Wednesday, 8 December 2010

December 9, 2010

60 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Harbor Lights--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (5th week at #1)
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby
2 Thinking of You--Don Cherry
--Eddie Fisher
3 All My Love (Bolero)--Patti Page
--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Bing Crosby
4 The Tennessee Waltz--Patti Page
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Jo Stafford
5 The Thing--Phil Harris
6 Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You)--Paul Weston and his Orchestra
--The Mills Brothers
--Ralph Flanagan and his Orchestra
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
7 Patricia--Perry Como
8 A Bushel and a Peck--Perry Como and Betty Hutton
--Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
9 Our Lady of Fatima--Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen
--Red Foley
10 I’ll Never Be Free--Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie

Entering the chart was You’re Just in Love by Perry Como (#28).

50 years ago

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Mary-Ann Murphy and Natalia!

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Trouble with Templeton, starring Brian Aherne and Pippa Scott.

The long-running serial Coronation Street broadcast its first episode on Granada Television in the U.K.

World events
The neutralist Laotian government of Premier Souvanna Phouma collapsed following Mr. Souvanna’s efforts to form a coalition government representing neutralist, pro-western, and pro-Communist factions in Laos. As Communist-led Pathet Lao guerrilla forces from northern Laos and pro-western insurgents led by General Phoumi Nosavan in southern Laos threatened to converge on the capital city of Vientiane, Mr. Souvanna and his family fled by plane to Cambodia. After a struggle against rightist elements of the Laotian army, leftist troops commanded by Captain Kong Le took control of Vientiane.

Following a United Nations report that deposed Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba had been mistreated by his captors--troops of Congo’s military regime led by Colonel Joseph Mobutu--Mr. Lumumba’s followers in the province of Oriental threatened to arrest all Belgians and "start cutting off the heads of some of them" unless Mr. Lumumba was released in 48 hours. UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold took immediate action to protect the white population of Oriental.

French President Charles de Gaulle began a four-day visit to Algeria, which provoked bloody riots by European and Muslim mobs in Algeria’s largest cities.

The United Nations General Assembly elected Chile and the United Arab Republic to the non-permanent seats on the Security Council that would become vacant on January 1, 1961 with the expiration of the two-yer terms of Argentina and Tunisia. Turkey was elected to a one-year term in the seat from which Poland agreed to retire on January 1, 1961.

40 years ago

World events
The court-martial of 16 members of the Basque separatist organization ETA adjourned in Spain.

King Hussein of Jordan and U.S. President Richard Nixon concluded two days of talks in Washington.

28 Peruvians were killed when an earthquake struck northern Peru and southern Ecuador.

30 years ago

Leaders of Rural Solidarity, a Polish farmers’ organization, called for a national meeting to plan a method to force the country’s ruling authorities to recognize the group of 500,000 members as an independent union.

20 years ago

Politics and government
Solidarity trade union movement leader Lech Walesa won a landslide victory in the runoff election to become President of Poland over Polish-Canadian businessman Stanislaw Tyminski. Mr. Walesa captured more than 74% of the vote in the two-man contest and attributed his win to the support of Solidarity members. The movement, which had been divided in recent months, had united behind Mr. Walesa after Premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki had urged Solidarity to end its feuding and back Mr. Walesa in the runoff.

10 years ago

World events
Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was released from prison and allowed to go into exile. He had been sentenced to life in prison principally for his effort to prevent General Pervez Musharraf, the country’s present military ruler, from taking power.

Politics and government
Ehud Barak resigned as Prime Minister of Israel, opening the way for a new election. However, the election would be only for the office of prime minister; membership in the Knesset would not be contested. Only current members of the Knesset would be eligible for the office; former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had resigned from the Knesset in 1999 after losing the election for prime minister, and was not eligible to run in the current election.

U.S. university
Florida State University quarterback Chris Weinke, 28, was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s outstanding player, becoming the oldest winner in the 66-year history of the award. He passed for 4,167 yards and 33 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. Mr. Weinke received 369 first-place votes and 1,628 votes overall, while his closest competitor, Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel received 286 first-place votes and 1,552 votes overall, making it one of the closest contests ever.

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