Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sandie Topechka!
350 years ago
The Dutch fleet began the Raid on the Medway near Chatham, England; it lasted for five days and resulted in the Royal Navy's worst defeat ever.
300 years ago
Died on this date
Jeanne Guyon, 69. French mystic. Madame Guyon was a major early figure in what became known as Quietism, practitioners of which believe that it's possible to achieve union with God through direct spiritual experience, emptying or shutting down the conscious mind. Her views were expressed in books such as Le Moyen Court Et Autres Écrits Spirituels (The Short and Easy Method of Prayer) (1685). Mme. Guyon believed that God inhabited her to the extent that she was basically just an automaton. Like so many practitioners of contemplative spirituality, Mme. Guyon ended up in panentheism, with God being in all people and in all things. Mme. Guyon was regarded as a heretic by the Roman Catholic Church, and was imprisoned from 1695-1703.
150 years ago
Recently-ousted Colombian President Tomás Cipriano de Mosquera was taken prisoner in Bogota.
75 years ago
China claimed that her forces held Chuhsien in Chekiang Province and that they had inflicted 7,000 casualties upon Japanese forces there.
The Inter-American Conference on the Coordination of Police and Judicial Measures closed in Buenos Aires after adopting resolutions aimed at curbing alien--especially Axis--activities.
Economics and finance
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced the creation of a Combined Production and Resources Board, to be chaired by Donald Nelson and Oliver Lyttleton, and a Combined Food Board, chaired by Claude Wickard and R.H. Brand.
70 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mam'selle--Art Lund (5th week at #1)
2 Across the Alley from the Alamo--The Mills Brothers
3 Linda--Ray Noble and his Orchestra with Buddy Clark
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
4 Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep)--Perry Como and the Satisfiers
5 My Adobe Hacienda--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
6 Peg o' My Heart--The Harmonicats
7 That's My Desire--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Frankie Laine and Mannie Klein's All-Stars
8 Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
9 I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
10 I Believe--Frank Sinatra
Singles entering the chart were (Baa-Baa-Baa) Whiffenpoof Song by Robert Merrill (#20) and Rockin' Horse Cowboy by Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (#21).
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Murder in the Locked Room
The Palestine Supreme Court upheld the 1939 British White Paper ban on transferring land to Jews in most of Palestine.
Politics and government
European Socialist parties ended a three-day meeting in Zurich without agreement on the revival of the Socialist International or admission of the German Social Democratic Party.
The Moslem League Council in New Delhi accepted the British plan for partition of India.
U.S. President Harry Truman nominated veteran diplomat Norman Armour to succeed Spruille Braden as Assistant Secretary of State.
Economics and finance
Canadian Finance Minister Douglas Abbott announced the end of wartime control and rationing of most dairy, textile, and leather products.
The French Foreign Office announced the introduction of a new currency in the Saar to replace the German mark, preparatory to the area's economic union with France.
The U.S. State and War Departments announced that limited private international trade with Japan would resume on August 15, 1947.
The National Federation of Telephone Workers was reorganized in Miami as the Communication Workers of America, combining 41 unions with 161,000 members.
The Mississippi River flooded lowland areas of Missouri, Illinois, and southern Iowa, forcing the evacuation of 22,240 residents.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Indestructible Mr. Weems, starring Robert Middleton, Joe Mantell, and Russell Collins
Austrians Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl completed the first ascent of Broad Peak, near the border of Pakistan and China.
12 Europeans were killed and 85 injured in the bombing of a dance hall in Algiers.
A U.S. House of Representatives Anti-trust subcommittee charged that the Federal Communications Commission had been lax in guarding the radio and television industry from possible monopolization.
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Here Comes My Baby--The Tremeloes
2 Somebody to Love--Jefferson Airplane
3 Him or Me - What's it Gonna Be?--Paul Revere and the Raiders
4 Friday on My Mind--The Easybeats
5 Groovin'--The Young Rascals
6 On a Carousel--The Hollies
7 Don't Blame the Children--Sammy Davis, Jr.
8 She'd Rather Be with Me--The Turtles
9 Sunday Will Never Be the Same--Spanky and Our Gang
10 Do it Again a Little Bit Slower--Jon & Robin and the In Crowd
Pick hit of the week: Come to the Sunshine--Harpers Bizarre
New this week: My Friend--Willie and the Walkers
C'mon Marianne--The 4 Seasons
Graduation Day--The Arbors
Laborer--The 49th Parallel
Me About You--The Mojo Men
On the radio
Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Langford and Kenneth Baker, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: The Noble Bachelor
The Monkees performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
On the fifth day of the Six-Day War, Israeli forces captured the Golan Heights from Syria.
Former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson (46-5-1) and current contender Jerry Quarry (23-1-4) fought a 10-round majority draw at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. Mr. Patterson was knocked down twice in the 2nd round, while Mr. Quarry was knocked down in the 7th. Judge George Latka scored the fight in favour of Mr. Quarry, while referee John Thomas and judge Dick Young scored it a draw.
The Washington Senators sold first baseman Ken Harrelson to the Kansas City Athletics. Mr. Harrelson was batting .203 with 3 home runs and 10 runs batted in in 25 games with Washington in 1967.
Chuck Dobson and Catfish Hunter pitched respective shutouts as the Kansas City Athletic swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 2-0 and 6-0 before 10,285 fans at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Jim Gosger's 2-run home run off losing pitcher Steve Hargan accounted for all the scoring in the first game, while the Athletics scored all the runs in the 1st inning in the second game, as Cleveland starter Sam McDowell was pulled after allowing 2 hits, 2 bases on balls, and 4 earned runs without retiring a batter. Reggie Jackson played his first two major league games in right field for Kansas City, batting 0 for 3 in the first game, and 1 for 2 in the second game with a triple.
Carl Yastrzemski and Joe Foy each hit 2 home runs and Reggie Smith added another to help the Boston Red Sox edge the Washington Senators 8-7 before 25,326 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Mr. Foy entered the game as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 5th inning and homered, stayed in the game to play third base, and homered again in the 8th. The Senators had runners on first and third bases with none out in the 9th, but John Wyatt relieved Jose Santiago and struck out Frank Howard and Cap Peterson, and retired Mike Epstein on a fly ball to end the game.
Horace Clarke singled home Steve Whitaker with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox before 19,187 fans at Yankee Stadium.
George Brunet pitched a 3-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Denny McLain as the California Angels shut out the Detroit Tigers 4-0 before 15,222 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Mr. Brunet improved his record for the season to 2-9, while Mr. McLain fell to 6-7.
The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 5 runs in the 1st inning, 3 in the 4th, and 6 in the 5th as they routed the Philadelphia Phillies 16-1 before 17,064 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Manny Mota and Gene Alley each had 4 hits for the Pirates, with Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, and Jerry May adding 3 hits each.
Pete Rose, Deron Johnson, and Don Pavletich hit home runs in the 7th inning as the Cincinnati Reds scored 6 runs in the inning to overcome a 7-4 deficit and defeat the Houston Astros 10-7 before 13,447 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.
Ernie Banks singled home Glenn Beckert with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 win over the New York Mets before 5,411 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Mets led 5-3 going into the bottom of the 8th, but the Cubs scored 2 unearned runs to tie the score.
40 years ago
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi and U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko began two days of talks in Moscow over ways to reduce tensions between their countries.
Politics and government
The governing Progressive Conservatives, under Premier Bill Davis, won their second consecutive minority government in the Ontario provincial election. The PCs won 58 of 125 seats in the Provincial Parliament, an increase of 7 from before the election. The Liberals, led by Stuart Smith, won 35 seats--a decrease of 1--and the New Democratic Party, led by Stephen Lewis, won 33, down 5 from before. T. Patrick Reid was elected in Rainy River as a Liberal-Labour candidate. The election resulted in the Liberals becoming the official Opposition.
Justice Thomas Berger issued the First Report of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, Northern Frontier, Northern Homeland, recommending that no pipeline be built through the northern Yukon and that a pipeline through the Mackenzie Valley should be delayed for 10 years. The inquiry was commissioned March 21, 1974, with a mandate to investigate the social, environmental, and economic impact of a proposed gas pipeline through the Yukon and the Mackenzie River Valley of the Northwest Territories; it cost $5.3 million, and produced over 40,000 pages of text and evidence, comprising 283 volumes.
41 people, most of them believed to be French nationals, perished in a fire of electrical origin at the Pacha Club in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
30 years ago
Died on this date
Madge Kennedy, 96. U.S. actress. Miss Kennedy starred on Broadway and in silent movies before marrying and retiring to the stage. From the 1950s to the 1970s, she appeared in character roles in television programs and in such movies as The Marrying Kind (1952); Lust for Life (1956); North By Northwest (1959); They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969); The Day of the Locust (1975); and Marathon Man (1976).
The Panamanian newspaper La Prensa concluded a three-day series of articles by recently-ousted chief of staff Colonel Roberto Diaz Herrera, accusing dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega of various crimes, including rigging the 1984 presidential election, and planning the 1981 death of dictator Omar Torrijos Herrera in a plane crash. The Roman Catholic Church called for an investigation of the charges.
One million people attended a mass conducted by Pope John Paul II in Lublin, Poland.
Politics and government
U.S. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware announced his intention to seek the 1988 Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.
Ottawa (1-0) 29 @ Toronto (0-1) 14
Los Angeles Lakers 107 @ Boston 106 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Magic Johnson's hook shot field goal with 2 seconds remaining gave the Lakers their win over the Celtics before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden.
25 years ago
Nine people, including five police officers, were charged with 170 counts of child abuse at an unlicensed babysitting service in Martensville, Saskatchewan.
20 years ago
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 I Want You--Savage Garden
2 Elegantly Wasted--INXS
3 Staring at the Sun--U2
4 Your Woman--White Town
6 Clumsy--Our Lady Peace
7 Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?--Paula Cole
8 Say You'll Be There--Spice Girls
9 Remote Control--Age of Electric
10 Midnight Rain--Wide Mouth Mason
Singles entering the chart were Queen of New Orleans by Jon Bon Jovi (#94); Carolina Blues by Blues Traveler (#95); The Impression that I Get by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones (#96); When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down) by Great Big Sea (#99); and Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle (#100).
Died on this date
Stanley Knowles, 88. U.S.-born Canadian politician. Mr. Knowles was born in Los Angeles to Canadian parents and moved to Manitoba when he was 16. He became a United Church of Canada minister before joining the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation in 1934. Mr. Knowles represented the riding of Winnipeg North Centre as a member of the CCF and its successor, the New Democratic Party, from 1942-1958 and 1962-1984. He became known as the House of Commons' foremost expert on parliamentary procedure. Mr. Knowles died after a series of strokes, nine days before his 89th birthday.
10 years ago
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the right to collective bargaining in the workplace; the court struck down a British Columbia law that allowed the firing of employees and contracting out of work.
Rags to Riches, with John Velasquez aboard, won the 139th running of the Belmont Stakes before 46,870 fans at Belmont Park, New York, in a time of 2:28.74, finishing a head in front of Preakness Stakes winner Curlin, and becoming the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes since Tanya in 1905. Tiago finished third.
Montreal (0-1) 13 @ Toronto (1-0) 27
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