Tuesday, 9 January 2018

January 10, 2018

100 years ago

Born on this date
Arthur Chung
. 1st President of Guyana, 1970-1980. Mr. Chung, a lawyer, magistrate, and Appeal Court Judge, was elected President by the National Assembly, becoming the first ethnic Chinese head of state of a non-Asian country. The office of President was mainly ceremonial while Mr. Chung held it, and when a constitutional change made it an executive office, he was succeeded by Forbes Burnham. Mr. Chung died on June 23, 2008 at the age of 90.

80 years ago

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Frank Mahovlich! The Hockey Hall of Fame left wing and Canadian Senator was born in Timmins, Ontario.

75 years ago

Russian forces recaptured 13 more points in the Caucasus, further hemming in the railroad junction of Georgievsk. U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower announced the creation of a committee headed by Colonel William T. Gardiner to coordinate and plan the rearmament of the French forces in North Africa. Remnants of the Japanese convoy at Lae withdrew during the night after being bombed incessantly for three days. The U.S. Navy submarine USS Argonaut--believed to be the world's largest-- was sunk off New Britain Island in a torpedo attack by Japanese destroyers, with the loss of 102 men.

German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler and Romanian Prime Minister Marshal Ion Antonescu met at Mr. Hitler's field headquarters.

The U.S. National Association of Secondary School Principals opposed college admission of 17-year-olds who had completed three years of high school.

The Tolan Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives stated its opposition to labour draft legislation in its final report, saying "the drift in the direction of compulsion" parallelled "the drift in the direction of control over our war effort by a limited number of large corporations."

Francisco Segura of Ecuador defeated Bill Talbert of the United States to win the men's singles title at the Pan-American championships in Mexico City.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard) (Best Seller): Ballerina--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra (5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Ballerina--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)
--Buddy Clark
--Bing Crosby with the Rhythmaires
2 Too Fat Polka (I Don’t Want Her) (You Can Have Her) (She’s Too Fat for Me)--Arthur Godfrey
3 Near You--Francis Craig and his Orchestra
--Larry Green and his Orchestra
--The Andrews Sisters
--Alvino Rey and his Orchestra
--Elliot Lawrence and his Orchestra
4 Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo)--Danny Kaye and the Andrews Sisters
--Louis Prima and his Orchestra
--Jack Smith and the Clark Sisters
--Ray McKinley and his Orchestra
--Woody Herman and his Orchestra
5 How Soon (Will I Be Seeing You)--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
--Jack Owens
--Bing Crosby and Carmen Cavallaro
--Dinah Shore
6 You Do--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby and Carmen Cavallaro
--Margaret Whiting
--Dinah Shore
--Vic Damone
7 Golden Earrings--Peggy Lee
8 Whiffenpoof Song--Bing Crosby with Fred Waring and the Glee Club
9 I'll Dance at Your Wedding--Ray Noble and his Orchestra with Buddy Clark
--Peggy Lee
10 Serenade of the Bells--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Jo Stafford
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were I'm a Ding Dong Daddy (From Dumas), with versions by Arthur Godfrey, and Phil Harris and his Orchestra (#24); Your Red Wagon by Red McKinley and his Orchestra (#26); and I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out, with versions by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, and Woody Herman and his Orchestra (#28).

On the radio
Suspense, hosted by Robert Montgomery, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Kandy Tooth, starring Howard Duff

Mr. Duff played Sam Spade and Joseph Kerns played Kaspar Gutman in this radio sequel to The Maltese Falcon.

Gallup Poll issued an 11-nation survey of religious belief, showing Brazil with the highest proportion of believers in God (96%), and France the lowest (66%). 94% of U.S. respondents claimed to believe in God.

Economics and finance
The U.S. State Department put radar equipment on its list of militarily sensitive items that required a license for export to the U.S.S.R. and Eastern Europe.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Great Balls of Fire--Jerry Lee Lewis

On television tonight
Harbor Command, starring Wendell Corey
Tonight's episode: Yacht Club

The novel Some Came Running by James Jones was published in New York by Scribners.

U.S. State Secretary John Foster Dulles rejected as impossible U.S.S.R. Premier Nikolai Bulganin's call for a summit meeting of Western, Communist, and neutralist states.

World events
A Budapest court sentenced Monsignor Albert Turcsanyi, aide to Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty during the 1956 Hungarian revolt, to life imprisonment.

Canadian Defense Minister George Pearkes told the House of Commons that U.S. aircraft carried nuclear weapons over Canada, but only under specific circumstances and with written advance permission from Canada.

Politics and government
John Gates, editor of the Daily Worker for the past 10 years, resigned from the Communist Party USA after two years of feuding with the party's dominant faction, led by William Z. Foster.

Economics and finance
U.S. State Secretary Dulles said that the United States intended to support India with loans from the Development Loan Fund, Export-Import Bank, and World Bank.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Hello Goodbye--The Beatles (6th week at #1)

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Snoopy's Christmas--The Royal Guardsmen (2nd week at #1)
2 Hello Goodbye/I Am the Walrus--The Beatles
3 Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)--Johnny Farnham
4 The Last Waltz--Engelbert Humperdinck
5 Daydream Believer--The Monkees
6 You've Not Changed--Sandie Shaw
7 Cathy Come Home/The Way They Play--The Twilights
8 The Two of Us--Jackie Trent and Tony Hatch
9 (The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts--The Bee Gees
10 The Rain, The Park and Other Things--The Cowsills

Singles entering the chart were She's a Rainbow by the Rolling Stones (#19); Baby, Now that I've Found You by the Foundations (#25); Emerald City by the Seekers (#28); The Other Man's Grass (Is Always Greener) by Petula Clark (#32); Zabadak! by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich (#33); Ambush by Maria Dallas (#34); She (EP) by the Monkees (#36); The Music Goes 'Round My Head/Come In You'll Get Pneumonia by the Easybeats (#37); and Love is All Around by the Troggs (#38).

Politics and government
The day after being elected leader of the Liberal Party, John Gorton took office as Prime Minister of Australia, succeeding John McEwen, who served as a caretaker following the disappearance and presumed drowning of Harold Holt on December 17, 1967.

A U.S. Marine Corps C-54 crashed near Battle Mountain, Nevada, killing 19.

40 years ago

On television tonight
Family, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Princess in the Tower

Died on this date
Pedro Joaquin Chamorro Cardenal, 53
. Nicaraguan journalist. Mr. Chamorro was the editor and publisher of La Prensa, the only significant newspaper in Nicaragua expressing opposition to the regime of President Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Mr. Chamorro was assassinated by unknown gunmen who pulled up next to him in a car and opened fire with shotguns. Mr. Somoza claimed that Mr. Chamorro was assassinated by Pedro Ramos, a Cuban-American entrepreneur whose business had been attacked by La Prensa, while Mr. Chamorro's family and others believed that Mr. Somoza had ordered the assassination.

Politics and government
Claude Ryan resigned as editor of the Montreal newspaper Le Devoir and announced that he was a candidate to become leader of the Québec Liberal Party.

The Philadelphia Eagles released Roman Gabriel, ending the quarterback's NFL career after 16 seasons. He had played in just 3 games for the Eagles in 1977, his fifth year with the club after 11 years with the Los Angeles Rams. Mr. Gabriel's best years were 1967-1971. He was the National Football League's Most Valuable Player in 1969, and was also the MVP in the Pro Bowl which followed that season. Mr. Gabriel's performance suffered during the next two years, partly because of a sore arm. He requested a trade, and was dealt to the Eagles. Despite playing for a poor team, he led the NFL in 1973 in passes, completions, yards passing, and touchdown passes, and was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Faith--George Michael (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: China in Your Hand--T'Pau (4th week at #1)

NFC Divisional Playoff
Washington 21 @ Chicago 17

Darrell Green's 52-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter provided the winning margin as the Redskins came back from a 14-0 deficit with 3 straight converted touchdowns in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to defeat the Bears before 65,268 fans at Soldier Field.

AFC Divisional Playoff
Houston 10 @ Denver 34

The Broncos took a 24-3 halftime lead and coasted to victory over the Oilers before 75,440 fans at Mile High Stadium.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: I Will Always Love You--Whitney Houston (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Die da--Die Fantastischen Vier (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Die da--Die Fantastischen Vier (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Will Always Love You--Whitney Houston (7th week at #1)

The Braer Storm, the most intense extratropical cyclone ever recorded over the northern Atlantic Ocean, reached peak intensity.

NFC Divisional Playoff
Philadelphia 10 @ Dallas 34

The Dallas defense limited the Philadelphia offense to 178 yards and Troy Aikman threw 2 touchdown passes as the Cowboys beat the Eagles before 63,721 fans at Texas Stadium.

AFC Divisional Playoff
San Diego 0 @ Miami 31

Dan Marino threw 3 touchdown passes in the 2nd quarter, all of them set up by turnovers, as the Dolphins blanked the Chargers before 71,224 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium. The Miami defense limited San Diego quarterback Stan Humphries to 18 completions in 44 passes for 140 yards and 4 interceptions.

20 years ago

This blogger was among those in attendance at Chandler's Tea Room for the annual Blue Carbuncle Dinner of the CPR Stockholders of Edmonton.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Maila Nurmi, 85
. U.S. actress. Miss Nurmi, born Maila Syrjäniemi, was best known as Vampira, hostess of broadcasts of horror movies on Los Angeles television station KABC in the 1950s. She appeared in several movies, including Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).

Christopher Bowman, 40. U.S. figure skater. Mr. Bowman won the gold medal in the men's competition in the world junior championships in 1983, and the silver medal in 1989 and bronze medal in 1990 in the men's singles competition at the world championships. He was the U.S. champion in 1989 and 1992. Mr. Bowman was a habitual user of cocaine, and died of an accidental drug overdose.

Economics and finance
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a $1-billion aid package to support single-industry Canadian communities such as forestry, fishing and manufacturing, hit by the financial crisis.

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