175 years ago
Died on this date
William Henry Harrison, 68. 9th President of the United States (1841). Mr. Harrison, who had delivered a two-hour inaugural address on March 4 on a rainy day while not wearing a hat, had later developed pneumonia. He was the first American president to die in office.
150 years ago
Czar Aleksandr II of Russia narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by Dmitry Karakozov in St. Petersburg.
100 years ago
Born on this date
David White. U.S. actor. Mr. White was best known for playing Larry Tate in the television comedy series Bewitched (1964-1972). He died on November 27, 1990 at the age of 74.
Nikola Ljubičić. President of Serbia, 1982-1984. Mr. Ljubičić, a Communist, was Yugoslavia's Secretary of Defense from 1967-1982 and was a member of the Presidency of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1984-1989. He died on April 13, 2005, nine days after his 89th birthday.
Mickey Owen. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Owen was a catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals (1937-1940); Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-1945); Chicago Cubs (1949-1951); and Boston Red Sox (1954), batting .255 with 14 home runs and 378 runs batted in in 1,029 games. He set a record for catchers in 1941 with 508 consecutive errorless fielding chances, but is best remembered for dropping a third strike in that year's World Series against the New York Yankees that would have ended the fourth game in favour of Brooklyn and tied the series at two games each. Instead, the Yankees rallied for 4 runs to take a 3-1 lead in the series, and won the series the next day. Mr. Owen played and managed with Veracruz in the Mexican League in 1946, but sat out the next two seasons. In later years, Mr. Owen ran a baseball camp for boys and served as a sheriff; he died on July 13, 2005 at the age of 89.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Hindoo in the Wicker Basket
75 years ago
King Peter II of Yugoslavia released a royal proclamation, dated April 1, ordering the mobilization of the country's "entire military might." German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler promised Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka that if Japan got into a war with the United States, Germany would declare war at once.
The Iraqi government of Seyid Taha al-Hashimi was reportedly overthrown by nationalist extremists aided by military elements.
The Mexican Senate ratified the air pact with the United States, permitting reciprocal use of airfields.
Politics and government
Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye appointed Vice Admiral Tijero Toyoda as minister of commerce and industry, and Lieutenant General Teichi Suzuki as president of the planning board.
A U.S. federal grand jury in New Orleans indicted 64 Italian seamen for sabotaging their two ships.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned that direct federal action may be taken if the strike at the Allis-Chalmers plant in Milwaukee continued much longer. The U.S. Senate and passed to President Roosevelt a bill extending the Bituminous Coal Act, or Guffey Act, for two years from its April 26, 1941 expiration date--a move designed to speed settlement of the coal strike.
Ford Motor Company closed 34 plants on the grounds that they lacked parts.
Germany and France signed an agreement for the exchange of food surpluses.
A U.S. federal jury convicted the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of Washington of Sherman Antitrust Act violations, but acquitted 18 individual defendants.
70 years ago
RCA President David Sarnoff urged the United Nations to establish an international broadcasting system.
Politics and government
Greek Archbishop Damaskinos swore in State Council President Panayotis Poulitsas and his cabinet to serve as an interim government until the Populist Party could choose its own leader.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Joao Neves de Fountoura said that his country would continue friendly relations with the Argentine government of President Juan Peron.
Dr. Marcel Petiot, 49, the "Bluebeard of Paris," was convicted and sentenced to death for robbing and killing 24 people.
A U.S. Senate Military Affairs subcommittee sent President Harry Truman the draft of a bill calling for a single Department of National Defense. Mr. Truman named Clark Clifford as hs naval aide.
Economics and finance
The U.S. Senate Banking and Currency Committee approved the Wagner-Ellender-Taft bill, providing federal aid for construction of one million homes a year for the next 10 years.
Montreal 4 @ Boston 2 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-0)
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Yo Soy Aquel--Raphael (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Sea Around Us--The Ludlows (2nd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Woman--Peter & Gordon
2 Homeward Bound--Simon & Garfunkel
3 Magic Town--The Vogues
4 Nowhere Man--The Beatles
5 Elusive Butterfly--Bob Lind
6 Daydream--The Lovin' Spoonful
7 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry--B.J. Thomas and the Triumphs
8 It's Too Late--Bobby Goldsboro
9 19th Nervous Breakdown--The Rolling Stones
10 Spanish Flea--Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
Singles entering the chart were Hold Tight by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (#81); Memories are Made of This by the Drifters (#84); Caroline, No by Brian Wilson (#85); Hi Heel Sneakers by the Ramsey Lewis Trio (#86); Till the End of the Day by the Kinks (#92); Helpless by Kim Weston (#93); Young Love by Lesley Gore (#94); Follow Me by Lyme and Cybelle (#95); Try Too Hard by the Dave Clark Five (#97); Still by the Sunrays (#98); Don't Push Me by Hedgehoppers Anonymous (#99); and The Big Hurt by Del Shannon (#100).
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced the selection of its fifth group of astronauts, consisting of 19 men: Vance Brand; John Bull; Jerry Carr; Charlie Duke; Joe Engle; Ron Evans; Ed Givens; Fred Haise; Jim Irwin; Don Lind; Jack Lousma; Bruce McCandless; Ken Mattingly; Edgar Mitchell; Bill Pogue; Stu Roosa; Jack Swigert; Paul Weitz; and Al Worden.
Canada started a five-year, $350,000 project to help increase wheat production in Kenya.
40 years ago
Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigned as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest. Khieu Samphan replaced him as head of state.
Kansas City 2 @ Vancouver 5
Toronto 2 @ Buffalo 5
Los Angeles 2 @ California 5
The Scouts' loss to the Canucks at Pacific Coliseum was the last game the team ever played under that name; they moved to Denver and became the Colorado Rockies to begin the 1976-77 season. The Scouts finished the 1975-76 season with a 27-game winless streak--21 losses and 6 ties, 2 more than the 25-game streak of the Washington Capitals earlier in the same season.
Danny Gare scored 3 goals for the Sabres as they defeated the Maple Leafs at War Memorial Auditorium in the last regular season NHL game ever broadcast on CBC radio.
The Golden Seals' win over the Kings at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena was the last for the team under that name, and the last National Hockey League game ever played in Oakland. The franchise moved to Cleveland after the season and became the Cleveland Barons for the next two seasons before merging with the Minnesota North Stars.
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Geil--Bruce and Bongo
Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that unemployment had declined 0.1% in March to 7.1%, after rising 0.6% in February.
Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers got three assists in a game to break his own single-season record, and also set a single-season NHL record with his 213th point.
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Deep Deep Trouble--The Simpsons
Died on this date
John Heinz, 52. U.S. Senator. Senator Heinz (Republican--Pennsylvania), heir to the H.J. Heinz food company fortune, was one of five people killed when a chartered plane and a helicopter collided above a suburb of Philadelphia. Two children on the ground were also killed by falling wreckage. Mr. Heinz had been in the Senate since 1977.
During the Third Session of the Seventh National People's Congress, the current flag of Hong Kong was adopted for post-colonial Hong Kong.
Wiliam Kennedy Smith, 30, a nephew of U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, was identified by police as the suspect in a reported rape on March 30 at the Kennedy family estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Thousands of workers in Minsk, the capital of Byelorussia, went on strike, protesting price increases and demanding the removal from office of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Nine children who had been removed from their homes in the Orkney Islands off Scotland because of allegations that they were victims of satanic ritual abuse were reunited with their families after the case was thrown out of court.
Minnesota 4 @ Chicago 3 (OT) (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Detroit 6 @ St. Louis 3 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Edmonton 3 @ Calgary 1 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Vancouver 6 @ Los Angeles 5 (Vancouver led best-of-seven series 1-0)
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Firestarter--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Spaceman--Babylon Zoo (10th week at #1)
Comet Hyakutake was imaged by the U.S. Asteroid Orbiter Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous.
Toronto 3 St. Louis 1
10 years ago
The Iraq tribunal charged former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and six others, accusing them of genocide and crimes against humanity stemming from a crackdown against Kurds in the 1980s.
Politics and government
Alberta Premier Ralph Klein announced plans to step down early after he won only 55% support at the Progressive Conservative Party's annual meeting.
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