Tuesday, 21 December 2010

December 22, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Elena!

80 years ago
1930


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Noble Bachelor

70 years ago
1940


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Boscombe Valley Mystery

The final half of this broadcast still exists, if the reader cares to search for it.

Died on this date
Nathanael West, 37
. U.S. novelist and screenwriter. Mr. West’s novels--The Dream Life of Balso Snell (1931); Miss Lonelyhearts (1933); A Cool Million (1934); and The Day of the Locust (1939)--reflected a cynical view of America. Mr. West’s last novel was influenced by several years he spent in Hollywood as a screenwriter; his screenplays included those for the films Five Came Back (1939) and Stranger on the Third Floor (1940). Mr. West and his wife, Eileen McKenney, were driving back to Los Angeles from a hunting trip in Mexico to attend the funeral of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who had died the day before, when Mr. West ran a stop sign in El Centro, California, and the two were killed in the resulting accident.

Eileen McKenney, 26. U.S. literary figure. Miss McKenney was the sister of Ruth McKenney and was the inspiration for Ruth’s novel My Sister Eileen (1938). Eileen was married to Nathanael West, and the two were killed in a car accident in El Centro, California days before they were to fly to New York to attend the Broadway opening of the play My Sister Eileen.

50 years ago
1960


Diplomacy
A U.S. State Department spokesman said that U.S. aid to Laos was "to enable the Royal Lao Army to maintain the integrity and independence of the country." He said that Soviet aid, in contrast, was to help pro-Communist elements overthrow the established government and destroy Laos’ independence.

Economics and finance
The Supreme Soviet adopted unanimously in Moscow a fiscal 1961 budget providing for a decrease in defense spending but a 15% increase in allocations to science. Estimated in the new rubles to go into effect on January 1 at the rate of 10 new rubles for one old ruble, the budget planned for revenues of 78.993 billion rubles and expenditures of 77.589 billion rubles. Figured at the new Soviet official rate of one ruble for US$1.11, this would be equivalent to revenues of about $87.7 billion and expenditures of about $86.2 billion.

Disasters
A Philippine Air Lines plane crashed after takeoff from Manila, killing 28 of 37 aboard.

30 years ago
1980


War
Iraq claimed to have captured 1/3 of Iran’s oil-producing province of Khuzistan.

10 people had been killed and 21 wounded in clashes between Syrian troops and Christian militia forces in Zahle, Lebanon.

Politics and government
U.S. President-elect Ronald Reagan named five more nominees for his cabinet: James Watt--Secretary of the Interior; John Block--Secretary of Agriculture; Samuel Pierce, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; James Edwards--Secretary of Energy; and Jeane Kirkpatrick--U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

20 years ago
1990


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Because I Love You (The Postman Song)--Stevie B (2nd week at #1)
2 Justify My Love--Madonna
3 From a Distance--Bette Midler
4 Impulsive--Wilson Phillips
5 Tom’s Diner--D.N.A. featuring Suzanne Vega
6 I’m Your Baby Tonight--Whitney Houston
7 Freedom--George Michael
8 High Enough--Damn Yankees
9 Love Will Never Do (Without You)--Janet Jackson
10 Sensitivity--Ralph Tresvant

Politics and government
Lech Walesa, who had recently resigned as leader of the Solidarity trade union movement, was sworn in as President of Poland.

Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev warned that "necessary measures" would be taken in Moldavia unless that republic met demands he had made.

10 years ago
2000


Politics and government
U.S. President-elect George W. Bush named U.S. Senator John Ashcroft (Republican--Missouri), who had just been defeated for re-election, as his choice for Attorney General.

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