Wednesday, 22 February 2017

January 27, 2017

90 years ago

King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia took the title King of Nejd.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Kaarel Eenpalu, 53
. Prime Minister of Estonia, 1938-1939. Mr. Eenpalu, known as Karl August Einbund until 1935, held several positions in a political career of more than 20 years. A month after the June 1940 Soviet occupation of Estonia, Mr. Eenpalu was arrested by U.S.S.R. authorities and deported to Russia, where he died in a prison camp.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (5th week at #1)
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
2 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hoagy Carmichael
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
3 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
4 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
5 A Gal in Calico--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids
--Johnny Mercer
6 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
7 The Whole World is Singing My Song--Les Brown and his Orchestra
8 Sonata--Perry Como
--Jo Stafford
9 Oh, But I Do--Margaret Whiting
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
10 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were Managua, Nicaragua, with versions by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra; Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra; and Kay Kyser and his Orchestra (#12) and Dark Town Poker Club by Phil Harris and his Orchestra (#20).

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Babbling Butler

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Missing Masterpiece

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Manacled, starring Gary Merrill and William Redfield

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Good Vibrations--The Beach Boys

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen (2nd week at #1)
2 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees
3 Armful of Teddy Bears--Barry Allen
4 Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
5 Knight in Rusty Armour--Peter and Gordon
6 Go Go Round--Gordon Lightfoot
7 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
8 Talk Talk--The Music Machine
9 Summer Wine--Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood
10 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
Pick hit of the week: Go Where You Wanna Go--The 5th Dimension
New this week: Gonna Get Along Without You Now--Trini Lopez
Baby, I Need Your Lovin'--Johnny Rivers
Morningtown Ride--The Seekers
So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star--The Byrds
Music to Watch Girls By--Al Hirt

Died on this date
Gus Grissom, 40; Ed White, 36; Roger Chaffee, 31
. U.S. astronauts. Mr. Grissom was one of the original seven astronauts, and was the second American in space, making the suborbital Mercury-Redstone 4 flight on July 21, 1961. He commanded the first manned Gemini mission, Gemini 3 on March 23, 1965, and was named Command Pilot of the first Apollo mission, Apollo 1. Mr. White joined the astronaut corps in 1962, and was the first American to walk in space, as Pilot of the Gemini 4 mission in June 1965. He was named Senior Pilot for Apollo 1. Mr. Chaffee was among the third group of astronauts, selected in 1963; he was named Pilot for Apollo 1, which was to be his first space flight. The mission was scheduled for liftoff on February 21, 1967, but the crew died when a fire flashed through their spacecraft while they were inside, about 10 minutes prior to the end of one of the final ground tests of the spacecraft. For details of the disaster, go here, here, here, and here.

Luigi Tenco, 28. Italian singer. Mr. Tenco was a popular singer in Italy in the 1960s. He and the French singer Dalida became engaged, and performed the song Ciao Amore Ciao at the Italian Song Festival in San Remo. Mr. Tenco apparently shot himself to death after learning that the song had been eliminated from the final competition. Dalida committed suicide with an overdose of barbiturates 20 years later.

More than 60 nations signed the Outer Space Treaty in Washington, D.C., banning deployment of nuclear weapons in space, and limiting use of the Moon and other celestial bodies to peaceful purposes.

40 years ago

On television tonight
Roots, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Part V

The Vatican's Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prohibited the ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Norman McLaren, 72
. U.K.-born-Canadian animator. Mr. McLaren worked in the United Kingdom and New York before moving to Canada in 1941, where he became known for his work with the National Film Board of Canada. His film Neighbours (1952) won an Academy Award.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Justified & Ancient--The KLF (2nd week at #1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Just Another Day--John Mellencamp
2 Fly Like an Eagle--Seal
3 Mouth--Merril Bainbridge
4 How Bizarre--OMC
5 Don't Speak--No Doubt
6 Just Between You and Me--dc talk
7 Someone Who's Cool--The Odds
8 Swallowed--Bush X
9 Do to You--Bryan Adams
10 When You Love a Woman--Journey

Singles entering the chart were Jumping the Shadows by Damnhait Doyle (#79); Free by Phish (#80); Long Day by Matchbox 20 (#81); Can't Get this Stuff No More by Van Halen (#82); Crash Into Me by the Dave Matthews Band (#83); The Wakeup Bomb by R.E.M. (#84); If I Had My Way by Big Sugar (#85); Carmalina by The Pursuit of Happiness (#89); My Own Sunrise by Crash Test Dummies (#91); Lakini's Juice by Live (#99); and Sleep to Dream by Fiona Apple (#100).

Died on this date
Richard X. Slattery, 71
. U.S. actor. Mr. Slattery was a character actor who appeared in numerous television programs and several movies, but was perhaps best known for playing the gas station manager "Murph" in television commercials for Union 76 in the 1970s and '80s.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Yang Chuan-kwang, aka C.K. Yang, 73
. Taiwanese athlete. Mr. Yang won the silver medal in the decathlon at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, losing a close duel with University of California at Los Angeles teammate Rafer Johnson, representing the United States.

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