Saturday, 15 January 2011

January 16, 2011

60 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Fool's Heart, starring Henry Hull

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Wonderland by Night--Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)

The U.S. State Department announced an order barring U.S. citizens from going to Cuba unless they had passports "specifically endorsed" by the department for such travel. The United States had severed diplomatic relations with Cuba on January 3.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower submitted his eighth and final budget to Congress, the largest peacetime budget in history. Mr. Eisenhower estimated that federal spending would rise by $2 billion in fiscal 1961-1962 to $80.9 billion. He estimated a $3.3-billion rise in revenues to $82.3 billion, yielding a budget surplus of $1.4 billion.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Grandad--Clive Dunn (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): My Sweet Lord--George Harrison (4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Knock Three Times--Dawn
2 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison
3 One Less Bell to Answer--The 5th Dimension
4 Groove Me--King Floyd
5 Stoned Love--The Supremes
6 Black Magic Woman--Santana
7 Lonely Days--Bee Gees
8 Immigrant Song--Led Zeppelin
9 Your Song--Elton John
10 Pay to the Piper--Chairmen of the Board

Singles entering the chart included Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You by Wilson Pickett (#65); Just Seven Numbers (Can Straighten Out My Life) by the Four Tops (#69); Beautiful People by the New Seekers (#73); The Long Way Around by Linda Ronstadt (#80); You’re the One by the Three Degrees (#82); You’re a Big Girl Now by the Stylistics (#84); We’ll Have it Made by the Spinners (#87); Mixed Up Guy by Joey Scarbury (#93); Who’s Gonna Take the Weight (Part 1) by Kool & the Gang (#94); Theme from Love Story by Henry Mancini, his Orchestra and Chorus (#95); The Glory of Love by the Dells (#99); and I Got to Tell Somebody by Betty Everett (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 My Sweet Lord/Isn't it a Pity--George Harrison (5th week at #1)
2 Knock Three Times--Dawn
3 Your Song--Elton John
4 Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?--Chicago
5 Black Magic Woman--Santana
6 One Man Band--Three Dog Night
7 Immigrant Song--Led Zeppelin
8 Domino--Van Morrison
9 Lonely Days--Bee Gees
10 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family

Singles entering the chart included One Bad Apple by the Osmonds (#93); Shoes by Brook Benton with the Dixie Flyers (#97); The Shape I'm In by The Band (#98); and Like an Eagle by Miguel Rios (#100).

Calgary’s top 10
1 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison
2 Sing High, Sing Low--Anne Murray
3 Knock Three Times--Dawn
4 No Matter What--Badfinger
5 Share the Land--The Guess Who
6 Lonely Days--Bee Gees
7 One Man Band--Three Dog Night
8 Stoned Love--The Supremes
9 Burning Bridges--The Mike Curb Congregation
10 Sweet Mary--Wadsworth Mansion
Pick hit of the week: Have You Ever Seen the Rain--Creedence Clearwater Revival

On the radio
Sherlock Holmes, starring Georg Arlin and Gosta Pruzelius, on Radioteatern (Sweden)
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 2

U.S. casualties for the week in Vietnam were 37 dead and 211 wounded. South Vietnamese casualties were 232 dead and 764 wounded. North Vietnamese and Viet Cong dead were 1,361.

The Capitol Theatre in Yellowknife ran its first Saturday matinee for kids, screening Batman (1966). This blogger was among those in attendance.

Former world champion Floyd Patterson (48-7-1) knocked out Levi Forte (19-23-2) in 2 rounds in a heavyweight bout at the Convention Hall in Miami Beach, Florida.

30 years ago

World events
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, former member of Parliament from Northern Ireland, and her husband Michael, were shot and seriously wounded when armed men burst into their home 30 miles west of Belfast. Mrs. McAliskey was opposed to what she and others of like mind called "the British occupation of Northern Ireland." Police said that the attack was the work of a Protestant paramilitary group.

Politics and government
U.S. President Jimmy Carter gave his final State of the Union message to Congress, warning that the country faced serious problems, such as unemployment, inflation, and a tight world oil market. He also deplored the Soviet threat to the integrity of Poland and defended his SALT-II arms limitation treaty with the U.S.S.R.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter ordered an exchange transaction of more than $900 million worth of gold with the U.K. so that the U.S. would have a sufficient supply of the gold in the Bank of England for transfer to Iran as part of negotiations to free the 52 hostages who had been held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran since November 4, 1979.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter authorized the emergency delivery of $5 million in combat equipment to aid the government of El Salvador in its war against leftist guerrillas. The decision was prompted by indications that the guerrillas had been receiving weapons from leftists (i.e., Communists) in other countries.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it had arrested seven anti-Castro Cuban exiles in the Florida Keys, seizing an arsenal of weapons intended for use in an invasionn of Cuba. The arms included pipe bombs, hand grenades, semi-automatic rifles, pistols, ammunition, and smokeless powder. The men were accused of conspiracy and violating a federal firearms law.

25 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 That's What Friends are For--Dionne and Friends (with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder)
2 Say You, Say Me--Lionel Richie
3 Party All the Time--Eddie Murphy
4 I Miss You--Klymaxx
5 Talk to Me--Stevie Nicks
6 Everything in My Heart--Corey Hart
7 Alive and Kicking--Simple Minds
8 Tonight She Comes--The Cars
9 Small Town--John Cougar Mellencamp
10 My Hometown--Bruce Springsteen

Died on this date
Herbert W. Armstrong, 93
. U.S. cult religious leader. Mr. Armstrong was the founder and Pastor General of the Worldwide Church of God. For more about him and the WCG, see this blogger’s post here.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev formally presented his proposal to extend the U.S.S.R.’s moratorium on nuclear tests by three months at the opening session of the fourth round of U.S.-Soviet disarmament talks in Geneva. U.S. President Ronald Reagan said he was grateful for the proposal--which called for a worldwide ban on nuclear weapons within 15 years and was tied to a requirement that the United States end development of anti-satellite weapons and its Strategic Defense Initiative anti-missile defense system--and that he would study it with great care.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board reported that industrial production had increased 0.7% in December 1985, although its rise for the entire year of 1985 was only 2.1%.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Crane dismissed charges of attempted murder and assault against Bernhard Goetz, New York’s "subway vigilante," ruling that the prosecution had distorted the explanation of the justification for self-defense in its statements to grand jurors. Stare law permitted the use of deadly force by someone who "reasonably believed" that he was threatened with unlawful physical violence and could not escape safely. Mr. Goetz had shot and wounded four youths who had accosted him and asked him for money on a New York subway train in December 1984. Justice Crane also cited possible perjured testimony by two of the youths in the dismissal of the charges. He did, however, let stand charges of weapons possession and reckless endangerment.

20 years ago

Less than 17 hours after the United Nations Security Council’s deadline of midnight January 15 for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to withdraw his forces from Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm--the attack by UN forces against Iraq--began. At 7 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater announced, "The liberation of Kuwait has begun." Two hours later, U.S. President George Bush said in a televised address that the attacks were targeting military headquarters, including nuclear and chemical installations. He said that Iraq "will not be another Vietnam."

World events
As many as 500,000 people in Vilnius attended a funeral for nine of the people killed three days earlier when Soviet forces attacked the Lithuanian capital.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that consumer prices had risen 6.1% in 1990, the highest annual rate since 1981. The increase in December had been 0.3%.

10 years ago

World events
Laurent Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who had taken power after deposing Mobutu Sese Seko in 1997, was shot in the presidential palace in Kinshasa, reportedly by a bodyguard, who in turn was shot and killed by other bodyguards.

The 12-year-old Htoo twin brothers, alleged leaders of the Karen rebel group known as "God's Army," surrendered to Thai authorities in exchange for sanctuary after a year of hiding in the mountains and conducting several raids that had earned them legendary status among their supporters. The Karen people had been fighting for a homeland in Thai-Myanmar territory for over 50 years.

Prosecutors in the impeachment trial of Philippines President Joseph Estrada resigned in protest when the country's senators, sitting as judges, voted narrowly not to open bank records that could have proven Mr. Estrada guilty of accepting more than US$11 million in kickbacks from tobacco taxes and illegal gambling. The trial was halted.

The fuel supply tanker Jessica ran aground off the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands, leading to a disastrous oil slick.

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