Saturday, 30 April 2011

May 1, 2011

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
Al Atkinson pitched his second career no-hitter as the Philadelphia Athletics edged the New York Metropolitans 3-2 in an American Association game at Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.

120 years ago
1891

Baseball

The Cleveland Spiders defeated the Cincinnati Reds 12-3 in the first major league game at League Park in Cleveland before a crowd of about 9,500. Cy Young was the winning pitcher.

80 years ago
1931

Americana

The Empire State Building, then the world's tallest at 102 storeys, opened in New York City.

70 years ago
1941


At the movies
Citizen Kane premiered in New York City.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: No Friend Like an Old Friend, starring Judith Evelyn, Ruth Ford, and Tom Helmore

Baseball
Mickey Mantle his his first major league home run as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3. Minnie Minoso, in his first game with Chicago, homered in his first at bat.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Runaway--Del Shannon (2nd week at #1)

Abominations
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro announced that Cuba was now a socialist state and that he had banned elections.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Double Barrel--Dave and Ansell Collins

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (3rd week at #1)
2 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
3 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
4 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
5 Stay Awile--The Bells
6 Another Day--Paul McCartney
7 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
8 If--Bread
9 What’s Going On--Marvin Gaye
10 We Can Work it Out--Stevie Wonder

Singles entering the chart included The Drum by Bobby Sherman (#49); Reach Out I’ll Be There by Diana Ross (#60); Nathan Jones by the Supremes (#69); I Cried by James Brown (#70); You’re My Man by Lynn Anderson (#72); I’m Comin’ Home by Dave Edmunds (#76); Feelin’ Alright by Grand Funk Railroad (#77); A Mama and a Papa by Ray Stevens (#85); House at Pooh Corner by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (#87); Hot Love by T. Rex (#88); Indian Reservation by the Raiders (#98); and Sea Cruise by Johnny Rivers (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (2nd week at #1)
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Jodie--Joey Gregorash
4 Another Day--Paul McCartney
5 One Toke Over the Line--Brewer and Shipley
6 Carry Me--Stampeders
7 Power to the People--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
8 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
9 If--Bread
10 Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort

Singles entering the chart included Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones (#45); It Don’t Come Easy by Ringo Starr (#54); I’m Comin’ Home by Dave Edmunds (#61); and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Aretha Franklin (#100).

Calgary’s top 10
1 Tillicum--Syrinx
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
4 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
5 Another Day--Paul McCartney
6 A Country Boy Named Willy--Spring
7 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
8 I Play and Sing--Dawn
9 Indian Reservation--Raiders
10 Snow Blind Friend--Steppenwolf
Pick hit of the week: Garden of Ursh--Karen Young

Transportation
The U.S. national passenger train system Amtrak began operating.

Horse racing
Canonero II, a "dark" horse from Venezuela ridden by Gustavo Avila, won the 97th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:03 1/5. First prize money was $145,500; Canonero II, so lightly regarded that he had been placed in the mutuel field at 8-1 odds, paid $19.40 to win. Jim French, with Angel Cordero, Jr. aboard, placed second, with Bold Reason third in the 20-horse field. Unconscious, the 5-2 pre-race favourite, finished fifth.

30 years ago
1981


On the radio
Nightfall, on CBC
Tonight's episode: Breaking Point

Personal
This blogger spent an enjoyable evening with the CPR Stockholders of Edmonton, our local Sherlock Holmes society, at the Jagerbeiz, a Swiss restaurant. Appropriately, the quiz for the occasion was on the short story The Final Problem.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Manic Monday--Bangles
2 Let's Go All the Way--Sly Fox
3 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.--John Cougar Mellencamp
4 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution
5 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
6 Bad Boy--Miami Sound Machine
7 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
8 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
9 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s
10 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
11 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
12 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
13 Eurasian Eyes--Corey Hart
14 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
15 She Sells Sanctuary--The Cult
16 Something About You--Level 42
17 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
18 Vienna Calling--Falco
19 Feel it Again--Honeymoon Suite
20 Your Love--Outfield
21 Live to Tell--Madonna
22 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
23 All I Need is a Miracle--Mike & the Mechanics
24 A Good Heart--Feargal Sharkey
25 Is it Love--Mr. Mister
26 What You Need--INXS
27 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
28 Angel in My Pocket--One to One
29 Move Away--Culture Club
30 April Fool--Chalk Circle

Hockey
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Prince of Wales Conference Finals
New York Rangers 1 @ Montreal 2 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 1-0)

20 years ago
1991


On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The House That Jack Built

Baseball
Nolan Ryan, 44, pitched his seventh and last major league no-hitter as the Texas Rangers blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 at Arlington Stadium.

Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics broke Lou Brock's major league career record, stealing his 939th base in a game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum against the New York Yankees. Mr. Brock was in attendance to salute Mr. Henderson.

April 30, 2011

125 years ago
1886


Technology
The National League baseball game between the Chicago White Stockings and Kansas City Cowboys in Kansas City was recreated for fans in Chicago at Central Music Hall using a picture of the field and transparencies with the players’ names on them.

Baseball
The Chicago White Stockings edged the Kansas City Cowboys 6-5 in 13 innings at League Park in the first National League game played in Kansas City.

110 years ago
1901

Died on this date
Thomas "Dude" Esterbrook, 43
. Mr. Esterbrook, an infielder who played with seven major league teams from 1880-1891, died in a fall from a moving train. He was on his way to a mental hospital in Middletown, New York when he squeezed through a washroom window and fell to the rail bed below. In 701 major league games Mr. Esterbrook batted .261.

60 years ago
1951


Boxing
Rocky Marciano (35-0) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Willis Applegate (11-15-2) before 4,167 fans at Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence.

Baseball
In a three-way trade, the Philadelphia Athletics traded pitcher Lou Brissie to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Sam Zoldak, catcher Ray Murray, and outfielder Minnie Minoso. The Athletics then traded Mr. Minoso and outfielder Paul Lehner to the Chicago White Sox for outfielders Gus Zernial and Dave Philley. Mr. Minoso, a rookie, was batting .429 in 8 games with the Indians in 1951, while Mr. Murray had hit safely in his only plate appearance with the Indians that year. Mr. Zoldak had yet to make an appearance in a major league game in 1951. Mr. Brissie was 0-2 in 2 games with the Athletics in 1951, while Mr. Lehner was batting .143 in 9 games. Mr. Philley was batting .240 in 7 games with the White Sox, while Mr. Zernial was batting .105 in 4 games.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Blue Moon--The Marcels

Baseball
Willie Mays borrowed the bat of teammate Joey Amalfitano and used it to hit 4 home runs and drive in 8 runs as the San Francisco Giants routed the Milwaukee Braves 14-4 at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Mr. Mays, six days shy of his 30th birthday, became the ninth player in major league history to hit 4 home runs in a game. The most recent to do it before him was Rocky Colavito of the Cleveland Indians in 1959. Orlando Cepeda hit 2 homers for the Giants, and Felipe Alou and Jose Pagan also homered. Hank Aaron drove in all 4 runs for the Braves with 2 home runs.

40 years ago
1971


Basketball
NBA
Finals
Milwaukee 118 @ Baltimore 106 (Milwaukee won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Oscar Robertson led the Bucks to their first--and so far, only--National Basketball Association championship with 30 points and 9 rebounds as they completed the sweep of the series at Baltimore Civic Center. Milwaukee’s Lew Alcindor was named the finals’ Most Valuable Player. The Bucks won the championship in just their third season in the league.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 20 (CHED)
1 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
2 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
3 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
4 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 Ain’t Even Done with the Night--John Cougar
6 Her Town Too--James Taylor and J.D. Souther
7 High School Confidential--Rough Trade
8 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
9 Turning Japanese--The Vapors
10 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
11 Somebody’s Knockin’--Terri Gibbs
12 Crying--Don McLean
13 Thinking of You--Harlequin
14 Another One Rides the Bus--Weird Al Yankovic
15 Rapture--Blondie
16 It Just Occurred to Me--Peter Pringle
17 Sweetheart--Franke and the Knockouts
18 Limelight--Rush
19 Woman--John Lennon
20 I Can’t Stand It--Eric Clapton and his Band

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
New York Rangers 3 @ New York Islanders 7 (Islanders led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Minnesota 2 @ Calgary 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Toronto 1 @ St. Louis 2 (St. Louis won best-of-seven series 4-3)
Calgary 3 @ Edmonton 2 (Calgary won best-of-seven series 4-3)

With the score tied 2-2 with about 15 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, Edmonton defenseman Steve Smith, attempting to pass the puck, banked it into his own net off the pad of goaltender Grant Fuhr. The goal, credited to Perry Berezan, held up as the winner as the Flames completed the upset of their hated provincial rivals before a stunned crowd at Northlands Coliseum.

20 years ago
1991


Disasters
A cyclone struck Bangladesh, killing over 131,000 and leaving nine million homeless.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

April 29, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, April Stevens and Ira Zabelina!

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Wes Ferrell pitched the American League’s first no-hitter in five years to lead the Cleveland Indians past the St. Louis Browns 9-0 at League Park in Cleveland. Mr. Ferrell struck out 8 and also batted in 4 runs with a home run and a double. His brother Rick, catching for the Browns, almost got a hit when he beat out a grounder that was ruled an error. Sam Gray took the loss.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
Nagoya defeated Daitokyo 8-5 in the first professional game played in Japan.

Both starting pitchers went the distance, with Roy Parmelee winning the duel over Carl Hubbell, as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the New York Giants 2-1 in 17 innings at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.

In a 7-3 loss to the Washington Nationals, the Detroit Tigers lost first baseman Hank Greenberg for the rest of the season when he broke his left wrist in a collision with Washington outfielder Jake Powell. Mr. Powell was largely suspected of deliberately inflicting the injury out of a dislike for Jews.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
The National League’s Boston team changed its name from Bees back to Braves, the name it had had prior to 1936.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Runaway--Del Shannon (2nd week at #1)
2 Mother-in-Law--Ernie K. Doe
3 Blue Moon--The Marcels
4 A Hundred Pounds of Clay--Gene McDaniels
5 (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do--Clarence "Frogman" Henry
6 I’ve Told Every Little Star--Linda Scott
7 You Can Depend on Me--Brenda Lee
8 On the Rebound--Floyd Cramer
9 One Mint Julep--Ray Charles
10 Take Good Care of Her--Adam Wade
Singles entering the chart included That Old Black Magic by Bobby Rydell (#77); Little Egypt by the Coasters (#89); Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It by Freddy Cannon (#90); Little Devil by Neil Sedaka (#94); You’re Gonna Need Magic by Roy Hamilton (#96); The Bilbao Song by Andy Williams (#97); and Kissin’ Game by Dion (#99).

On television today
Wide World of Sports, produced by Roone Arledge and hosted by Jim McKay, debuted on ABC.

Boxing
Doug Jones (18-0) knocked down Pete Rademacher (13-4-1) four times and finally knocked him out in the 5th round of a heavyweight bout at St. Nicholas Arena in New York City.

40 years ago
1971


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Chicago 2 @ New York 3 (3 OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Montreal 3 @ Minnesota 2 (Montreal won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Pete Stemkowski scored his second overtime goal of the series against Tony Esposito, this one at 1:29 of the 3rd overtime period, to give the Rangers their win over the Black Hawks at Madison Square Garden. Chicago had led 2-0, but the Rangers came back, with Jean Ratelle scoring the tying goal. Rejean Houle scored the winning goal for the Canadiens at Metropolitan Sports Center as they defeated the North Stars to advance to the finals. Ken Dryden won the goaltending duel over Cesare Maniago.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
Steve Carlton struck out 9 batters to become the first lefthanded major league pitcher to achieve 3,000 career strikeouts as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 6-2. Mr. Carlton reached the magic mark by striking out Tim Raines, Jerry Manuel, and Tim Wallach in the 1st inning.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Roger Clemens set a major league record for strikeouts by a pitcher in a 9-inning game with 20 as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Seattle Mariners 3-1 at Fenway Park in Boston.

Mario Soto of the Cincinnati Reds tied a dubious major league record by giving up 4 home runs in the same inning--to Andre Dawson, Hubie Brooks, Tim Wallach, and Mike Fitzgerald--as the Expos beat the Reds 7-4.

20 years ago
1991


On television tonight
Hollywood Detective, on A&E

Sinclair Lewis and Aimee Semple Macpherson appeared as characters in this episode.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Montreal 1 @ Boston 2 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-3)

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
After getting 3 home runs and 6 runs batted in the day before, Geoff Jenkins added 2 more homers and 6 more RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Montreal Expos 10-0.

April 28, 2011

75 years ago
1936


Boxing
Jersey Joe Walcott (13-2) knocked out Joe Colucci (14-22-5) in the 4th round of a heavyweight bout at Convention Hall in Camden, New Jersey.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford (2nd week at #1)
--Patti Page
2 Be My Love--Mario Lanza
3 If--Perry Como
4 Aba Daba Honeymoon--Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
5 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
6 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)--Patti Page
7 Beautiful Brown Eyes--Rosemary Clooney
8 My Heart Cries for You--Guy Mitchell
--Dinah Shore
--Vic Damone
--Jimmy Wakely
9 You’re Just in Love--Perry Como
10 Sparrow in the Tree Top--Guy Mitchell
--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters

Singles entering the chart were We Kissed in a Shadow, with versions by Frank Sinatra and Perry Como (#31); Too Late Now by Toni Arden (#32); Faithfully Yours by Tony Martin (#33); and I Love the Way You Say Goodnight by Dean Martin (#37).

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Silence, starring Franchot Tone, Liam Sullivan, and Jonathan Harris

Baseball
Warren Spahn, 40, pitched his second career no-hitter as the Milwaukee Braves edged the San Francisco Giants 1-0 at County Stadium in Milwaukee. His first no-hitter had come the previous September 16 at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. Hank Aaron scored the game’s only run off losing pitcher Sam Jones, who struck out 10 batters.

40 years ago
1971


Boxing
Cleveland Williams (75-11-1) won a 10-round majority decision over Ted Gullick (15-3) in a heavyweight bout at Cleveland Arena.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Baltimore 99 @ Milwaukee 107 (Milwaukee led best-of-seven series 3-0)

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
New York Rangers 2 @ New York Islanders 5 (Islanders led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Minnesota 4 @ Calgary 1 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago
1986


Disasters
The U.S.S.R. admitted that there had been an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
St. Louis 3 @ Toronto 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Edmonton 5 @ Calgary 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

20 years ago
1991


Hockey
IIHF Men’s World Championship
Final
Czechoslovakia 4 Canada 3

Baseball
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-2 as Jack Morris earned his 200th career major league win.

10 years ago
2001


Space
Dennis Tito, 60, a billionaire businessman and former NASA employee from California, became the first paying passenger to go into space.

Baseball
Geoff Jenkins hit 3 home runs and drove in 6 runs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Montreal Expos 8-4.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

April 27, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Rod Crossley!

490 years ago
1521

Died on this date
Ferdinand Magellan, 41(?)
. Portuguese explorer. The discoverer of the strait that bears his name, Mr. Magellan and his party arrived in the Philippines on March 16, and he was killed while supporting one group of natives who were fighting another.

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Solitary Cyclist

50 years ago
1961


Space
The U.S.A. launched Explorer 11, a satellite that orbited a special telescope for mapping gamma rays from cosmic sources.

World events
Sierra Leone became an independent nation after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.

Baseball
Only 11,931 were in attendance at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles for the first home game of the Los Angeles Angels of the American League. The Angels lost 4-2 to the Minnesota Twins, who were led by the pitching of Camilo Pascual. Detroit Tigers’ legend Ty Cobb threw out the first ball; it was his last appearance at a ballpark.

The Cincinnati Reds traded catcher Ed Bailey to the San Francisco Giants for second baseman Don Blasingame, catcher Bob Schmidt, and pitcher Sherman Jones.

40 years ago
1971


Protest
More than 40 people were forcibly removed from a courtrooom in Carmarthen, Wales after they disrupted preliminary hearings of eight members of the Welsh Language Society who were facing vandalism charges.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Minnesota 1 @ Montreal 6 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
New York 2 @ Chicago 3 (OT) (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Jean Beliveau picked up 3 assists in the 3rd period of the Canadiens’ win at the Montreal Forum, giving him a record total of 94 career assists in Stanley Cup play, 3 more than Gordie Howe. Bobby Hull scored the winning goal for the Black Hawks at 6:35 of the 1st overtime period at Chicago Stadium.

Baseball
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 600th career major league home run, but the Braves lost to the San Francisco Giants when Willie Mays, another member of the 600-homer club, singled in the winning run in the 10th inning.

Curt Flood, who had attempted a comeback after sitting out the 1970 season while challenging the legality of the reserve clause in baseball contracts, quit the Washington Senators after just 13 games (batting .200) and departed for Denmark.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
Rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched his fourth shutout of the season to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants before a sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium. The shutout lowered Mr. Valenzuela’s earned run average to 0.20.

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Montreal 0 @ Hartford 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Washington 1 @ New York Rangers 2 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-2)

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Baby Baby--Amy Grant (2nd week at #1)
2 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
3 Joyride--Roxette
4 Hold You Tight--Tara Kemp
5 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips
6 Sadeness (Part 1)--Enigma
7 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
8 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
9 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
10 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis

Singles entering the chart included Couple Days Off by Huey Lewis and the News (#48) and Power of Love/Love Power by Luther Vandross (#75).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
2 Joyride--Roxette
3 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips
4 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
5 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
6 Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You--Robert Palmer
7 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
8 Coming Out of the Dark--Gloria Estefan
9 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
10 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.

Singles entering the chart included Couple Days Off by Huey Lewis and the News (#68); Love is a Wonderful Thing by Michael Bolton (#70); Miracle by Whitney Houston (#76); Payin’ the Cost to Be the Boss by Pat Benatar (#81); and I Touch Myself by Divinyls (#92).

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Boston 2 @ Montreal 3 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

April 26, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Lynn!

110 years ago
1901

Baseball

Playing their first American League game, the Boston Americans lost 10-6 to the Baltimore Orioles at American League Park in Baltimore. Joe McGinnity struck out 9 in earning the win, and Mike Donlin hit 2 triples off losing pitcher Win Kellum.

100 years ago
1911

Baseball

Grover Cleveland Alexander struck out 6, walked 6, and hit 2 singles in earning his first major league win as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 10-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.

50 years ago
1961


Baseball
Mickey Mantle hit a home run from each side of the plate--including a 2-run blow off Hank Aguirre in the top of the 10th inning--as the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 13-10 at Tiger Stadium. Roger Maris hit his first home run of the season for the Yankees, against Paul Foytack.

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Calgary 4 @ Philadelphia 1 (Calgary won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Ken Houston’s goal at 8:33 of the 1st period held up as the winner as the Flames advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in their nine-year history.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
2 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution
3 Manic Monday--Bangles
4 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
5 What You Need--INXS
6 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
7 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
8 Rock Me Amadeus--Falco
9 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
10 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s

Singles entering the chart included A Different Corner by George Michael (#49); Rain on the Scarecrow by John Cougar Mellencamp (#66); Vienna Calling by Falco (#76); The Love Parade by the Dream Academy (#79); Your Wildest Dreams by the Moody Blues (#83); Tuff Enuff by the Fabulous Thunderbirds (#87); and Mutual Surrender by Bourgeois Tagg (#88).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
2 Bop--Dan Seals
3 Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)--Glass Tiger
4 Nikita--Elton John
5 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
6 Manic Monday--Bangles
7 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
8 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
9 Secret Lovers--Atlantic Starr
10 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution

Singles entering the chart included There’ll Be Sad Songs by Billy Ocean (#90); Song in My Head by M+M (#92); and The Love Parade by the Dream Academy (#93).

Disasters
Although it didn’t become public knowledge for a couple of days, the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Toronto 3 @ St. Louis 4 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Calgary 4 @ Edmonton 1 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 3-2)

20 years ago
1991


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Edmonton 2 @ Los Angeles 5 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

April 25, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Suzie Martin!

110 years ago
1901


Americana
New York became the first state to require license plates on cars.

Baseball
Before 10,023 fans at Bennett Park in Detroit, the Detroit Tigers rallied for 10 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 14-13 in the first American League game for both clubs.

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
Walter Johnson earned his 307th career American League win--breaking the record of Eddie Plank--as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Babe Ruth hit a home run off Mr. Johnson in the 1st inning. Carl Mays was the losing pitcher.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: Death in the Club Window

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight Thriller, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Parasite Mansion, starring Pippa Scott, Jeanette Nolan, and James Griffith

Baseball
The Kansas City Athletics routed the Minnesota Twins 20-2 at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Norm Bass was the winning pitcher.

40 years ago
1971


Space
The Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 10, manned by Vladimir Shatalov, Aleksei Yeliseyev, and Nikolai Rukavishnikov, landed in Kazakhstan six days after liftoff, and one day after docking with the space station Salyut, which remained in Earth orbit.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Chicago 7 @ New York 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Montreal 2 @ Minnesota 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Milwaukee 102 @ Baltimore 83 (Milwaukee led best-of-seven series 2-0)

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton (2nd week at #1)
2 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
4 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
5 Rapture--Blondie
6 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
7 Keep on Loving You--REO Speedwagon
8 Her Town Too--James Taylor and J.D. Souther
9 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
10 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood

Singles entering the chart included This Little Girl by Gary U.S. Bonds (#52); America by Neil Diamond (#53); Give a Little Bit More by Cliff Richard (#82); I’ve Been Waiting for You All of My Life by Paul Anka (#83); Can You Feel It by the Jacksons (#85); You Like Me Don’t You by Jermaine Jackson (#87); Lately by Stevie Wonder (#89); and Shaddup You Face by Joe Dolce (#97).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 9 to 5--Dolly Parton (2nd week at #1)
2 Shaddup You Face--Joe Dolce
3 Celebration--Kool & the Gang
4 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
5 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
6 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
7 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 A Little in Love--Cliff Richard
9 Wasn’t That a Party--The Rovers
10 I Missed Again--Phil Collins

Singles entering the chart were Watching the Wheels by John Lennon (#34); Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes (#37); Say You’ll Be Mine by Christopher Cross (#41); Love You Like I Never Loved You Before by John O’Banion (#48); and Up the Hill Backwards by David Bowie (#49).

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Hartford 3 @ Montreal 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
New York Rangers 4 @ Washington 2 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Rickey Henderson of the San Diego Padres drew his 2,063rd career base on balls, breaking the major league record formerly held by Babe Ruth. The Padres lost 5-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Friday, 22 April 2011

April 24, 2011

110 years ago
1901

Baseball

The Chicago White Stockings defeated the Cleveland Blues 8-2 before more than 10,000 fans at South Side Park in Chicago in the American League's first official game as a major league. Cleveland second baseman Erve Beck hit the AL's first major league home run off Chicago's Roy Patterson. Three other scheduled AL openers were rained out.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Murderers’ Meeting, starring Jackie Cooper, Wally Cox, Sally Hester, and Mildred Natwick

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Runaway--Del Shannon

Boxing
National Boxing Association world light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson (64-8) retained his title with a technical knockout of Von Clay (13-4-2) at 2:28 of the 2nd round at Philadelphia Arena. Mr. Clay was knocked down once in the 1st round and 3 times in the 2nd round, forcing a technical knockout under a rule that mandated a TKO if a fighter was knocked down 3 times in the same round.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Hot Love--T. Rex (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (2nd week at #1)
2 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
3 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
4 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
5 What’s Going On--Marvin Gaye
6 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones
7 Another Day--Paul McCartney
8 One Toke Over the Line--Brewer and Shipley
9 Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)--The Temptations
10 (Where Do I Begin) Love Story--Andy Williams

Singles entering the chart were Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones (#53); It Don’t Come Easy by Ringo Starr (#64); Don’t Knock My Love (Part 1) by Wilson Pickett (#66); Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On by Edwin Starr (#71); The Good Book by Melanie (#82); When You’re Hot, You’re Hot by Jerry Reed (#84); Reach Out Your Hand by the Brotherhood of Man (#86); California Blues by Redwing (#88); That’s the Way by Carly Simon (#93); Be My Baby by Cissy Houston (#95); Music is Love by David Crosby (#96); Help Me Make it Through the Night by Joe Simon (#98); Michigan Harry Slaughter by Wadsworth Mansion (#99); and Brownsville by the Joy of Cooking (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Carry Me--Stampeders
4 (Where Do I Begin) Love Story--Andy Williams
5 Jodie--Joey Gregorash
6 One Toke Over the Line--Brewer and Shipley
7 Another Day--Paul McCartney
8 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
9 What is Life--George Harrison
10 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones

Singles entering the chart included Chick-A-Boom by Daddy Dewdrop (#73); We Can Work it Out by Stevie Wonder (#74); Nevada Fighter by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band (#83); Whistling Away the Dark by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra (#96); and Melting Pot by Booker T. and the M.G.’s (#98).

Calgary’s top 10
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Another Day--Paul McCartney
4 Tillicum--Syrinx
5 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones
6 Where Evil Grows--The Poppy Family
7 Snow Blind Friend--Steppenwolf
8 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
9 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
10 A Country Boy Named Willy--Spring
Pick hit of the week: If--Bread

Space
The Soyuz 10 spacecraft, manned by Vladimir Shatalov, Aleksei Yeliseyev, and Nikolai Rukavishnikov, linked up for 5½ hours with the Soviet space station Salyut, which had been launched five days earlier, marking the first linkup between a spacecraft and a space station.

San Marco 3, a satellite that was a collaboration between the U.S.A. and Italy, was launched with the mission of conducting atmospheric studies.

Politics and government
David Lewis was elected leader of Canada's federal New Democratic Party, receiving 1,046 votes on the fourth ballot to 612 for runner-up James Laxer. Mr. Lewis declared his opposition to the party's left-wing faction known as the "Waffles," of whom Mr. Laxer was regarded as the leader. Mr. Lewis, 61, replaced Tommy Douglas, who had led the party since its founding in 1961. The leadership convention took place in Ottawa.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Montreal 6 @ Minnesota 3 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
St. Louis 4 @ New York Rangers 7 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-2)
New York Islanders 5 @ Edmonton 2 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Philadelphia 3 @ Calgary 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Baseball
PCL
Tacoma 11 @ Edmonton 2

Only 660 fans braved cold temperatures on a Friday afternoon at Renfrew Park. Gary Holle hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to get the Trappers on the scoreboard.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution
2 Manic Monday--Bangles
3 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.--John Cougar Mellencamp
4 Let's Go All the Way--Sly Fox
5 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
6 Eurasian Eyes--Corey Hart
7 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
8 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
9 Bad Boy--Miami Sound Machine
10 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s
11 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
12 Feel it Again--Honeymoon Suite
13 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
14 What You Need--INXS
15 She Sells Sanctuary--The Cult
16 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
17 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
18 Something About You--Level 42
19 Vienna Calling--Falco
20 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush

Died on this date
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, 89
. The American divorcee, whose affair with King Edward VIII prompted the British monarch to abdicate in 1936, died in France, but was buried next to her last husband in England.

Hockey
IIHF World Championship
U.S.S.R. 7 Canada 4

NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
St. Louis 7 @ Toronto 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Edmonton 7 @ Calgary 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

20 years ago
1991


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

Baseball
Darryl Kile of the Houston Astros pitched 6 hitless innings against the Cincinnati Reds in his major league debut. Houston manager Art Howe removed him at that point rather than risk injury to his arm. Curt Schilling finally gave up a single in the 9th inning, but the Astros edged the Reds 1-0.

April 23, 2011

90 years ago
1921

Born on this date
Warren Spahn
. U.S. baseball pitcher. The native of Buffalo pitched with the Boston and Milwaukee Braves in 1942 and from 1946-1964 and with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants in 1965, compiling 363 wins and 245 losses. He holds the record for major league career wins by a lefthanded pitcher, and had 13 seasons of 20 or more wins. Mr. Spahn was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983, and died on November 24, 2003 at the age of 82.

75 years ago
1936

Born on this date
Roy Orbison
. U.S. singer and songwriter. One of this blogger's favourite singers, the "Big O" had a minor hit on Sun records in 1956 with Ooby Dooby, but it wasn't until Only the Lonely reached #2 in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1960 (and #1 in the U.K.) that he made it big. At a time when men weren't supposed to cry or show emotion over lost love, Mr. Orbison became very popular, especially with red-blooded heterosexual men, representing those of us who lose or don't get the girl. His hit singles included Running Scared (U.S. #1; U.K. #9, 1961); Crying (U.S. #2, 1961); Dream Baby (U.S. #4; U.K. #2, 1962); In Dreams (U.S. #7; U.K. #6, 1963); It's Over (U.S. #9; U.K. #1, 1964); and Pretty Woman (U.S. #1; U.K. #1, 1964). Mr. Orbison was as popular in Britain as in America, and headlined a British tour with the Beatles in 1963. The deaths of his first wife, Claudette (in a motorcycle crash in 1966) and two of his sons (in a fire at his Tennessee home in 1968 while Mr. Orbison was on the road) combined with a creative decline, and Mr. Orbison's popularity slipped badly. By the late 1980s, Mr. Orbison's career was on the upswing; many of the most popular artists of the time performed with him in a tribute concert in Los Angeles in 1987 which was released on video, and later on record,under the title Roy Orbison: A Black and White Night. In 1988 he was recruited to become one of the Traveling Wilbury's and performed on their Volume One album and their debut single Handle With Care (U.S. #45; Canada #3), while also recording a new album. Mr. Orbison died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988 at the age of 52. You Got It, the debut single from his new album, Mystery Girl, was released in January 1989, reaching #12 in the U.S. and #1 in Canada. The album was released in February and sold well. This blogger's favourite Roy Orbison song is Ride Away, from 1965.

70 years ago
1941


War
At an America First Committee meeting in New York, Charles Lindbergh delivered a speech in opposition to American involvement in World War II.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: You’re Driving Me Crazy--The Temperance Seven (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 Where Evil Grows--The Poppy Family
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Jodie--Joey Gregorash
4 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones
5 A Country Boy Named Willy--Spring
6 Friends--Elton John
7 Tillicum--Syrinx
8 Hats Off to the Stranger--Lighthouse
9 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
10 Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 12 (CHED)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
2 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
4 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
5 Ain’t Even Done with the Night--John Cougar
6 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
7 Turning Japanese--The Vapors
8 Her Town Too--James Taylor and J.D. Souther
9 Crying--Don McLean
10 Another One Rides the Bus--Weird Al Yankovic
11 Rapture--Blondie
12 High School Confidential--Rough Trade

Baseball
PCL
Tacoma 11 @ Edmonton 9

This was the Trappers’ first loss at Renfrew Park.

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Montreal 1 @ Hartford 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Washington 5 @ New York Rangers 6 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

20 years ago
1991


Adventure
31-year-old French yachtsman Christophe Auguin won the 27,000-mile, eight-month-long BOC solo race around the world aboard the 60-foot-long sailboat Groupe Sceta. Mr. Auguin’s closest rival, Alain Gautier, stalled just 212 miles from the finish.

Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies, who had started the season with a record of 4-9, fired Nick Leyva as manager and replaced him with Jim Fregosi. Mr. Fregosi’s debut as Philadelphia manager ws a 2-1 loss to the New York Mets.

10 years ago
2001


Crime
Jane Andrews, a former personal assistant to the Duchess of York, went on trial for the murder of her boyfriend.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

April 22, 2011

110 years ago
1901

Born on this date
Taylor Douthit
. U.S. baseball player. A native of Little Rock, Mr. Douthit played 11 years as an outfielder in the major leagues from 1923-1933, mostly with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was the starting center fielder with the team that won the World Series in 1926 and National League pennants in 1928 and 1930. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds during the 1931 season and to the Chicago Cubs in 1933. In 1,074 major league games, Mr. Douthit batted .291. In 13 World Series games he batted just .140, with a best of .267 in 1926. Mr. Douthit died in Fremont, California on May 28, 1986 at the age of 85.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Runaway--Del Shannon
2 Blue Moon--The Marcels
3 Mother-in-Law--Ernie K. Doe
4 (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do--Clarence "Frogman" Henry
5 A Hundred Pounds of Clay--Gene McDaniels
6 Apache--Jorgen Ingmann and his Guitar
7 On the Rebound--Floyd Cramer
8 I’ve Told Every Little Star--Linda Scott
9 You Can Depend on Me--Brenda Lee
10 Please Love Me Forever--Cathy Jean and the Roommates

Singles entering the chart included Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart by Connie Francis (#58); Running Scared by Roy Orbison (#65); Mama Said by the Shirelles (#67); Saved by LaVern Baker (#69); (Dance the) Mess Around by Chubby Checker (#70); Hello Mary Lou (#77)/Travelin’ Man (#96) by Ricky Nelson; Tragedy by the Fleetwoods (#78); Flaming Star by Elvis Presley (#89); A Dollar Down by the Limeliters (#91); Exodus by Eddie Harris (#97); You Set My Heart to Music by Johnny Mathis (#99); Big Big World by Johnny Burnette (#100); Life’s a Holiday by Jerry Wallace (also #100); and Three Little Fishes by Buzz Clifford (also #100).

Boxing
World middleweight champion Paul Pender (39-5-2) retained his title with a unanimous 15-round decision over former world welterweight and middleweight champion Carmen Basilio (56-16-7) at Boston Garden. Mr. Basilio was knocked down for the first time in his career, and it turned out to be his last fight.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, 64
. President of Haiti, 1957-1971. Dr. Duvalier died after suffering his second stroke in five months and was succeeded by his 19-year-old son, Jean-Claude, nicknamed "Baby Doc."

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched Soyuz 10, whose crew consisted of Vladimir Shatalov, Aleksei Yeliseyev, and Nikolai Rukavishnikov.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Chicago 1 @ New York 4 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Minnesota 6 @ Montreal 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Vic Hadfield led the Rangers at Madison Square Garden with 3 goals, while linemate Jean Ratelle assisted on all 4 New York goals. The North Stars’ win at the Montreal Forum marked the first time that an expansion team had defeated an established team in a Stanley Cup game. Montreal coach Al MacNeil benched veteran forward John Ferguson in the 3rd period, and the two clashed verbally before Mr. Ferguson smashed his stick and stormed off to the dressing room before the game was over.

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Edmonton 4 @ New York Islanders 3 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Calgary 4 @ Philadelphia 9 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Minnesota 4 @ Buffalo 3 (Minnesota won best-of-seven series 4-1)
New York Rangers 3 @ St. Louis 4 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Matti Hagman scored the winning goal for the Oilers with 4:41 remaining in the 3rd period at Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale. Brian Propp scored 3 goals to lead the Flyers over the Flames at the Spectrum. Al MacAdam’s goal 18 seconds into the 3rd period proved to be the winner as the North Stars eliminated the Sabres at War Memorial Auditorium. Jorgen Pettersson’s goal at 6:09 of the 3rd period was the winning goal as the Blues staved off elimination against the Rangers at the Checkerdome.

Baseball
PCL
Tacoma 1 @ Edmonton 8

The Trappers achieved instant success at Renfrew Park in their first home game ever. After starting pitcher Reggie Patterson retired the Tigers in the top of the 1st inning, Jay Loviglio led off the bottom of the inning with a single. The next two batters reached base to load the bases for right fielder John Poff, who hit a grand slam. The capacity crowd included Trappers’ owner Peter Pocklington, who arrived by limousine.

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
St. Louis 2 @ Toronto 5 (Toronto led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Edmonton 2 @ Calgary 3 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 2-1)

20 years ago
1991


On television tonight
Hollywood Detective, on A&E

This episode featured Dorothy Parker as a character.

Baseball
San Francisco Giants' second baseman Robby Thompson hit for the cycle, but the Giants lost 7-5 to the San Diego Padres.

April 21, 2011

210 years ago
1801

Born on this date
Robert Hunter
. U.S. politician. Mr. Hunter, from Virginia, sat in the United States House of Representatives, rising to the office of speaker, before serving as senator and secretary of state in the government of the Confederate States of America. He died on July 18, 1887 at the age of 86.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford
--Patti Page
2 Be My Love--Mario Lanza
3 If--Perry Como
4 Aba Daba Honeymoon--Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
5 Beautiful Brown Eyes--Rosemary Clooney
6 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)--Patti Page
7 My Heart Cries for You--Guy Mitchell
--Dinah Shore
--Vic Damone
--Jimmy Wakely
8 Sparrow in the Tree Top--Guy Mitchell
--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
9 Bring Back the Thrill--Eddie Fisher
10 You’re Just in Love--Perry Como

Singles entering the chart were The Loveliest Night of the Year by Mario Lanza (#27); Never Been Kissed by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra (#32); Pretty Eyed Baby (#34), with versions by Jo Stafford and Frankie Laine, as well as by Al Trace and his Orcehstra with Lola Ameche; and Metro Polka by Frankie Laine (#37).

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Montreal 2 @ Toronto 3 (OT) (Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Bill Barilko scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Maple Leafs at 2:53 of overtime at Maple Leaf Gardens. The photo of the puck going past Montreal goalie Gerry McNeil is one of the most famous in hockey history. Tragically, it turned out to be Mr. Barilko’s last game. He was killed in a plane crash while on a fishing trip in Ontario that summer, and his remains weren’t discovered until 1962, the next year that the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup. The team retired his jersey number 5.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
New York 75 @ Rochester 79 (Rochester won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Bob Davies sank two free throws for the winning points as the Royals defeated the Knickerbockers at Edgerton Park Arena to win their first--and, so far, only--NBA championship. Rochester had won the first three games of the series, but New York had come back to win the next three to force a seventh game. The Royals later became the Cincinnati Royals; Kansas City-Omaha Kings; Kansas City Kings; and Sacramento Kings.

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Rip Van Winkle Caper, starring Oscar Beregi, Simon Oakland, Lew Gallo, and John Mitchum

40 years ago
1971


Basketball
NBA
Finals
Baltimore 88 @ Milwaukee 98 (Milwaukee led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago
1986


Politics and government
The Liberal Party, led by Joe Ghiz, took 21 of 32 seats in the legislature in the Prince Edward Island provincial election, ending the seven-year government of the Progressive Conservatives under Premier James Lee. The Liberals took 50.4% of the vote to 45.4% for the Progressive Conservatives.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Montreal 4 @ Hartford 1 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Washington 6 @ New York Rangers 3 (Washington led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

April 20, 2011

170 years ago
1841

Literature

Edgar Allan Poe’s novel Murders in the Rue Morgue was published.

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Dancing Men

40 years ago
1971


Law
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of busing to enforce racial desegregation.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
New York 0 @ Chicago 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Minnesota 2 @ Montreal 7 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Tony Esposito of the Black Hawks stopped 32 shots at Chicago Stadium for his first career Stanley Cup shutout. Jacques Lemaire scored 3 straight goals in the 2nd period against former teammate Gump Worsley as the Canadiens easily defeated the North Stars at the Montreal Forum.

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
St. Louis 1 @ New York Rangers 4 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Buffalo 5 @ Minnesota 4 (OT) Minnesota led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Philadelphia 4 @ Calgary 5 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 3-1)
New York Islanders 5 @ Edmonton 4 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Craig Ramsay scored at 16:32 of overtime as the Sabres averted elimination with their win over the North Stars at the Metropolitan Sports Center. Randy Holt, who hadn’t scored a goal during the regular season, scored with 5:16 remaining in regulation time to provide the winning margin as the Flames edged the Flyers at the Stampede Corral. Ken Morrow’s second career overtime goal at 5:41 of the first overtime period gave the Islanders their win over the Oilers at Northlands Coliseum.

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Toronto 3 @ St. Louis 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Calgary 5 @ Edmonton 6 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Basketball
NBA Playoffs
Chicago 131 @ Boston 135 (2 OT) (Boston led best-of-five series 2-0)

Michael Jordan of the Bulls scored 63 points at Boston Garden, a record for an NBA playoff game, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Celtics.

Baseball
Vida Blue combined with Jeff Robinson to shut out the San Diego Padres 4-0. The win was the 200th of Mr. Blue’s major league career.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
2 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
3 Hold You Tight--Tara Kemp
4 Joyride--Roxette
5 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips
6 Coming Out of the Dark--Gloria Estefan
7 Sadeness (Part 1)--Enigma
8 One More Try--Timmy -T-
9 This House--Tracie Spencer
10 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart

Singles entering the chart included Love is a Wonderful Thing by Michael Bolton (#37); Seal Our Fate by Gloria Estefan (#75); Dream Lover by the Rebel Pebbles (#83); Love Will Survive by Donny Osmond (#87); and Good Heart by Starship (#88).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
2 Joyride--Roxette
3 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips
4 Coming Out of the Dark--Gloria Estefan
5 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
6 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
7 Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You--Robert Palmer
8 Someday--Mariah Carey
9 One More Try--Timmy -T-
10 Baby Baby--Amy Grant

Singles entering the chart included More than Words by Extreme (#46); I Don’t Wanna Cry by Mariah Carey (#75); Always on the Run by Lenny Kravitz (#86); and Don’t Make Me Dream About You by Chris Isaak (#97).

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Carlos Delgado hit 3 home runs in a game for the second time this season as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 12-4.

April 19, 2011

60 years ago
1951


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Toronto 3 @ Montreal 2 (OT) (Toronto led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Harry Watson scored the winning goal for the Maple Leafs at 5:15 of overtime at the Montreal Forum.

50 years ago
1961


Boxing
Cassius Clay (6-0) knocked out LaMar Clark (43-3) at 1:27 of the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout at Freedom Hall State Fairground in Louisville, Kentucky.

40 years ago
1971

Died on this date
Russ Hodges, 60
. U.S. sportscaster. Mr. Hodges began his radio broadcasting career in 1934 and called games for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Nationals before going to New York, where he worked under Mel Allen on broadcasts of home games of the Yankees and baseball Giants. In 1949 he became the main voice of the Giants, a position he held when the team moved to San Francisco in 1958 and through the 1970 season. His most famous call occurred on October 3, 1951 when Bobby Thomson’s 3-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning climaxed a comeback from a 4-1 deficit to give the Giants a 5-4 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers and a 2-1 win in a best-of-three playoff series for the National League pennant. When Mr. Thomson hit his home run, Mr. Hodges repeatedly shouted, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" Mr. Hodges was the voice of boxing broadcasts on CBS from 1948-1955, and also called college and professional football games, including those of the San Francisco 49ers.

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched Salyut (Salute), an unmanned "orbital scientific station," from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was the first space station, awaiting occupancy by the crew of Soyuz 10 who were preparing for their mission scheduled to launch several days hence.

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
St. Louis 3 @ New York Rangers 6 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Buffalo 4 @ Minnesota 6 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Philadelphia 1 @ Calgary 2 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 2-1)
New York Islanders 2 @ Edmonton 5 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Baseball
The Oakland Athletics defeated the Seattle Mariners 6-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum to improve their record to 11-0, a major league record for the best start to a season. The Mariners ended the winning streak with a 3-2 win in the nightcap on Richie Zisk’s solo home run in the 8th inning.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution (2nd week at #1)
2 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
3 Manic Monday--Bangles
4 What You Need--INXS
5 Rock Me Amadeus--Falco
6 These Dreams--Heart
7 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
8 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
9 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
10 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s

Singles entering the chart were There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) by Billy Ocean (#59); Nothin’ at All by Heart (#62); and I Wanna Be a Cowboy by Boys Don’t Cry (#85).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Bop--Dan Seals
2 Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)--Glass Tiger
3 Secret Lovers--Atlantic Starr
4 Nikita--Elton John
5 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
6 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
7 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.--John Cougar Mellencamp
8 A Good Heart--Feargal Sharkey
9 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
10 Manic Monday--Bangles

Singles entering the chart included No One is to Blame by Howard Jones (#76); On My Own by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (#80); Be Good to Yourself by Journey (#93); and Nothin’ at All by Heart (#95).

Religion
George Evans, president of a Bible college whose name I’ve forgotten, was the guest speaker at Abundant Life fellowship, a cult-like charismatic church in Edmonton. The ushers acted more like security guards than ushers, and Mr. Evans’ knowledge of the Bible came across when he quoted the scripture and said, "It’s in Isaiah 6 or 7, I’m not sure."

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Hartford 1 @ Montreal 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
New York Rangers 1 @ Washington 8 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

10 years ago
2001


Business
39 of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies backed out of a court battle against the South African government over cheap, non-brand name anti-AIDS drugs.

Baseball
Paul O’Neill’s fourth hit of the game drove in the winning run as the New York Yankees edged the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 at Yankee Stadium in a game that took almost six hours to play.

Monday, 18 April 2011

April 18, 2011

75 years ago
1936

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Illustrious Client

60 years ago
1951


Basketball
NBA
Finals
Rochester 73 @ New York 80 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight Thriller, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Devil’s Ticket, starring MacDonald Carey, Joan Tetzel, and John Emery

Diplomacy
The day after the invasion at Cuba’s Bay of Pigs by Cuban exiles operating from the United States, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev sent a message to U.S. President John F. Kennedy charging that the invaders had been "trained, equipped and armed in the United States of America," and appealing to the president to "call a halt to the aggression against the Republic of Cuba." Mr. Khrushchev promised Cuba all necessary assistance in repelling the invasion, while Mr. Kennedy replied that the United States intended no military intervention in Cuba.

Boxing
World lightweight champion Joe Brown (95-22-11) retained his title with a 15-round decision over Dave Charnley (38-7-1) at Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London. The Ring magazine selected this as the Fight of the Year for 1961.

40 years ago
1971


War
U.S. jets began their 30th raid since January 1 against missile bases in North Vietnam.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Montreal 4 @ Boston 2 (Montreal won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Semi-Finals
New York 2 @ Chicago 1 (OT) (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Frank Mahovlich’s second goal of the game, 14 seconds into the 3rd period, gave the Canadiens a 4-1 lead, and Montreal hung on to complete one of the biggest upsets in Stanley Cup history. The game was played on a Sunday afternoon at Boston Garden, and when the Canadiens arrived at Dorval Airport a few hours later, 5,000 fans were there to greet them. Pete Stemkowski scored 1:37 into overtime to give the Rangers the win over the Black Hawks at Chicago Stadium as Ed Giacomin won the goaltending duel over Tony Esposito.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
2 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 Rapture--Blondie
4 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
5 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
6 Keep on Loving You--REO Speedwagon
7 Woman--John Lennon
8 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
9 Don’t Stand so Close to Me--The Police
10 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood

Singles entering the chart included Time by Alan Parsons Project (#87); Say What by Jesse Winchester (#88); and One Day in Your Life by Michael Jackson (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 9 to 5--Dolly Parton
2 Celebration--Kool & the Gang
3 Shaddup You Face--Joe Dolce
4 A Little in Love--Cliff Richard
5 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
6 Wasn’t That a Party--The Rovers
7 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 Crying--Don McLean
9 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
10 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton

Don Percy, the morning man at CKY in Winnipeg, regularly played Shaddup You Face long before it became a hit, and was given an award for promoting the song after it finally did catch on across Canada and the United States.
Singles entering the chart were Being with You by Smokey Robinson (#47); Sweetheart by Franke & the Knockouts (#48); and Thinking of You by Harlequin (#50).

Baseball
Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds struck out Keith Hernandez in the 4th inning of a 10-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the fifth pitcher in major league history to record at least 3,000 career strikeouts.

In an International League game in Pawtucket, the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings completed 32 innings before suspending play after 8 hours and 7 minutes at 4:07 A.M. on April 19 with the score tied 2-2. The game was already the longest in professional baseball history, and was resumed on June 23, when the Red Sox scored a run in the bottom of the 33rd to win 3-2. Hall of Fame members Wade Boggs (Pawtucket) and Cal Ripken, Jr. (Rochester) played in the game.

25 years ago
1986


Society
South African President P.W. Botha announced that pass laws limiting the movement of blacks within the country would no longer be enforced, and that blacks convicted under the laws or awaiting trial on such charges would be released.

Space
A U.S. Titan 34-D rocket carrying secret military payload--believed to be a spy satellite--blew up five minutes after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board reduced from 7% to 6.5% the interest rate charged to member financial institutions, leaving the discount rate at its lowest level since 1978.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Toronto 1 @ St. Louis 6 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Calgary 4 @ Edmonton 1 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 1-0)

20 years ago
1991


Labour
The one-day-old strike of 235,000 U.S. railroad workers ended after President George Bush signed legislation providing for a three-member panel appointed by the president that would have 65 days to resolve the dispute.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Commerce Department reported that the merchandise trade deficit stood at $5.33 billion in February, its lowest level in eight years.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Edmonton 3 @ Los Angeles 4 (OT) (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Minnesota 2 @ St. Louis 1 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Baseball
Frank Tanana pitched a 7-hitter as the Detroit Tigers routed the Chicago White Sox 16-0 in the first game at the new Comiskey Park in Chicago.

10 years ago
2001


Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board reduced key short-term interest rates, giving an immediate boost to stock values.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

April 17, 2011

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis barred New York Giants’ outfielder Benny Kauff for life on the basis of his alleged involvement in his brother’s fraud and automobile theft ring. Mr. Kauff was acquitted when he went on trial in May, but Mr. Landis refused to reinstate him. Mr. Kauff was the Federal League batting champion in both seasons of that league's existence, 1914 and 1915.

60 years ago
1951


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Borje Salming!
The Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings was born in Kiruna, Sweden.

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Juiceman, starring Cloris Leachman, Edmon Ryan, and Robert H. Harris

Disasters
The British submarine Affray sank off the south coast of England with the loss of her entire 75-man crew.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Toronto 2 @ Montreal 1 (OT) (Toronto led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Ted Kennedy scored the winning goal for the Maple Leafs at 4:47 of overtime at the Montreal Forum. Al Rollins won the goaltending duel over Gerry McNeil.

Baseball
Mickey Mantle had a hit and scored a run in his first major league game and Vic Raschi pitched a 6-hitter as the New York Yankees blanked the Boston Red Sox 5-0 in their season opener before 44,860 fans at Yankee Stadium. Jackie Jensen hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off Boston starter and losing pitcher Bill Wight. The game also marked the debut for Bob Sheppard as the Yankee Stadium public address announcer.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Blue Moon--The Marcels (3rd week at #1)

World events
A force of 1,400 exiled Cubans invaded Cuba from the United States in an attempt to overthrow the Cuban regime of dictator Fidel Castro in what quickly became known as the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

Diplomacy
In Leopoldville, Congolese President Joseph Kasavubu signed an agreement accepting the United Nations Security Council resolution of February 21, which authorized the use of force by the UN if necessary to prevent civil war in the Congo. In accepting the resolution, Mr. Kasavubu recognized the need for reorganization of the Congolese army with UN assistance and for the expulsion of "all foreign civil officials, military and paramilitary mercenaries and political advisers...not...engaged under his authority."

Baseball
Only 1,947 fans showed up at Yankee Stadium in freezing rain to watch Whitey Ford pitch a shutout as the Yankees blanked the Kansas City Athletics 3-0. Mickey Mantle drove in all 3 runs, including a solo home run off losing pitcher Jerry Walker in the 1st inning.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Hot Love--T. Rex (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Joy to the World--Three Dog Night

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
2 Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)--The Temptations
3 What’s Going On--Marvin Gaye
4 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones
5 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
6 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
7 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
8 Another Day--Paul McCartney
9 One Toke Over the Line--Brewer and Shipley
10 (Where Do I Begin) Love Story--Andy Williams

Singles entering the chart were Bridge Over Troubled Water by Aretha Franklin (#47); Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley by C Company featuring Terry Nelson (#81); Lonely Feelin’ by War (#85); Superstar by Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers (#86); Nevada Fighter by Michael Nesmith and the First National Band (#87); We Were Always Sweethearts by Boz Scaggs (#89); When You Dance I Can Really Love by Neil Young (#93); Albert Flasher by the Guess Who (#95); Can’t Find the Time by Rose Colored Glass (#97); and I Don’t Know How to Love Him by Yvonne Elliman (#99). Superstar and I Don’t Know How to Love Him were from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Albert Flasher was the B-side of Broken, which charted at #82.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Stay Awhile--The Bells (2nd week at #1)
2 Carry Me--Stampeders
3 What is Life--George Harrison
4 Help Me Make It Through the Night--Sammi Smith
5 (Where Do I Begin) Love Story--Andy Williams
6 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones
7 Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted--The Partridge Family
8 Another Day--Paul McCartney
9 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
10 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean

Singles entering the chart included Love Her Madly by the Doors (#63); Broken/Albert Flasher by the Guess Who (#65); Someone Who Cares by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (#69); Here Comes the Sun by Richie Havens (#72); L.A. Goodbye by the Ides of March (#79); Waldo P. Emerson Jones by Pickettywitch (#89); Try by the Pepper Tree (#96); and But I Can’t Get Back by Bobbie Gentry (#98).

Calgary’s top 10
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
2 Another Day--Paul McCartney
3 She’s a Lady--Tom Jones
4 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
5 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
6 What is Life--George Harrison
7 Snow Blind Friend--Steppenwolf
8 No Love at All--B.J. Thomas
9 Have You Ever Seen the Rain--Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 Dickens--Leigh Ashford
Pick hit of the week: I Play and Sing--Dawn

Joy to the World and Snow Blind Friend were both written by Hoyt Axton.

Baseball
Willie Horton batted 5 for 6 with a grand slam, a solo home run, and a bases-loaded single to drive in the winning run as the Detroit Tigers overcame a 7-1 deficit to defeat the Boston Red Sox 10-9 in 10 innings at Tiger Stadium. Mr. Horton’s second home run was the Tigers’ third in succession in the 7th inning, following homers by Jim Northrup and Norm Cash. Tom Timmerman pitched 4 innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Edmonton 3 @ New York Islanders 6 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Calgary 5 @ Philadelphia 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Minnesota 5 @ Buffalo 2 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 2-0)
New York Rangers 6 @ St. Louis 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Denis Potvin scored 3 goals for the Islanders against Andy Moog in their win over the Oilers at Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale.
Jamie Hislop’s goal with 2:52 remaining in regulation time gave the Flames their win over the Flyers at the Spectrum.

Baseball
After winning their first 8 games on the road, the Oakland Athletics routed the Seattle Mariners 16-1 in their home opener before 50,256 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
2 Nikita--Elton John
3 Manic Monday--Bangles
4 These Dreams--Heart
5 Bop--Dan Seals
6 Secret Lovers--Atlantic Starr
7 Sara--Starship
8 A Good Heart--Feargal Sharkey
9 This Could Be the Night--Loverboy
10 Calling America--Electric Light Orchestra

Terrorism
British television journalist John McCarthy was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad terrorists while on his way to the airport in Beirut. The same day, the bodies of two British hostages and one American were found on the streets of Beirut after having been murdered.

In London, a bomb was discovered in the bag of an Irish woman about to board an El Al flight to Israel. Police concluded that the pregnant woman had been tricked by her boyfriend, Nezar Nawaf Mansour Hindawi, into carrying the bomb aboard the plane, promising that he would meet her later in Israel and marry her.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Hartford 4 @ Montreal 1 (Hartford led best-of-seven series 1-0)
New York Rangers 4 @ Washington 3 (OT) (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

20 years ago
1991


Music
Daryl Hall and John Oates performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton as part of their "unplugged" tour. The concert had been scheduled for April 15, but was postponed when Mr. Oates took ill. He quickly recovered, and the two put on an excellent show, with I Can’t Go for That one of the highlights. I paid $35.25 for my ticket.

World events
U.S. Army Special Forces units arrived in Iraq and began to select sites for refugee camps.

Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Tokyo to begin three days of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Addressing the Japanese Diet, Mr. Gorbachev said that the Soviet Union was reducing its military presence in the Pacific Ocean, and he appealed to the Japanese to invest in the Soviet economy.

Labour
Unions representing 235,000 U.S. railroad workers went on strike, with the main issues being the number of workers needed to run a freight train and the number of miles an employee had to travel to earn a day’s pay. The United States Congress adopted legislation providing for a three-member panel, to be appointed by the president, that would have 65 days to resolve the dispute.

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3004.46, closing above 3000 for the first time.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-163 to approve a $1.46-trillion budget for fiscal 1992, rejecting the budget submitted in January by President George Bush.

10 years ago
2001


Americana
Voters in Mississippi, by a 2-1 margin, decided to stick with their state flag that included the Confederate battle cross in the upper-left corner. The alternative design that was rejected featured 20 white stars in a circle, symbolizing Mississippi’s entry into the union as the 20th state.

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 399.10, finishing at 10,615.83, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq index closed up 156.22 to finish at 2,079.44.

Baseball
Barry Bonds hit his 500th career major league home run as the San Francisco Giants edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.

The Arizona Diamondbacks scored 15 runs in the first 4 innings and coasted to a 17-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis relief pitcher Gene Stechschulte entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning and hit the first major league pitch he faced for a home run. Jay Bell had 4 hits for the Diamondbacks.