Sunday, 2 May 2021

May 2, 2021

410 years ago

The English-language version of the Bible authorized by King James I of England--popularly known as the King James version--began publication over a period of five days.

210 years ago

Henry Chubb founded the New Brunswick Courier newspaper in Saint John. The Courier became a training ground for many prominent newspapermen, and championed the rights of the elected Assembly during the struggle for Responsible Government in the 1830's.

120 years ago


The Boston Americans scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning and added 10 in the 3rd as they beat the Philadelphia Athletics 23-12 before 2,841 fans at Columbia Park in Philadelphia. Every man in the Boston lineup had at least 1 hit and 2 runs. Parson Lewis (1-0) pitched a complete game victory, allowing 19 hits and 11 earned runs, while Pete Loos (0-1) started and took the loss in his only major league appearance, giving up 2 hits, 4 bases on balls, and 3 earned runs in 1+ inning.

Algie McBride batted 4 for 6 with 2 doubles, 4 runs, and 5 runs batted in to help the Cincinnati Reds defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 16-12 before 3,000 fans at Robison Field in St. Louis. Bill Phillips (2-0) pitched a 17-hit complete game victory, allowing 10 earned runs, while batting 2 for 4 with 3 runs and a run batted in.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Satyajit Ray
. Indian film director and writer. Mr. Ray, probably the most famous director in Bollywood history, was known for such films as Pather Panchali (1955); Aparajito (1956); Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959); and Agantuk (The Stranger) (1991). He was honoured with an Academy Award for lifetime achievement just before his death on April 23, 1992, nine days before his 71st birthday.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Penelope Delta, 66 or 67
. Greek authoress. Miss Delta wrote historical novels for teenagers, which have influenced popular perceptions of Greek culture and history. She died five days after taking poison on the day that German troops entered Athens.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission authorized the full commercialization of television broadcasting beginning July 1, 1941.

Following the coup d'état against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier in the year, the United Kingdom launched the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.

The American Legion's executive committee urged U.S. convoys to deliver war materials to Britain. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged in a letter to Office of Production Management chiefs William Knudsen and Sidney Hillman that the machine tool industry go on a 24-hour day, 7-day workweek. In a letter to House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Robert Doughton (Democrat--North Carolina), President Roosevelt urged a "minimum" $3.5-billion tax increase to cover defense costs.

Dr. Rubby Sherr and Professor Kenneth Bainbridge of Harvard University reported the transmutation of mercury into radioactive gold and platinum.

Economics and finance
U.S. Price Administrator Leon Henderson said that the government was prepared to fix prices for staple commodities, food, and clothing to prevent unwarranted price inflation.

General Mills began shipping a new cereal called "Cheerioats" to six test markets; the cereal was later renamed "Cheerios."

75 years ago

At the movies
The Postman Always Rings Twice, starring Lana Turner and John Garfield, opened in theatres.

The Arab Higher Committee sent a letter described as "the next thing to an ulitmatum" to the British cabinet, warning of a national struggle against the recommendations of the Palestine Inquiry Commission.

Politics and government
Dutch Overseas Territories Minister J.H.A. Logemann announced that a tentative agreement for an Indonesian Republic under Netherlands sovereignty had been reached at The Hague.

The "Battle of Alcatraz" between inmates and guards at Alcatraz Prison off San Francisco began.

The Argentine government of President Juan Peron took over six universities, placing them under federal directors after students engaged in anti-Peron demonstrators.

The U.S. Office of Defense Transportation ordered an embargo on all non-essential rail freight and a 25% reduction in passenger service in order to conserve coal during the miners' strike.

Economics and finance
U.K Chancellor of the Exchequer Hugh Dalton was named a governor of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, succeeding the recently-deceased John Maynard Keynes.

U.S. President Harry Truman asked Congress to vote funds for 34 government corporations, including the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, promising to discontinue them as soon as inflationary pressures eased.

60 years ago

At the movies
I was a Communist for the F.B.I., directed by Gordon Douglas, and starring Frank Lovejoy, opened in theatres in New York City.

Israeli-Syrian fighting broke out again in the demilitarized border zone between the Huleh swamp and the Sea of Galilee. 20 Syrians and 4 Israelis died as a result of Syrian attempts to keep the Israelis from drainnig the swamp.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees released a summary of the October 1950 conference on Wake Island between President Harry Truman and Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command General Douglas MacArthur which confirmed earlier reports that Gen. MacArthur had misled President Truman on the possibility of Chinese intervention in Korea.

Japanese Emperor Hirohito paid his first visit to Commander-in-Chief of the United Nations Command General Matthew Ridgway in Tokyo.

A U.S. federal jury in Newark, New Jersey convicted Dr. John Jones, veterinarian and former Army meat inspector, of taking part in a conspiracy which had defrauded the government of $1 million by passing inferior-grade meat bought by the Army in 1947-1948 as top-grade beef.

Former world heavyweight champion Joe Louis (63-2) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Omelio Agramonte (42-12) at Olympia Stadium in Detroit. It was the Brown Bomber's second decision over Mr. Agramonte within three months.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Norway (VG-lista): Are You Sure--The Allisons

On television tonight
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, hosted by John Newland, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Prisoner, starring Anton Diffring, Faith Brook, and Catherine Feller

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Pearl Necklace, starring Hazel Court, Ernest Truex, and Jack Cassidy

Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: A Good Imagination, starring Edward Andrews, Patricia Barry, and Ed Nelson

The liftoff of Mercury-Redstone 3 with Alan Shepard aboard, scheduled to be the U.S.A.’s entry into the manned space race, was scrubbed and postponed until May 4 because of bad weather at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The Canadian Pacific Ocean liner RMS Empress of Canada, the new flagship of the Canadian Pacific fleet, arrived at Montréal on her maiden voyage, eight days after departing Liverpool.

The government of Canada announced that it had negotiated an agreement to sell 6 million tons of wheat, barley, and flour, with a total value of about $362 million, to the People's Republic of China in one of the biggest grain sales in Canadian history. The agreement between the Canadian Wheat Board and China Resources Company, covering a period from June 1, 1961 to December 1963, was negotiated in Hong Kong from the Canadian side by Agriculture Minister Alvin Hamilton. The terms of the sale were 25% cash and the balance in 270 days. Canada guaranteed credit up to $50 million.

Mickey Mantle hit a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins before 16,669 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. It was the Yankees’ first game in Minnesota.

50 years ago

Stanley Cup
New York 2 @ Chicago 4 (Chicago won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Bobby Hull scored the series-winning goal at 4:24 of the 3rd period, and Chico Maki put the game and series away with an empty-net goal as the Black Hawks eliminated the Rangers at Chicago Stadium.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Sarà perché ti amo--Ricchi e Poveri (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Vienna--Ultravox (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: Making Your Mind Up--Bucks Fizz (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Chi Mai (Theme from The Life and Times of David Lloyd George)--Ennio Morricone

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Making Your Mind Up--Bucks Fizz (3rd week at #1)

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Angel of Mine--Frank Duval & Orchestra
2 Vienna--Ultravox
3 Without Your Love--Roger Daltrey
4 Can You Feel It--The Jacksons
5 One Night Affair--Spargo
6 Making Your Mind Up--Bucks Fizz
7 Jealous Guy--Roxy Music
8 Chanson D'Amour--BZN
9 You Better You Bet--The Who
10 9 to 5--Dolly

Singles entering the chart were Double Dutch Bus by Frankie Smith (#21); Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside (#27); Just the Two of Us by Grover Washington, Jr. (#32); Dancing Dynamo by Sugar and the Lollipops (#35); and People Alone by Randy Crawford (#37). People Alone was from the movie The Competition (1980).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
2 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
3 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
4 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
5 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall & John Oates
6 Rapture--Blondie
7 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
8 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
9 Living Inside Myself--Gino Vannelli
10 I Can't Stand It--Eric Clapton and his Band

Singles entering the chart were The Waiting by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#61); You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates (#82); Sweet Baby by Stanley Clarke/George Duke (#83); Can You Feel It by the Jacksons (#89); Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by Phoebe Snow (#90); and Shaddap You Face by Joe Dolce (#94).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton (3rd week at #1)
2 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall & John Oates
3 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
4 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
5 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
6 Rapture--Blondie
7 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
8 Her Town Too--James Taylor and J.D. Souther
9 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
10 Somebody’s Knockin’--Terri Gibbs

Singles entering the chart were The Waiting by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#59); You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates (#85); Sweet Baby by Stanley Clarke/George Duke (#87); and You’re So Easy to Love by Tommy James (#90).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton (2nd week at #1)
2 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
3 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall & John Oates
4 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
5 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
6 Rapture--Blondie
7 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
8 Keep on Loving You--REO Speedwagon
9 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
10 Somebody's Knockin'--Terri Gibbs

Singles entering the chart were The Waiting by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#72); Give a Little Bit More by Cliff Richard (#76); Fool in Love with You by Jim Photoglo (#82); Is it You by Lee Ritenour (#84); Sweet Baby by Stanley Clarke/George Duke (#86); You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates (#87); Say What by Jesse Winchester (#88); Shaddap You Face by Joe Dolce (#89); I Can Take Care of Myself by Billy and the Beaters (#90); and Seven Year Ache by Rosanne Cash (#94).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
2 Shaddap You Face--Joe Dolce
3 9 to 5--Dolly Parton
4 While You See a Chance--Steve Winwood
5 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
6 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall & John Oates
7 Wasn’t That a Party--The Rovers
8 Celebration--Kool & the Gang
9 I Missed Again--Phil Collins
10 You Better You Bet--The Who

Singles entering the chart were Medley by Stars on 45 (#41); Hold on Loosely by .38 Special (#46); Find Your Way Back by Jefferson Starship (#47); Winning by Santana (#48); and Sukiyaki by A Taste of Honey (#50).

Vancouver's Top 10 (CFUN)
1 You Better You Bet--The Who
2 Just the Two of Us--Grover Washington, Jr.
3 Somebody's Knockin'--Terri Gibbs
4 Time Out of Mind--Steely Dan
5 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
6 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
7 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
8 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
9 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx
10 High School Confidential--Rough Trade

Singles entering the chart were Say You'll Be Mine by Christopher Cross (#23); A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do) by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio (#24); and This Little Girl by Gary U.S. Bonds (#29).

Horse racing
Pleasant Colony, with Jorge Velasquez up, won the 107th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:02. Woodchopper placed second and Partez finished third in the 21-horse field. First prize money was $317,200.

Stanley Cup
New York Islanders 5 @ New York Rangers 1 (Islanders led best-of-seven series 3-0)

Vancouver 6 @ Edmonton 7

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his Kiss)--Cher

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Bertha Wilson was named to head a Canadian Bar Association task force to improve the status of women in the legal profession; she retired in November 1990 after 8 years on the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down 190-year-old law that let the Crown jail people found not guilty by reason of insanity, or commit them to a mental institution indefinitely.

Stanley Cup
Clarence S. Campbell Conference Finals
Minnesota 3 @ Edmonton 1 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 1-0)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Children--Robert Miles

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Children--Robert Miles (2nd week at #1)

Politics and government
The Prince Edward Island Legislature adjourned, and the dual-member riding system was ended. Instead of 16 two-member ridings, the legislature would henceforth have a single member representing each of 27 ridings.

Economics and finance
French Prime Minister Alain Juppe called for a 2% cut in expenditures.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
Florida 2 @ Philadelphia 0 (Florida led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Western Conference Semi-Finals
Chicago 3 @ Colorado 2 (OT) (Chicago led best-of-seven series 1-0)

20 years ago

A U.S. federal grand jury indicted the former chairmen of the world’s two largest auction houses--Sotheby’s and Christie’s--for overcharging their customers.

Johnny Oates resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers, with the team off to an 11-17 start to the season. Mr. Oates had been the team’s manager since 1995, and had led them to American League West Division titles in 1996, 1998, and 1999. Interim manager Jerry Narron avoided defeat in his first game when the game at The Ballpark in Arlington was called because of rain after 3 innings, with the Rangers trailing the Chicago White Sox 6-0.

10 years ago

Died on this date (?)
Osama bin Laden, 54
. Saudi Arabian terrorist. Mr. bin Laden, the son of construction magnate Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, founded the terrorist organization al-Qaeda in 1988. He was expelled from Saudi Arabia in 1992, relocated to Sudan, and eventually settled in Afghanistan after being forced to leave Sudan in 1996. Mr. bin Laden was best known as the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. He was allegedly shot and killed by U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 in a private residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. However, his body was quickly buried at sea, and intelligence agencies in countries such as Pakistan believed that Mr. bin Laden had died years earlier from kidney disease.

Politics and government
The Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won a majority of seats in the House of Commons in the Canadian federal election. The Conservatives won 166 of 308 seats, an increase of 23 seats from their total going into the election. The New Democratic Party, led by Jack Layton, finished second and achieved official Opposition status for the first time, taking 103 seats, an increase of 67. Most of the NDP seats were won in Quebec, as voters in that province decided to punish the Liberal Party and Bloc Québécois. The Liberals, led by Michael Ignatieff, dropped from 77 seats to 34 in the worst showing in their history. The BQ, led by Gilles Duceppe, dropped from 43 seats to 4. The Green Party won its first seat as party leader Elizabeth May was elected in the British Columbia riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. Pierre-Luc Dusseault, 19, was elected as an NDP riding in Sherbrooke, Quebec, becoming the youngest MP in Canadian history.

An E. coli outbreak struck Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sickened.

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