Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March 5, 2017

600 years ago
1417


Died on this date
Manuel III, 52
. Emperor of Trebizond, 1390-1417. Manuel III succeeded his father Alexios III as head of the Empire of Trebizond, consisting of the far northeastern corner of Anatolia and southern Crimea. The major event of Manual III's reign was the Battle of Ankara in 1402, in which invading Ottoman forces were crushed by those of Tamerlane. Manuel III was succeeded by his son Alexios IV, who was suspected of hastening his father's death.

150 years ago
1867


Born on this date
Louis-Alexandre Taschereau
. Canadian politician. Mr. Taschereau, a Liberal and the son of Supreme Court of Canada Justice Jean-Thomas Taschereau, represented Montmorency in the Quebec Legislative Assembly from 1900-1936, serving as Premier from 1920-1936. Mr. Taschereau's government promoted the use of hydroelectric power and more Jewish participation in Quebec society, but he was forced to resign as Premier in June 1936 because of a financial scandal involving his brother Antoine, and the Liberals were swept from power by the Union Nationale party in the provincial election two months later. Mr. Taschereau died on July 6, 1952 at the age of 85. His son Robert was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1963-1967.

War
An abortive Fenian uprising against English rule took place in Ireland.

140 years ago
1877


Politics and government
Public ceremonies were held for the inauguration of Rutherford B. Hayes as the 19th President of the United States of America. Because March 4 was a Sunday, Mr. Hayes took the oath of office privately on that day, with the public ceremonies on March 5.

130 years ago
1887


Born on this date
Heitor Villa-Lobos
. Brazilian composer. Perhaps the best-known of Brazilian composers, the native of Rio de Janeiro first attracted attention in North America when recordings of his works were sold at the world’s fair in New York in 1939. Mr. Villa-Lobos composed 12 symphonies, and numerous concertos and works for solo piano and guitar. Perhaps is most famous compositions were the Bachianas Brasileiras (1930-1945). Mr. Villa-Lobos died on November 17, 1959 at the age of 72.

100 years ago
1917


Politics and government
Public ceremonies were held for the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson into his second term as the 28th President of the United States of America. Because March 4 was a Sunday, Mr. Hayes took the oath of office privately on that day, with the public ceremonies on March 5.

50 years ago
1967


Died on this date
Mohammad Mosaddegh, 84
. Prime Minister of Iran, 1951-1952; 1952-1953. Mr. Mosaddegh, a Socialist and then an independent before joining the National Front, held various positions in a career that spanned more than three decades. As head of a democratically-elected government, he enacted numerous social reforms, but when he refused to allow the United Kingdom any involvement in Iran's oil industry, he was toppled in a coup aided by the United States Central Intelligence Agency and the U.K.'s Secret Intelligence Service. Mr. Mosaddegh lived under house arrest in Ahmadabad until his death.

Georges Vanier, 78. Governor General of Canada, 1959-1967. Major-General Vanier served with distinction during World War I with the 22nd Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, losing the lower part of his right leg in battle in 1918. He then served in the diplomatic corps for many years, returning to military service during World War II. He was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II, on the advice of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, as Canada's first French-Canadian Governor General. Governor General Vanier promoted Canadian unity, and donated the Vanier Cup in 1965 for the championship of Canadian university football. His health declined, and he died at his Rideau Hall residence in Ottawa the day after expressing to Prime Minister Lester Pearson his desire to serve as Governor General through the end of Canada's 1967 centennial of Confederation. Mr. Vanier was succeeded as acting Governor General by Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Robert Taschereau--oddly, on the 150th anniversary of the birth of his father, former Quebec Premier Louis-Alexandre Taschereau.

Mischa Auer, 61. Russian-born U.S. actor. Mr. Auer, born Mikhail Semyonovich Unskovsky, was a character actor who moved to the United States in the late 1920s. In a career that spanned almost 40 years, he was known for his comic performances in such movies as My Man Godfrey (1936) and You Can't Take it with You (1938). Mr. Auer died in Rome of cardiovascular disease.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Furia--Mal (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Living Next Door to Alice--Smokie (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): When I Need You--Leo Sayer (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Theme from "A Star is Born" (Evergreen)--Barbra Streisand

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Love Theme from "A Star is Born" (Evergreen)--Barbra Streisand
2 Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor
3 Fly Like an Eagle--Steve Miller Band
4 I Like Dreamin'--Kenny Nolan
5 Year of the Cat--Al Stewart
6 Night Moves--Bob Seger
7 Dancing Queen--ABBA
8 Rich Girl--Daryl Hall and John Oates
9 Carry On Wayward Son--Kansas
10 Go Your Own Way--Fleetwood Mac

Singles entering the chart were Hotel California by the Eagles (#59); Phantom Writer by Gary Wright (#79); I'm Your Boogie Man by K.C. and the Sunshine Band (#83); I Wanna Get Next to You by Rose Royce (#92); Love is Better in the A.M. (Part 1) by Johnnie Taylor (#95); Romeo by Mr. Big (#99); and Spring Rain by Silvetti (#100). I Wanna Get Next to You was from the movie Car Wash (1976).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 New Kid in Town--Eagles
2 Love Theme from "A Star is Born" (Evergreen)--Barbra Streisand
3 Fly Like an Eagle--Steve Miller Band
4 Torn Between Two Lovers--Mary MacGregor
5 Year of the Cat--Al Stewart
6 Night Moves--Bob Seger
7 Enjoy Yourself--The Jacksons
8 Dancing Queen--ABBA
9 The Things We Do for Love--10 C.C.
10 Blinded by the Light--Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Singles entering the chart were Baby Come On by Sex O'Clock USA (#97); Midnight on the Bay by the Stills-Young Band (#98); Cause There's Another by Moxy (#99); and "Roots" Medley by Quincy Jones (#100).

Died on this date
Tom Pryce, 27
. U.K. auto racing driver. Mr. Pryce was a driver on the Formula One circuit from 1974-1977. He won the non-championship Race of Champions in 1975, becoming the first Welshman to win a Formula One race. Mr. Pryce was killed in a horrific crash on lap 22 of the South African Grand Prix when he came up over a brow in the track, behind the car of Renzo Zorzi, whose car had caught fire. Mr. Pryce struck fire marshal Frederik "Frikkie" Jansen van Vuuren, 19, who was carrying a 40-pound fire extinguisher. Mr. van Vuuren was killed instantly, and the fire extinguisher he was carrying struck Mr. Pryce in the head with such force that he was almost certainly killed instantly. His car continued down the track, hitting the car of Jacques Lafitte, sending both cars into the barriers. Mr. Van Vuuren's body was so mutilated that he was identified only after he wasn't among the marshals after the race.

Politics and government
U.S. President Jimmy Carter answered questions from citizens during a two-hour telephone call-in radio show broadcast from the White House.

Auto racing
Niki Lauda of Austria won the South African Grand Prix. It was his first victory since he was almost fatally burned in a crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix. The joy of his victory was turned to sadness when he was told on the podium of the death of Tom Pryce.

Hockey
NHL
Vancouver 4 @ Toronto 4
New York Rangers 2 @ Montreal 7
Philadelphia 4 @ Detroit 1

Philadelphia defenceman Andre Dupont and Detroit forward Dennis Polonich each received 7 penalties in the Flyers' win over the Red Wings at Olympia Stadium. Each man had 5 minors, a major, and a misconduct for a total of 25 minutes each.

Basketball
CIAU
Men's Final
Acadia 72 Lakehead 63

30 years ago
1987


On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Up Against the Wall: 1961

Religion
As part of Christian Awareness Week at the University of Alberta, a debate took place between Jeff Amano of Probe Ministries and Fred Ulrich, a Buddhist priest from Edmonton, on the topic of resurrection vs. reincarnation. A large audience attended the Thursday night debate in a classroom in the V-Wing.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): One--U2

Hockey
NHL
Toronto 5 @ Calgary 5

The Maple Leafs, trailing 5-3 in the last minute of regulation time and playing with 6 attackers, scored 2 goals to tie the Flames at Olympic Saddledome.

20 years ago
1997


Died on this date
Jean Dréville, 90
. French film director. Mr. Dréville directed 45 movies from 1928-1969.

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