Friday, 9 October 2020

October 9, 2020

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sarah Son!

280 years ago

Dutch colonists and various slave groups began massacring ethnic Chinese in the city of Batavia in Java, eventually killing 10,000.

200 years ago

South Americana
Guayaquil declared independence from Spain after a group of civilians, supported by soldiers from the "Granaderos de Reserva" battalion quartered in Guayaquil, overwhelmed the resistance of the Royalist guards and arrested the Spanish authorities.

140 years ago

Born on this date
Charlie "Victory" Faust
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Faust was taken on by the New York Giants as a mascot in July 1911 after Mr. Faust told manager John McGraw that he had been told by a fortuneteller that he could help the Giants win a championship. Mr. McGraw gave Mr. Faust a tryout and kept him with the team as a mascot, and they amassed a 36-2 record with him in uniform. After the Giants clinched the pennant, Mr. Faust, who used an exaggerated windmill delivery, was allowed to pitch the 9th inning in 2 games, posting a 0-0 record with a 4.50 earned record. He batted 0 for 1 and was hit by a pitch once, and stole 2 bases. Mr. Faust had a disastrous debut in vaudeville after the season, and returned to the Giants in 1912. They were 54-11 to start the season, but Mr. McGraw tired of Mr. Faust's request to pitch in a real game, and he was persuaded to return to Kansas. He joined his brother in Seattle, but attempted to rejoin the Giants in 1914. Mr. Faust walked to Portland, Oregon, but was found there wandering the streets in a daze, and was diagnosed with dementia. He was returned to Seattle, and died there of tuberculosis on June 18, 1915 at the age of 34.

130 years ago

Born on this date
Aimee Semple McPherson
. Canadian-born U.S. evangelist. Mrs. McPherson, born Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy on a farm in Salford, Ontario, was brought up in the Salvation Army and converted to Pentecostalism in her teens. She married Pentecostal missionary Robert Semple when she was 17. Mr. Semple died in 1910, and Aimee's later marriages, to Harold McPherson and David Hutton, ended in divorce in 1921 and 1934, respectively. Mrs. McPherson founded Angelus Temple in Los Angeles, which opened in 1923; the church evolved into the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Mrs. McPherson pioneered the use of radio for evangelism, and was a forerunner of modern televangelists. She was accused of faking her own kidnapping in 1926, but a grand jury investigation resulted in all charges being dropped. Mrs. McPherson died on September 27, 1944 of an apparently accidental overdose of sleeping pills, 12 days before her 54th birthday.

120 years ago

Born on this date
Alastair Sim
. U.K. actor. Mr. Sim was a character actor who was known for his elocution on stage and in movies such as Green for Danger (1946); Scrooge (aka A Christmas Carol) (1951); An Inspector Calls (1954); and The Green Man (1957). He died on August 19, 1976 at the age of 75.

Joseph Friedman. U.S. inventor. Mr. Friedman invented several minor gadgets, the most successful of which was the flexible straw. He died on June 21, 1982 at the age of 81.

Joseph Zubin. Lithuanian-born U.S. psychologist. Dr. Zubin moved to the United States in 1900, and acquired a degree in chemistry before becoming an eductional psychologist and an authority in schizophrenia. He died on December 18, 1990 at the age of 90.

Died on this date
Heinrich von Herzogenberg, 57
. Austrian composer. Mr. Herzogenberg wrote eight symphonies and choral, orchestral, chamber, and keyboard works. He died after suffering from necrosis of the joints in his later years.

New Zealandiana
The Cook Islands became a territory of the United Kingdom.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Jason Wingreen
. U.S. actor. Mr. Wingreen was a character actor who appeared in plays, movies, and television programs in a career spanning more than 40 years. He was best known for playing Harry Snowden in the television comedy series All in the Family (1976-1979) and its successor, Archie Bunker's Place (1979-1983). Mr. Wingreen died on December 25, 2015 at the age of 95.

University of Alberta (0-1) 4 @ Edmonton (1-0) 35

Tommy Blades scored 2 touchdowns and 4 singles to lead the Eskimos to their victory before 1,500 fans at Diamond Park. Moe Lieberman and Mr. Haliburton also scored touchdowns for the Eskimos.

World Series
Brooklyn Robins 1 @ Cleveland Indians 5 (Best-of-nine series tied 2-2)

The Indians scored 4 runs in the first 3 innings and coasted to victory over the Robins before 25,734 fans at League Park. Tris Speaker and Bill Wambsganss each had 2 hits and 2 runs, while Stan Coveleski pitched a 5-hitter for his second complete game victory in the Series. Losing pitcher Leon Cadore was pulled after 1 inning + 2 batters in the 2nd inning after giving up 4 hits and 2 runs. The game was over in 1 hour and 45 minutes.

90 years ago

Laura Ingalls became the first woman to make a solo transcontinental flight across the United States.

80 years ago

On the radio

Born on this date
John Lennon
. U.K. musician. The most prominent member of the Beatles co-wrote (with Paul McCartney) and sang this blogger's favourite song, If I Fell. He was murdered in New York City at the age of 40 by Mark Chapman on December 8, 1980.

Died on this date
Wilfred Grenfell, 75
. U.K.-born physician. Sir Wilfred was knighted for his work as a medical missionary in Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1890s.

Politics and government
J. A. MacKinnon succeeded W.D. Euler as Minister of Trade and Commerce in the Canadian cabinet of Prime Minister Mackenzie King.

Columbus (3-1) 17 @ Buffalo (1-2) 7
Cincinnati (0-3) 13 @ New York (1-1) 40

75 years ago

Died on this date
Gottlieb Hering, 58
. German SS officer. Hauptsturmführer (Captain) Hering was the second and last commandant of Bełżec extermination camp, and was directly responsible for the genocide of Jews and others. He died of mysterious complications in the waiting room of St. Catherine's Hospital in Stetten im Remstal.

70 years ago

Died on this date
George Hainsworth, 57
. Canadian hockey goaltender. Mr. Hainsworth, a native of Toronto, played with the Saskatoon Crescents/Sheiks of the Western Canada/Western Hockey League (1923-1926), compiling a record of 49-34-5 in 88 regular season games, with a goals against average of 2.37 and 10 shutouts, while going 0-2-2 with a 2.41 GAA in 4 playoff games. He then played in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadians (1926-33, 1936) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1933-36), with a record of 246-174-44 in 465 regular season games and a goals against of 1.93 and 94 shutouts, and a record of 22-25-5 with a GAA of 1.93 and 8 shutouts in 52 playoff games. Mr. Hainsworth's best season was 1928-29, when he played all 44 games with the Canadiens, posting a record of 22-7-15, with a 0.92 GAA and 22 shutouts; the latter two figures are still records. He still holds the playoff record of 270 minutes 8 seconds between goals allowed, set in 1930 as he helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. Mr. Hainsworth also helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1931. He was killed in a car accident near Gravenhurst, Ontario, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.

Police in Goyang, South Korea began a three-week massacre of 153 unarmed civilians.

Toronto (5-3) 20 @ Hamilton (4-4) 19

11,000 attended the game at Civic Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.

Edmonton (7-5) 6 @ Winnipeg (8-3) 28
Calgary (2-10) 0 @ Saskatchewan (6-5) 21

8,000 were at Osborne Stadium to see the Blue Bombers defeat the Eskimos. Mike King scored the Edmonton touchdown, converted by Annis Stukus. The Roughriders blanked the Stampeders before a crowd of 8,000 at Taylor Field in Regina.

Sarnia (4-1) 16 @ Toronto (3-1) 29

The game was played at Varsity Stadium.

60 years ago

Died on this date
Howard Glenn, 26
. U.S. football player. Mr. Glenn, a native of Vancouver, Washington, played guard at Linfield College and was briefly with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (1959) before joining the New York Titans of the new American Football League in 1960. In the fourth game of the season, against the Houston Oilers at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Mr. Glenn came off the field with a neck injury and was reportedly sent back into the game by head coach Sammy Baugh. He came off again soon after, and was in so much distress in the dressing room at halftime that he was taken to hospital. The Titans lost 27-21, and by the time the Titans boarded their plane for the flight home, they had been told that Mr. Glenn had died of a broken neck, 15 days after his 26th birthday. His uniform #66 was retired by the Titans.

NFL Dallas (0-3) 14 @ Washington (1-1) 26
New York (3-0) 19 @ Pittsburgh (1-2) 17
St. Louis (1-2) 27 @ Philadelphia (2-1) 31
San Francisco (2-1) 14 @ Detroit (0-2) 10
Baltimore (2-1) 21 @ Green Bay (2-1) 35
Los Angeles (0-3) 27 @ Chicago (2-1) 34
New York (3-2) 21 @ Houston (3-1) 27
Oakland (2-3) 20 @ Dallas (2-3) 19

World Series
Pittsburgh Pirates 3 @ New York Yankees 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Winning pitcher Vern Law doubled in a run, and leadoff hitter Bill Virdon followed with a 2-run single as the Pirates scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th inning and held on to defeat the Yankees in front of a Yankee Stadium crowd of 67,812. Roy Face pitched 2.2 innings without allowing a baserunner to earn his second save of the Series. Bill Skowron hit a home run for the Yankees. Ralph Terry pitched 6.1 innings and took the loss. For Mr. Law, it was his second win of the Series.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Lola--The Kinks

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Band of Gold--Freda Payne (2nd week at #1)

South Africa's Top 10 (Springbok Radio)
1 Brown Eyes--Chris Andrews (2nd week at #1)
2 Mademoiselle Ninette--Michael Holm
3 Burning Bridges--The Mike Curb Congregation
4 Neanderthal Man--Hotlegs
5 Lola--The Kinks
6 I (Who Have Nothing)--Tom Jones
7 Push Mr. Pride Aside--Percy Sledge
8 Lady D'Arbanville--Cat Stevens
9 Love of the Common People--Nicky Thomas
10 Lookin' Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival

The only single entering the chart was Candida by Dawn (#19).

Vancouver's Top 10 (CKLG)
1 All Right Now--Free (2nd week at #1)
2 Look What They've Done to My Song Ma--The New Seekers
3 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
4 Lola--The Kinks
5 Green-Eyed Lady--Sugarloaf
6 We've Only Just Begun--Carpenters
7 It's Only Make Believe--Glen Campbell
8 El Condor Pasa--Simon & Garfunkel
9 Groovy Situation--Gene Chandler
10 God, Love and Rock & Roll (We Believe)--Teegarden & Van Winkle

Singles entering the chart were And the Grass Won't Pay No Mind by Mark Lindsay (#25); Gypsy Woman by Brian Hyland (#26); I Believe in Sunshine by Madrigal (#27); See Me, Feel Me by the Who (#28); and My Home Town by the Seeds of Time (#30).

Vancouver's Top 10 (CKVN)
1 We've Only Just Begun--Carpenters
2 Green-Eyed Lady--Sugarloaf
3 Look What They've Done to My Song Ma--The New Seekers
4 All Right Now--Free
5 Out in the Country--Three Dog Night
6 Lola--The Kinks
7 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond
8 Long Long Time--Linda Ronstadt
9 Only You Know and I Know--Dave Mason
10 Soul Shake--Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

Singles entering the chart were Cry Me a River by Joe Cocker (#28); It Don't Matter to Me by Bread (#29); and Do What You Wanna Do by 5 Flights Up (#30).

Edmonton's Top 10 (CJCA)
1 Cracklin' Rosie--Neil Diamond (2nd week at #1)
2 Me and Bobby McGee--Gordon Lightfoot
3 Patches--Clarence Carter
4 Look What They've Done to My Song Ma--The New Seekers
5 Sunday Morning Coming Down--Johnny Cash
6 Long Long Time--Linda Ronstadt
7 El Condor Pasa--Simon & Garfunkel
8 Yellow River--Christie
9 Joanne--Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
10 Candida--Dawn

On television tonight
The Interns, on CBS
Tonight's episode: An Afternoon in the Fall

The Khmer Republic was proclaimed in Cambodia.

Italy's Senate voted to legalize divorce for the first time in the country's history. The bill was expected to be approved speedily.

The Vancouver Canucks played their first regular season game ever, losing 3-1 to the Los Angeles Kings. Barry Wilkins scored the Canucks’ first NHL goal at 2:14 of the 3rd period.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (Hot Press): Feels Like I'm in Love--Kelly Marie (2nd week at #1)

Pope John Paul II greeted the Dalai Lama during a private audience in Vatican City.

American Leaue Championship Series
New York 2 @ Kansas City 3 (Kansas City led best-of-five series 2-0)

Willie Wilson drove in 2 runs with a triple and scored on a double by U.L. Washington as the Royals scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and held on to beat the Yankees before 42,633 fans at Royals Stadium.

30 years ago

Apparently motivated by a desire to retain Arab support in the Persian Gulf crisis, the United States asked the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel for the previous day's fatal shootings of Palestinian protesters by Israeli police at Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Canadian CF-18 fighter jets started patrolling the Persian Gulf as part of a multinational force.

Politics and government
The Liberal opposition resumed its filibuster against the Goods and Services Tax in the Canadian Senate after a four-day adjournment. The filibister included the reading of passages from National Geographic; reminiscences about football games; and recitation of speeches by Sir John A. Macdonald. The Liberals vowed to continue the filibuster until Senate Speaker Guy Charbonneau resigned or was fired.

Air Canada announced that it would be laying off more than 10% of its staff and scrapping unprofitable routes. The layoffs, expected to take effect on January 31, 1991, were made to cut costs in the wake of declining air travel and rising fuel costs. The layoffs of approximately 2,900 of its 23,000 employees would affect about 225 pilots; 440 flight attendants; 1,390 mechanics and ramp workers; 425 ticket agents; and 265 management and clerical staff.

American League Championship Series
Boston 1 @ Oakland 4 (Oakland led best-of-seven series 3-0)

Willie Randolph hit 2 singles and drove in 2 runs to lead the Athletics to victory over the Red Sox before 49,026 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Mike Moore pitched 6 innings to get the win, while losing pitcher Mike Boddicker pitched a complete game.

National League Championship Series
Cincinnati 5 @ Pittsburgh 3 (Cincinnati led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Paul O’Neill hit a solo home run and Chris Sabo hit a 2-run homer to break a 2-2 tie in the top of the 7th inning as Reds beat the Pirates before 50,461 fans at Three Rivers Stadium. Jay Bell hit a home run for the Pirates. Cincinnati outfielder Eric Davis threw out Bob Bonilla in the 8th inning as he tried to stretch a double into a triple. Jose Rijo pitched 7 innings to get his first win of the Series, while Bob Walk took the loss.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Shut Up (and Sleep with Me)--Sin With Sebastian (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Norway (VG-lista): A Kind of Christmas Card--Morten Harket (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Sie ist Weg--Die Fantastischen Vier

Canada's Top 10 (RPM)
1 Until I Hear it from You--Gin Blossoms (3rd week at #1)
2 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
3 I Wish You Well--Tom Cochrane
4 This--Rod Stewart
5 Roll to Me--Del Amitri
6 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
7 Not Enough--Van Halen
8 Walk in the Sun--Bruce Hornsby
9 Saviour--Colin James
10 You Oughta Know--Alanis Morissette

Singles entering the chart were This is a House, Not a Home by the Rembrandts (#94); Breakfast at Tiffany's by Deep Blue Something (#95); Dear Mr. Fantasy by Big Sugar (#96); Hand in My Pocket by Alanis Morissette (#97); I'd Lie for You (And That's the Truth) by Meat Loaf (#98); and Hook by Blues Traveler (#99).

Died on this date
Alec Douglas-Home, 92
. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1963-1964. Lord Home, a Conservative, held various cabinet posts, but was best known for his time as Foreigh Secretary (1960-1963, 1970-1974). When Harold Macmillan resigned as Prime Minister as the result of the Profumo scandal, Lord Home became the last British Prime Minister to hold the office while in the House of Lords. He led the Conservatives into the 1964 general election, where they were unseated by the Labour Party. Lord Home led the Conservatives until 1965, and later renounced his peerage and was elected to the House of Commons.

One crew member was killed and about 100 people were injured when an Amtrak train carrying 248 passengers and a crew of 20 derailed while travelling at about 50 miles per hour around a slight curve on a remote stretch of land southwest of Phoenix. At the point of derailment, four cars plunged completely or partly into a ravine 30 feet deep. Amtrak reported that the derailment had been caused by the removal of bolts that held a joint to two pieces of rail, and that the perpetrator knew enough about trains to attach a wire to each end of the rails on either side of the joint so that the electric current would continue and the train's engineer would see green lights in the trackside signals. Several copies of a note were found near the site; the note mentioned the 1993 U.S. attack on the Branch Davidian compound at Waco, Texas and the 1992 attack by U.S. government agents on the Randy Weaver family at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. A hitherto unknown group called Sons of the Gestapo claimed resonsibility for the derailment. The track was owned by the Southern Pacific Railroad.

Winnipeg (5-11) 20 @ Toronto (3-12) 31
Calgary (14-1) 41 @ British Columbia (9-6) 27

Mike Clemons ran for a pair of 1-yard touchdowns and caught an 8-yard pass from Kent Austin for another TD as the Argonauts beat the Blue Bombers before 14,507 fans at SkyDome. Blaise Bryant rushed for 6- and 1-yard touchdowns for Winnipeg.

The Stampeders trailed 20-11 at halftime and were tied 20-20 after 3 quarters, but exploded for 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter to defeat the Lions before 32,907 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Calgary quarterback Jeff Garcia threw a touchdown pass to Terry Vaughn in the 2nd quarter and another in the 4th quarter, while rushing for a touchdown and connecting with Vince Danielsen for a TD in the 4th quarter. Danny McManus started at quarterback for B.C. and completed 2 touchdown passes to Robert Gordon in the 2nd quarter; backup QB Giulio Caravatta threw a 39-yard TD pass to Cory Philpot late in the game.

20 years ago

Dallas 3 @ Toronto 1

Brett Hull of the Stars scored his 611th career National Hockey League goal, passing his father Bobby into seventh place on the list.

Edmonton (8-6) 15 @ Montreal (10-4) 45
Winnipeg (5-8-1-1) 40 @ British Columbia (5-9-0-1) 33

Mike Pringle rushed 21 times for 140 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead the Alouettes over the eskimos in front of a sellout Molson Stadium crowd of 19,461. Tyree Davis returned a punt 61 yards for the other Montreal touchdown. Terry Baker added 5 converts, 3 field goals, and a single. The Eskimos opened the scoring in the 1st quarter on a 46-yard pass from Nealon Greene to Rick Walters, but didn't score again until the 4th quarter when they got a safety touch. Craig Carr rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 2 minutes remaining to finish the Edmonton scoring.

The Blue Bombers and Lions each scored 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter as the Blue Bombers held on for the win before 18,453 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. Winnipeg led 19-12 after 3 quarters on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Khari Jones to Milt Stegall and a convert and 4 field goals by Troy Westwood, while Lui Passaglia had kicked 4 field goals for the Lions. The touchdowns, all converted by the kickers, came fast and furious in the 4th quarter: A 29-yard pass from Mr. Jones to Mr. Stegall; a 50-yard pass from Damon Allen to Don Blair for B.C.'s first major score; A 14-yard rush by Cory Philpot of the Blue Bombers; a 24-yard pass from Mr. Allen to Alfred Jackson, followed by a 96-yard return by Albert Johnson of the subsequent kickoff; and a 54-yard pass from Mr. Allen to Mr. Jackson. The last 3 touchdowns came in a span of 69 seconds from 11:53 of the final quarter to 13:02. Mr. Stegall caught 10 passes for 152 yards. Mr. Blair led the Lions with 152 yards on 7 receptions, while Mr. Jackson caught 5 for 140 and threw a complete pass for 49 yards. Mr. Allen completed 27 of 45 passes for 452 yards, while Mr. Jones was 17 for 28 for 325 yards. Mr. Philpot led all rushers with 86 yards on 21 carries.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Maurice Allais, 99
. French economist and physicist. Professor Allais began his career as a physicist, publishing numerous works, notably on pendular oscillations and the laws of gravitation. He became an economist after a visit to the United States in 1933 during the Depression. Prof. Allais was awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences "for his pioneering contributions to the theory of markets and efficient utilization of resources."

Chile's 33 trapped miners cheered and embraced each other as a drill punched into their underground chamber where they had been stuck for an agonizing 66 days.

Toronto (7-7) 24 @ Saskatchewan (9-5) 19

American League Division Series
Tampa Bay 6 @ Texas 3 (Texas led best-of-five series 2-1)

Minnesota 1 @ New York 6 (New York won best-of-five series 3-0)

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