Thursday, 9 December 2010

December 10, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Noah Hutchings!

75 years ago

The Bessborough Hotel, a Canadian National Railways hotel, opened in Saskatoon.

60 years ago

Dr. Ralph Bunche of the United States became the first Negro to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his successful negotiation the previous year of a truce between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.

50 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Are You Lonesome To-Night?--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)
2 Last Date--Floyd Cramer
3 He Will Break Your Heart--Jerry Butler
4 A Thousand Stars--Kathy Young with the Innocents
5 New Orleans--U.S. Bonds
6 Stay--Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
7 Poetry in Motion--Johnny Tillotson
8 North to Alaska--Johnny Horton
9 Wonderland By Night--Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra
10 Sailor (Your Home is the Sea)--Lolita

Singles entering the chart included Rubber Ball by Bobby Vee (#63); Shop Around by the Miracles (#70); Twistin’ Bells by Santo and Johnny (#91); Gloria’s Theme by Adam Wade (#95); I Idolize You by Ike and Tina Turner (#98); Angel Baby by Rosie and the Originals (#99); Lovey Dovey by Buddy Knox (#100); and Walk Slow by Little Willie John (also #100).

A space capsule ejected by the U.S. satellite Discoverer 18 was recovered in midair over the Pacific Ocean by a Hawaii-based U.S. Air Force C-119 piloted by Captain Gene W. Jones. It was the third such recovery and the second in a row credited to Capt. Jones.

Benny Paret of Cuba retained his world welterweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Luis Federico Thompson of Argentina at Madison Square Garden in New York.

40 years ago

At the Paris peace talks, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong spurned an offer by the U.S.A. and South Vietnam to release all North Vietnamese and Viet Cong prisoners if U.S. and other prisoners held by the Communists were to be freed.

At least 83 people were killed when a dam burst on a tea estate in Ceylon.

Former world lightweight champion Mando Ramos knocked out Raul Rojas in the 6th round of a bout in Los Angeles.

30 years ago

Three Soviet cosmonauts returned home after a 13-day mission that included repairing and testing the space station Salyut 6. It was the sixth Soviet manned space mission of 1980 and the first three-man mission since 1971. The crew performed maintenance and repairs on the station’s temperature control, telemetry, and refuelling systems. Salyut 6 had been in space for more than three years and had been visited by 13 crews, including seven with astronauts from other countries.

Jordan announced that 36 U.S.-made tanks had been turned over to Jordan by Iraq as a gesture of thanks for Jordan’s help to Iraq in its war with Iran. The tanks had been captured from the Iranian armed forces. Some Syrian troops were being pulled back from the border, and Jordan indicated that it would also remove some if its soldiers.

The second instance of a woman becoming a surrogate mother by delivering a baby belonging to another woman was reported in Knoxville, Tennessee. The surrogate mother had been impregnated by artificial insemination with the sperm of her sister’s husband.

20 years ago

World events
100 British hostages who had been held in the Persian Gulf since August arrived home after their release by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Nine days after the U.S.S.R. had initiated food rationing in Leningrad and three other cities, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze appealed to the United States for food.

Politics and government
Canadian Liberal Party leader Jean Chretien was elected to the House of Commons in a by-election in the New Brunswick riding of Beausejour. Mr. Chretien took 52% of the vote to 39% for New Democratic Party candidate Guy Cormier.

10 years ago

Politics and government
After four years out of power, Ion Iliescu recaptured the presidency of Romania in a runoff election, defeating nationalist candidate Corneliu Vadim Tudor by a 2-1 margin.

The day after his release from prison, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Saudi Arabia along with nearly 20 relatives under an agreement to stay in exile for 10 years; not to run for office for 21 years; and to give up US$10 million in property and other assets.

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