Saturday, 11 February 2017

December 23, 2016

140 years ago

The Constantinople Conference of the Great Powers to discuss the Balkans began.

100 years ago

U.K., N.Z., and Australian forces defeated Ottoman forces in the Battle of Magdhaba in the Sinai Peninsula.

80 years ago

Colombia became a signatory to the Buenos Aires Convention on copyright.

75 years ago

After 15 days of fighting, the Imperial Japanese Army occupied Wake Island.

70 years ago

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

Singles entering the chart were Years and Years Ago by Les Brown and his Orchestra (#26) and Hoodle-Addle by the Ray McKinley Quartet (#28).

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Spirit of Christmas

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Mr. Blanchard's Secret, starring Robert Horton, Meg Mundy, and Mary Scott

This episode was directed by Mr. Hitchcock.

50 years ago

Hit Parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees
2 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
3 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
4 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
5 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
6 That's Life-Frank Sinatra
7 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
8 Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
9 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
10 Communication Breakdown--Roy Orbison
Pick hit of the week: Look What You've Done--The Pozo-Seco Singers
New this week: Pushin' Too Hard--The Seeds
Tell it to the Rain--The 4 Seasons
Gallant Men--Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye--Jane Morgan
It's Only Love--Tommy James and the Shondells

Boston Patriots' fullback Jim Nance was named the American Football League's Most Valuable Player for 1966. He rushed 299 times for a league-record 1,458 yards and 17 touchdowns as he helped the Patriots to a second-place finish in the Eastern Division with a record of 8-4-2.

40 years ago

Billy Reay, the dean of National Hockey League coaches, was fired by the Chicago Black Hawks, whom he had been coaching since 1963. The Black Hawks were third in the Smythe Division with a record of 10-19-5 when Mr. Reay was fired, 34 games into his 14th season with Chicago. Mr. Reay, who coached the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1957-1958, compiled a regular season record of 516-335-161 with the Black Hawks, and led the team to the Stanley Cup finals in 1965, 1971, and 1973, albeit without ever winning the championship. He found out about his dismissal by means of a note shoved under his apartment door; he was replaced as coach by recently-retired defenceman Bill White. Mr. Reay never coached again; his combined record between Toronto and Chicago was 542-385-175.

30 years ago

World events
Dissident Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov and his wife Yelena Bonner returned to Moscow after seven years of internal exile.

Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, piloting the experimental aircraft Voyager, landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, completing the first non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Live and Let Die--Guns N' Roses

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (6th week at #1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Child--Mark Owen (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Time to Say Goodbye--Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (6th week at #1)

10 years ago

Died on this date
Charlie Drake, 81
. U.K. comedian. Mr. Drake, born Charles Springall, was known for the catchphrase, "Hello, my darlings!," which he used in television programs such as Drake's Progress (1957-1958); The Charlie Drake Show (1960-1961); and The Worker (1965-1970). He also had several hit records, including the politically incorrect My Boomerang Won't Come Back (1961). Mr. Drake died after a series of strokes.

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