Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February 9, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Heather Blacklock!

1,050 years ago

Died on this date
Sayf al-Dawla, 50
. Emir of Aleppo, 945-967. Sayf al-Dawla founded the Emirate of Aleppo, encompassing most of northern Syria and parts of western Jazira. He was succeeded by his son S'ad.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Peggy Wood
. U.S. actress. Miss Wood, born Mary Margaret Wood, had a long career on stage, screen, and television, and was best known for starring as the title character in the television series Mama (1949-1957) and for her roles in the movies The Story of Ruth (1960) and The Sound of Music (1965). She died on March 18, 1978 at the age of 86.

75 years ago

Top United States military leaders held their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in World War II.

Year-round Daylight saving time was reinstated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hey There--Rosemary Clooney

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Sei zufrieden--Lukas-Trio (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): The Garden of Eden--Frankie Vaughan (2nd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Too Much/Playing for Keeps--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--1st week at #1); Young Love--Sonny James (Disc Jockey--1st week at #1); Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (Jukebox--9th week at #1); Don't Forbid Me--Pat Boone (Top 100--1st week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Young Love--Sonny James (2nd week at #1)
--Tab Hunter
2 Too Much--Elvis Presley
3 Don't Forbid Me--Pat Boone
4 Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell
5 The Banana Boat Song--The Tarriers
6 Banana Boat (Day-O)--Harry Belafonte
7 Moonlight Gambler--Frankie Laine
8 Blue Monday--Fats Domino
9 Love is Strange--Mickey and Sylvia
10 You Don't Owe Me a Thing--Johnnie Ray

Singles entering the chart were Marianne by the Hilltoppers (#13, charting with the version by Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders); You are My First Love (#34)/Ballerina (#37) by Nat "King" Cole; Your Love for Me by Frank Sinatra (#43); and Only One Love by George Hamilton IV (#44).

Died on this date
Miklós Horthy, 88
. Regent of Hungary, 1920-1944. Admiral Horthy served as Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary following the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after World War I. He was deposed by the Nazis on October 15, 1944, and arrested by occupying Soviet forces in 1945. Adm. Horthy was imprisoned in Nuremberg after the war, but was never charged with any crimes, and died in exile in Portugal.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (4th week at #1)

On television tonight
Dragnet 1967, starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Interrogation

The Beatles were at Regent Sound Studio on Tottenham Court Road in London, where they began recording the song Fixing a Hole.

King Hassan II of Morocco arrived in Washington for two days of talks with U.S. President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington (2nd week at #1)

Alia al Hussein, 28. Queen consort of Jordan, 1972-1977. Queen Alia, born Alia Baha ud-din Toukan, was the third wife of King Hussein, and was Queen consort from their marriage in 1972 until her death in a helicopter crash in Amman.

The U.S.S.R. and Spain resumed full relations, ending a 38-year break.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Rush--Big Audio Dynamite II

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Let's Talk About Sex--Salt-n-Pepa (13th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (3rd week at #1)

All-Star Game @ Orlando Arena
West 153 East 113

Magic Johnson, who had retired from the Los Angeles Lakers several months earlier after testing positive for HIV, came out of retirement for this game. He scored 25 points and had 9 assists and was named the game's most valuable player.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Don't Speak--No Doubt

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Don't Speak--No Doubt (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Barry Evans, 53
. U.K. actor. Mr. Evans was known for his starring roles in the movie Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush (1968) and the television comedy series Doctor in the House (1969-1970) and Mind Your Language (1977-1979). He was found dead in his home, apparently murdered, although an open verdict was returned.

All-Star Game @ Gund Arena, Cleveland
East 132 West 120

Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets scored 26 points--a record 24 in the 3rd quarter--for the East, and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. 20,562 were in attendance.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Hank Bauer, 84
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Bauer won numerous decorations for his service with the United States Marines during World War II before playing right field with the New York Yankees (1948-1959) and Kansas City Athletics (1960-1961), batting .277 with 164 home runs and 703 runs batted in in 1,544 games. He was a member of World Series championship teams in 1949-1953 and 1956, and set a World Series record with a 17-game hitting streak from 1956-1958. Mr. Bauer managed the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics (1961-1962, 1969) and Baltimore Orioles (1964-1968), compiling a record of 594-544, and leading the Orioles to their first World Series championship in 1966. He managed the Tidewater Tides of the International League in 1971-1972, leading the team to the Governors' Cup championship in 1972.

Ian Richardson, 72. U.K. actor. Mr. Richardson had a distinguished career on stage, but is perhaps best remembered for his performance as Francis Urquhart in the BBC television series trilogy House of Cards (1990-1995), winning a BAFTA Award as Best Actor in 1991. He also portrayed Sherlock Holmes in the BBC television movies The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) and The Sign of Four (1983). Mr. Richardson died in his sleep of a heart attack a week before he was to appear in an episode of Midsomer Murders.

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