550 years ago
Born on this date
Go-Kashiwabara. Emperor of Japan, 1500-1526. Go-Kashiwabara, the first son of Emperor Go-Tsuchimikado, died on May 19, 1526 at the age of 63 and was succeeded by his second son, Go-Nara.
220 years ago
The United States, represented by John Jay, and the Kingdom of Great Britain, represented by Foreign Secretary Lord Grenville, signed the Jay Treaty, which attempted to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.
125 years ago
Born on this date
Clifton Webb. U.S. actor. Mr. Webb, born Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, was a professional ballroom dancer and a successful Broadway actor before going to Hollywood and, often playing sarcastic or snobbish characters in movies such as Laura (1944); The Razor's Edge (1946); and Sitting Pretty (1949). He died on October 13, 1966 at the age of 76.
90 years ago
Died on this date
Thomas H. Ince, 42. U.S. movie producer and director. Mr. Ince specialized in Westerns and movies about the U.S. Civil War, and made over 600 films. His best-known movie was probably Civilization (1916). Mr. Ince died three days after his 42nd birthday; he had been the guest of honour aboard the yacht of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and had been taken off the yacht after supposedly suddenly taking ill. Mr. Ince's death was officially ruled to be the result of a heart attack, but there were rumours that Mr. Hearst had shot Mr. Ince in a fight over Mr. Hearst's girlfriend Marion Davies.
70 years ago
10,000 people each paid $1 to see Frank Sinatra perform at the Montreal Forum.
British and American units captured Gellenkirchen, the northern pivot of the German line across the Cologne plain. In the Battle of Vianden, 30 members of the Luxembourgish resistance defended the town of Vianden against a larger Waffen-SS attack, killing 23 members of the enemy forces while suffering only 1 fatality on their own side. Japanese troops in the Philippines attacked U.S. positions, trying to break the hold in the Limon area on Leyte Island.
The government of El Salvador placed five of its 14 provinces under a state of siege because of terrorist activities.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the 6th War Loan Drive, aimed at selling $14 billion in war bonds to help pay for the war effort.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Hold My Hand--Don Cornell (5th week at #1)
Prince Rainier III officially launched Télé Monte Carlo, Europe's oldest private television channel.
Floyd Patterson (18-1) won a unanimous 8-round decision over Jimmy Slade (28-12-5) in a heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. Patterson knocked Mr. Slade down fur times. The New York State Athletic Commission withheld Mr. Slade's purse, accusing him of running away for most of the fight.
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Last Kiss--J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Baby Love--The Supremes
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): I Just Called to Say I Love You--Stevie Wonder (5th week at #1)
A series of explosions at the Pemex petroleum storage facility at San Juan Ixhuatepec in Mexico City started a major fire, and killed about 500 people.
25 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Lambada--Kaoma (13th week at #1)
Died on this date
Grant Adcox, 39. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Adcox, a driver on the NASCAR circuit, was killed in a crash on the 198th lap of the Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The U.S.A., with Tony Meola in goal, clinched its first berth in the World Cup since 1950 with a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at Port of Spain.
Winnipeg 10 @ Hamilton 14
Saskatchewan 32 @ Edmonton 21
On a windy day at Ivor Wynne Stadium, Winnipeg kicker Trevor Kennerd missed all 3 of his field goal attempts, while Hamilton’s Paul Osbaldiston was good on 2 of 5 attempts. Winnipeg quarterback Lee Saltz completed just 15 of 44 passes, but his completions went for 308 yards. His 87-yard completion to Rick House in the first quarter accounted for the Blue Bombers’ only touchdown, which went unconverted because of a bad snap. Hamilton’s only touchdown came in the third quarter on a 10-yard pass from Mike Kerrigan to Wally Zatylny; Mr. Osbaldiston’s convert gave the Tiger-Cats an 11-9 lead, which held up. 20,389 fans saw the Hamilton defense hold the Blue Bombers to 21 yards rushing, as Tim Jessie picked up just 16 yards on 11 carries.
The Eskimos saw their 16-2 regular season go for naught when they were outplayed and outcoached by the Roughriders in front of a Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 35,112. The Eskimos took the ball from the opening kickoff and scored quickly on a 4-yard run by Reggie Taylor, and Jerry Kauric’s field goal made it 10-0 midway through the first quarter. The key play of the game occurred with the Eskimos leading 10-3 early in the second quarter and moving into field goal range. Eddie Lowe hit Edmonton quarterback Tracy Ham, forcing him to fumble, and Saskatchewan’s Dave Albright returned the ball 62 yards for a converted touchdown to tie the game. Kent Austin then hit Ray Elgaard with a touchdown pass to put the Roughriders ahead. The Eskimos came back with a second-quarter field goal by Mr. Kauric and a third-quarter touchdown by Mr. Ham to regain the lead, but Saskatchewan continued to play better football, and controlled the last 25 minutes. Mr. Austin left with an injury, and Tom Burgess took over in the second half and did an excellent job, completing 9 of 12 passes for 120 yards and throwing for third-quarter touchdowns to Jeff Fairholm and Mr. Elgaard. Tracy Ham had a dismal day for Edmonton, completing just 17 of 40 passes. The Roughriders did an excellent job of shutting down Edmonton slotbacks Craig Ellis and Tom Richards, and wide receivers Tony Hunter, Keith Wright, and Walter Murray weren’t good enough to make up for it. Jerry Kauric’s 34-yard punting average didn’t help the Edmonton cause, either.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Tomorrow--Silverchair (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Cotton Eye Joe--Rednex (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Cotton Eye Joe--Rednex (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Hymn--Caballero (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men (13th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'll Make Love to You--Boyz II Men (12th week at #1)
3 All I Wanna Do--Sheryl Crow
4 Another Night--Real McCoy
5 Here Comes the Hotstepper--Ini Kamoze
6 Always--Bon Jovi
7 I'm the Only One--Melissa Etheridge
8 I Wanna Be Down--Brandy
9 Never Lie--Immature
10 Living in Danger--Ace of Base
Singles entering the chart were On Bended Knee by Boyz II Men (#19); Every Day of the Week by Jade (#43); The Rhythm of the Night by Corona (#86); Mental Picture by Jon Secada (#89); Picture Postcards from L.A. by Joshua Kadison (#90); I Never Seen a Man Cry (I Seen A Man Die) by Scarface (#91); I Can Go Deep by Silk (#93); and Black Coffee by Heavy D & Boyz (#94).
Britain's first national lottery draw took place, and was televised on BBC One.
Vanier Cup at SkyDome, Toronto
Western Ontario 50 Saskatchewan 40 (OT)
Frank Jagas kicked a field goal to tie the game late in the 4th quarter and then kicked a field goal to give the Mustangs the lead in overtime as they defeated the Huskies before 28,652 fans. UWO dominated the first 3 quarters and took a 31-14 lead into the 4th quarter, but Saskatchewan mounted a furious comeback in the highest-scoring game in Vanier Cup history.
10 years ago
Died on this date
John Vane, 77. U.K. pharmacologist. Dr. Vane shared the 1982 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sune K. Bergström and Bengt I. Samuelsson "for their discoveries concerning prostaglandins and related biologically active substances."
Terry Melcher, 62. U.S. musician and producer. Mr. Melcher, born Terrence P. Jorden, was the only child of singer and actress Doris Day. He and Bruce Johnston comprised the duo Bruce and Terry, and recorded several singles in the mid-1960s before producing the Rip Chords, a group with a similar sound. Mr. Melcher joined Columbia Records and produced a number of singles and albums for the Byrds, Paul Revere and the Raiders, and other artists from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s. Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson introduced Mr. Melcher to Charles Manson, then an aspiring songwriter and musician, but Mr. Melcher eventually decided not to sign Mr. Manson to a recording contract. The murders of actress Sharon Tate and others by Mr. Manson and his "family" in August 1969 took place in the house that Mr. Melcher had recently vacated, and Mr. Melcher went into seclusion for a time. He produced records and co-wrote songs with and for the Beach Boys in the 1980s and '90s. Mr. Melcher died after a long battle with melanoma.
Indiana 97 @ Detroit 82
Several players with the Pacers, led by Ron Artest, were involved in a brawl in the stands in the final minutes of the game against the Pistons at the Palace at Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
“Unity Through Sport”: Organizing the first Canada Games in Québec in 1967 - By Normand Laplante Minus 33 degrees Celsius (wind chill: –52)! It was bone-chillingly cold when the competitions started at the first Canada Winter Games,...
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