Tuesday, 16 August 2016

August 15, 2016

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Janet & Tim Sproule!

150 years ago

Politics and government
The fifth session of the eighth Parliament of Canada ended, the last session as the Province of Canada before Confederation.

The University of Ottawa was granted university status by the Canadian Parliament. The university was founded by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1848 as the College of Bytown and renamed the College of Ottawa in 1861.

130 years ago

Guy Hecker of the Louisville Colonels hit 3 inside-the-park home runs, had 6 hits, and scored 7 runs as the Colonels whipped the Baltimore Orioles 22-5 to complete the sweep of a doubleheader at Eclipse Park in Louisville. The Colonels won the first game 13-6.

The St. Louis Browns routed the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 19-0 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

80 years ago

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Naval Treaty

Died on this date
Grazia Deledda, 64
. Italian author. Miss Deledda was awarded the 1926 Nobel Prize in Literature "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island [i.e. Sardinia] and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general."

75 years ago

Died on this date
Josef Jakobs, 43
. German military spy. Corporal Jakobs parachuted from the Netherlands into England on January 31, 1941, but broke his ankle on landing, and was arrested the following day after firing his pistol to get the attention of two farmer. He was convicted by a court-martial on August 5 of espionage as an enemy combatant, and was executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12 A.M., making him the last person to be executed at the Tower.

The German command in Paris warned that any person engaging in Communist agitation or aiding the Communist would be regarded as "Germany's enemy" and be liable to the death penalty.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent a message to U.S.S.R. dictator Josef Stalin urging a conference in Moscow at which "high representatives" would discuss the use of joint resources to end war. A Japanese news agency said that the Atlantic Charter was a plot by which the U.S.A. and U.K. intended to establish their own world order.

The Japanese government announced that Japan and Thailand had decided to raise their ministers to the rank of ambassador in order to enhance their friendly relations.

The Cuban government announced that five German consular officials had been ordered to leave the country by September 5, 1941.

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a conference-approved $7.55-million supplemental defense appropriations bill.

Politics and government
The Ecuadorian cabinet resigned in order to give President Carlos Arroyo del Rio freedom to reorganize his administration.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board issued tentative regulations restricting installment purchases as a curb on inflation.

U.S. Price Administrator Leon Henderson ordered a 10% reduction in the amount of gasoline that could be delivered to filling stations in 17 Eastern states.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Roland Prairie, 21
. Canadian boxer. Mr. Prairie, a lightweight from Montreal, died in hospital in Quebec City a few hours after winning a unanimous 10-round decision over Al Kid Point (4-6-1) to improve his record to 12-2. Mr. Prairie was knocked down for a count of 4 in the final seconds of the fight, staggered to his feet before the bell, and collapsed while on his way to the dressing room. He had reportedly been suffering from bad headaches and dizziness leading up to the fight.

At the movies
Notorious, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, received its premiere screening at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The DuMont Television Network began regular broadcasting on stations WABD in New York and W3XWT in Washington.

Chinese prosecutor Che Chun-hsiang accused the Japanese on trial in Tokyo of responsibility for 95,000 atrocities in China from 1937-1945.

U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes, speaking at the Paris Peace Conference, denied Soviet charges that the United States sought to exploit former enemy states for "selfish advantage."

The U.S. State Department sent a note to Yugoslavian Premier Marshal Josip Tito charging that Yugoslavian troops had violated the American zone in Venezia Giulia, Italy when they had clashed with U.S. forces on July 12.

U.S. Army authorities in Frankfurt announced the arrest of 3 Americans and 22 Germans suspected of leading a European counterfeiting ring.

Raytheon Manufacturing Company and Radion Inventions revealed the development of a news microwave relay communications system, capable of sending facsimile messages at 2,000 words per minute.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Price Administration concluded three days of hearings on reimposing price controls on grain, livestock, and milk, while granting price increases on many durable goods, including radios, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and clocks. The OPA also filed complaints in New York courts against Armour, Swift, and two other meat packing firms for black market practices.

Argentine President Juan Peron announced that future food exports would be limited to countries supplying Argentina with manufactured goods.

60 years ago

U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Dmitri Shepilov met for the first time in London, where they discussed the Suez situation.

The West German Defense Ministry reported that the United Kingdom had begun withdrawal of tanks and other equipment from North Atlantic Treaty Organization contingents in Europe.

The Philippine government asked the United States to hand over Philippine military bases that were no longer needed for defense.

Politics and government
Syngman Rhee began his third term as President of South Korea.

Former U.S. President Harry Truman, continuing to support New York Governor Averell Harriman for the 1956 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States, criticized Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson as a hesitant man who would abandon the New Deal and Fair Deal economic policies.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Juanita Banana--Luis Aguilé (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Travelling People--The Johnstons

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Summer in the City--The Lovin' Spoonful
2 They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!--Napoleon XIV
3 Lil' Red Riding Hood--Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
4 I Saw Her Again--The Mamas and the Papas
5 Over Under Sideways Down--The Yardbirds
6 Wild Thing--The Troggs
7 Somewhere, My Love--Ray Conniff and the Singers
8 See You in September--The Happenings
9 This Door Swings Both Ways--Herman's Hermits
10 Sweet Pea--Tommy Roe

Singles entering the chart were Born a Woman by Sandy Posey (#68); Turn Her Down by Barry Allen (#86); Suspicion by the Sidekicks (#87); Out of This World by the Chiffons (#88); Say I Am (What I Am) by Tommy James and the Shondells (#91); Respectable by the Outsiders (#93); Go Ahead and Cry by the Righteous Brothers (#94); With a Girl Like You by the Troggs (#95); You Can't Hurry Love by the Supremes (#98); Please Forget Her by the Jury (#99); and Too Soon to Know by Roy Orbison (#100).

The Beatles continued their final concert tour with a performance at District of Columbia Stadium in Washington.

The New York Herald Tribune, which had published its last edition on April 24, 1966, announced the cessation of operations as a strike of newspaper unions entered its 114th day.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Jim Henry, 66
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Henry played with the Boston Red Sox (1936-1937) and Philadelphia Phillies (1939), compiling a record of 6-2 with 1 save and an earned run average of 4.79 in 33 games.

Dick Lajeskie, 50. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Lajeskie was a second baseman who played 6 games with the New York Giants in September 1946, batting .200 (2 for 10) with no home runs or runs batted in. In 8 seasons in the minor leagues from 1943-1951 he batted .223 with 15 home runs in 456 games.

Edmonton (4-1) 0 @ Saskatchewan (4-1) 40

Ron Lancaster completed 23 of 27 passes for 290 yards as the Roughriders built up a 37-point lead 5 minutes into the 3rd quarter before 22,235 fans at Taylor Field in Regina, and handed the Eskimos their first shutout in seven years--and their most recent to date. Former Edmonton quarterback Dave Syme finished the game in relief of Mr. Lancaster. The Eskimos got the ball to the Saskatchewan 1-yard line at one point, but were unable to score.

Jerry Koosman pitched a 5-hitter, struck out 11, and walked none as the New York Mets edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 before 30,327 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Bruce Boisclair singled home Bud Harrelson with 2 out in the bottom of the 5th inning for the game's only run. Losing pitcher Gary Nolan allowed 8 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings.

The San Diego Padres scored 5 runs in the 6th inning as they beat the Montreal Expos 6-1 before 10,242 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal. Winning pitcher Tom Griffin pitched a 6-hit complete game and scored 2 runs.

Darrell Evans' 3-run home run--his second homer of the game--climaxed a 5-run 9th inning as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 before 28,316 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored all their runs in the 4th inning as they edged the Chicago Cubs 3-2 before 25,998 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Don Sutton pitched a 6-hit complete game victory to improve his 1976 record to 14-9.

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning and withstood a 4-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Houston Astros 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader before 16,326 fans at the Astrodome. All the scoring took place in the top of the 1st as the Pirates won the second game 3-0, with Jerry Reuss pitching a 6-hit shutout.

Wayne Garland pitched a 6-hit shutout, walking just 1 batter and striking out none as he improved his record for the season to 14-3, as the Baltimore Orioles blanked the Chicago White Sox 3-0 before 8,486 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Bobby Grich and Lee May hit home runs.

The Cleveland Indians withstood a 2-run 9th inning rally to defeat the Texas Rangers 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader before 23,790 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Jim Bibby, pitching against his former team, pitched a 4-hitter as the Indians won the second game 3-0 to complete the sweep. Steve Hargan, also pitching against his former team, allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs in taking the loss.

The Minnsesota Twins scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and 3 in the 8th to defeat the New York Yankees 9-8 before 22,535 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The winning rally began with 2 out and no runners on base.

With 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning, Billy North doubled, Bert Campaneris singled him home, and Don Baylor followed with a double to score Mr. Campaneris with the winning run as the Oakland Athletics came back from an early 6-0 deficit to defeat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 before 9,087 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Lessons in Love--Level 42 (6th week at #1)

British Columbia (7-1) 25 @ Ottawa (2-5) 19
Winnipeg (4-3) 5 @ Edmonton (5-2) 33

Roy Dewalt threw 2 touchdown passes to Jan Carinci to help the Lions defeat the Rough Riders before 23,177 fans at Lansdowne Park.

Rookie Tom Richards returned a Bob Cameron punt 77 yards for a touchdown less than 3 minutes into the game to provide the winning margin for the Eskimos over the Blue Bombers at Commonwealth Stadium. Matt Dunigan and Chris Johnstone rushed for the other Edmonton TDs. Tom Clements, John Hufnagel, and Homer Jordan all played quarterback for Winnipeg, with little success in moving the ball.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Everything I Do (I Do it for You)--Bryan Adams (7th week at #1)

Saskatchewan (1-5) 10 @ Toronto (5-1) 62
Edmonton (4-2) 35 @ Ottawa (2-4) 36
Calgary (6-0) 37 @ British Columbia (3-3) 28 (OT)

Mike "Pinball" Clemons scored 3 touchdowns and Raghib "Rocket" Ismail added 2 more as the Argonauts routed the Roughriders before 35,786 fans at SkyDome. Toronto quarterback Rickey Foggie threw 3 touchdown passes.

Reggie Barnes rushed for more than 180 yards and 3 touchdowns--the last with 56 seconds remaining in regulation time--but the Eskimos appeared to be in position to win their game before 25,884 fans at Lansdowne Park in the final seconds. With the ball in field goal range, Edmonton quarterback Tracy Ham handed off to Michael Soles to move the ball into better position, and the Ottawa tacklers kept him on his feet until the clock ran out.

Junior Thurman returned a fumble 58 yards for a touchdown 1:13 into the first overtime period to provide the winning margin as the Stampeders defeated the Lions before 45,489 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (7th week at #1)

Toronto (7-1) 42 @ Ottawa (1-7) 19
Winnipeg (5-3) 38 @ British Columbia (1-7) 13

Mike "Pinball" Clemons scored 3 touchdowns and caught 7 passes for 97 yards as the Argonauts defeated the Rough Riders before 15,220 fans at Lansdowne Park. Toronto quarterback Doug Flutie completed 22 of 38 passes for 332 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Darnell Small returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown to help the Blue Bombers overcome a 10-point deficit and defeat the Lions before 15,531 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Te Atairangikaahu, 75
. N.Z. monarch. Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu was Māori Queen from 1966-1986. She succeeded her father King Korokī Mahuta on the throne, and was succeeded by her son King Tuheitia Paki.

Israel began withdrawing her forces from southern Lebanon.

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