150 years ago
Lewis Carroll first told the story of Alice's Adventures Underground to the Liddell sisters.
100 years ago
Jack Johnson (38-5-8) retained his world heavyweight title against Fireman Jim Flynn (28-9-14) in Las Vegas, New Mexico when Captain Fred Fornoff of the New Mexico Mounted Police stepped into the ring to stop the fight in round 9 of a scheduled 45, saying the fight had turned into "a slaughter and a merely brutal exhibition." Referee W.W. Smith had repeatedly warned Mr. Flynn about head-butting, and films showed Mr. Flynn head-butting in an attempt to free himself while Mr. Johnson was holding his upper arms from behind. It was Mr. Johnson's first defense of the title since defeating former champion Jim Jeffries two years earlier to the day.
George Mullin pitched a no-hitter as the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Browns 7-0 at Navin Field in Detroit.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sleepy Lagoon--Harry James and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
60 years ago
On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Duplicates, starring Patricia Ferris, Alexander Lockwood, and Darren McGavin
40 years ago
Died on this date
George Schuster, 99. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Schuster drove his Thomas Flyer to victory in the "Great Race" from New York to Paris in 1908.
A telephone “hot line” was set up between Pyongyang and Seoul, an hour after North and South Korea agreed to end their antagonism and take steps toward peaceful reconciliation.
30 years ago
Died on this date
Daniel P. Sullivan, 78. U.S. law enforcement officer. Mr. Sullivan was an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who helped to track down John Dillinger and the Ma Barker-Alvin “Creepy” Karpis gang.
Antonio Guzman Fernandez, 71. President of the Dominican Republic, 1978-1982.
Mr. Guzman died from a bullet wound to the head. The official report said that the bullet came from Mr. Guzman’s pistol, which had accidentally discharged. There was speculation that Mr. Guzman had committed suicide, but this was officially denied. He was succeeded as President by Vice-President Jacobo Majluta Azar, who immediately announced that he would transfer power to President-elect Salvador Jorge Blanco on August 16, as scheduled.
Israeli troops began to prevent food, water, and fuel from entering the part of Beirut controlled by the Palestine Liberation Organization. There were 6,000 Palestinian guerrillas in the area, and about 500,000 Lebanese civilians.
25 years ago
#1 single in Italy: Let it Be--Ferry Aid (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Voyage, voyage--Desireless
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): It's a Sin-- Pet Shop Boys
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Star Trekkin'--The Firm (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): It's a Sin-- Pet Shop Boys
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
3 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
4 Songbird--Kenny G
5 Shakedown--Bob Seger
6 Always--Atlantic Starr
7 In Too Deep--Genesis
8 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
9 Just to See Her--Smokey Robinson
10 Point of No Return--Expose
Singles entering the chart were La Bamba by Los Lobos (#70); Here I Go Again by Whitesnake (#81); Shattered Glass by Laura Branigan (#85); When Smokey Sings by ABC (#86); Dreamin' by Will to Power (#87); In Love with Love by Debbie Harry (#88); Want You for My Girlfriend by 4 by Four (#89); and Falling in Love by the Fat Boys (#90). La Bamba was the title song from the movie.
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
2 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros
3 Always--Atlantic Starr
4 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
5 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
6 Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)--Paul Lekakis
8 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
9 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew
10 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
Singles entering the chart were Cross My Broken Heart by the Jets (#80); Too Good to Be Enough by Corey Hart (#83); It's Not Over ('Til it's Over) by Starship (#86); Wot's it to Ya by Robbie Nevil (#89); Don't You Just Know It by Amazulu (#90); Living in a Box by Living in a Box (#94); Back the High Life Again by Steve Winwood (#96); and Dragnet by The Art of Noise (#97). Dragnet was the title song from the movie.
A court in Lyons, France convicted former Nazi Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie of crimes against humanity. Previously sentenced to death in absentia, Mr. Barbie was now convicted on new charges of deportations of 842 people resulting in 370 deaths. In one incident, he was convicted of deporting 44 children and 7 adults from a children’s home to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, where all but one died. Mr. Barbie had lived in Bolivia for 32 years until being returned to France in 1983. Since the death penalty was no longer in force in France, Mr. Barbie was sentenced to life in prison.
Five policemen in South Korea were sentenced to 5-15 years in prison for the death of a student in January.
Toronto (0-1-1) 33 @ Saskatchewan (0-2-1) 33
The Argonauts were leading the Roughriders 26-9 with less than 6 minutes remaining in regulation time, but Saskatchewan struck back with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Tom Burgess to Albert Brown, converted by Dave Ridgway; a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Glen Suitor; and a 32-yard field goal by Dave Ridgway with 2 seconds remaining. Tony Johns rushed 4 yards for a Toronto touchdown, converted by Lance Chomyc, with 45 seconds remaining in the first 5-minute overtime period, and the Roughriders tied the game with 2:11 remaining in the second overtime period on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Burgess to Tron Armstrong, converted by Mr. Ridgway. Mr. Ridgway attempted to kick a single from field goal formation on the last play of the game, but Paul Tripoli of the Argonauts ran the ball out of the end zone to the Toronto 1-yard line. Toronto quarterback John Congemi was immediately slugged in the face by Saskatchewan defensive tackle James Curry as Mr. Suitor returned the ball for his touchdown. Several days later, CFL Commissioner Doug Mitchell suspended Mr. Curry for one game, but Mr. Curry appealed, and he never did serve the suspension.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Jump--Kris Kross (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kimi ga iru dakede--Kome Club (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Sensacion de Vivir--Xuxa (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Jump--Kris Kross
#1 single in France (SNEP): Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Knockin' on Heaven's Door--Guns N' Roses
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Abba-esque (EP)--Erasure (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot
3 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 Jump--Kris Kross
5 Achy Breaky Heart--Billy Ray Cyrus
6 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
7 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
8 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue
9 Tennessee--Arrested Development
10 The Best Things in Life are Free--Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson
Singles entering the chart were This Used to Be My Playground by Madonna (#80); Come and Talk to Me by Jodeci (#83); Honey Love by R. Kelly and Public Announcement (#86); Even Better than the Real Thing by U2 (#89); Give U My Heart by Babyface (featuring Toni Braxton) (#95); and Crucify by Tori Amos (#97).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 You Won't See Me Cry--Wilson Phillips
2 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
3 Hold on My Heart--Genesis
4 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey
5 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
6 America--Kim Mitchell
7 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
8 Do it to Me--Lionel Richie
9 Why--Annie Lennox
10 Steel Bars--Michael Bolton
Singles entering the chart included This Used to Be My Playground by Madonna (#60); Restless Heart by Peter Cetera (#81); and Even Better than the Real Thing by U2 (#85).
10 years ago
Ottawa (0-2-0-1) 24 @ Edmonton (2-0) 40
The Renegades, playing their first regular season road game, led 10-6 with 4 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, but former Eskimo quarterback Dan Crowley completed touchdown passes of 91 yards to Denis Montana and 78 yards to Eddie Brown—also former Eskimos—to give Ottawa a 24-6 lead with 1:16 remaining. The Eskimos replied quickly, as quarterback Jason Maas completed a pass to Scott Robinson for 59 yards, and then hit Mr. Robinson with an 8-yard touchdown pass on the next play. Sean Fleming's convert made the halftime score 24-13. Ronald Williams and John Avery rushed for touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Maas completed a touchdown pass to Terry Vaughn in the 4th quarter to cap the Eskimos’ comeback before 30,152 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. The Ottawa defense sacked Mr. Maas 7 times. Edmonton defensive end Rahim Abdullah, playing his first CFL game, blocked a field goal.
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