550 years ago
Died on this date
Eleanor of Portugal, 32. Holy Roman Empress, 1452-1467. Eleanor was the consort of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III and the mother of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I.
150 years ago
Died on this date
James A. McDougall, 49. U.S. politician. Mr. McDougall, a Democrat, was Attorney General of Illinois from 1843-1846, but moved to California during the gold rush of 1849-1850. He was Attorney General of California from 1850-1851, and represented the state in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1853-1855 and in the Senate from 1861-1867. Mr. McDougall never returned from Washington, D.C. to California during his entire term in the Senate. He didn't run for re-election, and drank himself to death six months after leaving office.
Politics and government
In the first provincial election in Ontario since Confederation on July 1, the Conservatives, led by John Sandfield Macdonald, and the Liberals, led by Archibald McKellar, each won 41 seats. A coalition government was formed, led by Mr. Macdonald as Premier.
U.S. President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation concerning the maintenance of Civil Law in southern states.
75 years ago
At the movies
The World at War, a documentary produced by the U.S. Office of War Information, began a pre-release run in New York City.
Actor James Cagney visited Libertyville, Illinois and made a speech at Cook Memorial Library before a crowd of 4,000 in an appeal for people to buy war bonds. The appeal raised nearly $111,000 in pledges, and Libertyville was rewarded a week later by hosting the world premiere screening at the Liberty Theatre of Desperate Journey, starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan. The Royal Canadian Navy ships HMCS Shawinigan and HMCS Trail together picked up 17 survivors from the Canadian merchant ship Donald Stewart that had been torpedoed and sunk northeast of Cape Whittle, Quebec in the Gulf of St.Lawrence at position 50°32'N, 58°46'W by German U-boat U-517.
In response to news of its coming liquidation, Dov Lopatyn led an uprising against occupying SS forces in the Ghetto of Lakhva, Poland (present-day Belarus).
70 years ago
Returning from an expedition in the Arctic, Canadian geologist J.L. Robinson reported locating the North Magnetic Pole on Prince of Wales Island, and said that it shifted constantly in a 50-mile ellipse.
Bill McCahan pitched a no-hitter for the Philadelphia Athletics and had a hit and run of his own as they shut out the Washington Nationals 3-0 before 2,816 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Losing pitcher Ray Scarborough pitched a 9-hit complete game, allowing 3 earned runs. Washington pinch hitter Joe Grace grounded out for the second out of the 9th inning in the 484th and last game of his 6-year major league career.
Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio each had 4 hits for the New York Yankees as they beat the Boston Red Sox 11-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before 32,723 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Dom DiMaggio and Sam Mele hit home runs for the Red Sox, with Mr. Mele's homer coming as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning. Mr. Henrich doubled home 3 runs in the 4th inning of the second game to help the Yankees win 9-6 to complete the sweep. Johnny Lindell homered and drove in 3 runs for the Yankees, while Bobby Doerr homered for the Red Sox. Bobo Newsom and Spec Shea were the respective winning pitchers.
With 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning, Hank Edwards tripled home Catfish Metkovich with the tying run and then scored the winning run on a single by Hal Peck as the Cleveland Indians edged the Chicago White Sox 6-5 to gain a split of their doubleheader before 23,691 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Cass Michaels had a single, double, triple, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in as the White Sox won the first game 8-3, with Orval Grove pitching a 6-hit complete game victory.
Stan Musial batted 5 for 6 with a triple, run, and run batted in, and pinch hitter Ron Northey hit a grand slam in the 9th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 11-1 before 13,919 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Winning pitcher Red Munger allowed 8 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings.
The Cincinnati Reds took a 7-0 lead after 3 innings and coasted to a 13-6 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 37,299 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati catcher Ray Lamanno drove in 4 runs with a single, double, and triple. Eddie Miller hit a home run for Cincinnati, while Ralph Kiner and Billy Cox homered for Pittsburgh. Mr. Kiner's home run was his 41st of the season, and he also hit a triple. Pittsburgh pinch hitter Billy Sullivan singled to lead off the bottom of the 7th inning, but was forced out in a double play in the 962nd and last game of his 12-year major league career.
50 years ago
Politics and government
Nguyễn Văn Thiệu was re-elected President of South Vietnam, taking 34.8% of the vote while defeating nine challengers. Prime Minister Major General Nguyễn Cao Kỳ was Lieutenant General Thiệu's running mate, and the election was reportedly rigged.
Traffic in Sweden changed overnight from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right side.
Finals (First game of 2-game, total goals series)
Oakland 0 @ Baltimore 1
Dennis Viollet scored the only goal for the Bays as they edged the Clippers before 16,619 fans at Memorial Stadium.
40 years ago
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Ti Amo'--Umberto Tozzi (7th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Magic Fly--Space
#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Cokane in My Brain--Dillinger (4th week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland: I Need You--Joe Dolan
#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Way Down--Elvis Presley
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Best of My Love--Emotions (3rd week at #1)
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Best of My Love--Emotions (3rd week at #1)
2 (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher--Rita Coolidge
3 Handy Man--James Taylor
5 Float On--The Floaters
6 I Just Want to Be Your Everything--Andy Gibb
7 Don't Stop--Fleetwood Mac
8 Just a Song Before I Go--Crosby, Stills & Nash
9 Telephone Line--Electric Light Orchestra
10 How Much Love--Leo Sayer
Singles entering the chart were Hound Dog Man (Play it Again) by Lenny LeBlanc (#72); My Fair Share by Seals and Crofts (#84); I Just Want to Make Love to You by Foghat (#86); It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me by Barry White (#87); Dusic by Brick (#89); If I Have to Go Away by Jigsaw (#91); Something Better by Chilliwack (#92); We Just Disagree by Dave Mason (#93); and Some Enchanted Evening by Jane Olivor (#95). Hound Dog Man (Play it Again) may have been the first single released that was a tribute to Elvis Presley, who had died on August 16; the song was later recorded by Roy Orbison.
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher--Rita Coolidge
2 Don't Stop--Fleetwood Mac
3 You and Me--Alice Cooper
4 Whatcha Gonna Do?--Pablo Cruise
5 You Made Me Believe in Magic--Bay City Rollers
7 Handy Man--James Taylor
8 Give a Little Bit--Supertramp
9 How Much Love--Leo Sayer
10 Just a Song Before I Go--Crosby, Stills & Nash
Singles entering the chart were My Own Way to Rock by Burton Cummings (#96); Baby Love by Mother's Finest (#97); Kentucky Morning by Al Martino (#98); A New Way to Say I Love You by Driver (#99); and I'll Be Leaving Alone by Charley Pride (#100).
All Canadian road signs were converted to metric units.
Police in Lahore, Pakistan arrested former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on charges of having conspired to murder a political opponent in 1974.
30 years ago
Burundian President Jean-Baptiste Bagaza was deposed in a coup d'état by Major Pierre Buyoya.
25 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (4th week at #1)
Relief flights to Sarajevo were suspended after an Italian relief plane was shot down on its way to the Yugoslavian city and all four crew members were killed.
Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney announced that a national referendum would be held on October 26 on the constitutional accord between the federal and provincial governments that had been agreed upon on August 28.
Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinians began a new round of peace talks.
Economics and finance
The United States Census Bureau put the number of people living in families with incomes below the poverty line at 35.7 million in 1991, the highest total since 1964. The poverty rate in 1991 of 14.2% was the highest since 1983. The bureau also said that the average median family income had declined for the second straight year in 1991.
Ottawa (4-5) 27 @ British Columbia (1-8) 33
Jon Volpe rushed 6 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds remaining in regulation time to put the Lions ahead, and after Donovan Wright recovered Ken Hailey’s fumble on the subsequent kickoff, Lui Passaglia kicked a 39-yard field goal with 7 seconds remaining. Mr. Volpe and Ryan Hanson caught touchdown passes from Danny Barrett as B.C. took a 20-10 halftime led before 20,997 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Tom Burgess threw second-half touchdown passes to Jock Climie and Stephen Jones, and Terry Baker added 2 converts and his fourth field goal of the game to give the Rough Riders a 27-20 lead. Darren Joseph of the Rough Riders rushed 20 times for 171 yards, while B.C.’s Mike Trevathan led all receivers with 123 yards on 6 receptions.
Major league owners voted 18-9 with 1 abstention to call for the resignation of Commissioner Fay Vincent.
20 years ago
Died on this date
Tony Demers, 80. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Demers, a native of Chambly, Quebec, played right wing with the Montreal Canadiens (1937-38, 1939-43) and New York Rangers (1943-44), scoring 22 goals and 20 assists in 83 regular season games, and no points in 2 playoff games. His best season was 1940-41, when he scored 13 goals and 10 assists in 46 games, and played both his playoff games.
Vietnam Airlines Flight 815, a Tupolev Tu-134 jet en route from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh, crashed on approach into Phnom Penh airport, killing 65 of 66 passengers and crew members.
10 years ago
Toronto (3-6) 32 @ Hamilton (1-8) 14
Edmonton (3-5-1) 24 @ Calgary (4-4-1) 35
Michael Bishop threw touchdowns passes to Obed Cetoute and Frank Murphy as the Argonauts overcame an early deifict to score 28 straight points on their way to victory over the Tiger-Cats before 28,644 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Henry Burris threw 2 touchdown passes each to Ken-Yon Rambo and Ryan Thelwell to lead the Stampeders over the Eskimos before 35,650 fans at McMahon Stadium. Tyler Ebell rushed 21 yards for an Edmonton touchdown to open the scoring in the 1st quarter, and Ricky Ray passed 28 yards to Trevor Gaylor for the other Edmonton TD early in the 2nd quarter. The Stampeders outscored the Eskimos 20-3 in the 2nd half. The Calgary defense sacked Mr. Ray 5 times, while Mr. Burris wasn't sacked once.
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