Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Cheryl Eli!
75 years ago
Died on this date
Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, 80. U.K. politician. Lord Lamington was Governor of Queensland from 1896-1901 and Governor of Bombay from 1903-1907.
Italian troops conquered the Egyptian town of Sidi Barrani.
The United States first adopted peacetime conscription when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act into law.
Politics and government
Rep. Sam Rayburn (Democrat--Texas), the longest-serving Speaker in the history of the United States House of Representatives, was first elected to the post. He served as Speaker from 1940-1947; 1949-1953; and 1955 until his death in office on November 16, 1961 at the age of 79.
Rookie Johnny Lucadello hit his only 2 home runs of the season, one from each side of the plate, as the St. Louis Browns whipped the New York Yankees 16-4 before 1,343 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Only Wally Schang in 1916 had hit home runs from both sides in a game in the AL before.
70 years ago
Died on this date
John McCormack, 61. Irish-born U.S. singer. Mr. McCormack was a tenor who was famous for performing both opera and popular music and was one of the world's best-selling recording artists in a career that spanned almost 40 years. Mr. McCormack died after several years of declining health.
British Royal Navy Admiral Sir Cecil Harcourt accepted the formal surrender of Hong Kong from Japan.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (8th week at #1)
Died on this date
Leo Amery, 81. Indian-born U.K. politician. Mr. Amery, a Conservative, was First Lord of the Admiralty (1922-1924); Secretary of State for the Colonies (1924-1929); and Secretary of State for India and Burma (1940-1945). He's perhaps best remembered for his speech in the House of Commons in May 1940 denouncing Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and demanding his resignation.
The military coup to unseat of Argentine President Juan Perón was launched at midnight.
A Soviet Navy Zulu-class submarine became the first to launch a ballistic missile.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)
On television tonight
Seaway, starring Stephen Young, Austin Willis, and Cec Linder, on CBC
Tonight's episode: Shipment from Marseille
This was the first episode of the series.
Mona McCluskey, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Pilot
As the title indicates, this was the pilot and first episode of the comedy series starring Juliet Prowse and Denny Miller.
Dave Morehead pitched a no-hitter as the Boston Red Sox shut out the Cleveland Indians 2-0 before 1,247 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Mr. Morehead struck out 8 batters and allowed just 1 baserunner, when he walked Rocky Colavito to begin the 2nd inning. Losing pitcher Luis Tiant allowed just 6 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game. George Thomas hit a home run in the 7th inning for the second run of the game. Bill Davis made his major league debut with the Indians, flying out to Boston center fielder Jim Gosger in the 8th inning.
40 years ago
Johnny Mathis performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, backed up by a full orchestra. The concert was taped by CITV for broadcast as part of the syndicated In Concert series. Tickets were priced at $6.50, $7.50, and $8.50.
The Goombahs, the flag football team captained by this blogger, played their first game in the lunchtime intramural B league, scoring a 14-0 upset over Ian's Idiots. Harry Fernie completed a touchdown pass to Dwayne Ward on the first play from scrimmage, and another to Robert Burgin late in the game. He also connected with Mr. Ward for a 2-point convert.
The first edition of The New John, the fortnightly student paper of Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in Yellowknife, was published.
Papua New Guinea gained her independence from Australia.
Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe joined the United Nations.
The first prototype of the Mikoyan MiG-31 interceptor made its maiden flight.
Politics and government
Premier Frank Moores led his Progressive Conservative government to re-election in the Newfoundland provincial election, taking 30 of 51 seats in the House of Assembly. The Liberal Party, led by Ed Roberts, won 16 seats, while the Reform Liberal Party, led by former (1949-1972) Premier Joey Smallwood, captured 4 seats, and Steve Neary was elected as an independent Liberal in LaPoile. The most recent election, in 1972, had resulted in a House of Assembly composed of 33 PCs and 9 Liberals.
Democratic Party candidate John Durkin won a special election for a United States Senate seat in New Hampshire.
Saskatchewan (6-4) 17 @ Calgary (4-5) 38
The Stampeders made 7 interceptions and returned 2 for touchdowns as they upset the Roughriders before a sellout crowd of 27,188 on a rainy Tuesday night at McMahon Stadium. Ron Lancaster started at quarterback for Saskatchewan and was intercepted on the game's first play by Vernon Roberson, leading to a 40-yard touchdown pass from Joe Pisarcik to Rick Galbos at 2:32 of the 1st quarter. Just 1:04 later, Larry Cates returned an interception 65 yards for a TD. Linebacker Joe Forzani returned another interception 41 yards for a touchdown with 24 seconds remaining in the 1st half for the only touchdown of his 8-year CFL career. Willie Burden, who rushed 28 times, for 154 yards, ran 8 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Steve Molnar rushed 13 yards for the only Saskatchewan touchdown with 58 seconds remaining in the game. Mr. Lancaster, who completed 7 of 16 passes, left the game with a leg injury on the second-last play of the 1st half and was relieved by Randy Mattingly, who completed just 3 of 15 passes and threw 4 interceptions. The teams combined to complete just 4 of 21 passes in the 2nd half, and fumbled 5 times. It was the first CFL game for Calgary defensive end Dave Means.
Pittsburgh Pirates' second baseman Rennie Stennett became the second player in major league history and the only one in the 20th century to bat 7 for 7 in a single game as the Pirates routed the Chicago Cubs 22-0 before 4,932 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Stennett had 2 doubles and a triple, and had 2 hits in each of the 1st and 5th innings; his first hit was off starting and losing pitcher Rick Reuschel, and his last hit was off Paul Reuschel. The only other player to bat 7 for 7 in a game was Wilbert Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles on June 10, 1892.
Don DeMola issued a base on balls to Del Unser with the bases loaded and 2 out in the bottom of the 18th inning, scoring Roy Staiger with the winning run, as the New York Mets edged the Montreal Expos 4-3 before 6,956 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Bob Bailey led off the game with a home run and was promptly replaced defensively by rookie Ellis Valentine. Mr. Bailey's homer was his 5th of the season and his 118th and last in a Montreal uniform, the team record at the time.
Junior World Series
Tidewater Tides (IL) 5 @ Evansville Triplets (AA) 8 (Evansville won best-of-seven series 4-1)
The Tides took a 5-0 lead, but the Triplets responded with 5 runs in the 5th inning, 2 in the 7th, and 1 in the 8th to win the series before 2,261 fans at Bosse Field in Evansville, Indiana. Marv Lane hit a 3-run home run off Bob Myrick and Ed Kurpiel hit a 2-run homer off relief pitcher Nino Espinosa as the Triplets tied the game in the 5th inning. In the 7th inning, John Gamble singled home Bruce Kimm and Ed Kurpiel scored on a squeeze bunt by Boots Day as the Triplets took the lead to stay. Tom Makowksi, who relieved starting pitcher Mark Lemongello in the 5th inning, retired the last 13 batters he faced to get the win. This was the last Junior World Series game ever played. The competition was first held in 1904, and was intermittent after that. The 1975 Junior World Series was the 51st edition.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Out of Mind, Out of Sight--The Models (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Namida no Jasmine Love--Sonoko Kawai
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (7th week at #1)
The Baltimore Orioles hit 6 home runs, including consecutive homers by Cal Ripken, Jr. (his second of the game), Eddie Murray, and Fred Lynn in the 8th inning as they beat the Detroit Tigers 14-7 before 17,659 fans at Tiger Stadium. Nelson Simmons of the Tigers hit a home run from each side of the plate.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (10th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (11th week at #1)
The railroad between the People's Republic of China and Kazakhstan was completed at Dostyk, adding a sizable link to the concept of the Eurasian Land Bridge.
Ottawa (4-7) 19 @ Saskatchewan (6-5) 45
Milson Jones rushed for 2 touchdowns for the Roughriders, while starting quarterback Kent Austin threw touchdown passes to Ray Elgaard and Lucius Floyd and backup Jeff Bentrim completed a touchdown pass to Don Narcisse. Ottawa quarterback Damon Allen completed 2 touchdown passes to David Williams and 1 to Dan Johnston. Mr. Narcisse caught 13 passes for 145 yards. 27,822 fans at Taylor Field in Regina saw Saskatchewan build up a 31-0 lead until Mr. Williams scored the Rough Riders’ first touchdown with 5 seconds remaining in the first half.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kiss from a Rose--Seal (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Scatman's World--Scatman John (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.
2 Runaway--Janet Jackson
3 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
4 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
5 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
6 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
7 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
8 He's Mine--MoKenStef
9 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
10 I Got 5 On It--Luniz
Singles entering the chart were I Hate You by the Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol) (#44); Feel the Funk by Immature (#53); Do You Sleep? by Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories (#64); Jeeps, Les Coups, Bimaz and Benz by Lost Boyz (#75); Sentimental by Deborah Cox (#83); and MC's Act Like They Don't Know by KRS-One (#85).
At the movies
Devil in a Blue Dress, starring Denzel Washington, Jennifer Beals, and Don Cheadle, received its premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Toronto (2-10) 21 @ San Antonio (7-5) 42
Hamilton (7-5) 14 @ British Columbia (9-3) 49
The Texans scored 32 points in the 1st half and coasted to victory over the Argonauts before 16,028 fans at the Alamodome. San Antonio linebacker Maurice Miller returned an interception 19 yards for the game's first touchdown, and defensive back Malcolm Frank returned an interception 67 yards for the next TD. San Antonio quarterback David Archer threw touchdown passes to Troy Mills and David Gamble.
Cory Philpot scored 4 touchdowns to lead the Lions over the Tiger-Cats before 25,432 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Mr. Philpot returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the game's first touchdown, scored his next TD on a 70-yard pass from quarterback Danny McManus, and scored TDs on rushes of 1 and 23 yards.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Gordon Gould, 85. U.S. physicist. Dr. Gould is widely credited with the invention of the laser.
Camorra organized crime boss Paolo Di Lauro was arrested in Naples, Italy.
Winnipeg (4-9) 37 @ Ottawa (5-7) 21
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