Friday, 11 March 2016

March 11, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Tim Sproule and Aurora B.G.!

375 years ago

Guaraní forces living in the Jesuit reductions defeated bandeirantes loyal to the Portuguese Empire at the Battle of Mbororé in present-day Panambí, Argentina.

150 years ago

Died on this date
Ulysses F. Doubleday, 73
. U.S. politician. Mr. Doubleday, a Democrat, represented New York's 24th District in the United States House of Representatives from 1831-1833 and 1835-1837. He was the father of Major General Abner Doubleday, the man often wrongly credited with the creation of baseball.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Ezra Jack Keats
. U.S. author and illustrator. Mr. Keats, born Jacob Ezra Katz, wrote and illustrated children's books. His best-known work was The Snowy Day (1962), which won the 1963 Caldecott Medal as the best picture book for children. Mr. Keats died on May 6, 1983 at the age of 67.

Harold Wilson. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1964-1970; 1974-1976. "Little Harold," a member of the Labour Party, was a member of the House of Commons from 1945-1983. He became leader of the party after the death of Hugh Gaitskell in 1963, and became Prime Minister when Labour won a narrow victory in the 1964 general election. The Conservatives, led by Edward Heath, unseated Mr. Wilson's government in the 1970 election, but Mr. Wilson remained as Leader of the Opposition, and returned to office as Prime Minister when Labour won the 1974 election. He announced his resignation several days after his 60th birthday, but remained as an MP until 1983, when he was created Baron Wilson of Rievaulx. Mr. Wilson died of colon cancer and Alzheimer's disease on May 24, 1995 at the age of 79.

USS Nevada (BB-36) was commissioned as the first U.S. Navy "super-dreadnought."

75 years ago

France yielded 25,000 square miles of Indochina to Thailand under the Japanese-mediated peace, ending the border dispute.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Lend-Lease Bill at 3:50 P.M. Eastern Time, less than two hours after the House of Representatives had accepted the Senate-amended measure by a vote of 317-71. Mr. Roosevelt revealed that he would ask Congress for $7 billion for Lend-Lease. About 15 U.S. Senator who were opposed to Lend-Lease gathered in the office of Sen. Hiram Johnson (Republican--California) to discuss a nationwide antiwar speaking campaign.

U.S.S.R. Premier Vyacheslav Molotov was reported by Turkish sources to have promised that the Soviet Union would not attack Turkey should the Turks enter the European war.

Bombs planted in the luggage of U.K. Minister to Bulgaria George Rendel exploded in the lobby of his hotel in Istanbul, killing six people.

Politics and government
In a by-election for the U.S. House of Representatives seat in the New York's 17th Congressional District that had been vacated by the death of Kenneth F. Simpson (Republican), Republican candidate and New York City Councilman Joseph Clark Baldwin was elected, defeating Democratic candidate Dean Alfange 23,252 votes to 16,690.

Economics and finance
U.S. Senator Joseph O'Mahoney (Democrat--Wyoming) urged Congress to call a national conference to draft a "national economic constitution" to "abolish the economic uncertainties" threatening the American political system.

The Congress of Industrial Organizations United Mine Workers of America demanded a $1 per day wage increase to $7 per day for 450,000 soft coal miners when the present contract expired on April 1, 1941.

Producers of Broadway plays in New York sought a temporary injunction against the Dramatists Guild, charging that the "entire legitimate theatrical industry" was under its domination.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief--Betty Hutton
--Les Brown and his Orchestra
2 Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
--Woody Herman and his Orchestra
3 Symphony--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby
--Jo Stafford
--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
4 Personality--Johnny Mercer
5 Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
--Frank Sinatra
--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
6 You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)--Les Brown and his Orchestra
--Perry Como
7 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows--Perry Como
--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
8 I Can't Begin to Tell You--Bing Crosby with Carmen Cavallaro
--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Andy Russell
9 Shoo Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
10 Dig You Later (A Hubba-Hubba-Hubba)--Perry Como and the Satisfyers

Singles entering the chart were the version of Oh! What it Seemed to Be by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra; I Didn't Mean a Word I Said by Harry James and his Orchestra (#17); Let's Have Fun Tonight by Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra (#18); If I Had a Wishing Ring, with versions by Andy Russell, and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#21); Take Care (When You Say “Te Quiero”) by Tommy Tucker Time (#30); and Seems Like Old Times, with versions by Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra and Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (#34).

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

Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, was captured by British troops.

The Soviet newspaper Pravda denounced former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's March 6 proposal for an Anglo-American alliance as an attempt to dominate the world and "liquidate" the United Nations.

The United States rejected the French proposal to join in bringing the Spanish situation before the United Nations.

Shortly before leaving China for consultations in the United States, U.S. Army General George Marshall persuaded Chinese Nationalists and Communists to extend the authority of the Peking truce board to parts of Manchuria not held by the U.S.S.R.

Jewish Agency of Palestine Chairman David Ben-Gurion told the Anglo-Ameican Commission of Inquiry that Palestine's Jews could and would defend themselves if British troops were withdrawn.

The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee revealed that President Harry Truman had proposed a $4.2-billion Navy budget for 1947.

Politics and government
U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes deplored the U.S.S.R.'s refusal to permit opposition members in the Bulgarian cabinet, claiming that such participation had been agreed upon by Allied foreign ministers.

Iranian Prime Minister Ahmad Ghavam Saltaneh returned to Tehran from Moscow as left-wing members of parliament prevented the legislature from extending its session, leaving Mr. Ghavam the virtual dictator of Iran.

The 18 nations of the United Maritime Executive Board ended wartime controls of international shipping.

University of California chemist Dr. Melvin Calvin disclosed a new method of obtaining oxygen from the air based on the process used by the human body.

Economics and finance
U.S. Treasury Secretary Fred Vinson was elected chairman of the Boards of Governors of both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote a $1.1-billion appropriation for the Agriculture Department.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Perfect Murder, starring Hurd Hatfield, Mildred Natwick, and Philip Coolidge

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 These Boots are Made for Walkin'--Nancy Sinatra (4th week at #1)
2 Listen People--Herman's Hermits
3 Nowhere Man--The Beatles
4 19th Nervous Breakdown--The Rolling Stones
5 Homeward Bound--Simon & Garfunkel
6 The Ballad of the Green Berets--SSgt Barry Sadler
7 My Love--Petula Clark
8 Batman Theme--The Marketts
9 You Baby--The Turtles
10 At the Scene--Dave Clark Five
Pick hit of the week: Secret Agent Man--Johnny Rivers
New this week: Follow Me--The Bantams
Marble Breaks and Iron Bends--Drafi
Frankie and Johnny--Elvis Presley
Spanish Flea--Blueberry Hill Band
Kicks--Paul Revere and the Raiders

40 years ago

Economics and finance
Representatives of Canada and the European Economic Community opened talks in Brussels.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Sonny Terry, 74
. U.S. musician. Mr. Terry, born Saundes Terrell, was a blues harmonicist who was known for his long partnership with singer and guitarist Brownie McGhee. Mr. Terry was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1986.

Politics and government
Elaine Janvier, a white woman, was elected chief of Cold Lake First Nation in Cold Lake, Alberta.

Minnesota 4 Edmonton 0

Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders scored his 50th goal of the season against the Calgary Flames at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, becoming the first NHL player to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Bad Boys--Inner Circle (2nd week at #1)

On the radio
The Adventure of the Pimlico Poisoner, starring William Chubb and Crawford Logan, on BBC 4

This was a Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Go here and here to download the program.

Politics and government
Gordon Towers was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.

Canadian Health Minister Perrin Beatty announced a $275-million six-year program to improve drinking water and sewage treatment on Indian reserves.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Children--Robert Miles (3rd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 The World I Know--Collective Soul
2 Missing--Everything But the Girl
3 One of Us--Joan Osborne
4 Ironic--Alanis Morisette
5 1979--Smashing Pumpkins
6 Wonderwall--Oasis
7 One Sweet Day--Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men
8 So Far Away--Rod Stewart
9 I Want to Come Over--Melissa Etheridge
10 Don't Cry--Seal

Singles entering the chart were Real Stuff by Colin James (#88); Only Love (The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty) by Sophie B. Hawkins (#89); Can't Get You Off of My Mind by Lenny Kravitz (#90); Somewhere by Phil Collins (#91); Big Me by Foo Fighters (#92); Sexual Healing by Max-A-Million (#93); In the Meantime by Spacehog (#94); You Learn by Alanis Morisette (#95); Closer to Free by the BoDeans (#96); More than I Can Do by Steve Earle (#97); and You Never Done it Like That by Carol Medina (#99).

Died on this date
Vince Edwards, 67
. U.S. actor. Mr. Edwards, born Vincent Edward Zoine, was best known for starring as the title character in the television series Ben Casey (1961-1966).

Dallas 1 @ Montreal 4

The Canadiens defeated the Stars in the last game played in the Montreal Forum.

National Football League club owners voted to allow Cleveland Browns' owner Art Modell to move his team to Baltimore, where they were renamed the Ravens.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Bernie Geoffrion, 75
. Canadian hockey player and coach. Mr. Geoffrion, nicknamed "Boom Boom" for the sound his shots made when they hit the boards, played right wing with the Montreal Canadiens (1950-61) and New York Rangers (1966-68), scoring 822 points on 393 goals and 429 assists in 883 regular season games, and 118 points on 58 goals and 60 assists in 132 playoff games. His best season was 1960-61, when he scored 50 goals and 45 assists in 64 games, becoming the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. Mr. Geoffrion was a member of six Stanley Cup championship teams, and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame in 1972. He coached the Rangers (1968-69); Atlanta Flames (1972-75); and Montreal Canadiens (1979), compiling a record of 114-119-48; he was forced to abandon coaching because he suffered from ulcers. Mr. Geoffrion died of cancer the day his jersey #5 was retired by the Canadiens in a ceremony at the Montreal Forum.

Slobodan Milošević, 64. President of Serbia, 1989-1997; President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, 1997-2000. Mr. Milošević was charged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with war crimes including genocide and crimes against humanity in connection to the wars in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. His trial dragged on for five years until he died of a heart attack in his prison cell in The Hague.

At the movies
The Journals of Knud Rasmussen received its premiere screening in Igloolik, Nunavut.

Politics and government
Michelle Bachelet, leader of the Socialist Party, was inaugurated as first female President of Chile.

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