Thursday, 10 August 2017

August 10, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Grant Devitt!

750 years ago

Born on this date
James II
. King of Sicily, 1285-1296; King of Aragon and Valencia, 1291-1327; King of Sardinia and Corsica, 1297-1327. James II, the son of King Peter I, succeeded his father on the Sicilian throne, which he gave up in a treaty with King Charles II of Anjou in 1296. James II succeeded his brother Alfonso III as King of Aragon and Valencia, and was made King of Sardinia and Corsica by Pope Boniface VIII. James II died on November 2 or 5, 1327 at the age of 60, and was succeeded by his son Alfonso IV.

225 years ago

Insurrectionists in Paris stormed the Tuileries Palace, effectively ending the French monarchy until it was restored in 1814. Louis XVI was arrested and taken into custody as his Swiss Guards were massacred by the Parisian mob.

140 years ago

The Battle of the Big Hole in Montana between a small band of Nez Perce Indians and the United States Army concluded with heavy casualties on both sides. The Nez Perce kept the soldiers holed up in their fortifications during the day, and then left at night.

110 years ago

Auto racing
The Peking to Paris race concluded as the Prince of Salmona, Scipione Borghese, his chauffeur, Ettore Guizzardi, and journalist Luigi Barzini, Sr., driving an Itala, were the first to arrive in Paris, exactly two months after the race had begun from the French embassy in Peking. Second place went to the Dutch team of Charles Godard and Jean Godard and Jean du Taillis in a Spyker, followed by Frenchman Georges Cormier in a DeDion, and fellow Frenchman Victor Collignon, also in a DeDion. Of the 40 entrants, only five teams shipped cars to Peking.

80 years ago

Died on this date
John Keefe, 71
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Keefe played with the Syracuse Stars of the American Association in 1890, compiling a record of 17-24 with an earned run average of 4.32 in 43 games. He batted .191 with no home runs and 5 runs batted in. In 3 seasons in the minor leagues (1887, 1889, 1891) he was 42-42, with his best season being 1889, when he was 25-16 with a 1.97 ERA with Syracuse when the Stars were in the International League.

Hank Hankinson (45-16-1) scored a technical knockout of former International Boxing Union world heavyweight champion George Godfrey (99-21-2) at 52 seconds of the 8th round at Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. It was Mr. Godfrey's first fight in two years, and his last.

The Washington Nationals swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Athletics 15-7 and 8-6 at Griffith Stadium in Washington. The Nationals scored 9 runs in the 3rd inning of game 1, getting just 3 hits, but drawing 6 bases on balls and benefiting from 3 errors. Washington third baseman Buddy Lewis tied a major league single-game record in game 1 with 4 errors. Philadelphia catcher Earle Brucker hit a home run in each game.

Lee Handley doubled home Bill Brubaker, advanced to third base on a single by Cy Blanton, and scored on a double by Lloyd Waner as the Pittsburgh Pirates scored 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning to edge the Chicago Cubs 6-5 before 12,516 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Blanton walked Phil Cavaretta to begin the bottom of the 8th, but Mace Brown relieved Mr. Blanton and retired the next 6 batters to preserve the lead.

75 years ago

In their drive to cut the Caucasus in half, German forces captured Pyatigorsk, 260 miles southwest of Rostov on the Don River.

Riots continued for the second day in Bombay, Poona, Lucknow, and Ahmedabad, as British troops were called out.

Norwegian Minister President Vidkun Quisling issued a decree dissolving the Provisional Church Council created by dissenting clergymen.

70 years ago

General Lucius Clay of the U.S. military government in Germany reported the release of the last eight million German war prisoners in U.S. custody and the complete destruction or conversion of all armaments plants in the U.S. zone.

William Odom landed in Chicago after a record 73-hour solo flight around the world in the Reynolds Bombshell, a converted A-26 bomber.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Round and Round--Perry Como; The Four Lads (8th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Banana Boat Song--Harry Belafonte (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): All Shook Up--Elvis Presley (5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)
2 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter--Billy Williams
3 Bye Bye Love--The Everly Brothers
4 It's Not for Me to Say--Johnny Mathis
5 Tammy--Debbie Reynolds
6 Love Letters in the Sand--Pat Boone
7 White Silver Sands--Don Rondo
8 Send for Me--Nat "King" Cole
9 Old Cape Cod--Patti Page
10 Searchin'--The Coasters

Singles entering the chart were There's a Gold Mine in the Sky (#40)/Remember You're Mine (#43) by Pat Boone; And That Reminds Me (My Heart Reminds Me), with versions by Della Reese, and Kay Starr (#52); and Fascination, with versions by Jane Morgan, and Dick Jacobs and his Orchestra (#55).

Politics and government
The Argentine newspaper La Nacion disclosed that blank ballots cast in the July 28 Constituent Assembly elections exceeded the votes for any single party, an indication that former President Juan Peron still maintained a large political following two years after his ouster and exile.

The U.S. Joint Federal-State Action Committee of governors and federal officials recommended a plan to shift five federal programs to the states, including vocational education, disaster relief, and the school lunch program.

Economics and finance
France devalued its franc to a rate of 420 to $1 U.S. for tourists and foreign traders, imposing a 20% tax on all imports except those deemed vital to the French economy.

The South Korean government reported 198 dead and 49 missing in floods along the Naktong River.

Ottawa (2-1) 6 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 36

Kenny Ploen, Bob McNamara, Leo Lewis, Gerry James, and Ron Latourelle scored touchdowns for the Blue Bombers as they routed the Rough Riders before 10,000 fans on a rainy night at Winnipeg Stadium. Tommy Lewis scored the Ottawa touchdown.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): All You Need is Love--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)

The Monkees performed at Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston.

The United Nations created a Council for South West Africa, with Jose Pinera, Chile's permanent representative, installed as president.

Boone Kirkman (12-1) scored a technical knockout of Doug Jones (30-10-1) at 28 seconds of the 6th round of a heavyweight bout at Seattle Center Coliseum, avenging a 7-round TKO loss to Mr. Jones in the same building six weeks earlier. Mr. Kirkman was ahead on all three cards when referee Jimmy Rondeau stopped the fight; Mr. Kirkman had also been ahead on all three cards in his earlier fight against Mr. Jones, only to lose because of a cut and swollen right eye. The loss to Mr. Kirkman ended Mr. Jones' nine-year professional career.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I Feel Love--Donna Summer (4th week at #1)

U.S. and Panamanian negotiators announced an agreement on terms of a new Panama Canal treaty, that would put the canal and the Canal Zone under complete Panamanian control by the end of the 20th century.

U.S. Postal Service employee David Berkowitz, 24, was arrested outside his Yonkers, New York home on suspicion of being the serial killer known as "Son of Sam," who had murdered six young people and wounded seven others--all young women and their companions, usually while they sat in parked cars in residential areas--in New York City from July 29, 1976-July 31, 1977.

Queen Elizabeth II visited Northern Ireland for the first time in 11 years as part of her Silver Jubilee tour.

The Canadian Parliament passed a law to end a three-day strike by air traffic controllers over wages. Some Canadian controllers had refused to handle U.S. flights after an American work stoppage made the skies unsafe; trans-Atlantic air traffic had been thrown into chaos.

Hamilton (1-3) 1 @ Toronto (2-3) 22

The Philadelphia Phillies swept a rain-delayed twi-night doubleheader from the Montreal Expos 6-1 and 6-1 before 46,664 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Larry Christenson pitched a 2-hitter for the Phillies in the first game, and Jim Lonborg allowed just 2 hits and no runs in 7 innings to win the second game. The doubleheader ended at 3:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time on August 11.

Pinch hitter Ed Ott scored Phil Garner with a sacrifice fly with 2 out in the bottom of the 18th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs before 32,831 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.

Rick Rhoden pitched a 2-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Fred Norman, improving his 1977 record to 13-7, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 before 52,969 fans at Dodger Stadium. The only run scored in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Dave Lopes led off with a base on balls, and was caught in a rundown in an attempt to steal second base, but was safe on a throwing error by Cincinnati third baseman Pete Rose. Mr. Lopes then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bill Russell and scored on a single by Reggie Smith. Dave Concepcion hit a pair of singles for the Cincinnati hits. Mr. Norman allowed 6 hits and no earned runs in 6 innings.

Gene Tenace drew a base on balls from Duane Theiss with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Jerry Turner and give the San Diego Padres a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves and a sweep of their twi-night doubleheader before 19,553 fans at San Diego Stadium. Mr. Turner led off with a single and advanced to third base on a double by Dave Winfield, and George Hendrick was intentionally walked to load the bases. The Braves had tied the game when pinch hitter Joe Nolan hit a home run to lead off the 8th inning. Mr. Winfield and Mike Ivie each had 3 hits to help the Padrtes win the first game 8-6.

The Boston Red Sox scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and 3 in the 8th as they overcame a 10-5 deficit to defeat the California Angels 11-10 before 34,869 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Bernie Carbo's 2-run pinch hit home run began the 8th-inning scoring for the Red Sox.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): The Loco-Motion--Kylie Minogue

Died on this date
Georgios Athanasiadis-Novas, 94
. Prime Minister of Greece, 1965. Mr. Athanasiadis-Novas was first elected to Parliament in 1926, and held several cabinet posts before being appointed Prime Minister by King Constantine II after the dismissal of George Papandreou, Sr. Mr. Athanasiadis-Novas attempted to form a government with the support of conservatives and National Radical Union MPs, but resigned after losing a non-confidence vote.

CKO All-News Radio announced the purchase of Newsradio.

The Toronto Blue Jays traded pitcher Don Gordon to the Cleveland Indians to complete the previous day's trade in which the Blue Jays had traded minor league player Darryl Landrum to the Indians for pitcher Phil Niekro. Mr. Gordon was 0-0 with an earned run average of 4.09 in 5 games with Toronto in 1987.

Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Kevin Gross was ejected for scuffing the ball when umpires discovered sandpaper in his glove during an inspection in the 5th inning of the Phillies' 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs before 26,796 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Mr. Gross was suspended for 10 games. He was relieved on the mound by Todd Frohwirth, who allowed 2 hits but no runs in 1 2/3 innings, striking out 2 batters, and getting credit for the win in his first major league game.

Dennis Martinez allowed 7 hits and 1 unearned run in 7 innings to win the pitchers' duel over John Mitchell, improving his record for the season to 7-1, as the Montreal Expos edged the New York Mets 2-1 before 37,915 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Mitchell allowed 8 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings.

Candy Maldonado and Jack Clark hit consecutive home runs to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros before 15,447 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The Astros led 4-0 after 4 1/2 innings.

Jimmy Jones pitched a 2-hitter and Benito Santiago hit a 2-run home run in the 7th inning as the San Diego Padres shut out the Atlanta Braves 2-0 before 21,128 fans at Jack Murphy-San Diego Stadium.

Sam Horn hit a grand slam and 2 doubles, driving in 5 runs to help the Boston Red Sox rout the Toronto Blue Jays 9-1 before 30,606 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Boston third baseman Wade Boggs batted 3 for 3 with a double and 2 runs. Roger Clemens pitched an 8-hit complete game victory to improve his record for the season to 12-7.

George Brett hit a pair of solo home runs and Danny Tartabull added a 3-run homer as the Kansas City Royals routed the New York Yankees 10-1 before 40,729 fans at Royals Stadium. Danny Jackson pitched a 6-hit complete game victory to improve his 1987 record to 6-13.

The Oakland Athletics scored 4 runs in each of the 2nd 3rd, and 5th innings as they routed the Seattle Mariners 15-4 before 26,657 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. Tony Bernazard drove in 4 runs for Oakland with a single and a 3-run home run, while Scott Bradley drove in all the Seattle runs with a pair of 2-run homers.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): This Used to Be My Playground--Madonna (2nd week at #1)

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Men in Black--Will Smith

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 (4th week at #1)

10 years ago

Saskatchewan (5-2) 24 @ Toronto (2-5) 13
Winnipeg (4-2-1) 22 @ British Columbia (5-2) 21

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