Born on this date
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140 years ago
The first issue of the Manitoba Daily Free Press was published in Winnipeg.
130 years ago
The Canadian Pacific Railway's first Atlantic Express departed Port Moody, British Columbia for Eastern Canada, two days after arriving from Montreal.
110 years ago
The Canadian House of Commons passed the Lord's Day Observance Act after bitter debate; the act banned work, sport, entertainment, and most business on Sundays.
The Canadian Pacific steamship Empress of Ireland arrived at Québec at 5:30 A.M. on its maiden voyage from Liverpool, with 215 first-class passengers, 314 second-class passengers and 777 third-class passengers. The best day's run was 460 knots, a record for the North Atlantic service.
75 years ago
German forces launched an offensive to encircle several Soviet armies near Smolensk. British Royal Air Force planes bombed the Sicilian port of Palermo in their first raid on Italian soil in several months.
The government of Ecuador announced that Peruvian frontier guards had invaded Ecuadorian territory between Huaquillas and Chacras on July 5, and that fighting had then broken out along the Peruvian border.
The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers announced that war production was on schedule or ahead of government requirements in 16 major defense industry areas.
Southern U.S. bituminous coal operators signed a two-year contract with the Congress of Industrial Organizations United Mine Workers of America, thereby averting a strike of 150,000 miners scheduled for July 8.
The New York Yankees dedicated a monument at Yankee Stadium to recently-deceased former first baseman Lou Gehrig.
Chicago White Sox' manager Jimmy Dykes was suspended indefinitely by American League President Will Harridge for using "obscene and abusive language" to an umpire the previous day.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (7th week at #1)
At the Tokyo trial of accused Japanese war criminals, General Ryukichi Tanaka testified that Japan had seized Manchuria in 1931 to train its Kwantung Army for an expected war with the U.S.S.R.
Dr. Cheng Tien-hsi was appointed Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, replacing Dr. Wellington Koo, who became Ambassador to the United States.
Politics and government
Jawaharlal Nehru was chosen president of the All-India Congress Party in Bombay, succeeding Dr. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
Economics and finance
U.S.S.R. occupation authorities in eastern Austria ordered the confiscation of all German assets in their zone.
U.S. President Harry Truman assailed New York Daily News correspondent John O'Donnell for reporting that Mr. Truman had asked Supreme Court justices to resign; Mr. Truman labelled the story a lie.
U.S.S.R. scientist A. Izatov reported in Leningrad that the Earth has three axes and three equators, and that its radius was 850 metres greater than the currently-accepted measurement.
Pauline Betz won the women's singles final at Wimbledon, England. Louise Brough and Margaret Osborne won the women's doubles title, while Tom Brown and Jack Kramer won the men's doubles title.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'll Be Home--Pat Boone (4th week at #1)
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru rebuked U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles for "saying something that is opposed to the democratic way of life" in their attacks on neutralism.
U.S. Vice President Nixon arrived in Saigon to begin a state visit to South Vietnam.
The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against General Motors in Detroit, charging the company with monopolizing bus manufacturing in the United States.
Lew Hoad defeated fellow Australian Ken Rosewall in the men's singles final at Wimbledon, England.
Peter Thomson won the British Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club with a 2-over-par score of 286, 3 strokes ahead of Flory Van Donck. It was the third--and third straight--British Open win for Mr. Thomson. First prize money was £1,000.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Sam Jones, 73. U.S. baseball pitcher. "Sad Sam" played with the Cleveland Indians (1914-1915); Boston Red Sox (1916-1921); New York Yankees (1922-1926); St. Louis Browns (1927); Washington Nationals (1928-1931); and Chicago White Sox (1932-1935), compiling a record of 229-217 with an earned run average of 3.84 in 647 regular season games and 0-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 6 World Series games. He was 16-5 with the Red Sox when they won the World Series in 1918; won 23 games in helping the Yankees to their first American League pennant in 1921; and was 21-8 in helping the Yankees win their first World Series championship in 1923. Mr. Jones died 20 days before his 74th birthday and 50th wedding anniversary.
The U.S.S.R. launched the satellite Proton III.
Malawi became a republic in the Commonwealth, with Hastings Kamuzu Banda as its first President.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Baretta's Theme--Sammy Davis, Jr. (7th week at #1)
Died on this date
Zhu De, 89. Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (Head of State) of the People's Republic of China, 1959-1976. Marshal Zhu was Commander-in-Chief of the People's Liberation Army from 1946-1954 and held various political positions before becoming head of state.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Philadelphia to begin a six-day visit to the United States.
French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt met in Hamburg to discuss common problems.
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30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Sailing Away--All of Us (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Touch Me (I Want Your Body)--Samantha Fox (4th week at #1)
Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.
Bob Horner of the Atlanta Braves became the 11th player in major league history to hit 4 home runs in a single game, and the second (after Ed Delehanty of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1896) to do it in a losing cause, as the Braves lost 11-8 to the Montreal Expos before 18,153 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Mr. Horner's fourth homer came with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning. Al Newman of the Expos hit what turned out to be his only major league home run, off losing pitcher Zane Smith. Montreal leadoff hitter Lenny Webster batted 5 for 6 with a double, home run, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in.
The San Francisco Giants scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and 6 in the 8th to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-3 before 40,473 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Anata ni aete yokatta--Kyoko Koizumi (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters
#1 single in France (SNEP): Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy (rap BCBG)--Les Inconnus (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)--Crystal Waters (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Any Dream Will Do--Jason Donovan (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul (4th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul (3rd week at #1)
3 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 Place in this World--Michael W. Smith
9 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)--UB40
10 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
Singles entering the chart were The Motown Song by Rod Stewart (with the Temptations) (#75); Blind Faith by Warrant (#86); I Can't Wait Another Minute by Hi-Five (#87); Make Out Alright by Divinyls (#88); and Let the Beat Hit 'Em by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
2 More than Words—Extreme
3 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
4 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
5 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn
7 A Better Love--Londonbeat
8 Power of Love/Love Power--Luther Vandross
9 Part of You, Part of Me—Glenn Frey
10 Wind of Change--Scorpions
Singles entering the chart were Refuse to Die by Too Many Cooks (#60); Here I Am (Come and Get Me) by UB40 (#66); Poundcake by Van Halen (#79); Lily was Here by David A. Stewart introducing Candy Dulfer (#82); Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless) by Crystal Waters (#86); American Dream by Trooper (#87); I'll Be There by Escape Club (#88); You Could Be Mine by Guns 'N Roses (#89); Love on a Rooftop by Desmond Child (#94); Can't Forget You by Gloria Estefan (#95); Soul Child by Paul Brady (#96); and Queen of the Underground by Sue Medley (#97).
Princess Anne left Pictou, Nova Scotia after a six-day visit to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
The Cleveland Indians fired John McNamara as manager and replaced him with Mike Hargrove; the Indians were in last place in the American League East Division with a record of 25-52.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Fable--Robert Miles (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Macarena--Los Del Rio (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Con te partirò--Andrea Bocelli (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Three Lions--Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (8th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (7th week at #1)
2 You're Makin' Me High/Let it Flow--Toni Braxton
3 How Do You Want It/California Love--2Pac (featuring KC and JoJo)/(featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)
4 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
5 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio
6 Theme from Mission: Impossible--Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
7 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
8 Why I Love You So Much--Monica
9 C'mon n' Ride It (The Train)--Quad City DJ’s
10 Touch Me Tease Me--Case
Singles entering the chart were Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins (#48); I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) by R. Kelly (#55); I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis (#56); Someday by All-4-One (#64); That Girl by Maxi Priest featuring Shaggy (#66); For the Love of You by Jordan Hill (#67); Where it's At by Beck (#70); House Keeper by Men of Vizion (#71); and Blackberry Molasses by Mista (#87).
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10 years ago
Died on this date
Kasey Rogers, 80. U.S. actress. Miss Rogers, born Josie Imogene Rogers, starred in the television soap opera Peyton Place (1964-1966), but was best known as the second actress to play Louise Tate in the television comedy series Bewitched (1966-1972).
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President George W. Bush met at the White House during Mr. Harper's first official visit to the United States. They focused on U.S. border identification rules and military cooperation.
Economics and finance
The Nathu La pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opened for trade after 44 years.
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