Saturday, 11 February 2017

December 26, 2016

75 years ago

Winston Churchill became the first British Prime Minister to address a joint session of the United States Congress.

60 years ago

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards for 1956 were presented. The winners included: Picture--Around the World in 80 Days; Director--John Huston (Moby Dick); Actor--Kirk Douglas (Lust for Life); Actress--Ingrid Bergman (Anastasia); Foreign Language Film--La Strada.

Egypt refused to resume direct negotiations with the United Kingdom and France on settlement of the Suez Canal dispute, insisting on negotiating a solution through the United Nations.

1,025 former Japanese prisoners of war who had been released from Siberia arrived in Maizuru by ship.

21 Negroes in Birmingham, Alabama were arrested for riding in the "white" section of buses, as Negroes began mass defiance of city laws requiring segregation in public transportation.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Black is Black--Los Bravos (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (4th week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
2 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
3 That's Life--Frank Sinatra
4 Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies
5 I'm Ready for Love--Martha and the Vandellas
6 A Place in the Sun--Stevie Wonder
7 I've Got the Feeling--Neil Diamond
8 Mustang Sally--Wilson Pickett
9 Lady Godiva--Peter and Gordon
10 It's Only Love--Tommy James and the Shondells

Singles entering the chart were Nashville Cats by the Lovin' Spoonful (#68); Baby What I Mean by the Drifters (#73); Standing in the Shadows of Love by the Four Tops (#77); If I Call You by Some Name by the Paupers (#83); Karate by the Emperors (#87); Knight in Rusty Armour by Peter and Gordon (#90); Let the Good Times In by Dean Martin (#91); Color My World by Petula Clark (#92); Dead End Street by the Kinks (#94); Look What You've Done by the Pozo-Seco Singers (#96); I Wanna Be Free by Jean-Paul Vignon (#97); Are You Lonely for Me by Freddie Scott (#98); I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) by the Electric Prunes (#99); and I'm Gonna Miss You by the Artistics (#100).

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: Wisteria Lodge

Breakfast at Tiffany's, a musical starring Mary Tyler Moore, Richard Chamberlain, and Sally Kellerman, had been scheduled to open on this date at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The play, based on Truman Capote's novella, had been titled Holly Golightly in out-of-town tryouts, and had received four preview performances on Broadway, but had then been closed by producer David Merrick, who chose not to open the show "rather than subject the drama critics and the public to an excruciatingly boring evening."

40 years ago

NFC Championship
Los Angeles 13 @ Minnesota 24

AFC Championship
Pittsburgh 7 @ Oakland 24

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Elsa Lanchester, 84
. U.K. actress. Miss Lanchester was known for character roles in such movies as Bride of Frankenstein (1935); The Big Clock (1948); and Easy Come, Easy Go (1967). She was married to actor Charles Laughton from 1929 until his death in 1962, and they appeared together in 12 films, including Witness for the Prosecution (1957).

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are the Days of Our Lives--Queen (2nd week at #1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Breathe--The Prodigy (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Anna mulle piiskaa--Apulanta (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
JonBenét Ramsey, 6
. U.S. crime victim. Miss Ramsey, a child beauty contestant, died from strangulation and a fractured skull at her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. The crime resulted in a U.S. media obsession, and the case is still officially open.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Gerald R. Ford, Jr., 93
. 38th President of the United States of America, 1974-1977; 40th Vice President of the United States of America, 1973-1974. Mr. Ford, born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., was a star center with the University of Michigan Wolverines football team from 1932-1934, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. A Republican, he represented Michigan's 5th District in the United States House of Representatives from 1949-1973, serving as House Minority Leader from 1965-1973. On December 6, 1973, Mr. Ford took office as Vice President, succeeding Spiro Agnew, who had resigned in disgrace two months earlier. On August 9, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing possible impeachment as a result of the scandal involving the 1972 break-in at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., resigned, and Mr. Ford became the first--and still only--man to serve as President without being elected either President or Vice President. A month later, Mr. Ford pardoned Mr. Nixon for his Watergate activities, drawing heavy criticism. Mr. Ford was the Republican Party candidate for President in 1976; he lost a close election to Democratic Party challenger Jimmy Carter, and retired to private life after leaving the White House. At 93 years and 165 days, Mr. Ford had the longest life of any U.S. President (so far).

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