270 years ago
G.F. handel's oratorio Messiah was given its first public performance, in Dublin.
90 years ago
Dazzy Vance, pitching his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers and his first game in the major leagues since 1915, came out on the losing end of a 4-3 decision to the New York Giants and winning pitcher Phil Douglas.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
75 years ago
New York Rangers 0 @ Detroit 1 (Best-of-five series tied 2-2)
Earl Robertson, playing in place of injured regular Normie Smith, played an outstanding game in goal for the Red Wings, earning the shutout at Olympia Stadium.
60 years ago
Montreal 0 @ Detroit 3 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Gordie Howe scored 2 goals and Ted Lindsay scored on a 65-foot shot as the Red Wings blanked the Canadiens at Olympia Stadium.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Hocus-Pocus and Frisby, starring Andy Devine and Milton Selzer
The New York Mets played their first regular season game, losing 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates before just 12,447 fans in the first game at the Polo Grounds in New York since 1957. Sherman “Roadblock” Jones was the losing pitcher.
Stan Musial set a National League career record with 1,869 runs as his St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs 8-5 in 13 innings at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
40 years ago
North Vietnamese troops began a siege of An Loc, capital of the South Vietnamese province of Binh Loc, near Saigon.
U.S. President Richard Nixon arrived in Ottawa for three days of talks with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Mr. Nixon pledged that the United States “will respect the separate identity” of Canada and its people’s “right to pursue their own way.”
The major league baseball players’ strike, which had begun March 31, ended. The regular season was to begin two days later, with games missed during the strike not being made up.
New York 3 @ Montreal 2 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Minnesota 2 @ St. Louis 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Bill Fairbairn scored his 4th and 5th goals of the series and Walt Tkaczuk scored the winning goal 29 seconds into the 3rd period at the Montreral Forum as the Rangers eliminated the defending champion Canadiens from further playoff competition.
Garry Unger scored the winning goal in the 2nd period at St. Louis Arena and Jacques Caron won the goaltending duel over Gump Worsley to force a seventh and deciding game in Minnesota.
30 years ago
#1 single in Sweden: Oh Julie--Shakin' Stevens (6th week at #1)
Quebec 3 @ Montreal 2 (OT) (Quebec won best-of-five series 3-2)
Los Angeles 7 @ Edmonton 4 (Los Angeles won best-of-five series 3-2)
The Kings, who had finished 54 points behind Edmonton in the regular season standings, easily defeated the Oilers at Northlands Coliseum, prompting Edmonton Journal sports columnist Terry Jones to denounce the losing team as “weak-kneed wimps” in a front-page tirade the next day.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)--Paul Lekakis
This blogger attended an enjoyable concert by Gordon Lightfoot at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. I paid $21.50 for my ticket.
Marvell Wynne, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk of the San Diego Padres hit consecutive home runs off Roger Mason to lead off the game, but the San Francisco Giants came back to beat the Padres 13-6.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Telepatiaa--J. Karjalainen
Politics and government
Neil Kinnock, who had led Britain’s Labour Party since 1983, announced his forthcoming resignation, four days after the ruling Conservatives had won a fourth consecutive majority government in the U.K.’s general election.
10 years ago
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague delimited a 620-mile stretch of border between Ethiopia and Eritrea, ending a dispute that had led to war between the two countries from 1998-2000.
Scotland defeated Sweden to win the women’s world championship.
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