Monday, 26 December 2011

January 8, 2012

120 years ago
1892


Crime
A Chilean court indicted three Chileans and one American for their roles in the October 16, 1891 brawl between U.S. sailors and Chilean nationals outside the True Blue Saloon in Valparaiso.

100 years ago
1912


Born on this date
Jose Ferrer
. U.S. actor and director. Born José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Mr. Ferrer was best known for playing Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he won a Tony Award (1947), Academy Award (1950), and Emmy Award (1955). He died 18 days after his 80th birthday.

70 years ago
1942


Born on this date
Stephen Hawking
. U.K. physicist. The world's most famous theoretical physicist is best known for his book A Brief History of Time (1988), about which movie critic Roger Ebert said, "Millions bought the book--and thousands finished it." Dr. Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at the age of 21, and doctors gave him two years to live; as Maxwell Smart would say, "Missed it by that much!"

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Flare Week, starring Eileen Heckart, Conrad Janis, and Edmon Ryan

50 years ago
1962


On the radio
Macabre, on USAFRS Far East Network
Tonight's episode: The Edge of Evil

This was the last episode of the series.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC
Tonight's episode: The Priory School

On television tonight
Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Waxworks, starring Oscar Homolka, Martin Kosleck, and Antoinette Bower

40 years ago
1972


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)--New Seekers

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Brand New Key--Melanie (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 American Pie, Parts I and II--Don McLean
2 Brand New Key-Melanie
3 Cherish--David Cassidy
4 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
5 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone
6 Let's Stay Together--Al Green
7 Scorpio--Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band
8 Sunshine--Jonathan Edwards
9 Hey Girl--Donny Osmond
10 Sugar Daddy--The Jackson 5

Singles entering the chart were Floy Joy by the Supremes (#84); Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby) by Aretha Franklin (#92); and Another Puff by Jerry Reed (#96).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Brand New Key--Melanie
2 An Old Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night
3 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
4 Cherish--David Cassidy
5 All I Ever Need is You--Sonny and Cher
6 American Pie, Parts I and II--Don McLean
7 Hey Girl--Donny Osmond
8 Devil You--Stampeders
9 Lonesome Mary--Chilliwack
10 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone

Singles entering the chart were Stay with Me by the Faces (#77); Out of My Mind by Rain (#87); Cotton Jenny by Anne Murray (#88); Bang a Gong (Get it On) by T. Rex (#94); Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison (#95); Without You by Nilsson (#96); To Claudia on Thursday by Doherty and Haskell (#97); Together Let's Find Lovee by the 5th Dimension (#98); Precious and Few by Climax (#99); and Clean Up Woman by Betty Wright (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 American Pie, Parts I and II--Don McLean
2 Baby I'm-A Want You--Bread
3 Day After Day--Badfinger
4 Brand New Key--Melanie
5 Do I Love You--Paul Anka
6 I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)--New Seekers
7 Sunshine--Jonathan Edwards
8 Lonesome Mary--Chilliwack
9 Sour Suite--The Guess Who
10 Nothing to Hide--Tommy James
Pick hit of the week: Friends with You--John Denver

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: Ooa Hela Natten--Attack (8th week at #1)

Diplomacy
Spanish Prime Minister Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo announced that his country would reopen the border with Gibraltar on April 20. The border had been closed for 12 years and was to be opened on the day that Spain and the U.K. began discussions concerning Gibraltar's status. Spain claimed that Gibraltar was rightfully Spanish territory, while most of Gibraltar's 29,000 inhabitants were believed to be in favour of remaining a British territory. Britain had controlled the peninsula since 1704.

Business
The American Telephone & Telegraph Bell System telephone monopoly agreed to divest itself of 22 Bell System companies and split into seven "baby Bells."

Economics and finance
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the nation's unemployment rate had increased from 8.4% to 8.9% during December 1981. It was estimated that 9,462,000 people were out of work, including 460,000 who had been laid off in December. The unemployment rate for adult men stood at 8%, a post-World War II high. For Negroes the figure was 16.1%.

25 years ago
1987


On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC

Tonight's episode: Inner Struggles: Fall, 1975

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 2,002.25, its first finish above 2,000.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: Black or White--Michael Jackson (8th week at #1)

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Road Test

Diplomacy
U.S. President George Bush, in Tokyo for trade talks with Japanese government and business leaders, fell ill with intestinal flu during a state dinner at the residence of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, vomited on the Prime Minister, and returned to his suite at the Akasaka Palace.

Politics and government
Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder, who had attracted little support, withdrew from the contest for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in order to concentrate on his duties as governor.

Health
Canadian Health Minister Benoit Bouchard announced a temporary ban on silicone breast implants, two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had issued a ban on the implants in the United States.

10 years ago
2002


Space
Astrophysicist Kenneth Lanzetta presented evidence indicating that stars originally formed rapidly and profusely, challenging the general assumption that stars formed gradually.

Baseball
Ozzie Smith, who played shortstop with the San Diego Padres (1978-1981) and St. Louis Cardinals (1982-1996), recording a .282 batting average in 2,573 games, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Smith, nicknamed the "Wizard of Oz," was known for his spectacular defensive ability.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

January 7, 2012

120 years ago
1892


Died on this date
Muhammed Tewfik Pasha, 39
. Khedive of Egypt and Sudan, 1879-1892. Tewfik succeeded to the Khedivate upon the death of his father Ismail, and followed British recommendations to become a constitutional ruler. He died suddenly at the winter resort of Helwan, south of Cairo. The cause of death was stated as influenza, double pneumonia, and kidney inflammation, but a rumour spread rapidly that Khedive Tewfik had been poisoned by the Turks or even the British.

40 years ago
1972


Terrorism
Long-fused time bombs were discovered in banks in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco after their locations had been disclosed in anonymous letters calling for the release of all "political prisoners."

CrimeU.S. gangster Mickey Cohen, 57, was released from prison in Atlanta after serving 10 years of a 15-year sentence for income tax evasion. The last five years of his sentence were dropped for good behaviour, and Mr. Cohen vowed he was "going straight."

Disasters
All 104 people aboard an Iberia jet were killed when it slammed into the highest mountain on Ibiza Island, Spain.

At least 43 people were killed when Typhoon Kit struck the central Philippines.

Basketball
NBA
Los Angeles 134 @ Atlanta 90

The Lakers' win was their 33rd straight. The winning streak, which ended with their next game, remains an NBA record.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CFRN)
1 I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)--Daryl Hall and John Oates
2 Comin' in and Out of Your Life--Barbra Streisand
3 Hooked on Classics--Royal Philharmonic
4 Come Go with Me--The Beach Boys
5 Leather and Lace--Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
6 Trouble--Lindsey Buckingham
7 Harden My Heart--Quarterflash
8 I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World
9 Physical--Olivia Newton-John
10 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner

Disasters
27 people were killed in a mudslide in Bogota, Colombia.

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (8th week at #1)

War
French fighter-bombers struck Libyan radar installations in northern Chad, while Libyan planes bombed a Chadian government post.

20 years ago
1992


World events
A Yugoslav air force jet shot down an unarmed helicopter carrying observers from the European Community, killing all 5 people aboard. The Yugoslav defense ministry accepted responsibility for the attack and expressed "deep regret."

Diplomacy
Canadian External Affairs Minister Barbara McDougall protested the expulsion of Canadian members of parliament Geoff Scott, Svend Robinson, and Beryl Gaffney from China. The MPs were in the midst of a fact-finding tour concerning China's human rights record.

U.S. President George Bush arrived in Tokyo to begin three days of trade talks with Japanese government leaders and business executives.

Baseball
Tom Seaver, who pitched for the New York Mets (1967-1977, 1983); Cincinnati Reds (1977-1982); Chicago White Sox (1984-1986); and Boston Red Sox (1986), compiling a record of 311-205, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, receiving a record 98.8% of the vote.

10 years ago
2002


Space
Scientists presented findings that many gamma-ray bursts originated in nearby galaxy clusters and that such bursts may result from supernova explosions.

Technology
Apple Computer introduced its new iMac, featuring a flat-panel monitor on an adjustable "neck" attached to a hemispheric base.

Diplomacy
The foreign ministers of Myanmar and Thailand began talks in an attempt to reach an accord on the repatriation to Myanmar of 400,000 migrant workers registered in Thailand.

Weather
The worst storm in about three decades dropped a foot of snow on Jordan and Lebanon.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

January 6, 2012

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

100 years ago
1912


Americana
New Mexico entered the Union as the 47th state.

Science
German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first presented his theory of continental drift.

80 years ago
1932


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Yellow Face

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Out There, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Guest in the House, starring Marc Cavell, Joy Hilton, Dan Morgan, and Robert Webber

50 years ago
1962


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Nata per me--Adriano Celentano (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Stranger on the Shore--Mr. Acker Bilk

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Stranger on the Shore--Mr. Acker Bilk

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Twist--Chubby Checker (5th week at #1)
2 The Lion Sleeps Tonight--The Tokens
3 Walk on By--Leroy Van Dyke
4 Run to Him--Bobby Vee
5 Can't Help Falling in Love--Elvis Presley
6 Peppermint Twist (Part 1)--Joey Dee and the Starliters
7 Please Mr. Postman--The Marvelettes
8 When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Heart)--Connie Francis
9 Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen--Neil Sedaka
10 I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)--Barbara George

The Twist had originally been released in 1960, and had spent 4 weeks at #1 from September 10-October 1.
Singles entering the chart were Dear Ivan by Jimmy Dean (#72); Duke of Earl by Gene Chandler (#97); Smoky Places by the Corsairs (#98); Happy Jose (Ching-Ching), with versions by Jack Ross and Dave Appell and his Orchestra (#99); Free Me by Johnny Preston (#100); and Let Me In by the Sensations (also #100).

25 years ago
1987


Space
Astronomers at the University of California first witnessed the birth of a galaxy containing one billion stars.

20 years ago
1992


Health
The United States government recommended that physicians cease giving silicone breast implants, over concerns about their safety.

10 years ago
2002


Economics and finance
Argentina decoupled the peso from the U.S. dollar, ending a policy that had been followed since 1991.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

January 5, 2012

60 years ago
1952


Hit parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Cry--Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads (Best Seller--2nd week at #1, Disc Jockey--1st week at #1); Slow Poke--Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys (Jukebox--1st week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (It's No) Sin--The Four Aces (9th week at #1)
--Eddy Howard
2 Down Yonder--Del Wood
--Joe "Fingers" Carr
--Champ Butler
3 Slow Poke--Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys
--Arthur Godfey
--Helen O'Connell
4 Cold, Cold Heart--Tony Bennett
5 Shrimp Boats--Jo Stafford
6 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
7 Jealousy (Jalousie)--Frankie Laine
8 Cry--Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads
9 Charmaine--Mantovani and his Orchestra
10 Undecided--The Ames Brothers and Les Brown and his Band of Renown

Singles entering the chart were Snowflakes by Evelyn Knight and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (#25); Manhattan by Tony Martin and Dinah Shore (#27); Walkin' by Nat "King" Cole (#30); and Dance Me Loose by Arthur Godfrey (#35).

Diplomacy
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrived in the United States for his first official visit since regaining power in the October 1951 general election.

50 years ago
1962


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Nothing in the Dark, starring Gladys Cooper and Robert Redford

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Laura-Belle Robinson!

40 years ago
1972


On television tonight
Rod Serling's Night Gallery, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Green Fingers, starring Cameron Mitchell, Elsa Lanchester, and Michael Bell; The Funeral, starring Joe Flynn, Werner Klemperer, and Jack Laird; The Tune in Dan's Cafe, starring Pernell Roberts and Susan Oliver

The title tune in The Tune in Dan's Cafe was If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry, performed by Jerry Wallace. It was released as a single later in 1972 and reached the top 40 on the pop charts in the United States and Canada.

Space
U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered development of the U.S. space shuttle.

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo (3rd week at #1)

20 years ago
1992


Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
Kansas City 14 @ Buffalo 37

NFC Divisional Playoff
Dallas 6 @ Detroit 38

10 years ago
2002


Movies
The U.S. National Society of Film Critics chose Mulholland Dr. as the best picture of 2001, while the American Film Institute, presenting its first annual award, chose The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as the best picture of 2001.

January 4, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Angela Ieriti, Agness Nyambe, and Aydee Ramirez!

70 years ago
1942


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Second Stain

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Dune Roller, starring Bruce Cabot, Nancy Coleman, and Lee Graham

50 years ago
1962


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Moon River--Danny Williams (2nd week at #1)

Music
The January 4-18 issue of the English periodical Mersey Beat carried the front-page headline Beatles Top Poll above a photo of the group: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Down Under--Men at Work (3rd week at #1)

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in France: T'en va pas--Elsa

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
New England 17 @ Denver 22

NFC Divisional Playoff
San Francisco 3 @ New York Giants 49

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Black or White--Michael Jackson (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John

#1 single in France: Qui a le droit...--Patrick Bruel (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Black or White--Michael Jackson (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Cash Box): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

Politics and government
Algerian President Chadli Benjedid dissolved the National Popular Assembly and turned power over to a Constitutional Council. That council and the Algerian Supreme Court appointed a five-member High Committee of State to assume responsibility for the state.

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
Houston 24 @ Denver 26

NFC Divisional Playoff
Atlanta 7 @ Washington 24

10 years ago
2002


Died on this date
Nathan Chapman, 31
. U.S. soldier. A Sergeant First Class with the 1st Special Forces Group, Mr. Chapman was directing troop movements in Afghanistan from the back of a flatbed truck when he was fatally shot. Sgt. Chapman was the first U.S. soldier to be killed in the war in Afghanistan that followed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

World events
Israel seized a ship loaded with munitions that was destined for the Palestinian National Authority.

January 3, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Gulbahar!

80 years ago
1932


World events
Martial law was declared in Honduras in order to stop a revolt by workers who had been fired by the United Fruit Company.

70 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)

50 years ago
1962


Religion
Pope John XXIII excommunicated Cuban dictator Fidel Castro from the Roman Catholic Church.

30 years ago
1982


Edmontonia
A "Gardens Goodbye" celebration was held to mark the closing of the Edmonton Gardens, which was known as the Edmonton Arena when it was built in 1913, and changed its name in 1950. Various activities were held to mark the building's closing, starting with a concert by Bobby Curtola, hosted by CFRN radio's Barry Boyd. The final event was an oldtimers' hockey game.

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
Buffalo 21 @ Cincinnati 28

NFC Divisional Playoff
New York Giants 24 @ San Francisco 38

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: The Final Countdown--Europe (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)--Jackie Wilson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles (3rd week at #1)

Music
Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
New York Jets 20 @ Cleveland 23 (2 OT)

NFC Divisional Playoff
Washington 27 @ Chicago 13

This was Doug Flutie's last game as quarterback for the Bears.

10 years ago
2002


Transportation
The Netherlands renationalized its rail network after years of private ownership during which service had deteriorated.

Weather
The heaviest snowfall in many years covered a swath of the southern United States, causing hundreds of traffic accidents and leaving 70,000 people without electricity.

Football
U.S. university
Rose Bowl @ Pasadena
Miami (Florida) 37 Nebraska 14

The Hurricanes' win over the Cornhuskers gave them the national championship.

January 2, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Kathy Fincham!

520 years ago
1492


World events
Muhammad XI, leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain, surrendered to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.

40 years ago
1972


Football
NFL
AFC Championship
Baltimore 0 @ Miami 21

Bob Griese's 75-yard touchdown pass to Paul Warfield early in the 1st quarter was all the Dolphins needed as they defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Colts at the Orange Bowl to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in their 6-year history. Dick Anderson intercepted a Johnny Unitas pass and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, and Larry Csonka rushed 5 yards for the final touchdown in the 4th quarter. Garo Yepremian converted all 3 touchdowns.

NFC Championship
San Francisco 3 @ Dallas 14

Calvin Hill rushed 1 yard for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter an Duane Thomas rushed 2 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter as the Cowboys advanced to the Super Bowl for the second straight year. Mr. Hill's touchdown was set up when George Andrie intercepted a John Brodie pass and returned it to the San Francisco 1-yard line. The 49ers' only score came on a 28-yard field goal by Bruce Gossett in the 3rd quarter.

Hockey
NHL
Montreal 6 @ Detroit 4

This was the Sunday broadcast on CBC radio.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Don't You Want Me--The Human League (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Physical--Olivia Newton-John (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Physical--Olivia Newton-John (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak dismissed his cabinet, named a new prime minister, and asked him to form a new government. Previously, Mr. Mubarak had held the posts of President and Prime Minister. Ahmed Fuad Mohieddin, previously the first deputy Prime Minister, now became the Prime Minister. A new cabinet was announced the following day.

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
San Diego 41 @ Miami 38 (OT)

Rolf Benirschke's 29-yard field goal at 13:52 of overtime gave the Chargers the win over the Dolphins in the highest-scoring playoff game to date.

NFC
Divisional Playoff
Tampa Bay 0 @ Dallas 38

25 years ago
1987


War
Forces of Chadian President Hissen Habre attacked and captured the oasis town of Fada, reportedly killing several hundred Libyan soldiers during the advance. The thrust carried the Chadians north of the 16th parallel, which had divided Chad into a northern sector controlled by Libya and a southern sector controlled by the government of Chad, which was supported by France.

Football
U.S. university
Fiesta Bowl
Pennsylvania State 14 Miami (Florida) 10 @ Glendale, Arizona

The Nittany Lions intercepted Hurricanes' quarterback Vinny Testaverde 5 times as Penn State, under head coach Joe Paterno, won its second national championship in five years.

10 years ago
2002


Died on this date
Buddy, 4
. U.S. dog. A Labrador retriever, Buddy was the pet of U.S. President Bill Clinton and his family, moving into the White House as a three-month-old puppy in December 1997. He was run over by a car and killed in Chappaqua, New York.

Politics and government
Eduardo Duhalde was sworn in as interim President of Argentina, to serve until elections in 2003. He was Argentina's fifth president in the previous two weeks.

Monday, 12 December 2011

January 1, 2012

120 years ago
1892


Americana
Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl, became the first immigrant to enter the Ellis Island Immigration Station.

110 years ago
1902


Football
U.S. university
Tournament East-West Game (Rose Bowl) @ Pasadena
Michigan 49 Stanford 0

Neil Snow scored 5 touchdowns and Curtis Redden added 2 more as the Wolverines routed Stanford before a crowd estimated at 8,500 at Tournament Park. The game was so lopsided that the game now known as the Rose Bowl wasn't played again until 1916.

75 years ago
1937


Died on this date
J. Gresham Machen, 55
. U.S. theologian. Dr. Machen, a native of Baltimore, was Professor of New Testament at Princeton Seminary from 1914-1929. It was during this period that modernism--the basis of which is the idea that the Bible was mainly of human, rather than divine, origin--became increasingly influential. Dr. Machen was one of the great defenders of Biblical Christianity against modernism. In 1929, he finally left Princeton Seminary and founded Westminster Theological Seminary. As modernism increasingly influenced missionary activities of the Northern Presbyterian Church, Dr. Machen founded, in 1933, the Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions, which he and fellow Bible-believers had a right to do. The NPC leadership, now controlled by modernists, suspended Dr. Machen and seven colleagues--including Carl McIntire--and defrocked Dr. Machen. Francis Schaeffer, in his book The Great Evangelical Disaster (1984), argued that the defrocking of J. Gresham Machen was the most sociologically significant event in America in the first half of the 20th century, since it showed that the modernists had succeeded in taking over the churches. Dr. Machen became the principal figure in the founding of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1936. His trial and defrocking had taken a toll on his health, and Dr. Machen took ill and died while visiting Bismarck, North Dakota to fulfill speaking engagements. A number of Mr. Machen's books are still available, including The Origin of Paul's Religion (1921); Christianity and Liberalism (1923); What is Faith? (1925); and The Virgin Birth of Christ (1930).

70 years ago
1942


Diplomacy
Representatives of 26 nations signed the Declaration by United Nations.

Football
U.S. university
Rose Bowl @ Durham, North Carolina
Oregon State 20 @ Duke 16

Because of fears of a Japanese invasion of the west coast of the United States in the first few weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl was moved to Duke Stadium. Oregon State quarterback Bob Dethman threw touchdown passes of 31 yards to George Zellick and 68 yards to Gene Gray in the 3rd quarter. Attendance was estimated at 56,000.

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Routine Patrol

50 years ago
1962


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Lion Sleeps Tonight--The Tokens (3rd week at #1)

On the radio
Macabre, on USAFRS Far East Network
Tonight's episode: The Crystalline Man

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC
Tonight's episode: The Problem of Thor Bridge

On television tonight
Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: An Attractive Family, starring Richard Long, Leo G. Carroll, and Joyce Bulifant

World events
Western Samoa gained its independence from New Zealand, becoming the Independent State of Western Samoa.

Defense
The United States Navy SEALs were established.

Music
Two groups auditioned at the London studios of Decca Records in attempts to obtain a recording contract. The Beatles--John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best--performed first, recording 15 songs, but were turned down. The second group, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, were signed to a contract.

40 years ago
1972


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)--Benny Hill (4th week at #1)

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Imagine--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
2 Maggie May/Reason to Believe--Rod Stewart
3 Peace Train--Cat Stevens
4 The Banks of the Ohio--Olivia Newton-John
5 Speak to the Sky--Rick Springfield
6 Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey--Paul and Linda McCartney
7 Mammy Blue--Joel Dayde
8 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves--Cher
9 Love is a Beautiful Song--Dave Mills
10 Freedom Come, Freedom Go--The Fortunes

Singles entering the chart were Cherish by David Cassidy (#20); The Desiderata by Les Crane (#24); Ranger's Waltz by the Mom and Dads (#38); Easy Loving by Freddie hart (#39); and Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) by Benny Hill (#40).

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Brand New Key--Melanie (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
2 American Pie, Parts I and II--Don McLean
3 Brand New Key-Melanie
4 Cherish--David Cassidy
5 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone
6 All I Ever Need is You--Sonny and Cher
7 Scorpio--Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band
8 Let's Stay Together--Al Green
9 Hey Girl--Donny Osmond
10 An Old Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night

Singles entering the chart were Stay with Me by the Faces (#70); Jingle Bells by the Singing Dogs (#72); Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison (#89); If I Could See the Light by 8th Day (#91); Under My Wheels by Alice Cooper (#93); Open the Door (Song for Judith) by Judy Collins (#94); Get Up and Get Down by the Dramatics (#99); and Joy by Apollo 100 (#100). Joy was an instrumental pop synthesizer version of J.S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

Society
A law went into effect in India depriving the nation's maharajas of titles, privileges, and tax-free privy purses.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Ooa Hela Natten--Attack (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Victor Buono, 43
. U.S. actor. A beefy actor who looked much older than his years, Mr. Buono was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), and starred in The Strangler (1964). He made frequent appearances as King Tut in the television series Batman (1966-1968). In June 1979, Mr. Buono performed at the Stage West dinner theatre at the Mayfield Inn in Edmonton, Alberta, starring in Warren Graves' play Mors Draculae. He died of a heart attack at his ranch in Apple Valley, California.

Diplomacy
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru became the first Latin-American to hold the title of Secretary-General of the United Nations.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (7th week at #1)

Europeana
Russia officially became a nation, the day after the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

10 years ago
2002


Diplomacy
The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially came into force.

World events
A law granting autonomy to the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya (West Papua) went into effect, and the province's name was officially changed to Papua.

Economics and finance
The euro became the currency for 12 of the European Union's 15 member states: Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Greece; Austria; Belgium; Finland; Ireland; Luxembourg; The Netherlands; and Portugal.

Taiwan officially joined the World Trade Organization as Chinese Taipei.

Defense
Military conscription in Spain officially ended.

December 31, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Mike Matson!

130 years ago
1881


Crime
Charles Guiteau, recently convicted of the assassination of U.S. President James A. Garfield, wrote a New Year's greeting to his jailer.

60 years ago
1951


Diplomacy
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden departed aboard the Queen Mary for New York. The purpose of the trip was to have talks with U.S. President Harry Truman in Washington, followed by a visit to Canada for talks with Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent.

50 years ago
1961


Diplomacy
After distributing more than $12 billion in U.S. aid to European countries since 1948, the Marshall Plan expired.

Music
The Beach Boys made their first live appearance, playing three songs--including their debut single, Surfin'-- as part of a Ritchie Valens memorial concert at Long Beach Civic Auditorium in Long Beach, California. Ike and Tina Turner were the headline act.

Football
NFL Championship @ City Stadium, Green Bay
New York 0 @ Green Bay 37

Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr threw 2 touchdown passes to Ron Kramer and another to Boyd Dowler, and Paul Hornung rushed for a touchdown and kicked 4 converts and 3 field goals as the Packers routed the Giants before 39,029 fans in the first NFL championship game ever played in Green Bay. The score was 0-0 after the 1st quarter, but the Packers scored 24 points in the 2nd quarter and 10 more in the 3rd. It was Green Bay's first NFL championship since 1944, and their first under head coach Vince Lombardi.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
Calgary's top 10
1 Baby I'm-A Want You--Bread
2 Do I Love You--Paul Anka
3 Day After Day--Badfinger
4 I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)--New Seekers
5 Lonesome Mary--Chilliwack
6 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
7 Take it Slow--Lighthouse
8 American Pie, Parts I and II--Don McLean
9 The Desiderata--Les Crane
10 I Don't Need No Doctor--Humble Pie
Pick hit of the week: Brand New Key--Melanie

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CFRN)
1 Hooked on Classics--Royal Philharmonic (3rd week at #1)
2 Leather and Lace--Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
3 Comin' In and Out of Your Life--Barbra Streisand
4 Yesterday's Songs--Neil Diamond
5 Harden My Heart--Quarterflash
6 Come Go with Me--The Beach Boys
7 I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World--Ronnie Milsap
9 Cool Night--Paul Davis
10 She's Got a Way--Billy Joel

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (7th week at #1)

Disasters
96 people were killed in a fire that swept through the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Investigators focused on apossible link between the fire and negotiations between the hotel's management and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represented more than half the employees. The talks had been acromonious, and three small fires had occurred in the two weeks before the fatal fire. The main issue in dispute was management's desire to replace 60 union workers with non-union workers.

20 years ago
1991


World events
As of this date, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist.

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
Eduardo Camano assumed the position of acting President of Argentina.

Friday, 9 December 2011

December 30, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michael Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Gladys Lucy Pomazongo Levano!

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Hindoo in the Wicker Basket

70 years ago
1941


Canadiana
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, where he delivered his "Some chicken...some neck" speech, and then posed for a famous photograph by Yousuf Karsh. Go here to see the full text of the speech.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Out There, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Bus to Nowhere, starring Leonard Barry, Arthur Batanides, and Whit Bissell

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Moon River--Danny Williams

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Tower of Strength--Frankie Vaughan (4th week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Lion Sleeps Tonight--The Tokens (4th week at #1)
2 The Twist--Chubby Checker
3 Walk on By--Leroy Van Dyke
4 Run to Him--Bobby Vee
5 Please Mr. Postman--The Marvelettes
6 Can't Help Falling in Love--Elvis Presley
7 Peppermint Twist (Part 1)--Joey Dee and the Starliters
8 Moon River--Jerry Butler
--Henry Mancini, His Orchestra and Chorus
9 Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen--Neil Sedaka
10 When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Heart)--Connie Francis

Singles entering the chart were Lost Someone by James Brown and the Famous Flames (#90); That's My Pa by Sheb Wooley (#95); I'm Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) by the Ikettes (#96); Fever by Pete Bennett and the Embers (#98); and I Told the Brook by Marty Robbins (#100).

30 years ago
1981


Hockey
NHL
Philadelphia 5 @ Edmonton 7

Wayne Gretzky scored 5 goals--his 46th through 50th of the season--to lead the Oilers past the Flyers at Northlands Coliseum. Mr. Gretzky's last goal, into an empty net, gave him the distinction of reaching the 50-goal mark in one season in the fewest games; it was just the Oilers' 39th game of the season.

10 years ago
2001


Terrorism
Pakistani authorities arrested Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, founder of one of the Muslim groups believed to be behind the December 13, 2001 attack on India's Parliament House in New Delhi. 12 people had been killed in the five-man attack.

Politics and government
Adolfo Rodriguez Saa resigned as interim President of Argentina, just a week after taking office.

December 29, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Christine Gotaas!

160 years ago
1851


Americana
The first Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) opened in Boston.

100 years ago
1911


Politics and government
In Nanjing, Sun Yat-sen was elected provisional President of the Republic of China.

90 years ago
1921


Politics and government
Canada's new Liberal government, under Prime Minister Mackenzie King, was sworn in. For Mr. King, it was the beginning of more than two decades as Canada's Prime Minister, and he eventually became the longest-serving prime minister in the history of the British Commonwealth.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Cry--Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads (Best Seller--1st week at #1); (It's No) Sin--Eddy Howard (Disc Jockey--7th week at #1, Jukebox--1st week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (It's No) Sin--The Four Aces (8th week at #1)
--Eddy Howard
2 Cold, Cold Heart--Tony Bennett
3 Down Yonder--Del Wood
--Joe "Fingers" Carr
--Champ Butler
4 Undecided--The Ames Brothers and Les Brown and his Band of Renown
5 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
6 Charmaine--Mantovani and his Orchestra
7 Shrimp Boats--Jo Stafford
8 Jealousy (Jalousie)--Frankie Laine
9 Slow Poke--Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys
10 Cry--Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads

There were no singles entering the chart.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
Los Angeles's top 40 (KFWB)
21 Your Mama Said You Cried Last Night--Kenny Dino
22 Town Without Pity--Gene Pitney
23 Unchain My Heart--Ray Charles
24 Moments to Remember--Jennell Hawkins
25 Jingle Bell Rock--Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker
26 I Don't Know Why--Linda Scott
27 Surfer Stomp--The Marketts
28 When the Boy in Your Arms (Is the Boy in Your Heart)--Connie Francis
29 Small Sad Sam--Phil McLean
30 Pocketful of Miracles--Frank Sinatra
31 Just Out of Reach--Solomon Burke
32 Big Bad John--Jimmy Dean
33 Surfin'--The Beach Boys
34 And Then Came Love--Ed Townsend
35 Jambalaya--Fats Domino
36 Tonight--Ferrante and Teicher
37 The Wanderer--Dion
38 Crazy--Patsy Cline
39 Revenge--Brook Benton
40 Dear Ivan--Jimmy Dean

Surfer Stomp,Surfin', Jambalaya, The Wanderer, and Dear Ivan were entering the chart. Surfin' was the Beach Boys' first single, and this was their first entry on any chart.

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: A Quality of Mercy, starring Dean Stockwell, Albert Salmi, and Jerry Fujikawa

Boxing
Alejandro Lavorante (19-2) knocked out Von Clay (16-6-2) at 1:10 of the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout at Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It proved to be the last win for Mr. Lavorante.

40 years ago
1971


On television tonight
Rod Serling's Night Gallery, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Different Ones, starring Dana Andrews and Jon Korkes; Tell David..., starring Sandra Dee and Jared Martin; Logoda's Heads, starring Patrick Macnee, Brock Peters, Denise Nicholas, and Tim Matheson

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Harold Macmillan, 92
. Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1957-1963. Mr. Macmillan, who accepted a peerage as Lord Stockton in 1984, succeeded Anthony Eden as Prime Minister in 1957 and led his Conservative Party to an easy election win in 1959, but resigned in the wake of a scandal involving a relationship between Defense Secretary John Profumo and call girl Christine Keeler.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Bohemian Rhapsody/These are the Days of Our Lives--Queen (3rd week at #1)

Football
NFL
AFC Wild Card Playoff
New York Jets 10 @ Houston 17

NFC Wild Card Playoff
Dallas 17 @ Chicago 13

10 years ago
2001


Weather
Five days of snow in Buffalo, New York ended with a record total of 6 feet and 9 inches.

Disasters
Nearly 300 people were killed when a firecracker ignited fireworks stands lining narrow streets in Lima, Peru.

December 28, 2011

90 years ago
1921


At the movies
Orphans of the Storm, directed by D.W. Griffith and starring Lillian and Dorothy Gish, opened in theatres.

70 years ago
1941


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Gloria Scott

60 years ago
1951


On television today
The last episode of the soap opera Miss Susan, starring Susan Peters, aired on NBC after a run of 9 1/2 months.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Moon River--Danny Williams

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Heather Pick!

30 years ago
1981


30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Down Under--Men at Work (2nd week at #1)

Born on this date
Elizabeth Jordan Carr
. U.S. woman. Miss Carr, America's first "test-tube baby," was born in Norfolk, Virginia.

25 years ago
1986


Football
NFL
AFC Wild Card Game
Kansas City 15 @ New York Jets 35

NFC Wild Card Game
Los Angeles Rams 7 @ Washington 19

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Black or White--Michael Jackson (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Black or White--Michael Jackson (4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Black or White--Michael Jackson
2 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
3 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
4 It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday--Boyz II Men
5 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
6 No Son of Mine--Genesis
7 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn
8 Blowing Kisses in the Wind--Paula Abdul
9 Broken Arrow--Rod Stewart
10 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, originally a hit for Elton John in 1974, was recorded live in London in March 1991.
Singles entering the chart included Forever My Lady by Jodeci (#75); Blinded by Love by Rythm Syndicate (#77); The Rush by Luther Vandross (#83); and I Want You by Jody Watley (#89).

Football
NFL
AFC Wild Card Playoff
Los Angeles Raiders 6 @ Kansas City 10

NFC Wild Card Playoff
Atlanta 27 @ New Orleans 20

December 27, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Marilyn Draper!

130 years ago
1831


Exploration
English naturalist Charles Darwin began his voyage to the New World aboard the HMS Beagle.

70 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (4th week at #1)

30 years ago
1981


Died on this date
Hoagy Carmichael, 82
. U.S. musician and songwriter. Mr. Carmichael, one of the best-known American songwriters of the first half of the 20th century, wrote such standards as Stardust and Georgia on My Mind. He appeared in several movies, usually as a pianist. In the last year or two of his life, Mr. Carmichael appeared in a television commercial for recordings of his greatest hits; the ad began with a clip of Ole Buttermilk Sky, followed by Mr. Carmichael saying, "Ole Buttermilk Sky; they don't make 'em like that anymore--maybe they shouldn't."

Football
NFL
AFC Wild Card Playoff
Buffalo 31 @ New York Jets 27

NFC Wild Card Playoff
New York Giants 27 @ Philadelphia 21

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: The Final Countdown--Europe (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Caravan of Love--The Housemartins (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
2 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
3 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
4 Notorious--Duran Duran
5 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
6 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
7 Control--Janet Jackson
8 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
9 War--Bruce Springsteen
10 Stand by Me--Ben E. King

The only single entering the chart was Without Your Love by Toto (#78).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
2 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
3 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
4 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
5 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
6 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
7 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
8 The Rain--Oran "Juice" Jones
9 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
10 Can't Help Falling in Love--Corey Hart

Singles entering the chart included Montego Bay by Amazulu (#93) and Flying on Your Own by Rita MacNeil (#95).

10 years ago
2001


Abominations
The United States announced plans to hold Taliban and Al-Qaeda prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. President George W. Bush permanently normalized trade relations between the U.S.A. and China.

Politics and government
A presidential election was held in Zambia; Levy Mwanawasa was later declared the winner.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

December 26, 2011

70 years ago
1941


Americana
Winston Churchill became the first British Prime Minister to address a joint session of the United States Congress.

40 years ago
1971


Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (34-1) knocked out Juergen Blin (27-10-6) at 2:12 of the 7th round of their bout in an unusually small ring at Hallenstadion Arena in Zurich.

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
Baltimore 20 @ Cleveland 3

Don Nottingham rushed 23 times for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns, and Jim O'Brien kicked 2 converts and 2 field goals as the defending Super Bowl champion Colts defeated the Browns at Municipal Stadium.

NFC Divisional Playoff
Washington 20 @ San Francisco 24

John Brodie completed touchdown passes of 78 yards to Gene Washington and 2 yards to Bob Windsor as the 49ers defeated the Redskins in the first NFL playoff game to be played at Candlestick Park.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Don't You Want Me--The Human League (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Physical--Olivia Newton-John (6th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Physical--Olivia Newton-John (6th week at #1)
2 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner
3 Let's Groove--Earth, Wind and Fire
4 I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)--Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 Young Turks--Rod Stewart
6 Oh No--Commodores
7 Why Do Fools Fall in Love--Diana Ross
8 Don't Stop Believin'--Journey
9 Harden My Heart--Quarterflash
10 Trouble--Lindsey Buckingham

Singles entering the chart were Through the Years by Kenny Rogers (#60); Abacab by Genesis (#76); Crazy (Keep on Falling) by John Hall Band (#83); Let the Feeling Flow by Peabo Bryson (#84); Pac-Man Fever by Buckner and Garcia (#87); You Can by Madleen Kane (#88); Seasons of Gold by Gidea Park featuring Adrian Baker (#89); and Tonight Tonight by Bill Champlin (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Physical--Olivia Newton-John (2nd week at #1)
2 Young Turks--Rod Stewart
3 Oh No--Commodores
4 Under Pressure--Queen and David Bowie
5 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner
6 My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)--Chilliwack
7 Trouble--Lindsey Buckingham
8 The Friends of Mr. Cairo--Jon and Vangelis
9 Don't Stop Believin'--Journey
10 Harden My Heart--Quarterflash

Singles entering the chart were Flying High Again by Ozzy Osbourne (#42); The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known) by Juice Newton (#44); You Could Have Been with Me by Sheena Easton (#46); She's Got a Way by Billy Joel (#47); There's No One Quite Like Grandma by Leliah and Jeordie (#48); Take it Easy on Me by Little River Band (#49); and Letting Go by Straight Lines (#50).

December 25, 2011

80 years ago
1931


Radio
The shortwave station HCJB, "The Voice of the Andes," began broadcasting from Quito, Ecuador.

70 years ago
1941


War
British forces surrendered Hong Kong to invading Japanese forces.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Lonely Place, starring Judith Evelyn, Boris Karloff, and Robin Morgan

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Lion Sleeps Tonight--The Tokens (2nd week at #1)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC
Tonight's episode: The Blue Carbuncle

On television tonight
Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Portrait Without a Face, starring Jane Greer, Robert Webber, and George Mitchell

At the movies
Pocketful of Miracles, the last movie directed by Frank Capra, opened in theatres.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)--Benny Hill (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Brand New Key--Melanie

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Brand New Key-Melanie
2 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
3 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone
4 An Old Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night
5 Cherish--David Cassidy
6 American Pie, Parts I and II--Don McLean
7 All I Ever Need is You--Sonny and Cher
8 Scorpio--Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band
9 Have You Seen Her--Chi-Lites
10 Respect Yourself--Staples Singers

Singles entering the chart were Never Been to Spain by Three Dog Night (#60); Together Let's Find Love by the 5th Dimension (#75); Fire and Water by Wilson Pickett (#76); Slippin' Into Darkness by War (#83); Ain't Understanding Mellow by Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager (#85); What am I Living For by Ray Charles (#86); Son of Shaft by the Bar-Kays (#87); Those were the Days by Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton (#89); Ajax Airlines by Hudson and Landry (#90); The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Robert John (#93); Come on Over to My House by Layng Martine (#96); Love Potion Number Nine by the Coasters (#97); and Jungle Fever by Chakachas (#99). Those were the Days was the opening theme song of the television comedy series All in the Family.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone (2nd week at #1)
2 An Old Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night
3 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
4 The Desiderata--Les Crane
5 Theme from Shaft--Isaac Hayes
6 Brand New Key--Melanie
7 Cherish--David Cassidy
8 Devil You--Stampeders
9 Lonesome Mary--Chilliwack
10 All I Ever Need is You--Sonny and Cher

Singles entering the chart were Happy Xmas (War is Over) by by John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir (#75); Don't Say You Don't Remember by Beverly Bremers (#92); Me and Bobby McGee by Jerry Lee Lewis (#93); Keep on Movin' by Aaron Space (#95); Footstompin' Music by Grand Funk Railroad (#96); Never Been to Spain by Three Dog Night (#97); Drowning in the Sea of Love by Joe Simon (#98); Mexican Lady by Steel River (#99); and Let's Stay Together by Al Green (#100).

Born on this date
Justin Trudeau
. Canadian politician. Elected to the House of Commons in 2011 as a Liberal candidate in the Quebec riding of Papineau, Mr. Trudeau was the firstborn child of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife Margaret.

Football
NFL
AFC Divisional Playoff
Miami 27 @ Kansas City 24 (2 OT)

Garo Yepremian's 37-yard field goal at 7:40 of the second overtime period ended the longest game in professional football history to date.

NFC Divisional Playoff
Dallas 20 @ Minnesota 12

The Cowboys led 6-3 at halftime on 2 field goals by Mike Clark to 1 by Fred Cox of the Vikings, and took a 20-3 lead after 3 quarters on a 13-yard touchdown rush by Duane Thomas and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to Bob Hayes, both converted by Mr. Clark. Alan Page tackled Mr. Staubach in his own end zone for a Minnesota safety touch in the 4th quarter, and the Vikings closed the scoring on a 6-yard pass from quarterback Gary Cuozzo to Stu Voigt, converted by Mr. Cox. 47,307 were in attendance at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Ooa Hela Natten--Attack (6th week at #1)

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (6th week at #1)

Politics and government
As the U.S.S.R. was dissolving, Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev announced his resignation.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Outfielder Hideki Matsui became the highest-paid player in Japanese baseball when he signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants for the equivalent of US$4.7 million.

December 24, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Hilary Hahn!

140 years ago
1871


Music
Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida received its premiere performance in Cairo, as the completion of the final stages of the Suez Canal was being celebrated.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 6

This was the last episode of the series, and the last radio appearances for Messrs. Hector and West in their respective roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Mr. Hector played Sherlock Holmes in an experimental television broadcast in 1937. There were no more new Sherlock Holmes radio broadcasts until October 2 1939, when Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce began reprising their movie roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a series on NBC.

50 years ago
1961


Football
AFL Championship @ Balboa Stadium, San Diego
Houston Oilers 10 @ San Diego Chargers 3

George Blanda completed a 35-yard pass to Billy Cannon in the 3rd quarter for the game's only touchdown as the Oilers beat the Chargers before 29,556 fans to win the AFL championship for the second straight season. It was a sloppy game, as the Oilers made 7 turnovers and the Chargers 6. Mr. Blanda kicked a 46-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter for the only scoring of the 1st half, and converted Mr. Cannon's touchdown. George Blair kicked a 12-yard field goal for San Diego in the 4th quarter. The winning head coach was Wally Lemm, who had replaced fired incumbent Lou Rymkus after 5 games. The Oilers were 1-3-1 when Mr. Lemm had become the team's head coach, and they had gone 9-0 in their last 10 regular season games under him.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 20 (CHED)
1 Take Off--Bob and Doug McKenzie
2 Leather and Lace--Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
3 Don't Stop Believin'--Journey
4 Working for the Weekend--Loverboy
5 Physical--Olivia Newton-John
6 Lunatic Fringe--Red Rider
7 Trouble--Lindsey Buckingham
8 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner
9 Under Pressure--Queen and David Bowie
10 Oh No--Commodores
11 Centerfold--J. Geils Band
12 Our Lips are Sealed--Go-Go's
13 Young Turks--Rod Stewart
14 For Those About to Rock--AC/DC
15 Here I Am--Air Supply
16 My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)--Chilliwack
17 I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)--Daryl Hall and John Oates
18 Wind Him Up--Saga
19 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic--The Police
20 No Reply at All--Genesis

Edmonton's top 10 (CFRN)
1 Hooked on Classics--Royal Philharmonic (2nd week at #1)
2 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner
3 Wired for Sound--Cliff Richard
4 Harden My Heart--Quarterflash
5 Yesterday's Songs--Neil Diamond
6 Why Do Fools Fall in Love--Diana Ross
7 Leather and Lace--Stevie Nicks and Don Henley
8 Comin' in and Out of Your Life--Barbra Streisand
9 Theme from Hill Street Blues--Mike Post
10 Heart Like a Wheel--Steve Miller Band

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (6th week at #1)

10 years ago
2001


World events
A truce between the new government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam went into effect.

Politics and government
Patrick Manning took office as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

December 23, 2011

70 years ago
1941


War
Japanese forces succeeded in their second attempt at landing on Wake Island, and the American garrison surrendered after a full night and morning of fighting.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Out There, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Man, starring Florence Anglin, Philip Bourneuf, and Stewart Bradley

Football
NFL
Championship
Cleveland 17 @ Los Angeles 24

Just 25 seconds after Ken Carpenter's 5-yard touchdown rush, converted by Lou Groza, had brought the Browns into a 17-17 tie midway through the 4th quarter, Rams' quarterback Norm Van Brocklin completed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Tom Fears, converted by Bob Waterfield, to provide the winning margin before 59,475 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. After a scoreless 1st quarter, Dick Hoerner of the Rams opened the scoring in the 2nd quarter with a 1-yard touchdown rush, converted by Mr. Waterfield. Mr. Groza got Cleveland on the scoreboard with a 52-yard field goal, a record length for an NFL championship game. The Browns took a 10-7 halftime lead on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Otto Graham to Dub Jones, converted by Mr. Groza. In the 3rd quarter, Mr. Graham fumbled when hit by the Rams' Larry Brink, and Andy Robustelli returned the ball from the Cleveland 24-yard line to the 2. Three plays later, Dan Towler rushed 1 yard for a touchdown, and Mr. Waterfield's convert gave Los Angeles a 14-10 lead going into the 4th quarter. The lead became 17-10 when Mr. Waterfield kicked a 17-yard field goal. It was the first NFL championship game to be televised from coast-to-coast in the United States. It was broadcast on the DuMont network (which had paid $95,000 to the NFL for the rights), with Harry Wismer and Earl Gillespie as the announcers.



50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Tower of Strength--Frankie Vaughan (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Tower of Strength--Frankie Vaughan (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Tower of Strength--Frankie Vaughan (3rd week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Lion Sleeps Tonight--The Tokens (3rd week at #1)
2 Please Mr. Postman--The Marvelettes
3 Walk on By--Leroy Van Dyke
4 Run to Him--Bobby Vee
5 The Twist--Chubby Checker
6 Goodbye Cruel World--James Darren
7 Can't Help Falling in Love--Elvis Presley
8 Peppermint Twist (Part 1)--Joey Dee and the Starliters
9 Moon River--Jerry Butler
--Henry Mancini, His Orchestra and Chorus
10 Let There Be Drums--Sandy Nelson

Singles entering the chart were Irresistible You (#76)/Multiplication (#80) by Bobby Darin; Pocketful of Miracles by Frank Sinatra (#92); Do-Re-Mi by Lee Dorsey (#93); and But on the Other Hand Baby by Ray Charles (#100). Multiplication was from the movie Come September. Pocketful of Miracles was the title song of the movie, although Mr. Sinatra's version wasn't from the movie.

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
Adolfo Rodriguez Saa was sworn in as interim President of Argentina, and immediately announced the suspension of payment on the external debt in the biggest debt default in history.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

December 22, 2011

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (It's No) Sin--Eddy Howard (Best Seller--2nd week at #1, Disc Jockey--6th week at #1); Cold, Cold Heart--Tony Bennett (Jukebox--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (It's No) Sin--The Four Aces (7th week at #1)
--Eddy Howard
2 Down Yonder--Del Wood
--Joe "Fingers" Carr
--Champ Butler
3 Cold, Cold Heart--Tony Bennett
4 Undecided--The Ames Brothers and Les Brown and his Band of Renown
5 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
6 Jealousy (Jalousie)--Frankie Laine
7 Slow Poke--Pee Wee King and his Golden West Cowboys
8 Charmaine--Mantovani and his Orchestra
9 Shrimp Boats--Jo Stafford
10 Cry--Johnnie Ray and the Four Lads

Singles entering the chart were Any Time by Eddie Fisher (#20) and If Wishes were Kisses by Perry Como (#32).

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Five Characters in Search of an Exit, starring William Windom, Murray Matheson, Susan Harrison, Kelton Garwood, and Clark Allen

40 years ago
1971


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Elena!

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Bohemian Rhapsody/These are the Days of Our Lives--Queen (2nd week at #1)

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
Hamid Karzai was sworn in as President of Afghanistan.

Terrorism
A flight from Paris to Miami made an emergency landing in Boston after passengers subdued a passenger who was attempting to ignite the soles of his shoes, which were filled with explosives.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

December 21, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Basketball
The first game of basketball was played at International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (today known as Springfield College) in Springfield, Massachusetts. A soccer ball was used, and peach baskets (with the bottoms intact) were nailed onto a 10-foot elevated track.

80 years ago
1931


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Juliette Richard!

70 years ago
1941


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Donald's Death

Football
NFL Championship @ Wrigley Field, Chicago
New York Giants 9 @ Chicago Bears 37

The game was played just two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and only 13,341 fans showed up to see the Bears defeat the Giants to win their second straight NFL title. Field goals of 14, 39, and 37 yards by Chicago's Bob Snyder offset an unconverted New York touchdown on a 31-yard pass from Tuffy Leemans to George Franck, and the Bears led 9-6 at halftime. The Giants tied the game in the 3rd quarter on a 16-yard field goal by Ward Cuff, but the Bears put the game away with touchdown rushes of 2 and 7 yards by Norm Standlee--the first converted by Mr. Snyder, the second by Joe Maniaci--to lead 23-9 after 3 quarters. In the 4th quarter, George McAfee rushed 5 yards for a touchdown, and Lee Artoe's convert made the score 30-9. The final touchdown came on a 42-yard fumble return by Ken Kavanaugh. Ray "Scooter" McLean drop-kicked the convert for the game's final point. Mr. McLean's convert was the last successful drop kick in the NFL until a point after touchdown by Doug Flutie of the New England Patriots in January 2006.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Down Under--Men at Work

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Black or White--Michael Jackson (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Black or White--Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday--Boyz II Men (2nd week at #1)
2 Black or White--Michael Jackson
3 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
4 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
5 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn
6 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
7 No Son of Mine--Genesis
8 Blowing Kisses in the Wind--Paula Abdul
9 Street of Dreams--Nia Peeples
10 Broken Arrow--Rod Stewart

Singles entering the chart included There Will Never be Another Tonight by Bryan Adams (#64); I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred (#78); She Ain't Pretty by the Northern Pikes (#87); and Stars by Simply Red (#88).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 No Son of Mine--Genesis (2nd week at #1)
2 Black or White--Michael Jackson
3 Broken Arrow--Rod Stewart
4 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
5 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
6 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
7 Blowing Kisses in the Wind--Paula Abdul
8 That's What Love is For--Amy Grant
9 Mysterious Ways--U2
10 Set Adrift on Memory Bliss--P.M. Dawn

Singles entering the chart were Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by George Michael/Elton John (#49); Daniel by Wilson Phillips (#87); Diamonds & Pearls by the Police (#89); Dreams to Dream by Linda Ronstadt (#90); Celebrate by Infidels (#91); and Caribbean Blue by Enya (#94). Dreams to Dream was from the movie An American Tail: Fievel Goes West.

World events
The Commonwealth of Independent States was formed, consisting of Russia; Belarus; Ukraine; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Kazakhstan; Kyrgystan; Moldova; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; and Uzbekistan. The parliament of Azerbaijan didn't ratify the treaty creating the CIS until 1993.

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
Ramon Puerta was installed as acting President of Argentina, the day after the resignation of Fernando de la Rua.

Diplomacy
India recalled its ambassador to Pakistan and cut off transportation ties to Pakistan, eight days after a five-man terrorist attack on India's Parliament House in New Delhi had left 12 people dead.

Transportation
The world's fastest roller coaster, the Dodonpa, with speeds up to 100 miles per hour, opened in Japan.

December 20, 2011

70 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Elmer's Tune--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

40 years ago
1971


At the movies
Harold and Maude, starring Ruth Gordon and Bud Cort, opened in theatres.

30 years ago
1981


Disasters
A desperate search was under way for eight members of a U.K. lifeboat crew who were missing off the coast of Cornwall.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: The Final Countdown--Europe (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Caravan of Love--The Housemartins

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
2 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
3 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
4 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
5 Notorious--Duran Duran
6 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
7 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
8 Hip to Be Square--Huey Lewis and the News
9 To Be a Lover--Billy Idol
10 Stand by Me--Ben E. King

Singles entering the chart were (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!) by the Beastie Boys (#83); Brand New Lover by Dead or Alive (#85); This is the World Calling by Bob Geldof (#86); Somewhere Out There by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram (#88); Girlfriend by Bobby Brown (#89); and We Connect by Stacey Q (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
2 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
3 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
4 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
5 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
6 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
7 Amanda--Boston
8 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
9 The Rain--Oran "Juice" Jones
10 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles

Singles entering the chart were Ballerina Girl by Lionel Richie (#78); Welcome to the Boomtown by David and David (#87); We're Ready by Boston (#90); Jimmy Lee by Aretha Franklin (#92); and Keep Your Hands to Yourself by the Georgia Satellites (#93).

20 years ago
1991


Edmontonia
A year after it closed, the Garneau Theatre reopened as a second-run movie theatre. The theatre, located at 8712 109 St., was built in 1940.

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
Fernando de la Rua resigned as President of Argentina after several days of rioting throughout the nation.

December 19, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Football
The Canadian Rugby Union was founded.

40 years ago
1971


Hockey
NHL
Toronto 4 @ Philadelphia 0

This was the Sunday broadcast on CBC radio.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Don't You Want Me--The Human League (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Physical--Olivia Newton-John (5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Physical--Olivia Newton-John (5th week at #1)
2 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner
3 Let's Groove--Earth, Wind and Fire
4 Oh No--Commodores
5 I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)--Daryl Hall and John Oates
6 Young Turks--Rod Stewart
7 Why Do Fools Fall in Love--Diana Ross
8 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic--The Police
9 Don't Stop Believin'--Journey
10 Harden My Heart--Quarterflash

Singles entering the chart were Somewhere Down the Road by Barry Manilow (#76); Feel Like a Number by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (#78); Every Home Should Have One by Patti Austin (#86); Love is Like a Rock by Donnie Iris (#88); Southern Pacific by Neil Young and Crazy Horse (#89); and Those Good Old Dreams by the Carpenters (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Physical--Olivia Newton-John
2 Young Turks--Rod Stewart
3 My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)--Chilliwack
4 Oh No--Commodores
5 Waiting for a Girl Like You--Foreigner
6 Under Pressure--Queen and David Bowie
7 The Friends of Mr. Cairo--Jon and Vangelis
8 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic--The Police
9 Don't Stop Believin'--Journey
10 Working for the Weekend--Loverboy

Singles entering the chart were Abacab by Genesis (#44); Come Go with Me by the Beach Boys (#46); and Pretty Bad Boy by Goddo (#48).

On the radio
Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula, starring John Moffatt and Timothy West, on BBC

10 years ago
2001


Scandal
The United States government indicted Tyson Foods, Inc., the nation's largest meat producer, for smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico to work in its meat-processing plants.

Science
A botanist in Australia said that he had rediscovered Asterolasi buxifolia, a shrub believed to have been extinct for 130 years.

December 18, 2011

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Pier 17, starring Lawrence Fletcher, Paul Langton, and Joe Mantell

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Lion Sleeps Tonight--The Tokens

On the radio
Macabre, on USAFRS Far East Network
Tonight's episode: The Avenger

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC
Tonight's episode: Charles Augustus Milverton

On television tonight
Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Remarkable Mrs. Hawk, starring Jo Van Fleet, John Carradine, Paul Newlan, and Bruce Dern

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)--Benny Hill (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone (4th week at #1)
2 Brand New Key-Melanie
3 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
4 An Old Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night
5 Theme from Shaft--Isaac Hayes
6 Cherish--David Cassidy
7 Rock Steady--Aretha Franklin
8 All I Ever Need is You--Sonny and Cher
9 Have You Seen Her--Chi-Lites
10 Scorpio--Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band

Singles entering the chart were Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir (#63); Levon by Elton John (#73); Everybody Knows About My Good Thing (Part 1) by Little Johnny Taylor (#81); Black Dog by Led Zeppelin (#83); Keep on Keeping On by N.F. Porter (#95); What's Going On by Quincy Jones (#96); Scratch My Back (And Mumble in My Ear) by Clarence Carter (#97); Bang a Gong (Get it On) by T. Rex (#98); and Do the Funky Penguin (Part 1) by Rufus Thomas (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Family Affair--Sly and the Family Stone
2 Theme from Shaft--Isaac Hayes
3 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
4 The Desiderata--Les Crane
5 Baby I'm-A Want You--Bread
6 An Old Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night
7 Cherish--David Cassidy
8 Devil You--Stampeders
9 Brand New Key--Melanie
10 Lonesome Mary--Chilliwack

Singles entering the chart were Sugar Daddy by the Jackson 5 (#88); Too True Mama by Crowbar (#90); Uncle Jed by Perth County Conspiracy (#93); Devil Song by Aarons and Ackley (#94); Black Dog by Led Zeppelin (#96); I Turn to You by Spring (#97); No Sad Songs by Helen Reddy (#98); Whiskey Fire by Magic Bubble (#99); and The Witch Queen of New Orleans by Redbone (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Lonesome Mary--Chilliwack (2nd week at #1)
2 Baby I'm-A Want You--Bread
3 Do I Love You--Paul Anka
4 The Desiderata--Les Crane
5 Take it Slow--Lighthouse
6 I Don't Need No Doctor--Humble Pie
7 Got to Be There--Michael Jackson
8 Everybody's Everything--Santana
9 Sour Suite--The Guess Who
10 Questions 67 and 68--Chicago
Pick hit of the week: (I Know) I'm Losing You--Rod Stewart and the Faces

Died on this date
Bobby Jones, 69
. U.S. golfer. Mr. Jones, one of the greatest golfers in history, won the Grand Slam (U.S. and British amateur championships, U.S. and British Opens) in 1930. He appeared as himself in two series of instructional films that were released in 1931 and 1933, with several episodes featuring Hollywood stars in guest roles.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: Ooa Hela Natten--Attack (5th week at #1)

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
2 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
3 Amanda--Boston
4 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
5 Human--Human League
6 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
7 Hip to Be Square--Huey Lewis and the News
8 Don't Stand So Close to Me '86--The Police
9 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
10 I'll Be Over You--Toto

On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: All Shook Up: Autumn 1957

The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Road Less Traveled, starring Cliff DeYoung and Margaret Klenck

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (5th week at #1)

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Pfeiffer's Choice

10 years ago
2001


World events
The parliament of France approved a bill giving slightly more autonomy to Corsica.