Saturday, 3 October 2020

October 3, 2020

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Qian!

230 years ago

Born on this date
John Ross
. U.S. Indian leader. Mr. Ross served in various leadership positions, including principal chief, with the Cherokee Nation from 1819 until his death on August 1, 1866 at the age of 75.

220 years ago

Born on this date
George Bancroft
. U.S. scholar and politician. Mr. Bancroft was United States Secretary of the Navy from 1845-1846 in the administration of President James K. Polk, and established the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He served as U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom from 1846-1849. Professor Bancroft was also known for his multi-volume History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent (1834-1874). He died on January 17, 1891 at the age of 90.

130 years ago

Pat Luby earned his 20th win of the season and 17th in a row as the Chicago Colts defeated the New York Giants 3-2 at West Side Park in Chicago.

125 years ago

Charles B. Macdonald of the United States defeated fellow American Charles Sands 12 and 11 to win the first U.S. Amateur Championship at Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. The first U.S. Open was played on the same course the following day.

120 years ago

Born on this date
Thomas Wolfe
. U.S. author. Mr. Wolfe was known for his novels Look Homeward, Angel (1929); Of Time and the River (1935); and You Can't Go Home Again (1940). He died on September 15, 1938, 18 days before his 38th birthday, from pneumonia that developed into tuberculosis.

Politics and government
Liberal Party leader Simon-Napoleon Parent took office as Premier of Quebec.

100 years ago

Columbus (0-1) 0 @ Dayton (1-0) 14
Muncie (0-1) 0 @ Rock Island (2-0) 45
Moline 0 @ Decatur (1-0) 20
West Buffalo 6 @ Buffalo (1-0) 32
All-Buffalo 0 @ Rochester (1-0) 10
Pitcairn 0 @ Canton (1-0) 48
Wheeling 0 @ Akron (1-0) 43

Wisconsin professional
Kaukauna American Legion 0 @ Green Bay (1-0-1) 56

George Sisler had a double and 2 singles and 3 stolen bases, and pitched the 9th inning, striking out 2, as the St. Louis Browns beat the Chicago White Sox 16-7 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to end the season. Baby Doll Jacobson led the St. Louis attack with a triple and 3 singles, scoring 2 runs and driving in 5. Dud Lee made his major league debut with the Browns, entering as a substitute at shortstop, batting 2 for 2 with a sacrifice with 2 runs and 1 run batted in, making 1 assist and 2 errors. Joe Gedeon started at second base for St. Louis, batting 1 for 2 and getting hit by a pitch, scoring 2 runs and batting in 1, making 1 putout and 1 assist in the 584th and last game of his 7-year major league career. Chicago first baseman Ted Jourdan was 2 for 3 with 2 bases on balls, a run, and an RBI, while making 11 putouts and an error, participating in 2 double plays in the 75th and last game of his 4-year major league career. George Payne, the second of four Chicago pitchers, allowed 7 hits and 4 runs--all earned--in 4.1 innings, walking 1 batter and striking out 1, batting 1 for 2 with a run in his 12th and last major league game.

Dazzy Swartz of the Cincinnati Reds played his only major league game, pitching a complete game as the Reds lost 6-3 in 12 innings to the St. Louis Cardinals at Redland Field. Mr. Swartz (0-1) gave up 17 hits, walking 2 batters and striking out 2, throwing a wild pitch, making 4 assists, and batting 2 for 4. Bill Sherdel (11-10) pitched 4 perfect innings of relief to get the win. Cincinnati leadoff hitter Morrie Rath stared the game at second base and finished at third base, batting 1 for 5 with a triple and a run, making 3 putouts and 5 assists in the 565th and last game of his 6-year major league career. The game was played in 1 hour 59 minutes.

90 years ago

Politics and government
The German Socialist Labour Party in Poland – Left was founded in Łódź as a leftist split from the German Socialist Labour Party in Poland (DSAP), with Heinrich Scheibler as leader.

80 years ago

On the radio

World Series
Detroit Tigers 3 @ Cincinnati Reds 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Bucky Walters gave up 2 runs in the 1st inning, but pitched a 3-hitter, while Jimmy Ripple hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning, as the Reds defeated the Tigers at Crosley Field. Schoolboy Rowe, who pitched just 3.1 innings, took the loss.

75 years ago

World Series
Chicago Cubs 9 @ Detroit Tigers 0 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 1-0)

The Cubs scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and 3 in the 3rd as they routed the Tigers before 54,637 fans at Briggs Stadium, with Hank Borowy pitching a 6-hit shutout.

70 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Monkey's Paw, starring Mildred Natwick and Stanley Ridges

World events
The United States notified the United Nations that an American fighter bomber had fired "by mistake" on a Manchurian airstrip near Antung on August 27.

The U.S.S.R. agreed to return 11 tons of Iranian gold blocked since World War II in Soviet banks, and set up a Soviet-Iranian commission to settle eight boundary disputes.

Politics and government
Getúlio Vargas, President of Brazil from 1930-1945 until he was overthrown, was returned to office, winning the Brazilian presidential election as candidate of the Brazilian Labour Party (PTB). He took 48.7% of the vote, with his closest rival, Eduardo Gomes of the National Democratic Union (UND), receiving 29.7% of the vote. Café Filho of the Progressive Social Party (PSP) was elected Vice President, receiving 35.76% of the vote. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) lost 39 seats, but retained a plurality in the Chamber of Deputies, with 112 of 304 seats. The PSD also lost 19 Senate seats, but still led with 6 of 22 seats.

Former federal Liberal MP and House of Commons Speaker Gaspard Fauteuil took office as Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.

California Governor Earl Warren (Republican) signed a loyalty oath bill requiring all state and city employees to take an oath within 30 days.

The Allied Far Eastern Command gave Japanese courts criminal jurisdiction over all nationals of United Nations countries in Japan except troops, officials, and their families.

The U.S. Treasury Department ruled that the controversial Study by Candlelight, owned by William Goetz and turned down by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as a fake, was an authentic self-portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.

The Journal of the American Chemical Society reported the isolation and synthesis of a new B expected to help maintain healthy blood supply, relieve some forms of anemia, and possibly aid in the treatment of leukemia.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Eres Diferente--Los Cinco Latinos (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France (IFOP): Romantica--Dalida (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 My Heart Has a Mind of its Own--Connie Francis (2nd week at #1)
2 Chain Gang--Sam Cooke
3 Mr. Custer--Larry Verne
4 The Twist--Chubby Checker
5 A Million to One--Jimmy Charles and the Reveletts
6 Save the Last Dance for Me--The Drifters
7 It's Now or Never--Elvis Presley
8 Walk - Don't Run--The Ventures
9 So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)--The Everly Brothers
10 Theme from the Apartment--Ferrante and Teicher with their Orchestra & Chorus

Singles entering the chart were Love Walked In by Dinah Washington (#78); I Wish I'd Never Been Born by Patti Page (#83); Just a Little by Brenda Lee (#84); Stay by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs (#86); Theme from the Sundowners by Felix Slatkin (#96); The Sundowners by Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (#97); Shoppin' for Clothes by the Coasters (#99); and My Hero by the Blue Notes (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Music Vendor)
1 My Heart Has a Mind of its Own--Connie Francis (3rd week at #1)
2 Chain Gang--Sam Cooke
3 Mr. Custer--Larry Verne
4 The Twist--Chubby Checker
--Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
5 So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)--The Everly Brothers
6 Kiddio--Brook Benton
7 A Million to One--Jimmy Charles and the Reveletts
8 Devil or Angel--Bobby Vee
9 Save the Last Dance for Me--The Drifters
10 I Want to Be Wanted--Brenda Lee

Vancouver's Top 10 (CKWX)
1 Blue Angel--Roy Orbison
2 Devil or Angel--Bobby Vee
3 Sailor (Your Home is the Sea)--Lolita
4 Robot Man--Jamie Horton
5 North to Alaska--Johnny Horton
6 You Talk Too Much--Joe Jones
7 Run Samson Run/You Mean Everything to Me--Neil Sedaka
8 Shortnin' Bread--Paul Chaplain
9 Rocking Goose--Johnny and the Hurricanes
10 Let's Think About Living--Bob Luman

Singles entering the chart were You Mean Everything to Me; In the Mood by the Hawk (#24); (Main Title Theme From) “The Rat Race” by Richard Maltby and his Orchestra (#34); Lord and Master by Jane Morgan (#39); Poetry in Motion by Johnny Tillotson (#43); Brontosaurus Stomp by the Piltdown Men (#48); Stick 'em Up, Stuck-Up! by Jill Corey (#52); Wait for Me by the Playmates (#54); Sleep by Little Willie John (#55); So Little Time by Hannah Dean (#58); If She Should Come to You (La Montana) by Anthony Newley (#59); and Telephone Numbers by Kerry Adams (#60).

Joe Gordon, who had guided the Detroit Tigers to a 26-31 record after being traded from the Cleveland Indians for manager Jimmy Dykes, resigned, blaming interference from club president Bill DeWitt. The Indians had a record of 49-46 under Mr. Gordon at the time of the trade.

40 years ago

Hit parade

#1 single in Rhodesia (Lyons Maid): In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry (7th week at #1)

#1 single in France: L'aigle noir (Dédié à Laurence)--Barbara

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Sympathy--Rare Bird

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): A Song of Joy--Miguel Ríos

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Band of Gold--Freda Payne (3rd week at #1)

Australia's Top 10 (Go-Set)
1 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry (6th week at #1)
--The Mixtures
2 El Condor Pasa--Simon & Garfunkel
3 Yellow River--Autumn
--Leapy Lee
4 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
5 Spill the Wine--Eric Burdon and War
6 Old Man Emu--John Williamson
7 The Wonder of You--Elvis Presley
8 Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)--Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 Rhythm of Life--Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations
10 The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue--The Beatles

Singles entering the chart were I've Lost You/The Next Step is Love by Elvis Presley (#28); Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#36); Hi-De-Ho by Blood, Sweat & Tears (#41); Candida by Dawn (#43); Lights of Tuscan by Jim Campbell (#47); No Roses for Michael by Greg Anderson (#49); Snowbird by Liv Maesson (#54); Never Marry a Railroad Man by Shocking Blue (#55); The Love You Save by the Jackson 5 (#56); Something by Shirley Bassey (#58); and Save the Country by the 5th Dimension (#60).

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Lola--The Kinks (2nd week at #1)
2 Back Home--Golden Earring
3 Wigwam--Bob Dylan
4 Suicide is Painless--The Mash
5 Hulen is Voor Jou te Laat--Corry en de Rekels
6 Wild World--Jimmy Cliff
7 The Tears of a Clown--Smokey Robinson & Miracles
8 Sex Machine--James Brown
9 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida--Iron Butterfly
10 Are You Ready?--Pacific Gas & Electric

Singles entering the chart were Paranoid by Black Sabbath (#25); Doomsday Train by Brainbox (#31); Bella, Bella, Donna by Gaby Dirne presents: The Valentino's (#36); (I Know) I'm Losing You by the Rare Earth (#37); and Sexy Legs by Q65 (#40).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Ain't No Mountain High Enough--Diana Ross (3rd week at #1)
2 Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light--Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 Candida--Dawn
4 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
5 Julie, Do Ya Love Me--Bobby Sherman
6 I'll Be There--The Jackson 5
7 (I Know) I'm Losing You--Rare Earth
8 Snowbird--Anne Murray
9 War--Edwin Starr
10 All Right Now--Free

Singles entering the chart were Lucretia MacEvil by Blood, Sweat & Tears (#62); Super Bad (Parts 1 and 2) by James Brown (#63); Ungena Za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) by the Temptations (#70); Make it Easy on Yourself by Dionne Warwick (#81); Fresh Air by Quicksilver Messenger Service (#88); Woodstock by the Assembled Multitude (#89); If You were Mine by Ray Charles (#90); Part Time Love by Ann Peebles (#92); You Better Think Twice by Poco (#93); So Close by Jake Holmes (#95); Let Me Back In by Tyrone Davis (#97); Day is Done by Brooklyn Bridge (#98); 5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love) by the Presidents (#99); and Got to Believe in Love by Robin McNamara (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Lookin’ Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough--Diana Ross
3 Candida--Dawn
4 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
5 Julie, Do Ya Love Me--Bobby Sherman
6 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
7 (I Know) I'm Losing You--Rare Earth
8 I'll Be There--The Jackson 5
9 War--Edwin Starr
10 All Right Now--Free

Singles entering the chart were Ungena za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) by the Temptations (#53); Super Bad (Parts 1 and 2) by James Brown (#59); Make it Easy on Yourself by Dionne Warwick (#61); Cry Me a River by Joe Cocker (#62); Time Waits for No One by the Friends of Distinction (#76); Losers Weepers (Part 1) by Etta James (#84); 5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love) by the Presidents (#89); Something by Shirley Bassey (#94); Day is Done by Brooklyn Bridge (#95); I am Somebody (Part II) by Johnnie Taylor (#96); Gas Lamps and Clay by Blues Image (#97); and Let's Work Together by Canned Heat (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Julie, Do Ya Love Me--Bobby Sherman
2 Patches--Clarence Carter
3 Candida--Dawn
4 Snowbird--Anne Murray
5 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
6 Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light--Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 I'll Be There--The Jackson 5
8 (I Know) I'm Losing You--Rare Earth
9 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough--Diana Ross
10 All Right Now--Free

Singles entering the chart were Ungena za Ulimwengu (Unite the World) by the Temptations (#67); Something by Shirley Bassey (#70); Yellow River by Christie (#75); Time Waits for No One by the Friends of Distinction (#80); Love Uprising by Otis Leaville (#83); Time to Kill by The Band (#88); Let Me Back In by Tyrone Davis (#89); I am Somebody (Part II) by Johnnie Taylor (#92); Money Music by the Boys in the Band (#93); Why Don't They Understand by Bobby Vinton (#96); Part Time Love by Ann Peebles (#99); and Loving You is a Natural Thing by Ronnie Milsap (#100).

Canada's Top 10 (RPM)
1 Lookin' Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival (2nd week at #1)
2 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor
3 Julie, Do Ya Love Me--Bobby Sherman
4 Joanne--Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
5 Ten Pound Note--Steel River
6 Snowbird--Anne Murray
7 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough--Diana Ross
8 Candida--Dawn
9 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
10 Rubber Duckie--Ernie (Jim Henson)

Singles entering the chart were Holy Man by Diane Kolby (#73); Sweetheart by Engelbert Humperdinck (#74); Somebody's Been Sleeping by 100 Proof Aged in Soul (#77); Why Does a Man Do What He Has to Do by Joe South (#78); And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind by Mark Lindsay (#79); Everybody Needs Somebody by the Flirtations (#84); Greenwood Mississippi by Little Richard (#87); Beautiful Second Hand Man by Ginette Reno (#88); Our World by Blue Mink (#89); Gas Lamps and Clay by Blues Image (#91); I Believe in Sunshine by Madrigal (#94); Georgia Took Her Back by R.B. Graves (#95); Stay by Joey Gregorash (#96); Got to Believe in Love by Robin McNamara (#97); Time to Kill by The Band (#98); Do What You Wanna Do by 5 Flights Up (#99); and Another Man's Song by Little Big Horn (#100). Why Does a Man Do What He Has to Do was from the documentary film The Racing Scene (1969).

Calgary's Top 10 (Glenn's Music)
1 Lookin' Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
3 Patches--Clarence Carter
4 Julie, Do Ya Love Me--Bobby Sherman
5 The Circle Game--Buffy Sainte-Marie
6 Louis Riel, Louis Rebel--Doug Hutton
7 Snowbird--Anne Murray
8 Joanne--Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
9 (I Know) I'm Losing You--Rare Earth
10 Corrina, Corrina--King Biscuit Boy with Crowbar
Pick hit of the week: Bluegreens on the Wing--William Truckaway

U.S. dead for the week in Vietnam numbered 38, the lowest weekly total in 2½ years.

A crowd estimated at anywhere from 50,000-250,000 patriotic Americans, led by Dr. Carl McIntire, assembled in Washington for a "March for Victory," supporting victory for U.S. and South Vietnamese forces in the Vietnam War. South Vietnamese military leader Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky was scheduled to address the rally, but backed down because of pressure from the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon.

Economics and finance
South Vietnam established a dual exchange rate; increased the pay of civil servants and soldiers by about 20%; raised the duties on luxury imports; and promised other reforms to cure the country’s rampant inflation and other economic problems.

Major league baseball umpires went on a wildcat strike on the day of the opening games of the American and National League Championship Series and were replaced on the field by minor league umpires.

Auto racing
Al Unser won the Trenton 300 at Trenton Speedway in Trenton, New Jersey for his fourth straight win and ninth of the year, in a race that was shortened to 264 miles (176 of 200 laps) because of rain. Bobby Unser finished second, and Mike Mosley third in the 26-car field.

Winnipeg (2-9) 15 @ Ottawa (3-7) 0
Edmonton (6-6) 32 @ British Columbia (5-6) 20

Bob Houmard rushed 22 times for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns on short runs to lead the Blue Bombers to their only road win of the season on a muddy field at Lansdowne Park. Gene Lakusiak was good on 1 of 2 convert attempts, while Ed Ulmer punted for 2 singles. Ron Johnson started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers but left in the 3rd quarter when he was hit on the head. Benji Dial replaced him; the two combined to complete just 4 of 11 passes. Winnipeg running back Rich Johnson, in his only CFL game, rushed 4 times for 12 yards. Rough Rider quarterback Gary Wood completed 16 of 23 passes for 159 yards and 2 interceptions. 19,575 rain-soaked fans took in the game, which Ottawa head coach Jack Gotta called the most depressing day of his football career.

Jim Thomas rushed 14 times for 86 yards and a touchdown, caught 4 passes for 74 yards and another touchdown, and added a 64-yard return of the opening kickoff to lead the Eskimos to their fourth straight win, before 35,109 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Mr. Thomas’s touchdowns were the 50th and 51st--and last--of his 9-year CFL career. Terry Swarn rushed 7 times for 40 yards and caught 4 passes for 49 and a touchdown, while R.C. Gamble carried 11 times for 27 yards and scored his first CFL touchdown. Dave Cutler added 4 converts and 3 field goals, and the Eskimos scored a safety touch when B.C. quarterback Paul Brothers was tackled in his own end zone by Roy Shatzko. Fullback Jim Evenson led the B.C. ground game with 16 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. Halfback A.D. Whitfield rushed for just 9 yards on 2 carries but led all receivers with 85 yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions. Vic Washington of the Lions caught 5 passes for 71 yards and rushed once for 5 yards. Edmonton quarterback Don Trull completed 12 of 20 passes for 201 yards ad 2 touchdowns, while Mr. Brothers completed 15 of 25 for 227 yards and 2 interceptions. Backup quarterback Vidal Carlin, who replaced Mr. Brothers in the 4th quarter, completed 2 of 7 passes for 18 yards.

Oakland (0-2-1) 13 @ Miami (2-1) 20
Pittsburgh (0-3) 7 @ Cleveland (2-1) 15

American League Championship Series
Baltimore 10 @ Minnesota 6 (Baltimore led best-of-five series 1-0)

Starting pitcher Mike Cuellar’s grand slam climaxed a 7-run 4th inning as the Orioles defeated the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Don Buford and Boog Powell (with a man on base) also homered for the Orioles, while Harmon Killebrew hit a 2-run home run for the Twins. The Twins scored 6 runs in the first 5 innings, prompting Mr. Cuellar’s removal after pitching 4.1 innings. Dick Hall relieved and pitched 4.2 innings to get the win. Jim Perry started for Minnesota and took the loss, leaving after 3.1 innings.

National League Championship Series
Cincinnati 3 @ Pittsburgh 0 (10 innings) (Cincinnati led best-of-five series 1-0)

Pinch hitter Ty Cline tripled to lead off the top of the 10th inning, and Pete Rose singled him in for the first run of the game. Lee May added a 2-run double as the Reds blanked the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. Gary Nolan pitched 9 innings and was credited with the win, with Clay Carroll getting the save. Losing pitcher Dock Ellis pitched 9.2 innings.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Upside Down--Diana Ross

#1 single in France (IFOP): Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime--The Korgis (6th week at #1)

South Africa's Top 10 (Springbok Radio)
1 Can't Stop the Music--Village People
2 Paradise Road--Joy
3 The Winner Takes it All--ABBA
4 Emotional Rescue--The Rolling Stones
5 D.I.S.C.O.--Ottawan
6 More than I Can Say--Leo Sayer
7 Funkytown--Lipps Inc.
8 Upside Down--Diana Ross
9 Down the Mississippi--Barbara Ray
10 Magic--Olivia Newton-John

The only single entering the chart was Babooshka by Kate Bush (#18).

A terrorist bomb exploded in front of a Reform Jewish temple in Paris, killing four people and injuring 12. The explosion occurred as 300 worshippers attended holy day services within. There was little damage inside the synagogue, but two of the dead and some of the injured were Gentile Parisians who happened to be passing by when the bomb went off.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, trailing the Houston Astros by 3 games in the National League West Division pennant race with 3 games to play--all against the Astros at Dodger Stadium--tied the game 2-2 in the 9th inning, and Joe Ferguson’s home run leading off the bottom of the 10th gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win before 49,642 fans at Dodger Stadium. Fernando Valenzuela (2-0) pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief of Don Sutton to get the win, while Ken Forsch (12-13) allowed 7 hits in a complete game loss.

Mike Schmidt scored Pete Rose with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning and hit his 47th home run of the season in the 6th to provide the deciding run for the Philadelphia Phillies as they edged the Montreal Expos 2-1 before 57,121 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal to take a 1-game lead over the second-place Expos in the National League East Division pennant race with 2 games remaining for both teams. Dick Ruthven (17-10) allowed 3 hits and 1 run in 5.2 innings to outduel Scott Sanderson (16-11), who allowed 8 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): U Can't Touch This--MC Hammer (6th week at #1)

On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The Journey

East and West Germany reunited to form a single nation, 45 years after they had been split into two nations at the end of World War II. The official name of the country was the Federal Republic of Germany, previously the official name of West Germany.

World events
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein visited Kuwait and said that there would be "no compromise," and vowed not to give up "one inch" of what was now called province 19.

A jury in Broward County Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida found record store owner Charles Freeman guilty on obscenity charges for selling copies of the album As Nasty as They Wanna Be by the rap group 2 Live Crew. The lyrics contained many references to sexual intercourse and oral and anal sex as well as many unflattering references to women.

Cecil Fielder hit his 50th and 51st home runs of the season as the Detroit Tigers ended the season with a 10-3 win over the New York Yankees before 13,380 fans at Yankee Stadium. Mr. Fielder was the first major league player to hit 50 home runs in a season since George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds in 1977, and the first American League player to do it since Roger Maris hit 61 and Mickey Mantle hit 54 for the New York Yankees in 1961. New York designated hitter Kevin Maas hit his 21st home run of the season in just his 79th game since making his major league debut on June 29. Left fielder Gary Ward opened the scoring for Detroit in the 1st inning with a grand slam off Steve Adkins; for Mr. Ward, who also singled and scored another run, it was the 130th home run of his major league career, coming in the 1,287th and last game of his 12-year big league career. Detroit center fielder Chet Lemon batted 3 for 5 with a double in the 1,988th and last game of his 16-year major league career. Mr. Adkins, who also gave up Mr. Fielder's first home run of the game, allowed 7 hits, 4 bases on balls, and 7 runs--all earned--in 4 innings in the fifth and last game of his 1-season major league career.

Tom Brunansky’s game-ending sliding catch in right field with the potential tying runs on base preserved a 3-1 win for the Boston Red Sox over the Chicago White Sox before 33,637 fans at Fenway Park in Boston, clinching the American League East Division pennant for Boston. Mike Boddicker alowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings to get the win, with Jeff Reardon allowing 2 hits in 2 innings to get his 21st save of the season. Alex Fernandez alowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in pitching a complete game and taking the loss.

Mickey Tettleton hit a home run off Tom Henke with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 26,913 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, leaving the Blue Jays 2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East Division pennant race at the end of the season.

Frank Viola picked up his 20th win of the season as the New York Mets ended the season with a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 27,641 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Chris Jelic of the Mets hit a home run in his last at bat for his only major league hit, in his fourth and last major league game. Pittsburgh starting pitcher Jerry Reuss gave up just 1 run in 6 innings, but left with no decision in the 631st and last game of his 22-year major league career. Other players ending their major league career in this game were New York third baseman Tom O'Malley (9 seasons, 466 games); Pittsburgh pitcher Doug Bair (15 seasons, 584 games); Pittsburgh center fielder Steve Carter (2 seasons, 14 games); and Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Ryal (6 seasons, 127 games).

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Me and You--Alexia & Double You

Former U.S. football star O. J. Simpson was acquitted of the June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, despite overwhelming evidence pointing to his guilt.

Economics and finance
The Canadian dollar climbed to its highest level in 19 months on the Chicago commodity exchanges, 75.27c relative to the U.S. dollar.

National League Division Series
Atlanta 5 @ Colorado 4 (Atlanta led best-of-five series 1-0)

Cincinnati 7 @ Los Angeles 2 (Cincinnati led best-of-five series 1-0)

American League Division Series
Seattle 6 @ New York 9 (New York led best-of-five series 1-0)

Boston 4 @ Cleveland 5 (13 innings) (Cleveland led best-of-five series 1-0)

20 years ago

Died on this date
Benjamin Orr, 53
. U.S. musician. Mr. Orr, whose real name was Benjamin Orzechowski, played bass guitar with the rock group the Cars, and sang lead on songs such as Just What I Needed (1978); Let's Go (1979); and Drive (1984). He performed as a solo artist and with other groups after the Cars broke up in 1988, and died of pancreatic cancer, just six days after performing live with Big People.

Politics and government
The funeral of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was held at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal. The only world leaders who attended were failed former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro (wearing a suit instead of his usual army fatigues).

The two major U.S. presidential candidates--Vice President and Democratic Party candidate Al Gore and Texas Governor and Republican Party candidate George W. Bush--met in Boston for the first of three debates. Mr. Bush criticized Mr. Gore’s 1996 fund-raising visit to a Buddhist temple, while Mr. Gore emphasized the achievements of the administration of President Bill Clinton.

American League Division Series
New York 3 @ Oakland 5 (Oakland led best-of-five series 1-0)

Ramon Hernandez doubled off Roger Clemens in the 6th inning to drive in the winning run for the Athletics as they defeated the Yankees before 47,360 fans at Network Associates Coliseum.

Seattle 7 @ Chicago 4 (10 innings) (Seattle led best-of-five series 1-0)

Edgar Martinez and John Olerud hit consecutive home runs off Keith Foulke in the top of the 10th inning to provide the Mariners with the winning margin over the White Sox before 45,290 fans at Comiskey Park.

National League Division Series
Atlanta 5 @ St. Louis 7 (St. Louis led best-of-five series 1-0)

The Cardinals scored 6 runs off Greg Maddux in the 1st inning before 52,378 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium, but gave up 4 in the 3rd when St. Louis starting pitcher Rick Ankiel became the first major league pitcher in 110 years to throw 5 wild pitches in an inning, and left after giving up 6 bases on balls.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Abraham Sarmiento, 88
. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, 1987-1991. Justice Sarmiento was a lawyer who opposed the martial law government of President Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and '80s, and was appointed to the Supreme Court by Mr. Marcos' successor, Corazon Aquino. Mr. Sarmiento died of apparent organ failure while visiting Prague, five days before his 89th birthday.

Ben Mondor, 85. Canadian-born U.S. baseball executive. Mr. Mondor, a native of St-Ignace-du-Lac, Maskinongé, Quebec, bought the bankrupt Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League in 1977 and turned it into one of minor league baseball's model franchises. He was named IL Executive of the Year (1978, 1999), and was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame (2004) and the International League Hall of Fame (2008).

The 19th Commonwealth Games opened in Delhi.

Hamilton (6-7) 35 @ Edmonton (4-9) 37

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