150 years ago
The Grand Duchy of Baden announced her withdrawal from the German Confederation and signed a treaty of peace and alliance with Prussia.
125 years ago
The Cincinnati Porkers of the American Association, in seventh place with a record of 43-57-2, suspended operations for the rest of the season. They were replaced by the Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League.
120 years ago
Died on this date
Bridget Driscoll, 44. U.K. accident victim. Mrs. Driscoll was run over by a car on the grounds of the Crystal Palace in London, thus becoming the United Kingdom's first pedestrian motoring fatality.
80 years ago
Politics and government
The Union Nationale, led by Maurice Duplessis, won 76 of 90 seats in the Legislative Assembly in the Quebec Provincial Election, ending 39 straight years of Liberal Party government. The Liberals, led by Premier Adélard Godbout, won the remaining 14 seats. UN took 56.9% of the vote to 39.4% for the Liberals. In the most recent election, less than a year earlier, the Liberals had taken 47 seats to 42 for Union Nationale.
75 years ago
German troops crossed the Dnieper River in Ukraine, while the Soviet Redd Army left Nikolaev and Krivoi Rog.
The U.S.-owned former Danish steamship Sessa, carrying food and non-military supplies to the Icelandic government, was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 24 of its 27-man crew.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt warned Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kichisaburo Nomura against further Japanese expansion in the southwestern Pacific. U.S. Representative John Dingell (Democrat--Michigan) said that if the Japanese government refused to permit Americans to leave Japan peacefully, the United States should put 10,000 Japanese in Hawaii in concentration camps.
The British government revealed that a joint U.K.-U.S.S.R. warning had been delivered to Iran to oust 3,000 German tourists and technicians in the country.
The U.S. National Defense Mediation Board, Navy Department, Maritime Commission, and Office of Production Management urged President Roosevelt to seize the strike bound Kearny, New Jersey yard of Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Company because of the company's refusal to accept the NDMB's recommendations.
Three women were killed when 3,000 people rioted in an attempt to board a Hudson River excursion steamer in New York.
The Brooklyn Dodgers swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves 5-1 and 3-0 before 35,329 fans, the largest crowd of the year at Braves Field. Kirby Higbe pitched a complete game and had 4 hits off losing pitcher Jim Tobin to earn his 17th win of the season in the first game, while Whit Wyatt came within 2 outs of a perfect game in the second game, giving up just a single to Phil Masi with 1 out in the 9th inning.
The Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the New York Giants 6-2 and 18-2 before 6,587 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Philadelphia center fielder Joe Marty had 2 hits in the first game and 5 in the second game, which was played in 1 hour 55 minutes.
The New York Yankees scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning in both games as they swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Athletics 2-1 and 4-3 before 44,412 fans at Yankee Stadium. New York center fielder Joe DiMaggio was held hitless in both games, but scored the winning run in the first game when he drew a base on balls and stole second base. When Bill Beckmann threw a wild pitch, Mr. DiMaggio didn't stop at third base, and Mr. Beckmann dropped catcher Hal Wagner's throw to home plate for an error, allowing Mr. DiMaggio to score. Mr. Beckmann allowed just 4 hits in pitching a complete game, dropping his record for the season to 2-8, while winning pitcher Spud Chandler also pitched a 4-hitter, improving to 6-4. Joe Gordon led off the bottom of the 9th inning of the second game with his second home run of the game to give the Yankees their win. Lefty Gomez, who retired the Athletics on just 3 pitches in the top of the 9th, improved his 1941 record to 11-4 as he won the pitchers' duel over Phil Marchildon, who dropped to 8-10.
Ted Lyons won the pitchers' duel over Bob Feller as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before 36,090 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Joe Kuhel beat relief pitcher Clint Brown's throw to home plate on a ground ball by Moose Solters with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the White Sox a 4-3 win in the second game to complete the sweep.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
Chinese Communist headquarters in Yenan reported that 8,000 Nationalist troops had been killed in fighting along the Lunghai railroad south of the Yellow River during the previous week.
The U.S.S.R. and Denmark signed a five-year trade and navigation treaty.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)--Doris Day (2nd week at #1)
Indonesian President Sukarno called for all Asian and African states to join in a "hands off Egypt" warning to the West.
Politics and government
U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver (Tennessee) was nominated at the Democratic National Convention at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago as the party's candidate for Vice President of the United States in the November 1956 election. Former Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, nominated the night before as the Democratic presidential candidate, allowed delegates to choose the vice presidential nominee. U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (Massachusetts) led after the first ballot, but Sen. Kefauver defeated Sen. Kennedy and other candidates on the second ballot.
A West German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that the West German Communist Party and all of its front organizations were operating illegally, and ordered the party dissolved.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Ken Miles, 47. U.K. auto racing driver. Mr. Miles was a sports car driver who won the United States Auto Club Road Racing Championship in 1961. In 1966 he was the co-winner of 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, and finished second in 24 Hours of Le Mans. Mr. Miles was killed in a crash while test-driving a car at Riverside International Raceway in California.
The Beatles continued their final concert tour with their final appearance in Canada, performing two shows at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
The United States launched the probe Pioneer 7, whose purpose was to orbit the Sun and observe the revival of solar activity.
Ottawa (3-0) 15 @ Montreal (1-2) 3
Saskatchewan (3-1) 1 @ Calgary (1-3) 26
Ted Watkins and Jim Dillard scored touchdowns for the Rough Riders as they beat the Alouettes before 22,564 fans at Molson Stadium.
The Stampeders scored their first 3 touchdowns of the season--2 for Terry Evanshen and another by Jerry Keeling--as they defeated the Roughriders before 22,119 fans at McMahon Stadium. It was the first game as a Stampeder for quarterback Peter Liske.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Moviestar--Harpo (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Bert Tooley, 89. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Tooley was a shortstop with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), batting .216 with 3 home runs and 66 runs batted in in 196 games. He died 13 days before his 90th birthday.
William Redfield, 49. U.S. actor. Mr. Redfield appeared in numerous films, plays, and television and radio programs, usually in supporting roles. He died of leukemia.
Winnipeg (1-4) 14 @ British Columbia (3-2) 22
Eric Guthrie completed 17 of 29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown, while Mike Strickland rushed 20 times for 102 yards to help the Lions defeat the Blue Bombers before 21,505 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.
This blogger and his parents were among the 30,890 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to see Tom Paciorek single home Jerry Royster with 2 out in the top of the 8th inning and break a 2-2 tie, giving the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Jay Johnstone drove in 5 runs and Greg Luzinski 4 as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Montreal Expos 11-3 before 27,188 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
Gary Thomasson hit a 2-run home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 9,215 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Pirates had scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th to take a 6-5 lead.
The first three New York Mets' batters in the game scored on a 3-run home run by John Milner, but the Los Angeles Dodgers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning and held on to win 4-3 before 24,416 fans at Dodger Stadium. Rick Rhoden recovered from his shaky start to pitch a complete game and improve his record for the season to 11-1.
Graig Nettles led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a home run to give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers before 20,959 fans at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers had tied the game in the top of the inning when Toby Harrah led off with a base on balls, advanced to third base on a single by Mike Hargrove, and scored when Jeff Burroughs grounded into a force play at second. Doyle Alexander pitched a 5-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Tommy Boggs, who also went the distance.
Bruce Kimm led off the bottom of the 8th inning with his only major league home run to break a 2-2 tie and give the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 win over the California Angels before 51,822 fans at Tiger Stadium, who were there to see a pitchers' duel between Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and Frank Tanana. Mr. Fidrych pitched a 5-hit complete game to improve his 1976 record to 14-4, while Mr. Tanana allowed 4 hits in pitching a complete game, dropping to 14-9.
George Brett singled with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th inning, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Rick Cerone, and then stole home plate to give the Kansas City Royals a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians before 14,836 fans at Royals Stadium. The Indians had tied the game with 2 runs in the 9th.
Pat Kelly doubled with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning and scored on a single by Bill Stein to give the Chicago White Sox a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader before 18,416 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Rick Burleson had 4 hits and Bob Montgomery drove in 5 runs as the Red Sox won 11-7 in the second game to complete the sweep. Jim Spencer drove in 4 runs for the White Sox. Blue Moon Odom started on the mound for Chicago and took the loss in the second game, allowing 9 hits, 2 bases on balls, and 6 runs--all earned--in the 402nd and last game of his 13-year major league career.
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: I Wanna Be a Cowboy--Boys Don't Cry
#1 single in Switzerland: Lessons in Love--Level 42 (3rd week at #1)
Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds made his 3,562nd and final appearance as a major league player, striking out as a pinch hitter against Goose Gossage as the Reds lost 9-5 to the San Diego Padres before 27,175 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati shortstop Barry Larkin hit his first major league home run against San Diego starting pitcher LaMarr Hoyt, who was the winner despite allowing 5 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Manny Trillo led off the top of the 9th inning with a double, advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Terry Francona to break a 1-1 tie and give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 win over the Montreal Expos before 20,272 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
Rick Honeycutt allowed 2 hits in 8 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Vida Blue as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Francisco Giants 2-0 before 49,496 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Ernie Whitt led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run to give the Toronto Blue Jays an 8-7 win over the Texas Rangers before 38,413 fans at SkyDome in Toronto. Oddibe McDowell hit 2 homers for the Rangers, who led 5-0 after 3 1/2 innings.
The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 before 19,064 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago, as Steve Carlton picked up his first win in the American League and the 320th of his major league career.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Say Yes--Chage and Aska (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)--Crystal Waters (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy (rap BCBG)--La Zoubida--Lagaf' (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (6th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)
2 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
3 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
4 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
6 It Ain't Over 'Til it's Over--Lenny Kravitz
7 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
8 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
9 I'll Be There--Escape Club
Singles entering the chart were Romantic by Karyn White (#66); Till Somebody Loves You by Henry Lee Summer (#77); That's the Way Love Goes by Young M.C. (#82); Running Back to You by Vanessa Williams (#86); After the Summer's Gone by PC Quest (#88); and Face the Music by RTZ (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd 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 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
7 Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
8 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
10 The Rhythm of Your Love--Glass Tiger
Singles entering the chart were Love...Thy Will Be Done by Martika (#80); Lies by EMF (#84); Days of Youth by the Kite (#88); My Name is Not Susan by Whitney Houston (#90); Jet City Woman by Queensryche (#92); Wherever R U by Spunkadelic (#93); By My Side by INXS (#98); and The Real Love by Bob Seger (#99).
Taxi driver Wade Frankum shot seven people to death and injured six others in Sydney, Australia before turning the gun on himself.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Because You Loved Me/The Power of the Dream--Celine Dion (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Fable--Robert Miles (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Wannabe--Spice Girls (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Wannabe--Spice Girls (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio (3rd week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 You're Makin' Me High/Let it Flow--Toni Braxton (6th week at #1)
2 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio
3 Twisted--Keith Sweat
4 I Love You Always Forever--Donna Lewis
5 I Can't Sleep (If I)--R. Kelly
6 Change the World--Eric Clapton
7 C'mon n' Ride It (The Train)--Quad City DJ’s
8 You Learn/You Oughta Know--Alanis Morisette
9 Who Will Save Your Soul--Jewel
10 Loungin--LL Cool J
Singles entering the chart were Po Pimp by Do or Die featuring Twista (#60); Do You Miss Me by Jocelyn Enriquez (#66); Tell Me (I’ll Be Around) by the Shades (#80); As Long as it Matters by Gin Blossoms (#87); and But Anyway by Blues Traveler (#88).
Saskatchewan (2-6) 8 @ Edmonton (5-3) 25
Kavis Reed returned an interception 106 yards for a touchdown and Danny McManus completed a 31-yard TD pass to Eddie Brown as the Eskimos took a 22-0 lead in the 1st quarter and coasted to victory over the Roughriders before 36,011 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. The Edmonton defense sacked Saskatchewan quarterbacks Warren Jones and Kevin Mason 8 times.
The beginning of Canada: Through the eyes of Lady Susan Macdonald - By Ayla Maud “Behind every great man, is a great woman.” Or at least that is how the old saying goes. But how often do we get the opportunity to really kno...
1 hour ago