Tuesday, 30 August 2016

August 30, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michelle Kent!

225 years ago

The British Royal Navy frigate HMS Pandora sank after having run aground on the outer Great Barrier Reef the previous day. 31 crew member and 4 prisoners perished, while 89 crewmen and 10 prisoners survived, and sailed for Timor in lifeboats. Pandora was on its way back to England after searching for HMS Bounty and its survivors.

120 years ago

Spanish forces defeated rebel forces in the Battle of San Juan del Monte in the Philippines, after which eight provinces in the Philippines were declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor-General Ramón Blanco y Erenas.

100 years ago

The Canadian Corps entered the Battle of the Somme, which had been raging since July 1, 1916.

Four days after Bullet Joe Bush had pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics, Dutch Leonard pitched a no-hitter and singled in a run for the Boston Red Sox as they blanked the St. Louis Browns 4-0 at Fenway Park in Boston.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra

Leningrad was besieged by German forces, the beginning of a siege that would last for two years. The Finnish command announced the capture of the Karelian capital of Viborg, which had been lost to the U.S.S.R. in the Winter War of 1939-40. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company reported in Tehran that Soviet bombers had destroyed thousands of gallons of gasoline in Kazvin the previous day after the Iranian Army had ceased resistance.

The U.K. embassy announced in Tokyo that a ship would be sent to Japan soon to remove all British subjects who wished to leave.

Cuban President Fulgencio Batista issued a decree placing private shipyards and drydocks in Cuba under virtual control of the Navy to aid defense.

Four Buenos Aires newspapers urged the Argentine administration to discard its policy of strict neutrality in the European war and crush the Nazi movement in Argentina that had been uncovered by the Chamber of Deputies investigation.

Hans Pagel and Frederick Edward Schlosser, ex-members of the German American Youth Movement, were held in New York in default of $25,000 bail each on charges of having used the mails in espionage activities.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Production Management gave truck manufacturers an A-3 priority rating to enable them to obtain supplies needed to turn out 1,189,000 units in the model year ending July 31, 1942.

Lon Warneke pitched a no-hitter to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 9,859 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Mr. Warneke walked just 1 batter, and 2 others reached on errors, only to be erased on double plays. Losing pitcher Elmer Riddle allowed just 5 hits and 2 unearned runs, with the runs coming with 2 out in the top of the 7th inning on an error by center fielder Harry Craft.

Mel Ott led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a home run to tie the score and singled home Dick Bartell with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to give the New York Giants a 4-3 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in New York. Lew Riggs had given Brooklyn a 3-0 lead in the 4th with a 3-run homer. The Giants won the second game 5-1 to complete the sweep.

The Boston Red Sox scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and coasted to a 12-3 win over the Philadelphia Athletics before 6,397 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

Johnny Berardino batted 4 for 4 with a home run, 3 runs, and 3 runs batted in as the St. Louis Browns beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 before 1,053 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. George McQuinn and Chet Laabs also homered for the Browns, and every man in the St. Louis lineup had at least 1 hit.

70 years ago

Nationalist Chinese sources reported that the Communists had taken Tatung, 100 miles southwest of Nanking on the Yangtze River, after a 25-day siege.

Speaking at the Paris Peace Conference, U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov accused the U.S.A. and U.K. of interfering with Greek internal affairs and of supporting the present royalist government in an effort to influence the September 1 plebiscite.

In a note to the United States, the Yugoslavian government charged that since August 19, the United States had sent 11 bombers, 14 fighter planes, and 7 transport planes to deliberately fly over Yugoslav territory. Acting U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson announced that the United States would claim indemnity from Yugoslavia for damages and lives lost in the downing of U.S. planes on August 9 and 19, 1946.

The Argentine Chamber of Deputies followed the Senate in approving the Act of Chapultepec and the United Nations Charter.

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters reported the destruction of the Japanese military machine after one year of occupation.

Paul Mantz won the Bendix Trophy race, averaging 435.604 miles per hour in a P-51 for the 2,048 miles from California to Cleveland.

Economics and finance
The World Bank reported that 32 of its 38 members had made their first capital payments, but that Norway, China, Greece, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia had requested postponements.

Brazil imposed an export embargo on grain, fertilizers, cotton and cottonseed, shoes, meat, scrap metal, leather, and vegetable and animal oils.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): La Ballade de Davy Crockett--Annie Cordy (5th week at #1)

Egyptian President Gamal Nasser summoned U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Henry Byroade to protest U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower's characterization of the Suez Canal as an "international waterway." The United Kingdom asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Permanent Council to "consider" the Suez Canal question at an upcoming meeting in Paris.

French naval units left Toulon harbour en route to Cyprus.

50 years ago

Politics and government
The new Israeli parliament building--the first permanent home for the Knesset--was dedicated in Jerusalem.

Toronto (0-4) 0 @ Ottawa (4-0) 24

Whit Tucker, Bo Scott, and Jim Dillard scored touchdowns for the Rough Riders as they blanked the Argonauts before 20,137 fans at Lansdowne Park, but the real stars were the Ottawa defenders, who intercepted 5 passes from rookie Toronto quarterback Wally Gabler, with 3 of the interceptions coming in the Ottawa end zone. It was the only CFL game for Toronto running backs Ray Jones and Kern Carson, and the only game that Toronto tight end Mel Profit missed in his 6-year CFL career.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Don't Go Breaking My Heart--Elton John and Kiki Dee

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Anata Dake wo--Teruhiko Aoi (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Jardín Prohibido--Sandro Giacobbe (4th week at #1)

Clashes between Negroes and police at the Notting Hill Carnival in west London ended in a riot, resulting in more than 100 police officers being taken to hospital.

A group of 17 Chinese officials attended the official opening Norman Bethune's restored birthplace, operated by Parks Canada. The Montreal-born physician had served as a battlefield surgeon during Mao Zedong's long march, and died in China of blood poisoning in 1938.

Economics and finance
The Manitoba Liquor Commission was fined $300,000 for violating federal wage and price controls; it was the first case of a provincial agency being fined under the controls.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Easy Lady--Spagna

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Holiday Rap--MC Miker G & DJ Sven (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Sing Our Own Song--UB40 (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Want to Wake Up with You--Boris Gardiner

#1 single in the U.K.: I Want to Wake Up with You--Boris Gardiner (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Higher Love--Steve Winwood

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
4 Venus--Bananarama
5 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
6 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
7 Sweet Freedom--Michael McDonald
8 Rumors--Timex Social Club
9 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
10 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

Singles entering the chart were Typical Male by Tina Turner (#41); True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (#54); Girl Can't Help It by Journey (#73); Another Heartache by Rod Stewart (#77); In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel (#78); I'll Be Over You by Toto (#80); Love Comes Quickly by Pet Shop Boys (#84); Wild Wild Life by the Talking Heads (#85); and Somebody's Out There by Triumph (#87).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera (2nd week at #1)
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
4 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
5 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
6 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
7 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
8 Nasty--Janet Jackson
9 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
10 The Edge of Heaven--Wham!

Singles entering the chart were Walk This Way by Run/DMC (#81); Throwing it All Away by Genesis (#82); Twist and Shout by the Beatles (#86); True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (#90); The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh (#94); Sweet Love by Anita Baker (#95); Heartbeat by Don Johnson (#96); Lonely is the Night by Air Supply (#97); Love Always by El DeBarge (#98); and No Way to Treat a Lady by Bonnie Raitt (#99). Twist and Shout was had been a hit in 1964, before RPM began publication; it charted again after its use in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

Died on this date
George Pelawa, 18
. U.S. hockey player. Mr. Pelawa, a 6'4", 240-pound right wing, was a native of Bemidji, Minnesota. He was named that state's top high school player in 1986 and was selected in that year's National Hockey League draft by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round (16th selection overall), and had committed to play for the University of North Dakota. Mr. Pelawa was killed in an auto accident in Bemidji; had he been wearing a seatbelt, he probably would have survived.

Roger Clemens recorded 11 strikeouts in 7 innings as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians before 30,467 fans at Fenway Park in Boston to improve his record for the season to 20-4. Phil Niekro took the loss.

Doug DeCinces hit a 2-run home run with none out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the California Angels a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers before 39,633 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Darrell Evans hit 2 solo homers for Detroit.

Bill Swift allowed just 2 hits in 8 2/3 innings to win the pitchers' duel with Tommy John as the Seattle Mariners edged the New York Yankees 1-0 in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader before 26,065 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Mariners scored the game's only run in the 8th when John Moses led off with a single and scored on a 2-out single by Jim Presley. The Yankees put runners on first and second bases with 2 out in the 9th, but relief pitcher Matt Young retired pinch hitter Ron Kittle to end the game. Mr. John allowed 8 hits and just 1 earned run in pitching a complete game. Joe Niekro, Rod Scurry, and Dave Righetti combined on a 7-hit shutout as the Yankees won the second game 3-0. Seattle pitchers Mike Brown and Pete Ladd allowed just 3 hits, with one of them being a home run by Don Mattingly leading off the 4th inning to open the scoring. Claudell Washington scored in the 7th and 9th after leading off both innings with bases on balls.

Bryn Smith pitched a 7-hit complete game victory and doubled in 3 runs as part of a 5-run 3rd inning as the Montreal Expos beat the San Diego Padres 10-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 22,721 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Garry Templeton singled home Steve Garvey with 2 out in the top of the 9th to break a 4-4 tie and the Padres held on to win the second game 5-4.

The Atlanta Braves scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs before 21,780 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Doyle Alexander allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 7 innings to get the win, and singled in the first 2 Atlanta runs.

The bottom four batters in the order each drove in 2 runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 13-3 before 30,598 fans at the Astrodome. Rick Rhoden pitched an 8-hit complete game to improve his record for the season to 15-7.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Bacardi Feeling (Summer Dreamin')--Kate Yanai (3rd week at #1)

Azerbaijan declared her independence from the U.S.S.R.

Died on this date
Alan Wheatley, 84
. U.K. actor. Mr. Wheatley was best known for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the ATV series The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-1959). Sherlockians recognize him as the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes in a television series, starring in a six-episode series on BBC in October-November 1951.

Track and field
Mike Powell of the United States, competing at the world championships in Tokyo, made a long jump of 29' 4 1/4", 2 inches better than the world record of Bob Beamon, which had stood since 1968.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Wannabe--Spice Girls

This blogger was in attendance as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky series continued at Hawrelak Park.

Montreal (5-5) 6 @ Ottawa (2-8) 17

David Archer quarterbacked the Rough Riders to a 17-0 halftime lead and they held on to defeat the Alouettes before 28,451 fans at Frank Clair Stadium amid rumours that this may have been the team's final game. The CFL had given the Rough Riders a deadline of September 2 to come up with $1.6 million to make it through the season.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Naguib Mahfouz, 94
. Egyptian author. Mr. Mahfouz wrote 34 novels and over 350 short stories. He was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature as a writer "who, through works rich in nuance - now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous - has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind."

Glenn Ford, 90. Canadian-born U.S. actor. Mr. Ford, a native of Quebec City, moved to the United States at the age of 8. He was known for his portrayal of ordinary men in movies such as Gilda (1946); The Big Heat (1953); Blackboard Jungle (1955); The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956); and 3:10 to Yuma (1957).

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