Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Qian!
225 years ago
Born on this date
John Ross. U.S. Indian leader. Mr. Ross served in various leadership positions, including principal chief, with the Cherokee Nation from 1819 until his death in 1866.
125 years ago
Pat Luby earned his 20th win of the season and 17th in a row as the Chicago Colts defeated the New York Giants 3-2 at West Side Park in Chicago.
120 years ago
Charles B. Macdonald of the United States defeated fellow American Charles Sands 12 and 11 to win the first U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The first U.S. Open was played on the same course the following day.
100 years ago
Born on this date
William Hawrelak. Canadian politician. Mr. Hawrelak was Mayor of Edmonton from 1951-1959, 1963-1965, and 1974-1975. He was an effective administrator, but was forced out of office in 1959 and again in 1965 because companies in which he was involved were doing business with the city, and he was profiting from these activities. Mr. Hawrelak was elected again in 1974--unseating incumbent Ivor Dent--but died in office of a heart attack on November 7, 1975 at the age of 60.
Ray Stark. U.S. film producer. Mr. Stark was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for Funny Girl (1968) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He died on January 17, 2004 at the age of 88.
The Chicago Whales split a doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Rebels before 34,212 fans at Weeghman Park in Chicago, allowing the Whales to finish 1 percentage point ahead of the St. Louis Terriers and 1/2 game ahead of the Rebels to win the Federal League pennant as the FL concluded its second and last season of play. Al Wickland batted 4 for 6 with 3 runs batted in to lead the Pirates to a 5-4 win in 11 innings in the first game. Bill Bailey pitched a 2-hitter and the Whales scored all their runs in the 6th inning as they won 3-0 in a game that was called after 6 1/2 innings because of darkness. The Whales finished the season with a record of 86-66, .566, while the Rebels were 86-67, .562.
The St. Louis Terriers allowed 2 runs in the top of the 2nd inning but came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the 2nd as they beat the Kansas City Packers 6-2 at Handlan's Park in St. Louis. The Terriers finished the season with a record of 87-67, .565, .001 behind the Chicago Whales in the Federal League pennant race. According to rules then in place, games not played were not required to be made up if they affected the pennant race.
The Baltimore Terrapins and Newark Peppers split a doubleheader at Harrison Park in Newark to conclude the season in the Federal League. The Terrapins scored 4 runs in the 4th inning and 2 in the 5th as they won the first game 9-5. Ed Reulbach pitched a 3-hitter to finish the season with a record of 20-10 as the Peppers won the second game 6-0.
90 years ago
Toronto Balmy Beach (1-0) 7 @ Camp Borden (0-1) 1
Hamilton (1-0) 9 @ University of Toronto II (0-1) 8 (OT)
The Rowing Club defeated the U of T II ("Orfuns") in 20 minutes of overtime at Varsity Stadium.
80 years ago
Italian forces commanded by General Emilio de Bono invaded Abyssinia.
Chicago Cubs 3 @ Detroit Tigers 8 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Hank Greenberg hit a 2-run home run to cap a 4-run 1st inning as the Tigers defeated the Cubs before 46,742 fans at Navin Field. Mr. Greenberg later broke his wrist sliding into home plate and was lost for the rest of the series. Tommy Bridges went the distance for the win, while Charlie Root, who was pulled from the game after giving up hits to the first 4 batters, took the loss.
75 years ago
Detroit Tigers 3 @ Cincinnati Reds 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Bucky Walters gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning, but pitched a 3-hitter, while Jimmy Ripple hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning, as the Reds defeated the Tigers at Crosley Field. Schoolboy Rowe, who pitched just 3 1/3 innings, took the loss.
70 years ago
Chicago Cubs 9 @ Detroit Tigers 0 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 1-0)
The Cubs scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 3rd as they routed the Tigers before 54,637 fans at Briggs Stadium, with Hank Borowy pitching a 6-hit shutout.
60 years ago
On television today
Two landmark children's programs premiered on American networks: Captain Kangaroo on CBS, and The Mickey Mouse Club on ABC.
British Columbia (4-7) 6 @ Calgary (3-8) 18
Saskatchewan (6-5) 9 @ Edmonton (11-1) 17
Don Klosterman threw touchdown passes to Bill McKenna, Tom Miner, and Peter Muir, all converted by Mr. Miner, as the Stampeders beat the Lions before 12,000 fans at Mewata Stadium. The Lions averted a shutout in the last minute on a touchdown pass from Arnie Galiffa to Primo Villanueva, converted by Ron Baker.
Jackie Parker and Normie Kwong scored touchdowns for the Eskimos as they defeated the Roughriders at Clarke Stadium. Bob Dean converted both TDs and added a field goal, and Bob Heydenfeldt punted for 2 singles to complete the Edmonton scoring. Ken Carpenter scored the Saskatchewan touchdown; Joe Aguirre converted and added a field goal.
Brooklyn Dodgers 1 @ New York Yankees 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Bill Skowron's 3-run home run was the big hit of a 5-run 1st inning as the Yankees tied the series before 64,022 fans at Yankee Stadium.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Zachary Scott, 51. U.S. actor. Mr. Scott, who usually played heels, apppeared in movies such as The Mask of Dimitrios (1944); The Southerner (1945); Mildred Pierce (1945); The Unfaithful (1947); Cass Timberlane (1947); Ruthless (1948); and Flamingo Road (1949). He died of a brain tumor.
In a ceremony at the Statue of Liberty, U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed into law an immigration reform bill that abolished the national origins quota system that had, for 40 years, favoured immigrants from the British Isles and northern Europe. According to Mr. Johnson, the law "says simply that, from this day forth, those wishing to emigrate to America shall be admitted on the basis of their skills and their close relationship to those already here."
Toronto (1-9) 8 @ Montreal (4-6) 25
Hamilton (6-4) 21 @ Winnipeg (7-5) 26
Toronto quartertback Peter Liske completed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Len Sparks to open the scoring in the 1st quarter, but the Alouettes dominated thereafter, as J.W. Lockett scored 2 touchdowns to help them defeat the Argonauts before 18,000 fans at Molson Stadium in a quagmire resulting from a heavy downpour that began an hour before the start of the game.
Art Perkins scored 2 touchdowns, the second coming on a 51-yard pass from Kenny Ploen late in the game, as the Blue Bombers came back from a 20-0 1st-quarter deficit to defeat the Tiger-Cats before 18,450 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Ploen also completed a touchdown pass to Farrell Funston and rushed for a touchdown of his own.
Ray Culp pitched a 4-hitter and doubled in the final run of the game to win the pitchers' duel over Al Jackson as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Mets 3-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 18,508 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Jackson allowed 10 hits and 3 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings to finish the season with a record of 8-20. In the second game, third baseman Billy Sorrell led off the top of the 13th inning with his first major league home run, and the Phillies added another run to win 3-1 and complete the sweep. Larry Jackson started on the mound for Philadelphia and allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run in 9 innings. Rookie Ferguson Jenkins, who pitched the last 2 innings, allowed 1 hit and struck out 4 to get his second and last win as a Phillie. Jack Fisher pitched a complete game for the Mets, allowing 8 hits and 3 earned runs to take the loss, finishing the season with a record of 8-24. New York second baseman Bobby Klaus batted 0 for 5 with a base on balls in the 96th and last game of his 2-year major league career.
Willie Mays hit his 52nd home run of the season to help the San Francisco Giants defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 before 39,489 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Bobby Bolin pitched 5 1/3 innings of relief to get the win, allowing just 1 hit and striking out 9. Dick Estelle started on the mound for San Francisco, allowing 5 hits, 6 bases on balls, and 3 runs--2 earned--in the 12th and last game of his 2-year major league career. Billy McCool allowed 10 hits and 6 runs--5 earned--to take the loss. Frank Robinson, playing the last game of his 10-year career in a Cincinnati uniform, batted 1 for 3 with a base on balls and a run batted in.
Six pitchers combined to pitch a 3-hit shutout as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 before 39,922 fans at Dodger Stadium. Losing pitcher Bob Sadowski allowed 11 hits and 3 runs--2 earned--in 7 innings to take the loss, while Tony Cloninger pitched a perfect 8th inning in relief for the Braves. Tommy Davis, making his first appearance with the Dodgers since breaking his ankle on May 1, grounded out as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning. Los Angeles catcher Hector Valle was 2 for 3 with a run batted in in the 9th and last game of his 1-year major league career. Milwaukee third baseman Mike de la Hoz grounded out for the last out, ending the Braves' 13-season history as the Milwaukee Braves; the team was scheduled to move to Atlanta after the season.
Tony Kubek, playing the 1,092nd and last game of his 9-year major league career, batted 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 runs batted in to help the New York Yankees end a disappointing season with an 11-5 win over the Boston Red Sox before 5,933 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Mr. Kubek hit a 2-run home run in the 9th inning in his final plate appearance. First baseman Ray Barker was also 3 for 4 with a double, run, and 2 RBIs, while left fielder Tom Tresh was 3 for 5 with 2 runs. Whitey Ford allowed 11 hits and 5 runs--4 earned--in 7 innings, but still got the win to finish the season with a record of 16-13. Pedro Ramos pitched 2 perfect innings to get his 18th save of the season. Boston second baseman Chuck Schilling was 1 for 5 with a run, and participated in 2 double plays in the field, in the 541st and last game of his 5-year major league career.
Joe Coleman pitched a 5-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Joe Sparma as the Washington Senators edged the Detroit Tigers 3-2 before 3,066 fans at District of Columbia Stadium. Detroit first baseman Bill Roman batted 0 for 2 in the 24th and last game of his 2-year major league career.
Sam Bowens hit a home run off Sam McDowell with 2 out and nobody on base in the top of the 9th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians before 21,651 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Steve Barber pitched a 3-hitter, allowing 1 earned run, to get the win and finish 1965 with a record of 15-10. Mr. McDowell allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs, striking out 7, in pitching a complete game and finishing the season at 17-11. Baltimore catcher Dick Brown batted 2 for 3 in the 636th and last game of his 9-year major league career; his brother Larry, the Cleveland shortstop, drew a base on balls, grounded out, and then drove in his team's only run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning.
Tom McCraw batted 3 for 4 with a home run, triple, 2 runs, and 1 run batted in as the Chicago White Sox edged the Kansas City Athletics 3-2 before 4,611 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Floyd Robinson batted in the other 2 Chicago runs with a pair of singles. Billy Bryan hit a 2-run home run for Kansas City. Joe Horlen allowed 4 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings to get the win, while losing pitcher Catfish Hunter allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings. Bill Heath made his major league debut with the White Sox, grounding out as a pinch hitter for Mr. Horlen in the 7th inning. Kansas City pinch hitter Santiago Rosario struck out in the 7th inning of the 81st and last game of his 1-year major league career.
Harmon Killebrew's 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning helped the Minnesota Twins defeat the California Angels 3-2 before 16,729 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. California first baseman Vic Power batted 1 for 5 with a run and a run batted in, and made 7 putouts in the field in the 1,627th game of his 12-year major league career, while teammate Charlie Dees lined out as a pinch hitter in the 98th and last game of his 3-year big league career. Minnesota catcher John Sevcik was 0 for 2 in the 12th and last game of his 1-season major league career.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights--Freddy Fender (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): S O S--ABBA (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Torneró--I Santo California (5th week at #1)
The six-day siege at the Spaghetti House restaurant in London ended peacefully when the final six hostages being held by the Black Liberation Army were released unhamrmed.
Eddie Gallagher, 28, and his girlfriend Marian Coyle, 21, kidnapped Tiede Herrema, chief executive of the Dutch-owned Ferenka factory in Ballyvarra, County Limerick, Ireland, as he was on his way to work. The kidnappers demanded the release of three Republican prisoners--Rose Dugdale, Kevin Mallon and Jim Hyland--in return for Dr. Herrema's safety.
Manitoba (0-4) 18 @ Calgary (3-1) 50
30 years ago
Canada's top 18
1 Crying Over You--Paltinum Blonde
2 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits
3 Dress You Up--Madonna
4 Head Over Heels--Tears for Fears
5 Cry--Godley and Creme
6 Summer of '69--Bryan Adams
7 Don't Lose My Number--Phil Collins
8 Lonely Ol' Night--John Cougar Mellencamp
10 Boy in the Box--Corey Hart
11 Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
12 Hurts to Be in Love--Gino Vannelli
13 We Don't Need Another Hero--Tina Turner
14 Cherish--Kool & The Gang
15 Take on Me--A-Ha
16 Fortress Around Your Heart--Sting
17 Part-Time Lover--Stevie Wonder
18 Mona with the Children--Doug Cameron
On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CITV
Tonight's episode: Wordplay, starring Robert Klein; Dreams for Sale, starring Meg Foster; Chameleon, starring Terrance O'Quinn
The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis made its maiden flight, as mission STS-51-J launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a five-member crew commanded by Karol Bobko.
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer (6th week at #1)
On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The Journey
East and West Germany reunited to form a single nation, 45 years after they had been split into two nations at the end of World War II. The official name of the country was the Federal Republic of Germany, previously the official name of West Germany.
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein visited Kuwait and said that there would be "no compromise" and vowed not to give up "one inch" of what was now called province 19.
A jury in Broward County Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida found record store owner Charles Freeman guilty on obscenity charges for selling copies of the album As Nasty as They Wanna Be by the rap group 2 Live Crew. The lyrics contained many references to sexual intercourse and oral and anal sex as well as many unflattering references to women.
Cecil Fielder hit his 50th and 51st home runs of the season as the Detroit Tigers ended the season with a 10-3 win over the New York Yankees before 13,380 fans at Yankee Stadium. Mr. Fielder was the first major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season since George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds in 1977, and the first American League player to do it since Roger Maris hit 61 and Mickey Mantle hit 54 for the New York Yankees in 1961. New York designated hitter Kevin Maas hit his 21st home run of the season in just his 79th game since making his major league debut on June 29. Left fielder Gary Ward opened the scoring for Detroit in the 1st inning with a grand slam off Steve Adkins; for Mr. Ward, who also singled and scored another run, it was the 130th home run of his major league career, coming in the 1,287th and last game of his 12-year big league career. Detroit center fielder Chet Lemon batted 3 for 5 with a double in the 1,988th and last game of his 16-year major league career. Mr. Adkins, who also gave up Mr. Fielder's first home run of the game, allowed 7 hits, 4 bases on balls, and 7 runs--all earned--in 4 innings in the fifth and last game of his 1-season major league career.
Tom Brunansky’s game-ending sliding catch in right field with the potential tying runs on base preserved a 3-1 win for the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox before 33,637 fans at Fenway Park in Boston, clinching the American League East Division pennant for Boston. Mike Boddicker alowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings to get the win, with Jeff Reardon allowing 2 hits in 2 innings to get his 21st save of the season. Alex Fernandez alowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game and taking the loss.
Mickey Tettleton hit a home run off Tom Henke with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 26,913 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, leaving the Blue Jays 2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East Division pennant race at the end of the season.
Frank Viola picked up his 20th win of the season as the New York Mets ended the season with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 27,641 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Chris Jelic of the Mets hit a home run in his last at bat for his only major league hit, in his fourth and last major league game. Pittsburgh starting pitcher Jerry Reuss gave up just 1 run in 6 innings, but left with no decision in the 631st and last game of his 22-year major league career. Other players ending their major league career in this game were New York third baseman Tom O'Malley (9 seasons, 466 games); Pittsburgh pitcher Doug Bair (15 seasons, 584 games); Pittsburgh center fielder Steve Carter (2 seasons, 14 games); and Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Ryal (6 seasons, 127 games).
20 years ago
Former U.S. football star O. J. Simpson was acquitted of the June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, despite overwhelming evidence pointing to his guilt.
Economics and finance
The Canadian dollar climbed to its highest level in 19 months on the Chicago commodity exchanges, 75.27c relative to the U.S. dollar.
National League Division Series
Atlanta 5 @ Colorado 4 (Atlanta led best-of-five series 1-0)
Cincinnati 7 @ Los Angeles 2 (Cincinnati led best-of-five series 1-0)
American League Division Series
Seattle 6 @ New York 9 (New York led best-of-five series 1-0)
Boston 4 @ Cleveland 5 (13 innings) (Cleveland led best-of-five series 1-0)
10 years ago
Died on this date
Ronnie Barker, 76. U.K. actor. Mr. Barker was a comic actor best known as half of the comedy duo The Two Ronnies with Ronnie Corbett, whose television program ran from 1971-1987. He also starred in the television comedy series Porridge (1974-1977) and Open All Hours (1976-1985).
U.S. President George W. Bush nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court; she withdrew three weeks later.
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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