Monday, 20 February 2017

January 22, 2017

500 years ago

Ottoman Empire forces under Sultan Selim I defeated Mamluk Sultanate forces of Al-Ashraf Tuman bay II and captured present-day Egypt in the Battle of Ridaniya.

100 years ago

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, whose country was still officially neutral in the Great War, called for "peace without victory" in Europe.

90 years ago

Died on this date
James Ford Rhodes, 78
. U.S. industrialist and historian. After making a fortune in iron, coal, and steel, Mr. Rhodes devoted himself to writing American history. From 1893-1920 he published an eight-volume history of the United States, and his one-volume History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (1918) won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

On the radio
Teddy Wakelam provided the first live commentary of a soccer match anywhere in the world, calling the game between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury, England for BBC. The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

70 years ago

KTLA, the first commercial station west of the Mississippi River, began operation in Hollywood, California, being available in Los Angeles as channel 5.

60 years ago

Died on this date
Ralph Barton Perry, 80
. U.S. philosopher. Dr. Perry was a leader in the New Realism movement. His books included The Moral Economy (1909) and Puritanism and Democracy (1944).

Israeli forces withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula, more than two months after aiding an abortive Anglo-French invasion of Egypt following Egyptian nationalization of the Suez Canal.

The New York City "Mad Bomber," George P. Metesky, was arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs.

World featherweight champion Sandy Saddler, who had held the title from 1948-1949 and since 1950, retired on the advice of doctors. He compiled a professional record of 144-16-2.

50 years ago

Pittsburgh 10 @ Baltimore 2

Ab McDonald and Duke Harris each scored twice as the Hornets routed the Clippers, one night after routing the Buffalo Bisons 10-2.

Pro Bowl @ Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
East 20 West 10

Frank Ryan handed off to Johnny Roland for a touchdown and passed to Gary Collins for another as the Eastern Conference took a 20-0 halftime lead and coasted to victory over the Western Conference before just 15,062 fans, who sat through a heavy rainstorm. Bart Starr passed to Ken Willard for the West's only TD. The Coliseum had hosted the AFL-NFL World Championship Game (later retroactively renamed Super Bowl I) a week earlier.

Bob Howsam, who had served as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals since replacing the fired Bing Devine in August 1964, signed a three-year contract as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sei forte papà--Gianni Morandi (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Anita--Costa Cordalis

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Somebody to Love--Queen (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: Living Next Door to Alice--Smokie

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Wish--Stevie Wonder

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Car Wash--Rose Royce (2nd week at #1)
2 I Wish--Stevie Wonder
3 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
4 Hot Line--Sylvers
5 Dazz--Brick
6 Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor
7 Blinded by the Light--Manfred Mann's Earth Band
8 Walk This Way--Aerosmith
9 Somebody to Love--Queen
10 New Kid in Town--Eagles

Singles entering the chart were Long Time by Boston (#70); Reach by Orleans (#78); Rich Girl by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#81); Dis-Gorilla (Part 1) by Rick Dees and his Cast of Idiots (#91); Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme) by the Wilton Place Street Band (#93); You Know Like I Know by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils (#95); So In to You by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#96); Gloria by Enchantment (#97); and Fire Sign by Cory (#99). Disco Lucy (I Love Lucy Theme) was a version of the theme from the television comedy series I Love Lucy (1951-1957).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing--Leo Sayer
2 Hot Line--Sylvers
3 You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)--Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
4 I Wish--Stevie Wonder
5 Somebody to Love--Queen
6 Muskrat Love--Captain and Tennille
7 After the Lovin'--Engelbert Humperdinck
8 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)--Rod Stewart
9 Walk This Way--Aerosmith
10 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word--Elton John

Singles entering the chart were Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow by Tom Jones (#76); Daddy Cool by Boney M. (#83); Spring Affair by Donna Summer (#85); Maybe Tomorrow by Hagood Hardy (#94); Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac (#96); Baby Don't You Know by Wild Cherry (#97); Let Me Down Easy by Shirley Eikhard (#99); and When Love is New by Arthur Prysock (#100).

Died on this date
Pascual Pérez, 50
. Argentine boxer. Mr. Pérez won the gold medal in the flyweight division at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London, but didn't turn professional until 1952. He compiled a professional record of 84-7-1 from 1952-1964, and was world flyweight champion from 1954-1960, becoming the first Argentinian to hold a world title. Mr. Pérez was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1977.

Politics and government
Danish Prime Minister Anker Jorgensen dissolved the Folketing and called for new elections, following an impasse on national housing policy.

Former world heavyweight champion George Foreman (45-1) scored a technical knockout of Pedro Agosto (28-8-1) at 2:34 of the 4th round of an internationally-televised bout at the Civic Auditorium in Pensacola, Florida.

Washington 2 @ Montreal 5

30 years ago

On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC

Tonight's episode: World Apart: Summer 1939

Died on this date
R. Budd Dwyer, 47
. U.S. politician. Mr. Dwyer was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate from 1971-1981, and was the Pennsylvania State Treasurer from 1981-1987. He had been convicted on a bribery charge and was due to be sentenced on January 23, but held a televised press conference, where he proclaimed his innocence. At the end of his statement, Mr. Dwyer handed an envelope to each of three associates, then took a handgun out of another envelope; despite protests from those in attendance, he put the barrel in his mouth and pulled the trigger.

Philippine security forces opened fire on a crowd of 10,000–15,000 demonstrators at Malacañang Palace, Manila, killing 13.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Black or White--Michael Jackson (10th week at #1)

A seven-person crew commanded by Ronald Grabe lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard U.S. space shuttle Discovery to begin the eight-day mission STS-42. The crew included payload specialist Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman to go into space.

World events
Rebel forces occupied Zaire's national radio station in Kinshasa and broadcasted a demand for the resignation of the government of President Mobutu Sese Seko, who had been in power since 1965.

20 years ago

Died on this date
George Dockins, 79
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Dockins played with the St. Louis Cardinals (1945) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1947), compiling a record of 8-6 with an earned run average of 3.55 in 35 games. He played in the minor leagues from 1939-1943 and 1946-1949, with his best season coming in 1941, when he was 20-6 with a 2.05 ERA in 38 games with the Mobile Shippers of the Class B Southeastern League.

Politics and government
The United States Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the nation's first female Secretary of State.

10 years ago

At least 88 people were killed when two car bombs exploded in the Bab Al-Sharqi market in central Baghdad.

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