Thursday, 1 September 2016

September 1, 2016

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Donna and Will Morrow!

425 years ago

The Battle of Flores off the Azores concluded with the English galleon Revenge, commanded by Sir Richard Grenville, fighting alone and finally surrendering to a Spanish fleet of 55 ships commanded by Alonso de Bazán. Sir Richard died of his wounds nine days later.

150 years ago

Born on this date
James J. Corbett
. U.S. boxer. "Gentleman Jim" knocked out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round to win the world heavyweight championship on September 7, 1892, and held the title until he was knocked out in the 14th round by Bob Fitzsimmons on March 17, 1897. He had just 24 professional fights, comipiling a record of 14 wins (including three "newspaper decisions"), 4 losses, 3 draws, and 3 no contests. Mr. Corbett died on February 18, 1933 at the age of 66. A fictionalized movie biography of Mr. Corbett, Gentleman Jim, starring Errol Flynn, was released in 1942.

110 years ago

Alberta adopted Mountain Standard Time.

The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys was established.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Dorothy Cheney
. U.S. tennis player. Mrs. Cheney, born Dorothy Bundy, became the first American to win the women's singles title at the Australian Championships, accomplishing the feat in 1938. She won a record 394 United States Tennis Association titles. Mrs. Cheney died on November 23, 2014 at the age of 98.

Politics and government
Canadian Governor Governor General H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught laid the cornerstone of the new Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, to be rebuilt after a disastrous fire earlier in the year.

90 years ago

The British Columbia Rugby Football Union was founded in Vancouver.

75 years ago

A British communique announced that U.K. and U.S.S.R. forces had met the previous day at Sinneh in western Iran, cutting Iran off from Turkey.

World events
A Vichy French official in Paris announced that the Germans had dropped plans for "mass execution" of Jewish hostages after the Vichy government of Prime Minister Marshal Philippe Pétain "proved" that a Communist, and not a Jew, had assassinated a German naval officer on August 21.

Japanese Army press chief Colonel Hayto Mabuchi said that if Japan could not reach a peaceful settlement through diplomatic negotiations, she must break her encirclement by force.

Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho told the opening session of Congress that the long-standing problems between the United States and Mexico were about to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Dorval International Airport, now known as Pierre Trudeau Airport, opened west of Montreal.

Ted Williams hit 2 home runs in the first game and another in the second game as the Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals 13-9 and 10-2 before 22,577 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

Rudy York hit 3 home runs and batted in 5 runs to lead the Detroit Tigers over the St. Louis Browns 9-5 in the first game of a doubleheader before 22,180 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers overcame an early 7-0 deficit to win the second game 16-8 and complete the sweep.

The New York Yankees amassed 19 hits and the Philadelphia Athletics made 18 as the Yankees beat the Athletics 13-11 in the first game of a doubleheader before 25,121 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Bill Beckmann allowed 11 hits and 4 bases on balls, but pitched a complete game victory as the Athletics won the second game 5-1.

Luke Appling had 3 hits in the first game and 4 in the second to help the Chicago White Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 7-3 and 4-3 in 12 innings before 11,368 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Taffy Wright scored the winning run in the second game when he led off the 12th inning with a base on balls and scored on an outfield fly by Tom Turner. Beau Bell came to bat for Cleveland in the 8th inning of the first game and popped out in the 767th and last game of his seven-year major league career.

Dolph Camilli batted 5 for 7 with a home run, 2 doubles, and 3 runs batted in, singling home Pete Coscarart with the winning run with 1 out in the bottom of the 15th inning, as the Brooklyn Dodgers edged the Boston Braves 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader before 27,516 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. In the second game, Peter Reiser led off the bottom of the 6th with a triple and scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Cookie Lavagetto to tie the game 2-2, which proved to be the final score, as the game was called after 6 innings because of darkness.

Mel Ott hit a home run in each game to help the New York Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 and 4-3 in 10 innings before 8,248 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Paul Derringer pitched a 6-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Jake Mooty, who also pitched a 6-hitter, as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 25,107 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In the second game, Babe Dahlgren doubled home 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the score, and then Phil Cavarretta tripled home Stan Hack with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Cubs a 5-4 win.

Ernie White pitched a 9-hit complete game and tripled home a run to improve his 1941 record to 17-4 as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheder before 34,812 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Johnny Mize hit a single, double, and triple to help the Cardinals complete the sweep with a 6-3 win in the second game, which was called because of darkness after 7 1/2 innings.

70 years ago

Politics and government
In a plebisicite in Greece on the country's form of government, 70% of voters rejected a republic and voted in favour of retaining King George II as head of state.

The Socialist Unity Party took 56% of the vote in municipal elections in Soviet-occupied Saxony.

The French Socialist Party Congress ended in Paris with an address by Leon Blum, after passing resolutions calling for continued independence from the Communists and condemning domination of the United Nations by the Big Four powers (U.S.A.; U.S.S.R.; U.K.; China).

Riots broke out in Bombay as Muslims protested the installation of the Hindu-dominated interim government in India.

The Brazilian government imposed martial law in Rio de Janeiro after four days of anti-inflation riots.

The U.S. Naval Academy announced that only 879 midshipmen had entered the class of 1950, the lowest number since 1939.

The U.S.S.R. Communist Party organ Country & Life reported that the party's Central Committee had ordered a purge of Western and domestic plays that preached "bourgeois" ideology and anti-Soviet ideas.

The Japanese government's Liquidation Commission set September 30 for the dissolution of Japan's five largest Zaibatsu holding companies: Mistui; Mitsubishi; Sumitomo; Yasuda; and Fuji Industrial.

The Congress of Industrial Organization Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union called a strike of its 25,000 Hawaiian sugar plantation workers for a 15c hourly wage increase.

Patty Berg won the first United States Women's Open at Spokane Country Club in Spokane, Washington, defeating Betty Jameson 5 and 4 in the 36-hole final.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Portuguese Washerwomen--Joe "Fingers" Carr (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Heimweh--Freddy Quinn (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)--Doris Day (4th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Jukebox--1st week at #1); My Prayer--The Platters (Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1; Top 100--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Hound Dog--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)
2 My Prayer--The Platters
3 Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)--Doris Day
4 Don't Be Cruel--Elvis Presley
5 The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 and 2)--Buchanan and Goodman
6 Canadian Sunset--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra with Eddie Heywood
--Andy Williams
7 Allegheny Moon--Patti Page
8 The Fool--Sanford Clark
--The Gallahads
9 Theme Song from Song for a Summer Night (Parts 1 and 2)--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
10 Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2)--Bill Doggett

Singles entering the chart were Rip it Up by Bill Haley and his Comets (#25, charting with the version by Little Richard); Tumbling Tumbleweeds by Roger Williams (#39); A House with Love in It by the Four Lads (#44); From a School Ring to a Wedding Ring by the Rover Boys (#45); and From the Candy Store on the Corner to the Chapel on the Hill by Tony Bennett (#48). Rip it Up was the other side of Teenager's Mother (Are You Right?), charting at #50.

Cyprus Governor Sir John Harding invited "visiting forces" of the United States, France, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, and Ceylon to use British facilities on the island as a base for Middle Eastern operations.

Burmese sources reported a concentration of Communist Chinese troops on the Burmese border.

Saskatchewan (1-3) 17 @ Calgary (1-3) 27

Kitchener-Waterloo (1-1) 20 @ Sarnia (1-1) 26

Gene Robillard scored 2 touchdowns and Andy Sokol and Joe Zaleski each scored a TD as the Golden Bears defeated the Dutchmen at Norm Perry Park. Billy Graham led Kitchener-Waterloo with a touchdown and 2 converts.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)

CBC/Radio-Canada became the first Canadian television network to broadcast in colour, followed within days by CTV.

U Thant announced his intention to resign after the conclusion of his first term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

40 years ago

This blogger registered for the beginning of grade 11 at Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary.

Politics and government
Aparicio Mendez Manfredini officilly took office as President of Uruguay and suspended for 15 years the political rights of the leaders of all parties in the country.

Wayne Hays (Democrat), who had reperesented Ohio's 18th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives since 1949, resigned his seat as a result of a scandal involving his affair with Elizabeth Ray, whom he had hired as a secretary, but who admitted to having no seceretarial skills.

Toronto (3-4) 27 @ Ottawa (6-2) 40
Calgary (0-6-1) 20 @ Winnipeg (3-4) 29

Tony Gabriel caught 3 touchdowns, and ran backwards across the goal line on his last score, as the Rough Riders beat the Argonauts before 28,060 fans at Lansdowne Park.

The Blue Bombers made 3 interceptions as they defeated the Stampeders before 22,345 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Calgary quarterback Tom Sherman completed 22 of 38 passes. It was the only CFL game for Calgary defensive end Chuck Brislin.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Papa Don't Preach--Madonna (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): La Puerta de Alcalá--Víctor Manuel y Ana Belén (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Murray Hamilton, 63
. U.S. actor. Mr. Hamilton was a character actor who appeared in numerous films and television programs, but was perhaps best known for playing Mr. Robinson in The Graduate (1967). He died of lung cancer.

The French-language Montréal-based Quatre-Saisons (TQS) network began broadcasting.

Edmonton (6-3) 42 @ Calgary (5-5) 19
Montreal (2-7) 7 @ Hamilton (4-5) 42

Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan completed 2 touchdown passes to Brian Kelly in the first 4 minutes of the game and the Eskimos led 21-0 after the 1st quarter, as they easily beat the Stampeders before 33,626 fans, the first sellout crowd at McMahon Stadium since 1982. It was the first CFL game for Edmonton linebacker Bruce Green. Huey Lewis and the News, scheduled to make concert appearances in Calgary and Edmonton later in the week, were introduced on the field at halftime, but didn't perform.

Walter Bender rushed for 3 touchdowns and Mike Kerrigan passed for 2 more as the Tiger-Cats routed the Alouettes before 23,185 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Wind of Change--Scorpions (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)

Uzbekistan declared its independence from the U.S.S.R.

Winnipeg (5-4) 23 @ Saskatchewan (3-6) 56

30,314 fans were in attendance at Taylor Field in Regina to see the Roughriders beat the Blue Bombers in a game that saw Winnipeg take 17 penalties for 159 yards and lose two players to ejection for the second straight game.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Chains--DLT (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (6th week at #1)

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Under the Sky series continued at Hawrelak Park, but heavy winds forced the cancellation of the outdoor performance, and a recital by guest pianist Libby Yu took place in the beer tent. This blogger was in attendance.

Winnipeg (5-5) 23 @ Saskatchewan (3-7) 41

The Roughriders recovered three Winnipeg fumbles as they defeated the Blue Bombers before 25,876 fans at Taylor Field in Regina.

10 years ago

British Columbia (8-3) 48 @ Montreal (7-4) 13

Dave Dickenson started at quarterback for the Lions before being injured in the 2nd quarter, but substitute Buck Pierce did an outstanding job in relief as the Lions routed the Alouettes before a sellout Molson Stadium crowd of 20,202.

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