525 years ago
The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, ended with the Treaty of Granada.
90 years ago
Philadelphia (7-2) 13 @ New York (8-4) 10
Los Angeles (5-6-2) 0 @ Chicago (5-3-3) 0
80 years ago
In Berlin, Germany and Japan signed the Anti-Comintern Pact, agreeing to consult on measures "to safeguard their common interests" in the case of an unprovoked attack by the Soviet Union against either nation.
75 years ago
Providence, Rhode Island banned the showing of Two-Faced Woman (1941) after the Catholic Legion of Decency gave the film a "C" rating for "condemned," citing its "immoral and un-Christian attitude toward marriage and its obligations: impudently suggestive scenes, dialogue, and situations: suggestive costumes."
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's war council met in Washington. According to the notes of Secretary of War Henry Stimson, "The question was how we should maneuver them (the Japanese) into ... firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves." The British Royal Navy battleship HMS Barham was sunk by a German torpedo off the coast of Egypt, with the loss of 862 crewmen, approximately two-thirds of her crew.
The Cleveland Indians signed Lou Boudreau, 24, to a two-year contract as playing manager. He had been the team's shortstop since 1938, and had batted .257 with 10 home runs, 56 runs batted in, and an American League-leading 45 doubles in 148 games in 1941. He replaced Roger Peckinpaugh as manager, who had led the Indians to a 75-79 record, tied for fourth in the AL with the Detroit Tigers, 26 games behind the pennant-winning New York Yankees. Oddly, Mr. Peckinpaugh, as a 23-year-old shortstop, had become the youngest manager in major league history when he had managed the Yankees for the last 20 games of the 1914 season, leading them to a 10-10 record.
70 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
3 Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra
--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--The Three Suns
4 To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--The Ink Spots
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--The Modernaires with Paula Kelly
5 South America, Take it Away--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
--Xavier Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
6 This is Always--Harry James and his Orchestra
7 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
8 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
9 Passe--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
10 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
Singles entering the chart were You Broke the Only Heart that Ever Loved You by Elliot Lawrence and his Orchestra (#20); September Song, with versions by Frank Sinatra, and the Dardanelle Trio (#21); My Blue Heaven by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (#23); and There is No Breeze (To Cool The Flame Of Love), with versions by Gene Krupa and his Orchestra, and Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#34).
On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The White Masters
This is the latest episode for which a recording is available.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Crack of Doom, starring Robert Horton and Robert Middleton
Chicago Bears (7-1-1) 17 @ New York (6-2-1) 17
San Francisco (2-6-1) 10 @ Philadelphia (3-5-1) 10
Los Angeles (2-7) 21 @ Baltimore (4-4) 56
Washington (5-3) 20 @ Cleveland (3-6) 17
Pittsburgh (3-6) 27 @ Chicago Cardinals (6-3) 38
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band (4th week at #1)
2 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
3 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
4 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
5 Walk Away Renee--The Left Banke
6 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
7 Nineteen Days--The Dave Clark Five
8 Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies
9 Spin, Spin--Gordon Lightfoot
10 Coming on Strong--Brenda Lee
Pick hit of the week: Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
New this week: Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies--The Association
Going Nowhere--Los Bravos
Born Free--Matt Monro
A Symphony for Susan--The Arbors
I've Got the Feeling--Neil Diamond
The first television link between Australia and the United Kingdom went into operation.
40 years ago
The Band performed their farewell concert at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, backing guests Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Hawkins, and Canadians Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. The event was filmed and made into the movie The Last Waltz (1978), directed by Martin Scorsese.
Politics and government
René Lévesque was sworn in as Premier of Québec, replacing Robert Bourassa, whose Liberal government had been in power since May 12, 1970. Mr. Lévesque's Parti Québecois government was the first openly separatist government in the province's history.
30 years ago
The Iran-Contra affair became public knowledge as U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan Contra rebels.
The King Fahd Causeway, connecting Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, was officially opened.
25 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Black or White--Michael Jackson
Winston Silcott, sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for killing a police officer during a 1985 riot in Tottenham, north London, was cleared of the crime by a U.K. Appeal Court.
20 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Child--Mark Owen (2nd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (2nd week at #1)
2 He Liked to Feel It--Crash Test Dummies
3 Leave it Alone--Moist
4 If it Makes You Happy--Sheryl Crow
5 Beautiful Goodbye--Amanda Marshall
6 Everything You've Done Wrong--Sloan
7 What's Up with That--ZZ Top
8 It's All Coming Back to Me Now--Celine Dion
9 Let's Make a Night to Remember--Bryan Adams
10 Black Cloud Rain--Corey Hart
Singles entering the chart were Just Another Day by John Mellencamp (#92); Hurt by Love by the Bodeans (#94); You Won't Remember This by Kim Stockwood (#96); Have You Seen Mary by Sponge (#97); and Half the World by Hush (#98).
10 years ago
Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to a cease-fire to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian terrorists into Israel.
Politics and government
No candidate received 50% of the vote in the first round of balloting in the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership election to replace retiring Premier Ralph Klein. Jim Dinning led after the first ballot, followed by Ted Morton and Ed Stelmach.
Vanier Cup @ Griffiths Stadium, Saskatoon
Laval 13 Saskatchewan 8
Guillaume Allard-Cameus rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 1:11 remaining in the 1st half, and Cameron Takacs added a convert and 2 field goals as the Rouge et Or defeated the hometown Huskies before 12,567 fans in the first Vanier Cup played in western Canada. Tyler O'Gorman rushed 4 yards for the lone Saskatchewan touchdown with 10:50 remaining in regulation time to draw the Huskies to within 10-8, but a 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. Mr. Takacs' 14-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining closed the scoring.
Connie Mack and the Early Days of Baseball - Stumbled across this old article from Connie Mack and thought it was kind of cool. When I first began to play for the Washington club, a batter was allowed...
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