450 years ago
Born on this date
Francis de Sales. Swiss clergyman. Bishop de Sales was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Geneva from 1602 until his death on December 28, 1622 at the age of 55. His book Introduction to the Devout Life (1609-1619) remains popular among those who practice mysticism.
150 years ago
Spanish authority was restored in Catalonia and other insurrectionary districts.
Ransom E. Olds founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing, Michigan.
125 years ago
Born on this date
Charles Vanel. French actor. Mr. Vanel had a career in films spanning 77 years, appearing in more than 200 movies, including Le Salaire de la Peur (The Wages of Fear) (1953); Les Diaboliques (1955); and To Catch a Thief (1955). He died on April 15, 1989 at the age of 96.
90 years ago
Politics and government
Albert Saunders was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island, almost two months after leading the Liberal Party to electoral victory over the Conservative government of Premier James Stewart.
75 years ago
American forces defeated an attack by Imperial Japanese Army soldiers in the Battle of the Tenaru.
The flag of Nazi Germany was installed atop Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of the Caucasus mountain range.
70 years ago
On the radio
Mystery in the Air, starring Peter Lorre, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Horla
Died on this date
Ettore Bugatti, 65. Italian-born French automobile executive. Mr. Bugatti designed his first automobile in 1898, and founded Automobiles E. Bugatti in 1909 in Molsheim, Alsace, now part of France.
The Maynard (Pennsylvania) Midgets won the first U.S. National Little League Tournament (later the Little League World Series) in Williamsport Pa., beating Lock Haven, Pa. 16-7.
60 years ago
Died on this date
Nels Stewart, 54. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Stewart was a centre with the Montreal Maroons (1925-32); Boston Bruins (1932-35, 1936-37); and New York Americans (1935-36, 1937-40), scoring 515 points on 324 goals and 191 assists in 650 regular season games and 9 goals and 12 assists in 21 playoff games. He played on the Maroons' first Stanley Cup championship team in 1926, the same season in which he won the Art Ross Trophy as the National Hockey League's leading scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's Most Valuable Player. Mr. Stewart won the Hart Memorial Trophy again in 1930. In 1937 he set the NHL career regular season record for goals, and his final total of 324 stood as the league record until it was broken in 1952 by Maurice "Rocket" Richard of the Montreal Canadiens in 1952. Another NHL record set by Mr. Stewart that has been tied, but not broke, is for the fastest two goals--in 4 seconds against the Boston Bruins on January 3, 1931. Mr. Stewart was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1952, and died of a possible heart attack.
The U.S.S.R. successfully conducted a long-range test flight of the R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Saskatchewan section of the Trans-Canada Highway officially opened.
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Lola--Los Brincos (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Mike Emery, 34. Canadian physician. Dr. Emery graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1953 and graduated from McGill University Medical School in 1957. He was the team doctor of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in the late 1950s-early 1960s, and was on staff at University of Alberta Hospital, but was suffering from a blood condition, and died the day after suffering a brain hemorrhage at the wheel of his car.
Chelley Stanway, 13. Canadian medical patient. Miss Stanway, a resident of Calgary, died of Ewing's sarcoma, a condition rare enough to merit mention in the newspapers.
The Who, Herman's Hermits, and the Blues Magoos performed at the Edmonton Gardens before a crowd of 8,000, with a price of $5 per ticket. Edmonton Journal variety columnist Barry Westgate panned the Who and praised Herman's Hermits in his review, while the paper's teen page columnist panned Herman's Hermits and praised the Who.
40 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Boogie Nights--Heat Wave (3rd week at #1)
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): It's a Sin--Pet Shop Boys (6th week at #1)
300 members of the French Foreign Legion arrived in Lebanon to be part of a multinational peacekeeping force in Beirut.
Sergeant Clayton Lonetree, the first U.S. Marine ever court-martialled for spying, was convicted in Quantico, Virginia of passing secrets to the Soviet secret police force KGB.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the consumer price index had risen 0.2% in July, and that after-tax profits of U.S. corporations had risen 4.2% in the second quarter of 1987.
Hamilton (5-3) 28 @ Toronto (5-3-1) 25
Bernie Ruoff’s fourth field goal of the game, a 41-yard kick with 19 seconds remaining in regulation time, gave the Tiger-Cats their win over the Argonauts before 33,648 fans at Exhibition Stadium. The winning field goal came 2 minutes and 30 seconds after Hamilton had tied the game on a 28-yard touchdown pass from Tom Porras to Steve Stapler and Mr. Ruoff’s convert. Darrell K. Smith caught 2 touchdown passes for the Argonauts, the first from Gilbert Renfroe and the second from John Congemi, who entered the game after Mr. Renfroe left with an injury. Gill Fenerty rushed 2 yards for the other Toronto touchdown. The Tiger-Cats’ first TD came on a 10-yard pass to Tony Champion from Mr. Porras, who completed 36 of 53 passes for 432 yards.
25 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): It's My Life--Dr. Alban (4th week at #1)
A cold front dumped snow on Edmonton and Calgary. It was the first time in 46 years that snow had fallen in Calgary in August, and the last time before that had been 46 years earlier.
U.S. federal marshals shot and killed Sammy Weaver, the son of white separatist Randy Weaver after killing the family dog, beginning an 11--day siege at Ruby Ridge in northern Idaho.
British Columbia (0-7) 23 @ Calgary (5-2) 44
After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Stampeders took a 25-1 halftime lead and coasted to victory over the Lions before 21,508 fans at McMahon Stadium. Doug Flutie completed 24 of 35 passes for 408 yards and touchdowns to Carl Bland and Derrick Crawford, and rushed 1 yard for a touchdown of his own. Eric Mitchel rushed 10 yards for a Calgary touchdown in the 3rd quarter and 62 yards for another in the 4th quarter. B.C. scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter on passes from backup quarterback Mike Johnson, who relieved starter Tony Kimbrough. Mr. Johnson threw 2 touchdown passes to Matt Clark and another to Mike Trevathan.
20 years ago
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112 (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): The Age of Love--Scooter
The Souhane massacre in Algeria concluded, with 64 people killed and 15 women kidnapped. Islamic groups were blamed.
Saskatchewan (4-5) 1 @ Toronto (7-2) 27
Hamilton (1-8) 24 @ Edmonton (7-2) 28
Jimmy Kemp completed 18 of 37 passes for 238 yards and a touchdown to Robert Gordon, and rushed 4 times for 43 yards to help the Eskimos defeat the Tiger-Cats before 26,960 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Tony Burse rushed for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns within a span of 2 minutes 2 seconds late in the 2nd quarter to enable the Eskimos to overcome a 14-6 deficit. Hamilton wide receiver Earl Winfield, playing the second-last game of his 11-year Hall of Fame career, caught a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Anthony Calvillo. Mr. Calvillo directed a long drive in the closing minutes of the game, but Glenn Rogers, Jr. intercepted at the Edmonton 6-yard line in the final seconds to preserve the Edmonton victory. Edmonton kick returner Henry "Gizmo" Williams returned the 2nd-half kickoff 31 yards to pass the CFL career record for combined yardage held by Saskatchewan Roughriders' fullback George Reed (1963-1975). It was the 174th and final game in the 13-year Canadian Football League career of Hamilton centre Dale Sanderson.
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