Thursday, 16 March 2017

March 7, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Carolyn Jagger!

250 years ago

Died on this date
Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, 87
. Canadian-born French politician. Sieur de Bienville, a native of Montreal, established Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, and served four separate terms as Governor of French Louisiana from 1701-1743. He spent his later years in Paris, where he died 13 days after his 87th birthday.

225 years ago

Born on this date
John Herschel
. U.K. scientist. Sir John, the son of astronomer Sir William Herschel, was a polymath who, among other achievements, originated the use of the Julian day system in astronomy and named seven moons of Saturn and four moons of Uranus, the planet that his father discovered in 1781. Sir John died on May 11, 1871 at the age of 79.

190 years ago

Brazilian marines unsuccessfully attacked the temporary naval base of Carmen de Patagones, Argentina.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Moonlight Cocktail--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)

60 years ago

Died on this date
Wyndham Lewis, 74
. Canadian-born U.K. artist and author. Mr. Lewis, a native of Amherst, Nova Scotia, moved to England with his mother at the age of 10. He co-founded the Vorticist movement in art and wrote numerous books of fiction and non-fiction in a literary career spanning almost 40 years.

Fats Domino and his band were in New Orleans, where they recorded the songs Valley of Tears and It's You I Love.

50 years ago

On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Passage to Helena, with guest stars James Farentino, Percy Rodriguez, and Phyllis Love

The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Quantity: Unknown

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a musical by Clark Gesner based on the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz, opened at Theatre 80 off-Broadway in New York. Gary Burghoff played Charlie Brown.

Died on this date
Alice B. Toklas, 89
. U.S. writer. Miss Toklas wrote The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954)--which includes recipes involving the use of cannabis--and articles for magazines, but was best known as the lover of Gertrude Stein. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas (1933) was actually written by Miss Stein.

Politics and government
The Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat Sementara (MPRS), the Indonesian provisional parliament, revoked Sukarno's mandate as President of Indonesia. Sukarno was the country's first President, and had been in office since 1945, when Indonesia had declared its independence from the Netherlands.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters' President Jimmy Hoffa entered the U.S. federal penitentiary at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania to begin serving an eight-year sentence for jury tampering.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Way You Do It--Pussyfoot (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Shitsuren Restaurant--Kentaro Shimizu (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Daddy Cool--Boney M. (3rd week at #1)

Nancy-Jane Newburn, representing Sudbury, was named Miss Teen Canada 1977 at the annual pageant in Toronto, televised on CTV. Andrea Brewerton, a classmate of mine who was representing Calgary, and Diane Moniuk, a former classmate of mine representing the Northwest Territories, were among the eight semi-finalists.

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began a two-day visit to Washington to discuss the possibility of reconvening the Geneva peace talks on the Middle East.

Delegates from 59 Arab and African nations and the Palestine Liberation Organization began a three day summit in Cairo, their first such conference.

George Chuvalo (71-18-2), in his first fight since retiring late in 1973, knocked out Bob "Pretty Boy" Felstein (16-13-1) in the 9th round at North York Centennial Centre in North York, Ontario to win the vacant Canadian heavyweight title. It was the fourth time that Mr. Chuvalo had won the title.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Si può dare di più--Gianni Morandi, Enrico Ruggeri, Umberto Tozzi (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Final Countdown--Europe (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Reet Petite--Jackie Wilson (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)--George Michael and Aretha Franklin (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Stand by Me--Ben E. King (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Stand by Me--Ben E. King (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Stand by Me--Ben E. King (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi (4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi (4th week at #1)
2 Jacob's Ladder--Huey Lewis and the News
3 Open Your Heart--Madonna
4 Will You Still Love Me?--Chicago
5 (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)--Beastie Boys
6 You Got it All--The Jets
7 Somewhere Out There--Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
8 Big Time--Peter Gabriel
9 Respect Yourself--Bruce Willis
10 Mandolin Rain--Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Singles entering the chart were Sign 'o' the Times by Prince (#49); Can'tcha Say (You Still Believe in Me)/Still in Love by Boston (#68); (I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew (#73); Looking for a New Love by Jody Watley (#76); Ship of Fools (Save Me from Tomorrow) by World Party (#83); The Right Thing by Simply Red (#85); Sexappeal by Giorgio (#86); Meet me Half Way by Kenny Loggins (#87); and Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend) by Mel and Kim (#92).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Touch Me (I Want Your Body)--Samantha Fox (2nd week at #1)
2 At this Moment--Billy Vera and the Beaters
3 Keep Your Hands to Yourself--Georgia Satellites
4 Livin' on a Prayer--Bon Jovi
5 Shake You Down--Gregory Abbott
6 C'est la Vie--Robbie Nevil
7 Will You Still Love Me?--Chicago
8 Respect Yourself--Bruce Willis
9 Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles
10 Ballerina Girl--Lionel Richie

Singles entering the chart were Come Go with Me by Expose (#88); Only Human by Lee Aaron (#90); I'm an Adult Now by The Pursuit of Happiness (#93); Love and Compassion by Parachute Club (#94); Holiday Rap by M.C. Miker "G" (#96); Each Time You Break My Heart by Nick Kamen (#97); and French Kissin' by Debbie Harry (#98).

Taiwanese military forces landed at Donggang Bay, Lieyu Island, Taiwan and massacred at least 19 unarmed Vietnamese refugees.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Saltwater--Julian Lennon

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kanashimi hayuki no yoni--Shogo Hamada (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (6th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me--George Michael/Elton John (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Can't Dance--Genesis

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Stay--Shakespears Sister (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): To Be with You--Mr. Big (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 To Be with You--Mr. Big (3rd week at #1)
2 Remember the Time--Michael Jackson
3 Missing You Now--Michael Bolton featuring Kenny G
4 Good for Me--Amy Grant
5 I Love Your Smile--Shanice
6 I'll Get By--Eddie Money
7 Vibeology--Paula Abdul
8 Until Your Love Comes Back Around--RTZ
9 I Can't Dance--Genesis
10 I'm Too Sexy--Right Said Fred

Singles entering the chart were Come as You Are by Nirvana (#81); Caribbean Blue by Enya (#85); One Light Burning by Richie Sambora (#87); Show Me the Way by the Storm (#89); 3 Strange Days by School of Fish (#90); The Real Thing by Kenny Loggins (#91); and Take Time by Chris Walker (#92).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 To Be with You--Mr. Big
2 Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me-George Michael/Elton John
3 I Can't Dance--Genesis
4 Remember the Time--Michael Jackson
5 No Regrets--Tom Cochrane
6 Good for Me--Amy Grant
7 I'm Too Sexy--Right Said Fred
8 Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton
9 Mysterious Ways--U2
10 Hazard--Richard Marx

Singles entering the chart were You're All that Matters to Me by Curtis Stigers (#67); Baby Doll by Big House (#72); She Runs Hot by Little Village (#73); Shake this Town by Robbie Robertson (#75); Way of the World by Tina Turner (#90); All Woman by Lisa Stansfield (#91); Ain't it Heavy by Melissa Etheridge (#93); If You Could See Me Now by Devonsquare (#94); Kissing the Wind by Nia Peeples (#95); and Don't Turn Around by Neil Diamond (#96).

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Time to Say Goodbye--Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman (13th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Vänner--Together (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Edward Mills Purcell, 84
. U.S. physicist. Dr. Purcell shared the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics with Felix Bloch "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith."

10 years ago

Died on this date
Ronnie Wells, 64
. U.S. singer. Miss Wells was a jazz singer who performed professionally in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 30 years. She co-founded the East Coast Jazz Festival in Montgomery County, Maryland in 1992. Miss Wells died of lung cancer a week after her 64th birthday.

The British House of Commons voted 337-224 to make the upper chamber, the House of Lords, completely elected. The majority of seats in the House of Commons was held by the Labour Party, led by Prime Minister and war criminal Tony Blair, dispalying the typical socialist resentment of alleged privilege.

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