Thursday, 27 August 2015

August 27, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Kiema!

150 years ago

Born on this date
Charles G. Dawes
. 30th Vice President of the United States, 1925-1929. Mr. Dawes, a Republican, was Vice President under President Calvin Coolidge. He was awarded a share of the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize "for the Dawes Plan for German reparations which was seen as having provided the economic underpinning of the Locarno Pact of 1925." Mr. Dawes was also an amateur composer of music, and his Melody in A Major (1912) became a popular instrumental piece, and became a popular hit song under the title It's All in the Game after lyrics were written by Carl Sigman in 1951. Mr. Dawes died on April 23, 1951 at the age of 85.

Died on this date
Thomas Chandler Haliburton, 68
. Nova Scotian author, judge and politician. Mr. Haliburton held political office in Nova Scotia and in England after moving there in 1896, but was best known for a series of humourous novels featuring the character Sam Slick, beginning with The Clockmaker (1936).

125 years ago

Born on this date
Man Ray
. U.S.born -French photographer and painter. Mr. Ray, born Emmanuel Radnitzky, was a major figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements. He died on November 18, 1976 at the age of 86.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Norman Foster Ramsey, Jr.
U.S. physicist. Dr. Ramsey was awarded a share of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the invention of the separated oscillatory fields method and its use in the hydrogen maser and other atomic clocks." He died on November 4, 2011 at the age of 96.

80 years ago

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox split a doubleheader before 20,000 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago, with the Yankees winning the opener 13-10 and the White Sox taking the second game 4-3. New York first baseman Lou Gehrig tied an American League record in the second game by drawing 5 bases on balls in as many plate appearances.

The St. Louis Browns swept a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals 10-6 and 11-1 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. In the first game, Bob Poser relieved starting pitcher Dick Coffman and allowed 8 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings to get the win, and also hit a single in 2 at bats. It was his only win, and his only hit, coming in his fifth and last major league game. Russ Van Atta pitched a 9-hit complete game victory in the second game, while losing pitcher Bobo Newsom also pitched a complete game despite allowing 9 hits, 12 bases on balls, and 11 earned runs.

75 years ago

Under a heavy cloud cover, German planes attacked London for the fifth straight night. Fighting between Romanians and Soviets and Romanians and Hungarians broke out in disputed border areas. French forces in the Chad area of Equatorial Africa declared their allegiance to General Charles de Gaulle.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill cabled U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt that the U.K. cabinet had agreed in principle to the proposed destroyers-for-bases deal. U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson informed Mr. Roosevelt that there was no constitutional requirement for congressional approval of the deal. The United States Congress approved President Roosevelt's plan to call up the National Guard for a year's training.

U.S. President Roosevelt authorized the transportation of refugee children in American vessels under a safe conduct pass by all the states named in the 1939 Neutrality Act.

Politics and government
Republican Party U.S. Presidential candidate Wendell Willkie rejected the support of Roman Catholic priest and radio commentator Father Charles Coughlin and his admirers because of their alleged religious and racial bigotry.

70 years ago

At the movies
The documentary The True Glory, a U.S.-U.K. co-production, opened in theatres in the United Kingdom.

The first U.S. troops to enter Japan began landing at Yatsugi airport near Yokohama after successful efforts by Emperor Hirohito's brother Prince Takamatsu to avert a threatened kamikaze attack on the occupation forces. The Philippines reported that American troops would occupy a part of Korea.

U.S. President Harry Truman told Congress that because of "elements of danger" in the Pacific, the need for 1.2 million servicemen in diorganized Europe, and the feeling that veterans should return home, the Selective Service should continue to draft men aged 18-25. The U.S. Navy sped up demobilization, planning now to discharge 2.9 million men in the next year and reducing enlisted personnel to about 500,000.

Two million people in New York City cheered French leader General Charles de Gaulle along a 62-mile tour of the city as he stressed U.S.-French unity.

World events
Former Norwegian dictator Vidkun Quisling, on trial in Oslo for treason, was revealed by a psychiatric examination to be sane.

Politics and government
Syrian Prime Minister Fayez al Khoury formed a new cabinet, using only member of the Liberal Party.

Colombia and Costa Rica abolished all forms of censorship.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Price Administration said that rent contol would remain in effect until June 30, 1946 and probably would be "a little tighter."

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (6th 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--8th week at #1; Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
--Johnny Desmond
2 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
--Fats Domino
3 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
4 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
--Rusty Draper
5 Hard to Get--Gisele MacKenzie
6 Maybellene--Chuck Berry
7 Learnin' the Blues--Frank Sinatra
8 Hummingbird--Les Paul and Mary Ford
--Frankie Laine
--The Chordettes
9 Wake the Town and Tell the People--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
--Mindy Carson
10 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie--Somethin' Smith and the Redheads

Singles entering the chart were Rusty Draper's version of Seventeen; I Want You to Be My Baby, with versions by Georgia Gibbs and Lillian Briggs (#36); Only You (And You Alone) by the Platters (#39); Ain'tcha-Cha Comin' Out T-Tonight? by Jo Stafford (#43); and Moments to Remember by the Four Lads (#47).

Saskatchewan (2-0) 29 @ Calgary (0-2) 12
British Columbia (1-1) 12 @ Edmonton (3-0) 29

Doug Killoh scored 2 touchdowns--one on a recovery of blocked kick and the other on a fumble return--as the Roughriders defeated the Stampeders before 13,400 fans at Mewata Stadium. Don Klosterman and Tom Dickerson shared Calgary quarterbacking duties; Mr. Klosterman rushed for one touchdown, and Mr. Dickerson passed to Bill McKenna for the other Calgary TD.

Normie Kwong scored 3 touchdowns, and Rollie Miles and Johnny Bright each added another, as the Eskimos beat the Lions before 17,500 fans at Clarke Stadium. Gil Bartosh and Frank Williams scored the B.C. touchdowns. For Mr. Williams, his touchdown was his second in as many games, and they turned out to be the only games he ever played with the Lions.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Help!--The Beatles (4th week at #1)
2 Down in the Boondocks--Billy Joe Royal
3 California Girls--The Beach Boys
4 Houston--Dean Martin
5 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me--Mel Carter
6 I'm a Fool--Dino, Desi and Billy
7 Nothing But Heartaches--The Supremes
8 Save Your Heart for Me--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
9 Take Me Back--Little Anthony and the Imperials
10 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones
Pick hit of the week: I Don't Want to Love You Baby--Chad & Jeremy
New this week: Kansas City Star--Roger Miller
I Live for the Sun--The Sunrays
Eve of Destruction--Barry McGuire
What Color (Is a Man)--Bobby Vinton
Man with Money--The Everly Brothers

Man with Money was the B-side of Love is Strange.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Alex Remneas, 89
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Remneas posted a 22-18 record with the Butte Miners of the Class D Union Assoication in 1911. He played for the Detroit Tigers on April 15, 1912, allowing 5 hits and 5 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings, and played 2 games for the St. Louis Browns in April 1915, allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run in 6 innings. Mr. Remneas' career major league record was 0-0 with an earned run average of 7.04.

Haile Selassie, 83. Emperor of Ethiopia, 1930-1974. Emperor Haile Selassie, born Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, was appointed Regent Plenipotentiary by Empress Zewditu in 1916, and succeeded her as head of state in 1930. Emperor Haile Selassie spent the years 1936-1941 in exile in England while Ethiopia was under Italian occupation. He was deposed by a military coup in September 1974, and spent the rest of his life imprisoned in the Grand Palace.

Jack Dennett, 59. Canadian sportscaster. A native of Calgary, Mr. Dennett worked at radio station CFAC in Calgary before moving on to Regina and Winnipeg, and finally Toronto, where he worked with Hockey Night in Canada on both radio and television, doing features between periods. He was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame a few weeks before his death from bowel cancer.

World events
The Governor of Portuguese Timor, Mário Lemos Pires, abandoned the capital city of Dili and fled to Atauro Island, leaving control to a rebel group.

Economics and finance
France and West Germany announced joint plans to stimulate their sagging economies and provide more jobs.

Toronto (2-4) 17 @ Montreal (4-2) 33
British Columbia (1-5) 10 @ Edmonton (4-1) 34

Jimmy Jones relieved Sonny Wade at quarterback in the 2nd quarter and engineered a comeback from a 10-5 deficit as the Alouettes defeated the Argonauts before 27,117 fans at Autostade. Mr. Jones completed 10 of 19 passes for 108 yards and a touchdown to Skip Eaman, and also rushed 4 times for 35 yards. Johnny Rodgers rushed 2 yards for a Montreal touchdown, while defensive end Mike Raines, playing his second CFL game, returned an interception 11 yards for the other Montreal TD. Toronto quarterback Mike Rae threw touchdown passes to Eric Allen and Doyle Orange.

Bruce Lemmerman completed 17 of 29 passes for 275 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown to Larry Highbaugh, as the Eskimos routed the Lions before a sellout crowd of 24,843 at Clarke Stadium in a game that ended several B.C. careers. Roy Bell and Calvin Harrell rushed for Edmonton touchdowns, and Dave Cutler added 4 field goals. Edmonton split end George McGowan caught 8 passes for 136 yards. Don Moorhead started at quarterback for the Lions, but suffered a career-ending knee injury in the 2nd quarter. He was relieved by Peter Liske, who passed 13 yards to Ross Clarkson for the only B.C. touchdown with 45 seconds remaining in the 1st half. Eric Guthrie also saw action at quarterback for B.C. It was the only CFL regular season game for B.C. defensive back Luther Howard, who had played in the 1974 Western Semi-Final. It was the last game for Eagle Keys as head coach of the Lions and for Jackie Parker as general manager; they were both fired two days later. Mr. Keys refused to shake hands with Edmonton head coach Ray Jauch after the game, upset with what he saw as an attempt to "run up" the score.

Bruce Miller drove in 4 runs with a single and triple, and John Montefusco pitched a 7-hit complete game victory as the San Francisco Giants beat the Montreal Expos 9-1 before 2,594 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Burt Hooton pitched a 3-hitter and singled in 2 runs in a 7-run 6th inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 before 20,753 fans at Dodger Stadium.

Tom Seaver pitched a 6 hitter, singled and walked and scored 2 runs in improving his 1975 record to 19-7 as the New York Mets shut out the San Diego Padres 7-0 before 8,524 fans at San Diego Stadium.

After Billy Williams singled to lead off the 9th inning, pinch runner Matt Alexander stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Thurman Munson, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Gene Tenace to give the Oakland Athletics a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees before 20,471 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Vida Blue allowed 7 hits and 2 runs--1 earned--in 8 1/3 innings to improve his record for the season to 17-10. With 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, Mr. Munson reached first base on an error by shortstop Ted Martinez, and pinch runner Rich Coggins advanced to second on a single by pinch hitter Rick Dempsey. Rollie Fingers then relieved Mr. Blue and struck out Bobby Bonds and retired Sandy Alomar on a fly ball to center field to end the game. Losing pitcher George Medich allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game.

Pinch hitter Tony Oliva singled home pinch runner Steve Brye with 1 out in the top of the 11th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 1-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 6,261 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Bert Blyleven pitched a 6-hitter, walking just 1 batter while striking out 13 to get the shutout.

The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians split a twi-night doubleheader before 9,297 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. In the first game, Claude Osteen allowed just 4 hits in 8+ innings before Goose Gossage allowed a hit but no runs as the White Sox won 2-0. Mr. Gossage entered the game after John Lowenstein singled to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning, and retired 2 batters before allowing a single by Rico Carty, but retired George Hendrick on a ground out to end the game. For Mr. Osteen, the win was the 196th and last of his major league career. Losing pitcher Jim Bibby allowed just 3 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game. Fritz Peterson pitched a 4-hitter as the Indians won 5-0 in a game that was played in 1 hour 59 minutes.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Johnny Lindell, 68
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Lindell was an outfielder and pitcher with the New York Yankees (1941-1950); St. Louis Cardinals (1950); Pittsburgh Pirates (1953); and Philadelphia Phillies (1953-1954), batting .273 with 72 home runs and 404 runs batted in in 854 games. His best season was 1944, when he hit .300 with 18 home runs and 103 RBIs, and led the American League in triples (16), extra base hits (67), and total bases (297). He played on World Series championship teams in 1943, 1947, and 1949, batting .500 in the 1947 World Series with 7 RBIs in 6 games. As a pitcher, Mr. Lindell was 8-18 with an earned run average of 4.47 in 55 games. He died of lung cancer three days before his 69th birthday.

The Toronto Blue Jays used 4 pitchers to shut out the Minnesota Twins 8-0 before 12,780 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. Steve Davis, who entered the game in the 2nd inning, was the winning pitcher. Toronto outfielder Jesse Barfield doubled off losing pitcher Frank Viola to set an American League record by recording an extra-base hit in 11 straight games.

25 years ago

Died on this date
Stevie Ray Vaughan, 35
. U.S. musician. Mr. Vaughan was a highly-regarded blues guitarist who had a successful recording career from 1983 until his death in a helicopter crash while on the way to Chicago after performing in East Try, Wisconsin.

The Canadian Armed Forces were ordered to use whatever force was necessary to end the standoff between Kanasetake Mohawks and Quebec police at Oka, Quebec.

The "Guinness Four," who had been accused in a conspiracy to drive up the price of shares of Guinness during a 1986 battle to take over the Distillers drinks company, were convicted by a British jury.

The baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers was delayed for 35 minutes when a huge swarm of gnats descended onto the field through the open roof of SkyDome in Toronto.

Toronto (3-5) 36 @ Edmonton (5-3) 56

Tracy Ham passed for 314 yards and touchdowns to Craig Ellis, Keith Wright, and Reggie Taylor, and rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eskimos’ attack. Blake Marhsall rushed for an Eskimo touchdown, backup quarterback Warren Jones completed a touchdown pass to rookie slotback Jordan Gaertner, and Henry "Gizmo" Williams returned a missed field goal 110 yards for the other Edmonton major score. Mr. Williams added 102 yards on 6 punt returns and 54 on 3 kickoff returns for a total of 266. Tom Porras started at quarterback for the Argos and threw touchdown passes to Paul Masotti and Darrell K. Smith, but backup Rickey Foggie, who entered the game late, was spectacular, completing 7 of 12 passes for 204 yards and touchdowns to Andrew Murray, Mr. Smith, and Jeff Boyd in the last 7 minutes of the game. Mr. Foggie picked on rookie defensive back Kevin Clark, whose 7-game career as an Eskimo ended with this game. The teams combined to score 3 converted touchdowns each in the 4th quarter before just 28,151 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Toronto running back Mike "Pinball" Clemons was held in check by the Edmonton defense, rushing 7 times for 8 yards and catching 3 passes for 18. Mr. Smith led all receivers with 187 yards on 8 receptions.

Once the gnats had been dealt with, the 49,892 fans at SkyDome saw the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the Blue Jays 6-2, with Ted Higuera pitching a 6-hit complete game victory.

Ellis Burks hit 2 home runs in the 8-run 4th inning and drove in 5 runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 12-4 before 10,411 fans at Cleveland Stadium.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wish You were Here--Rednex (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Wish You were Here--Rednex (7th week at #1)

Ottawa (2-8) 3 @ Edmonton (7-3) 63

Nick Mazzoli caught 3 touchdown passes, while Eric Blount and Michael Soles each scored 2 and C.J. Davis added another as the Eskimos routed the Rough Riders before 28,135 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Blount's touchdowns were his first in the CFL; his second came on a 51-yard rush in the 4th quarter and was the Eskimos' longest rushing play in 1995.

10 years ago

British Columbia (9-0) 19 @ Saskatchewan (3-6) 15

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