125 years ago
RMS Empress of India, carrying 486 passengers and a cargo of tea and silk became the first of the Canadian Pacific Steamships "Empress" liners to arrive at Vancouver harbour, via the Suez Canal and Hong Kong. Canadian Pacific Steamships had signed a contract for subsidized mail service between Britain and Hong Kong via Canada.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Ferruccio Lamborghini. Italian industrialist. Mr. Lamborghini was best known for creating the sports car firm Automobili Lamborghini in 1963. He died on February 20, 1993 at the age of 76.
80 years ago
Died on this date
Fuad I, 68. Sultan of Egypt, 1917-1922; King of Egypt, 1922-1936. Fuad I succeeded his elder brother Hussein Kamel on the throne, and changed his title from Sultan to King in 1922, after the United Kingdom recognized Egypt's independence. He was succeeded as King by his son Farouk.
Jersey Joe Walcott (13-2) knocked out Joe Colucci (14-22-5) in the 4th round of a heavyweight bout at Convention Hall in Camden, New Jersey.
75 years ago
The German advance continued in Greece.
Famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, an outspoken opponent of potential U.S. entry into the European war, wrote President Franklin D. Roosevelt that in view of Mr. Roosevelt's remarks "concerning my loyalty," he was resigning his commission as a colonel in the Army Air Corps.
In a case brought by U.S. Representative Arthur Mitchell (Democrat--Illinois), the only Negro member of Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Negroes were entitled to Pullman car accommodation and other first-class services equal to those that white passengers received on passenger trains.
Operators of soft coal mines in the Southern United States accepted President Roosevelt's request to reopen the mines and continue wage discussions, ending the 28-day Appalachian coal strike of 400,000 miners. The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers condemned strikes as "a major bottleneck" in defense production, claiming that over three million man-days had been lost during the first three months of 1941 as a result of strikes, more than half of them in defense industries.
70 years ago
Died on this date
François de la Rocque, 60. French politician. Mr. de la Rocque led the fascist Croix de Feu movement from 1930-1936, and founded and led the more moderate nationalist Parti Social Français from 1936–1940, when he supported Vichy regime leader Marshal Philippe Petain, before turning against the principle of collaboration with the Nazis.
Chinese Communist forces seized Tsitsihar, an important Manchurian railway centre.
Azerbaijani leader Mir Sayid Jafar Pishevari arrived in Tehran to discuss Iranian Prime Minister Ahmad Ghavam Saltaneh's seven-point peace proposal under which the autonomous province of Azerbaijan would return to central government control.
The U.S. Army-Navy Munitions Board announced plans for a survey of the nation's caverns for underground military and industrial installations in the event of an atomic war.
More than 4,000 Germans engaged in a four-hour riot after an attack on civilians in Landsberg by Jews from the nearby displaced persons camp.
Economics and finance
The Russell Sage Foundation reported that low interest rates were reducing funds availabe to the nation's 505 social welfare foundations, which had an estimated $1.8 billion in capital assets.
The Alliance for the Preservation of American Reform Judaism, opposed to Zionism and Jewish nationalism, was formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Memories are Made of This--Dean Martin (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Tiritomba--Margot Eskens (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): The Poor People of Paris--Winifred Atwell (4th week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--2nd week at #1); The Poor People of Paris--Les Baxter, his Chorus and Orchestra (Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--3rd week at #1; Top 100--6th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)
2 Blue Suede Shoes--Carl Perkins
3 Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como
4 The Poor People of Paris--Les Baxter, his Chorus and Orchestra
5 Why Do Fools Fall in Love--The Teenagers
6 Rock Island Line--Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group
7 (You've Got) The Magic Touch--The Platters
8 A Tear Fell--Teresa Brewer
9 Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"--Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra
--George Cates and his Orchestra
10 Long Tall Sally--Little Richard
Singles entering the chart were I Want You to Be My Girl by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers (#31); Corrine Corrina by Joe Turner (#37); The Wayward Wind by Gogi Grant (#43); Too Close fo Comfort by Eydie Gorme (#44); Look Homeward Angel by the Four Esquires (#46); On the Street Where You Live by Vic Damone (#47); and My Little Angel by the Four Lads (#48). On the Street Where You Live was originally from the play My Fair Lady.
On television tonight
The Honeymooners, on CBS
Tonight's episode: On Stage
Died on this date
Fred Marriott, 83. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Marriott set the world land speed record at 127.659 miles per hour (205.5 kilometres per hour) at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1906 while driving a Stanley Steamer.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Dusty Springfield
Montreal 5 @ Detroit 2 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Los Angeles 93 @ Boston 95 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-3)
The Celtics' win over the Lakers at Boston Garden gave them their eighth straight National Basketball Association title and ninth in the past ten years. It was the last game for Red Auerbach as Boston's coach; he had announced his retirement from coaching prior to the season, and between the first and second games of the finals had announced that center Bill Russell would replace him as coach while continuing to play. Mr. Auerbach lit his victory cigar with 40 seconds left in the game and the Celtics ahead 95-85, but the Lakers rallied for 8 straight points before the Celtics ran out the clock.
40 years ago
Politics and government
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence--popularly known as the Church Committee, after its chairman, Sen. Frank Church (Democrat--Idaho)--offered 96 recommendations to stem "illegal or improper" spying on U.S. citizens by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and otehr agencies.
Avco World Trophy
O'Keefe Cup Finals
Winnipeg 6 @ Calgary 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 3-0)
U.S. Championship Quarter-Finals
San Diego 3 @ Houston 2 (Houston led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Kentucky 110 @ Denver 133
The Colonels' loss to the Nuggets at McNichols Sports Arena was the last game in their nine-year history.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Chain Reaction--Diana Ross (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Si Tú Eres Mi Hombre y Yo Tu Mujer (The Power of Love)--Jennifer Rush (4th week at #1)
The U.S.S.R. admitted that there had been an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
The United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Enterprise became the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to transit the Suez Canal, navigating from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea to relieve the USS Coral Sea.
Stanley Cup Playoffs
St. Louis 3 @ Toronto 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Edmonton 5 @ Calgary 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Trippin'--Push Push (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Joyride--Roxette (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Joyride--Roxette (4th week at #1)
Died on this date
Ken Curtis, 74. U.S. actor and singer. Mr. Curtis, born Curtis Gates, sang with the orchestras of Tommy Dorsey and Shep Fields before joining the Sons of the Pioneers from 1949-1953. He was best known for playing Festus Haggen in the television Western series Gunsmoke from 1963-1975.
Economics and finance
Ontario Treasurer Floyd Laughren presented a $52.8-billion spending budget that would triple the provincial deficit to a record $9.7 billion; Mr. Laughren went against the advice of the federal government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
IIHF Men’s World Championship
Czechoslovakia 4 Canada 3
St. Louis 2 @ Minnesota 3 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 4-2)
Los Angeles 3 @ Edmonton 4 (OT) (Edmonton won best-of-series 4-2)
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-2 before 18,039 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis as Jack Morris earned his 200th career major league win.
20 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): California Love--2Pac featuring Dr. Dre
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Children--Robert Miles
#1 single in Switzerland: Children--Robert Miles (11th week at #1)
Died on this date
Lester Sumrall, 83. U.S. clergyman. Mr. Sumrall was an Assemblies of God pastor who founded World Harvest Radio International in 1968 and World Harvest Television in 1972; he was known as the "Father of Christian television."
This blogger, with enjoyable female company, attended a chamber music performance by members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Citadel Theatre's Maclab Theatre.
Gunman Martin Bryant opened fire on a crowd at a popular tourist site in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 and wounding 18.
New York Rangers 5 @ Montreal 3 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Pittsburgh 3 @ Washington 2 (Pittsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Detroit 4 @ Winnipeg 1 (Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-2)
The Red Wings eliminated the Jets in the last National Hockey League game ever played at Winnipeg Arena, and the last game played by the Winnipeg Jets before they moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes for the 1996-97 season.
The Montreal Expos scored 7 runs in the 1st inning and 11 in the first 3 innings and went on to beat the Colorado Rockies 21-9 before 48,006 fans at Coors Field in Denver. Montreal shortstop and leadoff hitter Mark Grudzielanek batted 5 for 7 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in.
The Cleveland Indians scored 6 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 2nd as they routed the Toronto Blue Jays 17-3 before 31,143 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.
10 years ago
Carolina 3 @ Montreal 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Buffalo 4 @ Philadelphia 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Dallas 4 @ Colorado 1 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-1)
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