Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Dede Hill and Chris Milner!
1,275 years ago
Died on this date
Gregory III. Roman Catholic Pope, 731-741. Pope Gregory III, a Syrian, was the last non-European pope until Francis in 2013. Gregory III succeeded Gregory II, and was known for his opposition to iconoclasm. He was succeeded by Pope Zachary.
350 years ago
At least 3,000 men of the Royal Scots Army led by Tam Dalyell of the Binns defeated about 900 Covenanter rebels in the Battle of Rullion Green in Scotland.
150 years ago
Born on this date
Henry Bacon. U.S. architect. Mr. Bacon was best known for his final project, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. He died of cancer on February 16, 1924 at the age of 58.
110 years ago
Tommy Burns (34-2-7) retained his world heavyweight title with a 20-round draw against world light heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O'Brien (87-4-13) at Naud Junction Pavilion in Los Angeles. Mr. Burns reportedly bloodied Mr. O'Brien's nose early in the fight and then spent the rest of the fight running away from him. Former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries was the referee.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Ramón José Velásquez. President of Venezuela, 1993-1994. Mr. Velásquez was a historian before entering politics. He held several positions before assuming the presidency after the impeachment of Carlos Andrés Pérez. Mr. Velásquez died on June 24, 2014 at the age of 97.
90 years ago
Chicago (5-4-3) 0 @ New York (9-5) 7
80 years ago
Ottawa 17 @ Toronto 5 (Ottawa won 2-game total points series 22-6)
Mr. McCauley and Andy Tommy scored touchdowns for the Rough Riders in the 4th quarter at Varsity Stadium as they won the Big Four title for the first time in 10 years. The teams combined for 235 yards in penalties.
75 years ago
Tony Zale (51-15-2) retained his National Boxing Association world middleweight title and added New York State Athletic Commission recognition as world middleweight champion with a 15-round unanimous decision over Georgie Abrams (43-5-2) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mr. Zale was knocked down for a 9-count in the 1st round, but recovered to win.
60 years ago
The government of Canada granted $1 million and free passage to Canada to refugees from the recent and unsuccessful Hungarian Revolution against Communist rule.
Don Newcombe, coming off a 27-7 record for the pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers, was voted the winner of the first Cy Young Award as major league baseball's outstanding pitcher of 1956. He had recently been named the winner of the National League's Most Valuable Player award for 1956.
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black is Black--Los Bravos (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Mursheen Durkin--Johnny McEvoy (3rd week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
2 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
3 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
4 I'm Your Puppet--James and Bobby Purify
5 Look Through My Window--The Mamas and the Papas
6 Hooray for Hazel--Tommy Roe
7 Poor Side of Town--Johnny Rivers
8 Walk Away Renee--The Left Banke
9 Spin, Spin--Gordon Lightfoot
10 Dandy--Herman's Hermits
Singles entering the chart were Money (That's What I Want) Part 1 by Jr. Walker and the All Stars (#81); Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett (#82); Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies by the Association (#88); Talk Talk by the Music Machine (#92); Living for You by Sonny and Cher (#94); Magic by Jeff Hewitson and the Fugitives (#96); I Fooled You This Time by Gene Chandler (#97); In a Dusty Room by Noel Harrison (#98); Since I Don't Have You by Lou Christie (#99); and The Proud One by Frankie Valli (#100).
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: The Five Orange Pips
Prime Minister ColonelMichel Micombero overthrew the monarchy of Burundi and made himself the first President. King Ntare V, who had been placed on the throne when his father Mwambutsa IV had fled into exile a year earlier, was on a state visit to the Republic of Congo at the time of the coup.
Carlos Ortiz retained his World Boxing Association world lightweight title by knocking out Flash Elorde (81-21-2) at 2:01 of the 14th round at Madison Square Garden in New York.
WBA world welterweight champion Curtis Cokes (44-8-2) retained his title and earned World Boxing Council recognition as world champion with a 15-round unanimous decision over Jean Josselin (41-3-1) at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.
40 years ago
Died on this date
Rosalind Russell, 69. U.S. actress. Miss Russell had a distinguished career on stage and screen, and was perhaps best known for playing the title role in the play (1956) and movie (1958) Auntie Mame. She won the Tony Award for her starring performance in the musical Wonderful Town (1953).
Grey Cup @ Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
Ottawa 23 Saskatchewan 20
Tom Clements completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gabriel with 20 seconds remaining in regulation time to give the Rough Riders their win over the Roughriders before 53,467 fans. The winning score came just 1 minute 12 seconds after the Saskatchewan defense had stopped the Ottawa offense on a third-down goal-line stand. Bill Hatanaka scored the first Ottawa touchdown on a Grey Cup-record 79-yard punt return in the 1st quarter as the Rough Riders took a 10-0 lead. The Roughriders then scored 20 straight points as Ron Lancaster completed touchdown passes to Steve Mazurak and Bob Richardson, with Bob Macoritti adding 2 converts and 2 field goals. Gerry Organ kicked his second and third field goals of the game--one of them set up by his own 52-yard run on a fake punt--to draw Ottawa to within 20-16.
Pittsburgh 7 Cincinnati 3
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): In the Army Now--Status Quo (2nd week at #1)
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Black or White--Michael Jackson
South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia.
20 years ago
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Where Do You Go--No Mercy (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Breathe--The Prodigy (2nd week at #1)
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