Wednesday, 9 September 2015

September 9, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Malou Canopin!

160 years ago

In the Crimean War, the Siege of Sevastopol came to an end when Russian forces abandoned the city.

130 years ago

In Winnipeg, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench rejected Metis leader Louis Riel's appeal of his conviction for treason.

The Providence Grays ended a 13-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Messer Street Grounds in the last major league game ever played in Providence. On the same day, the Grays’ directors voted to field a team in 1886.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Harland Sanders
. U.S. businessman. "Colonel" Sanders, a native of Henryville, Indiana, moved to Kentucky in the early 1920s. He founded Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1952 and became the company's logo, wearing a white suit to go with his white hair and goatee, and string tie. Mr. Sanders was honoured as a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Ruby Laffoon in 1935. He sold most of the company in 1964, but retained the Canadian operations. Colonel Sanders lived in Mississauga, Ontario from 1965-1980, returning to Kentucky just before his death at the age of 90 on December 16, 1980.

120 years ago

The rebuilt Sault Ste. Marie Canal opened, connecting northern Ontario and Michigan.

100 years ago

Died on this date
Albert Goodwill Spalding, 66
. U.S. baseball pitcher, executive, and businessman. Mr. Spalding was one of the stars of the early years of professional baseball with the Rockford Forest Citys (1866-1870), Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875), and Chicago White Stockings (1876-1878), compiling a record of 252-65 with an earned run average of 2.14, and batting .313. He co-founded the National League in 1876, pioneered the use of fielding gloves, and wrote one of the first scholarly histories of baseball. Mr. Spalding co-founded the A.G. Spalding sporting goods company in 1876, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Mr. Spalding died a week after his 66th birthday.

75 years ago

The Hungarian Army, supported by local Hungarians, killed 93 Romanian civilians in Treznea, a village in Northern Transylvania, in an act of ethnic cleansing.

Economics and finance
The second Canadian Victory Loan campaign began, with the object of raising $300 million.

In a demonstration to the American Mathematical Society conference at Dartmouth College in September 1940, George Stibitz used a teletype to send commands to the Complex Number Computer in New York over telegraph lines. It was the first computing machine ever used remotely.

70 years ago

The Empire of Japan formally surrendered to China.

Sam Snead defeated Harold McSpaden to win the Dallas Open.

Dick Fowler, recently discharged from World War II service with the Canadian Army, pitched a no-hitter and hit a double of his own as the Philadelphia Athletics edged the St. Louis Browns 1-0 before 16,755 fans at Shibe Park to complete a doubleheader sweep. Losing pitcher Ox Miller allowed just 5 hits and 1 earned run in pitching a complete game. The game was completed in 1 hour 15 minutes. The Athletics scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to win the first game 6-2, with Bobo Newsom allowing 10 hits but just 1 earned run in pitching a complete game to improve his 1945 record to 9-17.

Boom-Boom Beck pitched an 8-hit complete game victory and Frankie Gustine had 2 singles and 2 runs batted in for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they edged the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader before 5,525 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Philadelphia first baseman Jimmie Foxx hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning; it was his 6th of the season and the 533rd of his major league career. Mr. Foxx added another 2-run homer, a double, and 2 singles in the second game, scoring 2 runs and driving in 5 as the Phillies won 14-3. Mr. Foxx's home run in the second game was the 534th and last of his major league career; he was second on the career list at the time, 180 homers behind Babe Ruth.

The Cincinnati Reds rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game and another in the 10th to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader before 7,408 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Reds completed the sweep with a 6-4 win in the second game.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (7th week at #1)

Toronto (0-2) 11 @ Kitchener-Waterloo (2-1) 23

Billy Tonegusso scored 2 touchdowns for the Dutchmen as they defeated Balmy Beach at Kitchener Stadium. Carl Totzke and Cookie Gilchrist also scored K-W TDs, and Bill Graham kicked 3 converts. Former Toronto Argonaut star Uly Curtis scored 2 touchdowns for Balmy Beach, one of which was converted by Don Guest.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction--The Rolling Stones

Simon Fraser University officially began its first semester in Burnaby, British Columbia, with 2,500 students.

French President Charles de Gaulle gave notice that his country would no longer accept the North Atlantic Treaty Organization defense system, and would leave NATO in 1969.

Politics and government
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development was established in an act signed by President Lyndon Johnson.

Hurricane Betsy made its second landfall near New Orleans, leaving 76 dead and $1.42 billion ($10–12 billion in 2005 dollars) in damages, becoming the first hurricane to cause over $1 billion in unadjusted damage.

The Kansas City Athletics sold catcher Johnny Blanchard to the Milwaukee Braves. Mr. Blanchard was batting .200 with 2 home runs and 11 runs batted in in 52 games with Kansas City in 1965.

Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game and his fourth no-hitter in as many seasons, striking out 14 batters--including the last 6--and improving his 1965 record to 22-7, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago Cubs 1-0 before 29,139 fans at Dodger Stadium in a game that was played in 1 hour 43 minutes. Losing pitcher Bob Hendley was almost as brilliant as Mr. Koufax, allowing just 1 hit as his record for the season dropped to 2-3. It was the first major league game for Chicago center fielder Don Young and left fielder Byron Browne, both of whom played the whole game and batted 0 for 3.

Juan Marichal pitched a 4-hitter and Tom Haller drove in 2 runs with a home run and a sacrifice fly as the San Francisco Giants shut out the Houston Astros 4-0 before 20,076 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in a game that was played in 1 hour 55 minutes. Mr. Marichal improved his record for the season to 21-10, and the win left the Giants 1/2 game ahead of both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds in the National League pennant race.

Tony Perez homered off Gordie Richardson with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 win over the New York Mets before 6,519 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Deron Johnson hit a 2-run homer in the 4th to give the Reds a 2-0 lead, but the Mets rallied to tie the game with 2 in the 8th. Sammy Ellis, normally a starting pitcher, entered the game in the 9th, quelled a New York rally, and was rewarded with the win, improving his 1965 record to 19-8. Tom Parsons, the second of three New York pitchers, entered the game in the 8th inning and allowed 2 hits but no runs in 2/3 inning in his 40th and last career major league game.

Willie Smith's 3-run double was the big blow of a 4-run 1st inning as the California Angels defeated the Kansas City Athletics 7-2 before 1,271 fans at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Fred Newman pitched a 7-hit complete game victory, while the Athletics used 6 pitchers. Kansas City starter Lew Krausse faced just 4 batters, allowing 4 runs--all earned--on a base on balls and 3 hits in taking the loss. Johnny Blanchard doubled as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 8th inning in his last game in a Kansas City uniform; he was sold to the Milwaukee Braves after the game.

40 years ago

Died on this date
John McGiver, 61
. Mr. McGiver was a character actor in television programs and in movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961); The Manchurian Candidate (1962); and Midnight Cowboy (1969). He died of a heart attack.

Ken Jungels, 59. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Jungels played with the Cleveland Indians (1937-1938, 1940-1941) and Pittsburgh Pirates, compiling a record of 1-0 with a 6.80 earned run average in 25 games, all in relief. He played in various minor leagues from 1936-1949, with his best season being 1937, when he was 21-4, 3.21 with the Springfield Indians of the Class C Middle Atlantic League.

World events
Prince Norodom Sihanouk returned to Khmer (Cambodia) after five years of exile in China.

Politics and Government
U.S. President Gerald Ford nominated Thomas Kleppe as Secretary of the Interior, succeeding Stanley Hathaway, who was retiring for health reasons after having held the position for only three months.

Economics and finance
Statistics Canada reported Canada's unemployment rate for August to be 7.3%, the highest since 1961.

British Columbia (3-5) 15 @ Winnipeg (4-5) 1

Grady Cavness returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown 1:05 into the 2nd half for the game's only touchdown as the Lions defeated the Blue Bombers for the second time in six days to move back into the race for a playoff spot in the Western Football Conference. The Winnipeg Stadium crowd of 24,105 expressed their dissatisfaction with the Blue Bomber offense under quarterbacks Chuck Ealey and Dieter Brock; in what is the worst offensive production in the memory of this blogger, the Blue Bombers made just 3 first downs; 45 yards rushing; 39 yards passing; and 45 yards net offense. Messrs. Ealey and Brock completed just 4 of 15 passes. B.C. running back Lou Harris rushed 28 times for 162 yards. John Wintermeyer, playing his 8th and final CFL game as B.C. kicker, scored singles on missed field goals in the 1st quarter and converted Mr. Cavness's touchdown. Backup quarterback Eric Guthrie kicked field goals of 28 and 15 yards in the 4th quarter. The only Winnipeg point came on a single off a missed field goal by Bernie Ruoff in the 2nd quarter.

Chris Chambliss batted 5 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in to help the New York Yankees defeat the Detroit Tigers 9-6 before 7,240 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Former Yankee Gene Michael entered the game for Detroit as a pinch hitter in the 4th inning, doubling in a run and remaining in the game at third base in the 973rd and last game of his 10-year major league career.

Bert Campaneris reached first base with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 14th inning on an error by shortstop Fred Patek, stole second base, and scored on a single by Bill North as the Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals 2-1 before 11,124 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mr. Patek provided the Kansas City scoring with a home run in the 3rd inning.

Jim Dwyer led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a single and scored on a double by Mike Jorgensen to give the Montreal Expos a 2-1 win over the New York Mets before 7,134 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Out of Mind, Out of Sight--The Models

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kanashimi ni Sayonara--Anzen Chitai (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Paul Flory, 75
. U.S. chemist and engineer. Dr. Flory was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his fundamental work, both theoretical and experimental, in the physical chemistry of macromolecules."

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Vision of Love--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (10th week at #1)

Died on this date
Doc Cramer, 85
. U.S. baseball player. Roger Maxwell Cramer was a center fielder with the Philadelphia Athletics (1929-1935); Boston Red Sox (1936-1940); Washington Nationals (1941); and Detroit Tigers (1942-1948), batting .296 with 37 home runs and 842 runs batted in in 2,239 games. At the age of 40, he batted .379 in the 1945 World Series as the Tigers defeated the Chicago Cubs in 7 games.

Samuel Doe, 39. President of Liberia, 1980-1990. Mr. Doe took power in a coup in 1980 and was elected President in 1985 amid complaints of electoral fraud. President Doe and an entourage of bodyguards arrived at the headquarters of a multinational force from Negro African countries that had entered the country in August in an attempt to help restore order between Liberian government forces and rebel armies. Rebels led by Prince Johnson also arrived at the headquarters, gunfire broke out, and 78 were killed, mostly Mr. Doe's bodyguards. Mr. Doe himself was tortured and murdered.

The Sri Lankan Army massacred 184 minority Tamil civilians in the eastern Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka.

Saskatchewan (6-4) 21 @ Ottawa (4-6) 30
Hamilton (4-6) 18 @ Winnipeg (7-3) 29

Damon Allen threw touchdown passes to David Williams and Jeff Smith and rushed 20 yards for a touchdown to lead the Rough Riders to the win in front of a Lansdowne Park crowd of 25,384. Saskatchewan quarterbacks Kent Austin and Jeff Bentrim combined to throw 7 interceptions. Mr. Austin threw touchdown passes to Ray Elgaard and Don Narcisse and connected with linebacker Dave Albright for a 2-point convert on Mr. Narcisse’s score.

Rod Hill became the first CFL player to make 5 interceptions in a regular season game to lead the Blue Bombers’ defense, while quarterback Tom Burgess completed 20 of 27 passes for 193 yards and 3 touchdowns--2 to Eric Streater and 1 to Rick House. Mike Kerrigan, who threw 5 interceptions, connected with Richard Nurse and Carl Parker for Hamilton touchdowns. 23,805 were at Winnipeg Stadium to see Mr. Hill accomplish something that had been done previously only by Bud Grant of the Blue Bombers against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a semi-final game in 1953.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kiss from a Rose--Seal (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Scatman's World--Scatman John (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Country House--Blur (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)
2 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
3 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.
4 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
5 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
6 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
7 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
8 He's Mine--MoKenStef
9 Runaway--Janet Jackson
10 I Got 5 On It--Luniz

Singles entering the chart were Runaway; Can I Touch You...There? by Michael Bolton (#54); Vibin' by Boyz II Men (#61); Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio (#66); Comedown by Bush (#70); Pretty Girl by Jon B (#75); Something for the Pain by Bon Jovi (#79); and Send Me on My Way by Rusted Root (#84).

British Columbia (8-3) 43 @ Ottawa (2-10) 24
Toronto (2-9) 27 @ Hamilton (7-4) 33
Birmingham (6-5) 20 @ Baltimore (9-3) 28

Cory Philpot rushed 62 yards for a touchdown on the B.C. Lions' second play from scrimmage as they beat the Rough Riders before 22,564 fans at Frank Clair Stadium. Sean Millington rushed 3 yards for a B.C. touchdown and scored another on a 39-yard pass from Danny McManus, while Mr. McManus connected with Paul Blackwood for a 4-yard TD. Mark Ricks retured a punt 83 yards for the first Ottawa touchdown in the 4th quarter, and newly-acquired quarterback Andre Ware threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Nigel Williams and a 2-point convert pass to Gerry Collins.

Anthony Calvillo completed touchdown passes to Earl Winfield and Lee Knight, and a 2-point convert pass to Frank Marof in the 4th quarter as the Tiger-Cats rallied from a 27-15 3rd-quarter deficit to defeat the Argonauts before 24,820 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Larry Thompson scored the other Hamilton touchdown on a 48-yard pass from Mr. Calvillo in the 1st quarter. Receiver Rob Crifo threw a 56-yard pass to Paul Masotti for the first Toronto TD, while the other Argonaut touchdowns came on a 97-yard punt return by Jimmy Cunningham and a 37-yard fumble return by Jeff Cummins.

Tracy Ham completed touchdown passes of 20 yards to Chris Wright and 4 yards to Chris Armstrong in the 4th quarter as the Stallions came back from a 17-11 3rd-quarter deficit to defeat the Barracudas before 29,013 fans at Memorial Stadium. Marcus Grant scored the only Birmingham touchdown on a 35-yard pass from Matt Dunigan in the 3rd quarter.

Calgary (1-1) 24 @ Alberta (1-1) 30

Jason Hutchins returned a missed field goal 120 yards for a touchdown to help the Golden Bears defeat the Dinosaurs at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton.

10 years ago

Died on this date
John Wayne Glover, 72
. U.K.-born Australian serial killer. Mr. Glover, nicknamed the "Granny Killer," confessed to murdering six elderly women in Australia from 1989-1990. He was sentenced to consecutive life terms without possibility of parole, and committed suicide by hanging himself in prison.

Calgary (5-6) 16 @ Edmonton (7-4) 11

Jason Gesser completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Ken-Yon Rambo in the 2nd quarter and Sandro DeAngelis added a convert and 3 field goals as the Stampeders defeated the Eskimos in a terrible game before 42,654 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray completed 35 of 47 passes for 279 yards and rushed 11 times for 51 yards, but produced only one touchdown, a 31-yard pass to Jason Tucker with 30 seconds left in the game.

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