160 years ago
Economics and finance
James Bruce, Lord Elgin, representing Canada, signed the Reciprocity Treaty in Washington with U.S. negotiator William Marcy. The treaty, which was to take effect October 15, 1854, opened the U.S. to natural produce only in return for freedom of operation on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
130 years ago
Politics and government
Retired U.S. Army General William T. Sherman, a hero of the Civil War, refused the 1884 Republican party nomination for President of the United States with the words, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
Frank Mountain pitched a no-hitter as the Columbus Colts routed the Washington Nationals 12-0 in an American Association game at Athletic Park in Washington. The game was played just a week after Ed Morris of the Colts had pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
100 years ago
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle made his only visit to London, Ontario, briefly leaving his train during a stop at the Grand Trunk depot while travelling westward to Jasper National Park in Alberta. The creator of Sherlock Holmes was accompanied by his wife Jean and Mr. Charlton of the Grand Trunk Railway publicity department. Sir Arthur granted a 10-minute interview to a reporter from the London Evening Free Press, expressing the opinion that British suffragettes would be unsuccessful in obtaining voting rights for women, referring to their demonstrations as "mosquito attacks." He predicted that there would soon be a general election in Great Britain, and that there would be a compromise on the issue of home rule in the Irish province of Ulster.
The Cunard liner RMS Aquitania arrived in New York to complete her maiden voyage, six days after departing Liverpool.
In London, England, an unnamed member of King George V's household was accused of cheating at poker.
70 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Skull and Bones
The people of Rome took to the streets to welcome Allied troops who had liberated them from Nazi occupation. Soldiers of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, part of the British 6th Airborne Division's 3rd brigade, make an advance overnight, landing before D-Day. "C" company landed in the most easterly drop-zone near Varville, blowing up a bridge across the Divette River, destroying a German strong-point and then moving back four miles to the village of le Mesnil.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Answer Me, My Love--Nat "King" Cole; Answer Me, Lord Above--Frankie Laine
The two are the same song, but with different lyrics.
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Little Things Mean a Lot--Kitty Kallen (Best Seller--1st week at #1); Wanted--Perry Como (Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Little Things Mean a Lot--Kitty Kallen
2 Wanted--Perry Como
3 Three Coins in the Fountain--The Four Aces
4 The Happy Wanderer--Frank Weir and his Orchestra
--Henri Rene's Musette
5 Young at Heart--Frank Sinatra
6 I Get So Lonely (When I Dream About You)--The Four Knights
7 Here--Tony Martin
8 If You Love Me (Really Love Me)--Kay Starr
9 Hernando's Hideaway--Archie Bleyer
10 Answer Me, My Love--Nat "King" Cole
Singles entering the chart were Green Years by Eddie Fisher (#27); Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight by Sunny Gale (#29); River of No Return by Marilyn Monroe (#37); Brave Man by Burl Ives (#43); Buttons Bounce by Red Buttons (#44); If I Loved You by Roy Hamilton (#45); and Thank You for Calling by Jo Stafford (#46). River of No Return was the title song of the movie, which starred Miss Monroe.
50 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): My Boy Lollipop--Millie Small
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 A World Without Love--Peter and Gordon
2 All My Loving--The Beatles
3 Do You Love Me--The Dave Clark Five
4 Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying--Gerry and the Pacemakers
5 Viva Las Vegas--Elvis Presley
6 Little Children--Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
7 Bits and Pieces--The Dave Clark Five
8 My Boy Lollipop--Millie Small
9 Sidewinder--Wes Dakus and the CJCA Rebels
10 Twist and Shout--The Beatles
Pick hit of the week: Hickory, Dick and Doc--Bobby Vee
New this week: Give Me Your Love--Andy Kim
True, True Lovin'--Cliff Richard and the Shadows
Farmer John--The Premiers
Once in a While--The Brooks
Fireball Mail--Don Gibson
On television tonight
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Isabel, starring Bradford Dillman, Barbara Barrie, Edmon Ryan, Les Tremayne, and Dabney Coleman
40 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Waterloo--ABBA (7th week at #1)
Oakland Athletics' catcher Ray Fosse suffered a slipped disc and pinched nerve in his neck while attempting to break up a fight between teammates Reggie Jackson and Billy North in the team's dressing room at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Mr. Fosse was on the disabled list from June 6-August 22.
30 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Big in Japan--Alphaville (2nd week at #1)
Hamilton (1-0) 13 @ Toronto (0-1) 6
British Columbia (1-0) 55 @ Calgary (0-1) 17
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Now You're in Heaven--Julian Lennon
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Mas y mas--La Union
Canada's top 10 (RPM):
1 Forever Your Girl--Paula Abdul (2nd week at #1)
2 Rock On--Michael Damian
3 Everlasting Love--Howard Jones
4 Real Love--Jody Watley
5 Pop Singer--John Mellencamp
6 After All--Cher and Peter Cetera
7 Like a Prayer--Madonna
8 Soldier of Love--Donny Osmond
9 I Won't Back Down--Tom Petty
10 Satisfied--Richard Marx
Singles entering the chart were So Alive by Love and Rockets (#75); Lay Your Hands on Me by Bon Jovi (#77); Crazy About Her by Rod Stewart (#79); What You Don't Know by Expose (#86); Waiting Game by Swing Out Sister (#87); Praying to A New God by Wang Chung (#89); Brother of Mine by Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (#93); Pop Song '89 by R.E.M. (#97); and Do You Believe by One 2 One (#99).
Politics and government
Results of the first round of voting in Poland's parliamentary elections showed the trade union movement Solidarity taking 70-80% of the vote.
The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 before 48,378 fans in the first game ever played at SkyDome in Toronto. Toronto first baseman Fred McGriff hit the first home run in the new stadium, connecting off winning pitcher Don August with a man on base in the 2nd inning. Jimmy Key pitched a complete game in taking the loss.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Without You--Mariah Carey (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World--The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol)
#1 single in the U.K.: Love is All Around--Wet Wet Wet (2nd week at #1)
10 years ago
Died on this date
Ronald Reagan, 93. 40th President of the United States of America, 1981-1989. Mr. Reagan was a well-known actor in movies such as Knute Rockne, All American (1940) and Kings Row (1942), and served seven terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild. Originally a member of the Democratic Party, he switched to the Republicans, and was Governor of California from 1967-1975. After two unsuccessful attempts at winning the Republican nomination for President of the United States, Mr. Reagan was successful in 1980, and handily defeated incumbent President Jimmy Carter in that year's election. Mr. Reagan survived an assassination attempt early in his presidency, and went on to successfully prosecute the Cold War with the U.S.S.R., while adopting policies that led to an improvement in the American economy. When Mr. Reagan left the White House in 1989, he left the world a more peaceful place than when he became President--exactly the opposite of the prediction of many of his critics. Mr. Reagan died after along battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mister, we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again.
Birdstone, with Edgar Prado aboard, won the 136th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York by 1 length in a time of 2:27.50, preventing runner-up Smarty Jones from winning the Triple Crown.
Tampa Bay 3 @ Calgary 2 (2 OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Martin St. Louis scored 33 seconds into the 2nd overtime period to give the Lightning the win over the Flames at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Hamilton (0-2) 23 @ Toronto (2-0) 31
Winnipeg (1-0) 29 @ Calgary (0-1) 14
Saskatchewan (2-0) 24 @ British Columbia (0-1) 14
Nielsen Bottom 10, February 19th-25th, 1973 - A look at the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during the week of February 19th-25th, 1973. *Here We Go Again* on ABC was at the bottom of the ratings char...
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