950 years ago
Died on this date
Yingzong, 35. Emperor of China, 1063-1067. Yingzong, born Zhao Zongshi, was the fifth emperor of the Song Dynasty. He succeeded his adoptive father Renzong, and was succeeded in turn by his eldest son Shenzong.
230 years ago
Shays' Rebellion suffered a setback when debt-ridden farmers led by Capt. Daniel Shays failed to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Massachusetts, resulting in 4 dead and 20 wounded.
225 years ago
Politics and government
The radical organization London Corresponding Society was founded.
125 years ago
More than three months after the brawl between American sailors and Chilean nationals outside the True Blue Saloon in Valparaiso, the new Chilean government, which had taken office on January 1, conceded all the American points, apologizing for the riots and withdrawing December 11, 1891 note from then-Foreign Minister Manuel Matta, which had accused the U.S. government of being insincere, wrong, and bellicose.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Jânio Quadros. 22nd President of Brazil, 1961. Mr. Quadros, a member of several political parties during his career, was Governor of Sao Paulo from 1955-1959, and served as President of Brazil from January 31-August 25, 1961. He resigned in an apparent attempt to increase his power by appealing directly to the Brazilian people, but his resignation was accepted by the legislature. Mr. Quadros died on February 16, 1992 at the age of 75.
Ilya Prigogine. Russian-born Belgian chemist. Dr. Prigogine was awarded the 1977 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures." He died on May 28, 2003 at the age of 86.
80 years ago
On the radio
The Guiding Light, on NBC
The long-running soap opera began broadcasting on this date, from Chicago.
75 years ago
On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Lion's Mane
Thailand declared war on the United States and United Kingdom, the day after Allied forces had bombed Bangkok.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (6th week at #1)
Died on this date
Al Capone, 48. U.S. gangster. Mr. Capone was boss of the Chicago Outfit during the 1920s, and became the most notorious gangster in the United States. His career ended when he was convicted of income tax evasion in 1931, and advancing syphilis, combined with cocaine addiction, turned him into a blithering idiot. Mr. Capone was paroled in 1939, and he died in Florida eight days after his 48th birthday.
Thomas Goldsmith, Jr. filed a patent for a "Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device," the first electronic game.
60 years ago
#1 single in France (IFOP): Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será)--Doris Day (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): The Garden of Eden--Frankie Vaughan
Died on this date
Kiyoshi Shiga, 85. Japanese physician. Dr. Shiga was known for his 1897 discovery of Shigella dysenteriae, the bacillus that causes dysentery. He died 13 days before his 86th birthday.
50 years ago
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
2 Ooh La La--Normie Rowe
3 It's Not Easy--Normie Rowe
4 Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys
5 Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats
6 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
7 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
8 Let it Be Me (EP)--Johnny Young
9 No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
10 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon
Singles entering the chart were Sad Dark Eyes by the Loved Ones (#27); Words of Love/Dancing in the Street by the Mamas and the Papas (#28); Step Back/Cara-Lyn by Johnny Young and Kompany (#34); Big Time Operator by the Id (#35); In the Country by Cliff Richard (#38); and Snoopy vs. the Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen (#40).
40 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Daddy Cool--Boney M. (9th week at #1)
On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part III
All-Star Game @ Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Prince of Wales Conference 4 Clarence S. Campbell Conference 3
Rick Martin of the Buffalo Sabres scored his second goal of the 3rd period with 1:56 remaining to give the Wales their win before 15,607 fans. Lanny McDonald scored the first two Wales goals, one in each of the first two periods. Eric Vail of the Atlanta Flames opened the scoring, and Rick MacLeish of the Philadelphia Flyers scored in the 2nd period for the Campbells. Mr. Martin scored exactly 4 minutes into the third period to give the Wales a 3-2 lead, but Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers tied the game with 7:37 remaining in regulation time.
Phoenix 3 @ Calgary 7
30 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But the Rent--Gwen Guthrie (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France: T'en va pas--Elsa (4th week at #1)
Super Bowl XXI @ Rose Bowl, Pasadena
New York Giants 39 Denver Broncos 20
New York quarterback Phil Simms completed 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards and touchdowns to Zeke Mowatt, Mark Bavaro, and Phil McConkey, and Joe Morris and Ottis Anderson added short touchdown runs for the Giants. Denver quarterback John Elway completed 22 of 37 passes for 304 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown pass to Vance Johnson in the 4th quarter. Mr. Elway scored the Broncos' first touchdown on a 4-yard rush in the 1st quarter. It was the Giants' first Super Bowl win, and their first NFL championship since 1956.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Sore ga daiji--MAN Brothers Band (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): James Brown is Dead--L.A. Style
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Black or White--Michael Jackson
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Goodnight Girl--Wet Wet Wet
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
2 Black or White--Michael Jackson
3 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John
4 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
5 Diamonds and Pearls--Prince and the New Power Generation
6 Mysterious Ways--U2
7 Finally--Ce Ce Peniston
8 The Way I Feel About You--Karyn White
9 No Son of Mine--Genesis
10 I Love Your Smile--Shanice
Singles entering the chart were Remember the Time by Michael Jackson (#58); Missing You Now by Michael Bolton featuring Kenny G (#63); What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by Paul Young (#73); Again Tonight by John Mellencamp (#75); Justified & Ancient by the KLF (featuring Tammy Wynette) (#78); and Paper Doll by PM Dawn (#80).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Black or White--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)
2 Mysterious Ways--U2
3 Keep Coming Back--Richard Marx
4 No Son of Mine--Genesis
5 When a Man Loves a Woman--Michael Bolton
6 Can't Let Go--Mariah Carey
7 You May Be Right--The Grapes of Wrath
8 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
9 Spending My Time--Roxette
10 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me-George Michael/Elton John
Singles entering the chart were Southern Rain by Cowboy Junkies (#45); The Way I Feel About You by Karyn White (#47); Stars by Simply Red (#52); Love and Happiness by John Mellencamp (#59); Great Big Love by Bruce Cockburn (#62); Somewhere, Somebody by Aaron Neville (#70); Lovers in a Dangerous Time by Barenaked Ladies (#73); All Nite by Big House (#75); Androgynous by Crash Test Dummies (#80); and It's Only Natural by Crowded House (#88).
20 years ago
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): One and One--Robert Miles and Maria Nayler (10th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in France (SNEP): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Madonna
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Freed from Desire--Gala (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Freed from Desire--Gala (8th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Where Do You Go--No Mercy
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Your Woman--White Town
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton (8th week at #1)
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