110 years ago
The Canadian Pacific Steamship RMS Empress of Ireland departed Liverpool on her maiden voyage to Québec.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Ruth Warrick. U.S. actress. Miss Warrick made her movie acting debut with a supporting role in Citizen Kane (1941), but was best known for her work in television soap operas, especially All My Children, in which she starred from 1970 until her death on January 15, 2005 at the age of 88.
Irish Nationalist and British diplomat Roger Casement was sentenced to death for his part in the Easter Rising.
Jack Dillon (77-2-9) won a 10-round newspaper decision over Frank Moran (25-8-2) in a heavyweight bout at Washington Park Athletic Club in Brooklyn.
90 years ago
Politics and government
Canadian Governor General Lord Julius Byng invited Conservative Party leader Arthur Meighen to form a government, thinking it possible that the new Prime Minister could obtain enough support from the other parties. The Conservatives had won the greatest number of seats in the 1925 federal election, but Prime Minister Mackenzie King had been able to keep his Liberal government in office with the support of the Progressive Party. Gov. Gen. Byng asked Mr. Meighen to form a government after refusing Mr. King's request for a dissolution of Parliament.
75 years ago
Died on this date
Ignace Jan Paderewski, 80. Prime Minister of Poland, January-November 1919; Chief of the National Council of Poland, 1939-1941. Mr. Paderewski was one of the world's most famous concert pianists, and was also a noted composer in the late 19th-early 20th century. He was a leading Polish nationalist, and served as the country's Prime Minister and Foreign Minister for most of 1919, but resigned and left Poland after losing political support. He moved to Switzerland, and eventually became leader of the Polish government-in-exile in London during the first two years of World War II.
Romanian authorities launched one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iași, resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews.
Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye said in an interview in Tokyo that he "can see no reason why the Japanese and American people cannot remain friendly," and asserted that the Tripartite Pact was purely defensive. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the induction of 90,000 new men into the Army in the year beginning July 1, 1941. Former U.S. President Herbert Hoover declared that he was opposed to helping the U.S.S.R., which he described as "one of the bloodiest tyrannies...in human history."
Two people were killed and eight wounded when armed Italian Fascists clashed with opponents in Durazno, Uruguay.
Politics and government
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill named Canadian-born newspaper magnate Lord Beaverbrook as Minister of Supply in his war cabinet.
A bill to permit wiretapping in order to trap spies and saboteurs was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives 154-146.
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover announced that 26 men and 3 women had been arrested in the past 48 hours on charges of espionage.
36 passengers and crew members of the cabin cruiser Don were missing after the ship exploded; it was the worst sea disaster off the coast of Maine in 50 years.
Singling against knuckleballer Dutch Leonard and Walt Masterson of the Washington Nationals in each game of a doubleheader, Joe DiMaggio of the Yankees hit safely in his 41st and 42nd consecutive games, breaking the American League record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1922. The Yankees swept the twinbill 9-4 and 7-5 at Griffith Stadium in Washington.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (6th week at #1)
I Remember Mama closed after 713 performances at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in New York.
At the Nuremberg trial of accused Nazi war criminals, the defense said it could not prove the death of Nazi Party deputy leader Martin Bormann, who was being tried in absentia.
The unrecognized government of Indonesia announced that President Sukarno had declared martial law and assumed all executive powers, following the kidnapping of Prime Minister Sutan Sjahrir and other government officials by an armed band at Surakarta.
British authorities raided Jewish communities throughout Palestine, searching for the leaders of the Jewish underground group Haganah.
Politics and government
U.K. Viceroy Archibald Wavell named an executive council consisting of six Britons, one Hindu, and one Muslim to serve as a "caretaker" government in India until a Constituent Assembly was elected.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Harry Truman vetoed the bill extending the Office of Price Administration for another year, saying that it would only contribute to inflation; the House of Representatives sustained his veto.
The International Labor Organization maritime conference in Seattle adopted an international convention setting a minimum monthly wage for seamen of $64.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'll Be Home--Pat Boone (3rd week at #1)
Married on this date
U.S. actress Marilyn Monroe married U.S. playwright Arthur Miller in a civil ceremony in White Plains, New York.
Argentine police, Navy, and Air Force units in Buenos Aires arrested 200 political suspects as "known Peronist thugs."
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower approved a National Security Council proposal for an end to East-West censorship and jamming of radio broadcasts; increased cultural exchanges; and intoduction of "direct air transport services" between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.
A Nationalist Chinese statement denounced Communist Chinese Premier Chou En-lai's call for discussions on Taiwanese "liberation" as "insulting."
Politics and government
U.S. President Eisenhower accepted the resignation of Dr. Leonard Scheele as Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service.
Polish Prime Minister Jozef Cyrankiewicz charged that "provocateurs" had taken advantage of the "undoubtedly existing dissatisfaction in a number of industrial enterprises" in Poznan, and promised that "mistakes" would be "immediately corrected."
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.
50 years ago
At the movies
Walk, Don't Run, starring Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, and Jim Hutton, opened in theatres. It was Mr. Grant's last film.
U.S. planes bombed North Vietnamese oil centres, ending the American policy of avoiding major N.V. cities. Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt was visiting Washington, and pledged to keep Australian forces in Vietnam as allies of the Americans and South Vietnamese.
The U.K. National Union of Seamen suspended its strike for 12 months; the strike had idled ships for 45 days, leading Prime Minister Harold Wilson to declare a state of emergency on May 23.
Former University of Notre Dame head coach Frank Leahy announced the founding of a new professional football league in the United States, to compete with the National Football League and American Football League. The United States Football League was to have franchises in 12 major cities, and was to begin play in 1967. Mr. Leahy was chairman of the league, with the power of a commissioner.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Baretta's Theme--Sammy Davis, Jr. (6th week at #1)
The Seychelles became independent from the United Kingdom.
Politics and government
The two-day Conference of Communist and Workers Parties of Europe convened in East Berlin.
Winnipeg (1-0) 39 @ Calgary (0-1) 27
Toronto (0-1) 18 @ British Columbia (1-1) 27
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Sailing Away--All of Us (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Touch Me (I Want Your Body)--Samantha Fox (3rd week at #1)
British millionaire Richard Branson set a world record for the fastest powerboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The Virgin Atlantic Challenger reached the Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly to conclude the three-day crossing, beating by two hours the record held by SS United States since 1952.
World Cup @ Mexico City
Argentina 3 West Germany 2
Jorge Luis Burruchuga scored the winning goal in the 84th minute of play.
The Detroit Tigers split a doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers, winning 9-5 and losing 3-1 before 40,605 fans at Tiger Stadium. The win in the first game was the 600th for Sparky Anderson as manager of the Tigers, making him the first man in major league history to reach that figure in each major league.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Anata ni aete yokatta--Kyoko Koizumi (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Senza una donna--Zucchero & Paul Young (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy (rap BCBG)--Les Inconnus
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)--Crystal Waters (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Any Dream Will Do--Jason Donovan
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul (2nd week at #1)
2 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
4 More than Words—Extreme
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
7 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
6 Power of Love/Love Power—Luther Vandross
8 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
9 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
10 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)--UB40
Singles entering the chart were (Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams (#53); Love on a Rooftop by Desmond Child (#65); Summertime by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (#77); Sunrise by the Triplets (#80); Perfect World by Alias (#85); Too Many Walls by Cathy Dennis (#86); Just Like You by Robbie Nevil (#87); Monster by Fred Schneider (#88); and 3 A.M. Eternal by KLF (#89).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 More than Words—Extreme (4th week at #1)
2 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
3 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
4 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
5 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn
9 Part of You, Part of Me—Glenn Frey
10 A Better Love--Londonbeat
Singles entering the chart were Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt (#31); Learning to Fly by Tom Petty (#39); Every Heartbeat by Amy Grant (#59); (Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams (#79); Set Me in Motion by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#83); Unforgettable by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole (#85); Never Gonna Let You Down by Surface (#87); Heat of the Night by Worrall (#88); Lay Down and Dirty by Foreigner (#91); Everybody Plays the Fool by Aaron Neville (#92); Twist My Arm by the Tragically Hip (#94); The Sound of Your Voice by 38 Special (#95); and Looking for Summer by Chris Rea (#96).
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Fable--Robert Miles (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Macarena--Los Del Rio (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Con te partirò--Andrea Bocelli (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (7th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (6th week at #1)
2 You're Makin' Me High/Let it Flow--Toni Braxton
3 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
4 How Do You Want It/California Love--2Pac (featuring KC and JoJo)/(featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)
5 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
6 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio
7 Theme from Mission: Impossible--Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
8 Why I Love You So Much--Monica
9 Sweet Dreams--La Bouche
10 Insensitive--Jann Arden
Singles entering the chart were I Like by Montell Jordan featuring Slick Rick (#38); If I Ruled the World by Nas (#56); and You Said by Mona Lisa (#86).
Eric Clapton, Ron Woods, Bob Dylan, The Who, and Alanis Morrissette were among those who performed before 150,000 people in London's Hyde Park in an all-day event that raises about £750,000 for Prince Charles' Prince's Trust charity.
Politics and government
Radovan Karadzic, self-styled President of Serb-controlled Bosnia, was re-elected President of the Serbian Democratic Party.
12 people were killed and 25 were missing as flash floods swept through Tuscany.
Winnipeg (0-1) 12 @ Calgary (2-0) 39
10 years ago
Died on this date
Randy Walker, 52. U.S. football coach. Mr. Walker played fullback with Miami University in Ohio from 1973-1975, and was head coach at Miami University from 1990-1998 and Northwestern University from 1999-2005, compiling a record of 96-81-5. His best season was 1998, when he led the RedHawks to a 10-1 record. Mr. Walker's record at Northwestern was 37-46, and he was still the team's head coach when he died of a heart attack.
In Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.
Hamilton (0-2) 22 @ Calgary (2-1) 23
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