Friday, 29 July 2016

July 29, 2016

100 years ago

Born on this date
Charlie Christian
. U.S. musician. Mr. Christian was a swing and jazz guitarist with the Benny Goodman Sextet from 1939-1941. He was one of the first electric guitarists, and has been credited as one of the founders of bebop. Mr. Christian died of tuberculosis on March 2, 1942 at the age of 25.

Budd Boetticher. U.S. movie director. Oscar Boetticher, Jr. was a bullfighter in Mexico before going into the movie business, producing and directing Bullfighter and the Lady (1951). He became known for directing low-budget Westerns starring Randolph Scott, including Seven Men from Now (1956); Buchanan Rides Alone (1958); and Ride Lonesome (1959). Mr. Boetticher died on November 29, 2001 at the age of 85.

Lightning ignited a large forest fire in northern Ontario; it destroyed the towns of Cochrane and Matheson, and killed 223 people.

80 years ago

The Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals split a doubleheader before 12,000 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, with the Dodgers winning the first game 22-7 and the Cardinals taking the second game 5-4. Buddy Hassett hit 2 triples and drove in 5 runs for Brooklyn in the first game, while Joe Medwick hit 2 home runs for St. Louis in the second game.

Lou Gehrig batted 3 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs and 3 runs batted in, while Joe DiMaggio was 3 for 6 with a triple, 3 runs, and 4 runs batted in as the New York Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers 13-3 before 13,000 fans at Navin Field in Detroit. It was the 227th and last career major league game for Detroit relief pitcher Chad Kimsey, who pitched 3 scoreless innings, and doubled and scored in his only plate appearance.

The Cleveland Indians swept a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals 11-6 and 6-5 at League Park in Cleveland.

75 years ago

The U.S.S.R. claimed to have begun an offensive at Smolensk.

U.S. Senator Worth Clark (Democrat--Idaho) said that the United States "should take over control" of all Latin America and Canada and set up "puppet governments" because "the Good Neighbor Policy has been a failure."

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King told his war cabinet that he would rather resign than support conscription.

Arthur Klein (Democrat) defeated George Hastings (Republican) in a special election for the New York's 14th District in the United States House of Representatives.

Economics and finance
Japan froze assets of the Netherlands and Netherlands East Indies.

Paraguayan President Higinio Morinigio decreed the death penalty for revolutionaries.

A strike of 8,000 American Federation of Labor electricl workers tied up construction jobs in New York City and stopped work on defense projects at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Freddie Cochrane (63-31-8) won the world welterweight title with a 15-round decision over defending champion Fritzie Zivic (110-26-5) at Ruppert Stadium in Newark, New Jersey.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (11th week at #1)
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
2 They Say it's Wonderful--Perry Como
--Frank Sinatra
3 Doin' What Comes Natur'lly--Dinah Shore and Spade Cooley and his Orchestra
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra
4 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
--The Ink Spots
5 Surrender--Perry Como
--Woody Herman and his Orchestra
6 Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore
--Andy Russell
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
7 My Fickle Eye--Betty Hutton
--Jack Smith and the Five DeMarco Sisters
--Judy Canova
8 In Love in Vain--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
--Margaret Whiting
9 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra
10 I'm a Big Girl Now--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were Who Do You Love I Hope by Elliot Lawrence and his Orchestra (#26) and Along with Me by Margaret Whiting (#28).

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Forgetful Murderer

Chinese Communist troops attacked a U.S. Marine convoy between Tientsin and Peking, killing 3 Marines and wounding 12.

French Prime Minister Georges Bidault opened the 21-nation Paris Peace Conference in Luxembourg Palace, and was chosen temporary chairman of the conference.

World events
A Panamanian court acquitted former President Arnulfo Arias of charges of participating in an abortive coup in December 1945.

Politics and government
India's Muslim League withdrew its acceptance of British independence proposals, accusing the British government and the Congress Party of going back on their original pledge to guarantee certain posts for Muslims in the new government.

New York State revoked the Ku Klux Klan charter, while the U.S. Justice Department revealed that it was investigating Klan activities in seven states.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Senate passed and sent to President Harry Truman a bill extending the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to June 30, 1947.

U.S. Controller General Lindsay Warren told the Senate War Inviestigating Committee that loopholes in war contracts had cost the government "untold millions."

United Aircraft Corporation made history's first commercial helicopter sale, a $48,500-delivery to Helicopter Air Transport, Inc.

The Bahamian subsidiary of Standard Oil Company of New Jersey announced that it would use radar and a diving chamber to search for oil under the Caribbean Sea floor.

The French government decreed a general wage increase for public servants averaging 18%.

Bruce Woodcock (27-1) knocked out Albert Renet (28-18-4) in the 6th round at King's Hall in Manchester, England to win the vacant European Boxing Union heavyweight title. Mr. Woodcock knocked down Mr. Renet in the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds before knocking him out.

60 years ago

Economics and finance
Egypt banned all exports to the United Kingdom and its colonies, and halted shipment of all steling trade goods through the Suez Canal. The French government froze $1.285 billion worth of Egyptian assets in France.

Politics and government
U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey (Minnesota), in a letter to Representative Eugene McCarthy (Democrat--Minnesota), authorized his friends to "work actively in my behalf" for the 1956 Democratic Party nomination for Vice President of the United States.

Auto racing
Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson of Scotland won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, avergaing 104.3 miles per hour in a Jaguar.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Pretty Flamingo--Manfred Mann

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Hanky Panky--Tommy James and the Shondells
2 Wild Thing--The Troggs
3 Sweet Pea--Tommy Roe
4 Summer in the City--The Lovin' Spoonful
5 I Saw Her Again--The Mamas and the Papas
6 This Door Swings Both Ways--Herman's Hermits
7 Little Girl--Syndicate of Sound
8 Mother's Little Helper/Lady Jane--The Rolling Stones
9 Along Comes Mary--The Association
Pick hit of the week: God Only Knows--The Beach Boys
New this week: Chapel in the Field--The Knickerbockers
The Joker Went Wild--Brian Hyland
Bus Stop--The Hollies
Campfire Girls--Billy Joe Royal
Blowin' in the Wind--Stevie Wonder

World events
A counter-coup in Nigeria led by Lieutenant Colonel Murtala Muhammed resulted in the murders of Head of State Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, 42, and military Governor of Western Nigeria Adekunle Fajuyi, 40.

Saskatchewan (1-0) 40 @ Edmonton (0-1) 13

Ron Lancaster threw 3 touchdown passes to Hugh Campbell and 1 each to Ed Buchanan and Paul Dudley as the Roughriders routed the Eskimos before 16,400 fans at Clarke Stadium in the earliest CFL regular season opening game to date. Jim Thomas scored both Edmonton touchdowns.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Mickey Cohen, 62
. U.S. gangster. Mr. Cohen was involved in organized crime in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 1939, evantually leading the Cohen crime family. He was convicted of income tax evasion in 1951 and served four years in prison. Upon his release, Mr. Cohen became a media celebrity. He died of stomach cancer.

In New York City, David Berkowitz--later to become infamous as"Son of Sam"--killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks.

Alberto Juantorena of Cuba won the gold medal in the men's 400-metre run at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. He had won the 800-metre run four days earlier, and thus became the first man to win the gold medal in both events.

Montreal (1-0-1) 20 @ Calgary (0-1-1) 20
Hamilton (0-2) 14 @ British Columbia (1-1) 39

The Alouettes had a chance to defeat the Stampeders on the last play of the game at McMahon Stadium, but Don Sweet was wide on a 34-yard field goal attempt, and Larry Cates returned the ball out of the Calgary end zone.

The Lions' win over the Tiger-Cats Empire Stadium in Vancouver marked the end of George Dickson's tenure as head coach of the Tiger-Cats after 4 pre-season and 2 regular season games, all of which were Hamilton losses, and none of them by fewer than 15 points. He was replaced by general manager Bob Shaw.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): You Could Be Mine--Guns N' Roses (2nd week at #1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Freedom--Robbie Williams

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 You Learn--Alanis Morisette (3rd week at #1)
2 Change the World--Eric Clapton
3 Flood--Jars of Clay
4 The Only Thing that Looks Good on Me is You--Bryan Adams
5 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
6 Ahead by a Century--The Tragically Hip
7 Looking for It--Jann Arden
8 Wrong--Everything But the Girl
9 Jealousy--Natalie Merchant
10 Killing Me Softly--The Fugees

Singles entering the chart were Instinct by Crowded House (#93); Good Friday by the Black Crowes (#95); Sitting on Top of the World by Amanda Marshall (#96); Symbolistic White Walls by the Matthew Good Band (#97); and Lies to Me by 54-40 (#98).

China conducted an underground nuclear test and then announced that it was their last, declaring a moratorium on future testing.

The child protection portion of the Communications Decency Act was struck down by a U.S. federal court as too broad.

On his third attempt in the long jump at the Atlanta Games, Carl Lewis, 35, leapt 27 feet 10 3/4 inches to win his fourth Olympic long jump, tying him with former discus thrower Al Oerter of the United States as the only athletes to win four gold medals in the same event. Mr. Oerter won his medals in the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics; Mr. Lewis won in 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996.

Michael Johnson of the United States won the gold medal in the men's 400-metre run in 43.49 seconds at Olympic Stadium in Atlanta.

Calgary (4-1) 36 @ Winnipeg (3-3) 38

10 years ago

About 40,000 people attended opening ceremonies for the Outgames at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, an event with 12,000 competitors whose main purpose was the promotion of sodomy and lesbianism.

British Columbia (4-3) 28 @ Toronto (2-4) 8
Calgary (3-4) 9 @ Saskatchewan (3-3) 19

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