Wednesday, 19 October 2016

October 18, 2016

1,000 years ago

Danish forces commanded by King Cnut the Great defeated Saxon forces commanded by King Edmund Ironside in the Battle of Assandun in Essex, completing the Danish conquest of England.

130 years ago

Round 1
Queen's College 4 @ Royal Military College 2 @ Kingston (replay of October 16 drawn game)

World Championship Series
St. Louis Browns 0 @ Chicago White Stockings 6 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 1-0)

John Clarkson pitched a 5-hitter as the National League champion White Stockings blanked the American Association champion Browns at West Side Park.

110 years ago

Peterborough (1-2) 1 @ Hamilton (3-0) 42
Toronto Argonauts (2-1) 15 Toronto Victorias (0-3) 5

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Piano Concerto in B Flat--Freddy Martin (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 81
. 7th President of Portugal, 1923-1925. Mr. Teixeira Gomes was Portuguese Minister to the United Kingdom from 1911-1918 and 1919-1923. He was an unsuccessful Partido Democrático (Democratic Party) candidate for President in 1919, but was elected as an independent in 1923. Mr. Teixeira Gomes was the target of constant opposition from the Nationalist Party, and resigned, under the pretext of poor health, on December 11, 1925. He went into exile six days later, and died in French Algeria.

Soviet troops slowed down the German attack on Moscow, while the German command announced that the 17-day battle of Bryansk and Vyazma on the central front had ended with the destruction of eight U.S.S.R. armies. U.K. and U.S.S.R. troops evacuated Tehran.

Politics and government
Lieutenant General Hideki Tojo formed a new cabinet in Japan with himself as Prime Minister, War Minister, and Home Minister.

U.S. Senators Carter Glass (Democrat--Virginia) and Claude Pepper (Democrat--Florida) urged that the entire Neutrality Act be repealed. A Gallup Poll reported that 72% of American voters favoured amending the Neutrality Act to permit the arming of U.S. merchant ships.

Economics and finance
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced that, effective November 15, 1941, his government had decided to control prices and wages in order to avert inflation.

In a survey conducted for the American Association for Adult Education, Dr. Ruth Kotinsky estimated that at least 16 million people in the United States over the age of 10 were functionally illiterate.

Montreal (0-4) 1 Toronto Argonauts (4-0) 12 @ Kingston
Ottawa (3-1) 3 @ Toronto Balmy Beach (1-3) 0

Pat Reid and Mike Meikle scored touchdowns for the Argonauts in their win over the Bulldogs at Richardson Stadium.

George Fraser's field goal was all the scoring in the Rough Riders' win over Balmy Beach.

Winnipeg (5-2) 15 @ Regina (5-2) 1

Mel Wilson and Ken Preston scored touchdowns for the Blue Bombers in their apparent win over the Roughriders at Park de Young. Six days later, the game was forfeited to the Roughriders when it was ruled that Mr. Preston, who had formerly played for the Roughriders, hadn't lived in Winnipeg long enough to satisfy the WIFU's residency requirements and had therefore been ineligible to play for Winnipeg. Mr. Preston went on to serve as the Saskatchewan Roughriders' general manager from 1958-1977 and ended up in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder.

70 years ago

The Chinese Communist Central Executive Committee rejected Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's October 16 truce proposal.

United Nations Secretary-General Trygve Lie rejected a new membership application from Albania.

The United Nations Inter-Governmental Committee on Refugees announced that "travel documents" similar to passports would be issued to displaced persons starting January 15, 1947.

German-born Argentine citizen Teodoro Erdmann Lau was charged in New York with espionage and identified as the paymaster of German spies in the United States during World War II.

Montreal (4-2-2) 19 @ Hamilton (0-7-2) 0

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): La Plus belle chose au monde--Luis Mariano (3rd week at #1)

United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold warned in a letter to the UN Security Council that Israel was jeoparding the Palestinian truce by unilateral investigation of Arab raids and launching of retaliatory attacks.

Economics and finance
The International Monetary Fund granted France permission to draw up to $262.5 million from the fund during the next 12 months to offset a drain on French gold and dollar reserves.

Drs. Dickinson Richards, Jr. and Andre Cournand of Columbia University and Dr. Werner Forssmann of Bad Kreuznach, West Germany were awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing new techniques in diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Horse racing
Bill Shoemaker became the first American jockey to win $2 million in one year when he rode Beautillion to victory in the sixth race at Garden State Park in Camden, New Jersey, boosting his 1956 season's purse winnings to $2,001,165.

50 years ago

On television tonight
Wojeck, starring John Vernon, on CBC
Tonight's episode: Does Anyone Remember the Victim's Name?

The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Joshua's Kingdom, with guest stars Harry Townes, Kim Darby, and Tom Skerritt

Died on this date
S. S. Kresge, 99
. U.S. department store magnate. Sebastian Spering Kresge founded the S.S. Kresge Company in 1899, and opened the first Kmart store in 1962. The company he founded became known as Kmart Corporation in 1977.

Elizabeth Arden, 87. Canadian-born cosmetics magnate. Miss Arden, born Florence Nightingale Graham in Woodbridge, Ontario, founded what is now Elizabeth Arden, Inc. in New York City in 1910.

The United Nations admitted Botswana and Lesotho, increasing UN membership to 121 countries.

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson left for a Pacific Asian trip and the Manila Conference.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Dancing Queen--ABBA (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Pearl Color ni Yurete--Momoe Yamaguchi (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): El Jardín Prohibido--Sandro Giacobbe (11th week at #1)

On television tonight
Sherlock Holmes in New York, starring Roger Moore and Patrick Macnee, on NBC

This original Sherlock Holmes pastiche starred Mr. Moore as Sherlock Holmes, Mr. Macnee as Dr. Watson, Charlotte Rampling as Irene Adler, and John Huston as Professor Moriarty.

Six Arab leaders, meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, signed a peace pact for Lebanon calling for a 30,000-man peacekeeping force to supervise the withdrawal of troops to positions they had held before April 1975.

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau issued conflict of interest guidelines for his ministers.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Easy Lady--Spagna (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): The Final Countdown--Europe (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): The Final Countdown--Europe (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): In the Army Now--Status Quo

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): True Blue--Madonna

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): When I Think of You--Janet Jackson (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson (2nd week at #1)
2 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
3 Throwing it All Away--Genesis
4 Heartbeat--Don Johnson
5 Typical Male--Tina Turner
6 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
7 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
8 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
9 Dreamtime--Daryl Hall
10 Heaven in Your Eyes--Loverboy

Singles entering the chart were Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News (#48); You Know I Love You...Don't You? by Howard Jones (#72); Foolish Pride by Daryl Hall (#74); C'est la Vie by Robbie Nevil (#76); Heartache All Over the World by Elton John (#78); Shake You Down by Gregory Abbott (#87); When the Rain Comes Down by Andy Taylor (#89); This Love by Bad Company (#90); and For Tonight by Nancy Martinez (#94). Hip to Be Square is this blogger's selection as the song that best represents the mentality of the 1980s.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
2 Rumors--Timex Social Club
3 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
4 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
5 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
6 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
7 Walk This Way--Run-D.M.C.
8 Venus--Bananarama
9 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
10 Heartbeat--Don Johnson

Singles entering the chart were Don't Get Me Wrong by the Pretenders (#80); Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung (#82); Love is Fire by Parachute Club (#87); You Know I Love You...Don't You? by Howard Jones (#93); Stay Loose by Gordon Lightfoot (#95); The Rain by Oran "Juice" Jones (#98); and The Untouchable One by Tom Cochrane and Red Rider (#99).

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The After Hours, starring Terry Farrell; Lost and Found, starring Akosua Busia; The World Next Door, starring George Wendt and Bernadette Birkett

The After Hours was a remake of an episode from the original series that had been broadcast on June 10, 1960.

This blogger was in attendance as Stevie Wonder performed at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. The concert started about half an hour late, but Mr. Wonder was worth the wait. I think the highlight was his instrumental performance of Alfie, which he had released as a single in 1968 under the pseudonym Eivets Rednow. My ticket cost $23.50.

Hamilton (7-8-1) 23 @ British Columbia (9-6) 17

The Tiger-Cats scored 10 points in the 3rd quarter before 40,127 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver in handing the Lions their fourth straight loss.

Alberta 12 @ Saskatchewan 40

World Series
Boston Red Sox 1 @ New York Mets 0 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)

An error by New York second baseman Tim Teufel allowed Jim Rice to score the game's only run in the top of the 7th inning. Winning pitcher Bruce Hurst allowed just 4 hits and recorded 8 strikeouts in 8 innings before Calvin Schiraldi came in to get the save. Losing pitcher Ron Darling allowed just 3 hits and recorded 8 strikeouts in 7 innings. 55,076 attended the first World Series game at Shea Stadium since 1973.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (2nd week at #1)

The Supreme Council of Azerbaijan adopted a declaration of independence from the U.S.S.R.

Manitoba 48 @ Alberta 11

Alberta third-string quarterback Olwen Lepps, a heart transplant recipient who had lost an eye to cancer during childhood, finally saw some game action in the last few minutes at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton after spending his freshman season with the Golden Bears on the sidelines. He completed 3 of 5 passes--he completed the first 3--and showed that he had the ability to absorb a hard hit, when he was flattened by a Bison defender.

The Chicago Cubs fired manager Jim Essian. He had replaced Don Zimmer early in the season and had posted a record of 59-63 as the Cubs finished at 77-83, fourth in the National League East Division.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Zehn kleine Jägermeister--Die Toten Hosen (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Coco Jamboo--Mr. President (5th week at #1)

Winnipeg (8-8) 15 @ Hamilton (8-8) 25

Anthony Calvillo completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Mac Cody and Paul Osbaldiston added 6 field goals and a convert as the Tiger-Cats built a 19-2 halftime lead and hung on to defeat the Blue Bombers before 17,567 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Anna Russell, 94
. U.K.-born Canadian musician. Miss Russell, born Anna Russell-Brown, was a pianist and singer known for her parodies of operas, reaching the peak of her popularity in the 1960s.

Lloyd Robertson celebrated his 30th year as a CTV National News anchor, making him the longest-serving anchor of a network newscast in North American history and second overall behind KTLA's Hal Fishman. Mr. Robertson had anchored The National on CBC from 1968-1976 before moving to CTV.

Politics and government
Former Revenue Minister Garth Turner (Halton) was suspended from the Conservative Party caucus in the Canadian House of Commons for criticizing Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his online blog. He sat as an independent MP before joining the Liberal Party in February 2007.

National League Championship Series
St. Louis 2 @ New York 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

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