Sunday, 14 May 2017

May 14, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Inna!

410 years ago

English settlers established the first permanent British settlement in North America at Jamestown, Virginia.

270 years ago

A British fleet under Admiral George Anson defeated French forces in the First Battle of Cape Finisterre in northwest Spain.

230 years ago

Politics and government
Delegates in Philadelphia convened a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presided.

150 years ago

Born on this date
Kurt Eisner
. German politician. Mr. Eisner, a socialist, organized the revolution that toppled the Wittelsbach monarchy in Bavaria in November 1918. He proclaimed the Free Republic of Bavaria on November 8, 1918 and served as Minister President until February 21, 1919, when he was fatally shot in the back at the age of 51 by German nationalist Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley while Mr. Eisner was on his way to present his resignation to the Bavarian parliament.

A Kelly-Radical riot took place in Memphis, Tennessee.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Norman Luboff
. U.S. composer and choir conductor. Mr. Luboff wrote scores for numerous motion pictures and television programs, but was best known for directing the Norman Luboff Choir, who recorded more than 75 albums from the 1950s through the 1980s. Mr. Luboff died of lung cancer on September 22, 1987 at the age of 70.

Lou Harrison. U.S. composer. Mr. Harrison was known for incorporating music of non-Western (particularly Indonesian) cultures into his compositions. He wrote three symphonies, two operas, and numerous chamber works. Mr. Harrison died on February 2, 2003 at the age of 85.

90 years ago

Horse racing
Whiskery, with Linus McAtee up, won the 53rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:06. Osmand placed second and Jack finished third.

75 years ago

Died on this date
Joe Jackson, Sr., 68 or 69
. Austro-Hungarian born entertainer. Mr. Jackson, born Joseph Jiranek, was a clown and comedian who always did his act in pantomime. He died of a heart attack in the wings of the Roxy Theatre in New York City after receiving five curtain calls following his performance.

Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait received its premiere performance by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

A bill creating the U.S. Army Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was signed into law. The U.S. Censorship Office revealed that there were 900 translators in the New York post office examining foreign mail ranging from Arabic to Urdu. The U.S.S.R. reported continued advances toward Kharkov and claimed that 150 German tanks had been destroyed in the last two days.

A U.S.-French agreement in Martinique provided for the disarming of the French aircraft carrier Bearn and two cruisers there.

The U.S. War Department announced that the Army would soon take control of all commercial airlines.

The German-English weekly newspaper Philadelphia Herold surrendered its second class mailing privileges when its representatives appeared in Washington to answer sedition charges.

A U.S. federal grand jury in Trenton, New Jersey indicted eight corporations and 20 officers for conspiring to monopolize the manufacture and sale of dyestuffs on an international scale through an I.G. Farbenindustrie cartel agreement.

70 years ago

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, U.S.S.R. representative Andrei Gromyko urged the creation of a binational Jewish-Arab state in Palestine. He urged the Assembly to consider the Palestine question in connection with the European refugee situation. UN Secretary-General Trygve Lie named Victor Hoo of China to head the UN staff accompanying the Palestine investigation commission.

Politics and government
Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the first meeting of the United Europe Committee, urging the United Kingdom and France to take the lead in European unification, a step he called essential to the development of world government.

The Canadian Parliament repealed the Chinese Immigration Act of 1923, along with related acts limiting immigration and citizenship.

The American Federation of Labor Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks banned segregated union locals.

60 years ago

Syria asked the United Nations Security Council to take up charges that Israeli construction in the Lake Hula area violated the Israeli-Syrian armistice.

The United States resumed military aid to Yugoslavia. U.S. Secretary of State John Foste Dulles proposed that the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. test their plans for aerial disarmament inspection "in the Arctic areas, Alaska, Siberia and the like.

Economics and finance
U.K. Paymaster General Reginald Maudling announced that petrol rationing, which had been in place for five months since the Suez Crisis in 1956, was being abolished.

A U.S. federal grand jury in New York returned wiretapping indictments against Teamsters union Vice President Jimmy Hoffa and Teamsters leader in Detroit Owen Brennan, accused of recording telephone conversations of Teamsters officials and staff members at the union's Detroit headquarters.

West German Economics Minister Ludwig Erhard announced plans for the sale of government-owned Volkswagen automobile works, founded by the Nazi Labour Front and now valued at $250 million.

Auto racing
Two days after a crash during the Mille Miglia road race took the life of drivers Alfonso de Portago and Edmund Nelson as well as nine spectators (including five children), the Italian Automobile Club and Italian Motorcycling Federation suspended all remaining road races scheduled for the year.

50 years ago

Died on this date
Vic Saier, 76
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Saier was a first baseman with the Chicago Cubs (1911-1917) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1919), batting .263 with 55 home runs and 395 runs batted in in 865 games. He led the National League with 21 triples in 1913. Mr. Saier died 10 days after his 76th birthday.

Politics and government
Five days after being elected, Dr. Zakir Husain was inaugurated into a five-year term as President of India, becoming the first Muslim to hold the office.

The St. Louis Cardinals sold outfielder Ted Savage to the Chicago Cubs, while the Cubs sold outfielder Don Young to the Cardinals. Mr. Savage was batting .125 (1 for 8) with no home runs or runs batted in in 9 games with the Cardinals in 1967, while Mr. Young was batting .176 with no homers and 5 RBIs in 29 games with Dallas-Fort Worth of the AA Texas League.

New York Yankees' first baseman Mickey Mantle became the sixth player to hit 500 career major league home runs, and his solo blast off Stu Miller with 2 out in the bottom of the 7th inning proved to be the deciding run as the Yankees edged the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 before 18,872 fans at Yankee Stadium. Joe Pepitone also homered for the Yankees, while Mark Belanger homered and pinch hitter Charley Lau doubled in 2 runs in a 4-run 6th inning for Baltimore.

The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers combined for 12 home runs as the Red Sox swept a doubleheader 8-5 and 13-9 before 16,436 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Boston left fielder Carl Yastrzemski hit a home run in each game, while shortstop Rico Petrocelli hit 2 home runs in the first game and Detroit left fielder Willie Horton homered twice in the second game. Jose Santiago started on the mound for Boston in the second game and drove in 3 runs with a home run, double, and sacrifice fly; he was the winning pitcher despite allowing 12 hits and 7 runs--all earned--in 7+ innings.

Lee Maye tripled with 2 out and nobody on base in the top of the 5th inning and Max Alvis singled him home with proved to be the deciding run as the Cleveland Indians edged the Washington Senators 2-1 before 8,063 fans at District of Columbia Stadium in a game that was called because of rain after 5 innings. Joe Azcue homered to lead off the 2nd for the Indians, and Frank Howard got the Senators on the scoreboard with a home run to lead off the 5th. Sonny Siebert won the pitchers' duel over Phil Ortega.

Gary Peters allowed just 1 hit--a home run by Bill Skowron in the top of the 2nd inning-- and singled home 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd as the Chicago White Sox defeated the California Angels 3-1 to complete a sweep of their doubleheader before 10,516 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Mr. Skowron's homer was his first as an Angel, and the 211th and last of his 14-year major league career. Tommy John was the winning pitcher as the White Sox won the first game 4-2.

The Kansas City Athletics scored all their runs in the top of the 1st inning as they beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 before 11,549 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

Roberto Clemente hit a single, double, and triple, scoring 2 runs and driving in another as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Atlanta Braves 5-2 before 26,071 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

The New York Mets scored all their runs in the 4th inning as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 before 11,853 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Jack Fisher pitched a 6-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Bob Gibson, who allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Vada Pinson's solo home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Cincinnati Reds a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of their doubleheader before 12,381 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Leo Cardenas homered in the 5th for the other Cincinnati run, as Jim Maloney won the pitchers' duel over Larry Jackson. In the second game, Pete Rose doubled with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 1st inning, and Tony Perez followed with a double to drive Mr. Rose home with the game's only run as the Reds won 1-0 to complete the sweep. Gary Nolan pitched a 5-hit shutout to win the pitchers' duel over Jim Bunning, who allowed just 4 hits in 7 innings; it was one of five 1-0 losses for Mr. Bunning in 1967.

Ollie Brown hit a 2-run home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros and a sweep of their doubleheader before 28,933 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Giants trailed 3-0 until they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Jim Ray Hart hit a 3-run homer and drove in another run with a single as the Giants won the first game 11-6.

The Chicago Cubs scored 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 to earn a split in their doubleheader before 26,630 fans at Dodger Stadium. Ken Holtzman allowed 11 hits and 6 bases on balls, but pitched a complete game to improve his record for the season to 4-0, and singled and scored the deciding run. In the first game, Willie Davis singled home Bob Bailey with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win. Don Drysdale pitched a 5-hit complete game victory and singled home the first Los Angeles run in the 8th inning.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Amarsi un po'--Lucio Battisti (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Swiss Lady--Pepe Lienhard Band (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Non Stop Dance--Gibson Brothers (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: It's Nice to Be in Love Again--The Swarbriggs

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Free--Deniece Williams (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): When I Need You--Leo Sayer

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 When I Need You--Leo Sayer (2nd week at #1)
2 Southern Nights--Glen Campbell
3 Hotel California--Eagles
4 I'm Your Boogie Man--K.C. and the Sunshine Band
5 Sir Duke--Stevie Wonder
6 Lido Shuffle--Boz Scaggs
7 Dreams--Fleetwood Mac
8 Got to Give it Up Pt. 1--Marvin Gaye
9 Couldn't Get it Right-Climax Blues Band
10 I Wanna Get Next to You--Rose Royce

Singles entering the chart were Life in the Fast Lane by the Eagles (#61); Peace of Mind by Boston (#77); Knowing Me, Knowing You by ABBA (#78); Da Doo Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy (#84); I'm Going Down by Rose Royce (#91); Give a Little Bit by Supertramp (#93); So High (Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away) by Dave Mason (#94); and While I'm Alone by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Southern Nights--Glen Campbell
2 Hotel California--Eagles
3 Right Time of the Night--Jennifer Warnes
4 When I Need You--Leo Sayer
5 I've Got Love on My Mind--Natalie Cole
6 Lido Shuffle--Boz Scaggs
7 So In to You--Atlanta Rhythm Section
8 Angel in Your Arms--Hot
9 I'm Your Boogie Man--K.C. and the Sunshine Band
10 Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul

Singles entering the chart were Calling Occupants by Klaatu (#68); Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On by the Addrisi Brothers (#91); Undercover Angel by Alan O'Day (#92); Mainstreet by Bob Seger (#93); You and Me by Alice Cooper (#94); Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith (#95); My Best Friend's Wife by Paul Anka (#96); Spirit in the Night by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (#97); This is the Way that I Feel by Marie Osmond (#98); Sound and Vision by David Bowie (#99); and Old Fashioned Boy (You're the One) by Stallion (#100).

Stanley Cup
Montreal 2 @ Boston 1 (OT) (Montreal won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Jacques Lemaire's goal at 4:32 of the 1st overtime period gave the Canadiens the win over the Bruins at Boston Garden and their second straight Stanley Cup championship. The Bruins opened the scoring at 11:38 of the 1st period when Bobby Schmautz scored after Montreal goalie Ken Dryden had his mask knocked off. Jacques Lemaire scored the tying goal for Montreal at 1:34 of the 2nd period. Mr. Lafleur finished the playoffs with 9 goals and 17 assists in just 14 games, and was named the winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs' Most Valuable Player. The finals haven't ended this early in the year since then.

Jim Colborn pitched a no-hitter for the Kansas City Royals as they shut out the Texas Rangers 6-0 before 29,978 fans at Royals Stadium.

Jim Spencer batted 3 for 3 with 2 home runs, 2 runs, and 8 runs batted in as the Chicago White Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 18-2 before 13,923 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Mr. Spencer hit a 2-run homer and a 2-run single in a 7-run 2nd inning, and then hit a grand slam in the 4th.

Rich Chiles batted 4 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in, while Larry Hisle batted 2 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 13-3 before 10,503 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Dennis DeBarr made his major league debut as a relief pitcher for the Blue Jays, allowing 3 hits and 1 run--earned--in 2/3 inning.

The Baltimore Orioles scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning to break a scoreless tie and defeat the Oakland Athletics 2-0 before 4,216 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mike Flanagan pitched a 5-hit shutout to win the pitchers' duel over Rick Langford.

Keith Hernandez's solo home run with 1 out in the top of the 9th inning proved to be the deciding run as the St. Louis Cardinals withstood a 2-run rally in the bottom of the inning to edge the Atlanta Braves 7-6 before 10,479 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, handing the Braves their second straight loss and 19th in their past 20 games. The Braves had runners on first and second bases with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, but Jeff Burroughs flied out to right fielder Jerry Mumphrey to end the game.

The San Francisco Giants scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 before 32,682 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Tim Foli hit his first home run in a San Francisco uniform to lead off the 3rd inning and then singled home the tying run in the 9th. Cincinnati catcher Bill Plummer doubled with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, but Bob Bailey struck out and Doug Flynn grounded out to end the game.

30 years ago

On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: One Day in April: 1961

Died on this date
Rita Hayworth, 68
. U.S. actress. One of the biggest stars of the 1940s, Miss Hayworth, born Rita Cansino, starred in such movies as Blood and Sand (1941); The Strawberry Blonde (1941); Gilda (1946); The Lady from Shanghai (1948); Pal Joey (1957); Separate Tables (1958); They Came to Cordura (1959); and The Story on Page One (1959). She was probably the first famous person to be publicly revealed to be suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and her plight helped to increase public awareness of the disease.

John Demco, a computer science student at the University of British Columbia, created the .ca suffix for Internet domain names. Mr. Domco said that he was motivated largely by patriotism and a desire to make research easier.

Stanley Cup
Prince of Wales Conference Finals
Philadelphia 4 @ Montreal 3 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-2)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Deeply Dippy--Right Said Fred (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Lyle Alzado, 43
. U.S. football player. Mr. Alzado was a defensive end with the Denver Broncos (1971-1978), Cleveland Browns (1979-1981), and Los Angeles Raiders (1982-1985), winning All-Pro all-star honours in 1977, 1978, and 1980. He died of a brain tumor, which he claimed had been caused by long-term use of anabolic steroids.

The solid-fuel booster rocket that had been attached to the communications satellite Intelsat-6 the previous day by spacewalking astronauts from the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour ignited and sent the satellite into its proper orbit.

A bill making it harder for violent criminals to obtain parole, and making prison passes harder to obtain, was passed by Canada’s House of Commons.

Olympia & York Developments, Ltd., the world’s largest real estate development company, filed for bankruptcy protection in Toronto. The company, with debts of $18.5 billion, was the largest company ever to seek bankruptcy protection in Canada.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Blood on the Dance Floor--Michael Jackson (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Harry Blackstone Jr., 62
. U.S. magician. Mr. Blackstone, the son of noted musician Harry Blackstone, Sr., toured the United States and made frequent television appearances. He died of pancreatic cancer.

Men's World Championships
Finals @ Helsinki
Canada 2 Sweden 1 (Canada won best-of-three series 2-1)

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
New York 81 @ Miami 96 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

A brawl with 1 minute 53 seconds remaining in the game resulted in the suspensions of New York players Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, and Charlie Ward for game 6.

10 years ago

The trial of suspected al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla opened in Miami. Mr. Padilla was convicted of terrorism conspiracy and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

DaimlerChrysler said it was selling almost all of Chrysler to a private equity firm for $7.4 billion, backing out of a troubled 1998 takeover.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Buffalo 0 @ Ottawa 1 (Ottawa led best-of-seven series 3-0)

Daniel Alfredsson scored the only goal and Ray Emery had to make only 15 saves for the shutout in goal as the Senators edged the Sabres at Scotiabank Place.

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