220 years ago
Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patented a washing machine.
175 years ago
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nikolas Lenau, performed its first concert.
130 years ago
Politics and government
Hugh Nelson was installed as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Moonlight Cocktail--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)
A British combined force permanently disabled the Louis Joubert Lock in Saint-Nazaire, France in order to keep the German battleship Tirpitz away from the mid-ocean convoy lanes.
Politics and government
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the second war powers bill, which extended executive seizure power; established penalties for priority violations; and provided free postage for the armed forces.
The White House disclosed that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a letter dated March 20, accepted recommendations that antitrust suits that may interfere with war production be dropped for the duration of World War II.
Men's championship @ Kansas City
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70 years ago
Died on this date
Johnny Evers, 65. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Evers was a second baseman with the Chicago Orphan and Cubs (1902-1913); Boston Braves (1914-1917, 1929); Philadelphia Phillies (1917); and Chicago White Sox (1922), batting .270 with 12 home runs and 538 runs batted in in 1,784 games. He was a member of the Cubs' first two World Series championship teams in 1907 and 1908, and the Braves' first World Series championship team in 1914. Mr. Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker, and first baseman Frank Chance comprised the famous "Tinker to Evers to Chance" double play combo. Mr. Evers, who was known as "The Human Crab" because of his disposition, managed the Cubs in 1913 and 1921, and the White Sox in 1924, compiling a record of 180-192. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, and died five years after suffering a crippling stroke.
The U.K., France, and U.S.A. rejected the U.S.S.R.'s proposed definition of German assetes in Austria at the Moscow Foreign Ministers Conference, claiming that no property taken from Austrians by "force or duress" during the Nazi occupation of Austria should be used for reparations.
The United States Senate passed and sent to President Harry Truman a bill ending Selective Servie on March 31, but preserving draft records throug an Office of Selective Service Records.
Over 50,000 Germans demonstrated against food shortages in the British-occupied cities of Dusseldorf, Solingen, Essen, and Wetter.
Economics and finance
The Argentine Chamber of Deputies passed a budget providing for a 29% increase in defense spending, and approved President Juan Peron's five-year plan for industrial development.
At the United Steel Workers of America conference in Pittsburgh, Philip Murray was re-elected union president. Harry Lundeberg was re-elected president of the American Federation of Labor Seafarers International Union.
60 years ago
Died on this date
Gheorghe Tătărescu, 70. Prime Minister of Romania, 1934-1937, 1939-1940. Mr. Tătărescu was a member of the National Liberal Party before helping to establish the National Renaissance Front. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from October 2-9, 1934; February 11-March 29, 1938; and 1945-1947. Mr. Tătărescu resigned as Prime Minister in 1940 after accepting the cession of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to the U.S.S.R. He initially favoured Romania's pro-Nazi government during World War II, but eventually aligned himself with Communists, who proclaimed the People's Republic of Romania late in 1947. Mr. Tătărescu was imprisoned in 1950 and released in 1955; he died of tuberculosis.
Christopher Morley, 66. U.S. writer. Mr. Morley wrote non-fiction, novels, and poetry. His best-known novel was Kitty Foyle (1939), which was made into a successful movie a year later. Mr. Morley was a fan of Sherlock Holmes, and was one of the founders of the New York City Sherlockian society The Baker Street Irregulars; he also wrote In Memoriam Sherlock Holmes (1930), a brief introduction to the omnibus collection The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Morley died after a series of strokes.
The British government ordered Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus released from detention in the Seychelles Islands. Upon his release, Archbishop Makarios urged pro-Greek terrorists "to declare the cessation of all operations."
The U.S.S.R. warned the U.K. and France that a new attack on Egyt "would create the direct threat of a broad military conflict, with heavy consequences for the cause of peace."
The Canadian Parliament established the Canada Council for the Arts as a funding agency to encourage the arts and social sciences in Canada.
40 passengers drowned when a ferry capsized in the flooding Tjitarum iver near Jakarta, Indonesia.
Montreal 3 @ New York 4 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Andy Hebenton scored the winning goal for the Rangers at 13:38 of the 1st overtime period; it was the first game at Madison Square Garden since 1940 to go into overtime.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Dossier on a Diplomat, with guest stars Ivan Dixon, Diana Sands, and Diana Hyland
The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Betrayed
Ironside, starring Raymond Burr, Geraldine Brooks, and Wally Cox, on NBC
This made-for-television movie was the pilot for the subsequent series, which aired its first regular episode on September 14, 1967.
40 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Carmen '77--Pink Lady
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Daddy Cool--Boney M. (6th week at #1)
The Academy Awards for 1976 were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The winners included: Picture--Rocky; Director--John G. Avildsen (Rocky); Actor--Peter Finch (Network); Actress--Faye Dunaway (Network); Supporting Actor--Jason Robards (All the President's Men); Supporting Actress--Beatrice Straight (Network); Foreign Language Film--Black and White in Color. Mr. Finch became the first posthumous winner of an acting Oscar, as he had died of a heart attack on January 14, 1977.
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30 years ago
#1 single in Italy: Si può dare di più--Gianni Morandi, Enrico Ruggeri, Umberto Tozzi (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Final Countdown--Europe (9th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Respectable--Mel and Kim
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Respectable--Mel and Kim (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Everything I Own--Boy George (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Respectable--Mel and Kim
#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Respectable--Mel and Kim
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Lean on Me--Club Nouveau (2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Lean on Me--Club Nouveau (2nd week at #1)
2 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship
3 Let's Wait Awhile--Janet Jackson
4 Mandolin Rain--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
5 Somewhere Out There--Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram
6 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight--Genesis
7 Jacob's Ladder--Huey Lewis and the News
8 Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi
9 Come Go with Me--Expose
10 The Final Countdown--Europe
Singles entering the chart were Heat of the Night by Bryan Adams (#48); Big Love by Fleetwood Mac (#50); Se La by Lionel Richie (#68); Get That Love by Thompson Twins (#77); Always by Atlantic Starr (#87); Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year) by Anita Baker (#88); You Keep Me Hangin' On by Kim Wilde (#89); and Fascinated by Company B (#90).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship
2 Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi
3 Somewhere Out There--Linda Ronstadt with James Ingram
4 Touch Me (I Want Your Body)--Samantha Fox
5 At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters
6 Montego Bay--Amazulu
7 The Final Countdown--Europe
8 Keep Your Hands to Yourself--Georgia Satellites
9 Will You Still Love Me?--Chicago
10 Respect Yourself--Bruce Willis
Singles entering the chart were Everything I Own by Boy George (#90) What's Going On by Cyndi Lauper (#92); Can'tcha Say/Still in Love by Boston (#93); Come as You Are by Peter Wolf (#95); I Got the Feelin' (It's Over) by Gregory Abbott (#96); and Real Wild Child (Wild One) by Iggy Pop (#98).
Died on this date
Maria von Trapp, 82. Austrian singer. Mrs. Trapp was the leader of the Trapp Family Choir, who inspired the musical The Sound of Music.
Margaret Thatcher arrived in Moscow to begin her first visit to the U.S.S.R. as British Prime Minister.
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25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Saltwater--Julian Lennon (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kanashimi hayuki no yoni--Shogo Hamada (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Human Touch---Bruce Springsteen
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Human Touch---Bruce Springsteen (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Remember the Time--Michael Jackson
#1 single in France (SNEP): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (6th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Twilight Zone--2 Unlimited (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Stay--Shakespears Sister (6th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams (2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Remember the Time--Michael Jackson
2 To Be with You--Mr. Big
3 I Can't Dance--Genesis
4 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
5 Masterpiece--Atlantic Starr
6 Missing You Now--Michael Bolton featuring Kenny G
7 Good for Me--Amy Grant
8 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted--Paul Young
9 Justified & Ancient--The KLF (featuring Tammy Wynette)
10 Too Much Passion--Smithereens
Singles entering the chart were Money Don't Matter 2 Night by Prince and the New Power Generation (#74); Baby Hold on to Me by Gerald Levert (with Eddie Levert) (#79); All Woman by Lisa Stansfield (#81); My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue (#87); We Will Rock You by Warrant (#91); and It's Not a Love Thing by Geoffrey Williams (#95).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 To Be with You--Mr. Big (4th week at #1)
2 Remember the Time--Michael Jackson
3 Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton
4 Hazard--Richard Marx
5 Good for Me--Amy Grant
6 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted--Paul Young
7 I Can't Dance--Genesis
8 Again Tonight--John Mellencamp
9 Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven--Bryan Adams
10 Missing You Now--Michael Bolton
Singles entering the chart were Sinking Like a Sunset by Tom Cochrane (#71); Constant Craving by k.d. lang (#77); Weather with You by Crowded House (#82); Nothing Else Matters by Metallica (#93); Poison Girl by Chris Whitley (#94); You are Everything by Rod Stewart (#97); Love Like Candy by World on Edge (#98); and Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe (#99).
This blogger attended a performance of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Politics and government
Percival Patterson was elected leader of Jamaica’s ruling People’s National Party and replaced Michael Manley, who had resigned because of ill health, as Prime Minister.
East Regional Men's Final
Duke 104 Kentucky 103 (OT)
Christian Laettner beat the final buzzer with a 17-foot jump shot to give the Blue Devils their win over the Wildcats in Philadelphia.
20 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Warum?--Tic Tac Toe (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Vänner--Together (5th week at #1)
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