Tuesday, 14 February 2017

January 6, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sherlock Holmes, Sheila Hellevang, and Johanna Wegner!

1,000 years ago

Cnut the Great was crowned King of England at St. Pauls, London.

110 years ago

Maria Montessori opened her first school and daycare centre for working class children in Rome.

100 years ago

Joseph Franklin Rutherford succeeded Charles Taze Russell as President of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, being elected at the organization's convention in Pittsburgh.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (2nd 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 Rumors are Flying--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
--The Andrews Sisters with Les Paul
--Betty Rhodes
--Tony Martin
4 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
5 The Whole World is Singing My Song--Les Brown and his Orchestra
6 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
7 Sonata--Perry Como
--Jo Stafford
8 A Gal in Calico--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids
--Johnny Mercer
9 The Things We Did Last Summer--Frank Sinatra
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
10 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were the version of (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons by Dinah Shore; Jalousie (Jealousy) by Billy Butterfield and his Orchestra (#18); Jalousie (Jealousy) (#18)/Among My Souvenirs (#27) by Herbie Fields and his Orchestra; Guitar Boogie by Alvino Rey and his Orchestra (#23); Among My Souvenirs by Frank Sinatra (#27, charting with the version by Herbie Fields and his Orchestra; and Missouri Waltz by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians (#28).

On the radio
The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS

Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to offer a round-the-world ticket.

Harold Dade (17-1-2) won a 15-round unanimous decision over Manuel Ortiz (75-14-3) at San Francisco Civic Auditorium to win the world bantamweight title.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Crackpot, starring Biff McGuire, Robert Emhardt, and Mary Scott

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Stop Stop Stop--The Hollies (4th week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)
2 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
3 Cry Baby--Lennie Richards and the Nomads
4 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
5 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
6 Armful of Teddy Bears--Barry Allen
7 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
8 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
9 Words of Love/Dancing in the Street--The Mamas and the Papas
10 A Place in the Sun--Stevie Wonder
Pick hit of the week: Pretty Ballerina--The Left Banke
New this week: Momma's Boy--Wes Dakus
Niki Hoeky--P.J. Proby
Bring it Up--James Brown and the Famous Flames
The Swinger--Ann-Margret
Ride, Ride, Ride--Brenda Lee

Died on this date
Johnny Keane, 55
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Keane was a shortstop and third baseman who played 15 seasons in the minors from 1930-1948, batting .292 with 20 home runs in 1,384 games. He managed for 17 seasons in the minor leagues from 1938-1958, winning five pennants. Mr. Keane joined the coaching staff of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959, and replaced Solly Hemus as manager on July 5, 1961. Mr. Keane led the Cardinals to the National League pennant in 1964, followed by a victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series. Shortly after the World Series, Mr. Keane resigned as manager of the Cardinals and became manager of the Yankees, who fired Yogi Berra despite Mr. Berra coming within one game of winning the World Series in his first season as a manager. Mr. Keane took over leadership of the Yankees just in time for team to begin a long decline--largely the result of aging players and a depleted farm system--and the team dropped to sixth in the American League in 1965 with a 77-85 record, the team's worst finish in 40 years. When the Yankees got off to a disastrous 4-16 start in 1966, Mr. Keane was fired and replaced by former manager Ralph Houk. In December 1966, Mr. Keane was hired by the California Angels as a scout, but he died of a heart attack in Houston, where he lived in the off-season.

The United States Marine Corps and ARVN troops launched "Operation Deckhouse Five" in the Mekong River delta in Vietnam.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Mike Miley, 23
. U.S. baseball and football player. Mr. Miley played quarterback with the Louisiana State University Tigers in 1973 and 1974, leading the team to the 1974 Orange Bowl, where they lost 16-9 to the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions. Mr. Miley was the first choice of the California Angels in the 1974 major league baseball free agent draft, and passed up on his senior year of university football in order to pursue a baseball career as a shortstop. He played 70 games with the Angels in 1975 and 14 games with them in 1976, batting .176 with 4 home runs and 30 runs batted in. Mr. Miley spent most of the 1976 season with the Salt Lake City Gulls of the AAA Pacific Coast League, batting .274 with 6 home runs and 60 RBIs in 119 games. He was regarded as having a good chance of becoming the Angels' starting shortstop in 1977 when he was killed in a car accident in Baton Rouge.

EMI Records ended its contract with the punk-rock group the Sex Pistols because of the group's behaviour.

International Series (exhibition)
U.S.S.R. (6-1) 3 @ Winnipeg 2

30 years ago

Astronomers at the University of California first witnessed the birth of a galaxy containing one billion stars.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Live and Let Die--Guns N' Roses (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (8th week at #1)

The United States government recommended that physicians cease giving silicone breast implants, over concerns about their safety.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Time to Say Goodbye--Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Head Over Feet--Alanis Morisette (8th week at #1)

Dick Donovan, 69. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Donovan played with the Boston Braves (1950-1952); Detroit Tigers (1954); Chicago White Sox (1955-1960); Washington Senators (1961); and Cleveland Indians (1962-1965), compiling a record of 122-99 with an earned run average of 3.67 in 345 games, while batting .163 with 15 home runs and 64 runs batted in in 371 games. He led the American League in winning percentage (.727) and complete games (16) in 1957; in earned run average (2.40) in 1961); and in shutouts (5) in 1962). Mr. Donovan won 20 games in 1962, and hit 4 home runs.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Mario Danelo, 21
. U.S. football player. Mr. Danelo, the son of former National Football League kicker Joe Danelo, was a kicker with the University of Southern California Trojans in 2005-2006, helping the team to the 2007 Rose Bowl championship. He was killed when he fell off a cliff after getting drunk at a party.

AFC Wild Card Playoff
Kansas City 8 @ Indianapolis 23

NFC Wild Card Playoff
Dallas 20 @ Seattle 21

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