Wednesday, 12 January 2011

January 14, 2011

150 years ago

The community of St. Albert was founded.

50 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Exodus--Ferrante and Teicher
--Mantovani and his Orchestra
2 Wonderland By Night--Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra
--Louis Prima
--Anita Bryant
3 Will You Love Me Tomorrow--The Shirelles
4 Are You Lonesome To-Night?--Elvis Presley
5 Calcutta--Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra
6 Rubber Ball--Bobby Vee
7 Corinna, Corinna--Ray Peterson
8 Angel Baby--Rosie and the Originals
9 Last Date--Floyd Cramer
10 North to Alaska--Johnny Horton

Singles entering the chart included The Tear of the Year by Jackie Wilson (#64--the B-side of My Empty Arms, which had entered the chart the previous week); Jimmy’s Girl by Johnny Tillotson (#67); (I Wanna) Love My Life Away by Gene Pitney (#91--Mr. Pitney’s first single to make the chart); Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King (#95); Trouble in Mind by Nina Simone (#96); The Hully Gully Twist by Bill Doggett (#98); The Story of My Love by Paul Anka (#100); and Muskrat Ramble by Freddy Cannon (also #100).

Paul Pender (38-5-2), recognized as world middleweight champion by the state athletic commissions of New York and Massachusetts, retained his share of the title with a 7-round technical knockout of Terry Downes (25-7) at the Boston Arena.

40 years ago

A court-martial cleared U.S. Army Sergeant Charles Hutto of charges of assault with intent to kill at least six civilians in the March 16, 1968 attack on the South Vietnamese hamlet of My Lai.

A U.S. Navy transport started removing mustard gas shells, part of the 13,000 tons of chemical weaponry, from Okinawa, where it had been the cause of public protests.

The 99th session of the Paris peace talks ended in stalemate between the U.S. and South Vietnam on one side and North Vietnam and the Viet Cong on the other.

30 years ago

Edmonton 7 @ Toronto 4

The Maple Leafs were ahead 4-1 at Maple Leaf Gardens before collapsing in the 3rd period. Toronto goalie Jim Rutherford allowed 6 goals on 7 shots in the 3rd period, thus indicating that his career was about over.

25 years ago

The day after gunmen allied with South Yemeni President Ali Nasir Mohammed Husani had assassinated several of the president’s political opponents at a cabinet meeting in the capital city of Aden, fighting was reported in Aden, and the conflict between government forces and a faction led by a more radical pro-Soviet faction soon spread.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Salah Khalaf, aka Abu Iyad, and Hayel Abdel-Hamin. Palestinian leaders. The two high-ranking members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, along with an aide to Mr. Khalaf, were shot to death in Tunis by a bodyguard linked to Abu Nidal’s terrorist organization.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin denounced the previous day’s killings of civilians in Vilnius, Lithuania, and called on Russian troops to refuse to shoot civilians. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said that he had not given the order to attack the demonstrators.

Politics and government
The Supreme Soviet confirmed Finance Minister Valentin Pavlov as the U.S.S.R.’s new Premier, replacing the ailing Nikolai Ryzhkov.

10 years ago

NFC Championship
Minnesota 0 @ New York Giants 41

AFC Championship
Baltimore 16 @ Oakland 3

Kerry Collins passed for 381 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Giants shut out the Vikings at Giants Stadium.

The Ravens defeated the Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to earn their first trip to a Super Bowl and their first trip to a National Football League championship game since 1969, when the team was known as the Cleveland Browns.

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