Tuesday, 3 June 2014

June 2, 2014

125 years ago
1889


Transportation
The Canadian Pacific Railway opened the Short Line Railroad through Maine to connect Montreal with Saint John, New Brunswick.

120 years ago
1894


Baseball
Ed Stein pitched a no-hitter as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms edged the Chicago Colts 1-0 at Eastern Park in Brooklyn in a game that was called after 6 innings.

90 years ago
1924


Americana
The United States Congress enacted the Indian Citizenship Act, granting U.S. citizenship to all American Indians born in the United States.

40 years ago
1974


Died on this date
George "Skipp" Walther, 27
. U.S. hydroplane racing driver. Mr. Walther, the brother of auto racing driver David "Salt" Walther, was killed when his hydroplane crashed during a practice run for a race in Miami scheduled for later that day.

Tennis
Chris Evert of the United States defeated Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-3 to win the women's singles title at the Italian Open in Rome. It was the first major championship for Miss Evert, who also won the doubles championship with Olga Morozova of the U.S.S.R. when Helga Masthoff and Heide Orth of West Germany defaulted because of a knee injury to Mrs. Masthoff.

30 years ago
1984


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Love of the Common People--Paul Young (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (VRT Top 30): I Want to Break Free--Queen

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Want to Break Free--Queen (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Reflex--Duran Duran (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go--Wham!

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Let's Hear It for the Boy--Deniece Williams (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Let's Hear it for the Boy--Deniece Williams (2nd week at #1)
2 Time After Time--Cyndi Lauper
3 Hello--Lionel Richie
4 Oh Sherrie--Steve Perry
5 The Reflex--Duran Duran
6 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)--Phil Collins
7 To All the Girls I've Loved Before--Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
8 Sister Christian--Night Ranger
9 The Heart of Rock and Roll--Huey Lewis and the News
10 The Longest Time--Billy Joel

Singles entering the chart were When Doves Cry by Prince (#64); Breakin'...There's No Stopping Us by Ollie & Jerry (#69); Boys Do Fall in Love by Robin Gibb (#81); Freakshow on the Dance Floor by the Bar-Kays (#89); and A Little Love by Juice Newton (#90). When Doves Cry was from the movie Purple Rain (1984). Breakin'...There's No Stopping Us was from the movie Breakin' (1984).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Hello--Lionel Richie
2 Time After Time--Cyndi Lauper
3 To All the Girls I've Loved Before--Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
4 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)--Phil Collins
5 The Reflex--Duran Duran
6 They Don't Know--Tracey Ullman
7 Hold Me Now--Thompson Twins
8 Let's Hear it for the Boy--Deniece Williams
9 Footloose--Kenny Loggins
10 Breakdance--Irene Cara

Singles entering the chart were Infatuation by Rod Stewart (#42); Original Sin by INXS (#45); Almost Paradise by Mike Reno and Ann Wilson (#46); My Ever Changing Moods by the Style Council (#48); and Jump (For My Love) by the Pointer Sisters (#49).

25 years ago
1989


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): If You Don't Know Me By Now--Simply Red

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): The Look--Roxette (2nd week at #1)

Religion
This blogger was among those in attendance as "Christian" comedian and alleged expert on Satanism Mike Warnke spoke at Central Pentecostal Tabernacle in Edmonton. A handful of protesters were outside, including one man in apparent Satanic garb, claiming that Mr. Warnke was telling lies. I believed Mr. Warnke's story in those days, but after he was exposed by Jon Trott and Mike Hertenstein in the magazine article (1992) and book (1993) Selling Satan, I became more sympathetic with the protesters.

20 years ago
1994


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): The Real Thing--2 Unlimited (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Riverdance--Bill Whelan (5th week at #1)

Disasters
29 people--including 25 of the United Kingdom's top police, army, and security officers--were killed when the plane they were travelling on from Belfast to Inverness crashed on the Mull of Kintyre.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Vancouver 1 @ New York Rangers 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

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