100 years ago
Born on this date
Zsa Zsa Gabor. Austro-Hungarian-born U.S. actress. Miss Gabor, born Sári Gabor, was Miss Hungary of 1936, and emigrated to the United States in 1941. She appeared in movies such as Moulin Rouge (1952) and Queen of Outer Space (1958), but was better known for her active social life, nine marriages, and frequent appearances on television talk shows. Miss Gabor was the sister of actresses Eva and Magda Gabor, and died on December 18, 2016 at the age of 99.
90 years ago
New York Yankees (4-3-1) (AFL) 6 Los Angeles Buccaneers (2-2) (NFL) 7 @ San Francisco
8,500 fans at Ewing Field saw the Buccaneers edge the Yankees in the last game ever played by either team, and the last game ever played by an American Football League team. The league folded after its only (1926) season.
75 years ago
The United Kingdom declared war on Thailand.
50 years ago
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Reach Out I'll Be There--Four Tops
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)
Died on this date
Martine Carol, 46. French actress. Miss Carol, born Marie-Louise Mourer, was a leading sex symbol of French cinema in the 1950s, in movies such as Madame du Barry (1954) and Lola Montès (1955). Her unhappy personal life included four marriages and a suicide attempt, and she died of a heart attack in a hotel bathroom in Monte Carlo while filming Hell is Empty (1967).
U.S.S.R. Premier Aleksei Kosygin began a week-long visit to the United Kingdom, which included talks with British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Muhammad Ali (28-0) unified the world heavyweight championship by winning a 15-round unanimous decision over World Boxing Association champion Ernie Terrell (39-5) at the Astrodome in Houston.
40 years ago
On television tonight
Tail Gunner Joe, starring Peter Boyle, Burgess Meredith, and John Forsythe, on NBC
This made-for-television movie was a fictional biography of the late U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Calgary 4 @ Winnipeg 6
30 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Reality--Richard Sanderson
At the movies
Light of Day, written and directed by Paul Schrader, and starring Michael J. Fox, Gena Rowlands, and Joan Jett, opened in theatres.
Justice Mary Gaudron became the first woman to be appointed to the High Court of Australia.
Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had held steady at 6.6% in January, continuing at a six-year low.
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Goodnight Girl--Wet Wet Wet (2nd week at #1)
20 years ago
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Don't Speak--No Doubt (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Breathe--The Prodigy (8th week at #1)
The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled in favour of Diane Blood, 32, a widow who was being inseminated with her late husband's sperm.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Frankie Laine, 93. U.S. singer. Mr. Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, was one of the most popular recording artists from 1947-1957, with hit singles such as That's My Desire (1947); Mule Train (1949); and Jezebel (1951). He was equally popular in the United Kingdom. Mr. Laine often sang rhythm and blues songs, and has been regarded as a precursor to rock and roll artists. In the 1950s, he became known for singing theme songs to Western movies and television programs, such as Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and Rawhide (1959). Mr. Laine recorded his last song at the age of 88.
Lou Burdette, 80. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Burdette, who signed his name "Lou," but is usually referred to as "Lew," played with the New York Yankees (1950); Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1951-1963); St. Louis Cardinals (1963-1964); Chicago Cubs (1964-1965); Philadelphia Phillies (1965); and California Angels (1966-1967), posting a record of 203-144 with an earned run average of 3.66 in 626 games. He was known for his tremendous control, issuing only 1.84 bases on balls per 9 innings. The highlight of Mr. Burdette's career was the 1957 World Series, when he pitched 3 complete game victories to help the Braves defeat the Yankees 4 games to 3, and was named the series' Most Valuable Player. He lost 2 of 3 starts against the Yankees in the 1958 World Series, in which the Yankees came back from a 3-1 deficit in games to win 4-3. Mr. Burdette won the second game of the series, hitting a 3-run home run in a 13-5 Milwaukee win.
Willye White, 67. U.S. runner and long jumper. Miss White was the first American athlete to participate in five Summer Olympic Games--1956 through 1972. She won a silver medal in the long jump at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, and another silver medal as a member of the women's 4 x 100-metre relay team in Tokyo in 1964. Miss White won 13 indoor and outdoor national titles, and set seven American records in the long jump. Away from the track, Miss White was a nurse who had a long career in health care; she died of pancreatic cancer.
Connie Mack and the Early Days of Baseball - Stumbled across this old article from Connie Mack and thought it was kind of cool. When I first began to play for the Washington club, a batter was allowed...
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