Sunday, 22 May 2016

May 20, 2016

230 years ago

St. John's Island--later renamed Prince Edward Island--achieved political separation from Nova Scotia.

125 years ago

Died on this date
Jim Fogarty, 27
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Fogarty played, mostly in the outfield, for the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League from 1883-1889 and the Philadelphia Quakers of the Players League in 1890, batting .246 in 751 games. He led NL batters in bases on balls in 1887 with 82 and in stolen bases with 99 in 1889. Baseball statistics guru Bill James rates Mr. Fogarty as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball history. Mr. Fogarty managed the PL Quakers for 16 games in 1890, compiling a record of 7-9. He died of tuberculosis in San Francisco.

Thomas Edison gave the first public display of the prototype kinetoscope.

100 years ago

The Saturday Evening Post published its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting: Boy with Baby Carriage.

75 years ago

German paratroopers attacked British forces on Crete. British troops in Iraq seized Falluja, an important bridgehead on the Euphrates River, about 35 miles west of Baghdad.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as director of the Office of Civilian Defense. A Gallup Poll reported that 52% of American voters questioned in a survey said that they favoured convoys for ships carrying war materials to Britain, as compared to 41% in April.

Politics and government
The Chilean government arrested 32 members of the Socialist Vanguard (Nazi) Party on charges of plotting a second putsch against the government.

The Viet Minh was founded in the village of Pac Bo, with the goal of seeking independence for Vietnam from the French Empire.

U.S. President Roosevelt announced that Thanksgiving would be restored to its traditional date--the last Thursday in November--because moving it up a week had not improved business.

The Saturday Evening Post dropped its islationist editorial stance and backed U.S. President Roosevelt's policy on Europe.

Backup shortstop George Jumonville of the Philadelphia Phillies came to bat as a pinch hitter with the Phillies trailing the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0, and hit his only major league home run in his final major league at bat, helping his team come back for a 6-4 win in 11 innings before 1,084 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

Frank McCormick's 3-run home run with 1 out climaxed a 6-run bottom of the 9th inning and gave the Cincinnati Reds a 9-6 win over the Boston Braves before 2,310 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

Relief pitcher Bill Caster's error on a ball hit by Charlie Keller with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed Tommy Henrich to score from second base and give the New York Yankees a 10-9 win over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. The Browns led 8-5 in the 8th inning, but New York catcher Bill Dickey hit a 3-run home run to tie the score.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
2 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
--The Ink Spots
3 Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore
--Andy Russell
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
4 Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
--Frank Sinatra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
5 I'm a Big Girl Now--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Shoo Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
7 One-zy, Two-zy (I Love You-zy)--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Phil Harris and his Orchestra
8 Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti)--Alvino Rey and his Orchestra
9 Sioux City Sue--Bing Crosby and the Jesters
10 All Through the Day--Frank Sinatra
--Perry Como

New singles entering the chart were They Say it's Wonderful, with versions by Perry Como and Frank Sinatra (#22); Her Bathing Suit Never Got Wet by the Andrews Sisters (#25); Panacea by Woody Herman and his Orchestra (#31); and Beware by Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five (#33). They Say it's Wonderful was originally from the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun (1946).

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Haunting of Sherlock Holmes

The U.S. State Department sent Yugoslavian President Marshal Josip Tito a note charging Yugoslavia with seeking to discredit the Anglo-American administration of Venezia Giulia, and listing nine incidents of alleged Yugoslav provocation.

Reporting in Washington on the Paris conference of foreign ministers, U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes blamed the U.S.S.R. for the "disappointingly slow" progress made at the conference, and criticized the veto rule in the Council of Foreign Ministers for permitting one power to "stop all efforts toward peace."

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan General Douglas MacArthur banned demonstrations in Japan the day after 125,000 protesters had marched on the royal palace, demanding increased food rations and the resignation of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida.

A group of 795 immigrants, the first to enter the United States under President Harry Truman's 1945 refugee admission order, arrived in New York.

The British House of Commons passed the coal industry nationalization bill on its third reading.

Economics and finance
Representatives of 21 nations in the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization held an emergency meeting in Washington to deal with world food shortages.

The Argentine government of President Juan Peron assumed control of the Argentine Industrial Union, a manufacturers' group that had opposed Mr. Peron's election.

Ezzard Charles (38-4-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Archie Moore (80-12-5) in a light heavyweight bout at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Hidden Thing, starring Biff McGuire and Robert H. Harris

Died on this date
Max Beerbohm, 83
. U.K. author and artist. Sir Max was drama critic for Saturday Review from 1898-1910; his only novel was Zuleika Dobson (1911). Sir Max became a popular radio humourist in the 1930s and '40s, and his caricatures of public figures ended up in many public art collections.

In Operation Redwing, the first United States airborne hydrogen bomb was dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Homeward Bound--Simon & Garfunkel (3rd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas (2nd week at #1)
2 Leaning on the Lamp Post--Herman's Hermits
3 I Am a Rock--Simon and Garfunkel
4 Tippy Toeing--The Harden Trio
5 Green Grass--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
6 Good Lovin'--The Young Rascals
7 How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?--Nancy Sinatra
8 Lovedrops--Barry Allen
9 Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones
10 Shapes of Things--The Yardbirds
Pick hit of the week: There's No Living Without Your Loving--Peter and Gordon
New this week: Crying--Jay & the Americans
Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)--The Swingin' Medallions
Elvira--Dallas Frazier
Cloudy Summer Afternoon (Raindrops)--Barry McGuire
I Love Onions--Susan Christie

40 years ago

Died on this date
Syd Howe, 64
. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Howe played left wing with the Ottawa Senators (1929-30, 1932-34)/St. Louis Eagles (1934-35); Philadelphia Quakers (1930-31); Toronto Maple Leafs (1931-32); and Detroit Red Wings (1935-46), scoring 528 points on 237 goals and 291 assists in 697 regular season games and 44 points on 17 goals and 27 assists in 70 playoff games. He was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in 1936, 1937, and 1943, and was a second team NHL All-Star in 1944-45. Mr. Howe scored 6 goals against the New York Rangers on February 3, 1944, tying the modern record for goals in a game. Mr. Howe, no relation to subsequent Red Wing legend Gordie Howe, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965. He died of throat cancer.

Avco World Trophy
Winnipeg 4 @ Houston 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 1-0)

30 years ago

It reached 82 F. in Edmonton.

Sharon Wood and Dwayne Congdon of Canmore, Alberta reached the summit of Mount Everest; Ms. Wood became the the first North American woman to climb the world's highest peak.

Stanley Cup
Calgary 3 @ Montreal 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Punaista ja makeaa--Popeda (2nd week at #1)

It was a beautiful day in New Brunswick, and this blogger spent an enjoyable Victoria Day appreciating Loyalist history in Saint John before taking a train to Fredericton Junction and then a bus to Fredericton.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Danza de los limones--Juan Antonio canta

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
2 Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
3 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
4 Ironic--Alanis Morisette
5 Closer to Free--BoDeans
6 Follow You Down--Gin Blossoms
7 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
8 Dreamer's Dream--Tom Cochrane
9 Everything Falls Apart--Dog's Eye View
10 A List of Things--Damhnait Doyle

Singles entering the chart were Flood by Jars of Clay (#69); Mercy to Go by the Odds (#72); Where the River Flows by Collective Soul (#86); The Earth, the Sun, the Rain by Color Me Badd (#88); Too Much by the Dave Matthews Band (#92); Day Job by Gin Blossoms (#93); Scary Kisses by Voice of the Beehive (#94); Pretty Noose by Soundgarden (#97); and I Don't Want to Think About It by Wild Strawberries (#99).

The Supreme Court of the United States, in Romer v. Evans, ruled against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida 2 @ Pittsburgh 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

10 years ago

Died on this date
Annis Stukus, 91
. Canadian football player, coach, and journalist. Mr. Stukus, nicknamed the "Loquacious Lithuanian," was a quarterback, halfback, and kicker with the Toronto Argonauts (1935-1941); Toronto Oakwood Indians (1942, 1945-1946); Toronto Balmy Beach (1943); (Toronto) HMCS York Bulldogs (1944); and Edmonton Eskimos (1950-1951). He was a member of Grey Cup championship teams in 1937 and 1938, and led the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in scoring in 1938, the year he was named the IRFU's All-Star quarterback. Mr. Stukus played with his brothers Bill and Frank with the Argonauts, and the three each scored at least one touchdown in a 58-13 rout of the Montreal Cubs on November 5, 1938. Annis Stukus was also a sportswriter for the Toronto Star, and reported on games in which he played. When the Edmonton Eskimos rejoined the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1949, Mr. Stukus was hired as the team's coach, and proved to be adept at selling season tickets. He came out of retirement as a player in 1950 (as a kicker only), and was a second-team All-Star in the WIFU as a coach in 1949 and 1950. Mr. Stukus performed the same service in Vancouver a few years later, serving as the first coach of the British Columbia Lions when they joined the WIFU in 1954 (he coached the team as an intermediate squad in 1953, when they played as the Vancouver Cubs). He was fired in the middle of the 1955 season, and eventually returned to Toronto, where he wrote for the Toronto Telegram and provided colour commentary on CTV football telecasts. "Stuke" then became a professional hockey executive, serving as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks in their last years in the Western Hockey League (1967-70) and the Winnipeg Jets in their first years in the World Hockey Association (1972-74). He returned to Vancouver, where he worked in the front office with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League in 1974, and became a sports commentator for radio station CFUN from the mid-1970s to the '80s. Mr. Stukus spent his last years in Canmore, Alberta. The Edmonton Eskimo Alumni Association created the Annis Stukus Trophy in 1961 to honour the Canadian Football Leagu's Coach of the Year, and Mr. Stukus was usually on hand to make the presentation.

A series of strikes involving nearly 1.8 million garment workers began in Bangladesh.

Horse racing
Bernardini, with Javier Castellano aboard, won the 131st running of the Preakness Stakes before 128,643 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:54.65 (see video). Sweetnorthernsaint placed second and Hemningway's Key finished third. The race was marred by the tragic breakdown of Kentucky derby winner Barbaro early in the race.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Buffalo 3 @ Carolina 2 (Buffalo led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants tied Babe Ruth for second place on the major league career list with his 714th home run, and the Giants scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 before 35,077 fans at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland.

The New York Yankees scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning on 2 singles, 3 bases and balls, and a hit batsman to tie the game, and added a run in the top of the 11th to defeat the New York Mets 5-4 before 56,185 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.

The Minnesota Twins scored 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning and 5 in the 4th as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 16-10 before 43,422 fans at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer batted 4 for 5 with a double, home run, 3 runs, and 4 runs batted in, while right fielder Kevin Cuddyer was 2 for 5 with a triple, 2 runs, and 5 RBIs, and first baseman Justin Morneau was 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs.

Russell Branyan's 2-run home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins before 14,837 fans at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game, and Carlos Guillen was hit by a pitch and came around to score on an error by shortstop Felipe Lopez with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th as the Detroit Tigers came back to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 before 43,128 fans at Comerica Park in Detroit.

Brandon Webb pitched a 4-hit shutout, struck out 8 batters, and doubled home 3 runs in a 6-run 7th inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the Atlanta Braves 13-0 before 35,382 fans at Chase Field in Phoenix.

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