Sunday, 19 March 2017

March 16, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Tatanya!

225 years ago

World events
King Gustav III of Sweden was shot by Jacob Johan Anckarström at midnight at a masked ball in Stockholm; the king died on March 29.

220 years ago

An Austrian column led by Archduke Charles was defeated by French forces commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte in the Battle of Valvasone in Italy.

100 years ago

In the Action of 16 March 1917, the British armed boarding steamer Dundee and the Warrior-class armoured cruiser HMS Achilles fought and sank the German auxiliary cruiser SMS Leopard, which sank with all 319 hands and the six men of a British boarding party.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Singing the Blues--Guy Mitchell (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Cindy, Oh Cindy--Wolfgang Sauer (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Young Love--Tab Hunter (4th week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Young Love--Tab Hunter (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Disc Jockey--5th week at #1; Jukebox--2nd week at #1; Top 100--5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Young Love--Tab Hunter (2nd week at #1)
--Sonny James
2 Marianne--Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders
--The Hilltoppers
3 Teen-Age Crush--Tommy Sands
4 Too Much--Elvis Presley
5 Butterfly--Charlie Gracie
--Andy Williams
6 Don't Forbid Me--Pat Boone
7 Round and Round--Perry Como
8 Banana Boat (Day-O)--Harry Belafonte
9 Party Doll--Buddy Knox with the Rhythm Orchids
--Steve Lawrence
10 I'm Walkin'--Fats Domino

Singles entering the chart were Little Darlin' by the Diamonds (#29); Mama Look at Bubu by Harry Belafonte (#30); I'm Sorry by the Platters (#36); Lucille by Little Richard (#44); The Ship that Never Sailed, with versions by David Carroll and his Orchestra, and Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (#45); Wonderful! Wonderful! by Johnny Mathis (#50); and Silent Lips by Georgia Gibbs (also #50).

The Emmy Awards for 1956 were presented at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. Requiem for a Heavyweight, presented on the dramatic anthology program Playhouse 90 on October 11, 1956, was named the Best Single Program of the Year. Requiem for a Heavyweight also won for Rod Serling's original teleplay; Ralph Nelson's direction; and Albert Heschong's art direction. Playhouse 90 was named the Best New Program Series.

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Kathy Fisher!

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)--Engelbert Humperdinck (3rd week at #1)

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

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Chanson D'Amour--The Manhattan Transfer (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Kamal Jumblatt, 59
. Lebanese politician. Mr. Jumblatt had a political career that lasted more than three decades and founded the Progressive Socialist Party in 1959. He was an ally of the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the main leader of those who opposed the government of President Hafez al Assad in the Lebanese Civil War in the mid-1970s. Mr. Jumblatt was shot to death in his car by unidentified gunmen; his bodyguard and driver were also killed in the attack. Forces linked to Mr. Assad have been accused of being behind Mr. Jumblatt's assassination.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): I Knew You were Waiting for Me--Aretha Franklin and George Michael

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Kersantti Karoliina--Popeda

Died on this date
Wang Renzhong, 75. Chinese politician. Mr. Wang was a Chinese Communist Party official who supported the pro-democracy movement in 1989.

Roger Lemelin, 72. Canadian author and journalist. Mr. Lemelin wrote the novel Les Plouffe (1948), which inspired the CBC/Radio-Canada television series La famille Plouffe (1953-1959). He was publisher of the Montreal newspaper La Presse from 1972-1981.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Don't Speak--No Doubt (6th week at #1)

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Break My Stride--Unique II

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): When I Die--No Mercy (5th week at #1)

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

Alberta (Kevin Martin) 10 Manitoba (Vic Peters) 8

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