Thursday, 2 July 2015

July 2, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Lisa Stoufer!

130 years ago

Cree chief Big Bear surrendered to the North West Mounted Police on an island in the Saskatchewan River near Fort Carlton, Northwest Territories (in present-day Saskatchewan), ending the North-West Rebellion.

125 years ago

The United States Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act, aimed at restricting the concentration of economic power in large corporations. The act authorized the federal government to institute proceedings against trusts in order to dissolve them.

100 years ago

Died on this date
Porfirio Díaz, 84
. 29th President of Mexico, 1876; 1877-1880; 1884-1911. General Diaz seized power in a coup, and he and his allies ruled Mexico until the revolution of 1910, which resulted in his ouster. He fled to France, and died in exile.

90 years ago

Harry Wills (64-6-3) knocked out Charlie Weinert (35-8-1) in the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout at the Polo Grounds in New York.

75 years ago

The British Blue Star liner SS Arandora Star, en route to St. John's, Newfoundland with Italian and German internees and German prisoners of war who were to be sent to Canadian internment camps, was sunk by German submarine U-47 75 miles off the coast of Ireland. 805 people were killed, while 868 survivors were rescued by the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer HMCS St. Laurent. Two shiploads of American citizens and British women and children were evacuated from Hong Kong. The British government of Prime Minister Winston Churchil notified Pope Pius XII that as fas as possible, U.K. forces would not bomb or shell Rome.

Indian independence agitator Mohandas K. Gandhi appealed to all Britons to cease hostilities with Germany and settle their differences with non-violent methods.

Indian independence activist Subhas Chandra Bose was arrested and detained in Calcutta.

A new Cuban constitution was promulgated.

In the first preliminary report of the 1940 Census, the cities of Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and St. Louis showed declines in population since 1930.

Politics and government
Wendell Willkie, 1940 Republican Party nominee for President of the United States, appointed a 12-man campaign advisor committee headed by Minnesota Governor Harold Stassen, and instructed them not to accept corporate contributions.

Economics and finance
The United States Congress passed a bill authorizing President Franklin D. Roosevelt to impose controls on exports of all vital materials.

The Lake Washington Floating Bridge opened to traffic at Seattle; the $8-million bridge was the largest floating structure yet built.

All intercollegiate sports in Canada were halted for the duration of World War II in order to further military training.

70 years ago

Nearly 600 U.S. Superfortresses--the largest number ever sent aloft--bombed Kure, Shimonoseki, and Ube on the Japanese island of Honshu, and Kumamoto on Kyushu.

U.S. President Harry Truman presented the United Nations Charter to the Senate, urging rapid ratification.

The U.S.S.R. notified the French Foreign Ministry that it wished to participate in the international conference that would consider the provisional status of the port of Tangier.

Politics and government
The United States Senate confirmed James F. Byrnes as Secretary of State.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Melody of Love--The Four Aces; Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Unchained Melody--Al Hibbler (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--10th week at #1; Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Unchained Melody--Les Baxter and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)
--Al Hibbler
--Roy Hamilton
2 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
3 Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White--Perez Prado and his Orchestra
--Alan Dale
4 Something's Gotta Give--The McGuire Sisters
--Sammy Davis, Jr.
5 A Blossom Fell--Nat "King" Cole
6 Learnin' the Blues--Frank Sinatra
7 Honey-Babe--Art Mooney and his Orchestra
8 The Ballad of Davy Crockett--Bill Hayes
--Fess Parker
--Tennessee Ernie Ford
9 Dance with Me Henry (Wallflower)--Georgia Gibbs
10 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie--Somethin' Smith and the Redheads

Singles entering the chart were The Banjo's Back in Town by Teresa Brewer (#43); (The Song of) Daniel Boone (The Daddy of Them All) by Loren Becker with Enoch Light and his Orchestra (#48); and Duvid Crockett (The Ballad of Davy Crockett) by Mickey Katz and his Orchestra (#49). Duvid Crockett (The Ballad of Davy Crockett) was spoof of The Ballad of Davy Crockett.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 I'm Henry VIII, I Am--Herman's Hermits
2 Wonderful World--Herman's Hermits
3 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones
4 Crying in the Chapel--Elvis Presley
5 Mr. Tambourine Man--The Byrds
6 Cara, Mia--Jay & the Americans
7 Here Comes the Night--Them
8 (Such An) Easy Question--Elvis Presley
9 What's New Pussycat?--Tom Jones
10 Help Me, Rhonda--The Beach Boys
Pick hit of the week: On My Word--Cliff Richard
New this week: Donna--Bobby Curtola
I'll Never Get Over You--The Everly Brothers
What the World Needs Now is Love--Jackie DeShannon
It's Gonna Be Fine--Glenn Yarbrough
Lazy Harry's--The Brothers Four
Trains and Boats and Planes--Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas

The Beatles continued their European tour with a concert at Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid.

The United States launched the weather satellite TIROS 10.

Edmonton Eskimos' intrasquad game @ Clarke Stadium
Green 52 Gold 27

Tommy-Joe Coffey scored 4 touchdowns for Green, with Bill Tobin, Jim Thomas, and E.A. Sims scoring the other Green TDs. Bill Mitchell kicked 5 converts, a field goal, and 2 singles for Green. Clarence Kachman, Norm Thomas, Larry Ferguson, and Bill Redell scored Gold touchdowns. Mr. Coffey, kicking for Gold, added 3 converts.

40 years ago

Died on this date
James Robertson Justice, 68
. U.K. actor. Mr. Justice was a character actor who was known for supporting roles in movies such as Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N. (1951); Doctor in the House (1954); Moby Dick (1956); Doctor at Large (1957); Doctor in Love (1960); Murder, She Said (1961); and Doctor in Distress (1963).

World events
The World Conference on International Women's Year closed in Mexico City after two weeks. Delegates from 113 countries adopted a plan to promote equal rights and greater participation in national development.

United States Senators met Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev during a four-day visit to the U.S.S.R.

Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam dismissed Deputy Prime Minister James Cairns for alleged overseas loan irregularities.

Toronto (1-0) 18 @ Hamilton (0-1) 17
Montreal (1-0) 19 @ Calgary (0-1) 18

30 years ago

Joe Niekro of the Houston Astros earned his 200th career major league victory as the Astros edged the San Diego Padres 3-2 before 36,138 fans at San Dieg-Jack Murphy Stadium.

25 years ago

Politics and government
The East German government agreed to all-German elections to be held in December.

The 28th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union opened in Moscow, with "conservatives" concerned about a draft platform that did not refer directly to Marxism-Leninism, and supported the right to "earned private property" and the "interests and requirements of the individual." Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addressed the congress and admitted that the party’s leadership had made mistakes, but that his program of restructuring was the nation’s only hope. Mr. Gorbachev reaffirmed the need for a regulated market economy.

Imelda Marcos, widow of former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, was found not guilty of racketeering, fraud, and obstruction of justice in U.S. Federal Court in New York City. Her co-defendant, Saudi Arabian financier Adnan Khashoggi, was found not guilty of mail fraud and obstruction of justice. The prosecution alleged that Mrs. Marcos had stolen $200 million from the Philippines treasury, spending most of it on herself. Mr. Khashoggi was alleged to have helped her to buy office buildings in the U.S.A. The defense argued that Mrs. Marcos was unaware of any illegal activities on the part of her late husband. Jurors were reported to have found this argument persuasive, and some said they did not understand why the trial was being conducted in the United States.

Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers struck out 7 batters to give him a major league record 22 seasons with 100 or more strikeouts. Mr. Ryan had previously shared the record with Don Sutton. Mr. Ryan left the game after 8 innings with the Rangers and Boston Red Sox tied 2-2 before 35,096 fans at Fenway Park in Boston; he was relieved by Kenny Rogers, who promptly surrendered a home run by Boston shortstop Kevin Romine leading off the bottom of the 9th, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win. Mike Boddicker allowed 10 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game victory, striking out 9 and improving his record for the season to 11-3.

The Oakland Athletics edged the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 before 49,855 fans at SkyDome in Toronto, boosting the Blue Jay's home attendance for 1990 past the 2,000,000 mark faster than any team in major league baseball history.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)--Sin with Sebastian (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?--Bryan Adams

Died on this date
Lloyd MacPhail, 75
. Canadian politician. Mr. MacPhail, a Progressive Conservative, represented 2nd Queens in the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly from 1961-1985, and was leader of the provincial PC Party from July1-September 25, 1976. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island from 1985-1990.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Ernest Lehman, 89
. U.S. screenwriter. Mr. Lehman was nominated for Academy Awards for his screenplays for Sabrina (1954); North by Northwest (1959); West Side Story (1961); and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). He didn't win, but was awarded an honourary Oscar in 2001 "in appreciation of a body of varied and enduring work."

Prominent musicians performed Live 8 benefit concerts in 10 major cities throughout the world in an effort to persuade leaders of Western governments to tackle poverty in Africa.

Saskatchewan (2-0) 23 @ Hamilton (0-2) 21

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