Saturday, 30 August 2014

August 31, 2014

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Lois & Lee Morrow!

700 years ago
1314


Europeana
King Håkon V moved the capital of Norway from Bergen to Oslo.

200 years ago
1814


Died on this date
Arthur Phillip, 75
. English admiral and politician. Mr. Phillip, an admiral in the Royal Navy, was the first Governor of the penal colony of New South Wales from 1788-1795.

War
In the War of 1812, British forces commanded by John Sherbrooke captured Castine, Maine, with a force from Halifax.

150 years ago
1864


War
In the U.S. Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman launched an assault on Atlanta, Georgia.

100 years ago
1914


Born on this date
Richard Basehart
. U.S. actor. Mr. Basehart was best known as the star of the television series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968). He died on September 17, 1984 at the age of 70, just a month after serving as the announcer for the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

90 years ago
1924


Died on this date
Todor Aleksandrov, 43
. Ottoman-born Macedonian revolutionist. Mr. Aleksandrov, a native of present-day Macedonia, was a member of the Bulgarian Macedonian-Adrianople Revolutionary Committees (BMARC) and later of the Central Committee of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organisation (IMRO). He supported an independent Macedonia and resisted overtures from the U.S.S.R., and was assassinated when a member of his cheta (armed band) shot him in the Pirin Mountains.

80 years ago
1934

Football

79,432 were in attendance at Soldier Field in Chicago to see the first Chicago Charities College All-Star Game, pitting the best graduating college players against the defending National Football League champions. The All-Stars and Chicago Bears played to a 0-0 tie. The game was the creation of Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward, who had also conceived the major league baseball all-star game the previous year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_College_All-Star_Game

75 years ago
1939


Died on this date
Franciszek Honiok, 43
. Polish farmer. Mr. Honiok was arrested by the SS on August 30 in the Polish village of Polomia, dressed in a Polish army uniform, shot through the head, and left on the steps of the entrance to the radio station in Gleiwitz (then in Germany, just inside the border with Poland--now Gliwice, in Poland) as part of a fabrication by the Nazis of Polish aggression in order to justify their impending invasion of Poland. Mr. Honiok may accurately be referred to as the first person killed in World War II.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds purchased Al Simmons from the Boston Bees. The 37-year old outfielder was hitting .282 in 93 games with the Bees.

70 years ago
1944


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Happy in Love--Dinah Shore; Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (1st month at #1)

War
British forces in France seized Amiens and crossed the Somme River, as U.S. units bridged the Meuse River and stormed Mezieres, Charleville, and Sedan. British humourist P.G. Wodehouse, who had made a series of radio broadcasts from Berlin urging British capitulation, was discovered in Paris, and said he had "made a terrible mistake." Canadian troops in Italy broke through the Gothic Line south of Rimini, entering the Po Valley, while Polish troops captured Pesaro on the Adriatic Sea.

Diplomacy
Polish Prime Minister Stanislaw Mikolajczyk said that the Polish government in exile in London had forwarded to Mosco proposals for a settlement of the Polish problems.

Politics and government
U.S. Senator Harry Truman (Democrat--Missouri) accepted his party's nomination in a speech in Lamar, Missouri, saying that the voters "should trust experienced leaders."

Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives passed and returned to the Senate a revised version of the George reconversion bill, calling for an Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion to replace the present OWM.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the takeover of 10 Pennsylvania coal mines that had been closed by strikes.

60 years ago
1954


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Heideröslein--Friedel Hensch und die Cyprys (3rd month at #1)

Died on this date
Elsa Barker, 85
. U.S. author. Miss Barker was an occultist who was best known for producing three books through "automatic writing" that were supposedly messages from recently-deceased David P. Hatch, a judge in Los Angeles. The books were Letters from a Living Dead Man (1914); War Letters from the Living Dead Man (1915); and Last Letters From the Living Dead Man (1919).

Disasters
Hurricane Carol hit the northeastern United States, resulting in nearly 70 deaths and millions of dollars in damage.

50 years ago
1964


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Tú Serás Mi Baby (Be My Baby)--Les Surfs (5th week at #1)

40 years ago
1974


Hit parade
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Rock Your Baby--George McCrae (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Love Me for a Reason--The Osmonds

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (You're) Having My Baby--Paul Anka with Odia Coates (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tell Me Something Good--Rufus
2 (You're) Having My Baby--Paul Anka with Odia Coates
3 I Shot the Sheriff--Eric Clapton
4 The Night Chicago Died--Paper Lace
5 Wildwood Weed--Jim Stafford
6 Rock Me Gently--Andy Kim
7 Feel Like Makin' Love--Roberta Flack
8 I'm Leaving it (All) Up to You--Donny and Marie Osmond
9 Then Came You--Dionne Warwick and the Spinners
10 Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe--Barry White

Singles entering the chart were Jazzman by Carole King (#76); Love Me for a Reason by the Osmonds (#81); Higher Plane by Kool & The Gang (#82); Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing by Aretha Franklin (#83); Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot (#88); Straight Shootin' Woman by Steppenwolf (#92); One Day at a Time by Marilyn Sellars (#93); Suzie Girl by Redbone (#96); You Can Have Her by Sam Neely (#97); and 1984 by David Bowie (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 (You're) Having My Baby--Paul Anka with Odia Coates
2 I Shot the Sheriff--Eric Clapton
3 Wildwood Weed--Jim Stafford
4 Please Come to Boston--Dave Loggins
5 Feel Like Makin' Love--Roberta Flack
6 The Night Chicago Died--Paper Lace
7 Rock Me Gently--Andy Kim
8 I'm Leaving it (All) Up to You--Donny and Marie Osmond
9 Takin' Care of Business--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
10 Wild Thing--Fancy

Singles entering the chart were You Little Trustmaker by the Tymes (#57); Never My Love by Blue Swede (#79); Can't Get Enough by Bad Company (#93); Carefree Highway by Gordon Lightfoot (#94); Travelin' Prayer by Billy Joel (#96); Another Love by Ian Lloyd and Stories (#97); Skin Tight by the Ohio Players (#98); Stop and Smell the Roses by Mac Davis (#99); and Wombling Summer Party by the Wombles (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Wildwood Weed--Jim Stafford (2nd week at #1)
2 I Shot the Sheriff--Eric Clapton
3 Please Come to Boston--Dave Loggins
4 The Night Chicago Died--Paper Lace
5 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--Elton John
6 (You're) Having My Baby--Paul Anka with Odia Coates
7 Feel Like Makin' Love--Roberta Flack
8 Nothing from Nothing--Billy Preston
9 I Honestly Love You--Olivia Newton-John
10 Sure as I'm Sittin' Here--Three Dog Night
Pick hit of the week: Keep on Smilin'--Wet Willie

Died on this date
William Pershing Benedict, 56
. U.S. aviator. Mr. Benedict, with U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Fletcher as co-pilot, made the first U.S. aircraft landing at the North Pole, in a USAF C-47 on May 3, 1952. With scientist Albert Crary, they became the first Americans to set foot on the exact geographical North Pole. Mr. Benedict was killed in a plane crash while dropping fire retardant in the Ukiah area of California.

Norman Kirk, 51. Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1972-1974. Mr. Kirk, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party, was first elected to Parliament in 1957, and became the party's leader in 1965. Soon after Labour formed the government in December 1972, New Zealand withdrew all her troops from the Vietnam War and ended compulsory military training. Mr. Kirk was a strong monarchist, and his government introduced legislation in 1974 to declare Queen Elizabeth II Queen of New Zealand. Mr. Kirk died suddenly of heart failure, likely resulting from overwork.

Economics and finance
West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Italian Prime Minister Mariano Rumor announced that West Germany had agreed to grant a $2-billion credit to Italy to bail the country of its financial crisis. Mr. Schmidt said he would also support a plan for a European Economic Community loan to Italy. The $2-billion loan was aimed at strengthening the Italian lira, which had been battered by a huge balance of payments deficit.

30 years ago
1984


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): One Love/People Get Ready--Bob Marley (6th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Reach Out--Giorgio Moroder

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Sounds Like A Melody--Alphaville

Died on this date
Audrey Wagner, 56
. U.S. baseball player. Miss Wagner was an outfielder with the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943-1949, batting .254 with 29 home runs and 281 runs batted in in 694 games. She led or tied for the league lead in home runs in 1946, 1947, and 1949, and was Player of the Year in 1948, when she won the batting title. Miss Wagner, who became a physician after her baseball career, was killed in a plane crash near Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Politics and government
It was reported that Israeli Labor Party leader Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, leader of the Likud bloc, had agreed on a national unity government in which first Mr. Peres and then Mr. Shamir would serve as Prime Minister for 25 months. Under the plan, Labor and Likud would have 12 ministers each in the 24-member cabinet.

Television
The Canadian cable network MuchMusic began broadcasting.

Disasters
The state of Montana, which was experiencing, dry, windy, and hot weather, was afflicted by more than a dozen large fires covering 250,000 acres during the last days of August. The flames claimed $10.5 million in damages, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan provided disaster relief. 1,000 volunteers from seven states fought a fire on Houghton Creek in the extreme northwestern corner of the state.

Football
CFL
Toronto (7-2) 23 @ Ottawa (3-6) 20

The teams were going in opposite directions: it was the sixth straight win for the Argonauts, and the fifth straight loss for the Rough Riders. Lester Brown scored 3 touchdowns for Toronto, while Tim McCray, playing his first CFL game, rushed for both Ottawa touchdowns; his second score covered 81 yards. Rough Rider quarterback J.C. Watts was sacked 8 times, while Argonaut quarterbacks Condredge Holloway and Joe Barnes were sacked a total of 6 times. 25,708 were in attendance at Lansdowne Park.

25 years ago
1989

Personal

This blogger put in his final day as librarian at the University of Alberta School of Native Studies.

Popular culture
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were separating.

Labour
Arbitrator Thomas Roberts ordered the major league baseball owners to pay $10.5 million in damages as a result of their collusion against free agents after the 1985 season.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (3-5) 39 @ Ottawa (0-8) 30

The first defensive convert in Canadian Football League history proved to be the deciding play as the Lions won their third straight game. Rookie Tony Kimbrough’s third touchdown pass of the game, to Don Johnston, had pulled the Rough Riders into a 30-30 tie with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. On the convert attempt, holder Tom Schimmer fumbled the snap, B.C. defensive back Keith Gooch recovered, and lateralled to linebacker Alondra Johnson, who raced the length of the field to score 2 points for the Lions to give them a 32-30 lead. It was the first such score since a rule change in 1988 had made a fumbled or missed convert attempt a live ball. The Lions put the game away 4 minutes later with a 20-yard touchdown run by Anthony Parker, who finished with 124 yards on 12 carries. B.C. quarterback Matt Dunigan threw 3 touchdown passes, 2 of them to David Williams. Gerald Alphin caught 2 of Mr. Kimbrough’s scoring passes. 18,576 witnessed an entertaining game at Lansdowne Park.

20 years ago
1994


War
The Provisional Irish Republican Army declared a ceasefire, saying it was now time to seek a political solution to its desire to see an end to British rule in Northern Ireland. U.K. Prime Minister John Major said that his government had made no concessions to the IRA.

Defense
Russia officially ended its military presence in the former East Germany and the Baltic states after nearly 50 years.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators was unchanged in July.

10 years ago
2004


Died on this date
Carl Wayne, 61
. U.K. musician. Mr. Wayne, born Colin David Tooley, played keyboards, guitar, and bass guitar, but was mainly a vocalist with the British rock groups the Vikings, the Move, and finally, the Hollies, whom he joined in 2000. He died of cancer of the esophagus less than two months after his last performance with the Hollies.

Terrorism
The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas took responsibility when two buses blew up in Beersheba, Israel, killing 16.

A female suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside a subway station in Moscow, killing 9 people and injuring more than 50.

Iraqi insurgents executed a dozen Nepalese hostages.

Politics and government
U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger were among the speakers at the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York.

August 30, 2014

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michelle Kent!

550 years ago
1464


Religion
Paul II became Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, succeeding Pius II, who had died on August 14.

125 years ago
1889


Literature
Joseph Marshall Stoddardt, managing editor of the U.S. publication Lippincott's Monthly Magazine, which published full-length novels, was in London trying to set up a British version of his magazine. He had dinner that night at the Langham Hotel in Portland Place, where his guests were Irish journalist and Member of Parliament Thomas Patrick Gill, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Oscar Wilde. Mr. Stoddardt commissioned works from Messrs. Doyle and Wilde, which resulted in The Sign of Four--the second Sherlock Holmes novel--by Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

110 years ago
1904


Olympics
Thomas Hicks of the United States won the marathon at the Summer Olympics in St. Louis in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 53 seconds, collapsing at the finish line in 90-degree heat and 90 percent humidity. Another of the 32 starters, Fred Lorz of the Mohawk Athletic Club of New York, finished 15 minutes ahead of Mr. Hicks but was disqualified when it was learned he had ridden in a car for 11 of the 26 miles.

100 years ago
1914


War
The Battle of Tannenberg concluded as the German Eighth Army, led by Paul von Hindenburg, defeated the Russian Second Army, commanded by Aleksandr Samsonov, near Allenstein, East Prussia (today Olsztyn, Poland).

70 years ago
1944


War
Two brigades of the First Canadian Corps crossed the Foglia River in Italy and fought their way through the German Gothic Line toward Rimini. Soviet troops captured the Romanian oil centre of Ploesti, cutting off Germany's last major source of natural oil. Moving from the Chinese city of Hengyang, two Japanese columns advanced 11 miles toward the airbase of Kwellin in the province of Kwangsi.

World events
Argentine General Arturo Rawson was put under house arrest in Buenos Aires for participating in demonstrations folowing the Allies' liberation of Paris from Nazi occupation five days earlier.

Politics and government
A provisional French government was set up in Paris under General Charles de Gaulle.

The national convention of the America First Party nominated Gerald L.K. Smith as its candidate for President of the United States in the November 1944 election, with Harry Romer as the party's vice-presidential candidate.

Defense
The United States Navy reported that 65,000 ships had been built since September 1, 1939, with nearly 36% of the total 9 million tons being combat ships.

Football
The defending NFL champion Chicago Bears defeated the College All-Stars 24-21 in the 11th annual Chicago Charities College All-Star Game. It was the second straight--and last--such game to be played at Dyche Stadium on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In 1945 the game returned to its usual venue of Soldier Field in Chicago. The 1944 game attracted 49,246 fans.

60 years ago
1954


Football
WIFU
Winnipeg (3-1) 0 @ Calgary (2-2) 41
Saskatchewan (3-1) 17 @ British Columbia (0-2) 0

The Stampeders' rout of the Blue Bombers at Mewata Stadium was Calgary's second shutout in three days.

50 years ago
1964
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Football
CFL
Winnipeg (1-4-1) 4 @ British Columbia (4-0-1) 21

Bob Swift scored 2 touchdowns as the Lions beat the Blue Bombers before 33,607 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. It was the first CFL game for B.C. linebacker Jesse Williams, who was also used as the long snapper on placekicks and punts.

40 years ago
1974


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: The Night Chicago Died--Paper Lace (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Rock Your Baby--George McCrae

Terrorism
A powerful bomb exploded at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters in Marunouchi, Tokyo, killing 8 people and injuring 378. Eight left-wing activists were arrested by Japanese authorities on May 19, 1975.

Scandal
George Steinbrenner, chairman of American Shipbuilding Company and owner of the New York Yankees baseball club, was fined $15,000 by a U.S. District Court in Cleveland for making illegal corporate contributions to the 1972 re-election campaign of U.S. President Richard Nixon and $20,000 for two violations of U.S.campaign laws. Members of the staff of Leon Jaworski, the Special Prosecutor assigned to investigate the June 1972 break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and the subsequent cover-up, were reportedly incensed at the light sentence for what they considered the strongest case of campaign violation abuse under investigation.

Disasters
An express train travelling from Belgrade, Yugoslavia to Dortmund, West Germany derailed at the main station in Zagreb, killing 153 passengers.

Baseball
Mike Ruddell of the Trois-Rivières Eagles pitched a no-hitter and improved his record for the season to 4-8 as the Eagles edged the Quebec City Carnivals 1-0 in an Eastern League game in Quebec City. The no-hitter turned out to be the last win of Mr. Ruddell's professional career; he went 0-4 with the Eagles in 1975, his last season. In 7 professional seasons from 1969-1975, Mr. Ruddell compiled a record of 32-38 with an earned run average of 4.03.

30 years ago
1984


Space
The U.S. space shuttle Discovery lifted off on its maiden voyage from Cape Canaveral, Florida to begin mission STS-41-D. The crew of 6 included Commander Henry Hartsfield and Mission Specialist Judy Resnik, the second American woman in space.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos, in fifth place in the National League East Division with a record of 64-67, fired manager Bill Virdon and replaced him with general manager and former manager Jim Fanning.

25 years ago
1989


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Swing the Mood--Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Licence to Kill--Gladys Knight (6th week at #1)

World events
The U. S. State Department advised American citizens in Colombia to consider leaving that country. 11,000 people had been arrested since the August 18 assassination by hitmen of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

Scandal
A U.S. federal jury in New York found "hotel queen" Leona Helmsley guilty of income tax evasion but acquitted her of extortion.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-4) 19 @ Edmonton (7-1) 45

31,667 fans at Commonwealth Stadium saw the Eskimos score 31 points in the 4th quarter. Tracy Ham threw touchdown passes to Craig Ellis and Keith Wright, ran for another touchdown, and handed off to Michael Soles for another touchdown on the game’s last play. The Eskimos rolled up 228 yards rushing, led by Reggie Taylor’s 79 yards on 12 carries. Jeff Fairholm scored both Saskatchewan touchdowns, one on a 58-yard pass from Tom Burgess in the 2nd quarter, and the other on a 42-yard pass from Kent Austin in the 4th quarter, finishing with 5 receptions for 129 yards. The Eskimos amassed 32 first downs and 435 yards in net offense. The Edmonton defense snagged 4 interceptions off the Roughrider quarterbacks; 3 of the picks were by Enis Jackson, and the other was by Larry Wruck.

CIAU
Alberta (0-1) 9 @ British Columbia (1-0) 18

Jim Stewart rushed 28 times for 180 yards as the Thunderbirds rolled up 26 first downs and 427 yards net offense at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver. The only UBC touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Scott Findlay with 1:22 left in the game. Roger Hennig converted and added 3 field goals and 2 singles. The Golden Bears, who picked up just 7 first downs, scored on a 58-yard pass from Jeff Steinberg to Jason Whaley, converted by Steve Kasowski.

20 years ago
1994


Died on this date
Lindsay Anderson, 71
. Indian-born U.K. film director. Mr. Anderson was theatre producer and film critic who directed such movies as This Sporting Life (1963); If... (1968); O Lucky Man! (1973); Britannia Hospital (1982); and The Whales of August (1987).

Diplomacy
The United Nations Security Council condemned the violations of international law and human rights by the Haitian government, which was being controlled by Haiti's military.

Business
The Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger that would create the largest U.S. defense contractor, to be called Lockheed Martin. The two existing companies had annual sales of nearly $23 billion.

10 years ago
2004


Politics and government
General Alu Alkhanov, the choice of the Kremlin, won a landslide victory in Chechnya's presidential election.

The U.S. Republican National Convention opened at Madison Square Garden in New York. Principal speakers included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and U.S. Senator John McCain (Arizona).

Friday, 29 August 2014

August 29, 2014

110 years ago
1904


Died on this date
Murad V, 63
. Ottoman Sultan, 1876. Murad V succeeded to the throne of the Ottoman Empire upon the death of his uncle Abdülaziz. Murad V was deposed after 93 days and replaced by Abdülhamid II.

100 years ago
1914


War
The Battle of St. Quentin began in which the French Fifth Army counter-attacked the invading Germans during the Allies' Great Retreat across France. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry regiment sailed from Montreal for England.

80 years ago
1934

Baseball

A capacity crowd of 30,000 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia witnessed Schoolboy Rowe’s winning streak end at 16 games as the Athletics knocked the rookie sensation out of the box in the 7th inning in defeating the Detroit Tigers 13-5 in the second game of a doubleheader. The Tigers won the first game 12-7.

75 years ago
1939

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning off Johnny Murphy to beat the New York Yankees 7-6 before 11,397 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, ending the Yankees’ winning streak at 10. Joe DiMaggio, hitting .403, had tied the game with a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th.

70 years ago
1944


War
The Slovak National Uprising began when 60,000 Slovak troops turned against occupying German troops. U.S. forces in France closed in on Rheims, north of Pons, and captured Cuvergnon and Soissons. Soviet forces combined a 65-mile overland drive with an 82-mile amphibious operation to capture the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta.

Abominations
Polish and Soviet authorities reported that about 1.5 million people had been systematically murdered at the Maidanek concentration camp at Lublin.

Diplomacy
The Dumbarton Oaks Conference in Washington reached agreement on an assembly of soveriegn nations; a smaller council of "principal states" supplemented by rotating representation of other states; and an international court of justice and "other means" to maintain world order.

Politics and government
The Republican Party opened its 1944 U.S. presidential campaign with national radio broadcasts by Governors Earl Warren (California); Dwight Green (Illinois); and Raymond Baldwin (Connecticut).

50 years ago
1964


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): A Hard Day's Night/Things We Said Today--The Beatles (6th week at #1)

#1 single in France: Ce Monde--Richard Anthony (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): In ginocchio da te--Gianni Morandi (7th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht--Siw Malmkvist (9th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Have I the Right?--The Honeycombs

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Where Did Our Love Go--The Supremes (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Where Did Our Love Go--The Supremes (2nd week at #1)
2 Everybody Loves Somebody--Dean Martin
3 The House of the Rising Sun--The Animals
4 A Hard Day's Night--The Beatles
5 Under the Boardwalk--The Drifters
6 C'mon and Swim--Bobby Freeman
7 Because--The Dave Clark Five
8 Wishin' and Hopin'--Dusty Springfield
9 Walk--Don't Run '64--The Ventures
10 Bread and Butter--The Newbeats

Singles entering the chart were Save it for Me by the 4 Seasons (#58); Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison (#62); Rhythm by Major Lance (#78); Hold Me by P.J. Proby (#86); From a Window by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas (#87); Me Japanese Boy I Love You by Bobby Goldsboro (#89); Knock! Knock! (Who’s There?) by the Orlons (#90); Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers (#94); Pearly Shells by Burl Ives (#95); I Guess I'm Crazy by Jim Reeves (#96); I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) by Buck Owens (#98); She Wants T'Swim by Chubby Checker (#99); and The Cat by Jimmy Smith (#100).

40 years ago
1974


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Abbeyshrule--Brendan Shine (2nd week at #1)

Terrorism
The Mexican government of President Luis Echevarria Alvarez, following a policy established by Mr. Echevarria after the 1973 kidnapping of U.S. General Consul Terrence Leonhardy, refused to negotiate with the terrorists who, the previous day, had kidnapped 83-year-old J. Guadalupe Zuno Hernandez, a retired politician and Mr. Echevarria's father-in-law.

Crime
Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe ordered a special court inquiry into the deaths of two inmates at the state penitentiary and two of their hostages on August 3, 11 days after three prisoners had taken 12 prison employees and fellow prisoners hostage in an attempt to bargain for their freedom. Armed inmates Fred Gomez Carrasco and Rudolpho Dominguez and two of their hostages had been killed in a shoot-out during an escape attempt. A preliminary autopsy on August 5 indicated that the dead inmates had killed themselves, but the official report on August 28 stated that the two had been killed by law officers in what was ruled a justifiable homicide.

Scandal
Former U.S. President Richard Nixon was served a subpoena, initiated by former aide John Ehrlichman, to appear in Mr. Ehrlichman's defense at his trial for his role in the June 1972 break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and the subsequent cover-up. The trial, originally scheduled to begin September 9, had been postponed on August 22 for three weeks by U.S. District Court Judge John Sirica.

Protest
At least 220 people were arrested after disturbances at the Windsor Free Festival, a rock music festival at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire, England.

Basketball
19-year-old Moses Malone of Petersburg, Virginia became the highest-paid teenage athlete in America when he signed a seven-year contract with the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association for a potential value of $3 million.

Football
WFL
Birmingham (8-0) 22 @ Chicago (6-2) 8

30 years ago
1984

Died on this date
Tommie Douglas Benefield
. U.S. test pilot. Colonel Benefield was killed and two other crewmen injured in the crash of a prototype of the B-1 bomber in the Mojave Desert in California. Although the United States Air Force offered no immediate explanation for the accident, there were reports that the B-1 had veered to avoid a plane filming the test flight, lost power, and crashed. The crew ejected in an escape capsule, which struck the ground hard, causing the death of Col. Benefield. The crash, the first ever in 127 test flights of B-1 prototypes, was not expected to delay the bomber program, although production of the plane was expected to continue to face opposition from some members of Congress.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators fell 0.8% in July--the second straight monthly decline--and that the U.S. trade deficit in July had been a record $14.06 billion.

Baseball
Bob Brenly’s inside-the-park home run in the 11th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 win over the Montreal Expos before 10,191 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Giants had tied the game with 2 out in the 9th on an error by Expos’ third baseman Tim Wallach. Youppi, the Expos' mascot, was ejected in the bottom of the 7th inning.

Rick Sutcliffe won his 11th straight decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 before 26,425 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Sutcliffe improved his record to 13-1 since joining the Cubs earlier in the season from the Cleveland Indians.

25 years ago
1989


Politics and government
The Iranian parliament approved all 22 cabinet nominees of new President Hojatolislam Hashemi Rafsanjani. The move was seen as a strong endorsement of a shift toward less radical policies.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at a 2.7% annual rate in the second quarter of 1989, much higher than the previous 1.7% estimate.

Football
CFL
Toronto (4-4) 6 @ Winnipeg (4-4) 34

Winnipeg quarterback Sean Salisbury threw 2 touchdown passes to Ken Winey and 1 to Jeff Smith, and backup quarterback Lee Saltz completed a touchdown pass to Perry Tuttle. Argo quarterback Gilbert Renfroe completed just 13 of 34 passes, and threw 4 interceptions; John Congemi was no better in relief, completing 2 of 6 passes with 2 interceptions. Two of the Blue Bomber interceptions were by Rod Hill, giving him 6 for the season. The Blue Bomber defense held Gill Fenerty to 7 yards rushing on 4 carries.

CIAU
Calgary (1-0) 22 @ Manitoba (0-1) 10

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs, trailing 9-0 after 5 innings, came back to beat the Houston Astros 10-9 in 10 innings before 25,829 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Outfielder Dwight Smith, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement, drove in 3 runs, including the tying and winning runs, and threw out a runner at home plate.

20 years ago
1994


Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Can You Feel the Love Tonight--Elton John (4th week at #1)
2 Stay (I Missed You)--Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
3 Prayer for the Dying--Seal
4 Love is Strong--Rolling Stones
5 Black Hole Sun--Soundgarden
6 Wild Night--John Mellencamp with Me’shell Ndegeocello
7 You Better Wait--Steve Perry
8 Sun's Gonna Rise--Sass Jordan
9 Could I Be Your Girl--Jann Arden
10 Afternoons and Coffeespoons--Crash Test Dummies

Singles entering the chart were Fire on Babylon by Sinead O'Connor (#84); Good Enough by Sarah Mclauchlan (#88); Good Times by Edie Brickell (#89); Sweet Sensual Love by Big Mountain (#90); Nowhere is There Freedom by Traffic (#91); Basket Case by Green Day (#93); Let it Go by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol) (#94); and You Gotta Be by Des'ree (#97).

Politics and government
Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed an agreement under which Israel agreed to shift administrative functions throughout the West Bank to the Palestinian National Authority. The PNA, which would assume responsibilities in the areas of health, welfare, education, tourism, and taxation, promised to establish an effective means of collecting taxes.

Swimming
21-year-old Carlos Costa of Toronto, who had been born with no bones below his knees, swam across the 60-kilometre-wide Straits of Messina in 23.5 hours, becoming the first disabled athlete to complete a double-crossing of the Strait.

10 years ago
2004


Politics and government
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, seeking a fourth term for his government, called a general election for October 9. His Liberal Party was expected to face stiff competition from the Labour Party, led by Mark Latham.

Olympics
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games closed in Athens. Canada won 12 medals, including 3 gold.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (4-6) 16 @ Edmonton (5-5) 57

Jason Maas (and briefly, Bart Hendricks) quarterbacked an offense that kept possession of the ball for 41 minutes and 11 seconds as the Eskimos gave up a touchdown 33 seconds into the game and then came back to rout the Renegades before 37,109 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Ottawa quarterback Kerry Joseph connected with Yo Murphy with a 72-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game to open the scoring before Jason Maas threw touchdown passes of 3 and 5 yards to Derrell "Mookie" Mitchell and rushed 1 yard for a touchdown of his own. Edmonton running back Mike Pringle rushed 29 times for 114 yards and 4 touchdowns and caught 2 passes for 26 yards, while teammate Jason Tucker caught 5 passes for 135 yards. Jason Armstead of the Renegades caught 3 passes for 131 yards. The game might have set a record for the number of measurements by the yardsticks crew to see if a first down was made.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

August 28, 2014

1,525 years ago
489


War
Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, defeated Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo, forcing his way into Italy.

825 years ago
1189


War
Crusaders under Guy of Lusignan began the Siege of Acre in Israel.

225 years ago
1789


Space
William Herschel discovered Enceladus, a moon of Saturn.

100 years ago
1914


War
The British Royal Navy defeated the German fleet in the Battle of Heligoland Bight in the southeastern North Sea. German troops conquered the Belgian city of Namur.

90 years ago
1924


Protest
Opposition forces in the Georgain Soviet Socialist Republic began the August Uprising against the Soviet Union.

75 years ago
1939

Baseball

Joe DiMaggio hit a grand slam, a 3-run home run, and a single, driving in 8 runs, to help the New York Yankees rout the Detroit Tigers 18-2 before 14,281 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, a day after the Yankees had beaten the Tigers 13-3.

70 years ago
1944


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The African Leopard Men

War
Marseilles and Toulon were liberated by Allied forces, while American troops crossed the Marne River at Meaux and drove into Chateau-Thierry. Soviet forces drove 10 miles into Transylvania.

Politics and Government
The U.S. Congress of Industrial Organizations Political Action Committee and National PAC Chairman Sidney Hillman told the U.S. House of Representatives Campaign Expenditures Committee that both groups were functioning legally, that he contemplated no third-party movement, and "have no plans to capture any political party."

Labour
Most of 8,000 workers at the Ford Motor Company plant in Highland Park, Michigan returned to work after being on strike since August 24 over wages and seniority rights. Congress of Industrial Organizations and United Auto Workers said the strike was unauthorized.

Golf
Byron Nelson won the All-American tournament at Tam O'Shanter Club in Chicago, winning a record $13,462 in U.S. war bonds.

60 years ago
1954


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Happy Wanderer--Frank Weir and his Orchestra; Obernkirchen Children's Choir (5th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sh-Boom--The Crew-Cuts (Best Seller--4th week at #1; Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Jukebox--2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sh-Boom--The Crew-Cuts (4th week at #1)
--The Chords
2 The Little Shoemaker--The Gaylords
--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
3 Hey There--Rosemary Clooney
--Sammy Davis, Jr.
4 The High and the Mighty--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
--LeRoy Holmes and his Orchestra
--Victor Young and his Orchestra
--Johnny Desmond
5 In the Chapel in the Moonlight--Kitty Kallen
6 Little Things Mean a Lot--Kitty Kallen
7 Skokiaan--Ralph Marterie and his Orchestra
--Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band
8 They were Doin' the Mambo--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
9 Hernando's Hideaway--Archie Bleyer
10 Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight--The McGuire Sisters
--Sunny Gale

Singles entering the chart were Sammy Davis Jr.'s version of Hey There; If I Give My Heart to You, with versions by Denise Lor and Doris Day (#28); Au Revoir by Teresa Brewer (#31); Whispering by Paul Whiteman and his "New" Ambassador Hotel Orchestra (#32); (Oh) What a Dream by Ruth Brown and the Rhythmakers (#35, charting with the version by Patti Page); and Heaven was Never Like This by Eddie Fisher (#44). Whispering had originally been a hit for Mr. Whiteman and his orchestra in 1920.

Golf
Arnold Palmer, 24, won the United States Amateur championship at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. Mr. Palmer wiped out a two-hole morning deficit with a final-round 70, good for a 1-up victory over 43-year-old veteran Robert Sweeny.

Football
IRFU
Montreal (1-0) 24 @ Hamilton (0-1) 6
Ottawa (0-1) 6 @ Toronto (1-0) 13

WIFU
Saskatchewan (2-1) 0 @ Calgary (1-2) 34
Winnipeg (3-0) 8 @ British Columbia (0-1) 6

ORFU
Toronto (0-1) 13 @ Kitchener-Waterloo (1-0) 35

The Alouettes' win over the Tiger-Cats at Civic Stadium was the last game for veteran quarterback and punter Glenn Dobbs, who had joined Hamilton after 3 years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He saw little action at quarterback, throwing 2 incomplete passes, but had a fine game punting, punting 12 times for a 44.1-yard average, including a 60-yard single.

20,606 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver saw the Lions take an early lead in their first regular season game ever, only to fall to the Blue Bombers. By Bailey rushed 2 yards for the Lions' first touchdown ever, and B.C. led 6-1 at halftime. The Blue Bombers scored the winning touchdown in the 3rd quarter when Jack Jacobs completed a pass to Bud Grant for 15 yards and Mr. Grant lateralled to Gerry James, who ran the remaining 49 yards to complete a 64-yard play. It was the only WIFU game for Don "Sleepy"Knowles of the Lions.

Blake Taylor scored 3 touchdowns as the Dutchmen beat Balmy Beach in Kitchener. Billy Vessels, who had won the Schenley Award as Canada's Most Outstanding Player in 1953 while playing with the Edmonton Eskimos and was then drafted into the U.S. Army, was granted leave from his base in New York state to play for the Dutchmen--then a farm team of the Eskimos--and caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bob Celeri. For Mr. Vessels, his appearance for Kitchener-Waterloo allowed him to keep his hopes of becoming a Canadian player, which could then be accomplished by playing at least 4 consecutive seasons in Canada.

50 years ago
1964


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Won't Forget You--Jim Reeves (3rd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 A Hard Day's Night--The Beatles (7th week at #1)
2 Where Did Our Love Go--The Supremes
3 Come Home Little Girl--Bobby Curtola
4 It Hurts to Be in Love--Gene Pitney
5 The House of the Rising Sun--The Animals
6 Everybody Loves Somebody--Dean Martin
7 And I Love Her--The Beatles
8 Pretty Woman--Roy Orbison
9 Because--The Dave Clark Five
10 Lucky Star--Rick Nelson
Pick hit of the week: From a Window--Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
New this week: Father Sebastian--The Ramblers
Come a Little Bit Closer--Jay and the Americans
It's for You--Cilla Black
On the Street Where You Live--Andy Williams
Around and Around--The Astronauts
Little Queenie--Bill Black's Combo

It's for You was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On the Street Where You Live was originally from the Broadway musical My Fair Lady (1956).

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans

Space
The U.S.A. launched the weather satellite Nimbus 1, whose mission was to photograph Earth's cloud cover and measure infrared radiation.

Protest
The Philadelphia race riot of 1964 began amid accusations of police brutality against the city's Negro residents.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (3-3) 56 @ Edmonton (0-4) 8

Ron Lancaster completed 3 touchdown passes to Hugh Campbell, while Ed Buchanan rushed 19 times for 198 yards and scored 2 touchdowns as the Roughriders routed the Eskimos before 12,807 fans at Clarke Stadium in what remains the most lopsided loss in Eskimo history. The Eskimos wore new uniforms for the game, but it didn't help. Bill Tobin, playing his first CFL game, scored the lone Edmonton touchdown. It was the last game in an Edmonton uniform for veteran linebacker Nat Dye, and the last CFL game for Eskimos Jack Lamb, Gary Hertzfeldt, Sammie Harris, and Ken Petersen. Defensive tackle Duane Cook, playing his second game for Edmonton, suffered a career-ending knee injury.

40 years ago
1974


Hit parade
#1 single in Switzerland: Sugar Baby Love--The Rubettes (7th week at #1)

Personal
This blogger survived his first day of classes in high school as a grade 9 student at Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in beautiful downtown Yellowknife.

Space
The Soyuz 15 crew of Gennadi Sarafanov and Lev Dyomin landed in Kazakhstan, two days after launch. The spacecraft was supposed to dock with the Salyut 3 space station for a mission of 19-29 days, but was forced to return early when the automatic docking system failed and there wasn't enough fuel to permit manual docking attempts.

Terrorism
Four armed terrorists kidnapped J. Guadalupe Zuno Hernandez, 83-year-old father-in-law of Mexican President Luis Echevarria Alvarez. Mr. Zuno had been a powerful political figure in Mexico for half a century; he was a former Governor of the state of Jalisco and founder of the University of Guadalajara.

Football
CFL
Calgary (1-5) 30 @ Winnipeg (2-3) 31

Don Jonas passed for 307 yards and threw touchdown passes to Dave Bailey, Bob LaRose, and John Bledsoe, but it was poor kicking by the Stampeders that made the difference in an exciting game before 22,644 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. With the game tied 24-24, Winnipeg quarterback Don Jonas completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Bledsoe, and Walt McKee's convert gave the Blue Bombers a 31-24 lead. Calgary quarterback Peter Liske promptly brought the Stampeders back, completing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Tom Forzani with 6 seconds remaining. Rookie Winnipeg defensive back Merv Walker blocked Larry Robinson's convert attempt, leaving Winnipeg ahead 31-30. A short kickoff attempt by the Stampeders was successful, and they managed to get into position for Rudy Linterman to attempt a long field goal. He missed, but a Winnipeg penalty gave Calgary another chance, and Mr. Robinson attempted the game-winning field goal from 5 yards closer, but missed again, and the Blue Bombers returned the ball to prevent the tying point from being scored. Mr. Robinson had 2 unsuccessful convert attempts in the game, and it turned out to be his last game as the Stampeders' kicker; for the rest of the season, he played only as a defensive back. Calgary quarterback Peter Liske passed for 311 yards and 2 touchdowns to Mr. Forzani and another to Robert Frazier. Rick Galbos rushed 62 yards for the other Calgary TD early in the 4th quarter; Mr. Robinson converted that score to give the Stampeders a 24-14 lead. It was the last CFL game for Calgary running back Gene Thomas.

WFL
Memphis (6-2) 26 @ Florida (6-2) 18
Houston (3-4-1) 14 @ New York (5-3) 11
Detroit (0-8) 23 @ Philadelphia (4-4) 27
Portland (0-7-1) 15 @ Southern California (5-3) 45

Baseball
Mexican League
Finals
Gomez Palacio 5 @ Mexico City Reds 6 (Mexico City won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Adolfo Phillips, who had driven in 2 runs in the deciding game of the 1973 finals to give the Reds the ML championship, hit a 2-run home run off Enrique Castillo in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 4-4 tie as the Reds held on before a sellout crowd of 25,000 at Social Security Stadium to win their second consecutive league title. Gomez Palacio ace Antonio Pollorena, who had taken the loss in game 2 of the series and left after being hit on the right ankle with a line drive, started, but was knocked out of the game in the 3rd inning and relieved by John Gaylord. Aurelio Lopez, the fourth pitcher used in the game for Mexico City, was credited with the win. With 2 out in the top of the 9th, Mr. Lopez had 2 strikes on Romel Canada when Mr. Canada hit a foul tip that Reds' catcher Sergio Robles failed to hold. Thousands of fans, thinking the third strike--and out--had occurred, poured onto the field, and it took police 10 minutes to force them back into the stands. Mr. Canada, Bobby Trevino, and Humberto Ibarra then singled to make the score 6-5, but Mr. Lopez finally squelched the rally.

Bob Knepper of Fresno pitched his 16th complete game of the season and became the first California League pitcher in 13 years to win 20 games in a season as Fresno defeated Lodi 5-3. Mr. Knepper finished the season with a record of 20-5 and led the CL in wins; innings pitched (238); hits allowed (239); strikeouts (247); and games started (30). He tied for the league lead in complete games and winning percentage (.800). The last CL pitcher before Mr. Knepper to win 20 games in a season was Bruce Gardner, who was 20-4 with Reno in 1961.

30 years ago
1984


Died on this date
Muhammad Naguib, 83
. 1st President of Egypt, 1953-1954; Prime Minister of Egypt, 1954. Major General Naguib was a leader in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 and served as President until he was deposed by Gamal Abdul Nasser. He then spent 18 years under house arrest until being freed by President Anwar Sadat in 1972.

Politics and government
Walter Mondale, Democratic party candidate for President of the United States, received the endorsements of Rev. Jesse Jackson and three dozen other Negro leaders after agreeing to bring more Negroes into his campaign. Mr. Mondale also received the endorsement of John Anderson, an independent candidate for President in 1980.

25 years ago
1989


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): If You Don't Know Me by Now--Simply Red (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Lambada--Kaoma (2nd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx
2 So Alive--Love and Rockets
3 Batdance--Prince
4 The End of the Innocence--Don Henley
5 Cold Hearted--Paula Abdul
6 On Our Own--Bobby Brown
7 Toy Soldiers--Martika
8 Don't Wanna Lose You--Gloria Estefan
9 Rock 'N' Roll Duty--Kim Mitchell
10 Hangin' Tough--New Kids on the Block

Singles entering the chart were Mixed Emotions by the Rolling Stones (#43); What am I Gonna Do with These Hands by Andrew Cash (#79); Just Wanna Hold by Mick Jones (#82); Love in an Elevator by Aerosmith (#84); Miss You by 54-40 (#86); Miss You Much by Janet Jackson (#87); This One by Paul McCartney (#89); Listen to Your Heart by Roxette (#91); and Still Cruisin' by the Beach Boys (#93).

Music
The Beach Boys’ album Still Cruisin' was released on Capitol Records. The album contained some new songs--including the title track, a current single--as well as being padded with several old songs. Brian Wilson contributed one new track, In My Car. It was the last new Beach Boys album to be widely issued on vinyl as well as cassette and compact disc.

Football
CFL
Calgary (5-3) 34 @ Hamilton (5-3) 22

Baseball
The New York Mets edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 before 38,820 fans at Dodger Stadium as Frank Viola outduelled Orel Hershiser in the first matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners in major league history.

20 years ago
1994


Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I Swear--All-4-One (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: I Swear--All-4-One (5th week at #1)

War
Two days of voting in Bosnia concluded with a reported 90% of Bosnian Serbs voting to reject a peace plan put forward by the United States and European nations.

World events
A supporter of exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was shot to death in Port-au-Prince.

Society
Thousands of shops throughout England and Wales opened legally on Sunday for the first time following a change in the Sunday trading laws.

10 years ago
2004


Olympics
Five days after winning the gold medal in the women's 800-metre run at the Summer Olympic games in Athens, Kelly Holmes of the United Kingdom won the gold medal in the 1,500-metre run, becoming the first British runner since Albert Hill in 1920 to win gold medals in both middle-distance events.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

August 27, 2014

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Kiema!

125 years ago
1889

Baseball

Jocko Milligan had 4 hits and 6 runs batted in to lead the St. Louis Browns to a 19-1 rout of the Kansas City Cowboys in an American Association game at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

100 years ago
1914


War
British troops fought a rearguard action against the German Royal Munster Fusiliers in the Battle of Étreux as part of the British Expeditionary Force's Great Retreat across France.

80 years ago
1934


Died on this date
Linda Agostini, 28
. U.K.-born Australian murder victim. Mrs. Agostini was identified as the "Pyjama Girl," whose badly-burned body was found in a culvert near Asbury, New South Wales. She remained unidentified for 10 years until her husband confessed to killing her. A more recent account casts doubt on whether Mrs. Agostini was in fact the "Pyjama Girl."

Boxing
Joe Louis (5-0) scored a technical knockout of Buck Everett (38-17-3) in the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout at Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena in Chicago.

75 years ago
1939


Aviation
Erich Warsitz piloted the German turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft, on its first flight.

70 years ago
1944


Died on this date
Georg von Boeselager, 29
. German military officer. Colonel Boeselager was a cavalry officer who participated in the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, but was killed leading an assault against a heavily-fortified Russian position near Łomża on the Narew River.

War
U.S. troops in France reached the Marne River at Lagny, 15 miles east of Paris. Soviet forces captured Galati, Romania, while other units pushed through Foscani to take Ramnicul-Sarat. Cinese troops in the province of Hunan occupied Chuting on the Siang River, 45 miles north of Japanese-held Hengyang. Japanese troops opened a new drive in the Chinese province of Honan, moving westward from the Peking-Hankow railroad.

Society
The U.S. National Urban League announced plans for community projects to combat racial friction by organizing and educating civic leadership to recognize and eliminate its causes.

Politics and government
The U.S. Army announced that beginning in September, shortwave radio facilities would be available on an equal basis to U.S. presidential candidates to speak to U.S. troops overseas.

Swimming
Keo Nakama, a Hawaiian with Ohio State University, won the men's 400-metre, 800-metre, and 1,500-metre freestyle events at the Amateur Athletic Union championships in Great Lakes, Illinois.

60 years ago
1954


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Cara Mia--David Whitfield with Mantovani and his Orchestra (9th week at #1)

50 years ago
1964


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Everybody Loves Somebody--Dean Martin

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Have I the Right?--The Honeycombs

Died on this date
Gracie Allen, 68 (?)
. U.S. comedienne. Miss Allen had one of the most successful partnerships in show business with her husband George Burns from 1926 until her retirement in 1958. The couple were popular in vaudeville and later on radio and television, where they had long-running programs. Miss Allen died of a heart attack.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (2-2) 32 @ Montreal (3-1) 1

Johnny Counts scored 2 touchdowns as the defending Grey Cup champion Tiger-Cats routed the Alouettes before 27,477 fans at Molson Stadium to avenge their 33-5 loss at home to Montreal in the season opener on August 8.

40 years ago
1974


Hit parade
#1 single in France: Pot pour rire Mr le Président--Patrick Green & Olivier Lejeune (13th week at #1)

Diplomacy
Turkey rejected the U.S.S.R's proposal of a 15-nation conference to find a political solution for the Cyprus crisis, and called for Greece to resume negotiations at Geneva "without delay."

Football
CFL
British Columbia (4-2) 21 @ Edmonton (3-2) 15

Don Moorhead completed 11 of 15 passes for 126 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown to Jim Young in the 2nd quarter, as the Lions defeated the Eskimos before 22,477 fans at Clarke Stadium. Lou Harris rushed 2 yards for the other B.C. touchdown in the 3rd quarter. The Eskimos scored their only touchdown in the 2nd quarter on a 5-yard pass from Tom Wilkinson to Tyrone Walls. It was the last CFL game for Edmonton linebacker Marty Huff, who was released several days later, reportedly for refusing to sign a new contract.

Baseball
Mexican League
Finals
Gomez Palacio 3 @ Mexico City Reds 4 (Mexico City led best-of-seven series 3-0)

The Reds scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and defeat the Cottongrowers before a sellout crowd of 25,000 at Social Security Stadium. Pete Bonfils started on the mound for Gomez Palacio and carried a 3-2 lead into the 8th inning, but was relieved by Enrique Castillo when he allowed 2 batters to reach base. Rafael Barron then singled home the tying run, and the eventual winning run came around to score when Gomez Palacio center fielder Victor Manuel Felix bobbled the ball for an error. Winning pitcher Alfredo Ortiz left the game after being hit by a line drive by the leadoff hitter in the 9th inning; Aurelio Lopez relieved and retired the last 3 batters to get the save.

30 years ago
1984


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Wake Me Up Before You Go Go--Wham! (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): La Colegiala--Gary Low (3rd week at #1)

25 years ago
1989


Hit parade
#1 single in Switzerland: Lambada--Kaoma

20 years ago
1994


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): I Swear--All-4-One (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Love is All Around--Wet Wet Wet

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Love is All Around--Wet Wet Wet (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Johnny Techno Ska--Paco Pil (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Stay (I Missed You)--Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (2nd week at #1)
2 I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men
3 When Can I See You--Babyface
4 Can You Feel the Love Tonight--Elton John
5 Any Time, Any Place/And On and On--Janet Jackson
6 Don't Turn Around--Ace of Base
7 Wild Night--John Mellencamp with Me’shell Ndegeocello
8 Shine--Collective Soul
9 Back and Forth--Aaliyah
10 Anytime You Need a Friend--Mariah Carey

Singles entering the chart were Body and Soul by Anita Baker (#75); Another Night by Real McCoy (#82); December 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by the 4 Seasons (#86); and Games People Play by Inner Circle (#87). December 1963 (Oh, What a Night), listed as a continuation of its earlier 1975-1976 chart run, was actually a new remix of the earlier hit. The 1994 cassette single contained a "dance version," and two "radio edits."

Football
CFL
Baltimore (5-3) 28 @ Hamilton (2-6) 17
Shreveport (0-8) 15 @ British Columbia (7-1) 67

Tracy Ham's 20-yard touchdown pass to Mike Pringle in the 4th quarter put the game out of reach as the Baltimore Football Club defeated the Tiger-Cats before 15,227 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Sheldon Canley scored the other Baltimore TD when he recovered a blocked punt in the Hamilton end zone. Hamilton quarterback Timm Rosenbach scored the Tiger-Cats' only touchdown on a 9-yard rush.

Mike Trevathan, Darren Flutie, and Merv Fernandez each caught 2 touchdown passes as the Lions routed the Pirates before 20,398 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Tony Collier returned an interception 71 yards for a B.C. touchdown, and Cory Philpot rushed 92 yards for another. Backup quarterback Giulio Caravatta rushed 2 yards for the other B.C. touchdown. The Gold Miners actually opened the scoring on a touchdown pass from Tom Muecke to Tony Moss. For Mr. Fernandez, the touchdowns were his first in the CFL since 1986--and his last.

10 years ago
2004


Died on this date
Willie Crawford, 57
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Crawford was a right fielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1964-1975); St. Louis Cardinals (1976); Houston Astros (1977); and Oakland Athletics (1977), batting .268 with 86 home runs and 419 runs batted in in 1,210 games. His best seasons were 1973 and 1974, when he batted .295 in both years, hitting a home run for the Dodgers in the third game of the 1974 World Series. Mr. Crawford was an outstanding high school athlete, and was signed to a contract by Dodger scout Tom Lasorda two days after graduating from Freemont High School in Los Angeles, becoming one of major league baseball's last "bonus babies." In addition to the clubs mentioned above, Mr. Crawford played with the San Francisco Giants in spring training of 1977 and with the Dodgers in a final attempt at a comeback in spring training of 1978. This blogger saw Mr. Crawford play in person with the Athletics in 1977, when he was the only (and maybe the first) major league player at the time to wear jersey #99. He died in Los Angeles of kidney disease 11 days before his 58th birthday.

War
The Mahdi Army, the Iraqi rebel force commanded by Shiite Mulsim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, withdrew from Imam Ali Shrine, where it had been based for the previous three weeks.

Football
CFL
Calgary (2-8) 7 @ Hamilton (5-5) 26
Toronto (6-4) 10 @ British Columbia (7-3) 31

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

August 26, 2014

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Viktoriya!

225 years ago
1789


Law
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly of France.

200 years ago
1814


War
In the Chilean War of Independence, rebel forces led by José Miguel Carrera defeated forces led by Bernardo O'Higgins in the Battle of Las Tres Acequias near San Bernardo.

130 years ago
1884


Baseball
Dick Burns pitched the Union Association's first 9-inning no-hitter as he led the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds to a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Unions at Athletic Park in Kansas City. Charlie Gagus of the Washington Nationals had pitched a no-hitter against the Wilmington Quicksteps 5 days earlier in a game that was called after 8 innings.

125 years ago
1889

Baseball

King Kelly saved a 5-4 win for the Boston Beaneaters over the Philadelphia Phillies at Huntington Grounds in Philadelphia when he crossed the plate with the winning run in the 12th inning, then grabbed the ball away from Phillies’ catcher Sid Farrar to prevent a throw to first base to retire the batter Dick Johnston, who had neglected to run the play out after hitting the ball. Mr. Kelly was attacked by a mob of fans and had to hide under the grandstand, protected by players from both teams, until extra police arrived.

110 years ago
1904


Boxing
In his last fight before his retirement, Jim Jeffries (19-0-2) retained is world heavyweight championship with a knockout of Jack Munroe (8-4-2) at 45 seconds of the 2nd round at Mechanic's Pavilion in San Francisco.

100 years ago
1914


War
The German protectorate of Togoland was invaded by French and British forces, who captured it after five days.

Soccer
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras was founded in Sao Paulo.

75 years ago
1939

On television today

The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader before 33,535 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in the first major league baseball games ever televised. National Broadcasting Company station W2XBS, based in the Empire State Building, broadcast a 5-2 Reds’ win in the opener, followed by a 6-1 Dodgers’ win. Viewers from as far as 50 miles away could see the broadcast. The man calling the action and conducting pre-game interviews was Dodgers’ broadcaster Red Barber.

Diplomacy
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King sent personal peace appeals to German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and Polish President Ignacy Mościcki.

70 years ago
1944


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Swinging on a Star--Bing Crosby (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Adam von Trott zu Solz, 35
. German lawyer and diplomat. Mr. Trott zu Solz was involved in the July 20, 1944 plot to assassinate German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler, and would have been appointed Secretary of Stae if the plot had succeeded. He was hanged at Plötzensee Prison in Berlin.

War
French Charles de Gaulle entered Paris, the day after the city had been liberated by Allied troops. In southern France, Allied troops captured Aries, Tarascon, and Avignon, and advanced closer to Lyon and the Italian frontier in the vicinity of Nice. The U.S.S.R. reported that Bulgaria had agreed to proclaim neutrality and disarm German troops within its borders, and another source said that Bulgaria was asking the Allies for peace terms. Soviet troops completed the reconquest of Bessarabia.

Defense
Icelandic Foreign Minister Vilhjalmur Thor said that he expected American armed forces to withdraw from Iceland at the end of World War II and that he saw no necessity for granting the U.S. peacetime military bases.

Medicine
The New York State Hospital Commission reported that insulin shock treatment for dementia praecox patients had enabled 55% of those treated to become useful members of society.

50 years ago
1964


Politics and government
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, who had succeeded to the office upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was nominated for a term as President of the United States in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey (Minnesota) was chosen as the party's vice-presidential nominee.

40 years ago
1974


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Evie--Stevie Wright (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Acalorado--Los Diablos

Died on this date
Charles Lindbergh, 72
. U.S. aviator. "The Lone Eagle" became one of the most famous people in the world when he became the first person to fly a non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean from Garden City, New York to Paris in his single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis on May 20-21, 1927. He was a prominent opponent of American involvement in World War II before the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and was regarded with suspicion by the administration of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Andy Tanaka. Mexican baseball manager. Mr. Tanaka managed the Mexico City Reds, Mexico City Blues, Villahermosa, and Tampico of the Mexican League before taking over as manager of the Saltillo Saraperos in 1970. In 1974 the Saraperos won the Northwestern Division pennant with a record of 83-53 and defeated the Monterrey Sultans 4 games to 1 in the quarter-finals before being eliminated 4-3 by the Gomez Palacio Cottongrowers in the semi-finals. Mr. Tanaka and his wife Irma were killed in a car accident on a rain-slickened highway in the state of Coahuila, 15 miles from Eagle Pass, Texas.

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched Soyuz 15, with cosmonauts Gennadi Sarafanov and Lev Dyomin aboard, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft was supposed to dock with the Salyut 3 space station, but there was a fault in the automatic docking system, and a lack of fuel for prolonged attempts at manual docking, so the mission, which may have been intendd to last 19-29 days, was abandoned.

Personal
This blogger began high school by registering for Grade 9 at Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in beautiful downtown Yellowknife.

World events
Ending more than 11 years of fighting, Portugal signed an agreement in Algiers with representatives of the African Party for the independence of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands, granting independence to Portuguese Guinea effective September 10. In the agreement, Portugal promised to remove all troops by October 31 from the territory to be called Guinea-Bissau. The accord also provided for a refrendum to be held at a future unspecified date on the future of the Cape Verde Islands, administered as part of Portuguese Guinea.

Diplomacy
United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, in separate meetings, brought together Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides (Greek) and Vice President Rauf Denktash (Turkish) for their first meeting since the breakdown of talks in Geneva. Mr. Waldheim arranged for the two to hod future weekly meetings to discuss humanitarian problems.

30 years ago
1984


Hit parade
#1 single in France: Susanna--The Art Company (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Such a Shame--Talk Talk

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, Progressive Conservative Party leader Brian Mulroney, and New Democratic Party leader Ed Broadbent participated in a nationally-televised debate in Ottawa. Mr. Mulroney scored a virtual knockout when Mr. Turner said that he "had no option" but to make a series of patronage appointments handed to him by outgoing Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who had resigned effective June 30. Mr. Mulroney said, "You had an option. You could have said, 'No, I won't do this, this is bad for Canada,' but you chose to say yes...that...is an admission of failure."

U.S. Democratic party presidential candidate Walter Mondale claimed that President Ronald Reagan regarded arms control as "weakness."

Football
CFL
Montreal (3-5) 23 @ Toronto (6-2) 29
Saskatchewan (1-6-1) 28 @ Winnipeg (7-1) 48

Toronto running back Lester Brown rushed 12 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, and caught 2 passes for 70 more as the Argonauts held off a late Montreal charge to beat the Concordes before 35,319 at Exhibition Stadium. Willard Reaves rushed 18 times for 124 yards and a touchdown and caught 2 passes for 39 yards and another touchdown to lead the Blue Bombers’ attack. Craig Ellis led the Roughriders with 13 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, and 6 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. James Murphy returned a punt 64 yards for a Winnipeg touchdown, and Aaron Brown scored another Blue Bomber major on a 14-yard interception return. 27,213 were at Winnipeg Stadium.

Baseball
Greg Pryor’s home run in the bottom of the 16th inning gave the Kansas City Royals a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox before 22,971 fans at Royals Stadium in Kansas City. The blow came one out after Frank White had been picked off second base after leading off the inning with a single.

25 years ago
1989


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): You Got It (The Right Stuff)--New Kids on the Block (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Lambada--Kaoma (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Viva la Mamma--Edoardo Bennato (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): We Are Growing (Shaka Zulu)--Margaret Singana (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Swing the Mood--Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx (2nd week at #1)
2 Cold Hearted--Paula Abdul
3 Don't Wanna Lose You--Gloria Estefan
4 Hangin' Tough--New Kids on the Block
5 Once Bitten Twice Shy--Great White
6 The End of the Innocence--Don Henley
7 Angel Eyes--The Jeff Healey Band
8 Secret Rendezvous--Karyn White
9 On Our Own--Bobby Brown
10 Sacred Emotion--Donny Osmond

Singles entering the chart were Partyman by Prince (#51); Listen to Your Heart by Roxette (#56); Call it Love by Poco (#64); Love Shack by the B-52's (#70); Healing Hands by Elton John (#80); Lay Down Your Arms by Graces (#85); Glamour Boys by Living Color; Don't Shut Me Out by Kevin Paige (#90); and Rock Wit'cha by Bobby Brown (#93). Partyman was from the movie Batman (1989).

Died on this date
Irving Stone, 86
. U.S. author. Mr. Stone, born Irving Tannenbaum, was best known for his biographical novels Lust for Life (1934); The President's Lady (1950); and The Agony and the Ecstasy (1961), all of which were made into movies.

Politics and government
Mayumi Moriyama was appointed chief cabinet secretary in the government of Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu, becoming Japan's first female cabinet secretary.

Football
CIAU pre-season
Saskatchewan (0-1) 27 Alberta (1-0) 30 @ Camrose, Alberta

Baseball
Robin Yount’s 6th-inning single was the only hit against Dave Stieb as the Toronto ace pitched his fifth career one-hitter, leading the Blue Jays to a 7-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 49,507 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.

20 years ago
1994


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Love is All Around--Wet Wet Wet (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Riverdance--Bill Whelan (17th week at #1)

Medicine
Arthur Cornhill, 62, received the world's first battery-operated heart in an operation at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England.

Politics and government
The Algonquin Indians of Golden Lake, Ontario and the Canadian government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien signed an agreement to begin negotiating a land claim to 8.5 million acres in southern Canada, including Parliament Hill, Algonquin Park, and a large part of the Ottawa region.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-6) 19 @ Saskatchewan (4-4) 35

Warrren Jones threw 3 touchdown passes to Mike Saunders and another to Ray Elgaard as the Roughriders beat the Rough Riders before 21,738 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Joe Campbell rushed 14 yards for the only Ottawa touchdown in the last minute of the 1st half.

Baseball
St.Mary's, Ontario was selected to be the home of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. According to University of Western Ontario professor Bob Barney, Adam Ford, an early mayor of St. Mary's, chronicled Canada's first game at nearby Beachville in 1838.

10 years ago
2004


Died on this date
Laura Branigan, 47
. U.S. singer. Miss Branigan was best known for her hit singles Gloria (1982); Solitaire (1983); and Self Control (1984). She died of a brain aneurysm.

War
Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose Mahdi Army had begun an uprising against American and allied troops on August 5, agreed to a deal brokered by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani to end the siege of the Iraqi cities Najaf and Kufa.

Law
A U.S. federal judge ruled that a law prohibiting the dilation and extraction method of abortion was unconstitutional because it did not contain an exemption for women whose health could be in danger without the procedure.

Economics and finance
The United States Census Bureau reported that the poverty rate had increased to 12.5% in 2003, up from 12.1% in 2002. The rate of uninsured rose to nearly 16% in 2003, up from 14.2% in 2000.

Football
CFL
Montreal (9-1) 29 @ Winnipeg (3-7) 13

Monday, 25 August 2014

August 25, 2014

200 years ago
1814


Abominations
Invading British troops in Washington, D.C. burned the Library of Congress with its 3,000 books, many from the personal library of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson.

130 years ago
1884

Baseball

The Chicago Browns of the Union Association completed their move to Pittsburgh. In their first game as the Pittburgh Stogies, they defeated the St. Louis Maroons 3-2 at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh.

100 years ago
1914


Abominations
Hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable volumes and Gothic and Renaissance manuscripts were lost when the library of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium was deliberately destroyed by the German Army.

90 years ago
1924


Baseball
Walter Johnson pitched a no-hitter for the Washington Nationals as they blanked the St. Louis Browns 2-0 before 7,000 fans at Griffith Stadium in Washington in a game that was called after 7 innings.

80 years ago
1934

Baseball

Rookie pitcher Schoolboy Rowe, trailing 2-1 going into the 9th inning, singled in the winning run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 at Griffith Stadium in Washington. The win was Mr. Rowe’s 20th of the season and 16th straight, tying an American League record.

The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, 3-2 in 11 innings and 8-7 in 11 innings.

Dizzy Dean, pitching in relief, couldn’t hold a 5-3 lead, and was charged with the loss as the New York Giants edged the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Cardinals had built up a 5-0 lead against Giants’ ace Carl Hubbell. Hal Schumacher was the winner in relief.

75 years ago
1939

At the movies

The Wizard of Oz was widely released to theatres.

Died on this date
Babe Siebert, 35
. Canadian hockey player. Charles Albert Siebert, a native of Plattsville, Ontario, was a left wing and defenceman with the Montreal Maroons (1925-1932); New York Rangers (1932-1933); Boston Bruins (1933-1936); and Montreal Canadiens (1936-1939), scoring 140 goals and 156 assists in 592 regular season games, and 7 goals and 5 assists in 49 playoff games. He played on Stanley Cup championship teams with the Maroons in 1926 and the Rangers in 1933, and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player in 1936-37. Mr. Siebert retired after the 1938-39 season to become head coach of the Canadiens, but drowned in Lake Huron while trying to retrieve a rubber tire that he and his daughters were playing with. An all-star game to benefit his family was held in Montreal two months later. Mr. Siebert was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1964.

Defense
The United Kingdom and Poland formed a military alliance in which the U.K. promised to defend Poland in case of invasion by a foreign power.

Football
WIFU
Winnipeg (1-0) 12 @ Calgary (0-1) 1
Regina (1-0) 12 @ Edmonton (0-1) 0

3,500 fans showed up to see the Roughriders blank the Eskimos in the first night game ever played at Clarke Stadium.

Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Browns by scores of 11-0 and 8-2 before 2,182 fans at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.

70 years ago
1944


Died on this date
Paul Ullman
. U.S. artist. Mr. Ullman was killed while leading a French underground force in France.

War
The Allies completed the liberation of Paris when German General Dietrich von Cholitz signed an unconditional surrender (see also here and here). Romania declared war on Germany after the Nazis bombed Bucharest, attacked Romanian troops, and strafed civilians. In Italy, the Canadian Corps started an attack on the Gothic Line with the objective of capturing Rimini; they crossed the Metauro River, the first of six rivers lying across the path of the advance, and moved on to the Foglia River where the Germans had concentrated their forces.

Politics and government
The U.S.A. and U.K. concluded agreements with French General Charles de Gaulle's provisional government for administration of areas of liberated France pending establishment of a permanent government.

King Peter II of Yugoslavia signed a decree ending official connections with General Draja Mikhailovich, who had headed the Yugoslavian high command since June 1942.

Defense
U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull concluded three days of talks on postwar security with John Foster Dulles, who was representing Republican Party presidential candidate Thomas Dewey. In a joint statement, the two men said they were "trying to keep the subject out of politics."

Economics and finance
The United States Senate passed and sent to conference the House of Representatives war surplus disposal bill, to be administered by an eight-man board.

Track and field
Viljo Heino of Finland set a world record in the men's 10,000-metre run with a time of 29:35.4.

60 years ago
1954


Football
WIFU
Fullback Johnny Bright, who had missed most of the 1953 season with shoulder problems after leading the league in rushing in 1952, was among four imports dropped by the Calgary Stampeders. Mr. Bright had played in 1 of the Stampeders' first 2 games of 1954.

ORFU
Kitchener-Waterloo (0-1) 19 @ Sarnia (1-0) 23

50 years ago
1964


Space
The U.S.A. launched the satellite Explorer 20, whose purpose was to explore ionospheric irregularities; measure cosmic noise; and measure local ion concentration and temperature.

40 years ago
1974


Adventure
Mary Connors, 21, a British human cannonball, failed in her second attempt to clear the River Avon.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (2-4) 10 @ Montreal (4-2) 29
Toronto (3-3) 17 @ Saskatchewan (4-2) 13

Jimmy Jones passed to Ian Mofford for a touchdown and rushed for another TD as the Alouettes beat the Tiger-Cats before 16,290 fans at Autostade. Johnny Rodgers rushed 1 yard for another Montreal touchdown. The Montreal defense set up the last 2 Alouette touchdowns with an interception and a fumble recovery, and restricted the Tiger-Cats to 172 yards net offense. Garney Henley scored the only Hamilton touchdown in the 2nd quarter on a 14-yard pass from Bill Etter.

Mike Rae threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Eric Allen on the first play of the 2nd quarter and Zenon Andrusyshyn added a convert, 3 field goals, and a single as the Argonauts won for the first time ever at Taylor Field in Regina, before 18,688 fans. Toronto defensive tackle Jim Stillwagon knocked down 3 passes, while Ed Shuttleworth rushed for 82 yards to lead the Toronto ground game. Bobby Thompson scored the only Saskatchewan touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Ron Lancaster. Brian Berg missed the convert, which proved costly. Mr. Thompson rushed for 65 yards, while teammate George Reed rushed for 66.

WFL
Jacksonville (3-5) 14 @ Hawaii (1-7) 8

Baseball
Butch Stinson pitched a no-hitter as the Iowa Oaks blanked the Indianapolis Indians 7-0 in an American Association game before 2,145 fans in Indianapolis. Mr. Stinson struck out 5 batters and walked 6, including the first 3 batters of the 7th inning. He got out of the jam by striking out Dave Revering and inducing Sonny Ruberto to hit into a double play. Iowa's Joe Henderson had pitched a no-hitter on July 31, and Mr. Stinson's accomplishment made the Oaks the first AA team to have two pithers throw no-hitters since 1920, when Ernie Koob and Charley Long did it with Louisville.

Mexican League
Finals
Mexico City Reds 7 @ Gomez Palacio 5 (Mexico City led best-of-seven series 2-0)

The Reds took a 5-0 lead in the 4th inning and held on to defeat the Cottongrowers before 6,800 fans at Estadio Laguna. Antonio Pollorena, who had led the ML in wins (25), complete games (25), innings pitched (260), and strikeouts (260) during the regular season, was the losing pitcher and left the game in the 5th inning after being hit on the right ankle by a line drive. Manuel Rodriguez started on the mound for the Reds and was the winning pitcher, with relief help from Aurelio Lopez. Adolfo Phillips hit a 2-run home run for Mexico City to give the Reds their 5-0 lead in the 4th, but the Cottongrowers replied with a 2-run homer by Victor Manuel Felix.

30 years ago
1984


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Fotoromanza--Gianna Nannini (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (VRT Top 30): Two Tribes--Frankie Goes To Hollywood (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Smalltown Boy--Bronski Beat

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Careless Whisper--George Michael (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Careless Whisper--George Michael (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Ghostbusters--Ray Parker, Jr. (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 What's Love Got to Do with It--Tina Turner
2 Ghostbusters--Ray Parker, Jr.
3 When Doves Cry--Prince
4 Stuck on You--Lionel Richie
5 State of Shock--The Jacksons with Mick Jagger
6 Missing You--John Waite
7 I Can Dream About You--Dan Hartman
8 Dancing in the Dark--Bruce Springsteen
9 Sunglasses at Night--Corey Hart
10 Infatuation--Rod Stewart

Singles entering the chart were Some Guys Have All the Luck by Rod Stewart (#66); Flesh for Fantasy by Billy Idol (#72); Strut by Sheena Easton (#81); You Take Me Up by Thompson Twins (#83); Turn Around by Neil Diamond (#85); Just the Way You Like It by S.O.S. Band (#86); Satisfy Me by Billy Satellite (#87); Stranger by Stephen Stills (#88); and Here She Comes by Bonnie Tyler (#90).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Ghostbusters--Ray Parker, Jr.
2 When Doves Cry--Prince
3 What's Love Got to Do with It--Tina Turner
4 Sad Songs (Say So Much)--Elton John
5 Stuck on You--Lionel Richie
6 Self Control--Laura Branigan
7 Almost Paradise...Love Theme from Footloose--Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
8 Romancing the Stone--Eddy Grant
9 She Bop--Cyndi Lauper
10 Jump (For My Love)--Pointer Sisters

Singles entering the chart were There Goes My Baby by Donna Summer (#84); When You Close Your Eyes by Night Ranger (#88); I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder (#90); Tell No Lies by the Spoons (#91); Mime on the Beach by Jane Siberry (#92); Cruel Summer by Bananarama (#94); The Lucky One by Laura Branigan (#96); Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! (#97); and She's in a Different World by Michael Damian (#98).

Died on this date
Andy Varipapa, 93. U.S. bowler. Mr. Varipapa was famous for his trick shots, some of which can be seen in the 1934 short film Strikes and Spares.

Waite Hoyt, 84. U.S. baseball pitcher. "The Brooklyn Schoolboy" won 237 major league games and lost 182 from 1918-1938, and entered the Baseball Hall of fame in 1969. With the legendary New York Yankees of 1927, he was 22-7, leading the American League in wins and winning percentage (.759). In 1928 he was 23-7 with the Yankees, and won 2 games in the World Series. After his playing career, Mr. Hoyt spent many years as a colour commentator on radio broadcasts of Cincinnati Reds' games.

Truman Capote, 59. U.S. author. Mr. Capote was the author of such books as Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948); The Grass Harp (1951); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958); and In Cold Blood (1966). I can’t think of him without imitating his distinctive whiny voice.

Football
CFL
Calgary (3-5) 4 @ British Columbia (7-1) 15

38,419 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver had trouble staying awake, as neither team scored a touchdown. Lui Passaglia handled all the Lions' scoring with 4 field goals and 3 singles.

25 years ago
1989


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Toy Soldiers--Martika (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Das Omen (Teil I)--Mysterious Art (9th week at #1)

Music
This blogger was among the 7,000 or so who attended a concert by Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. It was an enjoyable show (once the opening act, the untalented Mason Ruffner, was finished), but a girl a section over from me didn’t seem to be having a good time. She was drunk and vomited early in the show, appropriately enough, during Ringo’s No No Song. The band consisted of Ringo on vocals and drums; Levon Helm (drums); Jim Keltner (drums); Billy Preston (musical director and keyboards); Dr. John (keyboards); Joe Walsh (guitar); Nils Lofgren (guitar); Rick Danko (bass); and Clarence Clemons (saxophone). This blogger paid $28 for a floor seat.

Space
The unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft sent back the first close-up pictures of Neptune and its satellites.

Politics and government
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a journalist and Roman Catholic intellectual, as well as a long-time adviser to Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa, was approved as Poland’s new Prime Minister by a vote in the Sejm of 378-4, with 41 abstentions. Mr. Mazowiecki vowed to move Poland "from a Communist system of ownership to capitalism." The U.S.S.R.’s Council of Ministers congratulated the new premier, and said that friendship and co-operation between the countries would continue.

Defense
U.S. President George Bush announced a $65 million military aid package for Colombia.

Baseball
Gary Redus hit for the cycle as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-3 before 25,722 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Winning pitcher Don Robinson batted 3 for 3.

20 years ago
1994


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Wizards of the Sonic--Westbam (2nd week at #1)

Law
The United States Senate voted 61-38 in favour of a revised version of a bill submitted by President Bill Clinton that would spend $30.2 billion to fight crime, including funds to hire 100,000 police officers over six years. The House of Representatives had approved the bill four days earlier by a vote of 235-195.

Football
CFL
Calgary (7-1) 52 @ Toronto (3-5) 3
Las Vegas (3-5) 17 @ Edmonton (6-2) 44

Doug Flutie passed for 4 touchdowns and rushed for another TD himself to lead the Stampeders over the Argonauts before 19,158 fans at SkyDome. Steve Taylor relieved Mr. Flutie at quarterback for Calgary and threw a touchdown pass of his own.

Henry "Gizmo" Williams returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown and teammate Eddie Brown returned a punt 84 yards for a TD as the Eskimos beat the Posse before 26,559 fans at Commonwealth Stadium.

10 years ago
2004


Scandal
A U.S. Army investigation headed by Major General George Fay into abuse of prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison rejected an earlier claim that the abuse was isolated to a few U.S. military police guards, and stated that military intelligence soldiers and officers were culpable.

Environment
The U.S. administration of President George W. Bush changed its position on global warming, stating in a report to Congress that scientific evidence suggested that climate change was caused by emission of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.