400 years ago
Died on this date
Elizabeth Báthory, 54. Hungarian murderess. Miss Báthory, a countess, was accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls between 1585-1610. She avoided trial, but was imprisoned in a castle, where she died. Miss Báthory has been called a female version of Dracula.
325 years ago
Orange royalists supporting King William of Orange defeated Jacobite royalist supporters of deposed King James VII in the Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.
200 years ago
Died on this date
Benjamin Thompson, 61. American-born U.K. physicist and military officer. Sir Benjamin, a native of Woburn, Massachusetts, was known for his research on heat. He was a colonel with the Loyalists during the American Revolution.
150 years ago
The Travers, the oldest major stakes race for 3-year-olds, was run for the first time at the year-old Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. The race was named after the state's racing association president, William Travers, and the inaugural winner was Kentucky, owned by Mr. Travers.
130 years ago
Charlie Gagus pitched a no-hitter for the Washington Nationals as they beat the Wilmington Quicksteps 12-1 in a Union Association game at the Capitol Grounds in Washington that was called after 8 innings.
100 years ago
German forces defeated French forces in the Battle of Charleroi in Belgium.
Walter Hagen won the U.S. Open with a 2-over-par score of 290 at Midlothian Country Club in Midlothian, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. First prize money was $300.
70 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Missing Corpse
Canadian and Polish units captured the strategically important town of Falaise, Calvados, France. U.S. armoured forces in France turned the left flank of the German 15th Army by thrusting across the Seine River southeast of Paris. French troops reached the suburbs of Toulon in southern France. The Royal Canadian Navy corvette Alberni was lost at sea.
The Dumbarton Oaks Conference convened in Washington to lay out various proposals and plans for a permanent United Nations organization. Representatives of the four powers were; Edward Stettinius, U.S.A.; Sir Alexander Cadogan, U.K.; Andrei Gromyko, U.S.S.R.; V.K. Wellington Koo, China.
Politics and government
Yugoslavian leader Marshal Tito and Yugoslavian Premier Ivan Subasitch signed an agreement for collaboration in freeing the country of Germans and letting the question of the monarchy rest until liberation was achieved.
U.S. Senator Ellison "Cotton Ed" Smith (Democrat--South Carolina) said he would support southern Democratic Party electors who would vote against a fourth term for Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States in the November 1944 election.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Happy Wanderer--Frank Weir and his Orchestra; Obernkirchen Children's Choir (4th week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sh-Boom--The Crew-Cuts (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1; Jukebox--1st week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sh-Boom--The Crew-Cuts (3rd week at #1)
2 The Little Shoemaker--The Gaylords
--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
3 Little Things Mean a Lot--Kitty Kallen
4 The High and the Mighty--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
--LeRoy Holmes and his Orchestra
--Victor Young and his Orchestra
5 Hey There--Rosemary Clooney
6 Three Coins in the Fountain--The Four Aces
7 Hernando's Hideaway--Archie Bleyer
8 In the Chapel in the Moonlight--Kitty Kallen
9 The Happy Wanderer--Frank Weir and his Orchestra
10 Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight--The McGuire Sisters
Singles entering the chart were Skokiaan, with versions by Ralph Marterie and his Orchestra and the Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band (#21); I Need You Now by Eddie Fisher (#38); I'm No Gonna Say by Ronnie Gaylord (#42); The Greatest Feeling in the World (#43)/Lonesome (#45) by the Four Tunes; and The Peddler Man (Ten I Loved) by Dean Martin (#46).
Toronto Balmy Beach (0-1) 6 @ Toronto Argonauts (1-2) 42
Calgary (0-1) 5 @ Winnipeg (1-0) 17
Edmonton (0-1) 13 @ Saskatchewan (1-0) 21
The Blue Bombers' win over the Stampeders at Winnipeg Stadium marked the regular season head coaching debuts for both Allie Sherman of Winnipeg and Larry Siemering of Calgary.
Ken Carpenter scored 2 touchdowns for the Roughriders as they beat the Eskimos at Taylor Field in Regina to spoil the regular season debut of Pop Ivy as Edmonton's head coach. Glenn Lippman, playing his first game of Canadian football, scored both Edmonton touchdowns.
50 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): A Hard Day's Night--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 A Hard Day's Night--The Beatles (6th week at #1)
2 The House of the Rising Sun--The Animals
3 Hawaii/It Hurts to Be in Love--Gene Pitney
4 Ain't She Sweet--The Beatles
5 Everybody Loves Somebody--Dean Martin
6 Lucky Star--Rick Nelson
7 Come Home Little Girl/Many Moons Ago--Bobby Curtola
8 I Should Have Known Better--The Beatles
9 Where Did Our Love Go--The Supremes
10 Such a Night--Elvis Presley
Pick hit of the week: Lonely Corner--Rick Nelson
New this week: From a Window--Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas
She Wants T'Swim--Chubby Checker
We'll Sing in the Sunshine--Gale Garnett
Johnny B. Goode--Dion Di Muci
Mr. Sandman--The Fleetwoods
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: The Solitary Cyclist
Canadian Bette Singer dove a record-setting 307 feet into Bahamian waters.
Winnipeg (1-3-1) 29 @ Hamilton (1-2) 32
Don Sutherin kicked 4 field goals for the Tiger-Cats as they held on to defeat the Blue Bombers before 19,485 fans at Civic Stadium.
40 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Sugar Baby Love--The Rubettes (6th week at #1)
Died on this date
Buford Pusser, 36. U.S. police officer. Mr. Pusser was the Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970, and was known for his crackdowns on vice on the Mississippi-Tennessee state line. His career inspired the movie Walking Tall (1973). Mr. Pusser was killed in a car accident, although there were suspicions that the car had been tampered with.
Under pressure from U.S. President Gerald Ford, General Motors announced that it was lowering its previously announced price increase on 1975 models from 9.5% to 8.5%.
At least 78 people were reported dead and more than 1 million homeless as flood waters began to recede in central Luzon in the Philippines.
Toronto (2-3) 13 @ Winnipeg (1-3) 18
Saskatchewan (4-1) 10 @ Calgary (1-4) 8
Toronto head coach John Rauch made one of the biggest coaching blunders in history as the Argonauts lost to the Blue Bombers before 21,139 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. The Argonauts led 13-12 with 16 seconds remaining in the game and with possession of the ball with third down on their own 5-yard line, and with the clock to begin running down upon the referee signalling time in. Instead of letting the clock run down and grounding the ball, Mr. Rauch elected to have Zenon Andrusyshyn punt from his end zone. Winnipeg's Walt McKee fielded the ball at the Toronto 35-yard line and punted into the Toronto end zone. When Wayne Allison attempted to punt the ball outit was blocked, and Winnipeg defensive end Jim Heighton fell on the ball for the winning touchdown, time having long since expired.
George Reed rushed 17 times for 104 yards and Ron Lancaster completed a 44-yard touchdown pass to Steve Mazurak early in the 2nd quarter as the Roughriders held on to defeat the Stampeders before 26,200 fans at McMahon Stadium. Calgary quarterback Peter Liske completed 22 of 35 passes for 316 yards, but the Stampeders' only touchdown came on a 1-yard rush by Gene Thomas with just 1:35 remaining in the game. Moody Jackson led Calgary receivers with 6 catches for 120 yards.
Birmingham (7-0) 15 @ Jacksonville (2-5) 14
Portland (0-6-1) 7 @ Florida (6-1) 11
Houston (2-4-1) 10 @ New York (5-2) 43
Southern California (4-3) 31 @ Philadelphia (3-4) 28
Hawaii (1-6) 8 @ Memphis (5-2) 60
The Montreal Expos scored 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the San Diego Padres 8-7 before 18,037 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal in the regular Wednesday night Expos Baseball telecast on CBC.
Mexico City Reds 4 @ Jalisco 3 (Mexico City won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Gomez Palacio 1 @ Saltillo 0 (Gomez Palacio won best-of-seven series 4-3)
11,000 fans in Guadalajara saw the Charros outhit the Reds 10-5, but they made 3 errors and were guilty of sloppy base running.
Pete Bonfils pitched a 3-hit shutout for his second win of the series as the Cottongrowers edged the Saraperos. It was the last game for Andy Tanaka, who was in his fifth season as manager of the Saraperos; five days later, he and his wife Irma were killed in a car accident.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): If You Don't Know Me by Now--Simply Red
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Lambada--Kaoma
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 So Alive--Love and Rockets (2nd week at #1)
3 Right Here Waiting--Richard Marx
4 On Our Own--Bobby Brown
5 The End of the Innocence--Don Henley
6 Cold Hearted--Paula Abdul
7 Toy Soldiers--Martika
8 Rock 'N' Roll Duty--Kim Mitchell
9 Don't Wanna Lose You--Gloria Estefan
10 If You Don't Know Me by Now--Simply Red
Singles entering the chart were Crossfire by Stevie Ray Vaughan (#80); Dream of Satin by Colin James (#83); That's the Way by NEO-A4 (#85); Can't Stop the Earth by Brighton Rock (#87); Everything But My Pride by Cutting Crew (#90); Jelly Roll by Blue Murder (#92); and Cheer Down by George Harrison (#94). Cheer Down was from the movie Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).
Died on this date
Raul Seixas, 44. Brazilian musician. Mr. Seixas was sometimes called the "Father of Brazilian Rock." He was heavily influenced by British occultist Aleister Crowley and had problems with drink and drugs. Mr. Seixas died of pancreatitis.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I Swear--All-4-One
#1 single in Switzerland: I Swear--All-4-One (4th week at #1)
The last French soldiers withdrew from the "safe zone" in southwestern Rwanda.
Politics and government
Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, candidate for the governing Industrial Revolutionary Party (PRI), was elected President of Mexico, taking 50% of the vote, the lowest percentage ever for a PRI candidate. National Action Party candidate Diego Fernandez de Cevallos received 27% of the vote, and Democratic Revolutionary Party candidate Cuauhtenoc Cardenas received 17%. The PRI, which had won every election since 1929, maintained majorities in both houses of the legislature. Mr. Zedillo had become his party's candidate after the original nominee, Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta, was assassinated in March 1994.
10 years ago
British Columbia (6-3) 25 @ Calgary (2-6) 18 (OT)
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