Born on this date
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100 years ago
Born on this date
Frank Arthur Calder. Canadian politician. Mr. Calder, a Nisga'a chief, was the first status Indian to be elected to any legislature in Canada. He represented the riding of Atlin in the British Columbia provincial legislature from 1949-1979. Mr. Calder was first elected as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), which became the New Democratic Party in 1961. Mr. Calder served in the cabinet of Premier Dave Barrett from 1972-1973, but was expelled from cabinet after being found in an embarrassing sexual situation. Mr. Calder crossed the floor to join the Social Credit Party in 1975, and was re-elected, but lost his seat by a single vote in the 1979 election. His most lasting impact came with Calder vs. Attorney General of British Columbia, a case which established that Aboriginal title exists in Canadian law. Mr. Calder died on November 4, 2006 at the age of 91.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Never Smile Again--Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers) (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Willard Hershberger, 30. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Hershberger, a backup catcher with the Cincinnati Reds, was hitting .309 and was seeing considerable playing time while starting catcher Ernie Lombardi was injured. On July 31 the Reds were leading the New York Giants 4-1 with 2 out in the 9th inning, and pitcher Bucky Walters got 2 strikes on each of the next 4 batters, but Harry Danning and Burgess Whitehead each hit home runs with a runner on base, and the Giants won 5-4. Mr. Hershberger, whose father had committed suicide in 1929, blamed himself for calling the wrong pitches. On August 3, the Reds were in Boston to play a doubleheader against the Bees. Mr. Hershberger was scheduled to play in the second game, but when he didn’t show up between games, Reds’ travelling secretary Gabe Paul placed a call to his room at the Copley Plaza Hotel. The call went unanswered, and Mr. Paul dispatched Dan Cohen, a friend of Mr. Hershberger’s, to the hotel to get him. Mr. Cohen found Mr. Hershberger slumped over the bathtub with his throat slashed. He was the only active major league player to commit suicide during the season. In 160 major league games from 1938-1940, Mr. Hershberger batted .316 with no home runs and 70 runs batted in.
Italian forces invaded British Somaliland.
Japan protested the arrest in London of two Japanese nationals on charges of threatening British national security.
Politics and government
After an all-day conference with Republican party leaders at Colorado Springs, Republican U.S. presidential candidate Wendell Willkie said that his campaign expenditures would be limited to $2.5 million-$3 million.
Lewin Borringer set an altitude record for gliders of 10,400 feet at Sun Valley, Idaho.
The Cincinnati Reds and Boston Bees split their doubleheader before 7,895 fans at National League Park in Boston. The Reds won the first game 3-1 as Paul Derringer pitched an 11-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Bill Posedel, who also went the distance in a game that was played in 1 hour and 33 minutes. Between games, the Reds were told by coach Hank Gowdy about Willard Hershberger's suicide, and the Braves scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning and won the second game 5-2 in 1 hour and 39 minutes.
70 years ago
An announcement from Nuremberg reported that the war crimes trials would start there on September 1, 1945. The U.S. 20th Air Force at Guam reported that a mine-planting operation, under way since March 27, had effectively blockaded shipping to and from Japan. Chinese troops captured Sinin in the province of Hunan and drove north toward Tungan.
Aboard the cruiser Augusta bound for the United States, U.S. President Harry Truman told reporters that he had made no secret agreements at the Potsdam Conference.
Former Vichy French leader Pierre Laval acknowledged at the treason trial of former Prime Minister Marshal Philippe Petain that in a June 22, 1942 radio broadcast to the French people he did say he "hoped for a German victory."
Politics and government
Brazilian War Minister Eurico Dutra resigned to seek the presidency.
The U.S. National War Labor Board turned over the Montgomery Ward case to Stabilization Director William Davis.
The Memphis (Tennessee) Board of Censors banned the movie Dead End (1937) because "it might influence boys to be gangsters."
60 years ago
Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson (23-3-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles (89-14-1) at War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York.
Calgary (0-1) 2 @ Hamilton (1-0) 39
14,000 fans were in attendance at Civic Stadium to see the Tiger-Cats rout the Stampeders.
40 years ago
Died on this date
Hank Reese, 65. U.S. football player. Mr. Reese played center and linebacker with the New York Giants (1933-1934) and Philadelphia Eagles (1935-1939) of the National Football League and New York Yanks of the American Football League (1940). He was a member of the Giants' NFL championship team in 1934, and added kicking to his duties when he was with the Eagles, scoring 39 points in 5 seasons.
Jack Molinas, 43. U.S. basketball player and criminal. Mr. Molinas was basketball's version of Hal Chase, the legendary baseball first baseman who was perfectly capable of playing the game straight and brilliantly, but who preferred to play it crookedly. Mr. Molinas was a forward with Columbia University, who set a team record for points in a game. Even then, he was betting on games involving his own team, and fixing games or deliberately missing shots in order to beat the point spread. In the 1953 National Basketball Association draft, he was selected in the first round, and fourth overall, by the Fort Wayne Pistons. He played 32 games with the Pistons, scoring 350 points (11.6 per game) before being banned for betting on games. Mr. Molinas was the key figure in fixing U.S. college basketball games in the late 1950s and early '60s, and served five years in prison after the scandal broke in 1961. He continued to engage in shady activities, and was shot to death while standing on the back deck of his Hollywood, California house in what apparently was a mob hit.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Gerald Ford granted Romania most-favored-nation trade status as he met with Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in Bucharest.
Paul Splittorff pitched a 1-hitter and retired the last 26 batters he faced as the Kansas City Royals shut out the Oakland Athletics 5-0 before a Royals Stadium crowd of 26,833, including this blogger and his parents.
Denny Doyle, Rick Burleson, and Cecil Cooper hit home runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 before 23,575 fans at Fenway Park in Boston in a game that was played in 1 hour and 56 minutes.
The New York Yankees scored 7 runs in the 5th inning as they routed the Cleveland Indians 12-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 21,083 fans at Shea Stadium in New York, with George Medich pitching a 4-hit complete game victory. Rico Carty batted 4 for 4 with a home run, 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in as the Indians won 3-2.
Jim Slaton pitched a 3-hitter with no walks and 7 strikeouts, while Bobby Mitchell batted 3 for 3 with a home run and a stolen base as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 before 11,319 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
The Minnesota Twins swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox 7-4 and 12-9 before 14,782 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Eric Soderholm batted in 4 runs--3 on a home run--for the Twins in the opener, while Dan Ford and Tony Oliva each added 3 hits. The Twins scored 8 runs in the 3rd inning of the second game to take a 10-1 lead, and withstood a 5-run 6th-inning rally by the White Sox. Mr. Ford had 2 hits and 4 runs batted in for Minnesota, while Rod Carew added 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Deron Johnson hit a home run and 2 doubles for Chicago. Bill Campbell, normally a reliever, started on the mound for Minnesota and allowed 9 hits, 6 bases on balls, and 8 runs--all earned--in 5 2/3 innings, but was still credited with the win. Pete Vuckovich made his major league debut as Chicago's starting pitcher, allowing 7 hits and 7 runs--all earned--in 2 1/3 innings in taking the loss.
The California Angels led the Texas Rangers 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings before 9,745 fans at Arlington Stadium, but starting pitcher Nolan Ryan left the game with an injury after allowing the first 2 batters of the 6th inning to reach base, and the Angels needed to score 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to break a 4-4 tie and win 6-4.
Mike Schmidt hit his 21st home run of the season to tie the score in the 8th inning and doubled and scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a single by Tommy Hutton as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Montreal Expos 5-4 before 15,126 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal.
Duffy Dyer hit a home run off Bob Apodaca to lead off the bottom of the 15th inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 win over the New York Mets in the first game of a doubleheader before 30,070 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Tom Seaver pitched the first 10 innings for New York, allowing 9 hits and 4 runs--3 earned. John Candelaria pitched an 8-hit complete game and had 2 hits of his own as the Pirates won the second game 5-2. Pittsburgh third baseman Richie Hebner batted 3 for 3 with a home run, double, 1 run, and 4 runs batted in. Losing pitcher Hank Webb singled in one New York run and scored the other.
The Chicago Cubs scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the first game of a doubleheader before 32,691 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Wille Davis drove in 4 runs and Reggie Smith 3 as each player hit a double and home run as the Cardinals won the second game 7-4.
The San Francisco Giants scored 5 runs in the first 2 innings and held on to defeat the Houston Astros 5-4 in the first game of a doubleheader before 12,450 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Astros overcame an early 4-0 deficit to win the second game 10-9, with Milt May driving in 5 runs with a home run and a triple.
Carl Morton pitched a 6-hit complete game victory as the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-1 before 8,850 fans at San Diego Stadium.
Pat Darcy and Rawly Eastwick combined for a 3-hitter as the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 before 51,667 fans at Dodger Stadium.
Roe Skidmore's solo home run in the top of the 11th inning gave the Iowa Oaks a 3-2 win over the Tulsa Oilers in an American Association game at Oiler Park. Dan Larson was the winning pitcher, with Chuck Sprinkle pitching a scoreless 11th inning to get the save. Ramon Perez had 3 hits and Art Gardner 2 for Iowa.
Tim Stoddard, the second of four pitchers used by the Knoxville White Sox of the AA Southern League in their game against the Jacksonville Suns, was credited with his first win as a professional when the White Sox won 5-3.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): A View to a Kill--Duran Duran (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Dancing in the Dark--Bruce Springsteen (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I'm on Fire--Bruce Springsteen (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)--Eurythmics
#1 single in the U.K.: Into the Groove--Madonna
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Shout--Tears for Fears
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Everytime You Go Away--Paul Young (2nd week at #1)
2 Shout--Tears for Fears
3 You Give Good Love--Whitney Houston
4 Raspberry Beret--Prince and the Revolution
5 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free--Sting
6 A View to a Kill--Duran Duran
7 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
8 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
9 Glory Days--Bruce Springsteen
10 Would I Lie to You?--Eurythmics
Singles entering the chart were There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) by Eurythmics (#71); I Got You Babe by UB40 with Chrissie Hynde (#83); Oh Sheila by Ready for the World (#84); Jesse by Julian Lennon (#85); Abadabadango by Kim Carnes (#86); It's Gettin' Late by the Beach Boys (#87); Tonight It's You by Cheap Trick (#88); In and Out of Love by Bon Jovi (#89); and Sweet, Sweet Baby (I'm Falling) by Lone Justice (#90).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Everytime You Go Away--Paul Young
2 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
3 19--Paul Hardcastle
4 You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)--Dead or Alive
5 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free--Sting
6 Walking On Sunshine--Katrina and the Waves
7 In My House--Mary Jane Girls
8 Walk of Life--Dire Straits
9 The Goonies 'R' Good Enough--Cyndi Lauper
10 Fresh--Kool & The Gang
Singles entering the chart were Do You Want Crying by Katrina and the Waves (#87); Shame by the Motels (#90); Mona with the Children by Doug Cameron (#95); and What Do I Know? by Saga (#96).
Saskatchewan (2-2) 30 @ Calgary (0-4) 17
Joe Paopao handed off to Craig Ellis for one touchdown and passed to Michael Elarms for another as the Roughriders overcame a 16-7 first-quarter deficit. Dave Ridgway converted both Saskatchewan touchdowns and added 4 field goals and 3 singles. Joe Barnes completed 2 touchdown passes to slotback Danny Barrett in the first quarter to give the Stampeders the lead, but the 16,089 fans at McMahon Stadium grew increasingly restless as Mr. Barnes had difficulty moving the team after that. J.T. Hay converted both Calgary touchdowns and added 3 singles.
25 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Verdammt, Ich Lieb' Dich--Matthias Reim (12th week at #1)
At the movies
Metropolitan, written and directed by Whit Stillman and starring Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, and Taylor Nichols, went into general release after previously being screened at various festivals.
Died on this date
Betty Amann, 85. German-born U.S. actress. Miss Amann appeared in movies such as The Kick-Off (1926); Asphalt (1929); The White Devil (1930); Rich and Strange (1931); and Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943).
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and U.S. Secretary of State James Baker issued a joint statement condemning the previous day’s invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. Iraqi forces were now massing along the Saudi Arabian border. The Arab League opposed the "aggression" against Kuwait, but the resolution was supported by only 14 of the league’s 21 members.
Economics and finance
The United States Labor department reported that the unemployment rate had increased in July from 5.2% to 5.5%. The largest monthly increase in four years was taken as a sign that the country might already be in a recession.
A weather station in Leicestershire recorded a temperature of 99 F (37.1 C), the highest temperature ever known in Britain.
Hamilton (1-3) 35 @ Calgary (3-0-1) 40
Danny Barrett threw touchdown passes to Eddie Brown and Brock Smith, and Keyvan Jenkins rushed 13 times for 112 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown, as the Stampeders came back from a 25-10 third-quarter deficit to defeat the Tiger-Cats before 23,687 fans at McMahon Stadium. Mark McLoughlin added 3 converts, 5 field goals, and 2 singles to complete the Calgary scoring. Hamilton quarterback Todd Dillon completed 27 of 42 passes for 360 yards and 4 touchdowns. Tiger-Cat touchdowns were scored by Wally Zatylny, Sam Loucks, Earl Winfield, and Derrick McAdoo. It was the only CFL game for Hamilton defensive lineman Lee Jones.
Sil Campusano singled with 2 out in the 9th inning to break up Doug Drabek’s bid for a no-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0 before 36,057 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
The New York Mets scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 before 38,087 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.
The Chicago Cubs scored 8 runs off starting pitcher Mark Gardner in 1+ innings and coasted to a 10-4 win over the Montreal Expos before 33,318 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Boston Red Sox scored 7 runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 14-5 win over the Detroit Tigers before 34,713 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Detroit stating and losing pitcher Jeff Robinson allowed all 7 batters he faced to score. Cecil Fielder hit his 34th home run of the season for Detroit.
The Baltimore Orioles scored 8 runs in the first 3 innings as they routed the Kansas City Royals 14-1 before 39,756 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Cal Ripken hit 2 home runs for the Orioles, including a 3-run homer to open the scoring in the 1st inning.
The New York Yankees scored 4 unearned runs--the last 3 coming on a home run by Mel Hall--in the bottom of the 8th inning and beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 before 27,945 fans at Yankee Stadium. The rally began with an error by Cleveland shortstop Felix Fermin after the first 2 New York batters made outs.
The Texas Rangers scored 7 runs in the 7th inning as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 before 23,728 fans at Arlington Stadium.
The Minnesota Twins scored 4 unearned runs in the top of the 13th inning to defeat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 before 13,818 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle.
The California Angels blew a 6-0 lead after 5 innings and lost 8-6 to the Oakland Athletics before 45,457 fans at Anaheim Stadium.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): One of Us--Pandora (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Ida Lupino, 77. U.K.-born U.S. actress and director. Miss Lupino appeared in movies such as The Light that Failed (1939) and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), but was perhaps better known as one of the first women to become successful as a director in Hollywood. She directed numerous television programs, and movies such as Outrage (1950); The Hitch-Hiker (1953); and The Bigamist (1953). The movies that Miss Lupino directed usually dealt with controversial topics such as unwanted pregnancy, rape, and bigamy--topics that major Hollywood studios preferred to avoid.
Hamilton (3-3) 20 @ Toronto (2-4) 16 (OT)
Birmingham (3-3) 23 @ British Columbia (5-1) 30 (OT)
Paul Osbaldiston's 2 field goals in the 1st half of overtime made the difference as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Argonauts before 19,174 fans at SkyDome. Hamilton quarterback Steve Taylor scored the game's only touchdown on an 11-yard rush in the 1st quarter. The TD was set up by a 55-yard kickoff return by Sam Rogers, who made the defensive play of the game late in the 4th quarter, stripping the ball from Toronto receiver Paul Masotti after a 65-yard gain, and recovering the fumble in the Hamilton end zone. Toronto kicker Wayne Lammle had a chance to win the game on the final play of regulation time, but his 42-yard field goal attempt was wide,and Hamilton's Lee Knight punted the ball out of the end zone.
Cory Philpot's 1-yard touchdown rush in the 1st half of overtime, converted by Lui Passaglia, held up as the winning score for the Lions as they defeated the Barracudas before 21,948 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. B.C. led 23-8 after 3 quarters, but Birmingham quarterback Matt Dunigan threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Grant and a 2-point convert pass to Jason Phillips before rushing 1 yard for his own TD, converted by Franco Grilla.
10 years ago
Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia.
Politics and government
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office as President of Iran.
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