430 years ago
Born on this date
Virginia Dare. Miss Dare was the first child of English parents to be born in the Americas. Her parents, Ananias Dare and Eleanor White, were members of the Roanoke Colony in what is now North Carolina. Several months later, her grandfather and Governor of the colony, John White, returned to England to obtain more supplies. When he returned in 1590, the colonists were gone, and their fate remains a mystery.
225 years ago
Born on this date
John Russell. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1846-1852, 1865-1866. Lord Russell, a Whig for most of his career and then a Liberal, held several cabinet posts in addition to his two terms as Prime Minister. He was known for his support of the expansion of civil liberty, but was criticized for his government's failure to deal with the Irish Potato Famine in the late 1840s. Lord Russell served as Foreign Secretary under Prime Minister Lord Palmerston from 1859-1865, and was named Prime Minister upon Lord Palmerston's death. Lord Russell died on May 28, 1878 at the age of 85.
100 years ago
Born on this date
Caspar Weinberger. U.S. politician. Mr. Weinberger, a captain in the United States Army during World War II, was U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1973-1975, but was better known for his tenure as Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1987, aiding Mr. Reagan's "peace through strength" policy that helped to win and end the Cold War against the U.S.S.R. He died on March 28, 2006 at the age of 88.
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroyed 32% of the city, leaving 70,000 people homeless.
70 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Peg o' My Heart--The Harmonicats (8th week at #1)
2 That's My Desire--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Frankie Laine and Mannie Klein's All-Stars
3 I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
4 Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)--Red Ingles and his Natural Seven
5 Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba (My Bambino Go to Sleep)--Perry Como and the Satisfiers
6 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)--Tex Williams and his Western Caravan
--Phil Harris and his Orchestra
7 Ivy--Jo Stafford
--Woody Herman with the Four Chips
8 Across the Alley from the Alamo--The Mills Brothers
9 Feudin' and Fightin'--Dorothy Shay
--Bing Crosby and the Jesters
10 Tallahassee--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
Singles entering the chart were I Have But One Heart (O Marinariello) by Vic Damone (#21); Cumana (#31)/The Lady from 29 Palms (#35) by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra; Cumana by Alvina Rey and his Orchestra (#31, charting with the version by Freddy Martin and his Orchestra); Ain'tcha Ever Comin' Back, with versions by Frank Sinatra, and Peggy Lee (#32); The Old Chaperone by Bing Crosby and the Skylarks (#34); When Tonight is a Memory by Perry Como with Helen Carroll and the Satisfiers (#39); and You Do, with versions by Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra; Margaret Whiting; Bing Crosby and Carmen Cavallaro; Dinah Shore; and Vic Damone (#40). The version of Cumana by Alvino Rey and his Orchestra was the other side of Bloop-Bleep, charting at #11 with the version by Woddy Herman and his Orchestra.
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: All You Need is Love--The Beatles
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 All You Need is Love--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
2 Words/Pleasant Valley Sunday--The Monkees
3 Silence is Golden--The Tremeloes
4 Little Bit o' Soul--The Music Explosion
5 Laborer--The 49th Parallel
6 Thank the Lord for the Night Time--Neil Diamond
7 Carrie-Anne--The Hollies
8 A Whiter Shade of Pale
9 To Love Somebody--Bee Gees
10 Pictures of Lily--The Who
Pick hit of the week: I Dig Rock and Roll Music--Peter, Paul and Mary
New this week: Never My Love--The Association
I Had a Dream--Paul Revere and the Raiders
On the Other Side--The Seekers
Twelve Thirty--The Mamas and the Papas
40 years ago
Anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko was arrested at a police roadblock in King William's Town, South Africa under the Terrorism Act No. 83 of 1967. He later died from injuries sustained during this arrest, bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies.
30 years ago
Donald Harvey, 35, a hospital orderly from Middletown, Ohio, pled guilty in Hamilton County Court to killing 24 people, 21 of them in 1986 and 1987 at Daniel Drake Memorial Hospital in Cincinnati. Mr. Harvey reportedly confessed to 30 other killings since the 1970s. He said that he poisoned most of his victims. The investigation into the killings began when an autopsy showed that a patient had died of a lethal dose of cyanide. Mr. Harvey was sentenced to three consecutive life terms in prison.
American Broadcasting Company reporter Charles Glass, who had been kidnapped in Beirut on June 16, escaped and made contact with Syrians who drove him to Damascus, where he was handed over to U.S. officials. Mr. Glass said that he had slipped out of his chains and locked the sleeping guards inside the apartment in which he was being held.
U.S. health officials and MicroGeneSys Inc. announced that the first test on humans of an experimental vaccine for AIDS would begin in October. The company, based in West Haven, Connecticut, developed the vaccine, which had already been tested on animals. 81 volunteers would be recruited in the Washington, D.C. area for the tests.
25 years ago
Died on this date
John Sturges, 82. U.S. film director. Mr. Sturges, who directed 45 films, was known for action movies with large all-male (or nearly all-male) casts. His movies included Mystery Street (1950); Escape from Fort Bravo (1953); Bad Day at Black Rock (1955); Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957); The Magnificent Seven (1960); The Great Escape (1963); The Satan Bug (1965); Ice Station Zebra (1968); Marooned (1969); and The Eagle has Landed (1976).
Politics and government
Negotiations between the Canadian government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and provincial governments began in Charlottetown; they eventually resulted in a constitutional agreement known as the Charlottetown Accord, which was subjected to a national referendum two months later.
Conditions in two Serbian detention camps were condemned by French cabinet minister Dr. Bernard Kouchner, leader of a delegation inspecting the camps.
Wang Laboratories, Inc., a company that had led the way in developing minicomputers, filed for bankruptcy. The company had been founded by the late An Wang, acknowledged as the inventor of word processors. Analysts said the company had failed to respond effectively to the rising popularity of personal computers.
Larry Bird announced his retirement from the Boston Celtics after 13 seasons because of recurring back problems. Mr. Bird had led the Celtics to NBA championships in 1981, 1984, and 1986, and been named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1984, 1985, and 1986.
20 years ago
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Building a Mystery--Sarah McLachlan (3rd week at #1)
2 Do You Know What it Takes--Hobyn
3 Men in Black--Will Smith
4 I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
5 Where's the Love--Hanson
6 2 Become 1--Spice Girls
7 All for You--Sister Hazel
8 When I'm Up (I Can't Get Down)--Great Big Sea
9 It Could Happen to You--Blue Rodeo
10 A Change Will Do You Good--Sheryl Crow
Singles entering the chart were Honey by Mariah Carey (#48); Mr. President by Coco Jamboo (#54); Turn My Head by Live (#62); Breathe by Prodigy (#87); Lunatic Fringe by Tom Cochrane (#89); For You I Will by Monica (#91); and I Say a Little Prayer (For You) by Diana King (#94). For You I Will was from the movie Space Jam (1996). I Say a Little Prayer (For You) was from the movie My Best Friend's Wedding (1997).
Virginia Military Institute admitted a female student for the first time in its 158-year history.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Michael Deaver, 69. U.S. political adviser. Mr. Deaver was White House Deputy Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan from 1981-1985. He was convicted of perjury in 1987 for testimony that he had submitted to Congress regarding his lobbying activities, and was sentenced to probation, a fine, and public service. Mr. Deaver died of pancreatic cancer.
Edmonton (3-4-1) 32 @ Saskatchewan (6-2) 39
The Roughriders trailed the Eskimos 32-24 late in the 3rd quarter before 28,800 fans at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, but Luca Congi kicked a field goal late in the 3rd quarter and a field goal and a single in the 4th quarter before quarterback Kerry Joseph rushed 2 yards for a touchdown and Wes Cates rushed 4 yards for a 2-point convert with 5:06 remaining in the 4th quarter to give the Roughriders the win. Mr. Joseph passed for 343 yards and 2 touchdowns to D.J. Flick, and handed off to Chris Szarka for another TD. Edmonton quarterback Ricky Ray completed 25 of 35 passes for 361 yards and a touchdown to T.J. Acree, while backup quarterback Steven Jyles rushed for 2 short touchdowns and Jason Goss returned an interception 46 yards in the 3rd quarter for the other Edmonton TD.
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