Wednesday, 19 August 2015

August 19, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Bryan Hall!

100 years ago

Born on this date
Ring Lardner, Jr
. U.S. screenwriter. Mr. Lardner, the son of famed sportswriter Ring Lardner, won Academy Awards for his screenplays for Woman of the Year (1942) and MASH (1970). He joined the Communist Party in 1936 and was blacklisted by Hollywood studios from 1947-1965 as a member of the "Hollywood Ten." Mr. Lardner died on October 31, 2000 at the age of 85.

80 years ago

Nova Scotia had its warmest day on record, 101 F. (38.3 degrees Celsius). It was also Prince Edward Island's warmest day, at 102 F. (38.7 C.).

Hal Trosky’s grand slam was the big blow as the Cleveland Indians scored 6 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Washington Nationals 11-5 at League Park in Cleveland. Earl Averill also homered for the Indians.

75 years ago

Canada began national registration of all men between 14 and 60 years old. British forces evacuated British Somaliland, giving the Italians possession of a wedge from Eritrea in the north to Kenya in the south. More than 200 Japanese bombers attacked Chungking, inflicting heavy damage.

North American Aviation's B-25 Mitchell medium bomber made its first flight. A Gallup Poll indicated that 61% of Americans approved the proposal that the United States sell 50 destroyers to the United Kingdom.

Politics and government
American Federation of Labor President William Green endorsed the re-election of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a third term in office.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board increased its loans to member institutions by $15 billion, indicating an expanding economy.

Sam Snead edged Harold McSpaden to win the Canadian Open in Toronto.

Jimmie Foxx hit his 33rd home run of the season to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 16-7 before 7,830 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Mr. Foxx's homer was one of seven hit in the game. Cal Dorsett made his major league debut on the mound for Cleveland, pitching the 9th inning. He allowed a solo home run by Bobby Doerr and then retired the side on three straight ground outs.

70 years ago

The Japanese armistice commission arrived in Manila, headed by Lieutenant General Torashiro Kawabe. A rescue team of Americans parachuted into Manila found Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright and Marine Lieutenant Colonel James Devereux in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. The U.S.S.R. reported that Japan's Kwantung Army was virtually destroyed.

Chinese Communist General Chu Teh warned Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in a note to act quickly to avert the "grave threat" of civil war between the Communist and government forces in China.

World events
The Viet Minh took power in Hanoi amid the political confusion and power vacuum engulfing Vietnam.

Economics and finance
Dispatches from Moscow disclosed that the U.S.S.R. planned a new five-year plan for 1946-1950 to create a greater industrial base than existed before World War II.

The U.S. Committee for Economic Development estimated on the basis of an 18-month survey among maunfacturers in 20 leading industries that 54,448,000 workers would be employed by September 1946.

34 clergymen asked U.S. President Harry Truman to order the immediate discontinuation of atomic bomb production, and urged all nations to discontinue its use.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (4th week at #1)

In the northeastern United States, severe flooding caused by Hurricane Diane claimed 200 lives.

The Toronto Argonauts allowed quarterback Don Klosterman to join the Calgary Stampeders. Mr. Klosterman became expendable when the Argonauts found out that Tom Dublinksi would be able to play quarterback for them for the entire season.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Help!--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Larry Jacobus, 70
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Jacobus appeared in 5 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 1918, posting a record of 0-1 with an earned run average of 5.71. He began his professional career in 1915, and pitched in the minor leagues through 1927.

The Beatles continued their North American tour with two shows at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston.

A 20-month trial concluded with 17 Germans being found guilty of murders of Jews at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in Poland during World War II.

Eisaku Satō became the first post-World War II sitting Japanese Prime Minister to visit Okinawa Prefecture, which was then under U.S. military government.

Politics and government
Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, Ruler of Trengannu, was elected President of Malaysia, succeeding Raja of Perlis Sir Putra Ibin Al-Marhum Syed Hassan Jamallulail.

Jim Maloney, who had lost a no-hit bid against the New York Mets in the 11th inning on June 14, 1965, pitched a 10-inning no-hitter as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before 11,342 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago, with Leo Cardenas hitting a home run with 1 out in the top of the 10th inning to provide the scoring. Losing pitcher Larry Jackson allowed 9 hits and 1 earned run in pitching a complete game. In the second game, the Reds blew a 4-0 lead, as the Cubs scored 3 runs in the 8th and 2 in the 9th to win 5-4. Don Landrum ended the game with a 2-run homer off Billy McCool.

Lou Johnson hit a 2-run home run with 1 out in the 15th inning to break a 5-5 tie as the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 3 runs and beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 before 35,901 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Don Drysdale pitched the first 11 innings for Los Angeles, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs--4 earned, while hitting his 6th home run of the season and adding a single. Willie Mays hit his 35th homer of the season for San Francisco.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Mark Donohue, 38
. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Donohue won the Trans-Am championship in 1968 and 1969 and the Can-Am championship in 1973, but is perhaps best remembered for winning the 1972 Indianapolis 500. He was the first driver to have major success for owner Roger Penske. Mr. Donohue was racing in the Forumla One circuit when he died the day after suffering head injuries in a practice for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Economics and finance
Australian Treasurer Bill Hayden introduced an inflation-fighting budget.

Campaigners calling for the release of robber George Davis from Albany Prison on the Isle of Wight vandalized the pitch at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds. Mr. Davis had been given a 20-year sentence in 1974 for his part in an armed robbery.

Montreal (3-2) 35 @ Hamilton (1-4) 13

Johnny Rodgers caught 6 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown to help the Alouettes beat the Tiger-Cats before 22,850 fans, the smallest crowd at Ivor Wynne Stadium since the stadium's expansion in 1971.

Steve Rogers allowed 10 hits and 2 bases on balls, but still pitched a shutout as the Montreal Expos blanked the San Diego Padres 5-0 before 12,114 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal. The Expos scored 3 unearned runs in the 1st inning to provide Mr. Rogers with all the support he needed. The Padres loaded the bases with none out in the 7th inning, but Gene Locklear grounded into a 1-2-3 double play and Johnny Grubb struck out to end the inning.

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to overcome a 1-0 deficit and edge the Chicago Cubs 2-1 before 17,594 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Don Sutton allowed just 1 hit in 6 innings for Los Angeles before being relieved by Mike Marshall, who allowed 1 hit in 3 innings to get the win. Bill Bonham allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 8 innings in taking the loss.

Rob Belloir singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning and Dave May followed with a 2-run home run to end the game as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 before 4,470 fans at Atlanta Stadium.

Jerry Reuss pitched a 3-hitter and Richie Zisk and Al Oliver hit home runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the San Francisco Giants 4-0 before 22,609 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh in a game that was over in 1 hour 47 minutes.

All the runs were scored in the 1st inning as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 before 34,977 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Lynn McGlothern pitched a 4-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Gary Nolan. The game was played in 1 hour 56 minutes.

Del Unser and Wayne Garrett hit home runs, and Jon Matlack came within 1 out of a shutout as the New York Mets beat the Houston Astros 6-3 before 7,843 fans at the Astrodome. The Mets led 6-0 with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning before Cesar Cedeno hit a 2-run homer and Cliff Johnson followed with another homer. Skip Lockwood then relieved Mr. Matlack and walked Doug Rader and gave up a single to Ken Boswell before Jerry Koosman came in to retire Jose Cruz to end the game.

Jorge Orta singled home Nyls Nyman with 1 out in the top of the 11th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees before 12,738 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.

Bill Lee pitched a 4-hitter as the Boston Red Sox shut out the Kansas City Royals 5-0 before 19,505 fans at Royal Stadium.

Mickey Lolich pitched a 9-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Stan Bahnsen as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-1 before 5,016 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Mike Miley hit a home run leading off the bottom of the 15th inning to give the California Angels a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 8,525 fans at Anaheim Stadium.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kanashimi ni Sayonara--Anzen Chitai (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (3rd week at #1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): U Can't Touch This/Dancin' Machine--MC Hammer (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Lorne Webster, 80
. Canadian businessman. Mr. Webster formed Prenor Group, which had investments in insurance, trust services, real estate and investment services. He was an owner of the Globe & Mail newspaper in Toronto, andwas Chairman of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball club and Imperial Trust.

At Seiji Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, the Boston Symphony Orchestra performed Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, and Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. The orchestra was conducted by Leonard Bernstein, in what turned out to be his last performance. He suffered a coughing fit during the Beethoven performance, almost causing the concert to break down. Mr. Bernstein died on October 14, 1990 at the age of 72.

This blogger was on stage at Zaphod Beeblebrox on Rideau Street in downtown Ottawa with Dave Balfour and Dave Ward to join them at the conclusion of their set. We performed Handle With Care and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, and received a warm reception from the audience.

Edmonton (4-3) 24 @ Saskatchewan (3-4) 49

Kent Austin completed 24 of 39 passes for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns--2 to Ray Elgaard and the other to Jeff Fairholm--to led the Roughriders to victory before 24,109 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Mr. Austin also rushed 1 yard for a touchdown, and Dave Ridgway added 4 converts and 7 field goals. Keith Wright scored the first Edmonton touchdown on a pass from Tracy Ham, and Blake Marshall rushed 1 yard for an Eskimo score. backup quarterback Warren Jones completed his first CFL touchdown pass, a 6-yard play to Craig Ellis, with 1:24 remaining in the game. The Eskimos embarrassed themselves with 19 penalties for 112 yards and some unprofessional conduct, especially by linebacker Jeff Braswell.

The Montreal Expos edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 before 40,603 fans at Dodger Stadium despite giving up a home run to Dodger shortstop Jose Offerman, who led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a home run in his first major league at bat in his first major league game. Dennis Martinez allowed 7 hits in 8 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Ramon Martinez.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Insensitive--Jann Arden

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Dub-I-Dub--Me & My (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Scatman's World--Scatman John

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Country House--Blur (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Waterfalls--TLC (7th week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Waterfalls--TLC (7th week at #1)
2 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
3 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
4 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
5 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
6 Colors of the Wind--Vanessa Williams
7 Don't Take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days)--Monica
8 One More Chance/Stay with Me--Notorious B.I.G.
9 He's Mine--MoKenStef
10 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson

Singles entering the chart were Back for Good by Take That (#60); Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio featuring L.V. (#74); Pull Up to the Bumper by Patra (#87); Heaven by Solo (#90); and Brokenhearted by Brandy (#92). Gangsta's Paradise was from the movie Dangerous Minds (1995).

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (42-1) won by disqualification over Peter McNeeley (36-2) just 1:29 into their bout at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. It was Mr. Tyson's first fight in more than four years, and his first since being released from prison in March 1995 after serving three years for rape. It took him just 8 seconds to knock down Mr. McNeeley, and after another knockdown, Mr. McNeeley's manager, Vinnie Vecchione, stepped into the ring to stop his fighter from taking any more punishment, prompting the disqualification.

Baltimore (6-3) 16 @ Memphis (4-5) 13
San Antonio (4-5) 31 @ Hamilton (5-3) 35

Carlos Huerta kicked a 19-yard field goal with 8 minutes remaining in regulation time, and the Baltimore defense stopped the Memphis offense three straight times from the Baltimore 1-yard line late in the game as the Stallions edged the Mad Dogs before 20,012 fans at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Manny Hazard caught touchdown passes from Steve Taylor and Anthony Calvillo as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Texans before 20,520 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Mr. Hazard's second TD, on a 26-yard pass from Mr. Calvillo early in the 4th quarter, provided the winning margin. The biggest play for the Texans was a 105-yard touchdon pass from David Archer to Joe Kralik in the 2nd quarter.

10 years ago

The first-ever joint military exercise between Russia and China, Peace Mission 2005, began.

A Texas jury found pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. liable for the death of a man who'd taken the once-popular painkiller Vioxx. This blogger once took Vioxx for pain caused by plantar fascaitis; it took the pain away, but after three days, I became violently ill on Christmas Day and had to miss out on Christmas dinner.

A series of strong storms lashed southern Ontario, spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities. In Toronto, it is also dubbed the "Toronto Supercell."

Ottawa (5-4) 17 @ Winnipeg (3-6) 38
Hamilton (0-8) 15 @ British Columbia (8-0) 39

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