Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Guillermina Ramirez Morales!
125 years ago
London's first deep-level tube railway, the City and South London Railway, opened between King William Street and Stockwell.
110 years ago
Hamilton (5-0) 40 @ Toronto Victorias (2-4) 0
75 years ago
Died on this date
Richard von Heynitz. German diplomat. Mr. Heynitz, German charge d'affaires to El Salvador, was found dead in San Salvador with a bullet in his right temple. Authorities believed the death to be a suicide.
The Vichy government in France reportedly informed the United States that France would not go to war against Britain, give up her fleet to Germany, or yield her West Indian colonies. According to reports from Hong Kong, the Chinese province of Kwangsi had been totally abandoned and Chinese troops were said to be approaching Yangchow, the port in the province of Kwantung through which the Japanese troops in Kwangsi were being supplied.
Five United States Army and civil technicians arrived in Hamilton, Bermuda to survey sites for American naval and air bases.
Politics and government
A U.S. federal grand jury investigating the election campaign in the Philadelphia area subpoenaed the records of 20 banks. Republican Party U.S. presidential candidate Wendell Willkie declared in a New York radio broadcast to "the women of America" that as President he would keep the United States out of foreign wars.
70 years ago
While Communist forces in China attacked cities in northern Hupeh, Nationalist General Ho Ying-chin indicated his government's determination to reopen rail lines through Communist areas. The Soviet publication New Times hailed the national liberation movements in the Netherland East Indies and French Indochina.
Politics and government
The conservative Small Landowners Party won the national and municipal elections in Hungary, capturing 59% of votes cast. Communists gained 17% of the vote.
The Allied Control Council in Berlin promulgated a law designed to force neutral nations to give up any property owned by German nationals in their territory.
The British commander in northern Palestine ordered a 5:30 P.M.-5:30 A.M. curfew for the coastal region around Haifa.
Eastman Kodak announced a new colour printing process--the dye transfer method--which reduced printing time by 2/3 to 3/4.
Ben Hogan won the Richmond Golf Tournament over Dick Metz.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): The Man from Laramie--Jimmy Young (4th week at #1)
Died on this date
Cy Young, 88. U.S. baseball pitcher. Denton True Young ("Cy" was short for "Cyclone") played with the Cleveland Spiders (1890-1898); St. Louis Perfectos (1899-1900); Boston Americans and Red Sox (1901-1908); Cleveland Naps (1909-1911); and Boston Rustlers (1911), compiling a record of 511-316 with an earned run average of 2.63 in 906 games. His 511 career wins in the major league record by a wide margin. Mr. Young also holds the career records for innings pitched (7,356); starts (815); complete games (749); and losses (316). Mr. Young pitched 3 no-hitters, including a perfect game in 1904. He threw the first pitch in modern World Series history, and posted a 2-1 record as the Americans defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 games to 3 in the 1903 World Series. Mr. Young was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937. The Cy Young Award was created a year after his death, and is given to the outstanding pitcher in each major league after each season.
Robert E. Sherwood, 59. U.S. playwright and author. Mr. Sherwood won Pulitzer Prizes for Drama for Idiot's Delight (1936); Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1938); and There Shall Be No Night (1940), and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History (1948). He died of a heart attack.
Sarnia 0 @ Kitchener-Waterloo 24 (Kitchener-Waterloo led best of-three series 1-0)
Bill Graham scored a touchdown and 3 converts as the Dutchmen blanked the Imperials in Kitchener. Cookie Gilchrist, Ed Learn, and Andy Gilmour scored the other touchdowns. Bob Celeri punted for a single.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones
At the movies
A Study in Terror, starring John Neville as Sherlock Holmes and Donald Houston as Dr. Watson, received its premiere screening at Leicester Square Theatre in London.
The Beatles were at EMI Studios in London, where they recorded the song What Goes On.
40 years ago
The California Angels assigned infielder Rudy Meoli to the San Diego Padres to complete the September 17 deal in which the Angels had traded infielder-outfielder Bobby Valentine and a player to be named later to the Padres for pitcher Gary Ross. Mr. Meoli batted .214 with no home runs and 6 runs batted in in 70 games with California in 1975.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I Got You Babe--UB40 with Chrissie Hynde (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Koi ni Ochite: Fall in Love--Akiko Kobayashi (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Into the Groove--Madonna
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz met in Moscow for two days of talks, two weeks prior to the summit in Geneva between Mr. Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
Vitaly Yurchenko, deputy chief of the Soviet intelligence agency KGB’s North American desk, who had defected to the United States earlier in the year, appeared at a news conference at the Soviet embassy in Washington and charged that he had been kidnapped and drugged by the CIA, and then held prisoner and interrogated. The claim was rejected by knowledgeable people, but U.S. government leaders were sharply divided over whether Mr. Yurchenko had been a genuine defector who had changed his mind or whether he had been a Soviet plant from the beginning.
Italian Premier Bettino Craxi condemned the use of a NATO military base in Sicily as the site of a forced landing by the United States of an Egyptian plane carrying the Palestinian terrorists who had seized the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in October.
Politics and government
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos said that he favoured January 17, 1986 as the date for a new presidential election instead of the scheduled 1987 vote, as he intended to pre-empt Communist opposition.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): To Sir, with Love--Ngaire (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Tom's Diner--DNA featuring Suzanne Vega (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: I've Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
Hamilton (6-12) 15 @ Winnipeg (12-6) 32
Edmonton (10-8) 32 @ Calgary (11-6-1) 34
The wind at Winnipeg Stadium was a major influence as the Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats before 26,528 fans. Winnipeg’s Trevor Kennerd kicked 6 field goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while the Blue Bombers had the wind behind them. Paul Osbaldiston’s 5 field goals, 4 of them in the 1st and 4th quarters when the Tiger-Cats had the wind at their backs, accounted for the Hamilton scoring. One of Mr. Osbaldiston’s field goals was from 57 yards. Eric Streater, who led all receivers with 123 yards on 7 receptions, scored Winnipeg touchdowns on passes of 11 yards in the 1st quarter and 24 yards in the 4th on passes from Tom Burgess. Hamilton quarterbacks Mike Kerrigan and Todd Dillon completed just 14 of 40 passes for 160 yards, and the Tiger-Cats managed just 12 first downs and 197 yards net offense. CFL rushing leader Robert Mimbs led the Blue Bombers with 75 yards on 17 carries. Michael Vaughn, playing his only CFL game, led the Tiger-Cats with 7 carries for 28 yards, and caught 1 pass for 3 yards.
The Stampeders withstood a late rally to defeat the Eskimos and finish in first place in the Western Division for the first time in 19 years. Calgary quarterback Danny Barrett completed 16 of 28 passes for 344 yards and touchdowns of 34 yards to Allen Pitts and 36 yards to Derrick Crawford. Andy McVey and Tony Cherry rushed for Calgary touchdowns. Mark McLoughlin added 4 converts, a field goal, and 3 singles. Tracy Ham started at quarterback for the Eskimos, but completed just 10 of 22 passes for 133 yards, although he managed 67 yards on 8 rushes. Blake Marshall rushed 1 yard for an Edmonton touchdown in the 2nd quarter, converted by Ray Macoritti, who also kicked a field goal and 2 singles. The Stampeders led 34-12 in the 4th quarter when Steve Taylor, who had relieved Mr. Ham, completed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Michael Soles, converted by Mr. Macoritti. With just 2:33 remaining in regulation time, Mr. Taylor completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Brian Walling; a 2-point convert was unsuccessful, leaving the Stampeders ahead 34-25. The Eskimos stopped the Stampeders and got the ball back, and Mr. Taylor rushed 26 yards for his first CFL touchdown with 1:15 remaining. Mr. Macoritti converted, but the Eskimos were unable to get possession of the ball afterward. Attendance at McMahon Stadium was 26,676, which included this blogger and Canadian Senator Stan Waters.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Het is een Nacht... (Levensecht)--Guus Meeuwis & Vagant (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Fantasy--Mariah Carey (6th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Fantasy--Mariah Carey (5th week at #1)
2 Runaway--Janet Jackson
3 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.
4 As I Lay Me Down--Sophie B. Hawkins
5 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
6 Tell Me--Groove Theory
8 Roll to Me--Del Amitri
9 Carnival--Natalie Merchant
10 Who Can I Run To?--Xscape
Singles entering the chart were Dreaming of You by Selena (#35); Runnin' by Pharcyde (#69); One of Us by Joan Osborne (#70); East Side Rendezvous by Frost (#71); Liquid Swords by Genius/GZA (#72); and We've Got it Goin' On by Backstreet Boys (#88).
Died on this date
Yitzhak Rabin, 73. Prime Minister of Israel, 1974-1977, 1992-1995. Mr. Rabin, a member of the Labour Party, served two terms as Israel's Defense Minister, with his second term occurring concurrently with his second term as Prime Minister. He signed the Oslo Accords with Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat in 1993, for which they, along with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, were awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize "to honour a political act which called for great courage on both sides, and which has opened up opportunities for a new development towards fraternity in the Middle East." After attending a mass rally in Tel Aviv in support of the Oslo Accords, Mr. Rabin was shot to death by Yigal Amir, a radical right-wing Orthodox Jew who opposed the signing of the Oslo Accords. Mr. Rabin was succeeded as Prime Minister on an acting basis by Mr. Peres.
Eddie Egan, 65. U.S. police officer. Mr. Egan was a detective with the New York Police Department whose exploits inspired the book and movie The French Connection. He had small roles as an actor in later years, and died of cancer.
Toronto 3 Edmonton 3
South Division Semi-Final
Winnipeg 21 @ Baltimore 36
North Division Semi-Final
Hamilton 13 @ Calgary 31
10 years ago
Died on this date
Sheree North, 73. U.S. actress. Miss North, born Dawn Shirley Crang, starred in movies such as How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955); The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956); and The Best Things in Life are Free (1956), but mainly appeared in television programs in later years. She died during cancer surgery.
Montreal (10-8) 9 @ Hamilton (5-13) 15
Danny McManus passed for 171 yards and a touchdown, and Jamie Boreham kicked 2 field goals, as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Alouettes before 27,114 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
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