Friday, 17 June 2016

June 17, 2016

160 years ago

Politics and government
The U.S. Republican Party's first convention opened in Philadelphia.

125 years ago

In an American Association game at Union Park in Baltimore, the Washington Statesmen scored 14 runs in the top of the 1st inning, and the Orioles scored 5 in the bottom of the inning. The Statesmen barely held on to win 20-19.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Terry Gilkyson
. U.S. musician. Mr. Gilkyson, born Hamilton H. Gilkyson III, was a guitarist and singer, but was best known for songs he wrote in the 1950s, including The Cry of the Wild Goose (1950) and Tell Me a Story (1953). Mr. Gilkyson sang with the Weavers on their hit single On Top of Old Smokey (1951), and with his group the Easy Riders wrote Memories are Made of This (1955) and backed up Dean Martin on his hit recording. Mr. Gilkyson and the Easy Riders reached the top ten on their own with the single Marianne (1957). Mr. Gilkyson died on October 15, 1999 at the age of 83.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Johan Wagenaar, 78
. Dutch composer. Mr. Wagenaar was an organist, and he wrote works for organ, as well as operas, cantatas, and orchestral works.

British planes attacked Nazi air bases in the Boulogne area of France, and bombed the German Rhineland area for the seventh succesive night. British forces withdrew from the Fort Capuzzo-Solum area of Libya.

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Argana and Brazilian Foreign Minister Dr. Oswaldo Atanha signed 10 treaties in Rio de Janeiro covering commerce, transport, and cultural relations between the countries.

The U.S. Justice and Treasury Departments ordered customs officials to prevent any of the 330,000 German nationals in the United States from leaving the country "pending further instructions."

U.S. Defense Oil Coordinator Harold Ickes advised 32 Atlantic shippers to halt all shipments of petroleum products abroad without first consulting his office.

An agreement between the Vatican and the Spanish government was published in Madrid, under which the Roman Catholic Church regained virtually al of its former power to appoint the hierarchy and lower clergy.

Economics and finance
The German government reported that it had protested the closing of German consulates in the United States, and said that "necessary measures" had been ordered against $450 million in American property in Germany.

Japanese-Dutch trade negotiations in Batavia broke down.

Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies said that strikes and lockouts in war industries would be forbidden.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (5th week at #1)
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
2 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
--The Ink Spots
3 Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore
--Andy Russell
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
4 All Through the Day--Frank Sinatra
--Perry Como
5 I'm a Big Girl Now--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti)--Alvino Rey and his Orchestra
--Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra
7 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
8 They Say it's Wonderful--Perry Como
--Frank Sinatra
9 Sioux City Sue--Bing Crosby and the Jesters
10 It Couldn't Be True! (Or Could It?)--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra

No new singles entered the chart.

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon and Art Gilmore, on MBS
Tonight's episode: Murder of Gregory Hood

U.S. Prosecutor Joseph Keenan of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East said that a "high political level" decision had been made not to try Japanese Emperor Hirohito for war crimes during World War II. Maria Quisling, widow of Norwegian wartime Fascist leader Vidkun Quisling, was acquitted of collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.

Fighting between Zionists and British troops resulted in the deathsof nine Jews and the destruction of the Palestine Railway's central workshops in Haifa.

The Thai parliament authorized the government to take the border dispute with French Indochina to the United Nations Security Council.

Politics and government
The Iranian government appointed Salamollah Javid, a Communist, as Governor of Azerbaijan.

Panamanian high school and university students went on strike, demanding educational reform and the resignation of Education Minister Jose Crespo.

The Allied Control Council agreed on a rural land reform program for Japan under which surplus lands would be made available to small farmers.

A Texas court ordered the University of Texas to admit Herman Sweatt, a Negro, as a law student, but suspended action for six months to allow the state to create a law school in the state-owned Negro university.

A tornado hit Windsor, Ontario, killing 16 and injuring hundreds.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Creeper, starring Constance Ford, Steve Brodie, and Harry Townes

Died on this date
Bob Sweikert, 30
. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Sweikert began racing in the American Automobile Association National Championship series in 1952. He won the 1955 Indianapolis 500 and the overall championship for the season. Mr. Sweikert was killed in a race at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana.

Politics and government
Herman Siles Zuazo of the National Revolutionary Movement was elected President of Bolivia.

Israeli Labour Minister Golda Myerson replaced Moshe Sharett as Foreign Minister, reportedly because Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion felt that Mr. Sharett had been too cautious in his policies toward Arab states.

U.S. Senator Theodore Green (Democrat--Rhode Island) became, at 88 years, 8 months, and 15 days of age, the oldest person ever to sit in the United States Senate.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Dedicated Follower of Fashion--The Kinks (3rd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Paperback Writer--The Beatles
2 Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones
3 I Am a Rock--Simon and Garfunkel
4 Peter Rabbit--Dee Jay and the Runaways
5 Brainwashed--David Clayton-Thomas
6 A Groovy Kind of Love--The Mindbenders
7 I Love Onions--Susan Christie
8 Girl in Love--The Outsiders
9 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas
10 Jug Band Music--The Lovin' Spoonful
Pick hit of the week: Pretty Flamingo--Manfred Mann
New this week: High on Love--The Knickerbockers
Look at Me Girl--Bobby Vee and the Strangers
Over Under Sideways Down--The Yardbirds
I'll Be True--The Pozo-Seco Singers
Love Letters--Elvis Presley

40 years ago

The American Basketball Association ended its nine-year history by agreeing to merge four of its six teams--the New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs--into the dominant National Basketball Association, which became a 22-club circuit for the 1976-77 season.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Kate Smith, 79
. U.S. singer. Miss Smith began achieving success on records and stage in 1926, but had her greatest success on radio in the 1930s and '40s. She was perhaps best known for her rendition of God Bless America; the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League would often play her recording of the song before their games, and usually won.

Brad Daugherty, a center with the University of North Carolina, was as the first player chosen in the 1986 college draft, taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics, who had made a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics two years earlier to move up in the draft, had the second selection in the first round, and chose University of Maryland forward Len Bias.

Montreal (1-2) 13 @ Toronto (1-1) 24
Calgary (1-1) 41 @ British Columbia (1-1) 20

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)--De La Soul (2nd week at #1)

The South African Parliament repealed the Population Registration Act, which required racial classification of all South Africans at birth.

Payne Stewart defeated Scott Simpson in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota. Mr. Stewart shot a 3-over-par 75, two strokes ahead of Mr. Simpson. The two were tied with 6-under-par scores of 282 after 4 rounds, three strokes ahead of Fred Couples and Larry Nelson. First prize money was $235,000.

Tim Wallach singled home Marquis Grissom with 1 out in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Montreal Expos a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros before 10,523 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Dale Murphy's solo home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves before 18,517 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The Phillies tied the game in the 5th inning when starting pitcher Tommy Greene led off with his first major league home run.

Randy Milligan doubled home Brady Anderson and Cal Ripken, Jr. with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to climax a 3-run rally and give the Baltimore Orioles a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins before 25,600 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Minnesota relief pitcher Rick Aguilera intentionally walked Mr. Ripken in order to pitch to Mr. Milligan.

Don August pitched a 5-hit shutout, and the Milwaukee Brewers scored all their runs in the 5th inning as they blanked the Oakland Athletics 5-0 before 20,431 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Steve Buechele scored on an infield single by Gary Pettis with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 10-9 win over the Kansas City Royals before 30,448 fans at Arlington Stadium. The Royals led 9-4 after 7 1/2 innings, but the Rangers rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th, and Ruben Sierra singled home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Danza de los limones--Juan Antonio canta (5th week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
2 Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
3 Ahead by a Century--The Tragically Hip
4 The Only Thing that Looks Good on Me is You--Bryan Adams
5 You Learn--Alanis Morisette
6 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
7 Fastlove--George Michael
8 Everything Falls Apart--Dog's Eye View
9 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
10 Work it Out--Def Leppard

Singles entering the chart were Imelda by Mark Knopfler (#86); The Good Catches Up by Lawrence Gowan (#91); The Good in Everyone by Sloan (#93); Inside by Patti Rothberg (#94); Paste by Pluto (#95); Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel (#96); Astroplane by BKS (#97); and All Along by Blessid Union of Souls (#98).

Politics and government
Sheila Copps (Liberal--Hamilton–Wentworth) was re-elected to the House of Commons in a by-election; she had resigned after promising to do so if the Liberal government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien reneged on its 1993 election campaign promise to abolis the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

10 years ago

Stanley Cup

Carolina 0 @ Edmonton 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

The Oilers scored 3 powerplay goals and limited the Hurricanes to 16 shots on goal as they won the final Stanley Cup game ever played at Rexall Place. Fernando Pisani scored his fifth game-winning goal of the playoffs, and 13th goal of the 2006 playoffs, while Jussi Markkanen recorded his first playoff shutout in goal.

Hamilton (0-1) 17 @ Toronto (1-0) 27
Edmonton (0-1) 14 @ Calgary (1-0) 24

Henry Burris threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Nik Lewis and 13 yards to Jeremaine Copeland in the last 1 minute 31 seconds of regulation time to give the Stampeders their win over the defending Grey Cup champion Eskimos before 25,895 fans at McMahon Stadium. Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray completed 33 of 44 passes for 393 yards and touchdowns to Mookie Mitchell and Mathieu Bertrand. Mr. Ray's 7-yard TD pass to Mr. Bertrand came with 5:36 remaining in the game, and Sean Fleming's convert gave the Eskimos a 14-10 lead. Ed Hervey led Edmonton receivers with 116 yards on 9 receptions. Rodney Williams played his only Canadian Football League game as the Eskimos' punter in their loss to the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium; he punted 7 times for a 40.6-yard average and a 56-yard single, but also fumbled a snap at his own 3-yard line, leading to a Calgary score.

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