70 years ago
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Two days of disorder on the campus of Ohio State University concluded as 20 were wounded by shotgun fire and 600 were arrested.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Montreal Expos 5-0 in the Wednesday night CBC telecast.
20 years ago
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.
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.
St. Louis 2 @ Chicago 8 (Chicago won best-of-seven series 4-3)
10 years ago
San Jose 0 @ Dallas 1 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Major league batters set a record for home runs in a single month by hitting 931 in April, 140 more than the previous April.
The Raid on Dieppe, France, August 19, 1942 - By Alex Comber Warning: This article contains graphic images that may be disturbing to the reader; viewer discretion is advised. Seventy-five years ago tod...
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