Happy Birthday, Chuck Chandler and Chelsea Moberly!
140 years ago
In Ottawa, the Supreme Court of Canada held its first sittings.
120 years ago
Madagascar became a French protectorate.
110 years ago
Toronto Argonauts (1-0) 28 Toronto Victorias (0-1) 9
100 years ago
Born on this date
Lester Maddox. U.S. politician. Mr. Maddox, a Democrat, was Governor of Georgia from 1967-1971 and Lieutenant-Governor of Georgia from 1971-1975. Elected as a promoter of racial segregation, he instituted some integrationist measures while in office. Mr. Maddox died on June 25, 1983 at the age of 87.
A Serbian Army private became the first soldier in history to shoot down an enemy aircraft with ground-to-air fire.
The Buffalo Blues scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Brooklyn Tip-Tops 3-2 before only 800 fans at Washington Park in Brooklyn in the last game ever played by both Federal League clubs. Gene Krapp pitched a 6-hit complete game to finish the season with a record of 9-19, winning the pitchers' duel over Dan Marion in the last major league game for both players. Players whose major league careers ended with this game were Mr. Krapp (4 seasons, 130 games); Mr. Marion (2 seasons, 52 games); Tom Downey (6 seasons, 651 games); Hap Myers (5 seasons, 377 games); and Mike Simon (7 seasons, 370 games).
80 years ago
The Hoover Dam, astride the border between Arizona and Nevada, was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
75 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Till the Lights of London Shine Again--Joe Loss and his Orchestra (2nd month at #1)
70 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Don't Fence Me In--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (1st month at #1)
43 people were killed in the Bourne End rail crash in Hertfordshire, England.
Hank Greenberg's grand slam off Nelson Potter in the 9th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Browns before 5,582 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, clinching the American League pennant for the Tigers for the first time in five years. Hal Newhouser relieved starting Detroit pitcher Virgil Trucks in the 6th inning and pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief to get the win and finish the season with a record of 25-9. It was the final major league game for St. Louis players Milt Byrnes (3 seasons, 390 games); Pete Gray (1 season, 77 games); and Gene Moore (14 seasons, 1,042 games). Mr. Gray, who had one arm, played part of the game in center field, batting 0 for 1 with a run scored, and making 2 putouts.
The New York Yankees scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning and 7 in the 8th as they routed the Boston Red Sox 12-2 before 12,458 fans at Yankee Stadium in a game that was completed in 1 hour 50 minutes. New York left fielder Charlie Keller drove in 4 runs with a triple and home run. It was the final major league game for Boston players Ty LaForest (1 season, 52 games); Jackie Tobin (1 season, 84 games); Billy Holm (3 seasons, 119 games); and Otey Clark (1 season, 12 games).
Nap Reyes hit a home run off Don Hendrickson in the top of the 13th inning to give the New York Giants a 1-0 win over the Boston Braves in the first game of a doubleheader before 4,717 fans at Braves Field. Don Fisher, playing his second and last major league game, pitched all 13 innings for the Giants, allowing 10 hits and 3 bases on balls but no runs, for his only major league win. The second game was tied 2-2 when it was called because of darkness after 7 innings. It was the final major league game for New York players Charlie Mead (3 seasons, 87 games); Roy Zimmerman (1 season, 27 games); and Ray Berres (10 seasons, 561 games), and for Boston players Stan Wentzel (1 season, 4 games); Tommy Nelson (1 season, 40 games); Vince Shupe (1 season, 78 games); Bill Ramsey (1 season, 78 games); Ben Cardoni (3 seasons, 43 games); Butch Nieman (3 seasons, 332 games); and Morrie Aderholt (5 seasons, 106 games). New York left fielder Danny Gardella batted 1 for 3 with a run batted in in his final game as a Giant; he jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 and was banned from the major leagues for several years, while taking major league baseball to court over the legality of the reserve clause. Mr. Gardella played just one more major league game, with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1950.
60 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Die Gipsy-Band--Bibi Johns (2nd month at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (10th week at #1)
At the movies
The Trouble with Harry, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring John Forsythe and Shirley MacLaine, received its premiere screening in Barre, Vermont, where much of it was filmed.
Died on this date
James Dean, 24. U.S. actor. Mr. Dean appeared in numerous television programs before starring in the movies East of Eden (1955); Rebel Without a Cause (1955); and Giant (1956), only the first of which had been released at the time of his death. He was killed in a two-car collision near Cholame, California as he was driving his Porsche 550 Spyder on his way to Salinas to participate in a race.
Canadian External Affairs Minister Lester Pearson left Canada on an official tour of 12 countries, including the U.S.S.R., Singapore, India, and the Far East.
Operation Franklin, the geological survey of Canada's Arctic Archipelago, was completed.
Sarnia (4-3) 7 @ Kitchener-Waterloo (6-1) 24
Carl Totzke, Ed Learn, Bobby Kuntz, and Andy Gilmour scored touchdowns for the Dutchmen, all converted by Bill Graham, as they defeated the Imperials in Kitchener. Gino Cappelletti scored the Sarnia touchdown and Jim Burr added a safety touch.
New York Yankees 3 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 8 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Roy Campanella hit a single, double, and home run, and drove in 3 runs, as the Dodgers beat the Yankees before 34,209 fans at Ebbets Field. Mickey Mantle hit his only home run of the Series for New York. Johnny Podres pitched a 7-hit complete game to win the last World Series game ever played in September.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Tears--Ken Dodd
On television tonight
Thunderbirds, on ITV
Tonight's episode: Trapped in the Sky
This was the first episode of the series.
The 30 September Movement attempted a coup against the Indonesian government, which was crushed the next day by the military under Suharto, and led to a mass anti-communist purge, with over 500,000 people killed.
The Lockheed L-100, the civilian version of the C-130 Hercules, was introduced.
40 years ago
Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Connie LeGrand!
The Hughes AH-64 Apache made its first flight.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Heart of Rainbow: Ai no Niji wo Watatte/Blue Pacific--The Checkers
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (9th week at #1)
Died on this date
Charles Richter, 85. U.S. seismologist. Mr. Richter devised the Richter scale for measuring the magnitude of earthquakes.
Simone Signoret, 64. German-born French actress. Miss Signoret, born Simone Kaminker, mainly worked in France and Britain, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Room at the Top (1959). She died of pancreatic cancer.
Economics and finance
The Canadian government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney liquidated the insolvent Northland Bank.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (12th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (13th week at #1)
Died on this date
Nelson Potter, 79. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Potter played with the St. Louis Cardinals (1936); Philadelphia Athletics (1938-1941, 1948); Boston Red Sox (1941); St. Louis Browns (1943-1948); and Boston Braves (1948-1949), compiling a record of 92-97 with an earned run average of 3.99 in 349 games. His best season was 1944, when he was 19-7 with a 2.83 ERA in helping the Browns win their only American League pennant.
Rob Moroso, 22. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Moroso was a stock car dirver on the NASCAR circuit. While legally drunk, he was killed in a highway accident near his hometown of Terrell, North Carolina, four days after his 22nd birthday. Also killed in the crash was Tammy Williams, the driver of the vehicle in the opposite lane.
Leaders of 70 nations gathered in New York City at the World Summit for Children.
The Dalai Lama unveiled the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa.
Calgary (7-5-1) 52 @ Ottawa (4-9) 8
British Columbia (3-9-1) 34 @ Saskatchewan (7-6) 37
Rick Worman completed 17 of 28 passes for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed for another touchdown as the Stampeders outscored the Rough Riders 49-0 over the last 3 quarters before a Lansdowne Park crowd of 20,035. Mr. Worman’s touchdown passes went to Marshall Toner, Tony Cherry, Dave Sapunjis, and Derrick Crawford. Mr. Cherry also rushed 7 yards for a touchdown. Damon Allen passed 13 yards to Jeff Smith for the only Ottawa touchdown. Mr. Crawford led all receivers with 151 yards on 4 receptions.
Milson Jones rushed 10 times for 114 yards and touchdowns of 4 and 40 yards in the 4th quarter as the Roughriders edged the Lions before 26,176 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Mr. Jones’ 40-yard touchdown run came with just 1:02 remaining in regulation time. It was the third touchdown of the quarter for the Roughriders, who outscored the Lions 20-10 in the 4th quarter. Kent Austin started at quarterback for Saskatchewan and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Don Narcisse and rushed 1 yard for another major score of his own before leaving with a knee injury. Backup quarterback Jeff Bentrim directed the Roughriders to their 4th-quarter comeback, which included a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Narcisse. Doug Flutie threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jay Christensen with 5:57 remaining, but failed on a 2-point convert attempt, leaving the Lions ahead 31-30. Lui Passaglia’s second field goal of the game, a 36-yard kick, made the score 34-30 with 1:28 remaining. Joe Paopao started at quarterback for B.C. and rushed 1 yard for a touchdown in the 1st quarter. Centre Jamie Taras scored the Lions’ first touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the Saskatchewan end zone. The game’s most exciting score was a 108-yard punt return for a touchdown by Tony Hunter of the Lions with 1:16 remaining in the 2nd quarter. It was the only CFL punt return touchdown for "The Wiz." Ray Alexander of the Lions caught 5 passes for 129 yards, while Ray Elgaard led the Roughriders with 121 yards on 3 receptions.
Doug Drabek pitched a 3-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 before 32,672 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis to clinch the National League East Division title for the first time in 11 years.
Fred McGriff hit 4 singles and drove in 3 runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-5 before 34,400 fans at Fenway Park in Boston to draw to within 1 game of the Red Sox for the American Leauge East Division lead with 3 games remaining for both teams.
The Chicago White Sox edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1 before 42,849 fans in the last game at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Jack McDowell allowed 10 hits but only 1 run in 8 innings to get the win, with Bobby Thigpen pitching a scoreless 9th inning to get his 57th save of the season. Rich DeLucia pitched a 9-hit complete game in taking the loss.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kiss from a Rose--Seal (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): I Wanna Be a Hippy--Technohead
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Fairground--Simply Red
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Fantasy--Mariah Carey
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (3rd week at #1)
2 Runaway--Janet Jackson
3 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
4 Fantasy--Mariah Carey
5 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
6 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
7 I Got 5 On It--Luniz
8 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
9 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
10 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
Singles entering the chart were Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have Fun) by Cyndi Lauper (#84); and Temptations by 2Pac (#90).
Died on this date
Junior Robinson, 27. U.S. football player. David Lee Robinson, Jr. was a defensive back with the New England Patriots (1990) and Detroit Lions (1992) of the National Football League; the Sacramento Surge (1992) pf the World League of American Football; and the Sacramento Gold Miners (1994) and Memphis Mad Dogs (1995) of the Canadian Football League. The Mad Dogs had two weeks between games, and Mr. Robinson had gone home to North Carolina for a visit, when he was killed in a car accident near Winston-Salem.
San Antonio (9-5) 49 @ Ottawa (2-12) 14
Toronto (2-12) 19 @ Calgary (13-1) 26
David Archer completed touchdown passes to Billy Hess, Mark Stock, Troy Mills, and Mike Saunders to lead the Texans over the Rough Riders before 19,957 fans at Frank Clair Stadium. Malcolm Frank returned an interception 46 yards for a San Antonio TD, and Jimmy Kemp relieved Mr. Archer in the 4th quarter and threw a touchdown pass to Myron Wise. Ottawa quarterback Andre Ware threw touchdown passes to Odessa Turner and Nigel Williams.
Jeff Garcia rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed to Tony Stewart for a TD and to Terry Vaughn for a 2-point convert as the Stampeders beat the Argonauts before 22,570 fans at McMahon Stadium. Marvin Graves passed to Duane Forde for one Toronto touchdown, and Jimmy Cunningham returned a punt 108 yards for the Argonauts' other TD.
10 years ago
Cartoons featuring the Prophet Muhammad were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, offending many Muslims worldwide.
Edmonton (8-6) 14 @ Hamilton (3-10) 40
Kahlil Hill returned a punt 80 yards for the game's first touchdown in the 2nd quarter and caught an 18-yard pass from Danny Mc