240 years ago
Politics and government
Richard Henry Lee presented the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion was seconded by John Adams, and led to the United States Declaration of Independence.
150 years ago
Died on this date
Seattle, 80 (?). U.S. Indian chief. Seattle (an anglicized spelling of Si'ahl), was a Dkhw'Duw'Absh (Duwamish) chief in what is now the state of Washington. He pursued peaceful accommodation of white settlers, and the city of Seattle is named after him.
Samuel Spiers led 1,800 Fenian raiders across the Canadian border; they looted around Pigeon Hill, Québec, plundered St-Armand and Frelighsburg, Québec, then retreated when the Canadian militia cavalry arrived and attacked them. U.S. troops later seized their supplies at St. Alban's, Vermont, and they retreated south.
130 years ago
Pope Leo XIII appointed Quebec Archbishop Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau as Canada's first Roman Catholic cardinal.
110 years ago
Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania was launched from the John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Scotland.
80 years ago
Died on this date
Lischia Edwards, 70. U.S. murder victim. Ms. Edwards was raped and strangled by Rainey Bethea in her residence, an upper-floor room in a house in Owensboro, Kentucky owned and occupied by the family of Emmett Wells. Mr. Bethea was hanged on August 14, 1936 in the last public execution to take place in the United States.
The Steel Workers Organizing Committee, a trade union, was founded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philip Murray was elected its first president.
George Selkirk’s home run with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 16th inning gave the New York Yankees a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians before 35,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. Winning pitcher Red Ruffing had 3 hits, including a home run. Both Mr. Ruffing and losing pitcher Oral Hildebrand pitched complete games, but neither recorded a strikeout.
Six different Detroit Tigers each had 2 hits as they outlasted the Washington Nationals 10-8 before 10,000 fans at Griffith Stadium in Washington in a game that was completed in 1 hour 58 minutes.
The St. Louis Browns broke open a close game with 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning as they defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 9-5 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
With runners on first and second base and none out in the bottom of the 9th inning, Brooklyn Dodgers' pitcher Tom Baker walked Chicago Cubs' center fielder Augie Galan intentionally; however, Mr. Baker then issued an unintentional base on balls to Ken O'Dea to force home Woody English with the winning run as the Cubs edged the Dodgers 4-3 before 11,076 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): My Sister and I--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra
The Prince Edward Island ferry Charlottetown sank off Liverpool, Nova Scotia after running aground in the fog.
Whirlaway, with Eddie Arcaro aboard, won the 73rd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:31 to become the fifth horse, and the fourth in the past 12 years, to win the Triple Crown. First prize money was $39,770. Robert Morris placed second.
Craig Wood won the U.S. Open at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas with a 4-over-par score of 284, three strokes ahead of Denny Shute. First prize money was $1,000.
70 years ago
At the movies
Dressed to Kill, the fourteenth and last movie starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Doctor Watson, opened in theatres.
A majority of players with the Pittsburgh Pirates voted to strike for recognition of the American Baseball Guild, but the vote in favour was less than the two-thirds required for strike authorization.
New York State Athletic Commission world featherweight champion Willie Pep (100-1-1) knocked out National Boxing Association world champion Sal Bartolo (72-18-6) at 2:41 of the 12th round at Madison Square Garden in New York to unify the world featherweight title.
60 years ago
#1 single in France (IFOP): Amour, Castagnettes et Tango--Lucienne Delyle (6th week at #1)
Water seepage caused the southern two-thirds of the old Schoellkopf Power Station, built in 1895, to collapse into the Niagara River, about a kilometre below Niagara Falls, New York, killing one worker and knocking out six generators that produced more than 400,000 kilowatts of power; damage was estimated at $100 million. The station was replaced by the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant, commissioned in 1961.
50 years ago
The United States launched the satellite OGO (Orbiting Geophysical Laboratory) 3, designed to study Earth's magnetosphere.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Fernando--ABBA (10th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Beautiful Sunday--Daniel Boone (12th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Save Your Kisses for Me--The Brotherhood of Man (3rd week at #1)
The two-record compilation album Rock 'n' Roll Music by the Beatles was released on Capitol Records.
Economics and finance
An international loan of $5.3 billion was approved to bolster the sinking British pound.
25 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Live to Tell--Madonna (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): J'aimie Le Vie--Sandra Kim (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Wonderful World--Sam Cooke (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Holding Back the Years--Simply Red
#1 single in the U.K.: Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Live to Tell--Madonna
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Live to Tell--Madonna
2 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
3 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
4 I Can’t Wait--Nu Shooz
5 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
6 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
7 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
8 Something About You—Level 42
9 All I Need is a Miracle--Mike & the Mechanics
10 Be Good to Yourself--Journey
Singles entering the chart were Modern Woman by Billy Joel (#47); Glory of Love by Peter Cetera (#59); Hyperactive by Robert Palmer (#79); All the Love in the World by the Outfield (#80); School's Out by Krokus (#86); I Stiil Want You by the Del Fuegos (#87); Feel the Heat by Jean Beauvoir (#89); and The Best of Me by David Foster and Olivia Newton-John (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 A Different Corner—George Michael
4 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
5 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
6 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
7 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
8 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
9 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
10 Let’s Go All the Way--Sly Fox
Singles entering the chart were Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins (#90); Underground by David Bowie (#92); What Does it Take by Honeymoon Suite (#94); Has Anyone Ever Written for You by Stevie Nicks (#95); Tuff Enuff by the Fabulous Thunderbirds (#96); Ain’t Nobody Ever Loved You by Aretha Franklin (#97); and Like No Other Night by 38 Special (#99).
Because of a change in format, Toronto radio station CHUM scrapped its top 50 weekly singles chart, which had been a tradition since May 27, 1957. The final #1 single on the CHUM chart was Live to Tell by Madonna.
Danzig Connection, with Chris McCarron aboard, won the 118th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York, in a time of 2:29 4/5, finishing 1¼ lengths ahead of Johns Treasure. First prize money was $338,640. For trainer Woody Stephens, it was his fifth straight win in the Belmont Stakes, a record.
Winnipeg (1-0) 35 Montreal (0-1) 10 @ Saint John
British Columbia (1-0) 41 @ Saskatchewan (0-1) 21
The game in Saint John was the first CFL game to be played in Atlantic Canada. Montreal tight end Nick Arakgi broke his neck and was out for the rest of the season.
University of Arkansas third baseman Jeff King was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the first choice in the major league amateur draft. Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson was chosen in the 4th round by the Kansas City Royals.
25 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Wind of Change--Scorpions (2nd week at #1)
The Philippine volcano Mount Pinatubo erupted, generating an ash column 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) high.
Chicago 104 Los Angeles Lakers 96 (OT) (Chicago led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Michael Jordan scored 29 points--6 in overtime--as the Bulls overcame a 13-point 4th-quarter deficit to defeat the Lakers at Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
20 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Macarena--Los del Rio (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Until it Sleeps--Metallica (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Max Factor, Jr., 91. U.S. businessman. Mr. Factor, born Francis Factor, began working in the family cosmetics firm in 1908, and became president of the company and legally changed his name after his father's death in 1938. Max Factor Cosmetics achieved initial success in providing make-up for motion picture actors, but eventually manufactured make-up for the public.
Oscar De La Hoya (22-0) scored a technical knockout of Julio Cesar Chavez (97-2-1) at 2:37 of the 4th round to win the World Boxing Council super lightweight (junior welterweight) title at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Seattle 88 @ Chicago 92 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Michael Jordan scored 29 points and Dennis Rodman grabbed 20 rebounds--including a finals record 11 offensive rebounds--as the Bulls beat the SuperSonics before 24,544 fans at United Center. Shawn Kemp led Seattle with 29 points and 13 rebounds.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, 39. Jordanian terrorist. Mr. Zarqawi, born Ahmad Fadeel al-Nazal al-Khalayleh, formed the terrorist organization al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in the 1990s, and was responsible for various terrorist acts against U.S. forces during the Iraq War. He was killed in a targeted killing by U.S. bombers while he was attending a meeting in an isolated safehouse approximately five miles north of Baqubah, Iraq.
Edmonton 0 @ Carolina 5 (Carolina led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Cam Ward picked up the shutout in goal and five different players scored for the Hurricanes as they blanked the Oilers at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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