Saturday, 12 September 2015

September 12, 2015

100 years ago

Born on this date
Billy Daniels
. U.S. singer. Mr. Daniels was best known for his recordings of the songs Diane (1941) and That Old Black Magic (1950) and for his television program The Billy Daniels Show (1952). He died on October 7, 1988 at the age of 73.

75 years ago

Cave paintings were discovered in Lascaux, France.

An explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, New Jersey killed 51 people and injures over 200.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Hajime Sugiyama, 65
. Japanese military officer. Field Marshal Sugiyama was chief of the Army General Staff and Minister of War in the Imperial Japanese Army from 1937-1944. He committed suicide by shooting himself in his office, although he was not on the list of Japanese officials to be tried by the Allies as war criminals. His wife committed suicide at their home the same day.

Allied Southeast Asia Chief Lord Louis Mountbatten accepted in Singapore the formal Japanese surrender of her southern armies from Lieutenant General Seishiro Itagaki. Nationalist Chinese troops completed the occupation of Canton, while the Chinese government took control of Shanghai.

World events
Allied Supreme Commander General Douglas MacArthur ordered the arrest of seven leaders of the Black Dragon Society in Japan, including Koki Hirota, Kingoro Hashimoto, and Taketora Ogata.

Politics and government
The U.S.S.R. established a civilian government for her occupation zone in Germany, with 11 departments functioning under Soviet "advisers." The departments had few initial tasks, but were intended to secure Soviet influence in the future government of a reunited Germany.

The United States House of Representatives passed a resolution to return the country to standard time effective September 30, 1945.

The Age of Jackson by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. was published by Little, Brown & Company.

60 years ago

Saskatchewan (4-3) 0 @ Winnipeg (1-5) 25
Calgary (2-5) 12 @ Edmonton (6-0) 24

Buddy Leake completed 13 of 24 passes for 267 yards and touchdowns of 45 yards to Leo Lewis and 62 yards to Bud Grant as the Blue Bombers defeated the Roughriders before 16,133 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. George Elliott and Billy Hooper scored the other Winnipeg touchdowns.

The Eskimos rushed for 269 yards in their win over the Stampeders before 17,000 fans at Clarke Stadium. Rollie Miles, Earl Lindley, and Bill Briggs scored Edmonton touchdowns, while Bob Dean added 3 converts and 2 field goals. Don Luft and Bob Meyers scored Calgary touchdowns.

50 years ago

Saskatchewan (5-3-1) 11 @ Montreal (1-5) 9

Jack Abendschan's 14-yard field goal late in the game gave the Roughriders the win over the Alouettes before 19,226 fans at Molson Stadium.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Paloma Blanca--George Baker Selection (5th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): S O S--ABBA

#1 single in Switzerland: Torneró--I Santo California (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Gene Ronzani, 66
. U.S. football player and coach. Mr. Ronzani was a halfback and quarterback with the Chicago Bears (1933-1938, 1944-1945), playing with their National Football League championship team in 1933. He was head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1950-1953, compiling a record of 14-31-1 before resigning with 2 games remaining in the 1953 season. Mr. Ronzani changed the Packers' colours from blue and gold to green and gold.

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, with tickets priced from $4.50-$7.50.

Kansas City (3-3) 9 @ Buffalo (3-3) 7
Washington (4-3) 24 @ Baltimore (2-4) 10

Junior World Series
Evansville Triplets (AA) @ Tidewater Tides (IL) (postponed, rain) (Evansville led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer (3rd week at #1)

At the movies
Reversal of Fortune, starring Jeremy Irons, Glenn Close, and Ron Silver, received its premiere screening at the Festival of Festivals in Toronto.

Died on this date
Jim Romano, 63
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Romano appeared in 3 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, posting a record of 0-0 with an earned run average of 5.68 in 6 1/3 innings. In a minor league career from 1947-1952, Mr. Romano was 48-50 with an ERA of 3.93.

Representatives of the U.S.S.R.; U.S.; U.K.; France; East Germany; and West Germany met in Moscow to sign the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany. The World War II allies pledged to "terminate their rights and responsibilities relating to Berlin and to Germany as a whole." The united Germany was thus granted full sovereignty over its internal and external affairs.

Politics and government
John Buchanan resigned as Premier of Nova Scotia to accept an appointment to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Mr. Buchanan was appointed in order to vote in favour of the Mulroney government's Goods and Services Tax. The appointment was heavily criticized not only as a patronage appointment, but because Mr. Buchanan's government was under investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police over allegations of corruption. Mr. Buchanan was replaced as interim Premier by Minister of Housing and Deputy Premier Roger Bacon.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board allowed a $565-million project in the Cohasset & Panukle fields south of Sable Island to go ahead, producing an estimated six million barrels.

Steve Adkins of the New York Yankees, making his major league debut with a start against the Texas Rangers, was pulled after 1 1/3 innings depite not giving up a hit. Mr. Adkins walked the first 3 batters to face him, but managed to retire the side in the 1st inning. After a fly ball out to begin the 2nd, he gave up 5 consecutive bases on balls before being pulled. Texas won the game 5-4 before 18,624 fans at Yankee Stadium.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Jeremy Brett, 61
. U.K. actor. Mr. Brett, born Peter Jeremy William Huggins, played a supporting role in the movie My Fair Lady (1964), but was best known for playing Sherlock Holmes in 41 adaptaions of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories for the Granada television network from 1984-1994. He died of heart failure.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that prices charged by manufacturers and farmers for finished goods had declined 0.1% in August.

10 years ago

Politics and government
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

Popular culture
Hong Kong Disneyland opened in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.

England defeated Australia 2-1 to win the Ashes cricket series for the first time since 1987.

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