Thursday, 18 August 2016

August 18, 2016

170 years ago

U.S. forces led by General Stephen W. Kearny captured Santa Fe, New Mexico.

130 years ago

Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald drove in the last spike of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (E&N) at Cliffside Station in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

125 years ago

A major hurricane struck Martinique, leaving 700 dead.

The Milwaukee Brewers, formerly of the Western League, played their first game in the American Association, beating the St. Louis Browns 7-2.

80 years ago

Joe Louis (25-1) knocked out former world heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey (37-13-3) at 1:02 of the 3rd round of their bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Mr. Sharkey's last fight.

75 years ago

The Soviet government announced that Kingisepp, 70 miles southwest of Leningrad, had been evacuated, indicating that German forces had crossed the Luga River. The Finnish command reported the capture of Kurkijoki, 95 miles north of Leningrad.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joseph Grew protested against restrictions placed upon Americans who wished to leave Japan. A Japanese news agency reported that Denmark had granted recognition to the Japanese-sponsored Chinese government in Nanking.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that agreements had been concluded under which the Pan American Airways system would ferry warplanes from the United States to British forces in the Middle East via West Africa. Mr. Roosevelt signed the bill extending Army service by 18 months.

Four youths were arrested on charges of throwing three bombs in a labour dispute in Havana, injuring at least 12 people.

Dr. C.E. Kenneth Mees of Eastman Kodak Company announced that the company had perfected Kodachrome colour prints for use by the general public in taking still photographs.

At least 13 men were killed when fire destroyed the freighter Panuco and its pier in Brooklyn, New York.

70 years ago

World events
British troops used tear gas and fire hoses to force 640 Jewish refugees aboard the troop ship Empire Heywood for transport to internment camps in Cyprus.

At the Paris Peace Conference, Australian Foreign Minister Herbert Evatt proposed that all pending treaties provide for an International Court of Human Rights.

Politics and government
The government of Ecuador ended all political and military restrictions imposed after the 1944 revolution.

A world conference of teachers in Endicott, New York advocated the introduction of universal history and geography textbooks to eliminate national bias.

Dr. Roger Adams of the University of Illinois was awarded the Priestly Medal--the highest honour in American chemistry--for his work in inorganic chemistry.

Nine people perished when 14 houses burned down in Petite-Rivière, Québec.

Seven people were killed and 50 injured when a tornado struck Mankato, Minnesota.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"--Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Heimweh--Freddy Quinn (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)--Doris Day (2nd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--1st week at #1); My Prayer--The Platters (Disc Jockey--1st week at #1; Top 100--2nd week at #1); I Almost Lost My Mind--Pat Boone (Jukebox--4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Hound Dog--Elvis Presley
2 My Prayer--The Platters
3 The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 and 2)--Buchanan and Goodman
4 Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)--Doris Day
5 Be-Bop-A-Lula--Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps
6 Allegheny Moon--Patti Page
7 Canadian Sunset--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra with Eddie Heywood
--Andy Williams
8 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You--Elvis Presley
9 The Wayward Wind--Gogi Grant
10 Theme Song from Song for a Summer Night (Parts 1 and 2)--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2) by Bill Doggett (#46) and Earthbound by Sammy Davis, Jr. (#50).

Egyptian President Gamal Nasser reiterated his declaration that Egypt would not accept international control of the Suez Canal as outlined in preliminary U.S. proposals at the London conference.

West German Refugee Minister Theodor Oberlander said that 330,000 German in Soviet-bloc and Balkan states had applied for repatriation to West Germany.

30 people were killed when a typhoon struck Japan and Okinawa.

Track and field
Parry O'Brien broke his own world record in the shot put with a throw of 61 feet 4 1/2 inches at a meet in Pasadena, California.

British Columbia (1-0) 17 @ Calgary (0-1) 14
Saskatchewan (0-1) 3 @ Edmonton (1-0) 15

Rollie Miles and Earl Lindley scored touchdowns for the Eskimos in their win over the Roughriders at Clarke Stadium. Future Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith was one of the Eskimos playing his first regular season game.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby--The Beatles

The Beatles continued their final concert tour with a performance at Suffolk Downs Racetrack in Boston.

The Battle of Long Tan ensued after a patrol from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment clashed with a Viet Cong force in the province of Phước Tuy.

Winnipeg (3-1) 11 @ British Columbia (1-3) 7

Kenny Ploen completed a pass to Art Perkins for the game's only touchdown in the 3rd quarter as the Blue Bombers defeated the Lions before 33,697 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Walt Irwin, 78
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Irwin played in 4 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1921 as a pinch hitter and pinch runner, striking out in his only plate appearance, and scoring 1 run.

Arthur Bonifas; Mark Barrett. U.S. military officers. Captain Bonifas and First Lieutenant Barrett were attacked by North Korean soldiers in the Korean Demilitarized Zone at Panmunjom while trimming a poplar tree that partially blocked the view of United Nations observers. The North Koreans picked up axes that had been dropped by South Koreans who were part of the work party, and bludgeoned the American officers to death.

Hamilton (1-4) 11 @ Toronto (3-2) 14

Anthony Davis rushed for a touchdown and accounted for 104 combined yards to help the Argonauts defeat the Tiger-Cats before 49,724 fans at Exhibiton Stadium. Hamilton kicker Ken Clark was short on a 46-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the game.

This blogger and his parents were among the 29,065 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to see the Cincinnati Reds defeat the Atlanta Braves 4-1. Jack Billingham pitched a 5-hit complete game to improve his 1976 record to 11-8. Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench was caught stealing in the 1st inning, ending his streak of 23 consecutive stolen base attempts.

Every man in the lineup had at least 1 hit--and Dave Parker batted 4 for 4--as the Pittsburgh Pirates routed the San Francisco Giants 12-1 before 3,817 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in a game that was called because of rain after 7 1/2 innings.

The Philadelphia Phillies scored all their runs in the 3rd inning as they edged the Montreal Expos 5-4 before 28,483 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

Pinch hitter Manny Mota doubled home Bill Russell with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 win over the New York Mets before 25,578 fans at Dodger Stadium. Mr. Mota's hit came against Tom Seaver, who allowed 7 hits and just 1 earned run in 8 2/3 innings as his 1976 record dropped to 9-9.

Roy White's second home run of the game, with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning, gave the New York Yankees an 8-6 win over the Texas Rangers before 23,358 fans at Yankee Stadium. Mr. White also doubled in 5 at bats, scoring 3 runs and driving in 5.

Jim Slaton allowed just 4 hits in 8 2/3 innings and Jack Heidemann singled home 2 runs with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 before 13,013 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Vida Blue allowed 8 hits and 3 earned runs in pitching a complete game and taking the loss.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Papa Don't Preach--Madonna (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Rock Me Amadeus--Falco

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wind of Change--Scorpions (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Chains--DLT (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (5th week at #1)

10 years ago

Edmonton (3-6) 28 @ British Columbia (7-3) 30

Korey Banks and Barron Miles returned interceptions for touchdowns to help the Lions defeat the Eskimos before 33,589 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Troy Davis rushed for 2 Edmonton touchdowns, and Ricky Ray completed a 16-yard pass to Jason Tucker for the other Edmonton TD. Edmonton kicker Sean Fleming kicked his 500th career field goal with 1:51 remaining in the game to close the gap to 2 points and had a chance to kick the winning FG on the last play, but holder Jason Johnson fumbled the snap.

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