250 years ago
Politics and government
The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England.
190 years ago
The northern New Brunswick towns of Newcastle and Douglas were devastated by the great Miramachi fire, leaving 160 dead. The fire, one of the worst forest fires ever recorded, eventually killed over 500 people before it burned out.
130 years ago
The Montmorency Falls hydro-electric generating station opened at Montmorecy, Quebec.
The last two National League games ever played at Olympic Park in Buffalo drew 12 fans as the Bisons lost a doubleheader to the Providence Grays 4-0 and 6-1. Both games went 5 innings, and Dupee Shaw pitched a no-hitter for the Grays in the first game, and a complete game victory in the second game.
110 years ago
Toronto Argonauts (2-0) 22 Toronto Victorias (0-2) 3
Hamilton (1-0) 49 @ London (0-1) 3
90 years ago
Died on this date
Christy Mathewson, 45. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Mathewson played with the New York Giants (1900-1916) and Cincinnati Reds (1916), winning a National League record 373 games, losing 188, with an earned run average of 2.13. He pitched 3 shutouts in the 1905 World Series--a record unlikely to be equaled--as the Giants defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 4 games to 1. Mr. Mathewson was exposed to poison gas while in the United States Army during World War I, and later developed tuberculosis, which eventually killed him. He was one of the first five members inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
Washington Nationals 4 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (Washington led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Joe Harris hit a home run in the 2nd inning and Sam Rice singled in 2 runs in the 5th as the Nationals beat the Pirates before 41,723 fans at Forbes Field. Walter Johnson pitched a 5-hit complete game victory.
80 years ago
Chicago Cubs 3 @ Detroit Tigers 4 (Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-2)
With 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning, Mickey Cochrane singled and moved to second on a single by Charlie Gehringer. Goose Goslin then singled in Mr. Cochrane to give the Tigers their first World Series championship before 48,420 fans at Navin Field in a game that was completed in 1 hour 57 minutes. Tommy Bridges gave up 12 hits--including a 2-run home run by Babe Herman--in pitching his second complete game win of the Series, while Larry French went the distance, giving up 12 hits, in taking his second loss of the Series.
75 years ago
Detroit Tigers 0 @ Cincinnati Reds 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
The Reds knocked Schoolboy Rowe out of the box with 4 hits and 2 runs in 1/3 inning and coasted to victory over the Tigers before 30,481 fans at Crosley Field. Bucky Walters pitched his second complete game win of the series--this one a 5-hitter--and contributed a home run to the Reds’ cause. For Mr. Rowe, it was his second loss of the Series.
70 years ago
Don Hutson caught 4 touchdown passes and kicked 5 extra points for a record 29 points in 1 quarter as the Green Bay Packers (2-0) set a team record with 41 points in the 2nd quarter of their 57-21 rout of the Detroit Lions (1-1) at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. The team record for points in a quarter was equalled by the Los Angeles Rams in 1950.
Detroit Tigers 8 @ Chicago Cubs 4 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-2)
The Tigers scored 4 runs in the 6th inning as they beat the Cubs before 43,463 fans in the most recent World Series game to be played at Wrigley Field. Hal Newhouser pitched a 7-hit complete game, striking out 9, to get the win over Hank Borowy, who allowed 8 hits and 5 earned runs in 5+ innings.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (11th week at #1)
Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson (25-3-1) scored a technical knockout over Rex Layne (49-14-3) 25 seconds into the 6th round of a heavyweight bout at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. Mr. Layne was ahead on two of the three cards, but was suffering from a cut eye, and referee Lou Handler stopped the fight.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Tears--Ken Dodd (2nd week at #1)
The Soviet lunar probe Lunik 7 crashed on the Moon, three days after launch.
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 @ Minnesota Twins 5 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Jim Kaat pitched a 7-hit complete game victory and singled home the game's last 2 runs in the 8th inning as the Twins defeated the Dodgers before 48,700 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Sandy Koufax allowed 6 hits and 2 runs--1 earned--in 6 innings, striking out 9 in taking the loss.
40 years ago
Jethro Tull, with Gary Wright as the opening act, performed before a crowd of 13,800 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Ticket prices ranged from $5.50-$7.70.
Politics and government
In Liberian general elections, President William Tolbert was re-elected without opposition, while his True Whig Party won all 71 seats in the House of Representatives, unopposed.
The British Columbia Legislature passed emergency measures legislation to force striking forest, railway, propane, and food industry workers back to work.
National League Championship Series
Cincinnati Reds 5 @ Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (10 innings) (Cincinnati won best-of-five series 3-0)
Ed Armsbrister drove in Ken Griffey with a sacrifice fly to score the winning run as the Reds won their third NL pennant in six years as they defeated the Pirates before 46,355 fans at Three Rivers Stadium. Rookie John Candelaria started on the mound for Pittsburgh and set a Championship Series record with 14 strikeouts; he left with 2 out in the top of the 8th inning after a 2-run home run by Pete Rose gave Cincinnati a 3-2 lead, and Joe Morgan followed with a double. The Pirates tied the game with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th when Duffy Dyer drew a base on balls with the bases loaded to bring home Willie Randolph, who was playing his last game in a Pittsburgh uniform before being traded to the New York Yankees.
American League Championship Series
Boston Red Sox 5 @ Oakland Athletics 3 (Boston won best-of-five series 3-0)
The Red Sox scored 3 runs with 2 out in the top of the 5th inning to take a 4-0 lead and held on to defeat the Athletics before 49,358 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, ending Oakland's string of three straight World Series championships.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Mō Aenai Kamo Shirenai--Momoko Kikuchi
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (10th week at #1)
The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis concluded its maiden flight when the five member crew of mission STS-51-J landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California to end the four-day mission.
The Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked by Palestinian gunmen in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Pittsburgh Pirates fired Chuck Tanner after 9 years as manager. Mr. Tanner had managed the Pirates to the World Series championship in 1979, but the team had declined since, finishing 6th and last in the National League East Division in 1985 with a record of 57-104.
Bob Lillis, who had replaced Bill Virdon as manager of the Houston Astros during the 1982 season, was fired after guiding the team to an 83-79 record in 1985, tying them for third place in the NL West Division with the San Diego Padres.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Suicide Blonde--INXS
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Tom's Diner--DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
#1 single in Switzerland: It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
Canadian CF-18 jet fighters began arriving in Qatar to join the multinational blockade of Iraq. Each of the $25-million jets was equipped with Sidewinder air-to-air and Sparrow air-to-ground missiles. The Canadian camp in Qatar was nicknamed Canada Dry.
Saskatchewan (7-7) 16 @ Calgary (8-5-1) 23
Greg Peterson made 2 interceptions, returning one of them 38 yards for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter, and Rick Worman completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Allen Pitts in the 3rd quarter to lead the Stampeders. Calgary kicker Mark McLoughlin added 2 converts, 2 field goals, and 3 singles. The only Saskatchewan touchdown came with 4:43 remaining in the game on a 10-yard pass from Jeff Bentrim to Dave Pitcher. Dave Ridgway converted and added 3 field goals. Mr. Bentrim, starting at quarterback in place of injured Kent Austin, completed 18 of 35 passes for 183 yards and 3 interceptions, and led the Roughrider ground game with 28 yards on 6 carries. Former U.S. college star Tony Rice played briefly, completing 1 of 4 passes for 23 yards and rushing 3 times for 7 yards. 27,964 were in attendance at McMahon Stadium.
American League Championship Series
Oakland 4 @ Boston 1 (Oakland led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Harold Baines drove in 3 runs to lead the Athletics over the Red Sox before 35,070 fans at Fenway Park. Bob Welch pitched 7 1/3 innings to get the win, while Greg Harris, who had relieved starter Dana Kiecker in the 6th inning, took the loss.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Fantasy--Mariah Carey
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Het is een Nacht... (Levensecht)--Guus Meeuwis & Vagant
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Boombastic--Shaggy (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Fantasy--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Fantasy--Mariah Carey
2 Runaway--Janet Jackson
3 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.
4 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
5 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
6 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
7 I Got 5 On It--Luniz
8 As I Lay Me Down--Sophie B. Hawkins
9 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
9 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
Singles entering the chart were I'll Be There for You/This House is Not a Home by the Rembrandts (#22); Name by Goo Goo Dolls (#29); Who Can I Run To? by Xscape (#40); Anything by 3T (#62); Runaway by Corrs (#87); and A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins (#89).
Mark Allen of the United States won his sixth Ironman Triathlon title in seven years in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, overtaking the leader, Thomas Hellriegel of Germany, at the 24-mile mark of the marathon. It was the 37-year-old Mr. Allen's closest finish since his first Ironman victory, by 58 seconds over Dave Scott in 1989.
The Montreal Canadiens retired goalie Jacques Plante's jersey #1 in a ceremony at the Montreal Forum.
Saskatchewan (5-10) 27 @ Baltimore (13-3) 29
Hamilton (7-8) 14 @ Shreveport (5-11) 26
Carlos Huerta kicked a 21-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Stallions their win over the Roughriders before 31,421 fans at Memorial Stadium. Chris Wright returned a punt 89 yards for a TD, and Gerald Alphin caught a 26-yard pass from Tracy Ham for the other Baltimore TD, as the Stallions recovered from a 17-0 2nd-quarter deficit.
Billy Joe Tolliver threw touchdown passes to Martin Patton and Norman Bradford, and Bjorn Nittmo kicked 2 converts and 4 field goals as the Pirates came back from a 13-0 2nd-quarter deficit to defeat the Tiger-Cats before 12,619 fans at Independence Stadium. Larry Thompson scored the only Hamilton touchdown in the 1st quarter when quarterback Steve Taylor connected with Kalin Hall for a 53-yard gain to the Shreveport 2-yard line before fumbling, and Mr. Thompson recovered and went the remaining 2 yards for the score.
British Columbia 22 @ Alberta 25
American League Division Series
New York 8 @ Seattle 11 (Best-of-five series tied 2-2)
National League Division Series
Colorado 4 @ Atlanta 10 (Atlanta won best-of-five series 3-1)
10 years ago
Hamilton (3-11) 21 @ Ottawa (6-9) 43
American League Division Series
Chicago 5 @ Boston 3 (Chicago won best-of-five series 3-0)
Anaheim 11 @ New York 7 (Anaheim led best-of-five series 2-1)
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