Saturday, 14 May 2016

May 10, 2016

725 years ago
1291


Politics and government
Scottish nobles recognized the authority of Edward I of England, pending the selection of a king.

220 years ago
1796


War
In the War of the First Coalition, French troops commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte won a decisive victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lost some 2,000 men.

175 years ago
1841


Canadiana
Halifax was incorporated as a city.

150 years ago
1866


Europeana
Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was crowned the Ruling Prince of the United Principalities of Romania, becoming King Carol I. The date was a national holiday in Romania from 1866-1947.

140 years ago
1876


Americana
The Centennial Exposition was opened in Philadelphia by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and Brazilian Emperor Dom Pedro II.

130 years ago
1886


Politics and government
The Nova Scotia legislature passed a resolution asking the federal government to release the province from Confederation, arguing that the federal government's transportation and tariff policies and its failure to recognize Nova Scotia's claims for better terms had left the province with no other option than secession.

120 years ago
1896


Law
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council upheld the right of Ontario to enact local prohibition, under the British North America Act, but denied Ontario the right to stop distilling in the province for sale outside of its boundaries, "nor trench on the right of the Federal Government to govern the importation of liquor into the several provinces of the Dominion."

100 years ago
1916


Exploration
Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton arrived at South Georgia after a journey of 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island.

75 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (7th week at #1)

War
The chamber of the British House of Commons in London and other buildings were destroyed in an air raid by 300 German Luftwaffe planes on the night of May 10-11. German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland--landing near Glasgow--to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany; the German government claimed that Mr. Hess had become the "victim of hallucinations." Chinese Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek said in Chungking that China could defeat Japan alone and could prevent a major Pacific war if the United States furnished her with arms and money.

Defense
Argentine Marine Minister Rear Admiral Mario Fincati announced that the government was planning to take over all available ships now lying idle in Argentine ports as the first step in the creation of a merchant fleet.

Diplomacy
The United States Interior Department announced that final steps were being taken to settle with Canada a 158-year-old dispute regarding the border between Minnesota and Canada.

Transportation
Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) started its first trans-border service with a flight from Toronto-Malton to New York City.

Labour
San Francisco shipyards were struck by 1,200 American Federation of Labor and 700 Congress of Industrial Organizations members, tying up $500 million worth of government contracts.

70 years ago
1946


At the movies
A Night in Casablanca, starring Groucho, Harpo, and Chico Marx, opened in theatres.

Space
The first successful launch of an American V-2 rocket took place at White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico.

Diplomacy
At the Paris conference of foreign ministers, U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov supported a French proposal that Italy's African colonies of Libya and Eritrea be placed under Italian trusteeship within the United Nations; U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes accepted the compromise.

An Arab League message to the United States warned that Arab states would consider any suppport of the Palestine Inquiry Commission's report "hostile to the Arab people."

Politics and government
Under Soviet prodding, the U.S. military government in Germany dissolved the Bavarian monarchist King and Fatherland Party.

The United Malays National Organisation, Malaysia's largest party, was founded at the Third Malay Congress in Johor Bahru, with Datuk Onn Jaafar as its leader.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Senate approved and sent to the House of Representatives the $3.75-billion loan to the United Kingdom.

Labour
Soft coal operators in the United States accepted a two-week truce offered by United Mine Workers of America President John L. Lewis, who ordered 400,000 miners back to work on May 13.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Amour, Castagnettes et Tango--Lucienne Delyle (2nd week at #1)

50 years ago
1966


Diplomacy
Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson delivered a speech in New York, suggesting an end to the isolation of Communist China.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Fernando--ABBA (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Beautiful Sunday--Daniel Boone (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Fly, Robin, Fly--Silver Convention (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Vi åkbättre da för da--Swedish Alpine Ski Team (7th week at #1)

Journalism
The Calgary Albertan, in its sports section, published a brief article under the headline Japs Lose Rugby, which may have been the last use of the word "Japs" in a headline by a daily newspaper in a major city.

Politics and government
Jeremy Thorpe resigned as leader of the British Liberal Party. The party had lost the balance of power in the most recent (October 1974) election, and Mr. Thorpe was beset by rumours that he had lied about his relationship with model Norman Scott in the early 1960s.

Economics and finance
Representatives of France and 19 African nations met in Paris to discuss economic cooperation.

The Canadian government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced that the Olympic Lottery would continue until 1979, to cut the deficit for 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montréal.

Education
Windsor, Ontario high schools opened for first time since the end of March after the Ontario government of Premier William Davis legislated teachers back to work.

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): You Can Leave Your Hat On--Joe Cocker (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Living Doll--Cliff Richard and the Young Ones (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Living Doll--Cliff Richard and the Young Ones (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Make It Work--Christy Moore, Paul Doran and the Self Aid Band

#1 single in the U.K.: A Different Corner--George Michael (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
2 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
3 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
4 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution
5 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
6 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
7 Take Me Home--Phil Collins
8 Bad Boy--Miami Sound Machine
9 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
10 Your Love--Outfield

Singles entering the chart were When the Heart Rules the Mind by GTR (#71); If She Knew What She Wants by the Bangles (#78); Digging Your Scene by the Blow Monkeys (#84); Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (#85); Listen Like Thieves by INXS (#86); Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel (#87); Innocent Eyes by Graham Nash (#88); Say It, Say It by E.G. Daily (#89); and I Want You by Animotion (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
2 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
3 Manic Monday--Bangles
4 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
5 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
6 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution
7 Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)--Glass Tiger
8 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
9 Nikita--Elton John
10 Bop--Dan Seals

Singles entering the chart were How Many (Rivers to Cross) by Luba (#74); Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel (#92); We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off by Jermaine Stewart (#94); Mother’s Talk by Tears for Fears (#97); and Peter Gunn by The Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy (#98).

Soccer
English FA Cup Final @ Wembley Stadium, London
Liverpool 3 Everton 1

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
St. Louis 2 @ Calgary 4 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 3-2)

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Joyride--Roxette (6th week at #1)

Terrorism
Inderjit Singh Reyat was convicted of the bombing death of two baggage handlers at Narita Airport in Tokyo on June 23, 1985, to protest Indian government's treatment of Sikhs. He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): They Don't Care About Us--Michael Jackson

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Children--Robert Miles (5th week at #1)

Politics and government
Calgary Southeast MP Jan Brown resigned from the Reform Party, three days after being suspended by the party executive for publicly criticizing the party's "right wing." She sat as an independent in the House of Commons until 1997, when she ran as a Progressive Conservative in Calgary Southwest against party leader Preston Manning, and suffered a lopsided defeat.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Semi-Finals
Detroit 0 @ St. Louis 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

10 years ago
2006


Society
The Canadian cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved a $2-billion deal to compensate former students of native residential schools for physical and sexual abuse they had suffered.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Ottawa 2 @ Buffalo 3 (OT) (Buffalo led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Carolina 3 @ New Jersey 2 (Carolina led best-of-seven series 3-0)

Western Conference Semi-Finals
San Jose 2 @ Edmonton 3 (3 OT) (San Jose led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Jean-Pierre Dumont scored 5:05 into the 1st overtime period to give the Sabres their win over the Senators at HSBC Arena. Rod Brind'Amour's goal with 1:01 remaining in the 2nd period broke a 2-2 tie and held up as the winning goal as the Hurricanes edged the Devils at Continental Airlines Arena. Shawn Horcoff scored 2:24 into the 3rd overtime period to give the Oilers their win over the Sharks at Rexall Place; San Jose goalie Vesa Toskala made 55 saves.

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