Friday, 6 May 2016

May 6, 2016

120 years ago

Horse racing
Ben Brush, with Willie Sims aboard, won the 22nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:07 3/4. Ben Eder placed second and Semper Ego finished third.

110 years ago

Politics and government
The Russian Constitution of 1906 was adopted.

100 years ago

World events
21 Lebanese nationalists suspected of treason were hanged in Martyrs' Square in Beirut, while Syrians similarly accused were hanged in Damascus on orders of Ottoman military leader Djemal Pasha.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Heinrich Simon, 61
. German journalist. Dr. Simon, a Jewish refugee and writer of anti-Nazi editorials in Germany, died in Washington after being beaten by unknown assailants.

Germany announced the seizure of eight islands, closing the Aegean Sea to British ships. British troops broke the siege of Habbania air base in Iraq.

Japan and France signed two agreements in Tokyo for economic collaboration between Japan and Indochina.

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt fighter aircraft, piloted by Lowry Brabham, made its first flight. U.S. War Secretary Henry Stimson urged that the U.S. Navy be used to insure that Lend-Lease aid reached Britain. The U.S. House of Representatives voted 161-131 to reject an amendment to the ship seizure bill that would have barred the President from turning the captured vessels over to the United Kingdom. U.S. Senator Claude Pepper (Democrat--Florida) urged the U.S. to get tough with the Axis, and occupy, with the U.K., Dakar, the Azores, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, Greenland, and Iceland.

Politics and government
Soviet dictator Josef Stalin became Premier of Russia, replacing Vyacheslav Molotov.

The Congressional bloc of the Radical Party in Argentina voted to end its three-month legislative boycott, thus permitting Congress to resume its normal functions.

Igor Sikorsky set a world record at Bridgeport, Connecticut, of 1 hour 32 1/2 minutes for sustained flight in a helicopter.

Economics and finance
U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation Chairman Emil Schram accepted the presidency of the New York Stock Exchange.

The U.S. Third Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Merchant seamen had the right to strike aboard ship when it was in a safe domestic port.

Bob Hope performed his first United Service Organizations show, at March Field, California.

Playing his last game before induction into the U.S. Army, Hank Greenberg hit 2 home runs to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees before 7,850 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Bruce Campbell also hit 2 home runs for the Tigers--both of them hit back-to-back with the homers of Mr. Greenberg. New York second baseman Jerry Priddy hit his first major league home run in the 7th inning, a 3-run blast off winning pitcher Johnny Gorsica, who pitched a complete game. Ernie Bonham allowed 5 earned runs in 3 innings in taking the loss.

The Boston Braves scored all their runs in the 5th inning as they edged the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 at Braves Field. Wes Ferrell started on the mound for Boston, but allowed 2 hits, a base on balls, and 2 runs in just 1 inning in the final game of his 15-year major league career.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (8th week at #1)
--Frank Sinatra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
2 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
3 I'm a Big Girl Now--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
4 One-zy, Two-zy (I Love You-zy)--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Phil Harris and his Orchestra
5 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Shoo Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
7 Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore
--Andy Russell
8 You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)--Les Brown and his Orchestra
--Perry Como
9 Seems Like Old Times--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
10 All Through the Day--Frank Sinatra
--Perry Como

New singles entering the chart were Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You) by the Hoosier Hot Shots and Sally Foster (#17); It Couldn't Be True! (Or Could It?) by Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra (#21); (Ah Yes) There's Good Blues Tonight, with versions by Les Brown and his Orchestra, and Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra (#27); We'll Gather Lilacs (#31)/I'll Be Yours (J'Attendrai) (#41) by Bing Crosby and Camarata and his Orchestra; We'll Gather Lilacs by Alvino Rey and his Orchestra (#31, charting with the version by Bing Crosby and Camarata and his Orchestra); All that Glitters is Not Gold by Dinah Shore (#34); and In Love in Vain, with versions by Margaret Whiting, and Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest (#39).

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

At the Nuremberg trials of accused Nazi war criminals, former German Economics Minister Walther Funk claimed to have signed anti-Jewish decrees "to protect Jews from arbitrary violence." Marshal Ion Antonescu, wartime Romanian dictator and Iron Guard leader, went on trial in Bucharest for treason with three of his former ministers.

At the Paris conference of foreign ministers, U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov offered to modify the Soviet stance on Italian colonies and reparations in return for the awarding of Trieste to Yugoslavia; the U.K. and U.S.A. rejected the proposal.

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Hussein Ala reported to the UN Security Council that Iranian officials were unable to verify that Soviet troops had left Azerbaijan.

U.S. President Harry Truman requested a $7.25-billion from the War Department in fiscal 1947, and sent Congress the Inter-American Military Cooperation Act, calling for U.S. aid in the training, organization, and equipment of Latin American armed forces.

General Alexander Vandegrift told the U.S. Senate Naval Affairs Committee that unification of the armed forces would probably "spell extinction" for the Marine Corps, which he said the Army was determined to reduce.

Politics and government
Mariano Ospina Perez was elected President of Colombia, the first conservative to win the office since 1930.

A strike against Bethlehem Steel by 35,000 members of the Congress of Industrial Organizations Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers ended when a contract was signed providing an hourly wage increase of 18c.

U.S. President Truman conferred with advisers on the coal miners' strike, while American Federation of Labor President William Green backed the stand of United Mine Workers of America President John L. Lewis.

The Australian government of Prime Minister Ben Chifley announced plans to establish a national medical service despite opposition from the medical profession.

Leo Sowerby was awarded the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Music for The Canticle of the Sun.

Russell Crouse and Howard Lindsay were awarded the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for State of the Union.

The Scranton Times was awarded the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service by a newspaper. William Leonard Laurence of The New York Times won in the category of General Reporting; Arnaldo Cortesi of The New York Times won for General Correspondence; and Hodding Carter of the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi won in the category of Editorial Writing.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. was awarded the 1946 Pulitzer Prize for History for The Age of Jackson.

A U.S. federal court in St. Louis issued an injunction temporarily restraining the Pasquel brothers of the Mexican League from persuading players with the Brooklyn Dodgers to break their contracts.

The New York Yankees announced that they would be the first team to travel by air for a full season, as they signed a contract with United Air Lines for 1946.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Baby Sitter, starring Thelma Ritter, Mary Wickes, and Carol Mathews

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Michelle--The Overlanders (2nd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Leaning on the Lamp Post--Herman's Hermits
2 Lovedrops--Barry Allen
3 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas
4 Good Lovin'--The Young Rascals
5 Time--The Pozo-Seco Singers
6 How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?--Nancy Sinatra
7 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry--B.J. Thomas and the Triumphs
8 Love is Like an Itching in My Heart--The Supremes
9 Time Won't Let Me--The Outsiders
10 Try Too Hard--The Dave Clark Five
Pick hit of the week: I Am a Rock--Simon and Garfunkel
New this week: One Too Many Mornings--The Beau Brummels
Girl in Love--The Outsiders
Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)--The 4 Seasons
Ol' Man River--Charlie Rich
Today Will Be Yesterday Tomorrow--Steve Lawrence

Politics and government
Ambroise Noumazalay took office as Prime Minister of Congo (Brazzaville), succeeding Pascal Lissouba.

Ian Brady and his lover Myra Hindley were sentenced to life imprisonment for the so-called Moors murders of three young people in 1965.

Economics and finance
Canadian Minister of Finance Mitchell Sharp announced that the Royal Canadian Mint would strike a $20 Centennial gold coin for 1967.

Dick Groat singled home Bob Uecker and Jackie Brandt with 2 out in the bottom of the 11th inning to cap a 5-run rally and give the Philadelphia Phillies an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 18,982 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. The Pirates had broken a 3-3 tie with 4 runs in the top of the 11th, with Bill Mazeroski's 3-run home run as the key hit. Veteran Pittsburgh relief ace Roy Face was the losing pitcher, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs in 2/3 inning.

Cleon Jones led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a home run off Ken Holtzman to give the New York Mets a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs before 27,656 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. New York pitcher Rob Gardner pitched a 4-hit complete game for his first major league win, allowing only a solo home run by Ron Santo with 2 out in the 6th inning. Mr. Gardner also batted 2 for 3 and doubled home Jerry Grote with the game's first run in the 5th inning. Mr. Holtzman allowed 6 hits in pitching a complete game loss.

Tony Perez hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning and Art Shamsky added a 3-run homer in the 6th as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-1 before 12,039 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Milt Pappas pitched an 8-hit complete game for his first win in a Cincinnati uniform, and had 2 hits of his own. Rookie Don Sutton allowed 8 hits and 6 earned runs in taking the loss.

The Atlanta Braves scored all the game's runs with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning as they blanked the Houston Astros 6-0 before 22,948 fans at the Astrodome. Denny Lemaster pitched a 7-hit shutout and singled home Denis Menke with the final run.

Dave Johnson hit a home run leading off the bottom of the 15th inning to tie the score, and Boog Powell singled home Russ Snyder with 1 out to give the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians before 30,767 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The Indians had scored a run in the top of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Baltimore starting pitcher Dave McNally allowed 3 hits and 1 earned run, striking out 9 in 10 innings, while Cleveland starter Sam McDowell allowed 7 hits and 1 earned run in 12 innings, striking out 10.

Denny McLain pitched a 1-hitter and scored the game's only run in the 8th inning on a sacrifice fly by Norm Cash as the Detroit Tigers edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 before 15,333 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The only Chicago hit was a single by catcher J.C. Martin leading off the 2nd inning. Chicago starting pitcher Gary Peters allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 7 2/3 innings in taking the loss.

Tony Oliva hit his second home run of the game, with 2 out and nobody on base in the 9th inning, to give the Minnesota Twins a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox before 12,703 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The Red Sox had tied the game when George Scott hit his second homer of the game to lead off the top of the 9th. Tony Conigliaro singled, and Joe Foy drew a base on balls with 1 out, but Minnesota relief pitcher Al Worthington retired pinch hitters Dalton Jones and Eddie Kasko.

Chuck Dobson pitched a 4-hit complete game and singled in his team's first run as the Kansas City Athletics edged the Washington Senators 2-1 before 6,324 fans at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. The Athletics scored both their runs in the 5th inning, with Bert Campaneris forcing Mr. Dobson out at second base on a ground ball, as Ossie Chavarria scored the eventual winning run.

The California Angels came back from a 3-0 deficit with 2 runs in each of the 5th and 6th innings and 3 in the 7th as they beat the New York Yankees 7-4 before 31,690 fans at Anaheim Stadium. California first baseman Norm Siebern, a former Yankee, batted 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, a run, and 4 runs batted in. New York first baseman Joe Pepitone hit a 3-run home run to open the scoring in the 4th inning, and third baseman Clete Boyer homered with 2 out in the 9th to close the scoring. Jack Sanford was the winning pitcher in relief of George Brunet, with Lou Burdette picking up the save. Whitey Ford took the loss to drop to 0-3 for the season. The Yankees' loss dropped their record for the season to 4-16, 10th and last in the American League, 12 games behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. For New York manager Johnny Keane, who was in his second season with the Yankees, it was his last game in the major leagues; he was fired the next day and replaced by general manager Ralph Houk, who had managed the Yankees from 1961-1963, winning 3 AL pennants and 2 World Series.

40 years ago

Italy's worst earthquake ever, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, killed at least 550 people and left thousands homeless.

Stanley Cup
New York Islanders 2 @ Montreal 5 (Montreal won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Boston 3 @ Philadelphia 6 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Reg Leach tied a playoff single-game record with 5 goals to lead the Flyers over the Bruins before 17,007 fans at the Spectrum. Maurice "Rocket" Richard set the record against the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1944, and Darryl Sittler of the Maple Leafs tied the record in a game against the Flyers just two weeks before Mr. Leach accomplished the feat.

30 years ago

Stanley Cup Playoffs
Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
Calgary 5 @ St. Louis 3 (Calgary led best-of-seven series 2-1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Se mustamies--Hausmylly (8th week at #1)

On television tonight
Hollywood Detective, on A&E
Tonight's episode: Chasing the Goose

Ed Stratemeyer, creator of the Bobbsey Twins, was a character in this episode.

Died on this date
Wilfrid Hyde-White, 87
. U.K. actor. Mr. Hyde-White was a character actor on stage, screen, and television in both the United Kingdom and United States for more than 60 years. He played Colonel Pickering in the movie My Fair Lady (1964). Mr. Hyde-White died six days before his 88th birthday.

Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
Edmonton 3 @ Minnesota 7 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 2-1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Fastlove--George Michael (3rd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Ironic--Alanis Morisette (6th week at #1)
2 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
3 Birmingham--Amanda Marshall
4 Follow You Down--Gin Blossoms
5 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
6 Closer to Free--BoDeans
7 Lucky Love--Joan Osborne
8 Only Love (The Ballad of...)--Sophie B. Hawkins
9 Some Bridges--Jackson Browne
10 Shoe Box--Barenaked Ladies

Singles entering the chart were The Only Thing that Looks Good on Me is You by Bryan Adams (#88); Mission: Impossible by Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr. (#92); Love You All by 54 40 (#93); Work it Out by Def Leppard (#95); I Should Know by The Pursuit of Happiness (#96); Killing Me Softly by the Fugees (#97); I Hate My Generation by Cracker (#98); Love Don't Live Here Anymore by Madonna (#99); and Reach by Gloria Estefan (#100). Mission: Impossible was the title theme from the movie.

Stanley Cup
Western Conference Semi-Finals
Colorado 3 @ Chicago 4 (OT) (Chicago led best-of-seven series 2-1)

10 years ago

Horse racing
Barbaro, with Edgar Prado aboard, won the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby before 157,532 fans at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:01.36 (see video). Bluegrass Cat placed second and Steppenwolfer finished third.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
New Jersey 0 @ Carolina 6 (Carolina led best-of-seven series 1-0)

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