Saturday, 21 February 2015

February 21, 2015

130 years ago

The Washington Monument was dedicated in a Masonic ceremony in Washington, D.C.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Ann Sheridan
. U.S. actress. Miss Sheridan was known for her starring roles in movies for the Warner Brothers studio in the late 1930s and 1940s, including Angels with Dirty Faces (1938); They Drive by Night (1940); The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942); Kings Row (1942); Nora Prentiss (1947); and I was a Male War Bride (1949). She died of throat and liver cancer on January 21, 1967 at the age of 51.

90 years ago

The New Yorker published its first issue.

80 years ago

Politics and government
British author John Buchan, Baron Tweedsmuir, was appointed Governor General of Canada.

Joe Louis (15-0) scored a technical knockout of Lee Ramage (40-10-5) at 2:11 of the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.

75 years ago

The Chilean Foreign Office reaffirmed the country's observance of strict neutrality in the European war.

Economics and finance
Canadian Finance Minister J.L. Ralston announced a $125-million increase to $500 million in war expenditures for fiscal 1941.

Politics and government
The New York Times reported that Democratic Party Senators and Representatives said that Franklin D. Roosevelt could have the party's nomination in the November 1940 election for a third term as President of the United States if he so desired. U.S. Senator Gerald Nye (Republican--North Dakota) said that Mr. Roosevelt should follow the precedent established by George Washington and step down after two terms.

The Pasteur Institute in Paris announced development of a vaccine that simultaneously immunized against smallpox and yellow fever for one year.

An earthquake struck the Turkish province of Kaysori, killing 40 people.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Eric Liddell, 43
. U.K. runner and missionary. Mr. Liddell, nicknamed the "Flying Scotsman," was famous for refusing to run heats in the men's 100-metre run in the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris on a Sunday, although that was the event he was favoured to win. He did win the gold medal in the men's 400-metre run. A slightly fictionalized version of the story was told in the movie Chariots of Fire (1981). Mr. Liddell served as a Christian missionary in China from 1925-1943, until he was captured by Japanese forces and interned. He died of an inoperable brain tumour.

29 former Greek cabinet ministers went on trial for collaboration with the enemy. The Canadian Army broke through the Seigfried Line and reached Goch. Soviet forces in Germany reached the confluence of the Oder and Neisser Rivers, 45 miles southeast of Berlin. U.S. troops in Italy regained Mount Belvedere on the Bologna front. Japanese Kamikaze planes sank the escort carrier USS Bismarck Sea and seriously damaged the USS Saratoga.

Carl Emil Ludwig Krepper was convicted on two counts of conspiring to "obstruct, interfere with and injure the defense of the United States," as the contact man for Nazi saboteurs who had landed by submarine in the United States.

The Inter-American Conference to discuss issues of war and peace opened in Mexico City, with Argentina absent.

The Wrigley chewing gum company was forced to discontinue the manufacture of trade brand gums because of ingredient shortages.

Major league officials cancelled the 1945 All-Star Game as a travel conservation measure.

After pleading nolo contendre to manslaughter charges in connection with the July 1944 fire in Hartford, Connecticut, six key men with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus received prison terms ranging from six months to seven years.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Sherlock Holmes, starring Ronald Howard and H. Marion Crawford
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Vanished Detective

50 years ago

Died on this date
Malcolm X, 39
. U.S. clergyman and civil rights activist. Mr. X, born Malcolm Little, became a member of the Nation of Islam while serving a prison sentence for larceny, and became a Nation of Islam minister in the early 1950s. Beginning in 1957, Mr. X became nationally prominent, and was the Negro civil rights leader most feared by whites, as the Nation of Islam advocated hatred of white people. Mr. X eventually became disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader, Elijah Muhammad, and left the movement in March 1964. He converted to Sunni Islam, and when he made the hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca in April 1964 and saw people of various races being treated as equals, he began to soften his views. While preparing to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, a disturbance was created in the audience that enabled three men to rush the stage and shoot Mr. X to death (see also here). Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of the shooting, but speculation regarding a wider conspiracy continues.

The U.S.S.R. launched the satellites Cosmos 54, Cosmos 55, and Cosmos 56.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: I Can Help--Billy Swan (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Griechischer Wein--Udo Jürgens (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: I Can Help--Billy Swan (4th week at #1)

The Organization of African Unity concluded its eight-day meeting in the Ethiopian capital of Addas Ababa.

Former United States Attorney General John Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman were sentenced from 2 1/2-8 years in prison for their roles in the June 1972 break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. and the subsequent cover-up. Another Watergate figure, Robert Mardian, was given a sentence of 10 months-3 years.

The film Emmanuelle (1974) was seized from the Uptown Two Theatre in Calgary, and the theatre was charged with corrupting public morals. The film had been seized from the Odeon Theatre in Edmonton on January 20, and Odeon Mid-Western Ltd. had been charged with exposing obscene material to the public. The film, which had been showing six times per day in Calgary, had been approved by the Alberta Motion Picture Censorship Board.

30 years ago

Died on this dae
Louis Hayward, 75
. South African-born U.S. actor. Mr. Hayward was the first actor to portray the Saint on film, starring in The Saint in New York (1938) and The Saint's Return (1953). His other movies included Anthony Adverse (1936); And Then There were None (1945); and Ruthless (1948).

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Nothing Compares 2 U--Sinéad O'Connor

At the movies
Films dating from the early 1920s that had been discovered buried in the ground at Dawson City, Yukon Territory, were shown at the Provincial Museum of Alberta in Edmonton. The Arctic permafrost had acted as a preservative, preventing the films from disintegrating. The films shown included a newsreel about the trial of the "Ohio Gang" members of the U.S. administration of President Warren G. Harding, and part of a feature film starring Douglas Fairbanks that had been thought to be lost. The latter film--possibly The Half-Breed (1916)--was set in the Canadian north, but showed a gorilla in the wild (!).

Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel was enthusiastically received by the United States Congress as he addressed the body in Washington. Mr. Havel said he saw the rise of democracy in the Soviet bloc as a "historically irreversible process," and he foresaw "an era in which all of us, large and small, former slaves and former masters, will be able to create what your great President Lincoln called the ‘family of man.’"

20 years ago

Steve Fossett, a Chicago stockbroker, landed at Leader, Saskatchewan, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

Economics and finance
The United States and Mexico reached an agreement on terms relating to a $20-billion U.S. loan package--intended to bolster the peso and prevent Mexico from defaulting on its debt--that U.S. President Bill Clinton had unveiled in January. To receive the loan, Mexico agreed to reduce government spending and restrain growth of the money supply. The U.S. assistance was part of an overall package of international support valued at $50 billion.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Gene Scott, 75
. American pastor and broadcaster. Dr. Scott was an Assemblies of God pastor who then left the denomination and established his own church in Los Angeles. He established the Faith Broadcasting Network, which, in 1983, became the first television network to broadcast, by satellite, "Christian" programming 24 hours per day. Dr. Scott's messages were also carried around the clock on shortwave radio.

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