Wednesday, 5 January 2011

January 6, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes, Sheila Hellevang, and Johanna Wegner!

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Tennessee Waltz--Patti Page (2nd week at #1)
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Les Paul and Mary Ford
--Jo Stafford
2 The Thing--Phil Harris
3 Harbor Lights--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby
4 My Heart Cries for You--Guy Mitchell
--Dinah Shore
--Vic Damone
--Jimmy Wakely
5 A Bushel and a Peck--Perry Como and Betty Hutton
--Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
6 Thinking of You--Don Cherry
--Eddie Fisher
7 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
8 All My Love (Bolero)--Patti Page
--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Bing Crosby
9 To Think You’ve Chosen Me--Eddy Howard
10 Oh, Babe!--Kay Starr
--Louis Prima and Keely Smith

Singles entering the chart were Nobody’s Chasing Me by Dinah Shore (#23); I’m Gonna Live Till I Die (#25), with versions by Frankie Laine and Danny Scholl; Music by the Angels by Vic Damone (#37); and I Am Loved (#38), with versions by Evelyn Knight, Gordon MacRae, and Frank Sinatra.

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Dust, starring Thomas Gomez and Vladimir Sokoloff

Politics and government
U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon presided over the Senate for the last time.

Disasters
A fire in the five-storey Thomas Hotel in San Francisco took 20 lives.

40 years ago
1971


On television tonight
Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: Make Me Laugh (starring Godfrey Cambridge, Jackie Vernon, and Tom Bosley); Clean Kills and Other Trophies (starring Raymond Massey)

Crime
The U.S. Army, citing "insufficient evidence," dropped charges of a coverup against four officers--Lieutenant Colonel David Gavin; Lt. Col. William Quinn; Major Charles Calhoun; and Maj. Frederic Watke--concerning the March 16, 1968 massacre of South Vietnamese civilians at My Lai, bringing to 11 the number of officers cleared out of the 14 originally accused of dereliction of duty and other offenses.

Disasters
At least 32 people were killed, countless injured, and 100,000 left homeless from monsoon storm floods in western Malaysia.

30 years ago
1981


World events
It was announced by the U.S. embassy in El Salvador that American journalist John J. Sullivan was missing and was presumed to be the victim of political violence.

Protest
Workers and farmers in southeastern Poland staged a one-day strike to protest government harassment.

Science
Scientists in Switzerland reported that they had achieved the first cloning of a mammal, having produced three mice. The nuclei used in this research came from embryonic mice cell nuclei which were then placed in fertilized eggs from another mouse. The original nuclear material from those eggs was then extracted, leaving only the inserted nucleus. After culturing the eggs for four days, they were placed in the wombs of other mice, which then gave birth to the offspring. I have no idea if the three resulting mice were blind.

25 years ago
1986


Personal
This blogger began a four-month job as an assistant at the University of Alberta Archives.

20 years ago
1991


World events
Roger Lafontant, a former leader of the Tonton Macoutes--the private militia of Haitian Presidents "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc" Duvalier--and armed supporters seized the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince in a bloodless coup and forced the resignation of provisional President Ertha Pascal Trouillot. Mr. Lafontant was seeking to prevent President-elect Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who had won a landslide win in the presidential election in December 1990, from taking office in February.

Canadiana
The Citizens' Forum on Canada's Future, chaired by Keith Spicer, opened its first public hearing in Saint John, New Brunswick. The panel heard from a select group of high school seniors, most of whom voiced support for a strong federal government and a single national identity.

Economics and finance
U.S. federal regulators took control of the Bank of New England Corporation and declared three subsidiaries insolvent. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said it would insure deposits in full--not just those up to $100,000. The cost of the bailout was put at $2.3 billion.

Hockey
NHL-USSR exhibition
Central Red Army 2 @ Edmonton 4

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
A joint session of the United States Congress certified the results of the 2000 presidential election, with Republican party candidate George W. Bush receiving 271 electoral votes to 266 for Vice-President and Democratic party candidate Al Gore. Democrats from the House of Representatives in the Congressional Black Caucus had attempted to block the 25 votes from Florida for Mr. Bush, arguing that many Negro voters had been disenfranchised. However, not one Senator supported the challenge, as required by law, and the challenge died. Mr. Gore was presiding over the Senate as the results were certified.

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