Friday, 21 May 2021

May 20, 2021

1,530 years ago

Married on this date
Ariadne, the widow of Eastern Roman Emperor Zeno, married his successor, Anastasius I. The widowed Augusta was able to choose her successor for the Byzantine throne after Zeno died of dysentery on April 9, 491.

500 years ago

French-backed Navarrese forces fought Spanish troops in the Battle of Pampeluna. Inigo Lopez de Loyola was severely wounded in the battle, and his convalescence led him to become a priest and founder of the Jesuit order.

390 years ago

The city of Magdeburg, Germany was seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants--about 20,000--were massacred in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years' War.

210 years ago

Born on this date
Alfred Domett
. Colonial Secretary (Premier) of New Zealand, 1862-1863. Mr. Domett was a lawyer and poet in his native England before emigrating to New Zealand in 1842, and holding several offices before serving as Colonial Secretary. In November 1863, he moved that the N.Z. seat of government be moved; in 1865 it was moved from Auckland to Wellington. Mr. Domett was a member of the N.Z. Legislative Council from 1866-1874, but moved back to England in 1871, and his Legislative Council membership lapsed through absence. He died on November 2, 1887 at the age of 76.

170 years ago

Born on this date
Emile Berliner
. German-born U.S. inventor. Mr. Berliner, a native of Hanover, emigrated to the United States in 1870 and became an American citizen in 1881. He was granted his first patent for what he called the "Gramophone" in 1887, and founded the United States Gramophone Company in 1894, and similar companies in other countries over the next few years. Mr. Berliner also invented a form of helicopter in 1909. He died of a heart attack on August 3, 1929 at the age of 78.

160 years ago

The state of Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality in the American Civil War; Kentuckian neutrality lasted until September 3, when Confederate forces entered the state.

Five weeks after the beginning of the Civil War, North Carolina voted to secede from the Union. The capital of the Confederacy was moved from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia.

140 years ago

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister John A. Macdonald appointed John O'Connor as Postmaster-General; Joseph Alfred Mousseau as Secretary of State of Canada; A. W. McLelan as President of the Council; and Alexander Campbell as Minister of Justice.

130 years ago

Died on this date
Jim Fogarty, 27
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Fogarty played, mostly in the outfield, for the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League from 1883-1889 and the Philadelphia Quakers of the Players League in 1890, batting .246 in 751 games. He led NL batters in bases on balls in 1887 with 82 and in stolen bases with 99 in 1889. Baseball statistics guru Bill James rates Mr. Fogarty as one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball history. Mr. Fogarty managed the PL Quakers for 16 games in 1890, compiling a record of 7-9. He died of tuberculosis in San Francisco.

Thomas Edison gave the first public display of the prototype kinetoscope.

125 years ago

Died on this date
Clara Schumann, 76
. German musician and composer. Mrs. Schumann, the wife of composer Robert Schumann, had a distinguished career as a concert pianist spanning almost 60 years. She performed many duets with violinist Joseph Joachim and had a close friendship with composer Johannes Brahms. Mrs. Schumann composed piano and choral works. She died two months after suffering a stroke.

120 years ago

Born on this date
Doris Fleeson
. U.S. journalist. Miss Fleeson worked for various newspapers, including the New York Daily News (1927-1943). She and her then-husband John O'Donnell wrote the column Capital Stuff (1933-1942) while she was at the paper's Washington bureau. Miss Fleeson was a war correspondent for Woman's Home Companion (1943-1945), returning to Washington in 1945 to write a political column for the Boston Globe and Washington Evening Star. The column was picked up by Bell Syndicate in 1945 and distributed across the country, making Miss Fleeson the first woman in the United States to have a nationally-syndicated political column. The column was published in about 100 newspapers at its peak in 1960. Miss Fleeson died of complications from a stroke on August 1, 1980 at the age of 69.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Gardner Fox
. U.S. writer. Mr. Fox wrote several thousand stories under his own name and various pseudonyms for comic books--mainly Detective Comics--and pulp fiction magazines, and also wrote novels. He died on December 24, 1986 at the age of 75.

Annie M. G. Schmidt. Dutch authoress and playwright. Miss Schmidt wrote in various genres, but was best known for her children's books, especially the Jip and Janneke series. With her health declining, Miss Schmidt decided to take her own life, and died of cardiac arrest after consuming pills on May 21, 1995, the day after her 84th birthday.

Milt Gabler. U.S. record producer. Mr. Gabler ran a used record store before founding Commodore Records in 1937, and had success with that label before joining Decca Records in 1941. He produced recordings of artists such as Billie Holiday, Louis Jordan, the Weavers, and Bill Haley and his Comets. Mr. Gabler's experience in selling used records enabled him to be a pioneer in reissuing old recordings. He was the uncle of comedian and actor Billy Crystal, who inducted Mr. Gabler into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Mr. Gabler died on July 20, 2001, two months after his 90th birthday.

What appeared to be a game-winning hit in a New England League baseball game in Lynn, Massachusetts, was overruled by the umpire because outfielders had lost sight of the ball in fog. With Lynn leading Fall River 5-4 in the top of the 7th inning, a Fall River batter named Weaver hit a fly ball to the outfield with a man on base, and both runners came around to score to give Fall River a 6-5 lead. After a dispute, umpire Walsh disallowed the runs, called the game, and ordered that the score revert to the 6th inning with Lynn winning 5-4.

100 years ago

Born on this date
Wolfgang Borchert
. German author and playwright. Mr. Borchert was an opponent of the Nazi regime, but was drafted into the Wehrmacht in June 1941 and was posted to the Eastern Front, where he was wounded, suffered hepatitis, and ran afoul of the Nazi authorities. He was given a deferred prison sentence, which was never carried out. Mr. Borchert's health deteriorated after the war, but he was able to complete the play Draußen vor der Tür (The Man Outside), which premiered on radio in February 1947. Mr. Borchert entered a hepatic sanitorium later in the year, and died of liver failure on November 20, 1947 at the age of 26.

Hal Newhouser. U.S. baseball pitcher. "Prince Hal" played with the Detroit Tigers (1939-1953) and Cleveland Indians (1954-1955), compiling a record of 207-150 with an earned run average of 3.06 in 488 games. He led the American League in wins four times, in earned run average twice, and in strikeouts twice, and was named the AL's Most Valuable Player in 1944 and 1945. Mr. Newhouser helpd the Tigers win the AL pennant in 1940 and was 2-1 in the 1945 World Series, which the Tigers won in seven games over the Chicago Cubs. He was a relief pitcher with the Indians when they won the AL pennant in 1954, and pitched in one game of their four-game loss to the New York Giants. Mr. Newhouser batted .201 with 2 home runs and 81 runs batted in in 492 games. He scouted for several major league teams for many years, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, and died of emphysema and heart problems on November 10, 1998 at the age of 77.

90 years ago

Died on this date
Ernest Noel, 99
. U.K. politician. Mr. Noel, a Liberal, represented the Scottish riding of Dumfries Burghs (1874-1886). As a Liberal Unionist, he was an unsuccessful candidate in the elections of 1886 and 1892.

80 years ago

German paratroopers attacked British forces on Crete (see also here). British troops in Iraq seized Falluja, an important bridgehead on the Euphrates River, about 35 miles west of Baghdad.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia as director of the Office of Civilian Defense. A Gallup Poll reported that 52% of American voters questioned in a survey said that they favoured convoys for ships carrying war materials to Britain, as compared to 41% in April.

Politics and government
The Chilean government arrested 32 members of the Socialist Vanguard (Nazi) Party on charges of plotting a second putsch against the government.

The Viet Minh was founded in the village of Pac Bo, with the goal of seeking independence for Vietnam from the French Empire.

U.S. President Roosevelt announced that Thanksgiving would be restored to its traditional date--the last Thursday in November--because moving it up a week had not improved business.

The Saturday Evening Post dropped its isolationist editorial stance and backed U.S. President Roosevelt's policy on Europe.

Backup shortstop George Jumonville of the Philadelphia Phillies came to bat as a pinch hitter with the Phillies trailing the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0, and hit his only major league home run in his final major league at bat, helping his team come back for a 6-4 win in 11 innings before 1,084 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

Frank McCormick's 3-run home run with 1 out climaxed a 6-run bottom of the 9th inning and gave the Cincinnati Reds a 9-6 win over the Boston Braves before 2,310 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

Relief pitcher Bill Caster's error on a ball hit by Charlie Keller with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed Tommy Henrich to score from second base and give the New York Yankees a 10-9 win over the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. The Browns led 8-5 in the 8th inning, but New York catcher Bill Dickey hit a 3-run home run to tie the score.

75 years ago

Hit parade
U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
2 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
--The Ink Spots
3 Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore
--Andy Russell
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
4 Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
--Frank Sinatra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
5 I'm a Big Girl Now--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
6 Shoo Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
7 One-zy, Two-zy (I Love You-zy)--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Phil Harris and his Orchestra
8 Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti)--Alvino Rey and his Orchestra
9 Sioux City Sue--Bing Crosby and the Jesters
10 All Through the Day--Frank Sinatra
--Perry Como

Singles entering the chart were They Say it's Wonderful, with versions by Perry Como; and Frank Sinatra (#22); Her Bathing Suit Never Got Wet by the Andrews Sisters (#25); Panacea by Woody Herman and his Orchestra (#31); and Beware by Louis Jordan and the Tympany Five (#33). They Say it's Wonderful was originally from the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun (1946).

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Haunting of Sherlock Holmes

The U.S. State Department sent Yugoslavian President Marshal Josip Tito a note charging Yugoslavia with seeking to discredit the Anglo-American administration of Venezia Giulia, and listing nine incidents of alleged Yugoslav provocation.

Reporting in Washington on the Paris conference of foreign ministers, U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes blamed the U.S.S.R. for the "disappointingly slow" progress made at the conference, and criticized the veto rule in the Council of Foreign Ministers for permitting one power to "stop all efforts toward peace."

Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan General Douglas MacArthur banned demonstrations in Japan the day after 125,000 protesters had marched on the royal palace, demanding increased food rations and the resignation of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida.

A group of 795 immigrants, the first to enter the United States under President Harry Truman's 1945 refugee admission order, arrived in New York.

The British House of Commons passed the coal industry nationalization bill on its third reading.

Economics and finance
Representatives of 21 nations in the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization held an emergency meeting in Washington to deal with world food shortages.

The Argentine government of President Juan Peron assumed control of the Argentine Industrial Union, a manufacturers' group that had opposed Mr. Peron's election.

Ezzard Charles (38-4-1) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Archie Moore (80-12-5) in a light heavyweight bout at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

70 years ago

On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: A Force Called X07

This was the first episode of the series.

Died on this date
Frank Olin, 91
. U.S. baseball player and industrialist. Mr. Olin was an outfielder with four major league teams (1884-1885), batting .316 with 1 home run in 49 games. He founded the ammunition firm that eventually became the Olin Corporation in East Alton, Illinois in 1892. Mr. Olin acquired the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in 1931 and retired in 1944, shortly after combining his companies into Olin Industries.

U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara, an F-86 Sabre pilot became the first U.S. jet ace when he gunned down his fifth and sixth MiG jets in an air battle near the Yalu River.

Italian Foreign Minister Carlo Sforza again urged the Western Allies to waive World War II treaty limitations on Italian armaments and to work for Italy's admission to the United Nations.

Iran rejected requests for arbitration in its oil dispute with Britain, ordering the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company to appoint representatives to a board which would carry out nationalization.

Richie Ashburn had 4 hits in each game as the Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-0 and 12-4 before 36,166 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves 4-3 and 5-4 before 42,088 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago, as Dutch Leonard pitched 2 innings of relief in each game to get credit for both wins, improving his 1951 record to 3-0. The Cubs scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning of the second game to complete the sweep.

Billy Cox batted a combined 5 for 8 with 4 runs and 5 runs batted in to help the Brooklyn Dodgers sweep a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds 10-3 and 14-4 before 29,427 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

Ed Lopat (7-0) pitched an 8-hit complete game and hit a solo home run to help the New York Yankees defeat the St. Louis Browns 7-3 before 29,018 fans at Yankee Stadium.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Runaway--Del Shannon (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy: Where the Boys Are--Connie Francis (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Babysitter-Boogie--Ralf Bendix (5th week at #1)

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

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Runaway--Del Shannon (3rd week at #1)
2 Mother-in-Law--Ernie K-Doe
3 A Hundred Pounds of Clay--Gene McDaniels
4 Daddy’s Home--Shep and the Limelites
5 Blue Moon--The Marcels
6 Breakin’ in a Brand New Broken Heart--Connie Francis
7 Mama Said--The Shirelles
8 Running Scared--Roy Orbison
9 You Can Depend on Me--Brenda Lee
10 Travelin’ Man--Ricky Nelson

Singles entering the chart were I Feel So Bad (#49)/Wild in the Country (#73) by Elvis PresleyYou Always Hurt the One You Love by Clarence Henry (#71); Tossin’ and Turnin’ by Bobby Lewis (#75); The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton (#76); It Keeps Rainin’ by Fats Domino (#79); Count Every Star by Donnie and the Dreamers (#83); Summertime by the Marcels (#85); Who Else But You by Frankie Avalon (#88); Heart and Soul by the Cleftones (#94); Ronnie by Marcy Joe (#98); and My Kind of Girl by Matt Monro (#100).

Vancouver's Top 10 (CFUN)
1 Moody River--Pat Boone
2 Travelin' Man/Hello Mary Lou--Ricky Nelson
3 Little Devil--Neil Sedaka
4 Louisiana Mama--Gene Pitney
5 She Wears My Ring--Jimmy Bell
6 Everyday--Bobby Lee
7 Runaway--Del Shannon
8 Hello Walls--Faron Young
9 The Rebel - Johnny Yuma--Johnny Cash
10 Triangle--Janie Grant

Singles entering the chart were Barbara-Ann by the Regents (#26); Ring of Fire by Duane Eddy (#31); The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton (#37); Tonight I Fell in Love by the Tokens (#40); The Bilbao Song by Andy Williams (#42); The Battle's O'er by Andy Stewart (#44); The Ballad of Widder Jones by George Hamilton IV (#46); Rama Lama Ding Dong by the Edsels (#47); Tragedy by the Fleetwoods (#48); I Fall to Pieces by Dodie Stevens (#49); and It Keeps Rainin' by Fats Domino (#50).

Vancouver's Top 10 (CKWX)
1 Travelin' Man/Hello Mary Lou--Ricky Nelson (2nd week at #1)
2 Moody River--Pat Boone
3 Little Devil--Neil Sedaka
4 She Wears My Ring--Jimmy Bell
5 Louisiana Mama--Gene Pitney
6 Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)--The Coasters
7 The Rebel - Johnny Yuma--Johnny Cash
8 I Feel So Bad/Wild in the Country--Elvis Presley
9 Triangle--Janie Grant
10 Runaway--Del Shannon

Singles entering the chart were Barbara-Ann by the Regents (#32); Pick Me Up on Your Way Down by Pat Zill (#35); I'm a Fool to Care by Joe Barry (#36); Lil' Ole Me by Cornbread and Jerry (#37); The Boll Weevil Song by Brook Benton (#38); The Writing on the Wall by Adam Wade (#39); and The Bilbao Song by Andy Williams (#40).

On television tonight
The Roaring 20's, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Right Off the Boat: Part 2

Died on this date
Josef Priller, 45
. German military aviator. Oberst (Colonel) Priller joined the Wehrmacht in 1935 and transferred to the Luftwaffe in 1936. He was a wing commander in World War II and was a fighter ace, credited with 101 enemy aircraft shot down in 307 combat missions, all on the Western Front. Oberst Priller was a brewer after the war, and died of a heart attack.

A mob of whites attacked the bus carrying the Freedom Riders when it arrived in Montgomery, Alabama. At least 20 people were beaten in street fighting that lasted two hours. Among those beaten was John Siegenthaler, special representative of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy ordered his brother Bobby, the U.S. Attorney General, to "take all necessary steps." Attorney General Kennedy sent 400 armed U.S. marshals to Montgomery under the direction of Deputy Attorney General Byron White. Alabama Governor John Patterson, who could hear the violence from his office, finally proclaimed martial law in Montgomery after marshals had to throw tear gas bombs to beat back a mob threatening an integrationist rally at a church.

World events
Four days after the South Korean government had been deposed by a military coup, President Posun Yung resigned, but resumed his post at the junta's urging in order to preserve diplomatic relations with other nations. The junta formed a cabinet of military men with Lt. Gen. Chang Do Young, Army Chief of Staff and leader of the junta, as its head. The junta banned labour groups and political parties.

Former U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, United Auto Workers President Walter Reuther, and Johns Hopkins University President Milton Eisenhower sent a telegram to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro offering as private citizens to raise funds for 500 U.S. tractors to be sent to Cuba "not as a response to a demand for political ransom but out of common humanity." Three days earlier, Mr. Castro had offered to exchange 1,214 rebels captured in the Bay of Pigs invasion in April for 500 U.S. tractors.

Peace talks between France and the Algerian Provisional Government began in Evian-les-Bains, France. As the talks began, France unilaterally declared a 30-day cease-fire in their civil war in Algeria as a gesture of goodwill. This was rejected by the rebels on the ground that any cease-fire must be the result of bilateral negotiations.

Horse racing
Carry Back, winner of the Kentucky Derby, won his second straight Triple Crown race when, with J. Sellers up, he captured the 86th running of the Preakness Stakes before 32,211 fans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in a time of 1:57 3/5. Globemaster placed second and Crozier finished third in the 9-horse field. First prize money was $126,200.

Dick Ellsworth (1-3) gave up just 3 hits, but it took Ed Bouchee’s game-ending home run leading off the bottom of the 9th inning to break up a scoreless pitching duel between Mr. Ellsworth and Larry Jackson (0-3), giving the Chicago Cubs a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals before 9,103 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Jackson allowed 5 hits. Jimmie Schaffer made his major league debut as the St. Louis catcher, batting 1 for 3--singling in his first at bat--and making 3 putouts and an assist.

Jackie Jensen singled home Tom Brewer from second base with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers before 10,085 fans at Fenway Park in Boston.

Vic Power singled to lead off the bottom of the 8th inning, advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Willie Kirkland, and scored on a double by John Romano to break a 3-3 tie as the Cleveland Indians edged the New York Yankees 4-3 before 8,431 fans at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. With 2 out and nobody on base in the 9th, Tony Kubek tripled, but pinch hitter Hector Lopez lined out to right field to end the game. New York right fielder Roger Maris hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning--his 6th homer of the season--and added a sacrifice fly in a 2-run 8th inning.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Les rois mages--Sheila (3rd week at #1)

Pakistani forces massacred 8,000-10,000 people, mostly Bengali Hindus, in the town of Chuknagar in East Pakistan (Bangladesh).

Francis Simard was sentenced to life imprisonment for the October 17, 1970 murder in Montreal of Québec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte.

40 years ago

Hit parade
Vancouver's Top 10 (CKLG)
1 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
2 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
3 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
4 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
5 Kiss on My List--Daryl Hall & John Oates
6 Keep on Loving You--REO Speedwagon
7 Sweetheart--Franke & the Knockouts
8 I Love You--Climax Blues Band
9 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
10 Being with You--Smokey Robinson

The only single entering the chart was What are We Doin' in Love by Dottie West (with Kenny Rogers) (#20).

The spring ratings for radio stations in the Edmonton area were released. The weekly circulation figures (with figures from the fall of 1980 in parentheses) were:

CHED (630 AM)---447,200 (475,900)
CFCW (790 AM)---308,000 (273,900)
CFRN (1260 AM)--283,300 (234,000)
CJCA (930 AM)---263,300 (342,400)
CHQT (1110 AM)--194,600 (220,600)
CBX (740 AM)----127,000 (120,700)
CIRK (97.3 FM)--117,800 (69,600)
CKXM (100.3 FM)- 90,000 (83,400)
CKRA (96.3 FM)-- 84,700 (96,700)

Morning show figures, for listeners 7 years of age and older, from 6 A.M.-10 A.M., for the full market area, were:

CHED (630 AM)---52,700 (48,300)
CJCA (930 AM)---35,000 (40,100)
CHQT (1110 AM)--29,200 (33,100)
CFRN (1260 AM)--12,700 (11,900)
CIRK (97.3 FM)-- 9,700 (3,100)
CKRA (96.3 FM)-- 6,000 (8,600)
CKXM (100.3 FM)--3,400 (5,300)

Several Edmonton-area stations didn't subscribe to the ratings service, including CBC FM (90.9 FM); CHFA (680 AM); CKER (1480 AM); CKO (102.9 FM); CKST (1070 AM); and CKUA (580 AM/94.9 FM).

The Oakland Athletics traded first baseman Dave Revering, outfielder Mike Patterson, and minor league pitcher Chuck Dougherty to the New York Yankees for first baseman Jim Spencer and pitcher Tom Underwood. Mr. Revering was batting .230 with 2 home runs and 10 runs batted in in 31 games for Oakland in 1981, while Mr. Patterson was hitting .348 with no homers and 1 RBI in 12 games with Oakland. Mr. Dougherty was 3-3 with a 3.80 earned run average in 8 games with the San Jose Missions of the Class A California League in 1981; he was assigned to the Fort Lauderdale Yankees of the Class A Florida State League. Mr. Spencer was hitting .143 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 25 games with New York in 1981, while Mr. Underwood was 1-4 with a 4.41 earned run average in 9 games with New York.

Cincinnati Reds’ relief pitcher Doug Bair hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to provide insurance runs for the Reds as they beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7 before 5,914 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Bair's only major league homer gave the Reds a 10-5 lead, but he allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th and was relieved by Tom Hume, who struck out Hector Cruz with the bases loaded to end the game.

Pinch hitter Rick Monday led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a home run off Tug McGraw (1-4) to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies before 50,917 fans at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles right fielder Pedro Guerrero batted 4 for 4 with a home run, 2 doubles, and 2 runs batted in. Steve Howe (4-1) allowed 1 hit in 3 scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

Dave Winfield reached first base on an error by shortstop Rance Mulliniks to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning and scored from third base on a bases-loaded single by Graig Nettles with 1 out to give the New York Yankees a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals before 27,912 fans at Yankee Stadium. Mr. Mulliniks had just entered the game when he made his error. Newly-acquired Dave Revering drew an intentional walk as a pinch hitter for the Yankees in the bottom of the 10th and remained in the game at first base, making 1 putout in the 11th.

In the Pacific Coast League, Edmonton Trappers’ shortstop Todd Cruz was back in the lineup after spending the previous day in court. Mr. Cruz had been arrested in the downtown Hudson’s Bay Store in the wee hours of May 19 when police found him with a number of watchers strapped to his arms. He wanted to make a pre-game apology over the public address system on May 20, but the idea was nixed by team management. During his first time at bat, a fan shouted, "What time is it?" The Trappers’ parent team, the Chicago White Sox, were scheduled to be in Edmonton the next day for an exhibition game against the Trappers, and White Sox’ co-owner Eddie Einhorn was in the press box at Renfrew Park .

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kiss--Princess Princess

#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Punaista ja makeaa--Popeda (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Joyride--Roxette (7th week at #1)

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): La danza de los 40 limones--Juan Antonio Canta

#1 single in Norway (VG-lista): Lemon Tree--Fools Garden

#1 single in Germany (Media Control): They Don't Care About Us--Michael Jackson (2nd week at #1)

Canada's Top 10 (RPM)
1 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
2 Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
3 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
4 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
5 Closer to Free--BoDeans
6 Follow You Down--Gin Blossoms
7 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
8 Dreamer's Dream--Tom Cochrane
9 Everything Falls Apart--Dog's Eye View
10 A List of Things--Damhnait Doyle

Singles entering the chart were Flood by Jars of Clay (#69); Mercy to Go by the Odds (#72); Where the River Flows by Collective Soul (#86); The Earth, the Sun, the Rain by Color Me Badd (#88); Too Much by the Dave Matthews Band (#92); Day Job by Gin Blossoms (#93); Scary Kisses by Voice of the Beehive (#94); Pretty Noose by Soundgarden (#97); and I Don't Want to Think About It by Wild Strawberries (#99).

Died on this date
Jon Pertwee, 75
. U.K. actor. Mr. Pertwee began his career as a stage comedian, and appeared in four Carry On movies. He was best known for playing Chief Petty Officer Pertwee (and three other roles) in the radio comedy series The Navy Lark (1959-1974); the Third Doctor in the television series Doctor Who (1970-1974); and the title character in the television series Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981, 1987–1989). Mr. Pertwee died of a heart attack in his sleep.

The Supreme Court of the United States, in Romer v. Evans, ruled against a law that would have prevented any city, town or county in the state of Colorado from taking any legislative, executive, or judicial action to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.

Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida 2 @ Pittsburgh 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

20 years ago

Died on this date
Renato Carosone, 81
. Italian musician. Mr. Carosone was a singer, songwriter, pianist, and bandleader who was popular in the 1950s. His best-known song was Torero, which reached #18 on the Billboard pop singles chart in 1958. Mr. Carosone retired from the music business in 1960, but resumed his career in 1975, performing through the late 1990s.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Randy Savage, 58
. U.S. wrestler, baseball player, and actor. Mr. Savage, born Randall Poffo and nicknamed "Macho Man," was the son of wrestler Angelo Poffo and the brother of wrestler Lanny Poffo. He was a catcher and outfielder in the minor league systems of the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds (1971-1974), batting .254 with 16 home runs and 129 runs batted in in 289 games. Mr. Savage began his professional wrestling career after the 1973 baseball season, and had 29 championship reigns with 11 different world titles with the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling before his retirement in 2004. He appeared in several movies and numerous television programs and video games before his death from a heart attack, which occurred while he was driving with his wife. His vehicle crashed into a tree, and she survived with minor injuries. Mr. Savage had an enlarged heart and advanced coronary artery disease, which he was unaware of.

Politics and government
Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, becoming the first woman to hold the office.

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