Friday, 17 December 2010

December 17, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Ken Thiessen and Christy Smith!

50 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Are You Lonesome To-Night?--Elvis Presley (4th week at #1)
2 Last Date--Floyd Cramer
3 Wonderland By Night--Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra
4 He Will Break Your Heart--Jerry Butler
5 A Thousand Stars--Kathy Young with the Innocents
6 North to Alaska--Johnny Horton
7 Sailor (Your Home is the Sea)--Lolita
8 New Orleans--U.S. Bonds
9 Many Tears Ago--Connie Francis
10 You’re Sixteen--Johnny Burnette

Singles entering the chart included The Hoochi Coochi Coo by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (#64); Your Other Love by the Flamingos (#88); Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee (#92); Mister Livingston by Larry Verne (#93); A Perfect Love by Frankie Avalon (#95); Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White by Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats (#100); I’m Hurtin' by Roy Orbison (also #100); and Talk to Me Baby by Annette with the Afterbeats (also #100).

World events
As Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returned home from a state visit to Brazil, troops loyal to him recaptured Addis Ababa from rebel members of the Imperial Guard and seized the leaders of the coup, who had proclaimed Crown Prince Asfa-Wossen as the new ruler. The emperor absolved his son of any guilt, saying that the Crown Prince had acted under duress.

While on a three-month tour of Communist countries, Major Ernesto "Che" Guevara, head of the Cuban National Bank, signed in East Berlin a five-year trade pact with East Germany.

A United States Air Force C-131 Convair transport plane hit a church steeple in Munich shortly after takeoff and crashed into a streetcar. The death toll of 53 included 20 on the plane and 33 on the ground.

Charles O. Finley, an insurance executive from Gary, Indiana, received permission from baseball’s American League to buy the Kansas City Athletics.

30 years ago

Politics and government
Forbes Burnham, who had been in office for 16 years, was re-elected President of Guyana, but his opponents charged that there had been election fraud.

The U.S. State Department announced that El Salvador would receive $20 million in economic aid, but no money for military aid.

Chrysler Corporation predicted that it would lose more than $200 million in the final quarter of 1980, bringing its deficit for the year to $1.7 billion. The prediction prompted Chrysler to increase its requests for federal loan guarantees to $400 million.

Edmonton 2 @ Washington 5

25 years ago

Guatemalan President-elect Marco Vincio Cerezo Arevalo met in Washington with officials of the U.S. administration of President Ronald Reagan and members of Congress. Mr. Cerezo, the first civilian in more than 30 years to be elected President of Guatemala, told the officials that he was neutral in the conflicts in Central America, but would actively seek solutions.

Politics and government
General Tito Okello, who had unseated Ugandan President Milton Obote in August, reached an accord with the National Resistance Army, a force based in the southwestern part of the country.

20 years ago

The Goods and Services Tax became law in Canada when the bill received royal assent in the Senate chamber in a ceremony boycotted by Liberal Party senators and members of parliament. The 7% tax would take effect on January 1, 1991 and would replace the 13.5% manufacturers tax.

Politics and government
U.S. President George Bush nominated former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander to succeed Laura Cavazos as Secretary of Education. Ms. Cavazos had resigned on December 12.

Barrie Chivers of the New Democrats won an Alberta provincial by-election in the riding of Edmonton-Strathcona to replace fellow ND Gordon Wright, MLA, who had recently died of cancer.

10 years ago

Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded his visit to Cuba, where he was unsuccessful in attempting to persuade Cuban dictator Fidel Castro to repay Cuba’s Cold War debt owed to Russia, even though Mr. Putin had reportedly offered to forgive 70% of the approximately $20 billion debt. Mr. Putin then flew to Canada for a three-day visit.

Politics and government
U.S. President-elect George W. Bush named Condoleezza Rice as his national security adviser, Karen Hughes as counsel to the president, and Alberto Gonzales as White House general counsel.

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