Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Rod Crossley!
210 years ago
United States Marines and Berbers attacked the Tripolitan city of Derna in the First Barbary War.
150 years ago
The New York State Senate created Cornell University as the state's land grant institution.
The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, exploded and sank in the Mississippi River, killing 1,800, most of whom were Union Army survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba prisoner of war camps in the U.S. Civil War.
100 years ago
Died on this date
John Labatt, 76. Canadian brewer. Mr. Labatt, a native of Westminster Township, Upper Canada (near present-day London, Ontario) inherited the Labatt Brewing Company upon the death of his father in 1866. Under his leadership, the company became the largest brewery in Canada.
Aleksandr Scriabin, 43. Russian composer. Mr. Scriabin is known as the main Russian Symbolist composer, representing a movement that believed that art should represent absolute truths that could only be described indirectly. Mr. Scriabin is perhaps best known for his 10 piano sonatas. He died from poisoning as the result of a sore on his upper lip.
75 years ago
German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop revealed allegeldy captured British documents indicating British and French military designs on Norway prior to the recent German invasion.
The Inter-American Neutrality Committee announced in Rio de Janeiro that it had agreed upon a 300-mile-wide security belt around the Americas.
Politics and government
The Missouri Republican Party convention left its 30 national convention votes uninstructed, while endorsing the state's only Republican Congressman, Rep. Dewey Short, as its nominee for the 1940 nomination for Vice President of the United States.
Economics and finance
British economic adviser Frank Ashton-Gwatkim said that Allied purchases of U.S. goods would increase enormously during the next year.
An Associated Press survey indicated that the top 250 U.S. corporations showed a 50% profit increase for the first quarter of 1940 over the same period in 1939.
Harvard University said that its appointment of British philosopher Bertrand Russell to a lectureship would not be affected by the dispute over his appointment at New York University.
Rookie shortstop Lou Boudreau hit his first 2 major league home runs and added a single to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers before 20,133 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Mr. Boudreau’s hits came against losing pitcher Hal Newhouser.
70 years ago
The U.S. House of Representatives accepted the Senate bill to prevent 18-year-olds from going to battle without six months training, and sent it to President Harry Truman. Count Bernadotte of Sweden delivered the Allied reply to the German offer of capitulation on the western front to German S.S. leader Heinrich Himmler at Flensburg. Soviet troops overwhelmed the southern half of Berlin, capturing four city districts, including Tempelhof airport. German troops were finally expelled from Finnish Lapland. U.S. troops entered Genoa, Italy's largest port. U.S. troops in the Philippines captured the summer capital of Baguio. The U.S. aircraft carrier Franklin, hit by Japanese bombs on March 19, arrived at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for repairs. It was described as the most damaged ship ever to make port.
The United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco agreed to give one vote each to White Russia and Ukraine, but denied representation to the provisional government of Poland.
U.S. President Harry Truman named Edwin Pauley as the U.S. member of the Allied Reparation Commission.
60 years ago
John Holman (23-10-1) scored a technical knockout over former world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles (85-13-1) at 2:48 of the 9th round of a bout at Miami Beach Auditorium.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Edward R. Murrow, 57. U.S. journalist. Mr. Murrow, born Egbert Roscoe Murrow, was a reporter with the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1935-1960. He became famous for his phrase, "This is London," as he delivered radio reports from Great Britain during the early years of World War II. Back in the U.S.A. after the war, he hosted the radio program Hear it Now, and the television programs See it Now (1951-1958) and Person to Person (1953-1959). Mr. Murrow left CBS at the beginning of 1961 to become head of the United States Information Agency; he left that position in 1964 when he developed lung cancer as the result of a three-pack-per-day smoking habit, and died two days after his 57th birthday.
Chicago 0 @ Montreal 6 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
40 years ago
At the movies
Death Race 2000, starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone, opened in theatres.
The Alberta Conference of Physically Disabled Persons, with 40-60 delegates in attendance, concluded at the Edmonton Plaza Hotel. The conference was characterized by considerable criticism of Alberta's Progressive Conservative government of Premier Peter Lougheed because of the way people with disabilities were being treated or neglected.
Montreal 5 @ Buffalo 6 (OT) (Buffalo led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Danny Gare scored at 4:42 of the 1st overtime period to give the Sabres their win over the Canadiens at War Memorial Auditorium. Veteran centre Henri Richard returned to the Montreal lineup for the first time since breaking his ankle in November 1974.
Avco World Trophy
Quebec 2 @ Minnesota 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Houston 2 @ San Diego 1 (Houston led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Washington 100 @ Boston 95 (Washington led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Chicago 89 @ Golden State 107 (Golden State led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Elvin Hayes scored 34 points and Phil Chenier added 24 as the Bullets, trailing 55-43 at halftime, outscored the Celtics 57-40 in the 2nd half to win before 15,320 fans at Boston Garden. Jo Jo White led Boston with 27 points.
Rick Barry scored 38 points and Keith Wilkes added 26 as the Warriors defeated the Bulls before 12,787 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena. Bob Love led Chicago with 37 points.
Kentucky 117 @ St. Louis 98 (Kentucky led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Indiana 109 @ Denver 90 (Indiana led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Artis Gilmore scored 33 points to lead the Colonels over the Spirits before 11,688 fans at St. Louis Arena. Marvin Barnes led the Spirits with 24 points.
George McGinnis scored 33 points and Billy Knight added 22 as the Pacers defeated the Nuggets before 7,483 fans at Denver Auditorium Arena. Mike Green led the Nuggets with 20 points.
The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees split a doubleheader before 41,493 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. In the first game, Milwaukee designated hitter Hank Aaron doubled in 2 runs in the 7th inning as the Brewers won 7-0. The RBIs gave Mr. Aaron a career major league total of 2,209, tying the record held by Babe Ruth. Pete Broberg pitched a 3-hitter for the shutout. In the second game, Elliott Maddox batted 4 for 5 with a double, home run, 3 runs, and 3 runs batted in, and Ed Herrmann batted 3 for 4 with a double, homer, and 3 RBIs as the Yankees won 10-1. Catfish Hunter pitched a 3-hit complete game for his first win as a Yankee; he had a no-hitter until Sixto Lezcano and Tim Johnson hit consecutive singles with 2 out in the 8th inning. Robin Yount's home run with 1 out in the 9th accounted for the Milwaukee run.
The Chicago White Sox amassed 17 hits--15 of them singles--and held on to defeat the Kansas City Royals 8-6 before 9,803 fans at Royals Stadium. Ken Henderson had 2 singles and a double for Chicago, while Brian Downing had 3 singles. Harmon Killebrew, normally a designated hitter with the Royals, played his first game of the season at first base, batting 2 for 3 with a double, home run, base on balls, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in, while making 8 putouts in the field.
The Atlanta Braves swept a doubleheader from the San Diego Padres 12-8 and 4-1 before 25,996 fans at San Diego Stadium. The first game was tied 3-3 after 7 innings, but Atlanta erupted for 9 runs in the top of the 8th, only to have San Diego respond with 5 in the bottom of the 8th. Atlanta's Rowland Office scored as a pinch runner in the top of the 8th, and then came to bat later in the inning, tripled home 3 runs, and scored again. San Diego center fielder Johnny Grubb had 4 singles in 5 at bats, with 3 runs batted in. In the second game, winning pitcher Roric Harrison pitched a 5-hit complete game, and doubled and scored a run.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): We are the World--USA for Africa (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): We are the World--USA for Africa
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): We are the World--USA for Africa (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): We are the World--USA for Africa (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: We are the World--USA for Africa (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): We are the World--USA for Africa (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 We are the World--USA for Africa (3rd week at #1)
2 Crazy for You--Madonna
3 Rhythm of the Night--DeBarge
5 One More Night--Phil Collins
7 Don't You (Forget About Me)--Simple Minds
8 I’m on Fire--Bruce Springsteen
9 One Night in Bangkok--Murray Head
10 That was Yesterday--Foreigner
Singles entering the chart were Angel by Madonna (#48); Would I Lie to You? by Eurythmics (#70); Lucky in Love by Mick Jagger (#73); Oo-Ee-Diddley-Bop! by Peter Wolf (#84); Through the Fire by Chaka Khan (#85); I'm Through with Love by Eric Carmen (#87); I was Born to Love You by Freddie Mercury (#88); Mathematics by Melissa Manchester (#89); and Only Lonely by Bon Jovi (#90).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Tears are Not Enough--Northern Lights (2nd week at #1)
2 Shout--Tears for Fears
3 One Night in Bangkok--Murray Head
4 Crazy for You--Madonna
5 A Criminal Mind--Gowan
6 We are the World--USA for Africa
8 Rhythm of the Night--DeBarge
9 One More Night--Phil Collins
10 Material Girl--Madonna
Singles entering the chart were Little Sheila by Slade (#73); Show Some Respect by Tina Turner (#86); When You were Mine by Cyndi Lauper (#91); and You're the Only Love by Paul Hyde and the Payola$ (#97).
Quebec 5 Montreal 1
Pinch hitter Willie Aikens hit a 2-run home run in his last major league at bat to tie the game in the 9th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays added a run in the 10th to defeat the Texas Rangers 9-8 before 13,769 fans at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Blue Jays sent Mr. Aikens down to their International League farm team in Syracuse three days later, and he never returned to the major leagues.
25 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Nothing Compares 2 U--Sinéad O'Connor (9th week at #1)
Died on this date
Charles Woodward, 66. Canadian businessman. Mr. Woodward was Chief Executive Officer of the Woodward's department store chain for 31 years, during which 21 stores were added in British Columbia and Alberta. He had resigned in June 1988 before giving up family control of Woodward's to the Hudson's Bay Company.
20 years ago
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the gross national product had grown at an annual rate of 2.1% in the first quarter of the year.
Colombian drug lords issued a statement condemning the previous day’s assassination of Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, the third candidate for the presidency of Colombia to be killed during the current campaign.
Montreal 1 @ Boston 3 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Washington 2 @ New York Rangers 1 (OT) (Washington won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Wally Backman batted 6 for 6 and Barry Bonds hit 2 home runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 9-4 before 23,376 fans at San Diego-Jack Murphy Stadium.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)--Scatman John (2nd week at #1)
According to officials in Oklahoma City, the April 19 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building had caused structural damage to 200 buildings, while overall damage was estimated at $500 million.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Red Horner, 95. Canadian hockey player. George Reginald Horner was a defenceman with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1928-1940, and was the team's captain in his last two seasons. He scored 42 goals and 110 assists in 490 regular season NHL games and 7 goals and 17 assists in 71 playoff games. His 1,264 minutes in penalties was the NHL career record at the time of Mr. Horner's retirement. Mr. Horner was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965; he was the last surviving member of the Maple Leafs' 1932 Stanley Cup championship team.
The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airliner, made its first flight from Toulouse, France.
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