Thursday, 23 March 2017

March 24, 2017

310 years ago

The Acts of Union 1707 were signed, officially uniting the Kingdoms and parliaments of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.

180 years ago

Politics and government
Lower Canada gave Negro men the right to vote.

110 years ago

The first issue of the Georgian Bolshevik newspaper Dro was published.

100 years ago

Born on this date
John Kendrew
. U.K. biochemist and crystallographer. Dr. Kendrew and Max Perutz shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for their studies of the structures of globular proteins." Dr. Kendrew died on August 23, 1997 at the age of 80.

90 years ago

Foreign warships bombarded Nanking, China in defense of foreign citizens within the city.

80 years ago

Politics and government
Labour activist Helena Gutteridge became the first woman elected to Vancouver, British Columbia's city council.

75 years ago

German dive bombers attacked the southeastern English coast cities of Dover, Portland, and Newhaven. 54 Japanese bombers attacked Allied positions on Corregidor and Bataan, but caused only slight damage. Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced new regulations raising the draft age limit from 24 to 30, and closing non-war occupations to men of military age who were physically fit.

70 years ago

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

Singles entering the chart were the version of Heartaches by Harry James and his Orchestra and All by Myself by Buddy Clark (#21).

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

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: What Killed Vaudeville?

United Nations Secretary-General Trygve Lie revealed a March 5 letter from five Greek leftist parties protesting U.S. and U.K. "intervention" in Greece.

World events
Syrian Prime Minister Jamil Mardam Bey warned the country's Jews that pending legislation would impose a death penalty on Jewish refugees trying to reach Palestine and persons helping them.

Politics and government
Viscount Louis Mountbatten took the oath of office in New Delhi as the United Kingdom's last Viceroy of India.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities began hearings on proposals to restrict Communist activities in the United States, and heard former U.S. Ambassador to the U.S.S.R. William Bullitt charge that the Communist Party sought to prepare for a Soviet attack on the United States.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, War Secretary James Patterson, and Navy Secretary James Forrestal testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with all advocating aid to Greece and Turkey.

The B-45 Tornado strategic bomber made its first flight from Muroc Army Air Field in California.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Harry Truman conferred with congressional leaders to urge extended war controls over certain scarce goods, including sugar and rice.

Final @ Madison Square Garden, New York
Utah 49 Kentucky 45

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: I Killed the Count: Part 2, starring John Williams and Alan Napier

Died on this date
Brewster Wilson
; Kevin Carroll. U.S. aid officials. Messrs. Wilson and Carroll, as well as Mr. Carroll's wife and their two Iranian drivers were killed by Iranian bandits who ambushed their jeep in the Tangeorkheh desert near the Pakistani border.

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and U.K. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan concluded four days of talks in Bermuda, announcing that "in the interest of mutual defense and mutual economy, certain guided missiles will be made available by the United States for use by British forces."

Dublin's Lord Mayor Robert Briscoe, defending the Irish government's unwillingness to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, said that Ireland could not be expected to participate in an alliance with a nation that was "occupying" Irish territory, and would not do so "until we are a united nation."

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations President Walter Reuther urged the AFL-CIO Executive Council to expel Teamsters union President Dave Beck if he failed to show his financial records to the U.S. Senate investigating committee investigating improper labour activities.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: I'm a Believer--The Monkees (5th week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)
2 There's a Kind of Hush/No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
3 The Return of the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
4 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)--Harpers Bizarre
5 Baby I Need Your Lovin'--Johnny Rivers
6 Morningtown Ride--The Seekers
7 This is My Song--Petula Clark
8 Canada--The Young Canada Singers
9 Go Where You Wanna Go--The 5th Dimension
10 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You--The Monkees
Pick hit of the week: Rovin' Heart--The Lords
New this week: At the Zoo--Simon and Garfunkel
Shotgun--Wes Dakus
Bernadette--Four Tops
Destiny's Child--Sonny Curtis
Don't Do It--Micky Dolenz

The B-side of At the Zoo was Simon and Garfunkel's original version of The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy).

40 years ago

Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, was named Roman Catholic Archbishop of Munich and Freising.

30 years ago

U.S. Marine Sergeant Clayton Lonetree, a guard at the United States embassy in Moscow, was arrested on 24 charges, including espionage and failure to report espionage. Three days later, military prosecutors said that Sgt. Lonetree and Corporal Arnold Bracy had been enticed by Soviet women into working for the KGB—the Soviet secret police—and that they had provided Soviet agents with access to sensitive areas of the embassy, including the room where secret messages were coded and decoded.

Politics and government
Former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig announced that he would seek the 1988 Republican Party nomination for President of the United States.

25 years ago

Chemical weapons inspectors left Iraq after completing the destruction of more than 460 chemical rockets.

Politics and government
Former California Governor Jerry Brown narrowly upset Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton in the Connecticut primary for the 1992 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.

Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, announced that it would cease publication after 150 years.

Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored his 1,000th career point in a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

20 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Every Day is a Winding Road--Sheryl Crow (3rd week at #1)
2 One Headlight--The Wallflowers
3 Discotheque--U2
4 You were Meant for Me--Jewel
5 Dark Horse--Amanda Marshall
6 A Long December--Counting Crows
7 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)--Aerosmith
8 Lovefool--The Cardigans
9 Resurrection--Moist
10 Don't Speak--No Doubt

Singles entering the chart were Your Woman by White Town (#93); If He Should Break Your Heart by Journey (#95); No Regrets by the Breits (#96); Female of the Species by Space (#97); She's a Star by James (#98); Can't Get Excited by the Monoxides (#99); and Give by Dishwalla (#100).

The Academy Awards for 1996 were presented at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The winners included: Picture--The English Patient; Director--Anthony Minghella (The English Patient); Actor--Geoffrey Rush (Shine); Actress; Frances McDormand (Fargo); Supporting Actor--Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire); Supporting Actress--Juliette Binoche (The English Patient); Foreign Language Film: Kolya.

10 years ago

Figure skating
Miki Ando and Mao Asada of Japan won gold and silver medals, respectively, in the ladies' competition in the world championships at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Kim Yuna of South Korea won the bronze medal.

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