Saturday, 18 February 2017

January 12, 2017

100 years ago

Born on this date
Jimmy Skinner
. Canadian hockey coach and executive. Mr. Skinner, a native of Selkirk, Manitoba, coached the Detroit Red Wings from 1955-58, winning the Stanley Cup in his first season. He resigned because of illness midway through the 1957-58 season, continuing as an executive in various capacities with the club before retiring as general manager in 1983. He died on July 11, 2007 at the age of 90. Skinner's restaurant, in Lockport, Manitoba, is a landmark worth visiting for any hockey fan.

80 years ago

At the movies
Der Hund von Baskerville (The Hound of the Baskervilles), starring Bruno Güttner, Fritz Odemar, and Peter Voss, opened in theatres in Germany.

75 years ago

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the National War Labor Board.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray (6th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Smoky--Die Sieben Raben (8th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (2nd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1; Top 100--6th week at #1);

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (7th week at #1)
2 The Green Door--Jim Lowe
3 Love Me Tender--Elvis Presley
4 Blueberry Hill--Fats Domino
5 The Banana Boat Song--The Tarriers
--Steve Lawrence
6 A Rose and a Baby Ruth--George Hamilton IV
7 Just Walking in the Rain--Johnnie Ray
8 True Love--Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly
9 Don't Forbid Me--Pat Boone
10 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody--Jerry Lewis

Singles entering the chart were Young Love by Tab Hunter (#12, charting with the version by Sonny James); versions of Cinco Robles (Five Oaks) by Les Paul and Mary Ford, and Lawrence Welk and his Sparkling Strings (#29, charting with the version by Russell Arms); Banana Boat (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte (#31); You Don't Owe Me a Thing (#33)/Look Homeward Angel (#50) by Johnnie Ray; Follow Me by the Four Esquires (#43); Without Love (There is Nothing) by Clyde McPhatter (#48); I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me) by Jill Corey (#49); and Who Needs You by the Four Lads (also #50).

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (7th week at #1)

On television tonight
Dragnet 1967, starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The LSD Story

This was the first episode of the series, which was a revival of the series in which Mr. Webb had starred on radio from 1949-1957 and on television from 1951-1959.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K (New Musical Express): Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul

Died on this date
Henri-Georges Clouzot, 69
. French movie director. Mr. Clouzot was known for suspense films such as Le Corbeau (1943); Le salaire de la peur (The Wages of Fear) (1953); and Les Diaboliques (1955). He died two months after undergoing open-heart surgery.

Minnesota 3 @ Vancouver 5

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Funkytown--Pseudo Echo (4th week at #1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Black or White--Michael Jackson (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Black or White--Michael Jackson (7th week at #1)

Politics and government
Algeria's new ruling council cancelled the runoff election that would have determined the winners of parliamentary seats where no candidate had a majority in the first round of voting. The new council was quickly superseded by a new body, the State Security Panel, which voided the results of the December 26, 1991 election, in which the Islamic Salvation Front had come close to winning a majority, and the ruling National Liberation Front had run a poor third.

AFC Championship
Denver 7 @ Buffalo 10

NFC Championship
Detroit 10 @ Washington 41

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Wannabe--Spice Girls (11th week at #1)

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Thug Devotion--Mo Thugs (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)--Backstreet Boys (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
The Arrow: Part I, on CBC

This two-part fictionalized account of the Avro Arrow fighter plane starred Dan Aykroyd as Crawford Gordon, president of A.V. Roe and Company.

Died on this date
Charles Brenton Huggins, 95
. Canadian-born U.S. physician. Dr. Huggins, a native of Halifax, moved to the United States in the 1920s. He was awarded a share of the 1966 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for his discoveries concerning hormonal treatment of prostatic cancer."

NFC Championship
Carolina 13 @ Green Bay 30

AFC Championship
Jacksonville 6 @ New England 20

10 years ago

Died on this date
James Killen, 81
. Australian politician. Sir Jim, a Liberal, was a member of the House of Representatives from 1955-1983. He served as Minister for the Navy in the government of Prime Minister John Gorton from 1969-1971, and as Minister for Defence in the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser from 1975-1982.

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