Wednesday, 27 August 2014

August 27, 2014

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Kiema!

125 years ago


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

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

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."

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

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

70 years ago

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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."

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.

Mexican League
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

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

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

20 years ago

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."

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

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.

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.

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

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