Saturday, 8 January 2011

January 9, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Olga!

150 years ago


Mississippi voted 84-15 in a state convention to become the second state--after South Carolina--to secede from the Union.

80 years ago

At the movies
Little Caesar opened in theatres in New York City. The movie made a star of Edward G. Robinson, who played the title character.

75 years ago

Died on this date
John "Jack" Gilbert, 36 or 38
. U.S. actor. Mr. Gilbert began appearing in movies in 1915 as an extra, but it wasn't until 1925 that he achieved genuine stardom with The Big Parade. He co-starred with Greta Garbo in several movies--Flesh and the Devil (1926); Love (1927); and A Woman of Affairs (1928). They were also lovers off-screen, but she failed to show up for their scheduled wedding, and when Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer made an unflattering remark about Miss Garbo, Mr. Gilbert physically attacked him. Mr. Mayer then reportedly vowed to ruin his star, and he was successful, casting him in such films as His Glorious Night (1929)--his first starring role in a sound film--in which his proclamations of love for his leading lady provoked laughter from audiences. He had few movie roles after this, although he did return to co-star with Miss Garbo in Queen Christina (1933). Mr. Gilbert became romantically involved with Marlene Dietrich, but heavy drinking took its toll, and he died of a heart attack at his Hollywood home.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Tough Cop, starring Barry Nelson, Katharine Baird, and Robert Emhardt

50 years ago

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

World featherweight champion Davey Moore won a 10-round decision over Gracieux Lamperti in a non-title bout in Paris.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Grandad--Clive Dunn
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): My Sweet Lord--George Harrison (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison (4th week at #1)
2 Knock Three Times--Dawn
3 One Less Bell to Answer--The 5th Dimension
4 Black Magic Woman--Santana
5 Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?--Chicago
6 Stoned Love--The Supremes
7 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
8 Immigrant Song--Led Zeppelin
9 Domino--Van Morrison
10 Groove Me--King Floyd

Singles entering the chart included Mother by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (#56) and Superstar by Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers (#98).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 My Sweet Lord/Isn't it a Pity--George Harrison (4th week at #1)
2 Knock Three Times--Dawn
3 Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?--Chicago
4 Black Magic Woman--Santana
5 Your Song--Elton John
6 Be My Baby--Andy Kim
7 I Think I Love You--The Partridge Family
8 Domino--Van Morrison
9 Stoned Love--The Supremes
10 No Matter What--Badfinger

Singles entering the chart included I Really Don't Want to Know by Elvis Presley (#52); Mother by John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (#53); Sweet Mary by Wadsworth Mansion (#55); Remember Me by Diana Ross (#61); Temptation Eyes by the Grass Roots (#72); Let Your Love Go by Bread (#73); If You Were Mine by Ray Charles (#81); Amos Moses by Jerry Reed (#88); Mixed Up Guy by Joey Scarbury (#90); It's Impossible by Perry Como (#99); and Mozart by the Manuel Da Falla Orchestra (#100). Mozart was actually the 1st Movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 40, and was the B-side of the single. The A-side was the 4th Movement "Ode to Joy" of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. In France, the Mozart piece was released as the A-side, with the 2nd Movement of Haydn's Symphonie des Jouets as the B-side.

Calgary’s top 10
1 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison
2 Share the Land--The Guess Who
3 Burning Bridges--The Mike Curb Congregation
4 One Man Band--Three Dog Night
5 No Matter What--Badfinger
6 Knock Three Times--Dawn
7 Lonely Days--Bee Gees
8 Gypsy Woman--Brian Hyland
9 One Less Bell to Answer--The 5th Dimension
10 Sing High, Sing Low--Anne Murray
Pick hit of the week: Stoned Love--The Supremes

On the radio
Sherlock Holmes, starring Georg Arlin and Gosta Pruzelius, on Radioteatern (Sweden)
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 1

U.S. casualties in Vietnam for the week numbered 27 dead and 83 wounded, the lowest combined total for one week since the week ending October 23, 1965.

30 years ago

It was announced in Nigeria that at least 1,000 people had been killed in two weeks as followers of renegade Islamic cult leader Alhaji Mohammadu Marwa had attacked local authorities with bows and arrows, daggers, and swords. Nigerian officials stated that the revolt was backed by Libya.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that producer prices had risen in December by 0.6%, meaning that 1980 finished 11.7% higher than 1979. At the same time, food prices declined slightly. It was also announced that the unemployment rate for December was 7.4%, down slightly from November's figure of 7.5%.

25 years ago

Hit parade
Canada’s top 30
1 Say You, Say Me--Lionel Richie
2 Everything in My Heart--Corey Hart
3 Small Town--John Cougar Mellencamp
4 Girls are More Fun--Ray Parker, Jr.
5 Tonight She Comes--The Cars
6 Separate Lives--Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
7 Sleeping Bag--ZZ Top
8 It’s Only Love--Bryan Adams and Tina Turner
9 That’s what Friends are For--Dionne and Friends
10 So Far Away--Dire Straits
11 Spies Like Us--Paul McCartney
12 Alive and Kicking--Simple Minds
13 Election Day--Arcadia
14 I Miss You--Klimaxx
15 Talk to Me--Stevie Nicks
16 Broken Wings--Mr. Mister
17 Wrap Her Up--Elton John
18 Situation Critical--Platinum Blonde
19 Burning Heart--Survivor
20 When the Going Gets Tough--Billy Ocean
21 Take Me Home--Phil Collins
22 Tarzan Boy--Baltimora
23 Go Home--Stevie Wonder
24 Who’s Zoomin’ Who--Aretha Franklin
25 Cosmetics--Gowan
26 I’m Your Man--Wham!
27 My Hometown--Bruce Springsteen
28 Love is the Seventh Wave--Sting
29 Face the Face--Pete Townshend
30 Live is Life--Opus

Politics and government
British Defense Secretary Michael Heseltine, who favoured a European consortium’s plan to rescue Westland Helicopters--Britain’s only helicopter manufacturer--resigned his post in a dispute with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who favoured the deal being proposed by the American Sikorsky firm and Fiat of Italy, which Westland had accepted in principle on December 13, 1985.

20 years ago

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The Candidate

Three days of rioting in Haiti concluded with at least 70 deaths. The riots resulted from an attempted coup at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on January 6 that had been thwarted nine hours later by troops loyal to President Ertha Pascal Trouillot. Mobs directed their violence toward coup leader Roger Lafontant and the Tonton Macoutes, the private militia of the previous dictatorships of "Papa Doc" and "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Many were hacked to death with machetes or burned with gasoline "necklaces." President-elect Jean-Bertrand Aristide did not condemn the violence.

Limited racial integration of schools in South Africa began as small numbers of black students were admitted to formerly all-white public schools. The limited integration was the result of a government plan announced in 1990 whereby white parents were given the choice of whether to open schools to children of other races. 205 of South Africa's approximately 2,000 white public schools volunteered to integrate.

Detroit 5 Edmonton 3

10 years ago

Politics and government
Linda Chavez announced her withdrawal as nominee for Secretary of Labor in the cabinet of President-elect George W. Bush. It had been revealed that she had sheltered an illegal alien from Guatemala and had given her about $1,500.

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