Wednesday, 4 May 2016

May 4, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, John Dea!

130 years ago


A labour demonstration in Chicago became the Haymarket Square riot.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Jane Jacobs
. U.S.-born Canadian urban theorist. Mrs. Jacobs was known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), in which she argued that urban renewal didn't respected the wishes of most city dwellers. She organized grassroots efforts to protest the overhaul of her New York City neighbourhood of Greenwich Village. After moving to Toronto in 1968, she led protests against proposed expressways in that city. Mrs. Jacobs died on April 25, 2006, nine days before her 90th birthday.

90 years ago

The United Kingdom general strike, called by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in an unsuccessful attempt to force the British government to act to prevent wage reduction and worsening conditions for 1.2 million locked-out coal miners, began.

75 years ago

The British command in Cairo claimed that the German-Italian attack on the Libyan port of Tobruk had been brought to to a "standstill." 17 military, naval, defense production, economic, and political experts released a statement in New York saying that the United Kingdom could win the European war with American aid.

French Vice Premier François Darlan returned to Vichy from Paris with German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's purported demands for political collaboration with Germany as well as industrial and economic cooperation. Japanese Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuola rejected a proposal that he visit the United States.

Economics and finance
A Bolivian spokesman in La Paz said that the government would not consider a Japanese proposal to buy tungsten.

University of Arizona anthropologist Dr. Emil Haury reported that excavations in a cave on Castle Mountain in Arizona proved that the southwestern United States was inhabited by man 5,000 years before Christ.

1,400 American Federation of Labor drivers and other employees went on strike against Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines.

The worst floods ever recorded in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul left 60,000 people in Porto Alegre homeless.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (9th week at #1)

Chinese Nationalist General Tu Yu-ming said that his troops had "smashed" a surprise Communist attack against the Manchurian city of Mukden.

Iranian Army officers reported in Tehran that the Soviet Red Army had completed its evacuation of Iran.

At the Paris Conference of foreign ministers, U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes suggested that a plebiscite be held in the disputed Yugoslav-Italian border region.

The "Battle of Alcatraz" ended when U.S. Marines from the nearby Treasure Island Naval Base stopped a two-day riot by prisoners at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary off San Francisco. Five people were killed in the riot.

Horse racing
Assault, with Warren Mehrtens aboard, won the 72nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:06 3/5. Spy Song placed second.

60 years ago

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

50 years ago

Died on this date
Bob Elliott, 49
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Elliott was a third baseman and right fielder with the Pittsburgh Penguins (1939-1946); Boston Braves (1947-1951); New York Giants (1952); St. Louis Browns (1953); and Chicago White Sox (1953), batting .289 with 170 home runs and 1,195 runs batted in in 1,978 games. He was the Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1947, when he batted .317 with 22 hme runs and 113 runs batted in. Mr. Elliott managed the Kansas City Athletics in 1960, finishing eighth and last in the American League with a record of 58-96. He died from a ruptured vein in his windpipe.

Politics and government
Jean Boggs was appointed Director of the National Art Gallery of Canada, becoming the first woman with the status of deputy minister to head an agency.

The British government of Prime Minister Harold Wilson agreed to increase doctors' and dentists' salaries by up to 30% after fears that thousands of general practitioners would leave the Health Service for private practice.

An international agreement was signed in Washington for construction of the Nam Ngum hydroelectric project in Laos.

40 years ago

Stanley Cup
Montreal 2 @ New York Islanders 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Philadelphia 4 @ Boston 2 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones

#1 single in Switzerland: Ohne dich (schlaf ich heut Nacht nicht ein)--Münchener Freiheit (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Paul Richards, 77
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Richards was a catcher who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1932); New York Giants (1933-1935); Philadelphia Athletics (1935); and Detroit Tigers (1943-1946), batting .227 in 553 games; he caught all 7 games for the Detroit Tigers in their World Series win in 1945. Mr. Richards managed the Chicago White Sox from 1951-1954 and 1976; and the Baltimore Orioles from 1955-1961, with a career record of 923-901-13. His best team was the 1960 Orioles, who posted a record of 89-65 and finished second to the New York Yankees. Hoyt Wilhelm was a starting pitcher for the Orioles in the late 1950s, and his knuckleball baffled his own catchers as often as it did opposing hitters, resulting in many passed balls. Mr. Richards devised an oversized catcher’s mitt for catching the knuckleball, which resulted in fewer passed balls. He was born and died in Waxahachie, Texas.

Stanley Cup Playoffs
Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
St. Louis 2 @ Calgary 8 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Tingles (EP)--Ratcat

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Eyes to Me--Dreams Come True

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se Stiamo Insieme--Riccardo Cocciante (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Joyride--Roxette (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Losing My Religion--R.E.M. (2nd week at #1)

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

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Baby Baby--Amy Grant (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Baby Baby--Amy Grant (3rd week at #1)
2 Joyride--Roxette
3 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
4 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
5 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
6 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips
7 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
8 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
9 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
10 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey

Singles entering the chart were We Want the Funk by Gerardo (#71); Place in This World by Michael W. Smith (#79); How Can I Ease the Pain by Lisa Fischer (#81); I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) by Steelheart (#85); Why Should I Cry for You by Sting (#87); Do You Want Me by Salt-N-Pepa (#89); and Ooh La La by David Hallyday (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joyride--Roxette
2 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
3 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
4 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
5 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
6 Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You--Robert Palmer
7 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
8 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips
9 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
10 Highwire--The Rolling Stones

Singles entering the chart were Walk My Way by Beth Nielsen Chapman (#61); Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn (#63); On the Outside by Roch Voisine (#66); Too Hot by Alanis (#74); Voices that Care by Voices that Care (#76); Part of Me, Part of You by Glenn Frey (#78); Lift Me Up by Yes (#83); Dangerous by the Doobie Brothers (#88); What Comes Naturally by Sheena Easton (#89); Wash the Rain by World on Edge (#90); and I Rhyme the World in 80 Days by Kish (#93).

Horse racing
Strike the Gold, with Chris Antley aboard, won the 117th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:03 4/5. Best Pal placed second and Mane Minister finshed third.

Chris James hit 3-run home runs in each of the 1st and 2nd innings and batted in 9 runs as the Cleveland Indians routed the Oakland Athletics 20-6 before 35,028 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): How Bizarre--OMC (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): California Love--2Pac featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Con te partirò--Andrea Bocelli (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Soirée disco--Boris (3rd week at #1)

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

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

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion (3rd week at #1)
2 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
3 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
4 You're the One--SWV
5 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)--Coolio
6 Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)--R. Kelly (featuring Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley)
7 Woo-Hah!! (Got You All in Check)--Busta Rhymes
8 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
9 Count on Me--Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans
10 Doin' It--LL Cool J

Singles entering the chart were Old Man and Me (When I Get to Heaven) by Hootie & the Blowfish (#18); Can't Hang by Xscape featuring MC Lyte (charting with its A-side, Do You Want To, at #68); Tres Delinquentes by Delinquent Habits (#69); Live and Die for Hip Hop by Kris Kross (#74); No More Games by Skindeep featuring Li’l Kim of Junior M.A.F.I.A. (#87); Mr. Ice Cream Man by Master P (#90); and Scarred by Luke (#91).

Horse racing
Grindstone, with Jerry Bailey aboard, won the 122nd running of the Kentucky Derby before 142,668 fans at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:01 3/5. Cavonnier placed second and Prince of Thieves finished third.

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

Western Conference Semi-Finals
Chicago 1 @ Colorado 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

10 years ago

A U.S. federal judge sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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