Saturday, 5 September 2015

September 1, 2015

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Will and Donna Morrow!

300 years ago

Died on this date
Louis XIV, 76
. King of France, 1643-1715. Louis XIV, nicknamed the "Sun King," was 4 when he succeeded his father Louis XIII on the throne, and 17 when he began his personal rule upon the death of his chief minister, Cardinal Mazarin in 1661. At 72 years 110 days, Louis XIV's reign is the longest of any monarch of a major European country. Louis XIV died four days before his 77th birthday and was succeeded as king by his great-grandson Louis XV.

125 years ago


The Brooklyn Bridegrooms swept a tripleheader from the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 10-9, 3-2, and 8-4 at Washington Park in Brooklyn to extend the Alleghenys’ losing streak to 22 games. In the first game, the Bridegrooms led 10-0 with 2 out in the 9th inning, only to have the Alleghenys strike back with 9 runs. The game ended when Pittsburgh’s Doggie Miller hit a bases-loaded triple and was thrown out at home plate trying to stretch the hit into a game-tying home run.

110 years ago

Alberta and Saskatchewan, formerly party of the Northwest Territories, became the 8th and 9th provinces.

Politics and government
George H.V. Bulyea took office as the first Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta, and Amedee-Emmanuel Forget took office as the first Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers (6th week at #1)

60 years ago

At the movies
It's Always Fair Weather, directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen and starring Mr. Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, and Michael Kidd, opened in theatres.

50 years ago

Died on this date
Ivy Olson, 79
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Olson was a shortstop with the Cleveland Naps/Indians (1911-1914); Cincinnati Reds (1915); and Brooklyn Robins (1915-1924), batting .258 with 13 home runs and 446 runs batted in in 1,574 games. He led the National League in plate appearances (635); at bats (590); hits (164); and singles (140) in 1919. Mr. Olson played in the 1916 and 1920 World Series, batting .293.

The Pakistani Army commenced Operation Grand Slam against India.

The Houston Astros traded first baseman Frank Thomas to the Milwaukee Braves for a player to be named later. Mr. Thomas, who had been signed in July after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies, was batting .172 with 3 home runs and 9 runs batted in in 23 games with Houston. 10 days later, the Braves sent minor league player Mike Sinnerud to the Astros to complete the deal.

Catcher Billy Bryan drove in 3 runs with a home run and a single as the Kansas City Athletics edged the Cleveland Indians 4-3 before 3,466 fans at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. John O'Donogue allowed 8 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to get the win, improving his 1965 record to 8-17. Richie Scheinblum made his major league debut with the Indians, entering the game in the top of the 7th inning as a pinch runner for Jose Azcue and scoring a run.

With 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 12th inning, Andre Rodgers and Paul Schaal drew bases on balls, and Jose Cardenal singled home Mr. Rodgers for the winning run as the Los Angeles Angels edged the New York Yankees 7-6 before 11,411 fans at Dodger Stadium. The Angels, whose record for the season stood at 62-72, announced the next day that they were changing their name to the California Angels.

The Houston Astros and New York Mets split a twi-night doubleheader before 13,880 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. In the first game, Joe Christopher tripled in 2 runs in the 8th inning to help the Mets win 4-1, as Al Jackson pitched a 7-hit complete game to improve his 1965 record to 7-17. In the second game, Rusty Staub hit a 3-run homer in the 1st inning and Jim Gentile added 2 homers later in the game as the Astros won 8-5. Rob Gardner started on the mound for New York and took the loss in his major league debut, allowing 6 hits and 7 runs--5 earned--in 3 innings. He was lifted for pinch hitter Kevin Collins, also making his major league debut. Mr. Collins struck out but remained in the game at shortstop, batting 0 for 4 and making 2 assists in the field.

The Cincinnati Reds swept a twi-night doubleheader from the Milwaukee Braves 7-6 and 2-0 before 13,809 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati to move 1 percentage point ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League lead and drop the Braves 2 games behind. In the first game, Tommy Helms tripled homs Marty Keough with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game, and Tommy Harper singled him home with the winning run. Mr. Helms' triple was immediately preceded by a ground out by pinch hitter Lee May, making his major league debut. In the second game, Jim Maloney pitched a 5-hitter and struck out 12 batters to improve his record for the season to 17-6 as the Reds won 2-0, with Tony Perez's solo home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 2nd inning providing the winning run. Milwaukee starting pitcher Denny Lemaster allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 3+ innings to drop to 6-11. He was relieved by Phil Niekro after loading the bases to begin the 4th inning, but Mr. Niekro got out of the inning without allowing any further scoring. The sweep gave Cincinnati a record of 74-58 (.561), while Milwaukee dropped to 72-60.

The Pittsburgh Pirates swept a twi-night doubleheader from the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in 11 innings and 2-1 before 26,394 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. In the first game, Willie Stargell drew a base on balls with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 11th inning and scored the winning run on a double by Jim Pagliaroni. Joe Gibbon allowed just 3 hits and no runs in 6 innings in relief of starting pitcher Tommie Sisk to get the win over Sandy Koufax, who allowed 8 hits and 3 earned runs, striking out 10, in 10 2/3 innings as he dropped to 21-7 for the season. In the second game, Bill Virdon hit a home run to led off the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game and scored the winning run on an error by Los Angeles shortstop Maury Wills, as Vern Law pitched a 7-hit complete game to improve his 1965 record to 16-9, winning the pitchers' duel over Don Drysdale, who dropped to 18-12. The sweep moved the Pirates to within 2 1/2 games of the Reds and Dodgers for the National League lead. The Dodgers dropped to 75-59 (.560).

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Fox on the Run--Sweet (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Romance--Hiromi Iwasaki

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Melina--Camilo Sesto (2nd week at #1)

Toronto (2-5) 11 @ Hamilton (2-4) 20
Winnipeg (4-3) 23 @ Saskatchewan (5-2) 27
Edmonton (5-1) 35 @ Calgary (3-4) 31

Jerry Keeling threw touchdown passes to Lawrie Skolrood and Garney Henley in the 1st half as the Tiger-Cats beat the Argonauts before 27,104 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Al Charuk scored the only Toronto touchdown on a 46-yard pass from Mike Rae just 4:38 into the game.

Ron Lancaster completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Steve Mazurak with 1:18 remaining in the game to give the Roughriders their win over the Blue Bombers before 21,915 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. The Blue Bombers had taken the lead with 7:21 remaining on a 3-yard touchdown rush by Steve Beaird. The most exciting play of the game was a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown by Saskatchewan's Tom Campana in the 1st quarter. The Blue Bombers rushed for 200 yards, with Jim Washington carrying 12 times for 84 yards and Richard Crump 16 for 53.

Tom Wilkinson completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to John Konihowski with 2 seconds remaining in the game to give the Eskimos their win ove the Stampeders before a sellout crowd of 27,188 fans at McMahon Stadium. The Stampeders had taken the lead with 52 seconds left on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Joe Pisarcik to Rick Galbos, converted by Cyril McFall. Rudy Linterman's kickoff was conceded for a single 1 second later, giving Cagary a 31-28 lead. Bruce Lemmerman started at quarterback for Edmonton and completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to George McGowan 3:37 into the game. Mr. Wilkinson threw a 24-yard TD pass to Don Warrington 1:00 into the 4th quarter, and Leroy Moss, playing his first game of the season, rushed 4 yards for an Edmonton TD ini the 2nd quarter. Mr. McGowan caught 5 passes for 87 yards and played three quarters of the game at defensive back after an injury to Dick Dupuis. Mr. McGowan made an interception and returned it 10 yards. Mr. Galbos also scored a touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Mr. Pisarcik, and Glen Scolnik caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Calgary starting quarterback Karl Douglas. Calgary running back Willie Burden led all rushers with 93 yards on 16 carries, while Roy Bell led the Eskimos with 11 carries for 76 yards and Mr. Moss carried 9 times for 43.

Buffalo (2-2) 34 @ Cleveland (1-3) 20
Miami (3-1) 7 @ Minnesota (2-2) 20

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Into the Groove--Madonna (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Live is Life--Opus (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner (5th week at #1)

Calgary's top 10 (CKXL)
1 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
2 We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
3 St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
4 You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)--Dead or Alive
5 Invincible--Pat Benatar
6 Summer of '69--Bryan Adams
7 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
8 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
9 Crying Over You--Platinum Blonde
10 You're Only Human (Second Wind)--Billy Joel

Died on this date
Stefan Bellof, 27
. West German auto racing driver. Mr. Bellof was a Formula One and sportscar driver. He won the Drivers' Championship in the 1984 World Sportscar Championship, but was killed in a crash at the 1000 Kilometres of Spa sportscar event in Belgium.

A joint U. S.-French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic 560 miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

Winnipeg (6-2) 18 @ Saskatchewan (4-4) 10

Craig Ellis rushed 1 yard for a touchdown, converted by Dave Ridgway, to give the Roughriders a 7-4 lead with 1:14 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Winnipeg returner Ken Hailey fumbled the ensuing kickoff in the end zone, recovered, but made it only to the 1-yard line. Willard Reaves rushed for 4 yards on first down, and then quarterback Tom Clements shocked the 29,588 fans at Taylor Field in Regina with a 105-yard touchdown bomb to Jeff Boyd with 27 seconds remaining until halftime. Trevor Kennerd’s convert gave the Blue Bombers an 11-7 lead, which they were able to maintain through a touchdown-free second half. Winnipeg’s Bob Cameron averaged 55 yards on 9 punts and booted 2 singles, including 1 of 95 yards in the 4th quarter.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Epic--Faith No More (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Odoru Pompokolin--B.B. Queens (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Sotto Questo Sole--Francesco Baccini; Ladri di Biciclette

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Infinity--Guru Josh (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Soca Dance--Charles D. Lewis (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini--Bombalurina (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): If Wishes Came True--Sweet Sensation

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 If Wishes Came True--Sweet Sensation
2 Come Back to Me--Janet Jackson
3 Unskinny Bop--Poison
4 Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi
5 Release Me--Wilson Phillips
6 Do Me!--Bell Biv DeVoe
7 Epic--Faith No More
8 Have You Seen Her--M.C. Hammer
9 Vision of Love--Mariah Carey
10 Jerk-Out--The Time

Singles entering the chart were Praying for Time by George Michael (#40); Crazy by Boys (#50); Same Ol' Situation (S.O.S.) by Motley Crue (#60); Lies by En Vogue (#73); Second Chance by Tyler Collins (#75); Empty Beach by Tricia Leigh Fisher (#85); I'd Rather Go Blind by Sydney Youngblood (#90); and Won't Talk About It by Beats International (#92).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Vision of Love--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 Across the River--Bruce Hornsby
3 King of Wishful Thinking--Go West
4 Release Me--Wilson Phillips
5 Come Back to Me--Janet Jackson
6 Joey--Concrete Blonde
7 All the Lovers in the World--Gowan
8 Just Came Back--Colin James
9 Unskinny Bop--Poison
10 Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi

Singles entering the chart were I Don't Have the Heart by James Ingram (#65); Gypsy Woman by Santana (#77); Adios by Linda Ronstadt (#78); Heaven Give Me Words by Propaganda (#84); The Girl I Used to Know by Brother Beyond (#85); I'll Watch Over You by Mae Moore (#87); Love and Emotion by Stevie B (#89); This is the Right Time by Lisa Stansfield (#96); Georgia on My Mind by Michael Bolton (#98); Givin' it All We Got by Lorraine Bogato (#99); and Praying for Time by George Michael (#100).

The Canadian Armed Forces invaded the Mohawk reserve at Kanesatake to end the standoff at Oka, Quebec, while at Kanawake, the Armed Forces took control of the Mercier Bridge.

British Columbia (2-6-1) 43 @ Toronto (4-5) 68

The Argos outscored the Lions 32-7 in the 2nd quarter, and the teams combined for 50 points (27 by the Argos) in the 4th quarter of the highest-scoring game in CFL history. Toronto quarterback threw 2 touchdown passes to Darrell K. Smith and 1 to Jeff Boyd, while backup quarterback Rickey Foggie rushed for a touchdown and completed a touchdown pass to Andrew Murray in the game’s last minute. Argo coach Don Matthews called for a 2-point convert attempt to give his team 70 points, but the play was unsuccessful. Ed Berry scored a touchdown for the Argos on an interception return; Keith Castello scored an Argo touchdown on a fumble return; and Mike "Pinball" Clemons returned a punt 56 yards for another Argo major. Jay Christensen scored 22 points for the Lions on 3 touchdowns and 2 2-point converts. Mr. Christensen’s first touchdown came on a pass from Joe Paopao, while his other scores came on passes from Doug Flutie, who threw a touchdown pass to Emanuel Tolbert in the 3rd quarter and completed a pass to Larry Willis for a touchdown on the game’s final play. The first quarter ended with Toronto leading 6-3, giving little hint of what was to come. 31,003 witnessed the fun at SkyDome.

Saskatchewan (1-0) 17 @ Alberta (0-1) 2

Mike Greenwell hit an inside-the-park grand slam as part of a 7-run 5th inning and added 2 doubles as the Boston Red Sox whipped the New York Yankees 15-1 before 34,482 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Ellis Burks hit 2 home runs and Tom Brunansky another for Boston. New York starting pitcher Andy Hawkins lasted just 1/3 inning, allowing 5 hits and 5 earned runs.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Boom Boom Boom--The Outhere Brothers

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Det vackraste--Cecilia Vennersten (5th week at #1)

This blogger was in attendance as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra continued its annual series of Labour Day weekend concerts at Hawrelak Park.

Paul Bernardo was found guilty in Toronto of first-degree murder in the sex-slayings of Ontario schoolgirls Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French; he was also guilty of seven other charges, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that 249,000 jobs had been added to business payrolls in August, while the unemployment rate decreased from 5.7%-5.6%. The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had declined 0.2% in July after a slight increase in June.

Birmingham (6-4) 56 @ Ottawa (2-8) 46

The Barracudas scored 34 points in the 4th quarter to defeat the Rough Riders before 20,062 fans at Frank Clair Stadium. Birmingham quarterback Matt Dunigan rushed for 3 touchdowns and threw TD passes to Jason Phillips and Keith Woodside. Mr. Woodside also rushed 62 yards for a touchdown, and defensive end Mark Ledbetter scored a Birmingham TD on a 22-yard return of a fumble by Ottawa quarterback Sammy Garza. Mr. Garza threw 4 touchdown passes--2 each to Odessa Turner and Ray Alexander. Mr. Garza also rushed for a touchdown and completed a 2-point convert pass to Jay Christensen.

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