Friday, 12 September 2014

September 12, 2014

200 years ago

Died on this date
Robert Ross, 48 (?)
. U.K. military officer. Major General Ross was fatally shot by an American rifleman in the early stages of the Battle of North Point. His death occurred 19 days after he had led British troops in the burning of Washington.

In the War of 1812, an American detachment halted the British land advance to Baltimore in the Battle of North Point.

150 years ago

Politics and government
The British North America Confederation conference, which had opened in Charlottetown, reconvenes at Province House in Halifax. The delegates agreed to meet at Quebec on October 10 to work out final details.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Ugo Pasquale Mifsud
. Prime Minister of Malta, 1924-1927, 1932-1933. Sir Ugo was a member of the Nationalist Party. He died on February 11, 1942 at the age of 52, several days after speaking against the deportation of 49 Maltese Italians who had been accused of pro-Italian political activities during World War II.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Gus Sonnenberg, 46
. U.S. football player and wrestler. Mr. Sonnenberg was a halfback with five professional teams from 1923-1930, and was a member of the Providence Steam Roller when they won the National Football League championship in 1928. He wrestled professionally from 1928-1942, introducing the "flying tackle" to wrestling and holding the National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title from January 1929-December 1930 and again briefly in 1939. Mr. Sonnenberg died of leukemia.

Soviet Marshal Rodion Malinovsky signed an armistice with Romania on behalf of all United Nations countries. Canadian forces in France Canadians helped clear the English Channel ports of Dieppe, Calais and Dover. The U.S. 1st Army penetrated the German border again, crossing at the Belgian frontier town of Eupen. Bajina Bašta in western Serbia was among Serbian cities being liberated from Nazi occupation by Allied troops.

Politics and government
Provisional French leader General Charles de Gaulle pledged again to turn over the government to an elected national assembly "as soon as France reestablishes her sovereignty."

60 years ago

On television tonight
Lassie, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Inheritance

This was the first episode of the long-running series.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Should Have Known Better/If I Fell--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Ce Monde--Richard Anthony (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): In ginocchio da te--Gianni Morandi (9th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Das kommt vom Rudern, das kommt vom Segeln--Peter Lauch & Die Regenpfeifer

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): You Really Got Me--The Kinks

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The House of the Rising Sun--The Animals (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The House of the Rising Sun--The Animals (2nd week at #1)
2 Where Did Our Love Go--The Supremes
3 Everybody Loves Somebody--Dean Martin
4 Bread and Butter--The Newbeats
5 A Hard Day's Night--The Beatles
6 Under the Boardwalk--The Drifters
7 G.T.O.--Ronny and the Daytonas
8 Pretty Woman--Roy Orbison
9 Because--The Dave Clark Five
10 Maybe I Know--Lesley Gore

Singles entering the chart were Mercy, Mercy by Don Covay and the Goodtimers (#66); Let it Be Me by Betty Everett & Jerry Butler (#67); Chug-A-Lug by Roger Miller (#71); When I Grow Up (To Be a Man) by the Beach Boys (#78); Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) by the Temptations (#80); On the Street Where You Live by Andy Williams (#93); Have I the Right? by the Honeycombs (#97); Little Honda by the Hondells (#98); Gonna Send You Back to Walker (Gonna Send You Back To Georgia) by the Animals (#99); and Good Night Baby by the Butterflys (#100). Let it Be Me was the B-side of Ain't That Loving You Baby, which had charted at #91 the previous week.

Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah was designated as a National Park.

Calgary (5-3) 12 @ Ottawa (4-2-1) 52
Saskatchewan (5-3) 30 @ Winnipeg (1-7-1) 2

Russ Jackson threw 4 touchdown passes and rushed for another TD as the Rough Riders routed the Stampeders before 19,560 fans at Lansdowne Park. Mr. Jackson completed 2 touchdown passes to Ron Stewart and 1 each to Ted Watkins and Whit Tucker. Mr. Watkins also caught a touchdown pass from Mr. Stewart, and Dave Thelen rushed for another Ottawa TD.

Ron Lancaster threw 2 touchdown passes to Hugh Campbell as the Roughriders routed the Blue Bombers before 17,704 fans at Winnipeg Stadium.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): 19 Men--Dermot Hegarty

Politics and government
Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed following a military coup by the Derg, ending a reign of 58 years. The Armed Forces Committee, which had stripped the emperor of his powers, did not declare an end to the monarchy, but called for the return of his son, 57-year-old Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, to be crowned as a figurehead with no powers. The coordinating committee also announced that a provisional government headed by Lieutenant General Aman Michael Andom would rule until elections could be held. The committee dissolved parliament, banned all strikes and unauthorized demonstrations, and proclaimed a domestic program based on equality for all Ethiopians and priority for land reform.

The Canadian Egg Marketing Agency ordered 28 million eggs destroyed; they had rotted due to improper storage.

Five youths were arrested for disorderly conduct, including rock throwing, as violent protest, centred at South Boston High School, marked the start of Boston's program to integrate its public schools. Fear of violence and a boycott called by white parents kept attendance at South Boston High at 100 of 1,500 enrolled students. U.S. Federal District Judge W. Arthur Garrity had ordered the busing in June after having found the school system to be deliberately segregated. Other areas of Boston where violence had been expected remaind quiet, although system-wide attendance was found to be about 65% of normal. After the first day's incidents, Mayor Kevin White ordered police escorts for the school buses involved in the plan.

British Columbia (5-3) 26 @ Toronto (3-6) 24

Trailing 24-12 almost halfway through the 4th quarter, the Lions rallied with 2 touchdowns by Lou Harris to edge the Argonauts before 32,872 fans at CNE Stadium. Mr. Harris took a short pass from quarterback Don Moorhead and went 59 yards for a touchdown with 7:36 remaining in the game, and Ivan MacMillan's convert reduced the deficit to 24-19. Mr. Harris then rushed 17 yards for the winning touchdown with 2:30 remaining. Slade Willis scored the first B.C. TD on an 11-yard pass from Mr. Moorhead in the 2nd quarter. Doyle Orange rushed 12 yards for the first Toronto touchdown just 2:34 into the game, and Ed Shuttlesworth rushed 2 yards for the Argonauts' other TD at 4:30 of the 3rd quarter. Mr. Harris rushed for 50 yards and caught 4 passes for 101. Mr. Orange led the Argonauts with 50 yards rushing.

International League
Rochester 3 @ Memphis 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Syracuse 2 @ Richmond 6 (Syracuse led best-of-seven series 3-1)

A single by Rob Andrews, a passed ball, and a double by Doug DeCinces produced the winning run in the top of the 9th inning as the Red Wings edged the Blues before 1,282 fans. Rochester's Bob Bailor hit a solo home run in the top of the 8th inning to break a 1-1 tie and give the Red Wings a 2-1 lead, but Memphis tied the game in the bottom of the inning when pinch runner Don Hopkins scored from third base on the front end of a double steal. Mickey Scott, who relieved starter Bill Kirkpatrick in the 8th inning, was the winning pitcher. Mike Baldwin started on the mound for Memphis, and was relieved by Joe Keener in the 7th inning. Terry Enyart entered the game in the 9th and was tagged with the loss.

The Braves scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning, another run in the 3rd, and 3 in the 5th as they defeated the Chiefs. Dave Cheadle started on the mound for Richmond but was relieved by Pablo Torrealba in the 4th. Mr. Torrealba went the rest of the way for the win, and singled in the Braves' final run. Richmond's John Fuller hit the game's only home run in the 5th inning. Syracuse starter Frank Snook was the losing pitcher. Syracuse infielder Fred Frazier was suspended indefinitely by Chiefs' manager Bobby Cox for disciplinary reasons, shortly after the team's arrival at the Richmond airport.

30 years ago

Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets pitched a 5-hitter, recording 16 strikeouts and no bases on balls, as he and the Mets shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 before 12,876 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Gooden in this game set a major league record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, breaking the record set by Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians in 1954. He finished the season with 276 strikeouts, a rookie record that still stands. Mr. Gooden also hit 2 singles in 3 at bats.

20 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Stay (I Missed You)--Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (2nd week at #1)
2 Prayer for the Dying--Seal
3 Love is Strong--Rolling Stones
4 Can You Feel the Love Tonight--Elton John
5 You Better Wait--Steve Perry
6 All I Wanna Do--Sheryl Crow
7 The Way She Loves Me--Richard Marx
8 Black Hole Sun--Soundgarden
9 Jane--Barenaked Ladies
10 Could I Be Your Girl--Jann Arden

Singles entering the chart were Bet You Think I'm Lonely by Wild Strawberries (#90); Come Out and Play by Offspring (#92); Angels by Realworld (#94); Waiting in the Wings by BBM (#96); Blue Denim by Stevie Nicks (#97); and Games People Play by Inner Circle (#99).

Died on this date
Tom Ewell, 85
. U.S. actor. Mr. Ewell, born Samuel Yewell Tompkins, was best known for his starring role in the play (1952) and film (1955) The Seven Year Itch.

Boris Yegorov, 56. U.S.S.R. physician and cosmonaut. Dr. Yegorov, the first physician to go into space, was assigned as Medical Doctor for Voskhod 1--the first three-man space mission in history--with Command Pilot Vladimir Komarov and Engineer Konstantin Feoktistov. Voskhod 1 lifted off on October 12, 1964 and returned to Earth the next day. Dr. Yegorov died of a heart attack.

Frank Corder, 38. U.S. criminal. Mr. Corder, who had recently served a prison term for drug dealing and was reportedly depressed because his wife had left him, stole a single-engine Cessna 150 plane, departed from Aldino Airport in Maryland, and crashed into the south lawn of the White House at 1:49 A.M., striking the west wing and killing himself. The White House was undergoing renovations at the time, and U.S. President Bill Clinton and his family were living at Blair House.

Politics and government
The Parti Quebecois, led by Jacques Parizeau, won the Quebec provincial election, winning 77 of 125 seats in the National Assembly despite having only slightly more of the popular vote than the Liberals. The PQ held 33 seats going into the election. The Liberals, led by Premier Daniel Johnson, dropped from 78 seats to 47. Mr. Parizeau promised to hold a referendum on Quebec sovereignty within a year.

10 years ago

Almost 60 people were killed in Iraq in attacks by suicide bombers and insurgents.

US Airways sought bankruptcy protection for the second time.

Hamilton (5-5-1) 18 @ Montreal (11-1) 47
Saskatchewan (4-8) 24 @ Winnipeg (5-7) 27

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