210 years ago
Forces of the British Empire laid siege to the French port of Boulogne by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.
160 years ago
The Second Opium War between several western powers and China began with the Arrow Incident on the Pearl River.
100 years ago
Died on this date
James Richardson, 20. U.K.-born Canadian military musician. Piper Richardson earned a posthumous Victoria Cross for inspiring the men of the 16th Canadian Battalion to capture a German position at the Battle of the Somme. Mr. Richardson fearlessly marched in front of the enemy playing his bagpipes, and was killed.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Adventure of the Voodoo Curse
Died on this date
Ahmet Tevfik Pasha, 91. Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, 1909; 1918-1919; 1920-1922. Mr. Tevfik Pasha was the last Grand Vizier (Prime Minister) of the Ottoman Empire, under Sultans Abdul Hamid II and Mehmet VI. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1899-1909, serving as Grand Vizier from April 13, 1909 until he resigned on May 5 as Sultan Abdul Hamid II was deposed. Mr. Tevfik Pasha began his second term as Grand Vizier on November 11, 1918, the day of the World War I armistice; he resigned on March 3, 1919 after the dissolution of the government as a result of pressure from Allied military occupation. Mr. Tevfik Pasha was again appointed Grand Vizier on October 21, 1920 and held the position until he resigned on November 4, 1922, three days after the abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate.
Red Ames, 54. U.S. baseball pitcher. Leon Kessling Ames played with the New York Giants (1903-1913); Cincinnati Reds (1913-1915); St. Louis Cardinals (1915-1919); and Philadelphia Phillies (1919), compiling a record of 183-167 with an earned run average of 2.63 in 533 games. His best season was 1905, when he was 22-8 with a 2.74 ERA in helping the Giants to their second straight National League pennant and first modern World Series championship. Mr. Ames was also a member of NL pennant-winning teams in 1911 and 1912. On opening day in 1909, Mr. Ames pitched a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Superbas for 9 innings, gave up a hit in the 10th inning, and lost the game 3-0 in the 13th. He died after a long illness that began when he inhaled ammonia fumes from a defective drum in a dairy at which he worked.
75 years ago
During the preliminaries of the Battle of Rostov, German forces reached the Sea of Azov with the capture of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Press reports to Budapest and Berlin stated that heavy fighting was continuing in Yugoslavia between Serbian guerrillas and German and Italian troops. Japanese military authorities in Shanghai stated that Chines forces had launched an offensive along the middle Yangtze River and were threatening Shasi in the province of Hupeh.
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved a second supplemental national defense appropriation bill, including $5.985 billion in Lend-Lease funds.
U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle stated at his first press conference that he approved the use of wire-tapping in cases involving espionage, sabotage, or kidnapping.
George Sylvester Viereck, a veteran U.S. journalist who was known for propagandizing on behalf of Germany, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York on a five-count indictment charging him with withholding information concerning his German propaganda activity.
Dr. Norman Plummer of Cornell University Medical College said that sulfadiazine had cured a case of subacute bacterial endocarditis, an infectious heart disease previously regarded as 100% fatal.
70 years ago
The Soviet prosecution began its case at the Tokyo trial of accused Japanese war criminals, charging that Japan hoped to use the German invasion of Russia as an opportunity to seize Russian Far Eastern Territory.
U.S. representative General George Marshall and U.S. Ambassador to China John Stuart reported that Communists had rejected a proposed 10-day truce in northern China.
France submitted to the United Nations General Assembly a trusteeship proposal for the UN-mandated territories of Cameroons and Togoland.
Politics and government
The opposition Socialist Workers' Party and Patriotic Junta were legalized in Venezuela.
U.K. Fuel and Power Minister Emanuel Shinwell warned that Britain would face a grave fuel shortage and possible industrial breakdown if fuel consumption was not reduced by 10%.
60 years ago
Soviet Foreign Minister Dmitri Shepilov asked that an "authoritative committee of the Security Council," including Egypt, U.K., France, U.S.A., India, and U.S.S.R. be set up for negotiations on the Suez Canal. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Fawzi urged a Suez settlement based on a "system of cooperation" between Egypt and the user nations.
The British Foreign Office renewed its offer to mediate between the Arab states and Israel.
A court in the Polish city of Poznan sentenced three men to 4-4 1/2 years in prison for participating in the fatal beating of a Polish security policeman during the recent Poznan uprising.
Ottawa (4-6) 9 @ Montreal (8-2) 24
Hamilton (5-5) 34 @ Toronto (3-7) 29
Winnipeg (7-5) 14 @ Saskatchewan (8-4) 26
Edmonton (8-4) 36 @ Calgary (2-10) 8
Brooklyn Dodgers 0 @ New York Yankees 2 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history (so far), and the first in the major leagues since 1922, to win the pitchers' duel over Sal Maglie before 64,519 fans at Yankee Stadium (see also here).
50 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby (6th week at #1)
#1 single in France: Noir, C'est Noir--Johnny Hallyday (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Strangers in the Night--Frank Sinatra (4th week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Yellow Submarine--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Little Man--Sonny and Cher
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Distant Drums--Jim Reeves (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Cherish--The Association (3rd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Cherish--The Association (3rd week at #1)
2 Reach Out I'll Be There--Four Tops
3 Black is Black--Los Bravos
4 You Can't Hurry Love--The Supremes
5 96 Tears--? (Question Mark) & the Mysterians
6 Last Train to Clarksville--The Monkees
7 Cherry, Cherry--Neil Diamond
8 Beauty is Only Skin Deep--The Temptations
9 Wipe Out--The Surfaris
10 I've Got You Under My Skin--The 4 Seasons
Singles entering the chart were Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? by the Rolling Stones (#40); (You Don’t Have To) Paint Me a Picture by Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#57); Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (#63); Up Tight by Ramsey Lewis (#66); I've Got to Do a Little Bit Better by Joe Tex (#70); Somebody Like Me by Eddy Arnold (#73); A Satisfied Mind by Bobby Hebb (#74); Coming on Strong by Brenda Lee (#78); Lady Godiva by Peter and Gordon (#80); Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody by Sam and Dave (#88); Baby, Do the Philly Dog by the Olympics (#100); The Portuguese Washerwomen by Baja Marimba Band (also #100); and Whispers (Gettin' Louder) by Jackie Wilson (also #100).
Winnipeg (5-6-1) 21 @ Ottawa (10-1) 40
Calgary (5-7-1) 35 @ Saskatchewan (7-5-1) 18
Ron Stewart and Bo Scott each scored 2 touchdowns and the Ottawa defense made 4 interceptions against Winnipeg quarterback Rich Badar to defeat the Blue Bombers before 19,685 fans at Lansdowne Park. Russ Jackson passed to Whit Tucker for the other Ottawa touchdown, while Moe Racine added 3 converts, a field goal, and 3 singles, and Rick Black caught a pass for another convert. Mr. Badar, Ken Nielsen, and Art Perkins scored TDs for Winnipeg, all converted by Norm Winton.
Peter Liske threw 3 touchdown passes and Jerry Keeling added another as the Stampeders beat the Roughriders before 16,392 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Terry Evanshen caught 2 of the Calgary touchdown passes, with the others going to Howard Starks and Jeff Atcheson. Bill Goods rushed for the other Calgary TD, while Larry Robinson added 4 converts and a single. Linebacker Wayne Shaw and tight end Jim Worden scored the Saskatchewan touchdowns. The Roughriders started rookie Mike Ringer at quarterback, with regular starter Ron Lancaster out with injury.
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 @ Baltimore Orioles 1 (Baltimore led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Paul Blair's home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 5th inning provided the scoring, and Wally Bunker pitched a 6-hit shutout before 54,445 fans in the first World Series game ever played at Memorial Stadium. Losing pitcher Claude Osteen pitched a complete game, allowing just 3 hits.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Don't Go Breaking My Heart--Elton John and Kiki Dee (6th week at #1)
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Daddy Cool--Boney M (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Verde--Ricky King (6th week at #1)
Manitoba (2-4) 67 @ Calgary (3-3) 8
Bud Harden completed 18 of 24 passes for 317 yards and 5 touchdowns, and rushed 51 yards for another TD--all in he 1st half--as the Bisons scored 38 straight points to take a 45-7 halftime lead and routed the Dinosaurs at McMahon Stadium. Backup quarterback Duane Hysop relieved Mr. Harden for the 2nd half and completed 4 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. Wayne Ledyard caught 2 of Mr. Harden's touchdown passes, and another from Mr. Hysop. Fred Andrich, John Nelson, and Al Bowness caught Mr. Harden's other TD passes. Dave Henry returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, and Gary Gaska returned an interception 40 yards for the final Manitoba TD, all of which were converted by Dave Pearson, who added a field goal in the 1st half and a single on the 2nd-half kickoff. Rick Prymak scored the only Calgary touchdown on a 65-yard pass from Don Siler in the 1st quarter; Jim Hartley converted and added a single on a missed field goal. The Bisons amassed 656 yards in net offense, 472 in the 1st half. It was the Dinosaurs' worst loss since their first season in 1964, when they lost 71-0 to the Alberta Golden Bears.
30 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Joey Killer--Magnus Uggla (3rd week at #1)
Died on this date
Max Surkont, 64. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Surkont played with the Chicago White Sox (1949); Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1950-1953); Pittsburgh Pirates (1954-1956); St. Louis Cardinals (1956); and New York Giants (1956-1957), compiling a record of 61-76 with an earned run average of 4.38 in 236 games. His best record was 11-5 with the Milwaukee Braves in 1953.
National League Championship Series
New York 0 @ Houston 1 (Houston led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Mike Scott struck out 14 batters to win the pitchers' duel over Dwight Gooden before 44,131 fans at the Astrodome. The only run came on a home run by Glenn Davis in the 2nd inning.
American League Championship Series
California 2 @ Boston 9 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
25 years ago
Died on this date
Ed Hanyzewski, 71. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Hanyzewski played with the Chicago Cubs from 1942-1946, compiling a record of 12-13 with an earned run average of 3.30 in 58 games. His best season was 1943, when he was 8-7 with a 2.56 ERA in 33 games.
Croatia and Slovenia voted to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia.
The Boston Red Sox fired manager Joe Morgan and replaced him with Butch Hobson. Mr. Morgan replaced John McNamara in mid-season of 1988 and led the Red Sox to American League East Division titles that year and in 1990, but the team finished tied for second with the Detroit Tigers in 1991 with a record of 84-78, 7 games behind the first-place Toronto Blue Jays.
American League Championship Series
Minnesota 5 @ Toronto 4 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 1-0)
The Twins took a 5-0 lead after 3 innings and held on to edge the Blue Jays before 54,766 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.
10 years ago
National League Division Series
San Diego 2 @ St. Louis 6 (St. Louis won best-of-five series 3-1)
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