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500 years ago
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Anne of Cleves. Queen consort of England, 1540. Anne, a native of Dusseldorf, was the fourth wife of King Henry VIII and was queen consort from January 6-July 9, 1540. The marriage was annulled, having never been consummated. Anne received a generous settlement and died on July 16, 1557 at the age of 41, most likely of cancer.
75 years ago
The Cleveland Indians hit 5 home runs, including one by winning pitcher Bob Feller, as they beat the Detroit Tigers 10-5 before 56,771 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, to move to within 1 game of the first-place Tigers in the American League pennant race. Mr. Feller’s home run was his second of the season; other Cleveland home runs were hit by Hal Trosky, Roy Weatherly, Ben Chapman, and Ken Keltner. Hank Greenberg hit his 40th home run of the season for the Tigers.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Till the End of Time--Perry Como (2nd week at #1)
Toronto (1-0) 11 @ Ottawa (0-1) 9
60 years ago
The United Kingdom's first commercial network, Independent Television (ITV), began broadcasting in London.
50 years ago
The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 2 runs in the 4th inning and 4 in the 5th as they beat the New York Mets 6-2 before 4,964 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Bob Friend pitched a 7-hit complete game victory for the 191st and last win in his 15-year career as a Pirate. Rookie New York right fielder Cleon Jones hit his first major league home run in the 5th inning.
Johnny Edwards and Leo Cardenas hit consecutive home runs in the 5th inning and Frank Robinson hit a 3-run homer in the 6th as the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-1 before 18,387 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Sammy Ellis pitched a 6-hit complete game victory to improve his 1965 record to 21-9, while Juan Marichal allowed 6 hits and 7 runs--6 earned--in 5 innings as he dropped to 22-12.
Lou Johnson singled home Maury Wills with 2 out in the top of the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 7-6 win over the Milwaukee Braves before 12,577 fans at County Stadium in the Braves' last home game in their 13-year history in Milwaukee before moving to Atlanta for the 1966 season. Frank Bolling hit a grand slam for the Braves in the 2nd inning to give them a 4-1 lead, which became 6-1 inthe 3rd after homers by Hank Aaron and Gene Oliver, with Mr. Oliver's home run being hit inside the park. Los Angeles ace Sandy Koufax had an uncharacteristicaly bad game, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs--all earned--in just 2 innings.
George Brunet pitched a 2-hitter and hit a double of his own as the California Angels shut out the Boston Red Sox 2-0 before 3,353 fans in the Angels' last home game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles after four seasons there. The only hits allowed by Mr. Brunet were singles by Mike Ryan in the 3rd inning and Tony Horton in the 7th. The Angels scored both their runs in the 2nd inning against Jerry Stephenson, who allowed 4 hits, 4 bases on balls, and 2 earned runs in 5 innings in taking the loss. The Angels moved into Anaheim Stadium in 1966.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Love Will Keep Us Together--The Captain and Tennille (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Toki no Sugiyuku Mama ni--Kenji Sawada
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Melina--Camilo Sesto (5th week at #1)
U.S. President Gerald Ford survived the second assassination attempt against him in less than three weeks, this one by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco.
12 people were injured in a wave of bombings by the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland.
Politics and government
Two days of voting in Finnish parliamentary elections produced inconclusive results. The Social Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa, captured 54 of the 200 seats, followed by the Finnish People's Democratic League (40); Centre party (39); National Coalition Party (35); and Swedish People's Party, Liberal People's Party, and Finnish Christian League, each with 9.
Mexican Finance Minister Jose Lopez Portillo was nominated as the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) presidential candidate for 1976, virtually assuring his election.
Oakland (1-0) 31 @ Miami (0-1) 21
The Chicago White Sox traded first baseman Deron Johnson to the Boston Red Sox for cash and a player to be named later. Mr. Johnson had played 11 games with the Red Sox at the end of the 1974 season, but had then been released and signed by the White Sox. In 148 games with Chicago in 1975, Mr. Johnson was batting .232 with 18 home runs and 72 runs batted in. The Red Sox assigned catcher Chuck Erickson to the Denver Bears of the AAA American Association on November 7 to complete the deal. Mr. Erickson batted .202 with 2 home runs and 14 runs batted in in 53 games with the Pawtucket Red Sox of the AAA International League in 1975.
30 years ago
Canadian performers Neil Young and Joni Mitchell joined Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, John Fogerty and John Mellencamp in the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, helping to raise $10 million for midwestern U.S. farmers.
Ottawa (4-7) 11 @ Hamilton (4-7) 32
Saskatchewan (4-7) 3 @ Winnipeg (9-2) 49
Ken Hobart threw 2 touchdown passes to Rocky DiPietro and 1 to Steve Stapler, and rushed 8 times for 82 yards to lead the Tiger-Cats before an 16,101 enthusiastic fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Rufus Crawford scored the other Hamilton touchdown on a 75-yard punt return in the 4th quarter. Tim McCray led the Rough Riders with 87 yards on 12 carries and rushed 1 yard in the 2nd quarter for the only Ottawa touchdown.
Jeff Boyd caught 10 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for another touchdown in the Blue Bombers’ rout of the Roughriders before 27,684 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Quarterback Tom Clements threw 2 touchdown passes--the one to Boyd and another to Joe Poplawski. Pat Cantner and Sean Kehoe each rushed 1 yard for Winnipeg touchdowns. The win clinched a playoff spot for the Blue Bombers in the West Division.
Ron Guidry became the first American League pitcher to win 20 games in 1985 as the New York Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 before 33,405 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Early that morning, Yankee manager Billy Martin suffered a broken right arm, a bruised right side, and some cuts in a drunken wrestling match with pitcher Ed Whitson at the Cross Keys Inn in Baltimore. Mr. Whitson, who had been having words with a hotel guest when Mr. Martin intervened, ended up with a cracked rib and a split lip. In the middle of the fight, Mr. Martin said, "What’s the matter with him? Can’t he hold his liquor?"
Luis Salazar hit a 2-run home run off Jay Howell with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox a 7-5 win over the Oakland Athletics before 15,770 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Shortstop Julio Franco's error on a ground ball by Rod Carew allowed Rufino Linares to score the winning run with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th inning as the California Angels edged the Cleveland Indians 10-9 before 47,895 fans at Anaheim Stadium and took a 1-game lead over the Kansas City Royals in the American League West Division pennant race.
Willie McGee singled off Jack O'Connor with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning, and Tommie Herr followed with a home run, to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Montreal Expos before 32,958 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Odoru Pompokolin--B.B. Queens (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Sotto Questo Sole--Francesco Baccini; Ladri di Biciclette (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): It's on You--MC Sar & the Real McCoy (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): I've Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
#1 single in France (SNEP): Maldòn--Zouk Machine
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I've Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): The Joker--The Steve Miller Band (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Release Me--Wilson Phillips (2nd week at #1)
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Thieves in the Temple--Prince
2 Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi
3 Release Me--Wilson Phillips
4 (Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection--Nelson
5 Something Happened on the Way to Heaven--Phil Collins
6 Have You Seen Her--M.C. Hammer
7 Can’t Stop Fallin’ Into Love--Cheap Trick
8 Do Me!--Bell Biv DeVoe
9 Close to You--Maxi Priest
10 Praying for Time--George Michael
Singles entering the chart were Stranded by Heart (#63); High Enough by Damn Yankees (#66); Lyin' to Myself by David Cassidy (#68); Days Like These by Asia (#69); Undeniable by Ms. Adventures (#73); Heart Like a Wheel by the Human League (#78); and Groove is in the Heart by Deee-Lite (#89).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Release Me--Wilson Phillips
2 Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi
3 Unskinny Bop--Poison
4 Vision of Love--Mariah Carey
5 Come Back to Me--Janet Jackson
6 Oh Girl--Paul Young
7 Something Happened on the Way to Heaven--Phil Collins
8 Tonight--New Kids on the Block
9 Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love--Cheap Trick
10 All the Lovers in the World--Gowan
Singles entering the chart were More than Words Can Say by Alias (#49); Say a Prayer by Breathe (#52); Short End of a Wishbone by Haywire (#77); A Night on the Town by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#80); Dance by David Baerwald (#89); I Said a Prayer by the Red House (#90); She's Insane by Seventh Son (#92); Giving You the Benefit by Pebbles (#98); and All I'm Missing is You by Glenn Medeiros featuring Ray Parker, Jr. (#99).
The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation sued U.S. President George Bush's son Neil and other officials of the defunct Silverado Banking, Savings and Loan Association for "gross negligence" that the FDIC could cost taxpayers more than $1 billion.
British Columbia (3-8-1) 34 @ Hamilton (4-8) 4
The Lions used all three of their quarterbacks--Joe Paopao, Doug Flutie, and Major Harris--in rolling to an easy win before an unhappy Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of just 10,270. Mr. Paopao completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jay Christensen in the last minute of the 1st quarter; Kennard Martin rushed 2 yards for a touchdown in the last minute of the 2nd quarter; and Mr. Harris rushed 16 yards for a touchdown in the last minute of the game. Lui Passaglia added 3 converts, 4 field goals, and a single. Paul Osbaldiston had a field goal and a single to account for all the Hamilton scoring. The Tiger-Cats’ offense under quarterbacks Mike Kerrigan, Todd Dillon, and Terry Andrysiak managed just 8 first downs and 136 yards net offense. It was the first game as head coach of the Lions for Bob O’Billovich, replacing Jim Young, who had been a one-game replacement for the fired Lary Kuharich. Tiger-Cats’ owner David Braley, who had recently bought the team after the death of Harold Ballard earlier in the year, fired head coach Al Bruno several days after the game, naming Dave Beckman as his replacement.
20 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): I Wanna Be Happy--Technohead
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Fiskarna i haven--Idde Schultz
The Nagerkovil school bombing was allegedly carried out by the Sri Lankan Air Force in which at least 34 died, most of them ethnic Tamil school children.
Time Warner struck a $7.5-billion deal to buy Turner Broadcasting System Inc.
An E-3B AWACS jet crashed outside Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska shortly after takeoff after multiple bird strikes to two of the four engines; all 24 on board were killed.
Edmonton (9-5) 33 @ British Columbia (9-4) 18
Kerwin Bell threw 2 touchdown passes to Shalon Baker and another to Nick Mazzoli to lead the Eskimos over the Lions before 32,837 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Backup quarterback Giulio Caravatta rused 1 yard for the only B.C. touchdown, with Cory Philpot rushing for a 2-point convert.
10 years ago
The United States Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 in favour of John Roberts, President George W. Bush's nominee as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Ottawa (5-8) 23 @ Calgary (7-6) 45
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