150 years ago
Born on this date
H.G. Wells. U.K. author. Herbert George Wells was best known for science fiction novels such as The Time Machine (1895); The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896); The Invisible Man (1897); and The War of the Worlds (1898). He was a socialist and a believer in Darwinian evolution who expressed his views not only in his fiction but in such non-fiction works as The Outline of History (1920). Mr. Wells died on August 13, 1946 at the age of 79.
120 years ago
British forces under the command of Horatio Kitchener took Dongola in Sudan.
75 years ago
The German command announced that German forces had broken through from Berislav to the Sea of Azov, isolating Crimea.
Reports from Stockholm stated that German authorities had extended martial law to all of Norway.
Politics and government
13 Liberal members of the Colombian Senate, together with the minority Conservatives, resigned in protest against the Liberal Party's choice of former President Alfonso Lopez-Pumareio as its presidential candidate for the 1942 elections.
Sam Snead won the $7,000 Hurst invitational tournament in Philadelphia with an 8-under-par score of 272.
The Homestead (Pennsylvania) Grays swept a doubleheader from the New York Cuban Stars 20-0 and 5-0 at Yankee Stadium in New York to win the Negro National League championship.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)
Politics and government
The French Constituent Assembly passed the new constitution on its first reading.
The provisional Bolivian government removed all Supreme Court justices for "collaboration" with the recently-ousted regime of President Gualberto Villaroel.
A U.S. federal court in Danville, Illinois convicted 16 officers of the A&P grocery store chain for conspiring to restrain trade and to "monopolize a substantial part of [food] products in interstate commerce."
A U.S. Senate Military Affairs subcommittee charged that favouritism and "lax, incompetent practices" were prevalent in the War Assets Administration.
Ottawa (2-1) 12 @ Toronto (2-0-1) 13
Montreal (1-1-1) 24 @ Hamilton (0-3) 1
Saskatchewan (0-4) 7 @ Calgary (4-1) 19
Sarnia (2-1) 18 @ Ottawa (0-3) 6
Hamilton (2-1) 14 @ Windsor (1-1) 7
Toronto Indians 7 @ University of Toronto 8
Queen's 23 Guelph 1
Wilf Tremblay scored a touchdown for the Rough Riders in the last minute, but Ace Powell's convert was blocked, allowing the Argonauts to escape with the win before a capacity crowd of 10,000 at Oakwood Stadium.
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Lay Down Your Arms--Anne Shelton
Died on this date
Rigoberto Lopez Perez. Nicaraguan criminal. Mr. Lopez Perez shot and seriously wounded Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza, and was in turn shot to death by Mr. Somoza's aide, Colonel Camilo Gonzalez. Mr. Somoza survived and continued in office.
Pittsburgh city officials barred Elvis Presley from Syria Mosque (except for one previously scheduled show) because of damage done to the auditorium by teenage audiences.
The second London conference on the Suez Canal ended without agreement on international operation of the canal. U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, in a letter to U.K. Foreign Secretary and London conference chairman Selwyn Lloyd, said that he would confer with U.S. Treasury officials and "owners of American flag vessels" to ensure U.S. cooperation with "operating practices" of the Suez Canal Users' Associaton.
Canadian Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent announced plans to sell 24 F-86 Sabrejets to Israel.
Sperry Rand Corporation dropped its $90-million antitrust suit against International Business Machines after the two firms agreed to stop patent infringement charges and exchange licenses for electronic data processing and punch card accounting machinery.
Kitchener-Waterloo (4-1) 29 @ London (2-4) 7
Billy Graham scored 2 touchdowns and 3 converts to lead the Dutchmen over the Lords at Labatt Park. Andy Gilmour scored the other K-W touchdown, while Bob Celeri added a convert and a single. Don Creighton scored the London touchdown.
50 years ago
Died on this date
Paul Reynaud, 87. Prime Minister of France, 1940. Mr. Reynaud, a member of the Democratic Republican Alliance, held various cabinet posts before serving as Prime Minister from March 21-June 16, 1940, during which time France was defeated and occupied by German Nazi forces. Mr. Reynaud resigned as Prime Minister after refusing to support an armistice with Germany; he was imprisoned in Germany and Austria from 1942-1945, but returned to France in 1946 and continued to be active in politics until 1962.
Toronto (1-7) 9 @ Winnipeg (5-4) 43
Kenny Ploen threw 3 touchdown passes to Ken Nielsen and rushed for a TD of his own as the Blue Bombers routed the Argonauts before 17,112 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Ed Ulmer added 2 Winnipeg touchdowns, one on a 53-yard interception return. Norm Winton converted all 6 Winnipeg TDs and added a single. Bobby Taylor scored the Toronto touchdown.
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Dancing Queen--ABBA (5th week at #1)
Died on this date
Orlando Letelier, 44. Chilean politician and diplomat. Mr. Letelier, a member of the Chilean Socilaist Party, Ambassador to the United States (1971-1973), and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Defense (1973) in the cabinet of President Salvador Allende, died along with his American co-worker Ronni Moffitt, 25, in a car bomb explosion in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Moffitt's husband Michael survived the explosion. Mr. Letlier was a critic of Chile's current military junta; Chilean emigres blamed Chile's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) for the assassination.
The Seychelles joined the United Nations.
30 years ago
Calgary (6-6) 15 @ Hamilton (5-6-1) 20
The Hamilton defense intercepted 3 of Calgary quarterback Rick Johnson's passes in the 4th quarter as the Tiger-Cats held on to defeat the Stampeders before 15,105 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. It was the final game of the 3-year CFL career of Calgary receiver Tag Rome.
Jimmy Jones, in his major league debut, gave up just 1 hit--a 3rd-inning triple by opposing pitcher Bob Knepper--as the San Diego Padres blanked the Houston Astros 5-0 before 23,385 fans at the Astrodome. Mr. Jones also singled and scored in his first major league plate appearance. John Kruk hit 4 singles in 5 at bats for the Padres.
Marvin Freeman earned his first major league win as he pitched the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 win over the New York Mets before 42,631 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. He also became a father that day with the birth of his daughter Paris.
Roger Clemens allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Jimmy Key as the Boston Red Sox edged the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 before 44,197 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Mr. Clemens improved his 1986 record to 24-4, while Mr. Key, who allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs in 8 1/3 innings, fell to 13-11. The Boston scoring came on solo home runs by Dave Sax, Rich Gedman, and Dwight Evans.
Charlie Moore reached first base on catcher's interference and eventually scored on an error by first baseman Eddie Murray in the top of the 11th inning, breaking a 4-4 tie and giving the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles before 23,039 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Dale Sveum had led off the inning with a base on balls, and Baltimore manager Earl Weaver was ejected by home plate umpire Al Clark for arguing that Rich Bordi was attempting a pitchout, and that Mr. Moore had thrown his bat at the ball and made contact with the glove of catcher Rick Dempsey, who was charged with an error for the interference. For Mr. Weaver, it was the 94th and last ejection of his 17-year career as manager of the Orioles.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (9th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Say Yes--Chage and Aska (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Rapput (Senza Fiato)--Claudio Bisio; Rocco Tanica (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Asi Me Gusta--Chimo Bayo
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (7th week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy (rap BCBG)--La Zoubida--Lagaf' (9th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (7th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (11th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Adore Mi Amor--Color Me Badd
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul (2nd week at #1)
2 I Adore Mi Amor--Color Me Badd
3 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
4 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton
5 Things that Make You Go Hmmm...--C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
7 Motownphilly--Boyz II Men
8 Love of a Lifetime--Firehouse
9 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
10 Good Vibrations--Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
Singles entering the chart were Set the Night to Music by Roberta Flack with Maxi Priest (#68); Don't Cry by Guns N' Roses (#73); Lies by EMF (#75); Something Got Me Started by Simply Red (#77); Let's Talk About Sex by Salt-N-Pepa (#84); The Devil Came Up to Michigan by K.M.C. Kru (#86); and Ballad of Youth by Richie Sambora (#88).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (8th week at #1)
2 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
3 Hole Hearted--Extreme
4 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
5 Shiny Happy People--R.E.M.
6 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton
7 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
8 I am Here--The Grapes of Wrath
9 It Hit Me Like a Hammer--Huey Lewis and the News
10 The Real Love--Bob Seger
Singles entering the chart were Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway (#75); Rose Colored Logic by Animal Logic (#89); Now that We Found Love by Heavy D & the Boyz (#94); No Woman No Cry by Seal (#96); Future Love Paradise by Londonbeat (#97); Dollar in My Pocket (Pretty Things) by Big House (#98); and The Truth by Tami Show (#99).
Armenia was granted independence from the U.S.S.R.
Edmonton (7-5) 28 @ Toronto (8-4) 47
Saskatchewan (4-8) 49 @ British Columbia (7-5) 47
David Williams, who had been traded by the Eskimos to the Argonauts three days earlier for a 1992 draft choice, caught 2 touchdown passes against his former team as the Argonauts handily won before 34,895 fans at SkyDome. Toronto quarterback Rickey Foggie also completed touchdown passes to Rocket Ismail, Paul Masotti, and Darrell K. Smith. Blake Marshall scored 2 touchdowns for the Eskimos. It was the final game in an Edmonton uniform for kicker and punter Jerry Kauric, who had played with them from 1987-1989 and was in his second game back with the team after being released by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.
Kent Austin completed 35 of 54 passes for 451 yards and 6 touchdowns--3 to Jeff Fairholm--as the Roughriders outlasted the Lions before 41,192 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Ray Elgaard caught 2 of Mr. Austin's TD passes, and Don Narcisse caught another. B.C. quarterback Doug Flutie passed for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns--1 to his brother Darren--and rushed for another touchdown, but also threw 4 interceptions. Jon Volpe rushed for 2 B.C. touchdowns.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Macarena--Los Del Rio (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Killing Me Softly--Regina
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Wannabe--Spice Girls
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Killing Me Softly--The Fugees (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): How Bizarre--OMC (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Ready or Not--The Fugees
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio (8th week at #1)
U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Love You Always Forever--Donna Lewis (3rd week at #1)
2 Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)--Los Del Rio
3 Loungin--LL Cool J
4 Change the World--Eric Clapton
5 Twisted--Keith Sweat
6 It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion
7 Only You--112
8 Where Do You Go--No Mercy
9 C'mon n' Ride It (The Train)--Quad City DJ’s
10 If Your Girl Only Knew--Aaliyah
Singles entering the chart were Ready to Go by Republica (#69); Movin' On by Ce Ce Peniston (#78); and Birmingham by Amanda Marshall (#86).
The Defense of Marriage Act passed the United States Congress (a vote of 342-67 in the House of Representatives and a vote of 85-14 in the Senate). The law prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage, while allowing states to adopt any marital definition of their choosing.
The board of Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.
Calgary (9-4) 22 @ Toronto (11-2) 23
Saskatchewan (3-10) 10 @ British Columbia (4-9) 22
Jimmy Cunningham returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown and amassed 249 all-purpose yards to help the Argonauts edge the Stampeders before 27,209 fans at SkyDome.
Virgil Robertson intercepted a Heath Rylance pass and returned it for a touchdown in the 4th quarter to clinch the Lions' victory over the Roughriders before 21,221 fans at B.C. Place in Vancouver.
Alberta (2-1) 41 Manitoba 14
10 years ago
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his first address to the United Nations General Assembly; he appealed for more aid to Afghanistan, saying the future of the United Nations depended on success there.
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