Saturday, 31 July 2010

July 31, 2010

220 years ago
1790

Technology

The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer.

100 years ago
1910


Baseball
The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman’s park in St. Louis by scores of 9-3 and 4-0. Three Finger Brown was the winning pitcher in the first game, and King Cole pitched a no-hitter in the second game, which was stopped in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Cubs were batting and had the bases loaded, but the game was called in order for both teams to make train connections to eastern cities.

80 years ago
1930

Died on this date
Hazel Johnson
. The wife of Washington Nationals’ manager and former pitching great Walter Johnson died in Washington, suffering from heat exhaustion. She had driven to Washington from Kansas the previous week during the hottest month yet recorded in the United States. The Johnsons had five children.

Baseball
Lou Gehrig hit his 7th career grand slam as the New York Yankees edged the Boston Red Sox 14-13.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Wes Ferrell hit 2 home runs in a game for the third time in his major league career as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 win over Bobo Newsom and the Washington Nationals.

Mel Harder of the Cleveland Indians also hit 2 home runs, but lost 6-4 to the Chicago White Sox.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Please Don’t Tease--Cliff Richard (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10
1 Mama Told Me (Not to Come)--Three Dog Night
2 Spill the Wine--Eric Burdon and War
3 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
4 A Little Bit of Soap--Paul Davis
5 Gimme Dat Ding--The Pipkins
6 Hitchin’ a Ride--Vanity Fare
7 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
8 Pearl--Tommy Roe
9 I Just Can’t Help Believing--B.J. Thomas
10 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor

Died on this date
Anne de Leusse, 15
. French girl. Miss de Leusse died of a rare form of collagen disease. Her story was told by her mother Claude de Leusse in the book For Love of Anne (1972).

Terrorism
Uruguayan terrorists kidnapped Dan Mitrione, 50, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Brazilian Consul Aloysio Mares Gomide, 41, in Montevideo.

Diplomacy
After a lengthy debate that precipitated a government split, Israel’s cabinet voted 17-6 to accept the Middle East peace proposal of U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, which called for a 90-day standstill cease-fire between Israel and Egypt and negotiations conducted by Gunnar Jarring, Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., who had previously tried to bring the two sides together. The Gahal party, which favoured retention of all Arab land taken in the Six-Day War in 1967, cast the six votes against the Rogers proposal, and quit the government.

Protest
In Amman, 25,000 demonstrators cheered a call by a Palestinian guerrilla leader for the "liberation" of all of Palestine and the rejection of the peace formula.

The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut declared a state of emergency, and the city was placed under a 9 P.M.-5 A.M. curfew to "limit the dangers to life and property" after three days of rioting by Negro and Puerto Rican youths. A 28-year-old Puerto Rican man was shot, reportedly by a policeman.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (0-1) 11 @ Saskatchewan (2-0) 23

The Roughriders ruined Ray Jauch’s regular season debut as a head coach as Jack Abendschan tied what was then a single game record with 5 field goals. The 13,960 fans at Taylor Field in Regina saw the Saskatchewan defense hold the Eskimos to 7 yards rushing. Former B.C. Lion Leroy Sledge, playing his first game as an Eskimo and his last in the CFL, carried 5 times for 7 yards and caught 1 pass for 5 yards. Dave Cutler accounted for all of the Edmonton scoring with 3 field goals and 2 singles.

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati 7-1 and 11-3. Rookie sensation Wayne Simpson was the Reds’ staring pitcher in the first game, but left with what turned out to be a torn rotator cuff. He pitched in only 2 games during the remainder of the season, and never fully recovered.

30 years ago
1980


Protest
Three days of racial violence in Orlando, Florida concluded.

Business
Chrysler Corporation reported the greatest loss ever by a U.S. car maker: $536.1 million during the second quarter of 1980.

Journalism
The Albertan published its last edition. The Calgary morning newspaper had been bought by the Toronto Sun chain, and began publishing on August 1 as The Calgary Sun.

10 years ago
2000


Politics and government
Moshe Katsav, a member of the opposition Likud Party who had once been the youngest mayor in Israel, was elected the country’s President by a vote of 63-57 on the second ballot in the Knesset. His opponent was former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, an ally of current Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Mr. Katsav, a native of Iran, became the first Israeli President to have been born in an Islamic country.

The U.S. Republican National Convention opened in Philadelphia. The party platform struck a relatively moderate tone, although it kept strong language opposing abortion rights and advocating that such opposition be required of nominees for federal courts. General Colin Powell delivered the keynote speech and said he believed that presumptive presidential nominee George W. Bush's commitment to "compassionate conservatism" could help bring the races together.

Law
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Canada’s federal law prohibiting the possession of marijuana was unconstitutional because it failed to recognize that some people with chronic illnesses could use marijuana as medicine. The court gave the federal government one year to amend the law.

Business
CanWest Global Communications Corporation announced a $3.5-billion takeover of all the major Canadian newspapers held by Conrad Black’s Hollinger Inc.

Friday, 30 July 2010

July 30, 2010

100 years ago
1910


Baseball
The Cleveland Naps purchased outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans for $5,000.

90 years ago
1920


Baseball
The New York Yankees whipped the St. Louis Browns 19-3 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel contributed home runs in support of the pitching of Carl Mays.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
Del Ennis hit his second grand slam in three days to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of a doubleheader, and added a 2-run homer as the Phillies completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in the second game.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I’m Sorry--Brenda Lee (2nd week at #1)
2 Only the Lonely--Roy Orbison
3 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini--Brian Hyland
4 Alley-Oop--The Hollywood Argyles
--Dante and the Evergreens
5 Mule Skinner Blues--The Fendermen
6 Tell Laura I Love Her--Ray Peterson
7 Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool--Connie Francis
8 It’s Now or Never--Elvis Presley
9 Because They’re Young--Duane Eddy and the Rebels
10 Please Help Me, I’m Falling--Hank Locklin

40 years ago
1970


Died on this date
George Szell, 73
. U.S. orchestra conductor. Mr. Szell was music director of the Cleveland Orchestra for 24 years, building the orchestra into one of the world's best. Mr. Szell's specialty was the Austro-German school of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Mahler. Mr. Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra made many recordings, and weekly broadcasts of their performances were a staple on radio (e.g., CKUA in Edmonton carried their broadcasts every Monday night for many years).

Defense
The United States Defense Department disclosed that the Soviets had again tested their orbital nuclear strike missile two days earlier in a 90-minute flight that took the giant rocket over the southern tip of Latin America and nearly girdled the globe. The Pentagon spokesman said that tests of the fractional orbital bombardment system was further "evidence of the continuing momentum of the Soviet development and test program for strategic weapons." The Department believed that the weapon, being developed for possible attacks on bomber bases, had no counterpart in the United States.

Labour
Subway workers in Madrid ended a one-day strike, choosing to go back to work rather than face mobilization into the army. Officers of the official trade union organization promised to study the workers’ demands with new sympathy once they returned to work.

30 years ago
1980


World events
The Israeli Knesset voted 69-15 to approve a bill affirming all of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and rebuffing Arab claims to East Jerusalem. The legislation did not alter the city’s de facto status. Observers feared that the Israeli action would make it more difficult to resume the deadlocked negotiations between Israel and Egypt on the issue of self-rule for the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

The Republic of Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides, gained its independence from France and Great Britain.

Scandal
U.S. President Jimmy Carter admitted that he had discussed with his brother Billy classified State Department cables on Billy’s first trip to Libya in September 1978. The cables were from the U.S. embassy in Libya and had a low-level classification. The cables said that Billy had agreed not to make any political comments during the trip and had rated the impact of the visit favourably.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had risen 2.5% in June, the biggest monthly increase since June 1975.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-3) 19 @ Hamilton (1-2) 18
British Columbia (2-1) 21 @ Edmonton (3-0) 33

The Roughriders won their first road game in 2 years despite being unable to score an offensive touchdown. Their only major score came on a 55-yard interception return by linebacker Bill Manchuk. Bob Macoritti converted and added 3 field goals and 3 singles. Hamilton’s only touchdown came on a 57-yard pass from Dave Marler to John Holland in the 3rd quarter. Bernie Ruoff converted and added 2 field goals and a single, while the Roughriders conceded 2 safety touches late in the game. The Tiger-Cats, trailing 19-16, still had a chance to win or tie, but Steve Dennis made his second interception of the game on the Saskatchewan goal line with 50 seconds remaining, disappointing most of the 22,398 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The usual sellout crowd of 42,778 at Commonwealth Stadium saw Brian Kelly catch 7 passes for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Eskimo attack. The big play was an 89-yard bomb to Mr. Kelly from Warren Moon on the first play of the second half. Mr. Kelly was picking on Leon Bright, who had been moved to cornerback at the start of the season by Lions’ head coach Vic Rapp from his usual wide receiver position. Mr. Bright did get the better of Mr. Kelly on one play when he returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to cut the Eskimos’ lead to 26-21. Jim Germany rushed 12 times for 38 yards and 2 Edmonton touchdowns, while catching 4 passes for 41 yards. The other B.C. touchdown came on a pass from Joe Paopao to Harry Holt on the last play of the 3rd quarter. The game marked the regular season debut of Edmonton defensive lineman James Parker, who had been cut at the end of the pre-season in favour of NFL veteran Jeff Lloyd.

Baseball
Houston Astros’ ace J.R. Richard’s major league career came to a tragic end when he suffered a stroke while practicing in the Astrodome. Emergency surgery removed a life-threatening blood clot in his neck. Mr. Richard had left a number of games early in 1980, complaining of a dead arm, and it was widely suspected that he was malingering. He tried pitching in the minor leagues in subsequent years, but was never again able to pitch in the majors.

20 years ago
1990


Died on this date
Ian Gow
. U.K. politician. Mr. Gow, a member of Parliament and a close adviser and friend to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was killed at his home in Hankham, East Sussex, when a bomb blew up his car. Mr. Gow had been a frequent critic of the Irish Republican Army.

World events
At least 200 civilians, and possibly many more, were killed when Liberian government troops stormed a Lutheran church in Monrovia.

Economics and finance
In testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives committee, Resolution Trust Corporation Chairman William Seidman and U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Glauber said that RTC would need up to $100 billion in fiscal 1991 to continue the savings and loan bailout effort. This was twice the amount of money previously allocated for the rescue operation. A slump in real estate values and a higher failure rate among thrift institutions were blamed for the need for more money.

Scandal
Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent banned New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner for life from day-to-day operation of the team, and ordered him to resign as the club’s general partner by August 20. The ruling resulted from Mr. Steinbrenner’s payment of $40,000 to known gambler Howie Spira to obtain damaging information about outfielder Dave Winfield. When the announcement was flashed on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard, fans reacted with a 90-second standing ovation.

Baseball
Nolan Ryan picked up his 300th major league victory as the Texas Rangers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.

The Atlanta Braves edged the San Diego Padres 4-3 in 11 innings despite surrendering Jack Clark’s 300th career major league home run. Mr. Clark’s homer had tied the game in the 10th inning.

10 years ago
2000


Politics and government
Hugo Chavez was re-elected President of Venezuela with 59% of the vote. He said he would seek to initiate reforms and turn around the sagging economy. In elections to the new unicameral National Assembly, Mr. Chavez's coalition fell short of the 2/3 majority that would have allowed him to promulgate new laws virtually without debate.

U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona, the main challenger to Texas Governor George W. Bush for the Republican party presidential nomination, freed his delegates to support Mr. Bush, a day before the opening of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

Baseball
Tom Glavine earned his 200th career major league win as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros 6-3.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

July 29, 2010

120 years ago
1890

Died on this date
Vincent Van Gogh, 37
. Dutch artist. Mr. Van Gogh, who epitomized the stereotype of the "mad artist," shot himself after having sold just one painting in his lifetime.

110 years ago
1900


Labour
With no Sunday games being played, 100 major league baseball players gathered in New York City. Their demands were: release of players who were not going to be used rather than farming them out; and players to share in the purchase price when they were sold. Said veteran Hughie Jennings‚ "We are not out to fight the owners‚ but to resolve injustices in the contracts."

60 years ago
1950


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Bewitched--Bill Snyder and his Orchestra (4th week at #1)
--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
--Doris Day
--Larry Green and his Orchestra
--Jan August & Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats
2 I Wanna Be Loved--The Andrews Sisters
--Billy Eckstine
3 Mona Lisa--Nat King Cole
--Victor Young and his Orchestra (Don Cherry, vocal)
--Art Lund
4 Third Man Theme--Anton Karas
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
5 Hoop-Dee-Doo--Perry Como
--Kay Starr
--Doris Day
6 Sentimental Me--The Ames Brothers
--Russ Morgan and his Orchestra
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
7 My Foolish Heart--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
--Billy Eckstine
--Mindy Carson
8 Tzena Tzena Tzena--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers
--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
--Vic Damone
9 The Old Piano Roll Blues--Hoagy Carmichael and Cass Daley
--Lawrence "Piano Roll" Cook
10 Count Every Star--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
--Dick Haymes and Artie Shaw

50 years ago
1960


Space
Mercury-Atlas 1, carrying an unmanned spacecraft, lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket blew up just 58 seconds into the flight; the capsule and portions of the rocket were recovered from the ocean floor for further study.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
British Columbia (1-1-1) 7 Winnipeg (1-0) 13 @ Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Attendance was 12,583.

40 years ago
1970


Society
In what was believed to be the first decision of its kind in the United States, a federal judge ordered seven Alabama state agencies to end discrimination against Negro job applicants.

Labour
Leaders of striking British dock workers, overcoming opposition from dockers in London, Liverpool, and Southampton, voted to end their two-week-old strike shortly and accept a raise of up to $6 (U.S.) per week and other increases, as an "interim measure."

After five years of strikes and a nationwide boycott, Cesar Chavez, head of the AFL-CIO’s United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), signed contracts with 26 major grape growers in Delano, California, bringing ¾ of the state’s grape production under AFL-CIO agreements. His victory was marred by competition from the Teamsters, who were organizing field hands and had signed 49 of 60 growers of vegatable crops in the Santa Maria area, south of Salinas. Mr. Chavez charged that the Teamsters were violating a pledge to recognize the jurisdiction of UFWOC for both small fruits and vegetables. His union filed suit against the Teamsters and growers involved, contending that the Teamsters pacts interfered with the farm workers’ rights to choose their own union representatives.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-0) 17 @ Ottawa (0-1) 15
Winnipeg (0-1) 10 @ Calgary (1-0) 34

Willie Bethea and Bill Starr scored touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats; neither player ever scored again. It was the first regular season game for Jack Gotta as head coach of the defending Grey Cup champion Rough Riders. 23,094 were in attendance at Lansdowne Park.

19,436 were at McMahon Stadium to see the Stampeders defeat the Blue Bombers in the regular season debut for Jim Spavital as Winnipeg’s head coach. Blue Bomber linebacker Phil Minnick, who had missed 12 games in the previous two seasons with knee injuries, suffered another serious knee injury in the second quarter, and didn’t play again for two years.

30 years ago
1980


World events
A state funeral for the former Shah of Iran was held in Cairo. The only prominent foreigners to attend were former U.S. President Richard Nixon and former King Constantine of Greece. A spokesman for Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr said that the death of the shah would have no effect on the fate of the 52 American hostages still being held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran. "Since the shah’s death was predictable, it won’t change anything," said another Iranian official.

Diplomacy
The United Nations General Assembly approved an Arab-sponsored resolution calling for the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israeli withdrawal from all of the occupied lands, including East Jerusalem, by November 15.

Medicine
Dr. Henry Kaplan and Dr. Lennart Olsson announced that they had produced a pure hybrid cell line that made pure human antibodies like "tiny little factories." The development could lead to the production of antibodies to help diagnose and treat a number of diseases. The researchers at Stanford University Medical School fused bone marrow cancer cells with specially prepared human spleen cells to make the antibody-producing cells. Previously, researchers had succeeded in artificially producing only pure mouse antibodies, which the human body naturally fights against.

Protest
Three days of racial violence began in Orlando, Florida.

Economics and finance
Ford Motor Company reported a record $467.9-million loss for the second quarter of 1980.

Disasters
A collision between the U.S. aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway and the Panamanian-registered merchant ship Cactus in a passage between Palawan Island in the Philippines and North Borneo killed two U.S. sailors and injured three others.

Football
CFL
Toronto (3-1) 18 @ Ottawa (2-2) 10
Calgary (2-2) 18 @ Winnipeg (1-3) 35

Mark Jackson threw a touchdown pass to Dave Newman, and Greg Hatton returned an interception for another touchdown as the Argonauts built up an 18-0 lead before 28,742 at Lansdowne Park. Starting Ottawa quarterback Condredge Holloway left the game in the second quarter after being knocked senseless by Toronto defensive end Jim Corrigall. The Rough Riders scored 10 points in the last 5:31 of the game when backup quarterback Charlie Weatherbie handed off to Richard Crump for a 1-yard touchdown run and a 2-point convert. Mr. Jackson was tackled in his own end zone for a safety touch with 13 seconds remaining.

Dieter Brock completed 18 of 21 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown to Robert Woods while rushing for 2 touchdowns on quarterback sneaks in front of a Winnipeg Stadium crowd of 20,774. William Miller rushed 21 times for 89 yards and a touchdown for the Blue Bombers. Ken Johnson threw to Willie Armstead for one Stampeder touchdown and handed off to James Sykes for the other.

20 years ago
1990


Personal
This blogger spent the evening in the company of a certain lovely lady in High Park in Toronto.

Baseball
Scott Garrelts of the San Francisco Giants was one out away from a no-hitter when he gave up a single to Paul O’Neill. Mr. Garrelts finished with a 1-hit 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 55,792 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Losing pitcher Jack Armstrong also pitched a complete game, allowing 8 hits and 4 earned runs.

The Boston Red Sox set an American League record with 12 doubles in a 13-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Wade Boggs led the Red Sox with 3 doubles.

10 years ago
2000


Baseball
Brian Giles batted 5 for 5 with 2 doubles to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 10-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

July 28, 2010

470 years ago
1540

Died on this date
Thomas Cromwell, 55 (?)
. English politician and diplomat. Mr. Cromwell was King Henry VIII’s chief minister from 1532-1540, and was among the strongest supporters of making the king head of the Church of England. Mr. Cromwell supervised the suppression of monasteries, which made him very unpopular with the clergy. He negotiated King Henry’s marriage to Anne of Cleves in order to secure for Henry VIII the support of German Protestants, and when the marriage proved disastrous, Mr. Cromwell’s enemies, notably the Duke of Norfolk, used it as an opportunity to move against him. Mr. Cromwell was imprisoned in the Tower of London on June 10 and was beheaded there. His head was boiled and set upon a spike on London Bridge, facing away from the city.

Married on this date
King Henry VIII of England married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.

260 years ago
1750

Died on this date
Johann Sebastian Bach, 65
. German composer and organist. The most prominent composer from the Baroque era, Brandenburg Concertos, Goldberg Variations, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, and St. Matthew Passion just scratch the surface of his compositions. In his own time he was considered a great church organist, but his sons were more popular composers. It was Felix Mendelssohn’s performance of St. Matthew Passion in 1829 that did more than anything else to revive interest in Mr. Bach as a composer.

120 years ago
1890


Baseball
Mickey Welch earned his 300th career major league win as the New York Giants beat the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 4-2 in front of just 147 fans at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh.

80 years ago
1930


Weather
The temperature in St. Louis was recorded as 107 F. I was travelling between Dubuque, Iowa and St. Louis on July 28, 1975, and I think the temperature may have been about the same as it was 45 years earlier.

Politics and government
The Conservatives, under the leadership of R.B. Bennett, swept to power in the Canadian federal election, taking 137 seats in teh House of Commons. The Liberals, under Prime Minister Mackenzie King, won 91 seats. 17 independent candidates were elected.

Baseball
Ted Lyons doubled in the winning run to make himself the winning pitcher as the Chicago White Sox scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the St. Louis Browns 6-5 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.

The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 and 5-3. Charlie Root and Guy Bush were the respective winning pitchers over Benny Frey and Jakie May. The Cubs scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning of the second game. One of the runs was driven in by Hack Wilson, but Charlie Grimm was mistakenly credited with the run batted in. The correction was finally made in 1999, giving Mr. Wilson a record 191 RBIs for 1930.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Ted Lyons tied a record with 2 doubles in an inning as the Chicago White Sox scored 10 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 14-6 win over the St. Louis Browns in the first game of a doubleheader. The Browns won the second game 4-3.

The New York Giants swept a doubleheader from the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-0 and 1-0. Carl Hubbell and Slick Castleman were the respective winning pitchers over Dutch Leonard and George Earnshaw. Mel Ott’s home run was the only scoring in the second game.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
Charlie Keller hit 3 home runs and Joe DiMaggio hit 2 as the New York Yankees edged the Chicago White Sox 10-9 in the first game of a doubleheader. Messrs. Keller and DiMaggio twice hit back-to-back homers. Skeeter Webb batted 5 for 6 for the White Sox. The White Sox took the second game 8-4.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
Larry Doby, Al Rosen, and Luke Easter hit consecutive home runs as the Cleveland Indians whipped the Boston Red Sox 13-1.

50 years ago
1960


Football
CFL-ORFU
Pre-season
Saskatchewan (WIFU) (1-1) 38 @ London (ORFU) (0-1) 0

3,000 were in attendance at Labatt Park to see the last game between a club from the Canadian Football League and one from the Ontario Rugby Football Union.

Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 4-0 and 9-2 to move into first place in the American League ahead of the Chicago White Sox, who lost 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox.

40 years ago
1970


Crime
The United States Army ordered pre-trial investigations for seven officers charged with complicity in the cover-up of the 1968 My Lai massacre in South Vietnam. At the same time, charges against two other officers, Colonel Robert Luper and Captain Kenneth Boatman, were dismissed.

Economics and finance
The U.S. government announced a budget deficit of $2.9 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-0) 42 @ British Columbia (0-1) 9

This was the first CFL regular season game to be played on artificial turf, and there was a casualty. B.C. running back Charlie Brown caught his cleats in the Tartan Turf, tore up a knee, and never played again. It was also the last game for B.C. defensive end E.A. Sims, who had been a teammate of Lions’ head coach Jackie Parker when the two played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1962.

Baseball
California Angels’ catcher Tom Egan was the goat in his team’s 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees. He allowed 5 passed balls, all with different pitchers, and dropped a throw for an error with what proved to be the winning run.

30 years ago
1980

Football

CFL
The Canadian Football League career of quarterback Danny Sanders came to an end when he was cut by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Mr. Sanders had led the Roughriders to their only 2 wins of 1979, but was let go when veteran John Hufnagel came off the injured list.
In 9 CFL games Mr. Sanders completed 86 of 190 passes for 1,314 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

25 years ago
1985


Football
CFL
Calgary (0-3) 12 @ Ottawa (2-1) 14

The Rough Riders made 5 interceptions off Calgary quarterback Joe Barnes to secure the win before 20,153 bored fans at Lansdowne Park. Dean Dorsey kicked 3 field goals and added 2 singles for the Rough Riders, while Ken Clark punted for 3 singles. The Stampeders scored the game’s only touchdown on a 51-yard pass from Mr. Barnes to Dwight Edwards early in the 2nd quarter. J.T. Hay converted and added a field goal and 2 singles, the last of which came on a missed 43-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game in the last minute if it had succeeded.

Baseball
Lou Brock, Enos Slaughter‚ Arky Vaughan‚ and Hoyt Wilhelm were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown‚ New York.

Darrell Evans hit his 300th career major league home run as the Detroit Tigers edged the Minnesota Twins 3-2.

20 years ago
1990


Hit parade
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 She Ain’t Worth It--Glenn Medeiros, featuring Bobby Brown
2 Enjoy the Silence--Depeche Mode
3 Hold On--En Vogue
4 Cradle of Love--Billy Idol
5 Rub You the Right Way--Johnny Gill
6 Vision of Love--Mariah Carey
7 Girls Nite Out--Tyler Collins
8 When I’m Back on My Feet Again--Michael Bolton
9 The Power--Snap!
10 I’ll Be Your Shelter--Taylor Dayne

World events
Negotiations began to resolve the seizure of Trinidad and Tobago’s parliament building in Port of Spain the previous day by Negro Muslim rebels, which had resulted in Prime Minister Arthur Robinson and other cabinet ministers and government officials being held hostage, and Mr. Robinson getting shot in the leg.

Football
CFL
Toronto (1-2) 41 @ Hamilton (1-2) 29

Don Moen returned a fumble 3 yards for one touchdown and Chris Gaines returned an interception 17 yards for another as the Argos took advantage of 9 Tiger-Cat turnovers. Toronto quarterback Matt Dunigan completed 26 of 40 passes for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wally Zatylny led the Tiger-Cats with 5 punt returns for 100 yards and 4 kickoff returns for 185, including a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. This blogger and a certain lovely lady were among the 20,387 in attendance on a beautiful summer night at Ivor Wynne Stadium. We caught a midnight bus back to Toronto, and we were the only passengers on the bus--and, loving it.

Baseball
Shawon Dunston tied a major league record with 3 triples and drove in 5 runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 10-7 win over the Montreal Expos.

Cal Ripken, Jr.’s record for consecutive errorless games at shortstop ended at 95 games as his Baltimore Orioles lost 10-9 to the Kansas City Royals.

10 years ago
2000


Diplomacy
52 republican and 26 loyalist men convicted of terrorist offenses were released from Maze Prison in Northern Ireland as the last phase of the Good Friday peace accord.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to end restrictions on travel and limits on the sale of food and medicine to Cuba, but the measure was expected to encounter trouble getting through the Senate.

Business
Two U.S. federal appeals judges granted Napster Inc. a stay in the injunction aimed at shutting the online music site down, allowing the popular music trading service to remain online while it continued its legal battle with the music industry.

Television
Auditions for Your Big Break, a Dick Clark-produced show where people could so impressions of their favourite singers while singing along with their songs, took place at Londonderry mall in Edmonton. This blogger sang Unchained Melody and Only the Lonely. I never saw Your Big Break, and I don't know if it ever made it onto television.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-1-0-1) 23 @ Toronto (1-3) 17
Montreal (4-0) 33 @ Winnipeg (0-4-0-1) 31
Calgary (3-0-1) 52 @ Saskatchewan (0-3-1) 52

Ronald Williams rushed 19 times for 68 yards and a touchdown and caught 6 passes for 47 yards and another touchdown to lead the Tiger-Cats before just 15,345 at SkyDome. Earlier in the day, Jeff Fairholm quit as an assistant coach with the Argonauts the day after being demoted by head coach John Huard, and voicing his discontent to a Toronto Sun writer.

Terry Baker’s 41-yard field goal on the last play gave the Alouettes the win before 23,667 at Winnipeg Stadium. Anthony Calvillo threw 2 touchdown passes for the Alouettes, while Khari Jones, in his first start as a Blue Bomber, threw touchdown passes to Markus Howell, Robert Gordon, and Albert Johnson.

Former Stampeder quarterback Henry Burris threw 3 touchdown passes in regulation time and 2 more in the four-possession overtime to lead the Roughriders. Calgary’s Dave Dickenson, meanwhile, threw for 476 yards and 6 touchdown passes, including one from 25 yards to Kelvin Anderson, which, with Mark McLoughlin’s convert, tied the score with 20 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter. The score was tied 32-32 after regulation time. The overtime took ¾ of an hour to play, which contributed to the CFL’s decision to reduce regular season overtime to a maximum of 2 possessions after 2000.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

July 27, 2010

120 years ago
1890

Baseball

In the American Association, the Brooklyn Gladiators were leading the Columbus Buckeyes 13-8 in the 8th inning at Long Island Park when they ran out of baseballs and were forced to forfeit the game.

90 years ago
1920


Baseball
The Cleveland Indians edged the Washington Nationals 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader at League Park in Cleveland but the Nationals scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning on their way to a 19-6 win in the second game.

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
The Chicago Cubs were leading the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 at Redland Field with runners on second and third bases and none out in the top of the 6th inning, and Ken Ash was brought in to pitch for the Reds. He threw one pitch to Charlie Grimm, and Mr. Grimm hit into a triple play. Mr. Ash was removed for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 6th, and the Reds rallied for 4 runs. They held on for a 6-5 win, and Mr. Ash was credited with the victory and a full inning pitched.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
The Philadelphia Athletics defeated former teammate Lefty Grove and the Boston Red Sox 7-6 in 15 innings in the first game of a doubleheader at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Mr. Grove pitched a complete game, allowing 21 hits and 7 runs--5 earned--in 14 2/3 innings. Wes Ferrell pitched a 3-hit shutout to win the pitchers' duel over Johnny Marcum as the Red Sox won the second game 2-0 in a game that was played in 1 hour 45 minutes.

The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 and 12-1 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, outhitting the Reds 20-5 in the second game.

Curt Davis pitched an 8-hit shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Boston Braves 5-0 at Braves Field in a game that was played in 1 hour 38 minutes. Losing pitcher Ben Cantwell allowed 7 hits and 5 runs--4 earned--in 7 innings to drop to 2-14 for the season.

70 years ago
1940


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Never Smile Again--Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers)

This marked the introduction of Billboard's 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records."

At the movies
The cartoon A Wild Hare, featuring the first appearance of Bugs Bunny, was released. Bugs was being hunted by Elmer Fudd.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
Del Ennis drove in 7 runs with a bases-loaded double in the 7th inning and a grand slam in the 8th as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 13-3 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

Former major league star Kirby Higbe threw a no-hitter for the Minneapolis Millers against the Columbus Clippers in an American Association game.

50 years ago
1960


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nereo Bolzon!

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Calgary (1-1) 30 @ Toronto (1-0) 51

40 years ago
1970


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

Died on this date
Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, 81
. Prime Minister of Portugal, 1932-1968. The founder and leader of Estado Novo (New State), the authoritarian party that ruled Portugal from 1932-1974, Mr. Salazar had suffered a stroke that partially paralyzed him in September 1968, and, while in a coma, had been replaced by Marcello Caetano. Afterward, Mr. Salazar’s doctors and colleagues continued to keep him shielded from the news, fearing that the shock might kill him. He was never told that he had been replaced. Among the restrictions imposed by Mr. Salazar’s regime was the licensing of cigarette lighters.

Carl Hampton, 21. U.S. Negro protester. Mr. Hampton, leader of a Negro militant organization, was shot and killed by police in Houston, Texas in an exchange of gunfire that wounded four other people.

Protest
200 young Negroes in Houston held a rally near the site of the death of Carl Hampton several hours earlier.

Diplomacy
American officials said that under the terms of Secretary of State William Rogers’ cease-fire proposal, the Jordanian government would be responsible for controlling the activities of Palestinian commandos. In Amman, spokesmen for the commandos announced that they would never go along with the Jordanian government’s decision to accept the truce.

Baseball
Lou Boudreau, Earle Combs, Jesse Haines, and Ford Frick were inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In the annual Hall of Fame game, the Montreal Expos beat the Chicago White Sox 10-6.

30 years ago
1980


Died on this date
Mohammed Riza Pahlevi, 60
. Shah of Iran, 1941-1979. The shah, who ruled his country with an iron hand (and with the help of the United States) until being deposed in an Islamic revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini early in 1979, died in an Egyptian military hospital near Cairo when his circulatory system collapsed as the result of a long battle with lymphatic cancer.

25 years ago
1985


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Everytime You Go Away--Paul Young
2 Raspberry Beret--Prince and the Revolution
3 Shout--Tears for Fears
4 You Give Good Love--Whitney Houston
5 A View to a Kill--Duran Duran
6 Would I Lie to You?--Eurythmics
7 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free--Sting
8 Voices Carry--’Til Tuesday
9 Glory Days--Bruce Springsteen
10 Sussudio--Phil Collins

Track and field
Steve Cram of Britain broke countryman Sebastian Coe’s 1981 world record in the mile when he was timed in 3 minutes 46.3 seconds, nearly a second faster, at the Grand Prix meet at Bislett Stadium in Oslo.

Football
CFL
Montreal (3-1) 15 @ British Columbia (4-0) 28

Keyvan Jenkins rushed 24 times for 133 yards and 3 touchdowns and Roy Dewalt passed for 285 yards and a touchdown to Ron Robinson to lead the Lions to victory before 48,281 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Montreal quarterback Turner Gill passed 3 yards to Nick Arakgi for the Concordes’ first score just 2:22 into the game, and Rich Thomaselli rushed 5 yards for the Concordes’ last major with 37 seconds left in the 2nd quarter.

The Toronto Argonauts placed quarterback Condredge Holloway on the 60-day injured list, two days after tearing knee ligaments in his team’s 35-10 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

20 years ago
1990


World events
A group of Negro Muslim rebels, complaining that the government had impoverished the country, seized the parliament building in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and took Prime Minister Arthur Robinson and other cabinet members and officials hostage. Mr. Robinson was shot in the leg.

Protest
On the 18th day of the standoff between Quebec provincial police and Mohawk Warrior militants at the Kanesatake reserve near Oka, Quebec, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made his first public statement on the situation, declaring that "native peoples over decades and centuries have not been well-treated by Canada and Canadians. I believe we have a lot of work to do in that area." His government of Canada announced that it had purchased some of the disputed land from a private citizen and was negotiating with the village of Oka to purchase much of the rest. The government of Quebec offered to remove most of its force and to allow Mohawk participation in the investigation of the July 11 shooting of a Surete du Quebec officer--but only if the Warriors would agree to turn in their weapons and dismantle the barricades they had set up. Mohawk leaders rejected the proposal because it did not include a guarantee of amnesty for natives who had defended the blockade.

Oil
Oil ministers of the OPEC nations, meeting in Geneva, agreed to an increase in the price of oil per barrel from $18 U.S. to $21 U.S. Iraq had demanded a greater increase.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the gross national product had slowed to a 1.2% annual growth rate during the second quarter of 1990, a signal to some economists that the country was moving toward recession.

Football
CFL
Calgary (2-0-1) 54 @ Saskatchewan (1-2) 16
Winnipeg (2-1) 23 @ British Columbia (1-1-1) 24

Danny Barrett completed 18 of 26 passes for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Stampeders to victory before 26,731 fans at Taylor Field in Regina, who had been soaked in a pre-game storm. Saskatchewan quarterbacks Kent Austin and Jeff Bentrim combined to throw 5 interceptions.

A mistake on the scoreboard contributed to the Lions’ win in front of 34,622 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. The Blue Bombers were trailing 21-9 in the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Danny McManus competed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Eric Streater with 2:16 remaining. Trevor Kennerd’s convert made the score 21-16. Mr. Kennerd’s kickoff went through the B.C. end zone without being touched; according to the rule, referee Jacques Decarie awarded no single point and placed the ball on the Lions’ 25-yard line. However, a point was mistakenly put up on the scoreboard, which now showed the Lions leading 21-17. The Blue Bombers quickly got the ball back, and Mr. McManus completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rick House. Mr. Kennerd converted, and the scoreboard showed Winnipeg ahead 24-21. Winnipeg head coach Mike Riley asked the field judge if the scoreboard was correct, and field judge said yes. Mr. Riley asked the same of the line judge and was told no. With 46 seconds remaining and the Lions in possession of the ball, the scoreboard was altered to read 23-21. Backup quarterback Rickey Foggie moved the Lions in position for Lui Passaglia to kick the game winning field goal from 42 yards on the last play. If the Blue Bombers had been sure of the score a few minutes earlier, they may have chosen to try for a 2-point convert on their final touchdown.

10 years ago
2000


Society
90 Chinese migrants who had arrived in British Columbia by boat in 1999 were returned to China to face jail and fines in their homeland.

Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer vetoed an anti-abortion bill that provided exceptions for rape and incest--as long as the rape was reported to police within seven days--because he said that the seven-day requirement was too restrictive.

Health
The U.K.’s Labour government announced the most radical reorganization of the National Health Service since its beginning in 1948.

Music
Johnny Rivers performed after the Edmonton Trappers' baseball game at Telus Field. I missed most of it, but I got there in time to hear the last few songs.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-2) 29 @ British Columbia (2-2) 13

The Eskimos, down 10-1 after the 1st quarter, rallied for 21 straight points behind quarterback Nealon Greene, who, in his first start of the season, threw touchdown passes to Terry Vaughn and Kez McCorvey. The play that put the game away came with about 9 minutes remaining and the Eskimos leading 22-13, when Donnie Ashley of the Eskimos returned a missed field goal attempt 116 yards for a touchdown. B.C.’s only touchdown came on the last play of the 1st quarter on a 3-yard pass from Damon Allen to Jimmy Cunningham. Former Eskimo Jon Baker kicked a 43-yard field goal to give the Lions an early 3-0 lead, but was replaced later in the game by veteran Lui Passaglia. 23,714 fans were at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 16-11 at Coors Field in Denver. Larry Walker of the Rockies batted 4 for 4 with 5 runs.

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 to give Jim Fregosi his 1,000th win as a major league manager.

Monday, 26 July 2010

July 26, 2010

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
The Chicago Cubs hit 5 home runs, 3 of them by Hack Wilson, as they routed the Philadelphia Phillies 16-2. Mr. Wilson’s home runs gave him 32 for the season. Gabby Hartnett and winning pitcher Pat Malone hit the other Chicago homers. Losing pitcher Phil Collins gave up 9 runs in the first 2 innings.

70 years ago
1940


Bob Feller earned his 16th win of the season, striking out 4 and walked none while hitting 2 doubles as the Cleveland Indians whipped the Washington Nationals 13-2 before 4,000 fans at League Park in Cleveland.

50 years ago
1960


Football
CFL
Pre-season
British Columbia (1-0-1) 49 @ Montreal (0-2-1) 7
Saskatchewan (0-1) 6 @ Ottawa (1-0) 20

40 years ago
1970


Diplomacy
King Hussein of Jordan agreed to the Middle East peace proposal that had been proposed by U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers. Jordan stated that her position was "similar to Egypt’s," which was taken to mean that it, too, was unconditional. Syria rejected the formula, but informed sources believed the rejection was for propaganda purposes, noting that Egyptian President Gamal Nasser had spoken of Syrian agreement with his policy. Mr. Rogers’ proposal called for a 90-day standstill cease-fire between Israel and Egypt, with negotiations conducted by Gunnar Jarring, Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., who had tried to bring the sides together before.

Auto racing
Canadian-American Challenge Cup
Denis Hulme of New Zealand captured his second straight victory with a win at Edmonton International Speedway. Peter Gethin finished second.

USAC
Al Unser won a 150-mile race on a road course at Clermont, Indiana. It was Mr. Unser’s third win of the season. Mark Donohue finished second and Gordon Johncock third.

Baseball
Johnny Bench drove in 7 runs on 3 consecutive home runs and a single as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-5. Mr. Bench, who hit all of his homers off Steve Carlton, now had 33 home runs and 95 runs batted in for the season.

Orlando Cepeda drove in 7 runs on 3 consecutive home runs and a single as the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. Mr. Cepeda’s first 2 homers were solo shots, but the third was a grand slam. Glenn Beckert of the Cubs batted 2 for 3 in the first game, and then had 5 straight hits in the second game as the Cubs earned a split with a 7-6 win.

Boog Powell drove in 6 runs with a grand slam and a bases-loaded single to lead the Baltimore Orioles to an 11-1 rout of the Minnesota Twins. He now led the American League in RBIs with 86. The only run off winning pitcher Dave McNally came on a home run by losing pitcher Jim Perry.

30 years ago
1980


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me--Billy Joel (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me--Billy Joel (3rd week at #1)
2 The Rose--Bette Midler
3 Magic--Olivia Newton-John
4 Little Jeannie--Elton John
5 Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long Time--The Spinners
6 Coming Up--Paul McCartney & Wings
7 Tired of Toein’ the Line--Rocky Burnette
8 Shining Star--Manhattans
9 Let’s Get Serious--Jermaine Jackson
10 Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1--S.O.S. Band

Olympics
Daley Thompson of Great Britain won the decathlon, while fellow Britons Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe finished first and second, respectively, in the men’s 800 metre run at the summer Olympics in Moscow.

25 years ago
1985


Football
CFL
Toronto (2-2) 35 @ Hamilton (0-3) 10

Geoff Townsend caught two touchdown passes for the Argonauts, one each from Condredge Holloway and Mark Casale. Mr. Casale, who went into the game at quarterback when Mr. Holloway was injured in the 2nd quarter, also threw touchdown passes to Terry Greer and Kerry Taylor. Hamilton quarterback Ken Hobart rushed 22 yards for the lone Tiger-Cat major with 50 seconds remaining. 17,566 were in attendance at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

20 years ago
1990


Scandal
The U.S. House of Representatives rejected by a vote of 390-38 a motion, supported largely by Republicans, to expel Rep. Barney Frank (Democrat--Massachusetts) from the House for using his office improperly to assist male prostitute Steven Gobie by fixing parking tickets and attempting to influence parole officers to end Mr. Gobie’s probation on felony charges. A motion in the House to censure Mr. Frank was rejected 287-141, but a motion to reprimand Mr. Frank passed 408-18. Mr. Frank apologized for his conduct, attributing it in part to his efforts prior to 1987 to conceal his homosexuality.

Law
U.S. President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-1) 46 @ Ottawa (1-2) 50

This blogger, along with Dave Ward, Warren Sinclair, and Richard Greene, was among the 26,411 at Lansdowne Park on a beautiful night to see the highest-scoring regulation time loss in Eskimo history. At the time it was the second-highest scoring game in CFL history. Former Eskimo quarterback Damon Allen threw 5 touchdown passes, 4 of them in the first 19 minutes, as the Rough Riders held leads of 23-0, 30-3, and 43-20 before the Eskimos mounted a furious comeback. Mr. Allen completed just 10 of 22 passes, but for 273 yards. He also rushed 5 times for 89 yards. Another former Eskimo, Stephen Jones, caught 3 passes for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns. Reggie Barnes scored on a 74-yard pass reception, while Ken Evraire and David Conrad also caught touchdown passes. Mr. Conrad also rushed for a touchdown, while Mr. Barnes rushed 16 times for 129 yards. Tracy Ham completed 21 of 36 passes for 411 yard and 3 touchdowns, but also gave up 4 interceptions. Reggie Taylor caught 5 for 112 and 2 touchdowns, while Keith Wright caught the other Eskimo touchdown pass. Mr. Ham rushed 8 times for 62 yards and a touchdown, with Blake Marshall also scoring on a 1-yard run. Mr. Conrad caught Mr. Allen’s 5th touchdown pass to make the score, after the convert, 43-20 with 4:23 remaining in the 3rd quarter. Mr. Ham promptly brought the Eskimos back, hitting Mr. Wright with a 23-yard scoring pass. Mr. Ham then rushed 7 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in the quarter, and the Ottawa lead was reduced to 43-34. Mr. Ham then completed a pass to Mr. Taylor, who broke away for a 57-yard touchdown at 2:11 of the 4th quarter, reducing the lead to 43-41. Ray Macoritti kicked his third field goal of the game at 5:19 to give the Eskimos a 44-43 lead. Henry "Gizmo" Williams fumbled at the end of a long punt return, and the Rough Riders recovered and then drove for the winning touchdown, scored by Mr. Conrad on a 2-yard rush with 5:41 remaining. The Rough Riders conceded a safety touch, and a long pass from Mr. Ham to Mr. Williams was intercepted by Troy Wilson with 50 seconds remaining. Mr. Wilson made 2 interceptions and recovered 2 Edmonton fumbles. A sidelight to the game was one of those nauseating marriage proposals that appeared on the scoreboard. I loudly advised her to turn him down--and they turned out to be sitting right behind us.

10 years ago
2000


World events
George Speight, leader of the rebels who had recently held the Fijian parliament hostage for two months, was arrested, along with hundreds of his followers, by the military.

Disasters
France launched two separate investigations of the previous day’s crash of a Concorde that had killed 113 people. Both Air France and British Airways suspended their Concorde flights.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

July 25, 2010

110 years ago
1900


Baseball
The Boston Beaneaters scored 13 runs in the 1st inning and coasted to an 18-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a game that was called after 6 innings because of rain.

90 years ago
1920


Baseball
The Detroit Tigers amassed 22 hits in a 21-8 win over the St. Louis Browns.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs 7-0 and 1-0, with Bubba Church and Robin Roberts pitching the respective shutouts.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
# 1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I’m Sorry--Brenda Lee (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard)--(They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)--The Temptations
2 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
3 Band of Gold--Freda Payne
4 Mama Told Me (Not to Come)--Three Dog Night
5 Make it With You--Bread
6 O-o-h Child--The Five Stairsteps
7 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours--Stevie Wonder
8 Ride Captain Ride--Blues Image
9 Tighter, Tighter--Alive and Kicking
10 The Love You Save--The Jackson 5

Tighter, Tighter was co-written and co-produced by Tommy James--and sounds like it.

Calgary’s top 10
1 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor
2 Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)--Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers
3 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
4 Gimme Dat Ding--The Pipkins
5 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
6 Mama Told Me (Not to Come)--Three Dog Night
7 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
8 A Song of Joy--Miguel Rios
9 Higher and Higher--Canada Goose
10 Are You Ready?--Pacific Gas & Electric
Pick hit of the week: Coochy Coo--Canada

Personal
This blogger, on vacation with his parents, visited Calgary and Banff for the first time.

World events
Sultan Said bin Taimur of Muscat and Oman, deposed by his son two days earlier in a palace coup, arrived in London on a Royal Air Force transport, reportedly with a slight bullet wound.

War
U.S. casualties for the week in Vietnam were 77 dead and 510 wounded.

Politics
Anthony Barber, who had been the U.K.’s chief negotiator with the European Common Market, was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Conservative cabinet of Prime Minister Edward Heath, succeeding Iain Macleod, who had died on July 21.

Communications
Statements by officials of Western Union and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission pointed to the demise of the familiar yellow telegram, as the company found demand declining, and its business services more profitable.

Tennis
The United States Tennis Association announced a revolutionary scoring change for the U.S. Open: a nine-point tie-breaker (at 4-4 the next point wins) would be used in all future matches. In 1974 the U.S.T.A. switched to the 12-point breaker (the winner must have at least 7 points with a margin of 2).

30 years ago
1980


Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed failed to reach agreement on oil-pricing and revenue-sharing, after two days of intense negotiations. Mr. Trudeau refused to drop a federal proposal for a tax on natural gas exported to the United States which would have transferred revenue from Alberta to the federal treasury. Mr. Lougheed said, "The tax is a serious encroachment on our ownership rights." According to the Constitution, natural resources belonged to the provinces, but the Kissing Flower Boy in the Prime Minister’s office was never one to go according to the Constitution.

Scandal
U.S. Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti admitted that on June 17 he and President Jimmy Carter had discussed the President’s brother Billy’s actions on behalf of Libya, but that he had not discussed the details of the investigation with the President. Previously, Mr. Civiletti had denied that he had had any contact with the White House on the case.

Protest
Calm was restored in Chattanooga, Tennessee after three days of race riots sparked by the acquittal of three Ku Klux Klansmen on charges of shooting and wounding four Negro women. The violence stopped after police were withdrawn from troubled neighbourhoods and replaced by volunteer "peace patrols" of Negro leaders. More than 50 people had been arrested.

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs, last in the National League East Division with a record of 38-52, fired manager Preston Gomez and replaced him with Joey Amalfitano.

25 years ago
1985


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (2-2) 23 @ Edmonton (2-2) 25

With the Eskimos trailing 17-11 in the fourth quarter, Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan completed a 26-yard pass to former Blue Bomber Rick House, who made a diving catch for his first touchdown as an Eskimo, and Tom Dixon’s convert gave the Eskimos an 18-17 lead. With 1:06 remaining, the Eskimos were second down, 10 yards to go on their own 21-yard line. Mr. Dunigan completed a short pass to Chris Woods, who broke the play for an 89-yard touchdown to make the score 25-17 after the convert. John Hufnagel, who had come into the game in relief of starting quarterback Tom Clements, quickly drove the Blue Bombers downfield and connected with Joe Poplawski for a touchdown on the last play of the game. The 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful, but the Blue Bombers were penalized on the play, anyway. It was the first CFL game for Winnipeg rookie wide receiver James Hood, who ended up playing with a different team every year before his career ended in the pre-season of 1989; he caught 6 passes for 105 yards. James Murphy led the Winnipeg receivers with 11 catches for 134 yards, while Mr. Poplawski caught 8 for 112. It was the last game for 10-year veteran Edmonton cornerback Joe Hollimon, who collided with teammate Marco Cyncar on a kickoff return in the 2nd quarter and suffered a career-ending knee injury. 41,173 were in attendance at Commonwealth Stadium.

20 years ago
1990


Politics and government
A group of Quebec separatist members of the Canadian House of Commons who had recently left the Progressive Conservative and Liberal parties after the failure of the Meech Lake constitutional accord announced that they were forming their own party, the Bloc Quebecois. Lucien Bouchard, who had been environment minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney until his resignation in May, was presented as the Bloc’s leader. Mr. Bouchard told a press conference that the Bloc would use its influence in Parliament to act in the interests of a sovereign Quebec. The Bloc was composed of five former PCs and two former Liberals.

Diplomacy
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said that Iraqi president Saddam Hussein had assured him that he had no intention of invading Kuwait.

Scandal
The United States Senate voted 96-0 to denounce Sen. David Durenberger (Republican--Minnesota) for ethical violations that included accepting improper reimbursement from the Senate for travel and housing, and conspiring to evade limits on speaking fees.

Bob Engel resigned after 25 years as a major league baseball umpire after pleading no contest on charges of shoplifting baseball cards in California.

Abominations
Roseanne Barr screeched The Star-Spangled Banner before the San Diego Padres-Cincinnati Reds baseball game at Jack Murphy-San Diego Stadium. Her atrocious performance drew boos from the crowd, and Ms. Barr responded by grabbing her crotch.

Baseball
George Brett hit for the cycle for the second time in his career to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The San Diego Padres, behind the pitching of Ed Whitson, edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 in the "Roseanne Barr game" at Jack Murphy-San Diego Stadium.

10 years ago
2000


Disasters
A Concorde bound for New York crashed into a hotel near Gonesse, France shortly after takeoff from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. The crash killed all 109 people aboard and 4 more in the hotel. It was later determined that a 16-inch piece of metal that had fallen off a plane that had taken off a few minutes earlier had punctured one of the Concorde’s tires, causing debris to be flung into the fuel tank and starting a catastrophic fire. Concordes had boasted a perfect safety record since their first flights in 1976.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Bill Clinton announced that the summit at Camp David, Maryland between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, which had been going on for two weeks, had concluded without an agreement. The status of Jerusalem was a prominent sticking point.

Politics
Texas Governor and presumptive Republican party U.S. presidential nominee George W. Bush announced that former U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney was his choice to be the vice-presidential candidate.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

July 24, 2010

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
The Chicago Cubs outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 19-15.

Jimmie Foxx hit his 27th home run of the season, a 2-run shot in the 9th inning, to give the Philadelphia Athletics an 8-6 win over the Cleveland Indians.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
Walt Judnich hit a home run, 2 doubles, and 2 singles to lead the St. Louis Browns to a 14-12 win over the New York Yankees. Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Joe Gordon, and Tommy Henrich each homered for the Yankees. The Yankees used 6 pitchers and the Browns 5, tying a major league record for the most pitchers used by both teams in a 9-inning game.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants 8-5 in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown.

50 years ago
1960

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Please Don't Tease--Cliff Richard

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10
1 Gimme Dat Ding--The Pipkins
2 Mama Told Me (Not to Come)--Three Dog Night
3 A Song of Joy--Miguel Rios
4 A Little Bit of Soap--Paul Davis
5 Hitchin’ a Ride--Vanity Fare
6 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
7 Big Yellow Taxi--Joni Mitchell
8 The Long and Winding Road--The Beatles
9 Crazy Jane--Tom Northcott
10 Canned Ham--Norman Greenbaum

Diplomacy
Egyptian President Gamal Nasser went on television and radio to announce that the previous day’s Egyptian acceptance of the Middle East peace proposal of U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers was not qualified and not conditional.

Terrorism
Two Jordanians were tried for the murder of a Greek child in a November 27, 1969 grenade attack against the Athens office of El Al Airline.

Crime
A deputy district attorney in Los Angeles opened the murder trial of Charles Manson by describing the 5’ 2" hippie cult leader as a "megalomaniac." Mr. Manson appeared with a self-inflicted "X" cut in his forehead, signifying his divorcement from society.

Protest
A curfew was imposed in New Brunswick, New Jersey after five days of racial disturbances.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Montreal (2-1-1) 19 @ Toronto (4-0) 20

This was the only game as an Argonaut for defensive end Bill Whisler, who had been obtained from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after an excellent 8-year career with them. It was the final CFL game for Montreal receiver Jake Scott, who had been obtained from the British Columbia Lions in a trade for another receiver, Tom Cassese. Mr. Scott was released by the Alouettes and went to the National Football League, where he went on to a successful career as a defensive back with the Miami Dolphins, including the Super Bowl championship teams of 1972 and 1973.

Baseball
At Shea Stadium in New York, Tommie Agee of the New York Mets led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a bunt against Jim Brewer and reached first base on an error. He stole second base with 2 outs, taking third base when the throw to second was wild. After two bases on balls loaded the bases, Mr. Agee stole home plate to give the Mets a 2-1 win.

The Chicago White Sox hit 6 straight singles and scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 in the first game of a doubleheader at Tiger Stadium. Wilbur Wood walked Don Wert with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tigers a 5-4 win in the second game. White Sox’ third baseman Bill Melton tied a major league record by striking out 7 times on the doubleheader.

30 years ago
1980


Died on this date
Peter Sellers, 54
. U.K. actor. Mr. Sellers achieved fame on British radio as one of the stars of The Goon Show, and began acting in movies in the 1950s, gradually building an impressive resume of comic performances in films such as The Mouse That Roared (1959); I’m All Right, Jack (1960); The Wrong Arm of the Law (1962). He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1959 as a producer in the category of live action short for The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film, in which he starred. Mr. Sellers achieved his greatest fame for playing the bumbling French police inspector Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther (1964); A Shot in the Dark (1964); The Return of the Pink Panther (1975); The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976); and Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978). My favourite Peter Sellers movie is The Party (1968), where he played the bumbling Indian actor Hrundi V. Bakshi, who ruins the movie he’s in but gets invited to a Hollywood party by mistake. Other notable movies to feature Peter Sellers include Heavens Above! (1963); The World of Henry Orient (1964); What’s New, Pussycat? (1965); and Being There (1979), for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Protest
Three days of racial violence in Chattanooga, Tennessee, sparked by the acquittal of two members of the Ku Klux Klan on charges of shooting and wounding four Negro women, continued with the wounding of seven police officers by birdshot fired from an ambush. Mayor Charles Rose, a white, imposed a curfew.

Scandal
The U.S. administration of President Jimmy Carter revealed that first lady Rosalynn Carter had suggested to President Carter’s brother Billy that he use his ties to the Libyan government to help try to free the American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Iran. The White House further revealed that National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Billy Carter, and Ali el-Houderi, Libya’s chief representative to the United States, had met on November 19, 1979 to discuss the hostage situation. After the meeting, Libya sent a leader to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini urging the hostages’ release. These disclosures, which contradicted previous White House disavowals of any ties with the Billy Carter-Libya connection, spurred the U.S. Senate to set up a special panel to investigate Billy Carter’s role as a paid agent for Libya.

Business
General Motors Corporation reported a record $412-million loss for the second quarter of 1980, its first loss since the Depression in a quarter in which there was no strike.

20 years ago
1990


Personal
This blogger was in Toronto, enjoying the company of a lovely lady in Neil McLellan Park.

Terrorism
The explosion of a land mine, apparently detonated from a nearby house, killed three Northern Irish policemen in a car near Armagh. A Roman Catholic nun travelling in another car was also killed in the blast, which was attributed to the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

10 years ago
2000


Abominations
Ulster Freedom Fighter terrorist Michael Stone, who in 1989 had been given a 684-year sentence for six murders and five attempted murders, was freed from Maze Prison in Northern Ireland as part of the Good Friday peace agreement.

Politics and government
Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (Democrat) appointed--pending a special election in November--his predecessor, Zell Miller (Democrat), to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death on July 18 of Paul Coverdell, a Republican. The appointment reduced the Republican majority in the Senate to 54-46.

Friday, 23 July 2010

July 23, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Alla!

125 years ago
1885

Died on this date
U.S. Grant, 63
. 18th President of the United States, 1869-1877. In the U.S. Civil War (or, if you prefer, the War of Northern Aggression), Mr. Grant led Union forces to a number of victories before President Abraham Lincoln made him a lieutenant-general and placed him in command of all Union armies in March 1864. In 1866 he became a full general, the first American to receive such a designation since George Washington. He was the Republican party nominee for President of the United States in 1868 and was easily elected then and re-elected in 1872. His administration was ridden with various scandals, although there were some diplomatic triumphs. Mr. Grant attempted to win the Republican presidential nomination in 1880, but lost to James A. Garfield. His last years were marked by financial reversals and throat cancer, but he was able to write and publish his memoirs, which were critically and commercially successful.

120 years ago
1890


Baseball
Harry Stovey of the Boston Reds became the first major league player to hit 100 career home runs as he reached the milestone in a 22-5 rout of the Chicago Pirates in a Players League game.

The Columbus Buckeyes beat the Syracuse Stars 13-8 in the American Association as losing pitcher Mike Morrison made 7 wild pitches.

100 years ago
1910


Baseball
Philadelphia Athletics’ owner and manager Connie Mack traded outfielder Morrie Rath to the Cleveland Indians for outfielders Bris Lord and Shoeless Joe Jackson. Mr. Jackson was currently playing in the minors with the New Orleans Pelicans.

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
Pie Traynor hit the game-winning home run in both games as the Pittsburgh Pirates swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 and 16-15 in 13 innings at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Mr. Traynor connected off Roy Hansen in the 9th inning of game 1, and batted 5 for 7 in game 2.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers bought outfielder Pete Reiser from the Montreal Royals of the International League.

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 in 11 innings and 9-2 for their 10th doubleheader sweep of the year.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Saul Rogovin hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning off Ed Lopat as the American League-leading Detroit Tigers edged the New York Yankees 6-5.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I’m Sorry--Brenda Lee
2 Alley-Oop--The Hollywood Argyles
--Dante and the Evergreens
3 Only the Lonely--Roy Orbison
4 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini--Brian Hyland
5 Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool--Connie Francis
6 Because They’re Young--Duane Eddy and the Rebels
7 Mule Skinner Blues--The Fendermen
8 A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love)--Brook Benton and Dinah Washington
9 Please Help Me, I’m Falling--Hank Locklin
10 Tell Laura I Love Her--Ray Peterson

Among the singles entering the chart were Walk--Don’t Run by the Ventures (#67) and The Twist (#82) by both Chubby Checker and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.

Golf
Betsy Rawls, 32, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, won the United States Women's Open for a record fourth time at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. She overcame a seven-stroke deficit in the third round with a 68 and took the title with a final round 75 to win by one stroke over Joyce Ziske.

Baseball
Mike de la Hoz hit his first major league home run as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-2, with Jim Perry the winning pitcher. Cleveland center fielder Jimmy Piersall went into a war dance in the 6th and 8th innings while Ted Williams was at bat for the Red Sox in an attempt to distract the Boston star, and was ejected. Indians’ manager Joe Gordon was also ejected when he pleaded Mr. Piersall’s case.

Harmon Killebrew hit a 2-run home run and three Cuban players--pitcher Pedro Ramos, first baseman Julio Becquer, and shortstop Jose Valdivielso--turned a triple play as the Washington Senators beat the Kansas City Athletics 8-3. Whitey Herzog was the player who hit into the only all-Cuban triple play in major league history. Winning pitcher Chuck Stobbs improved to 7-2.

40 years ago
1970


Died on this date
Leith Stevens, 60. U.S. composer. Mr. Stevens wrote scores for many radio and television shows, and for movies such as Destination Moon (1950); The Wild One (1953); and The Gene Krupa Story (1959). Mr. Stevens received a phone call from the police telling him that his wife had been killed in a car accident, and after making a few calls to others to let them know, he sat down and suffered a fatal heart attack.

World events
Sultan Said bin Taimur of Muscat and Oman, 60, was overthrown in a palace coup by his 28-year-old son Qabus bin Said for reasons of "health and age." Qabus, who had been educated at Oxford University and Sandhurst Military Academy, said he had taken control because of his father’s "inability" to use "the new-found wealth of his country for the needs of his people." Oil discovered in the mid-1960s had brought new wealth to the isolated sultanate.

Diplomacy
Egyptian President Gamal Nasser returned from 19 days in the U.S.S.R. and accepted unconditionally a Middle East peace plan announced a month earlier by U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers. The Rogers proposal, which had been submitted to the U.S.S.R., U.K., France, and the Middle East countries, was based on the United Nations resolution of November 1967, and called for a 90-day standstill cease-fire and negotiations conducted by Gunnar Jarring, Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., who had tried to bring the sides together before. "We want peace, but peace is remote. We do not want war, but war is around us," Mr. Nasser said. He explained that he had reasoned that "we will be giving Israel the excuse to obtain more arms from the U.S. on the pretext that it wants peace while we want war" if "we do not answer the U.S."

The U.S.A., U.K., and France abstained in voting on an Afro-Asian United Nations Security Council resolution demanding unconditional compliance with the UN arms embargo against South Africa. Despite abstentions, the resolution, calling for immediate halt of weapons and spare parts shipments by member nations, passed 12-0.

Terrorism
The six Palestinian members of the Popular Struggle Front who had hijacked a Greek Olympic jetliner after takeoff from Beirut the day before were flown to Cairo, and the jet was returned to Beirut.

A U.S. federal grand jury in Detroit indicted all 13 members of the Weathermen, a splinter faction of Students for a Democratic Society, on charges of conspiracy to commit bombings through a nationwide underground of terrorists.

Protest
A visitor to the British House of Commons in London shouted "Belfast! See how you like it!" and tossed two gas bombs into the crowded House moments after Prime Minister Edward Heath had left the floor. It was the most violent incident in Parliament since 1812.

Abominations
The United States Senate voted 54-33 to approve and send to President Richard Nixon the controversial crime bill allowing "no-knock" searches; preventive detention; more wiretaps; and mandatory harsh sentences in the District of Columbia. President Nixon was expected to sign the bill, which had been panned as unconstitutional by its critics.

Health
A former consultant on hunger to the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that 40 of the top 60 dry breakfast cereals had little nutritional content and that "the worst cereals are huckstered to children" on television.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (1-4) 27 @ Hamilton (1-3) 20

Baseball
Milt Pappas outduelled Jim McGlothlin as the Chicago Cubs edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was the only shutout against the Reds all year, tying the National League record.

30 years ago
1980


Crime
Police arrested two suspects in the assassination in Bethesda, Maryland the day before of Ali Akbar Tabatabai, a former press attaché at the Iranian Embassy in Washington. A U.S. postal service jeep had been hijacked, and Mr. Tabatabai had been shot to death when a gunman disguised as a mail carrier arrived at his house claiming that he had a special delivery for him. Those arrested were the mail carrier driving the vehicle, Tyrone Frazier, and Horace Butler. A third man, believed to have fired the shots and identified as David Belfield, was charged with first degree murder and was still at large. Mr. Belfield was a member of a small group of American black Muslims who had adopted Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s brand of Islamic fundamentalism. Mr. Tabatabai had been an outspoken and highly visible opponent of the Ayatollah, and was president of the Iran Freedom Foundation, a group dedicated to the creation of a "secular democracy" in Iran.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-1) 20 @ Toronto (2-1) 16
Saskatchewan (0-3) 24 @ Calgary (2-1) 40

Ottawa kicker Gerry Organ was successful on both of his field goal attempts, including one from 40 yards with 1:51 remaining, while Toronto’s Zenon Andrusyshyn missed all 3 of his field goal attempts, including one from 17 yards, drawing boos from the crowd of 40,112 at Exhibition Stadium. Jim Reid rushed 2 yards for the first Rough Rider touchdown, while Condredge Holloway threw 45 yards to Martin Cox for the other. Argonaut quarterback Mark Jackson rushed 11 yards for a touchdown and passed 39 yards to Terry Metcalf for the other Toronto major.

James Sykes rushed 19 times for 194 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a run of 74 yards, as the Stampeders amassed 332 yards rushing. Willie Burden added 58 yards on 9 carries, including a 22-yard touchdown, and rookie Calgary receiver Leo Lewis rushed 62 yards for a touchdown on his first (and only) CFL rushing attempt and added 20 yards on 2 pass receptions. Jim Washington led the Roughriders with 17 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown, and scored another touchdown on a 9-yard pass reception from Tom Rozantz. Mr. Rozantz also connected with Gerry Fellner for a Saskatchewan touchdown. 30,857 were in attendance at McMahon Stadium.

25 years ago
1985


Baseball
Oddibe McDowell batted 5 for 5 and became the first Texas Ranger to hit for the cycle as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4.

20 years ago
1990


Personal
This blogger spent the day with attractive female company in Kitchener and Waterloo.

Law
U.S. President George Bush announced that David Souter, a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, would be his nominee to succeed the retiring William Brennan on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Souter was a graduate of Harvard Law School and had served as New Hampshire’s attorney general and as a state Supreme Court judge before being named to the circuit court earlier in 1990.

10 years ago
2000


World events
The annual Group of Eight (G8) summit concluded in Okinawa. Leaders pledged to cut the percentage of the world’s population living in extreme poverty to half the 1990 figure by 2015, and reduce the number of AIDS cases 25% by 2010, but no specific measures were adopted to achieve their goals. Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the summit after meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il. Mr. Putin said that North Korea was willing to forego its nuclear weapons program if other countries helped it to launch satellites.

Disasters
In India, a Boeing 737-200 jet crashed and burst into flames, killing 55 people on board and on the ground. The plane was scheduled to be taken out of service later in the year.

Golf
Tiger Woods won the British Open for the first time, becoming, at 24, the youngest golfer to complete a career Grand Slam--winning the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open, and PGA championship. His four-round total was a 19-under-par 269 (a record for a major tournament), and he won by 8 strokes.

Cycling
Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France for the second consecutive year. He covered the 2,774-mile course in 92 hours, 33 minutes, 8 seconds.

Baseball
The Houston Astros hit 6 home runs, 4 in the 2nd inning off Andy Benes, as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 15-7.

Pedro Martinez struck out 15 batters and walked none as the Boston Red Sox edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0.

Tony Perez, Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Bid McPhee, and Turkey Stearnes were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Marty Brennaman, longtime broadcaster of Cincinnati Reds’ games, many of which featured Mr. Perez and Mr. Anderson, was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing.