Friday, 26 August 2016

August 26, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jaqi Atugonza and Viktoriya!

350 years ago

Died on this date
Frans Hals, 84 (?)
. Dutch artist. Mr. Hals was one of the most famous portrait painters of the Dutch Golden Age. He was known for including visible brush strokes in his paintings.

225 years ago

U.S. inventors and competitors John Fitch and James Rumsey were each granted federal patents for the invention of the steamboat.

140 years ago

Politics and government
Cree, Saulteaux, Assiniboines and Chipewyan of present-day central Alberta and Saskatchewan signed Treaty No. 6 at Fort Carlton, North-West Territories (now part of Saskatchewan. The Indians were to get schooling, as well as farm implements, seeds, farm animals and instruction in agricultural techniques, famine relief when necessary, and medicine when needed; a total of 194,725 square kilometres was set aside for reserves.

100 years ago

Bullet Joe Bush pitched a no-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Stan Coveleski as the Philadelphia Athletics blanked the Cleveland Indians 5-0 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Philadelphia second baseman Nap Lajoie batted 1 for 3 with a base on balls and made 1 assist in the field in the 2,480th and last game of his 21-year Hall of Fame major league career. The win improved the Athletics' record for 1916 to 26-91, eighth and last in the American League, 43 games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox and 30 1/2 games behind the seventh-place Washington Nationals.

Rube Benton of the New York Giants and Wilbur Cooper of the Pittsburgh Pirates both pitched complete games as their teams plaeyed to a 1-1 tie at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh that was called after 14 innings because of darkness.

Pete Schneider pitched a 4-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Jack Coombs, who pitched a 6-hitter, as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Brooklyn Robins 1-0 at Redland Field in Cincinnati in a game that was played in 1 hour 17 minutes.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 at Robison Field in St. Louis.

80 years ago

Politics and government
Maurice Duplessis was sworn in as Premier of Quebec as his Union Nationale government took office, nine days after capturing 76 of 90 seats in the Legislative Assembly in the Quebec Provincial election, ending 39 straight years of Liberal Party government.

75 years ago

The German government announced that Field Marshal Ewald von Kleist's troops had captured Dniepropetrovsk the previous day, eliminating the last bridgehead held by the Soviets on the west bank of the Dnieper River below Kiev. German troops broke into the Estonian capital of Tallinn. U.K. and U.S.S.R. forces advanced in northern and western Iran, meeting little resistance.

The U.S.S.R. announced that Japanese Ambassador Yoshitsugu Tatekawa had been informed the previous night that hindrance of normal trade relations of the Soviet Union and the United States would be regarded as an unfriendly act.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that an American military mission headed by Brigadier General John Magruder would go to Chungking to arrange for increased Lend-Lease supplies and advise Chinese leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

The city council of Oklahoma City refused to permit famed aviator Charles Lindbergh to use the municipal auditorium for an address sponsored by the America First Committee, which opposed proposed U.S. entry into the European War.

The American Federation of Teachers convention in Detroit criticized the Rapp-Coudert committee for its treatment of defendants and vowed to protect Georgia teachers against any infringment of academic freedom.

National Boxing Association world light heavyweight champion Gus Lesnevich (51-7-5) won a 15-round split decision over Tami Mauriello (32-2) at Madison Square Garden in New York to become the undisputed world champion, winning New York State Athletic Commission recognition as world champion. The NYSAC version of the title had been vacant for a year, since Billy Conn had relinquished the title in order to fight as a heavyweight.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Tony Martin
--The Modernaires with Paula Kelly
--The Ink Spots
2 Surrender--Perry Como
--Woody Herman and his Orchestra
3 Doin' What Comes Natur'lly--Dinah Shore and Spade Cooley and his Orchestra
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra
4 They Say it's Wonderful--Perry Como
--Frank Sinatra
5 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra
--The Three Suns
7 I Don't Know Enough About You--The Mills Brothers
--Peggy Lee
8 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
--The Ink Spots
9 The House of Blue Lights--Freddie Slack and his Orchestra
--The Andrews Sisters and Eddie Heywood and his Orchestra
10 I Know--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Andy Kirk and his Orchestra and the Jubalaires

Singles entering the chart were the version of To Each His Own by the Ink Spots; Pig Foot Pete by Ella Mae Morse and Freddie Slack (#18); High on a Windy Trumpet (#19)/Lover's Leap (#32) by Les Brown and his Orchestra; I'd Be Lost Without You, with versions by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, and Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (#27); Fan It by Woody Herman and the Woodchoppers (#36); and Artistry in Boogie by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra (#37).

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Gale Gordon and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Ghost Town Mortuary

Died on this date
Jeanie MacPherson, 60
. U.S. actress and screenwriter. Miss MacPherson acted in silent movies directed by D.W. Griffith, but was best known for writing the screenplays for 30 movies with producer Cecil B. DeMille. She died of cancer.

The British Foreign Office admitted sending radar equipment to Turkey "for civil purposes," but denied Soviet charges that the U.K. had established a radar post on the Turkish coast to spy on Black Sea submarines.

The United States joined the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in accepting the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in disputes over the interpretation of treaties and international law.

The U.S. Office of Price Administration ordered the arrest of six men in Leesville, South Carolina in a drive against automobile black markets.

60 years ago

The United Kingdom charged that Cypriot Archbishop Makarios had personally directed terrorist activities, conferring regularly with guerrilla leader George Grivas on methods of operation and selection of victims.

Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion warned that peace would not be established in the Middle East unless Israeli ships were assured complete freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal.

Indonesian President Sukarno left Jakarta on a tour scheduled to take him to the People's Republic of China, Russia, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and Austria.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Daydream--The Lovin' Spoonful (2nd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby--The Beatles
2 Born a Woman--Sandy Posey
3 Sunny--Bobby Hebb
4 Summer in the City--The Lovin' Spoonful
5 Lil' Red Riding Hood--Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
6 Sunshine Superman--Donovan
7 I Couldn't Live Without Your Love--Petula Clark
8 Somewhere, My Love--Ray Conniff and the Singers
9 The Dangling Conversation--Simon and Garfunkel
10 Hey Joe!--The Enemys
Pick hit of the week: We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin'--Wes Dakus
New this week: We Wear Lavender Blue--Finders Keepers
My Uncle Used to Love Me But She Died--Roger Miller
Cry Softly--Nancy Ames
Lovers of the World Unite--David & Jonathan
Summertime--Billy Stewart

William G. Morrow, a lawyer from Edmonton, was named the second Justice of the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories, succeeding the retiring Jack Sissons, who had held the position since 1955.

The Namibian War of Independence began when South West African People's Organization (SWAPO) guerrilla forces launched an attack against the South African Defence Force at Omugulugwombashe.

A strike by Canada's 118,000 railway workers closed down telecommunications, air express, all postage except for first-class mail, and ferry service to Prince Edward Island.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Lotte Lehmann, 88
. German-born U.S. singer. Miss Lehmann was a soprano who was known for her performances of the German operatic repertory. She made over 500 recordings in a career that began in Germany and continued after she moved to the United States in the late 1930s.

Prince Bernhard, consort to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, resigned as inspector general of the Dutch armed forces and from all other business and defense positions he held, after a formal inquiry into allegations of bribery by U.S.-based Lockheed Aircraft Corporation reported that he had "shown himself open to dishonourable requests and offers," and had created the impression that he was "susceptible to favours." Prime Minister Johannes Martin den Uyl said that there would be no criminal investigation or judicial inquiry. In a letter to parliament, Prince Bernhard accepted the disapproval of the commission.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Ted Knight, 62
. U.S. actor. Mr. Knight, born Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka, was best known for playing newscaster Ted Baxter in the television comedy series The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), for which he won Emmy Awards in 1973 and 1976. He starred as cartoonist Henry Rush in the comedy series Too Close for Comfort (1980-1987), whose title was changed to The Ted Knight Show for the 1985-86 season. Mr. Knight was still starring in the series when he died of colon cancer.

Jennifer Levin, 18. U.S. murder victim. Miss Levin was strangled by Robert Chambers in New York's Central Park in what became known as the "Preppie Murder."

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Enter Sandman--Metallica (2nd week at #1)

Canada announced that it would extend full diplomatic recognition to the Baltic republics of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania; Canada never recognized the legitimacy of the 1940 annexation of the Baltic republics by the U.S.S.R., but did not maintain diplomatic ties with them.

Bret Saberhagen pitched a no-hitter, walking 2 batters and striking out 5, to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox before 25,164 fans at Royals Stadium.

Roger Clemens pitched a 3-hitter, walking 1 batter and striking out 10, to win the pitchers' duel over Mike Moore as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Oakland Athletics 3-0 before 28,869 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Rafael Palmeiro, Kevin Reimer, Geno Petralli, and Julio Franco hit home runs for the Texas Rangers as they beat the New York Yankees 10-2 before 17,149 fans at Yankee Stadium.

Edgar Martinez scored on a sacrifice fly by Greg Briley in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 22,079 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle.

Jeff Blauser's grand slam was the big blow of a 5-run 5th inning as the Atlanta Braves came back from a 7-1 deficit to defeat the Montreal Expos 14-9 before 12,889 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Tony Gwynn's 2-run home run with 1 out in the top of the 10th inning broke a 5-5 tie and gave the San Diego Padres a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 27,396 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

The Los Angeles Dodgers scored all of their runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 before 31,149 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Jack Clark scored 2 runs and drove in 5 with 2 home runs and a double, but his San Francisco Giants lost 7-5 to the St. Louis Cardinals before 25,554 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

The New York Mets scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 4-4 tie and defeat the Houston Astros 6-4 before 7,720 fans at the Astrodome.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Spinning the Wheel--George Michael (2nd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Change the World--Eric Clapton (4th week at #1)
2 Free to Decide--The Cranberries
3 Jerk--Kim Stockwood
4 You Learn--Alanis Morisette
5 Until it Sleeps--Metallica
6 Tucker's Town--Hootie & the Blowfish
7 Angel Mine--Cowboy Junkies
8 6th Avenue Heartache--The Wallflowers
9 Lack of Water--The Why Store
10 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman

Singles entering the chart were Let's Make a Night to Remember by Bryan Adams (#74); E-Bow the Letter by R.E.M. (#77); Everything You've Done Wrong by Sloan (#89); Speaking Confidentially by Cowboy Junkies (#90); Beautiful Goodbye by Amanda Marshall (#94); Soaked by the Killjoys (#97); and Missing You by Tina Turner (#98).

British Columbia (2-8) 22 @ Winnipeg (5-4) 20

Troy Westwood was wide on 57- and 55-yard field goal attempts late in the game, enabling the Lions to hold on to defeat the Blue Bombers before 25,209 fans at Winnipeg Stadium.

10 years ago

Politics and government
Elizabeth May was elected leader of the Green Party of Canada, replacing Jim Harris, the leader since 2003. Ms. May won 2,145 votes or 65.3% of the total, against environmental consultant and Green deputy leader David Chernushenko. In her acceptance speech, Ms. May called on the federal government to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Saskatchewan (5-5) 51 @ Hamilton (2-9) 8

Rocky Butler completed 3 touchdown passes--2 to Matt Dominguez--to lead the Roughriders to their rout of the Tiger-Cats before 26,564 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

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