Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April 26, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Lynn Weiss!

825 years ago

Died on this date
Go-Shirakawa, 64
. Emperor of Japan, 1155-1158. Go-Shirakawa, born Masahito-shinnō, was the fourth son of Emperor Toba. He succeeded his brother Konoe on the throne, and abdicated in favour of his son Nijō.

410 years ago

An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

130 years ago

Charles Ora Card and a small group of Mormons founded the community that became Cardston, Alberta. The settlers were religious refugees from American law, particularly over the issue of polygamy; experienced in dry farming, they introduced a variety of new crops, and joined with the Galt Company in irrigating other areas of southern Alberta.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, I.M. Pei!
The Chinese-born U.S. architect designed such buildings as the National Gallery of Art; Bank of China Tower; John F. Kennedy Library; and Dallas City Hall.

Sal Maglie. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Maglie pitched in the major leagues with the New York Giants (1945, 1950-1955); Cleveland Indians (1955-1956); Brooklyn Dodgers (1956-1957); New York Yankees (1957-1958); and St. Louis Cardinals (1958), compiling a record of 119 wins and 62 losses for a winning percentage of .657 with an earned run average of 3.15 in 303 games. After his rookie year, he jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 and was one of several players who was banned from returning to the major leagues. Mr. Maglie posted consecutive 20-win seasons with the Puebla Pericos in 1946 and 1947. The ban was lifted in 1949, and he returned to the Giants in 1950; Mr. Maglie led the National League that year in earned run average and winning percentage. In 1951 Mr. Maglie and teammate Larry Jansen tied for the NL lead in wins with 23 as the Giants made a late charge to defeat the Dodgers in a 3-game playoff to win the NL pennant. He was known as "The Barber" for giving "close shaves," i.e., pitching inside to hitters, often close to their chins. Mr. Maglie died on December 28, 1992 at the age of 75.

Virgil Trucks. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Trucks played with the Detroit Tigers (1941-1943, 1945-1952, 1956); St. Louis Browns (1953); Chicago White Sox (1953-1955); Kansas City Athletics (1957-1958) and New York Yankees (1958), compiling a record of 177-135 with an earned run average of 3.39 in 517 games. He was in the military in 1944 and most of 1945, joining the Tigers in time to participate in their World Series championship. Mr. Trucks pitched two no-hitters in 1952, despite having a 5-19 record. He began the 1953 season with a 5-4 record with the Browns, going 15-6 after being traded to the White Sox to finish the year at 20-10. Mr. Trucks was a pitching coach with several major league teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates when they won the World Series in 1960. He died on March 23, 2013 at the age of 95.

80 years ago

In the Spanish Civil War, the German Luftwaffe destroyed the town of Guernica.

75 years ago

Japanese troops in Burma advanced along the Rangoon-Mandalay railroad, capturing Yamethin and reaching Pyawbwe, 85 miles south of Mandalay.

The U.S. Eastern Defense Command announced plans to control the dimming of shorelights and to regulate activities of aliens in 16 Eastern states and Washington.

1,549 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion at Benxihu Colliery in Manchukuo.

5 people were killed and 222 injured when a Hudson & Manhattan Railroad train travelling at high speed was wrecked in an underground tube in Jersey City, New Jersey.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
A.E. Conquest
. U.K. police officer. Mr. Conquest, the deputy police chief in Haifa in mandatory Palestine, was assassinated by Zionist terrorists.

Vietnam radio announced that an envoy of Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh had arrived in Saigon to open truce negotiations with French High Commissioner Emile Bollaert.

U.S. President Harry Truman ordered the transfer of an unspecified number of surplus ships together with naval personnel to the Chinese Nationalists.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Bambino--Dalida (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Cumberland Gap--Lonnie Donegan (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
King Hussein of Jordan named Defense Minister Toukan, a moderate, as military governor of Jordan.

The British Admiralty disclosed plans to scrap four of the U.K.'s five remaining battleships and to regroup the Royal Navy in task forces organized around Britain's 12 aircraft carriers.

Jacob Albam pled guilty in a U.S. federal court in New York to conspiring with Jack and Myra Soble to obtain U.S. defense data for the U.S.S.R.

A boat on the Yangtze River burned and sank near Wuhan, China, drowning 100 passengers.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)
2 Somethin' Stupid--Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
3 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
4 What's Wrong with the Way I Live--The Twilights
5 Ruby Tuesday/Let's Spend the Night Together--The Rolling Stones
6 All My Loving (EP)--Johnny Young
7 Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)--Engelbert Humperdinck
8 The Return of the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
9 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
10 There's a Kind of Hush--Herman's Hermits

Singles entering the chart were A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You by the Monkees (#17); Going Home/I Don't Care by Normie Rowe (#22); Who'll Be the One by the Easybeats (#25); Sunday for Tea by Peter and Gordon (#36); and Love Like Ours by the Loved Ones (#39).

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson concluded his three-day visit to West Germany; he had gone to attend the funeral of former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and had engaged in talks with current Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger, U.K. Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, and French President Charles de Gaulle.

40 years ago

On the radio
CBS Radio Mystery Theater, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Red Headed League, starring Kevin McCarthy and Court Benson

Stanley Cup
New York Islanders 0 @ Montreal 3 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Boston 5 @ Philadelphia 4 (OT) (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Jim Roberts scored 2 goals, with his first, at 7:46 of the 3rd period, breaking a scoreless tie as the Canadiens blanked the Islanders at the Montreal Forum, with Ken Dryden winning the goaltending duel over Glenn Resch.

Terry O'Reilly's goal 10:07 into the 1st overtime period gave the Bruins their second straight overtime win over the Flyers at the Spectrum.

Avco World Trophy
Winnipeg 4 @ Houston 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Adams Cup
Kansas City 5 @ Tulsa 4 (OT) (Kansas City won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Gilles Marotte scored 1:04 into the 1st overtime period to give the Blues their sweep of the Oilers at the Assembly Center, and their first Adams Cup championship. Alain Langlais scored for Tulsa with just 1:02 remaining in regulation time to send the game into overtime. Kansas City goalie Bill McKenzie, who posted a record of 8-2 with a goals against average of 2.18 and 2 shutouts in 10 games, was named the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs. It was the final game for the Kansas City franchise as the Blues; they switched their NHL affiliation to the Detroit Red Wings for the 1977-78 season, and became the Kansas City Red Wings.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Don't Dream it's Over--Crowded House (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Respectable--Mel & Kim (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France: Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison--License IV (3rd week at #1)

Stanley Cup
Montreal 3 @ Quebec 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Philadelphia 6 @ New York Islanders 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): On a Sunday Afternoon--A Lighter Shade of Brown

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Das Boot--U 96 (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Das Boot--U 96 (8th week at #1)

Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Minnesota 0 @ Detroit 3 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 3-2)
St. Louis 4 @ Chicago 6 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Winnipeg 2 @ Vancouver 8 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Edmonton 5 @ Los Angeles 2 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-2)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): My Love For You--Blackwood (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Old Before I Die--Robbie Williams

#1 single in France (SNEP): Maria--Ricky Martin (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Fired Up--Funky Green Dogs

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Let a Boy Cry--Gala (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Believe I Can Fly--R. Kelly (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): I Believe I Can Fly--R. Kelly (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Can't Nobody Hold Me Down--Puff Daddy featuring Mase (6th week at #1)

Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Montreal 0 @ New Jersey 4 (New Jersey won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Pittsburgh 3 @ Philadelphia 6 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Colorado 6 @ Chicago 3 (Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-2)

10 years ago

Died on this date
Jack Valenti, 85
. U.S. advertising and movie executive. Mr. Valenti was an advertising executive who beame a political consultant and was a "special assistant" to U.S. President Lyndon Johnson from 1963-1966 until accepting the position of president of the Motion Picture Association of America, holding the position until his returement in 2004. He devised the rating system for movies in 1968 in order to prevent possible government intervention. Mr. Valenti opposed making movies available via new technologies such as video cassettes and the Internet.

Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
Ottawa 5 @ New Jersey 4 (Ottawa led best-of-seven series 1-0)
San Jose 2 @ Detroit 0 (San Jose led best-of-seven series 1-0)

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