Tuesday, 1 January 2019

January 1, 2019

310 years ago

French troops commanded by Philippe Pasteur de Costebelle took St. John's, Newfoundland.

280 years ago

Bouvet Island, the world's remotest island, was discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.

170 years ago

King's College in Toronto was secularized, becoming the nondenominational University of Toronto.

New Brunswick Electric Telegraph began service.

The comic journal Punch in Canada began publication.

125 years ago

Died on this date
Heinrich Hertz, 36
. German physicist. Dr. Hertz first conclusively proved the existence of the electromagnetic waves theorized by James Clerk Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light. The unit of frequency – cycle per second – was named in his honour. Dr. Hertz died of a rare form of vasculitis called granulomatosis with polyangiitis.

Calgary was incorporated as Alberta's first city, under Chapter 33, Ordinance of North-West Territories. The population had grown to almost 4,000 people in the decade following the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway; it was the only community between Winnipeg and the Pacific Ocean with a water works and sewer system.

120 years ago

Spanish rule ended in Cuba.

Canada agreed on Imperial Penny Postage; a letter could be delivered anywhere within British Empire for 2 cents. The stamp was designed by Postmaster General Sir William Mulock.

Kootenay Railway & Navigation acquired the International Navigation & Trading Company and the Kaslo and Slocan Railway.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Stepan Bandera. Ukrainian nationalist leader. Mr. Bandera was a leader in the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) who served time in prison in Poland (which then ruled eastern Ukraine) in the 1930s before being freed after the German invasion in 1939. Mr. Bandera, who believed that a German invasion was the best hope for an independent Ukraine, collaborated with the Nazis. Shortly after declaring Ukrainian independence in June 1941, Mr. Bandera's faction of the OUN participated in pogroms in 1941 which resulted in the murder of 4,000 Jews. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler was less than enthusiastic about Ukrainian independence, and had Mr. Bandera thrown into prison for the next three years. Mr. Bandera moved to Munich after World War II and organized the OUN abroad. On October 15, 1959 he was assassinated on the orders of the KGB at the entrance to his apartment building by Bohdan Stashynsky. On January 22, 2010, outgoing Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko formally designated Mr. Bandera a Hero of Ukraine.

Dana Andrews. U.S. actor. Mr. Andrews was one of the most prominent, if underrated, actors of the 1940s, appearing in such movies as The Ox-Bow Incident (1943); Laura (1944); State Fair (1945); A Walk in the Sun (1945); The Best Years of Our Lives (1946); Boomerang! (1947); The Iron Curtain (1948); Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950); While the City Sleeps (1956); Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956); Night of the Demon (1957); The Fearmakers (1958); and Hot Rods to Hell (1967). He also starred as Matt Cvetic in the radio series I Was a Communist for the FBI (1952-1953). Mr. Andrews died on December 17, 1992, 15 days before his 84th birthday.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Carole Landis
. U.S. actress. Miss Landis, born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste, was known for her performances in movies such as One Million B.C. (1940); Moon Over Miami (1941); and I Wake Up Screaming (1941). Miss Landis was in the process of divorcing her fourth husband and was having an affair with actor Rex Harrison; she was reportedly crushed when he refused to divorce his wife, actress Lilli Palmer, and committed suicide on July 5, 1948 at the age of 29 with an overdose of Seconal, although her family disputes the ruling of suicide.

Rocky Graziano. U.S. boxer. Mr. Graziano, born Thomas Rocco Barbella, was world middleweight champion from 1947-1948. His three title fights against Tony Zale were regarded as classics of ferocity. Mr. Graziano retired in 1952 after compiling a professional record of 67-10-6; 52 of his wins were by knockout, and he was regarded as one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. Mr. Graziano's autobiography Somebody Up There Likes Me (1955) was made into a movie in 1956, starring Paul Newman. He died on May 22, 1990 at the age of 71.

J.D. Salinger. U.S. author. Jerome David Salinger was mainly known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951). He died on January 27, 2010, 26 days after his 91st birthday.

Died on this date
Mikhail Drozdovsky, 37
. Russian military officer. General Drozdovsky served with the Imperial Russian Army in the Russo-Japanese War and World War I. He was a monarchist and opposed the Bolshevik regime, and was one of the leaders of White Russian forces during the Russian Civil War. Gen. Drozdovsky died of wounds suffered several months earlier in a battle near Stavropol.

270 people were killed when the British yacht Iolaire sank off Scotland.

Tournament East-West Football Game (Rose Bowl) @ Tournament Park, Pasadena
Great Lakes Navy 17 Mare Island 0

George Halas caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 77 yards to lead the Bluejackets over the Marines before 25,000 fans in the second consecutive and last Tournament East-West Football Game (Rose Bowl) to be played between armed services teams.

90 years ago

The former municipalities of Point Grey and South Vancouver were amalgamated into Vancouver.

Rose Bowl
Georgia Tech 8 California 7

The difference in the game, played before 70,000 fans, was a safety touch scored by Georgia Tech on a blocked punt through the California end zone in the 2nd quarter, coming after California's Roy Riegels had recovered a Georgia Tech fumble and returned it almost 60 yards the wrong way, finally being thrown down by a teammate at his own 1-yard line.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Paper Doll--The Mills Brothers (9th week at #1)

U.S. Army Lieutenant General Ira Eaker said that American planes had made 64,000 offensive sorties over Europe in 1943, dropping 55,000 tons of bombs. Lt. Gen. Alexander Vandergrift took over as Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. The Soviet offensive west of Kiev moved to within 27 miles of the Polish border. In an attack on Keviang, New Ireland, Allied planes left two Japanese cruisers and one destroyer afire as a result of repeated torpedo and bomb hits.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Labor Department reported that retail prices of staple articles had risen 3.5% in 1943, the smallest yearly increase since 1940.

Theodore Kheel was named executive director of the U.S. National War Labor Board.

Cotton Bowl
Randolph Field 7 Texas 7

Rose Bowl
Southern California 29 Washington 0

Orange Bowl
Louisiana State 19 Texas A&M 14

Sugar Bowl
Georgia Tech 20 Tulsa 18

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Teresa--Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard) (Best Seller): Buttons and Bows--Dinah Shore and the Happy Valley Boys (9th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Buttons and Bows--Dinah Shore and the Happy Valley Boys (8th week at #1)
--The Dinning Sisters
--Betty Rhodes
2 On a Slow Boat to China--Kay Kyser Orchestra
--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
--Art Lund
3 My Darling, My Darling--Jo Stafford and Gordon MacRae with the Starlighters
--Doris Day and Buddy Clark
4 All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)--Spike Jones and his City Slickers
5 Until--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
6 You were Only Fooling (While I was Falling in Love)--Blue Barron and his Orchestra
--The Ink Spots
--Kay Starr
7 Twelfth Street Rag--Pee Wee Hunt and his Orchestra
8 Cuanto la Gusta--Carmen Miranda and the Andrews Sisters
9 Maybe You'll Be There--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
10 A Little Bird Told Me--Evelyn Knight and the Stardusters
--Paula Watson
--Blue Lu Barker

Singles entering the chart were the version of A Little Bird Told Me by Blue Lu Barker and So Tired by Russ Morgan and his Orchestra (#32).

A United Nations cease-fire took effect in Kashmir from one minute before midnight; war between India and Pakistan stopped accordingly.

Egyptian ships bombarded Tel Aviv in an unsuccessful attempt to impose a blockade on Israel.

New Zealandiana
New Zealand took possession of the formerly British Tokelau (Union) Islands, 300 miles north of Samoa.

Economics and finance
Poland eliminated all rationing.

Heavy snowfall in Iran caused 60 deaths, as earthen houses collapsed in Tehran and other cities.

Cotton Bowl
Southern Methodist 21 Oregon 13

Rose Bowl
Northwestern 20 California 14

Orange Bowl
Texas 41 Georgia 28

Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma 14 North Carolina 6

Gator Bowl
Clemson 24 Missouri 23

60 years ago

Cuban President Fulgencio Batista fled the country as Fidel Castro and his followers arrived in Havana and began a dictatorship over Cuba that continues to this day.

U.S.S.R. leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Klementi Voroshilov, in a New Year's message to U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, expressed hope for an end to the Cold War and the arms race "with the aim of reducing nuclear tensions."

Tibet's Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, in a New year's message to Communist Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong, pledged renewed efforts "to build the new Tibet and great Socialist [Chinese] motherland."

Politics and government
The French Cameroons, a United Nations trusteeship territory, was granted full internal autonomy as a preliminary to full independence.

U.A.R. President Gamal Nasser ordered the arrest of 200 Egyptian Communist leaders and the closing of two Cairo printing firms funded by the U.S.S.R. and the People's Republic of China.

The Euratom treaty went into effect for West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

Economics and finance
The European Common Market treaty went into effect for West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

The National Hospital Insurance Plan went into effect in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Cotton Bowl
Texas Christian 0 Air Force 0

Rose Bowl
Iowa 38 California 12

Orange Bowl
Oklahoma 21 Syracuse 6

Sugar Bowl
Louisiana State 7 Clemson 0

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da--The Marmalade

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 White Room--Cream
2 Little Arrows--Leapy Lee
3 Hey Jude/Revolution--The Beatles
4 Love Child--Diana Ross and the Supremes
5 Hold Me Tight--Johnny Nash
6 Those were the Days--Mary Hopkin
7 Chewy Chewy--Ohio Express
8 (The Lament of the Cherokee) Indian Reservation--Don Fardon
9 Elenore/Surfer Dan--The Turtles
10 All Along the Watchtower--The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The only single entering the chart was For Once in My Life by Stevie Wonder (#39).

Died on this date
Barton MacLane, 66
. U.S. actor. Mr. MacLane was a character actor in movies from the 1930s through the 1950s, often as a "heavy." He played Marshal Frank Caine in the Western television series Outlaws (1960-1961), and played General Martin Peterson in the comedy series I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1969). Mr. MacLane died of double pneumonia, a week after his 66th birthday.

Israeli forces began two days of exchanges of fire with Lebanese troops and Arab guerrillas in the wake of Israel's commando raid on Beirut's airport a few days earlier.

The Viet Cong released three U.S. Army prisoners of war 51 miles northwest of Saigon.

Politics and government
President Ludvig Svoboda inaugurated the new Czech and Slovak federal government, in which Oldrich Cernik was again named Premier and Alexander Dubcek kept his post as First Secretary of the Communist Party.

Roman Catholic students in Northern Ireland began a four-day march from Belfast to Londonderry to protest discrimination in housing, voting, and employment.

The Old Stope Hotel, an Old Town landmark, burned down; the huge cloud of black and gray smoke darkened an otherwise sunny sky in spectacular fashion. It was in the lobby of The Old Stope that Joseph Drybones was found drunk one night in 1967 and charged with a violation of the Indian Act. The subsequent court case resulted in a ruling that the Canadian Bill of Rights took precedence over the Indian Act--the only such ruling regarding the Bill of Rights in history.

Halifax annexed five western suburbs, increasing the city's population to 123,000.

14 people were killed and 35 injured in a collision between a bus and a truck on the Cairo-Suez Canal highway.

11 farm workers were killed and 12 injured when a freight train hit a truck at Afyon, Turkey.

Cotton Bowl
Texas 36 Tennessee 13

Rose Bowl
Ohio State 27 Southern California 16

Orange Bowl
Pennsylvania State 15 Kansas 14

Sugar Bowl
Arkansas 16 Georgia 2

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Y.M.C.A.--Village People (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Chameleon Army--Pink Lady (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Tú--Umberto Tozzi (5th week at #1)

The United States established diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, while severing relations with Taiwan. Republic of China President Chiang Ching-kuo called for the reconquest of China by his country, and rejected the People's Republic's offer of a resumption of trade and other ties with the Communist Chinese.

The towns of Coleman and Blairmore, Villages of Bellevue and Frank, and Improvement District No.5 were amalgamated into new Municipality of Crowsnest Pass.

Québec's maternity leave policy went into effect; new mothers were entitled to 18 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, with the guarantee that their jobs would be held for them.

The Greek supertanker Andros Patria cracked its hull off northeastern Spain, and the 30 crewmen who abandoned ship were reported missing.

Cotton Bowl
Notre Dame 35 Houston 34

With Notre Dame down by 22 points in the fourth quarter of the frigid Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Joe Montana staged his greatest collegiate comeback, coming off the bench and leading the Fighting Irish to victory over the Cougars with a touchdown pass to Kris Haines with no time left on the clock.

Rose Bowl
Southern California 17 Michigan 10

Orange Bowl
Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24

Sugar Bowl
Alabama 14 Pennsylvania State 7

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Teardrops--Womack & Womack (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Orinoco Flow--Enya (4th week at #1)

The Montreal Protocol came into force, stopping the use of chemicals contributing to ozone depletion.

Economics and finance
The Canada-U.S. free trade agreement went into effect, cutting or eliminating tariffs on trade over a 10-year period, and setting up a dispute settlement mechanism.

A ferry ran out of fuel and sank off the Caribbean coast of Guatemala, resulting in the deaths of 79 of the 120 people aboard.

AFC Divisional Playoff
Houston 10 @ Buffalo 17

Quarterback Jim Kelly led drives that resulted in touchdowns for Robb Riddick and Thurman Thomas as the Bills defeated the Oilers before 79,532 fans at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York in a game that featured several missed field goals and turnovers.

NFC Divisional Playoff
Minnesota 9 @ San Francisco 34

Joe Montana passed for 178 yards and 3 touchdowns to Jerry Rice, while Roger Craig rushed for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns as the 49ers easily beat the Vikings before 61,848 fans at Candlestick Park.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Please Forgive Me--Bryan Adams (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy: Penso Positivo--Jovanotti (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Saturday Night--Whigfield (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): The Sign--Ace of Base (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (VRT): Please Forgive Me--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Living on My Own (1993)--Freddie Mercury (13th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Het pizzalied (Effe wachte...)--André van Duin (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Mr Blobby--Mr Blobby (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Hero--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 Again--Janet Jackson
3 All that She Wants--Ace of Base
4 All for Love--Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
5 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)--Meat Loaf
6 Breathe Again--Toni Braxton
7 Gangsta Lean--DRS
8 What's My Name?--Snoop Dogg
9 Said I Loved You...But I Lied--Michael Bolton
10 Shoop--Salt-n-Pepa

Singles entering the chart were So Much in Love by All-4-One (#66); The Sign by Ace of Base (#68); I'm in the Mood by CeCe Peniston (#81); Addams Family (Whoomp!) by Tag Team (#84); I Never Knew Love by Doug Stone (#87); Having a Party by Rod Stewart (#91); You Don't Have to Worry by Mary J. Blige (#95); and Funk Dat/Why is It? by Sagat (#97). Addams Family (Whoomp!) was from the movie Addams Family Values (1993).

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Cash Box): Again--Janet Jackson (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Please Forgive Me--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt, 93
. 11th Governor-General of New Zealand, 1967-1972. Dr. Porritt was surgeon to the future King Edward VIII and was surgeo to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. He served as a military surgeon during World War II. In 1924, Mr. Porritt won the bronze medal in the men's 100-metre run at the Summer Olympic games in Paris--the "Chariots of Fire" race. He won gold medals in the men's 100-metre and 200-metre runs and a silver medal in the men's 110-metre hurdles at the World Student Games in Warsaw that year. Dr. Porritt served as chairman of the British Empire (later Commonwealth) Games Federation from 1950-1966.

Cesar Romero, 86. U.S. actor. Mr. Romero appeared in many movies, often as a Latin lover, but was best known as the Joker in the television series Batman (1966-1968).

The Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiated twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican state of Chiapas by seizing four towns, including San Cristobal de los Casas, the state's second-largest town. The rebels issued a statement objecting to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)--which they said would benefit only the wealthy--and to the expulsion of Indians from communal farmlands.

A reformed Civil Code of Québec, the legal text defining civil laws in the province, went into effect, after almost 40 years of preparation.

Economics and finance
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect.

Los Angeles 7 @ Toronto 4

20 years ago

Economics and finance
The euro currency was introduced in 11 member nations of the European Union (with the exception of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece and Sweden; Greece later adopted the euro).

An avalanche destroyed a school gymnasium and community centre during New Year's celebrations in the Inuit village of Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec, killing 9 of the 500 celebrants.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Claiborne Pell, 90
. U.S. politician. Mr. Pell, a Democrat, represented Rhode Island in the United States Senate from 1961-1997, serving as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee from 1978-1981 and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1987-1995.

66 people died in a fire at the Santika Club in Bangkok.

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