Thursday, 17 September 2015

September 17, 2015

350 years ago

Died on this date
Philip IV, 60
. King of Spain, 1621-1665. King of Portugal and the Algarves (as Philip III), 1621-1640. Philip IV succeeded his father Philip III on the thrones of both Spain and Portugal. He was expelled from the Portuguese throne by Portuguese noblemen. King Philip IV failed to achieve successful domestic and military reform, and the Spanish Empire had already begun to decline by the time of his death. He was succeeded as King of Spain by his son Charles II.

240 years ago

The American invasion of Canada began with the Siege of Fort St. Jean, Quebec.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Len Koenecke, 31
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Koenecke was in his third season in the major leagues, and was batting .283 in 100 games with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but had been released by the team on September 16 because of his heavy drinking. He boarded an American Airlines plane in St. Louis that was bound for Buffalo, where he had played in the minors. He was carrying a bottle and seemed intoxicated, and created a disturbance shortly after takeoff. He punched a stewardess and another passenger, and was thrown off the plane when it touched down in Detroit. Mr. Koenecke then chartered a small plane to Buffalo with just the pilot and a friend of the pilot as the other people on board. Mr. Koenecke attempted to grab the controls of the plane and then became involved in a wresting and punching match with the other passenger. The pilot, William Mulqueeney, quelled the disturbance by repeatedly hitting Mr. Koenecke over the head with the fire extinguisher until he stopped fighting. Mr. Mulqueeney guided the plane to a landing on a racetrack near Toronto, where Mr. Koenecke was dead on arrival. Mr. Mulqueeney and his friend, Irwin Davis, were charged with manslaughter, but the jury deliberated for just five minutes before returning a verdict of not guilty by reason of self-defense. In 265 major league games from 1933-1935, Mr. Koenecke batted .297 with 22 home runs and 114 runs batted in.

Hal Kelleher pitched a 4-hit shutout in his major league debut as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The game's only run came on a home run by Dolph Camilli in the 7th inning against Leroy Herrmann, who allowed just 5 hits in 8 innings in taking the loss in his 45th and last major league game. The Phillies also won the first game 3-2, as Curt Davis won the pitchers' duel over Gene Schott.

75 years ago

Following the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler postponed Operation Sea Lion--the Nazi invasion of Britain--indefinitely.

70 years ago

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Out of Date Murder


Trans Canada Airlines' first Constellation passenger plane arrived at Dorval Airport in Montreal.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (9th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1); Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone (Jukebox--1st week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (4th week at #1)
--Johnny Desmond
2 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
--Fats Domino
3 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
--Rusty Draper
4 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces
5 Maybellene--Chuck Berry
6 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
7 Autumn Leaves--Roger Williams
8 Wake the Town and Tell the People--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
--Mindy Carson
9 Tina Marie--Perry Como
10 Song of the Dreamer--Eddie Fisher
--Johnnie Ray

Singles entering the chart were Suddenly There's a Valley by Julius LaRosa (#22, charting with the version by Gogi Grant); Black Denim Trousers by the Cheers (#33); and Sweet Song of India by the McGuire Sisters (#43). Sweet Song of India was the B-side (or maybe the A-side) of Give Me Love, charting at #45.

Hamilton (2-2) 20 @ Montreal (3-1) 38
Ottawa (2-2) 27 @ Toronto (1-3) 12

Edmonton (7-0) 26 @ Saskatchewan (4-4) 9
Winnipeg (2-5) 20 @ British Columbia (3-4) 19

Pat Abbruzzi scored 4 touchdowns to lead the Alouettes over the Tiger-Cats at Molson Stadium. Joey Pal and Hal Patterson scored the other Montreal touchdowns. Lou Kusserow scored 2 touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats, with Hal Waggoner scoring the other Hamilton TD.

Bob Simpson amassed 191 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns as the Rough Riders defeated the Argonauts at Varsity Stadium. Mr. Simpson scored on passes of 72 yards from Geoff Crain and 57 yards from Don Bailey. Avatus Stone and Don Pinhey scored the other Ottawa TDs. Toronto quarterback Tom Dublinski completed 25 of 42 passes for 391 yards and touchdowns to Royal Copeland and Bucky Curtis, but also threw 4 interceptions.

Rookie Canadian quarterback Don Getty made his first start in professional football, completing 8 of 10 passes for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Eskimos osver the Roughriders at Taylor Field in Regina. Oscar Kruger caught 2 of Mr. Getty's touchdown passes, for 2 and 57 yards, while Earl Lindley scored on a 52-yard pass from Mr. Getty. Frank Tripucka completed a 15-yard pass to Ken Carpenter for the Saskatchewan touchdown.

Buddy Leake's 23-yard field goal with 1:18 remaining in the game gave th Blue Bombers their win over the Lions before 27,132 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. George Elliott, Leo Lewis, and Gerry James scored touchdowns for the Blue Bombers, who rushed for 375 yards. Arnie Galiffa threw a 15-yard pass to Dan Edwards for one B.C. touchdown, with Primo Villanueva and Al Pollard rushing for the others.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Help!--The Beatles (7th week at #1)
2 Eve of Destruction--Barry McGuire
3 Catch Us if You Can--The Dave Clark Five
4 You were on My Mind--We Five
5 Only Sixteen--Terry Black
6 Ride Away--Roy Orbison
7 I Got You Babe--Sonny and Cher
8 It Ain't Me Babe--The Turtles
9 Houston--Dean Martin
10 Heart Full of Soul--The Yardbirds
Pick hit of the week: Not the Lovin' Kind--Dino, Desi and Billy
New this week: Hurt--Unit Four Plus Two
Love and Kisses--Rick Nelson
Ain't it True--Andy Williams
Two Different Worlds--Lenny Welch
Crying in the Rain--Richard Anthony

Love and Kisses was the title song of the movie.

On television tonight
Hogan's Heroes, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Informer

This was the pilot and first episode of the series. It was the only episode filmed in black and white, and the only one to feature Leonid Kinskey as a member of the cast.

The Smothers Brothers Show, on CBS
Tonight's episode: There's Something About a Sailor

This was the first episode of the series.

Camp Runamuck, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Camp Runamuck

This was the pilot and first episode of the series.

Hank, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Who's Waldo Smith?

This was the pilot and first episode of the series.

The Battle of Chawinda was fought between Pakistan and India.

40 years ago

Merle Haggard performed two concerts at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, with tickets priced at $5, $6, and $7.

Gordie Howe was named president of the Houston Aeros, becoming the first playing president in major league sports.

The Winnipeg Jets came back from a 2-0 1st-period deficit to defeat the Swedish national team 6-2 before more than 10,000 fans in Stockholm. Ted Green led the Jets with a goal and 2 assists, with other Winnipeg goals coming from Bobby Hull, Norm Beaudin, Perry Miller, and Mike Ford. Roland Erickson and Mats Ulberg scored for Sweden. The game was the fourth for the Jets in a nine-game exhibition tour of Finland, Sweden, and Czechoslovakia, and the win gave them a 2-1-1 record.

Edmonton (7-2) 25 @ Ottawa (6-4) 38

The Rough Riders jumped to a 34-1 lead in the 2nd quarter and withstood a 2nd-half comeback attempt to defeat the Eskimos before 29,063 fans at Lansdowne Park. Halfback Jim Foley rushed 3 yards for the game's first touchdown in the 1st quarter, and passed 64 yards to Rhome Nixon in the 2nd quarter. Moody Jackson rushed 37 yards for a touchdown on a reverse, and quarterback Tom Clements passed 1 yard to Tony Gabriel for the other Ottawa TD. George McGowan made a spectacular diving catch of a Tom Wilkinson pass for a 3-yard touchdown on the last play of the 1st half. Roy Bell rushed 5 yards for an Edmonton touchdown in the 3rd quarter, and Bruce Lemmerman connected with John Konihowski for a 16-yard TD early in the 4th quarter. Mr. Wilkinson completed 2-point convert passes to Tyrone Walls after each of the first 2 touchdowns. Art Green of the Rough Riders led all rushers with 139 yards on 25 carries. Edmonton receiver Don Warrington, having the best season of his career, suffered a season-ending knee injury. It was the last CFL game for Edmonton punter Walt McKee, who was playing his sixth game with the Eskimos after three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union suspended the University of Windsor Lancers football program for using former University of Saskatchewan quarterback Dave Pickett, who was ruled to be ineligible. The Lancers had defeated the University of Western Ontario Mustangs 34-17 four days earlier. The Mustangs, meanwhile, forfeited any chance at being awarded victory in that game when athletics director Bob Barney revealed that they had also used an ineligible player. Defensive tackle Paul Patterson had spent two seasons in the Canadian Football League before returning to university, giving him six years of professional and university competition, one more than the five-year limit allowed under CIAU rules.

The California Angels traded infielder-outfielder Bobby Valentine and a player to be named later to the San Diego Padres for pitcher Gary Ross, who was on the roster of the Hawaii Islanders of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Mr. Valentine was batting .281 with no home runs and 5 runs batted in in 26 games with the Angels in 1975. Mr. Ross posted a record of 16-8 with an earned run average of 2.49 in 27 games with Hawaii in 1975. Infielder Rudy Meoli was sent to the Padres on November 4 to complete the deal.

The Montreal Expos scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning and 3 in the 3rd as they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 before 5,883 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis in the Wednesday Expos Baseball telecast on CBC. Montreal catcher Gary Carter hit a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning and singled in 2 runs in the 3rd.

The New York Yankees scored 2 runs with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game and scored 4 runs in the top of the 11th, withstanding a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 11th as they edged the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 before 4,447 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Tahroja paperilla--Eppu Normaali (2nd week at #1)

Politics and government
Canadian Senator Stan Waters (Reform--Alberta) spoke at the University of Alberta in an address sponsored by the U of A Reform Party association.

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 6-4 before 49,902 fans at SkyDome in Toronto, establishing a major league single-season attendance record. They finished the season with 58 straight sellouts and a total attendance of 3‚885‚284.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wish You were Here--Rednex (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Wish You were Here--Rednex (10th week at #1)

An armed standoff between police and natives occupying a private ranch at Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia ended after a medicine man was allowed into the native camp. 17 people were charged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Ottawa (2-11) 9 @ Birmingham (7-5) 40
Memphis (6-7) 32 @ Saskatchewan (4-8) 34

Matt Dunigan threw touchdown passes to Schredrick Austin, Marcus Grant, and Mac Cody, and Raul Zendejas added 3 converts, 6 field goals, and a single as the Barracudas routed the Rough Riders before 5,289 fans at Legion Field. Mark Ricks scored the only Ottawa touchdown on a 97-yard punt return with 6:14 remaining in the game.

Nick Mystrom's 34-yard field goal attempt on the last play of regulation time, which would have tied the score and sent the game into overtime had it been successful, was wide for a single, allowing the Roughriders to defeat the Mad Dogs before 27,787 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Robert Mimbs rushed for 2 Saskatchewan touchdowns, while Dan Farthing scored the other on a pass from Warren Jones. Memphis quarterback Damon Allen threw 2 touchdown passes to Joe Horn and another to Walter Wilson, while also connecting with Al Shipman for a 2-point convert.

10 years ago

Calgary (6-6) 39 @ Hamilton (2-10) 17
Montreal (5-6) 26 @ British Columbia (11-0) 27

Alberta (3-0) 33 @ Regina 21

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