2,000 years ago
Born on this date
Vitellius. Roman Emperor, 69. Vitellius succeeded Otho as Emperor on April 16, 69. His position was challenged by Vespasian, and Vitellius was preparing to abdicate when he was executed at the age of 54 by Vespasian's soldiers on December 22, 69.
125 years ago
Born on this date
Mike González. Cuban baseball player. Mr. González was a catcher with the Boston Braves (1912); Cincinnati Reds (1914); St. Louis Cardinals (1915-1918, 1924-1925, 1931-1932); New York Giants (1919-1921); and Chicago Cubs (1925-1929), batting .253 with 13 home runs and 263 runs batted in in 1,042 games. He coached with the Cardinals for many years after his playing career was over, and compiled a 9-14 record in two brief stints as the Cardinals' manager in 1938 and 1940. Mr. González managed in the Cuban Winter League for many years, and was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955. He died on February 19, 1977 at the age of 86.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounced polygamy.
80 years ago
Economics and finance
Alberta Premier William Aberhart announced an issue of 10-year $25 Prosperity Bonds to be sold to Albertans, to help the province clear its $150-million debt.
Earl and Weldon Bascom produced the first rodeo ever held outdoors under electric lights in Columbia, Mississippi.
In his most important fight to date, heavyweight contender Joe Louis (22-0) scored a 4-round knockout over former world champion Max Baer (41-9) at Yankee Stadium in New York (see video). Mr. Baer, who had lost the title three months earlier to Jim Braddock on a decision, had never been knocked down until being floored by Mr. Louis.
70 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Eyes of Mr. Leyton
At the movies
Mildred Pierce, starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, and Ann Blyth, opened in theatres.
Died on this date
Hans Geiger, 62. German physicist. Mr. Geiger co-invented the Geiger counter, and was also known for the Geiger–Marsden experiment, which discovered the atomic nucleus. He died six days before his 63rd birthday.
E. P. Taylor incorporated Canada's largest holding company, Argus Corporation, a private investment company to handle his Canadian breweries and other holdings.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets (6th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (10th week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (Best Seller--4th week at #1; Disc Jockey--4th week at #1); Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone (Jukebox--2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)
2 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
3 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces
4 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
5 Maybellene--Chuck Berry
6 Autumn Leaves--Roger Williams
7 (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock--Bill Haley and his Comets
8 Moments to Remember--The Four Lads
9 Wake the Town and Tell the People--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
10 Gum Drop--The Crew-Cuts
Singles entering the chart were Rockin' the Cha-Cha by Alan Dale (#40); My Boy--Flat Top by Boyd Bennett and the Rockets (#45); and An Occasional Man by Jeri Southern (#47).
Toronto (2-3) 30 @ Ottawa (2-3) 19
Montreal (3-2) 13 @ Hamilton (3-2) 22
Winnipeg (2-7) 7 @ Saskatchewan (5-4) 12
Edmonton (9-0) 15 @ Calgary (2-7) 0
Tom Dublinski completed touchdown passes to Bucky Curtis, Al Pfeifer, and Royal Copeland, and Corky Tharp and Jim Shirley rushed for TDs as the Argonauts defeated the Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park. Bob Simpson caught a pass for one Ottawa touchdown and returned an interception for another, while Don Pinhey also returned an interception for an Ottawa touchdown.
Nobby Wirkowski threw touchdown passes to Ron Howell and Frank McDonald, and Steve Oneschuk rushed for a TD, as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Alouettes before 15,396 fans at Civic Stadium. Chuck Hunsinger and Joey Pal scored the Montreal touchdowns.
Bobby Marlow and Ken Carpenter scored touchdowns for the Roughriders as they defeated the Blue Bombers before 10,857 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Gerry James scored the Winnipeg touchdown, while Buddy Leake converted and added a single.
Jackie Parker scored 2 touchdowns and Bob Dean kicked 2 field goals and a field goal as the Eskimos shut out the Stampeders before 12,000 fans at Mewata Stadium.
50 years ago
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Help!--The Beatles (8th 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 I Got You Babe--Sonny and Cher
6 Yesterday/Act Naturally--The Beatles
7 (My Girl) Sloopy--Little Caesar and the Consuls
8 You've Got Your Troubles--The Fortunes
9 I'm Yours--Elvis Presley
10 It Ain't Me Babe--The Turtles
Pick hit of the week: Love and Kisses--Rick Nelson
New this week: Positively 4th Street--Bob Dylan
Round Every Corner--Petula Clark
If You Gotta Go, Go Now--Manfred Mann
Sea Cruise--The Hondells
At the movies
Marriage on the Rocks, starring Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, and Dean Martin, opened in theatres.
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson said that a new treaty was underway to give the Panama Canal to Panama.
Bruce F. Macdonald of Canada was appointed to command the United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission.
The Royal Canadian Navy commissioned HMCS Ojibwa, the first of three Oberon class submarines.
Winnipeg (6-4) 14 @ Montreal (3-6) 8
Frank Rigney's 12-yard return of punt returner Larry Fairholm's fumble for a touchdown with 5:08 remaining in the game gave the Blue Bombers their win over the Alouettes before 19,600 fans at Molson Stadium.
40 years ago
At the movies
Three Days of the Condor, starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway, opened in theatres.
Dougal Haston and Doug Scott became the first Britons to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Sam McMaster, general manager of the Young Nats Association in Toronto, said that the Nats were prepared to take the Ontario Minor Hockey Association to court if it refused to allow 14-year-old centre Wayne Gretzky of Brantford to play for their major bantam team.
Hamilton (2-7-1) 32 @ Winnipeg (5-5) 34
Quarterback Chuck Ealey rushed 14 times for 146 yards and running back Steve Beaird rushed 24 times for 143 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats before 21,397 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. The Blue Bombers rushed for 349 yards, but Mr. Ealey completed just 2 of 11 passes for 62 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown to Bob LaRose. Hamilton quarterback Jerry Keeling completed 13 of 22 passes for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns to Terry Evanshen. Hamilton linebacker Bob Krouse scored the game's final touchdown when he recovered a fumble by Winnipeg punter Bernie Ruoff in the Winnipeg end zone with 4:12 remaining in the game. Angelo Santucci led Hamilton rushers with 18 carries for 94 yards, while Charles Jessamy added 20 yards on 4 carries.
Don Carrithers pitched a 9-hit complete game victory and singled in a run as the Montreal Expos defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 before 9,356 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal in the last Expos Baseball telecast of the season on CBC.
Skip Lockwood intentionally walked Andre Thornton to load the bases with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th inning and then walked Bill Madlock to drive in Rick Monday with the game's only run as the Chicago Cubs edged the New York Mets 1-0 before 2,113 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Rick Reuschel started on the mound for Chicago and allowed 5 hits in 10 innings before being relieved by Ken Crosby, who picked up his only major league win. New York starter Tom Seaver allowed just 3 hits in 10 innings before being relieved by Mr. Lockwood.
Gary Lavelle issued consecutive bases on balls to Darrell Evans and Dave May to drive in Dusty Baker with the winning run as the Atlanta Braves scored 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat the San Francisco Giants 7-6 before 1,045 fans at Atlanta Stadium.
Steve Garvey batted 4 for 6 with 2 home runs, a double, 3 runs, and 6 runs batted in as the Los Angeles Dodgers routed the San Diego Padres 14-0 before 9,262 fans at San Diego Stadium. Doug Rau pitched a 6-hitter and batted 2 for 5 with 2 runs and a run batted in.
30 years ago
Andre Dawson hit 3 home runs, including a pair of 3-run homers in a 12-run 5th inning as the Montreal Expos took a 15-2 lead and held on to defeat the Chicago Cubs 17-15 before 6,947 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Derek Botelho pitched the 6th and 7th innings for Chicago, allowing 1 hit and 2 bases on balls, but no runs, striking out 3 in his 19th and last major league game.
25 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Thunderstruck--AC/DC
The periodic Great White Spot was observed on Saturn.
Economics and finance
The Supreme Soviet granted President Mikhail Gorbachev emergency economic powers, and agreed to accept a compromise plan for the economy at Mr. Gorbachev’s request, heading off a showdown with Premier Nikolai Ryzhkov. The details of the compromise were yet to be worked out.
South African President F.W. de Klerk met with U.S. President George Bush in Washington, and was cordially received. Mr. Bush said that if South Africa continued its efforts to meet certain conditions set by the U.S. Congress, he would seek to modify or suspend sanctions imposed on South Africa by Congress.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wish You were Here--Rednex (10th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Wish You were Here--Rednex (11th week at #1)
Philip Walton of Ireland defeated Jay Haas of the United States in the deciding match as Europe won 7 of the last 10 singles matches to rally from a 10-7 deficit and defeated Lanny Wadkins' highly-favoured United States team for the Ryder Cup at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. It was Europe's second victory on American soil in the 62-year history of the competition.
Birmingham (7-6) 19 @ Memphis (7-7) 28
Calgary (12-1) 43 @ Winnipeg (4-10) 39
Damon Allen passed to Shawn Collins for a touchdown and handed off to Gary Anderson for another as the Mad Dogs defeated the Barracudas before 13,797 fans at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in the only game between the teams. Matt Dunigan passed 18 yards to Delius Morris for the only Birmingham touchdown. Nick Mystrom kicked 4 field goals for Memphis, and Luis Zendejas kicked 4 FGs for Birmingham. It was the final game for Memphis defensive back Junior Robinson; he was killed in a car accident six days later.
Tony Stewart's 8-yard touchdown rush with 3:36 remaining in regulation time completed the Stampeders' comeback from a 32-22 3rd-quarter deficit to defeat the Blue Bombers before 24,598 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Calgary quarterback Jeff Garcia threw touchdown passes to Shawn Daniels and Allen Pitts, and rushed for 2 TDs of his own. Winnipeg quarterback Reggie Slack threw 2 touchdown passes each to Gerald Wilcox and Milt Stegall.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Tommy Bond, 79. U.S. actor. Mr. Bond appeared in Our Gang comedy films and portrayed Jimmy Olsen in the films Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950).
Hurricane Rita made landfall in the United States, devastating portions of southwestern Louisiana and extreme southeastern Texas.
British Columbia (11-1) 20 @ Edmonton (8-5) 37
Tony Tompkins returned a kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown with 8:20 remaining in regulation time to break a 20-20 tie as the Eskimos ended the Lions' winning streak before 48,048 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Tompkins' TD came 25 seconds after the Lions had tied the game on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dave Dickenson to Jason Gavadza, converted by Duncan O'Mahony. Ron McClendon rushed for 2 Edmonton touchdowns, with the second covering 15 yards with 1:07 remaining in the game.
Nielsen Bottom 10, February 19th-25th, 1973 - A look at the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during the week of February 19th-25th, 1973. *Here We Go Again* on ABC was at the bottom of the ratings char...
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