Sunday, 26 February 2017

February 4, 2017

230 years ago

Shays' Rebellion, an uprising of Massachusetts farmers, was defeated when the state militia captured many of the rebels at Petersham.

220 years ago

An earthquake struck the Ecuadorian city of Riobambma, causing up to 40,000 casualties.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Yahya Khan
. 3rd President of Pakistan, 1969-1971. General Khan was Commander in Chief of the Pakistan Army from 1966-1971, while leading a military government from 1969-1971. He resigned and handed over the presidency to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto after civil strife led to East Pakistan becoming the independent nation of Bangladesh. Gen. Khan was under house arrest from 1971-1979, and died on August 10, 1980 at the age of 63.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Inch Allah--Salvatore Adamo (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se perdo anche te--Gianni Morandi

Se perdo anche te was the other side of C'era un ragazzo che come me amava i Beatles e i Rolling Stones, which had been the #1 single for the previous two weeks.

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): I'm a Believer--The Monkees

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (6th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees (7th week at #1)
2 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
3 Tell it Like it Is--Aaron Neville
4 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
5 Kind of a Drag--The Buckinghams
6 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
7 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
8 Standing in the Shadows of Love--Four Tops
9 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet--The Blues Magoos
10 Nashville Cats--The Lovin' Spoonful

Singles entering the chart were Epistle to Dippy (#59); Sock it to Me--Baby! by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (#64); Spooky by Mike Sharpe (#73); Pucker Up Buttercup by Jr. Walker & the All-Stars (#75); Niki Hoeky by P.J. Proby (#86); Raise Your Hand by Eddie Floyd (#87); The Dis-Advantages of You by the Brass Ring (#88); Baby I Need Your Lovin' by Johnny Rivers (#89); Everybody Needs Somebody to Love by Wilson Pickett (#90); Don't Go Home (My Little Darlin') by the Shirelles (#92); My Best Friend by Jefferson Airplane (#95); and No Fair at All by the Association (#96).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
2 Nashville Cats--The Lovin' Spoonful
3 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
4 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
5 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
6 Tell it to the Rain--The 4 Seasons
7 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet--The Blues Magoos
8 Where Will the Words Come From--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
9 Tell it Like it Is--Aaron Neville
10 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon

Singles entering the chart were It Takes Two by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston (#65); Pushin' Too Hard by the Seeds (#70); I'm a Boy by the Who (#73); For What it's Worth by Buffalo Springfield (#78); I Wish You Could Be Here by the Cyrkle (#79); I've Been Lonely Too Long by the Young Rascals (#80); Got to Get You Into My Life by Stitch In Tyme (#81); Love is Here and Now You're Gone by the Supremes (#83); Indescribably Blue by Elvis Presley (#84); Full Measure by the Lovin' Spoonful (#85); All by James Darren (#86); You Got to Me by Neil Diamond (#87); So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star by the Byrds (#89); Go Where You Wanna Go by the 5th Dimension (#92); Look at Granny Run, Run by Howard Tate (#93); My Cup Runneth Over by Ed Ames (#94); Ten Commandments by Prince Buster (#95); Lovin' You by Bobby Darin (#96); Lady by Jack Jones (#99); and If You Go Away by Damita Jo (#100).

The U.S. probe Lunar Orbiter 3 lifted off from Cape Kennedy's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Living Next Door to Alice--Smokie

#1 single in France: Voici les clefs--Gérard Lenorman (5th week at #1)

The album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac was released on Warner Brothers Records.

Politics and government
The United States Senate approved a plan to reorganize itself, reducing the number of committees from 31 to 25.

A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ended another and derailed, killing 11 and injuring 180 in the worst accident in the agency's history.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: One Love to Give--Stéphanie (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Carl Rogers, 85
. U.S. psychologist. Dr. Rogers, who professed Christianity early in his life, but later became a professing atheist, was one of the founders of humanistic psychology, pioneering a method known as "client-centred" therapy. He was known for practicing "unconditional positive regard," defined as accepting a person "without negative judgment of .... [a person's] basic worth."

Wladziu "Lee" Liberace, 67. U.S. musician. Liberace was a pianist who was known for his flamboyant performances and lifestyle. He hosted his own television show from 1952-1957, when he was the world's highest-paid performer. The legendary entertainer won libel suits against publications that accused him of homosexuality, but he died of AIDS at his home in Palm Springs, California.

Stars and Stripes, helmed by Dennis Conner, defeated defending champion Kookaburra III at Fremantle, Australia to complete a 4-0 sweep and regain the America's Cup.

25 years ago

Died on this date
John Dehner, 76
. U.S. actor. Mr. Dehner, born John Forkum, appeared in numerous radio and television programs and movies, especially westerns. He starred in the radio series Frontier Gentleman (1958) and Have Gun, Will Travel (1958-1960).

World events
Hugo Chávez led a coup d'état attempt in Venezuela against President Carlos Andrés Pérez.

20 years ago

En route to Lebanon, two Israeli Sikorsky CH-53 troop-transport helicopters collided in mid-air over northern Galilee, Israel killing 73.

Unable to make a deal with the New England Patriots for the right to hire Bill Parcells as their head coach, the New York Jets pulled an end-around, hiring Mr. Parcells' top New England assistant, Bill Belichick, as "interim" head coach, and naming Mr. Parcells a "consultant." The strategem worked, and Mr. Parcells soon took over as coach, much to the chagrin of New England owner Robert Kraft.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Barbara McNair, 72
. U.S. singer and actress. Miss McNair was a popular singer in nightclubs and on television programs, and hosted her own variety show on CTV from 1969-1972. She died of throat cancer.

Super Bowl XLI @ Dolphin Stadium, Miami
Indianapolis 29 Chicago 17

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