Thursday, 26 May 2016

May 26, 2016

Born on this date
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125 years ago

Born on this date
Gene Paulette
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Paulette was an infielder with the New York Giants (1911); St. Louis Browns (1916-1917); St. Louis Cardinals (1917-1919); and Philadelphia Phillies (1919-1920), batting .269 with 2 home runs and 165 runs batted in in 500 games. He played in the Southern Association from 1912-1916. Mr. Paulette was permanently barred from organized baseball by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis on March 24, 1921 for failing to adequately explain a letter he'd written in 1919 to St. Louis gamblers Elmer Farrar and Carl Zork offering to elist the help of two Cardinals' players to fix the outcome of games. With his baseball career over, Mr. Paulette worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Little Rock, Arkansas; he died of a heart attack at the age of 74 on February 8, 1966.

In an American Association game at Pendleton Park in Cincinnati between the Cincinnati Kellys and Boston Reds, Cincinnati second baseman Yank Robinson made 7 errors on 7 fielding chances. The Kellys (also known as the Porkers) won 21-16. Mr. Robinson finished the season with 79 errors in 98 games. It was the fourth and last major league game for Boston starting pitcher Tod Brynan, who allowed 4 hits, 3 bases on balls, and 6 runs--all earned--in 1 inning, and took the loss.

120 years ago

Nicholas II was crowned the last Czar of Imperial Russia; he had succeeded to the throne upon the death of his father Alexander III on November 1, 1894.

Economics and finance
Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average; the average price of the 11 initial stocks was 40.94.

55 of 143 passengers on a streetcar were killed when it crashed through Point Ellice Bridge into the Upper Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia; the passengers were on their way to attend celebrations of Queen Victoria's birthday. The disaster was the worst streetcar accident in North American history.

80 years ago

Politics and government
In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, independent Unionist member Tommy Henderson began speaking on the annual Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down at 3:55 A.M. on May 27, he had spoken for nearly 10 hours, the longest speech to date in any legislature of the British Empire.

75 years ago

A spokesman in Berlin said that the British fleet in the eastern Mediterranean Sea may be considered destroyed. German troops advanced on Suda Bay as fighting on Crete continued.

The Nationalist Party of Uruguay adopted a resolution urging Uruguayan neutrality in the European war and opposing the cession of bases to foreign powers.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all men previously registered who turned 21 years of age by July 1, 1941 to register on that date under the Selective Service Act.

Politics and government
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that Congress had the power to regulate primary elections for the nomination of candidates for federal office.

Six people were killed in rioting in Bombay, bringing the total casualties for five days to 40 dead and 140 injured.

U.S. Senator Harry Byrd (Democrat--Virginia) introduced a joint resolution in Congress condemning strikes in defense industries, and demanded the resignation of Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.

70 years ago

Garson Kanin and Arthur Laurents shared the Playwrights Company $1,500 Sidney Howard Memorial Award for "new American playwrights."

Died on this date
Joseph Medill Patterson, 67
. U.S. newspaper publisher. Mr. Patterson was a reporter with the Chicago Tribune before founding the New York Daily News in 1919, the first daily tabloid in the United States.

Politics and government
Nearly complete returns in municipal elections in the U.S. zone in Germany had the Christian Social Union with 484 seats; Social Democratic Party, 421; Communists, 47; and Liberal Democrats, 34.

Communists won 114 of 300 Assembly seats in Czechoslovakian parliamentary elections to become the country's strongest party.

U.S. Representative Zebulon Weaver (Democrat--North Carolina), a Congressman from 1917-1929 and since 1931, was defeated in primaries in an attempt to be renominated by the Democratic Party.

The U.S. government relinquished control of the nation's railroads as normal service was resumed, after a two-day strike by the Railroad Trainmen and Locomotive Engineers Brotherhoods.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clinton Anderson stated that the United States would ship a record 74 million bushels of wheat to famine areas by June 30, 1946.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Mack the Knife (A Theme from the Threepenny Opera)--Louis Armstrong (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Steig in das Traumboot der Liebe--Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco as Club Indonesia (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): No Other Love--Ronnie Hilton (3rd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1; Jukebox--4th week at #1; Top 100--4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (6th week at #1)
2 Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"--Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra
--George Cates and his Orchestra
3 (You've Got) The Magic Touch--The Platters
4 Blue Suede Shoes--Carl Perkins
5 Ivory Tower--Cathy Carr
--Otis Williams and the Charms
--Gale Storm
6 Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como
7 The Wayward Wind--Gogi Grant
8 Standing on the Corner--The Four Lads
9 I'm in Love Again--Fats Domino
10 The Happy Whistler--Don Robertson

Singles entering the chart were the version of Ivory Tower by Gale Storm and My Baby Left Me by Elvis Presley (#22). My Baby Left Me was the B-side of I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, charting at #25.

On television tonight
The Honeymooners, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Mind Your Own Business

Died on this date
Al Simmons, 54
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Simmons, born Aloysius Szymanski, was an outfielder with the Philadelphia Athletics (1924-1932, 1940-1941, 1944); Chicago White Sox (1933-1935); Detroit Tigers (1936); Washington Nationals (1937-1938); Boston Bees (1939); Cincinnati Reds (1939); and Boston Red Sox (1943), batting .334 with 307 home runs and 1,827 runs batted in in 2,215 games. He led the American League in runs batted in in 1929 (157); in runs (152) in 1930); and in batting percentage in 1930 (.381) and 1931 (.390), as the Athletics won the American League pennant in all three seasons, and the World Series in 1929 and 1930. Mr. Simmons served as a coach with the Athletics from 1945-1949 and the Cleveland Indians in 1950. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953, and died four days after his 54th birthday, shortly after suffering a heart attack.

The Milwaukee Braves were held hitless for 9 2/3 innings, but ended up defeating the Cincinnati Redlegs 2-1 in 11 innings before 22,936 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Johnny Klippstein started on the mound for Cincinnati and pitched 7 hitless innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter, but allowed a run in the 2nd inning on a hit batsman, 2 bases on balls, and a sacrifice fly. Hersh Freeman pitched a hitless 8th, and the Redlegs tied the game when Ted Kluszewski singled with 2 out and nobody on base in the top of the 9th, and Wally Post doubled home pinch runner Jim Dyck. Joe Black took over on the mound for the Redlegs in the bottom of the 9th, and lost the no-hitter when Jack Dittmer doubled with 2 out in the 10th. In the bottom of the 11th, Hank Aaron tripled with 1 out, Chuck Tanner and Bill Bruton were intentionally walked, and Frank Torre singled home Mr. Aaron with the winning run. Ray Crone pitched a 7-hit complete game to get the win.

Roger Craig pitched a 3-hitter and Sandy Amoros, Randy Jackson, and Carl Furillo hit home runs as the Brooklyn Dodgers blanked the New York Giants 6-0 before 23,867 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Dale Long hit a home run in his seventh straight game to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 before 4,614 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Hank Foiles and Frank Thomas also homered for Pittsburgh, while Stan Lopata homered for Philadelphia. Vern Law pitched a 9-hit complete game victory.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones

Bob Dylan and his backup group the Hawks played a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London with members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in atttendance. The concert was recorded, and became a famous bootleg album.

South Americana
British Guiana proclaimed her independence, becoming Guyana, and remaining in the British Commonwealth.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Martin Heidegger, 86
. German philosopher. Dr. Heidegger was one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th centurey, known for his contributions to Phenomenology and Existentialism. His best-known book was Being and Time (1927).

The United Nations Security Council adopted a statement deploring Israel's policy of establishing settlements in occupied Arab land.

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning as they defeated the Montreal Expos 6-3 before 6,581 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on the Wednesday Expos Baseball telecast on CBC. Larry Demery allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings to get the win, with John Candelaria allowing 2 hits and no runs in 3 innings to get the save.

Former Cincinnati Reds' shortstop Darrell Chaney singled and scored a run in the 8th inning and then doubled home Ken Henderson and Dave May in the 9th as the Atlanta Braves edged the Reds 4-3 before 25,679 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

Doug Rau pitched a 3-hitter and had 2 hits of his own and scored a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the San Diego Padres 8-0 before 18,751 fans at San Diego Stadium.

Bucky Dent singled home Jack Brohamer with 2 out in the top of the 11th inning for the only run as the Chicago White Sox edged the California Angels 1-0 before 6,569 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Ken Brett allowed just 2 hits in 10 innings to get the win, with Clay Carroll pitching a hitless 11th to get the save. Don Kirkwood allowed just 7 hits and 1 earned run in pitching a complete game and taking the loss.

The Cleveland Indians scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to take a 3-1 lead over the New York Yankees, only to have the Yankees respond with 3 in the bottom of the 7th as they edged the Indians 4-3 before 13,369 fans at Yankee Stadium. Catfish Hunter pitched a 6-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Don Hood.

The Kansas City Royals amassed 21 hits, with every man in the starting lineup getting at least one hit, as they routed the Texas Rangers 14-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before 16,510 fans at Arlington Stadium. The second game was suspended after 9 innings with the score tied 4-4, to be completed the following day.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Love Missile F1-11--Sigue Sigue Sputnik (2nd week at #1)

The temperature reached 90 F. in Edmonton.

The European Community adopted the European flag.

Houston 100 @ Boston 112 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Larry Bird and Kevin McHale each scored 21 points as the Celtics defeated the Rockets before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden. Houston center Akeem Olajuwon scored 33 points--25 in the 1st half; teammate Ralph Sampson scored just 2 points.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Trippin'--Push Push (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Joyride--Roxette (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Wind of Change--Scorpions

Politics and government
Zviad Gamsakhurdia was elected the first President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.

All 223 people aboard Lauda Air Flight 004--a chartered Boeing 767 from Austria--were killed when it exploded in midair soon after takeoff from Bangkok and crashed in an area of western Thailand after a thrust reverser malfunction.

Auto racing
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500 for a record-tying fourth--and final--time, narrowly finishing ahead of Michael Andretti, who had led 97 of the race’s 250 laps. A.J. Foyt was the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): California Love--2Pac featuring Dr. Dre (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Children--Robert Miles (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Macarena--Los Del Rio (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Mike Sharperson, 35
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Sharperson was a utility infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays (1987); Los Angeles Dodgers (1987-1993); and Atlanta Braves (1995), batting .280 with 10 home runs and 123 runs batted in in 557 games. He was a member of the Dodgers' 1988 World Series championship team, and played for the National League in the 1992 major league All-Star Game. Mr. Sharperson played with the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League and was batting .304 in 32 games when he was called up to the San Diego Padres. He was driving to San Diego to join them when he was killed in a car accident.

Auto racing
Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500, the first time the race was run under the auspices of the Indy Racing League, which had been founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George after a split with Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Alessandro Zampedri, who finished fourth, was seriously injured in a crash on the final turn of the final lap when he was involved in a crash with Roberto Guerrero and Eliseo Salazar. Despite having generally inferior drivers to those competing in the U.S. 500 the same day, the Indianapolis 500 provided a more exciting race.

In a race initiated by CART to compete with the Indianapolis 500, Jimmy Vasser won the inaugural U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, Michigan. The race was marred by a multi-car crash at the start; the race was stopped, and restarted with the drivers involved in the crash allowed to use backup cars.

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

10 years ago

Died on this date
Édouard Michelin, 42
. French industrialist. Mr. Michelin was, from 1999 until his death, managing partner and co-chief executive of the Michelin Group, the tire manufacturing company co-founded by his grandfather, also named Édouard Michelin. The younger Édouard Michelin drowned while fishing in northwestern France; the boat's skipper, Guillaume Normant, also died in the accident.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Carolina 4 @ Buffalo 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

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