Tuesday, 2 October 2018

September 30, 2018

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Connie LeGrand and Chelsea Moberly!

230 years ago

Politics and government
The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the United States Senate: William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.

130 years ago

Died on this date
Catherine Eddowes, 46
; Elizabeth Stride, 45. U.K. murder victims. Mrs. Stride and Miss Eddowes were prostitutes working in the Whitechapel district of London, and were the third and fourth victims, respectively, of Jack the Ripper.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Lansdale Ghiselin Sasscer
. U.S. politician. Mr. Sasscer, a Democrat, was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1922-1938, and represented Maryland's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939-1953. He died on November 5, 1964 at the age of 71.

90 years ago

World events
French police arrested a Romanian secret service agent in Paris who had been trailing ex-Crown Prince Carol. The French government forbade further trailing of Prince Carol by foreign spies.

In Dwiazzo, Albania, 51 people were arrested, and 11 immediately hanged, charged with plots to unseat King Zog.

80 years ago

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain arrived home from Munich claiming that the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany had achieved "peace for our time" after agreeing to German dictator Adolf Hitler's demand that Germany be allowed to annex the area of Czechoslovakia known as Sudetenland, which was populated mainly by ethnic Germans.

The League of Nations unanimously outlawed "intentional bombings of civilian populations."

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): White Christmas--Bing Crosby (4th month at #1)

Variety reported the most popular songs in the United States as:
1 Sunday, Monday or Always
2 Paper Doll
3 Put Your Arms Around Me

On the radio
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Lost Special, starring Orson Welles

This was an adaptation of the short story by A. Conan Doyle.

Harper & Row Bros. announced Martin Flavin as the winner of a $10,000 prize for his novel Journey Into the Dark.

Allied troops reached the outskirts of Naples as the Germans evacuated the city. Swedish government reports claimed that German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler had ordered the German forces at the Dnieper River in Ukraine to hold at all costs, saying the "Stalingrad psychosis must disappear."

The United States Merchant Marine Academy was dedicated in Kings Point, New York by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The U.S. War Manpower Commission ordered a 48-hour week in Los Angeles.

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Serenade of the Bells--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra; Geraldo (1st month at #1)

Died on this date
Edith Roosevelt, 87
. U.S. First Lady, 1901-1909. Mrs. Roosevelt, born Edith Kermit Carow, married Theodore Roosevelt in 1886, two years after the death of his first wife. Edith and Theodore Roosevelt had five children. Mr. Roosevelt died on January 6, 1919 at the age of 60.

Hooperatings listed the most popular programs in the United States as Walter Winchell; Radio Theatre; and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission suspended licensing of television stations pending a review of broadcasting rules to determine how many new stations should be allowed. 37 stations were now operating, and 86 others had been granted construction permits.

Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens was published in New York by Harcourt, Brace.

The United States launched the sounding rocket Bumper 3 from White Sands Proving Grounds in White Sands, New Mexico; the WAC stage failed.

Indonesian Republic forces reported capturing the central Javanese town of Madiun from Communist insurgents.

The U.S.S.R. and Afghanistan signed an agreement in Tashkent delineating their border.

Israeli police reported the capture in Tel Aviv of Stern Gang leader Nathan Friedman Yellin and aide Matityahu Schmulewitz.

Politics and government
Berlin Communists established a separate City Assembly in the Soviet sector, following the refusal of the regular City Assembly to resume its meetings in the City Hall.

U.S. Progressive Party headquarters in Washington withdrew 13 Progressive candidates in five states from congressional races against Democrats, claiming that the Democratic candidates in question "have turned to a much more constructive liberal path."

60 years ago

U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Robert McClintock began conferences with Muslim and Christian leaders in an attempt to mediate the current Lebanese political crisis.

The United States reported the resumption of Soviet nuclear tests north of the Arctic Circle, the first reported test held by the U.S.S.R. since the Soviet announcement of a unilateral suspension.

Italian Defense Minister Antonio Segni announced an agreement on plans for rapid construction of launching bases for U.S. missiles to be supplied to the Italian Air Force.

A U.S. Court of Appeals in New York unanimously upheld the conviction of Marie Torre of contempt of court for refusing to reveal the source of a newspaper story about actress Judy Garland.

Reports from Japan said that 566 people were known dead, 945 missing, and 500,000 homeless following a two-day typhoon.

Alfredo Zuany (21-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles (94-22-1) at Plaza de Toros in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Koi no Kisetsu--Pinky and the Killers (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Get on Your Knees--Los Canarios

Canada's Top 10 (RPM)
1 Hey Jude--The Beatles
2 Hush--Deep Purple
3 1,2,3, Red Light--1910 Fruitgum Company
4 I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees
5 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
6 Magic Bus--The Who
7 The Fool on the Hill--Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
8 Fire--Arthur Brown
9 Baby, Come Back--The Equals
10 Midnight Confessions--The Grass Roots

Singles entering the chart were White Room by Cream (#71); Puffin' on Down the Track by Hugh Masakela (#88); Do the Choo Choo by Archie Bell & the Drells (#92); A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley (#96); Sunday Sun by Neil Diamond (#97); Soul Drippin' by the Mauds (#98); Up-Hard by Willie Mitchell (#99); and Surprise Surprise (I Need You) by the Troggs (#100).

On television tonight
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles: Part One

The world's only active battleship, the U.S. Navy's USS New Jersey, shelled enemy targets in the demilitarized zone of Vietnam.

Striking students returned to National University in Mexico City after the army withdrew from the campus.

The Boeing 747 was rolled out at the Boeing plant near Everett, Washington and shown to the public for the first time.

U.S. President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation for the Lower Colorado River Basin to provide water for central Arizona and areas in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and California.

Hamilton (5-4) 16 @ British Columbia (2-7-1) 13

Wilbert Scott intercepted a Jackie Parker pass and lateralled to Garney Henley, who returned it for a touchdown with less than 4 minutes remaining in the game to enable the Tiger-Cats to edge the Lions before 25,165 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The B.C. defense limited the Hamilton offense to 193 net yards, but the Tiger-Cats made 5 interceptions.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Ti Avrò--Adriano Celentano

#1 single in Switzerland: You're the One that I Want--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: One Day at a Time--Gloria

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Summer Nights--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Kiss You All Over--Exile

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Grease--Frankie Valli
2 You're the Greatest Lover--Luv'
3 The Eve of the War--Jeff Wayne
4 Hopelessly Devoted to You--Olivia Newton-John
5 Three Times a Lady--Commodores
6 Follow Me--Amanda Lear
7 I'm Gonna Love You Too--Blondie
8 Rasputin/Painter Man--Boney M.
9 Summer Night City--ABBA
10 Summer Nights--John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John & Cast

Singles entering the chart were Guust Flater en de Marsupilami/Wij Zijn Twee Vrienden by Dennie Christian (#20); Whenever I Call You "Friend" by Kenny Loggins (#25); Again and Again by Status Quo (#30); Shame by Evelyn "Champagne" King (#31); Fool (If You Think it's Over) by Chris Rea (#32); No No Sheriff by Emly Star (#36); and Rock 'n Roll Damnation by AC/DC (#37).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste of Honey (3rd week at #1)
2 Kiss You All Over--Exile
3 Summer Nights--John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
4 Hopelessly Devoted to You--Olivia Newton-John
5 Reminiscing--Little River Band
6 Hot Child in the City--Nick Gilder
7 Don't Look Back--Boston
8 Three Times a Lady--Commodores
9 Hot Blooded--Foreigner
10 You Needed Me--Anne Murray

Singles entering the chart were Like a Sunday in Salem (The Amos & Andy Song) by Gene Cotton (#78); Flying High by the Commodores (#83); Time Passages by Al Stewart (#86); Strange Way by Firefall (#87); Champagne Jam by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#88); Run for Home by Lindisfarne (#89); Dreadlock Holiday by 10 cc (#90); You Should Do It by Peter Brown (#93); and Hot Shot by Karen Young (#94).

Died on this date
Edgar Bergen, 75
. U.S. actor and ventriloquist. Mr. Bergen, born Edgar Berggren, learned ventriloquism at the age of 11, and was popular on stage, screen, and especially radio in a career spanning more than 50 years. He was best known for creating the characters Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. Mr. Bergen died just a couple of weeks after announcing his retirement, and three days after opening a scheduled two-week farewell engagement at Caesars Palace Hotel in las Vegas. He was the father of actress Candice Bergen.

Syrian troops and Lebanese Christian militiamen exchanged artillery fire and ground fighting in and around Beirut. Scores of people, mainly civilians, were believed to have been killed or wounded. A Christian spokesman said that the Syrian attacks were aimed against U.S. President Jimmy Carter's September 28 proposal for an international conference to resolve the 3 1/2-year-old Lebanese crisis.

A U.S. federal grand jury in Baltimore indicted 12 General Services Administration store managers, four other federal employees, and the chairman and vice president of an office supply firm with conspiracy to defraud the government by arranging payment for office supplies that were never delivered. A consultant hired to study GSA corruption had reported on September 5 that more than $1 million worth of supplies was being stole by GSA employees annually.

Ottawa (9-2) 24 @ Toronto (3-8) 3
Winnipeg (8-4) 38 @ British Columbia (3-7-2) 27

Tom Clements completed an 80-yard touchdown pass to Tony Gabriel on Ottawa's second offensive play of the game, and the Rough Riders coasted to victory over the Argonauts at Exhibition Stadium in a game whose start was delayed for 45 minutes because of a heavy downpour. For Toronto flanker Terry Evanshen, it was the last game of his 14-year Hall of Fame CFL career.

Dieter Brock completed touchdown passes on three consecutive possessions to help the Blue Bombers come back from a 17-7 deficit to defeat the Lions before 23,432 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver.

Prince Edward Island (1-2) 25 New Brunswick (1-2) 21
St. Francis Xavier (2-1) 8 Acadia (2-1) 6
St. Mary's (2-1) 54 Mount Allison (1-2) 6
Carleton (2-1) 28 Concordia (0-4) 7
Ottawa (2-1) 24 Quebec @ Trois Rivieres (0-4) 2
Queen's (3-0) 27 McGill (2-1) 17
McMaster (1-3) 25 Waterloo (2-2) 15
Wilfrid Laurier (4-0) 35 Windsor (2-2) 15
York (3-1) 11 Guelph (0-4) 8
Western Ontario (3-1) 38 Toronto (1-3) 24
Saskatchewan (2-3) 9 @ British Columbia (3-2) 41

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Hand in Hand--Koreana

Died on this date
Al Holbert, 41
. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Holbert was primarily known as a sports car driver. He won the IMSA Camel GT Series five times, and co-drove victorious cars in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1983, 1986, and 1987. Mr. Holbert also raced in 19 NASCAR races from 1976-1979 and finished fourth in the Indianapolis 500 in 1984. He was killed in the crash of his small plane. In 1993 Mr. Holbert was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

A jury in Gibraltar ruled 9-2 that the March 1988 killing of unarmed Irish Republican Army members Sean Savage, Daniel McCann, and Mairead Farrell by British soldiers was legal because the SAS team believed that the three were about to detonate a remote-controlled bomb in Gibraltar.

Toronto (9-4) 42 @ Calgary (5-8) 25

Toronto running back Gill Fenerty was just 32 yards short of 1,000 yards rushing for the season when he broke his leg in the win over the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium, and was out of action for the rest of the season.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Go West--Pet Shop Boys

Politics and government
More than a week after Russian President Boris Yeltsin had dissolved parliament, only 150 hardline deputies remained barricaded in the parliament building in protest against Mr. Yeltsin.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 5-4 that the federal law against assisted suicide did not violate the constitutional rights of Sue Rodriguez, who was fatally ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and the court upheld the law.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Nova Scotia's ban on free-standing abortion clinics was unconstitutional, largely because the ban dealt with an area of criminal law falling under federal authority and outside the jurisdiction of provincial governments.

10,000 people were killed and widespread damage resulted when an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck a densely-populated area of India southwest of Bombay.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Marius Goring, 86
. U.K. actor. Mr. Goring was a stage and film actor whose movies included A Matter of Life and Death (1946); The Red Shoes (1948); and The Barefoot Contessa (1954). He died of cancer.

Robert Lewis Taylor, 86. U.S. writer. Mr. Taylor was a journalist and novelist whose novel The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (1958) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1959. He died six days after his 86th birthday.

Dan Quisenberry, 45. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Quisenberry was a relief pitcher with the Kansas City Royals (1979-1988); St. Louis Cardinals (1988-1989); and San Francisco Giants (1990), compiling a record of 56-46 with 244 saves and an earned run average of 2.76 in 674 games. He tied for the American League lead in saves in 1980, and led the AL in saves from 1982-1985, helping the Royals win the American League pennant in 1980 and the World Series in 1985. Mr. Quisenberry was known for his "submarine" delivery, which he adopted in 1980. According to statistics expert Bill James, no pitcher ever made fewer mistakes than Dan Quisenberry, who died after a short battle with brain cancer.

This blogger was among those who attended a lunch hour concert by Dayna Manning at Myer Horowitz Theatre on the campus of the University of Alberta. I also had the pleasure of meeting her afterward.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit organization that manages the assignment of domain names and IP addresses in the Internet, was incorporated.

American League Division Series
Texas 1 @ New York 3 (New York led best-of-five series 2-0)

Boston 5 @ Cleveland 9 (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)

National League Division Series
Chicago 1 @ Atlanta 7 (Atlanta led best-of-five series 1-0)

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