Thursday, 29 April 2010

April 30, 2010

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
Tex Carleton pitched a no-hitter to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The scoring came on a 3-run home run by Pete Coscarart in the 5th inning off losing pitcher Jim Turner. The win improved Brooklyn’s record to 9-0.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
The Boston Red Sox scored 11 runs in the 4th inning en route to a 19-0 win over the Philadelphia Athletics in the first game of a doubleheader. Ted Williams hit 2 home runs for the Red Sox, while Vern Stephens and Bobby Doerr also homered, and Dom DiMaggio scored 5 runs. The Red Sox completed a sweep with a 6-5 win in the second game.

Del Rice hit a home run off Johnny Schmitz in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Mr. Schmitz gave up just 4 hits in going the distance for the loss, while Harry Brecheen went the distance for the win.

50 years ago
1960

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Stuck on You--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)
2 Greenfields--The Brothers Four
3 The Theme from "A Summer Place"--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
4 Night--Jackie Wilson
5 White Silver Sands--Bill Black’s Combo
6 Sink the Bismarck--Johnny Horton
7 Sixteen Reasons--Connie Stevens
8 The Old Lamplighter--The Browns
9 Footsteps--Steve Lawrence
10 Puppy Love--Paul Anka

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 10 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 12-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

40 years ago
1970

Died on this date
Inger Stevens, 35
. Swedish-born U.S. actress. Miss Stevens was known mainly for her many performances in television, which included a starring role in the comedy series The Farmer’s Daughter (1963-1966) and two memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone: The Hitch-Hiker (1960) and The Lateness of the Hour (1960). Her movies included The New Interns (1964); A Guide for the Married Man (1967); Hang ‘Em High (1968); Madigan (1968); and Firecreek (1968). She had recently signed on as co-star of the crime series The Most Deadly Game, which was to go on the air in the fall of 1970. She was found unconscious on her kitchen floor by her housekeeper and died en route to the hospital from a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol.

War
North Vietnamese troops captured the Laotian town of Attopeu, at the foot of a plateau overlooking the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the east, marking the first time that North Vietnamese troops had crossed the 1962 cease-fire line to take a major Laotian town.

U.S. President Richard Nixon, in a televised address, said that he had ordered American combat forces 20 miles into Cambodia in an effort to destroy the "headquarters for the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam." Mr. Nixon stressed that it was "not an invasion," and he was not seeking to widen the war. He promised that "we will withdraw" as soon as the enemy was driven out of his bases and his supplies destroyed. Mr. Nixon said that his action was essential to his plan for "Vietnamizing" the war, and was intended to save American lives.

Protest
Two days of disorder on the campus of Ohio State University concluded as 20 were wounded by shotgun fire and 600 were arrested.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
St. Louis 4 @ Pittsburgh 3 (St. Louis won best-of-seven series 4-2)

This was the final game for Pittsburgh rookie Michel Briere, who led the Penguins in scoring with 5 goals and 3 assists in 10 playoff games. A few weeks later he suffered serious head injuries in a car accident, and died in the spring of 1971 without fully regaining consciousness. The Penguins retired his jersey number 21.

Baseball
Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs became the first National League player to play in 1,000 consecutive games when he took the field in the Cubs’ 9-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

30 years ago
1980


Terrorism
Arab Iranian terrorists seized the Iranian embassy in London. They identified themselves as being from the Iranian province of Khuzistan, and they wanted autonomy for the province as well as the release of 91 Arabs whom they claimed were imprisoned in Iran.

World events
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, 42, assumed the throne from her mother, Queen Juliana, who abdicated on her 71st birthday. The new queen appealed to her people to build stronger links with backward nations because "we can no longer disassociate our domestic polity from the distress in the world." Squatters in Amsterdam staged a demonstration to coincide with the investiture to protest a housing shortage. At least 125 people were injured in fighting between the hooligans and police.

Science
University of California at Irvine physicist Frderick Reines told a meeting of the American Physical Society in Washington that recent experiments indicated that the subatomic particle known as the "neutrino" appeared to have mass. Experiments by Dr. Reines and his co-workers showed that the neutrino oscillated between different states, an instability associated, in theory, with mass. Harvard University physicist Carlo Rubbia said that "the cosmological consequences" of the finding "are absolutely fantastic." Physicists thought that the universe was filed with particles possessing neither mass nor charge. Neutrinos would be the dominant material of the universe if they have mass and might be able to explain the nature of the invisible "stuff" whose gravity holds together the galaxies and clusters of galaxies.

Scandal
After a 16-week trial, former U.S. Budget Director Bert Lance was acquitted by a federal jury in Atlanta of nine counts of bank fraud. A mistrial was declared on three remaining counts because the jury wasn’t able to reach a verdict. Mr. Lance had resigned in September 1977 as director of the Office of Management and Budget amidst a controversy over his banking practices when he served as president and chief executive officer of both the National Bank of Georgia and the Calhoun First National Bank.

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Montreal Expos 5-0 in the Wednesday night CBC telecast.

20 years ago
1990


World events
Frank Reed, an American who had disappeared in September 1986, was freed by his captors in Lebanon. U.S. President George Bush thanked the government of Iran for having used its influence to free Mr. Reed.

Politics and government
Prince Edward Island Premier Joe Ghiz defended the Meech Lake Canadian constitutional accord and warned that Canada would face political instability if it was not passed. Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells said that he would welcome a first ministers’ conference on the situation, but warned that he would not likely support a last-minute solution that did not provide time for public input and debate.

Scandal
DuBois Gilliam, deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1984-1987, who was serving a prison term for accepting payoffs from developers, began testifying before the House Government Operations subcommittee. Mr. Gilliam said that the department "was the best domestic political machine I’ve ever seen. We dealt strictly in politics." Mr. Gilliam charged that former HUD secretary Samuel Pierce had made decisions regarding HUD grants. An attorney for Mr. Pierce denied the allegations.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
St. Louis 2 @ Chicago 8 (Chicago won best-of-seven series 4-3)

10 years ago
2000


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
San Jose 0 @ Dallas 1 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Baseball
Major league batters set a record for home runs in a single month by hitting 931 in April, 140 more than the previous April.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

April 29, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, April Stevens and Ira Zabelina!

80 years ago
1930

Baseball

The Brooklyn Robins and New York Giants combined for 41 hits as the Robins won 19-15.

60 years ago
1950

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Third Man Theme--Anton Karas (2nd week at #1)
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
2 If I Knew You Were Comin’ (I’d’ve Baked a Cake)--Eileen Barton
--Georgia Gibbs
3 Music! Music! Music!--Teresa Brewer
4 Daddy’s Little Girl--The Mills Brothers
--Dick Todd
5 It Isn’t Fair--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Dearie--Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman
--Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
7 My Foolish Heart--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
--Billy Eckstine
--Mindy Carson
8 Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later than You Think)--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
9 I Said My Pajamas (And Put on My Pray’rs)--Tony Martin and Fran Warren
10 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy--Red Foley
--Bing Crosby

50 years ago
1960


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Nightmare as a Child, starring Janice Rule

40 years ago
1970


War
South Vietnamese forces, accompanied by American advisers and backed by American planes and heavy artillery, launched a large offensive into Cambodia.

Politics and government
The Liberals, led by Robert Bourassa, won the Quebec provincial election, taking 71 of 108 seats in the National Assembly. The governing Union Nationale under Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand were reduced to 30 seats. This was the first election in which the separatist Parti Quebecois took part, and under the leadership of Rene Levesque the PQ won 7 seats.

New York Mayor John Lindsay, speaking at the University of Pennsylvania, criticized the "intemperate language" used the day before by U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew in his criticism of Yale University President Kingman Brewster. Mr. Lindsay said that Mr. Agnew had "heightened tensions" at Yale, and went on to say that he had "unending admiration" for those "heroic" enough to refuse to serve in the Vietnam War.

Protest
Ohio Governor James Rhodes ordered National Guard troops onto the campus of Ohio State University to attempt to quell student disorder.

Crime
The testimony of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy at the inquest into the July 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne was made public. Presiding District Court Judge James Doyle appended to its opinion that there were contradictions in Sen. Kennedy’s testimony.

Society
Riot police patrolled the streets of River Rouge, Michigan with fixed bayonets in order to quell rioting by rampaging bands of white and Negro youths that had threatened to spill into Detroit.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
New York 111 @ Los Angeles 108 (OT) (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Jerry West sank a 63-foot shot with 1 second left in regulation time at The Forum to tie the game for the Lakers.

Baseball
Paul Blair hit 3 home runs and had 6 runs batted in as the Baltimore Orioles routed the Chicago White Sox 18-2. Elrod Hendricks and Boog Powell each hit a 3-run homer to support the pitching of Jim Palmer.

30 years ago
1980

Died on this date
Alfred Hitchcock, 80
. U.K.-born movie director and television host. The Master of Suspense directed 51 feature films and 2 short films in a directing career that covered 50 years. My favourite Hitchcock movies include Strangers on a Train (1951); Rope (1948); Rear Window (1954); Notorious (1946); and North By Northwest (1959). He directed 20 television programs, 18 of them for the anthology series that he hosted: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1962); and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962-1965). Despite being the most famous director in movie history, Alfred Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for Best Director, although he was nominated five times. He did receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968 "for the most consistent high level of production achievement by an individual producer."

Politics and government
U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie (Democrat--Maine) was named to succeed Cyrus Vance as U.S. Secretary of State. Mr. Vance had resigned the day before because of his inability to support the attempted military rescue of the hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, which had ended in failure and tragedy on April 24. U.S. President Jimmy Carter defended the botched raid by insisting that it had a good chance of success and would have ended the crisis: "There is a deeper failure than that of incomplete success. That is the failure to attempt a worthy effort--a failure to try."

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Minnesota 6 @ Philadelphia 5 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 1-0)
New York Islanders 4 @ Buffalo 1 (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago
1985

Baseball

Larry Parrish hit 3 home runs to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-5 win over the New York Yankees in Billy Martin’s first game back as manager of the Yankees.

20 years ago
1990


Baseball
Greg Maddux of the Chicago Cubs pitched a 4-0 shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers and set a major league record for pitchers by recording 7 putouts in a single game.

Dan Quisenberry of the Kansas City Royals announced his retirement, leaving with the American League career record for saves with 238.

10 years ago
2000


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
New Jersey 1 @ Toronto 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Pittsburgh 4 @ Philadelphia 1 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Detroit 1 @ Colorado 3 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Baseball
The San Francisco Giants defeated the Montreal Expos 2-1 for their first win at Pacific Bell Park after opening the new facility with 6 straight losses.

April 28, 2010

130 years ago
1880

Baseball

Boston Red Caps’ catcher Lew Brown showed up drunk for an exhibition game, and was suspended for the season.

100 years ago
1910

Baseball

Walter Johnson gave up 16 hits but only 1 run and struck out 12 in going the distance as the Washington Nationals edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 in 12 innings.

80 years ago
1930

Baseball

In the Class C Western Association, 1,000 fans were on hand in Independence, Missouri to see the home team lose 13-3 to Muskegon in the first night game in organized professional baseball history. The lights were temporary.

The Philadelphia Athletics scored 4 runs in the 9th inning without getting a hit to defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-4. The runs scored as a result of 2 bases on balls and 2 errors.

70 years ago
1940

Baseball

Hal Trosky hit a 2-run home run with 2 out in the 10th inning to give the Cleveland Indians an 11-9 win over the Detroit Tigers. The Indians had led 9-3, but the Tigers scored 6 runs in the 9th to tie the game.

60 years ago
1950

Oddities

Jim Martin, a catcher with Pampa in the West Texas-New Mexico League, was struck by lightning in the 2nd inning of a game at Abilene. He was knocked unconscious, his mask was hurled 85 feet away, and the stadium lights were knocked out. However, Mr. Martin was not seriously hurt, and he played the next day.

40 years ago
1970


Died on this date
Ed Begley, 69
. U.S. actor. Mr. Begley was an excellent character actor whose movies included Patterns (1956) (also the earlier television version (1955)); Twelve Angry Men (1957); and Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), for which he won an Academy Award for his supporting performance.

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched Meteor 4, the first of two meteorological satellites to form part of the Soviet Union’s weather satellite system.

Academia
U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew, addressing a Republican party fund-raising dinner in Hollywood, Florida, said that Yale University President Kingman Brewster should be fired and a "more mature and responsible person" put in his place, since Yale students could not "get a fair impression of their country under the tutelage of Kingman Brewster." Five days earlier, Mr. Brewster had expressed skepticism of the ability of Negro revolutionaries to get a fair trial anywhere in the United States.

Religion
The Vatican issued revised rules for mixed marriages between Roman Catholics and non-Catholics. The new policy eliminated the requirement that the non-Catholic partner promise to raise children in the Roman Catholic faith, substituting a provision that required the non-Catholic only to be informed of the Catholic partner’s commitment to raise the children as Catholics.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Pittsburgh 0 @ St. Louis 5 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Jacques Plante was in goal for the Blues, earning his 14th career Stanley Cup shutout.

30 years ago
1980


Politics and government
Cyrus Vance resigned as U.S. Secretary of State, four days after an attempted military rescue of the hostages at the U.S. embassy in Iran had ended in failure with the deaths of eight servicemen. Mr. Vance had not supported the mission, arguing that it was possible to obtain the hostages’ freedom through diplomatic channels, augmented by political and economic sanctions.

Protest
Students in Kabul at the Omar Shaheed School for Boys and at the Habibia High School began burning the old and new Afghan flags and throwing stones at troops. The troops fired back and killed at least 13 students, while 200 were arrested.

25 years ago
1985


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Philadelphia 1 New York Islanders 0

Baseball
A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The loss dropped the Yankees’ record to 6-10, and Yogi Berra was fired as manager, to be replaced by Billy Martin. Mr. Berra was so furious that he vowed never to set foot in Yankee Stadium again as long as George Steinbrenner owned the Yankees.

Darryl Strawberry hit a grand slam in the 1st inning, but the New York Mets didn’t score another run until the bottom of the 18th as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in 18 innings in a game that lasted 5 hours and 21 minutes. 41-year-old Rusty Staub, who had been pressed into service in the outfield in the 12th inning when the Mets ran short of players, made a game-saving catch in the top of the 18th. It was his last game in the field, and the only time he put the glove on all year.

Mickey Hatcher, who had batted 5 for 5 the day before, hit safely his first 4 times up and finished 4 for 5 to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 10-1 win over the Oakland Athletics for their 8th straight win. Mr. Hatcher’s 9 straight hits were a club record.

20 years ago
1990

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Nothing Compares to U--Sinead O’Connor
2 Don’t Wanna Fall in Love--Jane Child
3 All Around the World--Lisa Stansfield
4 I Wanna Be Rich--Calloway
5 I’ll Be Your Everything--Tommy Page
6 How Can We Be Lovers--Michael Bolton
7 Here and Now--Luther Vandross
8 Forever--Kiss
9 Without You--Motley Crue
10 Whip Appeal--Babyface

Protest
200,000-700,000 people came to Washington, D.C. to protest against the continuing abomination of abortion. U.S. President George Bush addressed the rally by telephone and said that the "widespread prevalence of abortion is a tragedy." Vice-President Dan Quayle, who attended the rally, said, "The pro-life movement is the humanitarian movement of our time."

Hockey
IIHF Men's World Championship
Czechoslovakia 3 Canada 2

NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Chicago 2 @ St. Louis 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Baseball
The Detroit Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 13-5 as starting pitcher Frank Tanana picked up his 200th career major league win.

10 years ago
2000


Business
The United States Justice Department and 17 of the 19 states participating in a suit against Microsoft Corporation for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act asked U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to break Microsoft into two separate companies.

Crime
A white man went on a shooting spree in the suburbs of Pittsburgh that was apparently racially-motivated, killing five Negroes and critically wounding a sixth.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
San Jose 0 @ Dallas 4 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

April 27, 2010

70 years ago
1940

Baseball

Rookie shortstop Lou Boudreau hit his first 2 major league home runs and added a single to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Mr. Boudreau’s hits came against losing pitcher Hal Newhouser.

50 years ago
1960

Born on this date

Happy Birthday, Rod Crossley!

Basketball
NBA
The National Basketball Association voted to allow the Minneapolis Lakers to move to Los Angeles.

40 years ago
1970

On the radio

The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight’s episode: Retrospect--Intergalactic Travel

Science
It was reported that a team of California physicists led by A. Ghiorso had created an extremely short-lived element in the family that included Vanadium, Niobium, and Tantalum. The scientists proposed that the element, which would be No. 105 in the periodic table, be named Hahnium (Ha) in honour of the late German physicist Otto Hahn. In 1998 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry approved the name Dubnium (Db) for element 105, although the name Hahnium is still often used in the United States, and is found in international literature before 1998.

Society
A fight between Negro and white youths at the River Rouge, Michigan high school touched off two nights of violence in the predominantly Negro suburb of Detroit. Fire-bombings and looting by rampaging bands of yutes threatened to overflow into Detroit.

Terrorism
A note linked the previous day’s bombing of the Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge to the shooting of three Negroes by police.

Defense
Almost unanimous bipartisan opposition had developed within the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee to giving military aid to the new Cambodian regime of Lon Nol. U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers told the committee that the administration of President Richard Nixon had made no decision on the Cambodian request for extensive military aid, but he suggested that the president had the authority to send at least limited amounts of military aid without Congressional approval.

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs scored an unearned run to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 for their 11th straight win, the Cubs’ longest winning streak in 25 years. Joe Decker, with 9th-inning relief help, was the winning pitcher.

30 years ago
1980


World events
Iranian authorities put on display the bodies of the American servicemen killed three days earlier in an attempt to rescue the hostages from the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Iran claimed that nine servicemen had been killed, not eight as claimed by the U.S.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Minnesota 3 @ Montreal 2 (Minnesota won best-of-seven series 4-3)

This game ended the Canadiens’ reign as champions after winning the Stanley Cup for four straight years. They’ve won the cup just twice since then.

Soccer
NASL
San Jose 2 @ Edmonton 4

This was the Drillers’ home opener at Commonwealth Stadium, and the first North American Soccer League game that this blogger attended. English legend George Best played for the Earthquakes.

Baseball
The Minnesota Twins scored 10 runs in the first inning and defeated the Oakland Athletics 20-11. Minnesota starting pitcher Geoff Zahn allowed 8 runs in 4 1/3 innings, and reliever Doug Corbett was the winning pitcher.

25 years ago
1985

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 We are the World--USA for Africa (3rd week at #1)
2 Crazy for You--Madonna
3 Rhythm of the Night--DeBarge
4 Nightshift--Commodores
5 One More Night--Phil Collins
6 Obsession--Animotion
7 Don’t You (Forget About Me)--Simple Minds
8 I’m on Fire--Bruce Springsteen
9 One Night in Bangkok--Murray Head
10 That was Yesterday--Foreigner

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Quebec 5 Montreal 1

Baseball
Pinch hitter Willie Aikens hit a 2-run home run in his last major league at bat to tie the game in the 9th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays added a run to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-8. The Blue Jays sent Mr. Aikens down to their International League farm team in Syracuse three days later, and he never returned to the major leagues.

20 years ago
1990


Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the gross national product had grown at an annual rate of 2.1% in the first quarter of the year.

Terrorism
Colombian drug lords issued a statement condemning the previous day’s assassination of Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, the third candidate for the presidency of Colombia to be killed during the current campaign.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Montreal 1 @ Boston 3 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Washington 2 @ New York Rangers 1 (OT) (Washington won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Baseball
Wally Backman batted 6 for 6 as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 9-4.

10 years ago
2000

Hockey

NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
New Jersey 1 @ Toronto 2 (Toronto led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Pittsburgh 2 @ Philadelphia 0 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Detroit 0 @ Colorado 2 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs hit a record-tying 4 home runs in the 1st inning and went on to defeat the Houston Astros 12-3 at Enron Field in Houston. Houston pitcher Jose Lima gave up all 4 home runs.

Shortstop Jose Valentin hit for the cycle in order--a single, then double, triple, and home run--to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 13-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Monday, 26 April 2010

April 26, 2010

100 years ago
1910

Disasters

45 families were left homeless from an apartment fire in New York. George Davis, Kid Gleason, and Mike Grady, all baseball players with the New York Giants, were on their way to the Polo Grounds when they stopped to help rescue people from the blaze.

Baseball
The New York Giants scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the Boston Braves 10-10 at the Polo Grounds. The Braves scored 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning, and the Giants stalled long enough to get the game called on account of darkness, with the score reverting to 10-10.

90 years ago
1920

Baseball

Boston Red Sox shortstop Everett Scott played in his 534th consecutive game, breaking a major league record formerly held by Fred Luderus of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Red Sox lost 2-0 to the Washington Nationals 2-0 at Griffith Stadium in Washington as Joe Johnson outduelled Bullet Joe Bush.

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The Turkish Bath

50 years ago
1960


Space
The mission of the U.S. satellite Discoverer 11 ended after 11 days. Its purpose was to study propulsion, communication, recovery techniques, and cosmic radiation.

Boxing
Brian London (23-6) knocked out Pete Rademacher (6-3-1) 15 seconds into the 7th round of a heavyweight bout at Empire Pool, Wembley, London.

40 years ago
1970

Terrorism

A dynamite explosion shook the 34-storey Louisiana state capitol building in Baton Rouge, causing considerable damage.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Chicago 4 @ Boston 5 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-0)
St. Louis 1 @ Pittsburgh 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Auto racing
USAC
Lloyd Ruby won a 200-mile race at Trenton, New Jersey. Mario Andretti finished second, and Al Unser third.

Baseball
Dick Dietz and Willie McCovey each hit a grad slam as the San Francisco Giants whipped the Montreal Expos 11-1 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Expos won the second game 3-2.

Ron Santo hit a grand slam and Jim Hickman and Billy Williams each hit a solo home run as the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 6-3 for their 10th straight win. Ferguson Jenkins (2-2) was the winning pitcher over Larry Dierker.

30 years ago
1980

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Call Me--Blondie (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Call Me--Blondie (3rd week at #1)
2 Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)--Pink Floyd
3 Ride Like the Wind--Christopher Cross
4 Lost in Love--Air Supply
5 With You I’m Born Again--Billy Preston & Syreeta
6 Fire Lake--Bob Seger
7 Special Lady--Ray, Goodman & Brown
8 Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl--The Spinners
9 I Can’t Tell You Why--Eagles
10 Sexy Eyes--Dr. Hook

World events
Iranian state radio announced that the American hostages had been moved from the U.S. embassy in Tehran to other cities in the country to prevent further rescue attempts such as the failed attempt at a military rescue two days earlier.

20 years ago
1990


Died on this date
Carlos Pizarro Leongomez
. Colombian politician. Mr. Pizarro, a candidate for the presidency of Colombia who was affiliated with the leftist movement M-19, was shot while travelling aboard an Avianca Airlines flight that had just left Bogota. The gunman was immediately shot by Mr. Pizarro's bodyguards. Mr. Pizarro was the third presidential candidate to be killed during the current campaign. Colombian drug lords issued a statement the next day condemning the killing, which they had been suspected of.

Politics and government
British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm told a Canadian House of Commons committee that the best solution to the impasse over the Meech Lake constitutional accord might be to start the discussions again from scratch.

Disasters
An earthquake in the central Chinese province of Qinghai killed 115 people.

Hockey
Men’s World Championship
Canada 3 U.S.S.R. 3

NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Chicago 3 @ St. Louis 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

10 years ago
2000


Abominations
Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed into law a bill giving sodomite and lesbian couples the same legal rights enjoyed by real married couples.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

April 25, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Suzie Martin!

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

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

50 years ago
1960

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Stuck on You--Elvis Presley

40 years ago
1970

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All Kinds of Everything--Dana (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): ABC--The Jackson 5

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 ABC--The Jackson 5
2 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
3 Let it Be--The Beatles
4 American Woman--The Guess Who
5 Instant Karma--John Ono Lennon
6 Something’s Burning--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
7 Come and Get It--Badfinger
8 Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes--Edison Lighthouse
9 Up the Ladder to the Roof--The Supremes
10 Love or Let Me Be Lonely--Friends of Distinction

Calgary’s top 10
1 Let it Be--The Beatles
2 American Woman--The Guess Who
3 Something’s Burning--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
4 Instant Karma--John Ono Lennon
5 Mr. Monday--The Original Caste
6 ABC--The Jackson 5
7 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
8 Come and Get It--Badfinger
9 Little Green Bag--George Baker Selection
10 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon & Garfunkel
Pick hit of the week: Vehicle--The Ides of March

War
Allied military spokesmen said that 9,848 South Vietnamese and Viet Cong had been killed since they had begun a spring offensive in Cambodia on April 1, while 380 Americans and 2,036 South Vietnamese had been killed.

30 years ago
1980


World events
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini denounced the previous day's failed U.S. miltary attempt to rescue the hostages from the U.S. embassy in Tehran as a "stupid act" by U.S. President Jimmy carter, and warned that the hostages could be in danger if any further such rescue attempts ensued.

Disasters
A chartered British jetliner carrying vacationers crashed into a mountain on the canary island of Tenerife, killing all 146 people aboard.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos lost 8-7 in 11 innings to the Atlanta Braves despite getting 3 home runs and 7 runs batted in from third baseman Larry Parrish.

25 years ago
1985

Hockey

Men’s World Championship @ Prague
U.S.S.R. 9 Canada 1

NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Edmonton 8 @ Winnipeg 3 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-0)
Chicago 7 Minnesota 6 (2 OT)
Montreal 3 Quebec 1

20 years ago
1990

Space

The U.S. space shuttle Discovery deployed the 12.5-ton Hubble Space Telescope. The $1.5-billion telescope, which had a 94.5-inch mirror, was put into orbit 381 miles above Earth.

Politics and government
Violeta Barrios de Chamorro was inaugurated as President of Nicaragua. She announced that she would retain General Humberto Ortega Saavedra, brother of outgoing President Daniel Ortega, as chief of the armed forces. A leader of the rebel Contras declared that the Contras would not demobilize as long as Gen. Ortega remained in power.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Boston 1 @ Montreal 4 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-1)
New York Rangers 3 @ Washington 4 (OT) (Washington led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Baseball
The California Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 at Fenway Park in Boston behind the pitching of Kirk McCaskill. The only Boston run came on an inside-the-park home run by 41-year-old Bill Buckner, for whom it was his last major league home run.

10 years ago
2000

Protest

Miami’s Cuban-American began a work-stoppage protest against the seizure of 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his Florida relatives by U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service thugs in order to be sent back to Cuba with his father. Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, angry that police chief William O’Brien had not warned him of the INS raid in advance, asked city manager Donald Warshaw to fire Mr. O’Brien. Several major league baseball players and coaches skipped their games to express sympathy for the cause.

Abominations
The Vermont House of Representatives voted 79-68 to approve a bill granting sodomite and lesbian couples the same legal rights enjoyed by real married couples.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
San Jose 3 @ St. Louis 1 (San Jose won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Saturday, 24 April 2010

April 24, 2010

210 years ago
1800

Americana

The Library of Congress was established.

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

Murder By Experts, hosted and narrated by Bret Halliday, on MBS
Tonight's episode: Conspiracy

50 years ago
1960

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Cathy’s Clown--The Everly Brothers

Baseball
The New York Yankees scored 8 runs before the first out was made in the 1st inning and went on to a 15-9 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Albie Pearson and Billy Klaus hit grand slams for the Orioles in the 8th and 9th innings, respectively.

40 years ago
1970

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10
1 Let it Be--The Beatles
2 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
3 Shilo--Neil Diamond
4 Mr. Monday--The Original Caste
5 House of the Rising Sun--Frijid Pink
6 No Sugar Tonight/American Woman--The Guess Who
7 Little Green Bag--George Baker Selection
8 Woodstock--Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
9 Something’s Burning--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
10 Instant Karma--John Ono Lennon

Space
The People’s Republic of China became the fifth nation to orbit a satellite, sending a payload weighing 381 pounds around the Earth at the rate of one revolution every 114 minutes and playing "The East is Red."

Protest
A month of anti-ROTC protests on the Stanford University campus at Palo Alto, California climaxed with fires which destroyed the work of 10 visiting scholars and caused $50,000-$100,000 worth of damage to the university’s center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.

Religion
Pope Paul VI became the first pontiff to visit the island of Sardinia.

30 years ago
1980

World events

After diplomatic efforts to secure the release of the hostages from the U.S. embassy in Iran, the United States attempted a military rescue mission, which ended in failure and tragedy. Eight helicopters and six Hercules transport planes left Egypt, but because of mechanical problems, only six of the helicopters arrived at the designated rendezvous at Dasht-i-Kavir, 200 miles southeast of Tehran. One of the helicopters that landed had damage that prevented it taking off again; the mission required a minimum of six helicopters, and with only five functional, U.S. President Jimmy Carter called off the mission. During the withdrawal, one of the helicopters collided with one of the transport planes, killing eight men and injuring five others. All surviving men left in the five remaining transport planes, leaving the five helicopters and eight dead men behind.

600 Cuban-American boat owners had reached Key West, Florida in preparation to set sail for Mariel, Cuba to pick up Cubans attempting to flee to the United States.

Diplomacy
Japan announced that it was following the European Economic Community and Canada in imposing diplomatic sanctions against Iran.

Politics and government
Republican Congressman and U.S. presidential candidate John Anderson, who had freed his delegates to the Republican National Convention a week earlier, announced that he would run for the presidency as an independent because the nation needed a choice in the November election: "Too many people in our nation are disillusioned with the prospective choices our party structures are offering."

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Montreal 2 @ Minnesota 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

20 years ago
1990

On television tonight

The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: Goodbye

This episode, the last to feature the character of Kevin Arnold’s math teacher, Mr. Collins, was reported to be series star Fred Savage’s favourite episode.

Space
The U.S. space shuttle Discovery blasted off, with a crew of five and the Hubble Space Telescope aboard.

Diplomacy
U.S. President George Bush announced an indefinite delay in imposing sanctions against the U.S.S.R. for cutting off the flow of oil to Lithuania, saying he did not want to add fuel to "an already volatile situation." Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis called the situation a modern Munich, a reference to European appeasement of German dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938.

Scandal
Michael Milken, the former "junk bond king" at the U.S. securities firm Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in New York to six counts relating to securities fraud, and agreed to pay a total of $600 million in fines and restitution. Under the agreement, more serious charges were dropped, and a case against his brother Lowell Milken was also dropped. Counts to which Michael Milken pled guilty to included conspiracy; aiding and abetting the filing of a false statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission; and assisting the filing of a false tax return. He still faced the possibility of going to prison.

10 years ago
2000

Died on this date
Nguyen Thi Hiep
. Vietnamese-born convicted criminal. Mr. Hiep, who moved to Montreal in 1982 and eventually became a Canadian citizen, was executed by Vietnamese authorities after being convicted of smuggling heroin. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy said that Mr. Hiep may have been duped into transporting drugs.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Toronto 4 @ Ottawa 2 (Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

April 23, 2010

325 years ago
1685


Britannica
James II was crowned King of England at Westminster.

60 years ago
1950

Hockey

NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
New York 3 @ Detroit 4 (2 OT) (Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Pete Babando scored at 8:31 of the second overtime period at Olympia Stadium to give the Red Wings their first Stanley Cup in seven years. The Rangers didn’t reach the finals again until 1972, and didn’t win the Stanley Cup again until 1994.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Syracuse 95 @ Minneapolis 110 (Minneapolis won best-of-seven series 4-2)

George Mikan scored 40 points to lead the Lakers to their third straight league championship. They had been champions of the National Basketball League before joining the Basketball Association of America, which renamed itself the National Basketball Association prior to the 1949-50 season.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Stuck on You--Elvis Presley
2 The Theme from "A Summer Place"--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
3 Greenfields--The Brothers Four
4 White Silver Sands--Bill Black’s Combo
5 Puppy Love--Paul Anka
6 He’ll Have to Go--Jim Reeves
7 Sink the Bismarck--Johnny Horton
8 I Love the Way You Love--Marv Johnson
9 Sweet Nothin’s--Brenda Lee
10 Footsteps--Steve Lawrence

40 years ago
1970


War
U.S. President Richard Nixon abolished draft deferments for fathers and for men with occupations considered to be in the national interest.

South Vietnam, with the "approval" of the United States, shipped rifles and ammunition captured from Communist forces to aid the Cambodians fighting North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces. Cambodian President Lon Nol had made a personal appeal to U.S. President Richard Nixon for help.

Academia
Yale University President Kingman Brewster, Jr. provoked a storm of criticism when he said he was "skeptical of the ability of black revolutionaries to achieve a fair trial anywhere in the United States," and that he was "appalled and ashamed" that such a situation had developed.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Chicago 2 @ Boston 5 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-0)
St. Louis 2 @ Pittsburgh 3 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 2-1)

30 years ago
1980

World events

The United States Justice Department warned that boat owners faced stiff penalties and fines of up to $1,000 for every Cuban citizen that they ferried to the United States. The Cuban-Americans left for Cuba anyway, and the port of Mariel was clogged with small fishing boats picking up Cubans who wanted to flee to the United States.

Diplomacy
Canada announced that it was following the lead of the nine European Economic Community countries in imposing diplomatic sanctions against Iran.

Olympics
18 amateur athletes, a coach, and a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s executive board brought a class-action suit in the U.S. District Court in Washington, challenging the USOC’s authority to ban the athletes’ participation in the 1980 Summer Olympics scheduled to be held in Moscow.

Baseball
Bruce Kison came within 2 outs of a no-hitter, giving up just a double to Ken Landreaux with one out in the 9th inning, as the California Angels routed the Minnesota Twins 17-0.

25 years ago
1985


Popular culture
Coca-Cola introduced the "new" Coke, which had a sweeter taste than the "old" Coke. This blogger tried it for the first time a month later and didn't like it. This opinion was shared by millions, and the old taste was brought back under the name "Coke Classic" in July.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Edmonton 5 @ Winnipeg 4 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Quebec 7 Montreal 6 (OT) (Quebec led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Chicago 5 Minnesota 3

20 years ago
1990


Protest
Heavily-armed Mohawk Warriors, who supported the gambling operations going on at Akwesasne-St. Regis Reserve near Cornwall, Ontario, overran blockades that had been set up by anti-gambling protesters, and destroyed about 25 cars parked nearby. An explosive device was also fired at the Mohawk police station on the Canadian side of the border. Georges Erasmus, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, called on U.S. authorities to restrain the Warriors. New York Governor Mario Cuomo said that he would not order state troopers to intervene in an "internal" Indian dispute.

Politics and government
A spokesman for the government of Manitoba said that New Brunswick Premier Frank McKenna’s solution to the impasse over the Meech Lake Canadian constitutional accord did not satisfy his province’s concern about the need for Senate reform.

Abominations
U.S. President George Bush signed into law the Hate Crimes Statistics Act, under which records would be kept of crimes committed by people motivated by racial, ethnic, or sexual prejudice. "Sexual orientation" was included, marking the first time in American history that a federal law included a classification to protect sodomites.

Diplomacy
U.S. President George Bush thanked Syrian President Hafez-al-Assad for his role in helping to secure U.S. hostage Robert Polhill’s release from his Shiite captors in Lebanon the previous day.

10 years ago
2000


Journalism
12 newspapers in Iran were shut down by court order for supposedly publishing articles defaming Islam.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
St. Louis 6 @ San Jose 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Baseball
Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada became the first teammates in major league history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in the same game as the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-7. The Yankees scored 7 runs in the 4th inning. Jose Cruz, who had hit 2 home runs for the Blue Jays the previous day, led off the game with a home run for the second straight game.

April 22, 2010

510 years ago
1500

Exploration

Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.

140 years ago
1870

Born on this date
V.I. Lenin
. Russian Communist revolutionary leader. Born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, Mr. Lenin was an admirer of Charles Darwin and put the ideas of Karl Marx into practice as the first leader of the Soviet Union. Thanks to Mr. Lenin and his successors, tens of millions of people were murdered, all in the name of social progress. He died on January 21, 1924 at the age of 53.

120 years ago
1890

Baseball

The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Syracuse Stars 17-6 in an American Association game. The teams combined for 21 stolen bases, 19 of them by the Athletics; both figures are major league records. Grant Briggs was the unfortunate Syracuse catcher.

110 years ago
1900

Baseball

Behind the pitching of Roger Dentzer, the Chicago White Stockings defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 at South Side Park in Chicago for their first win in the American League, which was still a minor league.

90 years ago
1920

Baseball

Babe Ruth played his first home game as a New York Yankee. He pulled a rib cartilage in batting practice, and had to be assisted off the field after striking out in the 1st inning. The Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 8-6 at the Polo Grounds.

80 years ago
1930

Baseball

Bing Miller led off the top of the 9th inning with a home run to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 6-5 win over the New York Yankees before 66,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. Rube Wahlberg was the winning pitcher in relief over Roy Sherid.

75 years ago
1935

Boxing

Joe Louis (19-0) knocked out Biff Bennett (11-14-1) at 1:15 of the 1st round of a heavyweight bout at Memorial Hall in Dayton, Ohio.

60 years ago
1950

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Third Man Theme--Anton Karas
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
2 Music! Music! Music!--Teresa Brewer
3 If I Knew You Were Comin’ (I’d’ve Baked a Cake)--Eileen Barton
--Georgia Gibbs
4 Daddy’s Little Girl--The Mills Brothers
--Dick Todd
5 Dearie--Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman
--Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
6 Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy--Red Foley
--Bing Crosby
7 It Isn’t Fair--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
8 Candy and Cake--Arthur Godfrey
--Mindy Carson
9 I Said My Pajamas (And Put on My Pray’rs)--Tony Martin and Fran Warren
10 Rag Mop--The Ames Brothers
--Ralph Flanagan and his Orchestra
--Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
--Johnnie Lee Wills and his Boys

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
New York 4 @ Detroit 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

50 years ago
1960

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers played their home opener before 53,563 fans at Briggs Stadium, defeating the Chicago White Sox 6-5. Rocky Colavito hit a home run in his first at bat in Detroit as a Tiger, and Ed Yost also homered for the Tigers.

Mickey Mantle hit a home run in the 4th inning off Hoyt Wilhelm as the New York Yankees won their home opener 5-0 over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

40 years ago
1970

Environment

The first Earth Day observances took place. Rallies involving up to 25,000 people were held in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and other big cities in what was originally just an American event. Earth Day organizers said that 2,000 colleges, 10,000 grammar and high schools, and citizens’ groups in 2,000 communities participated. The idea of Earth Day originated with U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (Democrat--Wisconsin), who was New Age before the term was used. President Richard Nixon informally expressed approval of the program but took no active part in it, putting in a routine day at the White House. Earth Day drew its share of protesters. According to The New York Times Encyclopedic Almanac 1971:

...the Daughters of the American Revolution resolved that Earth Day was "subversive" and that reports of an environmental crisis were "distorted and exaggerated." And the comptroller general of Atlanta sent out a slew of telegrams to President Nixon and others, charging that Earth Day might be a Communist plot because it fell on the centennial of Lenin’s birthday, which, actually, it did.

War
Five U.S. aircraft had been shot down over Laos in the previous two days, bringing to 29 the number lost in that sector since March 9.

Baseball
Tom Seaver of the New York Mets tied Steve Carlton’s major league record (since broken) of 19 strikeouts in a 9-inning game as he pitched the Mets to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Seaver struck out the last 10 batters, a record for consecutive strikeouts that still stands. He gave up just 2 hits in the game. Mike Corkins took the loss for the Padres, who set a record by striking out 29 times in 2 games.

The Washington Senators edged the New York Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings. Joe Grzenda won in relief over Ron Klimkowski.

Don Kessinger had 3 hits, including an inside-the-park home run, and Billy Williams drove in 3 runs to lead the Chicago Cubs past the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5. Joe Torre and Leron Lee homered for the Cardinals; for Mr. Lee, it was his first major league home run. For St. Louis starting pitcher Mike Torrez, the loss ended his 11-game winning streak going back to 1969.

30 years ago
1980

World events

13 ministers and other top officials of the Liberian government that had been deposed in a military coup 10 days earlier were executed by firing squad.

Olympics
The House of Delegates of the U.S. Olympic Committee voted 1,604-797 in favour of a resolution to boycott the 1980 Summer Olympic games in Moscow. The result was considered to be a major victory for the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which had been urging the U.S. committee to back its decision to boycott the games, and had been urging other countries to join the boycott.

Diplomacy
The foreign ministers of the 9-member European Economic Community voted unanimously to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions against Iran on May 17 unless "decisive progress" was made to gain release of the hostages being held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. A total embargo of all exports to Iran except food and medicine would be imposed; until that time, the nine countries would reduce embassy staffs in Tehran and Iranian representation in Europe, introduce a visa system for Iranians travelling to their countries, and withhold permission for all military sales to Iran.

Politics and government
U.S. presidential primaries were held in Pennsylvania. U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy defeated President Jimmy Carter in the Democratic primary by about 10,000 votes of the 1.5 million votes cast, taking 93 Democratic National Convention delegates to 92 for Mr. Carter. In the Republican primary, George Bush took 53% of the vote to 46% for Ronald Reagan, but in the separate delegate contest, Mr. Reagan took 35 delegates to just 17 for Mr. Bush.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that consumer prices had risen 1.4% in March, mainly because of rises in the prices of food, clothing, and housing.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Minnesota 2 @ Montreal 6 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Philadelphia 3 New York Rangers 1

Baseball
Barry Foote’s grand slam with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Chicago Cubs a 16-12 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Foote had 4 hits, 2 home runs, and 8 runs batted in. Cubs’ shortstop Ivan DeJesus hit for the cycle as the Cubs rallied from a 12-5 deficit.

25 years ago
1985

Baseball

Kirby Puckett’s first major league home run--a three-run blast off Matt Young in the 4th inning--helped the Minnesota Twins to a 9-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

20 years ago
1990

World events

An estimated 200 million people participated in Earth Day observances on the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Events were planned in 3,600 cities and towns in 140 countries. About 750,000 attended a rally and concert in Central Park in New York City. Although it was promoted as an event to express concern about the environment, in fact by 1990 it had become a promotional vehicle for the New Age movement, expressed as outright pagan nature worship. This blogger and fellow investigator Chris Milner attended the Edmonton celebration at Mayfair Park, and I noticed Albertans for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Vegetarians of Alberta, Citizens Organized for Animal Liberation, and Children of Gaia (whose banner, under their name, had the words "Worship the Earth") literally under the same roof in the same tent.

Diplomacy
Kidnappers in Lebanon released Robert Polhill, an American they had been holding hostage, after almost three years in captivity. He had been held with two other captives, and said that he had never seen the sun the whole time he had been in captivity. U.S. President George Bush said that if Iran wanted better relations with the U.S.A., it would have to use its influence with its Shiite allies in Lebanon to secure the release of the other hostages.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Edmonton 5 @ Los Angeles 4 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Chicago 4 @ St. Louis 5 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 2-1)

10 years ago
2000

Abominations

Shortly after 5 A.M. EDT, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service thugs in Miami broke down the door of Lazaro Gonzalez, and seized 6-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the arms of Donato Dalrymple--who had rescued the boy after Elian’s mother drowned on the way to Florida from Cuba. The boy was flown to Andrews Air Force base, near Washington, D.C., to join his father, who was still a resident of Cuba. U.S. President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno defended the raid, but then they would. They had ordered the deaths of innocent people in Waco in 1993, so the kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy at gunpoint was nothing in comparison.

Crime
Bosnian Serb Dragan Nikolic, commander of a detention camp for more than five years, was arrested after the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal accused him of raping, torturing, and killing Muslims. His indictment included the highest number of counts contained in a public indictment issued by the tribunal to that date.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Ottawa 1 @ Toronto 2 (OT) (Toronto led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Baseball
Chris Singleton batted 5 for 5, including a double and home run, and drove in 5 runs to lead the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 14-6. The game featured two brawls and 11 ejections.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

April 21, 2010

110 years ago
1900

Baseball

The Chicago White Stockings, formerly the St. Paul franchise in the Western League, played their first game in their new city, in the league which was now called the American League. They lost 5-4 to the Milwaukee Brewers at South Side Park. The AL was still a minor league in 1900.

100 years ago
1910

Died on this date
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain), 74
. U.S. writer. Mr. Clemens, who adopted the nom de plume Mark Twain, was the author of such works as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876); Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884); and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889).

75 years ago
1935

Baseball

First baseman Lou Gehrig was named captain of the New York Yankees, one of the few teams in the major leagues that had resorted to the custom.

Babe Ruth hit his 2nd home run as a member of the Boston Braves, but his 1st-inning home run off Ray Benge was the only scoring the Braves managed as they lost 8-1 to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Cleveland Indians lost 3-2 to the Detroit Tigers in 13 innings. It was the third consecutive extra-inning game for the Indians: they had beaten the Tigers 2-1 in 14 innings in the previous game, and had defeated the St. Louis Browns 2-1 in 14 innings the game before that. The 41 innings in 3 straight games set an American League record.

60 years ago
1950

Baseball

Before 79,570 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, the New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians by scores of 14-5 and 12-4. Joe DiMaggio led the Yankee attack in the first game with 2 home runs--including a grand slam--and 6 runs batted in. Eddie Lopat and Allie Reynolds each picked up his 4th win of the season.

Vern Stephens hit a grand slam in the 9th inning to lead the Boston Red Sox to an 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Athletics at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

Sam Jethroe became the first Negro to play for the Boston Braves, batting 1 for 3 as the Braves and Philadelphia Phillies tied 2-2 in a game that was called when Braves Field was hit by a thunderstorm.

50 years ago
1960

South Americana

Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia.

40 years ago
1970

Protest

Black Power demonstrators ignored a state-of-emergency proclamation and went on a looting rampage in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Police opened fire after some of the demonstrators threw stones and bottles at firemen fighting a blaze. Several people, including policemen, were injured.

A Yale University student sympathy strike for Black Panthers awaiting trial at a nearby New Haven court for the murder of a fellow Panther virtually shut down regular classroom activity for more than 10 days as thousands of sympathizers from neighbouring colleges and militant groups from all over the U.S.A. flocked to the campus for rallies.

Disasters
All 36 people aboard a Philippine plane died when it crashed north of Manila.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Boston 4 @ Chicago 1 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Pittsburgh 1 @ St. Louis 4 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds outslugged the Atlanta Braves 13-8 in a game that featured 10 home runs by 9 different players. Bernie Carbo hit 2 home runs for the Reds, while Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Dave Concepcion, Tony Perez, and Bobby Tolan also homered for Cincinnati. Rico Carty, Orlando Cepeda, and Felix Millan hit home runs for the Braves.

30 years ago
1980


World events
About 50 small fishing boats set sail from Florida for Mariel, Cuba to pick up Cubans who wanted to flee to the United States.

Protest
Protests against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan broke out in Kabul when the Soviet-backed government unveiled a new flag that resembled the flag flown under the monarchy before pro-Soviet factions had come to power two years earlier. There were sporadic protests at schools where the flags were distributed.

Scandal
Rosie Ruiz appeared to be the top female finisher at the Boston Marathon, but she had actually cheated and entered the race near the end.

Track and field
Bill Rodgers became the first runner in 56 years to win three straight Boston Marathons, finishing in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 11 seconds. 5,364 people started the race. Jacqueline Gareau of Canada was declared the women’s champion, after Rosie Ruiz had been exposed as a cheater.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Boston 4 @ New York Islanders 3 (OT)

Terry O'Reilly scored the winning goal at 17:13 of overtime.

25 years ago
1985

Hockey

NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Philadelphia 5 New York Islanders 2
Montreal 6 Quebec 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

20 years ago
1990

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I’ll Be Your Everything--Tommy Page
2 Don’t Wanna Fall in Love--Jane Child
3 Nothing Compares to U--Sinead O’Connor
4 All Around the World--Lisa Stansfield
5 I Wanna Be Rich--Calloway
6 Love Will Lead You Back--Taylor Dayne
7 Here and Now--Luther Vandross
8 Forever--Kiss
9 Black Velvet--Alannah Myles
10 Get Up! (Before the Night is Over)--Technotronic

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Montreal 4 @ Boston 5 (OT) (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Washington 6 @ New York Rangers 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds improved their record to 9-0, the best start in their history, with an 8-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. The only Atlanta run came on a home run by Dale Murphy; it was the 335th of his career as an Atlanta Brave, passing Hank Aaron (Mr. Aaron hit 399 home runs as a Milwaukee Brave).

10 years ago
2000

Defense

The Russian Duma voted 298-74 to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Although more than 150 countries had ratified the treaty by then, it couldn’t go into effect until it was ratified by all 44 countries having nuclear capability. By then, 15 had not done so, including the United States.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Edmonton 2 @ Dallas 3 (Dallas won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Pittsburgh 2 @ Washington 1 (Pittsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Phoenix 1 @ Colorado 2 (Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-1)
San Jose 3 @ St. Louis 5 (San Jose led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Baseball
The Anaheim Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-6 as Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back home runs in the 4th inning and again in the 9th. Troy Glaus of the Angels also homered in those innings, marking the first time in major league history that three players had hit home runs in the same inning twice in the same game.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

April 20, 2010

160 years ago
1850

Born on this date

Daniel Chester French. U.S. sculptor. The preeminent American sculptor of his time, Mr. French’s best-known work is probably the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He died on October 7, 1931 at the age of 66.

125 years ago
1885

War

General Thomas Bland "Jingo" Strange and 1,300 men set out from Calgary toward Frog Lake in what is now northeastern Alberta (then part of the Northwest Territories) to fight against a Cree chief named Wandering Spirit, who was viewed as a threat to peaceful white and Metis settlement of the area.

100 years ago
1910

Baseball

Addie Joss pitched his second career major league no-hitter as the Cleveland Naps edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at South Side Park in Chicago. Mr. Joss helped his cause with 10 assists. Terry Turner doubled in the game’s only run off losing pitcher Doc White.

Hooks Wiltse pitched a 3-hitter as the New York Giants opened their season with a 4-0 win over the Boston Doves at the Polo Grounds in New York.

90 years ago
1920

Baseball

Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Gavy Cravath, who had led the National League in home runs 6 times in the previous decade, inserted himself into the game as a pinch hitter and hit a 3-run home run to beat the New York Giants 3-0. It was the 119th and last home run of Mr. Cravath’s major league career. Eppa Rixey was the winning pitcher over Rube Benton.

The Brooklyn Robins defeated the Boston Braves 1-0 in 11 innings as Leon Cadore outlasted Joe Oeschger in a pitching duel. Brooklyn rookie Walter Hood doubled in the winning run.

80 years ago
1930

Baseball

Grover Cleveland Alexander, pitching his first game with the Philadelphia Phillies since 1917, gave up 4 bases on balls and a home run to Mel Ott in 6 innings of work as the Phillies lost 2-1 to the New York Giants. Carl Hubbell was the winning pitcher.

60 years ago
1950

Hockey

NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
New York 2 @ Detroit 1 (OT) (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Don Raleigh scored 1:38 into overtime to give the Rangers their second straight overtime win. Mr. Raleigh scored the winning goal in both games.

50 years ago
1960

Baseball

Shortstop Roy McMillan hit 2 home runs and 3 singles and drove in 5 runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Braves 10-5 in 10 innings.

40 years ago
1970

On the radio

The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight’s episode: The Lost Lake

War
U.S. President Richard Nixon delivered a televised address on the Vietnam War, and announced plans to withdraw more than 150,000 more American troops over the next year. Mr. Nixon said that the training and equipping of the South Vietnamese army had substantially exceeded expectations.

Law
A refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision upheld a ruling prohibiting the Subversive Activities Control Board from declaring individuals to be Communist party members. The decision left the board with virtually nothing to do.

Baseball
Willie Stargell hit a tremendous home run off Jim Bouton over the right field roof at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh as the Pirates beat the Houston Astros 3-1.

30 years ago
1980

Hockey

NHL
Stanley
Cup
Quarter-Finals
Montreal 5 Minnesota 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

25 years ago
1985

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 We are the World--USA for Africa (2nd week at #1)
2 Crazy for You--Madonna
3 One More Night--Phil Collins
4 Nightshift--Commodores
5 Rhythm of the Night--DeBarge
6 Material Girl--Madonna
7 Obsession--Animotion
8 I’m on Fire--Bruce Springsteen
9 Can’t Fight This Feeling--REO Speedwagon
10 That was Yesterday--Foreigner

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Divisional Finals
Winnipeg 2 @ Edmonton 5 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 2-0)

20 years ago
1990

Scandal

Baseball legend Pete Rose pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati to two counts of filing false income tax returns. In the court settlement, Mr. Rose agreed to pay $366,000 in back taxes, penalties, and interest, while remaining subject to a possible prison sentence.

Baseball
Brian Holman of the Seattle Mariners was one out away from a perfect game against the Oakland Athletics when he gave up a home run to Ken Phelps. Mr. Holman then struck out Rickey Henderson to finish the 6-1 win.

10 years ago
2000

Crime

Five students in an Ottawa-area high school were wounded in a knife attack by a 15-year-old boy.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Buffalo 2 @ Philadelphia 5 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-1)
New Jersey 4 @ Florida 1 (New Jersey won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Baseball
Pokey Reese had 5 hits, including a double, and Ken Griffey, Jr. hit 2 home runs as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 11-1.

In his 124th major league appearance, relief pitcher Vic Darensbourg picked up his first major league win as the Florida Marlins edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in 14 innings.

The Anaheim Angels, trailing 11-2, scored 8 runs in the 6th inning, but still lost 12-11 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Monday, 19 April 2010

April 19, 2010

120 years ago
1890

Baseball

The newly-formed Players League played its first games. The Buffalo Bisons whipped the Cleveland Infants 23-2; losing pitcher Henry Gruber went the distance, giving up 17 hits and 16 bases on balls.

110 years ago
1900

Baseball

The Philadelphia Phillies opened the season with a 19-17 win over the Boston Beaneaters at South End Grounds in Boston. Trailing 17-9, the Beaneaters rallied for 9 runs in the 9th inning to tie the score.

In the American League, Doc Amole pitched a no-hitter as the Buffalo Bisons defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-0 in the first game ever played at Bennett Park. The American League had been known as the Western League prior to 1900; the league had expanded and changed its name, but was still a minor league for one more year.

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: Death in the Slipstream

50 years ago
1960

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-2 in 15 innings at Municipal Stadium in Clevelend, tying the record for the longest opening day game in major league history. Fan favourite Rocky Colavito, who had been traded to Detroit several days earlier, batted 0 for 6 with 4 strikeouts in his Tiger debut. Starting pitchers Frank Lary of the Tigers and Gary Bell of the Indians each threw 10 scoreless innings. Each team scored twice in the 11th, and then Al Kaline singled in 2 runs in the 15th.

Minnie Minoso, who had been traded back to the Chicago White Sox after two years with the Cleveland Indians, thrilled 41,661 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago when he hit a grand slam in the 4th inning on opening day against the Kansas City Athletics. With the score tied 9-9 in the bottom of the 9th, Mr. Minoso led off with a home run to end the game. It was his 6th run batted in of the day.

On Patriot’s Day at Fenway Park in Boston, Roger Maris played his first game with the New York Yankees, batting 4 for 5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-4. Jim Coates went the distance for the win; Tom Brewer took the loss.

40 years ago
1970

Politics and government

Miguel Pastrana Borrero, 46, former Ambassador to the United States and candidate for the National Front--a coalition of conservative and liberal parties--edged out General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, dictator from 1953-1957, by almost 50,000 votes in the Colombian presidential election. The result sparked riots.

Protest
The Vietnam Moratorium Committee, which had organized the U.S. nationwide antiwar demonstration in October 1969 and helped coordinate the large protest in Washington in December, announced that it would disband. After a year of trying to organize Americans against the Vietnam War, the organization said in a letter to its supporters that there was "little prospect of immediate change in the [Nixon] administration’s policy in Vietnam."

Disasters
5 people were killed and 65 injured when a tornado struck Corinth, Mississippi.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Boston 6 @ Chicago 3 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Pittsburgh 1 @ St. Louis 3 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Auto racing
Jackie Stewart of Scotland won the Spanish Grand Prix at Madrid. Bruce McLaren of New Zealand finished second.

Baseball
Wayne Simpson of the Cincinnati Reds pitched his second shutout in three major league starts, giving up only a 1st-inning double to Ken Henderson as the Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0.

30 years ago
1980

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Call Me--Blondie

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Call Me--Blondie (2nd week at #1)
2 Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)--Pink Floyd
3 Ride Like the Wind--Christopher Cross
4 Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl--The Spinners
5 Lost in Love--Air Supply
6 Crazy Little Thing Called Love--Queen
7 Special Lady--Ray, Goodman & Brown
8 With You I’m Born Again--Billy Preston & Syreeta
9 Fire Lake--Bob Seger
10 I Can’t Tell You Why--Eagles

Syreeta was Syreeta Wright, former wife of Stevie Wonder.

Protest
The government of India arrested hundreds of protesters in the northeastern state of Assam, which had been the site of protests for 10 months. After the arrests were made, tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Gauhati, the state capital, in defiance of a curfew. The protests had been staged by a student-led movement which demanded the deportation of several million Bengalis--all who had arrived after 1950--who competed for jobs with the natives.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Montreal 5 Minnesota 0 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Baseball
J.R. Richard gave up just an infield single in the 4th inning to Reggie Smith and struck out 12 as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0.

20 years ago
1990

World events

The U.S.S.R. shut down three or four natural gas pipelines serving Lithuania.

Politics and government
Representatives of Nicaragua’s outgoing Sandanista regime, the Contra rebels, and the incoming government agreed to a cease-fire, to take effect the next day.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Divisional Finals
Montreal 0 @ Boston 1 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Washington 3 @ New York Rangers 7 (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

10 years ago
2000

Died on this date
Irvin Harder, 63
. Canadian farmer. Mr. Harder was killed in Winkler, Manitoba when a huge straw fire created a 50-metre wide fire funnel that sucked up his pickup truck and tossed it like a toy.

Defense
The upper house of Russia’s parliament voted to ratify the START II nuclear arms reduction treaty, which had been ratified by the U.S.A. in 1996.

Crime
Alberta environmental activist Wiebo Ludwig was convicted on five counts of vandalism in the northern Alberta oilpatch. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison, and co-accused Richard Boonstra received 21 days.

Abominations
The state Senate of Vermont voted 19-11 to approve a bill granting sodomite and lesbian couples the same legal rights as real married couples.

Disasters
131 people were killed when an Air Philippines Boeing 737-200 crashed near the Davao airport.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Toronto 1 @ Ottawa 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Pittsburgh 2 @ Washington 3 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Detroit 3 @ Los Angeles 0 (Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-0)
St. Louis 2 @ San Jose 3 (San Jose led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Colorado 2 @ Phoenix 3 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Saturday, 17 April 2010

April 18, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Mila!

125 years ago
1885

Died on this date
Ted Firth, 29
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Firth, who had pitched a complete game and given up 8 earned runs with the Richmond Virginians of the American Association in his only major league game in 1884, was murdered.

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

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

Beyond Tomorrow, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Outer Limit

This was the last episode of the short-lived science fiction series.

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Murder at the Mardi Gras, starring Tom Drake, George Reeves, Robert Emhardt, and Jack Klugman

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
New York 4 @ Detroit 3 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Don Raleigh scored 8:34 into overtime at Olympia Stadium to give the Rangers their first playoff overtime win since winning the Stanley Cup in overtime 10 years earlier.

Baseball
31,822 fans at Fenway Park in Boston were shocked as the Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead and fell 15-10 to the hated New York Yankees in the season opener. New York second baseman Billy Martin became the first major league player to get 2 hits in the same inning in his first major league game, contributing a double and single as the Yankees scored 9 runs in the 8th inning. Don Johnson was the winning pitcher over Al Papai. Former ace Boo Ferriss pitched the 9th for the Red Sox and gave up 2 runs in what turned out to be his last major league game.

U.S. President Harry Truman threw out a first ball with each hand as the Washington Nationals edged the Philadelphia Athletics 8-7 at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Theme from "A Summer Place"--Percy Faith and his Orchestra (9th week at #1)

Protest
60,000 protesters gathered at Trafalgar Square in London to march against nuclear weapons.

Baseball
Dwight Eisenhower threw out the first ball on opening day for the last time as U.S. President as the Washington Senators beat the Boston Red Sox 10-1 at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Camilo Pascual tied Walter Johnson’s team record with 15 strikeouts, while Ted Williams hit a home run for the only Boston score.

Cleveland Indians’ general manager Frank "Trader" Lane traded pitcher Herb Score to the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Barry Latman.

40 years ago
1970

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All Kinds of Everything--Dana

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Let it Be--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Let it Be--The Beatles (4th week at #1)
2 ABC--The Jackson 5
3 Instant Karma--John Ono Lennon
4 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
5 Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes--Edison Lighthouse
6 Come and Get It--Badfinger
7 Easy Come, Easy Go--Bobby Sherman
8 House of the Rising Sun--Frijid Pink
9 Something’s Burning--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
10 Up the Ladder to the Roof--The Supremes

Up the Ladder to the Roof was the Supremes’ first single after Diana Ross had left the group and had been replaced by Jean Terrell.

Calgary’s top 10
1 Let it Be--The Beatles
2 American Woman--The Guess Who
3 Instant Karma--John Ono Lennon
4 Something’s Burning--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
5 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
6 Come and Get It--Badfinger
7 Mr. Monday--The Original Caste
8 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Simon & Garfunkel
9 Every Man Hears Different Music--Gainsborough Gallery
10 House of the Rising Sun--Frijid Pink
Pick hit of the week: Temma Harbour--Mary Hopkin

Disasters
After two days of tornadoes in western Texas, 25 people were dead and more than 150 injured.

Baseball
Nolan Ryan gave up a leadoff single to Denny Doyle and then pitched 9 hitless innings, striking out 15 as the New York Mets blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0.

Ron Hunt hit a grand slam as the San Francisco Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 16-9 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati despite giving up 7 runs in the 4th inning. For winning pitcher Jim Johnson, who appeared in only 3 games, it was his only major league decision.

30 years ago
1980


Abominations
Zimbabwe became an independent country under the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe, who reiterated the theme of reconciliation in a speech marking the occasion. Prince Charles was on hand in Salisbury as the British flag was lowered and replaced by the new Zimbabwean flag, while a 21-gun salute was fired. Of course, in the 30 years since, a prosperous, relatively crime-free white country has degenerated into a hellhole under Negro rule.

World events
Cuba halted the flights of asylum-seekers to Costa Rica, demanding that the Cubans who had jammed into the Peruvian embassy in Havana be flown directly to the countries where they were to settle.

25 years ago
1985

Hockey

NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Quebec 2 Montreal 1 (OT) (Quebec led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Winnipeg 2 @ Edmonton 4 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Baseball
Jim Rice’s home run with 2 out in the 14th inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals at Royals Stadium.

20 years ago
1990

World events

The U.S.S.R. cut off the flow of crude oil into Lithuania.

Politics and government
Speaking to Parliament, South African President F.W. de Klerk rejected the idea of majority rule, which he said would result in Negro domination, but he endorsed the sharing of power between the races, which would include "the requirement of consensus on controversial matters." Mr. de Klerk said that the African National Congress would have to renounce violence before participating in negotiations on a new constitution.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the U.S. merchandise trade deficit had fallen to $6.49 billion in February, the smallest monthly gap since 1983.

Baseball
Eddie Murray became the first major league player to hit a home run from each side of the plate in a game in both leagues as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

10 years ago
2000

Economics and finance

Many world markets rallied after declining the day before.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Dallas 4 @ Edmonton 2 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Philadelphia 2 @ Buffalo 3 (OT) (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)
New Jersey 2 @ Florida 1 (New Jersey led best-of-seven series 3-0)

Baseball
Adam Kennedy drove in 8 runs, hitting a grand-slam and a bases-loaded triple, to lead the Anaheim Angels to a 16-10 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Craig Grebeck‚ Raul Mondesi‚ and Carlos Delgado hit consecutive home runs for the Blue Jays in the 6th inning.

The Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs in the fourth inning and outlasted the Seattle Mariners 18-11.