Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nikki Quitazol and Nadiia Marchuk!
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Creeping Man
Died on this date
Aleksandr Glazunov, 70. Russian composer and conductor. Mr. Glazunov wrote eight complete symphonies and numerous other works, but is today perhaps best known for his ballets such as Raymonda and The Seasons. He directed the St. Petersurg Conservatory from 1905-1928.
75 years ago
The Colombian government announced that Colombia and Venezuela would sign a treaty on April 5 ending their century-old border dispute.
Politics and government
Three Yugoslav cabinet ministers resigned in protest against signing a non-aggression pact with Germany.
Clarence Dykstra resigned as director of the U.S. Selective Service System to assume his new duties as chairman of the National Defense Mediation Board.
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board cited Ford Motor Company on charges of continued unfair labour practices at its River Rouge, Lincoln, and Highland Park, Michigan plants. Ford was accused of dismissing 253 workers for Congress of Industrial Organizations United Auto Workers activities.
The American Federation of Labor construction strike at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio ended with four CIO electricians, whose hiring had led to the strike, allowed to continue on the job.
Joe Louis (47-1) retained his world heavyweight title with a technical knockout of Abe Simon (34-8) at 1:20 of the 13th round at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. Mr. Simon was knocked down 4 times.
70 years ago
Former Nazi Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering, testifying at his war crimes trial in Nuremberg, admitted ordering the burning of villages in reprisal for partisan attacks and said he knew that slave labourers were forced to work in Germany.
The Untied Nations Security Council rejected the U.S.S.R's request for a delay in considering Iran's appeal regarding the continuing presence of Soviet troops in Iran.
The United States Senate confirmed the appointment of U.S. Army General Walter Bedell Smith as U.S. Ambassador to the U.S.S.R.
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ended his visit to the United States and sailed for England aboard the Queen Mary.
The U.S. State Department notified all Latin American nations that the United States would not sign a hemispheric pact to maintain peace and security of the Argentine government of President Juan Peron participated.
U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes told the Senate Military Affairs Committee that failure to extend the draft would result in a critical manpower shortage in U.S. occupation forces.
Politics and government
Paul-Henri Spaak submitted his resignation as Prime Minister of Belgium after the centrist Christian Socialist Party refused to support his government, attacking it as "excessively socialist" in character.
U.K. Health Minister Aneurin Bevan introduced the Labour Party government's national health service bill into the House of Commons, aimed at providing every Briton with medical care "from birth to death."
Economics and finance
U.S. President Harry Truman met with French emissary Leon Blum regarding a proposed American loan to France.
The United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Central Committee nominated former New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as its secretary-general, replacing Herbert Lehman.
Sumner Pike resigned after six years as a member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commisson.
Soviet geologist Vladimir Vize announced in Moscow plans for an oceanographic and geophysical survey of the unexplored part of the central Arctic.
Van Wyck Brooks was awarded the U.S. National Institute of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for essays and criticism; the Gold Medal was awarded once every 10 years.
The Los Angeles Rams signed halfback Kenny Washington, making him the first Negro player in the National Football League since 1933.
60 years ago
The Academy Awards for 1955 were presented at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The winners included: Best Picture--Marty; Best Director--Delbert Mann (Marty); Best Actor--Ernest Borgnine (Marty); Best Actress--Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo); Best Supporting Actor--Jack Lemmon (Mister Roberts); and Best Supporting Actress--Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden).
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Yo Soy Aquel--Raphael
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Come Back to Stay--Dickie Rock (4th week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Listen People--Herman's Hermits
2 Nowhere Man--The Beatles
3 Elusive Butterfly--Bob Lind
4 Lightnin' Strikes--Lou Christie
5 At the Scene--Dave Clark Five
6 Batman Theme--The Marketts
7 While I'm Away--Bobby Curtola
8 These Boots are Made for Walkin'--Nancy Sinatra
9 Homeward Bound--Simon & Garfunkel
10 Woman--Peter & Gordon
Singles entering the chart were Believe Me by the Guess Who? (#12); Hey Girl Go it Alone by the Big Town Boys (#27); He Will Break Your Heart by the Counts (#31); The Ballad of the Green Berets by SSgt Barry Sadler (#33); Sure Gonna Miss Her by Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#37); (You're My) Soul and Inspiration by the Righteous Brothers (#40); Somewhere There's a Someone by Dean Martin (#46); Promise her Anything by Tom Jones (#47); The One on the Right is on the Left by Johnny Cash (#48); Get Ready by the Temptations (#49); The Cheater by Bob Kuban and the In-Men (#51); Batman Theme by Neal Hefti (#55); Ain't That a Groove by James Brown and the Famous Flames (#56); Take Me for What I'm Worth by the Searchers (#58); This Can't Be True by Eddie Holman (#59); I Want to Go with You by Eddy Arnold (#62); Time Won't Let Me by the Outsiders (#64); Love is All We Need by Mel Carter (#65); Shake Me, Wake Me (When it's Over) by the Four Tops (#66); This Hour Has Seven Days by the Shays (#67); Cry Myself to Sleep by Al Martino (#70); The Dedication Song by Freddy Cannon (#71); Shake Hands by the Newbeats (#73); Falling Sugar by Kelly and Gail (#75); Dear Lover by Mary Wells (#76); My Darling Hildegarde by the Statler Brothers (#77); Whenever She Holds You by Patty Duke (#78); Lullaby of Love by the Poppies (#82); Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Cher (#83); Tippy Toeing by the Harden Trio (#84); Until it's Time for You to Go by Catherine McKinnon (#85); This Ain't Love by the Nocturnals (#86); Don't Mess with Bill by the Marvelettes (#87); One More Heartache by Marvin Gaye (#88); Up and Down by the McCoys (#89); In My Room (El Amor) by Verdelle Smith (#90); Just Like Me by Paul Revere and the Raiders (#91); Waitin' in Your Welfare Line by Buck Owens (#92); I Can't Grow Peaches on a Cherry Tree by Just Us (#93); Love Like Mine by Dee and the Yeomen (#94); Sloop John B by the Beach Boys (#95); Rhapsody in the Rain by Lou Christie (#96); Good Lovin' by the Young Rascals (#97); Secret Agent Man by the Ventures (#98); Outside Gates of Heaven by Lou Christie (#99); and The Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine) by the Brass Ring (#100). This was the first time that the RPM singles chart consisted of 100 entries; it previously consisted of 40 entries.
40 years ago
The United States closed its last military base in Thailand after demonstrations in Bangkok.
Toronto 2 @ Philadelphia 4
The Flyers' win over the Maple Leafs at the Spectrum in the weekly Sunday night CBC radio broadcast was marred--or highlighted--by a major brawl at the end of the first period, featuring Philadelphia defenceman Jack McIlhargey and Toronto forward Kurt Walker, playing just his second NHL game.
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Brother Louie--Modern Talking (3rd week at #1)
For the first time, NASA officials acknowledged that failure of a joint on a solid-fuel booster rocket was the most likely cause of the January 28 explosion of the U.S. space shuttle Challenger that had killed all seven astronauts aboard.
Debi Thomas became the first Negro American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship.
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Do the Bartman--The Simpsons (9th week at #1)
Died on this date
Leo Fender, 81. U.S. inventor. Mr. Fender founded Fender Electric Instrument Manuafacturing Company in 1946, and became famous for designing electric guitars, electric bass guitars, and amplifiers. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 9-0 to uphold a British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling that the fetus is not a legal person, with no guarantee to life under the Criminal Code.
Leaders of all six Yugoslav republics attended an emergency meeting of the federal presidency. After the talks, a joint statement was released, saying the crisis over the country’s future should be resolved "only in a peaceful, democratic manner. The leaders agreed to meet on a regular basis.
The U.S. human rights organization Middle East Watch reported that Kuwaiti soldiers and vigilantes had tortured or beaten at least 400 people--most of them Palestinians--and that at least 30 of these had died.
Economics and finance
The United States House of Representatives followed the Senate’s lead and voted in favour of a $78-billion package to help bail out insolvent savings and loan associations.
A transport plane crashed at a Saudi air force base, killing 92 soldiers from Senegal who were serving in a multinational force in the Persian Gulf. Six Saudi crewmen also died in the disaster, which occurred in skies blackened by smoke from burning oil wells in Kuwait.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Kaunis peto--XL5 (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Spaceman--Babylon Zoo (8th week at #1)
The day after a scientific report linking mad cow disease and the slow-developing but fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease had been published--raising fears about the safety of British beef at home and abroad--France Belgium, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Portugal banned the importation of beef from the U.K.
10 years ago
The social media website Twitter launched with the first tweet by co-founder Jack Dorsey.
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