Sunday, 20 July 2014

July 20, 2014

825 years ago

King Richard I was officially invested as Duke of Normandy.

200 years ago

Died on this date
Aaron Stevens; Adam Crysler; Dayton Lindsey; Noah Payne Hopkins; George Peacock, Jr.; Isaiah Brink; Benjamin Simmons; John Dunham
. Canadian traitors. The eight men were hanged on Burlington Heights in Upper Canada after being convicted of high treason for firing on their neighbours during the War of 1812. The trials of the men, known as the Bloody Assize, had taken place at Ancaster, Upper Canada. Seven other men had been convicted, but were banished.

150 years ago

Born on this date
Erik Axel Karlfeldt
. Swedish poet. Mr. Karlfeldt, born Erik Axel Eriksson, was posthumously awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1931, shortly after his death at the age of 66 on April 8, 1931.

In the U.S. Civil War, Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attacked Union troops under General William T. Sherman in the Battle of Peachtree Creek near Atlanta.

130 years ago


Charley Jones hit 3 triples to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 17-5 win over the Indianapolis Blues in an American Association game at Bruce Grounds in Indianapolis.

90 years ago

Johnny Weissmuller of the United States won the gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle swimming event at the Summer Olympics in Paris in 59.0 seconds, setting a new Olympic record but falling well short of his world mark of 57.4 seconds set earlier in the year. It was a U.S. medal sweep in the event, as Duke Kahanamoku and his brother Sammy of Hawaii took the silver and bronze resepectively.

80 years ago

Labour unrest in the U.S. continued as police in Minneapolis fired upon striking truck drivers during the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike, killing 2 and wounding 67. Police in Seattle fired tear gas on and clubbed 2,000 striking longshoremen during the west coast waterfront strike. Oregon Governor Julius Meier called out the Oregon National Guard to break a strike on the Portland docks.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Mildred Harris, 42
. U.S. actress. Miss Harris began her career as a child star, and appeared in numerous movies, mainly frm 1912-1928 during the era of silent films. She was the first wife of movie comedy legend Charlie Chaplin; the two were married from 1918-1920. Miss Harris died of pneumonia following a major abdominal operation.

World events
German dictator Adolf Hitler survived an assassination attempt led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg when a bomb in a briefcase exploded at his headquarters in Rastenberg, East Prussia.

U.K. General Bernard Montgomery called off Operation Goodwood/Atlantic after British and Canadian forces in France lost 4,000 men and 437 of 877 tanks attacking German forces south and east of Caen. 60% of Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal were killed or wounded, and the South Saskatchewan Regiment lost 200 dead, wounded, or captured. Despite the heavy German resistance, the 11-mile front was widened. Allied forces in Italy pushed through the Arno River valley on a 25-mile line as German forces retreated toward the Gothic Line. U.S. troops stormed ashore on Japanese-held Guam on either side of Port Apra. Chinese relief forces made deep penetrations of the Japanese siege lines around Hengyang in the province of Hunan. The Mexican government announced that 300 airmen would leave this week for training in the U.S.A. and would be ready for overseas combat after six months.

Politics and government
Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for an unprecedented fourth term as President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, receiving 1,086 votes to 86 for U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd (Virginia) and 1 for James Farley.

It was announced in Bombay that a cholera epidemic in four districts of the Indian province of Bihar had killed 34,808 people in three months.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Once a Killer, starring Martin E. Brooks, Lenka Peterson, and Michael Strong

World events
Otto John, head of West Germany's secret service, defected to East Germany.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Tú Serás Mi Baby (Be My Baby)--Les Surfs

The single And I Love Her/If I Fell by the Beatles was released in North America on Capitol Records. Both songs were from the movie A Hard Day's Night. If I Fell is this blogger's favourite song ever.

Viet Cong forces attacked the capital of Dinh Tuong Province, Cai Be, killing 11 South Vietnamese military personnel and 40 civilians (30 of whom were children).

Ottawa (2-0) 25 @ Winnipeg (0-1) 7
Hamilton (1-0) 3 @ British Columbia (0-2) 0

After the Lions' loss to the Tiger-Cats on a rainy night at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. head coach Dave Skrien threatened to resign, alleging that General Manager Herb Capozzi had intervened in an area of his jurisdiction by giving the players' wives poorer seats to sit in at Empire Stadium than they were entitled to.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Sugar Baby Love--The Rubettes (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: She--Charles Aznavour (4th week at #1)

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Billy - Don't Be a Hero--Paper Lace (3rd week at #1)
2 Devil Gate Drive--Suzi Quatro
3 The Entertainer--Marvin Hamlisch
4 The Streak--Ray Stevens
5 Would You Lay with Me in a Field of Stone?--Judy Stone
6 Seasons in the Sun--Terry Jacks
7 Candle in the Wind/Bennie and the Jets--Elton John
8 Hooked on a Feeling--Blue Swede
9 Evie--Stevie Wright
10 My Girl Bill--Jim Stafford

Singles entering the chart were I Get a Little Sentimental Over You by the New Seekers (#33) and Amoureuse by Kiki Dee (#36).

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rock Your Baby--George McCrae (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rock Your Baby--George McCrae
2 Annie's Song--John Denver
3 Rock the Boat--The Hues Corporation
4 Rikki Don't Lose That Number--Steely Dan
5 Rock and Roll Heaven--The Righteous Brothers
6 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--Elton John
7 The Air that I Breathe--The Hollies
8 You Won't See Me--Anne Murray
9 Hollywood Swinging--Kool & The Gang
10 On and On--Gladys Knight and the Pips

Singles entering the chart were Let's Put it All Together by the Stylistics (#75); Don't Knock My Love by Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye (#76); Free Man in Paris by Joni Mitchell (#81); Rings by Lobo (#83); Eyes of Silver by the Doobie Brothers (#85); It's Better to Have (And Don’t Need) by Don Covay (#95); Then Came You by Dionne Warwick and the Spinners (#96); Sugar Baby Love by the Rubettes (#98); and River's Risin' by Edgar Winter (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Rock the Boat--The Hues Corporation (2nd week at #1)
2 Rock Your Baby--George McCrae
3 Annie's Song--John Denver
4 If You Love Me (Let Me Know)--Olivia Newton-John
5 The Air that I Breathe--The Hollies
6 Rock and Roll Heaven--The Righteous Brothers
7 Rikki Don't Lose that Number--Steely Dan
8 Billy, Don't Be a Hero--Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
9 Be Thankful for What You Got--William DeVaughn
10 Sundown--Gordon Lightfoot

Singles entering the chart were All Shook Up by Suzi Quatro (#77); Air Disaster by Albert Hammond (#83); Forever and Ever (Baby I'm Gonna Be Yours) by Keith Hampshire (#84); Walk On by Neil Young (#87); I Shot the Sheriff by Eric Clapton (#88); Old Home Filler-Up an' Keep On-a-Truckin' Cafe by C.W. McCall (#90); Summer Girl by Craig Ruhnke (#92); Pepper Box by the Peppers (#93); Brother and Me by Fludd (#94); Shang-a-Lang by Tinker's Moon (#95); People Gotta Move by Gino Vannelli (#96); Between Her Goodbye and My Hello by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#98); Anytime...Babe by David Clayton-Thomas (#99); and The Wall Street Shuffle by 10 C.C. (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Rock the Boat--The Hues Corporation
2 Annie's Song--John Denver
3 Clap for the Wolfman--The Guess Who
4 Waterloo--ABBA
5 Rikki Don't Lose that Number--Steely Dan
6 The Entertainer--Marvin Hamlisch
7 Rock and Roll Heaven--The Righteous Brothers
8 King of Nothing--Seals and Crofts
9 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--Elton John
10 Hickory--Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
Pick hit of the week: If You Talk in Your Sleep--Elvis Presley

Died on this date
Allen Jenkins, 74
. U.S. actor. Mr. Jenkins was known for comic character roles in numerous movies and television programs.

Five days after Cypriot President Archbishop Makarios had been deposed in a coup by the Greek-dominated Cypriot National Guard, thousands of Turkish troops invaded northern Cyprus after talks in Athens broke down.

Johnny Ellis singled home Rusty Torres and Frank Duffy with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 10-9 win over the Oakland Athletics before 19,126 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland in the NBC Game of the Week telecast. Mr. Ellis batted 4 for 4 with 2 runs and 5 runs batted in, and hit his 7th home run of the season.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Nelson Mandela--The Special A.K.A. (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Self Control--Laura Branigan (6th week at #1)

Politics and government
U.S. Democratic party presidential candidate Walter Mondale challenged President Ronald Reagan to six debates.

Hamilton (1-2-1) 18 @ Calgary (2-2) 23

The Toronto Blue Jays scored 11 runs in the top of the 9th inning and withstood a 4-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Seattle Mariners 12-7 before 8,246 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle.

25 years ago

Died on this date
Forrest H. Anderson, 76
. U.S. politician. Mr. Anderson, a Democrat, was Governor of Montana from 1969-1973. He shot himself to death at his home after several years of declining health.

U.S. President George Bush, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, called for a new national commitment to space. Saying he wanted to establish the United States as "the pre-eminent space-faring nation," Mr. Bush advocated an orbiting space station, a manned base on the moon, and a manned mission to Mars. It was estimated that these ventures would cost several hundred billion dollars.

World events
Burma's ruling junta put opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.

Winnipeg (1-1) 22 @ Hamilton (2-0) 28

20 years ago

Bosnian Serb leaders rejected a plan devised by the U.S.A., U.K., France, and Germany that would have given them 49% of Bosnian territory. The Serbs already held 72% of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ottawa (1-2) 21 @ Edmonton (2-1) 23

Sean Fleming's 33-yard field goal on the last play of regulation time gave the Eskimos the win over the Rough Riders before 27,188 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Terry Baker kicked 7 field goals for Ottawa, including one from 16 yards to give the Rough Riders a 21-20 lead with 33 seconds remaining. Ottawa running back Gerry Collins had the best game of his CFL career, rushing for 128 yards.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Scott Andrew Mink, 40
. U.S. criminal. Mr. Mink, a drunkard and drug addict, was executed by the state of Ohio for the September 19, 2000 murders of his parents.

Philippines President Gloria Magapagal-Arroyo acced to kidnappers' demands and ordered Filipino troops withdrawn from Iraq in order to secure the release of truck driver Angelo dela Cruz.

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin introduced his new cabinet, newcomers to which included former hockey goaltending great Ken Dryden and British Columbia forestry executive David Emerson.

The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution demanding that Israel comply with the International Court of Justice ruling on July 9 that the portion of Israel's security barrier cutting into occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank was illegal.

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