Thursday, 9 March 2017

February 17, 2017

200 years ago

Born on this date
Édouard Thilges
. Prime Minister of Luxembourg, 1885-1888. Mr. Thilges, an independent, held several positions before taking office as Prime Minister, Minister of State, and Director General for Foreign Affairs. He died on July 9, 1904 at the age of 87.

Politics and government
Bernardo O'Higgins took office as Supreme Director of Chile, succeeding José Miguel Carrera.

150 years ago

Died on this date
Alexander Dallas Bache, 60
. U.S. physicist and surveyor. Professor Bache erected coastal fortifications and conducted a detailed survey to map the mideastern United States coastline. He died of "softening of the brain."

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio (2nd week at #1)
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
2 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
3 Ole Buttermilk Sky--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hoagy Carmichael
--Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers
--Paul Weston and his Orchestra with Matt Dennis
4 Open the Door, Richard!--Count Basie and his Orchestra
--The Three Flames
--"Dusty Fletcher
--Jack McVea and the All-Stars
5 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
6 Managua, Nicaragua--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
7 A Gal in Calico--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Bing Crosby with the Calico Kids
--Johnny Mercer
8 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Johnny Mercer and the Pied Pipers
9 Oh, But I Do--Margaret Whiting
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
10 Sonata--Perry Como
--Jo Stafford

Singles entering the chart were Anniversary Song, with versions by Al Jolson; Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians; Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra; and Dinah Shore (#13); and Heartaches by Ted Weems and his Orchestra (#16). Heartaches was originally a hit in 1933, nine years before Cash Box began publication, and 11 years before the first Cash Box chart was published.

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

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

Voice of America began broadcasting to the U.S.S.R.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Number Twenty-Two, starring Russell Collins and Rip Torn

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Bend It!--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (2nd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Ruby Tuesday--The Rolling Stones
2 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
3 Summer Wine--Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood
4 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
5 I'm a Believer/(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone--The Monkees
6 Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones
7 Pushin' Too Hard--The Seeds
8 Pretty Ballerina--The Left Banke
9 Kind of a Drag--The Buckinghams
10 Canada--The Young Canada Singers
Pick hit of the week: Ups and Downs--Paul Revere and the Raiders
New this week: All--James Darren
Come on Down--Jackie DeShannon
Pucker Up Buttercup--Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
Let's Fall in Love--Peaches and Herb
Dedicated to the One I Love--The Mamas and the Papas

Canada was the official song of the country's 1967 centennial of Confederation, and was annoyingly played during almost every commercial break on television.

The Beatles were in studio two at Abbey Road in London, where they began recording the song Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!.

40 years ago

Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo concluded a three-day visit to Washington, which included a meeting with U.S. President Jimmy Carter and an address to the United States Congress.

30 years ago

A group of Tamils from Sri Lanka, seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, stripped off their clothes at London's Heathrow Airport as they were about to be deported.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Kolmen minuutin muna--Moogetmoogs

Armenian troops massacred more than 20 Azerbaijani civilians during the Capture of Garadaghly in the Nagorno-Karabakh War in Azerbaijan.

A Wisconsin court sentenced serial killer, cannibal, and sodomite necrophiliac Jeffrey Dahmer to 15 consecutive sentences of life in prison for murdering and dismembering 15 young men and boys.

Men's hockey
U.S.A. 3 Sweden 3

20 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Don't Speak--No Doubt (2nd week at #1)
2 A Long December--Counting Crows
3 Just Another Day--John Mellencamp
4 Every Day is a Winding Road--Sheryl Crow
5 Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton
6 One Headlight--The Wallflowers
7 Discotheque--U2
8 Swallowed--Bush X
9 Do to You--Bryan Adams
10 Through Your Hands--Don Henley

Singles entering the chart were Please Don't Go by No Mercy (#92); Casual Affair by Ionic (#93); Little Wonder by David Bowie (#94); Precious Declaration by Collective Soul (#95); Outta Site (Outta Mind) by Wilco (#96); All by Myself by Celine Dion (#97); and Come Calling by Cowboy Junkies (#100).

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