Tuesday, 31 May 2011

June 1, 2011

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Golden Pince-Nez

50 years ago
1961


Boxing
Von Clay (14-4-2) knocked out Kirk Barrow (22-5-1) at 1:06 of the 6th round of a heavyweight bout at Spokane Coliseum.

40 years ago
1971


Society
U.S. President Richard Nixon told a press conference that his administration was readying a large "national offensive" against drug addiction, with emphasis on servicemen hooked on hard drugs.

25 years ago
1986


Golf
Pat Bradley edged Patty Sheehan by one stroke to win the LPGA Championship at the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center in Kings Island, Ohio to become the first woman to achieve a career Grand Slam, with victories in all four women’s major tournaments: U.S. Open; du Maurier Classic; Nabisco Championship; and LPGA.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
2 More than Words--Extreme
3 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
4 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
6 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
7 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
8 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five
9 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
10 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul

Singles entering the chart included The Dream is Still Alive by Wilson Phillips (#76) and It Ain’t Over ‘Til it’s Over by Lenny Kravitz (#88).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart (2nd week at #1)
2 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
3 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
4 More than Words--Extreme
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
6 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
7 Joyride--Roxette
8 Silent Lucidity--Queensryche
9 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
10 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.

Singles entering the chart included I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd (#83); Nothing Hurts by Barney Bentall (#84); True Believers by Keven Jordan (#87); You Can’t Resist It by Lyle Lovett (#96); and When He’s Gone by the Bee Gees (#97).

Defense
At a meeting in Lisbon, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Aleksandr Bessmertnykh reached an agreement on a Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, but terms were not disclosed.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Birendra, 55
. King of Nepal, 1972-2001; Aishwarya, Queen of Nepal; Prince Niranjan of Nepal. The king, queen and prince, along with three more of the king’s children, his two sisters, and one more member of the family by marriage were among 11 people killed when Crown Prince Dipendra, who had allegedly argued with his mother over his choice of a bride, went on a rampage with a semi-automatic weapon before turning the gun on himself. He remained in critical condition for several days before dying on June 4.

May 31, 2011

100 years ago
1911


Transportation
The hull of the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic was launched in Belfast. At the ceremony, a White Star Line employee claimed, "Not even God himself could sink this ship."

50 years ago
1961


World events
The Union of South Africa became the Republic of South Africa, formally severed its affiliation with the Commonwealth of Nations, and inaugurated Charles Swart, its last governor general, as its first president. In his inaugural address, Mr. Swart implied that the racial separation policy of apartheid would continue.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team in major league history to pass one million in home attendance before the end of May, as their tenth consecutive sellout crowd saw the Dodgers rout the Cincinnati Reds 16-4 at Dodger Stadium.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston (2nd week at #1)
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
4 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
5 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
6 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
7 I Can’t Wait--Nu Shooz
8 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
9 All I Need is a Miracle--Mike & the Mechanics
10 Be Good to Yourself--Journey

Singles entering the chart were Invisible Touch by Genesis (#39); Love Touch by Rod Stewart (#48); Opportunities by Pet Shop Boys (#68); and Take it Easy by Andy Taylor (#82).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Live to Tell--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
2 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
3 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
4 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
5 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
6 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
7 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
8 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
9 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s
10 Bad Boy--Miami Sound Machine

Singles entering the chart included Invisible Touch by Genesis (#84); Like a Rock by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (#90); The Best of Me by David Foster and Olivia Newton-John (#92); Love Touch by Rod Stewart (#96); and You Should Be Mine by Jeffrey Osborne (#100).

Auto racing
Bobby Rahal won the Indianapolis 500, which had been postponed from the previous weekend because of rain.

20 years ago
1991


Basketball
NBA
Pat Riley, who had coached the Los Angeles Lakers to four National Basketball Association titles in the 1980s, was named head coach of the New York Knickerbockers.

Baseball
The San Diego Padres traded shortstop Garry Templeton to the New York Mets for utility infielder Tim Teufel. Mr. Templeton, who had been traded to the Padres in 1982 for shortstop Ozzie Smith, was batting .193 with 1 home run and 6 runs batted in in 32 games with the Padres in 1991, while Mr. Teufel was batting just .118 in 20 games with the Mets.

Mike Hampton pitched a no-hitter for the San Bernardino Spirit, a class A farm team of the Seattle Mariners.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

May 30, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nettee Sly!

580 years ago
1431

Died on this date
Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc), 19
. French heroine. The Maid of Orleans was burned at the stake as a heretic.

475 years ago
1536

Married on this date
King Henry VIII of England and Jane Seymour
. The king took Miss Seymour to be his third wife just 11 days after the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

100 years ago
1911


Auto racing
Ray Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500, and then retired from auto racing.

90 years ago
1921


Auto racing
Tommy Milton won the Indianapolis 500.

80 years ago
1931


Auto racing
Lou Schneider won the Indianapolis 500.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Devil’s Foot

Auto racing
Louis Meyer became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 for the third time.

Baseball
The team from Japan’s Waseda University continued its American tour with a 10-5 win over the University of Chicago. Mr. Wakahara, the Waseda pitcher, gave up 10 hits but struck out 17 batters.

70 years ago
1941


Auto racing
Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose combined to win the Indianapolis 500. The two drove separate cars at the start of the race, with Mr. Rose starting from the pole position, and Mr. Davis starting 17th. Mr. Rose retired after 60 laps because of a problem with his spark plugs. When Mr. Davis came in for a pit stop on lap 72, he was relieved by Mr. Rose, who drove the rest of the way to victory. The two drivers were credited as co-winners, the second and last time that happened at the Indianapolis 500.

60 years ago
1951


Auto racing
Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500.

Boxing
World heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles (69-5-1) retained his title with a lopsided 15-round unanimous decision over world light heavyweight champion Joey Maxim (75-17-4) at Chicago Stadium.

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight Thriller, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Dark Legacy, starring Harry Townes, Henry Silva, and Ilka Windish

Disasters
A Venezuelan DC-8 jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Lisbon, killing all 62 people aboard.

Auto racing
A.J. Foyt won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time.

40 years ago
1971


Space
The U.S.A. launched the probe Mariner 9, which was scheduled to reach Mars on November 14, 1971 to begin a 90-day orbit of the planet, intending to produce the best measurements and closest photographs of Mars yet taken. The Soviet probe Mars 2, launched May 19, was scheduled to reach Mars on or around the next day, with Mars 3, launched on May 28, scheduled to reach the planet about a week later.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
2 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
3 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
4 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
5 Sukiyaki--A Taste of Honey
6 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
7 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
8 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx
9 Living Inside Myself--Gino Vannelli
10 A Woman Needs Love--Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio

Singles entering the chart included Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton (#77); Slow Hand by the Pointer Sisters (#84); Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through by Jim Steinman (#86); In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins (#88); and Come to Me by Aretha Franklin (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton (3rd week at #1)
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
4 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
5 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
6 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
7 You Better You Bet--The Who
8 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
9 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
10 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx

Singles entering the chart included Nobody Wins by Elton John (#48). Nobody Wins was originally written in French by Jean-Paul Dreau under the title Je Veux d’la Tendresse; Gary Osborne wrote new lyrics in English and the title was changed. Mr. John also recorded the song in its original form, and that version was released as a single in Quebec.

Died on this date
Zia Rahman, 45
. President of Bangladesh, 1977-1981. Mr. Rahman was assassinated along with several other people when they were gunned down while they were inside a guest house in the city of Chittagong.

Don Ashby, 26. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Ashby was drafted in the first round (6th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1975, but was something of a disappointment in the NHL, scoring 40 goals and 56 assists in 188 regular season games with the Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and Edmonton Oilers from 1975-1981. His best season was 1976-77, when he scored 19 goals and 23 assists in 76 games with the Maple Leafs. Mr. Ashby spent most of the 1980-81 season with the Wichita Wind, a farm team of the Oilers in the Central Hockey League, and 9 scoring 36 goals and 60 assists in 70 games, and 9 goals and 16 assists in 18 playoff games. Shortly after the Wind were eliminated from the playoffs, Mr. Ashby and his wife Terry were driving home to Kamloops, British Columbia when they were hit head-on by a truck. Mr. Ashby suffered serious internal injuries and died in Kelowna several hours later.

Crime
In the wee hours, Edmonton police raided the Pisces Health Spa, a downtown sodomite club. Four men were charged with keeping a common bawdy house, and 56 were charged as found-ins.

25 years ago
1986


Weather
I don’t know what the temperature was, but it might have been the most beautiful May day I’d seen since 1968.

Football
CFL
Gold defeated Green 18-8 in the Edmonton Eskimos’ fourth consecutive--and last--intrasquad game at Commonwealth Stadium.

10 years ago
2001


Scandal
Former French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas was sent to prison for six months for illegally receiving funds from the oil company Elf Aquitaine from 1989-1992.

Baseball
Felipe Alou, who had managed the Montreal Expos since 1992, was fired as manager and replaced with Jeff Torborg. The Expos had started the 2001 season with a 21-32 record when Mr. Alou was fired. He had guided the team to the best record in major league baseball in 1994 when the players’ strike ended the season in August.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

May 29, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Cathy Brown!

275 years ago
1736

Born on this date
Patrick Henry
. U.S. lawyer and politician. The Founding Father who was famous for saying "Give me liberty or give me death!" was born in Studley, Virginia.

100 years ago
1911

Transportation

A Pennsylvania Railroad train carrying the Chicago Cubs baseball team from St. Louis to Pittsburgh set a record by covering the 191 miles from Columbus, Ohio to Pittsburgh in 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs arrived in Pittsburgh in time for the game after their record-setting train ride and defeated the Pirates 4-1 at Forbes Field, scoring all their runs in the 4th inning. Joe Tinker’s triple was the key hit.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
The team from Japan’s Waseda University continued its tour of the United States with an 18-16 loss to the University of Chicago, as the teams combined for 34 hits and 17 errors. Waseda scored 9 runs in the top of the 9th inning, but Chicago scored 5 in the bottom half.

70 years ago
1941


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, John E. Kennedy!


Mr. Kennedy was an infielder with the Washington Senators (1962-1964); Los Angeles Dodgers (1965-1966); New York Yankees (1967); Seattle Pilots (1969); Milwaukee Brewers (1970); and Boston Red Sox (1970-1974), batting .225 with 32 home runs and 185 runs batted in in 856 games. He was born 24 years to the day after John F. Kennedy, and was playing in Washington at the time that John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. John E. Kennedy played in the 1965 and 1966 World Series, batting .167 (1 for 6) in 6 games.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Vamp Till Dead, starring Mary Sinclair

Baseball
The Cleveland Indians signed high school star Billy Joe Davidson, reputed to be their best pitching prospect since Bob Feller, for a reported $150,000, a record figure at the time.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Travelin’ Man--Ricky Nelson

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Knock Three Times--Dawn (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
2 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
3 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
4 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
5 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
6 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
7 Love Her Madly--The Doors
8 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo
9 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
10 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean

Singles entering the chart included You’ve Got a Friend by James Taylor (#72); Sooner or Later by the Grass Roots (#75); Bring the Boys Home by Freda Payne (#81); Chicago by Graham Nash (#82); Been Too Long on the Road by Mark Lindsay (#84); Mr. Big Stuff by Jean Knight (#93); Never Ending Song of Love by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (#95); You’ve Got a Friend by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (#97); I’ve Found Someone of My Own by the Free Movement (#98); and Love Means (You Never Have to Say You’re Sorry) by Sounds of Sunshine (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (6th week at #1)
2 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
3 Love Her Madly--The Doors
4 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
5 Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort
6 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
7 The Drum--Bobby Sherman
8 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo
9 Hats Off to the Stranger--Lighthouse
10 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond

Singles entering the chart included Puppet Man by Tom Jones (#77); Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond (#78); You’re My Man by Lynn Anderson (#79); This is My Song by Gordon Lightfoot (#82); Don’t Pull Your Love by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (#94); Sea Cruise by Johnny Rivers (#96); and Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver (#100). This is My Song was from the album Early Lightfoot, a collection of singles and previously-unreleased songs recorded circa 1962-1963; This is My Song was one of the previously-unreleased tracks. The album was reportedly withdrawn at Mr. Lightfoot’s request, but this blogger has a copy. It appeared on the GRT label.

Calgary’s top 10
1 Indian Reservation--Raiders
2 Albert Flasher--The Guess Who
3 Garden of Ursh--Karen Young
4 Love Her Madly--The Doors
5 If--Bread
6 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
7 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
8 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
9 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
10 You and Me and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo
Pick hit of the week: It’s Too Late--Carole King

Auto racing
Al Unser won the Indianapolis 500 for the second straight year.

Football
CFL
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced the signing of running back Steve Worster, an All-American from the University of Texas.

Baseball
The San Francisco Giants traded outfielder George Foster to the Cincinnati Reds for shortstop Frank Duffy and pitcher Vern Geishert. Mr. Foster had played briefly with the Giants in 1969 and 1970, but was still considered a rookie; he was batting .267 with 3 home runs and 8 runs batted in in 36 games in 1971. Mr. Duffy was batting .188 with 1 RBI in 13 games with the Reds, while Mr. Geishert, who had appeared in 11 games with the California Angels in 1969, was in the minor leagues, and remained there for the rest of his career.

The New York Mets swept a doubleheader from the San Diego Padres 5-1 and 2-1. Tom Seaver struck out 10 batters in the opener, while Nolan Ryan struck out 16 in the second game. New York batters struck out 15 times in the 2 games, and the 41 strikeouts set a major league record for a doubleheader.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
The Montreal Expos traded right fielder Ellis Valentine to the New York Mets for relief pitcher Jeff Reardon, outfielder Dan Norman, and a player to be named later. Mr. Valentine, in his seventh year with the Expos, was batting .211 with 3 home runs and 15 home runs in 22 games in 1981. Mr. Reardon was 1-0 with 2 saves in 18 games with the Mets in 1981, while Mr. Norman was in the minor leagues that season.

20 years ago
1991


Politics and government
India's Congress (I) Party named former Foreign Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao as its interim leader, succeeding former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who had been assassinated eight days earlier.

10 years ago
2001


Law
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that golfer Casey Martin, who had a disability that made walking difficult, was entitled to use a cart to get around the course during PGA tournaments. The PGA had argued that being able to walk around the course was a requirement for participation.

Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks edged the San Francisco Giants 1-0 in 18 innings as Erubial Durazo doubled home Steve Finley with the only run. Losing pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, making his major league debut, doubled in his first major league at bat in the 18th inning.

May 28, 2011

160 years ago
1851


Society
The Ohio Woman's Rights Convention began a two-day conference in Akron. The conference called for women’s suffrage and for an improvement in the conditions of labouring women.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
George Selkirk hit a grand slam to lead the New York Yankees past the Washington Nationals 6-5 before 25,000 fans in the first night game at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

60 years ago
1951


Britannica
Princess Elizabeth opened the Exhibition of Industrial Power in Glasgow, the latest show in the Festival of Britain.

Baseball
After going hitless in his first 26 at bats in the major leagues since being called up from the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, Willie Mays of the New York Giants broke the streak with a home run off Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves. It was the only run Mr. Spahn gave up as the Braves won 4-1 at the Polo Grounds in New York.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Surrender--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)

Baseball
A total of 39 home runs were hit in 11 major league games, a record for a single day. Among the homers were the 9th of the season for Roger Maris of the New York Yankees and a grand slam by Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Audie Murphy, 46. U.S. soldier and actor. The most-decorated soldier in American history, Mr. Murphy later had a successful acting career, which included playing himself in To Hell and Back(1955), based on his 1949 autobiography. Other notable films of his included The Red Badge of Courage (1951); Night Passage (1957); and No Name on the Bullet (1959). He was one of six people killed in a plane crash near Roanoke, Virginia.

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched the probe Mars 3, nine days after launching Mars 2. Mars 2 was expected to reach Mars about November 15, 1971, with Mars 3 following about a week later.

Baseball
Atlanta Braves’ third baseman Clete Boyer, who had hit safely in his last 9 games, with 5 home runs and 14 runs batted in, was released after disputes with general manager Paul Richards and manager Lum Harris over what Mr. Boyer charged were silly rules and mismanagement. No major league team signed Mr. Boyer, but he was able to finish his playing career in Japan.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 20 (CHED)
1 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
2 High School Confidential--Rough Trade
3 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
4 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
5 You Better You Bet--The Who
6 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
7 I Love You--Climax Blues Band
8 Her Town Too--James Taylor and J.D. Souther
9 I Missed Again--Phil Collins
10 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
11 Babe--Jack Green
12 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx
13 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
14 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
15 Sweetheart--Franke and the Knockouts
16 It Just Occurred to Me--Peter Pringle
17 Lady of the ‘80s--Loverboy
18 What are We Doin’ in Love--Dottie West with Kenny Rogers
19 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
20 The Waiting--Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Baseball
The California Angels, off to a 22-25 start and 7½ games out of first place in the American League West Division, fired Jim Fregosi as manager, and replaced him with Gene Mauch. Mr. Fregosi had taken over as Angels’ manager at approximately the same point in the 1978 season and had led them to their first divisional title in 1979.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
The Florida Marlins, with a record of 22-26, fired John Boles as manager and replaced him with Tony Perez.

Friday, 27 May 2011

May 27, 2011

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Will Harridge was named president of the American League, succeeding E.S. Barnard.

75 years ago
1936


Transportation
The British ocean liner Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.

70 years ago
1941


War
British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives.

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Smoke Screen

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mother-in-Law--Ernie K. Doe (3rd week at #1)
2 Runaway--Del Shannon
3 A Hundred Pounds of Clay--Gene McDaniels
4 Daddy’s Home--Shep and the Limelites
5 Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart--Connie Francis
6 Runnin’ Scared--Roy Orbison
7 Mama Said--The Shirelles
8 Travelin’ Man--Ricky Nelson
9 I Feel So Bad--Elvis Presley
10 Hello Mary Lou--Ricky Nelson

Hello Mary Lou, a Gene Pitney composition, was the B-side (or maybe the A-side) of Travelin’ Man. Singles entering the chart were Every Beat of My Heart by the Pips (#70); The Writing on the Wall by Adam Wade (#72); Bring Back Your Heart by the Del Vikings (#83); Anna by Jorgen Ingmann (#87); Dance on Little Girl by Paul Anka (#92); Rainin’ in My Heart by Slim Harpo (#93); Miss Fine by the New Yorkers (#94); Son-in-Law, with versions by the Blossoms and Louise Brown (#98); Ring of Fire by Duane Eddy and the Rebels (#99); I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door by Eddie Hodges (#100); Quarter to Three by U.S. Bonds (also #100); and Yellow Bird by Arthur Lyman Group (also #100). Every Beat of My Heart, released on Vee-Jay records and credited to the Pips, also appeared on the Fury label, credited to Gladys Knight and the Pips. Son-in-Law is listed as having versions by the Blossoms and Louise Brown, but the two are actually different songs with the same title. Both are presumably responses to Mother-in-Law.

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
In a Pacific Coast League game at Civic Stadium in Portland, Vancouver Canadians’ right fielder Rodney McCray became an instant celebrity when he crashed through the plywood right field wall while attempting to catch a drive off the bat of the Beavers’ Chip Hale.

10 years ago
2001


Auto racing
Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

May 26, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Isatou Ndow!

120 years ago
1891


Baseball
In an American Association game between the Cincinnati Kellys and the Boston Reds, Cincinnati second baseman Yank Robinson made 7 errors on 7 fielding chances. The Kellys (also known as the Porkers) won 21-16. Mr. Robinson finished the season with 79 errors in 98 games.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford (5th week at #1)
--Patti Page
2 How High the Moon--Les Paul and Mary Ford
3 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
4 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
5 The Syncopated Clock--Leroy Anderson and his "Pops" Concert Orchestra
6 Be My Love--Mario Lanza
7 If--Perry Como
8 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)--Patti Page
9 I Apologize--Billy Eckstine
10 Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were I Like the Wide Open Spaces by Arthur Godfrey and Laurie Anders (#24); The Strange Little Girl by Eddy Howard (#33); and I’ll Never Know Why by Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra (#34).

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up, starring John Hoyt, Barney Phillips, and Jack Elam

40 years ago
1971


Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson (50-7-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Terry Daniels (24-3-1) at Cleveland Arena.

30 years ago
1981


Scandal
Italian Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani and his coalition cabinet resigned following identification of many prominent people as members of the illegal P2 (Propaganda Two) Masonic lodge.

25 years ago
1986


Weather
The temperature reached 90 F. in Edmonton.

20 years ago
1991


Disasters
All 223 people aboard a chartered plane from Austria were killed when it exploded in midair soon after takeoff from Bangkok. The cause was not immediately determined.

Auto racing
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500 for a record-tying fourth--and final--time, narrowly finishing ahead of Michael Andretti, who had led 97 of the race’s 250 laps. A.J. Foyt was the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

May 25, 2011

490 years ago
1521

Religion

Martin Luther was condemned as a heretic and his writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.

80 years ago
1931


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

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
Pete Reiser hit his only career major league grand slam as the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4.

60 years ago
1951


Baseball
Willie Mays, played his first major league game, batting 0 for 5 as his New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5. In his first plate appearance, Mr. Mays was struck out by Bubba Church.

50 years ago
1961


Space
Addressing a joint session of Congress, U.S. President John F. Kennedy challenged the United States to "land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth" before the end of the decade.

Diplomacy
United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold announced the resignation of Rajeshwar Dayal of India as the UN’s special representative in the Congo. Mr. Dayal’s resignation had long been sought by the central Congolese government of President Joseph Kasavubu, which accused him of favouring the Communist-backed dissident regime of Antoine Gizenga. Mr. Hammarskjold said that Mr. Dayal’s resignation was "at his own request," and indicated that Mr. Dayal would not be replaced and that the UN involvement in the Congo would be administrative rather than political in the future.

40 years ago
1971


Crime
Connecticut Judge Harold Mulvey dismissed all charges against Black Panthers leader Bobby Seale and Black Panther member Ericka Huggins, who had been tried in connection with the 1969 slaying of former New York Black Panther Alex Rackley. On May 24 the jury had declared itself hopelessly deadlocked. Judge Mulvey then declared a mistrial, citing the huge amount of publicity in the case and the difficulty of drawing a new jury panel, since 1,035 prospective jurors had already been screened in a record four-month selection process after the beginning of the trial on November 17, 1970.

Aviation
The Franco-British Concorde and the Soviet Supolev 144, nearly identical supersonic jets, flew across Africa and Europe, respectively, in an early demonstration of what was believed to be the future of air travel.

30 years ago
1981


Auto racing
The United States Auto Club penalized Bobby Unser one position for passing 14 cars under the yellow flag while coming out of the pits in the Indianapolis 500 the previous day, moving him to second place and making Mario Andretti, who had also passed several cars under yellow, the winner. Mr. Unser appealed the decision.

Baseball
Carl Yastrzemski, playing his 3,000th career major league game, scored the winning run as the Boston Red Sox edged the Cleveland Indians 8-7. Only Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron had played in 3,000 games.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
2 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
3 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
4 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
5 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
6 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
7 More than Words--Extreme
8 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
9 You Don’t Have to Go Home Tonight--The Triplets
10 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five

Singles entering the chart included Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) by Crystal Waters (#80); Dangerous by the Doobie Brothers (#83); Where the Streets Have No Name by Pet Shop Boys (#86); When He’s Gone by the Bee Gees (#87); Piece of My Heart by Tara Kemp (#88); and Someone by the Rembrandts (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
2 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
3 Joyride--Roxette
4 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
5 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
6 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
7 More than Words--Extreme
8 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
9 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
10 See the Lights--Simple Minds

Singles entering the chart included A Better Love by Londonbeat (#71); Sideways by Men Without Hats (#74); Obvious Song by Joe Jackson (#85); Three Pistols by the Tragically Hip (#87); and Superman’s Song by Crash Test Dummies (#92).

Personal
This blogger made his last (so far) visit to London, Ontario, spending the afternoon in the enjoyable company of a lovely lady.

World events
Israel’s Operation Solomon--a 22-hour mission to airlift 14,087 Jews from Ethiopia to Tel Aviv--was completed. 35 planes made a total of 40 flights, and the Israeli government paid the Ethiopian government--now under acting President Lt. Gen. Tesfaye Gebre-Kidan after the ouster three days earlier of Lt. Col. Mengistu Haile Mariam--US$35 million to free the Jews.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Pittsburgh 8 @ Minnesota 0 (Pittsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

May 24, 2011

70 years ago
1941


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!


The legendary singer-songwriter was born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota.

50 years ago
1961


Diplomacy
U.S. Vice-President Lyndon Johnson, who had been on a tour of Asian nations since May 9, returned home via Athens and Bermuda. In Bermuda he said that the outcome of the struggle against Communism "will depend on not only the determination and resolve of the free peoples of Asia, but upon the steps we take to help them preserve their liberties." Commenting on the Communist resolve to overwhelm southeast Asia, Mr. Johnson said, "Let me emphasize that new military strength and techniques appear to be essential if the peoples of Asia are to beat back these immediate assaults upon their independence and national integrity."

30 years ago
1981


Died on this date
Jaime Roldos Aguilera, 40
. President of Ecuador, 1979-1981. Mr. Roldos, his wife Maria, Defense Minister Major General Marco Subia Martinez, and two military aides were killed in a plane crash near the Peruvian border. Mr. Roldos was the youngest president in the western hemisphere and had been elected by the largest majority in Ecuadorian history.

Terrorism
Four leftist extremists hijacked a Turkish airliner, with 91 passengers and crew aboard, from the airport in Ankara and forced it to fly to Bulgaria. The hijackers threatened to kill five U.S. bankers aboard unless they were paid $100,000 and 47 prisoners in Turkish jails were released. When the plane landed at Burgas, Bulgaria, 17 passengers--all of them Turkish citizens--were released, and two others escaped.

Auto racing
Bobby Unser won the Indianapolis 500 for the third time, but runner-up Mario Andretti protested that Mr. Unser had illegally passed cars while coming out of the pit area under a yellow flag on lap 149.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
4 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
5 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
6 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
7 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
8 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
9 Bad Boy--Miami Sound Machine
10 All I Need is a Miracle--Mike & the Mechanics

Singles entering the chart included Like a Rock by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (#56); Dreams by Van Halen (#58); Mountains by Prince and the Revolution (#61); You Should Be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) by Jeffrey Osborne (#80); Divided Hearts by Kim Carnes (#81); Headed for the Future by Neil Diamond (#83); Peter Gunn by the Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy (#85); We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off by Jermaine Stewart (#88); and I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Loveby Stephanie Mills (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Live to Tell--Madonna
2 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
3 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
4 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
5 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
6 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
7 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
8 Manic Monday--Bangles
9 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
10 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s

Singles entering the chart were Crush on You by the Jets (#86); If Your Heart Isn’t in It by Atlantic Starr (#90); One Hit (To the Body) by the Rolling Stones (#93); If She Knew What She Wants by the Bangles (#95); Headed for the Future by Neil Diamond (#96); Why Don’t You Take It by FM (#98); and Where Do the Children Go by the Hooters (#99).

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

Montreal goalie Patrick Roy was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player.

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
U.S. Senator James Jeffords of Vermont left the Republican party to sit as an independent, giving the Democratic party control of the Senate.

Disasters
23 people were killed and hundreds injured at a wedding party in Jerusalem when a dance floor collapsed.

Monday, 23 May 2011

May 23, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Chrisie Bell!

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Polly & Maurice Pratt!

110 years ago
1901


Baseball
At League Park in Cleveland, the Cleveland Blues were trailing the Washington Senators 13-5 with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning, and Cleveland batter Jack McCarthy had 2 strikes on him. Mr. McCarthy then singled to begin a rally that saw the Blues score 9 runs to win the game 14-13.

100 years ago
1911


Americana
After 16 years of construction, the New York Public Library, the largest marble structure in the United States at the time, was dedicated by U.S. President William Howard Taft.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Mazarin Stone

Baseball
Sammy Byrd came up as a pinch hitter and hit a grand slam to give the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The homer was Mr. Byrd’s first of the season.

70 years ago
1941


War
At an America First Committee rally at Madison Square Garden in New York, Charles Lindbergh delivered a speech in opposition to U.S. involvement in World War II.

Boxing
Joe Louis (49-1) retained his world heavyweight title when challenger Buddy Baer (51-6) was disqualified by referee Arthur Donovan at the start of the 7th round of the bout at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Mr. Baer had been knocked down three times in the 6th round, but Mr. Baer's manager claimed that the last knockdown had occurred after the bell, and went into the ring to complain. Mr. Baer was disqualified when his manager refused to leave the ring. Buddy Baer, who knocked the champion down in the 1st round, was the younger brother of former world heavyweight champion Max Baer, whom Mr. Louis had knocked out in 1935.

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight Thriller, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Prisoner in the Mirror, starring Lloyd Bochner, Marion Ross, and Henry Daniell

Diplomacy
The U.S.S.R. called on the United Nations to support the plan of Antoine Gizenga, leader of a dissident regime in Congo recognized by the Communist bloc, for the country’s parliament to reconvene under his auspices at the UN base at Kamina.

40 years ago
1971


Disasters
A Soviet-built Yugoslav plane crashed at Rijeka airport, killing 78 of 83 people aboard, including a party of British vacationers.

Baseball
In front of a Tiger Stadium crowd of 53,337, the Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the Washington Senators 5-0 and 11-0. Former Detroit ace Denny McLain was the starting pitcher for Washington in the first game, his first appearance in Detroit since being traded. Mickey Lolich pitched the shutout, while Norm Cash and Al Kaline each hit a 2-run home run. Mr. Cash added 2 home runs, including a grand slam, in the second game. Les Cain pitched 6 innings to get the win, while Joe Niekro pitched 3 innings of relief to preserve the shutout.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
4 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
5 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
6 Sukiyaki--A Taste of Honey
7 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
8 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
9 Living Inside Myself--Gino Vannelli
10 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx

Singles entering the chart included All Those Years Ago by George Harrison (#25); Boy from New York City by the Manhattan Transfer (#73); Hearts by Marty Balin (#77); Brooklyn Girls by Robbie Dupree (#85); Sign of the Gypsy Queen by April Wine (#86); Promises by Barbra Streisand (#87); The Break Up Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em) by Greg Kihn Band (#89); Give it to Me Baby by Rick James (#90); and I Can’t Say Goodbye to You by Helen Reddy (#97).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton (2nd week at #1)
2 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
3 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
4 You Better You Bet--The Who
5 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
6 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
7 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
8 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
9 Shaddup You Face--Joe Dolce
10 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon

Singles entering the chart included All Those Years Ago by George Harrison (#43); Say What by Jesse Winchester (#49); and America by Neil Diamond (#50).

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
PCL
The Hawaii Islanders routed the Phoenix Firebirds 31-5.

20 years ago
1991


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Minnesota 4 @ Pittsburgh 6 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Baseball
Tommy Greene pitched a no-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 win over the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Mr. Greene walked 7 batters and struck out 10.

The Baltimore Orioles, with a record of 13-24, fired Frank Robinson as manager and replaced him with first base coach Johnny Oates. Mr. Robinson had managed the Orioles since 1988; his best season was 1989, when the Orioles posted a record of 87-75, second in the American League East Division and just 2 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

May 22, 2011

250 years ago
1761

Americana

The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia.

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Rustlers 3-1, handing Boston pitcher Cliff Curtis his 23rd consecutive loss, a major league record. Mr. Curtis’s streak began on June 13, 1910, and he lost his last 18 decisions that year, when the team was known as the Doves.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Escape This Night, starring Judith Evelyn and Theo Goetz

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Mother-in-Law--Ernie K. Doe

Diplomacy
United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther, former U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Johns Hopkins University president Milton Eisenhower, who had organized a group called the Tractors for Freedom Committee to buy 500 U.S. tractors to donate to Cuba, met in Washington with 10 Cuban rebels who had been paroled by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro after the Bay of Pigs invasion in April and had been sent to the U.S. to negotiate the exchange of tractors for prisoners.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Knock Three Times--Dawn (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (6th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (6th week at #1)
2 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
3 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
4 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
5 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
6 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
7 Love Her Madly--The Doors
8 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
9 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo
10 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr

Singles entering the chart included Puppet Man by Tom Jones (#52); Done Too Soon by Neil Diamond (#81); I Don’t Wanna Lose You by Johnnie Taylor (#84); I Don’t Want to Do Wrong by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#89); Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor 1st Movement by the Manuel Da Falla Orchestra (#96); and Walk Away by the James Gang (#97).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (5th week at #1)
2 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
3 Love Her Madly--The Doors
4 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
5 Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort
6 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
7 The Drum--Bobby Sherman
8 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo
9 Timothy--The Buoys
10 Oh What a Feeling--Crowbar

Singles entering the chart included Signs by Five Man Electrical Band (#61); Light Sings by the 5th Dimension (#66); Double Lovin’ by the Osmonds (#70); Life by Elvis Presley (#71); High Time We Went by Joe Cocker (#72); It’s Too Late by Carole King (#89); Tarkio Road by Brewer and Shipley (#96); Reach Out Your Hand by the Brotherhood of Man (#97); Never Ending Song of Love by Delaney and Bonnie and Friends (#98); and Flim Flam Man by Barbra Streisand (#100).

Calgary’s top 10
1 Indian Reservation--Raiders
2 Garden of Ursh--Karen Young
3 Timothy--The Buoys
4 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
5 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
6 If--Bread
7 Love Her Madly--The Doors
8 Albert Flasher--The Guess Who
9 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
10 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
Pick hit of the week: We Were Always Sweethearts--Boz Scaggs

Disasters
At least 800 people were killed and hundreds injured when an earthquake struck eastern Turkey, virtually flattening all of Bingol, near its epicentre.

All 70 passengers were saved, but 32 crewmen perished in a fire on the Norwegian cruise ship Meteor in the Strait of Georgia, northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia.

A truck carrying 70 members of a wedding party fell into the Girna River near Malegaon, India, drowning 43.

30 years ago
1981


Crime
Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, was sentenced at the Old Bailey in London to life imprisonment on 13 counts of murder and 7 of attempted murder between 1976 and 1981.

Baseball
Coach Billy Gardner replaced the fired Johnny Goryl as manager of the Minnesota Twins, who had started the season 11-25 and had lost their last 8 games under Mr. Goryl. The Twins won their first game under Mr. Gardner, blanking the Kansas City Royals 7-0. Mr. Goryl had assumed the Twins’ managerial duties with 36 games remaining in the 1980 season and had piloted them to a 23-13 record.

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Calgary 0 @ Montreal 1 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-1)

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
John Wathan, who had managed the Kansas City Royals since 1987, was fired, with the team off to a 15-22 start for 1991. Coach Bob Schaefer replaced him for one game--and won--before Hal McRae assumed the job on a permanent basis. The team’s best season under Mr. Wathan was 1989, when the Royals posted a record of 92-70, second in the American League West Division, 7 games behind the Oakland Athletics.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

May 21, 2011

130 years ago
1881


Americana
Clara Barton founded what became the American Red Cross.

Tennis
The United States National Lawn Tennis Association, composed of 33 clubs, was formed in a New York City hotel room as the national ruling body of the sport.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
Outfielder Chuck Klein, who had been a great slugger with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1928-1933 before being traded to the Chicago Cubs, was traded back to the Phillies with pitcher Fabian Kowalik and a reported $50,000 for outfielder Ethan Allen and pitcher Curt Davis. Mr. Klein was hitting .294 with 5 home runs and 18 runs batted in in 29 games with Chicago in 1936, while Mr. Kowalik was 0-2 in 6 games with the Cubs. Mr. Allen was batting .296 with 1 home run and 9 RBIs in 30 games with the Phillies, while Mr. Davis was 2-4 in 10 games.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Surrender--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1971


Diplomacy
After 12 hours of talks in Paris, French President Georges Pompidou and British Prime Minister Edward Heath reached an accord paving the way for the U.K.'s entry into the European Economic Community.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 15 (CHED)
1 High School Confidential--Rough Trade
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
4 Her Town Too--James Taylor and J.D. Souther
5 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
6 I Missed Again--Phil Collins
7 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
8 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
9 You Better You Bet--The Who
10 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
11 It Just Occurred to Me--Peter Pringle
12 Sweetheart--Franke and the Knockouts
13 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 Babe--Jack Green
15 I Love You--Climax Blues Band

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Minnesota 1 @ New York Islanders 5 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Butch Goring and Wayne Merrick scored 25 seconds apart in the first 6 minutes of the game, putting the Islanders ahead to stay at Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale as they claimed the Stanley Cup for the second straight year under head coach Al Arbour. Mr. Goring scored a powerplay goal at 5:12 of the 1st period, and Mr. Merrick scored the cup-winning goal at 5:37. Mr. Goring scored his second goal of the game at 10:03, before Steve Christoff got the North Stars on the scoreboard at 16:06. New York dominated the 2nd period, outshooting Minnesota 16-4, tallying the period’s only goal when Bob Bourne scored with 49 seconds remaining. Mike McEwen scored the final goal with 2:54 remaining in the 3rd period. Billy Smith easily won the goaltending duel over Don Beaupre. Mr. Goring, who scored 10 goals and 10 assists in 18 playoff games, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ Most Valuable Player.

Baseball
The Chicago White Sox were in Edmonton to play an exhibition game against their AAA farm team, the Trappers of the Pacific Coast League. Chicago won 4-3 at Renfrew Park in a game that took just 1 hour and 45 minutes to play. The winning pitcher was Jim Siwy, whom the White Sox had called up from the class A team at Appleton for the game. Greg Luzinski, who never played a regular season game in the outfield in 4 years with the White Sox (1981-1984), spent 2 innings in left field, and just about knocked down the wall going after a ball. This blogger spent most of the day in the Trappers’ team offices stapling inserts for the game scorecards, and later had the pleasure of meeting some of the White Sox. Vada Pinson, a former star major league outfielder then coaching with Chicago, was especially nice, and posed for a photo, which he later autographed.

In what may have been the greatest pitching duel in the history of U.S. college baseball, St. John’s edged Yale 1-0 in 12 innings in an NCAA first-round playoff game. Frank Viola of St. John’s and Ron Darling of Yale both pitched complete games. Mr. Darling had a no-hitter going after 11 innings, with 16 strikeouts, but in the 12th, Steve Scafa of St. John’s hit a single and stole second and third bases. The next batter reached first base on an error and then tried to steal second base; when the Yale catcher threw to second, Mr. Scafa broke for home plate and scored the game’s only run. Roger Angell wrote about the game in his book Late Innings (1982).

20 years ago
1991


Died on this date
Rajiv Gandhi, 46. Prime Minister of India, 1984-1989. Mr. Gandhi, leader of the Congress (I) Party, became Prime Minister after his mother, Indira Gandhi, had been assassinated by her bodyguards. Voters came to view his government as incompetent and corrupt, leading to his party’s defeat in 1989. Attempting a comeback in an election campaign for seats in the lower house of parliament, Mr. Gandhi had made a campaign stop in Sriperambudur, southwest of Madras, when a woman concealing a bomb approached him, blowing up and killing herself, Mr. Gandhi, and 16 other people.

Weather
It was about 85 F in Fredericton, New Brunswick, making it the warmest place in Canada, to the delight of this blogger, who happened to be there.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Pittsburgh 5 @ Minnesota 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs, who had started the season with a record of 18-19, fired Don Zimmer as manager. Mr. Zimmer had managed the Cubs since 1988, and had led them to the National League East Division title in 1989. Coach Joe Altobelli managed the Cubs for one game after the firing of Mr. Zimmer before Jim Essian took over as the full-time manager.

Friday, 20 May 2011

May 20, 2011

150 years ago
1861

Americana

Five weeks after the beginning of the Civil War, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union.

120 years ago
1891

Died on this date
Jim Fogarty, 27
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Fogarty played, mostly in the outfield, for the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League from 1883-1889 and the Philadelphia Quakers of the Players League in 1890, batting .246 in 751 games. He led NL batters in bases on balls in 1887 with 82 and in stolen bases with 99 in 1889. Baseball statistics guru Bill James rates Mr. Fogarty as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball history. Mr. Fogarty managed the PL Quakers for 16 games in 1890, compiling a record of 7-9. He died of tuberculosis in San Francisco.

100 years ago
1911

Oddities

What appeared to be a game-winning hit in a New England League game in Lynn, Massachusetts, was overruled by the umpire because outfielders had lost sight of the ball in fog. With Lynn leading Fall River 5-4 in the top of the 7th inning, a Fall River batter named Weaver hit a fly ball to the outfield with a man on base, and both runners came around to score to give Fall River a 6-5 lead. After a dispute, umpire Walsh disallowed the runs, called the game, and ordered that the score revert to the 6th inning with Lynn winning 5-4.

80 years ago
1931


Born on this date
Ken Boyer
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Boyer was a third baseman who played in the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals (1955-1965); New York Mets (1966-1967); Chicago White Sox (1967-1968); and Los Angeles Dodgers (1968-1969), batting .287 with 282 home runs and 1,141 runs batted in in 2,034 games. He was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1964, when he hit .295 with 24 home runs, scored 100 runs, and led the league with 119 RBIs as the Cardinals won the World Series. He hit just .222 in the 1964 World Series, but hit 2 home runs, scored 5 runs, and batted in 6. Mr. Boyer managed the Cardinals from 1978-1980, compiling a record of 166-190-1. He died of cancer on September 7, 1982 at the age of 51. Mr. Boyer’s brother Clete was a third baseman with the Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves from 1955-1971, and another brother, Cloyd, pitched with the Cardinals and Athletics from 1949-1955.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
Backup shortstop George Jumonville of the Philadelphia Phillies came to bat as a pinch hitter with the Phillies trailing the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0, and hit his only major league home run in his final major league at bat, helping his team come back for an 11-7 win.

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: A Force Called X07

This was the first episode of the series.

Baseball
Richie Ashburn had 4 hits in each game as the Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-0 and 12-4.

The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves 4-3 and 5-4 before 42,088 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago, as Dutch Leonard pitched 2 innings of relief in each game to get credit for both wins.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Runaway--Del Shannon (3rd week at #1)
2 Mother-in-Law--Ernie K. Doe
3 A Hundred Pounds of Clay--Gene McDaniels
4 Daddy’s Home--Shep and the Limelites
5 Blue Moon--The Marcels
6 Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart--Connie Francis
7 Mama Said--The Shirelles
8 Runnin’ Scared--Roy Orbison
9 You Can Depend on Me--Brenda Lee
10 Travelin’ Man--Ricky Nelson

Singles entering the chart included I Feel So Bad (#49)/Wild in the Country (#73) by Elvis PresleyYou Always Hurt the One You Love by Clarence Henry (#71); Tossin’ and Turnin’ by Bobby Lewis (#75); The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton (#76); It Keeps Rainin’ by Fats Domino (#79); Summertime by the Marcels (#85); Who Else But You by Frankie Avalon (#88); Heart and Soul by the Cleftones (#94); and My Kind of Girl by Matt Monro (#100). Wild in the Country was the title song of Elvis’s latest movie.

Protest
A mob of whites attacked the bus carrying the Freedom Riders when it arrived in Montgomery, Alabama. At least 20 people were beaten in street fighting that lasted two hours. Among those beaten was John Siegenthaler, special representative of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy ordered his brother Bobby, the U.S. Attorney General, to "take all necessary steps." Attorney General Kennedy sent 400 armed U.S. marshals to Montgomery under the direction of Deputy Attorney General Byron White. Alabama Governor John Patterson, who could hear the violence from his office, finally proclaimed martial law in Montgomery after marshals had to throw tear gas bombs to beat back a mob threatening an integrationist rally at a church.

World events
Four days after the South Korean government had been deposed by a military coup, President Posun Yung resigned, but resumed his post at the junta's urging in order to preserve diplomatic relations with other nations. The junta formed a cabinet of military men with Lt. Gen. Chang Do Young, Army Chief of Staff and leader of the junta, as its head. The junta banned labour groups and political parties.

Diplomacy
Former U.S. first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, United Auto Workers president Walter Reuther, and Johns Hopkins University president Milton Eisenhower sent a telegram to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro offering as private citizens to raise funds for 500 U.S. tractors to be sent to Cuba "not as a response to a demand for political ransom but out of common humanity." Three days earlier, Mr. Castro had offered to exchange 1,214 rebels captured in the Bay of Pigs invasion in April for 500 U.S. tractors.

War
Peace talks between France and the Algerian Provisional Government began in Evian-les-Bains, France. As the talks began, France unilaterally declared a 30-day cease-fire in their civil war in Algeria as a gesture of goodwill. This was rejected by the rebels on the ground that any cease-fire must be the result of bilateral negotiations.

Horse racing
Carry Back, winner of the Kentucky Derby, won his second straight Triple Crown race when, with J. Sellers aboard, he captured the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:57 3/5. Globemaster placed second. First prize money was $126,200.

Baseball
Dick Ellsworth gave up just 3 hits, but it took Ed Bouchee’s game-ending home run to break up a scoreless pitching duel between Mr. Ellsworth and Larry Jackson, giving the Chicago Cubs a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Ephraim Elrom, 58
. Israeli diplomat. Mr. Elrom, Israel's consul general to Turkey, had been kidnapped on May 17 from his home in Istanbul by four armed Turkish terrorists, who demanded that "all revolutionary guerrillas under detention" in the country be released by the evening of May 20 or Mr. Elrom would be killed. The Turkish government rejected the demand and began an intensive search for Mr. Elrom and his kidnappers. His body was found on May 23 in an apartment near the Israeli consulate.

World events
After a 10-day trial, a court in Leningrad convicted nine Jews of anti-Soviet activity and sentenced them to prison camp terms ranging from one to 10 years.

30 years ago
1981


Radio
The spring ratings for radio stations in the Edmonton area were released. The weekly circulation figures (with figures from the fall of 1980 in parentheses) were:

CHED (630 AM)---447,200 (475,900)
CFCW (790 AM)---308,000 (273,900)
CFRN (1260 AM)--283,300 (234,000)
CJCA (930 AM)---263,300 (342,400)
CHQT (1110 AM)--194,600 (220,600)
CBX (740 AM)----127,000 (120,700)
CIRK (97.3 FM)--117,800 (69,600)
CKXM (100.3 FM)- 90,000 (83,400)
CKRA (96.3 FM)-- 84,700 (96,700)

Morning show figures, for listeners 7 years of age and older, from 6 A.M.-10 A.M., for the full market area, were:

CHED (630 AM)---52,700 (48,300)
CJCA (930 AM)---35,000 (40,100)
CHQT (1110 AM)--29,200 (33,100)
CFRN (1260 AM)--12,700 (11,900)
CIRK (97.3 FM)-- 9,700 (3,100)
CKRA (96.3 FM)-- 6,000 (8,600)
CKXM (100.3 FM)--3,400 (5,300)

Several Edmonton-area stations didn't subscribe to the ratings service, including CBC FM (90.9 FM); CHFA (680 AM); CKER (1480 AM); CKO (102.9 FM); CKST (1070 AM); and CKUA (580 AM/94.9 FM).

Baseball
Cincinnati Reds’ relief pitcher Doug Bair hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to give himself the win as the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

In the Pacific Coast League, Edmonton Trappers’ shortstop Todd Cruz was back in the lineup after spending the previous day in court. Mr. Cruz had been arrested in the downtown Hudson’s Bay Store in the wee hours of May 19 when police found him with a number of watchers strapped to his arms. He wanted to make a pre-game apology over the public address system on May 20, but the idea was nixed by team management. During his first time at bat, a fan shouted, "What time is it?" The Trappers’ parent team, the Chicago White Sox, were scheduled to be in Edmonton the next day for an exhibition game against the Trappers, and White Sox’ co-owner Eddie Einhorn was in the press box at Renfrew Park .

25 years ago
1986


Weather
It reached 82 F. in Edmonton.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Calgary 3 @ Montreal 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)

20 years ago
1991


Personal
It was a beautiful day in New Brunswick, and this blogger spent an enjoyable Victoria Day appreciating Loyalist history in Saint John before taking a train to Fredericton Junction and then a bus to Fredericton.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

May 19, 2011

475 years ago
1536

Died on this date
Anne Boleyn, 29
. Queen of England, 1533-1536. The second wife of King Henry VIII was beheaded after being convicted on charges of adultery and incest. She gave birth to the future Queen Elizabeth I in 1533, but the king was greatly disappointed at the birth of a daughter instead of a son, and Miss Boleyn’s miscarriage of a son shortly before her death.

90 years ago
1921


Law
The United States Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, establishing national quotas for immigrants.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
2 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford
--Patti Page
3 How High the Moon--Les Paul and Mary Ford
4 If--Perry Como
5 Be My Love--Mario Lanza
6 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)--Patti Page
7 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
8 Beautiful Brown Eyes--Rosemary Clooney
9 Aba Daba Honeymoon--Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
10 I Apologize--Billy Eckstine

Singles entering the chart were Hello, Young Lovers, with versions by Perry Como and Margaret Whiting (#27); Rose, Rose, I Love You by Frankie Laine (#28); and Old Soldiers Never Die by Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra (#29). Mr. Como’s version of Hello, Young Lovers was the B-side (or maybe the A-side) of We Kissed in a Shadow, which charted at #26; Rose, Rose, I Love You was the B-side of Jezebel, which charted at #16. Old Soldiers Never Die was presumably recorded by Mr. Monroe as an aftermath to the farewell speech of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur after being fired by President Harry Truman.

50 years ago
1961


Protest
U.S. President John F. Kennedy sent John Siegenthaler, a member of U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s staff, to Alabama as his personal representative in an attempt to obtain from Alabama Governor John Patterson guarantees of protection for the Freedom Riders, the civil rights activists riding buses from Washington, D.C. to New Orleans to challenge various state segregation laws.

40 years ago
1971


Space
The U.S.S.R. launched the probe Mars 2, scheduled to reach Mars about November 15, 1971.

Baseball
Clete Boyer and Mike Lum each hit 2 home runs to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 10-4 win over the Montreal Expos. Mr. Boyer now had 5 homers in his last 5 games and 6 for the season, but the 2 he hit in this game were his last in the major leagues.

30 years ago
1981


Crime
Edmonton Trappers’ shortstop Todd Cruz, who had joined the team from the Chicago White Sox on an injury rehabilitation assignment several days earlier in Hawaii, was arrested in the wee hours of the morning in the Hudson’s Bay store downtown, where he was found by police with a number of watches strapped to his arms. Mr. Cruz had played both games of a Victoria Day doubleheader the previous afternoon, but had too much to drink that evening. After his arrest, he spent most of the day in court and didn’t play that night. Mr. Cruz was charged with breaking and entering and theft.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
New York Islanders 2 @ Minnesota 4 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Steve Payne scored with 7:34 remaining in regulation time and Bobby Smith scored on a powerplay with 1:48 remaining at Metropolitan Sports Center to enable the North Stars to avert a sweep. Craig Hartsburg and Al MacAdam also scored for Minnesota, while Brad Maxwell aded 3 assists and Mr. Smith 2. Gord Lane and Mike McEwen scored for the Islanders. Don Beaupre returned to play goal for the North Stars--replacing the benched Gilles Meloche--while Billy Smith was in goal once again for the Islanders.

25 years ago
1986


War
South African troops launched raids on cities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana in an attempt to destroy bases being used by the African National Congress.

20 years ago
1991


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

10 years ago
2001


Horse racing
Point Given won the 126th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos finished sixth.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos gave up 20 runs in a game for the first time in their history, losing 20-7 to the San Diego Padres. Bubba Trammell drove in 6 runs for the Padres.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

May 18, 2011

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton

60 years ago
1951


Horse racing
Bold, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, won the 66th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:56 2/5. First prize money was $83,110. Counterpoint placed second.

40 years ago
1971


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

Rookie goaltender Ken Dryden made a brilliant save on a shot by Jim Pappin with less than 2 minutes remaining in regulation time to preserve the victory for the Canadiens, who overcame a 2-0 deficit in the series, and a 2-0 deficit in the final game at Chicago Stadium to win the Stanley Cup for the 17th time. Dennis Hull scored with 48 seconds remaining in the 1st period to give the Black Hawks a 1-0 lead, and Danny O’Shea scored in the 2nd period to make it 2-0. The Canadiens got on the scoreboard when Jacques Lemaire took a slapshot from just inside centre ice, and Chicago goalie Tony Esposito let it get by him to make it 2-1. The Canadiens, with renewed life, tied the game late in the 2nd period on a goal by Henri Richard, and Mr. Richard scored the cup-winning goal at 2:34 of the 3rd period. Mr. Dryden, who played every second of 20 playoff games and made 31 saves in this game, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. It was the last game in the 20-year NHL career of Montreal captain Jean Beliveau, who scored 6 goals and 16 assists in the 1971 playoffs, setting a single-season record for assists. Interest in the series in the United States became so high as the finals went on that CBS decided to televise the final game live. This blogger listened on CBC radio.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
PCL
The Edmonton Trappers and Spokane Indians split a Victoria Day doubleheader at Renfrew Park in Edmonton. Edmonton shortstop Todd Cruz, who had joined the team from the Chicago White Sox on an injury rehabilitation assignment several days earlier in Hawaii, played his first two home games, and hit a home run in the second game. That night, Mr. Cruz had too much to drink, and broke into the Hudson’s Bay store downtown, where he was found by police with a number of watches strapped to his arms. The doubleheader marked this blogger’s first assignment in the press box as sound man, in charge of playing recordings of national anthems, trumpet blasts, and music between innings. It was a very enjoyable job.

25 years ago
1986


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Montreal 3 @ Calgary 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Brian Skrudland of the Canadiens set a Stanley Cup record for the fastest overtime goal when he scored just 9 seconds after the faceoff to begin the first overtime period at Olympic Saddledome.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
2 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
3 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
4 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
5 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
6 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
7 Joyride--Roxette
8 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
9 More than Words--Extreme
10 You Don’t Have to Go Home Tonight--The Triplets

Singles entering the chart included Lift Me Up by Yes (#82); Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones (#83); and Lily was Here by David A. Stewart introducing Candy Dulfer (#86).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joyride--Roxette (2nd week at #1)
2 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
3 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
4 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
5 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
6 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
7 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
8 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
9 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
10 Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You--Robert Palmer

Singles entering the chart included Rush, Rush by Paula Abdul (#41); Power of Love/Love Power by Luther Vandross (#56); and Starting All Over Again by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#90).

Space
Helen Sharman of Sheffield, England became the first Briton to go into space when she travelled aboard a Soyuz TM-12 capsule with cosmonauts Anatoly Artebartsky and Sergei Krikalyov as part of the U.S.S.R.’s Project Juno.

Horse racing
Hansel, with Jerry Bailey aboard, won the 116th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.