Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Donna and Will Morrow!
125 years ago
Born on this date
Leverett Saltonstall. U.S. politician. Mr. Saltonstall, a Republican, was Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1929-1937; Governor of Massachusetts from 1939-1945; and represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate from 1945-1967, serving as Senate Majority Whip from 1953-1955 and Minority Whip from 1949-1953 and 1955-1957. He was the only member of the Republican Senate leadership to vote in favour of the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican--Wisconsin) in 1954. Mr. Saltonstall died on June 17, 1979 at the age of 86.
Lizzie Borden was committed in Fall River, Massachusetts for the August 4 murders of her parents.
The U.S. government proclaimed 20 days' quarantine for all European vessels, in order to keep cholera out of the United States.
120 years ago
The Tremont Street Subway in Boston opened, becoming the first underground rapid transit system in North America.
100 years ago
The Canadian Press was founded in Toronto as a co-operative news agency set up to provide a news feed of Great War events.
80 years ago
Trans-Canada Air Lines made its first passenger and first international flight, as a Lockheed Electra, carrying two passengers and mail, went from Vancouver, British Columbia to Boeing Field, Seattle, in 50 minutes. The ticket cost $7.90 one way, $14.20 return.
75 years ago
The Royal Canadian Navy ship HMCS Morden sank the German submarine U-756 in the Atlantic Ocean.
70 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)--Tex Williams and his Western Caravan
--Phil Harris and his Orchestra
2 Peg o' My Heart--The Harmonicats
3 That's My Desire--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Frankie Laine and Mannie Klein's All-Stars
4 Temptation (Tim-Tayshun)--Red Ingles and his Natural Seven
5 When You were Sweet Sixteen--Perry Como and the Satisfiers
6 I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
7 Feudin' and Fightin'--Dorothy Shay
--Bing Crosby and the Jesters
8 Tallahassee--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
9 Ivy--Jo Stafford
--Woody Herman with the Four Chips
10 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now--Ted Weems and his Orchestra with Perry Como
The only single entering the chart was Hurry on Down by Nellie Lutcher and her Rhythm (#25).
Cook Cleland won the $40,000 Thompson Trophy Air Race in Cleveland in a converted Vought Corsair, averaging a closed-course record of 396.1 miles per hour.
A train derailment caused by a railway crew missing the signal to move to a siding to let an oncoming train pass killed 31 people at Dugald, Manitoba.
The United States retained the Davis Cup at Forest Hills, New York, with Jack Kramer winning the men's singles title.
Toronto (2-0) 11 @ Winnipeg (0-2) 0
Montreal (2-0) 21 @ Ottawa Trojans (0-1) 6
Hamilton Wildcats (2-0) 9 Hamilton Tigers (1-1) 6
Windsor (0-1) 7 @ Toronto Indians (1-0) 16
Royal Copeland and Joe Krol scored touchdowns for the defending Grey Cup champion Argonauts as they beat the defending Western champion Blue Bombers on the second straight night before a capacity crowd of 6,000 at Osborne Stadium.
Virgil Wagner scored 2 touchdowns and Gabe Patterson added another as the Alouettes defeated the Trojans before 6,500 fans at Lansdowne Park to win the Shrine Bowl. Ches McCance kicked 3 converts and a field goal for Montreal. Ottawa coach and quarterback Wally Masters threw a touchdown pass to Joe Farley in the 4th quarter.
Mel Lawson threw a touchdown pass to his brother Gord in the 4th quarter to give the Wildcats the win and the Glassco Cup before 11,000 fans at Civic Stadium. Jerry Walsh scored a touchdown for the Tigers in the 2nd quarter.
Don Sinclair scored a touchdown in the 2nd quarter, Gary Smith scored a TD in the 3rd, and Don Crowe scored another in the 4th as the Indians beat the Rockets before 5,000 fans at Oakwood Stadium in the earliest regular season opener to date. Lee Buchaski opened the scoring for Windsor with a touchdown in the 1st quarter.
60 years ago
Rev. Billy Graham ended his 3 1/2-month crusade in New York City with a rally in Times Square.
The New York Yankees claimed veteran pitcher Sal Maglie on waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mr. Maglie was 6-6 with a 2.93 earned run average in 19 games with the Dodgers in 1957.
50 years ago
#1 single in New Zealand: Thanks to You--Mr. Lee Grant
Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Words/Pleasant Valley Sunday--The Monkees (2nd week at #1)
2 Thank the Lord for the Night Time--Neil Diamond
3 Come Back When You Grow Up--Bobby Vee and the Strangers
4 Little Bit o' Soul--The Music Explosion
5 To Love Somebody--The Bee Gees
6 Ode to Billie Joe--Bobbie Gentry
7 All You Need is Love/Baby, You're a Rich Man--The Beatles
8 Light My Fire--The Doors
9 Laborer--The 49th Parallel
10 Cry Soflty Lonely One--Roy Orbison
New this week: Huff Puff--Micky Dolenz
Ha Ha Said the Clown--The Yardbirds
Happy--The Sunshine Company
I Feel Good (I Feel Bad)--The Lewis & Clarke Expedition
The Khmer–Chinese Friendship Association was banned in Cambodia by Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
40 years ago
Died on this date
Ethel Waters, 80. U.S. singer and actress. Miss Waters was a blues, jazz, and gospel singer who was popular from the 1920s through the 1940s. Her hit singles included Dinah (1925); Am I Blue? (1927); and Stormy Weather (1933). Miss Waters also appeared in plays, films, and television programs. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting performance in Pinky (1949), and was the first Negro artist to star in her own television program: The Ethel Waters Show, a variety special, was broadcast on NBC on June 4, 1939.
This blogger registered for Grade 12 at Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary.
Cuba and the United States established "interest" offices in each other's capitals.
Robert Simmonds was appointed the 18th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; he served until August 31, 1987.
30 years ago
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. The drug, lovastatin, would be sold by its developer, Merck & Company, under the trade name Mevacor. Medical experts warned that the drug, which could cost users $3,000 per year, was not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, but should be used only when diet and exercise failed to lower cholesterol levels.
Norman Inkster was appointed the 19th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; he served until June 24, 1994.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had risen 0.5% in July.
Québecair was privatized.
Dave Bresnahan, catcher for the Williamsport Bills in the Eastern League, slipped a shaved potato into his mitt after a time out during a game against Reading while Rick Rudblad of Reading was a runner on third base. On the next pitch, Mr. Bresnahan threw the potato wildly on a pickoff attempt, and tagged Mr. Rudblad with the real ball when he came to home plate. The umpire ruled the runner safe, charged Mr. Bresnahan with an error, and fined him $50. Mr. Bresnahan replied, "I thought it'd be a do-over." Mr. Bresnahan, who was hitting just .149 for the season, was released by the Bills' parent club, the Philadelphia Phillies, the next day.
The Boston Red Sox traded designated hitter Don Baylor to the Minnesota Twins and outfielder Dave Henderson to the San Francisco Giants for players to be named later. Mr. Baylor was batting .239 with 16 home runs and 57 runs batted in in 108 games with Boston in 1987, while Mr. Henderson was batting .234 with 8 homers and 25 RBIs in 75 games with the Red Sox.
25 years ago
Died on this date
Morris Carnovsky, 94. U.S. actor. Mr. Carnovsky acted in Yiddish theatre and on Broadway before going to Hollywood and appearing in such movies as The Life of Emile Zola (1937); Edge of Darkness (1943); Rhapsody in Blue (1945); Cornered (1945); Dead Reckoning (1947); and Gun Crazy (1950). He was blacklisted by the movie industry when he refused to name names of Communists before the U.S. House of Representatives Un-American Activities Committee, and returned to Broadway.
Statistics Canada estimated 115,000 new cases of cancer in 1992 and 58,300 deaths. The agency also predicted that lung cancer would soon pass breast cancer as the leading killer of women as more men than women were quitting smoking.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had edged upward by 0.1% in July.
20 years ago
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Building a Mystery--Sarah McLachlan (5th week at #1)
2 Men in Black--Will Smith
3 Where's the Love--Hanson
4 2 Become 1--Spice Girls
5 Everybody--Backstreet Boys
6 I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
7 Honey--Mariah Carey
8 Do You Know What it Takes--Hobyn
9 All for You--Sister Hazel
10 A Change Will Do You Good--Sheryl Crow
Singles entering the chart were Foolish Games by Jewel (#29); Barbie Girl by Aqua (#40); Invisible Man by 98 Degrees (#46); Janie, Don't Take Your Love to Town by Jon Bon Jovi (#59); Shed a Light by Roch Voisine (#60); Takes a Little Time by Amy Grant (#70); Making Love Out of Nothing at All by M-Appeal (#76); and Silver Springs by Fleetwood Mac (#91).
Politics and government
The government of Nova Scotia signed the Mi’kmaq Education Agreement, giving 11 Mi’kmaq communities control over their education systems. It was Canada’s first self-government arrangement that included sectorial educational protocols.
Edmonton (7-3) 14 @ Calgary (5-5) 27
Toronto (8-2) 46 @ Hamilton (1-9) 3
Jeff Garcia handed off to Kelvin Anderson for a touchdown and rushed for a TD of his own as the Stampeders took a 23-1 lead late in the 2nd quarter and coasted to victory over the Eskimos before 37,611 fans at McMahon Stadium. Jimmy Kemp, who relieved injured starting quarterback Danny McManus in the 3rd quarter, passed 7 yards to Robert Gordon for the Edmonton touchdown late in the 4th quarter.
Doug Flutie threw 4 touchdown passes for the Argonauts as they routed the Tiger-Cats before 18,377 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
10 years ago
Calgary (1-0) 52 @ Simon Fraser (0-1) 14
Clay Buchholz, in just his second game and second start in the major leagues, pitched a no-hitter for the Boston Red Sox as they routed the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 before 36,819 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Kevin Youkilis hit a 3-run home run for Boston, and David Ortiz drove in 3 runs with a double.
Alex Rodriguez drove in 3 runs with a single, double, and his 45th home run of the season to help the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9-6 before 53,637 fans at Yankee Stadium.
Troy Glaus singled home Alex Rios with none out in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 1-1 tie as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Seattle Mariners 2-1 before 30,672 fans at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Blue Jays opened the scoring when Gregg Zaun led off the bottom of the 7th with a home run. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, two consecutive Blue Jays batted out of turn, with the second man, Aaron Hill being called out after hitting a double.
Paul Byrd pitched a 4-hitter for the Cleveland Indians as they blanked the Chicago White Sox 7-0 before 41,131 fans at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.
Derrek Lee's home run leading off the bottom of the 8th inning provided the winning margin as the Chicago Cubs edged the Houston Astros 4-3 before 40,606 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Carlos Lee homered for the Astros.
The Florida Marlins scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-6 before 24,651 fans at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
Mike Pelfrey allowed 1 hit and 1 earned run in 6 innings to improve his 2007 record to 1-7 as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 before 45,611 fans at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Joel Hanrahan and four relief pitchers combined for a 2-hitter for the Washington Nationals as they beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 before 30,221 fans at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington.
The Milwaukee Brewers scored 5 runs in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-3 before 34,190 fans at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The St. Louis Cardinals scored 4 runs in the 5th inning and 5 in the 6th as they beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-3 before 42,356 fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
The Arizona Diamondbacks scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd and 4 in the 3rd, offsetting a 5-run top of the 3rd as they beat the Colorado Rockies 13-7 before 29,119 fans at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Jake Peavy allowed 2 hits in 7 innings to improve his record for the season to 16-5 as the San Diego Padres shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-0 before 42,605 fans at PetCo Park in San Diego.
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