Thursday, 16 May 2019

May 15, 2019

410 years ago

Died on this date
Giovanni Croce, 61 or 62
. Italian composer. Mr. Croce was known for composing choral music, especially canzonettas and madrigals.

270 years ago

Born on this date
Levi Lincoln, Sr.
U.S. politician. Mr. Lincoln, a Democratic-Republican, represented Massachusetts' 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives (1800-1801), and served in the administration of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson as acting Secretary of State (March-May 1801) and Attorney General (1801-1805). He left federal politics to become Lieutenant Governor (1807-1809) and acting Governor (1808-1809) of Massachusetts, but was defeated in an attempt to get elected as Governor in his own right in 1809. Mr. Lincoln declined a U.S. Supreme Court nomination in 1811 because of failing eyesight.

260 years ago

Born on this date
Maria Theresia von Paradis
. Austrian musician and composer. Miss Paradis went blind at an early age, but was able to perform as a concert pianist, and later became a piano teacher. She composed works for keyboard, as well as cantatas and operas. Miss Paradis died on February 1, 1824 at the age of 68.

220 years ago

Politics and government
In Fredericton, Lieutenant-Governor Thomas Carleton laid the cornerstone for New Brunswick’s first Legislative Assembly building (Province Hall). Destroyed by fire in 1880, Province Hall was replaced by the current Legislative Assembly building in 1882.

190 years ago

Born on this date
Thornsbury Bailey Brown
. U.S. soldier. Private Brown was a member of the Grafton Guards, a Virginia militia or volunteer company that supported the Union, and was one of three members of the company who were on their way to Pruntytown, Virginia to recruit men for the Union Army. They encountered three members of a Virginia militia company with Confederate sympathies, and Pvt. Brown was shot dead on May 22, 1861, a week after his 32nd birthday, becoming the first Union soldier to be killed by a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War.

170 years ago

Troops of the Two Sicilies took Palermo and crushed the republican government of Sicily.

160 years ago

Born on this date
Pierre Curie
. French physicist. Dr. Curie was a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. He and his wife Marie shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with Henri Becquerel "for their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel." Dr. Curie exposed himself to large amounts of radiation and would likely have died of the effects if he hadn't died of a fractured skull on April 19, 1906 at the age of 46, when he was struck by a horse-drawn cart while crossing the street

Natalie. Queen Consort of Serbia, 1882-1889. Natalie, born Natalija Keschko, was Queen Consort of Serbia as the wife of King Milan I. She died on May 8, 1941, a week before her 82nd birthday.

150 years ago

Born on this date
John Storey
. Australian politician. Mr. Storey, a member of the Labour Party, was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1901. The party asked him to form a government in April 1916 in an attempt to discipline Premier William Holman, but reversed its decision a week later, and Mr. Storey turned the government back to Mr. Holman before any official transfer of power had taken place. Mr. Storey accepted the Labour Party leadership in 1917 and led the party to a narrow win in the 1920 general election. He suffered from attacks of nephritis and died suddenly in office on October 5, 1921 at the age of 52.

Paul Probst. Swiss shooter. Mr. Probst shared in a gold medal in the team military pistol competition at the 1900 Summer Olympic Games in Paris. He died in September 1945 at the age of 76.

Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, breaking away from the American Equal Rights Association which they had also previously founded.

125 years ago

The Nova Scotia provincial legislature voted in favour of prohibition of alcoholic beverages.

Horse racing
Chant, with Frank Goodale up, won the 20th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:41. Pearl Song placed second and Sigurd finished third in the five-horse field. Mr. Goodale was killed two days later when a horse he was riding stumbled and fell in a race at Churchill Downs.

120 years ago

Willie Keeler drove the ball past left fielder Ed Delahanty for an inside-the-park grand slam home run in the bottom of the 8th inning, enabling the Brooklyn Superbas to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 at Washington Park in Brooklyn.

110 years ago

Born on this date
James Mason
. U.K. actor. Mr. Mason became a major star in British films in the mid-1940s, and later achieved success in Hollywood. His movies included Odd Man Out (1947); The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951); 5 Fingers (1952); Julius Caesar (1953); A Star is Born (1954); 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954); North by Northwest (1959); Lolita (1962); Georgy Girl (1966); Murder by Decree (1979); The Verdict (1982); and The Shooting Party (1985). He died on July 27, 1984 at the age of 75.

Clara Solovera. Chilean musician. Miss Solovera was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who was popular in her native country from 1948 through the 1960s. Her songs included Chile lindo (1948); Manta de tres colores (1956); and Álamo huacho (1963). Miss Solovera died on January 27, 1992 at the age of 82.

100 years ago

Died on this date
Hasan Tahsin, 30 or 31
. Turkish activist. Mr. Tahsin, a member of the Ottoman Special Organization, was imprisoned after unsuccessfully attempting to assassinate British diplomats Noel Noel-Buxton and Charles Roden Buxton in Romania in 1914, but was freed by incoming German troops. He was killed while fighting invading Greek forces in Smyrna, and is regarded as a Turkish national hero.

With the support of the Western Allies, Greek troops landed at the Turkish city of Smyrna, beginning a three-year occupation.

The Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council Central Strike Committee called out its members in a general strike at 11:00 A.M. after negotiations broke down between management and labour in the building and metal trades; between 25,000 and 30,000 Winnipeg workers walked off the job at the big railway shops and yards. All factory production stopped, and Winnipeg had no telephones; gasoline; streetcar or taxi service; or delivery of mail, newspapers, telegrams, or milk. Most restaurants, stores, and even barber shops closed. The police, fire fighters, and employees of the water works also joined the strike. 94 of 96 unions in the city joined the walkout, and thousands of non-unionized workers joined the strikers. The entire city of Winnipeg was shut down for 41 days.

A 12-inning 0-0 duel between Hod Eller of the Cincinnati Reds and Al Mamaux of the Brooklyn Robins was broken up when the Reds erupted for 10 runs in the 13th inning, 6 after 2 outs had been recorded, beating the first-place Robins 10-0 before 2,000 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Mr. Eller pitched a 5-hitter to improve his 1919 record to 4-0, while Mr. Mamaux pitched a complete game, allowing 13 hits and 10 runs--only 1 earned.

Wally Pipp hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 8th inning to tie the score, and the New York Yankees scored a run in the 9th as they came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 at Navin Field in Detroit.

Umpire George Moriarty ejected Boston Red Sox' pitcher Joe Bush in the 2nd inning, and Babe Ruth pitched 11 innings in relief, allowing 13 hits in improving his record for the season to 2-0, as the Red Sox outlasted the Chicago White Sox 6-5 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

90 years ago

A fire at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio killed 123 people, including Dr. John Phillips, one of the clinic's founders, and policeman Ernest Staab, who rescued 21 people.

75 years ago

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Missing Bloodstains

Died on this date
Sergius, 77
. Russian Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and all the Rus', 1943-1944. Sergius, born Ivan Nikolayevich Stragorodsky, was consecrated a bishop in 1901 and became a member of the Russian Holy Synod in 1917. He was briefly imprisoned by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s, and in 1927 issued his Declaration where he professed absolute loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet Union and to its government's interests. Sergius was elected Patriarch on September 8, 1943, and enthroned four days later. He died after a period of declining health, and was succeeded by Alexy I.

U.S. Ambassadors John Winant and Averell Harriman arrived in Washington from London and Moscow, respectively, for consultations with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the State Department.

Politics and government
The French Committee of National Liberation repudiated all agreements made by the regime of Prime Minister François Darlan, and recommended changing its name to the Provisional Government of the French Republic.

The Colombian Senate rejected the resignation of President Alfonso Pumarejo Lopez, offered after strikes had been called in oder to force him from office.

The U.S. Senate voted to repeal cloture in debate on the House of Representatives bill to repeal poll taxes in federal elections in eight Southern states, and then voted to delay action on the bill.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a state may assess personal property taxes on the entire fleet of airplanes operated by an airline having its "home port" within that state.

Clyde Shoun pitched a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds as they edged the Boston Braves 1-0 before 1,014 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Chuck Aleno's second and last major league home run in the 5th inning accounted for the game's only run. Losing pitcher Jim Tobin allowed 5 hits in a complete game.

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 5 runs in the 2nd inning but still lost 8-7 to the New York Giants before 1,699 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 9 runs in the 1st inning en route to an 11-6 win over the Philadelphia Blue Jays before 1,173 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

Luis Olmo singled twice in a 7-run 6th inning to help the Brooklyn Dodgers rout the Chicago Cubs 14-3 before 3,081 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Hank Miklos, the fourth and last Chicago pitcher, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs--earned--with 2 bases on balls and no strikeouts in 2 innings in his second and last major league game.

Frankie Hayes hit a grand slam with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers before 5,921 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

Pinch hitter Hillis Layne singled home Mike Guerra with 1 out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Washington Nationals a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

70 years ago

On the radio
Pat Novak For Hire, starring Jack Webb, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Geranium Plant

Died on this date
Paul Richter, 53
. U.S. aviation executive. Mr. Richter began flying in the 1920s, and co-founded Aero Corporation of California in 1927, which eventually became part of Trans World Airlines. He became a vice president of TWA and president (1947-1949) of the Salvadoran airline Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano (TACA). Mr. Richter died of a cerebral hemorrhage, shortly after taking a position with the Coca Cola Company.

Politics and government
A week of local elections in the United Kingdom ended with large gains for Conservatives at the expense of the Labour Party.

Vern Bickford of the Boston Braves gave up just 4 singles and hit one of his own in beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-0 before 26,118 fans at Braves Field. One of the Brooklyn singles was by first baseman Gil Hodges, who extended his hitting streak to 17 games. Center fielder Jim Russell hit a home run and a double off losing pitcher Morrie Martin.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning and edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 before 26,909 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

The Cincinnati Reds scored 2 runs in each of the 8th, 9th, and 10th innings to defeat the Chicago Cubs 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader before 22,138 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Hank Edwards hit a 3-run home run and drew 3 bases on balls to help the Cubs win the second game 8-5.

Joe Dobson pitched a 4-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Sid Hudson as the Boston Red Sox shut out the Washington Nationals 3-0 before 25,748 fans at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

Ben Chapman, who had already driven in 3 runs with a pair of home runs and a double, hit an outfield fly to score Nellie Fox in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Philadelphia Athletics an 8-7 win over the New York Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader before 35,004 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The Athletics trailed 6-0 after 5 1/2 innings, but scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win the second game 7-6, with the game being called at that point because of a Sunday curfew. Elmer Valo batted 4 for 4 in the second game, beginning the 6th inning with a single and ending the game by singling home Ferris Fain and Mr. Chapman to end the game.

The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians before 53,325 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago, as Bill Wight won the opener 10-0, and Al Gettel won the second game 2-0.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight--Elvis Presley

Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker announced the formation of a Committee on Space Research to coordinate Canadian space programs within the British Commonwealth and plan a joint Canadian-American satellite launching in 1961.

World events
With the unofficial count of post-revolutionary executions standing at 621, Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro ordered an end to military war crimes trials.

U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, addressing the conference of foreign ministers in Geneva, called for the negotiation of separate World War II peace treaties with the East and West German governments before the unification of Germany or a Berlin settlement.

Following five days of talks in London Defense Ministers Franz-Josef Strauss of West Germany and Duncan Sandys of the United Kingdom issued a joint communique announcing an agreement to cooperate in the development of tanks, anti-tank guns, and tracked military vehicles.

Japan rejected Soviet demands that she repudiate her defense alliance with the United States.

Former U.S. Atomic Energy Commission member Thomas Murphy called for continued U.S. nuclear tests to develop "limited and discriminating" atomic weapons.

The U.S. Congress completed action on a bill authorizing $230 million to build eight nuclear power plants.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells (3rd week at #1)

Austria's top 10 (Ö3)
1 Proud Mary--Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston
3 Crimson and Clover--Tommy James and the Shondells
4 Hinter den Kulissen von Paris--Mireille Mathieu
5 Atlantis--Donovan
6 Liebesleid--Peter Alexander
7 Don Juan--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
8 Ring of Fire--Eric Burdon and the Animals
9 The Boxer--Simon & Garfunkel
10 Boom Bang-a-Bang--Lulu

Singles entering the chart were Proud Mary; Get Back; Hinter den Kulissen von Paris; Ring of Fire; The Boxer; Boom Bang-a-Bang; Games People Play by Joe South (#11); Ich sing' ein Lied für dich by Heintje (#13); Afterglow of Your Love by Small Faces (#14); Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) by Peter Sarstedt (#16); Bene bene bene by Rita Pavone (#17); and Rock Me by Steppenwolf (#20).

Died on this date
Frank "Shag" Shaughnessy, 85
. U.S.-born Canadian sports coach and executive. Mr. Shaughnessy played football and baseball at the University of Notre Dame (1901-1904); he played 1 game with the Washington Nationals in 1905 and 8 games with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908, batting .281 with no home runs and 1 run batted in in 9 games. Mr. Shaughnessy played at least 1,254 games in at least 19 seasons in the minor leagues from 1903-1924, and compiled a record of 1,148-1,012 record as a manager from 1909-1936. He moved to Montreal in the 1910s serving as football (1912-1928); women's hockey; and men's hockey (1919-1927) coach at McGill University. Mr. Shaughnessy was an innovator in Canadian football, introducing the forward pass in an exhibition game against Syracuse University in 1921. He led McGill to Yates Cup championships in 1912, 1913, 1919, and 1928; the 1912 and 1919 teams may have been the best football teams in Canada in those years, but declined post-season competition because the games would have interfered with exams. Mr. Shaughnessy compiled a football record of 34-34-2, and a men's hockey record of 61-56-2. He was manager of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey Association (1914-1916), coached with the Detroit Tigers (1928); and was general manager of the Montreal Royals of baseball's International League (1932-1934. Mr. Shaughnessy was President of the IL from 1936-1960; he was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame in 1947, and won the King of Baseball award in 1953. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Mr. Shaughnessy died in Montreal; later that year, the Shaughnessy Cup for football supremacy between McGill University and Loyola College (later Concordia University) was presented for the first time.

Joe Malone, 79. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Malone, a native of Quebec City, was a centre with the Quebec Bulldogs/Hamilton Tigers (1908-17, 1919-22); Waterloo Colts (1909-10); and Montreal Canadiens (1917-19, 1922-24), scoring 206 points on 179 goals and 27 assists in 123 National Association regular season games and 175 points on 143 goals and 32 assists in 126 National Hockey League games, with 20 goals and 2 assists in 12 Stanley Cup games. He scored 44 goals in 20 games in the NHL's first season (1917-18), including at least one goal in each of his first 14 games. On January 31, 1920, Mr. Malone scored 7 goals against the Toronto St. Patricks, setting an NHL single-game record that still stands. Mr. Malone was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950, and is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame. He died of a heart attack in Montreal.

California Governor Ronald Reagan imposed a curfew after police in Berkeley fired shotguns and National Guardsmen used tear gas on demonstrators protesting the University of California's taking over a university-owned tract that had been inhabited by students and bums, and had become known as "People's Park." The 1989 documentary movie Berkeley in the Sixties deals with this episode.

U.S. President Richard Nixon accepted the resignation of Abe Fortas from the Supreme Court of the United States.

Baltimore's Dave McNally had his bid for a no-hitter foiled by Cesar Tovar's single with 1 out in the 9th inning, and he had to settle for a 1-hit 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins before 11,423 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Mr. McNally improved his 1969 record to 6-0.

Dick McAuliffe led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run to give the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 win over the Chicago White Sox before 12,868 fans at Tiger Stadium. Detroit left fielder Willie Horton left the bench during the game, and wasn't seen for several days thereafter.

Hank Aaron hit a pair of solo home runs to help the Atlanta Braves defeat the New York Mets 6-5 before 14,370 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. The Mets scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and loaded the bases with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, but Bud Harrelson was forced out at home plate on a ground ball by Ken Boswell, and Cleon Jones popped out to second base to end the game.

Rick Wise pitched a 5-hit shutout and Dick Allen batted 4 for 4 with a home run, 4 runs, and 2 runs batted in as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0 before 3,294 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia.

40 years ago

Hit parade
Austria's top 10 (Ö3)
1 Heart of Glass--Blondie (5th week at #1)
2 Tragedy--Bee Gees
3 Born to Be Alive--Patrick Hernandez
4 Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday--Boney M.
5 In the Navy--Village People
6 Chiquitita--ABBA
7 Trojan Horse--Luv'
8 Dschinghis Khan--Dschinghis Khan
9 Darlin'--Frankie Miller
10 Y.M.C.A.--Village People

Singles entering the chart were Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday; Dschinghis Khan; Fire by the Pointer Sisters (#13); Knock on Wood by Amii Stewart (#14); Hallelujah by Milk and Honey (#15); Und manchmal weinst du sicher ein paar Tränen by Peter Alexander (#16); and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (#17).

The United States Senate passed a non-binding resolution calling for the lifting of sanctions against Rhodesia 14 days after black-majority rule took effect, a rebuff to the African policy of President Jimmy Carter.

A district court judge in Washington, D.C. dismissed a suit by Sears, Roebuck Company challenging federal equal employment programs.

Stanley Cup
New York Rangers 2 @ Montreal 6 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Bob Gainey's goal with 3:33 remaining in the 1st period broke a 2-2 tie and held up as the winner as the Canadiens evened the series at the Montreal Forum. Montreal goalie Bunny Larocque, who had played the 3rd period of the first game, was scheduled to start the second game, but was hit in the head by a shot during the pre-game warmup, and Ken Dryden resumed the Montreal goaltending duties for the rest of the series.

Avco World Trophy
Edmonton 8 @ Winnipeg 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 2-1)

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Like a Prayer--Madonna (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): She Drives Me Crazy--Fine Young Cannibals

Austria's top 10 (Ö3)
1 Looking for Freedom--David Hasselhoff
2 The Look--Roxette
3 Like a Prayer--Madonna
4 She Drives Me Crazy--Fine Young Cannibals
5 Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart--Marc Almond featuring Gene Pitney
6 The Way to Your Heart--Soulsister
7 Das Phantom der Oper--Alexander Goebel & Luzia Nistler
8 You Got It--Roy Orbison
9 Nur ein Lied--Thomas Forstner
10 Eternal Flame--Bangles

Singles entering the chart were Nur ein Lied; Eternal Flame; Iko Iko by the Belle Stars (#14); Celebrate the World by Womack & Womack (#15); The Living Years by Mike + the Mechanics (#19); and Everything Counts by Depeche Mode (#27).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Like a Prayer--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
2 Second Chance--Thirty Eight Special
3 The Look--Roxette
4 Heaven Help Me--Deon Estus (with George Michael)
5 I'll Be There for You--Bon Jovi
6 Forever Your Girl--Paula Abdul
7 Girl You Know it's True--Milli Vanilli
8 Diamond Mine--Blue Rodeo
9 She Drives Me Crazy--Fine Young Cannibals
10 Funky Cold Medina--Tone Loc

Singles entering the chart were Beautiful White by The Pursuit of Happiness (#74); (Between A) Rock and a Hard Place by Cutting Crew (#77); The Doctor by the Doobie Brothers (#82); Precious Stone by the Fixx (#85); Closer to Fine by Indigo Girls (#87); I Want it All by Queen (#90); The Best Years of Our Lives by Neil Diamond (#95); A Little Lovin' by Chantal (#97); and Sister Madly by Crowded House (#99).

Died on this date
Johnny Green, 80
. U.S. songwriter and composer. Mr. Green wrote jazz standard songs such as Body and Soul and Out of Nowhere, and won Academy Awards for his scores for Easter Parade (1948); An American in Paris (1951); West Side Story (1961); and Oliver! (1968). He won another Oscar as the producer of Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (1953), which was named Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel.

This blogger began a job as librarian with the University of Alberta's School of Native Studies.

The Toronto Blue Jays, off to a dismal 12-24 start, fired manager Jimy Williams and replaced him with Cito Gaston.

Devon White led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a single, stole second and third bases, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Wally Joyner to give the California Angels a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees before 25,959 fans at Anaheim Stadium.

First baseman Kent Hrbek hit his 7th home run of the season, but later dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ball as his Twins lost 4-3 to the Kansas City Royals before 18,404 fans at Hubet H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.

The San Diego Padres scored 2 runs in the top of the 11th inning to break a 4-4 tie and held on to defeat the Montreal Expos 6-5 before 12,110 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Expos scored a run in the bottom of the 11th and had runners on first and second bases with 1 out, but Tim Raines flied out to right field and Rex Hudler struck out to end the game.

Pinch hitter Mariano Duncan singled home 2 runs with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning to break a 1-1 tie as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 3-1 before 34,622 fans at Shea Stadium in New York.

Will Clark hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 12th to break a 0-0 tie, but Bob Dernier hit a 3-run inside-the-park homer with 2 out in the bottom of the inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants before 15,703 fans at Veterans Stadium in St. Louis.

The Cincinnati Reds scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and 3 in the 9th to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 before 16,030 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. The game ended when Herm Winningham singled home pinch runners Skeeter Barnes and Danny Jackson.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: The Sign--Ace of Base (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Without You--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Without You--Mariah Carey (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Come On You Reds--Manchester United F.C.

Died on this date
Gilbert Roland, 88
. Mexican-born U.S. actor. Mr. Roland, born Luis Antonio Dámaso de Alonso, appeared in movies and television programs--often cast as a Latin lover-- in a career lasting about 60 years. His best-known movies included We Were Strangers (1949); Bullfighter and the Lady (1951); and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952).

20 years ago

U.S.S.R. leader Mikhail Gorbachev began a three-day visit to Beijing, the first such summit since the Sino-Soviet split in 1959. While the summit was taking place, one million people gathered in Beijing to demand democratic reforms in China, including the removal of Deng Xiaoping and other leaders from power. There were protests in at least 20 other Chinese cities.

Politics and government
The five articles of impeachment against Russian President Boris Yeltsin failed to get the required two-thirds support in the Duma. The article that came closest was the charge that Mr. Yeltsin had started the war against the Republic of Chechnya in 1994.

Horse racing
Charismatic, with Chris Antley up, won the 124th running of the Preakness Stakes before 116,526 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:55.32, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Menifee, with Badge finishing third in the 14-horse field.

Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Toronto 4 Pittsburgh 1 (Toronto led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Texas Rangers' pitcher Esteban Loaiza suffered a broken hand when a car door slammed on it, and was out indefinitely.

The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-7 before 27,039 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia despite hitting into a triple play. In the top of the 6th inning, with Edgardo Alfonzo at second base and John Olerud at first, Mike Piazza lined out to Alex Arias, who threw to second baseman Kevin Jordan to double off Mr. Alfonzo; Mr. Jordan then tagged out Mr. Olerud to complete the triple play. Ken Ryan, the second of five Philadelphia pitchers, allowed 1 hit and 1 run--earned--with 2 bases on balls and no strikeouts in 1 inning to take the loss in the 240th ans final game of his 8-year major league career.

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 5 runs in each of the 1st and 3rd innings en route to a 17-6 rout of the Montreal Expos before 27,017 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in St. Louis.

The Kansas City Royals (4) and Seattle Mariners (3) combined to hit 7 home runs as the Royals edged the Mariners 11-10 before 38,215 fans at the Kingdome in Seattle. Ryan Franklin, the second of four Seattle pitchers, allowed 3 hits and 2 runs--both earned--with 1 strikeout in 2/3 inning in his major league debut.

Matt Stairs led off the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins before 18,016 fans at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Bud Tingwell, 86
. Australian actor. Charles William Tingwell appeared in numerous plays, films, and television programs in Australia and the United Kingdom in a career spanning more than 60 years. He played Inspector Craddock in the four Miss Marple movies starring Margaret Rutherford from 1961-1964.

Wayman Tisdale, 44. U.S. basketball player and musician. Mr. Tisdale was a forward with the University of Oklahoma Sooners (1982-85), winning first team All-American honours each season, and helping the American team win gold medals in the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas and the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He played in the National Basketball Association with the Indiana Pacers (1985-89); Sacramento Kings (1989-94); and Phoenix Suns (1994-97), scoring 12,878 points (15.3 per game), with 5,117 rebounds (6.1 per game) and 1,077 assists (1.3 per game). Mr. Tisdale played bass guitar, and had a successful career as a jazz recording artist, releasing eight albums from 1995-2008. He was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2007, and had part of his right leg amputated in 2008. Mr. Tisdale died, 25 days before his 45th birthday, of a ruptured esophagus as a result of radiation treatments for his cancer. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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