Thursday, 21 April 2016

April 17, 2016

160 years ago

Politics and government
Québec City was made the temporary seat of the government of the Province of Canada, replacing Kingston.

150 years ago

The Nova Scotia Assembly voted in favour of Maritime Union.

110 years ago

Jack Johnson (36-8-5-3) defeated Jim McCormick (4-7-2) in a heavyweight bout at Association Park in Topeka, Kansas when Mr. McCormick was disqualified in the 8th round by referee Dave Porteous for biting Mr. Johnson's shoulder in a clinch. The fight occurred the day after Mr. Johnson had knocked out Black Bill in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Win Maung
. 3rd President of Burma, 1957-1962. Win Maung was appointed President by Prime Minister U Nu, and held the office until he was deposed in a military coup led by General Ne Win. Win Maung died on July 4, 1989 at the age of 73.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Charles Ruijs de Beerenbrouck, 62
. Prime Minister of the Netherlands, 1918-1925, 1929-1933. Mr. Ruijs de Beerenbrouck was a member of the Roomsch Katholieke Staatspartij (RKSP), the Roman Catholic party. He served as President of the House of Representatives from 1925-1929 and again from 1933 until his death.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Al Bowlly, 43
. Mozambican-born U.K. singer. Mr. Bowlly grew up in Johannesburg and lived in several countries before moving to England in 1928. He became one of the most popular crooners of the early 1930s, but his career suffered after he developed problems with his voice because of a wart in his throat. Mr. Bowlly was killed when a German parachute mine landed outside his flat in London, and the explosion propelled his bedroom door into him, causing fatal head injuries.

Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany.

70 years ago

Syria obtained her independence from the French occupation.

50 years ago

Stanley Cup
Detroit 5 @ Chicago 3 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Norm Ullman scored 2 goals and an assist to lead the Red Wings over the Black Hawks at Chicago Stadium.

Los Angeles 133 @ Boston 129 (OT) (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 1-0)

The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder Adolfo Phillips, outfielder and first baseman John Herrnstein, and pitcher Ferguson Jenkins to the Chicago Cubs for pitchers Bob Buhl and Larry Jackson. Mr. Phillips had batted .230 with 3 home runs and 5 runs batted in in 41 games with the Phillies in 1965, and was 0 for 3 in 2 games in 1966. Mr. Herrnstein hit .200 with 1 homer and 5 RBIs in 63 games with Philadelphia in 1965, and .100 (1 for 10) with 1 RBI in 4 games in 1966. Mr. Jenkins posted a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 2.19 in 7 games with the Phillies in 1965, and was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in 1 game in 1966. Mr. Buhl was 13-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 32 games with Chicago in 1965, and was 0-0 with a 15.43 ERA in 1 game in 1966. Mr. Jackson had led the National League in wins with 24 in 1964, but dropped to 14-21 with an ERA of 3.85 in 1965. In 1966, Mr. Jackson was 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in 3 games with the Cubs.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Ancora tu--Lucio Battisti (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Fernando--ABBA (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Save Your Kisses for Me--The Brotherhood of Man (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Disco Lady--Johnnie Taylor (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Disco Lady--Johnnie Taylor (2nd week at #1)
2 Right Back Where We Started From--Maxine Nightingale
3 Let Your Love Flow--Bellamy Brothers
4 Lonely Night (Angel Face)--Captain and Tennille
5 Boogie Fever--Sylvers
6 Only Sixteen--Dr. Hook
7 Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen
8 Dream Weaver--Gary Wright
9 Show Me the Way--Peter Frampton
10 Sweet Love--Commodores

Singles entering the chart were I Want You by Marvin Gaye (#70); Baretta's Theme (“Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow”) by Rhythm Heritage (#82); Love is Alive by Gary Wright (#87); Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck (#92); Thinking of You by Paul Davis (#94); Jasper by Jim Stafford (#96); I Hope We Get to Love in Time by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. (#99); and Sixteen Tons by the Don Harrison Band (#100). Baretta's Theme (“Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow”) was, as the title indicates, from the television series Baretta.

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Lonely Night (Angel Face)--Captain and Tennille
2 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)--The Four Seasons
3 Dream Weaver--Gary Wright
4 Let Your Love Flow--Bellamy Brothers
5 Show Me the Way--Peter Frampton
6 Anyway You Want--Charity Brown
7 Love is the Drug--Roxy Music
8 There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)--Carpenters
9 Only Sixteen--Dr. Hook
10 Money Honey--Bay City Rollers

Singles entering the chart were Roxy Roller by Sweeney Todd (#89); Sweet Blindness (Music You Can Ride On) by Sweet Blindness (#92); Dolly by Liverpool (#93); More More More by Andrea True Connection (#95); I'm Mandy Fly Me by 10 C.C. (#99); and I Got Your Love by Stratavarious (#100).

Died on this date
Henrik Dam, 81
. Danish biochemist and physiologist. Dr. Dam shared the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Edward Doisy "for his discovery of vitamin K."

Greek Prime Minister Constantine Caramanlis proposed a peace treaty with Turkey to end the war between Greek and Turkish Cypriots.

Stanley Cup
Philadelphia 3 @ Toronto 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Buffalo 2 @ New York Islanders 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Boston 3 @ Los Angeles 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Toronto defenseman Borje Salming was the game's first star as the Maple Leafs edged the Flyers at Maple Leaf Gardens.

Avco World Trophy
U.S. Championship Preliminary
San Diego 2 @ Phoenix 1 (San Diego won best-of-five series 3-2)

U.S. Championship Quarter-Finals
New England 0 @ Indianapolis 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Mike Schmidt tied the major league single-game record with 4 home runs and drove in 8 runs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies come back from a 13-2 deficit to defeat the Chicago Cubs 18-16
in 10 innings before 28,287 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Schmidt's homers were in consecutive plate appearances as he became the 10th man to hit 4 home runs in a game, and the first since Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants in 1961. Rick Monday hit 2 homers for the Cubs.

On the NBC Game of the Week telecast, the Cincinnati Reds routed the San Francisco Giants 11-0 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati in a game whose start was delayed for 45 minutes because of a swarm of bees that invaded the stadium, sending most of the 21,219 fans scurrying to the concourse. Joe Morgan's 3-run home run in the 1st inning off Ed Halicki after singles by Pete Rose and Ken Griffey provided all the scoring needed. Fred Norman pitched a 4-hit shutout for the Reds.

The New York Mets scored 5 runs off Bruce Kison in the top of the 1st inning and 10 runs in the last 3 innings as they routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-1 before 13,082 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Jerry Koosman pitched a 9-hit complete game for the win.

30 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
2 Nikita--Elton John
3 Manic Monday--Bangles
4 These Dreams--Heart
5 Bop--Dan Seals
6 Secret Lovers--Atlantic Starr
7 Sara--Starship
8 A Good Heart--Feargal Sharkey
9 This Could Be the Night--Loverboy
10 Calling America--Electric Light Orchestra

British television journalist John McCarthy was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad terrorists while on his way to the airport in Beirut. The same day, the bodies of two British hostages and one American were found on the streets of Beirut after having been murdered.

In London, a bomb was discovered in the bag of an Irish woman about to board an El Al flight to Israel. Police concluded that the pregnant woman had been tricked by her boyfriend, Nezar Nawaf Mansour Hindawi, into carrying the bomb aboard the plane, promising that he would meet her later in Israel and marry her.

The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ended with a peace treaty signed in London.

Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Hartford 4 @ Montreal 1 (Hartford led best-of-seven series 1-0)
New York Rangers 4 @ Washington 3 (OT) (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Joyride--Roxette (6th week at #1)

Daryl Hall and John Oates performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton as part of their "unplugged" tour. The concert had been scheduled for April 15, but was postponed when Mr. Oates took ill. He quickly recovered, and the two put on an excellent show, with I Can’t Go for That one of the highlights. I paid $35.25 for my ticket.

World events
U.S. Army Special Forces units arrived in Iraq and began to select sites for refugee camps.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev arrived in Tokyo to begin three days of talks with Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Addressing the Japanese Diet, Mr. Gorbachev said that the Soviet Union was reducing its military presence in the Pacific Ocean, and he appealed to the Japanese to invest in the Soviet economy.

Canadian Minister for External Relations Monique Landry promised Iran $6.5 million to help Kurdish refugees; the total Canadian relief of $16.6 million was added to $2 million for Turkish camps.

Unions representing 235,000 U.S. railroad workers went on strike, with the main issues being the number of workers needed to run a freight train and the number of miles an employee had to travel to earn a day’s pay. The United States Congress adopted legislation providing for a three-member panel, to be appointed by the president, that would have 65 days to resolve the dispute.

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 3004.46, closing above 3,000 for the first time.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-163 to approve a $1.46-trillion budget for fiscal 1992, rejecting the budget submitted in January by President George Bush.

The Canadian government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney banned the Meme breast implant because of reports that it could break down and release cancer-causing chemicals.

Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Montreal 1 @ Boston 2 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Washington 4 @ Pittsburgh 2 (Washington led best-of-seven series 1-0)

20 years ago

The last American soldiers left Haiti.

Police in the Amazon region of Brazil opened fire on protesters demonstrating for land reform; 19 people were killed and 50 wounded.

Politics and government
Bud Olson was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.

A Los Angeles jury recommended that Lyle and Erik Menendez serve life in prison without parole for killing their wealthy parents in 1989.

Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Boston 3 @ Florida 6 (Florida led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Washington 6 @ Pittsburgh 4 (Washington led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Winnipeg 1 @ Detroit 4 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Calgary 1 @ Chicago 4 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 1-0)

10 years ago

Islamic Jihad suicide bomber Sami Salim Hamad detonated an explosive device at a restaurant in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70.

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