Friday, 10 June 2016

June 5, 2016

700 years ago

Died on this date
Louis X, 26
. King of France, 1314-1316; King of Navarre (as Louis I) and Count of Champagne, 1305-1316. Louis X succeeded his father Philip IV as King of France; he allowed serfs to buy their freedom, abolished slavery, and readmitted French Jews into the kingdom. King Louis X died of pneumonia or pleurisy after drinking a large amount of cooled wine following an exhausting game of tennis, although some suspected poisoning. The succession was in doubt, and Louis' brother Philip was appointed regent until the birth of Louis' son John I. King John I lived for only five days, leading to Philip eventually taking the throne as King Philip V of France and King Philip II of Navarre.

225 years ago

Died on this date
Frederick Haldimand, 72
. Swiss-born military officer and politician. Lieutenant General Haldimand served with the armies of Prussia and the Dutch Republic before serving with the British Army during the Seven Years' War and American Revolutionary War. He was Governor of Quebec from 1778-1786 before settling in London. Sir Frederick died while on a visit to his birthplace in Switzerland.

140 years ago

The Supreme Court of Canada hels its first sitting, with Chief Justice William Richards presiding.

Politics and government
Manitoba abolished its Legislative Council; Keewatin was separated from the other North West Territories and put under the government of Manitoba.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Eddie Joost
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Joost was a shortstop with the Cincinnati Reds (1936-1937, 1939-1942); Boston Braves (1943, 1945); Philadelphia Athletics (1946-1954); and Boston Red Sox (1955), batting .239 with 134 home runs and 601 runs batted in in 1,574 games. His hitting improved dramatically after he began to wear glasses on the field in the late 1940s, with 109 of his career home runs hit from 1947-1952. Mr. Joost drew over 100 bases on balls in those six seasons. He managed the Athletics in 1954, their last season in Philadelphia, and departed after the team finished eighth and last in the American League with a record of 53-101. Mr. Joost, the last surviving member of the Reds' 1940 World Series championship team, died on April 12, 2011 at the age of 94.

Died on this date
Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, 65
. U.K. Military officer and politician. Lord Kitchener was a Field Marshal in the British Army who gained fame for leading his troops to victory in the Battle of Omdurman in Sudan in 1898. He served with distinction in the Boer War (1900-1902) and was Commander-in-Chief of British forces in India from 1902-1909. Lord Kitchener was named Secretary of State for War in the cabinet of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith when the Great War began in 1914, and was on his way to Russia aboard the HMS Hampshire when it hit a German mine off Scotland's Orkney Islands and sank, killing more than 600 people, including Lord Kitchener, who was 19 days short of his 66th birthday.

The Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire began when Emirs Ali and Faisal, sons of Grand Sharif Hussein, attacked the Ottoman garrison in Medina, but were defeated by an aggressive Turkish defence led by Fakhri Pasha.

The British Royal Navy cruiser HMS Hampshire struck a German mine off Scotland's Orkney Islands and sank, with the loss of 643 crewmen and 7 passengers; only 12 crewmen survived. Among the dead were British War Secretary Lord Kitchener and his entire staff.

90 years ago

Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson was spotted in Edmonton by detectives, after she had disappeared in May 1926 from her 5,000 seat Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. She later reappeared, claiming she had been kidnapped and held hostage.

75 years ago

4,000 Chungking residents were asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during a Japanese bombing raid on the provisional Chinese capital.

70 years ago

61 people, including many children, were killed in a fire at the La Salle Hotel in Chicago.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Elvis Presley introduced his new single, Hound Dog, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

Archie Moore (158-20-8) retained his world light heavyweight title with a technical knockout of Yolande Pompey (31-3-3) at 2:50 of the 10th round at Harringay Arena in London.

50 years ago

On the third day of the Gemini 9A mission, Pilot Gene Cernan carried out an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), better known as a space walk. He was unable to move properly in space, his heart rate rapidly increased, and his visor became fogged; Command Pilot Tom Stafford ordered a premature halt to the EVA, and ordered Mr. Cernan back into the spacecraft. Mr. Cernan had difficulty making it inside, but finally succeeded. No further attempts at EVA were made.

Politics and government
Daniel Johnson led the Union Nationale to victory in the Québec provincial election, capturing 56 of 108 seats in the Legislative Assembly to 50 for the governing Liberals of Premier Jean Lesage and 2 independents (see video).

Edwin Newman became the first aboriginal Canadian to be appointed a magistrate.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Ancora tu--Lucio Battisti (10th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): This Melody--Julien Clerc

#1 single in the U.K.: Fernando--ABBA (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Hangover--Diana Ross (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Silly Love Songs--Wings (2nd week at #1)
2 Love Hangover--Diana Ross
3 Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)--Silver Convention
4 Welcome Back--John Sebastian
5 Misty Blue--Dorothy Moore
6 Happy Days--Pratt & McClain with Brother Love
7 Shannon--Henry Gross
8 Sara Smile--Daryl Hall and John Oates
9 Shop Around--Captain & Tennille
10 Fool to Cry--The Rolling Stones

Singles entering the chart were Got to Get You Into My Life by the Beatles (#60); Rock and Roll Music by the Beach Boys (#61); I Need to Be in Love by the Carpenters (#67); Last Child by Aerosmith (#71); Something He Can Feel by Aretha Franklin (#73); Who Loves You Better (Part 1) by the Isley Brothers (#74); Framed by Cheech & Chong (#78); Livin' Ain't Livin' by Firefall (#79); Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel (Part 1) by Tavares (#81); Good Vibrations by Todd Rundgren (#82); This Masquerade by George Benson (#91); Can't Stop Groovin' Now, Wanna Do it Some More by B.T. Express (#92); I'm Gonna Let My Heart Do the Walking by the Supremes (#94); Johnny Cool by the Steve Gibbons Band (#97); Foxy Lady by Crown Heights Affair (#98); The Lonely One by Special Delivery featuring Terry Huff (#99); and Sharing the Night Together by Lenny LeBlanc (#100). Got to Get You Into My Life was originally released as a track on the album Revolver (1966), but wasn't released as a single--with Helter Skelter as the B-side--until its inclusion on the compilation album Rock 'n' Roll Music (1976).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Silly Love Songs--Wings
2 Welcome Back--John Sebastian
3 Shannon--Henry Gross
4 Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)--Silver Convention
5 Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)--Fleetwood Mac
6 Happy Days--Pratt & McClain with Brother Love
7 Rock and Roll Love Letter--Bay City Rollers
8 The Whole World's Goin' Crazy--April Wine
9 Shout it Out Loud--Kiss
10 Love Hangover--Diana Ross

Singles entering the chart were I Would Like to Dance by Janis Ian (#95); Mamma Mia by ABBA (#96); You're My Best Friend by Queen (#97); I'm Easy by Ron Nigrini (#98); Silver Star by the Four Seasons (#99); and C'mon Marianne by Donny Osmond (#100).

Died on this date
Violet Wilkey, 73
. U.S. actress. Miss Wilkey appeared in silent movies from 1913-1917, including The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917).

The Teton Dam in Idaho collapsed as it was filling for the first time, resulting in the deaths of 11 people and 13,000 cattle; the dam has not been rebuilt.

Horse racing
Bold Forbes, with Angel Cordero, Jr. aboard, won the 108th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:29. McKenzie Bridge placed second.

30 years ago

Boston 96 @ Houston 111 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Akeem Olajuwon scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Rockets over the Celtics before 16,016 fans at the Summit. The Rockets trailed 34-33 in the 2nd quarter when Houston's Ralph Sampson was ejected after throwing punches at Boston's Jerry Sichting, and the ejection seemed to inspire the Rockets.

25 years ago

Los Angeles Lakers 86 @ Chicago 107 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Michael Jordan scored 33 points and added 7 rebounds and 13 assists as the Bulls beat the Lakers at Chicago Stadium for their first win ever in the NBA finals.

20 years ago

Seattle 90 @ Chicago 107 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 1-0)

The Bulls outscored the SuperSonics 28-13 in the 4th quarter to win before 24,544 fans at United Center. Michael Jordan led the Bulls with 28 points, while Seattle's Shawn Kemp led all scorers with 32 points.

10 years ago

Serbia declared independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.

The Transportation Safety Board ruled that human error caused the March 22, 2006 sinking of B.C. Ferries' Queen of the North, that killed two passengers in British Columbia.

Stanley Cup

Edmonton 4 @ Carolina 5 (Carolina led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Rod Brind'Amour scored his second goal of the game with 32 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Hurricanes their win over the Oilers at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Oilers led 3-0 until Mr. Brind'Amour scored his first goal with 2:43 left in the 2nd period. Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the 3rd period, and his replacement, Ty Conklin, misplayed the puck behind his net to set up the winning goal. Former Oiler Ray Whitney also scored 2 goals for Carolina.

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