Sunday, 4 December 2016

December 2, 2016

125 years ago

The Great Northern Railway (GNR) started regular service from the ferry dock at Liverpool (Brownsville) on the Fraser River's south shore opposite New Westminster, British Columbia to Seattle.

80 years ago

Died on this date
John Ringling, 70
. U.S. entertainment executive. Mr. Ringling was one of the founders of Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows, which merged with Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1919.

75 years ago

Mel Ott, 32, signed a two-year contract as playing manager of the New York Giants. The outfielder had been with the Giants since 1926 and had batted .286 with 27 home runs and 90 runs batted in and 100 bases on balls in 148 games in 1941. He replaced Bill Terry, who had managed the team since 1932, and had led the Giants to a 74-79 record in 1941, fifth in the Natinal League, 25 1/2 games behind the pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (6th week at #1)
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
--Betty Rhodes
--Tony Martin
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
--Hoagy Carmichael
3 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
4 Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra
--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--The Three Suns
5 This is Always--Harry James and his Orchestra
--Jo Stafford
6 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
7 South America, Take it Away--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
--Xavier Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
8 To Each His Own--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--The Ink Spots
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Tony Martin
--The Modernaires with Paula Kelly
9 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
10 Passe--Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Margaret Whiting

Singles entering the chart were A Gal in Calico, with versions by Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids; A Gal in Calico (#16, charting with the versions just mentioned)/Winter Wonderland (#20) by Johnny Mercer; Winter Wonderland by Perry Como and the Satisfiers (#20, charting with the version by Johnny Mercer); Either it's Love or it Isn't (#22)/I Get the Blues When it Rains (#34) by the Ink Spots; and In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town by Johnny Long and his Orchestra (#28). A Gal in Calico was originally from the movie The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946).

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: Not Wise, But Too Well

Rev. Joseph Tiso, President of the wartime collaborationist Slovak Republic, went on trial for war crimes committed in Czechoslovakia during World War II.

Eight U.S. Navy ships left Norfolk, Virginia to be joined by four more from San Diego and Port Hueneme, California in the largest Antarctic expedition in history.

Dr. Enrico Fermi revealed in Chicago that the United States now had five controlled nuclear chain reaction piles in operation.

Economics and finance
A United Press survey found that 13 of 14 leading American economists thought the country faced a depression in the near future.

U.S. Federal Judge Walter La Guy ruled in Chicago that the Lea Act, aimed at restricting labour practices in the communications industry, was unconstitutional.

The Royal Canadian Navy minesweeper HMCS Middlesex ran aground near Halifax and became a total loss.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Jonathan, starring Georgann Johnson, Corey Allen, and Douglas Kennedy

World events
The Granma reaches the shores of the Cuban province of Oriente; Fidel Castro, Che Guevara and 80 other members of the 26th of July Movement disembarked to initiate the Cuban Revolution.

The United States, led by center Bill Russell, defeated the U.S.S.R. 89-55 to win the gold medal in the men's basketball competition at the Summer Olympic Games in Melbourne. Mr. Russell scored 13 points, while teammate K.C. Jones scored 14.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
2 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
3 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
4 Walk Away Renee--The Left Banke
5 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
6 Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies
7 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
8 A Hazy Shade of Winter--Simon and Garfunkel
9 Coming on Strong--Brenda Lee
10 If I Were a Carpenter--Bobby Darin
Pick hit of the week: A Symphony for Susan--The Arbors
New this week: Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
Armful of Teddy Bears--Barry Allen
Bad Misunderstanding--The Critters
The Bears--The Fastest Group Alive

Died on this date
Giles Cooper, 48
. U.K. playwright. Mr. Cooper wrote numerous dramas for BBC radio, some of which were later made into movies and television programs. He died from a fall from a train, probably because he was drunk, although some claim his death was suicide.

U Thant was unanimously elected to a second term as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The British Columbia Lions traded defensive end Dick Fouts and running back Bill Symons to the Toronto Argonauts for the rights to offensive halfback Jim Young. Mr. Fouts had played with the Argonauts from 1957-1961 before coming to the Lions in 1962 and becoming a key figure in the Lions' Grey Cup championship season in 1964. Mr. Symons, a rookie in 1966, played the last 9 games of the season with B.C. after being cut by the Green Bay Packers. Mr. Young, an alumnus of Queen's University, was the Argonauts' first choice in the 1965 college draft, but had joined the Minnesota Vikings, where he made the team, but missed most of the 1965 and 1966 seasons with injuries.

The California Angels traded pitcher Dean Chance and a minor league player to be named later to the Minnesota Twins for first baseman Don Mincher, outfielder Jimmie Hall, and pitcher Pete Cimino. Mr. Chance had been the best pitcher in baseball in 1964 with a record of 20-9, an earned run average of 1.65, and 11 shutouts, but in 1966 he was 12-17 with a 3.06 ERA.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Danny Murtaugh, 59
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Murtaugh was a second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies (1941-1943, 1946); Boston Braves (1947); and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948-1951), batting .254 with 8 home runs and 219 runs batted in in 767 games. He had four different stints as manager of the Pirates from 1957-1976, compiling a record of 1,115-950, and leading them to World Series championships in 1960 and 1971. Mr. Murtaugh suffered from health problems for years and died of a stroke two months after managing his last game, after already announcing his retirement. This blogger saw the Pirates play in person under Mr. Murtaugh four months before his death.

Politics and government
Fidel Castro became President of Cuba, replacing Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, who had held the office since July 18, 1959.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Desi Arnaz, 69
. Cuban-born U.S. musician and actor. Mr. Arnaz, born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, was a popular bandleader in Cuba and the United States in the 1940s, but was best known for his marriage to American comedienne Lucille Ball from 1940-1960. The two formed the production company Desilu Productions and co-starred as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the television comedy series I Love Lucy (1951-1957) and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957-1960). Mr. Arnaz was a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

Canada and Poland became the first countries to recognize the newly-independent state of Ukraine.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Child--Mark Owen (3rd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (3rd week at #1)
2 He Liked to Feel It--Crash Test Dummies
3 Black Cloud Rain--Corey Hart
4 Leave it Alone--Moist
5 If it Makes You Happy--Sheryl Crow
6 Beautiful Goodbye--Amanda Marshall
7 Mouth--Merril Bainbridge
8 Everything You've Done Wrong--Sloan
9 Dance Into the Light--Phil Collins
10 How Bizarre--OMC

Singles entering the chart were Betcha by Golly Wow by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol) (#73); I Finally Found Someone by Bryan Adams and Barbra Streisand (#74); Do to You by Bryan Adams (#75); 100 Years from Now by Huey Lewis and the News (#82); Used to Be Alright by I Mother Earth (#83); Mary (There's Nobody Like You) by the Earthtones (#94); Love Rollercoaster by Red Hot Chili Peppers (#95); To Love You More by Celine Dion (#96); and Don't Speak by No Doubt (#97).

Politics and government
Lucien Bouchard was sworn in as Premier of Québec, replacing Jacques Parizeau.

Michel Gauthier resigned after nine months as interim leader of the Bloc québécois; he was later replaced by Gilles Duceppe in a convention vote.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Mariska Veres, 59
. Dutch singer. Miss Veres was best known as lead singer of the rock group The Shocking Blue, who had an international hit single with Venus (1969-1970). She died of cancer.

Politics and government
Stéphane Dion defeated Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae to become leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, replacing retiring former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Ed Stelmach defeated Jim Dinning and Ted Morton to win the leadership of the governing Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta on the second ballot. In the first ballot, a week earlier, Mr. Dinning led, with Mr. Morton second, but lacked the required majority of votes to win. Mr. Stelmach was in third place after the first ballot.

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