Thursday, 13 August 2015

August 13, 2015

130 years ago

Kapeyakwaskonam (One Arrow) was sentenced to three years in jail for treason for his part in the North-West Rebellion.

The Canadian Pacific Railway bought the Montreal-to-Quebec line.

110 years ago

Japanese forces seized the Canadian ship Antiope, out of Victoria, as a carrier of contraband during the Russo-Japanese War.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Brudenell White, 63
. Australian military officer. Henry Gullett, 62; Geoffrey Street, 46; James Fairbairn, 43. Australian politicians. General White was Chief of General Staff from 1920-1923 and March 1940 until his death. Sir Henry (Minister in charge of Scientific and Industrial Research); Mr. Street (Minister for the Army and Repatriation); and Mr. Fairbairn (Minister for Air and Civil Aviation) were members of the cabinet of Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The were among six passengers and four crew members aboard a Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed Hudson II bomber that crashed near Canberra. There were no survivors.

German bombers launched an all-out attack on British Royal Air Force bases, but failed to put any out of commission because of heavy cloud cover.

The French Supreme Court of Justice opened at Riom to review evidence in secret for the purposes of indicting political criminals and determining who was responsible for France's defeat in the European war.

U.S. Senate Naval Committee Chairman David Walsh (Democrat--Massachusetts) said that any transfer of ships to the United Kingdom would be an act of war.

Politics and government
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill requiring all government agencies to report to the Bureau of the Budget.

Nobufumi Ito was appointed to the Japanese cabinet as Minister of Propaganda.

70 years ago

Chinese Communists broadcast charges that Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek was plotting a civil war in China.

The World Zionist Conference in London disclosed that the five-point program laid before the British government by the Jewish Agency in May included the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine and permission for the Agency to settle as many Jews as possible in Palestine and develop resources.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Price Administration established rules for determination of reconversion price ceilings on building materials, plant machinery, and rubber.

General manager Branch Rickey, corporate lawyer Walter O'Malley, and John Smith of the Charles Pfizer Chemical Company purchased 50% of the Brooklyn Dodgers stock from the estate of Charles Ebbets for $750,000. They now controlled 75% of the National League baseball club, having bought a 25% share a year earlier from the estate of Ed McKeever.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White--Les Baxter and his Orchestra; Perez Prado and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (4th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Jukebox--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (6th week at #1)
2 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
--Fats Domino
3 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
--Johnny Desmond
4 Hard to Get--Gisele MacKenzie
5 Learnin' the Blues--Frank Sinatra
6 A Blossom Fell--Nat "King" Cole
7 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
8 Unchained Melody--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
--Al Hibbler
--Roy Hamilton
9 Something's Gotta Give--The McGuire Sisters
--Sammy Davis, Jr.
10 Hummingbird--Les Paul and Mary Ford
--Frankie Laine
--The Chordettes

Singles entering the chart were The Man in the Raincoat by Marion Marlowe (#12, charting with the version by Priscilla Wright); Maybellene by Chuck Berry (#37); Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams (#38); and Pancho Lopez (Davy Crockett) by Lalo Guerrero (#41).

The Canso Causeway, linking Cape Breton Island to the Nova Scotia mainland, opened.

Hamilton (2-1) 22 @ Winnipeg (0-1) 20
Toronto (0-2) 18 @ Edmonton (2-0) 29

Nobby Wirkowski completed a touchdown pass to Lou Kusserow in the last minute of the game to give the Tiger-Cats their win over the Blue Bombers before 15,829 fans at Winnipeg Stadium.

Earl Lindley scored 2 touchdowns for the Eskimos as they beat the Argonauts at Clarke Stadium. Other Edmonton touchdowns were scored by Johnny Bright, Normie Kwong, and Rollie Miles.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Help!--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
2 Down in the Boondocks--Billy Joe Royal
3 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones
4 I'm Henry VIII, I Am--Herman's Hermits
5 Save Your Heart for Me--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
6 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me--Mel Carter
7 California Girls--The Beach Boys
8 Don't Just Stand There--Patty Duke
9 I'm a Fool--Dino, Desi and Billy
10 I Like it Like That--The Dave Clark Five
Pick hit of the week: Only Sixteen--Terry Black
New this week: I Got You Babe--Sonny and Cher
Love is Strange--The Everly Brothers
The Silence--Al Hirt
Ride Away--Roy Orbison
Nervous--Ian Whitcomb and Bluesville

Died on this date
Hayato Ikeda, 65
. Prime Minister of Japan, 1960-1964. Mr. Ikeda was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and held several cabinet posts before taking the leadership of the party and becoming Prime Minister. He developed laryngeal cancer and resigned after the end of the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Hamilton (2-0) 17 @ Toronto (0-2) 7
Saskatchewan (2-1) 34 @ Edmonton (0-3) 15

Neither team was able to mount much of an offense as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Argonauts before 27,190 fans at CNE Stadium.

Ron Lancaster threw 2 touchdown passes to Hugh Campbell and rushed for another TD of his own as the Roughriders beat the Eskimos before 14,297 fans at Clarke Stadium. It was a triumphant return to Edmonton for Saskatchewan head coach Eagle Keys, who had coached the Eskimos from 1959-1963. Jim Thomas and Bill Tobin scored Edmonton touchdowns. It was the first game in a Saskatchewan uniform for defensive end Ken Reed, who had been released by the Eskimos just prior to the start of the regular season after 2 seasons with the club.

Rich Beck pitched a 7-inning no-hitter to lead Columbus over Lynchburg 2-0 in the AA Southern League.

40 years ago

Hamilton (1-3) 7 @ Toronto (2-2) 27

Doyle Orange set a league record for a regular season game with 37 rushing attempts--amassing 175 yards--and rookie defensive back Steve Dennis set up 2 touchdowns with interceptions as the Argonauts beat the Tiger-Cats before a CNE Stadium crowd of 40,474--the largest ever to attend a CFL game to date.

The California Angels sold outfielder Tommy Harper to the Oakland Athletics. He was batting .239 with 3 home runs and 31 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases in 89 games with the Angels in 1975. To make room for Mr. Harper on the roster, the Athletics released pitcher Jim Perry, ending his 17-year major league career. Mr. Perry was 3-4 with an earned run average of 4.66 in 15 games with the Athletics since being acquired on May 20 in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. For the season, Mr. Perry was 4-10 with an ERA of 5.40 in 23 games. In a major league career that began with the Indians in 1959, Mr. Perry compiled a record of 215-174 with an ERA of 3.45 in 630 games.

Gary Matthews drew a base on balls with 2 out in the top of the 12th inning and scored on a double by Willie Montanez to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 win over the Montreal Expos before 14,148 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal in the Wednesday Expos Baseball telecast on CBC. The game was scoreless until the Giants scored 3 runs in the top of the 11th inning, only to have the Expos reply with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning, the last 2 coming on a triple by Pete Mackanin with 1 out. Charlie Williams, who had relieved starting pitcher John Montefusco and allowed the hit by Mr. Mackanin, then retired Barry Foote and Bob Bailey on ground outs to end the inning.

Bobby Tolan's 3-run home run climaxed a 5-run 8th inning as the San Diego Padres defeated the New York Mets 8-5 before 16,027 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.

Luis Melendez singled home Ted Sizemore with 2 out in the top of the 11th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros before 11,170 fans at the Astrodome. The Cardinals loaded the bases on 2 singles, a wild pitch, and a base on balls after the first 2 batters of the inning were retired. Bob Gibson pitched a perfect 11th inning for the Cardinals--striking out Doug Rader, Tommy Helms, and Jerry DaVanon--to earn his 2nd save of the season.

Jim Palmer pitched a 2-hitter to improve his record for the season to 18-7 as the Baltimore Orioles shut out the Kansas City Royals 3-0 before 12,983 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The Orioles scored all their runs in the 6th inning, the last 2 coming on a home run by Don Baylor. Marty Pattin started on the mound for Kansas City and allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. Bob McClure made his major league debut, pitching a scoreless 8th inning for the Royals despite committing a balk and allowing a base on balls.

Shortstop Gene Michael's throwing error on an attempted double play allowed pinch runner Cesat Tovar to score the winning run in the top of the 11th inning as the Texas Rangers edged the Detroit Tigers 6-5 before 10,263 fans at Tiger Stadium, handing the Tigers their 18th straight loss.

Rick Waits walked pinch hitter Pete Varney with 2 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians before 5,551 fans at White Sox Park.

Danny Thompson batted 3 for 4 with a home run, double, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in as the Minnesota Twins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 before 12,669 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Phil Roof's 2-run homer put the game away for Minnesota. Darrell Porter hit 2 solo home runs to account for the Milwaukee scoring.

Catfish Hunter pitched a 3-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Stan Bahnsen and improve his 1975 record to 16-11 as the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1 before 17,326 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mr. Bahnsen pitched an 8-hit complete game in defeat.

30 years ago

Three-year-old Jamie Gavin of Dublin became the world’s youngest recipient of a heart and lung transplant.

25 years ago

This blogger was one of those at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton to see Bob Dylan in concert. Sue Medley was the opening act.

Politics and government
Bloc Quebecois candidate Gilles Duceppe became the first candidate from a separatist party to be elected to Canada’s House of Commons when he won a federal by-election in the riding of Laurier- Ste. Marie, winning 16,818 votes to 4,802 for the Liberal candidate and 1,120 for the Progressive Conservative candidate. Mr. Duceppe joined seven other BQ members in the House of Commons, but they had all been elected as PCs or Liberals. BQ leader Lucien Bouchard said that the result showed that Quebeckers were serious about political sovereignty.

Former Ontario Member of the Provincial Parlaiament Michael Breaugh won a federal by-election in Oshawa for the New Democratic Party, taking 12,046 voted to 9,000 for Liberal candidate Cathy Flynn. Mr. Breaugh, who had been an MPP for the past 15 years, replaced Ed Broadbent, who had represented Ottawa in the Houose of Commons from 1968 and had led the federal NDP from 1975 until his retirement on February 1, 1990.

Under pressure from parliament, the Communist-dominated government of Armenia resigned.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wish You were Here--Rednex (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Wish You were Here--Rednex (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Mickey Mantle, 63
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Mantle was an outfielder and first baseman with the New York Yankees from 1951-1968, batting .298 with 536 home runs and 1,509 runs batted in in 2,401 games. He won the Triple Crown in 1956, and also led the American League in home runs in 1955, 1958, and 1960. Mr. Mantle played in 12 World Series, setting several career World Series records that still stand, including 18 home runs. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, his first year of eligibility. Mr. Mantle died of liver cancer as the result of a life of heavy drinking, but trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as his saviour shortly before his death.

Politics and government
The three-day conference sponsored by United We Stand, an organization founded by Texas billionaire Ross Perot, concluded in Dallas. The possible formation of another political party was a prime toopic of discussion. 10 declared candidates for the 1996 Repulican Party U.S. presidential nomination were present, with Pat Buchanan getting the most enthusiastic reception with a forceful speech attacking foreign aid, illegal immigration, affirmative action, and U.S. international trade policy. U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich (Republican--Georgia) headed a large congressional contingent at the conference. Addressing the conference, Mr. Perot called for campaign-finance and lobbying reforms; term limits for members of Congress; and adoption of a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He made no commitment concerning a run for president in 1996, and no consensus emerged among grassroots activists on forming a new party.

Edmonton (5-3) 17 @ Ottawa (2-5) 18

Wayne Lammle's 39-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining in regulation time gave the Rough Riders their win over the Eskimos before 20,012 fans at Frank Clair Stadium. The Rough Riders trailed 17-9 early in the 4th quarter, but backup quarterback Sammy Garza rushed 2 yards for a touchdown. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful, leaving the Rough Riders behind 17-15 before Mr. Garza produced the drive for the winning field goal. The game's other touchdown was scored in the 1st quarter on a 72-yard pass from starting quarterback Jay Macias to Kerry Brown. The Edmonton offense under quarterbacks Chris Vargas and Kerwin Bell failed to produce a touchdown, settling for 5 field goals by Sean Fleming.

10 years ago

Died on this date
David Lange, 63
. Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1984-1989. Mr. Lange joined the Labour Party in 1963 and became its leader in 1983, taking office as Prime Minister when Labour won the 1984 general election. Mr. Lange's time as Prime Minister was marked by free market economic reforms; designating New Zealand as a nuclear-free zone; and promotion of the abolition of the monarchy. Mr. Lange resigned as Prime Minister in August 1989 because of divisions within the Labour Party, but remained in the cabinet for another 15 months. He resigned from politics before the 1996 general election, and died after years of declining health.

Hamilton (0-7) 14 @ Winnipeg (2-6) 44

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