Wednesday, 8 December 2010

December 8, 2010

80 years ago

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

70 years ago

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

NFL Championship
Chicago Bears 73 @ Washington 0

The Bears, who had lost 7-3 to the Redskins three weeks earlier, scored 11 touchdowns in the most lopsided game in NFL history. 36,034 attended the game at Griffith Stadium, almost all of whom went home disappointed.

50 years ago

Pete Rademacher (9-3-1) won a 10-round split decision over Kirk Barrow (17-4-1) in a heavyweight bout at the Spokane Coliseum in Spokane, Washington.

40 years ago

King Hussein of Jordan arrived in Washington to discuss the Middle East situation with U.S. President Richard Nixon.

The prosecution rested its case in the court-martial of U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley accused of the murder of civilians in the South Vietnamese village of My Lai on March 16, 1968.

30 years ago

Died on this date
John Lennon, 40
. U.K. musician. Mr. Lennon, who had achieved worldwide fame in the 1960s as a member of the Beatles rock group before embarking on a separate career, was shot to death outside his New York City residence by ex-fan Mark Chapman. Mr. Lennon was just returning home from a recording session after conducting a radio interview earlier in the day. His and his wife Yoko Ono’s album Double Fantasy had been released three weeks earlier, and (Just Like) Starting Over, the first single from the album, was already in the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and various other charts. Like many people, this blogger found out about Mr. Lennon's death while watching the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots play on Monday Night Football on ABC. Howard Cosell made the announcement. By the way, the interview that begins this video occurred six years earlier almost to the day, at halftime of a Monday night game between the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 9, 1974.

World events
The U.S. administration of President Jimmy Carter announced that military reservists had been called up in the U.S.S.R., East Germany, and Czechoslovakia, increasing speculation on the possibility of intervention in Poland on the ploy of military maneuvers.

Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev arrived in India for a state visit and was greeted by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, her cabinet, and many diplomats. There were anti-Soviet demonstrations in New Delhi.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Prime Minister Charles Haughey met to discuss a hunger strike in Northern Irish prisons. Seven male prisoners opposing British rule in Northern Ireland had been on a hunger strike for seven weeks, and for three weeks a similar strike had been carried on by three women in another prison. Another six inmates at the men’s prison had threatened to begin their own fast if they were not granted special political status instead of being treated as common criminals.

Politics and government
General Antonio Ramalho Eanes was re-elected President of Portugal amid turmoil following the death of Prime Minister Francisco Sa Carneiro, a member of the opposition party, in a plane crash on December 4.

Chrysler Corporation told the U.S. government that it needed $350 million in additional federal loan guarantees in order to keep making vehicles. This was in addition to the $800 million previously guaranteed. U.S. Treasury Secretary William Miller suggested that the company should also try to raise its own additional capital funds.

25 years ago

Politics and government
Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo, a member of the Christian Democrats, won a runoff election by a 2-1 margin to become the first civilian President of Guatemala in more than 30 years. His party also won a narrow majority in the national congress and gained control of a majority of the nation’s municipalities. Mr. Cerezo, a lawyer said he would introduce a "rule of law" and close a branch of the police implicated in the kidnappings and killings of leftists.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries announced after a ministerial meeting in Geneva that it would abandon its official pricing structure in favour of a new strategy of trying to increase its share of the world market.

20 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I’m Your Baby Tonight--Whitney Houston (2nd week at #1)
2 Because I Love You (The Postman Song)--Stevie B
3 From a Distance--Bette Midler
4 Love Takes Time--Mariah Carey
5 Groove is in the Heart--Deee-Lite
6 The Way You Do the Things You Do--UB40
7 Something to Believe In--Poison
8 Impulsive--Wilson Phillips
9 More Than Words Can Say--Alias
10 High Enough--Damn Yankees

10 years ago

World events
Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet was arrested and ordered to stand trial in Santiago on charges of kidnapping and murder. Gen. Pinochet had returned to Chile in March after more than a year under house arrest in Britain.

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