Wednesday, 26 August 2015

August 26, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jaqi Atugonza and Viktoriya!

90 years ago

In Toronto, Ted Rogers invented the alternating-current tube, allowing plug-in batteryless radios. The call letters of his new radio station, CFRB, stood for "Rogers Batteryless."

80 years ago

Zeke Bonura doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the 13th inning and then stole home in the bottom of the 15th to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-8 win over the New York Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader before 15,000 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Lou Gehrig hit 2 home runs for the Yankees, including one in the 15th inning that gave the Yankees an 8-7 lead. The Yankees won the second game 7-5 in a game that was called because of darkness after 7 innings.

75 years ago

A joint Soviet-Japanese communique announced the settlement of the Manchukuo-Outer Mongolian border dispute.

The U.S.-Canadian Joint Defense Board met in Ottawa, electing as co-chairmen new York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and Colonel O.M. Baggar.

Politics and government
Republican Party U.S. presidential candidate Wendell Willkie said that he would agree to a debate with Socialist Party candidate Norman Thomas if President Franklin D. Roosevelt would also appear.

Economics and finance
Japanese newspapers reported their government's demand for favourable tariffs and greater supplies of raw materials from the Netherlands East Indies.

Schools in three southern West Virginia counties were closed because of a polio outbreak that had already taken 10 lives.

Sports officials from the Western Hemisphere gathered in Buenos Aires to discuss the possible establishment of a Pan-American Olympiad.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Franz Werfel, 54
. Austrian writer. Mr. Werfel was a novelist, author, and playwright who was best known for the novels The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933) and The Song of Bernadette (1941). His works were banned by the Nazis, and he and his family fled to the United States in 1940, where he remained for the rest of his life.

The United States War Department said that for the present it would draft 50,000 men per month. U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur informed the Japanese that U.S. fleet units were moving into Sagami Bay, just south of Tokyo. Nationalist Chinese troops won the race with Communist troops to enter Shanghai and Nanking. The U.S.S.R. announced that Soviet troops had completed occupation of the 32-island Kuril chain, stretching from the northern tip of Japan to the Kamchatka peninsula in the sea of Okhotsk.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (5th week at #1)

Sarnia (0-1) 16 @ Kitchener-Waterloo (1-0) 25

Carl Totzke, Mr. Fry, and Billy Tonegusso scored touchdowns, with Bill Graham scoring a touchdown and 4 converts for the Dutchmen as they beat the Imperials before 3,500 fans in Kitchener. Mr. Glendenning, Andy Sokol, and Eric McKeever scored touchdowns for Sarnia. Quarterback Gino Cappelletti, playing his first game in Canada, converted one of the Sarnia TDs.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): I Got You Babe--Sonny and Cher

Ottawa (3-1) 31 @ Montreal (1-3) 13

Bo Scott scored 3 touchdowns and Whit Tucker scored another in the 4th quarter on a 76-yard pass from Russ Jackson as the Rough Riders defeated the Alouettes before 18,000 fans at Molson Stadium. J.W, Lockett scored 2 touchdowns for Montreal.

40 years ago

Politics and government
Negotiations to end the civil war between the Rhodesian government and the African National Council collapsed acrimoniously when Rhodesian President Ian Smith refused to grant amnesty to African nationalist leaders attending the talks.

Larry Holmes (16-0) won a 10-round decision over Charlie James (5-6-1) in a heavyweight bout at Honolulu International Center.

Calgary (3-3) 22 @ Winnipeg (4-2) 25

Bernie Ruoff kicked a 33-yard field goal with 1:48 remaining in the game to break a 22-22 tie and Chuck Ealey rushed for 82 yards--76 in the 2nd half--to lead the Blue Bombers in a comeback from a 21-9 3rd-quarter deficit to defeat the Stampeders before a capacity crowd of 25,210 at Winnipeg Stadium. Jim Washington rushed 16 times for 84 yards, and Richard Crump added 71 yards as the Blue Bombers amassed 237 yards rushing. The Stampeders rushed for 200 yards, led by Willie Burden's 30 carries for 171 yards. Mr. Ealey threw just 8 passes, completing 4 for 99 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown to Bob LaRose in the 3rd quarter to start the Winnipeg comeback. Mr. Crump rushed 7 yards for a TD later in the quarter to put the Blue Bombers ahead 22-21. Mr. Washington rushed 3 yards for the first Winnipeg touchdown with 53 seconds remaining in the 1st half. Mr. Burden rushed 1 yard for a touchdown to open the scoring in the 1st quarter, and Joe Pisarcik completed a 12-yard TD pass to Rick Galbos 1:21 into the 3rd quarter. Mr. Pisarcik completed just 10 of 25 passes for 113 yards, and threw 2 key interceptions. Brian Herosian made an interception at the Calgary 19-yard line to set up Mr. Crump's touchdown, and Bob Toogood intercepted at the Calgary 37 to set up Mr. Ruoff's game-winning field goal.

The Cleveland Indians claimed relief pitcher Bob Reynolds on waiers from the Detroit Tigers. Mr. Reynolds began the season with the Baltimore Orioles, posting a record of 0-1 with an earned run average of 9.00 in 7 games. He was traded to Detroit on May 29, and was 0-2 wit 3 saves and an ERA of 4.67 in 21 games with the Tigers.

Joe Morgan singled home Dave Concepcion and Pete Rose with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs before 19,045 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Reds were down to their last out with nobody on base when pinch hitter Terry Crowley singled to begin the rally, and Mr. Concepcion went in to run for him.

Thurman Munson batted 4 for 4 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in, and Roy White was 4 for 5 with 2 runs as the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 before 20,927 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Catfish Hunter pitched a 7-hit complete game victory to improve his 1975 record to 18-12, striking out 9 batters. Dave Bergman made his major leage debut, starting in right field for New York and batting 0 for 2, and making 1 putout in the field.

Dave Moates singled home Lenny Randle with 1 out in the 10th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers before 7,308 fans at Arlington Stadium. Gaylord Perry pitched a 9-hit complete game victory.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kareinaru Kake--Toshihiko Tahara

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Stu Clarke, 79
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Clarke was a shortstop with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1929-1930, batting .273 with 2 home runs and 23 runs batted in 61 games. His minor league career spanned at least the years 1924-1933.

Dick Wakefield, 64. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Wakefield was a left fielder with the Detroit Tigers (1941, 1943-1944, 1946-1949); New York Yankees (1950); and New York Giants (1952), batting .293 with 56 home runs and 315 runs batted in in 638 games, with all but the final 6 games being played with the Tigers. He batted .316 with 200 hits, including 38 doubles, in his rookie year of 1943, and batted .355 in 78 games in 1944. He then entered the U.S. Navy, and never played as well again.

Track and field
Zola Budd set a record for women in the 5,000-metre run at Crystal Palace in London with a time of 14 minutes, 48.07 seconds, 10 seconds faster than the old record.

The Atlanta Braves, losers of 12 of their last 13 games, fired manager Eddie Haas and replaced him with Bobby Wine. The Braves had a 50-71 record at the time of the firing, 5th in the National League West Division. Gerald Perry singled home Dale Murphy with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Braves a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 4,125 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Mr. Wine's first game as manager.

Juan Samuel singled home Tom Foley with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres before 25,736 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Greg Walker hit a home run off Bob Stanley with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox before 7,889 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

Dave Collins singled home pinch runner Steve Kiefer with an unearned run with 2 out in the bottom of the 15th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees before 42,118 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Eddie Murray had 3 of the Baltimore Orioles’ 7 home runs and drove in 9 runs as the Baltimore Orioles whipped the California Angels 17-3 before 25,805 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Dennis Martinez pitched 8 innings for the win, while John Candelaria gave up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss; he was relieved by Alan Fowlkes, who allowed 5 hits, 3 bases on balls, and 7 runs--all earned--in 3 innings in his second and last game as an Angel, and his 23rd and last major league game.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): U Can't Touch This/Dancin' Machine--MC Hammer (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (8th week at #1)

An explosion, probably caused by coal dust or methane gas, tore through a coal mine 90 miles west of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, killing more than 170 miners.

Greg Harris pitched 7 2/3 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Todd Stottlemyre as the Boston Red Sox edged the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 before 49,897 fans at SkyDome in Toronto to take the last 3 games, all by shutout, in their crucial four-game series. The only run came in the 8th inning when Tom Brunansky walked to lead off, advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Mr. Stottlemyre, and scored on a single by Jody Reed with 2 out. The Red Sox now led the Blue Jays by 4 games in the American League East Division pennant race.

Jesse Barfield drew a base on balls to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning and scored on a single by Steve Sax with 2 out to give the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 31,045 fans at Yankee Stadium.

Ron Gant hit a home run leading off the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game, and Greg Olson doubled home Francisco Cabrera with 2 out for the winning run, as the Atlanta Braves scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to offset 2 in the top half of the inning and defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 before 14,178 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kiss from a Rose--Seal

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Scatman's World--Scatman John (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Country House--Blur (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Kiss from a Rose--Seal

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
2 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
3 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
4 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
5 Waterfalls--TLC
6 Colors of the Wind--Vanessa Williams
7 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
8 He's Mine--MoKenStef
9 One More Chance/Stay with Me--Notorious B.I.G.
10 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson

Singles entering the chart were 1st of Tha Month by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (#59); Crazy Cool by Paula Abdul (#81); On the Down Low by Brian McKnight (#82); How High by Redman/Method Man (#84); Tell Me by Groove Theory (#86); Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something (#87); Keeper of the Flame by Martin Page (#89); Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop) by Scatman John (#90); and Not Enough by Van Halen (#92).

Toronto (2-7) 14 @ Baltimore (7-3) 41
Calgary (8-1) 37 @ Birmingham (5-4) 14
San Antonio (5-5) 26 @ Memphis (4-6) 6
Shreveport (4-6) 20 @ British Columbia (7-3) 19

Mike Pringle rushed for 166 yards and a touchdown as the Stallions beat the Argonauts before 27,853 fans at Memorial Stadium. The game was the last for Mike Faragalli as Toronto's head coach; before their next game, he was fired and replaced by Bob O'Billovich.

Jeff Garcia replaced the injured Doug Flutie at quarterback and passed for 445 yards and 2 touchdowns to Dave Sapunjis to lead the Stampeders over the Barracudas before 19,652 fans at Legion Field. Marvin Coleman scored another Calgary touchdown on an 83-yard punt return.

Troy Mills rushed 1 yard for a touchdown and Maurice Miller recovered a fumble by Memphis quarterback Rickey Foggie for a touchdown as the Texans beat the Mad Dogs before 16,223 fans at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The Pirates rallied from a 19-10 3rd-quarter deficit to upset the defending Grey Cup champion Lions before 24,535 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Billy Joe Tolliver completed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Walker to begin the comeback in the 3rd quarter; Bjorn Nittmo converted and kicked a 19-yard field goal--his second FG of the game--in the 4th quarter to provide the winning margin. The only B.C. touchdown came on a 75-yard rush by Cory Philpot in the 3rd quarter.

10 years ago

Winnipeg (3-7) 39 @ Hamilton (1-8) 41
Montreal (4-5) 26 @ Edmonton (6-3) 36

Ricky Ray completed 28 of 39 passes for 438 yards and touchdowns to Jason Tucker and Kwame Cavil, while rushing for a touchdown of his own, as the Eskimos beat the Alouettes before 44,624 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Tucker caught 9 passes for 217 yards. Ron McClendon rushed 9 times for 69 yards and a touchdown, and caught 6 passes for 50 yards. Mike Vilimek, Eric LaPointe, and Kerry Watkins each scored a touchdown for Montreal. It was the first CFL game for Edmonton kicker Hayden Epstein, who scored 10 points on 4 converts and 2 field goals.

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