Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Grant Devitt!
700 years ago
Rickard de Bermingham and William Liath de Burgh led an Anglo-Irish force to victory over Connacht Gaels in the Second Battle of Athenry, during the Bruce campaign in Ireland.
240 years ago
Politics and government
Word of the United States Declaration of Independence reached London.
210 years ago
Died on this date
Michael Haydn, 68. Austrian composer. Mr. Haydn, the younger brother of composer Joseph Haydn, was known for his choral works and especially for his religious works.
170 years ago
The Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress after James Smithson donated $500,000.
140 years ago
Alexander Graham Bell made the world's first long-distance telephone call from the Bell homestead to a shoe and boot store in Paris, Ontario, using a 13-kilometre-long telegraph line strung from Brantford, Ontario.
125 years ago
The first train of the Calgary & Edmonton Railway (C&E) from Calgary arrived at Strathcona, Alberta.
120 years ago
Died on this date
Otto Lilienthal, 48. German aviator. Mr. Lilienthal was the first person to make documented repeated glider flights. He died the day after breaking his neck when his glider stalled and he fell 50 feet.
75 years ago
Died on this date
Jess Dunn. U.S. prison warden. Tab Ford. U.S. prison guard. Claude Beavers; Roy Magee. U.S. convicts. Mr. Dunn, the warden of Oklahoma State Prison, and Mr. Ford, a county jailer, were killed along with Messrs. Beavers and Magee in a gun battle during an attempted prison break in McAlester, Oklahoma.
The U.S.S.R. reported stubborn fighting at Soltsy, 120 miles south of Leningrad, and at Uman, 130 miles south of Kiev.
In a radio broadcast from London to the women of America, Queen Elizabeth thanked the United States for its aid to Britain.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (12th week at #1)
Testifying at the Nuremberg trial of accused Nazi war criminals, German Field Marshal Erich von Mannstein claimed that Fuehrer Adolf Hitler had attacked the U.S.S.R. in 1941 to forestall a Soviet invasion of Germany.
In accordance with the stockpiling bill signed on July 23 by President Truman, U.S. Undersecretary of War Kenneth Toyall reported that the U.S.A. was accumulating a $2.1-billion reserve of critical war materials.
Politics and government
Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra resigned as President of Ecuador as the National Assembly met to restore constitutional order after an attempted left-wing coup.
The Indian government lifted a four-year ban on the All-India Forward Bloc, composed of followers of the late Subhas Chandra Bose.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Truman signed a bill freezing social security taxes at 1% and permitting non-quota immigration of Chinese wives of American citizens.
50-100 Negroes were injured in a race riot in Athens, Alabama that was touched off by a fistfight between white war veterans and a Negro.
Ben Hogan won the Canadian Professional Golfers Association championship in Winnipeg.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)--Doris Day
Died on this date
Stanley Ball, 70. U.S. zoologist. Dr. Ball demonstrated that migratory birds navigate by the sun.
The Egyptian government ordered 24-hour production in all small arms plants and mobilization of the Egyptian Red Crescent Society.
Politics and government
South Carolina Governor Bell Timmerman, Jr. warned the Democratic Party platform committee that a "pro-integration plank or any approval of the [Supreme Court] school deegregation decision will ensure a Democratic defeat" in the November 1956 elections.
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower vetoed legislation authorizing $1.6 billion in river-and-harbour, flood control, and beach erosion projects throughut the United States.
Edmonton (1-2) 13 @ Ottawa 33
Bill Walker and Normie Kwong scored touchdowns for the Eskimos in their loss to the Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park.
College All-Star Game @ Soldier Field, Chicago
Cleveland 26 All-Stars 0
University of Maryland linebacker Bob Pellegrini was named the game's Most Valuable Player. 75,000 were in attendance.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Chuck Dressen, 71. U.S. baseball player and manager. While playing baseball in the minor leagues as a third baseman, Mr. Dressen was a back with the Decatur Staleys (1920) and Racine Legion (1922-1923) of the American Professional Football Association/National Football League, scoring 2 touchdowns in 12 games. He then played with the Cincinnati Reds (1925-1931) and New York Giants (1933), batting .272 with 11 home runs and 221 runs batted in in 646 games. He was a member of the Giants when they won the World Series. Mr. Dressen managed the Reds (1934-1937); Brooklyn Dodgers (1951-1953); Washington Nationals/Senators (1955-1957); Milwaukee Braves (1960-1961); and Detroit Tigers (1963-1966), compiling a record of 1,008-973 (.509). He was a coach with the New York Yankees when they won the World Series in 1947, and managed the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League to winning records in 1949 and 1950. Mr. Dressen led the Dodgers to National League pennants in 1952 and 1953, after which he demanded a three-year contract; Brooklyn owner Walter O'Malley offered only one-year contracts, and allowed Mr. Dressen's contract to expire. Mr. Dressen was replaced as manager of the Tigers after suffering a heart attack in May 1966, and died in hospital after another heart attack. His replacement, coach Bob Swift, also took ill and died before the year was out.
The United States launched the satellite Lunar Orbiter 1.
A daylight meteor flashed across the sky from Utah to Canada in the only known case of a meteor skipping through the Earth's atmosphere and leaving it again.
The Heron Road Bridge over the Rideau River and Rideau Canal in Ottawa collapsed, killing 9 construction workers and injuring 80.
Calgary (0-2) 6 @ Ottawa (2-0) 13
Russ Jackson completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Bo Scott in the 1st quarter and a 52-yard TD pass to Whit Tucker in the 4th quarter as the Rough Riders beat teh Stampeders before 20,375 fans at Lansdowne Park. The Calgary offense under quarterback Eagle Day was held without a touchdown for the second straight game. The Ottawa defense limited Lovell Coleman to 27 yards rushing and Ted Woods to 25 yards before he left with a season-ending severed achilles tendon.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Moviestar--Harpo
Edmonton (4-0) 31 @ Winnipeg (1-3) 30
Bruce Lemmerman's 40-yard touchdown pass to Stuart Lang with 1:06 remaining in the game, converted by Dave Cutler, gave the Eskimos their win over the Blue Bombers before a sellout crowd of 25,210 at Winnipeg Stadium. Keith Barnette led the Edmonton rushing game with 20 carries for 92 yards.
Ron Cey singled as part of a 2-run rally in the 4th inning and tripled home 3 runs in the 5th as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 beofre 13,570 fans--including this blogger and his parents--at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Don Sutton won the pitchers' duel over Jerry Reuss.
Earl Williams tripled home Gary Carter with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Montreal Expos a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants before 10,775 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal. Don Carrithers allowed 7 hits and 2 unearned runs in 8 1/3 innings to get the win against his former team; Steve Rogers induced pinch hitter Chris Arnold to hit into a game-ending double play for his first major league save.
Pinch hitter John Milner singled home Leo Foster with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the New York Mets a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres before 12,085 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Jerry Koosman pitched a 9-hit complete game to improve his 1976 record to 14-7, and singled in 2 runs in the 2nd inning. Randy Jones allowed 10 hits and 5 earned runs in pitching a complete game and dropping to 18-7.
Phil Niekro allowed 4 hits in 8+ innings and doubled home Vic Correll with the deciding run in the 7th inning as the Atlanta Braves held on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 before 30,323 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. The Phillies scored their only run in the 9th inning and may have scored more if Mike Schmidt, who led off with a surprise bunt single and advanced to second base on a base on balls to Greg Luzinski, hadn't been picked off second by relief pitcher Mike Marshall, who had just entered the game in relief of Mr. Niekro. The Phillies loaded the bases with 2 out, but Adrian Devine, who had relieved Mr. Marshall, retired pinch hitter Tim McCarver on a fly ball to right fielder Ken Henderson.
Rusty Staub doubled home 3 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader before 15,028 fans at Tiger Stadium. Steve Hargan pitched an 8-hit shutout as the Rangers won the second game 3-0, with Tom Grieve's solo home run in the 2nd inning providing the winning run. Jim Crawford allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in pitching a complete game in defeat, dropping to 0-4 for the season.
Jim Palmer allowed just 1 hit--a single by Mike Cubbage with 2 out in the 2nd inning--in pitching the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins before 11,796 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Baltimore left fielder Ken Singleton batted 2 for 2 and scored the winning run when he led off the 2nd inning with a base on balls and scored on a double by Tony Muser. Mr. Palmer improved his record for the season to 15-10, while Dave Goltz allowed 8 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings to drop to 9-11.
Thurman Munson hit a home run off Steve Mingori with 2 out in the top of the 11th inning to give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals before 25,173 fans at Royals Stadium. Dock Ellis allowed 5 hits in 10 innings to get the win, improving to 12-6 for the season; Kansas City starter Andy Hassler allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run in 10 innings.
The California Angels scored 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 before 10,836 fans at Anaheim Stadium. California first baseman Tony Solaita hit a 2-run home run in the 6th inning and began the winning rally with a double to lead off the 9th. Terry Humphrey scored the winning run when Boston third baseman Butch Hobson made an error on a ground ball by pinch hitter Tommy Davis. Gary Ross pitched a 6-hit complete game victory to improve to 7-13 for the season, while Boston starter Ferguson Jenkins, who was relieved by fellow Canadian Reggie Cleveland just prior to the last batter, allowed 9 hits and 4 earned runs in taking the loss. The game was played in 1 hour 56 minutes.
Milwaukee second baseman Gary Sutherland made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Sal Bando with none out in the bottom of the 9th innnig, allowing pinch runner Matt Alexander to score the winning run from first base as the Oakland Athletics edged the Brewers 2-1 before 4,463 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Joe Rudi had led off the inning with a single, and Mr. Alexander had gone in to run for him. Vida Blue pitched a 5-hit complete game victory to improve his 1976 record to 10-10, while Jim Slaton allowed 9 hits and 8 earned runs in 8+ innings in taking the loss and dropping to 12-10.
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Sailing Away--All of Us (9th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Lessons in Love--Level 42 (2nd week at #1)
This blogger attended the Edmonton Folk Festival in Gallagher Park, where the performers included John Stewart and Donovan. I had the pleasure of meeting Donovan.
Bob Forsch hit a grand slam and was the winning pitcher as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 before 32,686 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Mr. Forsch allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings to improve his 1986 record to 12-6.
Dennis Powelll and Ken Howell combined to pitch a 3-hit shutout and Greg Brock hit 2 home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 before 29,701 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
Pinch hitter Harry Spilman singled home 2 runs with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves before 17,695 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Darell Evans hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning, but Rich Gedman responded with a grand slam in the top of the 8th to provide the winning margin as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-6 before 39,866 fans at Tiger Stadium. Don Baylor hit 2 homers for the Red Sox and Jim Rice added another, while Alan Trammell also homered for Detroit.
Steve Balboni batted 4 for 5 with a home run, double, 3 runs, and 5 runs batted in as the Kansas City Royals routed the New York Yankees 13-3 before 40,198 fans at Royals Stadium. Jim Sundberg hit 2 homers for the Royals, and Daryl Motley added a grand slam.
Gorman Thomas hit a solo home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox before 26,352 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.
Rick Leach's sacrifice fly scored Ron Shepherd with the winning run as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Texas Rangers 8-7 in 10 innings before 15,040 fans at Arlington Stadium.
Mike Witt allowed 3 hits in 8 innings to improve his record for the season to 13-7 as the California Angels blanked the Seattle Mariners 3-0 before 28,939 fans at Anaheim Stadium.
The Oakland Athletics swept a doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins 6-2 and 6-5 before 13,455 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Say Yes--Chage and Aska (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
#1 single in France (SNEP): Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy (rap BCBG)--La Zoubida--Lagaf' (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (2nd week at #1)
2 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
3 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
4 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
5 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
7 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
9 I'll Be There--Escape Club
10 Place in this World--Michael W. Smith
Singles entering the chart were Hole Hearted by Extreme (#58); Love...Thy Will Be Done by Martika (#71); Do Anything by Natural Selection featuring Niki Haris (#75); The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes (#84); Now that We Found Love by Heavy D & the Boyz (#86); and Just Want to Hold You by Jasmine Guy (#88).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (2nd week at #1)
2 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
3 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
4 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
5 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
6 Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
7 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
2 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
8 More than Words—Extreme
9 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
Singles entering the chart were I Want You Back by West End Girls (#80); Play with Me by Bootsauce (#88); Love of a Lifetime by Firehouse (#91); End of the Line by the Allman Brothers Band (#92); Power Windows by Billy Falcon (#93); All of a Sudden by Joe Walsh (#95); Till Somebody Loves You by Henry Lee Summer (#97); and Satisfied by Squeeze (#98).
The baseball game between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves was delayed for five minutes when a moth became lodged in an ear of Houston outfielder Mike Simms. Houston trainer Dave Labossiere removed the moth with tweezers. Atlanta won the game 4-0.
Edmonton (4-1) 38 @ Hamilton (0-5) 13
Tracy Ham threw touchdown passes to Blake Marshall, Jim Sandusky, and David Williams in the 1st half as the Eskimos defeated the Tiger-Cats before 15,107 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Wally Zatylny scored the Hamilton touchdown in the 3rd quarter on a 75-yard pass from Todd Dillon in the 3rd quarter. The Eskimos' total of 38 points remains the greatest total they've ever scored in a single game in Hamilton. This was the last game in the 11-year Hall of Fame career of Tiger-Cats' defensive lineman Grover Covington.
Carlton Fisk hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning and Ozzie Guillen's first homer of the season, a 2-run blast in the 7th inning, provided the winning margin as the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 before 39,494 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
Jack Clark and Tony Pena each drove in 3 runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 before 50,304 fans at SkyDome in Toronto. Greg A. Harris pitched a 4-hit complete game to win the pitching matchup against Todd Stottlemyre.
Al Leiter and Walt Terrell were the respective winning pitchers as the Detroit Tigers swept a twi-night doubleheader from the New York Yankees 5-1 and 4-0 before 28,744 fans at Yankee Stadium. Mr. Terrell pitched a 4-hit shutout in the second game.
Dave Otto allowed 7 hits in 8 innings to get his first major league win as the Cleveland Indians edged the Kansas City Royals 1-0 before 38,209 fans at Royals Stadium. Losing pitcher Bret Saberhagen allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in pitching a complete game. The Indians scored the only run in the 7th inning when Chris James doubled, advanced to third base on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Albert Belle. Harvey Pulliam made his major league debut in left field for the Royals, batting 1 for 2 with a base on balls.
The Seattle Mariners scored 5 runs in the 1st inning and coasted to an 8-0 win over the Minnesota Twins before 29,548 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. Erik Hnason allowed 8 hits in 8 innings to get the win and improve to 7-5 for the season, while Scott Erickson allowed 5 hits, 2 bases on balls, and 5 earned runs in 2/3 inning to drop to 15-4.
John Smoltz allowed 2 hits in 7 innings to improve his 1991 record to 8-12 as the Atlanta Braves blanked the Houston Astros 4-0 before 41,251 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
Andy Van Slyke and Barry Bonds hit home runs to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-5 before 49,939 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Hector Fajardo made his major league debut as the Pirates' starting pitcher, allowing 4 hits, 4 bases on balls, and 4 runs--all earned-- in 2+ innings.
Greg W. Harris pitched a 6-hit shutout to win the pitchers' duel over Jose Rijo as the San Diego Padres edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 before 36,861 fans at Jack Murphy-San Diego Stadium. Fred McGriff singled home Tony Fernandez with 2 out in the bottom of the 3rd inning for the game's only run.
The San Francisco Giants scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 before 53,096 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Because You Loved Me/The Power of the Dream--Celine Dion
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Wannabe--Spice Girls (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Wannabe--Spice Girls (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio (2nd week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 You're Makin' Me High/Let it Flow--Toni Braxton (5th week at #1)
2 You Learn/You Oughta Know--Alanis Morisette
3 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio
4 I Love You Always Forever--Donna Lewis
5 I Can't Sleep (If I)--R. Kelly
6 How Do You Want It/California Love--2Pac (featuring KC and JoJo)/(featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman)
7 Change the World--Eric Clapton
8 C'mon n' Ride It (The Train)--Quad City DJ’s
9 Who Will Save Your Soul--Jewel
10 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
The only single entering the chart was All I See by A+ (#69).
Calgary (6-1) 32 @ British Columbia (1-6) 7
The Stampeders intercepted B.C. quarterback Damon Allen 4 times and sacked him 4 times as they easily beat the Lions before 15,101 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.
10 years ago
British Columbia (6-3) 32 @ Winnipeg (5-4) 5
The Blue Bombers made 9 of the game's 13 turnovers in losing to the Lions before 25,033 fans at Canad Inns Stadium.
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