150 years ago
In the U.S. Civil War, the Second Battle of Cold Harbor began in Virginia.
125 years ago
The first Canadian Pacific Railway train beyond Montreal arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick, marking the completion of the CPR as a coast-to-coast railway.
100 years ago
After several days in New York City, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his wife Jean arrived in Montreal to begin a tour of Canada.
80 years ago
Dr. Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, was knighted by King George V in London.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Love You--Bing Crosby (5th week at #1)
Bounding Home, with G.L. Smith aboard, won the 76th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York in a time of 2:32 1/5, ruining the hopes of runner-up Pensive to win the Triple Crown.
60 years ago
Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie arrived in Ottawa to begin a four-day visit to Canada.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Devil Gate Drive--Suzi Quatro (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): La Distancia--Roberto Carlos (9th week at #1)
30 years ago
#1 single in France: Somebody's Watching Me--Rockwell
#1 single in Switzerland: Hello--Lionel Richie (3rd week at #1)
Boston 104 @ Los Angeles Lakers 137 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Magic Johnson set a finals record for a single game with 21 assists and added 11 rebounds, while Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 24 points, as the Lakers routed the Celtics before 17,505 fans at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Boston's Larry Bird led all scorers with 30 points.
Winnipeg (1-0) 21 @ Saskatchewan (0-1) 14
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Wind Beneath My Wings--Bette Midler
#1 single in France (SNEP): Johnny, Johnny Come Home--Avalanche
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Like a Prayer--Madonna (8th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Me, Myself and I--De La Soul
#1 single in the U.K.: Ferry Cross the Mersey--The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, and Stock Aitken Waterman (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rock On--Michael Damian
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rock On--Michael Damian
2 Soldier of Love--Donny Osmond
3 Real Love--Jody Watley
4 Patience--Guns N' Roses
5 Wind Beneath My Wings--Bette Midler
6 Forever Your Girl--Paula Abdul
7 Satisfied--Richard Marx
8 Every Little Step--Bobby Brown
9 I'll Be There for You--Bon Jovi
10 I'll Be Loving You (Forvever)--New Kids on the Block
Singles entering the chart were Express Yourself by Madonna (#50); Lay Your Hands on Me by Bon Jovi (#63); Headed for a Heartbreak by Winger (#80); Nothin' (That Compares 2 U) by the Jacksons (#88); and Angel Eyes by the Jeff Healey Band (#90).
Died on this date
Ruhollah Khomeini, 86. Supreme Leader of Iran, 1979-1989. Ayatollah Khomeini, a Shi'ite Muslim leader who had been exiled from Iran by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1964, returned from Iraq in 1979 and led Iran's Islamic revolution, serving as religious and political leader. Under the Ayatollah's reign, Iran went backward several hundred years into the barbarism of Islamic law. His reign included the 1979-1981 seizure of the U.S. embassy by protesters, and the 1989 fatwa (legal judgment) against U.K. author Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses (1988).
Chinese army troops began sweeping through Beijing in attempting to suppress pro-democracy demonstrations by students.
SkyDome, Toronto's $500 million domed stadium, was officially opened; 50,000 baseball fans were soaked by rain when the retractable roof opened.
20 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm--Crash Test Dummies
Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a war memorial in Green Park in London to honour Canadians who fought and died in both world wars.
10 years ago
Montreal (0-1) 24 @ Ottawa (1-0) 28
Calgary 3 @ Tampa Bay 2 (OT) (Calgary led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Oleg Saprykin scored at 14:40 of the 1st overtime period to give the Flames the win over the Lightning at St. Petersburg Times Forum in St. Petersburg.
The Bowery Boys’ William Shakespeare Collection: Four stories of the Bard and the big city - William Shakespeare died 402 years ago today — April 23, 1616. Seven years earlier, his countryman Henry Hudson, sailing for The post The Bowery Boys’ Wi...
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