Saturday, 21 May 2016

May 18, 2016

725 years ago

The six-week siege of Acre concluded with the fall of the Crusader-controlled city into Muslim hands, marking the end of Crusader presence in the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

260 years ago

King George II's declaration of war against France became official, beginning the Seven Years' War between Great Britain and France.

240 years ago

The Battle of the Cedars began between Continental Army forces commanded by General Benedict Arnold and British and Iroquois forces led by Captain George Forster, 28 miles west of Montreal.

170 years ago

Kingston, Canada West (now Ontario) was incorporated as a city.

Politics and government
Sir J. Harvey was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.

120 years ago

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that the "separate but equal" doctrine of racial segregation was constitutional.

90 years ago

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson disappeared while visiting a Venice, California beach; she reappeared a month later claiming she had been kidnapped, but evidence suggested a possible fling with her radio engineer, Kenneth Ormiston.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Kichizo Ishida, 42
. Japanese restaurateur. Mr. Ishida owned the Yoshidaya restaurant in Tokyo. He was married but a notorious womanizer, and began a sexual relationship with prostitute Sada Abe in April 1936. After several weeks, Miss Abe became upset at the thought of Mr. Ishida returning to his wife. At the conclusion of an evening of kinky sex, she strangled him, cut off his penis and genitals, and carried the body parts in her purse until her arrest on May 21.

75 years ago

French High Commissioner for Syria and Lebanon General Henri Fernand Dentz broadcasted from Beirut that the French armies in the mandated territories were ready to defend themselves against British attack.

King Victor Emmanuel III crowned his cousin, the Duke of Spoleto, King Aimone of Croatia in a 10-minute ceremony in Rome.

Economics and finance
U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull outlined a five-point postwar world reconstruction program based on free trade.

The San Francisco-area American Federation of Labor Metal Trades Council voted to cross AFL and Congress of Industrial Organizations picket lines at 11 shipyards.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore

U.S. military sources revealed in Frankfurt that American forces had captured more than 8 million of the 17 million soldiers enlisted in the German Army.

The United Nations Refugee Committee in London voted against Soviet-bloc opposition to accord "political emigres" the same rights and treatment as other refugees.

U.S. President Harry Truman announced that the scheduled nationwide strike of railroad workers had been called off by union leaders at his request.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): No Other Love--Ronnie Hilton (3rd week at #1)

The team of Ernst Reiss and Fritz Luchsinger from the Swiss Mount Everest/Lhotse Expedition completed the first ascent of Lhotse in the Himalaya. At 8,516 metres, Lhotse is the fourth-highest mountain in the world.

50 years ago

Harry Gold, an American who had spied for the U.S.S.R., was released from prison after serving nearly 16 years of a 30-year sentence. He was a key government witness at the 1951 espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, after confessing his part in the case.

40 years ago

At the movies
The Missouri Breaks, starring Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson, opened in theatres. The film was one of the biggest flops of the 1970s.

Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Allan MacEachen announced an end to Canada's nuclear cooperation pact with India.

Economics and finance
Inter-American Development Bank members, meeting in Cancun, Mexico, called for more U.S. aid for the bank's lending programs.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Midnight Lady--Chris Norman (2nd week at #1)

Stanley Cup
Montreal 3 @ Calgary 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Brian Skrudland of the Canadiens set a Stanley Cup record for the fastest overtime goal when he scored just 9 seconds after the faceoff to begin the first overtime period at Olympic Saddledome.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Horses--Daryl Braithwaite

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kiss--Princess Princess

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se Stiamo Insieme--Riccardo Cocciante (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Joyride--Roxette (6th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): One More Try--Timmy -T-

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)--Cher (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--Hi-Five

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
2 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
3 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
4 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
5 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
6 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
7 Joyride--Roxette
8 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
9 More than Words--Extreme
10 You Don’t Have to Go Home Tonight--The Triplets

Singles entering the chart were Lift Me Up by Yes (#82); Right Here, Right Now by Jesus Jones (#83); Life Goes On by Poison (#84); Lily was Here by David A. Stewart introducing Candy Dulfer (#86); Never Gonna Let You Down by Surface (#87); Mama Said Knock You Out by L.L. Cool J (#88); and Give Me Your Heart by Vanity Kills (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joyride--Roxette (2nd week at #1)
2 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
3 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
4 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
5 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
6 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
7 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
8 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
9 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
10 Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You--Robert Palmer

Singles entering the chart included Rush, Rush by Paula Abdul (#41); Power of Love/Love Power by Luther Vandross (#56); The Answer's Electric by Brett Ryan (#86); Starting All Over Again by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#90); Compared to Nothing by Jude Cole (#94); and Ordinary Average Guy by Joe Walsh (#98).

Helen Sharman of Sheffield, England became the first Briton to go into space when she travelled aboard a Soyuz TM-12 capsule with cosmonauts Anatoly Artebartsky and Sergei Krikalyov as part of the U.S.S.R.’s Project Juno.

Northern Somalia declared independence from the rest of Somalia as the Republic of Somaliland, but was not recognized by the "international community."

Horse racing
Hansel, with Jerry Bailey aboard, won the 116th running of the Preakness Stakes before 96,695 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:54. Corporate Report placed second and Mane Minister finished third. Kentucky Derby winner and favourite Strike the Gold finished sixth.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Fastlove--George Michael

#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Fastlove--George Michael (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Lift U Up--2 Fabiola

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Soirée disco--Boris (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Man Utd Man--Men United featuring the Absolutelys (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Fastlove--George Michael (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
3 You're the One--SWV
4 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
5 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
6 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
7 Old Man and Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
8 Count on Me--Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans
9 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)--Coolio
10 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project

Singles entering the chart were You by Monifah (#40); The 13th by the Cure (#48); Flood by Jars of Clay (#52); Ain't No Nigga/Dead Presidents by Jay-Z (#65); Love Don't Live Here Anymore by Madonna (#66); Your Loving Arms by Billie Ray Martin (#69); and Children by Robert Miles (#80).

Horse racing
Louis Quatorze, with Pat Day aboard, won the 121st running of the Preakness Stakes before 97,751 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:53 2/5. Skip Away placed second and Editor's Note finished third.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida 5 @ Pittsburgh 1 (Florida led best-of-seven series 1-0)

10 years ago

Australian Prime Minister John Howard addressed a joint session of the Canadian Parliament, becoming the first Australian leader to do so since 1944.

Politics and government
The post-Loktantra Andolan Nepalese government passed a landmark bill curtailing the power of the monarchy and making Nepal a secular country.

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