Monday, 7 May 2018

May 7, 2018

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Gifty Boateng!

300 years ago
1718


Americana
The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville.

200 years ago
1818

Died on this date
Leopold Koželuch, 70
. Czech-born Austrian composer. Mr. Koželuch composed about 400 works, including about 30 symphonies and 22 piano concertos.

150 years ago
1868


Died on this date
Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, 89
. U.K. politician. Mr. Brougham, a Whig, sat in the House of Commons from 1810-1830, bescoming best known for his opposition to slavery. He set a House record in 1828 by delivering a six-hour speech. In 1830 Mr. Brougham was elevated to the House of Lords as the 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux, serving as Lord Chancellor from 1830-1835. The Slavery Abolition Act was passed during his tenure, in 1833.

130 years ago
1888

Technology

George Eastman patented the Kodak box camera.

125 years ago
1893


Born on this date
Frank J. Selke
. Canadian hockey coach and executive. Mr. Selke, a native of Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, coached the University of Toronto Schools (1919) and Toronto Marlboros (1929) to Memorial Cup championships. He was assistant managing director of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1929-46, and was acting manager during World War II. The Maple Leafs won Stanley Cup championships in 1932 and 1942 during Mr. Selke's time with the team. He was general manager of the Montreal Canadiens from 1946-64, presiding over Stanley Cup championships in 1953 and 1955-60. Mr. Selke was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960. The Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the best defensive forward in the National Hockey League, was inaugurated in 1978; a trophy named in Mr. Selke's honour is awarded by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League annually to the league's most sportsmanlike player. Mr. Selke's son Frank, Jr. became an NHL executive and broadcaster. Frank Selke, Sr. died on July 3, 1985 at the age of 92.

110 years ago
1908


Died on this date
Ludovic Halévy, 74
. French author and playwright. Mr. Halévy became famous in the mid-1850s with his musical parody Orphée aux enfers, a collaboration with Hector Crémieux. He also achieved success with his humourous novels Monsieur et Madame Cardinal (1873) and Les Petites Cardinal, which poked fun at the lower levels of the Parisian middle class.

Academia
The University of British Columbia was founded as a branch of McGill University in Montréal; UBC became independent in 1915.

90 years ago
1928


Died on this date
Alexander Spendiaryan, 56
. Armenian composer. A pupil of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in St. Petersburg (1896-1900), Mr. Spendiaryan worked as a conductor, and wrote an opera (Almast, 1928), orchestral pieces, etc., which, in their synthesis of folk music and the Russian tradition, laid the foundations of an Armenian nationalist style.

Literature
The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was awarded to Thornton Wilder for The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

World events
Hundreds of thousands of peasants were reported marching on Bucharest. Romanian cavalry and airplanes were accompanying the marches to guard against any attempt to arouse the countryside. Martial law was declared in Transylvania, with travel in and out of the country forbidden.

Transportation
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police schooner St. Roch was launched at the Burrard Dry Dock Shipyards in North Vancouver, British Columbia. From 1940–1942 it became the first vessel to complete a voyage through the Northwest Passage in a west to east direction; in 1944 it became the first vessel to make a return trip through the Northwest Passage, through the more northerly route considered the true Northwest Passage, and the first to navigate the passage in a single season.

Abominations
England lowered the age of women voters from 30 to 21. Of course, women should never have been allowed to vote in the first place.

Scandal
At Albany, New York, Mrs. Florence Knapp took the witness stand in the New York Supreme Court to tell why her dealings with the census fund when she was New York Secretary of State "could not possibly be called stealing."

Law
In Yonkers, New York, Judge Boote exonerated a blind dog which had bitten a deaf man who bumped into it.

80 years ago
1938


Died on this date
Octavian Goga, 57
. Prime Minister of Romania, 1937-1938. Mr. Goga was a member of various parties. He was with the National Christian Party (the Romanian equivalent of the Nazi Party) when he was appointed Prime Minister on December 28, 1937 by King Carol II in an attempt by the king to increase his own power. Mr. Goga's government introduced a series of anti-Semitic laws in January 1938; Mr. Goga resigned on February 10, and died two days after suffering a stroke.

World events
C.M.J.F. Goseling, the Dutch Minister of Justice, called fugitives of Nazi Germany "undesired strangers."

Horse racing
Lawrin, with Eddie Arcaro up, won the 64th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:04 4/5.





75 years ago
1943


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Copper Beeches

At the movies
They Came to Blow Up America, starring George Sanders, opened in theatres.

Died on this date
Fethi Okyar, 63
. Prime Minister of Turkey, 1923, 1924-1925. Mr. Okyar, a member of the Republican People's Party for most of his career, was Prime Minister from August-November 1923 and Speaker of the Grand National Assembly (1923-1924) before serving again as Prime Minister from November 1924-March 1925. He later served as Turkish Ambassador to France, and was Justice Minister from 1939-1941. Mr. Okyar died eight days after his 63rd birthday.

Music
The U.S. National Federation of Music Clubs announced Nan Merriman as the winner of a $1,000 award in the Young Artists Auditions in New York. Nikolai Lopatnikoff won the Cleveland Orchestra's $1,000 prize for his composition Opus Sinfonicum.

Aviation
Igor Sikorsky was granted two helicopter patents: one to prevent slewing of the fuselage by the torque of the rotor, and the other to control pitching and rolling.

War
British forces drove 16 miles from Massicaultto take Tunis at 4:20 P.M., five minutes after American and French troops took the Bizerte naval base.

Economics and finance
U.S. Price Administrator Prentiss Brown announced a 10% reduction in the retail prices of meat, coffee, and butter effective June 1, to be subsidized by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.

Labour
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared coal miners to now be employees of the federal government, with no right to strike.

70 years ago
1948


At the movies
Berlin Express, directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin, and Paul Lukas, opened in theatres.

Diplomacy
The Council of Europe was founded during the Hague Congress, as former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged the creation of an assembly representing all European states.

World events
Dutch Nazi collaborator V-Mann Antonius van de Waals was sentenced to death.

Labour
U.S. Attorney General Tom Clark informed President Harry Truman that the government could seize the nation's railroads in the event of a strike by railroad workers.

60 years ago
1958


Married on this date
U.S. actor Tyrone Power and Deborah Montgomery were married in Tunica, Mississippi.

Aviation
Major Howard Johnson set a world record for ground-launched planes when he reached an altitude of 91,249 feet in a U.S. Air Force F-104A Starfighter over Edwards Air Force Base, California.

World events
The China Fishery Association charged tht 14 Japanese fishing boats seized in teh last two days had encroached on Chinese waters in the East China Sea and attacked Chinese fishermen.

Politics and government
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower nominated Ohio Wesleyan University President Arthur Flemming, who had held 10 federal posts in the past 19 years, to succeed Marion Folsom as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare.

Religion
Religious ceremonies marking the birth of the late Eva Peron were permitted throughout Argentina for the first time since the overthrow of the government of President Juan Peron in 1955.

Economics and finance
The United Arab Republic and West Germany reached an agreement providing for a $95-million West German credit for the U.A.R. and the return of German church and cultural properties seized by Egypt and Syria during World War II.

Boxing
Joe Brown (87-19-11) retained his world lightweight championship with a technical knockout of Ralph Dupas (70-9-6) at 2:12 of the 8th round at Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston.

50 years ago
1968


Hit parade
#1 single in Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade): Delilah--Tom Jones (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Lurleen Wallace, 41
. U.S. politician. Mrs. Wallace, the wife of former Alabama Governor George Wallace, was elected Governor in 1966. Mr. Wallace was forbidden by the state constitution from succeeding himself as Governor; he failed in an attempt to change that rule, but succeeded in getting term limits for governors repealed. There was no rule, however, against his wife running for the office. Mrs. Wallace was battling cancer, but her health was kept secret from the voters during the 1966 election campaign, and after she was inaugurated as Governor in January 1967. Despite failing health, she continued in office until her death. Mrs. Wallace, a Democrat, remains Alabama’s only female Governor to date.

Politics and government
U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey told the American Meat Institute in Washington that the federal role in farm policy was "here to stay."

Horse racing
Dancer's Image, winner of the Kentucky Derby three days earlier, was disqualified after urine tests revealed he had run with phenylbutazone, a painkiller used to alleviate inflammation of joints. Horses could use "Bute" at some tracks, but not Churchill Downs. Forward Pass was awarded the first prize money.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Montreal 1 @ St. Louis 0 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Gump Worsley earned the shutout in goal to win the goaltending duel over Glenn Hall as the Canadiens edged the Blues at St. Louis Arena.

40 years ago
1978


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

Terrorism
The wife of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, who had been kidnapped on March 16 by Red Brigade terrorists, received a farewell letter in which Mr. Moro wrote, "They have told me that they will kill me shortly. I kiss you for the last time; give a kiss to the children."

Diplomacy
U.S.S.R. President Leonid Brezhnev returned to the U.S.S.R. from his visit to West Germany.

Politics and government
The Social Credit Party of Canada, at its convention in Winnipeg, elected Lorne Reznowski, 49, a professor of English literature at the University of Manitoba, as its new leader. Mr. Reznowski obtained 356 of the 471 votes required (583 delegates attended) to defeat Edmonton lawyer Martin Hattersley. Social Credit hadn't elected anyone from outside Quebec to the House of Commons since 1965, but Mr. Reznowski appeared to have the support of Quebec delegates. The party expressed outrage at the fact that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation declined to provide live television coverage of the convention (CBC did broadcast a news special on the party and the convention the next night). In his victory speech at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, Mr. Reznowski praised Mr. Hattersley for his campaign, and promised a "union of French Canada, English Canada, and ethnic Canada," and to "drive the bankers out of government and let the Canadian people plan their own lives." Mr. Reznowski said that Canadians "are living in misery because of an idiotic financial system." He referred to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as a "spoiled millionaire's son" who treated the Canadian economy like a toy: "Trudeau has broken the toy." He also accused Mr. Trudeau of creating a degenerate country plagued by homosexuals, abortion mills, sterilization, euthanasia, and high finance--which, of course, was, and still is, true. It's worth pondering that while Mr. Reznowski's opinions on the Canadian society produced by Pierre Trudeau were out of fashion by 1978, such views could at least be expressed in public. If Mr. Reznowski--the leader of a national political party that still had a few members of Parliament--were to express such opinions today, he'd probably be arrested as a "hate criminal," or, even worse, be subjected to an inquisition from a "human rights" commission.

Golf
Tom Watson won the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas with a score of 272. First prize money was $40,000.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Boston 1 @ Philadelphia 3 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-1)

WHA
Avco World Trophy
Semi-Finals
Quebec 3 @ New England 6 (New England won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Basketball
NBA
Eastern Conference
Finals
Philadelphia 105 @ Washington 121 (Washington led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Western Conference
Finals
Seattle 121 @ Denver 111 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

30 years ago
1988


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): L'Amore Rubato--Luca Barbarossa (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Gimme Hope Jo'anna--Eddy Grant (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Gimme Hope Jo'anna--Eddy Grant (5th week at #1)

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

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Perfect--Fairground Attraction

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Theme from S-Express--S-Express (2nd week at #10

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Theme from S-Express--S-Express (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Wishing Well--Terence Trent D'Arby

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Wishing Well--Terence Trent D'Arby
2 Where Do Broken Hearts Go--Whitney Houston
3 Angel--Aerosmith
4 Anything for You--Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
5 Pink Cadillac--Natalie Cole
6 Devil Inside--INXS
7 Prove Your Love--Taylor Dayne
8 Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car--Billy Ocean
9 Always on My Mind--Pet Shop Boys
10 Naughty Girls (Need Love Too)--Samantha Fox

Singles entering the chart were Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson (#57); Mercedes Boy by Pebbles (#80); Lost in You by Rod Stewart (#82); Rush Hour by Jane Wiedlin (#83); Trouble by Nia Peeples (#85); Hands to Heaven by Breathe (#86); Something Just Ain't Right by Keith Sweat (#87); Parents Just Don't Understand by DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince (#88); Love Changes Everything by Honeymoon Suite (#89); and Get It by Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson (#90).

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

Singles entering the chart were Yes by Merry Clayton (#82); You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart by Eurythmics (#86); Kiss Me Deadly by Lita Ford (#88); Layin' Pipe by David Wilcox (#91); Nothin' But a Good Time by Poison (#95); and Stutter Rap by Morris Minor and the Majors (#96).

Defense
The U.S.S.R. performed a nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya.

Horse racing
Winning Colors, with Gary Stevens aboard, won the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:02 1/5. Forty Niner placed second and Risen Star finished third in the 17-horse field.



Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Clarence S. Campbell Conference
Finals
Edmonton 2 @ Detroit 5 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Basketball
NBA
Playoffs
Western Conference
First Round
Seattle 96 @ Denver 115 (Denver won best-of-five series 3-2)

25 years ago
1993


Died on this date
Mary Philbin, 90. U.S. actress. Miss Philbin appeared in silent films from 1921-1929, most notably in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and The Man who Laughs (1928).

Diplomacy
U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher returned to Washington from Europe without the support of European governments for U.S. President Bill Clinton's plan to use military force against Serbs in Bosnia.

Crime
Officials were investigating shootings at post offices in California and Michigan in which 2 people were killed and 3 wounded, bringing the death toll in recent U.S. post office shootings to 29. Disgruntled employees were blamed.

Politics and government
U.S. President Bill Clinton proposed public subsidies of television advertising for Congressional candidates and sought to reduce the influence of lobbyists and political action committees.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Clarence S. Campbell Conference
Division Finals
Toronto 3 @ St. Louis 4 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Vancouver 4 @ Los Angeles 7 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Basketball
NBA
Playoffs
Eastern Conference
First Round
Cleveland 79 @ New Jersey 96 (Best-of-five series tied 2-2)

Western Conference
First Round
Portland 97 @ San Antonio 100 (San Antonio won best-of-five series 3-1)

20 years ago
1998


Died on this date
Allan McLeod Cormack, 74
. S.A.-born U.S. physicist. Professor Cormack and Sir Godfrey Hounsfield shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for the development of computer assisted tomography." Professor Cormack's theoretical calculations provided the basis for CT scanning. He died of cancer.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_McLeod_Cormack

Eddie Rabbitt, 56. U.S. musician. Mr. Rabbitt, whose first success as a songwriter came with the Elvis Presley hit Kentucky Rain in 1970, placed 40 songs on the Billboard country singles chart, and hit #1 on that chart 17 times. His first #1 country hit was Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind) in 1976, two years after he’d first charted with You Get to Me, which hit #34. Mr. Rabbitt’s biggest hit was I Love a Rainy Night, which not only topped the country chart, but the pop chart as well, hitting #1 in 1981. Drivin’ My Life Away (1980) and Step By Step (1981) hit #5 on the Hot 100. I got sick of hearing his songs in the early 1980s, but I always liked I Don’t Know Where to Start (#2 country; #35 Top 100 in 1982). Mr. Rabbitt’s last #1 song on the country chart was On Second Thought in 1990. Hang Up the Phone, his last chart single, hit #50 in 1991. Mr. Rabbitt died of lung cancer.

Business
Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler Corporation for US$40 billion and formed DaimlerChrysler in the largest industrial merger in history.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference
Semi-Finals
Ottawa 2 @ Washington 4 (Washington led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Western Conference
Semi-Finals
Edmonton 1 @ Dallas 3 (Dallas led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Basketball
NBA
Eastern Conference
Semi-Finals
New York 77 @ Indiana 85 (Indiana led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Western Conference
Semi-Finals
San Antonio 106 @ Utah 109 (Utah led best-of-seven series 2-0)

10 years ago
2008


Politics and government
Dmitry Medvedev took office as President of Russia.

Basketball
NBA
Eastern Conference
Semi-Finals
Detroit 86 @ Orlando 111 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Western Conference
Semi-Finals
Utah 110 @ Los Angeles Lakers 120 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 2-0)

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