Monday, 14 May 2018

May 14, 2018

410 years ago

The Protestant Union was founded.

375 years ago

Died on this date
Louis XIII, 41
. King of France, 1610-1643; King of Navarre, 1610-1620. A monarch of the House of Bourbon, Louis XIII succeeded his father Henry IV at the age of 8, replacing his mother as regent in 1617. He died, apparently of intestinal tuberculosis, 33 years to the day of his succession to the throne, and was succeeded by his 4-year-old son Louis XIV.

225 years ago

With war between England and France after the beheading of Louis XVI, General James Ogilvie sailed on HMS Alligator to the French Islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, capturing 18 small vessels carrying fish, and two American schooners with provisions and naval stores.

150 years ago

Born on this date
Magnus Hirschfeld
. German physician and sexologist. Dr. Hirschfeld was a cross-dressing Jewish sodomite who promoted homosexuality as normal, and also supported women's suffrage and decriminalization of abortion. In 1897 he founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, the first advocacy organization for perverts' rights. In 1919, Dr. Hirschfeld founded the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (Institute for Sexual Research), which contained a large archive and library, providing "educational services," and receiving famous visitors. The Institut was sacked by the Nazis shortly after their rise to power in 1933, with many of its books and archives burned. Dr. Hirschfeld, however, was abroad, having departed Germany in November 1930 to embark on a world tour to promote perversion and other causes that would now be regarded as politically correct. He went into permanent exile in France, and died of a heart attack on May 14, 1935, his 67th birthday.

In the Boshin War in Japan, the Battle of Utsunomiya Castle ended as former Tokugawa shogunate forces withdrew northward toward Nikkō and Aizu.

140 years ago

The last witchcraft trial held in the United States began in Salem, Massachusetts after Lucretia Brown, an adherent of Christian Science, accused fellow Christian Scientist Daniel Spofford of attempting to harm her through his mental powers.

A crowd of 1‚500 attended the first National League game in Milwaukee and saw the Grays end the Cincinnati Reds' 6-game winning streak with an 8-5 decision at Milwaukee Baseball Grounds.

130 years ago

Horse racing
Macbeth II, with George Covington up, won the 14th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:38 1/4, a length ahead of Gallifet, with White finishing third in the seven-horse field.

120 years ago


Manager Bill Joyce hit 2 home runs off Gus Weyhing to lead the New York Giants to a 6-2 win over the Washington Senators at the Polo Grounds in New York.

The Philadelphia Phillies edged the Baltimore Orioles 12-11 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia.

110 years ago

Died on this date
John O'Connell, 35
. U.S. baseball player. An infielder, Mr. O’Connell played 8 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1891 and 8 games with the Detroit Tigers in 1902, with a career batting average of .176. He died two days before his 36th birthday.

At Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur Wright took one of his mechanics, Charles Furnas, on the world’s first airplane passenger flight. The flight lasted four minutes.

100 years ago

Died on this date
James Gordon Bennett, Jr., 77
. U.S. journalist and sportsman. Mr. Bennett, son of the founder of the New York Herald, founded the New York Evening Telegram in 1867, the same year he took over control of his father's paper. Mr. Bennett, who went by his middle name in order to distinguish him from his father, organized the first polo and tennis matches in the United States, and won the first transoceanic yacht race. He donated sports trophies and sponsored exploration, including Henry Stanley's trip to Africa to search for David Livingstone. Mr. Bennett died three days after his 77th birthday.

Sunday baseball was made legal in Washington‚ D.C. District commissioners rescinded the ban in view of the large increase in the city's wartime population and the need for recreation and amusement facilities.

90 years ago


The Court of Errors and Appeals of New Jersey reversed the convictions of Roger N. Baldwin, a director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and four others in connection with an alleged unlawful assembly during the silk strike in Paterson in 1924.

The U.S. Court at New York City fined 24 theatre ticket gougers $5,000 each. They had pled guilty in 1927.

Politics and government
In Washington, former Illinois Governor Frank O. Lowden told the U.S. Senate Campaign Fund Committee that his 1928 presidential primary fight costs would not exceed $60,000.

At St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston, a Universalist clergyman, Rev. Clarence E. Rice, was ordained to the Episcopal ministry by Bishop Charles L. Slattery of the Massachusetts diocese.

The court at Eastland, Texas ordered the release of a horned toad from the cornerstone of the new Court House, in which it was sealed on May 12. The toad hopped out okay. It’s not known by this blogger if this was the same horned toad that had been found alive on February 18, 31 years after it had been sealed alive in the cornerstone.

The Chicago Cubs, behind the pitching of Charlie Root, beat the New York Giants 8-2 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fred Fitzsimmons took the loss. Outside the park after the game‚ Giants’ manager John McGraw was knocked down by a taxicab and suffered a broken leg that kept him out of the dugout for six weeks. Roger Bresnahan took over for him.

Pinch hitter Jimmie Foxx hit a 3-run home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 6-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Lefty Grove pitched an 8-hit complete game victory, allowing 2 earned runs to improve his 1928 record to 5-1. Ed Montague made his major league debut with the Indians, entering the game as a pinch runner in the 8th inning and scoring on a single by Carl Lind.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Jacobus C J "Jacques" Hermans, 81
. Actor. Mr. Hermans appeared in a production called Ghetto; other than that, I know nothing about him.

England defeated Germany 6-3. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler was presumably unhappy with the result.

After a 7-6 10-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals before 1,650 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis‚ the Cincinnati Reds filed a protest regarding a disputed hit by the Reds’ Dusty Cooke. Mr. Cooke hit a ball that bounced off the part of the right field pavilion at Sportsman's Park that jutted out over the playing field. The ball bounced back in play, and Mr. Cooke reached third base. Reds’ manager Bill McKechnie contended that it should have been a home run‚ stating that if it had been hit lower it would have missed the pavilion and been a homer. On June 3‚ National League President Ford Frick ruled that Mr. Cooke's hit was a home run, making the final score 7-7, and that the game should be replayed as part of an August 20 doubleheader. The Reds went on to win the first game 4-2‚ then lost the nightcap 5-4.

Bill Knickerbocker led off the bottom of the 5th inning with a triple and scored on an outfield fly by Red Rolfe to score the tying run for the New York Yankees as they tied the Philadelphia Athletics 1-1 before 10,611 fans at Yankee Stadium in a game that was called because of rain after 5 official innings. The Athletics were retired in order in the top of the 6th, but the game was called after a 52-minute rain delay; under the rules then in place, the game reverted to the previous full inning.

Jimmie Foxx hit a solo home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Boston red Sox a 10-9 win over the Washington Nationals before 15,000 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Washington left fielder Al Simmons batted 4 for 6 with 2 home runs, a triple, 3 runs, and 6 runs batted in.

75 years ago

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Man with the Twisted Lip

Died on this date
Henri La Fontaine, 89
. Belgian politician. Mr. La Fontaine, a Socialist, was a member of the Belgian Senate from 1895-1932. He was president of the International Peace Bureau from 1907 until his death, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1913.

Kan Bahadur Allah Baksh. Indian religious and political leder. Mr. Baksh, head of the All-India Azad Moslem Conference, was assassinated by a gunman near the Baluchistan frontier.

The Australian Hospital Ship Centaur was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine off North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, with the loss of 268 lives. The 64 survivors had to wait for 36 hours before they were rescued. With the surrender of the German 90th Light Division, the Allies claimed to have taken all enemy prisoners in Tunisia. Chinese troops recaptured Linhsien and Hochieh in the Taihang Mountain region.

It was reported that in the past 10 days, the Nazis had liquidated the remaining 70,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto. Of the 50,065 who surrendered, 7,000 were shot immediately and the remainder sent to concentration camps.

The Dutch government-in-exile in London reported that 70 Dutchmen had been slain in riots against Nazi storm troopers in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bolivian President Enrique Penaranda del Castillo issued a joint statement in Washington announcing an agreement to strengthen cooperation between the countries.

Science reported that Merck & Co. Laboratories in New Jersey had developed Biotin, the rare and powerful vitamin essential to man's life functions.

70 years ago

Died on this date
John Overton, 72
. U.S. politician. Mr. Overton, a Democrat, represented Louisiana's 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1931-1933 and represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1933 until his death following an abdominal operation. He was known as a strong supporter of Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey Long, and was one of the lawyers defending Mr. Long in impeachment hearings in 1929.

Israeli Radio Station Kol Yisrael made its first broadcasts.

WBEN (now WIVB) TV channel 4 in Buffalo, New York (CBS) began broadcasting. This was one of the stations that was available to Canadian viewers, if they had an antenna (not to mention a television set).

World events
David Ben-Gurion publicly read the Israeli Declaration of Independence at the present-day Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, officially establishing the state of Israel in parts of the former British Mandate of Palestine. The United States granted immediate recognition.

North Koreans cut off hydroelectric power supplied to the U.S. zone after U.S. authorities insisted on dealing with their Soviet counterparts rather than the U.S.S.R.-sponsored People's Republic.

Jordan's Arab League captured Atarot, north of Jerusalem.

The United States performed an atmospheric nuclear test at Eniwetok.

Politics and government
The Belgian cabinet of Prime Minister Paul-Henri Spaak withdrew its resignation after coalition parties reached a conpromise on the issue of state aid to religious schools.

Economics and finance
Allied military governors in the western zones of Germany established a trizonal Bank of German States in Frankfurt, while U.S. and U.K. authorities eliminated restrictions on the entry and movement of foreign businessmen in the Anglo-American zone.

Traders on the New York Stock Exchange bought and sold 3,840 million shares of stock, the most for any day since May 21, 1940.

Minnesota Governor Luther Youngdahl sent the National Guard into south St. Paul to halt three days of picket line violence in the current meatpackers' strike.

The Congress of Industrial Organizations Amalgamated Clothing Workers ended their five-day convention in Atlantic City after condemning former U.S. Vice President Henry Wallace's third-party movement and re-electing Jacob Potofsky as union president.

Andy Pafko hit a home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 8th inning to break a 0-0 tie as the Chicago Cubs edged the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 before 7,969 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Russ Meyer pitched a 4-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Kent Peterson, who pitched an 8-hit complete game.

Terry Moore led off the bottom of the 4th inning with a base on balls and Stan Musial followed with a 2-run home run to break a 0-0 tie as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 before 14,839 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

Vic Raschi pitched a 3-hitter and Johnny Lindell and Yogi Berra hit home runs as the New York Yankees shut out the Philadelphia Athletics 3-0 before 8,163 fans at Yankee Stadium. Carl Scheib allowed just 4 hits in pitching a complete game defeat.

Fred Sanford pitched a 5-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Fred Hutchinson, who allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run, as the St. Louis Browns shut out the Detroit Tigers 3-0 before 8,873 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.

60 years ago

Died on this date
Billy Clingman, 88
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Clingman was an infielder with 6 major league teams in 10 seasons from 1890 to 1903. In 816 career games he batted .246 with 8 home runs and 301 runs batted in. His best season was 1898, when he played in all 154 of the Louisville Colonels’ games, batting .257.

The Indonesian government rejected a peace plan offered by U.S. Ambassador Howard Jones as "downright intervention" in the country's civil war.

The U.S. and U.K. moved to strengthen the Lebanese government against Muslim opposition, speeding deliveries of small arms and ammunition and dispatching amphibious units of the American 6th Fleet to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Politics and government
Pierre Pflimlin, leader of the Christian Democratic Party, was approved by the French National Assembly as Prime Minister. Mr. Pflimlin ordered General Raoul Salan, French Army commander for Algeria, to assume military and administrative control in Algeria.

Sonny Liston (18-1) knocked out Julio Mederos (21-19-3) in 2 rounds in their heavyweight bout at Chicago Stadium.

The Washington Senators sold outfielder Whitey Herzog to the Kansas City Athletics and bought pitcher Al Cicotte from the New York Yankees. Mr. Herzog had played 8 games with the Senators in 1958, with 0 hits in 5 at bats.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade): Delilah--Tom Jones (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Husband Kimmel, 86
. U.S. military officer. Rear Admiral Kimmel was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. He was relieved of command 10 days after the attack; the Roberts Commission appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt blamed Rear Adm. Kimmel and Army General Walter Short for errors of judgment and dereliction of duty. Rear Adm. Kimmel's rank was reduced from four stars to two, and he retired from the Navy early in 1942. For an interesting debate on Rear Adm. Kimmel’s role in the attack, see Pearl Harbor Responsibilities by Thomas H. Kimmel, Jr. and Frederic L. Borch III in Military History Quarterly, 14:2, Winter 2002.

World events
The Czechoslovakian government, under Communist Party First Secretary Alexander Dubcek, announced the beginning of liberalizing reforms which became known as the "Prague Spring."

Student protesters in Paris occupied the Sorbonne. An epidemic of wildcat strikes was starting to sweep France, halting nearly all of the country's industrial production, commerce, and transportation.

Architect Mies Van Der Rohe's new 56-storey Toronto-Dominion Centre opened; it was the tallest building in Canada to that date.

The Beatles announced the formation of Apple Corporation.

Zora Folley (76-9-6) and Al Jones (23-1-1) fought a 10-round draw in a heavyweight bout at Miami Beach Convention Center.

With the score tied 4-4 and none out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Ken Harrelson hit into a force play at home plate, but catcher Paul Casanova made a throwing error, allowing Carl Yastrzemski to score, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Washington Senators before 19,439 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Washington left fielder Frank Howard batted 3 for 4 with a home run, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in.

Willie Horton hit 2 home runs and Ray Oyler added another, while Earl Wilson pitched a 4-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Dave McNally as the Detroit Tigers shut out the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 before 18,123 fans at Tiger Stadium.

The Chicago White Sox scored 5 runs in the first 2 innings and held on to defeat the California Angels 7-6 before 8,708 fans at White Sox Park. Chicago starting pitcher Gary Peters tripled in 2 runs in the 2nd. Marty Pattin, the sixth California pitcher of the game, allowed 1 hit and had 1 strikeout in pitching a scoreless 8th inning in his first major league game.

The Oakland Athletics overcame a 5-0 1st-inning deficit to defeat the Minnesota Twins 13-8 before 13,357 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Catfish Hunter, in his first game since pitching a perfect game against the Twins in Oakland five days earlier, surrendered a home run to Rod Carew to lead off the game; walked Cesar Tovar; and then allowed a home run by Tony Oliva. Mr. Hunter allowed 8 hits and 8 earned runs in 6 innings, but was still the winning pitcher.

Don Drysdale pitched a 2-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Ferguson Jenkins as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago Cubs 1-0 before 14,671 fans at Dodger Stadium. The run scored in the 6th inning when Wes Parker singled with 1 out, advanced to third base on a single by Willie Davis, and scored when Ron Fairly grounded into a force play. Mr. Jenkins, who allowed 5 hits in 7 innings, had one of the Chicago hits. It was the fifth game in a row in which the Dodgers scored but one run‚ tying a major league record held by four other teams. They broke that streak the next night when they scored 3 in a loss to the Cubs.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Wuthering Heights--Kate Bush (2nd week at #1)

World events
The Chinese Communist Party warned that war with the Soviet Union was inevitable.

Lee Trevino won the Colonial National Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas with a score of 268. First prize money was $40,000.

Nancy Lopez won the Greater Baltimore Classic with a score of 212; it was her second victory of the year. First prize money was $9,750.

Avco World Trophy
New England 2 @ Winnipeg 5 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 2-0)

IIHF Men's World Championship
U.S.S.R. 3 C.S.S.R. 1

Western Conference
Seattle 114 @ Denver 123 (Seattle led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Bob Sykes‚ in his second start for the Detroit Tigers‚ tossed his second straight shutout‚ beating the Oakland Athletics 15-0 on 4 hits before 12,513 fans at Tiger Stadium. Pete Broberg retired just 5 batters in taking the loss, with every man in the Detroit starting lineup making at least 1 hit.

Amos Otis doubled home Clint Hurdle with none out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Kansas City Roayls a 10-9 win over the New York Yankees before 36,034 fans at Royals Stadium.

Lee May hit a 2-run home run with 1 out in the top of the 9th inning to provide the winning margin as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Texas Rangers 3-2 before 16,440 fans at Arlington Stadium. The Rangers loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the 9th, but Don Stanhouse entered the game and retired Toby Harrah on a popup; struck out Richie Zisk; and retired Jim Sundberg on a ground ball to shortstop to end the game.

Terry Whitfield hit a home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader before 25,776 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. In the second game, Mr. Whitfield led off the bottom of the 10th with a double and scored on a single by pinch hitter Marc Hill to give the Giants a 4-3 win, completing the sweep.

Dave Kingman drove in 8 runs with a single and 3 home runs‚ including a 3-run shot in the 15th-inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 10-7 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers before 31,698 fans. This was the second time he had enjoyed a 3-homer‚ 8-RBI day at Dodger Stadium.

Dave Parker grounded into a fielder's choice to drive in Frank Taveras in the 6th inning with the game's only run as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the San Diego Padres 1-0 before 18,572 fans at San Diego Stadium. Don Robinson pitched a 4-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Randy Jones, who allowed 4 hits and no earned runs in 8 innings.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): I'm Not Scared--Eighth Wonder

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Gimme Hope Jo'anna--Eddy Grant (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Yé ké yé ké--Mory Kanté

#1 single in France (SNEP): N'importe quoi--Florent Pagny (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Perfect--Fairground Attraction (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Perfect--Fairground Attraction

This was the last week in which New Musical Express published its own chart.

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Perfect--Fairground Attraction

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Anything for You--Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Anything for You--Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
2 Wishing Well--Terence Trent D'Arby
3 Angel--Aerosmith
4 Where Do Broken Hearts Go--Whitney Houston
5 Pink Cadillac--Natalie Cole
6 One More Try--George Michael
7 Always on My Mind--Pet Shop Boys
8 Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)--Samantha Fox
9 Shattered Dreams--Johnny Hates Jazz
10 Electric Blue--Icehouse

Singles entering the chart were New Sensation by INXS (#71); I Should Be So Lucky by Kylie Minogue (#73); Paradise by Sade (#77); Blue Monday 1988 by New Order (#80); Broken Land by the Adventures (#83); Route 66/Behind the Wheel by Depeche Mode (#85); Love Changes (Everything) by Climie Fisher (#86); Just Got Paid by Johnny Kemp (#87); Forgive Me for Dreaming by Elisa Fiorillo (#88); Rooty Toot Toot by John Cougar Mellencamp (#89); Wild, Wild West by Kool Moe Dee; and My Love by Julio Iglesias featuring Stevie Wonder (#91).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Wishing Well--Terence Trent D'Arby (2nd week at #1)
2 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car--Billy Ocean
3 Devil Inside--INXS
4 Always on My Mind--Pet Shop Boys
5 I'm Still Searching--Glass Tiger
6 Where Do Broken Hearts Go--Whitney Houston
7 Push It--Salt-N-Pepa
8 I Saw Him Standing There--Tiffany
9 Never Gonna Give You Up--Rick Astley
10 Electric Blue--Icehouse

Singles entering the chart were Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson (#76); My Girl by Suave (#81); Rooty Toot Toot by John Couger Mellencamp (#87); Savin' Myself by Eria Fachin (#91); Better Get Ready by Paris Black (#95); and Magic Carpet Ride by Bardeux (#96).

Died on this date
Willem Drees, 101
. Prime Minister of the Netherlands, 1948-1958. Mr. Drees was leader of the Dutch Labour Party. His government presided over decolonization and the introduction of the modern welfare state.

The Soviet commander in Afghanistan, Lieutenant Boris Gromov, said that one-fourth of the Soviet force would be pulled out of the country by the end of May in order to create "an atmosphere of trust" at the summit between Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan, scheduled to begin May 29 in Moscow.

Politics and government
French President Francois Mitterand dissolved the National Assembly and scheduled parliamentary elections for June.

A pickup truck and a bus returning from a church outing crashed head-on near Carrollton, Kentucky, causing the deaths of 27 of the 67 people on the bus. Most of the dead were teenagers; all the deaths were attributed to smoke inhalation. The truck had been travelling north in a southbound lane of Interstate 71; the truck’s driver, Larry Mahoney, was found to be legally drunk at the time of the crash. Two days later, he was charged with 27 counts of murder.

Stanley Cup
Prince of Wales Conference
New Jersey 2 @ Boston 6 (Boston won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Eastern Conference
Detroit 101 @ Chicago 79 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Western Conference
Denver 107 @ Dallas 105 (Denver led best-of-seven series 2-1)

St. Louis Cardinals’ infielder Jose Oquendo became the first non-pitcher in 20 years to get a major league decision in the Cardinals' 7-5 19-inning loss to the Atlanta Braves before 47,887 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. St. Louis had used 7 pitchers when Mr. Oquendo, who had entered the game in the 9th inning as a first baseman, came in to pitch the 16th inning. He shut out the Braves for 3 innings before surrendering the game-winning runs. Cris Carpenter started on the mound for St. Louis, allowing 7 hits and 5 runs--all earned--in 6 innings, walking 1 batter and striking out 3 in his major league debut, while batting 1 for 3. He singled in his first major league plate appearance in the 2nd inning and eventually scored.

Roger Clemens pitched a 3-hitter and struck out 10 batters to lead the Boston Red Sox over the Seattle Mariners 3-0 before 33,846 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Sam Horn's solo home run in the 2nd inning provided all the necessary scoring as Mr. Clemens improved his 1988 record to 6-1.

25 years ago

Died on this date
William Randolph Hearst, Jr., 85
. U.S. journalist and publisher. Mr. Hearst, the son of magnate William Randolph Hearst, became editor-in-chief of his father's newspaper chain after the death of the elder Mr. Hearst in 1951. Mr. Hearst, Jr. won a Pulitzer Prize in 1955 for his interview with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and associated commentaries.

Stanley Cup
Prince of Wales Conference
Division Finals
New York Islanders 4 @ Pittsburgh 3 (OT) (New York won best-of-seven series 4-3)

David Volek scored 5:16 into the 1st overtime period to give the Islanders the win at Civic Arena and end the Penguins' two-year reign as Stanley Cup champions. New York led 3-1 late in the 3rd period, but Ron Francis scored with 3:47 remaining to reduce the deficit to 3-2, and Rick Tocchet tied the score with 1 minute remaining to send the game into overtime. It was the second time the Islanders had upset the Penguins in a seventh game in Pittsburgh; the first time was in 1975, when the Islanders lost the first 3 games of their quarter-final series and won the last 4, winning the final game 1-0 on a goal by Ed Westfall with less than 5 minutes remaining in regulation time.

Eastern Conference
New York 106 @ Charlotte 110 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)

20 years ago

On television tonight
Seinfeld, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Finale

This was the last episode of the comedy series. Commercials sold for $2 million each for the hour-long special.

Died on this date
Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 108. U.S. authoress and environmentalist. Mrs. Douglas was best known for her book The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), which was very influential in promoting the Florida Everglades as an ecosystem worthy of protection.

Bill Sodd, 83. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Sodd played outfield in the minor leagues from 1935-1941, hitting 107 home runs, and driving in 524 runs. His best season was with Zanesville in the Mid-Atlantic League in 1936, when he hit .333, with 30 home runs and 120 runs batted in. Mr. Sodd made one appearance in the major leagues, striking out as a pinch hitter with the Cleveland Indians on September 27, 1937. Mr. Sodd served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He later worked for Consolidated Aircraft and was also the owner of a chain of six supermarkets in Fort Worth, Texas, retiring in 1977.

Frank Sinatra, 82. U.S. singer and actor. "Ol’ Blue Eyes" was one of the major figures in entertainment in the 20th Century. He first made his mark as a singer with the big bands of Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, and then became a heartthrob to the girls known as "bobby-soxers" during World War II. Mr. Sinatra’s achievements are too numerous to mention here. My favourite songs of his include If You Are But a Dream (1945) and Softly as I Leave You (1964). In addition to his Academy Award-winning performance in From Here to Eternity (1953), his best movies included Suddenly (1954) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962).

Politics and government
Camille Thériault took office as Premier of New Brunswick, succeeding retiring Premier Frank McKenna as leader of the province's Liberal government.

Stanley Cup
Western Conference
Detroit 5 @ St. Louis 2 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-1)

The Florida Marlins traded outfielder Gary Sheffield, third baseman Bobby Bonilla, first baseman Jim Eisenreich, catcher Charles Johnson, and pitcher Manuel Barrios to the Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Mike Piazza and third baseman Todd Zeile. Mr. Sheffield was batting .272 with 6 home runs and 28 runs batted in in 40 games with Florida in 1998; Mr. Bonilla was batting .278 with 4 homers and 15 RBIs in 28 games; Mr. Eisenreich was hitting .250 with 1 homer and 7 RBIs in 30 games; Mr. Johnson was hitting .221 with 7 home runs and 23 RBIs in 31 games; and Mr. Barrios was 0-0 with an earned run average of 3.38 in 2 games (3 innings). Mr. Piazza was batting .282 with 9 home runs and 30 runs batted in in 37 games with Los Angeles in 1998, while Mr. Zeile was hitting .253 with 7 homers and 27 RBIs in 40 games. The trade took place after the teams' games that night.

Baltimore Orioles’ pitcher Mike Mussina's nose was broken when he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Cleveland's Sandy Alomar in a 5-4 Indian win before 43,039 fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mr. Mussina had just recently returned from the disabled list, where he had been placed because of a wart on his right index finger.

Rusty Greer hit a 2-run home run in the 13th inning--his second homer of the game--and had 6 runs batted in to lead the Texas Rangers to a 7-5 win over the Yankees before 20,694 fans at Yankee Stadium. For the Yankees‚ it ended a major league record streak of 25 straight games in which they'd homered.

Mike Stanley hit a solo home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Anaheim Angels before 25,606 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.

Pat Meares singled home Denny Hocking with 2 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 win over the Boston Red Sox before 12,121 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.

The Colorado Rockies pounded out 21 hits‚ including 5 by third baseman Vinny Castilla‚ but still lost to the Chicago Cubs 9-7 before 48,077 fans at Coors Field in Denver.

The Atlanta Braves scored all their runs in the 8th inning as they overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 before 32,119 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Will Elder, 86
. U.S. artist. Mr. Elder, born Wolf William Eisenberg, was best known as an illustrator who was one of the founding contributors to Mad magazine, working there from 1952-1956. He drew the comic strip Little Annie Fanny for Playboy from 1962-1988. Mr. Elder died of Parkinson's disease.

Stanley Cup
Western Conference
Detroit 1 @ Dallas 3 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Eastern Conference
Cleveland 89 @ Boston 96 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Western Conference
Utah 104 @ Los Angeles Lakers 111 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 3-2)

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