Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Lois & Lee Morrow!
325 years ago
Died on this date
John Bunyan, 59. English author and preacher. Mr. Bunyan, a non-conformist, was best known for his allegorical novel The Pilgrim's Progress (1678-1684).
200 years ago
In the final stage of the Peninsular War, British and Portuguese troops captured the town of Donostia (now San Sebastián) in northern Spain, resulting in a rampage and eventual destruction of the town. Elsewhere, Spanish troops repelled a French attack in the Battle of San Marcial near Irun, Spain.
130 years ago
Andrew M. Armour and Thomas B. Braden published the first issue of their Calgary Herald, Mining and Ranch Advocate and General Advertiser newspaper; a four-pager published, edited and typeset from a tiny hand-press in a tent on the banks of the Elbow River, with a one-year subscription available for $3 (in advance).
125 years ago
Died on this date
Mary Ann Nichols, 43. U.K. murder victim. Mrs. Nichols, a prostitute in the Whitechapel area of London, was considered to be the first victim of the murderer known as Jack the Ripper.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Bernard Lovell. U.K. astronomer. Sir Bernard was probably the world's best-known radio astronomer, and was the first director of the Jodrell bank Observatory from 1945-1980. He died on August 6, 2012 at the age of 98.
70 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): White Christmas--Bing Crosby (3rd month at #1)
60 years ago
Calgary (1-1) 10 @ Winnipeg (2-0) 16
Edmonton (1-1) 19 @ Saskatchewan (0-2) 17
Tommy Thompson completed 13 of 23 passes for 119 yards and touchdowns to Neill Armstrong and Bud Korchak as the Blue Bombers beat the Stampeders at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Korchak converted both touchdowns and added 2 field goals. Pete Thodos scored 2 touchdowns for the Stampeders. Calgary running back John Henry Johnson was ejected in the 2nd quarter for slugging Winnipeg's Normie Hill.
Billy Vessels returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown to provide the winning margin for the Eskimos as they edged the Roughriders at Taylor Field in Regina. Mr. Vessels' touchdown immediately followed Herb Johnson's second touchdown of the game, ona 5-yard rush. Mr. Johnson's first TD came on a league record 109-yard punt return. The Eskimos used rookie Ed Crowder at quarterback; it was his first game, and he threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Frank Anderson and handed off to Rollie Miles for the other TD. It was the first game of Canadian football for Saskatchewan quarterback Frank Tripucka, and he completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Mac Speedie.
50 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): 55 Days at Peking--Rob E.G. (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in France: Pauvre Petite Fille Riche--Claude François (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Cuore--Rita Pavone (9th week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Ich will 'nen Cowboy als Mann--Gitte (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Bad to Me--Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): My Boyfriend's Back--The Angels
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)--Allan Sherman
2 My Boyfriend's Back--The Angels
3 Fingertips - Part 2--Little Stevie Wonder
4 Candy Girl--The 4 Seasons
5 Blowin' in the Wind--Peter, Paul and Mary
6 If I Had a Hammer--Trini Lopez
7 Judy's Turn to Cry--Lesley Gore
8 More--Kai Winding & Orchestra
9 Mockingbird--Inez Foxx
10 Heat Wave--Martha and the Vandellas
Singles entering the chart were Hello Heartache, Goodbye, Love by Little Peggy March (#76); That Sunday, That Summer by Nat King Cole (#77); Be My Baby by the Ronettes (#78); Organ Shout by Dave "Baby" Cortez (#87); (I Cried At) Laura's Wedding by Barbara Lynn (#88); and Pay Back by Etta James (#91).
#1 single in Calgary: Lucky Lips--Cliff Richard and the Shadows (2nd week at #1)
Sarawak, North Borneo, and Singapore achieved technical independence, pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Playground in My Mind--Clint Holmes (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Can the Can--Suzi Quatro (4th week at #1)
Died on this date
John Ford, 79. U.S. film director. Mr. Ford, born John Feeney, was primarily known for directing westerns. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Informer (1935); The Grapes of Wrath (1940); How Green was My Valley (1941); and The Quiet Man (1952).
After 3 1/2 hours of deliberation, a Gainesville, Florida jury acquitted the Gainesville 8--seven members and one supporter of Vietnam Veterans Against the War--of charges to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention with weapons, slingshots, and crossbows. The prosecution's case had rested heavily on the testimony of five paid informers and undercover policemen who had infiltrated the group. The defense called only one witness and argued that the charges had been trumped up to discredit the organization's activities.
Shell Canada announced plans to build a $700-million oil extraction plant on the Athabasca tar sands at Fort McMurray, Alberta.
30 years ago
On the radio
Chuck Chandler worked his last regular shift at CFRN in Edmonton.
Counterattacking Lebanese army units recaptured parts of Beirut that had fallen to Muslim militias.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had risen only 0.3% in July, the smallest increase in 11 months.
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Superstitious--Europe (4th week at #1)
Calgary (2-6) 17 @ Toronto (7-1) 33
Saskatchewan (4-4) 35 @ Winnipeg (4-4) 38
20 years ago
Church bells rang in Lithuania as the last Russian troops left Lithuania after more than half a century of Soviet and Russian occupation.
Canadian Fisheries Minister Ross Reid announced that east coast fisheries would be shut down in five more areas until the end of the 1993 fishing season and that quotas would be slashed in three other areas.
10 years ago
Winnipeg (8-3) 36 @ Saskatchewan (6-5) 18
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