Sunday, 11 December 2016

December 11, 2016

200 years ago

Indiana entered the Union as the 19th state.

125 years ago

Two months after the brawl between American sailors and Chilean nationals outside the True Blue Saloon in Valparaiso, Chilean Foreign Minister Manuel Matta declared that the U.S. government was insincere, wrong, and bellicose.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Perez Prado.
. Cuban-born Mexican bandleader. Known as "The Mambo King," Mr. Prado's recording of Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White topped the Billboard Best Seller chart for 10 weeks in the spring of 1955. The song also hit #1 on the Disc Jockey (6 weeks) and Juke Box (8 weeks) charts. Mr. Prado hit #1 again in 1958 when Patricia spent a week at #1 on the Disc Jockey and Top 100 charts. Mr. Prado died on September 14, 1989 at the age of 72.

A Saskatchewan plebiscite resulted in a vote of 95,000-23,000 in favour of prohibition, and closing government liquor stores.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Myron Grimshaw, 61
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Grimshaw played right field with the Boston Americans from 1905-1907, batting .256 with 4 home runs and 116 runs batted in in 259 games. He died 11 days after his 61st birthday.

Edward VIII, who had been king for only 11 months, abdicated the British throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward was succeeded by his younger brother, who became King George VI.

75 years ago

Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, while Italian Duce Benito Mussolini told a crowd of 150,000 at the Piazza Venezia in Rome that Italy was at war with the United States. The text of the Axis pact among Germany, Italy, and Japan was disclosed by German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler; it committed the three Axis powers to a joint war against the United States and United Kingdom, and precluded a separate peace. The U.S. Congress responded in kind, unanimously declaring war on Germany and Italy. The U.S. Congress amended the Selective Service Act to permit sending troops outside the Western Hemisphere and to extend the terms of all soldiers until six months after the end of the war. U.S. Senator Charles Tobey (Republican--New Hampshire) demanded that Navy Secretary Frank Knox be removed from office after the "unspeakable disaster" at Pearl Harbor. The America First Committee announced that it was dissolving and urged its supporters "to give their full support to the war effort...until peace is attained." Poland declared war on the Empire of Japan, while Cuba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic declared war on Germany and Italy. Australian Prime Minister John Curtin announced in Melbourne that all single men aged 18-45 and married men aged 18-35 would be required to register for military service under the new draft laws. In the Battle of Hong Kong, D Company of the Winnipeg Grenadiers was dispatched to the mainland to strengthen the Gin Drinkers' Line against the Japanese invaders and saw some action, thus becoming the First Canadian Army unit to fight in the Far East. At midday, General Maltby ordered the mainland troops to withdraw to the island; the Winnipeg Grenadiers covered the Royal Scots' withdrawal down the Kowloon Peninsula. The Imperial Japanese Navy suffered its first loss of surface vessels during the Battle of Wake Island.

Politics and government
Democratic National Committee Chairman Edward J. Flynn and Republican National Committee Chairman Joseph Martin pledged to call off politics in the United States for the duration of the war.

A plan to merge eight of the largest Protestant interdenomintational agencies in the United States and Canada was presented at the Conference on the Cooperation of Interdenominational Agencies.

Economics and finance
Trading in German, Italian, and Japanese securities on the New York Stock Exchange was suspended "until further notice."

70 years ago

Iranian forces occupied Mianeh in Azerbaijan, ending the province's autonomy. Azerbaijani nationalist leader Jaafar Pishevari ordered his forces to surrender, and fled to Russia.

World events
Venezuelan President Romulo Betancourt announced that a day-old military revolt against the government had been crushed and that there would be no executions.

Speaking at the World Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, Vice President Emanuel Neumann of the Zionist Organization of America rejected negotiations with the United Kingdom and said that Zionists must depend on American influence and the armed strength of Palestinian Jews.

A four-day All-Slav Congress ended in Belgrade after adopting a resolution to create a cultural alliance of five Slavic nations: Russia; Bulgaria; Czechoslovakia; Poland; and Yugoslavia.

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established.

The United States Army in Germany announced a lifting of the ban against marriage of American soldiers to German girls.

Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives Special Committee on Post-War Economic Policy and Planning issued its final report, recommending lower income taxes, continued rent controls, and "constructive, but not punitive" labour legislation. Former U.S. Office of Price Administration head Paul Porter was named leader of a State Department economic mission to Greece.

The U.S. Congress of Industrial Organizations released a market analysis report stating that "total corporate business can support a 25% increase in wages" without raising prices. CIO President Philip Murray said that unions would use the report as a "guidepost" in wage talks.

60 years ago

The Motion Picture Association of America revised its censorship code to permit filming "within the limits of good taste" of scenes dealing with illicit sale and use of narcotics; abortion; prostitution; and the kidnapping of children.

Canadian Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent visited U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower in Atlanta.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Imre Horvath led his delegation out of the United Nations General Assembly after protesting that Hungary had been "rudely and disgracefully offended" by delegates denouncing suppression of the Hungarian revolution.

The United States expressed "deep concern" to Egypt over the reported mistreatment of Egypt's Jewish population.

Hungarian authorities arrested Budapest Central Workers Council chairman Sandor Racz and aide Sandor Bari for organizing strikes and urging the overthrow of the government of Premier Janos Kadar.

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss, addressing a meeting of the American Nuclear Society in Washington, proposed a program to expand private and government atomic energy development.

Economics and finance
Predicting that a drop in interest rates would increase the money supply and speed up inflation, U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman William M. Martin defended the Eisenhower Administration' tight money policy.

50 years ago

On television tonight
Stanley Burke officially took over as anchorman of the CBC National News, replacing Earl Cameron, who had been reassigned to early evening CBC Metro News after seven years in the anchor chair. Mr. Burke anchored the newscast from Sunday-Thursday, with Lloyd Robertson serving as anchorman on Friday and Saturday.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sei forte papà--Gianni Morandi (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): If You Leave Me Now--Chicago

#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express): Under the Moon of Love--Showaddywaddy (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (5th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (4th week at #1)
2 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
3 Love So Right--Bee Gees
4 The Rubberband Man--The Spinners
5 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing--Leo Sayer
6 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
7 Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)--Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
8 Stand Tall--Burton Cummings
9 I Never Cry--Alice Cooper
10 Nights are Forever Without You--England Dan & John Ford Coley

Singles entering the chart were New Kid in Town by the Eagles (#57); Dreamboat Annie by Heart (#74); Love Theme from "A Star is Born" (Evergreen) by Barbra Streisand (#78); Dancing Queen by ABBA (#79); Year of the Cat by Al Stewart (#85); C.B. Savage by Rod Hart (#90); Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas (#91); Silver Heels by Blaze (#94); Open Sesame (Part 1) by Kool and The Gang (#97); White Bird by David LaFlamme (#99); and Down to Love Town by the Originals (#100). Love Theme from "A Star is Born" (Evergreen) was, as the title states, from the movie A Star is Born (1976), and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart (3rd week at #1)
2 Love So Right--Bee Gees
3 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
4 Stand Tall--Burton Cummings
5 I Never Cry--Alice Cooper
6 Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)--Barry DeVorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr.
7 Do You Feel Like We Do--Peter Frampton
8 You are the Woman--Firefall
9 The Rubberband Man--The Spinners
10 Nights are Forever Without You--England Dan & John Ford Coley

Singles entering the chart were Happier by Paul Anka (#77); I Wish by Stevie Wonder (#95); Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd (#96); Drivin' Wheel by Foghat (#97); Saturday Nite by Earth, Wind & Fire (#98); Yesterday's Hero by the Bay City Rollers (#99); and What Can I Say by Boz Scaggs (#100).

Detroit 0 @ Montreal 5
New York Rangers 1 @ Toronto 4

Calgary 3 Edmonton 0

Minnesota (11-2-1) 29 @ Miami (6-8) 7
Pittsburgh (10-4) 27 @ Houston (5-9) 0
Los Angeles (10-3-1) 20 @ Detroit (6-8) 17

The Rams' win over the Lions at Pontiac Silverdome marked the last appearance for Alex Karras as a colour commentator on ABC telecasts; he had joined the cast of Monday Night Football early in the 1974 season, after Don Meredith had moved to NBC and Fred Williamson had been dropped after three pre-season telecasts. Mr. Meredith returned to ABC in 1977.

Pioneer Bowl
Montana State 24 Akron 13

30 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
2 Human--Human League
3 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
4 Amanda--Boston
5 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
6 I'll Be Over You--Toto
7 Love Will Conquer All--Lionel Richie
8 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
9 Hip to Be Square--Huey Lewis and the News
10 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q

On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Pursuit of Power: Autumn 1973

The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Convict's Piano, starring Joe Penny and Norman Fell

British church leaders condemned the "Play Safe" British Broadcasting Corporation radio campaign about AIDS as "condoning promiscuity."

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (4th week at #1)

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Christmas Party

Died on this date
Robert Q. Lewis, 71
. U.S. radio and television personality. Mr. Lewis, born Robert Goldberg, was known for his many appearances on radio and television quiz and game shows from the 1950s through the 1970s, sometimes as host, often as panelist.

Miller Ayre announced the closing of the 60-store St. John's, Newfoundland-based Ayres retail chain, blaming the Goods and Services Tax imposed at the beginning of 1991 by the Progressive Conservative government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney The company was 142 years old.

10 years ago

The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust was opened in Tehran, by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; nations such as Israel and the United States expressed concern.

Mexican President Felipe Calderón launched a military-led offensive to put down the drug cartel violence in the state of Michoacán. This effort is often regarded as the first event in the Mexican Drug War.

Speed skater Cindy Klassen was named the winner of the Lou Marsh Award for 2006; the award is given annually to Canada's top athlete, professional or amateur, chosen by a panel of journalists.

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