Thursday, 15 October 2015

October 15, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Princess Maganda and Angela Nixon!

750 years ago

Born on this date
Temür Khan
. Emperor of China, 1294-1307. Temür Khan, who succeeded his grandfather Kublai Khan on the throne, was the nominal Great Khan of the divided Mongol Empire and the second Emperor of China of the Yuan dynasty. Temür Khan died on February 10, 1307 at the age of 41, but without a male heir, since his only son had died a year earlier. Temür Khan was succeeded as Great Khan and Emperor by Külüg Khan, Emperor Wuzong.

200 years ago

World events
Deposed French Emperor Napoleon I began his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.

175 years ago

Born on this date
Honoré Mercier
. Canadian politician. Mr. Mercier, a Liberal, was a member of the Canadian House of Commons from 1872-1874 before moving into provincial politics, serving as Premier of Quebec from 1886-1891. In 1887, Mr. Mercier hosted the first interprovincial conference of premiers since Confederation, forcing the federal government to recognize provincial autonomy in fiscal matters. Mr. Mercier also established the practice of regarding the government of Quebec as the advocate for the rights of French-Canadians outside Quebec. He was removed from office in December 1891 by Lieutenant-Governor Auguste-Réal Angers after a report concluded that Mr. Mercier's government had diverted public funds in the Baie des Chaleurs railway scandal. There was no proof that Mr. Mercier was personally involved in the scandal, but his health was broken, and he died on October 30, 1894, 15 days after his 54th birthday.

130 years ago


World Series
Chicago White Stockings 5 @ St. Louis Browns 4 (5 1/2 innings) (Game forfeited to Chicago 9-0) (Chicago led seven-game series 1-0-1)

The White Stockings scored 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning to take a 5-4 lead over the Browns before 2,000 fans at Sportsman’s Park. St. Louis manager Charlie Comiskey then pulled his team off the field in protest against a decision by umpire Dan Sullivan, resulting in the game being forfeited to Chicago. Jim McCormick pitched 5 innings to get the win, while losing pitcher Dave Foutz pitched 6 innings. Mr. Sullivan didn’t see any more service during the Series.

90 years ago

World Series
Washington Nationals 7 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (PIttsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-3)

The Pirates came back from 4-0 and 6-3 deficits to score 2 runs in the 7th inning and 3 in the 8th before 42,856 fans at Forbes Field to win the World Series for the first time in 16 years, becoming the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in games to win the World Series. The game was played, for some reason, in a steady downpour from the 2nd inning on, which turned the field into a quagmire, making for probably the worst playing conditions ever for a World Series game. Washington left fielder Goose Goslin claimed that the last 3 innings were played in a fog that made for very poor visibility, and claimed that Pittsburgh center fielder Max Carey's double that drove in the last 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th was a foul ball. Ray Kremer, the third of four Pittsburgh pitchers, allowed 1 hit and 1 run--earned--in 4 innings to get the win, while Walter Johnson pitched a complete game to take the loss, allowing 15 hits and 5 earned runs in what one writer termed "the most miserable weather conditions that ever confronted a pitcher."

75 years ago

At the movies
The Great Dictator, produced, directed, and written by Charlie Chaplin, and starring Mr. Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Jack Oakie, received its premiere screening in New York City.

Died on this date
Lluís Companys, 58
. President of Catalonia, 1932-1940. Mr. Companys, leader of the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC), proclaimed the Catalan State within the Spanish Federal Republic. He sided with the Communists during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and was exiled to France in 1939. Nazi authorites arrested Mr. Company in France on August 13, 1940 and transferred him to Madrid, where he was executed by firing squad. Mr. Companys is (so far) the only democratically elected President in European history to have been executed.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Till the End of Time--Perry Como (4th week at #1)
--Dick Haymes
--Les Brown and his Orchestra
2 On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
--Bing Crosby
--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
--Judy Garland and the Merry Macs
3 Chopin's Polonaise--Carmen Cavallaro and his Orchestra
4 If I Loved You--Perry Como
--Bing Crosby
--Frank Sinatra
5 Tampico--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
6 I'll Buy that Dream--Helen Forrest and Dick Haymes
--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Hal McIntyre and his Orchestra
7 Gotta Be This or That--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
8 Stars in Your Eyes--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
9 It's Only a Paper Moon--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
--Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys
10 Lily Belle--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--The Pied Pipers

There were no singles entering the chart.

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Manor House Case

Died on this date
Pierre Laval, 62
. Prime Minister of France, 1931-1932; 1935-1936; 1940; 1942-1944. Mr. Laval served his first two terms as Prime Minister during the Third Republic, and his last two terms under the Vichy regime during World War II. After France was liberated from Nazi control in 1944, Mr. Laval was arrested and charged with treason. He was shot by a firing squad nine days after his conviction, and six days before general elections.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Unchained Melody--Al Hibbler; Les Baxter and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White--Perez Prado and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): The Man from Laramie--Jimmy Young (2nd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Jukebox--3rd week at #1); Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces (Disc Jockey--1st week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing--The Four Aces
2 The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
--Johnny Desmond
3 Autumn Leaves--Roger Williams
4 Moments to Remember--The Four Lads
5 Ain't That a Shame--Pat Boone
--Fats Domino
6 Seventeen--Boyd Bennett and the Rockets
--The Fontane Sisters
--Rusty Draper
7 Maybellene--Chuck Berry
8 The Bible Tells Me So--Don Cornell
--Nick Noble
9 The Shifting Whispering Sands--Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra
--Rusty Draper
10 He--Al Hibbler

Singles entering the chart were Crode di Oro (Cross of Gold) by Patti Page (#40); Magic Melody by Les Paul and Mary Ford (#43); Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra (#44); No Arms Can Ever Hold You (Like These Arms of Mine), with versions by Georgie Shaw, Pat Boone, and the Gaylords (#45); and Por Favor by Vic Damone (#47). Love and Marriage was from Our Town, an episode of the television program Producers' Showcase.

On television tonight
The Honeymooners, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Golfer

Toronto (3-6) 23 @ Montreal (7-2) 44
Ottawa (2-7) 1 @ Hamilton (6-3) 28

Edmonton (12-2) 3 @ Saskatchewan (8-5) 4
Calgary (3-11) 18 @ British Columbia (5-9) 36

Kitchener-Waterloo (8-1-1) 19 @ Sarnia (5-3-1) 19

The Alouettes and Argonauts combined for 9 touchdowns as the Alouettes beat the Argonauts at Molson Stadium. Montreal quarterback Sam Etcheverry threw 5 touchdown passes, and Toronto quarterback Tom Dublinski threw 4 TD passes. Montreal defensive back Hal Patterson made 3 interceptions.

Joe Aguirre kicked a field goal and Rod Pantages punted for a single as the Roughriders edged the Eskimos before 11,590 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Bob Dean kicekd a field goal for the Eskimos, who left several starting players at home. Rookie Canadian lineman Jack Lamb played his first regular season game with the Eskimos.

Don Bartosh scored 2 touchdowns for the Lions as they beat the Stampeders before 16,951 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Ron Clinkscale replaced injured Arnie Galiffa as B.C.'s starting quarterback and scored a touchdown before being relieved by Primo Villanueva, who scored a TD of his own. Rae Ross and Dan Edwards scored the other B.C. touchdown, all of which were converted by Ron Baker. Jack Meakin, Willie Roberts, and Lynn Bottoms scored Calgary touchdowns, all converted by Tom Miner. The teams combined for 5 touchdowns in the 4th quarter: Messrs. Ross, Edwards, and Bartosh scored for the Lions before Mr. Roberts scored for Calgary with 3:16 remaining, and Mr. Bottoms scored just 37 seconds later.

Bob Celeri scored a touchdown and 2 singles as he quarterbacked the Dutchmen to their tie with the Imperials at Norm Perry Park. Cookie Gilchrist and Bobby Kuntz scored the other K-W touchdowns, and Bill Graham added 2 converts. Sarnia quarterback Gino Cappelletti scored a touchdown, 3 converts, and a single. Dick Dixon and Mr. Chorostecki scored the other Sarnia touchdowns.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Yesterday/Act Naturally--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)
2 A Lover's Concerto--The Toys
3 You were on My Mind--We Five
4 Not the Lovin' Kind--Dino, Desi and Billy
5 (My Girl) Sloopy--Little Caesar and the Consuls
6 Keep on Dancing--The Gentrys
7 Liar, Liar--The Castaways
8 Mohair Sam--Charlie Rich
9 Everybody Loves a Clown--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
10 Catch Us if You Can--The Dave Clark Five
Pick hit of the week: You Really Got a Hold on Me--Little Caesar and the Consuls
New this week: Try to Remember--The Brothers Four
Don't Ever Change--Jack London
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away--The Silkie
Secretly--The Lettermen
I Will--Dean Martin

The U.S.S.R. launched the second Molniga 1 communications satellite.

Several days of antiwar demonstrations began in 40 U.S. cities.

The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge across Ottawa River, and the Gatineau Autoroute to Old Chelsea, Quebec were officially opened.

The Houston Astros assigned infielder Ernie Fazio to the Kansas City Athletics to complete the June 4 trade in which the Astros had received first baseman Jim Gentile for pitcher Jesse Hickman and $100,000. Mr. Fazio batted .268 with 23 home runs and 72 runs batted in in 143 games with Oklahoma City of the AAA Pacific Coast League in 1965.

40 years ago

Arab League foreign ministers began two days of meetings in Cairo in an effort to stop fighting between Christians and Muslims in Lebanon. More than 400 people had been killed in Beirut.

Economics and finance
Foreign Investment Review Act screening came into effect, as the Canadian government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau started monitoring new investments.

British Columbia (5-9) 25 @ Ottawa (9-5) 15

Peter Liske completed 16 of 24 passes for 269 yards--225 in the 1st half--and 3 touchdowns to lead the Lions over the Rough Riders before 19,002 fans at Lansdowne Park. Jim Young caught 2 of Mr. Liske's touchdown passes, with the other going to Ross Clarkson. Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Brian Berg became the fourth placekicker employed by the Lions in 1975, and added 3 converts and a field goal. Art Green rushed for both Ottawa touchdowns and passed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for the season. Mike Strickland played his first CFL game as a running back with B.C., replacing the departed Wayne Moseley.

World Series
Boston Red Sox 5 @ Cincinnati Reds 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Dwight Evans hit a 2-run triple and came around to score as the Red Sox scored all their runs in the 4th inning and overcame a 2-0 deficit to edge the Reds before 55,667 fans at Riverfront Stadium. Luis Tiant pitched a 9-hit complete game victory, singled, and scored the eventual winning run. The Reds had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th when Cesar Geronimo and Pete Rose were on second and first bases , respectively, with 1 out. Ken Griffey followed with a line drive to deep center field, but Boston center fielder Fred Lynn made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out, and Joe Morgan popped out to first baseman Carl Yastrzemski for the final out.

30 years ago

Former federal cabinet minister and future Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien published his book Dans la Fosse aux Lions [In the Lions' Den].

American League Championship Series
Kansas City 5 @ Toronto 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

A solo home run by George Brett in the top of the 5th inning gave the Royals a 3-2 lead, and they held on for the win over the Blue Jays before 37,557 fans at Exhibition Stadium. Mr. Brett’s home run was his 3rd of the Series, all of them off Doyle Alexander. Mr. Alexander pitched 5 1/3 innings and took the loss. Mark Gubicza pitched 5 1/3 innings to get the win; Bud Black followed with 3 1/3 innings of relief, and Dan Quisenberry nailed down the final out to get the save.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): So Hard--Pet Shop Boys (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Delphine Seyrig, 58
. Lebanese-born French actress. Miss Seyrig was fluent in English, French, and German, and appeared in movies made in all three languages. Her best-known films were Last Year at Marienbad (1961) and The Day of the Jackal (1973). Miss Seyrig died of a lung ailment, possibly cancer.

U.S.S.R. President Mikhail Gorbachev was named the winner of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize "for his leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community."

South Africa's Reservation of Separate Amenities Act, which had barred blacks from public facilities for 37 years, was repealed.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I Wanna Be a Hippy--Technohead (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Bengt Åkerblom, 28
. Swedish hockey player. Mr. Åkerblom was a centre with Mora IK of HockeyAllsvenskan, and was playing in an exhibition game against Brynäs IF at the FM Mattsson Arena in Mora, Sweden, when his neck was cut by a skate, and he bled to death.

Marco Campos, 19. Brazilian auto racing driver. Mr. Campos was a rookie driver in the International Formula 3000 circuit, and became the only driver so far to be killed in a race in that circuit. He became the only driver in that circuit so far to be killed in a race when he died the day after suffering fatal skull fractures when the front tire of his car contacted the rear tire of another car and his car flipped into the air, and his head struck the top of the retaining wall while his car was upside down.

British Columbia (9-7) 14 @ Hamilton (8-8) 43

Kalin Hall caught touchdown passes of 12 and 14 yards from Steve Taylor and rushed for touchdowns of 44 yards and 1 yard to lead the Tiger-Cats over the Lions before 23,112 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Earl Winfield scored the games first TD on a 53-yard pass from Mr. Taylor in the 1st quarter. Danny McManus completed an 11-yard pass to Yo Murphy for the first B.C. touchdown and John Leach rushed 1 yard for the Lions' other touchdown in his first CFL game.

American League Championship Series
Seattle 2 @ Cleveland 3 (Cleveland led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Jim Thome's 2-run home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th inning produced the tying and winning runs as the Indians edged the Mariners before 43,607 fans at Jacobs Field. Orel Hershiser allowed 5 hits and 2 runs--1 earned--in 6 innings to get the win over Chris Bosio.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Jason Collier, 28
. U.S. basketball player. Mr. Collier was a center with the Houston Rockets (2000-2003) and Atlanta Hawks (2003-2005), scoring 841 points (5.6 points per game) in 151 games. His best season was his last, when he scored 402 points in 70 games. Mr. Collier died of a sudden heart arrythmia caused by an abnormally enlarged heart.

Iraqis voted to approve a constitution.

Over 100 people were arrested in Toledo, Ohio when a riot broke out when members of the "pro-white" National Socialist Movement were confronted by members of the "anti-fascist" Anti-Racist Action. The NSM marchers were ostensibly in the neighbourhood to protest Negro gang activity in the north end of Toledo.

Saskatchewan (8-8) 18 @ Edmonton (10-6) 19

Ricky Ray rushed 1 yard for a touchdown and Sean Fleming converted with 2:23 remaining in regulation time to give the Eskimos their win over the Roughriders before 53,216 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Fleming kicked 4 field goals to complete the Edmonton scoring. Both Saskatchewan touchdowns came in the 2nd quarter, on a 1-yard rush by quarterback Marcus Crandell with 7:03 remaining in the quarter, and a 53-yard punt return by Corey Holmes with 47 seconds remaining in the 1st half. Troy Davis led the Edmonton attack with 96 yards on 17 carries and 65 yards on 6 pass receptions.

Alberta (5-1) 20 Calgary 10

National League Championship Series
St. Louis 3 @ Houston 4 (Houston led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Mike Lamb hit a 2-run home run in the 4th inning and doubled and scored the eventual winning run in the 6th to help the Astros edge the Cardinals before 42,823 fans at Minute Maid Park. Roger Clemens allowed 6 hits and 2 runs--both earned--in 6 innings to get the win over Matt Morris.

American League Championship Series
Chicago 8 @ Anaheim 2 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Paul Konerko's 3-run home run with 1 out in the top of the 1st inning provided the White Sox with all the runs they needed as they beat the Angels before 44,857 fans at Angel Stadium. Freddy Garcia allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching the third straight complete game victory for Chicago. Losing pitcher Ervin Santana allowed 3 hits, 3 bases on balls, and 6 runs--5 earned--in 4 1/3 innings.

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