Monday, 1 June 2015

June 2, 2015

400 years ago

The first Roman Catholic Récollet missionaries--Fathers Denis Jamet, Jean Dolbeau and Joseph Le Caron, with Brother Pacifique Duplessis--arrived in Quebec City, from Rouen, France.

150 years ago

Died on this date
Ner Middleswarth, 81
. U.S. politician. Mr. Middleswarth, a Whig and later a Republican, served in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1815-1842. He represented Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1853-1855.

125 years ago


Ed Delahanty of the Cleveland Infants batted 6 for 6 and scored 5 runs as the Infants beat the Chicago Pirates 20-7 in a Players League game in Chicago.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Walter Tetley
. U.S. actor. Mr. Tetley, born Walter Tetzlaff, had a perpetually childlike voice because of a medical condition, and used that to play juvenile characters on radio programs and cartoons. His best-known roles were as Leroy in the radio comedy series The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957) and as grocery boy Julius Abruzzio on The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show (1946-1954). Mr. Tetley died at the age of 60 on September 4, 1975, never having fully recovered from serious injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in 1971.

90 years ago

Politics and government
The Liberal Party, led by Premier Charles Dunning, were re-elected in the Saskatchewan provincial election, taking 50 of 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly. The Progressive Party, which had no leader, won 6 seats, and the Conservatives, led by James Anderson, won 3. The Liberals won 51.5% of the vote to 23.0% for the Progressives and 18.4% for the Conservatives.

80 years ago


Babe Ruth, aged 41 and batting .181, was released from his contract by the Boston Braves and announced his retirement in his 22nd major league season. He had been under the impression that he would be given an opportunity to manage the Braves, but when he realized that that wouldn’t be the case, he decided to retire. Judge Emil Fuchs, the Braves’ owner, issued a statement admitting that he lacked the money to get any new players. The Braves managed to beat the New York Giants 2-0 that day, with Bob Smith pitching an 8-hit shutout before 7,000 fans at Braves Field.

The New York Yankees set a single game record with 6 solo home runs as they beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2 before 20,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. Bill Dickey hit 2 homers for the Yankees, with the others coming from Frank Crosetti, Ben Chapman, George Selkirk, and Red Rolfe. The Red Sox’ scoring came on a two-run home run by center fielder Mel Almada.

75 years ago

German bombers destroyed Narvik, Norway.

Chile withdrew from the League of Nations.

Germany warned Mexico and Panama that the U.K. had sent secret service agents to Central America for disruptive purposes.

A Gallup Poll reported that 85% of the American people believed that the U.S. military was now strong enough to thwart foreign attacks.

Politics and government
The Communist Party U.S.A., at its convention in New York City, nominated Earl Browder as its candidate for President of the United States in the November 1940 election--despite the threat of a four-year prison term.

Economics and finance
New York National City Bank's monthly report said that although the arms buildup would spur business, it would not result in permanent prosperity in the United States.

Jimmie Foxx’s 13th home run of the season, a 2-run blast into the left field screen in the 9th inning, gave the Boston Red Sox a 10-8 win over the Chicago White Sox before 33,500 fans at Fenway Park in Boston and a split of their doubleheader. The White Sox won the first game 6-0 as Ted Lyons earned his 225th career major league win.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sentimental Journey--Les Brown and his Band of Renown (2nd week at #1)

French leader General Charles de Gaulle issued a statement blaming the United Kingdom for the Middle East trouble and said that he would not negotiate directly with Syria and Lebanon, where French troops had been fighting against rebels.

The Big Five--U.S.A.; U.S.S.R.; U.K.; France; and China--were reportedly divided over a Soviet demand for a veto right in the United Nations over discussion of international disputes.

Pope Pius XII defended the Vatican's 1933 concordat with the German Nazi regime as a "stronghold behind which to shield" the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to Nazism.

Politics and government
Leaders of the Communist Party U.S.A., meeting in New York, adopted a new policy that ended the period of "popular front" cooperation with other political groups.

60 years ago

The U.S.S.R. and Yugoslavia signed the Belgrade declaration and thus normalized relations, which had been discontinued since 1948.

Virgil Trucks allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to get the win and also singled in a run as the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 before 4,507 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Boston first baseman Harry Agganis batted 2 for 4 with a double and a run to raise his batting average for 1955 to .313 in what turned out to be his final game. He was coughing heavily and had recently missed 10 days with what was diagnosed as pneumonia in his right lung. The day after the game in Chicago, Mr. Agganis was diagnosed with pneumonia in his left lung and phlebitis in his right leg; he seemed to be recovering when he died of a sudden blood embolism on June 27 at the age of 26.

50 years ago

Died on this date
Nannie Doss, 59
. U.S. criminal. Mrs. Doss, born Nancy Hazel, died of leukemia in Oklahoma State Penitentiary, 10 years after being convicted of the October 5, 1953 murder of Samuel Doss, her fifth husband. She admitted to killing her second, third, and fourth husbands, as well as her mother, sister, grandson, and mother-in-law. The state of Oklahoma declined to pursue the death penalty because then, as now, women are seldom held responsible for their crimes.

Politics and government
The Canadian government set retirement age for newly-appointed Senators at 75; current Senators were allowed to serve for life.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): January--Pilot (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Cyclamen no Kaori--Akira Fuse (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Bimbó--Bimbo Jet (6th week at #1)

The Atlanta Braves assigned outfielder Wayne Nordhagen from the Richmond Braves of the AAA International League to the Tulsa Oilers of the AAA American Association as the player to be named later in the May 28 trade in which the Braves had traded pitcher Ron Reed to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Elias Sosa and Ray Sadecki. Mr. Nordhagen was batting .256 with 2 home runs and 8 runs batted in in 34 games with Richmond in 1975.

Woodie Fryman pitched a 10-hit complete game, doubled in a run, and scored a run to lead the Montreal Expos to a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodges before 11,427 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal.

Jon Matlack pitched a 4-hit shutout as the New York Mets blanked the Houston Astros 2-0 before 13,003 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.

Lynn McGlothen pitched a 4-hit shutout as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Atlanta Braves 1-0 before 12,001 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): We are the World--USA for Africa (7th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Éthiopie--Chanteurs sans Frontières (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: We are the World--USA for Africa (5th week at #1)

A civic celebration honouring the Edmonton Oilers for their second straight Stanley Cup victory was held at Commonwealth Stadium.

UEFA, European football's governing body, banned English clubs from playing in Europe indefinitely, following the riot at Brussels' Heysel stadium four days earlier in which 39 people died.

Boston 111 @ Los Angeles Lakers 136 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 2-1)

The Lakers came back from a 48-38 2nd-quarter deficit to take a 65-59 halftime lead before pulling away in the 2nd half to defeat the Celtics before 17,505 fans at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Los Angeles center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA's career leader in points during the game, although teammate James Worthy led the team in the game with 29 points. Kevin McHale led the Celtics with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Vogue/Keep it Together--Madonna (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Pure Gold--Eikichi Yazawa

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Vattene Amore--Amedeo Minghi; Mietta (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Vogue--Madonna (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): What's a Woman?--Vaya con Dios (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Sacrifice--Elton John (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Killer--Adamski featuring Seal (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Vogue--Madonna (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 All I Wanna Do is Make Love to You--Heart
2 Vogue--Madonna
3 Hold On--Wilson Phillips
4 Poison--Bell Biv DeVoe
5 Sending All My Love--Linear
6 It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
7 Alright--Janet Jackson
8 U Can't Touch This--M.C. Hammer
9 Ooh La La (I Can’t Get Over You)--Perfect Gentlemen
10 Nothing Compares to U--Sinead O’Connor

Singles entering the chart were Vision of Love by Mariah Carey (#57); Welcome to the Real World by Jane Child (#64); Make You Sweat by Keith Sweat (#71); Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me) by Quincy Jones featuring Tevin Campbell (#79); Show Me by Howard Hewett (#81); and Bounce Back by Alisha (#90).

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

Singles entering the chart were Step by Step by New Kids on the Block (#44); Never Do That by the Pretenders (#53); Rocket to My Heart by Paul Janz (#63); Superconductor by Rush (#69); Temptation by the Box (#75); Bird on a Wire by the Neville Brothers (#76); One Day Soon by Burton Cummings (#80); All for You by David Baerwald (#83); Tie Dye on the Highway by Robert Plant (#85); and Vision of You by Belinda Carlisle (#86).

Died on this date
Jack Gilford, 82
. U.S. actor. Mr. Gilford, born Jacob Gellman, was a comedian and character actor who appeared in numerous plays, films and television programs. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting performance in Save the Tiger (1973).

Rex Harrison, 82. U.K. actor. Sir Reginald Carey Harrison was a popular leading man on stage and screen. He won the Tony Award for his starring performance in My Fair Lady (1957), and won an Academy Award for reprising his role in the movie (1964).

U.S. President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev conducted informal talks at Camp David, Maryland.

The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawned 66 confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, killing 12. Petersburg, Indiana was the hardest-hit town in the outbreak, with six deaths.

Track and field
Suzy Favor of the University of Wisconsin completed an 800- and 1,500-meter double in the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Duke University, winning the 1,500 for the fourth straight year, and claiming an unprecedented ninth individual NCAA track title.

Randy Johnson walked 6 and struck out 8 in pitching the first no-hitter in Seattle Mariners’ history as he beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 before 20,14 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Be My Lover--La Bouche (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): '74-'75--The Connells

U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Scott O'Grady was shot down over Bosnia by an SA-6 mobile SAM launcher and forced to eject from his F-16C into hostile territory. Bosnian Serbs released 121 of the United Nations peacekeepers they had been holding hostage.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had fallen 0.6% in April, the third straight month of decline. The Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had edged downward 0.1% in May to 5.7%; payroll jobs declined by 101,000 in May, the largest monthly drop in four years.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Melita Norwood, 93
. U.K. spy. Mrs. Norwood, a committed Communist, was an English civil servant who was a spy on behalf of the Soviet secret police force KGB from the late 1930s through the late 1970s, supplying the U.S.S.R. with state secrets from her job at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association. She was regarded as the most important female agent ever recruited by the Soviet Union.

Calder Cup
Philadelphia 1 @ Chicago 0 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 1-0)

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