Friday, 10 May 2019

May 9, 2019

1,290 years ago

Died on this date
. King of Northumbria, 718-729. Osric was preceded on the throne by Coenred and succeeded by Ceolwulf.

1,010 years ago

Lombard forces led by Melus revolted in Bari against the Byzantine Catepanate of Italy.

130 years ago

Horse racing
Spokane, with Thomas Kiley up, won the 15th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:34 1/2. Proctor Knott placed second and Once Again finished third in the eight-horse field.

Ad Gumbert‚ normally a pitcher‚ played left field and hit a grand slam home run to give the Chicago Colts a 7-6 win over the Pittsburgh Alleghenys at West Side Park in Chicago.

120 years ago


With the help of 10 Washington errors, the New York Giants routed the Washington Senators 19-1 at the Polo Grounds in New York.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Don Messer
. Canadian musician. Mr. Messer, a native of Tweedside, New Brunswick, was Canada's best-known fiddler. He began appearing on CBC radio in 1934, and made his first television appearance in 1956. The Don Messer Show, which soon became Don Messer's Jubilee, aired on CBC from 1959-1969 and on CHCH in Hamilton from 1969-1973. Mr. Messer died of a heart attack in Halifax on March 26, 1973 at the age of 63.

For reasons having more to do with publicity than concern for health, the St. Louis Cardinals took out a $50,000 insurance policy on manager Roger Bresnahan.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Cliff Chadderton
. Canadian journalist, soldier, and activist. Mr. Chadderton, a native of Fort William, Ontario, worked with Canadian Press and the Winnipeg Free Press before serving with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in World War II. He was wounded by a grenade and lost his right leg below the knee, leading him to become involved with the War Amputations of Canada, serving as its Chief Executive Officer from 1965-2009 and broadening the organization's focus to include all kinds of amputees. Under Mr. Chadderton's leadership, the War Amps pressured the government of Canada to compensate victims of thalidomide, secure compensation for victims of mistreatment in Japanese prison camps during World War II, and led successful campaigns against National Film Board and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation smears of Canadian World War I and II heroes and campaigns. Mr. Chadderton retired at the age of 90, and died on November 30, 2013 at the age of 94.

80 years ago

The Roman Catholic Church beatified its first Native Canadian: Kateri Tekakwitha, a Mohawk from Kanawake, Quebec.

75 years ago

Soviet forces captured the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. British troops occupied the villages of Gamberale, Fallascosa, and Palena on the Maiella Plateau in Italy. Japanese forces gained full control of the north-south Peking-Hankow railway in the Chinese province of Honan. Crossing the Yellow River in the vicinity of Yuanchu, the Japanese moved south, posing a new threat to the important Honan base of Loyang. U.S. Navy Admirals Chester Nimitz, Ernest King, and William Halsey completed talks in San Francisco on the war in the Pacific. The U.S. Army reported total strength of 7,481,925 as of January 1, 1944.

The United States government ended its control of the Chicago plant of Montgomery Ward & Company shortly before the National Labor Relatons Board announced that Congress of Industrial Organizations United Mail Order Warehouse and Retail Employees Union had won that day's election to represent the company's Chicago workers.

70 years ago

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Three Garridebs

Died on this date
Louis II, 78
. Prince of Monaco, 1922-1949. Louis II acceded to the throne upon the death of his father Albert I. He tried to keep Monaco neutral during World War II, but he supported the Vichy French regime, leading to conflict with his son Rainier III, who supported the Allies, and who succeeded him on the throne.

William Lurye. U.S. labour activist. Mr. Lurye, a special organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, was fatally stabbed in a New York building where the ILGWU had recently conducted four strikes. Union President David Dubinsky charged that an anti-union dress manufacturer had arranged the killing.

Former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was re-elected chairwoman of the United Nations Social Council's Committee on Human Rights.

Politics and government
Colombian President Mariano Ospina Perez appointed a new cabinet of seven Conservatives and six Liberal Party members due to Conservative objections to the composition of the previous cabinet.

The Iranian constitution was amended to give the Shah power to dissolve Parliament.

Economics and finance
The U.K. House of Commons completed action on a bill to nationalize most of the nation's steel industry by May 1, 1930.

The first-place New York Giants parlayed 10 bases on balls and home runs by Sid Gordon and Willard Marshall into a 7-2 win over the Chicago Cubs before 22,445 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York. Sheldon Jones pitched a 9-hit complete game and was the winning pitcher for the Giants, who won their seventh game in a row. Cubs' starter Ralph Hamner, who allowed just 1 hit in 3 innings, took the loss. Cliff Aberson made his major league debut with the Cubs, popping out as a pinch hitter in the 4th inning.

Eddie Kazak's grand slam climaxed a 5-run 8th inning and concluded the scoring as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 14-5 before 13,042 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Johnny Van Cuyk, the fourth of six Brooklyn pitchers, allowed 2 hits and 2 runs--both earned--with 1 base on balls and no strikeouts in 1 inning in the 7th and last game of his 3-year major league career.

Vern Bickford pitched a 3-hitter and singled and scored a run for the Boston Braves as they defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 before 13,706 fans at Braves Field.

Ted Gray outduelled Vic Raschi as the Detroit Tigers beat the first-place New York Yankees 5-2 before 11,733 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Each pitcher gave up just 5 hits, but one of the Tigers' hits was a home run by left fielder Dick Wakefield.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Venus--Frankie Avalon (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes--The Platters (7th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Die Gitarre und das Meer--Freddy Quinn (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I/I Need Your Love Tonight--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Happy Organ--Dave "Baby" Cortez
2 (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I--Elvis Presley
3 Pink Shoe Laces--Dodie Stevens
4 Come Softly to Me--The Fleetwoods
5 Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)--The Impalas
6 Kansas City--Wilbert Harrison
7 Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)--Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens
8 Turn Me Loose--Fabian
9 Since I Don't Have You--The Skyliners
10 Guitar Boogie Shuffle--The Virtues

Singles entering the chart were You Made Me Love You (#71)/I Must Be Dreaming (#74) by Nat "King" Cole; Hey Little Lucy! (Don’tcha Put No Lipstick On) by Conway Twitty (#83); I'm Ready by Fats Domino (#84); Tallahassee Lassie by Freddy Cannon (#87); Old Spanish Town by the Bell Notes (#92); Little Dipper by the Mickey Mozart Quintet (#93); Summer Dreams (#94)/Peace (#97) by the McGuire Sisters; (It Took) One Kiss by Jaye P. Morgan (#95); My Heart is an Open Book by Carl Dobkins, Jr. (#96); Just Keep it Up by Dee Clark (#98); and What a Diff'rence a Day Makes by Dinah Washington (#100).

Died on this date
Albert H. Fuller
. U.S. businessman. Mr. Fuller was president of the Fuller Brush Compny. He and his wife Dora were killed in a car accident near Lunning, Nevada.

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in another personal message to U.S.S.R. Premier Nikita Khrushchev, again called for a limited ban on atmospheric nuclear tests pending an agreement to ban underground and high-altitude tests.

Politics and government
Greek Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis and Turkish Prime Minister Ethem Menderes reached agreements following three days of talks in Ankara which would permit the formation of an independent Cypriot government within a year.

50 years ago

Hit parade
Vancouver's Top 10 (CKLG)
1 Get Back/Don't Let Me Down--The Beatles with Billy Preston
2 Hair--The Cowsills
3 Sweet Cherry Wine--Tommy James and the Shondells
4 Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show--Neil Diamond
5 Morning Girl--Neon Philharmonic
6 Badge--Cream
7 Hawaii Five-O--The Ventures
8 Playgirl--Thee Prophets
9 Love is Just a Four-Letter Word--Joan Baez
10 Goodbye--Mary Hopkin

Singles entering the chart were Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet by Henry Mancini, his Orchestra and Chorus (#25); In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley (#28); Bad Moon Rising/Lodi by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#29); and Do Re Mi by Mock Duck (#30).

Edmonton's Top 10 (CJCA)
1 Get Back--The Beatles with Billy Preston (2nd week at #1)
2 Hair--The Cowsills
3 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)--The 5th Dimension
4 Long Green--The Fireballs
5 Mendocino--Sir Douglas Quintet
6 The Boxer--Simon & Garfunkel
7 Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'--Crazy Elephant
8 Galveston--Glen Campbell
9 The Letter--The Arbors
10 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens

Died on this date
Josef Jonsson, 81
. Swedish composer and music critic. Mr. Jonsson wrote three symphonies, a violin concerto, and orchestral overtures and suites, but was best known as a composer of vocal music, to words by prominent Swedish poets. He was the music critic for Östergötlands Folkblad (1922-1966).

Led Zeppelin made their first appearance in Edmonton, performing at the Edmonton Gardens.

Brazilian Army captain Carlos Lamarca, who had deserted in January 1969 in order to fight against the country's military dictatorship, began his campaign by robbing two banks.

A revised Roman Catholic calendar of church feasts, dropping more than 200 saints and adding saints from outside Europe, was published in Rome. Among those dropped because of doubt that they ever existed was St. Christopher.

Politics and government
In what was considered the most blunt criticism of U.S. President Richard Nixon by a Republican Senator since he occupied the White House, Jacob Javits of New York attacked Mr. Nixon’s policy on the Vietnam peace talks as insufficiently flexible in dealing with the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Bright Eyes--Art Garfunkel (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Cyrus Eaton, 95
. Canadian-born U.S. banker and activist. Mr. Eaton, who was born on a farm near Pugwash, Nova Scotia, had his higher education in Ontario, and then settled in Cleveland, becoming wealthy as an investment banker. He was perhaps best known for his Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, beginning in 1957, which reflected Mr. Eaton's dislike for American Cold War policy.

Charlie Hargreaves, 82. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Hargreaves was a catcher with the Brooklyn Robins (1923-1928) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1928-1930), batting .270 with 4 home runs and 139 runs batted in in 423 games.

Habib Elghanian, 67. Iranian businessman. Mr. Elghanian was the founder and owner of the plastics firm Plasco, the largest such firm in Iran. He was president of the Tehran Jewish Society, which made him a target when the Islamic revolution toppled the Shah early in 1979. Mr. Elghanian was executed after having been convicted by a revolutionary tribunal of various charges, including corruption, contacts with Israel and Zionism, and "friendship with the enemies of God." His murder triggered a mass exodus of Jews from Iran.

Eddie Jefferson, 60. U.S. singer and songwriter. Mr. Jefferson was a jazz singer who has been credited with being an innovator of vocalese, in which lyrics are set to an instrumental composition or solo. Shortly after concluding a performance at Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, he was shot and killed while walking out of the building. The suspect, identified as a dancer once fired by Mr. Jefferson, was acquitted of murder.

Israeli troops attacked Lebanon in retaliation for a Palestine Liberation Organization raid on a kibbutz in northern Israel.

United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance announced that a basic agreement had been reached with the Soviet Union on the SALT-II treaty. U.S. President Jimmy Carter and U.S.S.R. leader Leonid Brezhnev were scheduled to sign the accords in June.

24 demonstrators were shot dead and many wounded after police opened fire on anti-government protesters outside the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador.

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau gave a passionate election speech on national unity to 18,000 screaming Liberal Party supporters at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto in the largest political rally in Canadian history.

The Interior committee of the United States House of Representatives approved a six-month moratorium on construction permits for nuclear reactors, and banned operations at new plants until federal authorities approved emergency contingency plans for all nuclear plants.

Four bench-clearing brawls, 10 ejections, and 2 grand slams highlighted the Pittsburgh Pirates' 17-9 win over the Atlanta Braves before 6,855 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. John Milner hit a grand slam for the Pirates, while Gary Matthews hit one for the Braves. Bill Robinson hit a pair of solo home runs for Pittsburgh.

Bob Watson singled home Jeff Leonard with 2 out in the bottom of the 16th inning to give the Houston Astros a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals before 11,566 fans at the Astrodome.

Dick Ruthven pitched a 1-hiter for the Philadelphia Phillies as they shut out the San Diego Padres 2-0 before 15,606 fans at San Diego Stadium. Dan Briggs broke up Mr. Ruthven's bid for a no-hitter when he doubled with 2 out in the 7th inning.

Gary Roenicke's double in the 7th inning was the only hit given up by Mike Norris as the Oakland Athletics scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th inning to break a 2-2 tie and defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 before 11,147 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

Joe Rudi led off the top of the 9th inning with a triple and Brian Downing followed with a home run to give the California Angels an 8-7 lead over the Boston Red Sox, but Jim Rice drew a base on balls with 1 out in the bottom of the inning and Carl Yastrzemski followed with a home run to give the Red Sox a 9-8 win before 24,815 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

Ed Figueroa pitched a 5-hitter and Reggie Jackson hit a 3-run home run to climax a 4-run 7th inning for the New York Yankees as they shut out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 before 14,738 fans at Yankee Stadium.

Bobby Bonds batted 4 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in for the Cleveland Indians as they withstood a 3-run 9th inning rally and held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 before 10,829 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Sid Monge was credited with one of the worst saves ever recorded when he balked home a run and issued 2 bases-loaded walks before striking out Robin Yount to end the game.

Steve Braun hit a solo home run with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning for the eventual deciding run as the Kansas City Royals edged the Texas Rangers 4-3 before 18,324 fans at Arlington Stadium. With 1 out in the bottom of the 9th, Buddy Bell doubled and Al Oliver followed with a single to drive him home, but Richie Zisk grounded into a double play to end the game. Renie Martin allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run in 1 1/3 innings with no bases on balls or strikeouts, and was credited with the save in his major league debut. Winning pitcher Rich Gale had a shutout going after 6 2/3 innings, but was removed from the game because of an elbow injury. Ferguson Jenkins pitched a 7-hit complete game, taking his first loss of the season after 4 straight wins.

30 years ago

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Whose Woods are These?

Died on this date
Timothy Farrell, 66
. U.S. actor. Mr. Farrell, whose real name was Timothy Sperl, was known for his deadpan acting style in low-budget movies such as Glen or Glenda (1953); Jail Bait (1954); and The Violent Years (1956). He spent 26 years with the Los Angeles County Marshal's Office, eventually becoming County Marshal in 1971. Mr. Sperl was fired in 1975 after his conviction on felony charges for "illegal use of deputy marshals in political activities." Mr. Farrell died of a heart attack.

At a meeting of the Electrochemical Society in Los Angeles, scientists Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons defended their experiment in cold fusion--nuclear fusion at room temperature--claiming that the experiment was producing 10-50 times more energy than had been put in. Drs. Fleischmann and Pons, who had announced the results of their experiment in March, were coming under heavy criticism from within the scientific community after the failure of a number of attempts by other scientists to replicate the results.

Stanley Cup
Prince of Wales Conference Finals
Philadelphia 2 @ Montreal 1 (OT) (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)

New York Mets' shortstop Kevin Elster had played 88 consecutive games without an error, and Boston Red Sox' catcher Rick Cerone had played 159 consecutive errorless games, but both major league record streaks ended on this day. Mr. Elster made an error on a ground ball by Barry Larkin leading off the 9th, but the error wasn't costly, and he had already singled in a run and scored a run to help the Mets defeat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 before 12,645 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Mr. Cerone's error, on the other hand, was costly. With a runner on base and none out in the top of the 8th, he dropped a foul fly off the bat of Tim Laudner, who then doubled and eventually scored. Mr. Cerone's error led to 3 unearned runs, helping the Twins win 6-2 before 25,951 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Streets of Philadelphia--Bruce Springsteen (5th week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Love Sneakin' Up on You--Bonnie Raitt (3rd week at #1)
2 Baby, I Love Your Way--Big Mountain
3 I'll Remember--Madonna
4 Return to Innocence--Enigma
5 Mr. Jones--Counting Crows
6 Streets of Philadelphia--Bruce Springsteen
7 Misled--Celine Dion
8 Swimming in Your Ocean--Crash Test Dummies
9 Sleeping in My Car--Roxette
10 The Sign--Ace of Base

Singles entering the chart were If You Go by Jon Secada (#70); Loving Me is Not a Sin by Mitsou (#82); Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are by Meat Loaf (#86); Another Night by M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy (#90); Some Kind of Wonderful by Huey Lewis and the News (#95); Crying Shame by Wild Strawberries (#96); Miss World by Hole (#97); In the Time it Takes by Beth Nielsen Chapman and Paul Carrack (#98); and Make a Liar Out of Me by Lori Yates (#99).

Disappeared on this date
Clea Hall, 18
. U.S. student. Miss Hall, an honour student in high school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas who had been accepted into the pre-medical program at Tennessee State University, was working an after-hours job at the home office of Dr. Larry Amos, 43, and disappeared shortly after 8:30 P.M., after finishing her shift. She had called her mother shortly after 8 P.M. and told her to expect another call when it was time for Mrs. Hall to come and give her a ride home. The second call never came; Dr. Amos told police that he saw Miss Hall getting into a car with an unknown person after leaving his office. She hasn't been seen since.

Politics and government
African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa by the 400-seat National Assembly.

Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, was placed under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus.

20 years ago

100,000 people in Beijing, and hundreds in other major Chinese cities, demonstrated against the recent bombing by NATO forces of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Toronto 4 Pittsburgh 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Detroit 4 Colorado 0

IIHF Men's World Championships
Canada 4 U.S.A. 1

New York Yankees' pitcher Mike Stanton made his first career start, ending a major league record streak of 552 consecutive relief appearances before the first career start. He pitched 4 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, before being relieved by Jason Grimsley, who allowed just 1 hit in 4 innings to get the win and improve his 1999 record to 4-0 as the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 before 49,622 fans at Yankee Stadium.

The Texas Rangers amassed 20 hits as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 before 20,374 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.

Pittsburgh Pirates' shortstop Pat Meares got 5 hits, including a double, as the Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals 12-9 before 45,458 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Pittsburgh first baseman Brant Brown added a 3-run inside-the-park home run.

In NCAA action, the Florida State Seminoles whipped the Maryland Terrapins 26-2. Florida State second baseman Marshall McDougall hit a single in his first at bat, then followed with 6 consecutive home runs. His 6 home runs and 16 runs batted in were NCAA records.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Chuck Daly, 78
. U.S. basketball coach. Mr. Daly was an assistant coach at Duke University (1963-69) and head coach at Boston College (1969-71) and University of Pennsylvania (1971-77), leading Penn to Ivy League titles in each of his first four seasons there. He was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers (1978-81) and head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers (1981-82); Detroit Pistons (1983-92); New Jersey Nets (1992-94); and Orlando Magic (1997-99), compiling a regular season record of 638-437 and a playoff record of 75-51. He led the "Bad Boy" Pistons to the National Basketball Association finals in 1988--losing a heartbreaking seven-game series to the Los Angeles--and to the team's first two NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. Mr. Daly coached the U.S. "Dream Team" to the gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Mr. Daly died of pancreatic cancer.

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