Tuesday, 6 June 2017

June 6, 2017

800 years ago

Died on this date
Henry I, 13
. King of Castile and Toledo, 1214-1217. Henry I succeeded to the throne at the age of 10 upon the death of his father King Alfonso VIII. Henry I was killed by a tile falling from a roof, and was succeeded on the throne by his sister Berengaria.

150 years ago

Born on this date
David T. Abercrombie
. U.S. businessman. Mr. Abercrombie opened his first Abercrombie Co. clothing store in New York City in 1892; the company later became Abercrombie & Fitch. Mr. Abercrombie died on August 29, 1931 at the age of 64.

World events
Czar Aleksandr II of Russia was visiting the International Exposition in Paris and riding in a carriage with his two sons and Emperor Napoleon III of France when Polish immigrant Antoni Berezowski attacked the carriage. Mr. Berezowski's self-modified, double-barreled pistol misfired, and only a horse of an escorting cavalryman was hit.

Politics and government
U.S. Army General Philip Sheridan, military governor of the Fifth Military District (Texas and Louisiana) appointed B.F. Flanders as Governor of Louisiana, three days after removing James M. Wells from office.

20 people were killed when a boiler exploded in Philadelphia.

125 years ago

The Chicago "L" commuter rail system began operation.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Kirk Kerkorian
. U.S. businessman. Mr. Kerkorian was the founder and chief executive officer of the private holding company Tracinda Corporation. He helped to develop Las Vegas, building several resorts. Mr. Kerkorian owned the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio from 1969-1986 and 1996-2005. He died on June 15, 2015, nine days after his 98th birthday.

Canadian Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Currie took over command of the Canadian Corps from British Lt. Gen. Sir Julian Byng.

Politics and government
Liberal Party leader and former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier declined the June 4 offer from Prime Minister Robert Borden to join the Union Government and support conscription, in return for choosing cabinet ministers.

The Massachusetts Constitutional Convention opened.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tangerine--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)

The Battle of Midway continued, as U.S. Navy dive bombers sank the Japanese cruiser Mikuma and four Japanese carriers, and damaged 11 or 12 other Japanese warships. Japanese forces in Chekiang Province, China capturted the airfield of the walled city of Chuhsien, while heavy fighting continued in the centre of the city.

Economics and finance
In an anti-inflation decree, the Cuban Office of Price and Supply Control froze all prices of foodstuffs, clothing, and other commodities, and limited profits.

Horse racing
Shut Out, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, with Eddie Arcaro up, won the 74th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:29 1/5. Alsab, the Kentucky Derby runner-up and Preakness Stakes winner, placed second.

70 years ago

Politics and government
Bulgarian Agrarian Party leader Nikola Petkov, leader of opposition forces in parliament, was arrested in Sofia on charges of plotting to overthrow the government.

Five German representatives from the Soviet occupation zone withdrew from a Munich conference on German economic problems when they failed to have political questions placed on the agenda.

Indonesian nationalist leaders accepted a Dutch proposal for an interim National Government of the Netherlands East Indies, charged with preparing the establishment of the promised Indonesian Republic.

Economics and finance
The United Kingdom signed a three-year, $240-million trade pact with Poland providing for the importation of 250,000 tons of coal during the first year.

The United States Senate voted 54-17 to pass the Taft-Hartley bill, containing numerous restrictions on union activity, and sent it to President Harry Truman.

The Quebec government of Premier Maurice Duplessis announced the creation of the Conseil supérieur de recherches agricoles (Higher Council for Agricultural Research), to succeed the Agricultural Research Committee that had been in place since 1936. The Higher Council for Agricultural Research's mission was to stimulate research in schools and universities and to establish effective coordination among researchers, institutions and the Ministry of Agriculture.

60 years ago

Following a four-day meeting in Karachi, Pakistan, the Baghdad Pact Council of Ministers announced an agreement on the creation of a joint military planning staff.

U.S. Federal District Court Judge Joseph McGarraghy ordered the United States not to surrender U.S. Army Private William Girard to Japanese authorities for trial on charges of killing a Japanese woman, pending the outcome of a plea for a writ of habeas corpus.

Economics and finance
The Hungarian parliament unanimously adopted the 1957 budget, reducing expense and heavy industry budgets, while also adopting legislation depriving certain exiles of Hungarian citizenship.

Automobile Manufacturers Association directors, meeting in Detroit, decided to de-emphasize speed and horsepower in advertising, and stress "useful power and safe, reliable and comfortable transportation."

Track and field
Mile runners Roger Bannister, Brian Hewson, Derek Ibbotson, and Christy Chattaway of the United Kingdom, Don Bowden and Ron Delaney of the United States, and Merv Lincoln of Australia issued denials that stimulant drugs had helped them break the four-minute barrier, as suggested the previous day by narcotics expert Dr. Herbert Berger.

50 years ago

Died on this date
Ed Givens, 37
. U.S. astronaut. United States Air Force Major Givens was working on the Maneuvering Unit program at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston when he was selected to join the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's astronaut corps on April 4, 1966. He was assigned to the support crew for the Apollo 1 mission, which was cancelled when the prime crew died in a fire during a ground test on January 27, 1967. Major Givens was maintained as a member of the support crew for the next manned mission, but he was killed in a car accident while driving back to Houston with two Air Force friends after a party in Pearland, near Houston. Major Givens was sober, but the road was under construction and it was too dark for Major Givens to see where he was going; he missed an unmarked turn, rolled his Volkswagen, and was killed, while his passengers survived with injuries. According to Chief Astronaut Deke Slayton, Major Givens would have been one of the first men from his group to be assigned to an Apollo mission as a Command Module Pilot.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Amayadori--Masashi Sada (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gavilán o Paloma--Pablo Abraira (7th week at #1)

The single Way Down/Pledging My Love by Elvis Presley was released on RCA Victor Records. It was the last single by Mr. Presley to be released during his lifetime.

34 prisoners and 8 visitors at Maury County Jail in Columbia, Tennessee died from carbon monoxide fumes from a burning padded cell. Andrew J. Zimmer, a 16-year-old prisoner, was charged with arson on June 27. The material in the padding had been tested for flammability, but the Tennessee fire marshal's office had known for two years that the tests may not have been "appropriate."

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Let it Be--Ferry Aid (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Multimix--The Communards (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Hold Me Now--Johnny Logan

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): You Want Love (Maria Maria)--Mixed Emotions

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Hold Me Now--Johnny Logan (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Always--Atlantic Starr
2 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
3 The Lady in Red--Chris DeBurgh
4 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
5 With or Without You--U2
6 In Too Deep--Genesis
7 Wanted Dead or Alive--Bon Jovi
8 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
9 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
10 Diamonds--Herb Alpert (vocals by Lisa Keith and Janet Jackson)

Singles entering the chart were I Want Your Sex by George Michael (#50); Cross My Broken Heart by the Jets (#60); Moonlighting (Theme) by Al Jarreau (#75); One for the Mockingbird by Cutting Crew (#83); Hypnotize Me by Wang Chung (#84); Why You Treat Me So Bad by Club Nouveau (#85); Rock Steady by the Whispers (#87); Luka by Suzanne Vega (#88); and Boy Blue by Cyndi Lauper (#90). Cross My Broken Heart was from the movie Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Moonlighting (Theme) was from the television series.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
2 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew
3 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
4 Boom Boom--Paul Lekakis
5 With or Without You--U2
6 Lean on Me--Club Nouveau
7 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros
8 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
9 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
10 Talk Dirty to Me--Poison

Singles entering the chart were Flames of Paradise by Jennifer Rush (with Elton John) (#82); Rhythm is Gonna Get You by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine (#84); The Pleasure Principle by Janet Jackson (#87); Don't Disturb this Groove by the System (#89); Point of No Return by Expose (#90); Waiting for a Miracle by Bruce Cockburn (#93); Together (The New Wedding Song) by Joey Gregorash (#95); Weapons of Love by the Truth (#96); Walk to the Rhythm by Parachute Club (#97); and Respectable by Mel and Kim (#98).

Horse racing
Bet Twice, with Craig Perret up, won the 119th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York in a time of 2:28 1/5, ruining Alysheba’s bid for a Triple Crown.

Hamilton (1-0) 14 Montreal (0-1) 13 @ Saint John
Winnipeg (0-1) 14 @ Saskatchewan (1-0) 27
Calgary (0-1) 33 @ Edmonton (1-0) 39

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): One in a Million--Euphoria

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kimi ga iru dakede--Kome Club (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Please Don't Go--Double You (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Please Don't Go--Double You (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Joy--François Feldman (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap!

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Please Don't Go/Game Boy--KWS (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Jump--Kris Kross (7th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue (2nd week at #1)
2 Jump--Kris Kross
3 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 One--U2
5 Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen
6 Live and Learn--Joe Public
7 Let's Get Rocked--Def Leppard
8 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
9 In the Closet--Michael Jackson
10 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins

Singles entering the chart were I'll Be There by Mariah Carey (#39); The Best Things in Life are Free by Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson (#52); Wishing on a Star by Cover Girls (#58); and Innocent Child by Colourhaus (#72).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
2 Sinking Like a Sunset--Tom Cochrane
3 One--U2
4 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
5 Hold on My Heart--Genesis
6 Lift Me Up--Howard Jones
7 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
8 Constant Craving--k.d. lang
9 You Won't See Me Cry--Wilson Phillips
10 Let's Get Rocked--Def Leppard

Singles entering the chart were I'll Be There by Mariah Carey (#46); Don't Stop Now by Love and Sas (#50); Every Kind of People by Robert Palmer (#60); When the Stars Fall by Sue Medley (#65); Take it Like a Man by Michelle Wright (#69); T.L.C. by Linear (#78); Some Other World by Elton John (#84); Come a Long Way by Michelle Shocked (#85); and 2001 by Melissa Etheridge (#88). Some Other World was from the movie Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992).

Horse racing
A.P. Indy, with Ed Delahoussaye up, won the 124th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York in a time of 2:26.13.

Monica Seles defeated Steffi Graf 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to win the women's final of the French Open in Paris.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Lonely--Nana (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): MMMBop--Hanson

Died on this date
Magda Gabor, 81
. Hungarian-born U.S. actress. Miss Gabor was the older sister of actresses Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor. Magda's only movie role was in Mai lányok (Today's Girls) (1937). She moved to the United States in 1946. Miss Gabor was married six times, and died five days before her 82nd birthday.

Chicago 93 @ Utah 104 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Karl Malone scored 37 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Jazz over the Bulls before 19,911 fans in the first finals game ever played at Delta Center in Salt Lake City. Scottie Pippen led the Bulls with 27 points, while Michael Jordan added 26.

10 years ago

Stanley Cup
Ottawa 2 @ Anaheim 6 (Anaheim won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Travis Moen scored 2 goals to help the Ducks defeat the Senators at Honda Center to win their first Stanley Cup championship. The Ducks scored 6 goals on just 18 shots on goal, while the Senators managed just 13 shots on goal. Anaheim defenceman Scott Niedermayer was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

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