Friday, 5 May 2017

May 5, 2017

125 years ago

Politics and government
The Italian cabinet of Prime Minister Marchese di Rudinì resigned.

The United States Congress extended the Chinese Exclusion Act, which had been in effect since 1882, for 10 years.

100 years ago

Born on this date
George Dockins
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Dockins played with the St. Louis Cardinals (1945) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1947), compiling a record of 8-6 with an earned run average of 3.55 in 35 games. He played in the minor leagues from 1939-1943 and 1946-1949, with his best season coming in 1941, when he was 20-6 with a 2.05 ERA in 38 games with the Mobile Shippers of the Class B Southeastern League. Mr. Dockins died on January 22, 1997 at the age of 79.

Lennie Merullo. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Merullo--nicknamed "Boots" after making a record 4 errors in a single inning in 1942--was a shortstop with the Chicago Cubs from 1941-1947, batting .240 with 6 home runs and 152 runs batted in in 639 games. He played in the 1945 World Series, batting 0 for 2 in 3 games as the Cubs lost 4 games to 3 to the Detroit Tigers. Mr. Merullo was a scout with the Cubs from 1950-1972, and was the last surviving man to have played for the Cubs in a World Series prior to their 2016 win. He died on May 30, 2015, 25 days after his 98th birthday.

Ernie Koob pitched a no-hitter for the St. Louis Browns as they edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 before 4,000 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Losing pitcher Eddie Cicotte allowed just 5 hits in pitching a complete game loss.

The Cincinnati Reds scored 6 runs in the top of the 1st inning and coasted to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Cubs before 4,000 fans at Weeghman Park in Chicago. The Cubs scored all their runs in the 9th inning.

75 years ago

Shortly after midnight, Japanese troops began landing on the north coast of Corregidor Island. Japanese troops, marching north on the Burma Road, crossed the Nam Mao River and entered Yunnan Province, China. In an effort to forestall a Japanese advance on Madagascar, British troops began landing on the island.

French Prime Minister Pierre Laval presented a note of protest against the British occupation of Madagascar to Pinkney Tuck, U.S. charge d'affaires in Vichy.

A grand jury in Bronx County, New York cleared Democratic National Committee Chairman Edward J. Flynn of charges that he used New York City-owned building materials and city workers to pave his Lake Mahopac estate courtyard.

Economics and finance
The U.S. War Production Board announced that beginning May 16, gasoline and light oil consumption in 17 Eastern states and Washington must be cut 50%.

The U.S. Federal Reserve Board issued new credit regulations to help curtail inflation, requiring payment of all retail charge accounts within 40 days after purchase, and a 33 1/3% down payment on all installment purchases with balance due in 12 months.

70 years ago

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

Singles entering the chart were Across the Alley from the Alamo by the Mills Brothers (#11); The Egg and I, with versions by Dinah Shore, and Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (#13); Time After Time (#15)/I Believe (#18) by Frank Sinatra; Time After Time by Margaret Whiting, (also #15); Time After Time (#15)/It's the Same Old Dream (#20) by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#20); It's the Same Old Dream, with versions by Frank Sinatra, and the Pied Pipers (also #20); and I Tipped My Hat (And Slowly Rode Away), with versions by Harry James and his Orchestra; Jack Smith with the Clark Sisters; and Bob Eberly with the Song Spinners (#24). The Egg and I was originally the title song of the movie. The version of It's the Same Old Dream by the Pied Pipers was the other side of their version of Mam'selle.

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

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

Died on this date
Ty LaForest, 30
. Canadian-born U.S. baseball player. Mr. LaForest, a native of Edmundston, New Brunswick, was a third baseman with the Boston Red Sox in 1945, batting .250 with 2 home runs and 16 runs batted in in 52 games. He came down with pneumonia in the winter of 1946; after suffering a heart attack during spring training in 1947, he died 17 days after his 30th birthday.

Columbia University trustees announced the awarding of the 1947 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters to Robert Penn Warren and Robert Lowell in literature and James Baxter in History.

Columbia University trustees announced the awarding of the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Music to Charles Ives.

Columbia University trustees announced the awarding of the 1947 Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism to Howard Norton; Frederick Woltman; Edward Folliard; Brooks Atkinson; Eddy Gilmore; and William Grimes.

Czechoslovakia abolished its revolutionary People's Courts, becoming the first country in eastern Europe to resume normal trials by jury.

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a draft evasion case, voted 5-4 to widen police search powers and to permit police officers to seize any evidence of crime that they discover under a legal search.

Urging the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Comittee to approve the Federal Bureau of Investigation's $35-million budget request, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover reported that Communists had penetrated "every field of endeavour in this country."

Yugoslavia and Albania refused to allow the United Nations Security Council's Balkan Inquiry Commission to enter their territory while investigating Greek complaints.

The United Nations General Assembly's special session on Palestine rejected a Polish-Czech resolution to permit the Jewish Agency to present its case before the full Assembly, restricting Jewish representatives to the Assembly's Political and Social Committee.

The United States submitted a proposed agreement to Panama allowing continued American control and modernization of U.S. military bases there.

60 years ago

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Hands of Mr. Ottermole , starring Theodore Bikel, Rhys Williams, and Torin Thatcher

At the movies
The D.I., produced by, directed by, and starring Jack Webb, opened in theatres.

Married on this date
New York socialite Tommy Manville, 63, married showgirl Patricia Gaston, 26; the marriage was the tenth for Mr. Manville.

Died on this date
Joseph W. Kennedy, 40
. U.S. chemist. Dr. Kennedy co-discovered plutonium with Glenn T. Seaborg, Edwin McMillan and Arthur Wahl, and was head of the Chemical and Metallurgy Division of the Manhattan Project during World War II. He died of stomach cancer 25 days before his 41st birthday.

Nicaraguan President Luis Somoza accepted a proposal for withdrawal of all troops from the disputed Nicaraguan-Honduran frontier area and the creation of a buffer zone.

U.S. special presidential envoy James Richardson told Tunisian newsmen that 11 of the 14 Middle Eastern countries that he had visited approved cooperation with the United States under the Eisenhower Doctrine.

British Labour Party leader Hugh Gaitskell renewed his party's demands for postponement of U.K. H-bomb tests as a step toward seeking a nuclear test agreement.

Politics and government
Socialist Party leader Adolf Schaerf was elected President of Austria, succeeding the late President Theodore Koerner.

With women voting for the first time ever, Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Bourguiba's Neodestour Party won 723 of 770 municipal council seats in local elections.

The U.S. Democratic National Committee's Advisory Council expressed its opposition to state or federal "right to work" legislation favoured by some southern Democrats.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Matthew and Son--Cat Stevens

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 For What it's Worth--Buffalo Springfield (2nd week at #1)
2 Happy Together--The Turtles
3 Western Union--The Five Americans
4 Diamonds and Gold--Willie and the Walkers
5 No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
6 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You--The Monkees
7 Rovin' Heart--The Lords
8 The Girls in Paris--Lee Hazlewood
9 Groovin'--The Young Rascals
10 Somethin' Stupid--Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
Pick hit of the week: Don't Blame the Children--Sammy Davis, Jr.
New this week: The Oogum Boogum Song--Brenton Wood
Anyway You Want Me--The Troggs
I Could Be So Good to You--Don and the Goodtimes
Cloudy--The Liverpool Five

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

This was the first episode of the series.

Ariel 3, the first satellite entirely designed and built in the United Kingdom, was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

Dan McLeod published the first edition of the Georgia Straight, Vancouver, British Columbia's hippie weekly newspaper.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Ludwig Erhard, 80
. Chancellor of West Germany, 1963-1966. Dr. Erhard was an economist who, as an independent politician, served as Minister of Finance from 1947-1963 in the cabinet of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and led the country's economic reforms. Dr. Erhard was Vice Chancellor from 1957-1963. He resigned as Chancellor after several cabinet members resigned in protest against the budget.

Stuart Garson, 78. Canadian politician. Mr. Garson represented Fairford in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly from 1927-1948; he was first elected as a member of the Progressive Party, and succeeded John Bracken in 1943 as Premier, leading a Liberal-Progressive coalition government. Mr. Garson entered federal politics in 1948, and was elected as a Liberal in Marquette, serving as Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and later as Solicitor General, in the cabinet of Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent. Mr. Garson was one of several cabinet ministers to lose his seat in the 1957 federal election, ending his political career.

A U.S. federal court jury in Brooklyn convicted four Croatian nationalists of various charges stemming from the September 1976 hijacking of a Trans World Airlines jumbo jet to publicize demands for Croatian independence from Yugoslavia. A New York City bomb squad officer was killed by a bomb planted by the nationalists. Zvonko Busic and his wife Julienne were convicted of air piracy resulting in death; air piracy; and conspiracy. Pete Matanic and Frank Pesuit were acquitted of the first charge, but found guilty of air piracy and conspiracy.

Economics and finance
The U.S. State Department repeated a previous pledge that no economic aid would be offered to Vietnam. The announcement came on the heels of the House of Representatives voting 266-131 to prohibit any discussion of assistance to Vietnam.

The U.S. Labor Department reported that the seasonally-adjusted wholesale price index had risen 1.1% in April.

Stanley Cup
Montreal 2 @ New York Islanders 1 (Montreal won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Bob Gainey's goal at 9:12 of the 3rd period gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead and proved to be the winner as the Canadiens eliminated the Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale. The Islanders scored with 9 seconds remaining to break up Ken Dryden's bid for a shutout.

Avco World trophy
Houston 3 @ Winnipeg 6 (Winnipeg won best-of-seven series 4-2)

30 years ago

Televised U.S. Congressional hearings began for the Iran-Contra affair.

Stanley Cup
Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
Detroit 3 @ Edmonton 1 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation cancelled The Tommy Hunter Show after 27 years as a weekly series, and North America's longest-running network music show. The CBC felt that "Canada's Country Gentleman" appealed only to an older audience.

World events
Rival rebel factions in Afghanistan reached a peace settlement. Interim President Sibghatullah Mojadidi appointed a 36-member temporary cabinet, which included Ahmed Shah Massoud, leader of a major faction, as defense minister. Meanwhile, a fundamentalist Muslim faction led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was shelling Kabul.

The Yugoslav army, dominated by Serbs, signed a truce with the government of the secessionist republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Petro-Canada President William Hopper said that Petro-Canada would lay off 1,200 employees by the end of 1993; the company lost $598 million in 1991, the largest corporate loss in the history of Canada to that date.

Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Boston 3 @ Montreal 2 (OT) (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Pittsburgh 2 @ New York Rangers 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

20 years ago

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

Singles entering the chart were Sitting on Top of the World by Amanda Marshall (#85); The World Tonight by Paul McCartney (#86); The Difference by the Wallflowers (#87); Cubically Contained by Headstones (#96); My Enemies by Crash Test Dummies (#97); Hard to Say I'm Sorry by Az Yet with Peter Cetera (#98); If You Could Only See by Tonic (#99); and Monkey Wrench by the Foo Fighters (#100).

Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
Philadelphia 2 @ Buffalo 1 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 2-0)

10 years ago

Died on this date
Theodore Maiman, 79
. U.S.-born physicist and engineer. Dr. Maiman created the first working laser in 1960.

Horse racing
Street Sense, with Calvin Borel up, won the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:02.17 seconds, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Hard Spun, with Curlin third. Among the 156,635 in attendance was Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who had never before attended the Kentucky Derby.

Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
Ottawa 3 @ New Jersey 2 (Ottawa won best-of-seven series 4-1)
San Jose 1 @ Detroit 4 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Daniel Alfredsson's goal late in the 2nd period was the winner as the Senators eliminated the Devils in the last game ever played at Continental Airlines Arena.

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