Tuesday, 9 May 2017

May 9, 2017

150 years ago

Negroes rioted in Richmond, Virginia.

140 years ago

Mihail Kogălniceanu read, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania.

A magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Peru killed 2,541 people, including some as far away as Hawaii and Japan.

130 years ago

Popular culture
Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opened in London.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Fay Kanin
. U.S. screenwriter. Mrs. Kanin and her husband Michael--brother of screenwriter Garson Kanin--were best known for their screenplay for Teacher's Pet (1958). She was President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979-1983. Mrs. Kanin died on March 27, 1913 at the age of 95.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tangerine--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra

Died on this date
Graham McNamee, 53
. U.S. broadcaster. Mr. McNamee was the best-known radio announcer in the 1920s, and remained popular until his death from a blood embolism. He called major sports events, political conventions, and other major news events. Mr. McNamee was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 1964; the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1984; and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2011.

U.K. Royal Air Force bombers lost seven planes in heavy attacks on the German Baltic port of Warnemunde, and an aircraft plant seven miles down the Warne River. The Battle of the Coral Sea "temporarily ceased" with the U.S. Navy reporting the sinking or damaging 178 Japanese ships, as against 36 losses. Chinese forces recaptured Taunggyi behind Japanese lines in Burma, then marched northward to Maymyo on the Laisho-Mandalay railway.

The SS executed 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine). The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) was destroyed and all its inhabitants executed or deported.

The United States opened official talks with Admiral Georges Robert, high commissioner of French Western Hemisphere possessions, for the U.S.A. to safeguard Martinique, Guadeloupe, and French Guiana from Axis forces.

Speaking in New York, Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann said that Palestine was the only possible postwar home for 2-4 million Jews who were part of the displaced populations of Europe.

Horse racing
Alsab, with Basil James up, won the 67th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a record time of 1:57. Requested and Sun Again finished in a dead heat for second.

70 years ago

Henry Cattan, spokesman for the Arab Higher Committee, urged the United Nations General Assembly's Political and Social Committee to end the United Kingdom's "illegal" Palestine mandate and establish majority Arab rule in the country.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved immediate ratification of the peace treaties with Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.

Politics and government
French Prime Minister Paul Ramadier appointed three Socialists and one Popular Republican to fill cabinet vacancies caused by the ouster pf Communist ministers five days earlier.

U.S. President Harry Truman asked Congress for $24 million to finance an investigation of the loyalty of federal employees.

120,000 workers in Hamburg staged the largest food demonstration to date in the British occupation zone as Allied authorities confirmed reports of a mounting food crisis throughout Germany.

Economics and finance
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development made its first loan, a $250-million credit to France for 30 years at 3 1/4% interest.

After four days of debate, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 287-107 to approve President Truman's $400-million aid package for Greece and Turkey.

60 years ago

Died on this date
Ezio Pinza, 64
. Italian singer and actor. Mr. Pinza sang bass with the Metropolitan Opera in New York for 22 years and with the San Francisco Opera for 20 years from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s. He then appeared in Broadway musicals, winning a Tony Award for his lead performance in South Pacific (1949). Mr. Pinza died of a stroke nine days before his 65th birthday.

Following three days of talk in Bonn, West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and U.K. Prime Minister Harold Macmillan issued a communique expressing agreement on "the need for NATO to retain an effective deterrent against aggression."

The Suez Canal Users Association issued a statement in London indicating that all members except France would resume use of the canal.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower met with Congressional leaders of both parties and urged a foreign aid program of no less than $3.86 billion.

South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem told a joint session of the United States Congress that U.S. aid had enabled South Vietnam "to continue to fight Communism."

Conn Smythe handed over the management of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League to a committee headed by his son Stafford.

The Quebec Aces of the Quebec Hockey League defeated the Brandon Regals of the Western Hockey League 5 games to 1 to win the Edinburgh Trophy as the "World's Minor Professional Champions." This was the fourth and last year in which the trophy, donated in 1954 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was contested between the champions of the WHL and the champions of the QHL.

50 years ago

On television tonight
The Invaders, starring Roy Thinnes, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Condemned

This was the last episode of the season.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kaeranai/Koibitoyo--Kentaro Shimizu (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gavilán o Paloma--Pablo Abraira (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
James Jones, 55
. U.S. author. Mr. Jones was best known for the novels From Here to Eternity (1951); Some Came Running (1957); and The Thin Red Line (1962). He died of congestive heart failure.

After a three-hour meeting in Geneva with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, U.S. President Jimmy Carter told reporters that "there must be a resolution of the Palestine problem and a homeland for the Palestinians."

U.S. President Carter, French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, and U.K. Prime Minister James Callaghan issued a sharp warning to the U.S.S.R. against endangering the status quo in regard to armed forces in Berlin.

Justice Thomas Berger released his final report of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry; he recommended a 10-year delay in the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, to allow time to settle native land claims. The Berger Commission also suggested a permanent ban on pipelines from Alaska across the northern Yukon because of social and environmental hazards.

California Superior Court Judge Talbot Callister sentenced newspaper heiress Patty Hearst to five years' probation for her part in a 1974 bank robbery and shooting in Los Angeles. Miss Hearst had been kidnapped by a terrorist movement known as the Symbionese Liberation Army and participated in their crimes. A plea bargain resulted in Miss Hearst pleading nolo contendre to one count of armed robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon in return for the prosecution dropping eight other robbery and assault charges.

Economics and finance
The Bank of Canada cut its lending rate from 8%-7.5%.

U.S. President Carter proposed a larger payroll tax on employers to eliminate growing deficits in the Social Security system.

A fire burned down the Hotel Polen in Amsterdam, causing 33 deaths and 21 severe injuries.

The Texas Rangers traded third baseman Roy Howell to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Jim Mason, pitcher Steve Hargan, and $200,000. Mr. Howell was batting 0 for 17 in 7 games with the Rangers in 1977, while Mr. Mason was batting .165 with no home runs and 2 runs batted in in 22 games with Toronto, and Mr. Hargan was 1-3 with an earned run average of 5.22 in 6 games with the Blue Jays.

In the first game ever played between the 1977 expansion teams, the Toronto Blue Jays scored 3 runs in the 4th inning, 2 in the 5th, and 4 in the 7th to beat the Seattle Mariners 10-4 before 11,680 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Toronto first baseman Doug Ault hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 4th inning and drove in another run in the 7th when he drew a base on balls with the bases loaded. Bill Singer allowed 6 hits and 3 runs--all earned--in 7 innings, but picked up his second win of the season, and the 118th and last of his 14-year major league career.

Ted Simmons hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 17,586 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in the Monday Night Baseball telecast on ABC. Mr. Simmons homered off Dale Murray, who had just entered the game. The Cardinals trailed 5-3, but scored a run in the 7th inning, and tied the game in the 8th when Keith Hernandez led off with a home run off Rawly Eastwick, who had just entered the game. Woodie Fryman started on the mound for Cincinnati and allowed 9 hits and 3 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, but batted 2 for 2.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: C'est la ouate--Caroline Loeb

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Sailing Home--Piet Veerman (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Crockett's Theme--Jan Hammer

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): La Isla Bonita--Madonna (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew (2nd week at #1)
2 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
3 With or Without You--U2
4 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
5 I Knew You were Waiting (For Me)--Aretha Franklin and George Michael
6 Don't Dream it's Over--Crowded House
7 Sign 'o' the Times--Prince
8 Heat of the Night--Bryan Adams
9 The Finer Things--Steve Winwood
10 Big Love--Fleetwood Mac

Singles entering the chart were Point of No Return by Expose (#76); Weapons of Love by the Truth (#83); Variety Tonight by REO Speedwagon (#84); Break Every Rule by Tina Turner (#85); Something in My House by Dead or Alive (#86); Little Suzi by Tesla (#87); Man Against the World by Survivor (#88); Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by the Nylons (#89); and Wild Horses by Gino Vannelli (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 With or Without You--U2
2 Lean on Me--Club Nouveau
3 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship
4 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew
5 Don't Dream it's Over--Crowded House
6 I Knew You were Waiting (For Me)--Aretha Franklin and George Michael
7 Heat of the Night--Bryan Adams
8 Wild Horses--Gino Vannelli
9 Holiday Rap--M.C. Miker G. & DJ Sven
10 La Isla Bonita--Madonna

Singles entering the chart were I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston (#74); In Too Deep by Genesis (#78); Diamonds by Herb Alpert (#83); Say Goodbye to All by Chris deBurgh (#85); Something So Strong by Crowded House (#89); Love Removal Machine by the Cult (#95); I Can't Help It by Veronique (#97); and Only Love Sets You Free by Patrick Norman (#99).

Politics and government
Camadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the premiers of the provinces began discussions in Gatineau, Quebec aimed at consensus respecting the five minimum conditions of Quebec. Québec Minister Gil Rémillard suggested five fundamental conditions for Québec to sign the Constitution:

1. Recognition of Québec as a distinct society;
2. Right of veto on any change to the Constitution;
3. One third of judges on the Supreme Court of Canada to be from Québec;
4. Opting out guarantees for provinces refusing to participate in federal programs;
5. Complete control of immigration to Québec territory.

Pope John Paul II beatified Louis-Zéphirin Morreau, Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec from 1875 until his death in 1901.

LOT Flight 5055, the Ilyushin Il-62M Tadeusz Kościuszko, crashed after takeoff in Warsaw, killing all 183 people on board.

Stanley Cup
Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
Edmonton 2 @ Detroit 1 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 2-1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Itsumademo kawaranu ai wo--Tetsuro Oda

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Why--Annie Lennox (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Please Don't Go--Double You (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): To Be with You--Mr. Big

#1 single in France (SNEP): Joy--François Feldman (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): To Be with You--Mr. Big (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Please Don't Go/Game Boy--KWS

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Jump--Kris Kross (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Jump--Kris Kross (2nd week at #1)
2 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
3 Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen
4 Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton
5 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue
6 Make it Happen--Mariah Carey
7 Everything About You--Ugly Kid Joe
8 Hazard--Richard Marx
9 One--U2
10 Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven--Bryan Adams

Singles entering the chart were Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (#36); Slow Motion by Color Me Badd (#54); Steel Bars by Michael Bolton (#64); and You Won't See Me Cry by Wilson Phillips (#85).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 One--U2
2 Human Touch--Bruce Springsteen
3 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
4 Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven--Bryan Adams
5 Sinking Like a Sunset--Tom Cochrane
6 Hazard--Richard Marx
7 Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton
8 Make it Happen--Mariah Carey
9 Ain't it Heavy--Melissa Etheridge
10 Let's Get Rocked--Def Leppard

Singles entering the chart were You Won't See Me Cry by Wilson Phillips (#69); In the Closet by Michael Jackson (#71); Memory Lane by One 2 One (#83); Do it to Me by Lionel Richie (#88); Mighty Trucks of Midnight by Bruce Cockburn (#93); Someday? by Concrete Blonde (#95); and Jump by Kris Kross (#98).

Politics and government
Thailand’s major political parties agreed in principle to constitutional amendments requiring that the country’s premier be an elected member of parliament, and curtailing military power. General Suchinda Kraprayoon had seized power in a coup in 1991 and had become premier in April 1992.

At United Nations headquarters in New York, delegates from 143 countries approved a treaty asking industrialized nations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The participating nations agreed to adopt legislation to control emissions, with the goal of returning to 1990 emission levels.

26 miners were trapped deep underground in Nova Scotia’s Westray coal mine after a methane gas explosion. 15 bodies were recovered, but bodies of the remaining victims could not be identified.

Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Montreal 0 @ Boston 2 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-0)
New York Rangers 4 @ Pittsburgh 5 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Lonely--Nana

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Bailando--Paradisio (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Rawya Ateya, 71
. Egyptian military officer and politician. Ms. Ateya, a member of the Social Democratic Party, became, in 1956, the first woman to be commissioned as an officer in Egypt's Liberation Army, and was active in the Suez War that year. She became the first female parliamentarian in any Arabe nation when she took her seat in the Egyptian National Parliament on July 14, 1957. Ms. Ateya was defeated in her bid for re-election in 1959.

Marco Ferreri, 68. Italian film director. Mr. Ferreri directed three films in Spain in the 1950s and 24 in Italy until his death. His best-known movie was La Grande Bouffe (1973). Mr. Ferreri died two days before his 69th birthday.

Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
Buffalo 5 @ Philadelphia 4 (OT) (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Colorado 3 @ Edmonton 2 (OT) (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Men's World Championships
Canada 2 Russia 1

10 years ago

Died on this date
Dwight Wilson, 106
. Canadian soldier. Mr. Wilson, a native of Vienna, Ontario, enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1916 at the age of 15, giving his age as 16. He made it to England, but when his age was discovered, he was withheld from service and sent back to Canada. Mr. Wilson re-enlisted, but World War I ended before he could be sent back overseas. When he died, Mr. Wilson was the second-last remaining Canadian veteran of World War I, and the last to still be residing in Canada.

Men's World Championships
Quarter-finals @ Khodynka Arena, Moscow
Russia 4 Czech Republic 0
Sweden 7 Slovakia 4

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