Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Audrianna (Huszti) De Souza!
100 years ago
The temperature in St. John's reached 105 F. (41.7 C.), Newfoundland's warmest day on record.
80 years ago
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay, welcomed its first prisoners.
The Boston Red Sox twice came back from one-run deficits to defeat the New York Yankees 3-2 in 13 innings at Fenway Park in Boston. Babe Ruth and Tony Lazzeri hit home runs for the Yankees.
70 years ago
Canadian General H. D. G. Crerar moved into the French town of Falaise in Operation Tractable, but without reinforcements from British General Bernard Montgomery, was unable to press the attack; the Germans learned of the attack when a lost Canadian officer, with the orders on him, was captured and killed by the SS. The 12-mile Falaise gap was open wide and despite heavy air strikes, the escaping Germans poured through, to fight again. U.S. forces in France moved north from Le Mans to link up with British and Canadian troops in the Caen-Vire sector to close a trap on part of the German Seventh Army. Canadian tanks in Italy entered the outskirts of Florence with the British Eighth Army, forcing the Germans to evacuate the city. Soviet forces renewed their Estonian offensive, advancing 16 miles along a 43-mile front. Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King said that Canada would take an appropriate part in the Allies' war against Japan.
A court in Hartford, Connecticut charged five officials with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus with manslaughter for the deaths of 167 people in the July 6 fire.
60 years ago
More than seven years of fighting in Indochina formerly ended with the cessation of French control of the region.
Archie Moore (146-19-8), behind on 2 of 3 cards after 13 rounds, scored a technical knockout of Harold Johnson (47-6) at 56 seconds of the 14th round to retain his world light heavyweight championship at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was the first time in Mr. Moore's career that he had fought at that famous venue.
Montreal (1-0) 22 @ British Columbia (0-1) 0
19,000 fans were in attendance at Empire Stadium in Vancouver to see the Alouettes shut out the Lions in B.C.'s first pre-season game ever.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Self Control--Raf (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (VRT Top 30): Wake Me Up Before You Go Go--Wham! (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Two Tribes--Frankie Goes to Hollywood (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Two Tribes--Frankie Goes to Hollywood (7th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Two Tribes--Frankie Goes to Hollywood (9th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Ghostbusters--Ray Parker, Jr.
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Ghostbusters--Ray Parker, Jr.
2 When Doves Cry--Prince
3 State of Shock--The Jacksons with Mick Jagger
4 What's Love Got to Do with It--Tina Turner
5 Dancing in the Dark--Bruce Springsteen
6 Stuck on You--Lionel Richie
7 Jump (For My Love)--The Pointer Sisters
8 Breakin'...There's No Stopping Us--Ollie & Jerry
9 Infatuation--Rod Stewart
10 I Can Dream About You--Dan Hartman
Singles entering the chart were Cover Me by Bruce Springsteen (#58); There Goes My Baby by Donna Summer (#71); (What) In the Name of Love by Naked Eyes (#87); and Can't Wait All Night by Juice Newton (#90).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 When Doves Cry--Prince
2 Ghostbusters--Ray Parker, Jr.
3 Almost Paradise...Love Theme from Footloose--Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
4 Sister Christian--Night Ranger
5 Self Control--Laura Branigan
6 Sad Songs (Say So Much)--Elton John
7 Dancing in the Dark--Bruce Springsteen
8 Jump (For My Love)--Pointer Sisters
9 What's Love Got to Do with It--Tina Turner
10 State of Shock--The Jacksons with Mick Jagger
Singles entering the chart were Let's Go Crazy by Prince and the Revolution (#66); Drive by the Cars (#71); The Glamorous Life by Sheila E. (#80); The More You Live by A Flock of Seagulls (#94); and I'll Do You Right by Ian Thomas (#95).
Died on this date
Alfred A. Knopf, Sr., 91. U.S. publisher. Mr. Knopf founded the firm Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. in 1915.
Eleusinian Rites, Mysteries, and Drama Soirees staged a mock murder mystery in St. Albert, Alberta. Unlike the previous week’s mystery, this one wasn’t as successful, but that wasn’t the fault of this blogger, who played a victim. I did feel a little awkward trying to act casual while walking several blocks to the car while covered in stage blood, as cars drove by.
Carl Lewis of the United States won his fourth gold medal of the 1984 Olympics when he anchored the men’s 400 metre relay at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Sam Graddy, Ron Brown, Calvin Smith, and Mr. Lewis won by 7 metres in 37.83 seconds for the only track and field record at the Los Angeles Olympics.
Politics and government
While testing a radio microphone, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said, "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes." Democratic party presidential candidate Walter Mondale deplored the choice of subject matter for a joke, and the U.S.S.R. professed to be offended.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed into law an act of Congress that would prohibit public high schools from barring students who wished to assemble for religious or political activities outside school hours. He said it would "allow student religious groups to begin enjoying a right they’ve too long been denied, the freedom to meet in public high schools...just as other student groups are allowed to do."
Ottawa (3-4) 21 @ British Columbia (5-1) 34
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Batdance--Prince (5th week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Das Omen (Teil I)--Mysterious Art (7th week at #1)
Voyager 2 discovered two partial rings of Neptune during its flyby of that planet.
South African President P.W. Botha publicly disputed an assertion by his foreign minister that he had been consulted on the proposed meeting between F. W. de Klerk, who had been chosen the previous day to succeed him as National Party leader, and Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Wizards of the Sonic--Westbam
Died on this date
Peter Cushing, 81. U.K. actor. Mr. Cushing was known for his roles in horror films with Hammer Films, often appearing with Christopher Lee. Mr. Cushing played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) and the made-for-television movie Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984), as well as a 13-episode television series for BBC in 1968.
After the day's games, major league baseball players went on strike for the eighth time in 23 seasons. The dispute--centring on the owners' demand to control costs by putting a limit on player payrolls--wiped out the rest of the season, and did much to finish major league baseball in Montreal. The Montreal Expos had the major leagues' best record at the time of the strike, but by the time play resumed in 1995, many of their best players had been sold, and the franchise never recovered.
Confederation Life, Canada's fifth-largest insurance company, was taken over by federal regulators after talks aimed at bailing out the troubled firm failed.
Winnipeg (4-2) 59 @ Ottawa (2-4) 41
Toronto (2-4) 39 @ British Columbia (5-1) 54
Blaise Bryant rushed for touchdowns of 2 and 65 yards and returned a kickoff 92 yards for another TD as the Blue Bombers beat the Rough Riders before 19,173 fans at Frank Clair Stadium. Matt Dunigan passed for 2 Winnipeg touchdowns and rushed for another himself as the Blue Bombers reached the 50-point mark for the second straight game and the third time this season. Darren Joseph rushed for 3 Ottawa touchdowns.
Cory Philpot rushed for touchdowns of 87, 4, and 1 yards in the 1st half and Sean Millington rushed for 2 TDs in the 2nd half as the Lions beat the Argonauts before 19,424 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Paul Masotti caught 2 touchdown passes for Toronto.
10 years ago
A site in the centre of South Korea was selected for the construction of a new capital, intended to reduce Seoul's overcrowding and economic dominance.
Nielsen Bottom 10, February 19th-25th, 1973 - A look at the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during the week of February 19th-25th, 1973. *Here We Go Again* on ABC was at the bottom of the ratings char...
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