Sunday, 12 June 2016

June 11, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Vivian Koshman!

240 years ago

Politics and government
The American Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Robert E. Howard, 30
. U.S. author. Mr. Howard wrote short stories that appeared in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales. He created the character Conan the Barbarian, and is known as the father of the "sword and sorcery" genre, achieving commercial success from 1928 until his death. Mr. Howard was devoted to his mother, and when he found out that she was dying from tuberculosis and would not regain consciousness, he fatally shot himself in the head. His mother died the next day.

The London International Surrealist Exhibition opened at New Burlington Galleries.

Politics and government
Liberal Party leader Adélard Godbout was sworn in as Premier of Quebec, replacing Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, who had resigned amidst a scandal. Mr. Godbout called an election for August 17, 1936.

75 years ago

The Dominion Bureau of Statistics (DBS) issued results of the 1941 census, showing that Canada's population had reached 11,506,655.

60 years ago

The Gal Oya riots, the first reported ethnic riots that targeted minority Ceylonese Tamils in the Eastern Province, began. The total number of deaths in the massacre was reportedly 150.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hitch Hiker--Bobby and Laurie (5th week at #1)

#1 single in France: Cheveux Longs, Idées Courtes--Johnny Hallyday (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Michelle--The Beatles (7th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Sloop John B--The Beach Boys

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Strangers in the Night--Frank Sinatra (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones
2 When a Man Loves a Woman--Percy Sledge
3 A Groovy Kind of Love--The Mindbenders
4 I Am a Rock--Simon and Garfunkel
5 Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind--The Lovin' Spoonful
6 It's a Man's Man's Man's World--James Brown and the Famous Flames
7 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas
8 Strangers in the Night--Frank Sinatra
9 Green Grass--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
10 Cool Jerk--The Capitols

Singles entering the chart were Paperback Writer (#50)/Rain (#73) by the Beatles; (I Washed My Hands In) Muddy Water by Johnny Rivers (#74); Day for Decision by Johnny Sea (#77); The Land of Milk and Honey by the Vogues (#78); You Better Run by the Young Rascals (#85); What am I Going to Do Without Your Love by Martha and the Vandellas (#88); Somewhere, My Love by Ray Conniff and the Singers (#89); Sunny by Bobby Hebb (#94); It's That Time of the Year by Len Barry (#96); Lara's Theme from "Dr. Zhivago" by Roger Williams (#97); and You Wouldn't Listen by the Ides of March (#100). Somewhere, My Love was a vocal version of Lara's Theme, which was originally from the movie Doctor Zhivago (1965).

Horse racing
Amberoid, with William Boland aboard, won the 98th running of the Belmont Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York in a time of 2:29 3/5, spoiling Kauai King's bid for the Triple Crown. Buffle placed second, while Kauai King was fourth, 2 lengths behind the winner.

Track and field
David Bailey of Toronto became the first Canadian to break the four-minute mile, running the distance in 3:59.1 in San Diego.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Fernando--ABBA (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Fernando--ABBA (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Fernando--ABBA (11th week at #1)

Died on this date
Jim Konstanty, 59
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Konstanty was a relief pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds (1944); Boston Braves (1946); Philadelphia Phillies (1948-1954); New York Yankees (1954-1956); and St. Louis Cardinals (1956), compiling a record of 66-48 with 74 saves and an earned run average of 3.46 in 433 games. His best season was 1950, when he appeared in 74 games--a major league single-season record at the time--and posted a 16-7 record with a 2.66 ERA and a National League-leading 22 saves in helping the Phillies "Whiz Kids" win the NL pennant. He made his only start of the season in the first game of the World Series, allowing just 4 hits and 1 earned run in 8 innings, but losing 1-0 to the New York Yankees. Mr. Konstanty was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1950, becoming the first major league relief pitcher to win the award, and the only one in the National League to date.

The United Nations Habitat conference on human settlements ended in Vancouver, British Columbia.

13 mercenaries--10 of them British--went on trial in Angola for the murders of fellow mercenaries during the Angolan civil war in 1975.

The National Energy Board of Canada cut oil exports to the United States by 12%.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): The Final Countdown--Europe (3rd week at #1)

At the movies
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, written and directed by John Hughes, and starring Matthew Broderick, opened in theatres.

Died on this date
Chesley Bonestell, 98
. U.S. artist. Mr. Bonestell was known as the "Father of Modern Space Art" for his paintings of astronomical scenes that appeared in books such as The Conquest of Space (1949, written by Willy Ley) and in movies such as Destination Moon (1950). He was active until his death.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Brigitte Helm, 90
. German actress. Miss Helm, born Brigitte Schittenhelm, was best known for playing two roles in the silent film Metropolis (1927). She retired from acting in 1935 and moved to Switzerland with her husband.

10 years ago

Ken Oppel won the first Canadian Booksellers' Association (CBA) Libris Children's Author of the Year Award for Skybreaker.

Miami 85 @ Dallas 99 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Dirk Nowitzki scored 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Mavericks over the Heat before 20,459 fans at American Airlines Center.

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