Tuesday, 26 April 2016

April 25, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Suzie Martin!

170 years ago
1846


War
Mexican forces commanded by General Anastasio Torrejon ambushed American forces led by Captain Seth Thornton along the Rio Grande, triggering the Mexican–American War.

110 years ago
1906


Albertana
A motion to move the capital of Alberta from Edmonton to Calgary was defeated in the legislature.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Jerry Barber
. U.S. golfer. Mr. Barber won seven tournaments on the Professional Golfers' Association tour, including the 1961 PGA Championship, when he made up a 4-stroke deficit in the last 3 holes to tie Don January, and then defeated Mr. January in an 18-hole playoff the next day. Mr. Barber was named the PGA Player of the Year for 1961. He died on September 23, 1994 at the age of 78.

Protest
The United Kingdom declared martial law in Ireland, the day after the beginning of the Easter uprising.

80 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: Death in the Club Window

75 years ago
1941


War
The German command announced the capture of Thermopylae after an intense three-day battle. German bombers continued attacks on British evacuation from Greek ports.

Defense
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said at a press conference that the U.S. Navy would extend its neutrality patrol to the seven seas, if necessary, for the protection of the Western Hemisphere. He compared famed aviator and opponent of U.S. intervention in the European War Charles Lindbergh to the "Copperhead" defeatists in the U.S. Civil War. 1940 Republican Party U.S. presidential candidate Wendell Willkie urged the use of convoys to "protect those shipments" to Britain.

Crime
Julio Ayala, leader of the Cuban Realist Revolutionary Party supporting President Fulgencio Batista, was shot and seriously wounded in a Havana suburb.

Politics and government
Argentine Acting President Ramon Castillo announced that he would temporarily govern "be decree" because of the Radical Party's refusal to vote on any bills in Congress.

Labour
U.S. Labor Secretary Frances Perkins certified the Congress of Industrial Organizations United Auto Workers dispute with General Motors to the National Defense Mediation Board. U.S. Senator Harry Byrd (Democrat--Virginia) demanded that Miss Perkins resign for failing to certify the coal strike to the NDMB for three weeks.

Medicine
Dr. J.S.L. Browne of McGill University said that intramuscular injections of the synthetic male hormone testosterone propionate had added several inches to the height of 10 dwarfed youths.

Boxing
World bantamweight champion Lou Salica (53-11-12) retained his title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Lew Transparenti (27-18) at Baltimore Coliseum. Mr. Transparenti had defeated Mr. Salica seven weeks earlier in a non-title bout.

70 years ago
1946


War
The conference of foreign ministers of the U.S.A., U.K., U.S.S.R., and France opened in Paris, as Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov accepted French participation, but opposed French voting on peace treaties with Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland, and Italy.

Defense
Chinese Communist troops entered the Manchurian city of Harbin as Soviet forces left.

Labour
The U.S. Railroad Trainmen and Locomotive Engineers Brotherhoods rejected a fact-finding board's 16c hourly wage increase recommendation and called a strike of its 300,000 members for May 18, 1946.

Disasters
45 people were killed and 125 injured when the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad's Exposition Flyer rammed into the Advance Flyer in Naperville, Illinois.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Mejor--Los Brincos

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Black & Tan Gun--Pat Smith and the Johnny Flynn Showband

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Good Lovin'--The Young Rascals
2 (You're My) Soul and Inspiration--The Righteous Brothers
3 Kicks--Paul Revere and the Raiders
4 Secret Agent Man--Johnny Rivers
5 Time Won't Let Me--The Outsiders
6 It's Too Late--Bobby Goldsboro
7 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)--Cher
8 Daydream--The Lovin' Spoonful
9 A Sign of the Times--Petula Clark
10 Walkin' My Cat Named Dog--Norma Tanega

Singles entering the chart were How Does That Grab You, Darlin'? by Nancy Sinatra (#75); Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan (#81); She Blew a Good Thing by the Poets (#85); Love Me with All of Your Heart by the Bachelors (#86); The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) by the Walker Bros. (#89); The Teaser by Bob Kuban and the In-Men (#90); Twinkle Toes by Roy Orbison (#91); No Man is an Island by the Van Dykes (#92); Once Upon a Time by Teddy and the Pandas (#93); Evol--Not Love by the Five Americans (#96); Friends and Mirrors by Bobby Russell (#98); The New Breed by James Brown (#99); and The More I See You by Chris Montez (#100).

Disasters
Much of the old city of Tashkent, Uzbeskistan was destroyed by an earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, leaving 300,000 people homeless.

40 years ago
1976


Died on this date
Carol Reed, 69
. U.K. movie director. Sir Carol won an Academy Award for directing Oliver! (1968), but was best known for his films from the 1940s, such as Night Train to Munich (1940); Odd Man Out (1947); The Fallen Idol (1948); and The Third Man (1949).

Americana
Chicago Cubs' center fielder Rick Monday became a national hero of sorts--and received a bicentennial commendation from President Gerald Ford--when he rescued an American flag that two protesters were attempting to burn in center field during the 4th inning of a game between the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers before 25,167 fans at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers won 5-4 in 10 innings; Mr. Monday batted 3 for 5 with 2 runs and a run batted in.

Politics and government
The Socialist Party, led by Mário Soares, won 107 of 265 seats in the Portuguese parliamentary elections. The Social Democratic Party was second with 73 seats, followed by the Democratic and Social Centre Party with 42 seats and the Communist Party with 40.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Quarter-Finals
Toronto 3 @ Philadelphia 7 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-3)
Los Angeles 0 @ Boston 3 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Jack Valiquette scored 1:24 into the game to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead over the Flyers before 17,007 fans at the Spectrum, and Bob Neely scored early in a 5-minute powerplay late in the period to give Toronto a 2-1 lead, but the Flyers killed the remainder of the penalty and erupted for 6 straight goals to eliminate the Maple Leafs.

WHA
Avco World Trophy
O'Keefe Cup Finals
Calgary 2 @ Winnipeg 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 2-0)

U.S. Championship Quarter-Finals
Houston 8 @ San Diego 4 (Houston led best-of-seven series 3-0)

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Geil--Bruce and Bongo (4th week at #1)

Africana
Mswati III was crowned King of Swaziland, succeeding his father Sobhuza II.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Division Finals
Hartford 3 @ Montreal 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
New York Rangers 4 @ Washington 2 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Deep Deep Trouble--The Simpsons (4th week at #1)

Politics and government
Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Georges Erasmus suggested a new Canadian national treaty separate from the current constitutional negotiations.

Oil
The Interprovincial Pipeline, an 832-kilometre line between Sarnia and Montreal built during the 1974 energy crisis, was shut down because Québec refiners could buy oil cheaper offshore.

Economics and finance
The United States hiked tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Montreal 1 @ Boston 4 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Washington 1 @ Pittsburgh 4 (Pittsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-1)

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Firestarter--The Prodigy (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Children--Robert Miles

Died on this date
Saul Bass, 75
. U.S. graphic designer. Mr. Bass designed movie posters and corporate logos, but was perhaps best known for designing innovative title sequences for movies such as The Man with the Golden Arm (1955); North by Northwest (1959); and Psycho (1960). Much of his work was done in close collaboration with his wife Elaine.

Protest
A 24-hour riot at the Headingly jail in Manitoba left 7 guards and 30 inmates injured. The jail was trashed and burned by inmates during the rampage and was closed until extensive repairs could be made.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Florida 2 @ Boston 6 (Florida led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Tampa Bay 1 @ Philadelphia 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-2)
St. Louis 4 @ Toronto 5 (OT) (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Vancouver 4 @ Colorado 5 (OT) (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-2)

The Maple Leafs' win over the Blues was the last playoff game ever played at Maple Leaf Gardens.

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Jane Jacobs, 89
. U.S.-born Canadian urban theorist. Mrs. Jacobs was known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), in which she argued that urban renewal didn't respected the wishes of most city dwellers. She organized grassroots efforts to protest the overhaul of her New York City neighbourhood of Greenwich Village. After moving to Toronto in 1968, she led protests against proposed expressways in that city. Mrs. Jacobs died nine days short of her 90th birthday.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Ottawa 8 @ Tampa Bay 4 (Ottawa led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Detroit 3 @ Edmonton 4 (2 OT) (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Calgary 5 @ Anaheim 2 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Nashville 1 @ San Jose 4 (San Jose led best-of-seven series 2-1)

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