Tuesday, 17 June 2014

June 18, 2014

750 years ago

Politics and government
The first definitively known meeting of the Parliament of Ireland took place at Castledermot in County Kildare.

230 years ago

King George III partitioned Nova Scotia to create the province of New Brunswick.

100 years ago

Born on this date
E. G. Marshall
. U.S. actor. Born Everett Eugene Grunz, Mr. Marshall was best known for his starring role in the television series The Defenders (1961-1965)--for which he won Emmy Awards in 1962 and 1963--and The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1969-1973), and as host of CBS Radio Mystery Theater from 1974-1982. He died on August 24, 1998 at the age of 84.

70 years ago

Soviet troops in Finland made a 15-mile advance on the Karelian Isthmus. British troops reached the outskirts of Perugi in central Italy, 110 miles north of Rome. American naval units supporting the invasion of Saipan reported shooting down more than 300 Japanese aircraft off the Mariana Islands.

Politics and government
Marshal Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia announced agreement on several points between the National Liberation Committee and Dr. Ivan Subasitch of the royal Yugoslavian government.

Francisco Segura of Ecuador defeated Bill Talbert to win the U.S. clay court champonship in Detroit.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Secret Love--Doris Day (8th week at #1)

Politics and government
Pierre Mendès-France, leader of the Radical party, took office as Prime Minister of France.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Don't Throw Your Love Away--The Searchers (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): You're My World (Il Mio Mondo)--Cilla Black (4th week at #1)

The mission of the Soviet satellite Cosmos 32 ended, eight days after launch.

Instrumental tracks for the songs We Three Kings of Orient Are; Blue Christmas; White Christmas; and Santa Claus is Coming to Town were recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, with the musicians performing under the direction of Dick Reynolds. The Beach Boys recorded the vocals later in the month, and the songs appeared on The Beach Boys' Christmas Album, released several months later.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France: Pot pour rire Mr le Président--Patrick Green & Olivier Lejeune (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Georgy Zhukov, 77
. Soviet military officer and politician. General Zhukov led the Red Army to a number of crucial victories over Nazi forces in World War II, and served as Minister of Defense for the Soviet Union from 1955-1957.

U.S. President Richard Nixon concluded his Middle East tour in Jordan, where the United States and Jordan agreed to form a joint Jordanian-American commission to review cooperation between the countries on a regular basis.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hello--Lionel Richie (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Lobo-Hombre en París--La Unión (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Alan Berg, 50
. U.S. radio host. Mr. Berg, trained as a lawyer, hosted a talk show on KOA in Denver. He was a Jew who expressed liberal views, and was one of the first of the breed of "shock jock" radio hosts who became popular in the United States in the 1980s. Mr. Berg was gunned down outside his home by members of The Order, a white nationalist group.

Five former members of El Salvador's national guard were sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 1980 murders of four female U.S. Roman Catholic church workers.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the U.S. balance of payments deficit for the first quarter of 1984 had hit a record level of $19.41 billion.

At least 50 people were killed southeast of Luanda, Angola when a train travelling at great speed crashed.

Fuzzy Zoeller defeated Greg Norman 67-75 in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. First prize money was $94,000.

Ottawa (2-1) 37 @ Toronto (1-2) 11
Saskatchewan (1-3) 18 @ British Columbia (3-0) 24

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Switzerland: The Look--Roxette (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
I. F. Stone, 81
. U.S. journalist. Born Isidor Feinstein, Mr. Stone was known for expressing liberal views through his newsletter I.F. Stone's Weekly, published from 1953-1971. Mr. Stone's method of journalism was to pore through official government documents in order to spot things that most people would ignore. He has been accused of having acted as an agent for the U.S.S.R.--especially from 1936-1939--but the allegations are disputed.

Politics and government
Green Party and socialist candidates captured a small majority of the 518 seats in the European Parliament on the concluding day of elections. The Greens increased their membership from 20 seats to 39. In the United Kingdom, Labour won more seats than the country's ruling Conservatives.

Candidates associated with the trade union movement Solidarity captured 99 of 100 seats in runoff elections for Poland's Senate, and all 161 seats allotted to non-Communist candidates in the 460-member Sejm (lower house).

Curtis Strange won the U.S. Open at the East Course of Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsfield, New York with a 2-under-par score of 278, 1 stroke ahead of Chip Beck, Mark McCumber, and Ian Woosnam. It was the second straight U.S. Open win for Mr. Strange. First prize money was $200,000.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm--Crash Test Dummies (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Come On You Reds--Manchester United Football Club with Status Quo

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): I Like to Move It--Reel 2 Real and the Mad Stuntman (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Baby, I Love Your Way--Big Mountain

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Swear--All-4-One (5th week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box):
1 I Swear--All-4-One (4th week at #1)
2 I'll Remember--Madonna
3 Don't Turn Around--Ace of Base
4 You Mean the World to Me--Toni Braxton
5 The Most Beautiful Girl in the World--The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol)
6 If You Go--Jon Secada
7 Any Time, Any Place/And On and On--Janet Jackson
8 Baby, I Love Your Way--Big Mountain
9 I'm Ready--Tevin Campbell
10 Misled--Celine Dion

Singles entering the chart were And On and On; Sweet Potatoe Pie by Domino (#83); and Fantastic Voyage by Coolio (#85). And On and On was the second of two songs on the B-side of the cassette single, with Throb being the first.

Members of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) attack a crowded pub with assault rifles in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland, killing six Roman Catholic civilians and wounding five. The pub was crowded with people watching the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrived in South Korea after three days in North Korea. Mr. Carter, who was acting on his own and not as a representative of the United States, persuaded South Korean President Kim Young Sam that he should meet with North Korean President Kim Il Sung.

Calgary (1-0) 38 @ Sacramento (0-1) 24

10 years ago

Died on this date
Paul Johnson
. U.S. terrorism victim. Mr. Johnson, an engineer, was decapitated by al-Qaeda thugs six days after being kidnapped in Saudi Arabia. Four top leaders of the al-Qaeda cell were killed by Saudi security officials hours after the murder.

European Union leaders agreed on the first constitution for the bloc's 25 members, with fewer vetoes by individual nations and greater centralization.

An International Atomic Energy Agency resolution criticized Iran for not being forthcoming about its nuclear activity. Iran declared that it would continue to produce equipment for its nuclear centrifuges.

Hamilton (1-0) 38 @ British Columbia (0-1) 36

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