Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September 27, 2016

950 years ago

William the Conqueror and his army set sail from the mouth of the River Somme, beginning the Norman conquest of England.

175 years ago

Politics and government
Sir Charles Bagot was appointed Governor General of the Province of Canada; he arrived in Kingston January 10, 1842.

120 years ago

Canadian Pacific Railway telegraph operators and despatchers in Montreal began a 10-day strike for shorter hours and higher wages.

100 years ago

The 148th and 150th Battalions of the Montreal Infantry and the 189th Battalion of the Infantry of Fraserville embarked from Montreal for service in France.

World events
Emperor Iyasu V was proclaimed deposed as ruler of Ethiopia in a palace coup in favour of his aunt Zewditu I.

80 years ago

The Boston Bees scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings as they beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in the first game of a doubleheader before 5,000 fans at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. William Ford, in his only major league game, started on the mound for Boston, walked the first three batters, and was removed in favour of Guy Bush, who pitched the remainder of the game. 2 of the batters walked by Mr. Ford came around to score, leaving him with a career major league earned run average of infinity. In the second game, Claude Passeau pitched a 12-hit complete game, and hit a solo home run in the 4th inning that proved to be the deciding run, as the Phillies won 4-3. Philadelphia third baseman Chuck Sheerin batted 1 for 2 in the first game and 2 for 4 in the second game, singling in his last plate appearance in the 39th and last game of his only major league season.

The Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis to finish in a tie with the Cardinals for second place in the National League. St. Louis first baseman Johnny Mize was ejected in the 7th inning for arguing with an umpire, and Walter Alston replaced him. In his only major league game, Mr. Alston made 1 error in 2 fielding chances at first base and was struck out by winning pitcher Lon Warneke in his only plate appearance. Mr. Warneke allowed 12 hits and 3 earned runs in winning the pitching matchup with Dizzy Dean.

Jimmie Foxx hit a home run in each game as the Boston Red Sox split a doubleheader with the Philadelphia Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, losing the first game 8-4 and winning the second game 5-4. Mr. Foxx drove in 4 runs in the first game and 2 in the second.

John Stone batted 5 for 5 with 2 triples, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in to help the Washington Nationals defeat the New York Yankees 10-5 at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

Earl Averill, Hal Trosky, and Bruce Campbell each had 3 hits as the Cleveland Indians routed the Detroit Tigers 9-1 at League Park in Cleveland in a game that was called because of rain with 1 out in the bottom of the 6th inning. Bob Feller pitched a complete game victory, allowing 3 hits and no earned runs, walking 7 batters and striking out 6. Detroit pitcher Schoolboy Rowe had a chance to get his 20th win of the season, but he allowed 11 hits and 6 runs--5 earned--in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss, finishing the season with a 19-10 record.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Blue Champagne--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra

Died on this date
Frank Burr Mallory, 78
. U.S. pathologist. Dr. Mallory's achievements included discovering and isolating the scarlet fever bacillus and discovering the cause of cirrhosis of the liver.

The Hungarian government reported that German dive bombers had destroyed the Yugoslavian town of Uzice in a battle with Serbian guerrillas. The American-owned tanker I.C. White, flying the Panamanian flag, was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. cargo ship SS Patrick Henry was launched, becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.

Politics and government
Reinhard Heydrich was appointed by German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler as Reich Protector in Bohemia-Moravia.

At least 100 people were killed in a hurricane that struck the Cabo Gracias area of Nicaragua.

Montreal (0-1) 5 @ Ottawa (1-0) 18
Toronto Balmy Beach (0-1) 6 @ Toronto Argonauts (1-0) 9

These were the first games played in the Eastern Rugby Football Union, which was taking the place of the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, which had ceased operations for the duration of World War II. Toronto Balmy Beach had moved into the ERFU from the Ontario Rugby Football Union, while the other ERFU teams were holdovers from the IRFU. The Montreal team was known as the Bulldogs in 1941.

Vancouver (1-5) 2 @ Regina (3-2) 22

70 years ago

Died on this date
Oblitas Bustamente
. Bolivian criminal. Mr. Bustamente, a former lieutenant in the Bolivian Army, was hanged by a mob in La Paz after he attempted to assassinate President Tomas Monje Gutierrez.

Geoffrey de Havilland, Jr., 36. U.K. aviator. Mr. de Havilland, the son of the founder of de Havilland Aircraft Company, was the company's chief test pilot. He was killed while carrying out high speed tests in the de Havilland DH.108 TG306, which broke up over the Thames River estuary.

Prosecutors at the Tokyo trial of accused Japanese war criminals introduced 170 documents to show that Germany had encouraged Japan to strike at the United Kingdom and United States in the Pacific Ocean.

Five days of renewed rioting between Hindus and Muslims in India resulted in 23 deaths and 80 injuries in Agra, Calcutta, Bombay, and Dacca.

Politics and government
The Communist Party U.S.A. revealed that it had expelled one of its founders, William Dunne, because of "factional activity."

The A&P food chain was fined $175,000 in Danville, Illinois after the conviction of 16 of its executives of running a monopoly.

Tony Zale (58-16-2) retained his world middleweight title with a knockout of Rocky Graziano (43-7-5) at 1:43 of the 6th round at Yankee Stadium.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Au revoir Rome--Lucienne Delyle (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Gerald Finzi, 55
. U.K. composer. Mr. Finzi was best known for his choral works, including the cantata Dies natalis (1939). He died after a long battle with Hodgkin's disease.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias, 45. U.S. athlete. Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias was probably the greatest female athlete in history. Her accomplishments included two gold medals and a silver medal in track and field at the 1932 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She didn't take up golf until 1935, but she won 48 professional tournaments, including 10 major championships. Miss Didrikson married professional wrestler George Zaharias in 1938. She was still a top-ranked golfer when she died after a long battle with colon cancer.

Mel Apt, 32. U.S. military aviator. Captain Apt was a test pilot with the United States Air Force. Flying the Bell X-2 over the Mojave Desert in California, he became the first pilot to reach Mach 3--peaking at Mach 3.196--and had turned back toward Edwards Air Force Base, but inertia coupling led to the breakup of the plane. Capt. Apt separated the escape capsule, but the main parachute failed to open, and he was killed on impact with the ground before he could bail out.

U.K. Prime Minister Anthony Eden and French Prime Minister Guy Mollet concluded two days of talks in Paris on the Suez Canal dispute.

World events
Bolivian political prisoners hijacked a plane flying them to La Paz from Santa Cruz and diverted it to Salta, Argentina, where they were granted political asylum.

Trials began in Poznan, Poland for three youths charged with participation in the mob murder of a security policeman, and nine others accused of attacking police buildings during riots in June.

Economics and finance
The International Monetary Fund granted Egypt a $15-million loan to meet foreign payment problems and to help her pay for 250,000 tons of Canadian wheat.

New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center authorities declared that Javier Pereira, a Zenú Indian from Colombia who claimed to be 167 years old, may be "more than 150 years old."

40 coal miners died when a coal mine in Calcutta was flooded.

50 years ago

On television tonight
Wojeck, starring John Vernon, on CBC
Tonight's episode: Tell Them the Streets are Dancing, with guest star Bruno Gerussi

The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: A Clean and Quiet Town, with guest stars Carol Rossen and Michael Strong

Politics and government
South Vietnam inaugurated the Constituent Assembly to write a new constitution.

Three days of race riots began in San Francisco.

British Columbia (2-8) 23 @ Montreal (4-5) 25
Calgary (4-6-1) 16 @ Winnipeg (5-5) 9

George Bork completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Gerry Sternberg, while Bob Paremore rushed 80 yards for a TD and Don Lisbon rushed 8 yards for another as the Alouettes edged the Lions before 18,000 fans at Molson Stadium. Former Lion Peter Kempf provided the winning margin with a field goal, while also kicking 3 converts and a single. Bill Munsey, Willie Fleming, and Sonny Homer scored B.C. touchdowns, while Bill Mitchell added 2 converts and a field goal.

Jerry Keeling tied Sam Etcheverry's 10-year-old league record by completing a pass to Terry Evanshen for a 109-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter to help the Stampeders beat the Blue Bombers before 15,107 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Howard Starks scored the other Calgary touchdown, while Art Perkins scored the Winnipeg TD.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Dancing Queen--ABBA (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Anata Dake wo--Teruhiko Aoi (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Jardín Prohibido--Sandro Giacobbe (8th week at #1)

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Easy Lady--Spagna (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): The Final Countdown--Europe

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Don't Leave Me This Way--The Communards (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News (2nd week at #1)
2 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
3 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
4 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
5 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
6 Dreamtime--Daryl Hall
7 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
8 Words Get in the Way--Miami Sound Machine
9 Walk This Way--Run-D.M.C.
10 Love-Zone--Billy Ocean

Singles entering the chart were Amanda by Boston (#43); Jumpin' Jack Flash by Aretha Franklin (#55); Freedom Overspill by Steve Winwood (#81); (Forever) Live and Die by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (#84); Love is the Hero by Billy Squier (#85); I Feel the Magic by Belinda Carlisle (#86); Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles (#87); Goin' Crazy! by David Lee Roth (#88); Welcome to the Boomtown by David and David (#89); and Who Says by Device (#90).. Aretha Franklin's version of Jumpin' Jack Flash was the title song from the movie.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
2 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
3 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
4 Venus--Bananarama
5 Rumors--Timex Social Club
6 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
7 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
8 Words Get in the Way--Miami Sound Machine
9 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
10 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics

Singles entering the chart were True Blue by Madonna (#84); Alana Loves Me by Kim Mitchell (#91); (It's) No Mystery by Harlequin (#95); 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago (#96); Jody by Jermaine Stewart (#98); and Coming Around Again by Carly Simon (#99).

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Once and Future King, starring Jeff Yagher; A Saucer of Loneliness, starring Shelley Duvall

This was the first episode of the series' second season, and was a good one.

Died on this date
Chuck Sheerin, 77
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Sheerin was an infielder with the Philadelphia Phillies (1936), batting .264 with no home runs and 4 runs batted in in 39 games. He played in the minor leagues from 1933-1938, batting .248 with 28 home runs in 503 games. Mr. Sheerin died 50 years to the day of his last major league game.

Hamilton (6-6-1) 31 @ Ottawa (2-10) 11

Mike Kerrigan passed 5 yards to Wayne Lee and 22 yards to Tony Champion for touchdowns, while Paul Osbaldiston added 2 converts, 5 field goals, and a single for the Tiger-Cats as they beat the Rough Riders before 17,221 fans at Lansdowne Park.

Alberta 21 @ Manitoba 27

Jack Morris pitched a 4-hit complete game as the Detroit Tigers edged the New York Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings before 25,778 fans at Yankee Stadium, improving his record for the season to 20-8. Lou Whitaker led off the top of the 10th inning with a single, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a 2-out single by Larry Herndon.

Larry Parrish hit a home run with 1 out in the top of the 4th inning for the game's only run as the Texas Rangers edged the California Angels 1-0 before 30,886 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Charlie Hough pitched a 2-hitter to improve his record for the season to 16-10, winning the pitchers' duel over Don Sutton, who allowed 2 hits and 1 earned 1 in 7 1/3 innings.

Scott McGregor pitched a 2-hitter and the Baltimore Orioles scored 4 runs in the 1st inning as they shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 7-0 before 22,191 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Jerry Hairston hit home runs in both games to help the Chicago White Sox sweep a twi-night doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins 5-2 and 4-3 before 14,148 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The White Sox won the second game when Ozzie Guillen singled home pinch runner Daryl Boston from third base with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The Oakland Athletics scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and went on to defeat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader before 28,375 fans at Royals Stadium. The Athletics scored 5 runs in the first 3 innings and won the second game 9-6 to complete the sweep. Dennis Leonard started on the mound for Kansas City in the second game and allowed 7 hits and 3 runs--all earned--in 1 1/3 innings, but escaped with no decision in the 313th and last game of his 13-year major league career.

Floyd Youmans of the Montreal Expos pitched a 2-hit complete game and recorded 15 strikeouts, but still lost 1-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies before 6,493 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Von Hayes led off the top of the 4th inning with a base on balls and Mike Schmidt followed with a double to score Mr. Hayes with the only run. Don Carman, Tom Hume, and Steve Bedrosian combined for a 6-hit shutout for the Phillies.

An error by relief pitcher Barry Jones allowed the New York Mets to score 2 runs in the top of the 11th inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 before 13,210 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Ryne Sandberg tripled home 2 runs and came around to score as the Chicago Cubs scored 4 runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie and held on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 before 31,968 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals had runners on second and third bases with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th, but Mike LaValliere lined out to center field to end the game. Chicago catcher Mike Martin doubled in the 8th inning for his only major league hit, batting 1 for 4 in the 8th and last game of his only major league season.

Buddy Bell hit a 3-run home run with 2 out in the top of the 11th inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Cincinnati Reds a 7-4 win over the San Diego Padres before 8,708 fans at Jack Murphy-San Diego Stadium. The Padres trailed 4-0 after 8 1/2 innings, but tied the game with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Bacardi Feeling (Summer Dreamin')--Kate Yanai (7th week at #1)

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked 7-7 on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Winnipeg (7-6) 15 @ Edmonton (8-5) 31

Warren Jones quarterbacked the Eskimos to victory over the Blue Bombers before 30,212 fans at Commonwealth Stadium, while the Edmonton defense held league rushing leader Robert Mimbs to 14 yards on 12 carries.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Wannabe--Spice Girls (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Coco Jamboo--Mr. President (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Mohammad Najibullah, 49
. 7th President of Afghanistan, 1987-1992. Dr. Nabijullah, a member of the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (Communist), was President during the U.S.S.R.'s occupation of the country. When rebel Taliban forces captured Kabul, Dr. Najibullah and his brother Shahpur were castrated and then dragged to their deaths behind trucks.

Rebel Taliban forces captured the Afghan capital city of Kabul after driving out President Burhanuddin Rabbani and executing former leader Mohammad Najibullah.

The Liberian tanker ship Julie N. spilled thousands of gallons of oil after crashing into the Million Dollar Bridge in Portland, Maine.

Ottawa (3-10) 17 @ Calgary (10-4) 24

Kelvin Anderson rushed for 77 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown, to help the Stampeders defeat the Rough Riders before 21,607 fans at McMahon Stadium and clinch a playoff spot.

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