Saturday, 18 May 2019

May 17, 2019

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Katya Semenova!

270 years ago

Born on this date
Edward Jenner
. U.K. physician and zoologist. Dr. Jenner was known as the "father of immunology" for pioneering the use of the smallpox vaccine in 1796. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1788, following his publication of a careful study of the life of the nested cuckoo. Dr. Jenner was appointed physician extraordinary to King George IV in 1821, but he served in that capacity for less than two years, as he died on January 26, 1823 at the age of 73, the day after suffering an apparent stroke.

210 years ago

Emperor Napoleon I ordered the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.

190 years ago

Died on this date
John Jay, 83
. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1795. Mr. Jay, a Federalist, was a delegate to the First (1774) and Second (1775-1776, 1778-1779) Continental Congresses from New York; U.S. Minister to Spain (1779-1782); and U.S. Secretary of Foreign Affairs (1784-1789) and acting Secretary of State (1789-1790), directing American foreign policy for much of the 1780s. The Supreme Court under his leadership decided just four cases in six years; during that time, Justice Jay negotiated the Jay Treaty (signed in 1794, effective 1796), which facilitated trade with the United Kingdom. He ran an unsuccessful campaign for Governor of New York in 1792 while serving as Chief Justice, but was elected in 1794, and resigned from the Supreme Court, serving as Governor of New York from 1795-1801, helping to enact a law providing for the gradual emancipation of slaves. Mr. Jay retired from public life in 1801, declining both the Federalist renomination for Governor and a U.S. Senate-confirmed nomination to resume his position as Chief Justice. He died three days after suffering an apparent stroke.

160 years ago

Members of the Melbourne Football Club codified the first rules of Australian rules football.

150 years ago

Imperial Japanese forces defeated the remnants of the Tokugawa shogunate in the Battle of Hakodate to end the Boshin War.

140 years ago

Died on this date
Asa Packer, 73
. U.S. railroad executive. Mr. Packer served as president of the Lehigh Valley Railroad (1862-1864, 1868-1879). A Democrat, he sat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (1842-1843) and was an Associate Judge of Carbon County (1843-1844). Mr. Packer founded Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1865.

The Syracuse Stars defeated the Cleveland Forest Citys 11-3 in a National League game at Kennard Street Park in Cleveland. The Forest Citys, plagued by injuries to their catchers, gave Fred Gunkley a trial. Despite being moved to the outfield midway through the game, Mr. Gunkley finished with 10 errors, including passed balls.

130 years ago

Born on this date
Dorothy Gibson
. U.S.-born French actress. Miss Gibson, born Dorothy Brown, appeared in silent films in the 1910s. She survived the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912, and starred in Saved from the Titanic (1912), the first movie about the disaster. Miss Gibson moved to France following the dissolution of her marriage in 1919, eventually becoming a Nazi sympathizer and alleged spy. She renounced her sympathies in 1944 and was imprisoned in Italy as an anti-Fascist agitator, but escaped and returned to Paris, where she died of a heart attack on February 17, 1946 at the age of 56.

Alfonso Reyes. Mexican diplomat and author. Mr. Reyes served with the Mexican diplomatic service in France and Spain in the 1910s and '20s, and was Ambassador to Argentina (1927-1930, 1936-1937) and to Brazil (1930-1935, 1938). He wrote non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, and was nominated five times for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Mr. Reyes died on December 27, 1959 at the age of 70.

125 years ago

Died on this date
Frank Goodale
. U.S. jockey. Mr. Goodale rode Chant to victory in the 1894 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville just two days before his death, when he was riding a horse named Judge Payne in a race at Churchill Downs, and was fatally injured when the horse stumbled and fell on top of him.

120 years ago

Born on this date
Carmen de Icaza
. Spanish authoress. Miss de Icaza wrote novels from the 1930s to the 1960s, and was best known for Cristina Guzmán (1936). She died on March 16, 1979 at the age of 79.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Julius Sumner Miller
. U.S. physicist and television personality. Dr. Miller was best known for his appearances on children's television programs in the United States, Australia, Canada, and other countries. He liked to use the phrase "Why is it so?" as he conducted physics experiments. Dr. Miller died on April 14, 1977 at the age of 77.

Christy Mathewson gave up a leadoff triple to Dick Egan but settled down to pitch a 6-hit 6-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds at the Polo Grounds in New York. Dick Rowan pitched a 9-hit complete game in taking the loss.

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 5 runs in the 4th inning and 6 in the 5th as they routed the Brooklyn Superbas 11-1 at Washington Park in Brooklyn.

The New York Highlanders scored a run in the top of the 12th inning to break a 5-5 tie as they beat the Cleveland Naps 6-5 at League Park in Cleveland.

Eddie Collins tripled home Frank Baker in the top of the 12th inning for the game's only run as the Philadelphia Athletics edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 at South Side Park in Chicago. Harry Krause pitched a 6-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Jim Scott, who pitched a 5-hitter in taking the loss.

Barney Pelty pitched a 2-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Bob Groom as the St. Louis Browns shut out the Washington Nationals 4-0 before 3,500 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Mr. Groom pitched a 4-hit complete game.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Merle Miller
. U.S. author. Mr. Miller wrote several novels and teleplays, and was an editor with Time and Harper's Magazine. He was best known for Plain Speaking (1974), an "oral biography" of former U.S. President Harry Truman, compiled from interviews conducted in the early 1960s. Mr. Miller died of peritonitis at the age of 77 on June 10, 1986, after an operation for a ruptured appedix.

Antonio Aguilar Barrazza. Mexican musician and actor. Mr. Aguilar was a singer-songwriter who recorded over 150 albums and appeared in numerous films from the 1950s through the 1990s. He played rural hero Mauricio Rosales in seven movies from 1955-1958. Mr. Aguilar died of pneumonia on June 19, 2007 at the age of 88.

Died on this date
Guido von List, 70
. Austrian journalist. Mr. List was born into a Roman Catholic family in Vienna, but early in life he developed an interest in pre-Christian paganism. He began his journalistic career in 1877, and used his writings to promote Wotanism, a pan-Germanic völkisch movement worshipping pre-Christian pagan deities. He was influenced by the Theosophical Society and became increasingly interested in occultism, including the study of Runic alphabets. Mr. List eventually promoted a belief that the modern world was degenerate, and claimed to have received a vision in 1917 that victory of the Central Powers over the Allies in World War I would be the apocalyptic cleansing event that would usher in a new Pan-German Empire based on Wotanism. Mr. List's alleged vision was proved erroneous by the November 1918 armistice and subsequent events. His health declined, exacerbated by food shortages resulting from the non-fulfillment of his vision. Mr. List died while on a visit to Berlin.

José Santos Zelaya, 65. President of Nicaragua, 1893-1909. Mr. Santos, a member of the Democratic Party, enacted public works and constitutional reforms, and used the military to take control of the Mosquito (Miskito) Coast in 1894. His nationalistic policies sometimes led him into conflict with foreign investors, and he was forced to resign as the result of a U.S.-backed rebellion in December 1909. Mr. Zelaya fled into exile in Paris, but eventually moved to New York, where he died.

The Citizens' Committee of One Thousand was organized to counteract the Winnipeg General Strike and provide essential public services. The Strike Committee allowed shipments of bread and milk to resume.

90 years ago

Colin Jack Caldwell became the first Canadian to save his life by parachute when he jumped out of a Vickers Vedette over Montreal.

Babe Herman amassed 4 hits, including a home run, as the Brooklyn Robins outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 14-13 at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Lefty O'Doul led the Phillies with a 4 for 4 game, with 4 runs scored. Chuck Klein hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 9th inning, but the Phillies left the bases loaded when catcher George Susce grounded out to end the game. Jim Holloway, the fifth of six Philadelphia pitchers, pitched a scoreless 8th inning, allowing a base on balls, in his major league debut.

The New York Giants scored 4 runs with 2 out in the top of the 12th inning to break a 5-5 tie as they beat the Boston Braves 9-5 before 5,000 fans at Braves Field.

Bill Regan tripled home 2 runs with 2 out in the top of the 12th inning to break a 3-3 tie as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-3 before 10,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.

80 years ago

On television today
The Princeton University Tigers defeated Columbia University Lions 2-1 in 10 innings in the first game of a doubleheader at Baker Field, Columbia's home park, in the first sports event in the United States to be televised. Bill Stern announced the game for the experimental New York station W2XBS, reaching a handful of viewers in New York City. The second game of the twinbill wasn't televised. The New York Times commented the next day, "It is difficult to see how this sort of thing can catch the public fancy."

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth disembarked at Wolfe's Cove, Quebec from the Canadian Pacific ship Empress of Australia to begin a month-long royal visit to Canada, the first by a reigning monarch.

The Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs tied 9-9 in a game called after 19 innings because of darkness before 4,500 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The last 10 innings were scoreless.

The Chicago White Sox scored 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning to break a 3-3 tie as they defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-3 before 5,200 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

75 years ago

Hit parade
Variety reported the most popular songs in the U.S.A. as:
1 I Love You
2 Long Ago and Far Away
3 Love, Love, Love

Died on this date
Félix Éboué, 60
. French Guianan-born politician. Mr. Éboué served in several French colonial administrations, and was Governor of Guadeloupe (1936-1938) before being transferred to Chad--then part of French Equatorial Africa--where he served as Governor from 1940-1944. He was instrumental in developing Chadian support for the Free French movement, and died in office, suffering a stroke while in Cairo.

American and French troops reached the outposts of the Germans' Hitler Line at the southern end of their offensive between Cassino and the sea. U.S. amphibious forces, leapfrogging 125 miles up the Dutch New Guinea coast from Hollandia, landed unopposed at Tum and Arara, establishing a 7 1/2-mile beachhead. American troops gained control of the airstrip on Insumuar, the main island of the Wakde group. U.S. and Chinese troops captured the main airport of Myitkyina in northern Burma. The U.S. Selective Service announced revised regulations deferring students preparing for the ministry and priesthood.

The Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand announced in London their agreement on war and postwar policies, favouring a world organization with power to prevent aggression.

Spain announced the closing of the Japanese and German consulates in Tangiers, Spanish Morocco.

The Argentine government tightened censorship of radio broadcasts and banned programs sponsored by firms and organizations friendly to the United Nations.

Greta Palmer told the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the Federal Communications Commission that FCC Chairman James Ely had tried to persuade Reader's Digest not to publish a critical article that she had been assigned to write.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill extending Lend-Lease, and reported expenditures of $24.2 billion through March 1944. U.S. War Production Board Chairman Donald Nelson urged a program of American aid to industrialize Latin American countries.

The Foremen's Association of America ordered 3,300 members to return to work in Detroit war plants.

70 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Monkey's Paw, starring Boris Karloff and Mildred Natwick

Israel and Syria broke off armistice negotiations in a deadlock over Syria's refusal to withdraw her troops from northeastern Galilee.

The Canadian government granted full diplomatic recognition to the State of Israel, founded May 14, 1948.

The United Nations General Assembly defeated a Polish resolution demanding the return of all Eastern European refugees to their native countries.

U.S. Army General Lucius Clay received a hero's welcome in Washington following his retirement as head of the U.S. military government in Germany. Addressing both houses of Congress, he urged that West Germany be admitted into the alliance of Western countries.

Politics and government
The British House of Commons passed a bill allowing the Ulster counties of Ireland to remain in the United Kingdom.

India's Constituent Assembly approved Indian membership in the British Commonwealth.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr., son of the late U.S. President, defeated Tammany Hall candidates in a special election to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat of the late Sol Bloom (Democrat-New York).

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Oui, oui, oui, oui--Jean Philippe

On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Your Witness, starring Brian Keith and Leora Dana

Died on this date
Jerry Unser, Jr., 26
. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Unser was a member of a famous racing family, and won the stock car class in the Pike's Peak hill climb in 1957 and 1958. He competed in the 1958 Indianapolis 500, but was one of 13 cars involved in a crash on the first lap, and went over the rail, emerging uninjured. Mr. Unser was practicing for the 1959 Indianapolis 500 on May 2 when he was seriously injured and burned in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and died of the injuries and pneumonia. Jerry was the older brother of Bobby and Al Unser, who went on to win seven Indianapolis 500s between them. Jerry's nephew, Al Unser, Jr., won the race twice. Jerry's son Johnny competed in the race several times in the 1990s, but without success.

Communist Chinese shore batteries broke the Formosa Strait truce, bombing the Nationalist-occupied Matsu Island group and killing three Nationalist soldiers.

Politics and government
The Mauritanian Regroupment Party, the only party running, won all 40 seats in the National Assembly in the Mauritanian parliamentary election.

Pope John XXIII told a Vatican vespers audience that Hungarian Catholic bishops were "being placed in even harder...circumstances because of the interference of civil power" and Communist attempts to appoint Catholic "ecclesiastics who are not approved by this See."

The Cuban cabinet approved Prime Minister Fidel Castro's agrarian law, establishing a national Institute of Agrarian Reform.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): The Real Thing--Russell Morris

#1 single in Rhodesia (Lyons Maid): Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)--Peter Sarstedt (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Le métèque--Georges Moustaki (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Tutta mia la città--Equipe 84

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Ich sing' ein Lied für dich--Heintje (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston (2nd week at #1)

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)--Peter Sarstedt (3rd week at #1)
2 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
3 The Real Thing--Russell Morris
4 Goodbye--Mary Hopkin
5 Galveston--Glen Campbell
6 Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 Sorry Suzanne--The Hollies
8 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da/While My Guitar Gently Weeps--The Beatles
9 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)--The 5th Dimension
10 Indian Giver--1910 Fruitgum Co.

Singles entering the chart were The Boxer/Baby Driver by Simon & Garfunkel (#21); In the Bad, Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me) by the Foundations (#26); and Hair by the Cowsills (#38).

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Get Back--The Beatles featuring Billy Preston (2nd week at #1)
2 Goodbye--Mary Hopkin
3 Israelites--Desmond Dekker and the Aces
4 The Boxer--Simon & Garfunkel
5 5th Symphony Beethoven--Ekseption
6 Seasons in the Sun--The Fortunes
7 Dizzy--Tommy Roe
8 Mendocino--Sir Douglas Quintet
9 The Last Seven Days--Gloria
10 Why--The Cats

Singles entering the chart were Let Me Come Back Home, Mama/Marley Purt Drive by Bonny St. Claire (#30); Cupid by Johnny Nash (#32); The Colour of My Love by Jefferson (#34); Yama, Yama, Hey by Ferré Grignard (#36); Mama Soul by the Soul Survivers (#37); and Sea of Delight by Brainbox (#39).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)--The 5th Dimension (6th week at #1)
2 Hair--The Cowsills
3 Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston
4 It's Your Thing--The Isley Brothers
5 Love (Can Make You Happy)--Mercy
6 Hawaii Five-O--The Ventures
7 The Boxer--Simon & Garfunkel
8 Atlantis--Donovan
9 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
10 These Eyes--The Guess Who?

Singles entering the chart were The April Fools by Dionne Warwick (#77); Let Me by Paul Revere and the Raiders (#83); We Got More Soul by Dyke and the Blazers (#86); You Don't Need Me For Anything Anymore by Brenda Lee (#87); My Wife, My Dog, My Cat by the Maskman and the Agents (#91); What Does it Take (To Win Your Love) by Jr. Walker & the All Stars (#93); Why I Sing the Blues by B.B. King (#94); Let Me Love You by Ray Charles (#95); Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces (#96); I Threw it All Away by Bob Dylan (#99); and Sausalito by Al Martino (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Hair--The Cowsills (2nd week at #1)
2 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)--The 5th Dimension
3 Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston
4 The Boxer--Simon & Garfunkel
5 Love (Can Make You Happy)--Mercy
6 These Eyes--The Guess Who?
7 It's Your Thing--The Isley Brothers
8 Time is Tight--Booker T. & the M.G.'s
9 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
10 Oh Happy Day--The Edwin Hawkins Singers

Singles entering the chart were See by the Rascals (#64); Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down by the Temptations (#68); What Does it Take (To Win Your Love) by Jr. Walker & the All Stars (#74); I Can Sing a Rainbow/Love is Blue by the Dells (#76); Good Morning Starshine by Oliver (#78); Love Man by Otis Redding (#79); Friend, Lover, Woman, Wife by O.C. Smith (#81); Imagine the Swan by the Zombies (#84); We Got More Soul by Dyke and the Blazers (#85); Baby, I Love You by Andy Kim (#86); Gentle on My Mind by Aretha Franklin (#90); Too Experienced by Eddie Lovette (#91); Let Me Love You by Ray Charles (#92); The Minotaur by Dick Hyman and the Electric Eclectics (#93); Running Bear by Sonny James (#95); and Rose Garden by Dobie Gray (#98).

Calgary's Top 10 (Glenn's Music)
1 Hair--The Cowsills (2nd week at #1)
2 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)--The 5th Dimension
3 Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston
4 The Boxer--Simon & Garfunkel
5 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
6 Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)--Peter Sarstedt
7 Sweet Cherry Wine--Tommy James and the Shondells
8 Hawaii 5-0--The Ventures
9 Tricia Tell Your Daddy--Andy Kim
10 You've Made Me So Very Happy--Blood, Sweat & Tears
Pick hit of the week: Twenty-Five Miles--Edwin Starr

The rock opera album Tommy by the Who was released in North America on Decca Records.

The U.S.S.R. probe Venera 6, launched on January 10, 1969, began its descent into the atmosphere of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure, the day after Venera 5 had landed.

An Arab guerrilla force crossed the Jordan River and raided an Israeli fortified post for the first time since the Six-Day War of 1967. Regular Jordanian units on the other side of the river aided the attackers.

The number of Americans killed in Vietnam for the week of May 11-17 was 430, double the number from the previous week, and the most in three months.

A ferry capsized in the Ganges River near Calcutta, and at least 40 of the 50 passengers drowned.

Horse racing
Majestic Prince, with Bill Hartack aboard, won his second straight Triple Crown race, taking the 94th running of the Preakness Stakes before 42,258 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:55 3/5. Arts and Letters, who placed second in the Kentucky Derby, finished second again, just a head behind the winner. Jay Ray finished third in the eight-horse field.

40 years ago

On television tonight
Family, on ABC
Tonight's episode: From Russia with Love

This was the last episode of the season.

Cuban dictator Fidel Castro arrived in Mexico for official state talks, his first visit to Mexico since taking power in 1959. Mr. Castro assailed the American economic blockade of Cuba.

An agreement was reached that ended the strike of major league umpires that had been going on since spring training.

Stanley Cup
Montreal 4 @ New York Rangers 1 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Doug Risebrough's goal with 4:16 remaining in the 1st period proved to be the winner as the Canadiens defeated the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Bunny Larocque, who had been hit in the head by a shot during the pre-game warmup prior to the second game, was replaced as Montreal's backup goalie by Richard Sevigny, wearing jersey #37 for his first game on a National Hockey League roster.

In the highest-scoring major league game since 1922, Mike Schmidt's second home run of the game, a solo shot in the 10th inning off Bruce Sutter, gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 23-22 win over the Chicago Cubs before 14,952 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The teams combined for 11 home runs and 97 total bases, both of which tied major league records. 21 different players scored runs, and the 47 extra bases on long hits (24 for the Phillies, 23 for the Cubs), set a major league record for an extra-inning game. Left fielder Dave Kingman hit 3 home runs and batted in 6 runs for the Cubs, while first baseman Bill Buckner hit a grand slam and had 7 RBIs. Bob Boone drove in 5 runs for the Phillies, while Larry Bowa had 5 hits. The Phillies scored 7 runs in the top of the first inning on three-run homers by Mr. Schmidt and Mr. Boone, and a solo home run by starting pitcher Randy Lerch, who managed the rare feat of hitting a home run before throwing his first pitch, while failing to make it through the 1st inning on the mound. The Phillies led 15-6 after 3 innings and 21-9 after 5 1/2 innings, but couldn't hold the lead. Rawly Eastwick shut out the Cubs in the 9th and 10th innings to get the win.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Minä olen muistanut--Kim Lönnholm

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Like a Prayer--Madonna (7th week at #1)

Stanley Cup
Montreal 4 @ Calgary 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

25 years ago

Politics and government
Bakili Muluzi, leader of the United Democratic Front, was elected President of Malawi in the country's first multi-party election, unseating Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who had been President since 1966. Mr. Muluzi took 47.15% of the vote to 33.44% for Dr. Banda, who was representing the Malawi Congress Party. Alliance for Democracy candidate Chakufwa Chihana was third with 18.89%.

Auto racing
After failing to qualify for the 1994 Indianapolis 500, Al Unser, Sr. announced his retirement as a driver. Mr. Unser competed in the race 27 times from 1965-1993, winning in 1970, 1971, 1978, and 1987. His son Al, Jr. won the race in 1992 and went on to win the 1994 Indianapolis 500.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Henry Jones, 86
. U.S. actor. Mr. Jones was a character actor who appeared in numerous plays, movies, and television programs in a career spanning more than 50 years. He won a Tony Award for his feature performance in Sunrise at Campobello (1958). His movies included The Bad Seed (1956) and Vertigo (1958), and he had a recurring supporting role in the television comedy series Phyllis (1975-1977). Mr. Jones died from complications from injuries suffered in a fall at his home.

Politics and government
Ehud Barak, head of the Labor Party and leader of the One Israel coalition, defeated incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party in the Israeli general election. Mr. Barak took 1,791,020 votes (56.1%) to 1,402,474 (43.9%) for Mr. Netanyahu. Mr. Barak had promised to continue the policies of slain former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and stressed the importance of reaching a final settlement with the Palestinians. 15 parties ended up winning seats in the 120-seat Knesset. One Israel (which included Labor) won 26 seats and Likud 19, but both parties lost ground. Shas, an ultra-religious party supported by Israelis of Middle Eastern and North African origin, won 17 seats. Mr. Netanyahu announced that he would resign as leader of Likud.

David Milgaard was awarded $10 million by the Saskatchewan government to compensate him for his wrongful conviction for murder and 23 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. Mr. Milgaard was cleared by DNA evidence in 1997.

Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Toronto 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT) (Toronto won best-of-seven series 4-2)

The Boston Red Sox scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning and withstood a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 before 20,395 fans at SkyDome in Toronto. The Blue Jays loaded the bases with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th, but Tom Gordon struck out pinch hitter Kevin Witt to end the game.

The Cleveland Indians led the Chicago White Sox 12-9 after 3 innings, but only 1 more run was scored in the last 6 innings as the Indians won 13-9 before 17,101 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Kenny Lofton led off the game with a home run and David Justice hit a 3-run homer to climax a 5-run 1st inning for Cleveland, but Carlos Lee hit a grand slam to climax a 6-run reply for Chicago in the bottom of the 1st. Bartolo Colon got the win to improve his 1999 record to 6-1 despite allowing 9 hits and 9 runs--all earned--in 5 2/3 innings.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays blasted the Texas Rangers 13-3 before 29,946 fans at the Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Tampa Bay first baseman Fred McGriff extended his own major league record by hitting a home run in his 35th major league park.

Left fielder Butch Huskey had 4 hits (including 2 home runs) and 7 RBIs, and designated hitter Edgar Martinez hit 2 home runs and scored 5 runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 15-5 before 25,710 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. Jordan Zimmerman, the third of four Seattle pitchers, retired both batters he faced in the 8th inning.

10 years ago

Died on this date
David Herbert Donald, 88
. U.S. historian. Dr. Donald won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War (1960) and Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe (1987), but was probably best known for his biography Lincoln (1995).

Politics and government
Independent candidate Dalia Grybauskaitė became the first woman to be elected President of Lithuania, receiving 69.1% of the vote. Social Democratic Party candidate Algirdas Butkevičius was second, receiving 11.8% of the vote.

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