Born on this date
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825 years ago
King Richard I of England arrived in Acre in Palestine, thus beginning his crusade.
240 years ago
Simon Fraser led the 24th Regiment in beating back Colonel Arthur St. Clair's 1,800 retreating American invaders at the Battle of Trois-Rivières in Quebec; the Americans lost 25 killed and 200 taken prisoner, including Brigadier General William Thompson; the British lost 8 killed.
160 years ago
A group of 194 Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the mutineers of HMS Bounty, arrived at Norfolk Island, commencing the Third Settlement of the Island.
150 years ago
Politics and government
The fifth session of the eighth Parliament of of the Province of Canada began, meeting for the first time in the still unfinished Parliament buildings in Ottawa. The session ended August 15, the last session as the Province of Canada before Confederation.
The Canadian cabinet suspended the writ of Habeas Corpus for one year to capture persons suspected of complicity in the Fenian raids. Fenian General Samuel Spiers, with 2,000 supporters, crossed the boundary near St. Alban's, Quebec and occupied Pigeon Hill; the Hochelaga Voltigeurs soon drove him back him across the American border.
Economics and finance
Gold was discovered in Hastings County, Canada West.
110 years ago
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Francis Crick. U.K. biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist. Dr. Crick and James Watson co-discovered the DNA molecule in 1953. Dr. Crick, Dr. Watson, and Maurice Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material." Dr. Crick died on July 28, 2004 at the age of 88.
75 years ago
The Allies commenced the Syria–Lebanon Campaign against the possessions of Vichy France in the Levant.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (3rd week at #1)
Track and field
Bob Fitch of the University of Minnesota set a world record in the discus throw of 180 feet 2 3/4 inches.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): No Other Love--Ronnie Hilton (6th week at #1)
Floyd Patterson (30-1) won a split 12-round decision over Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson (27-5-1) at Madison Square Garden in New York in an elimination bout for the vacant world heavyweight title.
50 years ago
At the movies
Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! , starring Bob Hope, Elke Sommer, and Phyllis Diller, opened in theatres.
Died on this date
Joe Walker, 45; Carl Cross. U.S. aviators. Mr. Walker was one of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's top test pilots; he made 24 flights in the X-15 rocket plane, including two flights in 1963 that exceeded an altitude of 100 kilometres, marking the threshold of space. He was flying an F-104 Starfighter chase aircraft as part of a five-plane tight formation for an unauthorized General Electric publicity photo near Edwards Air Force Base, California, when his plane was sucked into tip vortices of the North American XB-70 Valkyrie prototype No. 2 being piloted by Mr. Cross, a United States Air Force test pilot. Mr. Walker's plane flipped over, and rolling inverted, passed over the top of the XB-70, struck the vertical stabilizers and left wing and exploded, destroying the Valkyrie's rudders and damaging its left wing. Both pilots were killed; because the formation and photo shoot were unauthorized, several USAF officers lost their jobs.
A tornado that registered as an F5 on the Fujita scale devastated Topeka, Kansas; it was the first tornado to exceed $100 million in damages. 16 people were killed, hundreds more injured, and thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed.
The National Football League and American Football League agreed to merge in 1970. The AFL had begun play in 1960, and was increasing in popularity at the time of the announcement of the future merger.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Baretta's Theme--Sammy Davis, Jr. (3rd week at #1)
William Morrow, Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories from 1966-1976, was sworn in as a Kustice of the Supreme Court of Alberta (Appellate Division) at the Court House in Calgary.
British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Thomas Berger ended hearings into the social and environmental effects of the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline in the Northwest Territories. Hearings had begun on March 3, 1975.
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Midnight Lady--Chris Norman (5th week at #1)
Houston 97 @ Boston 114 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Larry Bird scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and added 12 assists as the Celtics beat the Rockets before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden. Kevin McHale also scored 29 points for Boston. Mr. Bird was named the finals' Most Valuable Player.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Anata ni aete yokatta--Kyoko Koizumi
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se Stiamo Insieme--Riccardo Cocciante (14th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El 7 de Septiembre--Mecano
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Wind of Change--Scorpions
#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (7th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Wind of Change--Scorpions (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): I Wanna Sex You Up--Color Me Badd
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): More than Words--Extreme
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 More than Words--Extreme
2 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
3 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
4 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
5 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
6 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
7 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
8 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five
9 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
10 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
Singles entering the chart were What a Price to Pay by Michael Damian (#74); Can’t Forget You by Gloria Estefan (#79); Dirty Love by Thunder (#80); Kissing You by Keith Washington (#86); Over and Over by Timmy -T- (#87); Temptation by Corina (#88); and My Body Says Yes by Titiyo featuring Papa Dee (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 More than Words--Extreme
2 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
3 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
4 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
6 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
7 Silent Lucidity--Queensryche
8 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
9 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
10 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
Singles entering the chart were How Much by the Jeff Healey Band (#53); Chocolate Cake by Crowded House (#76); Mea Culpa (Part II) by Enigma (#78); Texarkana by R.E.M. (#87); People are Still Having Sex by Latour (#91); Place in This World by Michael W. Smith (#92); The Dream is Still Alive by Wilson Phillips (#93); and What Am I Doing Here by Blue Rodeo (#95).
Hansel, with Jerry Bailey aboard, won the 123rd running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:28.10; it was his second straight win in a Triple Crown race, having won the Preakness Stakes three weeks earlier.
Louisiana State University, behind the pitching of Chad Ogea, defeated Wichita State University 6-3 to win the College World Series.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Fastlove--George Michael (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Summer is Crazy--Alexia
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Lift U Up--2 Fabiola (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Con te partirò--Andrea Bocelli
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (4th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (3rd week at #1)
2 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
3 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
4 Old Man and Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
5 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
6 You're the One--SWV
7 Keep On, Keepin' On--MC Lyte featuring Xscape
8 Fastlove--George Michael
9 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
10 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
Singles entering the chart were Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel (#35); You're Makin' Me High by Toni Braxton (#49); Wrong by Everything But the Girl (#61); Only You by 112 (#64); and It's All the Way Live (Now) by Coolio (#73).
Editor's Note, with Chris McCarron aboard, won the 128th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:28.96.
Colorado 3 @ Florida 2 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Mike Keane and Joe Sakic scored within an 82-second span early in the 2nd period to give the Avalanche the lead, and there was no further scoring as they edged the Panthers at Miami Arena.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Robert Donner, 75. U.S. actor. Mr. Donner was a character actor in numerous television programs and films, often playing villains in Western movies such as El Dorado (1966); The Undefeated (1969); Chisum (1970); and Rio Lobo (1970).
The conviction of Saskatchewan aboriginal leader David Ahenakew for promoting hatred against Jews was overturned; he was acquitted in February 2009. Mr. Ahenakew had expressed derogatory views of Jews in an interview with a reporter.
Miami 80 @ Dallas 90 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Jason Perry scored 32 points to lead the Mavericks over the Heat before 20,475 fans at American Airlines Center in the first finals game for both teams.
Winnipeg (0-2) 15 @ Montreal (2-0) 30
British Columbia (1-1) 57 @ Calgary (1-1) 13
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