Tuesday, 9 February 2016

February 9, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Heather Blacklock!

125 years ago
1891


Born on this date
Ronald Colman
. U.K.-born U.S. actor. Mr. Colman was a popular leading man in films such as Bulldog Drummond (1929); A Tale of Two Cities (1935); Lost Horizon (1937); The Prisoner of Zenda (1937); and Random Harvest (1942). He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for A Double Life (1947). Mr. Colman died on May 19, 1958 at the age of 67.

Opera
The Canadian Pacific Railway opened its $200,000 Vancouver Opera House on Granville Street with the Emma Juch English Opera's performance of Lohengrin by Richard Wagner.

110 years ago
1906


Died on this date
Paul Laurence Dunbar, 33
. U.S. poet and author. Mr. Dunbar was the first American Negro poet to win wide acceptance; he wrote a dozen books of poetry, as well as novels and short stories. Mr. Dunbar died of tuberculosis.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Tex Hughson
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Cecil Carlton Hughson, a native of Kyle, Texas, played with the Boston Red Sox from 1941-1944 and 1946-1949, compiling a record of 96-54 with an earned run average of 2.94 in 225 games before arm and shoulder injuries shortened his career. His best season was 1942, when he was 22-6, leading the American League in wins; strikeouts (113); complete games (22); and innings pitched (281). He was 20-11 in 1946 as he helped the Red Sox win the AL pennant. Mr. Hughson died on August 6, 1993 at the age of 77.

75 years ago
1941


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part 5

Literature
The Book of the Month Club critics' poll selected the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway as the outstanding book of 1940.

War
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in a broadcast from London that the United Kingdom didn't need American armies: "Give us the tools, and we will finish the job." The Canadian Army converted the Vancouver-based Fifth Canadian Motorcycle Regiment, CASF, redesignating it as the British Columbia Dragoons. The American Youth Congress denounced the European war as an "imperialist exploitation of the masses."

Politics and government
The Vichy French regime appointed Admiral Jean Darian as Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister.

70 years ago
1946


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Symphony--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)

Defense
Speaking at a Communist Party conference, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin predicted a future conflict with the West, and announced a new five-year plan to put the U.S.S.R. on a war footing.

Diplomacy
Argentine presidential candidate Juan Peron released a 4,000-word document calling for closer relations with the United States, and invited U.S. capital investments in Argentina.

Politics and government
The Japanese cabinet, acting on orders from Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan General Douglas MacArthur, barred nearly nine-tenths of the current Diet members from the March 31, 1946 elections.

Space
Astronomers at Yerkes Observartory in Wisconsin announced that they had observed the explosion of a nova at the western edge of Corona Borealis, trillions of miles from Earth.

Labour
The Congress of Industrial Organizations Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers settled with General Motors for an 18 1/2c hourly wage increase.

Religion
Dr. Ludwig Schoop announced that 72 scholars under his direction were preparing a 72-volume edition of the writings of the Roman Catholic Church fathers.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): L'Homme et l'Enfant--Eddie & Tania Constantine (10th week at #1)

50 years ago
1966


Died on this date
Sophie Tucker, 79
. Ukrainian-born U.S. singer. Miss Tucker, the "Last of the Red Hot Mamas", born Sonya Kalish, was popular in vaudeville, recordings, radio, and television in a career that spanned more than 60 years.

Energy
British Minister for Technology Frank Cousins announcemed in Parliament that a Protype Fast Reactor would be built at the Dounreay power station in a remote part of Scotland.

Hockey
NHL
The National Hockey League announced that it was doubling in size with a new West Division and six new teams: the California Seals; Los Angeles Kings; Minnesota North Stars; Philadelphia Flyers; Pittsburgh Penguins; and St. Louis Blues. The original teams - Toronto, Montréal, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Boston - would make up East Division. The expansion was to take effect for the 1967-1968 season.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Jump in My Car--Ted Mulry Gang (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun--Masato Shimon (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Amor, amor--Lolita (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): I'm on Fire--5000 Volts (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Percy Faith, 67
. Canadian-born U.S. orchestra conductor, arranger, and composer. Mr. Faith, a native of Toronto, helped to popularize "easy listening" music with hit singles such as Delicado (1952); Song from Moulin Rouge (1953); and The Theme from "A Summer Place" (1960), the latter of which won a Grammy Award as Record of the Year. He arranged recordings for singers such as Guy Mitchell and Johnny Mathis, and composed and adapted scores for films such as Love Me or Leave Me (1955).

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Nikita--Elton John (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Jeanny--Falco (4th week at #1)

Space
Halley's Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): I Touch Myself--Divinyls (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Aihakatsu--KAN (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Sadeness (Part 1)--Enigma (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Sadeness (Part 1)--Enigma (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Ice Ice Baby--Vanilla Ice (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Sadeness (Part 1)--Enigma (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Knockin' Boots--Candyman

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): 3 a.m. Eternal--The KLF featuring the Children of The Revolution (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
2 The First Time--Surface
3 Sensitivity--Ralph Tresvant
4 All the Man that I Need--Whitney Houston
5 Play That Funky Music--Vanilla Ice
6 Love Will Never Do (Without You)--Janet Jackson
7 Where Does My Heart Beat Now--Celine Dion
8 Disappear--INXS
9 After the Rain--Nelson
10 Just Another Dream--Cathy Dennis

Singles entering the chart were I’ve Been Thinking About You by Londonbeat (#76) Just the Way it is, Baby by the Rembrandts (#78); Easy Come Easy Go by Winger (#79); You're in Love by Wilson Phillips (#80); and Iesha by Another Bad Creation (#83).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Love Will Never Do (Without You)--Janet Jackson
2 Disappear--INXS
3 Til I Am Myself Again--Blue Rodeo
4 You Gotta Love Someone--Elton John
5 Justify My Love--Madonna
6 After the Rain--Nelson
7 I’m Not in Love--Will to Power
8 Wicked Game--Chris Isaak
9 Show Me the Way--Styx
10 All the Man that I Need--Whitney Houston

Singles entering the chart were Who Said I Would by Phil Collins (#68); Inside Out by the Traveling Wilburys (#69); My Side of the Bed by Susanna Hoffs (#77); Willy by Astley Cleveland (#78); Never Gonna Change My Mind by Acosta Russell (#84); Rocket O’Love by the Knack (#88); Tomorrow Wendy by Concrete Blonde (#93); Fallen Angel by Zahalan (#94); Give Peace a Chance by Sean Lennon (#95); Night and Day by Bette Midler (#97); and Let Go by Andy Curran (#98).

Died on this date
James Cleveland, 59
. U.S. singer. Rev. Cleveland was known as the "King of Gospel Music" during a career in which he won four Grammy Awards.

World events
In a non-binding plebiscite, Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly in favour of secession from the Soviet Union. Lithuania was the first of the Baltic republics to hold such a vote. In an attempt to avoid antagonizing the Kremlin, Lithuania’s leaders called the vote an unofficial "public opinion poll" on Lithuania’s March 1990 declaration of independence. Nearly 85% of eligible voters to answer the only question on the ballot: "Do you want a democratic, independent Lithuania?" The results, released the next day, showed approximately 90% of the votes in favour of independence.

Politics and government
Donald Cameron defeated Roland Thornhill by 143 votes on the third ballot to become leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. He took office as Premier of Nova Scotia on February 26, 1991, replacing interim Premier Roger Bacon, who had replaced the retired John Buchanan.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Missing (Todd Terry Remix)--Everything But the Girl (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Spaceman--Babylon Zoo (3rd week at #1)

Terrorism
The Provisional Irish Republican Army declared the end to its 18-month cease-fire and exploded a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf.

Diplomacy
South Korea and Japan renewed their dispute over two islets in the Sea of Japan that were believed to have rich mineral resources and fishing grounds.

Protest
The government of Guinea reasserted control over the armed forces, a week after the beginning of a mutiny by soldiers who were demanding better pay and working conditions.

Track and field
Donovan Bailey of Canada set a world record for the men's 50-metre dash with a time of 5.56 seconds at the Reno Air Games in Reno, Nevada. The old record of 5.61 was set by Manfred Kokot of East Germany in 1973 and was tied by James Sanford of the United States in 1981.

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Freddie Laker, 83
. U.K. airline executive. Sir Freddie founded the pioneering "no-frills" airline Laker Airways in 1966; the airline went bankrupt in 1982.

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