Sunday, 12 February 2017

December 31, 2016

220 years ago

Baltimore was officially incorporated as a city.

110 years ago

Politics and government
King Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar signed the Persian Constitution of 1906.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): It's a Great Day for the Irish--Judy Garland; The Jesters (1st month at #1)

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Sioux City Sue--Bing Crosby; Kate Smith (1st month at #1)

U.S. President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

60 years ago

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Mike Matson!

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Les Playboys--Jacques Dutronc (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Bang Bang--Equipe 84 (5th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Dandy--The Kinks (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats; The Dukes (2nd week at #1)

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

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'm a Believer--The Monkees

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)
2 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
3 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
4 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
5 That's Life--Frank Sinatra
6 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
7 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
8 Tell it Like it Is--Aaron Neville
9 Coming Home Soldier--Bobby Vinton
10 A Place in the Sun--Stevie Wonder

Singles entering the chart were Knight in Rusty Armour by Peter and Gordon (#67); Music to Watch Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation (#75); Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You by Jimmy Castor (#84); Pretty Ballerina by the Left Banke (#87); I Dig Girls by J.J. Jackson (#88); Dead End Street by the Kinks (#89); Love Me by Bobby Hebb (#94); Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by the "Cannonball" Adderley Quintet (#96); Oh Yeah! by the Joe Cuba Sextet (#98); At the Party by Hector Rivera (#100); Constant Rain (Chove Chuva) by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (also #100); and Walk with Faith in Your Heart by the Bachelors (also #100). Music to Watch Girls By, the theme from a Diet Pepsi commercial, had originally been released earlier in 1966 on the Diet Pepsi label, with no artist credited.

A 48-hour New Year's truce began in Vietnam; the United States reported 60 incidents of enemy attacks on the first day of the cease-fire.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Money, Money, Money--ABBA (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Daddy Cool--Boney M. (12th week at #1)

On television tonight
The annual New Year's Eve celebration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City was broadcast on CBS, and proved to be the last such broadcast with Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians while Mr. Lombardo was alive.

40 years ago

Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl
Nebraska 27 Texas Tech 24

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): The Way You Are--Agnetha Fältskog and Ola Håkansson (7th week at #1)

96-98 people were killed in a fire that swept through the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Investigators focused on a possible link between the fire and negotiations between the hotel's management and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represented more than half the employees. The talks had been acromonious, and three small fires had occurred in the two weeks before the fatal fire. The main issue in dispute was management's desire to replace 60 union workers with non-union workers.

25 years ago

World events
As of this date, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Wesley Addy, 83
. U.S. actor. Mr. Addy was a character actor in numerous plays, television programs, and movies. His films included Seconds (1966); Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970) and The Verdict (1982).

10 years ago

Died on this date
George Sisler, Jr., 89. U.S. baseball executive. Mr. Sisler, the son of Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler and brother of major league players Dick and Dave Sisler, was general manager of the Columbus Red Birds, Rochester Red Wings and Columbus Clippers of the International League, and was IL President from 1966-1976. He was named minor league baseball's King of Baseball in 1989, and was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 2007.

Seymour Lipset, 84. U.S. sociologist. Dr. Lipset was one of the most prominent figures in political sociology. His books included Political Man (1960) and Student Politics (1967).

The death toll for Americans killed in the Iraq war reached 3,000.

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