Born on this date
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350 years ago
Died on this date
Richard Fanshawe, 58. English politician and diplomat. Sir Richard held various positions under Kings Charles I and Charles II before the monarchy was abloshed, and after it was restored. He represented Cambridge University in the House of Commons from 1661 until his death, and was English Ambassador to Portugal from 1662-1666 and to Spain from 1664-1666.
170 years ago
The Papal conclave of 1846 elected Cardinal Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, who took the name Pope Pius IX, beginning the longest reign (32 years) in the history of the papacy. He replaced Gregory XVI, who had died on June 1.
130 years ago
The Southern League of Colored Base Ballists, America's first Negro professional sports league, began play in New Orleans with the Memphis Eclipse defeating the New Orleans Unions 3-1. The league folded two months later.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Hank Luisetti. U.S. basketball player. Angelo-Giuseppi Luisetti was a forward with Stanford University from 1935-1938, and was an All-American in all three seasons. He pioneered the one-handed jump shot, and was the biggest star of his day. Mr. Luisetti contracted spinal meningitis while serving in the United States Navy during World War II, and never played professional basketball. In a 1950 poll, Mr. Luisetti was voted the second-best player of the first half of the 20th century, behind George Mikan. Mr. Luisetti was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He died on December 17, 2002 at the age of 86.
Tom Hughes pitched a no-hitter, walking 2 batters and striking out 7, as the Boston Braves blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 at Braves Field in a game that was played in 1 hour 30 minutes. Losing pitcher Erv Kantlehner allowed 7 hits and 1 run--unearned--in 7 innings.
80 years ago
Bob Brown, an electrical engineer from Quebec, brought in a gusher at Turner Valley Royalties No. 1 well, turning the valley into a major oilfield overnight; by 1939, the field had 70 wells, producing an annual revenue of $10 million.
75 years ago
The National Broadcasting Company applied to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for permission to establish commercial stations in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia.
Allied forces drove north on the Lebanese coast to within 10 miles of Beirut; naval battles off the coast were reported.
The U.S.A. ordered Germany to close all 24 of her consulates in the United States in the United States, as well as the German Library of Information in New York; the German Railway and Tourist Agencies; and Transocean News Service by July 10, 1941, becaude they allegedly engaged in activities "of an improper and unwarranted character."
A Brazilian embassy official in Washington said that the United States and Brazil were negotiating in Rio de Janeiro for the construction of air bases on the Brazilian coast. Because of the current shortage, U.S. Defense Oil Coordinator Harold Ickes prevented the shipment of 252,000 gallons of lubricating oil to Japan. Mr. Ickes declared that if the European war was lost, "it may be because of the recalcitrance of the Aluminum Company of America." He accused Alcoa of seeking absolute control of all aluminum sources in the United States. U.S. Senator Patrick McCarran (Democrat--Nevada) introduced a bill providing for a separate air force.
Economics and finance
The U.S. Treasury Department revealed that the funds of the German-American Bund and other Fascist organizations had been frozen at the order of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Lou Salica (54-11-12) retained his world bantamweight title with a unanimous 15-round decision over Tommy Forte (41-9-2) at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
70 years ago
At his trial in Belgrade on war crimes charges, Yugoslavian Chetnik leder Draja Mikhailovich denied all personal responsibility for the 23,000 murders charged by the prosecution against the Chetniks.
The Jewish Agency for Palestine declared that the Palestine Inquiry Commission's plan for Jewish immigration should be implemeted immediately, but that creation of a Jewish state was the only "just" solution to the Palestine problem.
Politics and government
British Viceroy of India Sir Archibald Wavell invited 14 Indian leaders representing all groups to serve in an interim government, as further negotiations for Indian independence broke down.
Economics and finance
U.K. Food Minister John Strachey said that Britain had reached "the limit" in aiding starving nations.
Ford Motor Company ended a five-week shutdown in Detroit, recalling 65,000 workers.
U.S. Attorney General Tom Clark approved the sale of a $200-million government steel plant in Geneva, Utah to U.S. Steel for about $47.5 million.
The Federation of American Scientists announced the formation of a "Committee for Foreign Correspondence" to promote "worldwide exchange of information."
Lloyd Mangrum defeated Byron Nelson and Vic Ghezzi in two 18-hole playoff rounds to win the U.S. Open at Canterbury Golf Club in Beachwood, Ohio. The three were tied with 4-under-par scores of 284 after 4 rounds, and all shot even par 73s in the first playoff round on Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Mangrum shot 72 again, one stroke ahead of Messrs. Nelson and Ghezzi. First prize money was $1,500, and each of the playoff competitors received a bonus of $333. For Mr. Mangrum, it was his only victory in a major tournament.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Rock and Roll Waltz--Kay Starr
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Steig in das Traumboot der Liebe--Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco as Club Indonesia (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): I'll Be Home--Pat Boone (2nd week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Wayward Wind--Gogi Grant (Best Seller--1st week at #1); Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"--Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra (Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1); Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (Jukebox--7th week at #1; Top 100--7th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Wayward Wind--Gogi Grant
2 Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"--Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra
--George Cates and his Orchestra
3 Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley
4 I'm in Love Again--Fats Domino
5 Standing on the Corner--The Four Lads
6 Ivory Tower--Cathy Carr
--Otis Williams and the Charms
7 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You--Elvis Presley
8 The Happy Whistler--Don Robertson
9 I Almost Lost My Mind--Pat Boone
10 Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como
Singles entering the chart were Rockin' Through the Rye (#39)/Hot Dog Buddy Buddy (#43) by Bill Haley and his Comets and Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (#44).
U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Dmitri Shepalov arrived in Egypt to begin a tour of the Middle East.
A study issued by the National Cancer Institute reported that the entire U.S. cigarette-smoking population "appears to be subject to the same high risk of lung cancer which was found in earlier studies of selected groups of smokers."
Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber, editor of the Paris newspaper L'Express and a prominent critic of the French government's policy regarding Algeria, was recalled to active serivice in Algeria, apparently in an attempt to silence him.
Needles, with David Erb aboard, won the 88th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York; Career Boy placed second. Needles had also won the Kentucky Derby, and placed second in the Preakness Stakes.
Cary Middlecoff won the U.S. Open at Oak Hill Country Club near Rochester, New York with a 1-over-par score of 281, one stroke ahead of Julius Boros and Ben Hogan. First prize money was $6,000.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Strangers in the Night--Frank Sinatra (3rd week at #1)
Politics and government
Daniel Johnson, leader of the Union Nationale, was sworn in as Premier of Québec, replacing Liberal Jean Lesage.
40 years ago
Died on this date
Francis Meloy, 59; Robert Waring, 57. U.S. diplomats. Mr. Meloy was United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic (1969-1973) and to Guatemala (1974-1976) before accepting the post of Ambassador to Lebanon. Mr. Waring was U.S. Economic Counselor to Lebanon. They were on their way to present Mr. Meloy's credentials to the new Lebanese President, when they and their chauffeur, Zuhair Mohammed Moghrabi, were kidnapped by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine as they crossed the Green Line, the division between Beirut's Christian and Muslim sectors. They were shot to death, and their bodies were found later that day.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau visited Washington to reaffirm Canada's commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization anti-submarine patrol. He presented U.S. President Gerald Ford with the book Between Friends/ Entre Amis.
A non-violent march by 15,000 students in the black South African township of Soweto turned into days of rioting when police opened fire on the crowd. The uprising began as a protest against the compulsory use of Afrikaans as the main teaching language in black schools.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Brother Louie--Modern Talking (2nd week at #1)
Saskatchewan (0-2) 18 @ Edmonton (1-1) 34
Saint John City Market in Saint John, New Brunswick was declared a National Historic Site of Canada.
The Baltimore Orioles traded pitcher Dennis Martinez, who had been with the team since 1976, to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later. In 1986 Mr. Martinez was 0-0 in 4 games with an earned run average of 6.75. Minor league player Rene Gonzalez was the player sent to the Orioles after the season.
25 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): I'll Do 4 U--Father MC (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)--Cher
#1 single in Switzerland: Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)--De La Soul
Died on this date
Leslie Mahaffy, 14. Canadian murder victim. Miss Mahaffy was a Grade 9 student at M.M. Robinson High School in Burlington, Ontario. She was kidnapped by Paul Bernardo, and strangled to death after 24 hours of rape and abuse by Mr. Bernardo and Karla Homolka.
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney held a joint news conference in Deidesheim, Germany with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Mr. Mulroney wanted more aid to the U.S.S.R., and expressed concern over the possibility of Québec separatiing from Canada.
Payne Stewart and Scott Simpson were tied for the lead after four rounds of the U.S. Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, necessitating an 18-hole playoff round the following day.
Otis Nixon of the Atlanta Braves stole 6 bases to tie the major league single-game record of Eddie Collins, who had done it twice in 1912. The Braves lost 7-6 to the Montreal Expos.
The Cincinnati Reds scored a run in the 8th inning and 2 unearned runs in the 9th to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6 before 41,905 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
The Baltimore Orioles scored 5 runs in the top of the 7th inning to break an 8-8 tie as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 13-8 before 50,273 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.
Tom Bolton and Jeff Reardon combined for a 6-hit shutout to win the pitching matchup over Kirk McCaskill as the Boston Red Sox defeated the California Angels 2-0 before 32,433 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Mr. McCaskill allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings in pitching a complete game. Boston thired baseman Wade Boggs singled home both runs in the 5th inning.
The Minnesota Twins scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians 4-2 before 20,725 fans at Cleveland Stadium.
The Kansas City Royals scored 8 runs in the top of the 2nd inning as they beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 before 42,074 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Greg Vaughn hit a grand slam with none out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers an 11-7 win over the Oakland Athletics before 28,774 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.
Steve Buechele doubled to lead off the bottom of the 15th inning and scored on a 1-out double by Mario Diaz to give the Texas Rangers a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees before 37,691 fans at Arlington Stadium.
20 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Killing Me Softly with His Song--The Fugees (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Coco Jamboo--Mr. President
#1 single in Switzerland: Coco Jamboo--Mr. President (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Mel Allen, 83. U.S. sportscaster. Mr. Allen, born Melvin Allen Israel, was known as the radio--and later, television--voice of the New York Yankees from 1939-1964 (except for several years during World War II) and 1976-1985. He also broadcast home games of the New York Giants (1939-1940, 1942); Milwaukee Braves (1965); and Cleveland Indians (1968). Mr. Allen hosted the syndicated television program This Week in Baseball from its beginning in 1977 until his death, and also broadcast professsional and college football.
Politics and government
Russians voted in the country's first independent presidential election; the result was a runoff between President Boris Yeltsin, the eventual winner, and a Communist challenger.
Steve Jones won the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan with a 2-under-par score of 278, one stroke ahead of Tom Lehman and Davis Love III. Mr. Love missed a 3-foot putt for par on the last hole. First prize money was $425,000.
Seattle 75 @ Chicago 87 (Chicago won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Michael Jordan scored 22 points and added 7 assists as the Bulls defeated the SuperSonics before 24,544 fans at United Center to win their fourth title in six years. Dennis Rodman added 19 rebounds for the Bulls, and tied the Finals record he had set in the first game of the series with 11 offensive rebounds. Detlef Schrempf led the SuperSonics with 23 points.
10 years ago
Winnipeg (0-1) 17 @ Montreal (1-0) 27
Saskatchewan (0-1) 28 @ British Columbia (1-0) 45
This marked the earliest start for a regular season in Canadian Football League history.
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