130 years ago
The American Association removed all restrictions on pitchers using an overhand delivery, and also removed the foul bounce out from the rule book.
110 years ago
Norway's parliament voted to dissolve the country's union with Sweden. The vote was confirmed by a national plebiscite on August 13, 1905.
75 years ago
At the movies
The Ghost Breakers, starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, received its premiere screening in Detroit.
King Haakon VII, Crown Prince Olav, and the Norwegian government left Tromsø and went into exile in London.
U.S. President Franklin D. Poosevelt put into opearation a plan whereby old military equipment would be immediately made available to the Allies.
Politics and government
U.S. Senator Robert Taft (Republican--Ohio), speaking in Chattanooga, Tennessee, said that President Franklin D. Roosevelt should renounce a third term in office for the sake of national unity.
Fusanosuk Kuharu resigned as a Japanese cabinet counsellor and challenged the government to take a firm stand against the U.S. and U.K.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevlet signed into law a bill freezing the securities of all countries that had been invaded by German forces, and blocking importation of any securities held by the governments or nationals of invaded countries.
The United States Commerce Department reported that April had been the first month since November 1939 in which manufacturers' new orders had exceeded shipments.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to abolish the old Labor Board under the National Labor Relations Act and replace it with a new three-man panel.
Ray Blades was fired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals after compiling a record of 14-24 to start the season. Coach Mike Gonzales replaced him until Billy Southworth could arrive from the Rochester Red Wings of the International League.
The Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 in 11 innings before 8,601 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, handing Bucky Walters his first loss in 1940 after 9 straight wins.
70 years ago
Peter Grimes, the first opera by Benjamin Britten, received its premiere performance at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London.
U.S. Marines cleared Oroku Peninsula in the southwestern section of Okinawa. American troops in the Philippines captured Bayombong, the first important settlement north of the mountains of Balete Pass on Luzon.
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the U.S.S.R. delegation at the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco to drop its request for a Big Five veto over discussion of international disputes.
U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill turned down a demand from the House of Commons to reveal all that had been discussed at Yalta, but said that there had been no secret agreements at the summit several months earlier with U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.S.S.R. dictator Josef Stalin.
The Council of the Arab League adopted a resolution demanding complete evacuation of French troops from the Levant.
Acting U.S. Secretary of State Joseph Grew said that the previous day's arrest of six people was only part of a "comprehensive security progam" designed to halt leaks of confidential information. The six had been arrested as the result of a raid by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on March 11 at the offices of Amerasia magazine in New York. The six were charged with violating a law dealing with unauthorized possession or transmittal of defense data.
The U.S. State Department announced acceptance by 30 nations of the Interim Agreement on International Civil Aviation, enough to permit its coming into force.
Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives approved U.S. participation in the International Monetary Fund and Bank for Reconstruction and Development as planned at Bretton Woods.
U.S. President Harry Truman named Paul Herzog as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, succeeding H.A. Hollis, who had resigned.
Politics and government
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to keep the $2,500 tax-free expense account for members.
The 1945 Catholic Directory revealed an increase of 543,970 in the number of Roman Catholics in the United States in 1944.
60 years ago
On the radio
Lux Radio Theater, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Edward My Son, starring Walter Pidgeon and Frances Robinson
This was the final episode of the program which had launched in New York in 1934 and moved to Hollywood in 1936, featuring adaptations of Broadway shows and popular films.
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son--France Gall (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Every Step of the Way--Dickie Rock (3rd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Help Me, Rhonda--The Beach Boys
2 Talk About Love--Adam Faith
3 True Love Ways--Peter and Gordon
4 Crying in the Chapel--Elvis Presley
5 S.O.S. (Sweet On Susie)--Kenny Chandler
6 Just Once in My Life--The Righteous Brothers
7 Just a Little--The Beau Brummels
8 Do the Freddie--Freddie and the Dreamers
9 Over the Rainbow--Billy Thorpe
10 Walk That Walk--David Clayton-Thomas
Singles entering the chart were Tossin' and Turnin' by the Guess Who? (#23); Walkin' with My Angel by Bobby Curtola (#31); I Gotta Dream On by Herman's Hermits (#32); (Remember Me) I'm the One Who Loves You by Dean Martin (#33); You Turn Me On (Turn On Song) by Ian Whitcomb and Bluesville (#34); Cara, Mia by Jay & the Americans (#35); Girl on the Billboard by Del Reeves (#36); This Little Bird by Marianne Faithfull (#37); The Puzzle Song (A Puzzle in Song) by Shirley Ellis (#38); A World of Our Own by the Seekers (#39); and Long Live Love by Sandie Shaw (#40). I Gotta Dream On was the B-side of Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter.
Died on this date
Judy Holliday, 43. U.S. actress. Miss Holliday, born Judith Tuvim, was best known for her starring roles in the play (1946) and film (1950) Born Yesterday, and the play (1956) and film (1960) Bells are Ringing. She won the Academy Award as Best Actress for the former and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for the latter. She died of breast cancer 14 days before her 44th birthday.
The single Guess I'm Dumb by Glen Campbell was released on Capitol Records. The song was written by Brian Wilson and Russ Titelman, the recording was produced and arranged by Mr. Wilson. Mr. Campbell had joined the Beach Boys for a tour in the early months of 1965 and had been invited to join the group permanently, but preferred to pursue a solo career.
The Gemini 4 crew of Jim McDivitt and Ed White splashed down after a mission of 97 hours and 58 minutes, and 62 orbits of Earth.
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.
The American Football League voted to expand by two teams for the 1966 season, increasing the total number of teams to 10.
40 years ago
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Piange il telefono--Domenico Modugno (7th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Swing Your Daddy--Jim Gilstrap (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Whispering Grass--Windsor Davies and Don Estelle
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Before the Next Teardrop Falls--Freddy Fender
2 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
3 Sister Golden Hair--America
4 How Long--Ace
5 When Will I Be Loved--Linda Ronstadt
6 Bad Time--Grand Funk
7 Old Days--Chicago
8 Love Won't Let Me Wait--Major Harris
9 Shining Star--Earth, Wind & Fire
10 Wildfire--Michael Murphey
Singles entering the chart were I Don't Know Why by the Rolling Stones (#80); Feelin' That Glow by Roberta Flack (#82); Burnin' Thing by Mac Davis (#85); Rag Doll by Sammy Johns (#86); Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith (#87); Make the World Go Away by Donny and Marie Osmond (#88); Sexy by MFSB (#94); Got to Get You Into My Life by Blood, Sweat & Tears (#97); Saturday Night Special by Lynyrd Skynyrd (#98); Reconsider Me by Narvel Felts (#99); and Funny How Love Can Be by First Class (#100).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Hey You--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
2 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
3 How Long--Ace
4 He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)--Tony Orlando and Dawn
5 Bad Time--Grand Funk
6 Only Yesterday--Carpenters
7 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)--Charity Brown
8 Only Women--Alice Cooper
9 The Immigrant--Neil Sedaka
10 Before the Next Teardrop Falls--Freddy Fender
Singles entering the chart were Christina by Terry Jacks (#80); Down by the Henry Moore by Murray McLauchlan (#82); Oowatanite by April Wine (#89); Listen to What the Man Said by Wings (#90); Round and Round by Octavian (#93); Anytime (I'll Be There) by Frank Sinatra (#94); I Know What You Need by A Foot in Coldwater (#95); I'm Not in Love by 10 C.C. (#97); Please Mr. Please by Olivia Newton-John (#98); The Last Picasso by Neil Diamond (#99); and Sail on Sailor by the Beach Boys (#100).
Winnipeg's top 30 (CKRC)
1 Sister Golden Hair--America (2nd week at #1)
2 Bad Time--Grand Funk
3 Thank God I'm a Country Boy--John Denver
5 Pinball Wizard--Elton John (LP track)
6 Old Days--Chicago
7 I Don't Like to Sleep Alone--Paul Anka
8 Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me)--The Doobie Brothers
9 Hey You--Bachman-Turner Overdrive
10 How Long--Ace
11 Love Will Keep Us Together--The Captain & Tennille
12 Jackie Blue--The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
13 When Will I Be Loved--Linda Ronstadt
14 Killer Queen--Queen
15 Only Women--Alice Cooper
16 Wildfire--Michael Murphey
17 Only Yesterday--Carpenters
18 Hit the Road Jack--Stampeders
19 Listen to What the Man Said--Wings
20 Cum Hear the Band--April Wine
21 Sail on Sailor--The Beach Boys
22 He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)--Tony Orlando and Dawn
23 Shining Star--Earth, Wind & Fire
24 Stand by Me--John Lennon
25 Love Won't Let Me Wait--Major Harris
26 I'm Not in Love--10 C.C.
27 Don't Leave Me in the Morning--Odia Coates
28 Just Like Romeo and Juliet--Sha Na Na
29 (Let Me Down) Slow and Easy--Brutus
30 You Gotta Love--Matt Lucas
The Greek Parliament adopted a new constitution.
The inaugural Cricket World Cup, then known as the Prudence Cup, began in England.
Avatar, with Bill Shoemaker aboard, won the 107th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York.
The Cleveland Indians traded pitcher Blue Moon Odom and a player to be named later to the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Roric Harrison. Mr. Odom had been acquired in a trade with the Oakland Athletics on May 20, but had expressed dissatisfaction with being assigned to long relief duties with Cleveland. He was traded by the Indians three days after his only start in a Cleveland uniform, a 2-hit shutout of the Kansas City Royals for his first win of the season. In 3 games with Cleveland, Mr. Odom had a record of 1-0 with an earned run average of 2.61; his record thus far in 1975 was 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in 10 games. Mr. Harrison was 3-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 15 games with Atlanta in 1975, and was batting .200.
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): 19--Paul Hardcastle
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Live is Life--Opus (2nd week at #1)
Boston 111 @ Los Angeles Lakers 120 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored 36 points to lead the Lakers over the Celtics before 17,505 fans at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Robert Parish led Boston scorers with 26 points.
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Put 'Em Under Pressure--The Republic of Ireland Football Squad (2nd week at #1)
South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that he would lift the four-year-old state of emergency in three of the country’s four provinces. He made an exception in Natal, where more than 3,000 Negroes had been killed in three years of fighting between conservative and radical Zulu factions. Nelson Mandela praised the action, but urged western governments to maintain sanctions against South Africa.
The death toll for three days of fighting between ethnic Uzbeks and Kirghiz in the Soviet republic of Kirghizia was reported at 48.
France, West Germany, and Italy agreed to lift a ban on importation of British beef.
Universal Studios Florida theme park opened in Orlando.
Portland 106 @ Detroit 105 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Clyde Drexler made 2 free throws with 2 seconds left in overtime and Clifford Robinson blocked James Edwards' shot at the last second as the Trail Blazers upset the Pistons before 21,454 fans at the Palace at Auburn Hills, Michigan. Mr. Drexler led all scorers with 33 points, while Mr. Edwards and Bill Laimbeer led Detroit with 26 points each. Mr. Laimbeer scored 19 points in the last 17 minutes of regulation time, and tied a finals record with six 3-point field goals.
20 years ago
Bosnian Serbs freed another 111 United Nations peacekeepers who had been held hostage since late May. 232 of 370 hostages had now been freed.
Talks in Belgrade between Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robert Frasure ended without an agreement. The U.S. had been urging Serbia to pressure the Bosnian Serbs to reach a peace agreement with the Bosnian government, in exchange for which United Nations-imposed sanctions on Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) would be lifted.
The long-range Boeing 777 jetliner entered service with United Airlines.
Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker and two other people were indicted for conspiring to defraud the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the Small Business Administration. The charges were related to deals involving cable television companies.
Houston 120 Orlando 118 (OT) (Houston led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Hakeem Olajuwon tipped in Clyde Drexler's missed finger roll with 0.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Rockets their win over the Magic before 16,010 fans at Orlando Arena in the Magic's first game ever in the finals. Orlando had an opportunity to put the game away with 3 seconds remaining in regulation time, but Nick Anderson missed 4 straight free throws, and Houston's Kenny Smith made his finals record seventh 3-point field goal with 1.6 seconds left to tie the game 110-110. Mr. Olajuwon led all scorers with 31 points. Penny Hardaway and Shaquille O'Neal each scored 26 points for Orlando.
10 years ago
Saskatchewan (0-1) 14 @ Calgary (1-0) 18
“Unity Through Sport”: Organizing the first Canada Games in Québec in 1967 - By Normand Laplante Minus 33 degrees Celsius (wind chill: –52)! It was bone-chillingly cold when the competitions started at the first Canada Winter Games,...
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