Sunday, 25 June 2017

June 25, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Gail McGonigal!

250 years ago

Died on this date
Georg Philipp Telemann, 86
. German composer. Mr. Telemann incorporated the styles of several nations into his more than 3,000 works, about half of which still exist. His compositions receive so much airplay today that this blogger gets the impression that Mr. Telemann wrote more music than all other composers put together.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Nils Karlsson
. Swedish skier. Mr. Karlsson won 37 medals in Swedish national competition, and won the gold medal in the men's 50-kilometre cross-country event in the 1948 Winter Olympic Games at St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the bronze medal in the same competition at the 1950 World Championships in Lake Placid, New York. He died on June 16, 2012, nine days before his 95th birthday.

90 years ago

Politics and government
Albert Saunders led the Liberal Party to victory over the governing Conservative Party of Premier James Stewart in the Prince Edward Island provincial election. The Liberals captured 24 of the 30 seats in the Legislative Assembly, an increase of 19 from the most recent election in 1923; the Conservatives dropped from 25 to 6.

Along with electing a legislature, voters in Prince Edward Island voted to continue prohibition of alcoholic beverages, rather than resort to government control, as in other provinces.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Colin Clive, 37
. U.K. actor. Mr. Clive, born Colin Clive-Greig, was best known for his starring roles in the play (1929) and film (1930) Journey's End, and for playing Dr. Frankenstein in the movies Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He was a descendant of military leader Robert Clive, and had a feature role in the movie Clive of India (1935). Colin Clive was a drunkard who died of tuberculosis.

75 years ago

The U.S. Office of Censorship revised the Code of Wartime Practices, placing further restrictions on reports of ship movements, cargoes, or air raids, and diplomatic moves or negotiations. Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed head of the nerwly-established European theatre of operations for U.S. forces. German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's forces drove 60 miles inside Egypt to a point southeast of Sidi Barrani. U.S.S.R. Red Army troops withdrew from Kupyansk, a railway junction on the Oskol River southeast of Kharkov.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill conferred in Washington with the Pacific War Council.

With only its two Communist Party members voting no, the Chilean Senate voted to continue a foreign policy of maintaining diplomatic relations with the Axis.

U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle announced that all persons representing foreign principals must register with the Justice Department by July 9, 1942.

The Japanese government announced that Kiska would now be called Narukani Island, and Attu would be called Atitu.

Dr. William B. Pugh said that the committee which had studied the proposal to merge the Presbyterian and Protestant Episcopal Churches had reached an accord on the basic principles of union of the two American denominations.

70 years ago

Died on this date
Jimmy Doyle, 22
. U.S. boxer. Mr. Doyle, born James Delaney, began as a lightweight, eventually moving up to the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He compiled a record of 42-7-3-1 in a professional career that began in 1941 and ended the night before his death, when he challenged Sugar Ray Robinson for the world welterweight title and suffered a technical knockout in the 8th round. 14 months earlier, Mr. Doyle had been hospitalized with a severe head injury after suffering a 9th-round TKO at the hands of Artie Levine.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank was published.

Former German SS Colonel Otto Skorzeny went on trial in Dachau on charges of murdering U.S. prisoners during the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944-early 1945.

The Chinese Foreign Office protested to the U.S.S.R. that Soviet obstruction had prevented Chinese government forces from taking control of Dairen and Port Arthur in Manchuria.

Georgia dedicated former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Little White House" in Warm Springs as a state shrine.

Politics and government
A seven-man delegation from Newfoundland met in Ottawa with a Canadian cabinet committee to begin discussions on possible union with Canada.

Economics and finance
U.K. Foreign Secretary Arthur Creech Jones announced the establishment of the Colonial Development Corporation to foster the export trade in Britain's African colonies.

The Bizonal German Economic Council held its first meeting in Frankfurt, as U.K. and U.S. authorities announced plans to create an "exporters' fund" which would aid German firms engaged in foreign trade.

60 years ago

World events
Dispatches from Warsaw reported that former Hungarian Premier Imre Nagy had been returned to Budapest from Romania to stand trial for his role in the 1956 revolt against the government.

Former Ontario Premier and federal Progressive Conservative party leader George Drew was appointed Canada's High Commissioner to Britain, effective August 1, 1957.

Saudi Arabia recalled her Ambassador to Syria in protest against criticism of King Saud and Jordanian King Hussein by Syrian Defense Minister Khaled el-Azm.

The Nationalist Chinese government announced a shakeup of its military leadership.

U.S. Army Colonel John Nickerson, Jr., a missile expert, pled guilty to a 15-count charge of violating security rules by divulging missile data to unauthorized persons.

At ceremonies in Cleveland, the United Church of Christ was formed by the merger of the Congregational Christian Council and the Evangelical and Reformed Church.

50 years ago

On television today
Our World, a cooperative production involving contributions from 19 nations, was broadcast live around the world by satellite. The most memorable segment was from the United Kingdom, where the Beatles performed their new song All You Need is Love.

The three-day Glassboro Summit Conference in Glassboro, New Jersey between U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and U.S.S.R. Premier Alexei Kosygin concluded.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Amarsi un po'--Lucio Battisti (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Ma Baker--Boney M. (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Ma Baker--Boney M. (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: Back Home--Dickie Rock

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Show You the Way to Go--The Jacksons

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Got to Give it Up Pt. 1--Marvin Gaye

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky")--Bill Conti
2 Undercover Angel--Alan O'Day
3 Lonely Boy--Andrew Gold
4 Got to Give it Up Pt. 1--Marvin Gaye
5 Feels Like the First Time--Foreigner
6 Jet Airliner--Steve Miller Band
7 Angel in Your Arms--Hot
8 Dreams--Fleetwood Mac
9 Da Doo Ron Ron--Shaun Cassidy
10 Heard it in a Love Song--The Marshall Tucker Band

Singles entering the chart were Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin') by Johnny Rivers (#78); Something About You by Leblanc & Carr (#83); Baby Don't Change Your Mind by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#85); Platinum Heroes by Bruce Foster (#91); The Doodle Song by Frankie Miller (#92); Smoke from a Distant Fire by the Sanford/Townsend Band (#93); Float On by the Floaters (#94); What's on My Mind by Kansas (#95); It was Almost Like a Song by Ronnie Milsap (#98); This I Swear by Tyrone Davis (#99); and It's a Crazy World by Mac McAnally (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Lucille--Kenny Rogers
2 Dreams--Fleetwood Mac
3 Angel in Your Arms--Hot
4 Mainstreet--Bob Seger
5 Got to Give it Up Pt. 1--Marvin Gaye
6 Calling Dr. Love--Kiss
7 Lonely Boy--Andrew Gold
8 Feels Like the First Time--Foreigner
9 Heard it in a Love Song--The Marshall Tucker Band
10 You Won't Dance with Me--April Wine

Singles entering the chart were Come in from the Rain by Captain & Tennille (#83); Neon Nites by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#89); (Remember the Days of the) Old Schoolyard by Cat Stevens (#91); If it's the Last Thing I Do by Thelma Houston (#93); Don't Turn the Light Out by Cliff Richard (#96); Telephone Line by Electric Light Orchestra (#97); Baby Don't Change Your Mind by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#98); (Your Love has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher by Rita Coolidge (#99); and People in Love by 10 C.C. (#100).

Horse racing
Sound Reason, with Robin Platts up, won the 118th running of the Queen's Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, Ontario in a time of 2:06 3/5.

The Summer Class A Pioneer League season opened, and the Calgary Cardinals played their first game ever. The Idaho Falls Angels scored 6 runs in the top of the 3rd inning, only to have the Cardinals strike back with 10 in the bottom of the inning on their way to an 11-8 win before 2,722 fans at Foothills Park in Calgary. The 3rd inning took an hour to play, and it didn't help that Calgary starting pitcher Jim Gott walked 6 batters; he allowed 3 hits and 6 runs--5 earned--in 2 2/3 innings, striking out 1 batter. Calgary second baseman Jeff Doyle hit the Cardinals' first home run, a 2-run shot to climax the 3rd-inning onslaught. Third baseman Tye Waller homered to lead off the bottom of the 5th for the Cardinals, while Greg Ris had 2 doubles and a home run, driving in 2 runs for the Angels. Vaughn Yadao pitched 4 2/3 innings of relief to get the win, allowing 4 hits and 2 runs--1 earned, with 3 bases on balls, 5 strikeouts, and 2 wild pitches. Andy Rincon pitched 2 scoreless innings to get the save, walking the first batter he faced before retiring the last 6. Stephen Lettrich started on the mound for Idaho Falls and allowed 2 hits and 5 runs--all earned--with 5 bases on balls, 3 strikeouts, and a wild pitch in 2 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Mike Stover, who failed to retire a batter and took the loss, allowing 2 bases on balls, 2 doubles, and Mr. Doyle's homer; it was Mr. Stover's only game in an Idaho Falls uniform. The game marked the professional debuts for many of the players involved. Calgary players from that game who made it to the major leagues were Messrs. Gott; Rincon; Doyle; Waller; and first baseman Joe DeSa. Idaho Falls players from that game who made it to the majors were shortstop Steve Lubratich; first baseman Daryl Sconiers; and second baseman Alan Wiggins; pitcher Rich Dotson was dressed, but didn't play. The game was broadcast in Calgary on radio station CFAC, with Eric Bishop calling the play, and Dwight Ford providing colour commentary. This blogger and his parents were in attendance, but left after 7 innings, because once the Sun went down, it became so cold at Foothills Park as to be unendurable.

30 years ago

Died on this date
Boudleaux Bryant, 67
. U.S. songwriter. By himself or with his wife Felice, Mr. Bryant wrote many country and pop music hits, most notably for the Everly Brothers. Songs written or co-written by Mr. Bryant included Wake Up, Little Susie; Bye Bye, Love; Bird Dog; Problems; Devoted to You; Love Hurts; Rocky Top; Mexico; and Raining in My Heart.

Pope John Paul II held an audience in Rome with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim. After their private talks, the pope publicly praised Mr. Waldheim for his work in the 1970s as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Pope John Paul said nothing publicly about allegations that Mr. Waldheim had been involved in human rights abuses while serving in the German army during World War II, but the Roman Catholic Church said it was “surprised and grieved” by Jewish opposition to the meeting of the two heads of state.

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 2,451.05.

Winnipeg (1-0) 38 @ Toronto (0-1) 30

The Montreal Alouettes were scheduled to open the season against the Argonauts at Exhibition Stadium, but the team folded on June 24, and a new schedule was hastily announced. It was the first game for Mike Riley as head coach of the Blue Bombers, and the only CFL game for his younger brother Pete, who wore #8 for Winnipeg as a backup defensive back. Winnipeg defensive end John Sturdivant returned a Toronto fumble 27 yards for his only CFL touchdown in what turned out to be his last CFL game; he was cut before the next game, and never played in the CFL again. John Congemi—in his first CFL game—and Danny Barrett split the quarterbacking for the Argonauts. It was the first CFL game ever televised on TSN.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Abba-esque (EP)--Erasure (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Jerome Brown, 27
. U.S. football player. Mr. Brown was an All-American defensive tackle with the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1986, and played with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1987-1991, winning All-Pro all-star honours in his last two seasons. He was killed in a car accident in his hometown of Brooksville, Florida.

Former British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm was acquitted of charges of breach of trust over the 1990 sale of his theme park.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Goods and Services tax was within the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Economics and finance
Revising its previous estimate upward, the United States Commerce Department said that the economy had grown at an annual rate of 2.7% in the first quarter of 1992.

British Columbia (0-1) 36 @ Ottawa (1-0) 43
Calgary (1-1) 20 Toronto (1-1) 1 @ Portland, Oregon

The Stampeders’ win over the Argonauts, televised on TSN, was the first CFL game played in the United States since a pre-season game between the Edmonton Eskimos and British Columbia Lions in Everett, Washington in 1967. The Eskimos and Lions had played a pre-season game at Multnomah Stadium in Portland in 1957.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Jacques Cousteau, 87
. French oceanographer. Mr. Cousteau was a naval officer who turned to oceanography after injuries in a car accident ended his naval career. He pioneered the use of the aqua-lung--greatly aiding underwater exploration--and became known for the book (1953) and subsequent documentary film (1956) The Silent World. Using the ship Calypso as a field laboratory, Mr. Cousteau explored the world's oceans for the next several decades, advocating for the preservation of ocean life. His work was the subject of the television documentary series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1968-1975) and The Cousteau Odyssey (1977-1982). Mr. Cousteau died of a heart attack two weeks after his 87th birthday.

An unmanned Progress cargo spacecraft crashed into Russia's Mir space station, knocking out half of the station's power and rupturing a pressurized laboratory.

Edmonton (1-0) 23 @ Calgary (0-1) 22

Tony Burse rushed for 2 short touchdowns in the last 3 minutes of regulation time as the Eskimos rallied from a 22-9 deficit to edge the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.

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