Friday, 4 December 2015

December 4, 2015

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Marina Kosan!

150 years ago

Born on this date
Edith Cavell
. U.K. nurse. Miss Cavell worked in Belgium, which fell under German military occupation in November 1914. She treated both Allied and German soldiers, but sheltered British and French soldiers and helped them to escape to neutral Netherlands. Miss Cavell was executed at the age of 49 on October 12, 1915 by a German firing squad for "treason," two months after her arrest. Mount Edith Cavell in Jasper National Park in Alberta is one of many memorials dedicated to her.

140 years ago

William Marcy "Boss" Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall escaped from Ludlow Street jail and went into hiding, eventually fleeing the country.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Eddie Heywood
. U.S. musician. Mr. Heywood was a jazz pianist who was popular in the 1940s and '50s, leading his own band and performing with other artists. He played the piano solo on the version of Canadian Sunset by Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra that reached #2 on the Billboard singles chart in 1956, while, under his own name, reaching #11 with his version of Soft Summer Breeze. Mr. Heywood died after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease on January 3, 1989 at the age of 73.

The Panama–Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) which had opened on Febraury 20, 1915 in what is now the Marina District in San Francisco, closed. The exposition's ostensible purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Charles Richet, 85
. French physiologist. Dr. Richet was awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "[for] his work on anaphylaxis." He was also known for his interest in spiritualism.

75 years ago

The Greek government claimed that the Italian stronghold of Premedi had been captured, and that Italian troops were retreating from Porto Edda to Khimara, and from Argyrokastron to Tepelini and Klisura in Albania. Indochinese reports said that 20 native policemen had been killed in a new native uprising in western Cochin China during a lull in fighting on the French Indochina-Thailand border.

Politics and government
The Chilean Chamber of Deputies approved and sent to the Senate a bill outlawing Communism.

The Panama Canal administration opened bids in Washington for the excavation of the third set of locks designed to strengthen the canal against attack.

The Romanian government seized all pipelines and accessories belonging to oil companies, including U.S. concerns, and announced that it would pay for the property with 3% bonds maturing in 25 years.

Economics and finance
U.S. administrator of export control Russell Maxwell announced that 41 additional types of machine tools would be put under the export licensing control system as of December 10, 1940 because of the "increased pace of the national defense program."

11 U.S. corporations, including DuPont and Allied Chemical, were revealed to have been indicted on September 1, 1939 by a federal grand jury in New York on a charge of conspiring to control the supply and prices of nitrate products in violation of antitrust laws.

A New York State joint legislative committee investigating subversive activities in public schools authorized contempt charges against 25 teachers--18 from Brooklyn College--for refusal to testify.

Germany announced plans for construction in Marburg of the world's largest research institute on biological immunity.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Thomas Hunt Morgan, 79
. U.S. geneticist and biologist. Dr. Morgan was awarded the 1933 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for his discoveries concerning the role played by the chromosome in heredity."

U.S. Marines in China shelled a village near Anshan after villagers refused to surrender two Chinese gunmen who had killed a Marine and wounded another. Sir Hartley Shawcross, chief U.K. prosecutor at the trial of Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg, opened the British case against the Nazis, charging the defendants with planning and waging wars of aggression. At the hearings of the United States Senate committee on the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the November 26, 1941 message from U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to Philippine High Commissioner Francis Sayre was introduced; the message warned of war, and indicated possible Japanese movement into Southeast Asia.

The United States Senate voted 65-7 to approve U.S. participation in the United Nations.

Politics and government
The Austrian Political Council elected Leopold Figl, whose Catholic People's Party had won the November 25 election, as Chancellor to succeed Karl Renner.

The British government of Prime Miniser Clement Attlee announced its decision to send an all-party parliamentary group to discuss with Indian leaders an offer of dominion status.

The Berlin city government banned several books and works of specific authors as Nazi propaganda; the U.S. military government protested that the list was incomplete.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing a postwar Navy of 666,000; Navy Secretary James Forrestal announced a naval reorganization stressing aviation.

Anti-Communist rioters in Istanbul wrecked two newspaper plants and two book stores.

A Trans World Airlines Lockheed Constellation set a commercial aviation record of 12 hours 57 minutes on its first flight from Washington to Paris.

Eight countries at the radio-cable conference in Hamilton, Bermuda signed an executive pact cutting international communications rates.

Congress of Industrial Organizations President Philip Murray charged that U.S. President Harry Truman had "appeased" industry, and opposed his fact-finding proposal because it aimed at weakening unions and curtailing the right to strike.

Friends of the World Council of Churches received a gift of $1 million from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. to help finance "religious reconstruction" in Europe.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Case of Mr. Pelham, starring Tom Ewell and Raymond Bailey

This episode was directed by Mr. Hitchcock.

At the movies
Shack Out on 101, starring Terry Moore, Frank Lovejoy, Keenan Wynn, and Lee Marvin, opened in theatres.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Carnival is Over--The Seekers

#1 single in France: Même Si Tu Revenais--Claude François (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): La festa--Adriano Celentano

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Marmor, Stein und Eisen bricht--Drafi Deutscher

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Yesterday--The Beatles (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): The Carnival is Over--The Seekers

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)--The Byrds

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)--The Byrds
2 Let's Hang On--The 4 Seasons
3 I Hear a Symphony--The Supremes
4 1-2-3--Len Barry
5 Taste of Honey--Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
6 Rescue Me--Fontella Bass
7 I Got You (I Feel Good)--James Brown and the Famous Flames
8 Over and Over--The Dave Clark Five
9 Get Off My Cloud--The Rolling Stones
10 I Can Never Go Home Anymore--Shangri-Las

Singles entering the chart were She's Just My Style by Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#73); Thunderball by Tom Jones (#76); I've Got to Be Somebody by Billy Joe Royal (#77); A Sweet Woman Like You by Joe Tex (#79); No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) by the T-Bones (#82); Don't Look Back by the Temptations (#84); Five O'Clock World by the Vogues (#87); Everybody do the Sloopy by Johnny Thunder (#88); Michael by the C.O.D.'s (#91); For You by the Spellbinders (#92); Goodbye Babe by the Castaways (#94); Do I Make Myself Clear by Etta James and Sugar Pie DeSanto (#98); It's Good News Week by Hedgehoppers Anonymous (#99); If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody by Maxine Brown (#100); and What's Come Over this World? by Billy Carr (also #100). No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) was from a television commercial for Alka-Seltzer.

Gemini VII, with the crew of Frank Borman (Command Pilot) and Jim Lovell (Pilot), launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida to begin a two-week Earth-orbiting mission.

Eastern Air Lines Flight 853 (N6218C), a Lockheed Super Constellation en route from Boston Logan International Airport to Newark International Airport, collided in mid-air with Trans World Airlines Flight 42 (N748TW), a Boeing 707-131B en route from San Francisco International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport, over Carmel, New York, resulting in four fatalities, including Captain Charles White, the pilot of the Super Constellation.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Hannah Arendt, 69
. German-born U.S. political theorist. Miss Arendt, a Jewess, fled Germany when the Nazis took power in 1933 and lived in several other European countries before going to the United States in 1941 and eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. Her books included The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951); The Human Condition (1958); and Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963).

Suriname joined the United Nations, nine days after receiving her independence from the Netherlands.

30 years ago

At the movies
Young Sherlock Holmes, directed by Barry Levinson, and starring Nicholas Rowe and Alan Cox, opened in theatres.

25 years ago

Died on this date
Edward Binns, 74
. U.S. actor. Mr. Binns had a distinguished career as a character actor in movies and television programs. His movies included 12 Angry Men (1957); Fail-Safe (1964); and Patton (1970).

World events
Idris Deby, who had entered the Chadian capital of Ndjamena two days earlier--the day after President Hissene Habre had fled into exile in Cameroon--proclaimed himself the new President of Chad.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Nirvana--Viva

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Hand in My Pocket--Alanis Morisette
2 Name--Goo Goo Dolls
3 Runaway--Janet Jackson
4 Until I Hear it from You--Gin Blossoms
5 Fantasy--Mariah Carey
6 Back for Good--Take That
7 I Wish You Well--Tom Cochrane
8 Do You Sleep?--Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
9 Your Little Secret--Melissa Etheridge
10 Blessed--Elton John

Singles entering the chart were One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (#89); I'll Be There in a Minute by Lawrence Gowan (#90); Lie to Me by Bon Jovi (#91); Believe in You by Jude Cole (#94); Wildest Dreams by Tom Cochrane (#95); Circus by Lenny Kravitz (#96); Paranoia by Barstool Prophets (#98); and Fall by Wild Strawberries (#99).

Died on this date
Robert Parrish, 79
. U.S. film director and editor. Mr. Parrish and Francis Lyon shared the Academy Award for editing for Body and Soul (1947). Mr. Parrish directed such movies as The Mob (1951) and The Purple Plain (1954), and co-directed Casino Royale (1967).

The first North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops landed in the Balkans to begin setting up a peace mission.

25 countries, including Canada, signed a United Nations treaty on straddling and migratory fish stocks, intended to ease tensions over high seas fishing. Japan and key European Union countries didn't sign the treaty.

10 years ago

Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong demonstrated for democracy, and called on the government to allow universal and equal suffrage.

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