Tuesday, 7 June 2016

June 1, 2016

220 years ago

Tennessee entered the Union as the 16th state.

200 years ago

In the Pemmican War, Nor'Westers (traders with the North West Company) captured and plunder Brandon House in the Red River Colony (now Manitoba).

140 years ago

The Military College of Canada opened in Kingston, Ontario with a class of 18 officer cadets, with a mandate to train regular officers and militia. Queen Victoria granted the college the right to use the prefix "Royal" in 1878.

100 years ago

Died on this date
Charles J. Knapp, 70
. U.S. politician. Mr. Knapp, a Republican, served in the New York State Assembly in 1886 and 1888 before representing New York's 17th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1889-1891. He came from a banking family and was indicted, but acquitted, in 1913 in connection with the failure of the Binghamton Trust Company, while his nephew Charles P. Knapp was sentenced to two years in prison. Charles J. Knapp died 29 days before his 71st birthday.

The Temperance Act took effect in Manitoba.

Louis Brandeis became the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court; he was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson to replace Charles Evans Hughes, who had resigned.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Hugh Walpole, 57
. N.Z.-born U.K. author. Sir Hugh wrote 36 novels, five volumes of short stories, two original plays, and three volumes of memoirs from 1909 until his death from a heart attack. His best-know works may have been the tetralogy of novels collectively known as The Herries Chronicle.

The Battle of Crete ended as Crete capitulated to Germany.

The Farhud, a pogrom of Iraqi Jews, began in Baghdad. The event occurred in the aftermath of Iraq's defeat in the Anglo-Iraqi War, and the collapse of the pro-Nazi Iraqi government of Prime Minister Rashid Ali.

Economics and finance
The Canadian Unemployment Insurance Act went into effect.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Ion Antonescu, 63
. Prime Minister and Conducător (Leader) of Romania, 1940-1944. Mr. Antonescu presided over a dictatorial regime that was allied with the Axis during World War II, and was responsible for the deaths of 400,000 people. He was overthrown in a coup in August 1944, and was executed by a military firing squad after being convicted by a People's Tribunal of war crimes, two weeks before his 64th birthday.

Horse racing
Assault, with Warren Mehrtens aboard, won the 78th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:30 4/5 to complete the third Triple Crown in six years, following Whirlaway's achievement in 1941 and Count Fleet's in 1943. Natchez placed second.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): No Other Love--Ronnie Hilton (5th week at #1)

At the movies
The Man Who Knew Too Much, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart and Doris Day, opened in theatres. The film was a remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), also directed by Mr. Hitchcock.

Politics and government
New Brunswick Member of Parliament Thomas Bell (Progressive Conservative--Saint John-Albert) called passage of the Pipeline Bill "Black Friday," as the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons reversed one of his decisions, and the Liberal government of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent invoked closure to debate the issue. The bill called for lending $80 million to U.S.-owned TransCanada Pipe Lines.

50 years ago

Died on this date
Papa Jack Laine, 92
. U.S. musician. George Vital Laine was a drummer and cornetist, but was most influential as a bandleader in New Orleans during the period from the beginning of the 20th century until World War I.

The Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) was launched into Earth orbit from Cape Kennedy, Florida. The ATDA was intended for docking with the manned Gemini 9A spacecraft, to be launched two days hence, and was a replacement for the Agena Target Vehicle, which had been launched on May 17, but had failed to achieve orbit. Telemetry on the ground after the ATDA launch indicated that the launch shroud had failed to open properly.

Toronto station CFTO transmitted Canada's first colour program.

South Vietnamese Buddhist leader Thich Thien Minh was seriously injured when a bomb was thrown into his car. He had just reached agreement with the government of President General Nguyen van Thieu to add 10 civilians to the national ruling committee of 10 generals.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Baretta's Theme--Sammy Davis, Jr. (2nd week at #1)

The United Kingdom and Iceland signed an interim pact to end the "cod war," a dispute over fishing rights.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser criticized the U.S.S.R.'s attempts to "expand its influence throughout the world."

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Midnight Lady--Chris Norman (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Jo Gartner, 32
. Austrian auto racing driver. Mr. Gartner drove in the Formula Two Circuit from 1980-1984, and participated in eight Formula One races during the 1984 season. He was killed in an accident during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Québec government of Premier Robert Bourassa reformed its divorce laws, making marriage breakdown the sole cause, and eliminating the notion of fault; couples could now jointly petition for divorce.

FIFA Wold Cup @ Mexico City
Canada 0 Mexico 2

This was Canada's first ever game in the World Cup.

Pat Bradley edged Patty Sheehan by one stroke to win the LPGA Championship at the Jack Nicklaus Sports Center in Kings Island, Ohio to become the first woman to achieve a career Grand Slam, with victories in all four women’s major tournaments: U.S. Open; du Maurier Classic; Nabisco Championship; and LPGA.

Boston 104 @ Houston 106 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-1)

The Rockets overcame an 8-point deficit in the 4th quarter to edge the Celtics before 16,016 fans at the Summit. Ralph Sampson led the Rockets with 24 points and 22 rebounds, while Akeem Olajuwon added 23 points. Boston's Kevin McHale led all scorers with 28 points.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Don't Go Now--Ratcat

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Love Train--TMN

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se Stiamo Insieme--Riccardo Cocciante (13th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (12th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Losing My Religion--R.E.M. (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Wind of Change--Scorpions

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)--Cher (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
2 More than Words--Extreme
3 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
4 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
6 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
7 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
8 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five
9 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
10 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul

Singles entering the chart were The Dream is Still Alive by Wilson Phillips (#76); P.A.S.S.I.O.N. by Rythm Syndicate (#81); Wind of Change by the Scorpions (#87); It Ain’t Over ‘Til it’s Over by Lenny Kravitz (#88); This Time Make it Funky by Tracie Spencer (#89); and Whenever You Close Your Eyes by Tommy Page (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart (2nd week at #1)
2 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
3 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
4 More than Words--Extreme
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
6 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
7 Joyride--Roxette
8 Silent Lucidity--Queensryche
9 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
10 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.

Singles entering the chart were I Wanna Sex You Up by Color Me Badd (#83); Nothing Hurts by Barney Bentall (#84); True Believers by Keven Jordan (#87); How Can I Ease the Pain by Lisa Fischer (#88); Circle of One by Oleta Adams (#91); Step On by Happy Mondays (#93); Saving All the Love by Candi & the Backbeat (#95); You Can’t Resist It by Lyle Lovett (#96); and When He’s Gone by the Bee Gees (#97).

Died on this date
David Ruffin, 50
. U.S. singer. Mr. Ruffin shared lead singing duties with the soul group the Temptations from 1964-1968, his deep voice complementing Eddie Kendricks' high voice. Mr. Ruffin sang lead on hit singles such as My Girl (1965) ; (Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You that I Need (1967); and I Wish it Would Rain (1968). A cocaine addiction and other issues led to his being fired from the group, and he then embarked on a solo career, with moderate success. Mr. Ruffin, the younger brother of singer Jimmy Ruffin, died of an accidental cocaine overdose after a successful month-long tour with Mr. Kendricks and another former Temptations' lead singer, Dennis Edwards.

At a meeting in Lisbon, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Soviet Foreign Minister Aleksandr Bessmertnykh reached an agreement on a Conventional Forces in Europe treaty, but terms were not disclosed.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Until it Sleeps--Metallica

#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Don't Stop Movin'--Livin' Joy (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Lift U Up--2 Fabiola (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Soirée disco--Boris (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Three Lions--Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (2nd week at #1)
2 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
3 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
4 Old Man and Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
5 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
6 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
7 You're the One--SWV
8 Keep On, Keepin' On--MC Lyte featuring Xscape
9 Fastlove--George Michael
10 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project

Singles entering the chart were Forever More by Puff Johnson (#61); The Only Thing that Looks Good on Me is You by Bryan Adams (#85); I'll Never Stop Loving You by J'son (#88); Hay by Crucial Conflict (#89); Let's Lay Together by the Isley Brothers (#92); Hoop in Yo Face by 69 Boyz featuring Quad City DJ’s (#93); and One More Try by Kristine W (#94).

Died on this date
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, 83
. 6th President of India, 1977-1982. Mr. Reddy, a member of the India National Congress Party, was Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1962-1964 and Speaker of the Lok Sabha from 1967-1969 and March-July 1977 before becoming the youngest person to hold the Presidency.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida 3 @ Pittsburgh 1 (Florida won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Tom Fitzgerald scored on a 58-foot slapshot with 13:42 remaining in regulation time and Johan Garpenlov scored with 2:37 remaining as the Panthers broke a 1-1 tie and eliminated the Penguins at Civic Arena to advance to the finals for the first time in their history. Florida goalie John Vanbiesbrouck made 39 saves.

10 years ago

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Buffalo 2 @ Carolina 4 (Carolina won best-of-seven series 4-3)

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