Sunday, 12 February 2017

December 29, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Christine Gotaas!

140 years ago
1876


Disasters
A train derailment caused by the failure of a bridge over the Ashtabula River in Ohio resulted in the deaths of 64 people and injuries to 92 others.

100 years ago
1916


Literature
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the first novel by James Joyce, was published in book form for the first time by B.W. Huebsch in New York, after being serialized in the English magazine The Egoist in 1914-1915.

75 years ago
1941


Auto racing
Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Eddie Rickenbacker announced the cancellation of the Indianapolis 500 for 1942 because of American involvement in World War II. The speedway wasn't reopened, and the Indianapolis 500 wasn't held again, until 1946, the year after the war ended.

70 years ago
1946


At the movies
Duel in the Sun, starring Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones, received its premiere screening in Van Nuys, California.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (4th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Smoky--Die Sieben Raben (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (8th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (Best Seller--4th week at #1; Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Jukebox--3rd week at #1; Top 100--4th week at #1);

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (5th week at #1)
2 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley
3 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
4 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
5 True Love--Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
6 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
7 A Rose and a Baby Ruth--George Hamilton IV
8 Hey! Jealous Lover--Frank Sinatra
9 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody--Jerry Lewis
10 Love Me--Elvis Presley

Singles entering the chart were versions of The Banana Boat Song by Steve Lawrence; the Fontane Sisters; and Sarah Vaughan (#15, charting with the version by the Tarriers); Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte (#29); Blue Monday by Fats Domino (#38); Young Love by Sonny James (#40); There You Go by Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two (#45); and Ain't Got No Home by Clarence (Frog-Man) Henry (#46). Blue Monday was from the movie The Girl Can't Help It (1956).

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (5th week at #1)

Music
The Beatles were in studio two at Abbey Road in London, where they began recording the song Penny Lane.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express): When a Child is Born--Johnny Mathis (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Ivo Van Damme, 22
. Belgian runner. Mr. Van Damme won silver medals in the men's 800-metre and 1,500-metre runs at the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal. He was killed in a car accident.

Hockey
NHL
Boston 8 @ Vancouver 1

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Geronimo's Cadillac--Modern Talking (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Harold Macmillan, 92
. Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1957-1963. Mr. Macmillan, who accepted a peerage as Lord Stockton in 1984, succeeded Anthony Eden as Prime Minister in 1957 and led his Conservative Party to an easy election win in 1959, but resigned in the wake of a scandal involving a relationship between Defense Secretary John Profumo and call girl Christine Keeler.

Andrei Tarkovsky, 54. U.S.S.R. film director. Mr. Tarkovsky's movies included Andrei Rublev (1966); Solaris (1972); and Stalker (1979). He died of lung cancer.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Black or White--Michael Jackson (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-N-Pepa (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Black or White--Michael Jackson (5th week at #1)

Football
NFL
AFC Wild Card Playoff
New York Jets 10 @ Houston 17

NFC Wild Card Playoff
Dallas 17 @ Chicago 13

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Thug Devotion--Mo Thugs (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Verpiss' Dich--Tic Tac Toe (3rd week at #1)

War
The Guatemalan government and leaders of the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity signed a peace accord, ending a 36-year civil war.

Football
NFL
AFC Wild Card Playoff
Indianapolis 14 @ Pittsburgh 42

NFC Wild Card Playoff
Philadelphia 0 @ San Francisco 14

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