Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jennifer Korchinski!
1,300 years ago
Ragenfrid defeated Theudoald in the Battle of Compiègne in the Frankish Civil War.
70 years ago
Died on this date
Béla Bartók, 64. Hungarian composer. Mr. Bartók is regarded as one of Hungary's greatest composers. He wrote numerous works for piano, including three concertos. Mr. Bartók took a great interest in folk music, and was one of the founders of ethnomusicology. He died of leukemia.
60 years ago
Winnipeg (3-7) 25 @ Calgary (2-8) 6
Edmonton (10-0) 15 @ British Columbia (4-5) 0
Buddy Leake scored a touchdown, 3 converts, 2 field goals, and a single to lead the Blue Bombers over the Stampeders at Mewata Stadium. Lorne Benson and Leo Lewis also scored touchdowns for the Blue Bombers, who rushed for 318 yards. Bob Meyers scored the only Calgary touchdown on an interception return.
Normie Kwong and Jackie Parker scored touchdowns, and Bob Dean added 2 converts and a field goal, as the Eskimos blanked the Lions in a heavy rain before 24,241 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.
50 years ago
Winnipeg (6-5) 22 @ Toronto (1-8) 24
The Argonauts scored a converted touchdown in the 4th quarter to defeat the Blue Bombers before 17,364 fans at CNE Stadium.
Dick Stuart singled home Cookie Rojas with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie the game Tony Gonzalez followed with a double to score Mr. Stuart with the winning run as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the New York Mets 5-4 before 9,029 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia.
Rookie first baseman Chuck Harrison hit his first major league home run, a 3-run shot against Billy McCool with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning, to give the Houston Astros a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 15,540 fans at the Astrodome.
Gene Oliver's solo home run off Juan Marichal with 2 out in the 6th inning turned out to be the deciding run as the Milwaukee Braves edged the San Francisco Giants 3-2 before 39,783 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Billy Fischer allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings to get the win over Mr. Marichal, whose record for the season dropped to 22-13.
Don Drysdale pitched a 5-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Ray Sadecki as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 before 40,317 fans at Dodger Stadium to move into a tie with the San Francisco Giants for the National League lead. Jim Gilliam singled home Maury Wills with the game's only run in the 1st inning. Mr. Drysdale improved his record for the season to 22-12, while Mr. Sadecki, who allowed 1 earned run and 5 hits in 7 innings, fell to 6-14.
Russ Snyder drew a base on balls with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning and Curt Blefary, Jerry Adair, and Dick Brown followed with singles as the Baltimore Orioles scored 2 runs to defeat the California Angels 2-1 before 5,527 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
The Chicago White Sox scored 3 runs in the 7th inning and 2 in the 8th to overcome a 3-0 deficit and defeat the New York Yankees 5-3 before 10,419 fans at Yankee Stadium. Pete Ward hit a 2-run home run for Chicago in the 7th inning. Juan Pizarro started on the mound for Chicago and pitched the first 5 innings before being relieved by Bruce Howard, who pitched 2 innings and got the win. Whitey Ford allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs in pitching a complete game and taking the loss to drop to 15-13 for the season.
Mickey Lolich pitched a 3-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Ralph Terry as the Detroit Tigers shut out the Cleveland Indians 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before 10,986 fans at Tiger Stadium. Gates Brown led off the 2nd inning with a home run to provide Mr. Lolich with all the support he needed in a game that was played in 1 hour 48 minutes. In the second game, the Indians scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 3rd to win 7-1. Fred Whitfield hit a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Tom Kelley pitched a 2-hit complete game victory, while Phil Regan, normally a relief pitcher, started for Detroit, allowing 6 hits and 5 runs--all earned--in 3 innings to take the loss. Mr. Regan was relieved by Vern Holtgrave, who allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs in 3 innings in his only major league game. Leo Marentette also made his major league debut with Detroit, pitching a scoreless 9th inning; he appeared in just 4 more major league games.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights--Freddy Fender (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): S O S--ABBA (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Torneró--I Santo California (4th week at #1)
Yellowknife received its first snow of the season.
Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau shuffled his cabinet, appointing Donald Macdonald as Minister of Finance to replace John Turner, who had recently resigned from the cabinet.
Luis Tiant and Reggie Cleveland pitched respective shutouts as the Boston Red Sox swept a twi-night doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 4-0 and 4-0 before 22,067 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.
Pete Broberg pitched a 3-hitter and George Scott drove in all the runs with his 35th and 36th home runs of the season as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Detroit Tigers 3-0 before 4,908 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. John Knox drew a base on balls as a pinch hitter and played second base in the 8th inning for Detroit in the 124th and last game of his 4-year major league career. Gates Brown followed Mr. Knox to the plate as a pinch hitter and struck out in the 1,051st and last game of his 13-year major league career, all of it with the Tigers.
Frank White had 3 hits and 2 runs batted in, and Jamie Quirk had 2 hits and 3 runs batted in as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Texas Rangers 8-6 before 7,310 fans at Arlington Stadim in a game that ended three major league careers. Clyde Wright, the fifth of six Texas pitchers, faced 2 batters in the 9th inning, with the first, Harmon Killebrew, reaching first base on an error that allowed a run to score. Amos Otis then drew a base on balls, and Mr. Wright was relieved by Roy Thomas, who struck out Buck Martinez to end the inning. For Mr. Wright, it was the 360th and last game of his 10-year major league career. Leo Cardenas played the 9th inning at third base for the Rangers in the 1,157th game of his 16-year career. Mr. Killebrew, whose appearance was as a pinch hitter, played the 2,435th and last game of his Hall of Fame career.
Mike Jorgensen singled home Pepe Mangual with 2 out in the top of the 12th inning as the Montreal Expos edged the Chicago Cubs 4-3 before 1,427 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies split a pair of 12-inning games in a twi-night doubleheader before 20,189 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. In the first game, Larry Bowa tripled with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th and scored on a 2-out single by Garry Maddox to give the Phillies a 4-3 win. In the second game, the Mets scored 2 unearned runs in the top of the 12th to take a 3-1 lead, but the Phillies came back with a run when pinch hitter Mike Rogodzinski doubled home Johnny Oates with 2 out. Tim McCarver tried to score the tying run on the play, but was tagged out at home plate when right fielder Rusty Staub's throw was relayed by second baseman Felix Millan to catcher Jerry Grote to end the game with the Mets winning 3-2. Jerry Koosman pitched the first 11 innings for New York, allowing just 4 hits and an unearned run, and was credited with the win to finish the season with a record of 14-13. Bob Gallagher played the final 6 innings in center field for the Mets, batting 1 for 2 and scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th inning of the 206th and last game of his 4-year major league career. Ron Clark struck out as a pinch hitter for the Phillies in the 10th inning of the second game; it was his first major league game since 1972, his only game in a Philadelphia uniform, and the 229th and last game of his 7-year major league career.
Bob Forsch pitched a 3-hitter and Ted Simmons singled home Lou Brock with 2 out in the bottom of the 1st inning for the game's only run as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 before 23,496 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis in a game that was played in 1 hour 52 minutes. Losing pitcher Jim Rooker allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 6 innings.
John Montefusco pitched a 5-hitter as the San Francisco Giants shut out the San Diego Padres 5-0 before 7,488 fans at San Diego Stadium.
30 years ago
On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CITV
Tonight's episode: Shatterday, starring Bruce Willis; A Little Peace and Quiet, starring Melinda Dillon
This was the first episode of the new series, a revival of the series that aired on CBS from 1959-1964. The new series aired on the Edmonton station CITV on Thursdays and on CBS on Fridays.
John Tudor pitched his 10th shutout of the season and earned his 20th win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 before 23,598 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.
Ron Kittle batted 4 for 5 with 2 home runs, 3 runs and 5 runs batted in, and Greg Walker was 3 for 5 with a homer, 3 runs, and 2 RBIs as the Chicago White Sox withstood a 4-run 9th-inning rally to defeat the Oakland Athletics 11-7 before 5,267 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Rookie right fielder Jose Canseco led the Oakland attack by batting 3 for 4 with 2 home runs, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer (5th week at #1)
On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Ninth Grade Man
The 78-day armed confrontation between Mohawk Warriors and Quebec provincial police at the Kanesatake Reserve near the village of Oka, Quebec ended when 34 men, 16 women, and 6 children were taken into custody by soldiers. Three warriors were taken into custody by provincial police.
The Motion Picture Association of America announced the creation of a new "NC-17" rating to be applied to films that had adult themes and perhaps scenes of sex and violence. The rating meant that no children under 17 years of age would be permitted. The purpose was to permit "serious" movies to avoid the X rating that was also applied to pornographic movies. Many theatres refused to show X-rated films, and distributors were complaining that some important films thus failed to reach a large audience. Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert had been pushing for the NC-17 rating for years, but the movie that finally prompted the creation of the rating was Henry & June (1990), a biographical film about the various relationships of authors Henry Miller and Anais Nin.
20 years ago
AT&T Canada and three Canadian banks paid $250 million to become new owners of the long-distance carrier Unitel Communications Inc. The two biggest shareholders, Canadian Pacific Ltd. and Rogers Communications Inc., dropped out of the deal.
10 years ago
U.S. Army Private First Class Lynndie England was convicted by a military jury on six counts involving abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
International weapons inspectors announced the Irish Republican Army's full disarmament.
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