Sunday, 19 February 2017

January 17, 2017

730 years ago
1287


War
King Alfonso III of Aragon invaded Minorca.

640 years ago
1377


Religion
Pope Gregory XI moved the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.

130 years ago
1887


Died on this date
William Giblin, 46
. Australian politician. Mr. Giblin was Premier of Tasmania from March-December 1878 and 1879-1884.

110 years ago
1907


Hockey
Stanley Cup
Challenge series
Kenora Thistles 4 @ Montreal Wanderers 2 (First game of 2-game total goals series)

The Thistles were the challengers, defeating the champion Wanderers at Montreal Arena.

100 years ago
1917


Americana
The United States paid Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.

90 years ago
1927


Died on this date
Juliette Gordon Low, 66
. U.S. social activist. Mrs. Low founded the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in 1915, four years after forming a group of Girl Guides in Scotland. She died of breast cancer.

75 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Chattanooga Choo Choo--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (7th week at #1)

50 years ago
1967


On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The One that Got Away, with guest stars Anne Francis, Charles Drake, and Charles Bronson

The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Experiment



40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): If You Leave Me Now--Chicago (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Seishun Jidai--Koichi Morita and the Top Gallants

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Sandokan--Oliver Onions (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Gary Gilmore, 36
. U.S. criminal. Mr. Gilmore, a career criminal, was convicted of the July 1976 murders of Max Jensen and Bennie Bushnell in Utah. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Mr. Bushnell, and became the first person executed in the United States in almost 10 years, and the first since the U.S. Supreme Court, in their 1976 ruling in Gregg v. Georgia, had upheld the constitutionality of recent capital punishment statutes. As a Mormon, Mr. Gilmore believed the Latter-day Saints doctrine that certain sins can be paid for only by the sinner shedding his own blood. Accordingly, he waived his appeals, and was executed by firing squad at Utah State Prison in Draper.

Football
NFL
Pro Bowl @ Kingdome, Seattle
AFC 24 NFC 14

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: The Final Countdown--Europe (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Geronimo's Cadillac--Modern Talking (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Suburbia--Pet Shop Boys

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)--Mel and Kim

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)--Jackie Wilson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Reet Petite (The Sweetest Girl in Town)--Jackie Wilson (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
2 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
3 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
4 Notorious--Duran Duran
5 Control--Janet Jackson
6 At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters
7 Land of Confusion--Genesis
8 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
9 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
10 Open Your Heart--Madonna

Singles entering the chart were Jacob's Ladder by Huey Lewis and the News (#39); Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#59); Respect Yourself by Bruce Willis (#64); Candy by Cameo (#84); All I Want by Howard Jones (#86); If I Say Yes by Five Star (#87); Shelter by Lone Justice (#88); Coming Up Close by 'Til Tuesday (#89); and Don't Dream it's Over by Crowded House (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Everybody Have Fun Tonight--Wang Chung
2 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
3 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
4 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
5 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
6 Can't Help Falling in Love--Corey Hart
7 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
8 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
9 The Rain--Oran "Juice" Jones
10 Notorious--Duran Duran

Singles entering the chart were Jacob's Ladder by Huey Lewis and the News (#86); Respect Yourself by Bruce Willis (#90); Without Your Love by Toto (#93); I Need Your Loving by the Human League (#95); and Ain't No Cure for Love by Jennifer Warnes (#96).

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (10th week at #1)

Diplomacy
During a visit to South Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa apologized for forcing Korean women into sexual slavery during World War II.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the nation’s trade deficit had narrowed to $3.57 billion in November 1991, the smallest in nine years.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Time to Say Goodbye--Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton

Died on this date
Clyde Tombaugh, 90
. U.S. astronomer. Mr. Tombaugh discovered hundreds of asteroids, but was best known for discovering Pluto in 1930.

Bert Kelly, 84. Australian politician. Mr. Kelly, a Liberal, represented Wakefield in the House of Representatives from 1958-1977, serving as Minister of Works from 1967-1968 and Minister for the Navy from 1968-1969.

Space
A Delta II carrying a GPS2R satellite exploded 13 seconds after launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, dropping 250 tons of burning rocket remains around the launch pad.

Society
A court in Ireland granted the first divorce in the Roman Catholic country's history.

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Art Buchwald, 81
. U.S. humourist. Mr. Buchwald focused on political commentary and satire, and was best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post, which was internationally syndicated. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Commentary in 1982 and in 1986.

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