Wednesday, 23 September 2020

September 23, 2020

280 years ago

Born on this date
. Empress of Japan, 1762-1771. Go-Sakuramachi succeeded her brother Momozono on the throne and abdicated in favour of her nephew Go-Momozono. She died on December 24, 1813 at the age of 73.

240 years ago

Near Tarrytown, New York, British Army Major John Andre was captured along with papers revealing Continental Army Major General Benedict Arnold's plot to surrender West Point, New York to the British.

220 years ago

Born on this date
William Holmes McGuffey
. U.S. author. Professor McGuffey was a Presbyterian minister before holding various academic positions, including president of Cincinnati College (1836-1839) and president of Ohio University (1839-1843). He was best known as the author and editor of the McGuffey Readers (1836-1879), a series of graded primers for grade levels 1-6 that sold an estimated 120 million copies from 1836-1960. The readers used phonics to teach reading, and the early editions included Prof. McGuffey's Calvinist beliefs. Prof. McGuffey died on May 4, 1873 at the age of 72.

175 years ago

The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, was founded in New York.

170 years ago

Died on this date
José Gervasio Artigas Arnal, 86
. Uruguayan military officer and politician. General Artigas served in various wars from 1797-1820. He supported a federalism that liberated Uruguay from the Argentine government in Buenos Aires, which has led him to be called "the father of Uruguayan nationhood." Gen. Artigas was forced into exile in Paraguay, and died in Asunción.

140 years ago

Born on this date
John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr
. U.K. biologist, physician, and politician. Lord Boyd-Orr was an expert in animal and human nutrition, directing the Rowett Research Institute in Scotland from 1914-1945. He was awarded the 1949 Nobel Peace Prize, mainly for his work as Director-General fo the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (1945-1948) and as President of the National Peace Council and World Union of Peace Organizations. Lord Boyd-Orr was an independent member of the House of Commons for the Combined Scottish Universities (1945-1946), and was elevated to the peerage in 1949. He was the co-founder and first president of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) from 1960 until his death on June 25, 1971 at the age of 90.

130 years ago


George Nicol gave up 9 bases on balls but no hits as the St. Louis Browns whipped the Toledo Maumees 21-2 in an American Association game at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis that was called because of darkness after 7 innings. The Browns scored 11 runs in the 3rd inning, with first baseman Jumbo Cartwright hitting a 3-run home run and a grand slam off rookie pitcher Ed Green.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Johnny Mokan
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Mokan was an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1921-1922) and Philadelphia Phillies (1922-1927). He batted .291 with 32 home runs and 273 runs batted in in 582 games. Mr. Mokan's best season was 1923, when he batted .312 with 10 homers and 76 RBIs. He died on February 10, 1985 at the age of 89.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Mickey Rooney
. U.S. actor. Mr. Rooney, born Joseph Yule, Jr., was the son of vaudeville performers, and began his show business career as an infant. He appeared in every form of entertainment, including over 300 movies from 1926-2014. Mr. Rooney's career peaked in the late 1930s-early '40s, playing Andy Hardy in a series of movies and a radio series. He was nominated for numerous awards, winning an Emmy for his starring role in the made-for-television movie Bill (1981) and an honorary Academy Award in 1983 "in recognition of his 50 years of versatility in a variety of memorable film performances." Mr. Rooney had a difficult private life, with eight marriages and six divorces, and problems with drinking, pills, and gambling. He accused his stepchildren of elder abuse in his later years, and died on April 6, 2014 at the age of 93, leaving an estate of only $18,000.

80 years ago

On the radio

U.K. Royal Air Force bombers blasted Berlin for four hours. British and French forces bombarded Dakar in French West Africa and attempted a landing, but were beaten back by Vichy French forces. Japanese troops entered Indochina, crossing the Chinese frontier at Lang Son; U.S. State Secretary Cordell Hull denounced the Japanese invasion of Indochina. French forces abandoned Dong Dang near Hanoi.

German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler warned Egypt to disavow its ties to Britain or face severe consequences.

U.S. State Department figures indicated that Thailand had purchased $480,000 worth of arms in August.

A Gallup Poll reported that 52% of American voters favoured aid to England at the risk of war, while 48% felt that the U.S.A. should stay out of the war.

Politics and government
The Illinois state electoral board took the Communist Party off the state ballot on the grounds that its nominating peititions were invalid.

The U.S. Census reported that the country's population in 1940 was 131,409,881, a 7% increase over the last decade.

Claude Passeau hit a home run to help him pick up his 20th win of the season as the Chicago Cubs blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 10-0 before just 1,843 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

75 years ago

The Japanese government turned over to Allied authorities urns containing the ashes of 2,600 Allied prisoners of war who had died in camps.

Spruille Braden resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina and returned to Washington from Buenos Aires to assume the position of Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

Politics and government
The British government of Prime Minister Clement Attlee announced that it had decided to refer the problem of Palestine and Jewish immigration to the United Nations.

The Egyptian cabinet called for the withdrawal of British troops from Egypt and for the incorporation of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan into Egypt.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities said that it would investigate the recent reorganization of the Communist Party USA to determine whether its aims were now "dangerous to the country."

The U.S. Bureau of Selective Service ruled that returning veterans were entitlted to first priority in re-employment at their old jobs, regardless of union protests.

Detroit (1-0) 10 Chicago Cardinals (0-1) 0 @ Milwaukee

70 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Quicksilver--Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Goodnight Irene--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--4th week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Goodnight Irene--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers (4th week at #1)
--Frank Sinatra
2 Mona Lisa--Nat "King" Cole
--Victor Young and his Orchestra (Don Cherry, vocal)
--Art Lund
3 Sam’s Song--Gary Crosby and Friend
--Joe "Fingers" Carr and the Carr-Hops
4 Tzena Tzena Tzena--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers
--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
--Vic Damone
5 Play a Simple Melody--Gary Crosby and Friend
--Jo Stafford
6 La Vie en Rose--Tony Martin
--Bing Crosby
--Edith Piaf
7 Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)--The Ames Brothers
8 Bonaparte’s Retreat--Kay Starr
--Gene Krupa and Chicago Jazz
9 All My Love (Bolero)--Patti Page
--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
10 I Wanna Be Loved--The Andrews Sisters
--Billy Eckstine

Singles entering the chart the chart were Harbor Lights, with versions by Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra with Tony Alamo and the Kaydets; Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians; and Ray Anthony and his Orchestra (#25); and I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles by Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra (#36).

Died on this date
Sam Barry, 57
. U.S. basketball coach. Mr. Barry coached basketball at Knox College (Illinois) (1918-1922); the University of Iowa (1922-1929); and the University of Southern California (1929-1941, 1945-1950); was head football coach at Knox College (1918-1921); and USC (1941); and head baseball coach at Iowa (1923-1924) and USC (1930-1942, 1946-1950). He compiled records of 360-207 (basketball); 17-18-5 (football); and 361-141-4 (baseball), leading his basketball teams to six conference championships, and his baseball teams to 10 conference championships and a national championship (1948). Mr. Barry was one of three coaches to lead a basketball team to the NCAA Final Four and also lead a team to the College World Series. He was an assistant coach and scout for the USC football team when he suffered a fatal heart attack while approaching Memorial Stadium in Berkeley for a game against the University of California. Mr. Barry was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1966; he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (1979) and College Basketball Hall of Fame (2006) not only because of his team's performances, but because of his own innovations that helped to make basketball a faster and more entertaining game.

The Battle of Hill 282, the first U.S. friendly-fire incident on British military personnel since World War II, occurred near Waegwan, South Korea, when U.S. planes accidentally bombed U.K. troops, killing 21 and wounding 20. The United States sent Britain an official note of regret.

Politics and government
Both houses of the United States Congress overrode President Harry Truman's veto of the Internal Security Act of 1950.

Pope Pius XII urged Roman Catholic clergy to fight "both the iniquity of Communism and the abuses of capitalism.

An American Federation of Labour convention, meeting in Houston, voted to postpone action on a shorter work week for the duration of the Korean War emergency, and urged early imposition of price controls for key commodities.

Famine conditions were reported in many parts of India due to floods, earthquakes, crop failures, and poor transport facilities.

Montreal (1-4) 12 @ Hamilton (3-2) 18
Ottawa (2-3) 15 @ Toronto (4-1) 36

7,000 fans were at Civic Stadium to see the Tiger-Cats defeat the Alouettes, while 24,398 were at Varsity Stadium to see the Argonauts defeat the Rough Riders.

Saskatchewan (3-4) 9 @ Winnipeg (5-2) 15
Calgary (1-7) 8 @ Edmonton (6-2) 33

A capacity crowd of 8,000 filled Osborne Stadium to see the Blue Bombers defeat the Roughriders.

Mike King scored 3 touchdowns and Doug Pyzer and Jim Macrae added 1 each in the Eskimos’ rout of the Stampeders before 10,000 fans at Clarke Stadium. Annis Stukus added 3 converts and a field goal, and Ken Moore punted for 2 singles to aid the Edmonton cause.

Toronto (ORFU) 42 @ University of Western Ontario (SIFL) 30

10,000 attended the game at J.W. Little Memorial Stadium in London.

Joe DiMaggio hit a home run in the 1st inning, Jerry Coleman tripled home 3 runs in the 5th, and Ed Lopat (18-8) pitched a 5-hitter as the New York Yankees shut out the Boston Red Sox 8-0 before 63,998 fans at Yankee Stadium to move 3 games ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the American League pennant race. Mel Parnell (17-9) took the loss. Lou Stringer grounded out as a pinch hitter for the Red Sox in the 8th inning in the 409th and last game of his 6-year major league career.

The Detroit Tigers dropped to second place, 1½ games behind the Yankees, as they lost 10-2 to the Cleveland Indians before 17,315 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Larry Doby hit a grand slam and Luke Easter had a 3-run triple to support the pitching of Mike Garcia (11-10), who pitched a 5-hit complete game.

Joe Astroth drove in 6 runs in the 6th inning with a grand slam and a single as the Philadelphia Athletics scored 12 runs in the inning and went on to beat the Washington Nationals 16-5 before 4,636 fans at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Hank Wyse (9-14) pitched a 10-hit complete game victory.

Don Mueller tripled with 2 out and nobody on base in the top of the 10th inning and Hank Thompson followed with a run-scoring single to break a 3-3 tie as the New York Giants defeated the Boston Braves 4-3 before 4,690 fans at Braves Field. Larry Jansen (18-12) pitched an 8-hit complete game victory over Johnny Sain (19-13), who also allowed 8 hits in a complete game, and hit his first major league home run in the 8th inning to tie the score 3-3.

Gil Hodges' 3-run home run in the 2nd inning held up for the Brooklyn Dodgers as they held on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 before 22,602 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, moving within 6 games of the National League leaders. Andy Seminick hit a 2-run homer for the Phillies in the 7th. Don Newcombe (19-10) pitched a 7-hit complete game as he outduelled Robin Roberts (19-10).

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Apache--The Shadows (6th week at #1)

St. Louis (1-0) 43 @ Los Angeles (0-1) 21

John Roach threw 4 touchdown passes--3 to Sonny Randle--as the Cardinals overcame a 14-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Rams before 47,448 fans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was the Cardinals' first regular season game since moving to St. Louis from Chicago.

Buffalo (1-2) 13 @ Boston (1-2) 0
New York (2-1) 28 @ Denver (2-1) 24

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Band of Gold--Freda Payne

At the movies
Tora! Tora! Tora!, directed by Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, and Kinji Fukasaku, and starring Martin Balsam, Sō Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi, E.G. Marshall, and many others, opened in theatres in North America.

Syrian forces beat a retreat before Jordanian forces in the Jordanian civil war.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the cost of living rose 0.2% in August, the smallest increase in nearly two years.

Representatives of four U.S. railway unions, U.S. railroads, and the U.S. government arranged to postpone a nationwide strike for two weeks.

India reported that 600 people had been killed and 20,000 left homeless by three weeks of rain and floods.

Hamilton (5-3) 26 @ British Columbia (5-5) 14

Backup quarterback John Eckman came off the bench to direct the Hamilton offense when starter Joe Zuger broke his right wrist late in the first quarter, and completed 7 of 16 passes for 133 yards to lead the Tiger-Cats to victory before 29,787 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Mr. Eckman rushed 7 yards for a touchdown and handed off to Dave Fleming for a 4-yard touchdown rush. The Tiger-Cats’ other touchdown came in the 4th quarter with the team trailing 14-11. B.C. kicker Ted Gerela’s field goal attempt was blocked by John Vilunas, and Hamilton defensive back John Williams returned it 72 yards, putting the Tiger-Cats ahead 18-14 after Tommy-Joe Coffey’s convert. Mr. Coffey also converted the other Hamilton touchdowns and added a 28-yard field goal and a single off a missed 25-yard field goal attempt. He led the Hamilton receivers with 3 receptions for 79 yards; 57 of those yards came on 2 receptions that preceded Mr. Fleming’s touchdown. John Manel, who replaced Mr. Zuger as the Tiger-Cats’ punter, booted a 39-yard single in the last minute of the game. B.C. quarterback Paul Brothers completed 18 of 35 passes for 256 yards and touchdowns of 50 yards to Vic Washington and 12 yards to Jim Evenson, but also gave up 3 interceptions. Mr. Washington led all receivers with 98 yards on 4 receptions. The game was the last in the 14-year CFL career of Ernie Pitts, who had joined the Lions in 1970 after 13 seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Lions had 10 days after this game until their next one, so head coach Jackie Parker gave the players a few days off. Mr. Pitts flew to his home in Brighton, Colorado the next day, and was shot that night by his wife; she ostensibly mistook him for a burglar.

Cito Gaston led off the 4th inning with a home run and Dave Campbell added a solo homer in the 9th for the San Diego Padres shut out the Atlanta Braves 2-0 before 2,007 fans at Atlanta Stadium. Steve Arlin (1-0) pitched a 7-hitter for his first major league win, outduelling Pat Jarvis (16-14), who allowed 6 hits and 1 earned run in 8 innings.

Carl Morton (17-11) allowed 8 hits and 2 runs--1 earned--in 8.1 innings to outduel George Brunet (0-1) as the Montreal Expos held on to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 before 12,420 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. The Pirates scored a run in the bottom of the 9th and had runners on second and third bases with 1 out, but relief pitcher Mike Marshall retired pinch hitters Jose Pagan and Gene Clines on outfield flies to end the game, earning his first save in a Montreal uniform. The loss left the first-place Pirates 2 games ahead of the New York Mets in the National League East Division pennant race.

Donn Clendenon hit a 2-run home run with 2 out in the top of the 8th inning to enable the New York Mets to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 before 5,683 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Rick Joseph struck out as a pinch hitter for the Phillies in the 8th inning in the 253rd and last game of his 5-year major league career.

Bob Gibson (23-6) pitched a 2-hitter to outduel Ferguson Jenkins (20-16), who pitched a 7-hitter, as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader before 21,340 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Jerry Reuss (7-8) pitched a 7-hitter to outduel Bill Hands (17-14), who allowed 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings, as the Cardinals won again by a 2-1 score to complete the sweep, dropping the Cubs into third place in the NL East Division, 2½ games behind the Pirates.

Dick Dietz hit a grand slam to climax a 9-run 6th inning and Ken Henderson hit a 3-run homer to climax a 4-run 10th for the San Francisco Giants as they come from an 8-0 deficit to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 14-10 before 19,508 fans at Dodger Stadium.

Bart Johnson (4-6) pitched a 5-hitter and doubled home a run for the Chicago White Sox as they shut out the Kansas City Royals 6-0 before only 693 fans at White Sox Park. Paul Splittorff (0-1) made his major league debut as the Royals' starting pitcher, allowing 5 hits and 5 runs--3 earned--in 7 innings, walking 3 batters and striking out 8, and batting 1 for 2.

40 years ago

Iraqi planes attacked Iran’s huge oil refineries at Abadan, and Iraqi troops crossed into Iran at several points. Iranian planes attacked the centre of Baghdad three times, bombing military and civilian airports, and struck at the northern Iraqi oil centres of Kirkuk and Mosul and petrochemical complexes near Basra and at Zubair. At Zubair, at least 29 people were killed, including two British and four American workers at the facility.

In the first plebiscite in the United States on nuclear energy since the accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania in 1979, voters in Maine defeated a referendum proposal to shut down the state’s only nuclear power plant, the Maine Yankee facility near Wiscasset, by 59%-41%. The eight-year-old plant produced about 1/3 of the electricity consumed in the state.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (12th week at #1)

Austria's Top 10 (Ö3)
1 Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (11th week at #1)
2 Naked in the Rain--Black Pearl
3 Ooops Up--Snap!
4 It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
5 Samurai--Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
6 U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer
7 Tom's Diner--DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
8 Kingston Town--UB40
9 What's a Woman?--Vaya con Dios
10 Close to You--Maxi Priest

Singles entering the chart were Praying for Time by George Michael (#24); and Heidi! by Der Schreckliche Sven featuring M.C. Alm Öhi (#29).

Iraq threatened to destroy Middle East oil fields and attack Israel if other nations tried to force it from Kuwait.

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed five new Senators: James Kelleher, Trevor Eyton, Claude Castonguay, John Lynch-Staunton, Mabel DeWare.

Saskatchewan (6-6) 7 @ Winnipeg (8-4) 36

Tom Burgess threw 3 touchdown passes--2 to Rick House and the other to Robert Mimbs--as the Blue Bombers avenged a 55-11 loss to the Roughriders 20 days earlier. Winnipeg defensive back Ken Hailey recovered a fumbled punt in the Saskatchewan end zone in the 1st quarter, and Warren Hudson rushed 1 yard for another Winnipeg touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Milson Jones scored the Roughriders’ touchdown on a 1-yard rush with 3:44 remaining in the game. Mr. Mimbs led all rushers with 15 carries for 90 yards. 32,177 were in attendance at Winnipeg Stadium.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kiss from a Rose--Seal (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (VRT): Scatman's World--Scatman John (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Scatman's World--Scatman John (5th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): XXL--Mylène Farmer

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Het busje komt zo--Höllenboer

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Boombastic--Shaggy

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (3rd week at #1)
2 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
3 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
4 Waterfalls--TLC
5 Runaway--Janet Jackson
6 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
7 Boombastic/In the Summertime--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
8 I Got 5 on It--Luniz
9 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
10 As I Lay Me Down--Sophie B. Hawkins

Singles entering the chart were Do You Sleep? by Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (#47); Downtown Venus by P.M. Dawn (#53); I Hate U by the Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Love Symbol) (#56); Feel the Funk by Immature (#63); Real Hip Hop by Das EFX (#66); and Lie to Me/Something for the Pain by Bon Jovi (#90).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V. (2nd week at #1)
2 Runaway--Janet Jackson
3 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
4 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
5 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
6 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
7 Fantasy--Mariah Carey
8 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
9 I Got 5 On It--Luniz
10 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One

Singles entering the chart were Fantasy; Real Hip Hop by Das EFX (#62); Downtown Venus by P.M. Dawn (#64); We Must Be in Love by Pure Soul (#71); and Come with Me by Shai (#88).

Shreveport (4-10) 32 @ Baltimore (11-3) 42
Saskatchewan (5-8) 23 @ Toronto (2-11) 20
Hamilton (7-6) 7 @ San Antonio (8-5) 45

Tracy Ham passed to Chris Armstrong for 2 touchdowns and to Mark Orlando for another, while rushing for another TD of his own as the Stallions beat the Pirates before 27,321 fans at Memorial Stadium. Baltimore led 39-3 after 3 quarters before Shreveport mounted a furious comeback, scoring 29 points in the 4th quarter, with Travis Cozart rushing for 2 touchdowns, Martin Patton rushing for another, and Will Covington catching a 15-yard pass for another TD.

Warren Jones passed to Elbert Turner for a 23-yard touchdown and rushed 1 yard for the winning TD as the Roughriders edged the Argonauts before 14,655 fans at SkyDome. Mike Clemons rushed for one Toronto touchdown and Kent Austin passed to Duane Forde for the other.

David Archer threw touchdown passes of 85 yards to Kitrick Taylor and 17 yards to Myron Wise as the Texans routed the Tiger-Cats before 14,614 fans at the Alamodome. Maurice Miller returned a fumble 38 yards for a San Antonio touchdown, and linebacker Tommie Smith returned an interception 32 yards for another Texan TD. The only Hamilton touchdown came on a 14-yard pass from Steve Taylor to Manny Hazard late in the 3rd quarter.

Saskatchewan 11 @ Alberta 9

The Huskies were leading the Golden Bears 11-3 at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton when Jay Hamilton scored a touchdown for Alberta late in the 4th quarter, but a 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Carl Rowan, 75
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Rowan was a reporter with the Minneapolis Tribune (1950-1961), often reporting on the Negro civil rights movement. He was a columnist with the Chicago Sun-Times (1966-1998). Mr. Rowan was known as an advocate of gun control, but admitted to being vulnerable to accusations of hypocrisy in 1988 when he shot at a teenager who was trespassing and using his backyard swimming pool. Mr. Rowan died of heart and kidney ailments.

Aurelio Rodríguez, 52. Mexican-born baseball player and manager. Mr. Rodríguez was a third baseman with seven major league teams (1967-1983), most notably with the Detroit Tigers (1971-1979). He batted .237 with 124 home runs and 648 runs batted in in 2,017 games, and was known as one of the best defensive third basemen of his time, with an outstanding throwing arm. Mr. Rodríguez began (1965-1966) and ended (1984-1989) his playing career in the Mexican League, and managed in the Mexican League (1985, 1990-1999), compiling a record of 804-693. He was visiting Detroit and was leaving a restaurant when he was hit and killed by a car that jumped the curb.

At the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Marion Jones of the United States won the women’s 100-metre dash in 10.75 seconds, while fellow American Maurice Greene won the men’s 100-metre dash in 9.87 seconds. Miss Jones later forfeited her medals for using a banned substance.

British rower Steve Redgrave won his fifth consecutive gold medal, winning as a member of the coxless fours.

Winnipeg (3-8-1-1) 6 @ Hamilton (8-4-0-2) 43

Ronald Williams rushed 17 times for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Tiger-Cats to the rout before an Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of 13,100. Mr. Williams’ touchdown runs covered 70, 1, and 31 yards.; his longest run came on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus completed just 9 of 22 passes for 156 yards, but managed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Grigg in the 1st quarter. Paul Osbaldiston added 4 converts and 5 field goals as the Tiger-Cats. Troy Westwood kicked a field goals and single for the Blue Bombers, who also scored a safety touch. The Blue Bombers turned the ball over 7 times, 5 in the first half, as the Tiger-Cats built a 30-3 halftime lead.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Teresa Lewis, 41
. U.S. criminal. Mrs. Lewis became the first woman to be executed by the U.S. state of Virginia since 1912, and the first woman in the state to be executed via lethal injection, for paying for the murders of her husband Julian and stepson Charles Lewis in October 2002. She sought to profit from a $250,000 life insurance policy Charles had taken out as a U.S. Army reservist in anticipation of his deployment to Iraq. Environment Suncor Energy unveiled a reclaimed oilsands tailings pond on the original Tar Island site at Fort McMurray, Alberta. Suncor Chief Executive Officer Rick George called it a “big historic event” for the oilsands industry.

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