Saturday, 18 March 2017

March 10, 2017

410 years ago

Susenyos I defeated the combined armies of Yaqob and Abuna Petros II at the Battle of Gol in Gojjam, making him Emperor of Ethiopia.

225 years ago

Died on this date
John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, 78
. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1762-1763. The Earl of Bute, a Tory, was a teacher and favourite of King George III, which led to his succeeding the Duke of Newcastle as Prime Minister on April 26, 1962. He also served as Leader of the House of Lords during this time, but lost favour with the king, and resigned on April 8, 1763.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Gregory La Cava
. U.S. film director. Mr. La Cava directed movies, including cartoons, from the 1920s through the 1940s. He was nominated for Academy Awards for directing My Man Godfrey (1936) and Stage Door (1937). Mr. La Cava died on March 1, 1952, nine days before his 60th birthday.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Open the Door, Richard!--Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five (2nd week at #1)
--Count Basie and his Orchestra
--The Three Flames
--"Dusty Fletcher
--Jack McVea and the All-Stars
2 Anniversary Song--Al Jolson
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Dinah Shore
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Andy Russell
3 Managua, Nicaragua--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
4 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons--King Cole Trio
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
5 Huggin' and Chalkin'--Hoagy Carmichael
--Johnny Mercer
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
6 Guilty--Margaret Whiting
7 The Old Lamp-Lighter--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
--Hal Derwin
8 How are Things in Glocca Morra--Dick Haymes
--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
--Buddy Clark
--Martha Tilton
9 Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra
10 Oh, But I Do--Margaret Whiting
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were the version of Anniversary Song by Andy Russell; Swanee River Boogie by Albert Ammons and the Rhythm Kings (#24); and Texas and Pacific by Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five (#25).

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

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: Incident in Istanbul

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Cream of the Jest, starring Claude Rains, James Gregory, and Paul Picerni

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: I'm a Believer--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever--The Beatles
2 Ruby Tuesday--The Rolling Stones
3 Summer Wine--Nancy Sinatra with Lee Hazlewood
4 There's a Kind of Hush--Herman's Hermits
5 Kind of a Drag--The Buckinghams
6 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)--Harpers Bizarre
7 Canada--The Young Canada Singers
8 The Return of the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
9 Baby I Need Your Lovin'--Johnny Rivers
10 Go Where You Wanna Go--The 5th Dimension
Pick hit of the week: Western Union--The Five Americans
New this week: Travelin' Man--Stevie Wonder
Animal Crackers (In Cellophane Boxes)--Gene Pitney
Diamonds and Gold--Willie and the Walkers
Yellow Balloon--The Yellow Balloon
I'll Try Anything--Dusty Springfield

Politics and government
Ramsey Clark took office as Attorney General of the United States in the administration of President Lyndon Johnson; Mr. Clark had held the position on an acting basis since November 28, 1966, succeeding Nicholas Katzenbach, who had resigned to become Undersecretary of State.

40 years ago

Died on this date
E. Power Biggs, 70
. U.K.-born U.S. musician. Edward George Power Biggs moved to the United States at the age of 24 and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had a successful career as a concert organist and recording artist. He died 19 days before his 71st birthday.

Astronomers James Elliot, Edward Dunham, and Jessica Mink, using the Kuiper Airborne Observatory, discovered the rings of Uranus.

The Teamsters and United Farm Workers signed a five-year pact in Burlingame, California, settling their dispute over organizing California farm workers.

30 years ago

The Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a document opposing artificial fertilization and generation of human life outside the body. The Congregation approved only those medical or scientific techniques that would assist married couples who engaged in normal intercourse. The document asked governments to forbid surrogate motherhood and experiments on living embryos, and asserted that “The one conceived must be the fruit of his parents’ love,” and opposed test-tube fertilization as well as artificial insemination of an unmarried woman—or of a widow even if her husband had donated the sperm.

Haiti’s Constituent Assembly approved a new constitution for the country, with a national referendum to come on March 29.

Politics and government
Former Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt announced that he would seek the 1988 Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.

25 years ago

Politics and government
Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton won primaries in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma, and caucuses in Hawaii and Missouri for the 1992 Democratic party nomination for President of the United States. Former U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas of Massachusetts won primaries in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and led in the Delaware caucus. President George Bush defeated challenger Pat Buchanan in all the Republican primaries and caucuses, but Mr. Bush’s performance was considered poor for an incumbent president.

Philadelphia 2 @ New York Islanders 5

The Islanders' win at Nassau County Coliseum was the 700th in the career of head coach Al Arbour, making him the second NHL head coach, behind Scotty Bowman, to reach that figure.

20 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Every Day is a Winding Road--Sheryl Crow
2 A Long December--Counting Crows
3 Discotheque--U2
4 Don't Speak--No Doubt
5 Un-Break My Heart--Toni Braxton
6 Just Another Day--John Mellencamp
7 Dark Horse--Amanda Marshall
8 One Headlight--The Wallflowers
9 To Love You More--Celine Dion
10 Through Your Hands--Don Henley

Singles entering the chart were Deliver Me by Roch Voisine (#80); Hope in a Hopeless World by Widespread Panic (#83); King Nothing by Metallica (#84); Every Time I Close My Eyes by Babyface (#85); Staring at the Sun by U2 (#86); Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? by Paula Cole (#92); Can't Tame the Lion by Journey (#93); and Right On by UMC (#95).

Died on this date
LaVern Baker, 67
. U.S. singer. Miss Baker, born Delores Evans, was a rhythm and blues singer who had a string of hit singles in the 1950s and '60s, including Tweedlee-Dee (1955); Jim Dandy (1956); and I Cried a Tear (1958). She died of cardiovascular disease after several years of declining health.

Dallas 3 Toronto 3

10 years ago

Died on this date
Ernie Ladd, 68
. U.S. football player and wrestler. Mr. Ladd was a defensive tackle with the San Diego Chargers (1961-1965); Houston Oilers (1966-1967); and Kansas City Chiefs (1967-1968). He made the American Football League All-Star team every year from 1962-1965, and helped the Chargers win the AFL championship in 1963. After a knee injury ended his football career, Mr. Ladd wrestled professionally from 1969-1986, usually as a villain. He was inducted into the World Wrestling Federation Hall of Fame in 1995. Mr. Ladd died of colon cancer.

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