Wednesday, 12 May 2021

May 11, 2021

210 years ago

Born on this date
Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel
. Swiss politician. Mr. Challet-Venel, a member of the Free Democratic Party of Switzerland, served on the Swiss Federal Council (1864-1872); he was Minister of Finance (1864-1867, 1869) and Minister of Posts (1868, 1870-1872). Mr. Challet-Venel died on August 6, 1893 at the age of 82.

175 years ago

U.S. President James K. Polk asked for and received a Declaration of War against Mexico, starting the Mexican–American War.

150 years ago

Born on this date
Frank Schlesinger
. U.S. astronomer. Dr. Schlesinger worked at Yerkes Observatory (1899-1903), and was director of Allegheny Observatory (1903-1920) and Yale University Observatory (1920-1941). He concentrated on astrometry (precise measurement of the positions and movements of stars and other celestial bodies), using photographic plates rather than direct visual studies. Dr. Schlesinger died on July 10, 1943 at the age of 72.

140 years ago

Born on this date
Jan van Gilse
. Dutch composer and conductor. Mr. van Gilse was a pianist whose compositions included five symphonies and the opera Thijl. He conducted the Utrechtsch Stedelijk Orkest (Utrecht Municipal Orchestra) (1917-1922). Mr. van Gilse was active with the Dutch resistance against German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II; he died, probably of pneumonia, on September 8, 1944 at the age of 63.

Al Cabrera. Spanish-born Cuban baseball player and manager. Mr. Cabrera played shortstop for 1 game with the St. Louis Cardinals, batting 0 for 2 with no fielding chances on May 13, 1913. He hit .256 with 26 home runs in 773 games in 8 seasons in the minor leagues (1902-1915) and spent nine years in the Cuban leagues. Mr. Cabrera died in 1964 at the age of 62 or 63.

130 years ago

Died on this date
Edmond Becquerel, 71
. French physicist. Professor Becquerel was credited with the discovery, in 1839, of the photovoltaic effect, the operating principle of the solar cell. He was also known for his work in luminescence and phosphorescence. Prof. Becquerel was the father of Henri Becquerel, one of the discoverers of radioactivity.

World events
Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Imperial Russia (later Nicholas II) suffered a head injury during a sabre attack in Kyoto by Japanese policeman Tsuda Sanzō. He was rescued by his cousin Prince George of Greece and Denmark, and survived with a 3 1/2-inch scar on the right side of his forehead.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Josip Štolcer-Slavenski
. Croatian-born composer. Professor Štolcer-Slavenski completed his studies in Prague, and in 1924 moved to Belgrade, where he spent the rest of his life. He taught at the Music Academy in Belgrade, and wrote orchestral, chamber, and vocal works, often based on Croatian folk music. Prof. Štolcer-Slavenski died on November 30, 1955 at the age of 59.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Phil Silvers
. U.S. actor. A great comic actor with a distinctive (and frequently imitated) voice and personality, Mr. Silvers had small roles in several movies in the 1940s before achieving great success on Broadway in the play Top Banana, one of the biggest hits of the 1951-1952 season, and a show that resulted in Mr. Silvers winning the 1952 Tony Award for best actor in a comedy or musical. Mr. Silvers also starred in the filmed version of Top Banana (1954). Mr. Silvers is best remembered as Sgt. Ernie Bilko in the television comedy series You'll Never Get Rich (later titled The Phil Silvers Show), which ran on CBS from 1955-1959. He won the Emmy Award for best actor in a continuing performance in a series in 1956, and was nominated for best actor in a continuing performance in a comedy series in 1957 and 1959. I may be one of the few people who remembers Mr. Silvers' starring role in the Disney comedy film The Boatniks (1970). Mr. Silvers died in his sleep on November 1, 1985 at the age of 74.

Mitchell Sharp. Canadian politician. Mr. Sharp was an economist who served as a Liberal member of the House of Commons from 1963-1978. Her served as Minister of Finance in the government of Prime Minister Lester Pearson from 1965-1968 and Secretary of State for External Affairs in the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau from 1968-1974, where he was known for "deploring" various international situations. Typical of the dishonesty of the federal Liberals, Mr. Sharp revealed in his memoirs in 1994 that he was a republican. He had kept his opposition to the monarchy to himself while accepting cabinet posts, which require an oath of loyalty to the queen. Mr. Sharp died of prostate on March 19, 2004 at the age of 93.

Bob St. Henry made the first aeroplane flight in Saskatoon, and one of the earliest in the province of Saskatchewan.

The Chicago White Sox pounded the Washington Nationals 20-6 at White Sox Park, scoring all their runs off losing pitcher Bob Groom (2-4), who allowed 21 hits. Chicago third baseman Harry Lord batted 4 for 6 with a triple, 3 runs, and 5 runs batted in. Doc White (2-2) pitched a 10-hit complete game victory, batting 2 for 4 with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI.

The Boston Red Sox scored a run in the top of the 10th inning to break a 6-6 tie and edged the Cleveland Naps 7-6 at League Park in Cleveland. The Naps scored a run in the 7th, 2 in the 8th, and 1 in the 9th as they overcame a 6-2 deficit to send the game into extra innings. Boston third baseman Clyde Engle batted 3 for 4 with a triple, run, and 4 runs batted in.

Pinch hitter Bris Lord doubled home 2 runs and scored on a single by Rube Oldring as the Philadelphia Athletics scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning and defeated the St. Louis Browns 4-2 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The Browns opened the scoring with 2 runs in the 7th inning against Harry Krause (2-1), but Amos Strunk hit a solo home run in the 8th to get the Athletics on the scoreboard. Jack Coombs retired the Browns in order in the bottom of the 9th to get his first save of the season; Jack Powell (2-4) allowed 11 hits in a complete game defeat.

Grover Cleveland Alexander (5-1) gave up 7 runs in the 9th inning, but still won as the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 19-10 at National League Park in Philadelphia. Mr. Alexander allowed 6 hits, and batted 2 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 runs batted in. Sherry Smith, the last of three Pittsburgh pitchers, allowed 4 hits and 5 runs in 2/3 inning, walking 1 batter and striking out none in his first major leage game.

Every man in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup had at least 1 hit as the Reds outslugged the Boston Rustlers 13-10 at South End Grounds in Boston. Art Fromme (1-2) pitched a complete game victory, allowing 12 hits and 5 bases on balls.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Hildegard Hamm-Brücher
. German politician. Miss Hamm-Brücher joined the Free Democratic party in 1948, and was a member of the Munich city council (1948-1954); Landtag of Bavaria (1950-1966, 1970-1976); and West German Bundestag (1976-1990). She largely concentrated on educational policy, and held several cabinet posts. Miss Hamm-Brücher was the Free Democratic Party's candidate for President of Germany in the first two rounds of the 1994 election. She died on December 7, 2016 at the age of 95.

90 years ago

On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Adventure of Black Peter

80 years ago

Died on this date
Peggy Shannon, 34
. U.S. actress. Miss Shannon, born Winona Sammon, appeared in Broadway plays before moving to Hollywood and replacing Clara Bow as the latest "It" girl in the movie The Secret Call (1931). Miss Shannon had an undistinguished career in motion pictures before dying of a heart attack brought on by heavy drinking. Her second husband, Albert Roberts, shot himself to death three weeks later.

Reports from Chungking said that Japanese forces had thrown 10,000 troops into an offensive on the Honan-Hupeh border in central China.

U.S. Representative George Tinkham (Republican--Massachusetts) issued a statement challenging President Franklin D. Roosevelt to ask Congress for a declaration of war, and to abide by the decision.

The U.S.S.R. reported that the Soviet government had accepted an Iraqi proposal to establish diplomatic relations between the countries.

In a radio broadcast, former U.S. President Herbert Hoover declared his opposition to U.S. convoys of goods to Britain under the Lend-Lease program.

Politics and government
Iraqi Prime Minister Rashid Ali Beg Gailani's attempts to gain Muslim support were rebuffed by both Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to sources in Cairo.

The Mutual Broadcasting System signed a nine-year contract with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) under which ASCAP would receive 3% of the network's gross receipts over the next four years and 3 1/2% thereafter. ASCAP's 1,250,000 songs had been off the major U.S. radio networks since January 1, 1941.

75 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Prisoner of Love--Perry Como with Russ Case and His Orchestra (Best Seller--2nd week at #1); Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and His Orchestra with Marjorie Hughes (Airplay--8th week at #1; Juke Box--9th week at #1; Honor Roll of Hits--10th week at #1)

70 years ago

On the radio
Hear it Now, hosted by Edward R. Murrow, on CBS

Tonight's program included news about the U.S. Senate hearings on the differences and similarities in Korean War policies between General Douglas MacArthur and President Harry Truman.

World events
A court in Manila sentenced nine Philippine Communist leaders to death, nine to life imprisonment, and 11 to shorter prison terms after a four-month group trial.

Politics and government
Ecuadorian President Gala Plaza Lasso reorganized his cabinet as Socialists ended their opposition to the government.

Mikhail Botvinnik of the U.S.S.R. retained his world championship, winning a two-month 24-game match in Moscow against fellow Soviet David Bronstein.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade): Exodus--Ferrante and Teicher

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Blue Moon--The Marcels (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
The Untouchables, starring Robert Stack, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Nero Rankin Story

A landslide in Ringlet, Malaya killed 50 people.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Kvällstoppen): Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep--Middle of the Road (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade): (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden--Lynn Anderson (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Jeff McCleskey, 79
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. McCleskey was a third baseman with the Boston Braves (1913), batting 0 for 3 with a base on balls in 2 games. He played seven seasons in the minor leagues (1911-1917).

Britain’s oldest tabloid, the Daily Sketch, ceased publication after 62 years.

Joe Bugner (33-2-1) retained his European heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Juergen Blin (26-9-6) at Empire Pool, Wembley, London.

Stanley Cup
Chicago 2 @ Montreal 5 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Yvan Cournoyer and Pete Mahovlich each scored 2 goals for the Canadiens at the Montreal Forum, while Pete’s older brother Frank scored his 14th goal of the 1971 playoffs, breaking the single-season record set by Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins a year earlier.

Cleveland Indians’ starting pitcher Steve Dunning hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning, but lasted just 4+ innings, allowing 10 hits and 5 earned runs, as the Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-5 before 2,992 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Phil Hennigan (1-0) allowed 2 hits in 5 scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

Joe Torre drove in 4 runs with a pair of home runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Montreal Expos 10-4 before 8,862 fans at Jarry Park in Montreal. Montreal center fielder Boots Day led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a home run.

Dave Marshall hit a grand slam to climax a 5-run 6th inning for the New York Mets as they beat the Houston Astros 8-1 before 20,612 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Nolan Ryan (4-0) pitched a 3-hitter, striking out 8 batters and walking 7.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Jealous Guy--Roxy Music

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Ruby no Yubiwa--Akira Terao (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime--The Korgis (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Shaddap You Face--Joe Dolce Music Theatre (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Odd Hassel, 83
. Norwegian chemist. Dr. Hassel shared the 1969 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Derek Barton "for their contributions to the development of the concept of conformation and its application in chemistry." He died six days before his 84th birthday.

Sam Byrd, 74. U.S. baseball player and golfer. Mr. Byrd was an outfielder with the New York Yankees (1929-1934) and Cincinnati Reds (1935-1936), batting .274 with 38 home runs and 220 runs batted in in 745 games. He was nicknamed "Babe Ruth's Legs" for his frequent appearances as a pinch runner for Mr. Ruth. Mr. Byrd played the final inning of the 1932 World Series as a defensive replacement for Mr. Ruth. Mr. Byrd played professional golf, mainly as a club pro, from 1933-1978, winning 23 tournaments. He finished third in the 1941 Masters and fourth in the 1942 Masters, and second in the 1945 PGA Championship, becoming the first man to play in those events as well as in a World Series.

Bob Marley, 36. Jamaican musician. The leader of the Wailers and a pioneer reggae singer-songwriter and Rastafarian (someone who regarded former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie as the messiah), Mr. Marley died of cancer. His best-known songs included I Shot the Sheriff and Stir it Up.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats opened at the New London Theatre.

The first Toronto Theatre Festival opened; 19 theatres staged 34 plays over 10 days.

Rick Miller batted 5 for 5 with 4 doubles, 3 runs, and a run batted for the Boston Red Sox as they edged the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 before 11,315 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Mr. Miller scored the winning run when he doubled with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning and scored on a double by Gary Allenson to break a 6-6 tie.

Nolan Ryan (2-1) pitched a 7-hitter, striking out 11 batters and walking 3, to lead the Houston Astros over the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 before 11,795 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

Bruce Benedict singled home Chris Chambliss from second base with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 4,260 fans at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Tingles (EP)--Ratcat (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se Stiamo Insieme--Riccardo Cocciante (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Joyride--Roxette (5th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (CIN): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in his Kiss)--Cher (2nd week at #1)

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Losing My Religion--R.E.M. (3rd week at #1)
2 One More Try--Timmy T
3 You--Ten Sharp
4 Going to the Run--Golden Earring
5 Joyride--Roxette
6 Always on the Run--Lenny Kravitz
7 Mega Mix--Snap!
8 Wind of Change--Scorpions
9 Liefde is Lekker Maar Lekker is Niet Altijd Liefde--Hanny
10 Love and Marriage--Frank Sinatra

Singles entering the chart were Just a Groove by Nomad (#25); What Comes Naturally by Sheena Easton (#30); Strike it Up by Black Box (#31); Her by Guy (#33); and Hello Afrika by Dr. Alban featuring Leila K. (#36).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Joyride--Roxette
2 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
3 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--Hi-Five
4 Here We Go--C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
5 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
6 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
7 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
8 I Don't Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
9 More than Words
10 Cry for Help--Rick Astley

Singles entering the chart were Rush Rush by Paula Abdul (#36); Part of Me, Part of You by Glenn Frey (#83); A Better Love by Londonbeat (#86); Kisses in the Night by Brandon (#88); I'm Dreamin' by Christopher Williams (#90); Over and Over by Timmy T. (#96); and Piece of My Heart by Tara Kemp (#98). I'm Dreamin' was from the movie New Jack City (1991).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joyride--Roxette
2 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
3 Here We Go--C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
4 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
5 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
6 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
7 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
8 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
9 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
10 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips

Singles entering the chart were Rush Rush by Paula Abdul (#39); Part of Me, Part of You by Glenn Frey (#83); A Better Love by Londonbeat (#84); See the Lights by Simple Minds (#89); and Going Through the Motions by AfterShock (#90).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 Joyride--Roxette (2nd week at #1)
2 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
3 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
4 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
5 I’ve Been Thinking About You--Londonbeat
6 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
7 Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You--Robert Palmer
8 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
9 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
10 You’re in Love--Wilson Phillips

Singles entering the chart were World of Wonder by Rik Emmett (#56); I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) by Hi-Five (#60); Save Some Love by Kandy (#68); Someone to Love by Roger McGuinn (#77); Simple Words to Say by Zappacosta (#79); Strike it Up by Black Box (#87); If I Should Lose This Love by Gino Vannelli (#89); Wind of Change by the Scorpions (#90); Why Should I Cry for You by Sting (#94); Dream Lover by the Rebel Pebbles (#95); and Seal Our Fate by Gloria Estefan (#96).

The California Angels released pitcher Ed Vosberg. Mr. Vosberg had previously pitched with the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants; he had been signed by the Angels on December 4, 1990, but had yet to appear in a major league game in 1991.

Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Albert Belle threw a baseball at a fan heckling him from the stands and hit him in the chest during the Indians’ 2-1 loss to the California Angels before 14,720 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Jim Abbott (2-4) allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 7 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Greg Swindell (1-4), who allowed 8 hits and no earned runs in pitching a complete game.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): How Bizarre--OMC (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (VRT): One of Us--Joan Osborne

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Soirée disco--Boris (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Children--Robert Miles (8th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Hava Naquila--Party Animals (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Fastlove--George Michael (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
3 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
4 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
5 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
6 You're the One--SWV
7 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)--Coolio
8 Count on Me--Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans
9 Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)--R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley
10 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman

Singles entering the chart were Tha Crossroads; Fastlove by George Michael (#34); You by Monifah (#39); The 13th by the Cure (#44); Children by Robert Miles (#75); Theme from Mission: Impossible by Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen, Jr. (#78); Touch Me Tease Me by Case featuring Foxy Brown (#84); and Hay by Crucial Conflict (#90). Theme from Mission: Impossible, as the title indicates, was from the movie (1996). Touch Me Tease Me was from the movie The Nutty Professor (1996).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
2 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
3 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
4 1,2,3,4 (Sumpin' New)--Coolio
5 You're the One--SWV
6 Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)--R. Kelly (featuring Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley)
7 Woo-Hah!! (Got You All in Check)--Busta Rhymes
8 Count on Me--Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans
9 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
10 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project

Singles entering the chart were The Earth, the Sun, the Rain by Color Me Badd (#36); Machinehead by Bush (#45); The Crossroads by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (#51); Fastlove by George Michael (#54); Get on Up by Jodeci (#70); and Touch Me Tease Me by Case (#92).

Died on this date
Nnamdi Azikiwe, 91
. Governor General of Nigeria, 1960-1963; 1st President of Nigeria, 1963-1966. Mr. Azikiwe co-founded the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) with Herbert Macaulay in 1944 and held various positions. Mr. Azikiwe's offices of Governor-General--and President, when Nigeria gained her independence from the United Kingdom--were largely ceremonial. Mr. Azikiwe and his civilian colleagues were removed from power in the military coup of January 15, 1966. He joined the Nigerian People's Party in 1978, making unsuccessful bids for the presidency in 1979 and 1983.

After ValuJet Flight 592 departed from Miami bound for Atlanta, a fire started by improperly handled chemical oxygen generators in the cargo hold caused the Douglas DC-9 to crash in the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people on board.

On a single day, eight people died during summit attempts on Mount Everest.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Semi-Finals
New York Rangers 3 @ Pittsburgh 7 (Pittsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Western Conference Semi-Finals
Chicago 1 @ Colorado 4 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Al Leiter (6-2) pitched a no-hitter and the Florida Marlins scored 6 runs in the 1st inning as they routed the Colorado Rockies 11-0 before 31,549 fans at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.

Moises Alou singled home Mike Lansing with none out in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Montreal Expos a 10-9 win over the Houston Astros before 26,084 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Astros led 8-2 after 5 1/2 innings before the Expos tied the game 8-8. Houston then took a 9-8 lead in the top of the 12th, but Montreal tied the score on what should have been the final out, when pinch hitter Lenny Webster grounded to third baseman Sean Berry, but Berry made an error that allowed david Segui to score the tying run from third base.

Rico Brogna hit his second home run of the game to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the New York Mets a 7-6 win over the Chicago Cubs before 23,237 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. The Cubs had tied the game in the top of the 9th on a 2-out, 2-run single by Jose Hernandez. The game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the bottom of the 5th inning; home plate umpire Greg Bonin ejected eight players and Chicago coach Steve Swisher.

Juan Samuel singled with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 11th inning, stole second base, and scored on a single by Sandy Martinez to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 9-8 win over the Boston Red Sox before 33,163 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.

The Baltimore Orioles scored the tying run in the top of the 9th inning on 3 bases on balls and a sacrifice fly, and turned 2 bases on balls in the 10th into runs as they beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 before 21,081 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Dave Martinez led off the bottom of the 9th inning with a single, and Harold Baines followed with a home run to give the Chicago White Sox a 7-5 win over the New York Yankees before 25,722 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The White Sox had scored the tying run in the bottom of the 8th as a result of 3 bases on balls and a sacrifice fly.

Rusty Greer hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 1st inning and Mickey Tettleton added 2 home runs as the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 before 42,732 fans at Arlington Stadium. Detroit left fielder Curtis Pride hit his first American League home run in the 6th inning, and third baseman Travis Fryman hit a 3-run homer with nobody out in the top of the 9th to close the scoring.

Jim Thome hit a 3-run home run in the 3rd inning as the Cleveland Indians led 6-0 after 6 innings, and barely held on to defeat the California Angels 6-5 before 32,102 fans at Anaheim Stadium. The Angels scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th with nobody out and runners on first and second bases, but Cleveland relief pitcher Jose Mesa retired three straight batters to end the game.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Douglas Adams, 49
. U.K. author. Mr. Adams was known for creating The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a radio series in 1978, and evolved into a series of novels, a television series, and evenutally a movie in 2005. Mr. Adams moved to California in 1999, and died there of a heart attack after a workout at a gym. He described himself as a "radical atheist," but he isn't one now.

An arbitrator ruled that major league baseball had to reinstate 9 of 22 umpires who had lost their jobs when they had resigned the previous season.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Robert Traylor, 34
. U.S. basketball player. "Tractor" Traylor was a forward and center at the University of Michigan (1995-1998), and was involved in the scandal of taking money from booster Ed Martin. In 1998, Mr. Traylor was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Mavericks, who promptly traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks. He played in the National Basketball Association with the Bucks (1998-2000); Cleveland Cavaliers (2000-01, 2004-05); and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2001-04), scoring 2,085 points (4.8 per game), with 1,640 rebounds (3.7 per game); 312 assists (0.7 per game); and 306 blocks (0.7 per game) in 438 games, and 65 points (3.0 per game) wit 70 rebounds, 11 assists, and 13 blocks in 22 playoff games. Mr. Traylor had surgery for an enlarged aortic valve in 2005; he played in Europe and Puerto Rico from 2006-2011, and was still an active player in Puerto Rico when he suffered a fatal heart attack while talking with his wife on the telephone.

Politics and government
Michael Ignatieff resigned as Liberal Party of Canada leader and as a Member of Parliament after hthe party's defeat in the May 2 federal election.

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, the winner in February's Liberal leadership race, won a by-election in former premier Gordon Campbell's Vancouver-Point Grey riding by 600 votes.

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 hit Lorca, Spain.

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