Monday, 10 May 2021

May 10, 2021

730 years ago

Politics and government
Scottish nobles recognized the authority of Edward I of England, pending the selection of a king.

500 years ago

Died on this date
Sebastian Brant, 62-64 (?)
. French-born German author. Mr. Brant, a native of Strasbourg, was a law professor at the University of Basel and a German cultural nationalist who believed in the necessity of moral reform. He was known for his satires, especially Das Narrenschiff (The Ship of Fools) (1494).

225 years ago

In the War of the First Coalition, French troops commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte won a decisive victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lost some 2,000 men.

220 years ago

The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declared war on the United States of America.

180 years ago

Born on this date
James Gordon Bennett, Jr.
. U.S. journalist and sportsman. Mr. Bennett, son of the founder of the New York Herald, founded the New York Evening Telegram in 1867, the same year he took over control of his father's paper. Mr. Bennett, who went by his middle name in order to distinguish him from his father, organized the first polo and tennis matches in the United States, and won the first transoceanic yacht race. He donated sports trophies and sponsored exploration, including Henry Stanley's trip to Africa to search for David Livingstone. Mr. Bennett died on May 14, 1918, four days after his 77th birthday.

Halifax was incorporated as a city.

140 years ago

Carol I was crowned the King of the Romanian Kingdom.

125 years ago

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council upheld the right of Ontario to enact local prohibition, under the British North America Act, but denied Ontario the right to stop distilling in the province for sale outside of its boundaries, "nor trench on the right of the Federal Government to govern the importation of liquor into the several provinces of the Dominion."

110 years ago

Born on this date
Bel Kaufman
. German-born U.S. teacher and authoress. Miss Kaufman, a native of Berlin, moved to Newark, New Jersey with her parents at the age of 12. She taught in various New York City high schools, which served as the basis for her novel Up the Down Staircase (1964). Miss Kaufman died on July 25, 2014 at the age of 103.

100 years ago

Economics and finance
Canada and the British West Indies came to a tariff arrangement.

80 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)--Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell (7th week at #1)

The chamber of the British House of Commons in London and other buildings were destroyed in an air raid by 300 German Luftwaffe planes on the night of May 10-11. German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachuted into Scotland--landing near Glasgow--to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany; the German government claimed that Mr. Hess had become the "victim of hallucinations." Chinese Nationalist leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek said in Chungking that China could defeat Japan alone and could prevent a major Pacific war if the United States furnished her with arms and money.

Argentine Marine Minister Rear Admiral Mario Fincati announced that the government was planning to take over all available ships now lying idle in Argentine ports as the first step in the creation of a merchant fleet.

The United States Interior Department announced that final steps were being taken to settle with Canada a 158-year-old dispute regarding the border between Minnesota and Canada.

Trans-Canada Air Lines (TCA) started its first trans-border service with a flight from Toronto-Malton to New York City.

San Francisco shipyards were struck by 1,200 American Federation of Labor and 700 Congress of Industrial Organizations members, tying up $500 million worth of government contracts.

75 years ago

At the movies
A Night in Casablanca, starring Groucho, Harpo, and Chico Marx, opened in theatres.

The first successful launch of an American V-2 rocket took place at White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico.

At the Paris conference of foreign ministers, U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov supported a French proposal that Italy's African colonies of Libya and Eritrea be placed under Italian trusteeship within the United Nations; U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes accepted the compromise.

An Arab League message to the United States warned that Arab states would consider any suppport of the Palestine Inquiry Commission's report "hostile to the Arab people."

Politics and government
Under Soviet prodding, the U.S. military government in Germany dissolved the Bavarian monarchist King and Fatherland Party.

The United Malays National Organisation, Malaysia's largest party, was founded at the Third Malay Congress in Johor Bahru, with Datuk Onn Jaafar as its leader.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Senate approved and sent to the House of Representatives the $3.75-billion loan to the United Kingdom.

Soft coal operators in the United States accepted a two-week truce offered by United Mine Workers of America President John L. Lewis, who ordered 400,000 miners back to work on May 13.

70 years ago

United Nations forces reentered Munsan, Chunchon, and Inje near the 38th Parallel as Communist forces retreated following their spring offensive. U.S. Defense Secretary George Marshall concluded four days of testimony befoere the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, defending President Harry Truman's administration's performance in Korea.

World events
The Panamanian National Police under Colonel Jose Remon stormed the presidential palace in Panama City and arrested Arnulfo Arias in a battle that cost 16 lives. Mr. Arias had been ousted the day before by the Congress, a day after attempting to assume dictatorial powers.

Politics and government
A U.S. Republican National Committee meeting in Tulsa selected Chicago as the site of the 1952 Republican National Convention.

Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru set off cheers in the Lok Sabha when he announced that 50,000 tons of Soviet wheat purchased on a "cash basis" was en route to India.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Senate voted to ban economic aid to any nation that sent war materials to the U.S.S.R. or its satellites.

60 years ago

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Council of Ministers closed three days of meetings in Oslo with determination to maintain the freedom of West Berlin.

The Chicago White Sox bought veteran outfielder Wes Covington from the Milwaukee Braves. Mr. Covington, who had joined the Braves in 1956, was hitting .190 in 9 games with them in 1961.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Me and Bobby McGee--Janis Joplin (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Naomi no Yume--Hedva & David (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): My Sweet Lord--George Harrison (8th week at #1)

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Counting the Beat--The Swingers (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: In the Air Tonight--Phil Collins

The Cornwall Royals, champions of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, won the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year by defeating the Ontario Hockey Association champion Kitchener Rangers by a score of 5-2.

Boston 86 @ Houston 91 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Mike Dunleavy scored 28 points and Moses Malone added 24 points and 22 rebounds to help the Rockets defeat the Celtics before 16,121 fans at the Summit. Cedric Maxwell led Boston scorers with 24 points, as the Houston defense, led by Robert Reid, held Larry Bird to 8 points for the second straight game.

Charlie Lea (1-1) pitched a no-hitter for the Montreal Expos as they shut out the San Francisco Giants 4-0 in the second game of a doubleheader before 25,343 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was the Expos’ first no-hitter since Bill Stoneman threw one in 1972, and the first ever at Olympic Stadium. The Expos scored all their runs in the 7th inning against San Francisco starting pitcher Ed Whitson (0-4), with Tim Wallach leading off the inning with a home run. Enos Cabell led off the first game with a home run and Darrell Evans led off the 6th with a homer as the Giants won the first game 5-1, as Tom Griffin (3-2) pitched a 4-hitter to win over Bill Lee (1-1).

Joe Rudi's 3-run home run with 2 out--his first homer in a Boston uniform--climaxed a 4-run 10th inning as the Red Sox broke a 5-5 tie and defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 before 17,411 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Dan Whitmer caught the first 5 innings for Toronto, drawing a base on balls in his only plate appearance, making 3 putouts and no assists in the 55th and last game of his 2-year major league career.

30 years ago

Inderjit Singh Reyat was convicted of the bombing death of two baggage handlers at Narita Airport in Tokyo on June 23, 1985, to protest Indian government's treatment of Sikhs. He was later sentenced to 10 years in prison.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Children--Robert Miles (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Man Utd Man--Men Utd featuring the Absolutely's

Politics and government
Calgary Southeast MP Jan Brown resigned from the Reform Party of Canada, three days after being suspended by the party executive for publicly criticizing the party's "right wing." She sat as an independent in the Canadian House of Commons until 1997, when she ran as a Progressive Conservative in Calgary Southwest against party leader Preston Manning, and suffered a lopsided defeat.

Stanley Cup
Western Conference Semi-Finals
Detroit 0 @ St. Louis 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

20 years ago

Died on this date
Sudhakarrao Naik, 66
. Indian politician. Mr. Naik, a member of the Indian National Congress Party, represented Pusad in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1978-1993) and was Chief Minister of Maharashtra (1991-1993); was Governor of Himachal Pradesh (1994-1995); and represented Washim in the Lok Sabha (1998-1999). His time as Chief Minister of Maharashtra was characterized by his failure to control the Bombay riots (1992-1993) and his attempt to destroy organized crime.

The Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays combined to hit 7 home runs as the Athletics won 14-8 before 16,130 fans at SkyDome in Toronto, scoring 7 runs in the 6th inning.

The San Francisco Giants scored 8 runs in the 6th inning as they whipped the Montreal Expos 13-0 before 41,059 fans at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Kirk Rueter (4-3) allowed 6 hits in 8 innings to get the win for the Giants, batting 1 for 2 with 2 bases on balls, a sacrifice, a run, and 2 runs batted in.

Jeromy Burnitz hit 3 home runs and drove in 6 runs and Devon White hit a grand slam as the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Chicago Cubs 11-1 before 36,149 fans at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Sammy Sosa’s 398th career major league homer accounted for the Cubs’ only run.

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