Friday, 19 May 2017

May 19, 2017

475 years ago

The Prome Kingdom in what is now Myanmar ended when King Minkhaung surrendered to Taungoo forces, marking the beginning of the Taungoo Dynasty.

200 years ago

Montréal business leaders adopted articles of association for the Bank of Montreal.

100 years ago

The Norwegian football club Rosenborg BK was founded.

75 years ago

The United Nations Air Training Conference, with 14 nations represented, opened in Ottawa. German Field Marshal Fedor von Bock's troops began a counter-offensive in the Izyum-Barvenkova sector, southeast of Kharkov.

70 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mam'selle--Art Lund (2nd week at #1)
--Dick Haymes
--Dennis Day
--Pied Pipers
--Frank Sinatra
2 Linda--Ray Noble and his Orchestra with Buddy Clark
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
3 Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
4 My Adobe Hacienda--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
5 Anniversary Song--Al Jolson
--Dinah Shore
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Andy Russell
6 Guilty--Margaret Whiting
--Johnny Desmond
7 Across the Alley from the Alamo--The Mills Brothers
8 How are Things in Glocca Morra--Dick Haymes
--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
--Buddy Clark
--Martha Tilton
9 Managua, Nicaragua--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
10 Peg o' My Heart--The Harmonicats
--Clark Dennis

Singles entering the chart were Cu-Tu-Gu-Ru (Jack, Jack, Jack), with versions by Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters; and Xavier Cugat and the Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra (#14); Alexander's Ragtime Band by Bing Crosby and Al Jolson (#15); I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder by Eddy Howard and his Orchestra (#16); I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder (also #16)/April Showers (#26) by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians; and Dream, Dream, Dream by the Mills Brothers (#27). Dream, Dream, Dream was the B-side of Across the Alley from the Alamo.

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Harley Street Murders

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Face Card

The U.S. militry government in Munich approved revival of the Oberammergau Passion Play, but stipulated that the cast must be free of Nazi connections and avoid anti-Semitic references.

Italy formally applied for United Nations membership.

The United Kingdom protested to the United States against American fund-raising drives for Palestinian resistance groups.

The U.S. Navy announced plans for a scientific survey of 1,400 islands and atolls under U.S. control in the Marshalls, Carolines, and Marianas.

Economics and finance
Yugoslavia and the United States began negotiations in Washington for settlement of $32 million in Lend-Lease aid during World War II.

Politics and government
U.S. Interior Secretary Julius Krug urged Congress to allow Puerto Rico to elect its own Governor.

The U.S. House of Representatives Post Office Committee recommended general postal rate increases, including a permanent 3c rate for first class mail and 6c for airmail.

The U.S. Supreme Court cited constitutional guarantees of press freedom in reversing a Texas contempt conviction of three journalists for editorial criticism of a county judge in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Martha Mason, Movie Star, starring Judith Evelyn and Robert Emhardt

Fernand Lachance, owner of the Le Café Idéal in Warwick, Quebec, was asked for some cheese curds with his fries. Mr. Lachance replied, "ça va faire une maudite poutine" ("it will make a damn mess") and the dish named poutine was invented; the gravy was added later, to keep the fries warm longer.

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem left the United States after a 14-day state visit and talks with U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.

Radio Moscow broadcast a warning to Spain that it risked "atomic retaliation" if she did not reject U.S. efforts to incorporate Spain in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Politics and government
Polish Communist Party First Secretary Wladyslaw Gomulka nominated two of his strongest supporters, Zenon Kliszko and Jerzy Morawski, as Central Committee secretaries during the ninth plenary session of the United Workers' Party Central Committee in Warsaw.

Auto racing
Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a Maserati, won the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Spicks and Specks--The Bee Gees

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 For What it's Worth--Buffalo Springfield (4th week at #1)
2 Groovin'--The Young Rascals
3 On a Carousel--The Hollies
4 No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
5 Happy Together--The Turtles
6 I was Kaiser Bill's Batman--Whistling Jack Smith
7 Him or Me - What's it Gonna Be?--Paul Revere and the Raiders
8 Diamonds and Gold--Willie and the Walkers
9 The Happening--The Supremes
10 Rovin' Heart--The Lords
Pick hit of the week: I Know (You Don't Want Me No More)--Barry Allen
New this week: Hey Girl--The Preachers
She's Looking Good--Rodger Collins
If You Only Had the Time--The Nova Local
Laborer--The 49th Parallel
Mirage--Tommy James and the Shondells

On the radio
Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Langford and Kenneth Baker, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: The Three Gables

The United Nations withdrew its peacekeeping patrols from the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula on the request of Egyptian President Gamal Nasser. The force had been placed there following the Suez Crisis in 1956.

The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution providing for a UN commissioner and council to rule South West Africa, which was currently under South African control.

The U.S.S.R. ratified a treaty with the U.S.A. and U.K. banning nuclear weapons from outer space.

25 years ago

Politics and government
The 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect. It reads:

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

U.S. Vice-President Dan Quayle addressed the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. Discussing the recent riots in Los Angeles and other American cities that had followed the acquittal of four white Los Angeles policemen of the beating of Negro criminal Rodney King, blamed the rioting on a “breakdown of family structure, personal responsibility, and social order.” Mr. Quayle criticized a story line from the television comedy series Murphy Brown, saying that it didn’t help that the title character had given birth to a baby out of wedlock, “mocking the importance of fathers…and calling it just another ‘life style choice.’” Although widely ridiculed and criticized at the time, Mr. Quayle was vindicated in a lengthy Atlantic Monthly cover story in April 1993 titled Dan Quayle was Right.

In an incident which became a media sensation in New York but was of little interest anywhere else, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded in Massapequa, New York by her husband Joey's lover, Amy Fisher, 17, who became known as "Long Island Lolita."

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that housing starts in April had declined 17%, the sharpest monthly drop in eight years.

Stanley Cup
Prince of Wales Conference Finals
Boston 2 @ Pittsburgh 5 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 2-0)

20 years ago

Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Elegantly Wasted--INXS
2 Staring at the Sun--U2
3 I Want You--Savage Garden
4 One Headlight--The Wallflowers
5 Say You'll Be There--Spice Girls
6 Your Woman--White Town
7 You were Meant for Me--Jewel
8 All by Myself--Celine Dion
9 Make You Mad--The Odds
10 Lie to Me--Jonny Lang

Singles entering the chart were Sunday Morning by No Doubt (#91); Listen by Collective Soul (#92); In My Arms by Erasure (#93); Friend of Mine by treble charger (#95); Place Your Hands by Reef (#96); Little White Lie by Sammy Hagar (#97); Quit Playing Games with My Heart by the Backstreet Boys (#98); Higher Power by Boston (#99); and Chevrolet Way by Tariq (#100).

Former Guess Who bandmates Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman reunited for a CBC-sponsored flood-relief concert before 40,000 people in Winnipeg; the outdoor event also featured Tom Cochrane.

The Sierra Gorda biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, was established as a result of grassroots efforts.

Newfoundland fishermen returned to cod fishing, reopening a small commercial fishery off the south coast and in the northern Gulf of St. Lawrence. It had been completely closed in 1993 due to factory fishing and declining stocks.

U.K. Health Secretary Frank Dobson announced that sponsorship by tobacco companies of sports events would be outlawed.

Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Colorado 1 @ Detroit 2 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 2-1)

10 years ago

Politics and government
Romanian President Traian Băsescu survived an impeachment referendum and returned to office from suspension.

Horse racing
Curlin, with Robby Albarado up, won the 132nd running of the Preakness Stakes before 132,221 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:53.46, a head in front of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, with third-place Hard Spun 4 lengths behind (see video).

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Ottawa 3 @ Buffalo 2 (OT) (Ottawa won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Daniel Alfredsson scored at 9:32 of the 1st overtime period as the Senators eliminated the Sabres at HSBC Arena to advance to the finals for the first time in their history.

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