

The Organization of the Oppressed of the World, a Shiite Muslim group that had kidnapped Lt. Col. William Higgins in Lebanon in February 1988, said they would execute Lt. Col. Higgins unless Israel freed Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid, leader of the Shiite Muslim group Party of God, who had been kidnapped by Israeli commandos in Lebanon on July 28.

10 years ago
1999

Politics

The United States Senate voted 57-43 to approve a $792 billion tax cut, but with provisions that differed from the bill passed by the House of Representatives eight days earlier.

Scandal
A Maryland grand jury indicted Linda Tripp, who had secretly taped conversations between herself and then-friend Monica Lewinsky. The tapes were used in evidence against President Bill Clinton when he was impeached in 1998. Ms. Tripp was charged with illegally taping a conversation in December 1997 and also for disclosing the contents of that conversation to Newsweek magazine.

Football
CFL
Toronto (1-3) 15 @ Saskatchewan (1-3) 20
The win was the first for Cal Murphy as head coach of the Roughriders.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

July 29, 2009

100 years ago
1909

Died on this date
Harry Pulliam, 40
. U.S. baseball executive. Mr. Pulliam, the President of the National League since 1903, was convinced that team owners were conspiring against him, and suffered a nervous breakdown in February 1909 at a banquet for National League owners. He was granted an indefinite leave of absence, and returned to work on June 28. On July 28 Mr. Pulliam got up from the dinner table at the New York Athletic Club, walked up to his room on the third floor, stripped to his underwear, laid down on a sofa, and shot himself in the head. He was found alive, but was too severely wounded to be moved to a hospital, and died later that night.

90 years ago
1919


Baseball
In defiance of American League President Ban Johnson's order that no action be taken until Carl Mays was returned to good standing‚ Boston owner Harry Frazee traded the pitcher to the New York Yankees for pitchers Bob McGraw‚ Allan Russell‚ an unnamed third player to be chosen‚ and a reported $20‚000 (The New York Times listed $40‚000).

The Yankees chased Chicago White Sox ace Eddie Cicotte with 12 hits in 5 innings and rolled to a 10-0 win. Hank Thormahlen allowed 6 hits in the whitewash. Frank Baker had 4 hits‚ including 2 doubles and a triple‚ and Roger Peckinpaugh added 3 hits.

In the 9th inning with two out‚ Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Dutch Leonard walked Braggo Roth in order to pitch to Babe Ruth‚ who already had hit 2 doubles off him. The two had had an argument in early June at Fenway Park in Boston. The Babe then hit his 9th home run of the month and his 16th of the year‚ a new American League record. Despite the homer‚ Detroit topped the Red Sox 10-8.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

Schoolboy Rowe won his second game in as many days against the Chicago White Sox, pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and hitting a game-winning home run to help the Detroit Tigers to a 16-15 win.

40 years ago
1969


War
El Salvador, confronted with the threat of severe economic sanctions, told the Organization of American States that it would withdraw the troops that invaded Honduras two weeks earlier. The announcement was greeted with cheers by the regional foreign ministers meeting in Washington to discuss the emergency.

Politics and government
In a special election held in Greene County, Alabama, Negroes won four of five seats on the county commission and two seats on the five-member school board, which already included one Negro. The results were hailed by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as "the most significant achievement by black men since the Emancipation Proclamation."

Football
CFL

Edmonton (1-0) 33 @ Winnipeg (0-1) 0

Terry Swarn caught 3 touchdown passes in his first Canadian Football League game to lead the attack. Two of Mr. Swarn’s scores came on passes from quarterback Corey Colehour, while the third came on a pass from halfback Jim Thomas. Thermus Butler rushed 15 times for 123 yards, and scored the other Eskimo touchdown. Dave Cutler kicked 2 field goals in 4 attempts, and 2 converts in 4 attempts in his first CFL game. Few would have bet after the game that Mr. Cutler would end up in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, while Mr. Swarn would be out of the CFL by the end of 1971. John Schneider, who had been the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ starting quarterback in 1968, was pulled at halftime after completing just 3 of 10 passes for 13 yards in what turned out to be his last CFL game. Backup Don Weiss played the second half at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, but was no more successful than Mr. Schneider. This game marked the last time (as of the date of this post) that the Blue Bombers were shut out.

Baseball
Rookie pitcher Vida Blue received credit for his first major league win as the Oakland Athletics rallied for 3 runs against relief pitcher Jack Aker to defeat the New York Yankees 6-5.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

Israel and Egypt both agreed to send representatives to Washington for talks on a United States proposal for an expanded United Nations truce-monitoring team in the Sinai Peninsula.

Terrorism
Basque separatists bombed the main airport and two railway stations in Madrid, killing 2 and injuring over 100 in a campaign to demand the release of political prisoners.

Disasters
A movie theatre fire in the town of Tuticorin, India killed at least 92 and injured 80.

Baseball
Rick Manning's grand slam highlighted a 7-run 2nd inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-6 for their seventh straight win. Rick Wise was the winning pitcher, with Paul Reuschel getting the save.

25 years ago
1984


Died on this date
Fred Waring, 84
. U.S. bandleader. Mr. Waring and his band, Waring's Pennsylvanians, were among the most popular artists recording for Victor Records from 1923-1932. Mr. Waring was also a popular performer in person and on radio. He made the move to television in 1948; The Fred Waring Show aired on CBS from 1948-1954. Mr. Waring also achieved success promoting the Waring Blendor, which became an important tool in hospitals for the implementation of specific diets, and was used by Dr. Jonas Salk while developing his polio vaccine. Mr. Waring was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the U.S.A.'s highest civilian honour, by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Football
CFL

Saskatchewan (1-2-1) 46 @ Ottawa (3-2) 24

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ kicker Dave Ridgway set a CFL record for a single game with 8 field goals.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
Recently-elected Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski resigned as Communist Party leader; he was replaced by Premier Mieczyslaw Rakowski.

Track and field
Javier Sotomayor of Cuba became the first high jumper to break the 8-foot barrier when he cleared that height, breaking his own world record of 7 feet 11½ inches, at the Caribbean Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Baseball
Texas Rangers’ owner George W. Bush made one of the worst trades in baseball history, obtaining outfielder Harold Baines and a utilityman from the Chicago White Sox for shortstop Scott Fletcher and two prospects, one of whom was Sammy Sosa. It was the "biggest mistake of my adulthood," the future president said in 2000.

10 years ago
1999

Scandal

United States District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright ordered U.S. President Bill Clinton to pay $89,000 in legal expenses because he had deliberately given false testimony about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Most of the money went to lawyers representing Miss Jones, and about $9,480 went to the Rutherford Institute, which had helped to pay Miss Jones' legal expenses. Judge Wright wrote that she took "no pleasure in imposing contempt sanctions against this nation's president."

Crime
Mark Barton, a securities day-trader who had suffered heavy losses, shot 9 people to death and wounded 13 others in Atlanta. The bodies of his wife and two children were found, along with a note from Mr. Barton confessing to their murders, which apparently had occurred a few days earlier. Armed with a handgun and pistol, Mr. Barton entered the offices of two day-trading firms, Momentum Securities and All-Tech Investment Group, where he shot all of his victims. Several hours later, as police closed in on his van outside Atlanta. Mr. Barton stopped at a service station and shot himself to death.

World events
The Chinese government issued a warrant for the arrest of Li Hongzhi, leader of the Buddhist sect Falun Gong, who was living in the United States.

Football
CFL
Calgary (3-1) 38 @ Montreal (3-1) 17
Edmonton (1-3) 8 @ Hamilton (2-2) 54
Winnipeg (2-2) 30 @ British Columbia (3-1) 18

The Eskimos’ loss was their worst road loss ever, and the second-most lopsided loss in the history of the team. Rookie running back Saladin McCullough carried 3 times for 7 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 74 yards in his only game as an Eskimo. It was also the only CFL appearance for Edmonton defensive lineman William Mayes, who made 3 defensive tackles. The only Eskimo touchdown came on a pass from Nealon Greene to Terry Vaughn. Former Eskimo Danny McManus completed 16 of 24 passes for 254 yards and 2 touchdown passes to Trevor Shaw. Backup Cody Ledbetter, also a former Eskimo, mopped up with a touchdown pass to Corey Grant. Ronald Williams rushed 14 times for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. Hamilton defensive end Joe Montford returned a fumble 35 yards for his first CFL touchdown. The Tiger-Cats added Tommy-Joe Coffey to their Wall of Honour, 11 years after he was similarly honoured by the Eskimos.

19,443 at Molson Stadium saw Henry Burris complete 19 of 28 passes for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mr. Burris also rushed 6 times for 45 yards. Anthony Calvillo started at quarterback for the Alouettes, completing 12 of 19 passes for 125 yards. Tracy Ham came on in relief and completed 7 of 10 for 98 yards and a touchdown pass to Ben Cahoon.

24,441 at B.C. Place Stadium watched Deland McCullough rush 29 times for 136 yards and a touchdown, and Milt Stegall catch 11 passes for 233 yards--including a 99-yard touchdown reception from Kerwin Bell--to lead the Blue Bombers' attack. Mr. Bell completed 18 of 27 passes for 395 yards.

Baseball
Thirteen National League umpires lost their jobs as the resignations they tendered on July 14 were accepted.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

July 28, 2009

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

Marty Martel’s triple with one out in the 9th inning spoiled the no-hit bid of Jim Pastorius of the Brooklyn Superbas, but Mr. Pastorius still recorded a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

80 years ago
1929

Born on this date
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
. U.S. First Lady. Mrs. Kennedy inhabited the White House while her husband, John F. Kennedy, was President of the United States from 1961-1963, and she became one of the most popular and admired First Ladies in American history. Five years after the assassination of her husband, Mrs. Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Mr. Onassis died in 1975; Mrs. Onassis died in 1994.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

Chuck Dressen replaced Bob O’Farrell as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. For Mr. Dressen, it was the beginning of a 16-year managerial career that would total 1,990 regular season games.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

Ken Chase of the Washington Nationals gave up two hits in the 9th inning to lose his bid for a no-hitter, but held on to beat Bob Feller and the Cleveland Indians 2-0. Skeeter Webb had the first hit.

60 years ago
1949

Baseball

Dizzy Trout helped his cause with a 9th-inning grand slam off Al Gettel as the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 13-7 at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

50 years ago
1959

Politics and government

Democratic party candidate Daniel Inouye easily won election to the United States House of Representatives as Hawaii's only member of Congress. It was the first statewide election for Hawaii, which was still more than three weeks away from officially entering the union.

Football
CFL Pre-Season
British Columbia (2-0) 15 @ Hamilton (0-1) 6
Calgary (0-3) 21 @ Montreal (1-0) 28

Baseball
Al Smith’s 2-run home run in the 8th inning provided the winning margin as the Chicago White Sox, behind the pitching of Billy Pierce, edged the New York Yankees 4-3 to move into first place in the American League.

40 years ago
1969


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: The Prints on the Moon

Crime
The National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence recommended that the United States federal and state governments act to confiscate 90% of the estimated 24 million handguns owned by private citizens.

Health
The United States government released a report with new evidence that cigarette smoking was detrimental to the heart, lungs, mouth, and unborn infant of women who smoked.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Bad Girls--Donna Summer (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
Charan Singh, 77, having gained the support of a majority in Parliament, was sworn in as Prime Minister of India. He said that his government would "continue to follow the policy of nonalignment which will not lean on any superpower." Mr. Singh announced the formation of a 15-member cabinet that included members of his own Janata party, the Congress party, and the Socialist party.

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ordered the arrest of five members of the ruling Revolutionary Council on charges of conspiring against his regime.

Baseball
Dave Kingman hit a single followed by 3 consecutive home runs, but his Chicago Cubs still lost 6-4 to the New York Mets. The blows gave Mr. Kingman 5 home runs in the last 2 games, tying a major league record.

25 years ago
1984

Diplomacy

The U.S.A. sent a new draft for a joint statement on proposed talks with the U.S.S.R. on banning space weapons to Moscow.

Olympics
U.S. President Ronald Reagan officially opened the Games of the XXIII Olympiad at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Gina Hemphill, granddaughter of 1936 Olympics star Jesse Owens, circled the track with the torch, and Rafer Johnson, the 1960 decathlon champion, lit the flame.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (3-1) 42 @ Hamilton (1-3-1) 20
Montreal (1-3) 7 @ British Columbia (3-1) 22

20 years ago
1989

World events

Israeli commandos abducted Sheik Abdul Karim Obeid, a spiritual leader of the Party of God, a Shiite Muslim group in southern Lebanon. An Israeli army statement said that Sheik Obeid had been "arrested" for planning attacks against Israel.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-0) 34 @ Saskatchewan (2-1) 17

The game at Taylor Field in Regina was interrupted by a thunderstorm which knocked out power and caused a lengthy delay.

10 years ago
1999

Economics and finance

Nearly 100 countries and international organizations and agencies pledged $2.1 billion ($500 million from the U.S.A.) to assist the breakaway Yugoslavian province of Kosovo.

Football
NFL
Barry Sanders announced his retirement after a brilliant 10-year career as a running back with the Detroit Lions. He was only 1,457 yards short of breaking Walter Payton’s NFL career rushing record of 16,726 yards. Mr. Sanders won the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding player in U.S. college football in 1988 while playing for Oklahoma State, and was the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player in 1997.

Monday, 27 July 2009

July 27, 2009

250 years ago
1759

War

The Battle of Ticonderoga at Fort Carillon, New York concluded with the withdrawal of French forces in the face of overwhelming British numerical superiority. Brigadier General Fran├žois-Charles de Bourlamaque attempted to blow up the fort; the powder magazine was destroyed, but the walls weren't severly damaged. The British then occupied the fort, and eventually renamed it Fort Ticonderoga.

120 years ago
1889

Baseball

With 2 out in the 9th inning, the Philadelphia Athletics scored 6 runs on 2 errors, 2 doubles, a single, and a home run (by Henry Larkin) to defeat the Kansas City Blues 12-10 in an American Association game.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

The Brooklyn Dodgers sent 4 players and a reported $75,000 to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for shortstop Pee Wee Reese, currently playing for the Red Sox’ AAA farm team in Louisville.

60 years ago
1949

Baseball

Three home runs were lost when a game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium was rained out before it had gone long enough (5 innings, or 4½ if the home team is leading) to be an official game. Tommy Henrich of the Yankees hit a three-run homer off Bob Feller in the 1st inning, and Joe Gordon of the Indians hit a solo home run in the 2nd off Ed Lopat. In the 3rd inning, Cleveland relief pitcher Sam Zoldak hit a solo home run off Lopat. The rainout deprived Mr. Zoldak of what would have been his only major league home run.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Lonely Boy--Paul Anka (3rd week at #1)

Baseball
At a press conference in New York, attorney William A. Shea announced the formation of the Continental League of Professional Baseball Clubs, with franchises in New York; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Denver; Houston; and Toronto. At least three other franchises were expected to be in place in time for play to begin in 1961. The Continental League was intended to be a third major league, seeking membership within organized baseball rather than competing against it. For more on the Continental League, go here, here, and here.

40 years ago
1969


Baseball
Joe Lahoud’s two-run home run in the top of the 20th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-3 win over the Seattle Pilots at Sicks Stadium in Seattle. Jim Lonborg was the winning pitcher.

The Baltimore Orioles outhit the Chicago White Sox 20-2, and outscored them 17-0. Frank Robinson hit 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs. Jim Hardin pitched the shutout; Billy Wynne took the loss.

30 years ago
1979

Politics and government

U.S. President Jimmy Carter named former New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu as his Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and Portland, Oregon mayor Neil Goldschmidt to be Secretary of transportation.

Labour
General Motors laid off 12,000 workers and announced cutbacks in 1980 production, after a prolonged slump in sales due to the recent price shortage and OPEC price increases.

Disasters
Tropical storm Claudette caused floods along coastal regions of Texas and Louisiana, killing 7 people.

Baseball
Cecil Cooper hit 3 home runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees.

25 years ago
1984

Diplomacy

The U.S.S.R. rejected the U.S.A.’s draft of a joint statement on banning space weapons.

Politics and government
U.S. President Ronald Reagan rejected the challenge of Democratic challenger Walter Mondale for six election debates, saying that two debates "would be as many as the public should stand for."

Football
CFL
Toronto (3-2) 43 @ Calgary (2-3) 17

Baseball
Pete Rose’s single in the 7th inning against Steve Carlton was the 3,053rd of his major league career, passing Ty Cobb for first place on the career singles list. Mr. Rose and the Montreal Expos defeated Mr. Carlton and the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1.

20 years ago
1989


Disasters
A Korean Air DC-10 jetliner en route from Seoul to Tripoli crashed in fog while trying to land at Tripoli. 82 were killed, while over 100 survived.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-1) 17 @ Toronto (2-1) 21

The Argonauts made 6 interceptions against Eskimo quarterback Tracy Ham on their way to the win. Mike "Pinball" Clemons of the Argonauts and Tony "The Wiz" Hunter of the Eskimos put on a great show returning kicks. For Mr. Clemons, it was his first CFL game.

Baseball
The Atlanta Braves scored all 10 of their runs in the 6th inning as they defeated the San Francisco Giants 10-1. Dale Murphy became the first Brave since Bobby Lowe in 1894 to hit 2 home runs in an inning, and his 6 RBIs in an inning tied a major league record.

10 years ago
1999


Space
The space shuttle Columbia, under the command of Eileen Collins, landed at Cape Canaveral after a five-day mission.

Politics and government
The Progressive Conservatives, led by John Hamm, won a majority in the Nova Scotia provincial election. The PCs took 29 seats, the New Democratic Party (led by Helen MacDonald) 12, and the Liberals (led by Wayne Gaudet) 11.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

July 26, 2009

250 years ago
1759

War

The Battle of Ticonderoga began at Fort Carillon, New York. 11,000 British troops under the command of Sir Jeffrey Amherst confronted 400 Frenchmen under the command of Brigadier General Fran├žois-Charles de Bourlamaque.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight’s episode: The Cheesecake Murder Case

40 years ago
1969


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Honky Tonk Women--The Rolling Stones

Calgary’s top 10
1 The Ballad of John and Yoko--The Beatles
2 In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans
3 Baby, I Love You--Andy Kim
4 Let Me--Paul Revere and the Raiders
5 In the Ghetto--Elvis Presley
6 Spring--John Tipton
7 Crystal Blue Persuasion--Tommy James and the Shondells
8 Hey Little Man--The Happy Feeling
9 One--Three Dog Night
10 Bad Moon Rising--Creedence Clearwater Revival
Pick hit of the week: Laughing--The Guess Who

Diplomacy
U.S. President Richard Nixon arrived in the Philippines to start a tour of Far East countries.

Politics and government
U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy had received more than 10,000 telegrams in response to his appeal to the people of Massachusetts to help decide his political future. A spokesman for Sen. Kennedy said that the messages ran "100 to 1" in favour of his remaining in office. The family of Mary Jo Kopechne were presumably among the minority.

Disasters
An Algerian Caravelle jetliner crashed in the desert while making an emergency landing, killing 30 European oilmen and 5 of 7 crewmen.

30 years ago
1979


Politics and government
Indian President N. Sanjiva Reddy named C. Charan Singh--former deputy to Morarji Desai, who led the move to oust him--as Prime Minister.

Defense
Retired NATO Commander General Alexander Haig appeared before the United States Senate hearings on the SALT-II arms limitation treaty, and told the Senate that ratification should be delayed until the treaty’s "flaws" were resolved, and an assessment of future Carter administration spending programs was conducted.

Diplomacy
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young met with Palestine Liberation Organization UN observer Zehdi Labib Terzi at the New York apartment of Abdalla Yaccoub Bishara, the Kuwaiti delegate to the UN. In a meeting lasting 15 to 30 minutes, Mr. Young and Mr. Terzi discussed the postponement of a UN Security Council session scheduled for July 31, to consider a resolution on Palestinian rights. U.S. Middle east policy barred any direct contact with the PLO until it accepted Israel's right to exist. Mr. Young did not inform the State Department of the meeting.

Energy
The United States House of Representatives voted 237-182 to continue the Clinch River nuclear breeder reactor project in Tennessee, which the administration of President Jimmy Carter had favoured terminating.

25 years ago
1984


Died on this date
Ed Gein, 77
. U.S. murderer. Mr. Gein, a farmer from Plainfield, Wisconsin, killed two women (by his own admission) and robbed the graves of at least a dozen others between 1944 and 1957. Authorities investigating the disappearance of a Plainfield woman in 1957 went to Mr. Gein's farm and found the missing woman's body hanging by the heels in the woodshed, dressed out like a deer. Inside the house, they found furniture and clothing made from human skulls and skin, and a human heart simmering in a pot on the stove. Mr. Gein was judged insane, and was committed to the Waupan State Hospital, where he spent the rest of his life. He's often credited as being the real-life inspiration for the novel and movie Psycho.

Politics and government
Results from the Israeli election of three days earlier were announced. Labour had 44 seats and Likud 41, both short of a majority in the 120-seat Knesset. Labour leader Shimon Peres and Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir began to negotiate with prospective allies among minority parties, but neither was immediately successful in building a majority coalition.

Economics and finance
A rescue package for Continental Illinois Corporation, the U.S.A.’s 8th largest bank holding company, was unveiled. U.S. bank regulators said that the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. would buy most of the bank’s "problem" loans and would provide $1 billion in aid to the bank, for a total outlay of $4.5 billion in support--in effect, owning 80% of the bank. The new plan was subject to approval of the bank’s stockholders. Continental Illinois reported a loss of $1.1 billion for the second quarter of 1984.

Baseball
Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced that free agent pitcher Vida Blue had been suspended for the remainder of the season after being convicted the previous November of possession of cocaine.

20 years ago
1989

Football

CFL
Calgary (1-2) 28 @ British Columbia (0-3) 26

Danny Barrett quarterbacked the Stampeders to victory in an impressive effort just five days after losing 54-4 at home to the Edmonton Eskimos.

10 years ago
1999


Labour
Major league baseball umpires filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia for the right to withdraw their mass resignations. So far‚ 14 of the 56 umps who "resigned" had withdrawn their resignations. Resignations from 9 of the American League umps were accepted by the league.

Music
The Beach Boys performed after the Trappers’ baseball game at Telus Field in Edmonton. They performed the usual hits, but the voice of Carl Wilson was greatly missed.

Television
An episode of the CTV children’s series Mentors II, starring Henry Czerny as Ludwig van Beethoven, was filmed at The Gramophone record store in Edmonton. This blogger was an extra in one scene.

Friday, 24 July 2009

July 25, 2009

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

At Fenway Park in Boston, Red Sox’ pitcher Babe Ruth gave up 13 hits and didn’t strike out a batter, but still beat the New York Yankees 8-6.

80 years ago
1929

Baseball

The Philadelphia Athletics amassed 25 hits in a 21-3 rout of the Cleveland Indians. Jimmie Foxx hit two home runs for the Athletics, and winning pitcher Lefty Grove also homered.

75 years ago
1934

Died on this date
Engelbert Dollfuss, 41
. Chancellor of Austria, 1932-1934. Mr. Dollfuss became Chancellor as head of a coalition government, but assumed dictatorial powers in 1933, modelling his government on Italian fascism. He was shot to death by eight Austrian Nazis in the Chancellery building.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

New York Yankees’ rookie pitcher Atley Donald improved his record to 12-0 with a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio hit a home run 450 feet into the left field bleachers, and Red Rolfe also homered for the Yankees.

In a record-setting 9th inning, the Cleveland Indians broke a 3-3 tie with 9 runs in the top half, and gave up 5 in the bottom of the inning to beat the Philadelphia Athletics 12-8 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Murder By Experts, hosted and narrated by John Dickson Carr, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Big Money

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Dream Lover--Bobby Darin (5th week at #1)

World events
The day after U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschchev had faced off in the "kitchen debate," the American National Exhibition opened in Moscow.

Baseball
Yogi Berra’s 2-run home run in the 9th inning gave the New York Yankees a 9-8 win over the Detroit Tigers. Second baseman Bobby Richardson and shortstop Fritzie Brickell each hit their first major league home runs for the Yankees. The win was costly, as first baseman Bill Skowron broke his arm in two places when he collided with Detroit runner Coot Veal while reaching for a throw, and was lost for the rest of the season.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10
1 In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans
2 Baby, I Love You--Andy Kim
3 Let Me--Paul Revere and the Raiders
4 Crystal Blue Persuasion--Tommy James and the Shondells
5 The Ballad of John and Yoko--The Beatles
6 Listen to the Band--The Monkees
7 Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet--Henry Mancini, his Orchestra and Chorus
8 Medicine Man (Part I)--Buchanan Brothers
9 Get Back--The Beatles
10 Roll With It--Southbound Freeway

Listen to the Band, a Michael Nesmith composition, was the B-side of Someday Man, written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, with Davy Jones handling lead vocals. Southbound Freeway was an Edmonton group led by Barry Allen.

Space
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were in their quarantine trailer aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet, heading toward Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Two aluminum boxes filled with lunar rocks and soil were flown separately to Houston for analysis.

Crime
Senator Ted Kennedy appeared on nationwide television, and described as "indefensible" his failure to immediately report the automobile accident in which Mary Jo Kopechne had died a week earlier, but said that he had returned to the accident scene during the night with two other members of the party, who he said, had tried to free Miss Kopechne from the car. Senator Kennedy said he was considering resigning his Senate seat, but asked for "the advice and opinion" of the people of Massachusetts. Earlier in the day, Sen. Kennedy pleaded guilty in Dukes County Court to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident, and received a two-month suspended sentence.

War
The U.S. Command disclosed that 5,666 U.S. planes, with a total value estimated at $3 billion, had been lost in the Vietnam War since 1961.

30 years ago
1979


Music
The National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Gerhardt, recorded Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score for Kings Row as part of The Classic Film Score Series for RCA records. The recording session took place at Walthamstow Town Hall in London, England. The recording was produced by Mr. Korngold's son George.

World events
Israel returned a 2,500-square mile tract of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in the second phase of a six-phase withdrawal to take place over three years. Conflict erupted between the United States and Israel over the type of peacekeeping force that would enforce the new treaty between Israel and Egypt since the United Nations Emergency Force had withdrawn the day before. The UN Security Council, with U.S. support, placed a corps of military observers in the Sinai to monitor Israel’s withdrawal, but Israel charged that an unarmed force of a few hundred men was inadequate to the tasks stipulated by the treaty.

Defense
United States Senator Sam Nunn (Democrat--Georgia) said that he would oppose the SALT-II arms limitation treaty with the U.S.S.R. unless the administration of President Jimmy Carter agreed to a substantial raise in military spending.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Jimmy Carter named Paul Volker, head of New York’s Federal Reserve Bank, to replace William Miller as head of the Federal Reserve Board.

Transportation
The United States House of Representatives authorized a three-year, $2.7 billion operating budget for Amtrak; the 20% cut in funding was less than the 43% cur urged by the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

Football
CFL
Calgary (2-0) 19 @ Montreal (1-2) 7
Hamilton (1-2) 24 @ Saskatchewan (0-3) 20

The Saskatchewan Roughriders blew a 20-3 lead in losing to the Tiger-Cats. Former Ohio State University star Tom Cousineau made his CFL debut at linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes.

25 years ago
1984

Space

Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space.

Politics and government
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, at a campaign rally in Austin, Texas, charged that the Democrats were planning billions of dollars in new spending and taxes, and said that the Democratic ticket was "so far left they’ve left America."

20 years ago
1989

Health

The Princess of Wales opened the Landmark AIDS Centre in southeast London.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (2-1) 43 @ Ottawa (0-3) 32

10 years ago
1999

Politics and government

In a rebuff to party founder Ross Perot, delegates to the [United States] Reform Party convention in Dearborn, Michigan chose Jack Gargan as party chairman. Mr. Gargan had the support of Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, the party’s highest elected official.

Cycling
Lance Armstrong of the United States won his first Tour de France, completing the 2,290-mile course in 91 hours, 32 minutes, 16 seconds.

Baseball
George Brett, Robin Yount, Nolan Ryan, and Orlando Cepeda were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Albert Belle hit 3 home runs and had 6 runs batted in to lead the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-7 win over the Anaheim Angels.

July 24, 2009

140 years ago
1869

Baseball

The Cincinnati Red Stockings hosted a match against the Rockford Forest Citys‚ with Harry Wright pitching against Al Spalding. Cincinnati scored 3 runs in the 9th to pull out a 15-14 victory.

120 years ago
1889

Baseball

Joe Dowie of the Baltimore Orioles went 5-for-6 in a 17-3 rout of the Louisville Colonels. Mr. Dowie ended up with only 17 hits in his big-league career.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

Brooklyn Robins’ ace Nap Rucker struck out 16 in a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

Babe Ruth’s 2-run home run off Bob Shawkey in the bottom of the 8th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston. It was the 15th home run of the season for the Babe, who had previously been intentionally walked twice in the game by Mr. Shawkey, both times with a runner on base.

80 years ago
1929

Baseball

Hack Wilson hit 2 home runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to their 9th straight win, 8-7 over the New York Giants at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

75 years ago
1934

Weather

Chicago recorded its highest temperature to date, 105 F.

Baseball
Les Tietje pitched a 6-hitter in the record heat in Chicago to lead the White Sox past the Washington Nationals 4-1 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Johnny Gill’s home run accounted for the lone Washington run.

The New York Yankees lost centre fielder Earle Combs for the rest of the season with a broken collarbone and fractured skull when he crashed into the center field wall at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis in a game against the St. Louis Browns. The Yankees also lost the game, 4-2. They called up George Selkirk from the Newark Bears of the International League only to learn that Mr. Selkirk had broken his arm that day.

60 years ago
1949

Baseball

Stan Musial hit for the cycle to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 14-1 rout of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

The New York Giants honoured former star Frankie Frisch with gifts that included two television sets at the Polo Grounds. Mr. Frisch, now managing the Chicago Cubs, received the gift of a doubleheader sweep by scores of 5-3 and 6-1. The Cubs recorded 5 double plays in the first game and 2 more in the second.

50 years ago
1959

Diplomacy

U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschchev engaged in a war of words over the merits of capitalism and communism at an American trade exhibition in Moscow’s Sokolniki Park. The exchange, which took place in front of a mock-up of an American kitchen, became known as the "kitchen debate." Mr. Nixon had arrived in the U.S.S.R. the previous day to begin an 11-day visit.

Baseball
As a prelude to the International League game in Havana between the Sugar Kings and the Rochester Red Wings, Cuban President Fidel Castro pitched 2 innings, recording 2 strikeouts, for his pickup team Los Barbudos against a military police squad.

40 years ago
1969

Space

The Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 9:50 A.M. MST, 250 miles south of Johnston Island. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were picked up by the U.S. aircraft carrier Hornet, and were put into a quarantine facility in case they’d picked up any lunar germs. U.S. President Richard Nixon was aboard the Hornet to greet the astronauts.

For more on this date, see The Days of Apollo 11.

30 years ago
1979

World events

The United Nations Security Council agreed to withdraw its 4,031-member armed UN Emergency Force from the Sinai Peninsula, but, with United States support, placed a corps of military observers in the Sinai to monitor Israel’s withdrawal, scheduled for the next day. Israel charged that an unarmed force of a few hundred men was inadequate to the tasks stipulated by the peace treaty that Israel and Egypt had signed several months earlier.

Society
The United States House of Representatives voted 216-209 to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to ban forced busing to achieve school integration.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-0) 31 @ Toronto (1-2) 2
British Columbia (3-0) 19 @ Winnipeg (0-3) 18

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ head coach Ray Jauch started former Baltimore Colts’ backup Billy Troup at quarterback, with Dieter Brock on the sidelines.

Baseball
Carl Yastrzemski hit his 400th career major league home run in the 7th inning off Mike Morgan as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-3 at Fenway Park in Boston.

25 years ago
1984

Diplomacy

The United States responded privately to the U.S.S.R.’s call for a ban on space weapons with its own draft of a joint statement.

Politics and government
U.S. President Ronald Reagan said that he had no plans to raise taxes in 1985.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the Consumer Price Index had risen 0.2% in June.

20 years ago
1989

Politics and government

Japanese Prime Minister Sousuke Uno announced that he took responsibility for his Liberal Democratic Party’s poor showing in the previous day’s upper house election, and that he would resign his office when a replacement was chosen. Mr. Uno had been prime Minister for just seven weeks.

Business
A Delaware Supreme Court panel upheld the July 14 Chancery Court ruling that rejected an attempt by Paramount Communications and some Time, Inc. stockholders to prevent Time's purchase of Warner Communications. Paramount withdrew its offer, and Time immeidately acquired Warner for $14 billion--$70 per share.

10 years ago
1999

Baseball

The New York Yankees routed the Cleveland Indians 21-1. Designated hitter Chili Davis led the attack with 5 hits, including a double and home run, and 6 runs batted in.

Trot Nixon hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 runs to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Detroit Tigers 11-4. The Red Sox hit 7 home runs, one shy of the team record for a single game.

Jason Giambi hit 2 three-run home runs to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 12-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals. John Jaha of the Athletics was hit by a pitch and reached base three times on bases on balls, and came around to score on all 4 occasions, giving him 4 runs without a hit.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

July 23, 2009

180 years ago
1829

Technology

William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Brooklyn Dodgers 12-0 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in a game in which yellow baseballs were used.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

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

50 years ago
1959

Football

CFL Pre-Season
Saskatchewan (0-1) 14 @ British Columbia (1-0) 30

40 years ago
1969

Space

Apollo 11 passed the halfway point of its return journey to Earth. U.S. President Richard Nixon flew to the Pacific Ocean to be on hand for the arrival of the astronauts.

For other news on this date, see The Days of Apollo 11.

30 years ago
1979

War

The U.S.A. criticized Israel for the previous day’s attacks on three coastal villages in Lebanon.

Diplomacy
The U.S.A. and Vietnam reached an accord on aiding refugees, allowing American consular officials into Ho Chi Minh City to process those seeking to enter the United States.

Crime
Ted Bundy, suspected of murdering several dozen young women, was convicted of the murders of two sorority sisters in Tallahassee, Florida. The women, students at Florida State University in Tallahassee, were also severely beaten, as wee three others who survived. Among the prosecution witnesses were a member of the sorority, who testified that she saw Mr. Bundy leaving the house carrying a wooden club; and a dentist who testified that bite marks found on the body of one of the victims matched impressions of Mr. Bundy’s teeth.

25 years ago
1984


Politics and government
Israel held a general parliamentary election, but results weren’t announced for another three days.

Diplomacy
Jose Napoleon Duarte, President of El Salvador, met with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and leaders of the House of Representatives in Washington.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the real gross national product had risen by 7.5% in the second quarter of 1984.

Health
A British government report found higher than normal levels of leukemia near the nuclear power plant at Sellafield in Cumbria, but said that the cluster was not necessarily linked to the plant.

Scandal
Vanessa Williams, Miss America for 1984, relinquished her title two months before the end of her reign because of publicity concerning nude photographs of her that were about to be published in Penthouse magazine. First runner-up Suzette Charles of New Jersey succeeded Miss Williams as Miss America for the remainder of her term.

Disasters
Two Amtrak trains collided head-on in Queens, New York, killing one passenger and injuring more than 100.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party trailed the Socialist Party in elections for half the seats in the upper house of the Diet. The LDP, under the leadership of Prime Minister Sousuke Uno, held only 109 seats to 143 seats for all opposition parties.

The Israeli cabinet endorsed Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir's original peace plan, which called for elections in the occupied territories to choose Palestinians who could discuss autonomy measures and a peace settlement with Israel.

Economics and finance
Mexican President Carlos Salinas announced that negotiations between Mexico and a committee representing 500 creditor banks had resulted in an agreement that would reduce the nation’s $54 billion commercial bank debt. The agreement marked the first success for the strategy of the U.S. administration of President George Bush to head off the debt crisis in backward countries, and the first time that commercial bank creditors had agreed to significant reduction of debt during the crisis. Under the plan, creditors could choose one of three broad options: reduce the principal; reduce interest; or extend more credit.

Cycling
Greg LeMond of the United States won the Tour de France for the second time. His winning margin over runner-up Laurent Fignon of France was just 8 seconds, the closest finish ever.

10 years ago
1999

Died on this date
Hassan II, 70
. King of Morocco. King Hassan, who had reigned since 1961, supported Palestinian independence but also maintained diplomatic ties with Israel, and was on good terms with both his fellow Arabs and the West. He was succeeded by his son Mohammed VI, who continued his father’s policies, including friendliness toward Jews and Israel.

World events
Chinese authorities began detaining thousands of members of the sect Falun Gong and seizing its publications. 1,200 government officials who were members were among those detained.

Space
With the launch of the U.S. space shuttle Columbia, Air Force Colonel Eileen Collins became the first woman to command a shuttle flight. Col. Collins had previously piloted two shuttle flights. The crew launched into orbit the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which was intended to detect radiation from black holes, quasars, exploding stars, and gas clouds.

Politics and government
In the United States, the Reform Party convention opened in Dearborn, Michigan. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, the party's highest elcted official, addressed the convention, and announced that he would not be a candidate for President of the United States in 2000.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-2) 21 @ Toronto (1-2) 24
British Columbia (3-0) 32 @ Saskatchewan (0-3) 21

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

July 22, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Eileen Sasakamoose!

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

Rube Carson of Portland pitched a 10-inning no-hitter against Los Angeles, winning 1-0 in the first extra-inning no-hitter in the history of the Pacific Coast League.

75 years ago
1934

Died on this date
John Dillinger, 31
. U.S. criminal. After a string of bank robberies and the murders of several policemen, Mr. Dillinger was gunned down in an ambush led by Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Melvin Purvis as he walked out of the Biograph Theater in Chicago after seeing the movie Manhattan Melodrama.

Baseball
43-year-old Dazzy Vance recorded his 2,000th career strikeout and pitched his last major league complete game as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Braves 4-2.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
Bobby Avila, playing his first game with the Milwaukee Braves after being acquired from the Boston Red Sox, hit a 2-run home run off Jim O’Toole in the 9th inning to help the Braves defeat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4.

40 years ago
1969


Space
The Apollo 11 spacecraft continued its return to earth.

For more on this date, see The Days of Apollo 11.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
J.V. Cain, 28
. U.S. football player. Mr. Cain became the first tight end to be taken in the first round of the National Football League draft when he was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. In 55 games from 1974-1977 he caught 76 passes for 1,014 yards and 9 touchdowns. His best season was probably 1976, when he caught 28 passes for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. At the Cardinals' training camp in 1979, Mr. Cain was coming back from an injury that had kept him out of the lineup for the entire 1978 season. He ran a routine pass route, took two steps back toward the huddle at the end of the play, and collapsed from congenital heart failure. It was his 28th birthday.

World events
The Sandanista junta in Nicaragua announced that it would try members of the former regime of Anastasio Somoza for war crimes, but that no executions were planned.

War
Israeli warplanes bombed three coastal villages in Lebanon; Lebanon claimed that at least 15 civilians were killed.

Disasters
It was reported that the death toll from a tidal wave that had struck Lomblem Island, Indonesia a week earlier had risen to 539.

25 years ago
1984


Golf
Seve Ballasteros won the British Open at the Old Course at St Andrews in St Andrews, Scotland with a 12-under-par score of 276, 2 strokes ahead of Bernhard Langer and Tom Watson. First prize money was £55,000 ($71, 500).

Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-2) 26 @ Toronto (3-1) 43
British Columbia (2-1) 3 @ Winnipeg (2-1) 25

The Edmonton Eskimos went into the game at Exhibition Stadium without quarterback Matt Dunigan, who had fallen asleep while wearing his contact lenses and was in tremendous pain. Johnny Evans started in his place, and threw 2 touchdown passes to Brian Kelly, giving Mr. Kelly 10 touchdowns in the first 4 games of the season. Backup quarterback Kevin Ingram threw to Marco Cyncar for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, and passed to Larry Cowan for a 2-point convert. The pass to Mr. Cyncar was Mr. Ingram’s only CFL touchdown pass. For the Argonauts, Joe Barnes relieved Condredge Holloway at quarterback in the second quarter and proceeded to throw 6 touchdown passes, including one to linebacker William Miller.

20 years ago
1989

Baseball

Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Red Schoendienst, and umpire Al Barlick were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

10 years ago
1999

World events

The government of China outlawed the Falun Gong sect, which claimed millions of adherents in China. Falun Gong, or Buddhist Law, emphasizes spirituality, moral values, and good health practices, including exercise. The sect had no apparent political agenda, but had been pressing the government for protection of its rights.

Politics and government
Voting mostly along party lines, the United States House of Representatives voted 223-208 to approve a $792 billion reduction in taxes for individuals and businesses. The bill provided a 10% tax cut over 10 years for everyone; reduced taxes for married couples who paid more taxes than if they were single; cut the capital gains tax; and gave tax breaks to businesses. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan said that "the timing is not right" for a tax cut as large as that approved by the House. President Bill Clinton promised to veto the bill.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (1-2) 18 @ Montreal (3-0) 30
Edmonton (1-2) 37 @ Calgary (2-1) 41

Backup quarterback Henry Burris relieved starter Dave Dickenson and rallied the Stampeders to their win at McMahon Stadium. One of the Stampeder scores came on a heads-up play by rookie punter Scott McKenzie, who recovered his own punt and ran 40 yards for a touchdown. It was the first CFL touchdown to be scored in this manner since Dick Adams of the Ottawa Rough Riders had run 80 yards after recovering his own punt in a game in Winnipeg on September 12, 1973. Barefoot kicker Jon Baker played his first CFL game for the Eskimos, replacing injured rookie Matt Kellett, who was still able to punt. Calgary defensive back Eddie Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Monday, 20 July 2009

July 21, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Garland Grayston!

90 years ago
1919


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the New York Yankees 5-4 and 9-8 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Dickie Kerr won both games in relief for the White Sox.

80 years ago
1929


Baseball
The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 6-4, as Wes Ferrell outduelled Waite Hoyt. Babe Ruth, out of the starting lineup because of a leg injury, singled as a pinch hitter for the Yankees. New York first baseman Lou Gehrig was ejected in the 4th inning for protesting a called third strike, and his manager, Miller Huggins, soon followed.

The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers 10-7 in 11 innings.

60 years ago
1949


Defense
The United States Senate voted 82 to 13 to approve the North Atlantic treaty.

50 years ago
1959


Football
CFL Pre-Season
Calgary (0-2) 7 @ Edmonton (2-0) 33

Baseball
The Chicago White Sox edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1. Pumpsie Green, who entered the game as a pinch runner, became the first Negro to play for the Red Sox, who were the last major league team to have gone without a Negro player.

40 years ago
1969


Space
Apollo 11 moonwalkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, in the lunar module Eagle, rejoined Michael Collins in the command module Columbia for the return to earth.
To hear South African radio broadcasts of Apollo 11, go here.

For more on this date, see The Days of Apollo 11.

30 years ago
1979


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Bad Girls--Donna Summer (2nd week at #1)

World events
A United Nations conference in Geneva on Indochinese refugees concluded with UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s announcement that Vietnam had promised to stem the flow of its refugees. One U.S. State Department calculation was that the number of people fleeing Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia had increased to almost 10 times what it had been a year before, with about 300,000 men, women, and children jammed into makeshift camps in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and other southeast Asian countries. According to the New York Times, many of the refugees were ethnic Chinese whose loyalty was doubted by the Vietnamese and who were considered "unproductive city dwellers" and an obstacle to rural development by the Communists. The Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia had led to a new wave of refugees from that area.

Disasters
It was estimated that 1.6 million barrels of oil had leaked from the supertankers Atlantic Express and Aegean Captain after their collision 18 miles off the coast of Tobago the previous day. The spill covered 10 square miles.

25 years ago
1984


World events
The Polish government proclaimed an amnesty, approved by parliament, that would release 652 political prisoners within 30 days. the amnesty would also apply to 35,000 criminals serving short sentences. Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski called the amnesty "a humanitarian act" and an "expression of the strength of the state," while warning political prisoners not to engage in anti-state activities in the future. The United States State Department said that it would study the amnesty before deciding whether to lift sanctions established after the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981.

Politics and government
Walter Mondale, Democratic party candidate for President of the United States, alleged that President Ronald Reagan had a "secret plan" to raise taxes after the election.

Defense
The United States House of Representatives released a study asserting that the U.S. military was unprepared for major conventional warfare despite sharp increases in defense spending. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger rejected the report’s major finding of combat unreadiness, saying that the findings were "dangerously wrong" and perhaps politically motivated. The U.S.S.R. called on the U.S.A. to join in a formal statement pledging both countries to begin talks on banning spece weapons.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (3-1) 31 @ Montreal (1-2) 28

20 years ago
1989


Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-0) 54 @ Calgary (0-2) 4

Tracy Ham and Rick Worman split the quarterbacking for the Eskimos, who overcame an early 3-0 deficit. The rout, which occurred on a night when former Eskimo star and current Stampeder president Norm Kwong was honoured, remains the most lopsided road win in Edmonton Eskimos’ history. Things got so bad in the second half for the Stampeders that when quarterback Tom Porras (who entered the game in relief in his first appearance with the Stampeders after several years with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) directed the team to a first down, the fans gave their team a standing ovation. This blogger watched the game with his brother from the front row behind the Calgary Stampeders’ bench, and enjoyed the rout immensely. Among those who didn’t enjoy the game were a couple of young male yahoos who came down to the front row to yell obscenities at the Stampeders during the fourth quarter.

Boxing
It took Mike Tyson just 1 minute and 33 seconds to knock out Carl "The Truth" Williams and retain his world heavyweight title.

10 years ago
1999


War
16 were reported dead in continued clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Kashmir.

July 20, 2009

125 years ago
1884

Baseball

Charley Jones hit 3 triples to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 17-5 win over the Indianapolis Blues in an American Association game at Bruce Grounds in Indianapolis.

50 years ago
1959


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Lonely Boy--Paul Anka (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1969

Space

The Apollo 11 lunar module Eagle, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin aboard, landed on the moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Several hours later, Mr. Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, followed shortly by Mr. Aldrin. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia in lunar orbit.

The unmanned Soviet probe Luna XV changed its orbit again, bringing it within 10 miles of the lunar surface.

For more on this date, see The Days of Apollo 11.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
A United Nations conference on Indochinese refugees opened in Geneva, with Vietnam urging western nations to accept more refugees from crowded southeast Asian camps.

Defense
U.S. President Jimmy Carter postponed withdrawal of American combat forces from South Korea until at least 1981.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the nation’s gross national product had declined 3.3% during the second quarter of 1979.

Politics and government
U.S. President Jimmy Carter accepted the resignations of Energy Secretary James Schlesinger and Transportation Secretary Brock Adams.

Scandal
A United States Federal Court of Appeals upheld the 1977 conviction of Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel and five co-defendants on mail fraud and racketeering charges, reversing its previous ruling that overturned that verdict.

Golf
Severiano Ballesteros won the British Open at St. Anne’s, England.

Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers overcame deficits in both the 10th and 11th innings to defeat the Montreal Expos 6-5 in 11 innings at Dodger Stadium. After the game, the Expos acquired Rusty Staub from the Detroit Tigers for a minor league player to be named later. Mr. Staub, nicknamed Le Grand Orange, had played right field for the Expos from 1969-1971, and had been the most popular player in the team’s history.

25 years ago
1984

Politics and government

U.S. Democratic party presidential candidate Walter Mondale challenged President Ronald Reagan to six debates.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-2-1) 18 @ Calgary (2-2) 23

Baseball
The Toronto Blue Jays scored 11 runs in the top of the 9th inning and withstood a 4-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Seattle Mariners 12-7 before 8,246 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle.

20 years ago
1989

Space

U.S. President George Bush, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, called for a new national commitment to space. Saying he wanted to establish the United States as "the pre-eminent space-faring nation," Mr. Bush advocated an orbiting space station, a manned base on the moon, and a manned mission to Mars. It was estimated that these ventures would cost several hundred billion dollars.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (1-1) 22 @ Hamilton (2-0) 28

10 years ago
1999

War

Muslims killed 20 Hindus in three attacks in Kashmir.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

July 19, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Chris Walker and Chris Woods!

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

Cleveland Naps’ shortstop Neal Ball executed the 20th century's first unassisted triple play in the top of the 2nd inning against the Boston Red Sox. With Heinie Wagner on second base and Jake Stahl on first base‚ Amby McConnell hit a line drive to Mr. Ball‚ who stepped on second base and tagged Mr. Stahl coming down from first. In the bottom of the 2nd‚ Mr. Ball hit his first American League home run‚ an inside-the-park shot‚ and added a double. Cleveland won 6-1 behind Cy Young‚ but Boston won the second game 3-2.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

Shortstop Arky Vaughan hit for the cycle and added another single in 5 trips to the plate to pace the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-3 win over the New York Giants before 3,331 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight’s episode: The Racket Murder Case

Baseball
At New York‚ the Giants use a 20-hit attack to score in every inning as they beat the Reds‚ 13-3. Lockman and Marshall each have 4 hits. In tomorrow's 5-1 win against the Reds‚ the Giants score in each of the first three innings; combined with yesterday's effort of scoring in the last 3 frames against the Cards‚ the Giants match the 1894 Pittsburgh team (July 31-August 2) and top the 20th century mark of 12 set by the 1922 Giants.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
Before 57‚000 at Yankee Stadium‚ the New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the visiting Chicago White Sox‚ winning the second game 6-4 on Mickey Mantle's home run off Turk Lown. 43-year-old outfielder Enos Slaughter hit 2 home runs for the Yankees in the first game.

40 years ago
1969


Space
The Apollo 11 spacecraft entered lunar orbit in preparation for a manned landing the next day.

The Soviet unmanned probe Luna XV corrected its orbit to 59 miles from the moon’s surface.

For more on this date, see The Days of Apollo 11.

30 years ago
1979


World events
Sandanista National Liberation Front rebels took over the Nicaraguan capital of Managua after defeating the National Guard in a 7-week civil war. The war left an estimated 10,000 dead and 500,000 homeless, and ended the 46-year family dynasty of the Somozas as rulers of Nicaragua.

Politics and government
U.S. President Jimmy Carter accepted the resignations of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano; Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal; and Attorney General Griffin Bell. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Patricia Harris was tapped to replace Mr. Califano; Federal Reserve Chairman G. William Miller was named to replace Mr. Blumenthal; and Mr. Bell, who had announced his intention to step down the previous year, was succeeded by his deputy, Benjamin Civilletti.

Disasters
Two supertankers--the Greek-registered Atlantic Empress and the Liberian-registered Aegean Captain--collided 18 miles off the coast of Tobago and burst into flames, spilling huge amounts of oil into the Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Empress had flames raging over 2/3 of her hull and was allowed to burn in order to help contain the huge spill. Aegean Captain, less severely damaged, continued on its own power to an anchorage 10 miles off the coast of Trinidad. The two ships counted 27 of 70 crew members missing and presumed dead.

Baseball
Third baseman Ray Knight drove in 6 runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 16-4 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

25 years ago
1984


Politics and government
In San Francisco, the Democratic National Convention unanimously nominated Geraldine Ferraro as its candidate for Vice-President of the United States. Mrs. Ferraro became the first woman to be nominated by a major party in the United States for such a high office. Accepting the nomination, she said, "America is a land where dreams can come true for all our citizens...There are no doors we cannot unlock. We will place no limit on achievement. If we can do this, we can do anything. Walter Mondale, accepting the Democratic party’s presidential nomination, castigated the administration of President Ronald Reagan on a variety of issues. He called for a "new realism" in public life, and took another bold step by warning that taxes would have to go up: "Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did."

In France, the Communist Party withdrew from the Socialist-led coalition government. Laurent Fabius, who had replaced Pierre Mauroy as Premier two days earlier, named a new cabinet.

Crime
The McDonald’s restaurant chain contributed $1 million to pay burial costs and assist survivors of the previous day’s massacre of 21 people at and near a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski was elected President of Poland by the country’s new parliament. The vote was 270-233, with 34 abstentions.

Labour
The Siberian mine strikes were settled after workers won promises from the government for better pay, better living and working conditions, and "full economic and legal independence."

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported an increase in consumer prices in June of 0.2%, the smallest increase in 16 months.

Disasters
A United Airlines DC-10 jetliner en route from Denver to Chicago crashed during an arranged emergency landing at Sioux City, Iowa municipal airport. 112 were killed, while 184 survived. While the plane was at 37,000 feet, an engine in the tail exploded and heavily damaged the plane’s hydraulic system. For the next 41 minutes the pilot, Al Haynes, struggled to control the craft as he brought it into Sioux City for the emergency landing. Just before touchdown, the right wingtip touched the ground; the plane flipped over and crashed in a fireball. Because the plane broke up--the forward coach section landed in a cornfield--many passengers had easy means of fleeing the wreckage. A 700-person rescue team was prepared for the landing. The cause of the engine explosion was not immediately determined.

Football
CFL
Toronto (1-1) 21 @ Ottawa (0-2) 17

Baseball
Joe Carter hit 3 home runs in a game for the second time this season to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 10-1 win over the Minnesota Twins. It was Mr. Carter’s fourth career 3-home run game‚ tying Lou Gehrig's American League record‚ and also gave him a major league record-tying 5 homers in 2 games. Mr. Carter drove 6 runs in the game.

10 years ago
1999

Weather

The midwestern and eastern United States began experiencing a heat wave that would, by August 1, claim at least 200 lives, at least 80 in Illinois.