Saturday, 18 December 2010

December 18, 2010

60 years ago

A strike by printers and compositors in Britain was settled in time for the country’s most popular magazine, Radio Times, and other publications, to publish Christmas editions.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: It's Now or Never--Elvis Presley (8th week at #1)

World events
Laotian Prince Boun Oum, backed by General Phoumi Nosavan, proclaimed a rightist government in Vientiane, with Prince Boun Oum as Premier. The United States was quick to recognize the Boun Oum regime as the legal Laotian government, and resumed arms shipments to Laos, which had been stopped temporarily at the request of the previous neutralist regime of Premier Souvanna Phouma.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ministerial Council, meeting in Paris, issued a closing communiqué expressing "great interest" in the U.S. plan to commit to NATO five atomic submarines equipped with 80 Polaris missiles by the end of 1963, and instructed the permanent NATO representatives to study it.

40 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison
2 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother--Neil Diamond
3 Knock Three Times--Dawn
4 Gypsy Woman--Brian Hyland
5 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
6 Sing High, Sing Low--Anne Murray
7 No Matter What--Badfinger
8 Silver Moon--Michael Nesmith and the First National Band
9 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Elvis Presley
10 Fly Little White Dove, Fly--The Bells

On television tonight
The Interns, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Dancy

Eric Laneuville, who was a regular member of the cast of the medical drama series St. Elsewhere from 1982-1988, appeared in this episode.

World events
Fred Eidlin, 24, a student from Rochester, New York, was sentenced to four years in prison in a one-day trial in Prague because he had once worked for Radio Free Europe. He had been held incommunicado since his arrest in july while a tourist in Prague.

15 were killed and 200 injured when fire swept through an automobile plant in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

30 years ago

World events
Seven inmates in Northern Ireland who had been on hunger strikes for about two months in opposition to British rule in Northern Ireland called off their strikes, as two of them were nearing starvation, although the British government had not acceded to their demands. The hunger strikers demanded to be treated as political prisoners instead of as the violent criminals they were.

Economics and finance
It was announced that Poland had begun its first meat rationing since World War II, and that the rationing would last until the end of the year. Each person would be limited to 1.1 pounds of prime meat, 1.8 pounds of smoked meat, and 3.3 pounds of lower quality meat until the beginning of 1981.

25 years ago

The West German government agreed to negotiate a role for West German industry in the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative program.

Australians Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers were facing the death penalty in Malaysia after their appeal of a conviction for smuggling heroin was rejected.

A ferry carrying about 200 people from Manila to a southern island of the Philippines sank. 85 people were rescued and all of the 115 remaining were believed drowned.

20 years ago

U.S. assistant secretary of education for civil rights Michael Williams announced a partial reversal of a policy he had announced six days earlier that the department would prohibit institutions receiving federal funds from awarding scholarships on the basis of race. Mr. Williams now said that he had been "politically naive" in his earlier announcement, and said that the department would allow colleges receiving federal money to give scholarships to minority students if the money came from private donors or from U.S. programs established to aid minority students.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board reduced its rate for loans to member institutions from 7% to 6.5%. This cut, an effort to stimulate the economy, was the first in the discount rate since 1986. Meanwhile, the United States Labor Department reported that consumer prices had risen 0.3% in November, and the Commerce Department reported that the merchandise trade deficit in October was $11.61 billion, the highest level since February 1988.

10 years ago

Politics and government
Texas Governor and Republican party presidential candidate George W. Bush received 271 votes in the Electoral College balloting, one more than required to give him the majority necessary for him to become the next President of the United States. The Electoral College voting had been delayed because of a court battle over disputed votes in Florida, whose final count would determine the winner of the election. Vice-President and Democratic party candidate Al Gore, who had conceded the election on December 13, received 266 votes. One elector in the District of Columbia abstained from voting in protest at the District not having a voting representative in Congress; the other two D.C. electoral votes went to Mr. Gore.

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