Sunday, 31 May 2015

May 31, 2015

225 years ago
1790


Exploration
Alferez Manuel Quimper explored the Strait of Juan de Fuca; he claimed the area for Spain on August 1, 1790.

Law
The first U.S. copyright law--the Copyright Act of 1790--was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.

125 years ago
1890


Baseball
George Gore, Buck Ewing, and Roger Connor hit consecutive home runs in the 8th inning as the New York Giants whipped the Pittsburgh Burghers 23-3 in a Players League game at Brotherhood Park in New York.

100 years ago
1915


Americana
City Stadium, later renamed Balboa Stadium, was dedicated in City Park--later renamed Balboa Park--in San Diego.

Auto racing
Ralph DePalma, accompanied by riding mechanic Louis Fontaine, won the Indianapolis 500 with an average speed of 89.84 miles per hour. 24 drivers participated.

80 years ago
1935


Disasters
A 7.-Mw earthquake destroyed Quetta, in modern-day Pakistan, killing 40,000.

75 years ago
1940


War
A record total of 68,000 Allied soldiers were evacuated from Dunkirk, France. The French were critical of the failure to evacuate more of their troops from Dunkirk. Japan announced near-agreement on peace terms with the government in central China led by Wang Ching-wei.

Diplomacy
U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French Prime Minister Paul Reynaud met again in Paris.

Defense
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress for $1 billion in supplemental defense funds and authority to call the National Guard and Army reserves to active duty.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau told the House and Representatives Ways and Means Committee that it was essential to raise the national debt limit to $45 billion to help finance the defense effort.

Politics and government
The U.S. Senate approved the transfer of the Bureau of Naturalization and Immigration from the Labor Department to the Justice Department.

A Gallup Poll reported that 56% of Republican voters favoured New York City District Attorney Thomas Dewey over U.S. Senators Robert Taft (Ohio) and Arthur Vandenberg (Michigan) as the party's candidate for President of the United States in the November 1940 election.

Economics and finance
The U.S. liner Exeter docked at Jersey City, New Jersey with $4 million in gold bullion assigned to the New York Federal Reserve Bank by the Bank of International Settlements.

70 years ago
1945


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Long Ago (And Far Away)--Bing Crosby; Dinah Shore (1st month at #1)

Died on this date
Odilo Globocnik, 41
. Austrian SS officer. Gruppenführer Globocnik was an associate of Adolf Eichmann who had a leading role in Operation Reinhard, which saw the murder of over one million mostly Polish Jews in Nazi extermination camps Majdanek, Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec. He committed suicide by biting on a suicide capsule shortly after being arrested with seven other Austrian Nazis.

War
U.S. Undersecretary of War Robert Patterson said that lowering the Army discharge age would further increase front line service of men in the Pacific theatre. The 4th Queen's Own Hussars, a British armoured cavalry unit, captured Austrian Nazis Odilo Globocnik, Georg Michalsen, Friedrich Rainer, Ernst Lerch, Hermann Höfle, Karl Hellesberger, Hugo Herzog and Friedrich Plöbat at the Möslacher Alm in Austria. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his commander-in-chief in the Middle East, General Sir Bernard Paget, to intervene in Syria to halt the bloodshed between French forces and those of Syria and Lebanon who were fighting for their independence. French troops in Syria and Lebanon agreed to a cease-fire at the demand of the British government.

Diplomacy
At the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, the Big Four powers--U.S.A.; U.S.S.R.; U.K.; and China--warned France that her continued conflict with Syria jeopardized her request for changes in the security charter.

Representatives of 16 nations gathered in London for the first meeting of the United Nations War Crimes Commission.

In a memorandum to U.S. President Harry Truman, Bernard Baruch said that the most important factor in making peace was the "earliest definite settlement of what is to be done with Germany and Japan," saying that both must be kept from re-establishing themselves as industrial nations capable of mass production of military arms.

U.S. Senator Bob La Follette, Jr. (Progressive--Wisconsin) criticized the Dumbarton Oaks plan for creation of a United Nations organization, attacking the right of the Big Five powers--U.S.A.; U.S.S.R.; U.K.; France; and China--in the Security Council.

Politics and government
Chiang Kai-shek resigned as Premier of Nationalist China and was succeeded by acting Premier T.V. Soong.

The Norwegian government of Prime Minister Johann Nygarrdvold arrived in Oslo after five years of exile in Britain.

French leader General Charles de Gaulle announced that the French people would vote later in the year to determine what type of government they wanted.

The government of Argentina proclaimed its "Organic Statute of Political Parties," which laid down rules for approval of parties and made voting compulsory. Observers charged that the document was an abridgement of domestic political freedom.

60 years ago
1955


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Ganz Paris träumt von der Liebe--Caterina Valente (3rd month at #1)

50 years ago
1965


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son--France Gall

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Every Step of the Way--Dickie Rock (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Ticket to Ride--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)

Auto racing
Jim Clark won the Indianapolis 500 with an average speed of 150.686 miles per hour. Mr. Clark, a Scotsman, became the first non-American to win the race since Italian-born Englishman Dario Resta in 1916.

40 years ago
1975


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Piange il telefono--Domenico Modugno (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Swing Your Daddy--Jim Gilstrap

#1 single in the U.K.: Stand by Your Man--Tammy Wynette (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Before the Next Teardrop Falls--Freddy Fender

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 How Long--Ace
2 Shining Star--Earth, Wind & Fire
3 Before the Next Teardrop Falls--Freddy Fender
4 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
5 Sister Golden Hair--America
6 Jackie Blue--The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
7 Bad Time--Grand Funk
8 Only Yesterday--Carpenters
9 When Will I Be Loved--Linda Ronstadt
10 Old Days--Chicago

Singles entering the chart were Listen to What the Man Said by Wings (#69); Please Mr. Please by Olivia Newton-John (#73); One of These Nights by the Eagles (#80); Every Time You Touch Me (I Get High) by Charlie Rich (#84); Take Me to the River by Syl Johnson (#85); Sooner or Later by the Impressions (#93); Look at Me (I'm in Love) by the Moments (#94); Wooden Heart by Bobby Vinton (#95); Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell (#96); Seven Lonely Nights by the Four Tops (#98); Christina by Terry Jacks (#99); and Tryin' to Beat the Mornin' Home by T.G. Sheppard (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
2 Only Yesterday--Carpenters
3 How Long--Ace
4 Jackie Blue--The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
5 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)--Charity Brown
6 He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)--Tony Orlando and Dawn
7 Bad Time--Grand Funk
8 Hey You--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
9 The Immigrant--Neil Sedaka
10 Only Women--Alice Cooper

Singles entering the chart were Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me) by the Doobie Brothers (#92); Judy Mae by Boomer Castleman (#94); Sadie by the Spinners (#96); Lizzie and the Rainman by Tanya Tucker (#97); Why Can't We Be Friends? by War (#98); Let There Be Music by Orleans (#99); and T-R-O-U-B-L-E by Elvis Presley (#100).

Winnipeg's top 30 (CFRW)
1 Pinball Wizard--Elton John (LP track)
2 Jackie Blue--The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
3 I Don't Like to Sleep Alone--Paul Anka
4 (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song--B.J. Thomas
5 How Long--Ace
6 Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)--Leo Sayer
7 Killer Queen--Queen
8 Sister Golden Hair--America
9 Chevy Van--Sammy Johns
10 Lovin' You--Minnie Riperton
11 The Immigrant--Neil Sedaka
12 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
13 Philadelphia Freedom--The Elton John Band
14 He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)--Tony Orlando and Dawn
15 Bad Time--Grand Funk
16 Old Days--Chicago
17 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)--Charity Brown
18 Shame, Shame, Shame--Shirley (And Company)
19 No No Song--Ringo Starr
20 Stand by Me--John Lennon
21 Autobahn--Kraftwerk
22 Hey You--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
23 Magic--Pilot
24 Wildfire--Michael Murphey
25 Rainy Day People--Gordon Lightfoot
26 Love Will Keep Us Together--The Captain & Tennille
27 Essence of Joan--Andy Kim
28 You are So Beautiful--Joe Cocker
29 Lady Marmalade--LaBelle
30 Hit the Road Jack--Stampeders

Winnipeg's top 30 (CKRC)
1 Sister Golden Hair--America
2 I Don't Like to Sleep Alone--Paul Anka
3 Bad Time--Grand Funk
4 Jackie Blue--The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
5 Pinball Wizard--Elton John (LP track)
6 Killer Queen--Queen
7 Old Days--Chicago
8 How Long--Ace
9 Magic--Pilot
10 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
11 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)--The Doobie Brothers
12 Only Yesterday--Carpenters
13 He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)--Tony Orlando and Dawn
14 Sail on Sailor--The Beach Boys
15 Hey You--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
16 Love Will Keep Us Together--The Captain & Tennille
17 Stand by Me--John Lennon
18 When Will I Be Loved--Linda Ronstadt
19 Wildfire--Michael Murphey
20 Cum Hear the Band--April Wine
21 Hit the Road Jack--Stampeders
22 Only Women--Alice Cooper
23 Philadelphia Freedom--The Elton John Band
24 Emma--Hot Chocolate
25 Listen to What the Man Said--Wings
26 (Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song--B.J. Thomas
27 Shining Star--Earth, Wind & Fire
28 Don't Leave Me in the Morning--Odia Coates
29 Love Won't Let Me Wait--Major Harris
30 Just Like Romeo and Juliet--Sha Na Na

Baseball
The Montreal Expos sent first baseman Ed Kurpiel, who was on the roster of the Memphis Blues of the AAA International League, to the Detroit Tigers as the final player to be named later in the August 7, 1974 trade that had sent outfielder Jim Northrup to Montreal. Mr. Kurpiel, who had been acquired by the Expos on December 6, 1974 with infielder Rudy Kinard from the St. Louis Cardinals for first baseman and outfielder Ron Fairly, was batting .175 with no home runs and 9 runs batted in in 29 games with Memphis. The Tigers assigned him to the Evansville Triplets of the AAA American Association.

Vern Ruhle pitched a 2-hitter and Willie Horton hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning as the Detroit Tigers blanked the Chicago White Sox 2-0 before 13,152 fans at Tiger Stadium in a game that was over in 1 hour and 35 minutes. Mr. Ruhle improved his 1975 record to 5-1, while losing pitcher Jim Kaat, who allowed just 5 hits in 8 innings, dropped to 8-2.

Catfish Hunter allowed just 1 hit--a single by Cesar Tovar with 2 out in the 6th inning--in pitching the New York Yankees to a 6-0 win over the Texas Rangers before 38,714 fans at Arlington Stadium. The top of the Yankees' batting order--Bobby Bonds, Elliott Maddox, and Roy White--each had 3 hits.

Mike Cuellar allowed just 1 hit--a single by Bruce Bochte in the 3rd inning--and Brooks Robinson hit his first home run of the season in the 8th inning as the Baltimore Orioles edged the California Angels 1-0 before 15,880 fans at Anaheim Stadium in a game that was over in 1 hour and 46 minutes. Losing pitcher Bill Singer allowed just 3 hits and struck out 10 in pitching a complete game.

Rookie Dennis Eckersley pitched a 6-hit complete game to improve his record for the season to 3-0 as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 before 7,754 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. George Hendrick drove in 3 runs with 2 home runs for the Indians, and Tom McCraw added a solo homer.

Mike Jorgensen led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a home run off relief pitcher Gary Lavelle to give the Montreal Expos a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants before 11,492 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal. Montreal starting pitcher Steve Rogers had a shutout going until pinch hitter Glenn Adams hit a 2-run homer--his first of the season--with none out in the top of the 9th to tie the game. Dan Warthen, who retired the last San Francisco batter, received credit for his first major league win. Mr. Rogers allowed just 4 hits in 8 2/3 innings, and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Jim Barr allowed just 6 hits in 8 innings for the Giants before Mr. Lavelle entered the game and promptly allowed the game-winning homer.

The Houston Astros scored 12 runs in the 8th inning and 3 in the 9th as they came from behind to rout the Philadelphia Phillies 15-3 before 18,094 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Houston pinch hitter Cliff Johnson came to bat twice in the 8th inning, driving in 3 runs with a double and home run and scoring twice.

Andy Messersmith pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn a save and then pitched 7 innings in taking a loss as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-1 before 21,197 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago in the completion of a suspended game from the previous day, before losing 2-1 before 21,344 fans in the regularly-scheduled game. Rick Reuschel pitched a 3-hit complete game for the Cubs to win the pitchers' duel with Mr. Messersmith.

30 years ago
1985


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): You Can Win If You Want--Modern Talking

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Live is Life--Opus

Disasters
41 tornadoes struck Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead. They hit the central Ontario communities of Barrie, Grand Valley, Orangeville, and Tottenham, killing 12, injuring hundreds, and damaging or destroying at least 1,000 buildings.

Soccer
Three days after a riot instigated by English fans at Heysel Stadium in Brussels that resulted in 39 deaths, the British government announced a ban on travel to continental Europe for English soccer teams and their fans for the foreseeable future.

25 years ago
1990


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Put 'Em Under Pressure--The Republic of Ireland Football Squad

On television tonight
Seinfeld, premiered on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Stake Out

This was the first regular episode of the series.

Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his entourage, which included his wife Raisa, were welcomed at the White House by U.S. President George Bush and his wife Barbara. The leaders and their aides met twice, focusing on the issue of German reunification, but failed to resolve the question of a united Germany’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which Mr. Gorbachev opposed. Mrs. Gorbachev helped to open an exhibit of Russian religious texts at the Library of Congress, and a number of leaders in the arts, entertainment, and politics attended a reception hosted by the Gorbachevs at the Soviet embassy.

Terrorism
Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat denied that the PLO had any official connection with the previous day's raid on the coast of Israel by guerrillas in speedboats, which resulted in the capture of both boats and the deaths of four guerrillas. A radical faction of the PLO had claimed responsibility. Israeli leaders called on the United States to end its diplomatic contacts with the PLO.

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney invited provincial premiers to Ottawa for a meeting on June 3 to try and save the Meech Lake constitutional accord, but refused a full First Ministers Conference. Mr. Mulroney said that Senate reform was the main obstacle.

Law
Assembly of First Nations Chief George Erasmus said that First Nations were pleased with the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling requiring governments to bargain on native rights and land claims, and not ignore treaty obligations.

Crime
Two Colombians and a New Yorker were convicted by the Quebec Superior Court of attempting to smuggle and traffic $200 million worth of cocaine through New Brunswick in April 1988; they were given sentences of 10-25 years.

Business
Alberta Premier Don Getty announced that Alberta would privatize 50% of the $3-billion giant, Alberta Government Telephones (AGT); Albertans were given the first right to buy shares.

20 years ago
1995


Economics and finance
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high of 4,465.14.

10 years ago
2005


Scandal
Former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation official Mark Felt identified himself as "Deep Throat," the secret Washington Post source that helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon during the scandal over 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. Mr. Felt's identity as "Deep Throat" was revealed by Vanity Fair magazine.

Saturday, 30 May 2015

May 30, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nettee Sly!

375 years ago
1640


Died on this date
Peter Paul Rubens, 62
. Flemish painter. Sir Peter Paul was known for paintings of religious and historical subjects, and especially for paintings of fat "voluptuous" women. He'd have a field day in modern Edmonton.

200 years ago
1815


Disasters
The British East Indiaman Arniston was wrecked during a storm at Waenhuiskrans, near Cape Agulhas in present-day South Africa, with the loss of 372 lives.

160 years ago
1855


Transportation
The Hamilton & South Western Railroad was founded in Hamilton, Ontario.

150 years ago
1865


Died on this date
John Catron, 79
. U.S. jurist. Mr. Catron was appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Andrew Jackson in 1837, and served in that position until his death.

110 years ago
1905


Canadiana
King Edward VII granted Prince Edward island its Coat of Arms.

90 years ago
1925


Died on this date
Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, 49
. German historian. Mr. Moeller van den Bruck was best known for his book Das Dritte Reich (The Third Reich) (1923), which, when translated into English, was titled Germany's Third Empire. Mr. Moeller van den Bruck's ideas greatly influenced the Conservative Revolutionary and National Socialist (Nazi) movements, but he didn't live to see the results. Mr. Moeller van den Bruck was a heavy user of drugs and went mad from syphilis; he was largely forgotten by the time he committed suicide by shooting himself.

Protest
Shanghai Municipal Police officers shot and killed 13 demonstrators in the city's International Settlement, marking the beginning of the May Thirtieth Movement.

Auto racing
Peter DePaolo won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 101.127 miles per hour, becoming the first driver to finish the race in under 5 hours, and to average more than 100 mph. 22 drivers participated.

80 years ago
1935


Died on this date
Clay Weatherly, 25
. U.S. auto racing driver. He was killed in a crash on the 9th lap of the Indianapolis 500.

Auto racing
Kelly Petillo won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 106.240 miles per hour (see film).

Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves by scores of 11-6 and 9-3 before 18,000 fans at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. In the first game, Babe Ruth of the Braves struck out in the top of the first inning, and left the game in the bottom of the inning when he injured a knee chasing a fly ball. It was his last major league appearance.

63,943 fans jammed the Polo Grounds in New York to see the New York Giants sweep a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-3 and 6-0. Mel Ott hit a grand slam for the Giants in the first inning of the first game, and Al Cuccinello, in his first appearance with the Giants, homered in the same inning. Roy Parmelee was the winning pitcher in the opener, while Freddie Fitzsimmons pitched a 2-hitter in the second game.

75 years ago
1940


War
Allied forces continued their escape from Dunkirk, France to Dover, England under harassment by the Germans.

Politics and government
The Belgian government-in-exile in Paris approved an order depriving King Leopold III of his throne.

The civil administration of the Netherlands was turned over to Arthur Seiss-Inquart, the Reich Commissioner.

Economics and finance
The Toronto Stock Exchange declined 25% after German military victories in Europe.

The U.S. Senate passed and sent to the House of Representatives the Hospital Construction Act, appropriating $10 million annually for rural hospital construction.

Auto racing
Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500, becoming the first driver to win the race in consecutive years, and winning for the third time in four years. Mr. Shaw’s average speed was 114.277 miles per hour; rain slowed the race, and the last 50 laps were run under caution. First prize money was $31,875 (see film).

Baseball
The New York Giants swept a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Brooklyn Dodgers 7-0 and 12-5 in 12 innings before 34,548 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to knock the Dodgers out of first place in the National League. Carl Hubbell gave up just a single by Johnny Hudson in the 2nd inning to win the first game, while Bill Lohrman went the distance to win the second game.

70 years ago
1945


War
American University researchers estimated the total expenditures of World War II had exceeded $1 trillion so far. U.S. Marines captured Shuri Castle, the key defense point in the centre of the Japanese line in southern Okinawa. French troops took over the Syrian parliament building in Damascus as street fighting continued.

Diplomacy
The U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco agreed to some type of interim machinery to deal with functions of the League of Nations until a new world body was in operation.

Iran asked that British, Soviet, and American troops leave the country now that the war in Europe was over.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Price Administration estimated that the civilian meat supply would be 75% less in June than it was in May.

60 years ago
1955


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

Died on this date
Bill Vukovich, 36
. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 in 1953 and 1954, and was leading the 1955 Indianapolis 500 on lap 57 of 200 when he plowed into a four-car tangle of wreckage immediately in front of him on the backstretch. His Hopkins Special burst into flames, and Mr. Vukovich died before members of the track safety patrol could extricate him. Another driver, Ed Elisian, stopped his car and got out and attempted to aid Mr. Vukovich, but was unsuccessful.

Auto racing
Bob Sweikert won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 128.209 miles per hour. The race was marred by the death of race leader and defending champion Bill Vukovich (see film).

50 years ago
1965


Protest
Rioting broke out around Allan Gardens in Toronto after 5,000 people protested against a neo-Nazi rally.

40 years ago
1975


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: My Eyes Adored You--Frankie Valli (4th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Fox on the Run--Sweet (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do--ABBA (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Steve Prefontaine, 24
. U.S. runner. Mr. Prefontaine raced at the University of Oregon, and once held the American record in seven different distance events from the 2,000-metre run to the 10,000-metre run. He was killed in a car accident, driving home from a party, hours after winning a 5,000-metre race in Eugene, Oregon. Mr. Prefontaine has been the subject of two biographical movies (so far): Prefontaine (1997) and Without Limits (1998).

Politics and government
The Canadian Parliament voted to raise the number of Senate seats from 102 to 104, adding one new seat each for Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Baseball
Pinch hitter Willie McCovey's grand slam off relief pitcher Bob Apodaca was the big blow as the San Diego Padres scored all their runs in the 8th inning to defeat the New York Mets 6-2 before 12,208 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. The grand slam was the 16th of Mr. McCovey's major league career, tying Hank Aaron's National League record.

Lou Brock singled home pinch runner Don Hahn with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 21,930 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

Pinch hitter Richie Hebner led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a double and another pinch hitter, Ed Kirkpatrick, followed with a single to drive in Mr. Hebner with the winning run as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Atlanta Braves 2-1 before 11,565 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Winning pitcher Jerry Reuss pitched an 8-hit complete game, while losing pitcher Buzz Capra allowed 10 hits in 8+ innings.

Doug Konieczny pitched a 7-hitter for his first major league shutout, striking out 8 batters, as the Houston Astros blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 before 12,566 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

The game between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers was called because of rain before enough innings had been played for it to be considered a legal game, meaning that nothing in the game counted in the official statistics. Deron Johnson of the White Sox hit a home run, and claimed that it was the fourth time in his major league career that he had lost a home run in this fashion.

30 years ago
1985


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 3 @ Edmonton 8 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-1)

The Oilers scored 4 goals in the 1st period and coasted to victory over the Flyers at Northlands Coliseum to win their second straight Stanley Cup championship. Paul Coffey and Mark Messier each scored 2 goals for Edmonton, while Wayne Gretzky and Jarri Kurri each had a goal and 3 assists. Mr. Gretzky was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Los Angeles Lakers 109 @ Boston 102 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 30 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, made 8 assists, and blocked 3 shots to lead the Lakers over the Celtics before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden. Michael Cooper added 22 points for Los Angeles, while Larry Bird led Boston with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

Baseball
Carmelo Martinez hit a three-run home run and a solo homer to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-4 win over the Montreal Expos before 28,181 fans at Jack Murphy-San Diego Stadium. Winning pitcher Andy Hawkins improved his record to 10-0.

Dwight Gooden struck out 14 to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants before 10,207 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The only Giant run came on Alex Trevino’s first home run of the season.

25 years ago
1990


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black Velvet--Alannah Myles (2nd week at #1)

Edmontonia
City council's executive committee voted unanimously to force motorcycles to park behind the Commercial Hotel on Whyte Avenue, and not in front.

War
Palestinian guerrillas in speedboats sought to attack the coast of Israel. Israeli security forces captured one boat and its five-man crew, which surrendered. 11 men landed in a second boat, but four were killed and the rest captured. A radical faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization claimed responsibility for the raid, saying that it was intended as revenge for the seven Palestinians killed on May 20 by a former Israeli soldier who had gone on a rampage.

Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney concluded two days of meetings in Ottawa, during which they discussed a unified Germany in NATO, Soviet security concerns, and the U.S.S.R.s sanctions against Lithuania. Canadian officials announced that they would extend a line of credit to the U.S.S.R. to facilitate the purchase of goods and services by the Soviet Union. Mr. Gorbachev and his entourage, which included his wife Raisa, then flew to Washington.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that that the leading economic indicators had declined 0.2% in April. The Dow-Jones Industrial Average closed at its highest point for the month: 2878.56.

Health
The French banned imports of British beef and live cattle because of fears of mad cow disease.

Disasters
An earthquake struck northern Peru, killing at least 101 people.

20 years ago
1995


War
The United States had 7 warships and 12,000 Marines and sailors in the Adriatic Sea in order for possible service in Bosnia.

Crime
The Supreme Court of Chile unanimously upheld the sentences imposed in the 1976 bombing deaths in Washington, D.C. of Chilean opposition leader Orlando Letelier and his secretary Ronni Moffitt. In 1993, a Chilean court had sentenced General Manuel Contreras Sepulveda, former head of the secret police, to 7 years in prison, and his assistant, Brigadier General Pedro Espinoza Bravo, to 6 years, for their roles in directing the murders. It was the first time that top officials from the military regime of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte had faced prison terms for abuses of human rights.

Politics and government
Luis Correa Mena, the National Action Party (PAN) candidate who had recently lost the Yucatan gubernatorial election to Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Victor Cervera Pacheco, said that he would challenge the result as fraudulent.

10 years ago
2005


Died on this date
Alma Ziegler, 87
. U.S. baseball player. Miss Ziegler was a second baseman and pitcher with the Milwaukee (1944) and Grand Rapids (1945-1954) Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, batting .173 with 3 home runs and 239 runs batted in in 1,154 games, while posting a pitching record of 60-34 with an earned run average of 1.94. She played on AAGPBL championship teams in 1944 and 1947.

Popular culture
American student Natalee Holloway, 18, disappeared while on a high school graduation trip to Aruba, causing a media sensation in the United States.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

May 29, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Cathy Brown!

250 years ago
1765


Politics and government
Patrick Henry presented a series of resolutions—the Stamp Act Resolves—in the Virginia House of Burgesses, which opposed Britain's Stamp Act.

225 years ago
1790

Americana

Rhode Island entered the union as the 13th state, the last of the original colonies to ratify the Constitution.

200 years ago
1815


Economics and finance
The British government opened Canadian commerce to U.S. citizens, several months after the end of the War of 1812.

80 years ago
1935


Died on this date
Josef Suk, 61
. Czech composer. Mr. Suk, one of the leading figures among Czech modernist composers, was known for his chamber works.

Defense
The German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter airplane made its first flight.

75 years ago
1940


War
The Canadian Parliament passed the $700-million War Appropriations Act, authorizing two more Army divisions. The bill quickly received royal assent. French warships arrived at Dunkirk and helped evacuate 47,310 Allied soldiers. German forces occupied the continental coast except for 54 miles north and south of Dunkirk.

Diplomacy
Shao Li-tsi, the new Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., left Chungking for Moscow.

Defense
The U.S. fighter aircraft Vought F4U Corsair, with Lyman Bullard at the controls, made its first flight; a hurried landing was made when the elevator trim tabs failed because of flutter.

Economics and finance
U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau named Donald Nelson as director of the Treasury's Procurement Division.

The National Association of Manufacturers' board of directors announced that its members would meet defense production requirements without profiteering.

70 years ago
1945


War
Commander of the Japanese Fleet Admiral Soemu Toyada was replaced by Vice Admiral Jisaburo Ozawa. The U.S. Army Air Forces Consolidated B-32 Dominator heavy bomber flew its first combat mission, against a supply depot at Antatet in the Philippines.

Diplomacy
At the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco, the Big Five--U.S.A., U.S.S.R., U.K., China, France--agreed that when the question of using a country's force against an aggressor arose, that country would have a vote on the issue.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden told the House of Commons that Britain was greatly concerned over the fighting in the Levant between French forces and those of Syria and Lebanon because it was "liable to affect our lines of communications with the Far East."

Oil
The United States government sued in U.S. federal court in Los Angeles to determine whether it or California owned petroleum deposits beyond the low waterline and the three-mile limit.

50 years ago
1965


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter--Herman's Hermits (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: La Nuit--Salvatore Adamo (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Un anno d'amore--Mina (9th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): The Last Time--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Ticket to Ride--The Beatles (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Long Live Love--Sandie Shaw

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Help Me, Rhonda--The Beach Boys

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Ticket to Ride--The Beatles
2 Help Me, Rhonda--The Beach Boys
3 Back in My Arms Again--The Supremes
4 Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter--Herman's Hermits
5 Wooly Bully--Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
6 Crying in the Chapel--Elvis Presley
7 Count Me In--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
8 Silhouettes--Herman's Hermits
9 Just a Little--The Beau Brummels
10 Just Once in My Life--The Righteous Brothers

Singles entering the chart were Summer Sounds by Robert Goulet (#79); Temptation 'Bout to Get Me by the Knight Brothers (#81); What's He Doing in My World by Eddy Arnold (#82); Bring a Little Sunshine (To My Heart) by Vic Dana (#83); You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy by Jan & Dean (#86); Tell Her (You Love Her Every Day) by Frank Sinatra (#87); Give Us Your Blessings by the Shangri-Las (#88); Cara, Mia by Jay & the Americans (#89); Tonight's the Night by Solomon Burke (#94); Boot-Leg by Booker T. and the MG's (#95); Seventh Son by Johnny Rivers (#96); Is This What I Get for Loving You? by the Ronettes (#97); Take the Time by Johnny Mathis (#98); and Girl on the Billboard by Del Reeves (#99).

Space
At Cape Kennedy, Florida, the United States launched Interplanetary Monitoring Platform-C (IMP-C), the third of seven designed to look for radiation storms in space.

40 years ago
1975


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Stand By Your Man--Tammy Wynette

Track and field
A group of travelling Finnish athletes took part in an NCAA Prep meet at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. The meet included a men's 5,000-metre run, which was won by Steve Prefontaine of the University of Oregon. The Finnish and American athletes attended a party that night, and Mr. Prefontaine was killed in a car accident while driving home early the next day.

Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles traded relief pitcher Bob Reynolds to the Detroit Tigers for pitcher Fred Holdsworth, who was currently with the Evansville Triplets of the AAA American Association. Mr. Reynolds had had good seasons with the Orioles in 1973 and 1974, but in 1975 had pitched in just 7 games, with a record of 0-1 and an earned run average of 9.00 in 6 innings. He had recently voiced dissatisfaction with his lack of game action and had taken to warming up in the bullpen on his own initiative during games, to the displeasure of Baltimore manager Earl Waever. Mr. Holdsworth was 2-4 with an ERA of 4.30 in 7 games--all starts--with Evansville in 1975; he was assigned to the Rochester Red Wings of the AAA International League.

The New York Mets signed pitcher Gary Gentry, recently released by the Atlanta Braves. Mr. Gentry had pitched with the Mets from 1969-1972, and was a member of their World Series championship team in 1969. He was assigned to the Jackson Mets of the AA Texas League.

Elliott Maddox batted 4 for 5 with a double, triple, run, and 4 runs batted in to lead the New York Yankees to a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers before 12,827 fans at Arlington Stadium. Mr. Maddox's double drove in Sandy Alomar and Bobby Bonds in the top of the 9th inning to break a 5-5 tie.

30 years ago
1985


Canadiana
One-legged runner Steve Fonyo arrived in Victoria to complete a 1,400-mile run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, finishing the run that Terry Fox had begun in 1980, but was unable to complete because of the cancer that took his life.

Disasters
British hooligans rooting for the Liverpool soccer club stormed a section of stands filled with fans of the Juventus team from Turin, Italy, during the European Cup final at Heysel Stadium in Brussels. A concrete retaining wall collapsed and 39 people were crushed or trampled to death--32 of them Italians--and more than 400 were injured. It was the worst sports riot on record.

25 years ago
1990


Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev began two days of meetings in Ottawa with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Politics and government
Boris Yeltsin was elected President of the Russian Republic, largest and most important of the 15 Soviet republics, by the Duma on the third ballot. Mr. Yeltsin was an advocate of radical reforms and had called for economic and political sovereignty for Russia and for the U.S.S.R. to be turned into a loose confederation of republics.

Abominations
In a free vote, new abortion legislation passed in Canada’s House of Commons by a vote of 140-131. The bill would permit abortions providing that a single doctor believed that the physical, mental, or psychological health of the mother was threatened by continuation of the pregnancy. It also provided for a two-year prison term for doctors who ignored the law or women who lied about their health. The compromise legislation was attacked by groups on both sides of the issue. Several groups said that they would challenge the constitutional validity of the bill if it was passed by the Senate and became law.

Baseball
The New York Mets, with a record of 20-22, fired manager Davey Johnson, who was in his sixth season managing the team. Mr. Johnson had managed the Mets to a World Series win in 1986, and had a winning percentage with the Mets of .593. He was replaced by Bud Harrelson.

In a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before 25,255 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole the 893rd base of his major league career, moving into second place on the list past Ty Cobb and behind Lou Brock. Mr. Henderson scored the only Oakland run with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning when he tripled and scored on a single by Carney Lansford.

20 years ago
1995


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Scream/Childhood--Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?--Bryan Adams
2 No More "I Love You's"--Annie Lennox
3 Lightning Crashes--Live
4 Can't Stop Lovin' You--Van Halen
5 Believe--Elton John
6 Let Her Cry--Hootie & the Blowfish
7 I Know--Dionne Farris
8 It's Good to Be King--Tom Petty
9 Connection--Elastica
10 Wonderdrug--Jann Arden

Singles entering the chart were I Believe by Rhymes with Orange (#83); Somebody's Crying by Chris Isaak (#89); River of Deceit by Mad Season (#92); My Love is for Real by Paula Abdul (#94); and Can't Cry Anymore by Sheryl Crow (#95).

Environment
A scientific panel's report on Clayoquot Sound offered more than 100 recommendations for logging in the area on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Basketball
NBA
Eastern Conference Finals
Indiana 94 Orlando 93

10 years ago
2005


Died on this date
George Rochberg, 86
. U.S. composer. Mr. Rochberg wrote six symphonies, but is perhaps best known for his seven string quartets.

John D'Amico, 67. Canadian hockey official. Mr. D'Amico was an official in the National Hockey League from 1964-1987. He began as a referee, but after 19 games, became a linesman for the remaining 1,750 regular season games of his career. Mr. D'Amico served as a supervisor of officials after his on-ice career ended. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1993. Mr. D'Amico died after a long battle with leukemia.

Politics and government
French voters soundly rejected the European Union's proposed constitution.

Auto racing
Dan Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500. Danica Patrick, a rookie, started and finished 4th, the best showing ever in the race by a female driver.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

May 28, 2015

170 years ago
1845


Disasters
Fire destroyed two-thirds of Quebec City plus the suburbs of St-Roch and St-Jean, with 1,500 houses destroyed.

110 years ago
1905


War
The Battle of Tsushima in the Strait of Tsushima between Korea and Japan ended with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō and the Imperial Japanese Navy.

80 years ago
1935

Baseball

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Boston Braves 13-4 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Babe Ruth batted 0 for 2 for the Braves with a base on balls and a run scored.

75 years ago
1940


War
A Gallup Poll revealed that Americans opposed entry into the European war by a 13-1 margin. Belgian King Leopold III unconditionally surrendered his troops to Germany at 3 A.M., ending the Battle of Belgium. The Belgian government-in-exile in Paris, led by Prime Minister Habort Pierlot, declared the King's surrender illegal and unconstitutional, and resolved to continue the war. Norwegian, French, Polish and British forces recaptured Narvik, Norway for the first allied infantry victory of the war. Japanese bombers again inflicted heavy damage on Chungking.

Defense
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt named a seven-member National Defense Advisory Commission headed by William Knudsen and Edward Stettinius.

The U.S. administration of President Roosevelt and congressional leaders were reportedly in agreement on a $700-million defense tax measure.

Politics and government
New Jersey delegates to the Republican National Convention were reportedly split in their support for New York City District Attorney Thomas Dewey as the Republican Party's candidate for President of the United States in the November 1940 election.

Law
The United States Senate passed and sent to the House of Representatives a bill authorizing the U.S. attorney general to appoint a five-member commission to prepare a new code of law for the District of Columbia.

Economics and finance
The sale of a seat on the New York Stock Exchange fell to the lowest price since 1915: $38,000.

70 years ago
1945


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: Dance of Death

This was the last episode of the season.

War
U.S. Superfortresses made their first raid on Yokohama, dropping 3,200 tons of incendiary bombs; Japan reported 60,000 homes destroyed in the attack. U.S. troops in the Philippines captured the remaining fortifications of the Shimbu Line east of Manila.

World events
Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun and his wife were arrested in Grimstad, Norway on allegations of having made pro-Nazi statements during the German occupation of Norway.

Diplomacy
U.S. Secretary of State Edward Stettinius outlined the major aims of U.S. policy, which included preventing Germany and Japan from being able to wage another war, and helping to remove the economic and social causes of war.

U.S. presidential envoy Harry Hopkins and Soviet dicator Josef Stalin met alone in Moscow, each expressing concerns over the other country's policies: Soviet actions in Poland and U.S. termination of Lend-Lease.

The U.S. State Department removed Albania, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Danzig, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Yugoslavia from the category of "enemy territory," permitting resumption of commercial relations.

Politics and government
Brazilian President Getulio Vargas set general elections for December 12, 1945.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmoud Fahmy Nokrashy said that his country supported the independence movements in Syria and Lebanon.

The United States Senate rejected an annual $2,500 expense account for its members, but voted to let the House of Representatives do as it would in the matter.

Protest
Street fighting between French and Syrians broke out in Hama and spread to Homs, 30 miles to the south.

Defense
A U.S. Senate committee postponed until six months after Japan's defeat courts-martial on the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

60 years ago
1955


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Melody of Love--The Four Aces; Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Stranger in Paradise--Tony Bennett (4th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White--Perez Prado and his Orchestra (Best Seller--5th week at #1; Disc Jockey--2nd week at #1); Dance with Me Henry (Wallflower)--Georgia Gibbs (Jukebox--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Unchained Melody--Les Baxter and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)
--Al Hibbler
--Roy Hamilton
2 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White--Perez Prado and his Orchestra
--Alan Dale
3 The Ballad of Davy Crockett--Bill Hayes
--Fess Parker
--Tennessee Ernie Ford
4 Dance with Me Henry (Wallflower)--Georgia Gibbs
5 Honey-Babe--Art Mooney and his Orchestra
6 Whatever Lola Wants--Sarah Vaughan
7 A Blossom Fell--Nat "King" Cole
8 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
9 Don't Be Angry--The Crew-Cuts
--Nappy Brown
10 The Crazy Otto--Johnny Maddox and the Rhythmasters

Singles entering the chart were Rollin' Stone (#32)/Playmates (#48) by the Fontane Sisters; Smack Dab in the Middle by the Mills Brothers (#38); Chee Chee-Oo Chee (Sang the Little Bird) by Perry Como and Jaye P. Morgan (#40); Johnny's Medley by Johnny Maddox and the Rhythmasters (#47); and Bo Diddley, with versions by Joe Reisman and his Orchestra and Bo Diddley (#50).

50 years ago
1965


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Crying in the Chapel--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)
2 Silhouettes--Herman's Hermits
3 Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte--Patti Page
4 Help Me, Rhonda--The Beach Boys
5 Ticket to Ride--The Beatles
6 Concrete and Clay--Unit Four Plus Two
7 Engine Engine #9--Roger Miller
8 Count Me In--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
9 Voodoo Woman--Bobby Goldsboro
10 Reelin' and Rockin'--The Dave Clark Five
Pick hit of the week: You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy--Jan & Dean
New this week: I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)--The Four Tops
From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)--The Moody Blues
Just Dance on By--Eydie Gorme
Cara, Mia--Jay & the Americans
Trains and Boats and Planes--Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas

Aviation
Thomas Scheer, 42, of Langley, British Columbia and three other Canadians completed the first unescorted transatlantic helicopter flight, a 6,400-kilometre, 15-day journey from Stratford, Connecticut to Prestwick, Scotland in a 26-seat amphibian Sikorsky. The longest single hop was 640 km, from Greenland to Reykjavik Iceland.

40 years ago
1975


Died on this date
Ezzard Charles, 53
. U.S. boxer. Mr. Charles was world heavyweight champion from 1949-1951. Mr. Charles began his professional career in 1940, fighting as a light heavyweight before moving up to the heavyweight division. When Joe Louis retired as champion in 1949, Mr. Charles won the title with a 15-round decision over Jersey Joe Walcott. He won a decision over Mr. Louis when the former champion came out of retirement, and also won another decision over Mr. Walcott. Mr. Walcott finally won the title from Mr. Charles with a 7th-round knockout in 1951, and decisioned Mr. Charles again in their fourth title fight. Mr. Charles fought Rocky Marciano for the title twice in 1954, losing in a 15-round decision and an 8th-round knockout. Mr. Charles was forced to continue fighting for several more years because of financial problems, and he retired in 1959 with a record of 93-25-1. Mr. Charles died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

Margaret Wright. Canadian schoolteacher. John Slinger, 17; Michael Slobodian, 16. Canadian students. In Canada's first mass school shooting, Mr. Slobodian, a student at Brampton Centennial Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, killed Mr. Slinger and Mrs. Wright and wounded 13 others before fatally shooting himself in a hallway.

Economics and finance
15 West African countries signed the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) .

Baseball
The Atlanta Braves traded pitcher Ron Reed and a player to be named later to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Elias Sosa and Ray Sadecki. Mr. Reed had a record of 4-5 with an earned run average of 4.22 in 10 games with Atlanta in 1975; Mr. Sosa was 0-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 14 games with St. Louis, while Mr. Sadecki was 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in 8 games with the Cardinals.

Gary Nolan allowed just 2 hits in pitching his first shutout in three years as the Cincinnati Reds blanked the Montreal Expos 6-0 before 16,480 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati in the Wednesday Expos Baseball telecast on CBC. The only Montreal hits were doubles by Pepe Mangual and Rich Coggins.

Luis Melendez singled home Lou Brock with 2 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres before 11,690 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

Bill Bonham batted 2 for 2 with a run scored and another batted in, but failed to get credit as the winning pitcher for the Chicago Cubs as they edged the Atlanta Braves 5-4 before 10,085 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Bonham scored the first of 4 Chicago runs in the 3rd inning and singled home Manny Trillo with the eventual winning run in the 4th, but ran into trouble in the 5th, and was removed after 4 2/3 innings, 1 out short of the number required for a starting pitcher to get credit for a win. Oscar Zamora, who allowed just 1 hit and no runs in 4 innings, was the winning pitcher.

Bobby Bonds hit a pair of 2-run home runs and Rudy May pitched a 6-hit complete game victory as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 before 10,108 fans at Royals Stadium.

Bill Lee pitched a 4-hit complete game to win a pitchers' duel over Ferguson Jenkins, who also pitched a complete game as the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 before 8,091 fans at Arlington Stadium.

Vida Blue pitched a 4-hit shutout and improved his 1975 record to 9-2 as the Oakland Athletics blanked the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 before 4,094 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Losing pitcher Mike Torrez allowed just 4 hits in 8 innings in also pitching a complete game, but surrendered home runs by Sal Bando, Billy Williams, and Reggie Jackson.

Jim Hughes allowed 7 hits in pitching a complete game for his sixth straight win, improving his record for the season to 6-1, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-2 before 9,675 fans at Tiger Stadium.

Buddy Bell and John Lowenstein each hit home runs and batted in 3 runs as the Cleveland Indians defeated the California Angels 9-2 before 11,309 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Eric Raich pitched 7 2/3 innings for his first major league win, while Nolan Ryan allowed 7 hits and 6 runs--all earned--in 7 innings in losing his second straight decision, dropping to 8-3 for the year.

In the International League, the Memphis Blues made 6 errors and hit into a triple play in losing 5-1 to the Toledo Mud Hens. The Triple play came in the 2nd inning, when Bombo Rivera doubled and went to third base on Ellis Valentine's single. Bob Reece then grounded into a 5-4-3 double play, and when Mr. Rivera attempted to score, he was tagged out at home plate by Toledo catcher Bill Nahorodny, making the triple play 5-4-3-2.

25 years ago
1990


Diplomacy
United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, on a visit to Ottawa, thanked Canada for her support of the United Nations. He discussed security issues with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who signed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

20 years ago
1995


Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)--Sin with Sebastian (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)--Scatman John (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Irfan Ljubijankić, 42
. Bosnian politician. Mr. Ljubijankić, Bosnia's Foreign Minister since 1993, was killed along with five others when their helicopter was downed by Serb forces.

Disasters
The Russian town of Neftegorsk was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 2,000 people, half of the total population.

Auto racing
Jacques Villeneuve became the first Canadian driver to win the Indianapolis 500. Fellow Canadian Scott Goodyear was leading late in the race when he was penalized for driving too fast while preparing for a return to a green flag while still under a caution. Mr. Goodyear ignored the penalty, and race officials stopped counting him with 5 laps remaining. Mr. Villeneuve was 2 laps behind the rest of the field at one point before coming back to win. This was the last Indianapolis 500 before the political dispute in open-wheel racing that resulted in the creation of the Indy Racing League in 1996.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

May 27, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Rita!

175 years ago
1840


Died on this date
Niccolò Paganini, 57
. Italian musician and composer. Mr. Paganini was the most famous violinist of his time, and his technique and compositions have influenced violinists to this day.

130 years ago
1885

Baseball

The New York Giants whipped the Buffalo Bisons 24-0 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Winning pitcher Mickey Welch pitched a 5-hitter and scored 5 runs. Every New York player got a hit and scored a run.

110 years ago
1905


War
The Battle of Tsushima began between the navies of Russia and Japan in the Strait of Tsushima between Korea and Japan.

Politics and government
The United Labour Party, led by Thomas Price, captured 15 of 42 seats in the House of Assembly in the South Australian state election, defeating the Conservative coalition led by Richard Butler, which won 11 seats. The Farmers and Producers Party took 9 seats, and 7 independents were elected.

100 years ago
1915


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Herman Wouk!
The U.S. author is best known for the novels The Caine Mutiny (1951); The Winds of War (1971); and War and Remembrance (1978).

80 years ago
1935


Law
The Supreme Court of the United States, in A.L.A. Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States, (295 U.S. 495), declared the National Industrial Recovery Act to be unconstitutional.

75 years ago
1940


War
German planes inflicted heavy losses on British forces evacuating Dunkirk, France. German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's forces cut off nearly half of the French forces in Flanders in small pockets around Lille.

Abominations
In the Le Paradis massacre, 99 soldiers from a Royal Norfolk Regiment unit were shot after surrendering to German troops; 2 survived.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Jay Pierpoint Moffat as U.S. minister to Canada.

Mexican President Lazaro Cardenas reaffirmed his nation's neutrality in international affairs.

Defense
The U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee began preparation of new tax measures for defense purposes.

Labour
The United States Senate passed and sent to the House of Representatives a civil liberties bill devised by Sen. Bob La Follette, Jr. (Progressive--Wisconsin) that would bar use of certain tactics, such as employment of strikebreakers, against labour.

Sport
New York Yankees' center fielder Joe DiMaggio received the Golden Laurel as the outstanding U.S. athlete of 1939.

70 years ago
1945


War
American troops in the Philippines captured Santa Fe, the mountain key to Japanese positions defending the entrance to the Cagayan Valley in northern Luzon. Chinese forces took Nanning, 470 miles south of Chungking.

Economics and finance
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Director Herbert Lehman said that 1.25 million tons of relief supplies would have to be shipped to Europe by the end of June 1945.

The U.S. War Production Board outlined a policy for "partial reconversion" of the United Statesin the midst of "partial demobilization,"which included an end to production restrictions.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Henry Wallace approved a department report recommending increased exemption from the excess profits tax and total repeal soon after the war was won in the Pacific theatre.

60 years ago
1955


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)--Eddie Calvert

Politics and government
The Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Anthony Eden, won a majority of seats in the House of Commons in the British general election. The Conservatives won 324 of 630 seats, and with their associates, they won a majority of 60 seats.

Baseball
Norm Zauchin hit 3 home runs and a double, scored 4 runs, and drove in 10 as the Boston Red Sox routed the Washington Nationals 16-0 before 15,775 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Winning pitcher Tom Brewer pitched a 6-hit shutout, singled, and scored a run.

50 years ago
1965


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Long Live Love--Sandie Shaw

War
American warships began the first bombardment of National Liberation Front targets within South Vietnam.

Canadiana
The governments of Ontario and Quebec announced a plan for a $10-million provincial park along the Ottawa River from Carillon, Ontario to Hull, Quebec as a federal-provincial Centennial project.

40 years ago
1975


Died on this date
Bill Cates, 60
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Cates was a third baseman with the Sanford Lookouts (1936); St. Augustine Saints (1937): Deland Red Hats of the Class D Florida State League (1941) and DeLand Red Hats (1942) of the Class D Florida East Coast League, batting .269 with 2 home runs in 402 games. He managed the Red Hats in 1942 and the Miami Sun Sox of the Class B Florida International League in 1949, and later served as general manager with Key West in the FSL for five years.

War
Eight days of fighting in Lebanon between Palestinian guerrillas and Christian Phalangist militia had left more than 130 dead in Beirut, causing a government crisis.

Oil
U.S. President Gerald Ford announced a second price increase of $1 per barrel on imported crude oil, effective June 1, 1975.

Disasters
The Dibbles Bridge Coach Crash near Grassington, in North Yorkshire, England, killed 33 – the highest ever death toll in a road accident in the United Kingdom.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 2 @ Buffalo 0 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Bob Kelly scored 11 seconds into the 3rd period and Bill Clement scored on a breakaway with 2:47 remaining as the Flyers blanked the Sabres before 15,863 fans at War Memorial Auditorium for their second straight Stanley Cup championship. Philadelphia goalie Bernie Parent made 32 saves and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. Buffalo goalie Roger Crozier made 29 saves. It was the final game for Philadelphia defenceman Ted Harris, who had played on four Stanley Cup championship teams with the Montreal Canadiens in the 1960s, and was concluding his only season with the Flyers.

WHA
The World Hockey Association announced that the Chicago Cougars franchise had been suspended after three years of existence. The Cougars had played their home games at the International Amphitheatre, and the lack of a better facility was the main factor in the decision of the WHA to fold the franchise. The WHA absorbed the players for future disposition, and they ended up going to the Denver Spurs when they entered the league for the following season. The Cougars had a good playoff run in their second season, but in 1974-75 they finished third in the Eastern Division with a record of 30-47-1 and missed the playoffs.

Baseball
Lou Brock hit for the cycle as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 7-1 before 10,060 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Winning pitcher Bob Forsch pitched a 5-hit complete game and had 2 singles, 2 runs, and a run batted in.

Phil Niekro pitched a 7-hit complete game and singled and scored a run as the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 before 10,731 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Chicago starting pitcher Rick Reuschel hit his first major league home run in the bottom of the 6th inning, but was knocked out of the box in the top of the 7th.

The Philadelphia Phillies made 5 errors, including one that set up the game's only run, as they lost 1-0 to the San Francisco Giants in 10 innings before 18,735 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. With 1 out in the top of the 10th, Von Joshua singled and advanced to third base on an error by center fielder Jerry Martin before scoring on a single by pinch hitter Glenn Adams. Winning pitcher John Montefusco allowed just 5 hits in 10 innings.

Jim Wynn hit 2 home runs and winning pitcher Burt Hooton doubled home a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 10-4 before 20,538 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Hooton pitched a 6-hit complete game.

Milwaukee Brewers' manager Del Crandall allowed his players to pick the team's batting order out of a hat, and they responded with a 9-8 win over the Chicago White Sox before 12,066 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Leadoff hitter and designated hitter Bobby Mitchell hit a 3-run home run for Milwaukee, while Hank Aaron, playing left field instead of his usual role as designated hitter, drove in 2 runs.

Al Fitzmorris pitched a 3-hit shutout to win a pitchers' duel against Catfish Hunter as the Kansas City Royals blanked the New York Yankees 3-0 before 20,592 fans at Royals Stadium. Mr. Hunter allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 8 innings in pitching a complete game.

The Minnesota Twins scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to complete a comeback from a 5-0 deficit as they edged the Detroit Tigers 6-5 before 8,764 fans at Tiger Stadium. Detroit center fielder Ron LeFlore hit an inside-the-park home run in the 5th inning.

Joe Neal pitched a no-hitter for the Salem Pirates of the Carolina League as they edged the Anderson Rangers of the Western Carolinas League in an interlocking game in Anderson, South Carolina. Mr. Neal walked 3 batters and struck out 12. An unearned run in the 2nd inning provided the only scoring.

30 years ago
1985


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): We are the World--USA for Africa (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Boy no Theme--Momoko Kikuchi

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): We are the World--USA for Africa (2nd week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 3 @ Edmonton 5 (Edmonton led best-of-five series 3-1)

Wayne Gretzky scored 2 goals as the Oilers came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Flyers at Northlands Coliseum.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Los Angeles Lakers 114 @ Boston 148 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Kevin McHale and Scott Wedman each scored 26 points as the Celtics routed the Lakers before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden in the "Memorial Day Massacre." Mr. Wedman was successful on all 11 of his field goal attempts. Los Angeles center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored just 12 points.

25 years ago
1990


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Vogue--Madonna

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Ding Dong--Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: The Power (Snap! song)--Snap! (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Robert B. Meyner, 81
. U.S. politician. Mr. Meyner, a Democrat, was Governor of New Jersey from 1954-1962.

Politics and government
Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, the nominee of the ruling Liberal Party and an opponent of the drug cartels, was elected President of Colombia. 2,000 people, including three presidential candidates, had been killed during the campaign, and the threat of more violence had kept the turnout down to 46%. Mr. Gaviria, a former minister of finance and minister of government, received 48% of the vote, and was the only one of the four surviving candidates to support extraditing drug traffickers to the United States, while the other candidates advocated negotiating with drug traffickers. In his victory speech, Mr. Gaviria vowed to end terrorism, and he criticized industrialized countries for not doing enough to reduce drug consumption.

Protest
Civil unrest began flaring up in Armenia.

Auto racing
Arie Luyendyk won the Indianapolis 500. His average speed of 185.981 miles per hour was a record that stood until 2013.

Baseball
John Smoltz of the Atlanta Braves came within 2 outs of a no-hitter before giving up a double to Len Dykstra. Mr. Smoltz finished with a 2-hitter as the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 before 27,139 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

20 years ago
1995


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Mouth--Merril Bainbridge (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Sarajevo's børn - Gi dem et håb--Various artists (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)--Scatman John (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)--Scatman John (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): This is How We Do It--Montell Jordan (7th week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Water Runs Dry--Boyz II Men
2 This is How We Do It--Montell Jordan
3 I Know--Dionne Farris
4 Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?--Bryan Adams
5 Freak Like Me--Adina Howard
6 I Believe--Blessid Union of Souls
7 Red Light Special--TLC
8 Candy Rain--Soul for Real
9 Let Her Cry--Hootie & the Blowfish
10 I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By--Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige

Singles entering the chart were I Can Love You Like That by All-4-One (#54); Best Friend by Brandy (#56); Crazy Love by Brian McKnight (#70); Emotions by H-Town (#73); Misery by Soul Asylum (#77); and I Saw You Dancing by Yaki-Da (#91).

War
Two French United Nations peacekeepers were killed when their unit clashed with Serbs over control of a bridge in Sarajevo.

Popular culture
Actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition in Culpeper, Virginia.

May 26, 2015

150 years ago
1865


War
General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of the Confederate Trans-Mississippi division, became the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender to Union forces, at Galveston, Texas.

80 years ago
1935


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Leigh Lovell, on NBC

This was the last episode of the season, and the last for Mr. Lovell as Dr. Watson; Harry West played the role when the series resumed in February 1936.

Baseball
Babe Ruth Day was celebrated at Crosley Field in Cincinnati as the Reds beat Mr. Ruth and the Boston Braves 6-3 before 24,360 fans. The Babe, playing his only complete game as a Brave, batted 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts.

75 years ago
1940


Died on this date
Prince Wilhelm of Prussia, 33
. German Royal Family member. Prince Wilhelm was the eldest child of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Prince Wilhelm of Prussia joined the Wehrmacht during World War II and died of wounds suffered during the invasion of France. 50,000 people attended his funeral in Potsdam, which so alarmed German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler that he soon issued the Prinzenerlass (Prince's Decree), barring all members of German's former reigning royal families from participating in military operations in the Wehrmacht.

War
German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler ordered panzers to resume their advance against Dunkirk, France. Viscount Gort, commander of the British Expeditionary Force, was told to fall back on the Channel coast and prepare for evacuation. In the evening, the evacuation of troops from Dunkirk began on the order of the British cabinet. The Siege of Calais ended with the surrender of the British and French garrison. The heaviest Japanese air assault yet upon Chungking caused 200 deaths.

Politics and government
N.Z. Prime Minister Peter Fraser announced the creation of a National War Council.

Defense
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt castigated isolationists in a fireside radio chat and defended his plan for a large increase in defense spending. A Gallup Poll reported that 86% of Americans supported Mr. Roosevelt's request for an additional $1 billion from Congress in military spending.

Economics and finance
The Brookings Institute reported the results of a two-year study showing that U.S. President Roosevelt's New Deal economic policies were responsible for the lag in capital investment.

70 years ago
1945


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sentimental Journey--Les Brown and his Band of Renown

Music
Leo Borchard, who had conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1933 until being banned by the Nazi regime in 1935 and spending the next decade as an anti-Nazi resistance activist, resumed his old post and conducted the orchestra in a concert at the Titania Palast cinema. The program featured the Overture to Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream; Mozart's Violin Concerto in A major; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

War
Supreme Allied Commander In Europe U.S. Army General Dwight Eisenhower moved his headquarters from Reims, France to an office building in Frankfurt, Germany. About 500 Marianas-based U.S. Superfortresses dropped 4,000 tons of incendiary bombs on Tokyo. Japanese radio reported that the city had been "scorched to the ground" by the raid and subsequent firestorm. Chinese troops north of Foochow drove toward Saipu to check Japanese forces that had landed there.

Diplomacy
The United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco widened the powers of the proposed General Assembly by requiring the Security Council to report to the Assembly on all matters of peace and international security.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said that he may have to leave the country for a "Big Three" meeting with U.S. President Harry Truman and U.S.S.R. dictator Josef Stalin before the coming British general election.

World events
Deposed Norwegian dictator Vidkun Quisling was arraigned in Oslo and pled "not guilty" to charges of treason.

Exploration
A British Royal Air Force party reported finding the true magnetic North Pole in the Sverdup Islands of the U.S.S.R.

Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend and broaden the reciprocal trade program, defeating all Republican Party amendments.

60 years ago
1955


At the movies
Love Me or Leave Me, starring Doris Day, James Cagney, and Cameron Mitchell, opened in theatres.

50 years ago
1965


At the movies
Mirage, starring Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, and Walter Matthau, opened in theatres.

40 years ago
1975


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): January--Pilot

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Cyclamen no Kaori--Akira Fuse (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Bimbó--Bimbo Jet (5th week at #1)

Baseball
Dick Allen's ground ball with 2 out in the bottom of the 11th inning got past third baseman Ed Goodson for an error, allowing Larry Bowa to score the game's only run, as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the San Francisco Giants 1-0 before 15,693 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. San Francisco pitcher Ed Halicki, who pitched a complete game, had retired 21 straight batters before Mr. Bowa singled with 2 out and advanced to second base on a wild pickoff attempt by Mr. Halicki. Tug McGraw, who pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief of Wayne Twitchell, was credited with the win.

Pinch hitter Wayne Garrett hit a 3-run home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the New York Mets a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers before 34,502 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Garrett was batting for Tom Seaver, who improved his record for the season to 6-4. Andy Messermith pitched complete game in taking his first loss of the season after winning his first 7 decisions.

Gene Tenace's third hit and fifth run batted in of the game, a single with 2 out in the bottom of the 11th inning, scored Joe Rudi with the winning run as the Oakland Athletics edged the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 before 42,358 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Bucky Dent and Brian Downing hit consecutive home runs with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 16,343 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Jim Kaat pitched 8 1/3 innings to get the win and improve his 1975 record to 8-1. Jim Colborn pitched a complete game in taking the loss, dropping to 0-3.

30 years ago
1985


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): We are the World--USA for Africa (6th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Éthiopie--Chanteurs sans Frontières

#1 single in Switzerland: We are the World--USA for Africa (4th week at #1)

Auto racing
Danny Sullivan spun completely around on the track on the 120th lap, but recovered to win the Indianapolis 500, 2.4 seconds ahead of Mario Andretti.

25 years ago
1990


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Vogue/Keep it Together--Madonna (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Jealousy (O nemura sete)--Kyosuko Himuri

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Vattene Amore--Amedeo Minghi; Mietta

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Vogue--Madonna (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): What's a Woman?--Vaya con Dios

#1 single in France (SNEP): Sacrifice--Elton John

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones

#1 single in the U.K.: Killer--Adamski featuring Seal (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Vogue--Madonna (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Vogue--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
2 All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You--Heart
3 Hold On--Wilson Phillips
4 Alright--Janet Jackson
5 Poison--Bell Biv DeVoe
6 Sending All My Love--Linear
7 Nothing Compares to U--Sinead O’Connor
8 It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
9 I Wanna Be Rich--Calloway
10 This Old Heart of Mine--Rod Stewart (with Ronald Isley)

Singles entering the chart were Step by Step by New Kids on the Block (#50); When I'm Back on My Feet Again by Michael Bolton (#58); Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) by Motley Crue (#60); You Can't Deny It by Lisa Stansfield (#67); Pure by Lightning Seeds (#81); Got to Tell Me Something by Ana (#88); and King of Wishful Thinking by Go West (#91). Both Mr. Stewart and Mr. Isley had recorded earlier hit versions of This Old Heart of Mine. The Isley Brothers’ version had reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. in 1966, while Mr. Stewart’s version had reached #4 in the U.K. and #41 in Germany in 1976, although it hit only #83 in the U.S. and failed to chart in Canada. King of Wishful Thinking was from the movie Pretty Woman (1990).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Nothing Compares to U--Sinead O’Connor (4th week at #1)
2 This Old Heart of Mine--Rod Stewart with Ronald Isley
3 All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You--Heart
4 Vogue--Madonna
5 Hold On--Wilson Phillips
6 All Around the World--Lisa Stansfield
7 Alright--Janet Jackson
8 Save Me--Fleetwood Mac
9 How Can We Be Lovers--Michael Bolton
10 It Must Have Been Love--Roxette

Singles entering the chart were She Ain't Pretty by the Northern Pikes (#60); Dare to Fall in Love by Brent Bourgeois (#63); Take it to Heart by Michael McDonald (#68); I Think I Love You Too Much by the Jeff Healey Band (#73); Drop the Needle by Maestro Fresh-Wes (#78); Two Girls in One by The Pursuit of Happiness (#81); Ready or Not by After 7 (#83); Stealin' Fire by Lorraine Segato (#89); and Moonlight on Water by Laura Branigan (#93).

20 years ago
1995


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Be My Lover--La Bouche

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Be My Lover--La Bouche

Died on this date
Friz Freleng, 88
. U.S. animator. Isidore Freleng directed 266 cartoons for Warner Brothers studios from the 1930s through the 1960s, and won four Academy Awards. He created and/or developed such characters as Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, and Speedy Gonzales.

War
North Atlantic Treaty Organization planes concluded two days of bombing a weapons depot near Pale, capital of the Bosnian Serbs.

Politics and government
The U.S. Senate Labor and Human Relations Committee voted 9-7 in favour of Dr. Henry Foster, President Bill Clinton's nominee as Surgeon General of the United States. Two Republican members of the committee joined with seven Democrats in voting in favour of Dr. Foster.

Protest
An anonymous group of businessmen calling themselves the Edmonton Stickmen was putting up billboards criticizing city council and calling for a more pro-business council to be elected in October 1995.

10 years ago
2005


Died on this date
Eddie Albert, 99
. U.S. actor. Mr. Albert, born Edward Albert Heimberger, appeared in numerous plays, movies, and television programs in a career that spanned about 60 years. He was probably best known as the star of the television comedy series Green Acres (1965-1971).

Chico Carrasquel, 77. Venezuelan baseball player. Mr. Carrasquel was a shortstop with the Chicago White Sox (1950-1955); Cleveland Indians (1956-1958); Kansas City Athletics (1958); and Baltimore Orioles (1959), batting .258 with 55 home runs and 474 runs batted in in 1,325 games. He was the first Latin American to play in a major league all-star game, starting for the American League in 1951, 1953, and 1954, and playing as a reserve in 1955. Mr. Carrasquel was known for his defensive ability, and once played 53 consecutive games without making an error--a record for shortstops that stood until 1969.