Sunday, 12 February 2017

December 30, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michael Nesmith and Gladys Lucy Pomazongo Levano!

950 years ago

The Granada massacre took place when a Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in the Spanish city of Granada, crucified Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela, and massacred much of the Jewish population of the city.

200 years ago

The Treaty of St. Louis (1816) between the United States and the united Ottawa, Ojibwa, and Potawatomi Indian tribes was proclaimed.

120 years ago

Stanley Cup
Montreal Victorias 6 @ Winnipeg Victorias 5 (1-game challenge)

Ernie McLea scored 3 goals, including the winner on a breakaway with less than 2 minutes remaining, to give Montreal the Cup over defending champion Winnipeg at Granite Rink in the first challenge to be played outside Montreal. Mr. McLea became the first player to score a hat trick in a Stanley Cup game. Winnipeg took an early 3-0 lead and led 4-2 at halftime.

110 years ago

Politics and government
The All-India Muslim League was founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India.

100 years ago

Died on this date
Grigori Rasputin, 47
. Russian mystic and political adviser. Mr. Rasputin first met Czar Nicholas II in 1905, and appeared to possess supernatural powers, demonstrated in healing young prince Alexei, who was a hemophiliac. Mr. Rasputin acquired increasing influence at the royal court, attracting increasing opposition from parliamentary politicians. Mr. Rasputin was shot several times, beaten, and finally drowned, as he proved very difficult to kill. The assassins were a loyalist group led by Prince Felix Yusupov. Mr. Rasputin's body was discovered in a Moscow river three days later.

The last coronation in Hungary is performed at Matthias Church in Budapest for King Charles IV and Queen Zita.

80 years ago

The United Auto Workers of America staged its first sit-down strike in Detroit.

Georgetown 46 New York 40
Stanford 45 Long Island 31

Hank Luisetti, pioneer of the one-handed shot, scored 15 points to lead the Indians over the Blackbirds in the second game of a doubleheader before 17,623 fans at Madison Square Garden in New York, ending Long Island's 43-game winning streak.

75 years ago

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards for 1941 were presented. The winners were: Picture--Citizen Kane; Director--John Ford (How Green was My Valley); Actor--Gary Cooper (Sergeant York); Actress--Joan Fontaine (Suspicion).

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the Canadian parliament in Ottawa, where he delivered his "Some chicken...some neck" speech, and then posed for a famous photograph by Yousuf Karsh. Go here to see the full text of the speech.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hoagy Carmichael
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
3 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
--Betty Rhodes
--Tony Martin
4 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
5 A Gal in Calico--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids
--Johnny Mercer
6 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
7 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
8 The Whole World is Singing My Song--Les Brown and his Orchestra
9 Passe--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Margaret Whiting
10 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were the version of (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons by Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra That's the Beginning of the End, with versions by Perry Como, and the King Cole Trio (#32).

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

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards for 1946 were presented. The winners were: Picture--The Best Years of Our Lives; Director--William Wyler (The Best Years of Our Lives); Actor--Laurence Olivier (Henry V); Actress--Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter); Foreign Language Film--Open City.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: John Brown's Body, starring Leora Dana, Russell Collins, and Hugh Marlowe

Chicago Bears 7 @ New York 47

The Giants led 13-0 after the 1st quarter and 34-7 at halftime as they coasted to victory over the Bears before 56,836 fans at Yankee Stadium.

50 years ago

Hit Parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)
2 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
3 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
4 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
5 Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
6 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
7 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
8 That's Life-Frank Sinatra
9 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
10 Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly--Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
Pick hit of the week: It's Only Love--Tommy James and the Shondells
New this week: Coming Home Soldier--Bobby Vinton
Pretty Ballerina--The Left Banke
I've Got to Have a Reason--The Dave Clark Five
Dead End Street--The Kinks
Pushin' Too Hard--The Seeds

Chartchai Chionoi (41-10-2) was knocked down twice in the 2nd round, but recovered to score a technical knockout of defending champion Walter McGowan (23-5-1) at 50 seconds of the 9th round at Kittikachorn Stadium in Bangkok to win the World Boxing Council world flyweight title.

40 years ago

International Series (exhibition)
U.S.S.R. (2-1) 10 @ Houston 1

30 years ago

The British government announced plans to phase out the use of canaries as carbon monoxide detectors in coal mines.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Live and Let Die--Guns N' Roses (2nd week at #1)

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

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Child--Mark Owen (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Time to Say Goodbye--Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Lew Ayres, 88
. U.S. actor. Mr. Ayres had a career that spanned 65 years, but was best known for his starring role in the movie All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and for playing Dr. Kildare in a series of nine films from 1938-1942. He died two days after his 88th birthday.

250,000 workers in Israel shut down services in protest against proposed budget cuts by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Saddam Hussein, 69
. President of Iraq, 1979-2003; Prime Minister of Iraq, 1979-1991, 1994-2003. Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti, a member of the Ba'ath Party, played a prominent role in the coup which seized power in 1968, and formally assumed Iraq's highest offices in 1979. He governed as a dictator, waging an inconclusive war against Iran from 1980-1988, and an invasion of Kuwait in 1990 that resulted in defeat for Iraq in the Gulf War of 1991. Mr. Hussein's government collapsed in 2003 as a result of the invasion of Iraq by American forces, and Saddam went into hiding. He was captured in December 2003, and was hanged after being convicted of crimes against humanity.

Michel Plasse, 58. Canadian hockey goaltender. Mr. Plasse was selected first overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1968 National Hockey League amateur draft. He played with the St, Louis Blues (1970-71); Montreal Canadiens (1972-74); Kansas City Scouts (1974-75); Pittsburgh Penguins (1975-76); Colorado Rockies (1976-80); and Quebec Nordiques (1980-82), compiling a record of 92-136-54 with a goals against average of 3.79 and 2 shutouts in 299 regular season games. While playing with the Kansas City Blues of the Central Hockey League on February 21, 1971, Mr. Plasse scored into an empty net against the Oklahoma City Blazers, becoming the first goalie in professional hockey history to score a goal. He died of a heart attack.

Two people were killed and 52 injured in the explosion of a van bomb at Madrid-Barjas Airport. 10 Days later, the Basque nationalist and separatist organisation ETA claimed responsibility for the attack.

400-500 people died when the Indonesian ferry MV Senopati Nusantara sank in a storm in the Java Sea.

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