Monday, 31 May 2010

May 31, 2010

220 years ago
1790


Law
The first U.S. copyright law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.

120 years ago
1890


Baseball
George Gore, Buck Ewing, and Roger Connor hit consecutive home runs in the 8th inning as the New York Giants whipped the Pittsburgh Burghers 23-3 in a Players League game.

90 years ago
1920

Auto racing

Gaston Chevrolet won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 88.16 miles per hour.

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds split two games at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In the first game, Cubs’ pitcher Grover "Pete" Alexander ended the game with a home run in the 10th inning as the Cubs won 3-2. It was Mr. Alexander’s 11th straight win. The Reds won the second game 4-2 behind the pitching of Jimmy Ring.

The New York Yankees outslugged the Washington Nationals 7-6 and 10-7 at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Yankees scored 3 runs in the 9th inning to win the first game, and Babe Ruth hit a tremendous home run off Walter Johnson in the 8th inning of the second game.

80 years ago
1930


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood!

Baseball
The St. Louis Browns scored the tying run against the Chicago White Sox and ace pitcher Red Faber with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, and then Oscar Melillo stole home plate to give the Browns a 3-2 win.

60 years ago
1950


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: Command Performance

40 years ago
1970

Died on this date
Terry Sawchuk, 40
. Canadian hockey goaltender. Mr. Sawchuk played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League, beginning with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1949-50 season (he played his first game in January 1950). He played for the Red Wings from 1950-55; 1957-64; and 1968-69. He also played for the Boston Bruins, 1955-57; Toronto Maple Leafs, 1964-67; Los Angeles Kings, 1967-68; and New York Rangers, 1969-70. He won 447 regular season games and 54 playoff games. Mr. Sawchuk recorded 103 regular season shutouts--the first on January 15, 1950, and the last on February 1, 1970. His shutout total stood as a league record until it was broken by Martin Brodeur in 2009. Mr. Sawchuk played on Stanley Cup championship teams (not counting his brief time with the Red Wings in 1950) with Detroit in 1952, 1954, and 1955, and with Toronto in 1967. His best season was probably 1951-52, when he played in every game, posting a 1.90 goals against average with 12 shutouts during the regular season. He followed that with 4 shutouts in the playoffs, giving up just 5 goals as the Red Wings swept to the Stanley Cup in the minimum 8 games. Shortly after the Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round, Mr. Sawchuk and teammate Ron Stewart, who had both been drinking, got into a fight over expenses on the house they shared on Long Island. Mr. Sawchuk fell on top of Mr. Stewart’s bent knee and suffered severe internal injuries. While in hospital, Mr. Sawchuk told police that he accepted full responsibility for the incident. Several operations on his liver were unsuccessful, and he died of a blood embolism.

Disasters
An earthquake hit Peru’s northern Andes and coastline; more than 50,000 were killed, 150,000-200,000 were injured, and 20,000 were missing. The quake destroyed 80% of all structures in the area. With dams weakened by the tremor, Llanganuca Lake in the Andes burst its dams and swept away the towns of Yungay and Caras, with a combined population of 80,000.

Baseball
Luis Aparicio and Walt Williams each had 5 hits and Mr. Williams scored 5 runs as the Chicago White Sox outlasted the Boston Red Sox 22-13.

In the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-1 loss to the California Angels, Baltimore center fielder Paul Blair was hit in the face by a pitch thrown by reliever Ken Tatum. He was taken off the field with a broken nose and other fractures, and required plastic surgery. He remained an excellent center fielder, but was never as good a hitter again.

30 years ago
1980


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Funkytown--Lipps, Inc.

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Funkytown--Lipps, Inc.
2 Call Me--Blondie
3 Biggest Part of Me--Ambrosia
4 Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer--Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes
5 Lost in Love--Air Supply
6 Cars--Gary Numan
7 Sexy Eyes--Dr. Hook
8 Coming Up--Paul McCartney
9 Hurt So Bad--Linda Ronstadt
10 The Rose--Bette Midler

Funkytown was an obnoxious last gasp of disco. Coming Up was from Mr. McCartney’s album McCartney II, which, like his McCartney album from 1970, had Mr. McCartney playing all the instruments. The Rose was the title song of a movie starring Ms. Midler.

Died on this date
Henry Viney, 69
. Canadian sportscaster. Mr. Viney was an amateur basketball referee for many years, and officiated major competitions of the Edmonton Grads. He spent 35 years with CFCN radio and television in Calgary, appearing for many years on broadcasts of Calgary Stampeders’ football games, and doing television editorials under the title As I See It on the late news every weeknight ("That’s the way I see it; I’m Henry Viney."). Mr. Viney regularly contributed articles to the programs for Stampeders’ home games from the 1950s through 1979. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. An arena in northeast Calgary is named in his honour.

Diplomacy
Pope John Paul II continued his visit to France as he met with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris to discuss world problems. The pontiff later met with 15,000 Polish immigrants and their descendants at the Eiffel Tower and said mass for 2,500 workers at the Basilica of St. Denis in a working-class suburb of Paris.

Baseball
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Boston Red Sox 19-8 despite giving up 6 home runs. 4 of the Boston home runs came in the 4th inning, including consecutive homers by Tony Perez, Carlton Fisk, and Butch Hobson.

25 years ago
1985


Soccer
Three days after a riot instigated by English fans at Heysel Stadium in Brussels that resulted in 39 deaths, the British government announced a ban on travel to continental Europe for English soccer teams and their fans for the foreseeable future.

20 years ago
1990


Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his entourage, which included his wife Raisa, were welcomed at the White House by U.S. President George Bush and his wife Barbara. The leaders and their aides met twice, focusing on the issue of German reunification, but failed to resolve the question of a united Germany’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which Mr. Gorbachev opposed. Mrs. Gorbachev helped to open an exhibit of Russian religious texts at the Library of Congress, and a number of leaders in the arts, entertainment, and politics attended a reception hosted by the Gorbachevs at the Soviet embassy.

Terrorism
Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat denied that the PLO had any official connection with the previous day's raid on the coast of Israel by guerrillas in speedboats, which resulted in the capture of both boats and the deaths of four guerrillas. A radical faction of the PLO had claimed responsibility. Israeli leaders called on the United States to end its diplomatic contacts with the PLO.

10 years ago
2000


War
Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi declared that Ethiopia had recovered all the territory it had lost in earlier fighting with Eritrea, and that the war was over. Eritrea said that the war would continue.

Sunday, 30 May 2010

May 30, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nettee Sly!

100 years ago
1910

Auto racing

A busy Memorial Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway climaxed with a 200-mile race, won by Ray Harroun. The following year, the 200-mile race would be replaced by the first Indianapolis 500--also won by Mr. Harroun.

80 years ago
1930


Auto racing
Billy Arnold led for 198 of 200 laps and won the Indianapolis 500. His average speed was 100.448 miles per hour. 38 drivers participated in the race.

Baseball
Heroics by Al Simmons enabled the Philadelphia Athletics to sweep a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals by scores of 7-6 in 13 innings and 15-11. The Nationals were leading 6-3 with 2 out in the 9th inning of the first game, but Washington catcher Muddy Ruel neglected to chase a pop foul that could have been the final out. Two singles followed, and Mr. Simmons hit a home run to tie the game. He doubled in the 13 and scored the winning run, but injured a knee and didn’t start the second game. In the 5th inning, the Athletics were trailing 7-3 but had the bases loaded. Mr. Simmons came to bat as a pinch hitter and hit a grand slam off Bump Hadley to tie the game.

The New York Yankees traded pitcher Waite Hoyt and shortstop Mark Koenig to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Ownie Carroll and outfielder Harry Rice.

75 years ago
1935


Died on this date
Clay Weatherly, 25
. U.S. auto racing driver. He was killed in a crash on the 9th lap of the Indianapolis 500.

Auto racing
Kelly Petillo won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 106.240 miles per hour.

Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves by scores of 11-6 and 9-3 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. In the first game, Babe Ruth of the Braves struck out in the top of the first inning, and left the game in the bottom of the inning when he injured a knee chasing a fly ball. It was his last major league appearance.

63,943 fans jammed the Polo Grounds in New York to see the New York Giants sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-3 and 6-0. Mel Ott hit a grand slam for the Giants in the first inning of the first game, and Al Cuccinello, in his first appearance with the Giants, homered in the same inning. Roy Parmelee was the winning pitcher in the opener, while Freddie Fitzsimmons pitched a 2-hitter in the second game.

70 years ago
1940

Auto racing

Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500, becoming the first driver to win the race in consecutive years, and winning for the third time in four years. Mr. Shaw’s average speed was 114.277 miles per hour; rain slowed the race, and the last 50 laps were run under caution. First prize money was $31,875.

Baseball
The New York Giants swept a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Brooklyn Dodgers 7-0 and 12-5 in 12 innings to knock the Dodgers out of first place in the National League. Carl Hubbell gave up just a single by Johnny Hudson in the 2nd inning to win the first game, while Bill Lohrman went the distance to win the second game.

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

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

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Listen, Listen, starring Mildred Natwick

Auto racing
Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 124.002 miles per hour. The race was stopped because of rain after 345 miles (138 of 200 scheduled laps).

Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 in 10 innings and then beat them again 6-4 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Duke Snider of the Dodgers hit 3 consecutive home runs in the second game and narrowly missed a fourth when his drive hit the top of the right field screen and he was held to a single.

The St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-13 and 8-5, as Gerry Staley won both games in relief. Stan Musial’s only hit of the doubleheader was an inside-the-park home run in the 9th inning of the second game.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Cathy's Clown--The Everly Brothers (2nd week at #1)

Auto racing
Jim Rathmann won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 138.767 miles per hour. He had finished second in the race in 1952, 1957, and 1959.

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Back Home--English World Cup Squad (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Cecilia--Simon & Garfunkel
2 Up Around the Bend--Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 American Woman--The Guess Who
4 Turn Back the Hands of Time--Tyrone Davis
5 Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens
6 Which Way You Goin, Billy?--The Poppy Family
7 The Letter--Joe Cocker
8 Get Ready--Rare Earth
9 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
10 Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)--Diana Ross

Which Way You Goin’, Billy? had been a big hit in Canada in the fall of 1969. The Letter was the B-side of the Joe Cocker single; Space Captain was the A-side. Rare Earth were the first white artists signed by the Motown corporation, and their records appeared on the Motown subsidiary label Rare Earth. Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand) was Diana Ross’s first single after leaving the Supremes.

Calgary’s top 10
1 Up Around the Bend--Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 Little Green Bag--George Baker Selection
3 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
4 American Woman--The Guess Who
5 My Baby Loves Lovin’--White Plains
6 Cecilia--Simon & Garfunkel
7 Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens
8 Let it Be--The Beatles
9 Puppet Man--The 5th Dimension
10 Mr. Monday--The Original Caste
Pick hit of the week: Hitchin’ a Ride--Vanity Fare

War
U.S. casualties in Vietnam for the week were 165 dead and 757 wounded, most from increased Communist shelling.

Disasters
A crippled plane carrying 32 people fell on a car on a highway after takeoff in Atlanta, killing 5 in the car and 1 in the plane.

2 people were killed and 40 injured when a tank truck carrying liquid oxygen exploded in a Brooklyn hospital yard.

Auto racing
Al Unser led 190 of 200 laps and won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, at an average speed of 155.749 miles per hour.

Baseball
Roberto Pena’s inside-the-park grand slam off Les Cain in the 1st inning led the Milwaukee Brewers to a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Computerized punch-card ballots appeared in stores and ballparks as voting for the major league all-star game was returned to fans for the first time since 1957.

30 years ago
1980


Religion
Pope John Paul II arrived in Paris to begin the first visit to France by a pope since 1814. He met the mayor of Paris, and addressed a crowd at the Place de la Concorde on the issue of religious drift. The Roman Catholic Church in France had seen its practicing participants in France decline to 15% of its professed membership.

25 years ago
1985

Baseball

Carmelo Martinez hit a three-run home run and a solo homer to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Expos. Winning pitcher Andy Hawkins improved his record to 10-0

Dwight Gooden struck out 14 to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. The only Giant run came on Alex Trevino’s first home run of the season.

20 years ago
1990


War
Palestinian guerrillas in speedboats sought to attack the coast of Israel. Israeli security forces captured one boat and its five-man crew, which surrendered. 11 men landed in a second boat, but four were killed and the rest captured. A radical faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization claimed responsibility for the raid, saying that it was intended as revenge for the seven Palestinians killed on May 20 by a former Israeli soldier who had gone on a rampage.

Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney concluded two days of meetings in Ottawa. Canadian officials announced that they would extend a line of credit to the U.S.S.R. to facilitate the purchase of goods and services by the Soviet Union. Mr. Gorbachev and his entourage, which included his wife Raisa, then flew to Washington.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that that the leading economic indicators had declined 0.2% in April. The Dow-Jones Industrial Average closed at its highest point for the month: 2878.56.

Health
The French banned imports of British beef and live cattle because of fears of mad cow disease.

Disasters
An earthquake struck northern Peru, killing at least 101 people.

10 years ago
2000


Diplomacy
U.S. President Bill Clinton began a European trip with a stop in Portugal, where he and Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio signed several pacts. Mr. Clinton also met with European Union officials to discuss trade.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Dallas 3 @ New Jersey 7 (New Jersey led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

May 29, 2010

220 years ago
1790

Americana

Rhode Island entered the union as the 13th state, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.

60 years ago
1950


On the radio
Christopher London, starring Glenn Ford, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Pattern for Murder

This series was created by Erle Stanley Gardner.

Baseball
The Pueblo club of the Western League announced that its players would wear shorts during their games that summer.

50 years ago
1960

Born on this date

Happy Birthday, Cathy Brown!

I remember when she turned 15, and I can’t believe she’s 50.

On the radio
Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, starring Bob Bailey, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Red Rock Matter

Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Perfect Plan, starring George Petrie, Elizabeth Lawrence, Paul Potter, and Patsy Bruder

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Cathy’s Clown--The Everly Brothers (6th week at #1)

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10
1 Let it Be--The Beatles
2 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
3 Soolaimon--Neil Diamond
4 Little Green Bag--George Baker Selection
5 Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens
6 Mississippi--John Phillips
7 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
8 Bitter Green--Ronnie Hawkins
9 Tennessee Birdwalk--Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan
10 Up Around the Bend--Creedence Clearwater Revival

Died on this date
John Gunther, 68
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Gunther was known for visiting foreign countries and describing them in his "Inside" books (Inside Europe, Inside Latin America, etc.). In 1949 he published Death Be Not Proud, an account of his 17-year-old son's battle against the brain cancer that killed him.

Terrorism
Former Argentinian President Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, 67, was kidnapped from his apartment house in downtown Buenos Aires by an Argentine terrorist group called the Gaucho Guerrillas.

Law
The conviction of Black Panther co-founder Huey Newton on charges of voluntary manslaughter was overturned by the California Court of Appeals on the ground that the trial judge had failed to properly charge the jury. Mr. Newton, 28, had been convicted in the 1968 fatal shooting of an Oakland policeman and was serving a 2-to-15-year term in a California prison. The effect of the ruling was stayed for 60 days, and Mr. Newton was denied immediate bail.

Politics
Sirimavo Bandaranaike was sworn in as Prime Minister of Ceylon two days after leading a coalition of her ruling Freedom party and two other leftist parties to an overwhelming win in the country’s parliamentary elections.

Baseball
Bobby Tolan’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Cincinnati Reds a 6-4 win over the Montreal Expos at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

Mike Cuellar struck out 4 consecutive batters in the 4th inning and gave up just 4 hits as the Baltimore Orioles beat the California Angels 2-0. Boog Powell’s 2-run home run provided all the scoring.

30 years ago
1980


Crime
U.S. Negro civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, 44, president of the National Urban League, was shot and critically wounded by an unknown assailant in a motel parking lot in Fort Wayne, Indiana hours after addressing the local Urban League’s annual dinner. After the dinner, Mr. Jordan struck up a conversation with Martha Coleman, a white member of the board of directors of the local Urban League chapter. She drove Mr. Jordan to her home, where they had coffee. She then drove him to his motel at about 2 A.M., and he was shot twice in the back in the parking lot as he went to his room. Ms. Coleman, who was not considered a suspect, told police that a few minutes before reaching the motel, three white men in a car alongside hers at a stop light had shouted racial slurs at her and Mr. Jordan. Police determined that there would probably not have been enough time for the three to get to the motel in time to commit the crime. Two female employees of a telephone company across the interstate highway from the motel reported that they had seen a car parked along the exit ramp at the time of the shooting.

Diplomacy
The U.K. weakened its trade sanctions against Iran to impose them only against businesses that had been in the process of negotiating contracts with Iran. A British official explained that his government was not prepared "to issue an order that was going to hurt British businessmen more than it hurt Iran."

Baseball
Johnny Bench hit 3 home runs in a game for the third time in his major league career as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Diego Padres 5-3. All three blasts came against Randy Jones.

Bob Welch pitched a 1-hitter and faced the minimum number of batters as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0. The only baserunner for the Braves was Larvell Blanks, who singled in the 4th inning and was erased on a double play,

25 years ago
1985


Canadiana
One-legged runner Steve Fonyo arrived in Victoria to complete a 1,400-mile run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, finishing the run that Terry Fox had begun in 1980, but was unable to complete because of the cancer that took his life.

Disasters
British hooligans rooting for the Liverpool soccer club stormed a section of stands filled with fans of the Juventus team from Turin, Italy, during the European Cup final at Heysel Stadium in Brussels. A concrete retaining wall collapsed and 39 people were crushed or trampled to death--32 of them Italians--and more than 400 were injured. It was the worst sports riot on record.

20 years ago
1990


Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev began two days of meetings in Ottawa with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Politics and government
Boris Yeltsin was elected President of the Russian Republic, largest and most important of the 15 Soviet republics, by the Duma on the third ballot. Mr. Yeltsin was an advocate of radical reforms and had called for economic and political sovereignty for Russia and for the U.S.S.R. to be turned into a loose confederation of republics.

Law
In a free vote, new abortion legislation passed in Canada’s House of Commons by a vote of 140-131. The bill would permit abortions providing that a single doctor believed that the physical, mental, or psychological health of the mother was threatened by continuation of the pregnancy. It also provided for a two-year prison term for doctors who ignored the law or women who lied about their health. The compromise legislation was attacked by groups on both sides of the issue. Several groups said that they would challenge the constitutional validity of the bill if it was passed by the Senate and became law.

Baseball
The New York Mets, with a record of 20-22, fired manager Davey Johnson, who was in his sixth season managing the team. Mr. Johnson had managed the Mets to a World Series win in 1986, and had a winning percentage with the Mets of .593. He was replaced by Bud Harrelson.

In a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Rickey Henderson stole the 893rd base of his major league career, moving into second place on the list past Ty Cobb and behind Lou Brock.

10 years ago
2000


World events
While gunmen were still holding hostages in the parliament building after 10 days, Fiji’s military took control of the country and imposed martial law.

Baseball
Andy Pettitte pitched a 2-hitter as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1. In the 6th inning, Oakland second baseman Randy Velarde made an unassisted triple play, just the 11th in major league history. With Tino Martinez on first base, Jorge Posada on first, and Shane Spencer at bat, Mr. Velarde caught Mr. Spencer’s line drive, tagged Mr. Posada as he came into second base, and stepped on the bag to retire Mr. Martinez before he could get back in time.

Friday, 28 May 2010

May 28, 2010

80 years ago
1930

Died on this date
Hal Carlson, 38
. U.S. baseball pitcher. In 14 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, and Chicago Cubs, Mr. Carlson compiled a record of 114-120. His best season was 1926, when he was 17-12 with the Phillies. In 1925 he tied for the National League lead in shutouts with 4. In 1930 he was 4-2 in 8 games; he complained of stomach cramps, and died of a stomach ulcer hemorrhage before the ambulance arrived.

Baseball
Grover Cleveland Alexander, in his 20th season in the major leagues, pitched his final game, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs in relief for the Philadelphia Phillies as they lost 5-1 to the Boston Braves. Mr. Alexander, who had pitched with the Phillies from 1911-1917, had returned to the team in 1930, but had compiled a 0-3 record with an earned run average of 9.14, giving up 40 hits in 21 2/3 innings. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 1918-1926 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1926-1929. Mr. Alexander’s 373 wins (he lost 208) are tied for third on the career major league list; he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of fame in 1938.

75 years ago
1935

Baseball

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves 13-4 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Babe Ruth batted 0 for 3 for the Braves with a run scored.

50 years ago
1960

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Cathy’s Clown--The Everly Brothers (2nd week at #1)
2 Stuck on You--Elvis Presley
3 Night--Jackie Wilson
4 Good Timin’--Jimmy Jones
5 He’ll Have to Stay--Jeanne Black
6 Stairway to Heaven--Neil Sedaka
7 Cradle of Love--Johnny Preston
8 Paper Roses--Anita Bryant
9 Greenfields--The Brothers Four
10 Burning Bridges--Jack Scott

Baseball
Mickey Mantle hit 2 home runs and Roger Maris added another as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators 5-1. Jim Coates won his 5th straight game. It was the first time that Mr. Mantle and Mr. Maris had hit home runs in the same game.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in the bottom of the 8th inning at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, scored the tying run on a bonehead play by Phillies’ pitcher Jim Owens and won the game 4-2 in the 13th on a 2-run home run by third baseman Don Hoak. Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates swung and missed at a third strike that bounced in front of home plate and hit umpire Al Barlick with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th while Roberto Clemente was on third base and Hal Smith at first. Mr. Mazeroski stood at the plate, Mr. Smith jogged to second, and Mr. Clemente ran in from third and stopped short of home. Mr. Owens fielded the ball, and instead of throwing to first to retire Mr. Mazeroski for the third out, trapped Mr. Clemente in a rundown. Mr. Clemente kicked the ball out of the glove of Phillies’ catcher Jim Coker and scored to tie the game 2-2.

40 years ago
1970


War
Two U.S. Army officers were charged with attempted murder for allegedly ordering their troops in Vietnam in 1969 to fire at some huts for "target practice." A woman inside one of the huts was killed and her nephew was wounded, according to Pentagon sources.

Diplomacy
Indonesian President Suharto had his second and last meeting with U.S. President Richard Nixon in Washington during his six-day visit to the United States. Cambodia was the main subject of discussion.

Protest
Several hundred young people were arrested in Paris as student riots swept the Latin Quarter and police invaded a university science building. Students and other young people were protesting the banning of a Maoist splinter group and the prison terms given two of its leaders.

Scandal
A special grand jury in Baltimore investigating government corruption strongly criticized U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell for refusing to authorize more indictments based on the jury’s findings.

30 years ago
1980


Scandal
Special prosecutor Arthur Christy announced that a special grand jury had concluded that there was "insufficient evidence" to indict White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan for possession of cocaine. Mr. Jordan had been accused of cocaine use during a 1978 visit to Studio 54 discotheque in New York City. Steve Rubell, co-owner of Studio 54, said that he had seen Mr. Jordan use cocaine at the club. Mr. Christy’s report noted that Mr. Rubell’s accusations against Mr. Jordan were made after Mr. Rubell and another Studio 54 owner were indicted for tax evasion. Mr. Christy also said that there was " no evidence whatsoever" that Mr. Jordan had used cocaine on a 1977 visit to Los Angeles.

Baseball
Dwayne Murphy and Rickey Henderson both stole home plate in the first inning to spark the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

25 years ago
1985

Hockey

NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 3 @ Edmonton 5 (Edmonton led best-of-five series 3-1)

Wayne Gretzky scored 2 goals as the Oilers came back from a 3-1 deficit.

10 years ago
2000


Politics and government
Alberto Fujimori was re-elected President of Peru, six days after his main challenger, Alejandro Toledo, had withdrawn while charging that the vote would be rigged. The official results showed Mr. Fujimori with 51% of the vote; Mr. Toledo had 18%, and the rest of the ballots were blank or defaced. 80,000 people in Lima took to the streets to protest Mr. Fujimori’s re-election.

Venezuela’s Supreme Court suspended the country’s national elections scheduled for that day, citing problems with the voting machine software, and calling for rescheduled elections for late June.

Terrorism
Rebels in Sierra Leone released the last of the United Nations peacekeepers they had been holding hostage since May 5.

Business
Forbes magazine reported that the New York Yankees were worth $540 million, making them the most valuable team in baseball for the third straight year.

Auto racing
Juan Montoya of Colombia won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 167.207 miles per hour and became the first rookie to win the race since Graham Hill in 1966. It was the first Indianapolis 500 in which drivers and teams from Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) had participated since the Indy Racing League, which retained control of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500, had split from CART in 1996. Chip Ganassi was the only CART owner to enter the race; his drivers were Mr. Montoya and Jimmy Vasser, who finished 7th. This was also the first Indianapolis 500 to include two female drivers: Lyn St. James and Sarah Fisher, who crashed into each other on the 71st lap.

Baseball
The Anaheim Angels hit 4 home runs in a 6-run 5th inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals 8-4. Darin Erstad hit the first home run of the 5th for the Angels; after one out, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon, and Garret Anderson followed with consecutive homers.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays scored 11 runs in the 8th inning to defeat the Seattle Mariners 14-4.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

May 27, 2010

125 years ago
1885

Baseball

The New York Giants whipped the Buffalo Bisons 24-0. Winning pitcher Mickey Welch pitched a 5-hitter and scored 5 runs. Every New York player got a hit and scored a run.

90 years ago
1920


Baseball
Babe Ruth hit his 9th and 10th home runs of the season to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Yankees’ starting pitcher Bob Shawkey was ejected after the 4th inning for getting into a fight with umpire George Hildebrand; Carl Mays relieved and pitched 5 scoreless innings to get the win.

60 years ago
1950

Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Third Man Theme--Anton Karas (6th week at #1)
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
2 Bewitched--Bill Snyder and his Orchestra
--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
--Doris Day
--Larry Green and his Orchestra
--Jan August & Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats
3 My Foolish Heart--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
--Billy Eckstine
--Mindy Carson
4 It Isn’t Fair--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
5 If I Knew You Were Comin’ (I’d’ve Baked a Cake)--Eileen Barton
--Georgia Gibbs
6 Sentimental Me--The Ames Brothers
--Russ Morgan and his Orchestra
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
7 Dearie--Ray Bolger and Ethel Merman
--Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
8 Hoop-Dee-Doo--Perry Como
--Kay Starr
--Doris Day
9 The Old Piano Roll Blues--Hoagy Carmichael and Cass Daley
--Lawrence "Piano Roll" Cook
10 Daddy’s Little Girl--The Mills Brothers
--Dick Todd

50 years ago
1960

Baseball

The Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 at Yankee Stadium behind the pitching of Hoyt Wilhelm. In order to reduce the number of passed balls resulting from Mr. Wilhelm’s knuckleballs, Baltimore manager Paul Richards had devised an oversized (and legal) catcher’s mitt, half again as large and 40 ounces heavier than the usual mitt. Clint Courtney allowed no passed balls in his first game using the new mitt.

Ed Bailey hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Braves at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Vada Pinson’s second triple of the game was followed by 2 intentional bases on balls to bring Mr. Bailey to the plate.

Camilo Pascual of the Washington Senators struck out 13 batters but lost 4-3 to the Boston Red Sox.

40 years ago
1970


Politics and government
Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike, a former prime minister, led a leftist coalition of her Freedom party and two other parties to an overwhelming victory in parliamentary elections in Ceylon.

Economics and finance
The Dow-Jones industrial index of 30 blue-chip stocks on the New York Stock Exchange jumped 32.04 points--the largest one-day advance ever recorded--as the stock market fought to recover from one of its deepest slumps. The index closed at 663.20.

30 years ago
1980


World events
South Korean troops regained full control of Kwangju, a city of 800,000 and capital of the province of South Chomman that ha been seized by rebels six days earlier. In less than two hours, nearly 300 dissidents were arrested, and 19 were killed in the military operation that ended he worst outbreak of violence in South Korea since the Korean War in the early 1950s.

Former Ugandan President Milton Obote, who had been ousted in a coup led by Idi Amin, returned to the country after nine years in exile in Tanzania, and was reported to be readying a campaign to regain the presidency.

Politics and government
Former California Governor Ronald Reagan clinched the Republican party nomination for President of the United States as he won primaries in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Nevada. President Jimmy Carter won the Democratic primaries in all three states and was very close to clinching the nomination, but U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy continued in the campaign.

Law
A jury at the inquest of Blair Peach, a London teacher who had been killed during a demonstration against the neo-Nazi National Front the year before returned a verdict of death by misadventure.

Health
The Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. National Research Council announced that it had found no evidence to recommend that healthy people reduce their consumption of cholesterol or fat. In the previous decade, 18 major organizations involved with health and nutrition issues had advised a reduction in cholesterol and fat as means of lessening the risk of heart disease and other fatal diseases. The new report, titled Toward Healthful Diets, cited seven large-scale studies in which diets were modified to alter the incidence of heart disease, and there was only a "marginal decrease" in the rate of heart attacks, "but no effect on overall mortality." The report did recommend a substantial reduction in salt intake to prevent high blood pressure and emphasized the importance of controlling body weight.

Olympics
The International Olympic Committee announced that at least 85 nations would compete in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, despite the U.S. campaign for a boycott of the games because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The IOC said that 85 nations had accepted invitations to compete; 29 had rejected invitations; and 27 had not responded by the May 24 deadline. The only western European nations to join the boycott were West Germany; Liechtenstein; Norway; and Monaco. Other countries joining the boycott were Canada; China; Japan; Israel; and Turkey.

Football
CFL
The Edmonton Eskimos traded veteran quarterback Bruce Lemmerman to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for running back Neil Lumsden. Mr. Lemmerman, who had played in just one regular season game in the previous two years, played in just 8 games for the Tiger-Cats and retired before the season was over. Mr. Lumsden played 6 years for the Eskimos and was a major part of Grey Cup championship teams from 1980-1982. In 1981 he was voted the outstanding Canadian in the Grey Cup.

Soccer
NASL
Edmonton 1 Memphis 0 (SO)

20 years ago
1990


Politics and government
Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, the nominee of the ruling Liberal Party and an opponent of the drug cartels, was elected President of Colombia. 2,000 people, including three presidential candidates, had been killed during the campaign, and the threat of more violence had kept the turnout down to 46%. Mr. Gaviria, a former minister of finance and minister of government, received 48% of the vote, and was the only one of the four surviving candidates to support extraditing drug traffickers to the United States, while the other candidates advocated negotiating with drug traffickers. In his victory speech, Mr. Gaviria vowed to end terrorism, and he criticized industrialized countries for not doing enough to reduce drug consumption.

Protest
Civil unrest began flaring up in Armenia.

Auto racing
Arie Luyendyk won the Indianapolis 500. His average speed of 185.981 miles per hour is still a record.

Baseball
John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves came within 2 outs of a no-hitter before giving up a double to Len Dykstra. Mr. Smoltz finished with a 2-hitter as the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1.

10 years ago
2000

Died on this date
Maurice "Rocket" Richard, 78
. Canadian hockey player. One of the greatest and most exciting players in history, the Rocket starred with the Montreal Canadiens from 1942-60. In 1944-45 he set a record with 50 goals in 50 games. He became the first National Hockey League player to score 500 career goals; he scored his 500th goal in 1957, and finished with 544. His 82 Stanley Cup playoff goals were a career record until it was broken by Wayne Gretzky; in 1945 he scored all 5 goals as the Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 in a playoff game. Rocket Richard was the first coach of the Quebec Nordiques in the World Hockey Association, but resigned after just 2 regular season games in the fall of 1972, posting a 1-1 record.

Agriculture http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/27/newsid_2496000/2496221.stm
Scottish farmers who had accidentally planted genetically modified seeds said they would fight for compensation after the U.K. government advised them to dig up the crop.

Soccer
English FA Cup Final @ Wembley Stadium, London
Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

May 26, 2010

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
Goose Goslin and Joe Judge hit back-to-back home runs twice as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Yankees 10-7.

The Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox 7-3 and 3-2, with Wes Ferrell and Clint Brown outduelling Red Faber and Pat Caraway, respectively.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at Crosley Field in Cincinnati as the Reds beat Mr. Ruth and the Boston Braves 6-3. The Babe, playing his only complete game as a Brave, batted 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.


70 years ago
1940


War
Allied troops began the naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France.

60 years ago
1950


Oil
The British government announced the end of petrol rationing after almost 11 years.

Baseball
The Chicago White Sox, in last place in the American League with a record of 8-22, fired manager Jack Onslow, replacing him with Red Corriden.

40 years ago
1970


Politics and government
Leaders of the New York City building trades’ and longshoremen’s unions met with U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House. Mr. Nixon told them that he had found their demonstrations in support of his policy reassuring and meaningful. The trade union officials pledged to continue the rallies, and presented Mr. Nixon with a hard hat.

Diplomacy
Indonesian President Suharto met with U.S. President Richard Nixon for the first of two sessions in Washington while on a visit to the United States, and the two discussed U.S. military action in Cambodia. Suharto said "restoration of peace and stability" in Indochina "will require the combined endeavours of all countries in the area as well as those external powers having a responsibility in the maintenance of world peace."

Baseball
With the Philadelphia Phillies trailing 2-0 to the Montreal Expos in the top of the 9th inning at Jarry Park in Montreal, pinch hitter Byron Browne of the Phillies singled, but was called out for passing baserunner Tommy Hutton, who had stopped to see if Montreal right fielder Rusty Staub had caught the ball. With 2 runners on base, Tony Taylor followed Mr. Browne at bat and hit a long drive to the outfield. Expos’ centre fielder Adolfo Phillips crashed into the wall without making the catch, and Mr. Taylor ended up with an inside-the-park 3-run home run. The Phillies held on to win 3-2.

The Los Angeles Dodgers whipped the San Francisco Giants 19-3 as winning pitcher Claude Osteen had 4 hits, including a home run, scored 4 runs, and drove in 3. Dodgers’ infielder Billy Grabarkewitz scored 5 runs.

30 years ago
1980


Politics and government
George Bush quit actively campaigning for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States, several days after the ABC and CBS television networks had announced that former California Governor Ronald Reagan now had enough delegates to the Republican National Convention to clinch the nomination. Campaign financing for Mr. Bush dried up after that, and Mr. Bush said that there was "a widespread perception that the campaign is over." According to The New York Times, Mr. Reagan was still 5 delegates short of clinching the nomination.

25 years ago
1985


Auto racing
Danny Sullivan spun completely around on the track on the 120th lap, but recovered to win the Indianapolis 500, 2.4 seconds ahead of Mario Andretti.

20 years ago
1990


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Vogue--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
2 All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You--Heart
3 Hold On--Wilson Phillips
4 Alright--Janet Jackson
5 Poison--Bell Biv DeVoe
6 Sending All My Love--Linear
7 Nothing Compares to U--Sinead O’Connor
8 It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
9 I Wanna Be Rich--Calloway
10 This Old Heart of Mine--Rod Stewart (with Ronald Isley)

Both Mr. Stewart and Mr. Isley had recorded earlier hit versions of This Old Heart of Mine. The Isley Brothers’ version had reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. in 1966, while Mr. Stewart’s version had reached #4 in the U.K. and #41 in Germany in 1976, although it hit only #83 in the U.S. and failed to chart in Canada.

10 years ago
2000


World events
Hezbollah terrorists celebrated the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon. United Nations peacekeepers in armoured cars began patrolling the area formerly occupied by Israeli troops.

Crime
A 13-year-old student sent home from school in Lake Worth, Florida for throwing water balloons returned and fatally shot a teacher in the face.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
New Jersey 2 @ Philadelphia 1 (New Jersey won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

May 25, 2010

120 years ago
1890

Disasters

After an American Association baseball game between the Louisville Colonels and Syracuse Stars at Three Rivers Park in Three Rivers, New York, part of the grandstand collapsed, throwing 50 or more people to the ground. No deaths were reported, but many were injured.

75 years ago
1935


Track and field
In the space of an hour during the Big Ten championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jesse Owens of Ohio State University became a national celebrity as he broke three world records--broad jump, 220-yard dash and 220-yard hurdles--and tied another, in the 100-yard dash.

Baseball
Babe Ruth hit his last 3 home runs and added a single, but it wasn’t enough as his Boston Braves lost 11-7 in Pittsburgh. The Babe’s first home run of the day came in the 1st inning, into the lower tier in right field off Red Lucas, with Bill Urbanski on base. In the 3rd, he hit one into the upper tier in right, again with Mr. Urbanski on base. In the 5th inning, Mr. Ruth lined a hard single off Mr. Bush to drive in a run. In the 7th, pitching with the bases empty, Mr. Bush threw a slow curve that the Babe hit 50 feet over the right field stands for his 714th and last career major league home run. It was the first ball ever hit over the right field roof at Forbes Field, and travelled an estimated 600 feet after bouncing off the roofs of two houses and landing in the yard of another house, where it was picked up by a boy. Mr. Bush said he never saw a ball hit so hard. Oddly, it was only the second time in his career that Babe Ruth had hit 3 home runs in a game.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
The Boston Red Sox scored 10 runs in the last 3 innings to beat the St. Louis Browns 15-12, outhitting them 19-15. Rookie first baseman Walt Dropo drove in 6 runs for the Red Sox; his grand slam in the 8th inning was his 10th home run since being called up from the minors on May 3.

50 years ago
1960


Baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Braves 5-3, with the winning margin provided by George Crowe, who set a major league record with the 11th pinch-hit home run of his career.

40 years ago
1970


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight’s episode: Modern Icharus

Defense
The Pentagon announced that the first of the MIRV missiles had been placed in their underground concrete silos at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

Scandal
Three pitchers with the Nishitetsu Lions were suspended from Japanese baseball for life for participating in a game-fixing scandal in the 1969 season.

30 years ago
1980

Auto racing

Johnny Rutherford won the Indianapolis 500 for the third time.

25 years ago
1985


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Don't You (Forget About Me)--Simple Minds (2nd week at #1)
2 Everything She Wants--Wham!
3 We are the World--USA for Africa
4 Everybody Wants to Rule the World--Tears for Fears
5 Axel F--Harold Faltermeyer
6 Smooth Operator--Sade
7 One Night in Bangkok--Murray Head
8 Crazy for You--Madonna
9 Some Like it Hot--Power Station
10 Suddenly--Billy Ocean

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 3 @ Edmonton 4 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Wayne Gretzky scored 2 goals in the first 90 seconds of the game, and scored his third goal of the game later in the first period. The Oilers had just 6 shots on goal in the last 2 periods.

20 years ago
1990

Died on this date
Gary Usher, 51
. U.S. songwriter, musician, and producer. Mr. Usher collaborated with Brian Wilson in writing some of the Beach Boys’ early songs, including 409; In My Room; Ten Little Indians; and Lonely Sea. In 1964 he and Mr. Wilson wrote a song called Sacramento; Mr. Usher sang it and Mr. Wilson produced it, but the single failed to become a hit. Mr. Usher was also involved with studio bands such as The Super Stocks and Sagittarius. He produced three albums for the Byrds: Younger than Yesterday (1967); The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968); and Sweethearts of the Rodeo (1968). Mr. Usher wrote Don’t Give in to Him, which was a hit for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap in 1969. In 1987 he co-produced two songs from movies that were issued as singles: Let’s Go to Heaven in My Car by Brian Wilson (from Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol), and Pipeline by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Dick Dale (from Back to the Beach). A website dedicated to Gary Usher can be found here.

Abominations
A United Nations report by propagandists masquerading as scientists from 39 countries warned that global temperatures could rise by 2 Fahrenheit degrees in 35 years, and by 6 F. degrees by the end of the 21st Century. The authors concluded that emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons would have to be reduced by 60% in order to stabilize atmospheric concentrations at current levels. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher set a target for Great Britain of a 30% reduction in projected emissions of carbon dioxide. She broke with the position of the U.S. administration of President George Bush, which called for more research.

10 years ago
2000


War
Eritrea announced that it would respond to an appeal from the Organization of African States and return to its border with Ethiopia that was recognized before 1998.

Politics
Peru’s National Elections Commission voted 3-2 to reject presidential challenger Alejandro Toledo’s request that the runoff election scheduled for May 28 be postponed in order to provide more time for international observers to ensure fairness in the voting.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Dallas 1 @ Colorado 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Sunday, 23 May 2010

May 24, 2010

130 years ago
1880

Baseball

Roger Connor hit his first major league home run and added a triple and 2 singles off Tommy Bond to lead the Troy Trojans past the Boston Red Caps 8-1. Mr. Connor finished his 18-year major league career in 1897 with 136 home runs, which stood as the career record until it was broken by Babe Ruth in 1921.

The Cincinnati Reds whipped the Buffalo Bisons 17-4.

125 years ago
1885

War

Another skirmish in the Northwest rebellion took place when a military column from Calgary under the command of General Thomas Bland "Jingo" Strange arrived near Frog Lake and engaged Cree chief Wandering Spirit and his followers in the Battle of Frenchman Butte. A Cree warrior was the only person killed.

80 years ago
1930

Baseball

The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics played their third doubleheader in four days. The Yankees won both games, 10-6 and 11-1. Babe Ruth hit a home run in each game and drove in 7 runs. Red Ruffing, acquired from the Boston Red Sox 18 days earlier, was the winning pitcher in the second game.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 before a crowd of 24,222 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati in the first night game in major league history. U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt switched on the lights from Washington.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
Behind the pitching of Harry Gumbert, the New York Giants beat the Boston Bees 8-1 in front of 22,260 fans in the first night game at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Bob Feller hit his first major league home run to help his own cause as the Cleveland Indians edged the St. Louis Browns 3-2 before 24,827 in the first night game at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Eldon Auker was the losing pitcher.

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 Phoenix of Barnes Common

50 years ago
1960


Space
The U.S.A. launched Midas 2, a satellite to study infrared scanner systems for detection of missile launchings.

40 years ago
1970


Journalism
Cronica, the newspaper claiming the largest circulation in Latin America, was closed by Argentine political police for an indefinite period. The police, representing the country’s military dictatorship, charged that Cronica had falsely reported the death of a student in clashes with the police in Cordoba.

Baseball
Willie Stargell hit 3 home runs and a double and drove in 7 runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 15-7 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Tony Horton hit 3 home runs but his Cleveland Indians still lost 8-7 to the New York Yankees in 11 innings. Mr. Horton blamed himself for the loss for not hitting a fourth home run, and this contributed to his mental breakdown three months later.

30 years ago
1980

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Call Me--Blondie (6th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Call Me--Blondie (7th week at #1)
2 Lost in Love--Air Supply
3 Biggest Part of Me--Ambrosia
4 Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer--Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes
5 Ride Like the Wind--Christopher Cross
6 Sexy Eyes--Dr. Hook
7 Funkytown--Lipps, Inc.
8 Stomp!--The Brothers Johnson
9 Hurt So Bad--Linda Ronstadt
10 Cars--Gary Numan

Diplomacy
The International Court of Justice ordered the immediate release of all American hostages held in Iran, warned the Iranians not to put them on trial, and ruled that Iran was liable for reparations. The rulings of the court, which was a part of the United Nations, would enable the U.S. to request the UN Security Council to take new measures against Iran if it failed to comply with the court’s ruling. The ruling on reparations would apply to Iranian assets frozen in U.S. banks.

Protest
Several hundred Cuban refugees at Elgin Air Force base in Florida threw stones and scuffled with military police out of anger and frustration over the delays in their processing. Most of the 8,475 Cubans at the base had been there for at least three weeks, and the camp had been resettling them at the rate of about 100-200 per day. Between 20-100 of the refugees fled during the disturbance, but most of them were returned by the next day.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 4 @ New York Islanders 5 (OT) (New York won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Bob Nystrom tipped in a pass from John Tonelli for his fourth career overtime goal and second of the 1980 playoffs at 7:11 of overtime to give the Islanders their first Stanley Cup. The Flyers complained that the second goal by the Islanders that had sent the game into overtime was offside; linesman Leon Stickle admitted after the game that he had blown the call.

Baseball
Frank Pastore pitched a 2-hitter to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Expos.

20 years ago
1990


Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department revised its estimate of the growth of the gross national product in the first quarter, putting the annual rate at a lower figure of 1.3%.

Soviet Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov presented to the Supreme Soviet an economic reform program that included an easing of price controls. Bread prices would triple, and the cost of some goods and services would increase 30%. Government subsidies had kept some prices artificially low. The program also included unemployment benefits and tax-indexing to assist workers. It would set in motion a transformation of state enterprises into joint stock companies. The program would be subject to approval in a national referendum.

Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told Lithuanian leaders in Moscow that Lithuania could be independent in two years if it suspended its declaration of independence. U.S. President George Bush said that he opposed normalizing trade relations with the Soviet Union because of the impasse over Lithuanian independence and because the Soviet leadership had not pushed for more liberal emigration policies.

Disasters
The United States Navy said that it was reopening its investigation into the April 1989 explosion aboard the battleship Iowa that killed 47 members of its crew. The explosion had occurred in a gun turret during a training exercise. The Navy’s initial report blamed a suicidal crewman, Clayton Hartwig, who, according to the theory, had placed a detonating device into the mechanism. Mr. Hartwig as killed in the explosion, and his family was seeking to clear his name. The Navy tested the suggestion of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque that the explosion could have been caused by gunpowder being rammed too far into the turret’s centre gun. The bags of gunpowder exploded on the 18th test.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Edmonton 4 @ Boston 1 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-1)

This was the Oilers’ first--and so far, only--Stanley Cup triumph after the trade of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings in 1988. Edmonton goalie Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the 1990 playoffs. Craig Simpson scored the cup-winning goal.

10 years ago
2000


World events
Israel’s 22-year military occupation of southern Lebanon ended when Israeli forces completed their withdrawal six weeks ahead of Israel’s own deadline, fulfilling a campaign promise by Prime Minister Ehud Barak. The South Lebanon Army, an ally of Israel, disintegrated under attacks from the Hezbollah terrorist organization. At least 2,000 SLA members and their families fled to Israel, and the Israelis completed their withdrawal under Hezbollah fire.

War
Heavy fighting continued between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces.

Diplomacy
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 237-197 to grant permanent "normal trade relations" with China, while Senate approval was pending. The United States had previously approved normal trade relations with China on a year-to-year basis, after evaluating China’s record on human rights, as required by law. In a 1999 trade agreement aimed at clearing the way for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, the U.S. administration of President Bill Clinton had agreed to drop the review and seek permanent normal relations.

Scandal
The state of Maryland dropped criminal charges against Linda Tripp, who had secretly taped conversations with her friend Monica Lewinsky about Miss Lewinsky’s affair with U.S. President Bill Clinton. Ms. Tripp could not be effectively prosecuted under Maryland law unless it could be proven that she knew at the time that such taping was illegal.

Politics and government
More than 13,000 people attended a fund-raising event for the U.S. Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. The event brought in $26.5 million, making it the most profitable such event ever.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Philadelphia 1 @ New Jersey 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Baseball
Pitcher Shawn Estes hit a grand slam and narrowly missed another, finishing with 5 runs batted in, as the San Francisco Giants whipped the Montreal Expos 18-0. It was the worst shutout loss in Expos’ history.

The Houston Astros blew a 7-run lead for the second time in a week, losing 9-7 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dante Bichette batted 5 for 6 with a double and 4 RBIs to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

First Baseman Mo Vaughn batted 5 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs to lead the Anaheim Angels to a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins in 10 innings.

Mark McGwire hit his 20th home run of the season--in just his 35th game, a record--as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Florida Marlins 5-1.

May 23, 2010

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Polly and Maurice Pratt!

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Chrisie Bell!

580 years ago
1430

World events

Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians and subsequently sold to the English.

180 years ago
1830

Transportation

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad began the first passenger service in the United States.

100 years ago
1910

Born on this date
Artie Shaw
. U.S. bandleader. Go here for Mark Steyn's tribute to the man who had hits with Begin the Beguine, Stardust, Frenesi, and many others.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
The St. Louis Browns edged the Washington Nationals 8-7 in 12 innings in front of just 793 fans at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Jimmy Bloodworth hit a 2-run home run to give the Nationals a 7-5 lead in the top of the 12th inning. George McQuinn’s second homer of the day for the Browns cut the lead to 7-6. After a single, Rip Radcliff tripled in the tying run and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly.

60 years ago
1950

On the radio

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

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Photo Finish, starring Ralph Clanton, Eileen Heckart, and Richard Boone

Baseball
Bill MacDonald, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first bonus baby, made his major league debut, and shut out the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0.

50 years ago
1960

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Cathy's Clown--The Everly Brothers

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Back Home--English World Cup Squad (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): American Woman--The Guess Who (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 American Woman--The Guess Who (2nd week at #1)
2 Cecilia--Simon & Garfunkel
3 Up Around the Bend--Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 Turn Back the Hands of Time--Tyrone Davis
5 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
6 ABC--The Jackson 5
7 Reflections of My Life--The Marmalade
8 Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens
9 For the Love of Him--Bobbi Martin
10 Vehicle--The Ides of March

Calgary’s top 10
1 Little Green Bag--George Baker Selection
2 American Woman--The Guess Who
3 Up Around the Bend--Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 My Baby Loves Lovin’--White Plains
5 Let it Be--The Beatles
6 Cecilia--Simon & Garfunkel
7 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
8 Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens
9 Everybody’s Out of Town--B.J. Thomas
10 Mr. Monday--The Original Caste
Pick hit of the week: Puppet Man--The 5th Dimension

War
U.S. casualties in South Vietnam and Cambodia for the week were 142 dead and 803 wounded.

Protest
Nearly 10,000 people marched through the streets of Atlanta at the end of a five-day 110-mile "march against repression." Mostly young and Negro, the crowd went from the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. to Morehouse College, where they heard several speakers condemn racism, the Vietnam War, and the recent killings of students at Kent State University and Jackson State College. The march was led by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, successor to Mr. King as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Health
East Indonesia reported 300 dead of flu.

Boxing
Nino Benvenuti retained his world middleweight title with an 8-round knockout of Tom "The Bomb" Bethea in Umag, Yugoslavia. Howard Cosell was there to broadcast the fight for ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Baseball
The San Francisco Giants blew an 8-0 lead and lost 17-16 in 15 innings to the San Diego Padres at San Diego Stadium. A home run by Steve Huntz, the ninth home run of the game, ended the game after 5 hours and 29 minutes. The loss dropped the Giants, who were in fourth place in the National League West Division, to 19-23. Clyde King, in his second season as manager, was fired after the game and replaced by Charlie Fox.

Bob Gibson pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 16 to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 win over the Phiadelphia Phillies. Dick Allen hit 2 home runs against his former team and drove in all 3 Cardinal runs.

30 years ago
1980


Economics and finance
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Consumer Price Index had increased by 0.9% in April and that the month was the first month in two years in which gasoline prices didn’t rise. Alfred Kahn, chief inflation fighter for the administration of President Jimmy Carter, said that some of the decline in the CPI was "clearly attributable to the recession, which can hardly be a source of satisfaction."

Labour
Five hours after the midnight deadline passed, major league baseball players and owners agreed to a new four-year basic agreement. The minimum salary was raised from $21,000 to $30,000 and increased the clubs’ contribution to the players’ pension fund, but the issue of compensation for free agents remained unresolved.

Baseball
Ferguson Jenkins pitched a 2-hitter for his 250th career major league win as the Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1.

25 years ago
1985


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Edmonton 3 @ Philadelphia 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Wayne Gretzky, Willy Lindstrom, and Dave Hunter scored for the Oilers.

20 years ago
1990


Scandal
Neil Bush, son of U.S. President George Bush, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Banking Committee about his role as a director of Silverado Banking, a savings and loan institution in Colorado, which had been taken over by the U.S. government in 1988 at a cost to taxpayers of possibly $1 billion. Questioned about possible conflict of interest related to loans Silverado had made to two of his business partners, Mr. Bush denied any wrongdoing..

U.S. Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady told the U.S. Senate Banking Committee that the cost of bailing out the savings and loan industry could run as high as $130 billion, nearly twice previous projections. He said the higher figure could become a reality if real estate prices continued to fall and if thrifts continued to fail at an accelerating rate. Interest payments, furthermore, could help send the cost over the next 10 years toward $300 billion.

10 years ago
2000


War
Heavy fighting resumed between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Labour
Hundreds of elective surgeries in Alberta were cancelled and patients were sent home early from stressed hospitals as 10,000 health care workers staged a two-day illegal strike for higher wages. The Alberta Union of Public Employees was fined $400,000 for the strike.

Business
UAL Corporation, parent of United Airlines, said that it had agreed to buy US Airways Group, Inc. for $4.3 billion. UAL’s employees, who owned 55% of the company, and government antitrust regulators could still block the acquisition.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Colorado 2 @ Dallas 3 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Saturday, 22 May 2010

May 22, 2010

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Athletics 10-1 and 20-13, with the teams combining to hit 14 home runs, 10 in the second game. Babe Ruth hit 2 home runs for the Yankees in the first game, with Ben Chapman and winning pitcher George Pipgras also homering. Lou Gehrig hit 3 home runs and drove in 8 runs in the second game, while Mr. Ruth also homered. New York second baseman Tony Lazzeri batted 4 for 4, drove in 4 runs, and scored 5. Jimmie Foxx hit 2 home runs and batted in 6 runs for the Athletics in the second game.

60 years ago
1950

Protest

500 protesters, mainly high school-age boys, carried on a violent demonstration outside United Ukrainian Hall in Calgary against a speech being given inside by Very Reverend Hewlett Johnson, Dean of Canterbury and well-known Soviet apologist.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Cathy’s Clown--The Everly Brothers (5th week at #1)

40 years ago
1970

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10
1 Let it Be--The Beatles
2 Up Around the Bend--Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 Little Green Bag--George Baker Selection
4 Spirit in the Sky--Norman Greenbaum
5 Everything is Beautiful--Ray Stevens
6 Tennessee Birdwalk--Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan
7 Cecilia--Simon & Garfunkel
8 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
9 Soolaimon--Neil Diamond
10 Mr. Monday--The Original Caste

The B-side of Soolaimon, And the Grass Won’t Pay No Mind, was released as a single by Mark Lindsay several months later and became a minor hit.

Terrorism
Eight Israeli schoolchildren two teachers, and their bus driver were killed in an ambush of their school bus near the Lebanese border. As Israel began shelling nearby villages in retaliation, a small Arab guerrilla group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Politics and government
In one of his most memorable speeches, U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew rejected accusations that he and President Richard Nixon had contributed to campus disorders with their public comments. Comparing campus rioters to enemy soldiers, Mr. Agnew demanded that "hard core" students and faculty members be expelled from colleges. He said he had no intention of toning down his remarks, and referred to his media critics as "an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals."

Diplomacy
The British Cricket Council, under pressure from the government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson, reversed a decision to allow a tour of visiting South African cricketers.

Disasters
41 people were killed and 660 homes were destroyed in brush fires in Egypt.

30 years ago
1980


Disasters
U.S. President Jimmy Carter took a helicopter trip around Mount St. Helens in Washington, four days after the volcano erupted. Mr. Carter said, "The moon looks like a golf course compared to what’s up there."

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
New York Islanders 3 @ Philadelphia 6 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Little-used John Paddock, who had scored just 3 goals during the regular season, scored the winning goal. It was his second goal of the 1980 playoffs.

25 years ago
1985


Baseball
Brian Dayett his only home run of the season--a pinch grand slam off Tom Browning in the 6th inning--to help the Chicago Cubs to a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Dennis Eckersley was the winning pitcher.

20 years ago
1990


World events
North Yemen and South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen.

Politics and government
Lucien Bouchard, who had resigned from the Canadian cabinet and the Progressive Conservative caucus the day before, lashed out at a House of Commons report that had recommended compromises in order to save the Meech Lake constitutional accord, and he denounced the federal government for "making an alliance with those who want Quebec to continue to be humiliated." Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr. Bouchard urged Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa to boycott a first ministers’ conference to resolve the deadlock. In a later news conference, Mr. Bouchard predicted that Quebec would separate if the accord wasn’t approved by the June 23 deadline. Unfortunately, that prediction proved inaccurate.

War
15 Palestinians had been killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank since rioting had broken out two days earlier.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Boston 1 @ Edmonton 5 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-1)

10 years ago
2000


War
Lebanese Hezbollah fighters advanced into Israel’s southern occupation zone, split it in two, and moved to within a few miles of the common border.

Politics and government
Alejandro Toledo, the main challenger to Alberto Fujimori for the presidency of Peru, officially withdrew from the campaign, six days before a scheduled runoff election. Mr. Fujimori had won a plurality on April 9, but Mr. Toledo had charged that the election had been marked by widespread fraud.

Scandal
A disciplinary committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court recommended that U.S. President Bill Clinton’s license to practice law be revoked after he was found guilty in 1999 of contempt of court for giving false testimony when he was accused of sexual harassment by Paula Jones. The disbarment recommendation went to an Arkansas circuit court for consideration.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
New Jersey 4 @ Philadelphia 1 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Baseball
In the first game of a doubleheader at County Stadium, the Milwaukee Brewers scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the Houston Astros 9-9, then won the game 10-9 with a home run by Jose Hernandez in the 10th. The Brewers completed the sweep with a 6-1 win in the second game.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

May 21, 2010

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
Babe Ruth hit home runs in each of his first 3 plate appearances in the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics, but struck out his fourth time up, and the Yankees lost 15-7. The Athletics completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in the second game. Max Bishop of Philadelphia drew 5 bases on balls in the first game and 3 more in the second game to set a major league record.

75 years ago
1935


Died on this date
Stubby Stubblefield, 25; Johnny Hannon
. U.S. auto racing drivers.
Leo Whittaker. U.S. auto racing mechanic. Mr. Hannon, a rookie practicing for the Indianapolis 500, was driving his first lap at full racing speed when his car went over the outside retaining wall, and he died from a fractured skull. Later in the day, Mr. Stubblefield and his riding mechanic, Mr. Whittaker, also went over the wall, and both died from injuries received when they were thrown from the car. Mr. Stubblefield had raced in the Indianapolis 500 from 1931-1934, with his best performance being a fifth-place finish in 1933.

Baseball
Babe Ruth hit his 3rd home run of the season to lead the Boston Braves to a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Fred Frankhouse was the winning pitcher over Tex Carleton.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
Jimmie Foxx hit a grand slam for the second consecutive game as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-8. Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, and Roger Cramer also homered for Boston. Hank Greenberg and Rudy York hit home runs for the Tigers, while Wally Moses hit 2 triples and 2 singles.

Joe Kuhel had 5 hits, including a home run and 2 doubles, against his former team as the Chicago White Sox edged the Washington Nationals 9-8.

60 years ago
1950


Disasters
Three people were killed when a tornado struck southern England. It spread over 66 miles and lasted 2½ hours.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Cathy’s Clown--The Everly Brothers
2 Stuck on You--Elvis Presley
3 Greenfields--The Brothers Four
4 Night--Jackie Wilson
5 Good Timin’--Jimmy Jones
6 Cradle of Love--Johnny Preston
7 Stairway to Heaven--Neil Sedaka
8 Sink the Bismarck--Johnny Horton
9 He’ll Have to Stay--Jeanne Black
10 Let the Little Girl Dance--Billy Bland

He’ll Have to Stay was an "answer" to He’ll Have to Go, which had recently been a major hit for Jim Reeves.

Horse racing
Bally Ache, with R. Ussery aboard, won the 85th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:57 3/5. First prize money was $121,000. Victoria Park placed second.

40 years ago
1970


Diplomacy
The second summit between West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and East German Premier Willi Stoph ended in a stalemate after a strained five-hour session in the West German city of Kassel. Mr. Stoph spurned Mr. Brandt’s 20-point proposal for relations between the Germanies; Mr. Stoph demanded full diplomatic recognition for East Germany.

Protest
It was reported that very reliable Moscow sources indicated that Andrei Amalrik had been arrested for slandering the Soviet state through his book Will the USSR Survive Until 1984?.

Labour
California's striking grape pickers won their first big contracts when two major growers in the Joaquin Valley signed two-year pacts similar to some attained with small growers in April.

Baseball
Mel Stottlemyre gave up 11 bases in balls in 8 1/3 innings but combined with Steve Hamilton to shut out the Washington Senators 2-0. Danny Cater’s 2-run home run in the 5th inning off Dick Such, making his major league debut for the Senators, accounted for the scoring.

Jim McGlothlin gave up just 2 hits--singles by Jesus Alou and Joe Morgan--in pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros at the Astrodome.

30 years ago
1980


At the movies
The Empire Strikes Back, the first sequel to Star Wars, opened in theatres.

Politics and government
The day after Quebeckers had voted 58%-42% against giving the Quebec government a mandate to seek separation from Canada, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced a new round of talks with provincial and territorial leaders on rewriting the Canadian Constitution to make the 113-year-old document more adequately meet the modern needs of the country. The most significant result ended up being the addition to the constitution of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I predicted at the time that the only people who would end up having any rights would be perverts, criminals, deadbeats, and malcontents--and I was right. As far as the modern needs of the country are concerned, the whole federalist system that the Fathers of Confederation saddled us with is inadequate. This system was devised in the 19th Century for a country whose boundaries didn’t extend west of Ontario and whose population was mainly rural. Since then, the west has been settled and built up, the population is mainly urban, and most of the problems have to do with cities. As Quebec Premier and separatist Rene Levesque said, "Canada doesn’t work."

Environment
U.S. President Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency at the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York as a result of a study by the Environmental Protection Agency which found that 30% of residents tested in January had suffered chromosome damage that was frequently linked to cancer and birth defects. The Love Canal had been used as a chemical dump site for many years by Hooker Chemicals and Plastics Corporation. President Carter’s declaration authorized the U.S. government to pay for the relocation of families away from an area contaminated by toxic wastes. About 710 families would be temporarily housed by the government until it could be determined whether the area was safe for their return.

Disasters
U.S. President Jimmy Carter declared the area affected by the eruption three days earlier of Mount St. Helens to be a disaster area.

Protest
Two days after rioting by Negroes in Miami had ended, the Florida National Guard began pulling out, the curfew was lifted, and a federal grand jury convened to consider possible civil rights violations in the death of Arthur McDuffie, a Negro who had been chased and beaten to death by white policemen over a traffic ticket, and whose killers had been acquitted in a criminal trial. Florida officials said that Negro rage in Miami had been building during the past year over at least four widely publicized cases of alleged brutality by white policemen against Negroes. Negroes were also reported to be angry about the recent influx of Cuban refugees who were believed to be competing with them for jobs.

Demonstrators in the South Korean city of Kwangju stormed an arms warehouse and seized about 6,000 rifles, as well as armed personnel carriers, trucks, and jeeps. Government forces were quickly driven out of the city by 200,000 insurgents, and disturbances spread to 15 other towns in the province of South Chonnam. South Korean troops surrounded the city, and negotiations began. The discussions became deadlocked when student leaders of the insurrection insisted on the immediate end to martial law and progress toward democratic rule. The Martial Law Command said that it had used all peaceful means to end the strife before deciding to suppress the rebellion by force. Three days of rioting had killed over 100 people, and had injured many more.

25 years ago
1985


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Edmonton 1 @ Philadelphia 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Baseball
Vince Coleman hit his first major league home run--inside-the park--to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Atlanta Braves 6-3. Bob Horner hit 2 home runs for the Braves.

20 years ago
1990


Politics and government
Canadian Environment Minister Lucien Bouchard praised the cause of Quebec separation from Canada and resigned from the cabinet and the Progressive Conservative party caucus. The resignation was a blow to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s attempt to salvage the Meech Lake constitutional accord.

10 years ago
2000


Died on this date
Sir John Gielgud, 96
. U.K. actor. Mr. Gielgud was mainly known as a stage actor, especially in the plays of William Shakespeare. He starred in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Secret Agent (1936), but didn't enjoy acting for the screen, and refused to do any movie acting for many years. Eventually he returned to movies (including a Shakespearean role in Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight (1967)), and won an Academy Award for his supporting performance in Arthur (1981). Mr. Gielgud also played Sherlock Holmes in a radio series that appeared on BBC in 1954 and NBC in the U.S.A. in 1955, with Ralph Richardson as Dr. Watson.

Mahmoud Zuabi, 62. Prime Minister of Syria, 1987-2000. Mr. Zuabi fell out of favour with ailing President Hafez al-Assad, and was under house arrest facing numerous charges related to corruption, when he reportedly shot himself.

World events
Gunmen who had seized the parliament of Fiji the day before released some of the 85 hostages.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Dallas 4 @ Colorado 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Baseball
The San Francisco Giants scored 11 runs in the 6th inning on their way to a 16-10 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Terrell Lowery had 5 hits for the Giants, and J.T. Snow hit a grand slam in the 6th. Giants’ starter Russ Ortiz was the winning pitcher despite giving up 10 earned runs in 6 innings.

Andres Galarraga batted 5 for 5 with a double as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 12-6. Brian Jordan helped the Braves’ cause with 4 hits, including 2 home runs, and drove in 7 runs.

Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam and 2 doubles, and Sean Green added a grand slam as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Florida Marlins 12-3 at Pro Players Stadium in Miami. Kevin Brown went the distance on the mound to get the win. Gary Sheffield also homered for the Dodgers, while Cliff Floyd homered for the Marlins.