100 years ago
Born on this date
Edmond O'Brien. U.S. actor. Mr. O'Brien won the Academy Award for his supporting performance in The Barefoot Contessa (1954). His other movies included White Heat (1949); D.O.A. (1950); The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962); and Seven Days in May (1964). He starred in the radio series Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar from 1950-1952. Mr. O'Brien died of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 69 on May 9, 1985.
Died on this date
Charles Boucher de Boucherville, 93. Canadian politician. Dr. Boucher de Boucherville, a physician and Conservative, was Premier of Quebec from 1874-1878 and 1891-1892, and represented Montarville, Quebec in the Senate from 1879-1915.
80 years ago
Died on this date
Huey Long, 42. U.S. politician. The man known as the "Kingfish," Mr. Long was Governor of Louisiana from 1928-1932 and United States Senator from 1932-1935. His populist policies included big spending on public works, educational institutions (e.g. Louisiana State University), and old-age pensions. He dubbed his program "Share Our Wealth," and sang a theme song called Every Man a King. Mr. Long was accused of dictatorial practices while Governor, and still controlled state politics while he was in the U.S. Senate. He was considered a likely challenger to President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Democratic party presidential nomination in 1936. Mr. Long died two days after being shot in the Louisiana state Capitol building. Dr. Carl Weiss, a physician whose father-in-law was a judge who had reportedly been gerrymandered out of his electoral district because of his opposition to Mr. Long, went to the Louisiana state Capitol building in Baton Rouge. Dr. Weiss had a gun in his coat, and shots were fired, most of them by Mr. Long's bodyguards, with 32 bullets going into or through Dr. Weiss. In the early 1990s the NBC television documentary program Unsolved Mysteries ran a segment on the incident, and the evidence indicated that the bullet that mortally wounded Mr. Long had been fired by one of his bodyguards, not by Dr. Weiss.
75 years ago
Physicist Albert Einstein, in a paper read before a conference of scientists, philosophers, and religious leaders in New York City, urged the development of a religion of good and the abandonment of a "personal God."
70 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: Colonel Warburton's Madness
At the movies
The House on 92nd Street, starring William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, and Signe Hasso, opened in theatres.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (8th week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (Best Seller--2nd week at #1; Disc Jockey--2nd week at #1); (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (Jukebox--7th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
2 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
3 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
4 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
5 Maybellene--Chuck Berry
6 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces
7 Wake the Town and Tell the People--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
8 Hard to Get--Gisele MacKenzie
9 Tina Marie--Perry Como
10 Autumn Leaves--Roger Williams
Singles entering the chart were Hawk-Eye by Frankie Laine (#32); Fairy Tale (#33)/Same Old Saturday Night (#36) by Frank Sinatra; Goodnight, Sweet Dreams by Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra (#42); Give Me Love by the McGuire Sisters (#48); and He by Al Hibbler (#50).
On television tonight
Gunsmoke, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Matt Gets It
This was the first episode of the series.
Toronto (1-2) 11 @ Montreal (2-1) 43
Ottawa (1-2) 12 @ Hamilton (2-1) 23
Calgary (2-4) 23 @ Saskatchewan (4-2) 24
Edmonton (5-0) 18 @ British Columbia (3-3) 13
Pat Abbruzzi rushed 20 times for 201 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Alouettes routed the Argonauts before 22,227 fans at Molson Stadium. Montreal set an IRFU record for a single game with a net total of 390 yards rushing.
Larry Isbell scored 2 touchdowns and Stan Williams added another as the Roughriders edged the Stampeders before 12,000 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Saskatchewan quarterback Frank Tripucka completed 17 of 23 passes for 285 yards. Calgary quarterback Don Klosterman completed 26 of 36 passes for 421 yards and touchdowns to Don Maselle, Baz Nagle, and Bill McKenna.
Earl Lindley rushed 74 yards for a touchdown, and Rollie Miles and Jackie Parker added TDs, all converted by Bob Dean, as the Eskimos defeated the Lions before 29,503 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, a record crowd for Canadian football. Ron Clinkscale and Don Bartosh scored B.C. touchdowns.
50 years ago
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Help!--The Beatles (6th week at #1)
2 Catch Us if You Can--The Dave Clark Five
3 Eve of Destruction--Barry McGuire
4 Houston--Dean Martin
5 Only Sixteen--Terry Black
6 You were on My Mind--We Five
7 Heart Full of Soul--The Yardbirds
8 I Got You Babe--Sonny and Cher
9 Ride Away--Roy Orbison
10 California Girls--The Beach Boys
Pick hit of the week: (It's a) Long Lonely Highway--Elvis Presley
New this week: Not the Lovin' Kind--Dino, Desi and Billy
My Town, My Guy, and Me--Lesley Gore
Out of the Sunshine--David Clayton-Thomas
I Knew You When--Billy Joe Royal
Died on this date
Father Divine. U.S. religious leader. Father Divine, born George Baker, founded the International Peace Mission Movement in the early 20th century. A Negro, Father Divine promoted racial equality, and attracted many white, as well as black, followers. He was heavily influenced by the positive-thinking movement known as New Thought, and was thus an early figure in the New Age Movement. Father Divine's main doctrine was that he was God, and the only true expression of God's spirit; he wasn't. Father Divine's age was uncertain, but he was believed to be in his late 80s at the time of his death.
Bobby Jordan, 42. U.S. actor. Mr. Jordan was one of the regular cast members of the Dead End Kids/East Side Kids/Bowery Boys movies in the 1930s and '40s. He died of cirrhosis of the liver after years of heavy drinking.
The single Will it Last Forever/Hang On (Just a Little Bit Longer) by Gene McDaniels was released on Liberty Records. It was Mr. MacDaniels' last single with Liberty after six years with the label.
Saskatchewan (4-3-1) 28 @ Toronto (0-7) 9
George Reed rushed 22 times for 167 yards and a touchdown to led the Roughriders over the Argonauts before 20,497 fans at CNE Stadium. Dick Aldridge ran 27 yards for the Toronto touchdown.
An infield single by Cookie Rojas with 2 out in the bottom of the 12th inning scored John Herrnstein with the winning run as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 before 16,333 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Ferguson Jenkins made his major league debut on the mound with the Phillies, relieving starter Jim Bunning with 2 out in the 8th inning. Mr. Jenkins allowed just 2 hits in 4 1/3 innings, and was the winning pitcher.
40 years ago
Died on this date
George Paget Thomson, 83. U.K. physicist. Sir George shared the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physics with Clinton Davisson of the United States"for their experimental discovery of the diffraction of electrons by crystals."
Lance Richbourg, 77. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Richbourg was a right fielder with the Philadelphia Phillies (1921); Washington Nationals (1924); Boston Braves (1927-1931); and Chicago Cubs (1932), batting .308 with 13 home runs and 247 runs batted in in 698 games. He played in various minor leagues from at least 1916-1938, with his best season probably being 1926, when he hit .346 with 38 doubles, 28 triples, and 3 home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association.
Cyprus peace talks in New York City between Greek and Turkish Cypriots adjourned after two days, with no progress reported.
Economics and finance
The United States Congress overrode President Gerald Ford's veto of a $7.9-billion education aid bill, but failed to override Mr. Ford's veto of a bill to continue price controls on domestic oil production for six months.
Calgary (3-5) 17 @ Saskatchewan (6-3) 31
George Reed carried 21 times for 78 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Roughriders over the Stampeders before 17,838 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Saskatchewan defensive back Jim Marshall clinched the victory with a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the game. Calgary quarterback Joe Pisarcik completed a 25 yard touchdown pass to Tom Forzani 6:19 into the game, and defensive back Larry Cates scored the other Calgary touchdown on a 37-yard interception return in the 2nd quarter.
Wayne Simpson allowed 8 hits but just 1 earned run in 6 innings to get his first major league win in two years as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 5-1 before 9,216 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal on the Wednesday Expos Baseball telecast on CBC. The win was the only one for Mr. Simpson in a Philadelphia uniform. Dave Cash and Greg Luzinski each drove in 2 runs for the Phillies. Losing pitcher Steve Renko allowed 8 hits and 3 earned runs in 7 innings, but batted 2 for 2 with a base on balls.
Pinch hitter Leron Lee doubled home Steve Yeager with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati reds before 27,432 fans at Dodger Stadium. Mr. Lee was batting for pitcher Burt Hooton, who allowed just 4 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game and improving his 1975 record to 16-9.
The New York Yankees scored all their runs in the first 3 innings as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 before 6,944 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Larry Gura alowed 11 hits, but just 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game victory. Lafayette Currence, the second of three Milwaukee pitchers, allowed 3 hits, 5 bases on balls, and 3 runs--all earned--in 3 2/3 innings in his 8th and last major league game.
Frank Tanana pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 9 batters to improve his record for the season to 15-7 as the California Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 before 3,233 fans at White Sox Park. Dan Briggs made his major league debut, entering the game in the 7th inning for California as a pinch runner for first baseman Bruce Bochte, and was promptly thrown out in an attempt to steal second base. Mr. Briggs remained in the game at first base and made 3 putouts and an error.
30 years ago
The Canadian cabinet of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney issued an Order-in-Council detailing the waters in the Arctic archipelago that Canada considered to be internal waters, and that Canada would take steps to strengthen her sovereignty in the Arctic, including more military surveillance flights.
The California Angels acquired veteran pitcher Don Sutton from the Oakland Athletics for 2 minor league players to be named later. Mr. Sutton had recorded a 13-8 record for Oakland in 1985.
Howard Johnson's grand slam climaxed a 5-run 1st inning as the New York Mets held on to edge the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 before 50,195 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.
25 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Tahroja paperilla--Eppu Normaali
West Germany and the U.S.S.R. agreed on principle on maintenance and repatriation of Soviet forces in East Germany. West Germany agreed to spend $8.2 billion to build 36,000 houses in the Soviet Union; cover continued cost of soldiers still stationed in East Germany; transport the soldiers home; and retrain them.
Four factions fighting for control of Cambodia agreed to accept a United Nations proposal to end their civil war. Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, they appointed a 12-member Supreme National Council that would run Cambodia until free elections could be held under UN supervision. The government named six members to the council, two each from the three rebel groups.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire, the largest church in Africa, was consecrated by Pope John Paul II.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wish You were Here--Rednex (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Wish You were Here--Rednex (9th week at #1)
At the movies
Angels & Insects, starring Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Patsy Kensit, received its premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. The Grass Harp, directed by Chris Matthau and co-starring his father Walter, also received its premiere screening at TIFF.
Jacques Villeneuve of Canada became the first Canadian driver to clinch the Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) season championship.
Shreveport (4-8) 21 @ Memphis (6-6) 22
Saskatchewan (3-8) 24 @ Winnipeg (4-7) 25
Bjorn Nittmo's 59-yard field goal attempt on the last play of regulation time was wide for a single point, enabling the Mad Dogs to edge the Pirates before 10,198 fans at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Shreveport led 17-6 in the 3rd quarter before Steve Bates blocked a Robbie Keen punt, and Danton Barto recovered in the Shreveport end zone for the only Memphis touchdown of the game. Nick Mystrom converted and kicked his third, fourth, and fifth field goals of the game to give Memphis the lead. Norman Bradford scored the only Shreveport touchdown on an 11-yard rush in the 2nd quarter.
Troy Westwood's 27-yard field goal late in the 4th quarter gave the Blue Bombers their win over the Roughriders before 24,698 fans at Winnipeg Stadium in a game in which all the scoring was done by the team with the favouring wind. Mr. Westwood scored the only touchdown of his 17-year CFL career in the 1st quarter on a 12-yard rush after taking a pitchout from holder Bob Cameron on a fake field goal attempt. The Blue Bombers led 15-0 after the 1st quarter, but the Roughriders came back with 24 straight points in the next 2 quarters, with Tom Burgess completing touchdown passes of 28 and 14 yards to Don Narcisse. Winnipeg quarterback Kevin McDougal climaxed a 98-yard drive with a 9-yard TD run in the 4th quarter. After Mr. Westwood's field goal gave Winnipeg the lead, Mr. Burgess fumbled, and Winnipeg defensive end Len Johnson recovered to end Saskatchewan's hopes.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 81. U.S. musician. Mr. Brown was a blues musician, playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, viola, harmonica, and drums in a career that spanned 60 years.
Charlie Williams, 61. U.S. baseball umpire. Mr. Williams worked in the National League from 1978-1999. He was the first Negro umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game--the fourth game of the 1993 World Series, which lasted 4 hours and 14 minutes as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Philadelphia Phillies 15-14. Mr. Williams retired from the major leagues in 2000 because of health problems, and died from diabetes and kidney failure. His death was sad news to this blogger, who met Mr. Williams when he was working in the Pacific Coast League in 1981, and found him to be a very friendly man.
Hamilton (2-9) 0 @ Toronto (7-4) 48
Saskatchewan (5-6) 19 @ Winnipeg (3-9) 17
The Hamilton offense made it into Toronto territory only once in the Tiger-Cats' humiliating shutout loss to the Argonauts at Rogers Centre.
Calgary (0-2) 20 @ Alberta (2-0) 34
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