Wednesday, 13 January 2016

January 14, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sybil Wilson!

100 years ago

The Canadian Pacific Railway inaugurated the first direct intercity service between Montréal and Vancouver.

80 years ago

Politics and government
Thane Campbell was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island, four days after the death of Premier Walter Lea. Mr. Campbell's Liberals held every seat in the Legislative Assembly.

75 years ago

Politics and government
Dr. Federico Pinedo resigned as Argentina's Finance Minister when the government rejected his plan for mobilizing the nation against the depression.

The United States Senate refused to seat new West Virginia Senators Joseph Rosier (Democrat)--appointed the previous day by new West Virginia Governor Matthew Neely to fill Mr. Neely's unexpired term--and Clarence E. Martin, appointed by retiring Governor Homer Holt. Mr. Rosier took his seat four months later after surviving a challenge to his nomination.

Adam Reiss, leader of the German Volksbund--the official German minority organization in Hungary--was ousted from the party on charges of working against the interest of the German minority.

General Mordant arrived in Saigon from France to take command of the Indochinese army.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt denounced Senator Burton K. Wheeler's (Democrat--Montana) statement that the Lend-Lease policy would "plow under every fourth American boy."

U.S. federal mediator James Dewey warned Eaton Manufacturing Company and Congress of Industrial Orgnizations-United Auto Workers to settle their dispute as "an urgent matter of national defense."

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It Might as Well Be Spring--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Margaret Whiting (2nd week at #1)
--Dick Haymes
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
2 Chickery Chick--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Evelyn Knight and the Jesters
3 Symphony--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby
--Jo Stafford
--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
4 It's Been a Long Long Time--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with Les Paul and his Trio
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
5 I Can't Begin to Tell You--Bing Crosby with Carmen Cavallaro
--Andy Russell
--Harry James and his Orchestra
6 Waitin' for the Train to Come In--Peggy Lee
--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Johnny Long and his Orchestra and Dick Robertson
7 That's for Me--Dick Haymes
--Jo Stafford
8 Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)--Perry Como and the Satisfyers
9 Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
10 Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief--Betty Hutton

Singles entering the chart were Artistry Jumps by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra (#18); As Long as I Live, with versions by Frankie Carle and his Orchestra and Johnnie Johnston with the Satisfiers (#28); Pass That Peace Pipe by Dinah Shore (#29); Dream Dust by Les Paul and his Trio (#34); The Moment I Met You by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#35); You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart), with versions by Les Brown and his Orchestra and Perry Como (#36); The Blue Danube by Spike Jones and his City Slickers (#37); It's a Grand Night for Singing by Dick Haymes (#38); The Bells of St. Mary's by Bing Crosby (#44); and Chloe (Song of the Swamp) by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#45). The Bells of St. Mary's was the title song of the movie. Chloe (Song of the Swamp) was the other side of At the Fat Man's, charting at #48.

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: Murder Beyond the Mountains

British prosecutors at the Nazi war crimes trial in Nuremberg charged that German Admiral Karl Doenitz had instructed German submarines to kill Allied crews as well as sink their ships.

U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes told the United Nations General Assembly that the UN should move "immediately" to give the Security Council the military force it needs to maintain peace," and urged the creation of an international commission to control the atomic bomb.

The Anglo-American Commission of Inquiry on Palestine ended its Washington hearings and prepared to move to London.

Politics and government
Tokyo Mayor Histada Hirose resigned as a result of the January 4 order from Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan General Douglas MacArthur, directing the Japanese government to remove from office all "active exponents" of military nationalism.

Romanian Justice Minister Lucretiu Patrescanu, a Communist, said that no foreign observers of proposed elections in Romania would be permitted.

U.S. President Harry Truman asked Congress to repeal $5.75 billion in appropriations for the War Shipping Administration; Federal Works Administration; Maritime Commission; Lend-Lease; and the Agriculture, Interior, Labor, War, and Navy Departments.

Economics and finance
A joint Anglo-American policy statement on the Caribbean promised financial aid to expand food and industrial production and trade in territorial and colonial possessions.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the New York State claim for immunity from U.S. excise taxes on bottled water sold from Saratoga Springs.

The nationwide three-day lockout ordered by Argentine industry went into effect, paralyzing all economic activities. The lockout was a protest against a wage-bounus decree from teh government of President Juan Peron.

U.S. Interior Secretary Harold Ickes announced the publication of the first book on the native Aleutian tongue--The Aleut Language--compiled over 12 years.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Yellow Rose of Texas--Mitch Miller, his Orchestra and Chorus (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Der Mond hält seine Wacht--Peter Alexander (8th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Sixteen Tons--"Tennessee" Ernie Ford

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Memories are Made of This--Dean Martin (Best Seller--1st week at #1; Disc Jockey--2nd week at #1; Top 100--1st week at #1); Sixteen Tons--"Tennessee" Ernie Ford (Jukebox--7th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Memories are Made of This--Dean Martin
--[Gale Storm]
2 Sixteen Tons--"Tennessee" Ernie Ford
3 The Great Pretender--The Platters
4 I Hear You Knocking--Gale Storm
5 Band of Gold--Don Cherry
6 Love and Marriage--Frank Sinatra
7 It's Almost Tomorrow--The Dream Weavers
--Jo Stafford
8 Teen Age Prayer--Gale Storm
--Gloria Mann
9 Rock and Roll Waltz--Kay Starr
10 He--Al Hibbler
--The McGuire Sisters

Singles entering the chart were the version of It's Almost Tomorrow by Jo Stafford; See You Later, Alligator by Bill Haley and his Comets (#25); Chain Gang by Bobby Scott (#29); and My Bewildered Heart by Jaye P. Morgan (#47). Gale Storm's version of Memories are Made of This--the B-side of Teen Age Prayer--was listed with Dean Martin's version, but not charted.

On television tonight
The Honeymooners, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Oh, My Aching Back

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out--The Beatles (5th week at #1)
2 The Sounds of Silence--Simon & Garfunkel
3 Flowers on the Wall--The Statler Brothers
4 It's Good News Week--Hedgehoppers Anonymous
5 My Love--Petula Clark
6 Over and Over--The Dave Clark Five
7 Spanish Eyes--Al Martino
8 Tijuana Taxi/Zorba the Greek--Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
9 A Must to Avoid--Herman's Hermits
10 You Didn't Have to Be So Nice--The Lovin' Spoonful
Pick hit of the week: Poor Anne--J.B. and the Playboys
New this week: Lonely Weekend--Sammy Davis, Jr.
The Keys to My Soul--The Silkie
When it Rains it Pours--Della Rae
A Little Bit of Soap--The Exciters

Died on this date
Sergei Korolev, 59
. U.S.S.R. rocket engineer. Mr. Korolev was the main figure behind the Soviet space program in the 1950s and '60s as they seemed to be ahead of the United States in the "space race." He was known in his time as "The Chief Designer," and was largely unknown in the West. Mr. Korolev began to suffer serious health problems in the early 1960s, partly resulting from time spent in a prison camp in the late 1930s. He died two days after his 59th birthday, during or after an operation, for which there are conflicting reports. Mr. Korolev's death was a severe blow to the Soviet space program.

Bill Carr, 56. U.S. runner. Mr. Carr won gold medals in the men's 400-metre and 4 X 100-metre relay events in the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, setting world records in both events.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Abdul Razak Hussein, 53
. Prime Minister of Malaysia, 1970-1976. Tun Razak was a member of the Labour Party from 1945-1953, and then joined the United Malays National Organisation. He was Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister from 1957-1970, and succeeded Abdul Rahman as Prime Minister. Tun Razak launched the Malaysian New Economic Policy (MNEP) in 1971 in an attempt to eradicate poverty. He died in London while undergoing treatment for leukemia, and was succeeded as Prime minister by Hussein Onn.

The day after a chartered plane, en route from west Africa to Cuba, had made an unscheduled stop at Gander, Newfoundland, another Cuban charter, on the same route and with 48 passengers aboard, also stopped at Gander. The flights were undoubtedly related to Cuba's involvement in the Angolan civil war, i.e., Cuba was acting as a proxy for the U.S.S.R.

The T. Eaton Company announced the end of its catalogue sales operation after over 10 years of heavy losses; the Eaton's catalogue had been a tradition since 1884, and had been particularly popular in prairie outhouses.

Politics and government
John Dunlop announced his resignation as United States Secretary of Labor, effective February 1, 1976.

The Spanish government drafted thousands of postal workers into the army to end a two-day strike and stem a growing tide of labour unrest.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Donna Reed, 64
. U.S. actress. Miss Reed, born Donna Mullenger, won the Academy Award for her supporting performance in From Here to Eternity (1953), but was perhaps best remembered for her co-starring role in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and the television comedy series The Donna Reed Show (1958-1966). She died of pancreatic cancer 13 days before her 65th birthday.

Daniel Balavoine aka Bala, 33. French musician. Mr. Balavoine was a popular singer-songwriter in French-speaking areas of the world from the mid-1970s until his death with five other passengers in a helicopter crash while performing charitable work in Mali.

Country singer Hank Snow refused to perform on the CBS television tribute to the Grand Ole Opry after the producers only let him sing one verse of a song.

The day after gunmen allied with South Yemeni President Ali Nasir Mohammed Husani had assassinated several of the president’s political opponents at a cabinet meeting in the capital city of Aden, fighting was reported in Aden, and the conflict between government forces and a faction led by a more radical pro-Soviet faction soon spread.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Raptori--Debi Gibson (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
David Arkin, 49. U.S. actor. Mr. Arkin was known for his supporting roles in movies directed by Robert Altman, including MASH (1970); The Long Goodbye (1973); and Nashville (1975). Mr. Arkin committed suicide.

Salah Khalaf, aka Abu Iyad, and Hayel Abdel-Hamin. Palestinian leaders. The two high-ranking members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, along with an aide to Mr. Khalaf, were shot to death in Tunis by a bodyguard linked to Abu Nidal’s terrorist organization.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin denounced the previous day’s killings of civilians in Vilnius, Lithuania, and called on Russian troops to refuse to shoot civilians. Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said that he had not given the order to attack the demonstrators.

Politics and government
The Supreme Soviet confirmed Finance Minister Valentin Pavlov as the U.S.S.R.’s new Premier, replacing the ailing Nikolai Ryzhkov.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Earth Song--Michael Jackson (5th week at #1)

The Genie Awards, honouring the best Canadian films of 1995, were presented at Société Radio-Canada's Studio 42 in Montreal. Le Confessionnal was named Best Picture, with its director, Robert Lepage, also winning. Other awards included: Actor--David La Haye (L'Enfant d'eau); Actess--Helena Bonham Carter (Margaret's Museum); Supporting actor--Kenneth Welsh (Margaret's Museum); and Supporting actress--Kate Nelligan (Margaret's Museum).

Economics and finance
Canada signed a free trade agreement with Israel.

AFC Championship
Indianapolis 16 @ Pittsburgh 20

NFC Championship
Green Bay 27 @ Dallas 38

Bam Morris rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 1:34 remaining in regulation time to give the Steelers the lead over the Colts before 61,062 fans at Three Rivers Stadium, but the Colts almost won the game on the last play when Jim Harbaugh's pass from the Pittsburgh 29-yard line was almost caught by wide receiver Aaron Bailey in the end zone.

Emmitt Smith rushed for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns, and the Cowboys scored 2 touchdowns in the 4th quarter to erase a 27-24 deficit, as they beat the Packers before 65,135 fans at Texas Stadium in Irving.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Shelley Winters, 85
. U.S. actress. Miss Winters, born Shirley Schrift, appeared in many movies in a career that spanned over 50 years, and won Academy Awards for her supporting performances in The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and A Patch of Blue (1965). She was nominated for Oscars for her starring role in A Place in the Sun (1951) and her supporting performance in The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

NFC Divisional Playoff
Washington 10 @ Seattle 20

AFC Divisional Playoff
New England 13 @ Denver 27

Matt Hasselbeck completed 16 of 26 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for 21 yards and another TD, as the Seahawks defeated the Redskins before 67,551 fans at Qwest Field.

The Broncos scored 24 points off turnovers as they eliminated the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots before 76,238 fans at Invesco Field.

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