Thursday, 25 August 2011

September 1, 2011

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Donna and Will Morrow!

670 years ago
1341


Born on this date
Federico III
. King of Sicily, 1355-1377. Federico "the Simple" acceded to the throne upon the death of his brother Ludovico. He signed the Peace of Avignon in 1372, ending the Vespers War against Naples. King Federico died on July 27, 1377 at the age of 35, and was succeeded by his daughter Maria.

450 years ago
1561


Born on this date
Gervase Helwys
. English government official. Sir Gervase was a member of the court of King James I who was appointed as Lieutenant of the Tower of London in 1613. He was found guilty as an accessory before the fact in the 1613 murder of former court adviser Sir Thomas Overbury, and was publicly executed at Tower Hill on November 20, 1615 at the age of 54.

420 years ago
1591


War
The Battle of Flores off the Azores concluded with the English galleon Revenge, commanded by Sir Richard Grenville, fighting alone and finally surrendering to a Spanish fleet of 55 ships commanded by Alonso de Bazán. Sir Richard died of his wounds nine days later.

300 years ago
1711


Born on this date
Willem IV
. Prince of Orange and Prince of Orange-Nassau, 1711-1751. Willem IV was Prince of Orange and Prince of Orange-Nassau from birth, six weeks after the accidental drowning of his father Johan Willem Friso. Willem IV was Stadtholder of Friesland, Stadtholder of Groningen, and Stadtholder of Guelders before becoming the first hereditary Stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands in 1747, serving until his death from a stroke on October 22, 1751 at the age of 40. He was succeeded in his existing titles by his son Willem V.

180 years ago
1831


Religion
The Order of St. Gregory the Great was established by Pope Gregory XVI of the Vatican State to recognize high support for the Vatican or for the Pope, by a man or a woman, and not necessarily a Roman Catholic.

160 years ago
1851


Born on this date
John Clum
. U.S. bureaucrat, politician, and journalist. Mr. Clum served as Indian agent for the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona Territory (1874-1877), where he implemented a limited form of self-government on the reservation that was so successful that other reservations were closed and their residents moved to San Carlos. He captured Geronimo in 1877 without firing a shot, but resigned soon afterward as a result of disagreements with the Indan Bureau and the U.S. Army. Mr. Clum moved to Tombstone, Arizona, founding The Tombstone Epitaph in 1880. He was elected Mayor of Tombstone in 1881, and was in office when the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place on October 26, 1881. Mr. Clum's friendship with the Earp brothers led to threats against him, and he left Tombstone in 1882. He served as a postmaster in Alaska from 1898-1909, and died in Los Angeles on May 2, 1932 at the age of 80.

110 years ago
1901


Baseball
Gene Wright of the Dayton Old Soldiers of the Western Association pitched his first of two consecutive no-hitters, walking 1 batter and striking out 4 as the Old Soldiers shut out the Columbus Senators 9-0 in Dayton.

100 years ago
1911


Defense The armoured cruiser Georgios Averof was commissioned into the Greek Navy; it now serves as a museum ship.

70 years ago
1941


War
A British communique announced that U.K. and U.S.S.R. forces had met the previous day at Sinneh in western Iran, cutting Iran off from Turkey.

Abominations
Nazis executed 2,500 Jews by shooting in Ostroh, Ukraine.

World events
A Vichy French official in Paris announced that the Germans had dropped plans for "mass execution" of Jewish hostages after the Vichy government of Prime Minister Marshal Philippe Pétain "proved" that a Communist, and not a Jew, had assassinated a German naval officer on August 21.

Diplomacy
Japanese Army press chief Colonel Hayto Mabuchi said that if Japan could not reach a peaceful settlement through diplomatic negotiations, she must break her encirclement by force.

Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho told the opening session of Congress that the long-standing problems between the United States and Mexico were about to reach a satisfactory conclusion.

Transportation
Dorval International Airport, now known as Pierre Trudeau Airport, opened west of Montreal.

Baseball
Ted Williams hit 2 home runs in the first game and another in the second game as the Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals 13-9 and 10-2 before 22,577 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

Rudy York hit 3 home runs and batted in 5 runs to lead the Detroit Tigers over the St. Louis Browns 9-5 in the first game of a doubleheader before 22,180 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers overcame an early 7-0 deficit to win the second game 16-8 and complete the sweep.

The New York Yankees amassed 19 hits and the Philadelphia Athletics made 18 as the Yankees beat the Athletics 13-11 in the first game of a doubleheader before 25,121 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Bill Beckmann (5-8) allowed 11 hits and 4 bases on balls, but pitched a complete game victory as the Athletics won the second game 5-1.

Luke Appling had 3 hits in the first game and 4 in the second to help the Chicago White Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 7-3 and 4-3 in 12 innings before 11,368 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Taffy Wright scored the winning run in the second game when he led off the 12th inning with a base on balls and scored on an outfield fly by Tom Turner. Beau Bell came to bat for Cleveland in the 8th inning of the first game and popped out in the 767th and last game of his seven-year major league career.

Dolph Camilli batted 5 for 7 with a home run, 2 doubles, and 3 runs batted in, singling home Pete Coscarart with the winning run with 1 out in the bottom of the 15th inning, as the Brooklyn Dodgers edged the Boston Braves 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader before 27,516 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. In the second game, Peter Reiser led off the bottom of the 6th with a triple and scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Cookie Lavagetto to tie the game 2-2, which proved to be the final score, as the game was called after 6 innings because of darkness.

Mel Ott hit a home run in each game to help the New York Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 and 4-3 in 10 innings before 8,248 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Paul Derringer (10-13) pitched a 6-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Jake Mooty (7-6), who also pitched a 6-hitter, as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 25,107 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In the second game, Babe Dahlgren doubled home 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the score, and then Phil Cavarretta tripled home Stan Hack with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th to give the Cubs a 5-4 win.

Ernie White (17-4) pitched a 9-hit complete game and tripled home a run for the St. Louis Cardinals as they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in the first game of a doubleheder before 34,812 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Johnny Mize hit a single, double, and triple to help the Cardinals complete the sweep with a 6-3 win in the second game, which was called because of darkness after 7½ innings.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Mockin' Bird Hill--Donald Peers and Jim Gussey

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sweet Violets--Dinah Shore
2 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
3 Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney
--Kay Starr
4 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
5 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
6 My Truly, Truly Fair--Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
7 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
8 I Get Ideas--Tony Martin
9 I'm in Love Again--Henri Rene and his Orchestra featuring April Stevens
10 (Why Did I Tell You I was Going to) Shanghai--Doris Day
--Billy Williams Quartet

Singles entering the chart were While You Danced, Danced, Danced by Georgia Gibbs (#21); The Girl in the Wood by Frankie Laine (#23); Whispering by Les Paul (#28); Them Their Eyes by Champ Butler (#31); Go Go Go Go by Richard Hayes (#35); Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh? by April Stevens with Henri Rene and his Orchestra (#37); I Love the Sunshine of Your Smile by the Four Knights (#39); and Do You Really Love Me, with versions by Gordon MacRae; and Tony Martin (#40). Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh? was the B-side of Dreamy Melody.

World events
Highway traffic between berlin and West Germany was slowed again when Soviet authorities imposed a new "road repair" tax on Western vehicles passing through East Germany.

Diplomacy
The United Nations Security Council asked Egypt to lift its blockade of shipping to Israel through the Suez Canal, but Egypt refused to comply.

Defense
The United States, Australia, and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty.

Crime
U.S. Attorney General J. Howard McGrath's Conference on Organized Crime established a nine-man committee of sports leaders, including National League President Ford Frick and American League President Will Harridge of Major League Baseball, to investigate sports gambling.

Football
CRU
IRFU
Toronto (1-0) 36 @ Ottawa (0-1) 17

WIFU
Edmonton (2-1) 18 @ Calgary (0-3) 17

Baseball
Don Mueller hit 3 home runs and drove in 5 runs to lead the New York Giants to an 8-1 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers before 40,794 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York, reducing the Dodgers' lead over the Giants in the National League pennant race to 6 games. Sal Maglie (18-5) pitched a 7-hitter to win over Ralph Branca (12-6).

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): You Don't Know--Helen Shapiro (4th week at #1); Johnny Remember Me--John Leyton (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
The Lawless Years, starring James Gregory, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Triple Cross

War
The Eritrean War of Independence officially began with the Battle of Adal in which the Eritrean Liberation Front, which numbered only 14, was able to overcome the local Ethiopian forces.

Diplomacy
The first conference of the Non-Aligned Countries was held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Disasters
Trans World Airlines Flight 529, a Lockheed Constellation L-049 propliner en route from Boston to San Francisco via New York and Chicago, crashed shortly after takeoff from Midway Airport in Chicago, killing all 78 people on board. At the time, it was the deadliest single plane disaster in U.S. history.





Baseball
30-year-old rookie Cuno Barragan of the Chicago Cubs hit his only major league home run in his first major league at bat, but the Cubs lost 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants in 14 innings before 5,427 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The winning run scored when Joey Amalfitano singled with 2 out in the top of the 14th inning and Ernie Bowman followed with a triple to bring him home. Chicago pitcher Don Elston thought he's struck out Mr. Bowman before he hit his triple, and Mr. Elston was ejected by home plate umpire Ken Burkhart after the third out. Mr. Barragan played the first 7 innings, batting 1 for 3 with a solo homer, and no fielding chances.

Ron Fairly singled to lead off the 9th ining, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Frank Howard, and scored on a single by John Roseboro to break a 3-3 tie as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Milwaukee Braves 4-3 before 19,189 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

With 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning, Elston Howard singled and advanced to third base on a single by Yogi Berra, and Bill Skowron singled to score Mr. Howard, giving the New York Yankees a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers before 65,566 fans at Yankee Stadium, increasing their lead over the second-place Tigers to 2½ games. Luis Arroyo (12-3) pitched a perfect 9th inning to get the win, after Whitey Ford and Bud Daley had allowed 7 hits in 8 innings. Losing pitcher Don Mossi (14-4) pitched an 8-hitter.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I'm Still Waiting--Diana Ross (2nd week at #1)

Politics and government
Voters in Egypt, Libya, and Syria endorsed a merger whereby the three nations became members of the Federation of Arab Republics. The federation was an attempt by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to create a unified Arab state.

Africana
Egypt officially became known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, dropping the name United Arab Republic. The U.A.R., a union of Egypt and Syria, had officially come into existence on February 1, 1958, but had ended in practice when Syria had declared its independence on September 29, 1961 and resumed its own seat in the United Nations several days later.

Asiatica
The Persian Gulf shiekdom of Qatar declared its independence from Great Britain.

Football
CFL
Calgary (5-1) 15 @ Winnipeg (3-5) 31
Toronto (5-1) 16 @ Edmonton (1-6) 15

Rookie Toronto quarterback Joe Theismann directed the Argonauts to the winning touchdown in the waning moments of the 4th quarter at Clarke Stadium. Edmonton kicker Dave Cutler narrowly missed a 57-yard field goal attempt on the last play.

Baseball
Ferguson Jenkins (21-11) hit 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs as he pitched the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Expos before 11,575 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Jenkins' homers were his 4th and 5th of the season. He pitched a 6-hitter to win over Bill Stoneman (14-13). This game was played after the last 3 innings of a game that had been suspended because of darkness the night before, with the Expos winning 11-2.

The Pittsburgh Pirates started what was believed to be the first lineup composed entirely of black players (including those from Latin America) in major league history, in a 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies before 11,278 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The lineup was: Rennie Stennett, second base; Gene Clines, center field; Roberto Clemente, right field; Willie Stargell, left field; Manny Sanguillen, catcher; Dave Cash, third base; Al Oliver, first base; Jackie Hernandez, shortstop; Dock Ellis, pitcher. Another Negro, Bob Veale, was one of three relief pitchers used by the Pirates in the game. The Pirates led 9-6 after 3 innings.

Tom Seaver (16-8) pitched a 4-hitter for the New York Mets as they beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 before 22,204 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Bob Gibson (13-12) allowed 11 hits and 6 runs--all earned--in 6.2 innings to take the loss in what was expected to be a pitchers' duel.

Dave Nelson singled with 1 out in the top of the 1st inning, advanced to second base on a ground out by Don Mincher, and scored on a triple by Tom McCraw to provide the winning run for the Washington Senators as they shut out the New York Yankees 2-0 before 8,467 fans at Yankee Stadium. Bill Gogolewski (4-3) pitched a 4-hitter to outduel Steve Kline (10-13), who pitched a 6-hitter.

Ellie Rodriguez doubled with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning, advanced to third base on a ground out by Dave May, and scored on a single by Bob Heise to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals before 4,976 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Carlos May scored Pat Kelly with a bases-loaded single and Walt Williams scored Jay Johnstone with a sacrifice fly to break a 0-0 tie in the top of the 11th inning as the Chicago White Sox shut out the Minnesota Twins 2-0 before 8,511 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Bart Johnson (8-10), with relief help from Vicente Romo, got the win in relief of Wilbur Wood, who allowed 6 hits in 9 innings. Bob Gebhard (1-2) took the loss in relief of Bert Blyleven, who allowed 5 hits in 10 innings.

Reggie Jackson batted 3 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in to help the Oakland Athletics shut out the California Angels 7-0 before 9,120 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Chuck Dobson (15-3) pitched a 7-hitter and batted 1 for 4 with an RBI in what turned out to be his last win in an Oakland uniform. Calcium deposits in his right elbow shortened his season and career.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Austria's Top 10 (Ö3)
1 Strada del sole--Rainhard Fendrich (5th week at #1)
2 Hello Man--Cosmetics
3 The Stroke--Billy Squier
4 Stars on 45 Vol. 2--Stars on 45
5 Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)--Ottawan
6 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
7 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
8 You Drive Me Crazy--Shakin' Stevens
9 Sarà perché ti amo--Ricchi & Poveri
10 Hold on Tight--Electric Light Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were The Stroke; Stars on 45 Vol. 2; Hold on Tight; Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton (#13); Chequered Love by Kim Wilde (#16); and Caribbean Disco Show by Lobo (#18).

Died on this date
Ann Harding, 79
. U.S. actress. Miss Harding, born Dorothy Walton Gatley, was a popular leading lady in the early years of sound films, receiving an Academy Award nomination for her starring role in Holiday (1930). Her popularity declined in the late 1930s as she became typecast as the beautiful, innocent, self-sacrificing woman. Miss Harding appeared in relatively few movies after 1947, but had a notable supporting role in The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956). She died 25 days after her 79th birthday.

Albert Speer, 76. German architect and politician. Mr. Speer joined the Nazi Party in 1931 and designed structures such as the Reich Chancellery and the Nazi Party rally grounds in Nuremberg. He became a member of Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's inner circle, and served as Reich Minister of Armaments and War Production (1942-1945) and Minister of Industry and Production (May 2-23, 1945). Mr. Speer narrowly avoided a death sentence when he was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and served his full sentence of 20 years at Spadau Prison in Berlin. He wrote two volumes of memoirs, and successfully propagated the myth that he had been responsible for an "armaments miracle" that prolonged German involvement in World War II, and that he hadn't had firsthand knowledge of the Holocaust of the Jews. It was revealed in the years following his death that the increase in armaments under Mr. Speer's supervision was largely the result of systems devised by his predecessor, Fritz Todt, and that Mr. Speer had been intimately involved in the Holocaust, including the use of slave labour. Mr. Speer died of a stroke.

World events
A bloodless coup d'état in the Central African Republic, led by General André Kolingba, overthrew President David Dacko.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Papa Don't Preach--Madonna (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): La Puerta de Alcalá--Víctor Manuel y Ana Belén (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Murray Hamilton, 63
. U.S. actor. Mr. Hamilton was a character actor who appeared in numerous films and television programs, but was perhaps best known for playing Mr. Robinson in The Graduate (1967). He died of lung cancer.

Television
The French-language Montréal-based Quatre-Saisons (TQS) network began broadcasting.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (6-3) 42 @ Calgary (5-5) 19

Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan completed 2 touchdown passes to Brian Kelly in the first 4 minutes of the game and the Eskimos led 21-0 after the 1st quarter, as they easily beat the Stampeders before 33,626 fans, the first sellout crowd at McMahon Stadium since 1982. It was the first CFL game for Edmonton linebacker Bruce Green. Huey Lewis and the News, scheduled to make concert appearances in Calgary and Edmonton later in the week, were introduced on the field at halftime, but didn't perform.



Montreal (2-7) 7 @ Hamilton (4-5) 42

Walter Bender rushed for 3 touchdowns and Mike Kerrigan passed for 2 more as the Tiger-Cats routed the Alouettes before 23,185 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium.



20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)

Austria's Top 10 (Ö3)
1 Wind of Change--Scorpions (9th week at #1)
2 Bacardi Feeling (Summer Dreamin')--Kate Yanai
3 Do the Limbo Dance--David Hasselhoff
4 Sailing on the Seven Seas--OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)
5 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
6 Bobby Brown--Frank Zappa
7 The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his Kiss)--Cher
8 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
9 Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)--Crystal Waters
10 Jesus Loves You--Bow Down Mister

The only single entering the chart was Sweet Soul Music by Soul Kitchen featuring London Boys (#25).

Asiatica
Uzbekistan declared its independence from the U.S.S.R.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (5-4) 23 @ Saskatchewan (3-6) 56

30,314 fans were in attendance at Taylor Field in Regina to see the Roughriders beat the Blue Bombers in a game that saw Winnipeg take 17 penalties for 159 yards and lose two players to ejection for the second straight game.

August 31, 2011

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Lee and Lois Morrow!

1,850 years ago
161


Born on this date
Commodus
. Emperor of the Roman Empire, 177-192. Lucius Aurelius Commodus was co-Emperor with his father Marcus Aurelius from 177-180, and reigned alone until his assassination. An attempt at poisoning Commodus was unsuccessful, so his wrestling partner Narcissus strangled him in his bath on December 31, 192 at the age of 31. Pertinax was named Emperor the next day. Commodus turned his reign as Emperor into a cult of personality, and was not mourned.

200 years ago
1811


Died on this date
Louis Antoine de Bougainville, 81
. French military officer and explorer. Comte de Bougainville was a navy admiral who fought against in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War. He led the first French settlement of the خles Malouines (Falkland Islands) (1763-1764), composed of Acadians who had been deported to France by the British because of their refusal to sign loyalty oaths. Comte de Bougainville commanded the first French circumnavigation of the blobe (1766-1769). Bougainville Island of Papua New Guinea as well as the Bougainvillea flower were named after him.

170 years ago
1841


Disasters
The New Zealand ship Sophia Pate was wrecked on a sandbar at the entrance to Kaipara Harbour with the loss of 21 lives. The ship had been chartered by three Irish Wesleyan (Methodist) families to carry 23 settlers from Sydney, via Auckland, to the Kaipara district, where they planned to establish a settlement in the Kaihu Valley.

140 years ago
1871


Born on this date
James E. Ferguson
. U.S. politician. "Pa" Ferguson, a Democrat, served a pair of one-year terms as Governor of Texas (1915-1917), but was impeached, convicted, and removed from office before the end of his second term on corruption-related charges. He ran unsuccessfully for President of the United States as the candidate of the American Party in 1920, and lost a Democratic Party runoff election in an attempt to be nominated to run for the U.S. Senate in 1922. His wife Miriam "Ma" Ferguson was elected Governor of Texas in 1924, serving as the state's first female governor (1925-1927, 1933-1935). Mr. Ferguson died of a stroke on September 21, 1944, three weeks after his 73rd birthday.

125 years ago
1886


Disasters
The 7.0 Mw Charleston earthquake struck southeastern South Carolina with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). 60 people were killed, and damage was estimated at $5–6 million.

100 years ago
1911


Born on this date
Arsenio Rodriguez
. Cuban-born U.S. musician. Mr. Rodriguez, born Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull, played the Cuban instruments tres and tumbadora and specialized in Afro-Cuban music, establishing the conjunto (small ensemble) format and had success as a songwriter and recording artist in Cuba for more than a dozen years before moving to New York in 1952. He recorded several albums thereafter, but his music fell out of fashion. Mr. Rodriguez died of pneumonia on December 30, 1970 at the age of 59.

Edward Brongersma. Dutch politician and activist. Dr. Brongersma was a member of the Dutch Labour Party who sat in the Dutch Senate (1946-1950, 1963-1977). He was a sodomite who served 11 months in prison for having sex with a then-underage 17-year-old youth; his main interest as a legislator was in trying to lower the age of consent for sex. Dr. Brongersma died by voluntary euthanasia on April 22, 1998 at the age of 86. The doctor who aided in his death, Flip Sutorius, was prosecuted but not punished.

80 years ago
1931


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jean Beliveau!

"Le Gros Bill", who played with the Montreal Canadiens in 1950-51 and from 1952-1971, was born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

75 years ago
1936


Radio
Radio Prague, now the official international broadcasting station of the Czech Republic, began broadcasting.

70 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square--Vera Lynn; West End Players (4th month at #1)

Died on this date
Thomas Bavin, 67
. N.Z.-born Australian politician. Sir Thomas moved to Australia at the age of 15, became a barrister at the age of 23, and was Australian correspondent for the London Moring Post (1907-1911). He failed in attempts to enter federal politics, but as a member of the Nationalist Party, represented Albury (1917-1920, 1927-1935) and Ryde (1920-1927) in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. Sir Thomas was Attorney General of New South Wales (1921-1925), and became leader of the N.S.W. Nationalist Party and Leader of the Opposition after the Labour Party won the 1925 state election. The Nationalist and Country parties formed a coalition that won the 1927 N.S.W. election, with Sir Thomas serving as Premier of New South Wales (1927-1930). His government introduced tax reforms that angered conservative supporters, and he suffered from poor health. Labour won the 1930 state election, and Sir Thomas remained as Nationalist Party leader until 1932, when he joined the new United Australia Party. He sat on the N.S.W. Supreme Court from 1933 until his death from cancer.

Marina Tsvetaeva, 58. Russian poetess. Miss Tsvetaeva is regarded as one of Russia's greatest lyric poets. Her husband Sergei Efron joined the White Army in the Russian Civil War, and she and their two daughters suffered economic hardships, and the youngest daughter died of hunger. Miss Tsvetaeva and her family fled Russia for Paris in 1922, eventually settling there from 1925-1939. Mr. Efron and their daughter Alya developed Soviet sympathies, and Sergei became an NKVD agent. They were arrested for espionage in 1941; Mr. Efron was executed by shooting, aand Alya Efron served eight years in prison. Miss Tsvetaeva, reportedly under pressure to work for the NKVD, committed suicide by hanging herself.

War
The Canadian Privy Council issued an Order-in-Council authorizing the formation of the Canadian Women's Army Corps (CWAC). Serbian paramilitary forces defeated German forces in the Battle of Loznica. Newspapers in London published reports from Stockholm that U.S.S.R.-Finland peace negotiations were under way.

Defense
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a certificate under his unlimited emergency powers revoking a 1904 ban on shipping gasoline and fuel oil in foreign vessels, permitting British and Dutch tankers, operating from the Netherlands East Indies, to supply U.S. troops in the Philippines with vital lubricants.

Golf
Ben Hogan won the Hershey (Pennsylvania) Open with a 17-under-par score of 275.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Last Man on Earth, starring Martin Brandt, Andrew Branham, Cloris Leachman, and Lon McCallister

Died on this date Abraham Cahan, 91. Lithuanian-born U.S. writer. Mr. Cahan became involved in radical circles as a teenager, and emigrated to New York at the age of 21. He co-founded the Yiddish-language newspaper The Forward in 1897 and was its editor-in-chief from 1903-1946, using it to promote socialism. Mr. Cahan died of congestive heart failure.

Paul Demel, 48. Czech actor. Mr. Demel began his career in his native Czechoslovakia before fleeing to Britain, where he appeared in minor roles in movies such as Passport to Pimlico (1949); State Secret (1950); and The Lavender Hill Mob (1951).

War
U.S. forces began a drive against the northern part of the "Punchbowl" area of Korea.

Politics and government
Argentine First Lady Eva Peron turned down the vice presidential nomination that the Peronista Party had offered her.

Crime
The U.S. Senate Crime Investigating Committee issued its final report, stressing the spread of organized crime to medium-sized cities and towns, and recommending the creation of a National Crime Coordinating Council.

Religion
The General Assembly of the Universalist Church of America, meeting in Portland, Maine, voted to merge with the Unitarian Church.

Economics and finance
The Yugoslavian government introduced an economic decentralization program permitting prices and wages to fluctuate with market conditions and relaxing central control over industrial production.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade): Dum Dum--Brenda Lee

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Johnny Remember Me--John Leyton

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-0) 30 @ Winnipeg (4-2) 9

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Kvällstoppen): Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)--Raiders (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade): Co-Co--The Sweet

Football
CFL
Hamilton (2-2) 24 @ Montreal (3-1) 25

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): High School Lullaby--Imo-kin Trio (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): De niña a Mujer--Julio Iglesias (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Dance Little Bird (Chicken Dance)--Electronica's

Television
The 30-year contract between Milton Berle, and NBC-TV finally expired. "Uncle Miltie" had received $6 million for not being on the air since his show The Texaco Star Theatre/The Buick-Berle Show/The Milton Berle Show (1948-1956) had gone off the air some 25 years earlier. NBC held Mr. Berle to the contract to keep him from appearing on competing networks.

Baseball
Jim Frey, who had managed the Kansas City Royals to the American League pennant the previous season, was fired and replaced by former New York Yankees' manager Dick Howser. The Royals were 30-40 overall in 1981, and 10-10 in the second half of the season, when Mr. Frey was fired.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (5-4) 30 @ Saskatchewan (4-5) 34

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Rapput (Senza Fiato)--Claudio Bisio; Rocco Tanica (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): You Could Be Mine--Guns N' Roses (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): La Zoubida--Lagaf' (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (CIN): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (8th week at #1)

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)
2 Now that We Found Love--Heavy D and the Boyz
3 Always There--Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown
4 Send Me an Angel--Scorpions
5 All 4 Love--Color Me Badd
6 Baila Me--Gipsy Kings
7 Winter in July--Bomb the Bass
8 Burbujas de Amor--Juan Luis Guerra y 4;40
9 Zomer--André Hazes
10 Love And Understanding--Cher

Singles entering the chart were Calling Elvis by Dire Straits (#19); Gett Off by Prince and the New Power Generation (#27); Generations of Love by Jesus Loves You (#29); Lekker Op De Trekker - 'n Boerinnen-Wervingslied by Mannenkoor Karrespoor (#30); Love...Thy Will Be Done by Martika (#31); It Happened 25 Years Ago by BZN (#34); and Rave the Rhythm by Channel X (#37).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (6th week at #1)
2 Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)--Roxette
3 It Ain't Over 'til it's Over--Lenny Kravitz
4 Wind of Change--Scorpions
5 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
6 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
7 3 A.M. Eternal--The KLF
8 I Can't Wait Another Minute--Hi-Five
9 Motownphilly--Boyz II Men
10 Things that Make You Go Hmmm...--C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams

Singles entering the chart were Emotions by Mariah Carey (#35); Straight to Your Heart by Bad English (#90); She's Gone (Lady) by Steelheart (#91); Gonna Catch You by Lonnie Gordon (#96); The Devil Came Up to Michigan by K.M.C. KRU (#97); and Everyotherday by Or-N-More (featuring Father M.C.) (#98). Gonna Catch You was from the movie Cool as Ice (1991).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)
2 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
3 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
4 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
5 Temptation--Corina
6 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
7 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton
8 Crazy--Seal
9 Wind of Change--Scorpions
10 Things that Make You Go Hmmm...--C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams

Singles entering the chart were Emotions by Mariah Carey (#36); My Blue Angel by Michael Learns to Rock (#82); For You by Michael W. Smith (#87); Just Ask Me To by Tevin Campbell (#88); and Straight to Your Heart by Bad English (#90).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)
2 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
3 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
4 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
5 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
6 Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
7 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
8 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
9 Hole Hearted--Extreme
10 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton

Singles entering the chart were Real, Real, Real by Jesus Jones (#57); Slowly Slipping Away by Harem Scarem (#71); Just Another Day by Keven Jordan (#72); Faithlessly Yours by Art Bergmann (#84); Standing Push and Fall by World on Edge (#86); The Ghosts that Haunt Me by Crash Test Dummies (#93); Nothing Can Be Done by Joni Mitchell with David Baerwald (#94); Stranger than Fiction by Joe Jackson (#95); and You Come to My Senses by Chicago (#98).

Died on this date
Cliff Lumsdon, 60
. Canadian swimmer. Mr. Lumsdon was a marathon swimmer from the late 1940s until his retirement in 1965. He won the 15-mile world marathon championship at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto in 1949, and was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's outstanding athlete of 1949. Mr. Lumsdon was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1976.

Asiatica
Kyrgyzstan declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

Defense
The United Nations awarded UN service medals to 226 Canadian peacekeepers for their work in Yugoslavia with the Bosnian Serbs.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Crash Davis, 82
. U.S. baseball player. Lawrence Columbus Davis was a second baseman with the Philadelphia Athletics (1940-1942), batting .230 with 2 home runs and 42 runs batted in in 148 games. He played 7 seasons in the minor leagues (1946-1952), hitting at least 39 homers. Mr. Davis played with the Durham Bulls of the Carolina League in 1948, and his name was used for the main character in the movie Bull Durham (1988). He died of stomach cancer.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (5-4) 19 @ Montreal (7-2) 23



Baseball
40-year-old shortstop Julio Franco, who was leading the Mexican League with a batting average of .437 but hadn't played in the major leagues since 1997, was purchased from the Mexico City Tigres by the Atlanta Braves.

Rookie Robin Jennings hit a grand slam--his first major league home run--and added a 3-run triple to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 19,090 fans at Cinergy Field in Cincinnati. Chris Piersoll, the second of three Cincinnati pitchers, allowed 1 hit and no run, striking out 1 batter and walking none in his major league debut.

Royce Clayton's 3-run home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 8th inning broke an 8-8 tie as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 11-8 before 24,097 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Chicago third baseman John Valentin drove in 5 runs with a pair of homers.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

August 30, 2011

390 years ago
1621


Died on this date
Bahāʾ al-dīn al-ʿĀmilī, 74
. Persian scholar. Shaykh Baha' was one of the main founders of the Isfahan School of Islamic philosophy, and was one of the earliest astronomers in the Islamic world to suggest the possibility of the Earth's movement prior to the spread of the Copernican theory. He wrote over 100 treatises and books in different topics, in Arabic and Persian.

220 years ago
1791


Disasters
The British Royal Navy frigate HMS Pandora sank after having run aground on the outer Great Barrier Reef the previous day. 31 crew member and 4 prisoners perished, while 89 crewmen and 10 prisoners survived, and sailed for Timor in lifeboats. Pandora was on its way back to England after searching for HMS Bounty and its survivors.

140 years ago
1871


Born on this date
Ernest Rutherford
. N.Z.-born U.K. physicist and chemist. Lord Rutherford was regarded as the father of nuclear physics, and was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances." Element 104, rutherfordium (Rf), was named in his honour. Lord Rutherford died on October 19, 1937 at the age of 66.

110 years ago
1901


Born on this date
John Gunther
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Gunther was known for visiting foreign countries and describing them in his "Inside" books (Inside Europe (1936); Inside Latin America (1941); Inside U.S.A. (1947), etc.). He wrote seven novels, and in 1949 he published Death Be Not Proud, an account of his 17-year-old son's battle against the brain cancer that killed him. Mr. Gunther died of liver cancer on May 29, 1970 at the age of 68.

Roy Wilkins. U.S. civil rights activist. Mr. Wilkins was a leading figure in the Negro civil rights movement from the 1930s through the '70s, and led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples as Executive Secretary (1955-1963) and Executive Director (1964-1977). He supporte reform by legislative means, and opposed Communism. Mr. Wilkins died on September 8, 1981, nine days after his 80th birthday, from heart problems related to a pacemaker implanted in 1979.

70 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (vocal choruses by Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell)

Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes) was the B-side of Maria Elena.

War
Leningrad was besieged by German forces, the beginning of a siege that would last for two years. The Finnish command announced the capture of the Karelian capital of Viborg, which had been lost to the U.S.S.R. in the Winter War of 1939-40. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company reported in Tehran that Soviet bombers had destroyed thousands of gallons of gasoline in Kazvin the previous day after the Iranian Army had ceased resistance.

Diplomacy
The U.K. embassy announced in Tokyo that a ship would be sent to Japan soon to remove all British subjects who wished to leave.

Politics and government
The Tighina Agreement, a treaty between Germany and Romania regarding administration issues of the Transnistria Governorate, went into effect.

Defense
Cuban President Fulgencio Batista issued a decree placing private shipyards and drydocks in Cuba under virtual control of the Navy to aid defense.

Journalism
Four Buenos Aires newspapers urged the Argentine administration to discard its policy of strict neutrality in the European war and crush the Nazi movement in Argentina that had been uncovered by the Chamber of Deputies investigation.

Crime
Hans Pagel and Frederick Edward Schlosser, ex-members of the German American Youth Movement, were held in New York in default of $25,000 bail each on charges of having used the mails in espionage activities.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Production Management gave truck manufacturers an A-3 priority rating to enable them to obtain supplies needed to turn out 1,189,000 units in the model year ending July 31, 1942.

Baseball
Lon Warneke pitched a no-hitter to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 9,859 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Mr. Warneke walked just 1 batter, and 2 others reached on errors, only to be erased on double plays. Losing pitcher Elmer Riddle allowed just 5 hits and 2 unearned runs, with the runs coming with 2 out in the top of the 7th inning on an error by center fielder Harry Craft.

Mel Ott led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a home run to tie the score and singled home Dick Bartell with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to give the New York Giants a 4-3 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in New York. Lew Riggs had given Brooklyn a 3-0 lead in the 4th with a 3-run homer. The Giants won the second game 5-1 to complete the sweep.

The Boston Red Sox scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and coasted to a 12-3 win over the Philadelphia Athletics before 6,397 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

Johnny Berardino batted 4 for 4 with a home run, 3 runs, and 3 runs batted in as the St. Louis Browns beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 before 1,053 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. George McQuinn and Chet Laabs also homered for the Browns, and every man in the St. Louis lineup had at least 1 hit.

60 years ago
1951


Defense
U.S. President Harry Truman and Philippine President Elpido Quirino met in Washington to sign a U.S.-Philippines mutual defense treaty.

Politics and government
A Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in New York passed a resolution demanding the ouster of U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, after hearing Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican--Wisconsin) repeat his charges against Philip Jessup and other alleged Communists in the State Department.

Oil
The United States announced the termination of its efforts to mediate the Anglo-Iranian oil nationalization dispute.

Economics and finance
Argentine President Juan Peron urged the formation of an economic union of Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

The West German government announced that reparations claims submitted by individuals totalled $1.3 billion.

Labour
U.S. President Truman appointed a three-man board to investigate the nationwide strike of copper, lead, and zinc workers and to report to him by September 4.

Football
CRU
WIFU
Saskatchewan (3-0) 33 @ Winnipeg (1-2) 1

Baseball
The New York Yankees released pitcher Jack Kramer, ending his 12-year major league career. He was 1-3 with an earned run average of 4.65 and batting .100 (1 for 10) in 19 games with the Yankees, three months after he signed with them following his release from the New York Giants.

The Brooklyn Dodgers sold pitcher Ross Grimsley, Sr. to the Chicago White Sox. He was 0-3 in 6 games with the Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League and then 4-1 with an earned run average of 4.37 in 26 games with the Montreal Royals of the International League.

Ralph Kiner's home run in the 9th inning--his 37th homer of the season--enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to edge the New York Giants 10-9 after trailing 8-1, before 8,230 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York. Frank Thomas hit his first major league home run for the Pirates in the 6th, and Gus Bell added another in the 6th as a pinch hitter. Willie Mays homered twice for the Giants, driving in 3 runs, and Bill Rigney came to bat as a pinch hitter for New York and hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the 8th.

Preacher Roe (18-2) allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run in 6.2 innings before leaving with a sore arm, outduelling Ewell Blackwell (14-12) as the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 before 20,314 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, increasing their lead over the second-place Giants to 7 games in the National League pennant race.

The Boston Braves scored 6 runs in the 4th inning of a 16-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs before 5,941 fans at Braves Field. Jim Wilson (6-4) pitched an 11-hit complete game victory and batted 3 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in.

50 years ago
1961


Died on this date
Charles Coburn, 84
. U.S. actor. Mr. Coburn was a popular character actor who began his career in theatre in his native Macon, Georgia and appeared in almost 100 movies and television programs. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The More the Merrier (1943), and received Academy Award nominations for his supporting performances in The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and The Green Years (1946). Mr. Coburn died of a heart attack.

Space
The United States launched the satellite Discoverer 29, which carried biological experiments. Its capsule was recovered on September 1, while the satellite's mission ended on September 10.

Baseball
In their last game under manager Paul Richards, the Baltimore Orioles hit 5 home runs and beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-4 before 5,253 fans at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Jack Fisher (8-11) gave up 12 bases on balls, but still pitched a 7-hit complete game victory. Mr. Richards assumed the position of general manager of the expansion Houston Colt .45s on September 1, leaving the Orioles in third place in the American League with a record of 78-57-1.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Eagle Rock--Daddy Cool (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Watashi no Jōkamachi--Rumiko Koyanagi (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Help (Get Me Some Help)--Tony Ronald (2nd week at #1)

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michelle Kent!

Politics and government
The Progressive Conservative Party, led by Peter Lougheed, achieved a majority of seats in the Alberta provincial election, ending 36 years of government by the Social Credit Party. The PCs won 49 of 75 seats in the legislature, Social Credit took 25, and New Democratic Party leader Grant Notley became the first candidate of his party to win a seat, capturing the riding of Spirit River-Fairview. The PC total was an increase of 39 from their total going into the election, which was the first Alberta provincial election in which urban ridings outnumbered rural ridings. In the 1967 election, Premier Ernest Manning had led Social Credit to victory, winning 55 of 65 seats, but Mr. Manning retired late in 1968 after 25 years as Premier. Harry Strom replaced Mr. Manning as Premier and retained his seat in the 1971 election, but soon relinquished his leadership of the Social Credit Party. The election also included a plebisicte on daylight saving time, with 61.5% voting in favour of adopting it.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): See Me Go--Screaming Meemees

#1 single in Switzerland: Love What's Your Face--Ingrid Kup

Died on this date
Vera-Ellen, 60
. U.S. actress and dancer. Vera-Ellen Westmeier Rohe began as a dancer, and was one of the youngest Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in New York. She was best known for appearing in musical films such as On the Town (1949); The Belle of New York (1952); and White Christmas (1954). Vera-Ellen appeared in various television programs until retiring from public life in the 1960s. She died of ovarian cancer.

Mohammad-Ali Rajai, 48. Prime Minister of Iran, 1980-1981; President of Iran, 1981. Mr. Rajai was a member of several groups opposed to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi before joining the Freedom Movement of Iran in 1960. After the Islamic Revolution deposed the Shah in 1979, Mr. Rajai served as Minister of Education (1979-1980) before taking office as Prime Minister in August 1980. He was impeached in June 1981, but was elected President as a candidate of the Islamic Republican Party, taking office on August 2, 1981. Mr. Rajai was holding a meeting of Iran's Supreme Defence Council with Prime Minister Mohammad-Javad Bahonar and three others when Masoud Keshmiri, a member of the People's Mujahedin of Iran who was posing as a civil servant, brought a briefcase into the conference room and placed it between the President and Prime Minister. When one of the men opened the briefcase, it exploded, killing Messrs. Rajai and Bahonar along with several other officials, and injuring several others. Mr. Rajai was succeeded as Prime Minister by Ali Khamenei.

Mohammad-Javad Bahonar, 47. Prime Minister of Iran, 1981. Mr. Bahonar began publicly opposing the Shah of Iran in the early 1960s, and was imprisoned three times. After the Islamic Revolution that saw Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini take power, Mr. Bahonar held various offices, and succed Mr. Rajai as Minister of Education (1980-1981) and Prime Minister (1981). He was killed in the bombing at the Prime Minister's office, six days before his 48th birthday. Mr. Bahonar was succeeded as Prime Minister by Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani.

Auto racing
USAC
Gold Crown Series
Rich Vogler won the DuQuoin 100 on a dirt track at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois; it was his only win in an Indy car. Tom Bigelow finished second and George Snider third in the 24-car field.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-4) 34 @ Edmonton (7-1) 44

Baseball
Jay Loviglio's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Edmonton Trappers a 6-2 win over the Spokane Indians at Renfrew Park in Edmonton in the final game of the Trappers' first season in the Pacific Coast League. For some players, such as Edmonton right fielder John Poff, it was the final game of their professional careers. For this blogger, it was my final game working in the press box.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Easy Lady--Spagna

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Holiday Rap--MC Miker G & DJ Sven (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Sing Our Own Song--UB40 (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Want to Wake Up with You--Boris Gardiner

#1 single in the U.K.: I Want to Wake Up with You--Boris Gardiner (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Higher Love--Steve Winwood

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
4 Venus--Bananarama
5 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
6 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
7 Sweet Freedom--Michael McDonald
8 Rumors--Timex Social Club
9 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
10 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

Singles entering the chart were Typical Male by Tina Turner (#41); True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (#54); Girl Can't Help It by Journey (#73); Another Heartache by Rod Stewart (#77); In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel (#78); I'll Be Over You by Toto (#80); Love Comes Quickly by Pet Shop Boys (#84); Wild Wild Life by the Talking Heads (#85); and Somebody's Out There by Triumph (#87).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera (2nd week at #1)
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
4 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
5 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
6 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
7 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
8 Nasty--Janet Jackson
9 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
10 The Edge of Heaven--Wham!

Singles entering the chart were Walk This Way by Run/DMC (#81); Throwing it All Away by Genesis (#82); Twist and Shout by the Beatles (#86); True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (#90); The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh (#94); Sweet Love by Anita Baker (#95); Heartbeat by Don Johnson (#96); Lonely is the Night by Air Supply (#97); Love Always by El DeBarge (#98); and No Way to Treat a Lady by Bonnie Raitt (#99). Twist and Shout was had been a hit in 1964, before RPM began publication; it charted again after its use in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).

Died on this date
George Pelawa, 18
. U.S. hockey player. Mr. Pelawa, a 6'4", 240-pound right wing, was a native of Bemidji, Minnesota. He was named that state's top high school player in 1986 and was selected in that year's National Hockey League draft by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round (16th selection overall), and had committed to play for the University of North Dakota. Mr. Pelawa was killed in an auto accident in Bemidji; had he been wearing a seatbelt, he probably would have survived.

Baseball
Roger Clemens recorded 11 strikeouts in 7 innings as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians before 30,467 fans at Fenway Park in Boston to improve his record for the season to 20-4. Phil Niekro took the loss.

Doug DeCinces hit a 2-run home run with none out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the California Angels a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers before 39,633 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Darrell Evans hit 2 solo homers for Detroit.

Bill Swift allowed just 2 hits in 8 2/3 innings to win the pitchers' duel with Tommy John as the Seattle Mariners edged the New York Yankees 1-0 in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader before 26,065 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Mariners scored the game's only run in the 8th when John Moses led off with a single and scored on a 2-out single by Jim Presley. The Yankees put runners on first and second bases with 2 out in the 9th, but relief pitcher Matt Young retired pinch hitter Ron Kittle to end the game. Mr. John allowed 8 hits and just 1 earned run in pitching a complete game. Joe Niekro, Rod Scurry, and Dave Righetti combined on a 7-hit shutout as the Yankees won the second game 3-0. Seattle pitchers Mike Brown and Pete Ladd allowed just 3 hits, with one of them being a home run by Don Mattingly leading off the 4th inning to open the scoring. Claudell Washington scored in the 7th and 9th after leading off both innings with bases on balls.

Bryn Smith pitched a 7-hit complete game victory and doubled in 3 runs as part of a 5-run 3rd inning as the Montreal Expos beat the San Diego Padres 10-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 22,721 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Garry Templeton singled home Steve Garvey with 2 out in the top of the 9th to break a 4-4 tie and the Padres held on to win the second game 5-4.

The Atlanta Braves scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs before 21,780 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Doyle Alexander allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 7 innings to get the win, and singled in the first 2 Atlanta runs.

The bottom four batters in the order each drove in 2 runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 13-3 before 30,598 fans at the Astrodome. Rick Rhoden pitched an 8-hit complete game to improve his record for the season to 15-7.

20 years ago
1991


Europeana
Azerbaijan declared its independence from the U.S.S.R.

Died on this date
Alan Wheatley, 84
. U.K. actor. Mr. Wheatley was best known for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the ATV series The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955-1959). Sherlockians recognize him as the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes in a television series, starring in a six-episode series on BBC in October-November 1951.

Track and field
Mike Powell of the United States, competing at the world championships in Tokyo, made a long jump of 29' 4¼", 2 inches better than the world record of Bob Beamon, which had stood since 1968.



10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Govan Mbeki, 91
. S.A. politician and terrorist. Mr. Mbeki joined the African National Congress in 1935 and the South African Communist Party in the late 1930s. He was imprisoned for terrorist activity from 1964-1987. Mr. Mbeki was the father of Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa (1999-2008).

World events
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, appearing before the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, was told that he was being charged with genocide.

August 29, 2011

750 years ago
1261


Religion
Three months after the death of Pope Alexander IV, the College of Cardinals elected and installed Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Jacques Pantaléon as Pope Urban IV, head of the Roman Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States.

490 years ago
1521


War
Ottoman Turkish forces completed the capture of Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade).

470 years ago
1541


War
Ottoman Turkish forces captured the Hungarian capital of Buda.

225 years ago
1786


Protest
Shays's Rebellion--an insurrection against the state government of Massachusetts--began.

180 years ago
1831


Science
Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction.

150 years ago
1861


Born on this date
Byron G. Harlan
. U.S. singer. Mr. Harlan was a comic minstrel singer and balladeer who recorded on his own and in duets with others from the late 1890s through the early 1920s. He was best known for his duets with Arthur Collins--billed as Collins & Harlan--which included hits such as In My Merry Oldsmobile (1905); Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911); Aba Daba Honemoon (1914); and The Old Grey Mare (1918). Mr. Harlan died on September 11, 1936, 13 days after his 75th birthday.

War
The two-day Battle of Hatteras Inlet Batteries in North Carolina concluded with Union forces in control of Pamlico Sound.

140 years ago
1871


Born on this date
Albert François Lebrun
. President of France, 1932-1940. Mr. Lebrun, a member of the Left Republican Party, was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1900, and held various cabinet posts through 1919. He then joined the Democratic Republican Alliance, and was elected to the Senate in 1920, representing Meurthe-et-Moselle, serving as Vice President (1925-1929) and President (1931-1932) of the Senate. Mr. Lebrun was elected President of France following the assassination of Paul Doumer in May 1932, and was re-elected in 1939, although by then exercising little power. On July 10, 1940, he enacted the Constitutional Law of 10 July 1940 allowing Prime Minister Philippe Pétain to promulgate a new constitution. Mr. Pétain replaced Mr. Lebrun the next day, although Mr. Lebrun never formally resigned. He fled to Vizelle, but was captured by the Nazis in August 1943 and imprisoned in the Tyrol, but was allowed to return to Vizelle, under constant surveillance, six weeks later. When the Allies restored the French government in August 1944, Mr. Lebrun acknowledged the leadership of General Charles de Gaulle. Mr. Lebrun lived in retirement until his death from pneumonia after a long illness on March 6, 1950 at the age of 78.

Politics and government
Japanese Emperor Meiji ordered the abolition of the han system and the establishment of prefectures as local centres of administration.

125 years ago
1886


Born on this date
May and Marjorie Chavasse
. U.K. twins. The sisters both lived long enough to celebrate their 100th birthday.

120 years ago
1891


Born on this date
Marquis James
. U.S. historian. Mr. James won Pulitzer Prizes for The Raven: A Biography of Sam Houston (1929) and the two-volume biography Andrew Jackson: The Border Captain (1934); Andrew Jackson: Portrait of a President (1937). He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on Novmber 19, 1955 at the age of 64.

Died on this date
Pierre Lallement, 47
. French inventor. Mr. Lallement has been credited inventing the pedal bicycle in 1862.

110 years ago
1901


Born on this date
Aurèle Joliat
. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Joliat played left wing with the Montreal Canadiens from 1922-1938, scoring 460 points on 270 goals and 190 assists in 655 regular season games and 14 goals and 14 assists in 28 playoff games. He was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in 1924, 1930, and 1931, won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1934 as the National Hockey League's Most Valuable Player. Mr. Joliat was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. Less than two years before his death on June 2, 1986 at the age of 84, he entertained the fans at the Montreal Forum by skating around the rink as part of a ceremony celebrating the Canadiens' 75th anniversary.

100 years ago
1911


Born on this date
John Charnley
. U.K. physician. Sir John was an orthopedic surgeon who pioneered hip replacement surgery at Wrightington Hospital in Lancashire in the 1960s. His textbook The Closed Treatment of Common Fractures (1950) influenced generations of orthopedic surgeons. Sir John died on August 5, 1982, 24 days before his 71st birthday.

Died on this date
Mahboob Ali Khan, 45
. Nizam of Hyderabad, 1869-1911. Mahboob Ali Khan was 2 when he succeeded his father Afzal-ud-Daulah as Nizam (ruler) of the princely Indian sate of Hyderabad. He spent his early years under a regency, but eventually took the reins of leadership, and was the first nizam to be exposed to Western education. Mahboob Ali Khan abolished the practice of sati (the traditional Hindu practice of widows throwing themselves on their husbands' funeral pyres) in 1876. He was succeeded by his son Mir Osman Ali Khan.

Defense
The Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy.

Anthropology
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerged from the wilderness of northeastern California.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: A Scandal in Bohemia

Died on this date
Charles Napier Bell
. Canadian historian. Mr. Bell wrote several books on Manitoba history, and was president of the Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba.

70 years ago
1941


War
The Estonian capital of Tallinn was occupied by German forces, three days after they had entered the city. The German and Italian governments announced that German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler and Italian Duce Benito Mussolini had concluded five days of talks at Mr. Hitler's headquarters on the Russian front, discussing military and political questions that affected the war. Despite an Iranian cease-fire order, U.K.-U.S.S.R. forces continued their advance in Iran. A Chinese government spokesman said that Chinese troops had begun a general offensive against Japanese forces in the provinces of Fukien, Chekiang, Kiangsi, Kiangsu, and Anhwei.

World events
Eight more people were executed in Paris, three on charges of espionage and five for "activity against the occupying power."

Diplomacy
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that Averell Harriman would head the U.S. mission to the three-power conference in Moscow.

An Argentine Chamber of Deputies committee investigating anti-Argentine activities reported that there were 64,319 Germans in semi-military groups in the country, organized by the German embassy.

Defense
U.S. Maritime Commission Chairman Emory Land said that the United States would obtain the use of about 26 Axis tankers immobilized in Latin America.

The U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars announced that Earl Southard, suspended commander of the Illinois department, had been found guilty of disloyalty by a court-martial for his activities in the Keep America Out of War Committee.

Politics and government
Lieutenant-Colonel W. C. Woodward was commissioned as Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.

Republican Party candidate Lawrence H. Smith, an isolationist, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, defeating Democratic candidate Thomas Amlie.

Labour
The U.S. National Defense Mediation Board announced that the Congress of Industrial Organizations Chemical Workers Union had agreed to end its strike in 17 plants of the U.S. Gypsum Company pending an investigation of union demands.

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Pete Kelly's Blues, starring Jack Webb, on NBC

Diplomacy
Following a hostile interview with U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson, C.S.S.R. Ambassador to the U.S.A. Vladimir Prochazka told reporters that the case of imprisoned Associated Press correspondent William N. Oatis was "closed" and that Czechoslovakian courts "will not yield to any pressure."

Crime
A court in San Juan, Puerto Rico sentenced Puerto Rican nationalist leader Pedro Abizu Campos to 12-54 years in prison, following his conviction on subversion charges.

The Danish government released former SS-Obergruppenführer and civilian administrator of occupied Denmark (1942–1945) Werner Best as part of an amnesty for German war criminals. SS-Obergruppenführer Best had been sentenced to death in 1948, but the sentence was reduced to 12 years.

Politics and governments
Proponents of a constitutional monarchy failed to win a decisive majority in the Jordanian general election. Political parties were banned at the time, so all candidates ran as independents.

Disasters
Mukden radio reported 1,800 deaths and 3,000 people missing after severe flooding in Manchuria.

Boxing
Kid Gavilan (75-12-3) retained his National Boxing Association world lightweight title with a 15-round split decision over Billy Graham (91-7-6) at Madison Square Garden in New York.



Football
CRU
IRFU
Montreal (0-1) 6 @ Hamilton (1-0) 37

Two quarterbacks made their Canadian football debuts in this game at Civic Stadium: Bernie Custis, a graduate of Syracuse University, with the Tiger-Cats; and George Ratterman, who had led the National Football League in touchdown passes in 1950--22 with the New York Yanks--with the Alouettes.

Baseball
The Boston Braves traded pitcher Johnny Sain to the New York Yankees for pitcher Lou Burdette and $50,000. Mr. Sain was 5-13 with an earned run average of 4.21 and 1 save in 26 games with Boston in 1951, batting .212 with 1 home run and 4 runs batted in. Mr. Burdette was 14-12 with a 3.21 ERA in 30 games with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League, batting .107 with 1 homer and 6 RBIs.

Gil Hodges drove in 7 runs with 2 home runs and a double, and Pee Wee Reese and Roy Campanella each drove in 3 runs, to help the Brooklyn Dodgers rout the Cincinnati Reds 13-1 before 9,488 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Don Newcombe (17-7) pitched a 9-hit complete game victory.

Jim Hearn (13-7) pitched a 3-hitter to outduel Murry Dickson (17-12), who pitched a 7-hitter, and Alvin Dark drove in 2 runs with a single and a home run to help the New York Giants defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 before 7,678 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York, remaining 6 games behind the National League-leading Dodgers.

Billy Johnson drew a base on balls with 1 out in the top of the 9th inning, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by catcher Del Wilber, and scored on an outfield fly by Bill Sarni to break a 2-2 tie as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 before 20,717 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Eddie Waitkus was on second base with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, but relief pitcher Harry Brecheen struck out Dick Sisler and retired Bill Nicholson on a fly ball to right field to end the game. Gerry Staley (15-13) allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 8+ innings to get the win.

Gus Zernial hit a 2-run home run with 2 out in the top of the 4th inning to open the scoring and Alex Kellner (8-13) pitched a 5-hitter to outduel Mike Garcia (17-10) as the Phladelphia Athletics shut out the Cleveland Indians 3-0 before 12,019 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

Johnny Pesky batted 4 for 4 with a double and 4 runs, and Ted Williams hit a 3-run home run to help the Boston Red Sox defeat the Detroit Tigers 7-5 before 8,050 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.

Mickey Vernon led off the top of the 13th inning with a single and eventually scored from third base on an error by second baseman Nellie Fox with 1 out to break a 1-1 tie as the Washington Nationals edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 before 8,633 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Mickey Harris (6-8) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to get the win in relief of Connie Marrero, who allowed 9 hits and 1 earned run in 11.1 innings.

The New York Yankees scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning and 4 in the 9th as they routed the St. Louis Browns 15-2 before 5,554 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Mickey Mantle hit a 3-run home run off Satchel Paige to conclude the scoring. Winning pitcher Allie Reynolds (13-7) pitched a 2-hitter and batted 2 for 5 with a run and 3 runs batted in. St. Louis starter Ned Garver (15-9) retired just one batter, and allowed 4 hits, 2 bases on balls, and 5 runs--all earned.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in Norway (VG-lista): Hello Mary Lou/Travelin' Man--Ricky Nelson (8th week at #1)

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Nathan Leopold, 66
. U.S. criminal. Mr. Leopold was a child prodigy who reportedly studied 15 languages and spent 5, and was a noted amateur ornithologist who completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and was preparing to enter Harvard Law School when he and fellow prodigy Richard Loeb, with whom he had become friends and begun committing petty crimes at the U of C, decided to demonstrate their intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect murder" without consequences. On May 21, 1924, they kidnapped and murdered Bobby Franks, 14, Mr. Loeb's neighbour and second cousin. The pair were questioned and soon arrested, with each naming the other as the actual killer. Messrs. Leopold and Loeb were convicted of murder and kidnapping, but were both spared death sentences and handed life sentences for murder and 99 years for kisnapping as a result of the courtroom pleading of their attorney, the famed Clarence Darrow. Mr. Loeb was murdered in Stateville Penitentiary in Illinois by a fellow inmate on January 28, 1936 at the age of 30. Mr. Leopold became a model prisoner at Stateville, teaching other inmates in the prison's school, and volunteering as a guinea pig in the Stateville Penitentiary Malaria Study. He was paroled in March 1958, and eventually moved to Santirce, Puerto Rico, where he got married, obtained a master's degree at the University of Puerto Rico, and taught classes there. Mr. Leopold also worked as a civil servant, and resumed his hobby of ornithology. He died of a diabetes-related heart attack.

Football
CFL
Toronto (4-1) 24 @ British Columbia (3-3) 27

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Out Here on My Own--Nikka Costa (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): One Day in Your Life--Michael Jackson

#1 single in Ireland: Green Door--Shakin' Stevens (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Green Door--Shakin' Stevens (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Japanese Boy--Aneka

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 De Nederlandse Sterre Die Strale Overal!--Rubberen Robbie (2nd week at #1)
2 Wordy Rappinghood--Tom Tom Club
3 One Day in Your Life--Michael Jackson
4 No Me Hables--Juan Pardo
5 Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)--Ottawan
6 Hold on Tight--Electric Light Orchestra
7 For Your Eyes Only--Sheena Easton
8 Ghost Town--The Specials
9 Caribbean Disco Show--Lobo
10 Happy Birthday--Stevie Wonder

Singles entering the chart were Why Tell Me, Why by Anita Meyer (#26); Green Door by Shakin' Stevens (#27); Japanese Boy by Aneka (#32); A Heart in New York by Art Garfunkel (#35); Magnetic Fields Part 2 by Jean Michel Jarre (#36); and Don't Say You Leave this Summer by Albert West (#37).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (3rd week at #1)
2 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
3 Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe it or Not)--Joey Scarbury
4 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
5 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
6 Elvira--The Oak Ridge Boys
7 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
8 Lady (You Bring Me Up)--Commodores
9 Urgent--Foreigner
10 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around--Stevie Nicks (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Singles entering the chart were Private Eyes by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#64); Hard to Say by Dan Fogelberg (#74); Alien by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#85); Love All the Hurt Away by Aretha Franklin and George Benson (#88); Our Lips are Sealed by the Go-Go's (#89); and Not Fade Away by Eric Hine (#90).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (3rd week at #1)
2 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
3 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
4 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
5 Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe it or Not)--Joey Scarbury
6 The Stroke--Billy Squier
7 Elvira--The Oak Ridge Boys
8 Urgent--Foreigner
9 Lady (You Bring Me Up)--Commodores
10 (There's) No Gettin' Over Me--Ronnie Milsap

Singles entering the chart were Private Eyes by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#46); Hard to Say by Dan Fogelberg (#74); Love All the Hurt Away by Aretha Franklin and George Benson (#88); Our Lips are Sealed by the Go-Go's (#89); and Sweat (Till You Get Wet) by Brick (#98).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 Gemini Dream--Moody Blues
2 In the Air Tonight--Phil Collins
3 The One that You Love--Air Supply
4 Urgent--Foreigner
5 Sausalito Summernight--Diesel
6 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
7 The Stroke--Billy Squier
8 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
9 Fire and Ice--Pat Benatar
10 Medley--Stars on 45

Since RPM was publishing its first charts since July 4 because of the nationwide postal strike, 20 of the 50 entries on the Top Singles chart were new, and too numerous to mention here.

Vancouver's Top 10 (CFUN)
1 In the Air Tonight--Phil Collins (2nd week at #1)
2 Fire and Ice--Pat Benatar
3 Urgent--Foreigner
4 Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe it or Not)--Joey Scarbury
5 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
6 One Step Ahead--Split Enz
7 Tempted--Squeeze
8 Who's Crying Now--Journey
9 Don't Let Him Go--REO Speedwagon
10 Lady (You Bring Me Up)--Commodores

Singles entering the chart were Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones (#27); and Lonely Nights by Bryan Adams (#30).

Died on this date
Lowell Thomas, 89
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Thomas was a writer, broadcaster, and film producer who was known for his wide travels. He publicized T.E. Lawrence during World War I, making him famous as Lawrence of Arabia. Mr. Thomas presented the first televised newscast in 1939, and produced the first Cinerama movie in 1952, but was best known for his radio newscasts, which he presented on CBS and from 1930-1932 and 1947-1976 and on NBC from 1932-1947.

Football
CFL
Montreal (1-7) 11 @ Hamilton (6-2) 16
Calgary (4-4) 21 @ British Columbia (7-1) 31

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Holiday Rap--MC Miker G & Deejay Sven (2nd week at #1)

Football
CFL
Toronto (6-3) 29 @ Ottawa (2-7) 12

Baseball
Joe Carter hit 3 home runs and 2 singles in 5 at bats to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox before 34,004 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

The Toronto Blue Jays scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 before 38,241 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.

Ted Higuera pitched a 6-hit complete game victory to improve his record for the season to 17-8 as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 before 25,997 fans at Royals Stadium. Losing pitcher Dennis Leonard allowed 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 8 innings, dropping to 6-11.

Juan Espino singled home Dave Winfield with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning to break a 12-12 tie and give the New York Yankees a 13-12 win over the Seattle Mariners before 14,211 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Yankees led 5-0 after 1 1/2 innings, but the Mariners scored 8 runs in the 2nd and 4 in the 4th before the Yankees replied with 6 in the 5th to reduce the deficit to 12-11. Rickey Henderson hit 2 home runs for New York, while Bob Kearney hit 2 homers for Seattle. Steve Yeager came to bat as a pinch hitter and flied out to right field to end the game; it was the 1,269th and final game of Mr. Yeager's 15-year major league career.

Mike Davis batted 4 for 4 with 2 solo home runs and 3 runs batted in to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader before 12,222 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Dave Stewart pitched a 7-hit shutout to improve his 1986 record to 8-1 as the Athletics won the second game 4-0 to complete the sweep.

Dick Schofield's 2-out grand slam off Guillermo Hernandez ended the game as the California Angels scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Detroit Tigers 13-12 before 32,922 fans at Anaheim Stadium.

Bob Dernier's 3-run home run was the big blow of a 5-run 5th inning as the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 before 16,308 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Bob Ojeda pitched a 5-hit complete game without allowing an earned run as the New York Mets edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 before 45,667 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Ojeda improved his record for the season to 15-4, while Rick Honeycutt, who allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, dropped to 9-9.

Bill Gullickson pitched a 3-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Danny Cox as the Cincinnati Reds blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 before 24,262 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Mr. Gullickson improved his 1986 record to 12-8, while Mr. Cox, who allowed just 6 hits and 1 earned run in pitching a complete game, fell to 8-11.
The only earned run was Buddy Bell's solo home run leading off the 6th inning.

Mike Scott allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run in 7 2/3 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Rick Reuschel as the Houston Astros edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 before 22,801 fans at the Astrodome. Mr. Scott improved to 14-9 for the season, while Mr. Reuschel dropped to 8-15.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (9th week at #1)

Died on this date
Libero Grassi, 67
. Italian businessman. Mr. Grassi was a clothing manufacturer from Palermo who was murdered by the Mafia after taking a solitary stand against their pizzo (extortion) demands.

Music
Crowded House performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. This blogger arrived in time to hear them, but missed the opening act, Far Cry.

Politics and government
The Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. suspended all activities of the Soviet Communist Party, officially bringing it to an end.

Law
Manitoba's aboriginal justice inquiry said that the legal system systematically discriminated against Canadian natives, and recommended universal self-government and a separate justice system run by natives.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-8) 14 @ Ottawa (4-4) 38

Damon Allen threw 3 touchdown passes and handed off to Reggie Barnes for another TD to lead the Rough Riders over the Tiger-Cats before 24,532 fans at Lansdowne Park for their fourth straight win.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Eric Tipton, 86
. U.S. baseball and football player and coach. Mr. Tipton was a running back and punter with the Duke University Blue Devils (1936-1938), rushing for 1,633 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also playing baseball with Duke as an outfielder. He was drafted in the 13th round by the Washington Redskins in 1939, but elected to play professional baseball instead. Mr. Tipton played left field with the Philadelphia Athletics (1939-1941) and Cincinnati Reds (1942-1945), batting .270 with 22 home runs and 151 runs batted in in 501 games. He batted .291 with 114 homers and at least 719 RBIs in 10 seasons in the minor leagues (1940-1942, 1946-1952). Mr. Tipton was an assistant football coach at the College of William and Mary (1939-1956) and lightweight (150 pounds and under) football coach at the United States Military Academy (1957-1976), compiling a record of 104-14-1 record and 13 league titles in the latter position. He was head baseball coach at William and Mary (1953-1957) and USMA (1958-1977), compiling a record of 234-201-5 and 3 league titles with Army. Mr. Tipton was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1965. He died of heart failure.

Sid Peterson, 83. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Peterson played with the St. Louis Browns (1943), posting a 2-0 record with an earned run average of 2.70 in 3 games, despite allowing 15 hits in 10 innings. He was 114-95 with a 3.61 ERA in 304 games in 10 seasons in the minor leagues (1940-1950), winning 19 games with the Wichita Falls Spudders of the Class B Big State League in 1948 and 20 with the Spudders in 1950. Mr. Peterson worked with the Wichita Falls, Texas police department after his baseball career ended.

Francisco Rabal, 75. Spanish actor. "Paco" Rabal appeared in more than 200 movies and television programs in a career spanning 60 years. He received numerous international awards and was flying back to Bordeaux after winning an award at the Montreal Film Festival, when he died of emphysema.

Dick Selma, 57. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Selma played with the New York Mets (1965-1968); San Diego Padres (1969); Chicago Cubs (1969); Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1973); California Angels (1974); and Milwaukee Brewers (1974), compiling a record of 42-54 with an earned run average of 3.62 and 31 saves in 307 games, batting .172 with no home runs and 7 runs batted in. He played just 4 games with the Padres, but recorded the club's first win. Mr. Selma was 58-45 in 10 seasons in the minor leagues (1963-1967, 1973-1977). He was known for his sense of humour, and died of liver cancer.

Graeme Strachan, 49. Australian musician and television host. "Shirl" Strachan was the lead singer of the rock group Skyhooks (1974-1978), and had several hit singles as a solo artist. He hosted the children's television program Shirl's Neighbourhood (1979–1983), and appeared as a co-host and carpenter on the home renovation program Our House (1993-2001), which was cancelled after he was killed in a crash of the helicopter he was flying.

Baseball
The Milwaukee Brewers scored 5 runs in the 4th inning and 4 in the 5th as they overcame a 4-0 deficit and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-8 before 24,551 fans at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Pittsburgh third baseman Aramis Ramirez batted 4 for 4 with a base on balls, 2 home runs, 3 runs, and 5 runs batted in. He led off the 9th with a homer, and the Pirates had runners on first and second bases with 2 out, but Abraham Nunez grounded out to pitcher Chad Fox to end the game.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning to over come a 4-0 deficit and withstood a 3-run 9th-inning rally as they held on to beat the San Diego Padres 16-14 before 31,362 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Ryan Klesko of the Padres batted 5 for 6 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, 4 runs, and 5 runs batted in; one of his homers travelled 472 feet and was estimated to be the longest home run in the 36-year history of the stadium.

Luis Gonzalez hit his 50th home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning, providing the insurance run for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they blanked the San Francisco Giants 2-0 before 31,990 fans at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. Bobby Witt (2-1) and 3 relief pitchers combined to pitch a 4-hit shutout, defeating Kirk Rueter (12-10).