Saturday, 8 May 2021

May 8, 2021

480 years ago

Hernando de Soto stopped near present-day Walls, Mississippi and saw the Mississippi River (then known by the Spanish as Río de Espíritu Santo, the name given to it by Alonso Álvarez de Pineda in 1519).

470 years ago

Died on this date
Barbara Radziwiłł, 30
. Queen consort of Poland, 1547-1551. Barbara Radziwiłł married King Sigismund II in the summer of 1547 in secret, as the marriage was opposed by Polish nobles. Queen Barbara wasn't crowned until December 7, 1550, the day after her 30th birthday; she was already in failing health--perhaps from cervical or ovarian cancer. Queen Barbara was unpopular in her own time, but has since become the subject of romantic legends.

200 years ago

Born on this date
William Henry Vanderbilt
. U.S. railroad magnate. "Billy" Vanderbilt was the eldest son of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt and became the richest American after taking over his father's fortune in 1877. Billy owned at least a dozen railroads, and donated to numerous philanthropic causes. He died on December 8, 1885 at the age of 64, and his estate was divided among his eight children and his wife Maria.

A 120-man Greek force led by Odysseas Androutsos repulsed an Ottoman army of 8,000 soldiers in the Battle of Gravia Inn.

175 years ago

American forces commanded by General Zachary Taylor defeated a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the Battle of Palo Alto, the first major battle of the U.S.-Mexican War.

150 years ago

The Treaty of Washington was signed by representatives of the United States and United Kingdom; it settled various disputes between the countries, including the Alabama Claims for damages to American shipping caused by British-built warships, as well as illegal fishing in Canadian waters and British civilian losses in the American Civil War. The treaty inaugurated permanent peaceful relations between the United States and Canada, and United States and Britain. The U.S.A. received fishing rights in Canadian inshore waters, as well as some navigation rights on Canadian rivers, including allowing Maine's lumber industry to float logs down the Saint John River, and also the use of Canadian canals. Both countries had freedom of navigation on the Great Lakes. Canadian Prime Minister John A. Macdonald signed as part of the British delegation.

New Brunswick adopted a school system similar to Ontario’s; it caused rioting and shots exchanged between Acadians and the police left two dead.

Ezra Sutton of the Cleveland Forest Citys hit the National Association’s first two home runs, but the Forest Citys lost 14-12 to the Chicago White Stockings at Union Base-Ball Grounds in Chicago.

130 years ago

Died on this date
John Robertson, 74
. U.K.-born Australian politician. Sir John moved to Australia with his family in 1820. He was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1856, and served five terms as Premier of New South Wales (1860-1861, 1868-1870, 1875-1877, August-December 1877, 1885-1886). Sir John was known for his support of political and land reforms.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, 59. Russian-born U.K. occultist. Mrs. Blavatsky was the leading theoretician of theosophy and co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875.

120 years ago

Born on this date
Turkey Stearnes
. U.S. baseball player. Norman Thomas Stearnes was an outfielder with seven different Negro League teams (1920-1940), batting .344 with 176 home runs--a Negro League record--in 750 games. He died on September 4, 1979 at the age of 78, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Robert Johnson
. U.S. musician. Mr. Johnson was one of the major figures in American blues music. He's regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever, influencing rock musicians such as Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton. According to legend, Mr. Johnson made a deal with the Devil to acquire his skill. His songs included Cross Road Blues and Terraplane Blues. Among the many mysteries surrounding Mr. Johnson are accounts of his death on August 16, 1938 at the age of 27, which reportedly resulted from drinking whiskey that had been poisoned.

Gaius de Gaay Fortman. Dutch politician. Mr. de Gaay Fortman was a civil servant before working as a law professor at Free University Amsterdam (1947-1973). He was a member of the Anti-Revolutionary Party (1934-1980) and its successor, the Christian Democratic Appeal. Mr. de Gaay Fortman was a member of the Senate (1960-1973, 1977-1981), holding various cabinet posts and serving as parliamentary leader in the Senate (1971-1973), with a reputation as a skilled negotiator and consensus builder. He was a member of the European Parliament (1978-1979). Mr. de Gaay Fortman died on March 29, 1997 at the age of 85.

100 years ago

Politics and government
The Communist Party of Romania was founded.

80 years ago

Died on this date
Tore Svennberg, 83
. Swedish actor and director. Mr. Svennberg was best known in his native country for acting in and directing plays, and was known internationally for his co-starring role in the movie A Woman's Face (1938).

Natalie, 81. Queen Consort of Serbia, 1882-1889. Natalie, born Natalija Keschko, was Queen Consort of Serbia as the wife of King Milan I. She died a week before her 82nd birthday.

The German Luftwaffe launched a bombing raid on the English cities of Nottingham and Derby. The United Kingdom claimed that 48 Nazi planes had been destroyed within 30 hours on May 7 and during 8 raids on Britain. The Egyptian government announced that Axis planes had bombed the Suez Canal area for two hours during the night of May 7-8.

U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, welcoming naval chiefs of 10 Latin American countries to Washington, said that the American republics must collaborate to increase their common defense against the common danger. U.S. Attorney General Robert Jackson instructed U.S. attorneys to urge uniform sentences of seven years for German and Italian officers and five years for seamen convicted of sabotage aboard seized Axis ships. U.K. economist John Maynard Keynes arrived in New York to confer with U.S. and U.K. officials regarding the Lend-Lease program.

Drs. H.L. Friedell and L.M. Rosenthal of the Chicago Tumor Institute reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association that observation of eight patients supported the opinion that tobacco chewing was a causative factor in the development of cancer of the mouth.

Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Vinson priorities bill conferring statutory authority on the Office of Production Management to administer priorities in defense materials and industries. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau announced that the first week's sale of defense savings bonds and stamps totalled $114,880,000.

The U.S. Treasury Department reported that Louis B. Mayer had earned $697,048 as managing director of Loew's, Inc. in 1940, making him the highest-paid executive in the country.

75 years ago

Glenn Gould, 13, first appeared as a pianist with an orchestra, playing the first movement from Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with the Toronto Conservatory of Music Orchestra.

A U.S. Army-Navy study revealed that 295,867 members of the U.S. armed forces had been killed during World War II.

U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes proposed that the foreign ministers of the U.S.A., U.S.S.R., U.K., and France postpone their negotiations until the start of a 21-nation general peace conference, scheduled for June 15, 1946.

The Arab Higher Committee asked the U.S.S.R. for help in preventing implementation of the Palestine Inquiry Commission report.

Politics and government
U.S.-U.S.S.R. talks in Seoul on the establishment of an interim Korean government, in progress since March 20, adjourned indefinitely due to Soviet refusal to permit participation of the U.S. sponsored Representative Democracy Council, headed by Syngman Rhee.

The U.S. Civilian Production Administration ordered a "dimout" in 22 Eastern states as the emergency coal supply dwindled to less than enough for a normal 12-hour period.

Estonian schoolgirls Aili Jõgi and Ageeda Paavel blew up the Soviet memorial which stood in front of the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn.

The American Museum of Natural History's first overseas expedition since 1939 flew to Africa to collect small mammals and poisonous plants that may be used in the treatment of polio.

70 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Murder in the Ring, starring Donald Briggs, Audrey Christie, and Hiram Sherman

Stalag 17, written by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, produced and directed by José Ferrer, and starring John Ericson, Mark Roberts, Harvey Lembeck, Laurence Hugo, and others, opened at the 48th Street Theatre on Broadway in New York.

Died on this date
John Kee, 76
. U.S. politician. Mr. Kee, a Democrat, represented the 7th District in the West Virginia Senate (1923-1926) and West Virginia's 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives (1933-1951), serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (1949-1951). He died of a heart attack.

Willie McGee, 34-35 (?). U.S. convicted criminal. Mr. McGee, a Negro, was charged in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in November 3, 1945 with grand larceny for allegedly stealing a truck, and of raping a white woman in her home. Trials in 1945 and 1946 resulted in guilty verdicts, but both were overturned by the Mississippi Supreme Court because of violations of Mr. McGee's rights. A third trial resulted in another conviction and a death sentence; there were several stays of execution, but the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a final appeal, and Mr. McGee was executed in the electric chair in the Jones County courthouse in Laurel, Mississippi.

A Soviet note handed to U.S. Ambassador to the U.S.S.R. Alan Kirk in Moscow accused the U.S.A. of illegal separate peace talks with Japan and said "a real, peaceful settlement is impossible" for Japan without Communist China's participation.

Politics and government
Panamanian President Arnulfo Arias attempted to set up dictatorial rule by voiding the 1946 constitution and reviving the 1941 charter under which he ruled Panama during his first government.

Iran's leftist Tudeh Party issued a set of demands to Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, including the expulsion of all U.S. military advisers; recognition of the People's Republic of China; and annexation of Bahrain, an independent Persian Gulf island under British protection.

Men's suits made of Dacron were marketed for the first time by Hart, Schaffner & Marx Co. under the brand name of Visa.

Economics and finance
Canada signed trade agreements with 16 other countries at the United Nations headquarters in New York, resulting from the Torquay Agreement on Tariffs and Trade of 1950-51.

The British government ordered one-third of the country's machine tool production diverted from civilian to military uses, and established a European Purchasing Commission to obtain military supplies from the Continent.

The American Federation of Radio Artists announced that radio and television figures accused of Communist sympathies could now file statements with the union for inspection by employers.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Quince Años Tiene Mi Amor--Dúo Dinámico (8th week at #1)

#1 single in France (IFOP): Et maintenant--Gilbert Bécaud (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Runaway--Del Shannon (3rd week at #1)
2 Mother-in-Law--Ernie K-Doe
3 A Hundred Pounds of Clay--Gene McDaniels
4 I've Told Every Little Star--Linda Scott
5 Blue Moon--The Marcels
6 You Can Depend on Me--Brenda Lee
7 Take Good Care of Her--Adam Wade
8 One Mint Julep--Ray Charles
9 Portrait of My Love--Steve Lawrence
10 On the Rebound--Floyd Cramer

Singles entering the chart were Stand by Me by Ben E. King (#75); A Love of My Own by Carla Thomas (#81); In My Heart by the Timetones (#83); You'd Better Come Home by Russell Byrd (#86); In Between Tears by Lenny Miles (#89); The World We Love In (Il Cielo In Una Stanza) by Mina (#90); Life's a Holiday by Jerry Wallace (#91); Son-in-Law by the Blossoms (#97); What Will I Tell My Heart by the Harptones (#98); Our Love is Here to Stay by Dinah Washington (#99); and Son-in-Law by Louise Brown (#100). The listings for Son-in-Law were for two different songs, both of which were "answers" to Mother-in-Law.

Jim Pattison launched his business career by purchasing a car dealership on Cambie Street in Vancouver, British Columbia; he built it into the largest car dealership in Western Canada.

The National League expansion team in New York was officially named the Mets.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Rhodesia (Lyons Maid): Morning--Steve Montgomery (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): 4 marzo 1943--Lucio Dalla (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Un banc, un arbre, une rue--Séverine

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Double Barrel--Dave and Ansel Collins (2nd week at #1)

Australia's Top 10 (Go-Set)
1 What is Life/Apple Scruffs--George Harrison
2 Rose Garden--Lynn Anderson
3 Me and Bobby McGee--Janis Joplin
4 I'll Be Gone--Spectrum
5 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep--Middle of the Road
--Lally Stott
6 Armstrong--Reg Lindsay
7 The Pushbike Song--The Mixtures
8 She's a Lady--Tom Jones
9 Amazing Grace--Judy Collins
10 My Sweet Lord--George Harrison

Singles entering the chart were Resurrection Shuffle by Ashton, Gardner and Dyke (#49); Joy to the World by Three Dog Night (#54); Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) by Glen Campbell (#57); Celia of the Seals by Donovan (#58); and Amos Moses by Jerry Reed (#60).

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Funny, Funny--The Sweet (2nd week at #1)
2 Underneath the Blanket Go--Gilbert O'Sullivan
3 Loop di Love--J. Bastós
4 Mozart - First Movement Symphony No. 40--Waldo De Los Rios
5 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
6 True Love that's a Wonder--Sandy Coast
7 Proud Mary--Ike & Tina Turner
8 Soldiers Prayer--Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars
9 In Your Eyes (I Can See the Lies)--Tee-Set
10 Those Words--Sandra & Andres

Singles entering the chart were Love Her Madly by the Doors (#20); I Am...I Said by Neil Diamond (#31); Oye Como Va by Santana (#33); Bye, Bye, Tot Morgen! by Het Radi-Ensemble (#37); Back Street by Cuby & the Blizzards (#38); and Faithful by Marvin, Welch & Farrar (#39).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (4th week at #1)
2 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
3 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
4 I Am...I Said/Done Too Soon--Neil Diamond
5 If--Bread
6 What's Going On--Marvin Gaye
7 Stay Awhile--The Bells
8 Bridge Over Troubled Water/Brand New Me--Aretha Franklin
9 Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)--Daddy Dewdrop
10 Me and a You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo

Singles entering the chart were When You're Hot, You're Hot by Jerry Reed (#61); I'll Meet You Halfway by the Partridge Family (#69); I Cried by James Brown (#71); Lowdown by Chicago (#83); It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King (#84); Try Some, Buy Some by Ronnie Spector (#87); Nathan Jones by the Supremes (#88); The Court Room by Clarence Carter (#90); Hot Love by T. Rex (#92); Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling in Love) by the Main Ingredient (#93); Funky Nassau - Part I by the Beginning of the End (#94); Sea Cruise by Johnny Rivers (#98); And I Love You So by Bobby Goldsboro (#99); and There's So Much Love All Around Me by the Three Degrees (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (4th week at #1)
2 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
3 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
4 Stay Awhile--The Bells
5 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
6 If--Bread
7 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
8 Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)--Daddy Dewdrop
9 We Can Work it Out--Stevie Wonder
10 Power to the People--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Singles entering the chart were I’ll Meet You Halfway by the Partridge Family (#54); Cry Baby by Janis Joplin (#61); Rainy Days and Mondays by the Carpenters (#62); Lowdown by Chicago (#68); Try Some, Buy Some by Ronnie Spector (#80); The Court Room by Clarence Carter (#81); I'll Erase Your Pain Away by the Whatnauts (#82); She's Not Just Another Woman by 8th Day (#83); Sometimes it's Got to Rain (In Your Love Life) by Jackie Moore with the Dixie Flyers (#93); Never Can Say Goodbye by Isaac Hayes ($94); L.A. International Airport by Susan Raye (#96); Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver with Fat City (#97); Bad Water by the Raeletts (#98); Only One Song by Sha Na Na (#99); and Spinning Around (I Must be Falling in Love) by the Main Ingredient (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (4th week at #1)
2 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
3 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
4 Stay Awhile--The Bells
5 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
6 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
7 If--Bread
8 Power to the People--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
9 What’s Going On--Marvin Gaye
10 Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)--Daddy Dewdrop

Singles entering the chart included Cry Baby by Janis Joplin (#52); Lowdown by Chicago (#62); When You're Hot, You're Hot by Jerry Reed (#67); A Mama and a Papa by Ray Stevens (#70); I'm Comin' Home by Dave Edmunds (#73); I'll Meet You Halfway by the Partridge Family (#77); Nathan Jones by the Supremes (#78); Try Some, Buy Some by Ronnie Spector (#79); I Cried by James Brown (#81); Hot Love by T. Rex (#83); She's Not Just Another Woman by 8th Day (#96); Jumpin' Jack Flash by Johnny Winter (#97); and Bad Water by the Ray Charles Orchestra (#100).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (3rd week at #1)
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Jodie--Joey Gregorash
4 Another Day--Paul McCartney
5 Power to the People--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
6 If--Bread
7 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
8 One Toke Over the Line--Brewer and Shipley
9 Carry Me--Stampeders
10 Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort

Singles entering the chart were Feelin’ Alright by Grand Funk Railroad (#64); The Drum by Bobby Sherman (#65); House on Pooh Corner by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (#67); We were Always Sweethearts by Boz Scaggs (#69); Tillicum by Syrinx (#77); Fast Train by April Wine (#87); When You’re Hot, You’re Hot by Jerry Reed (#96); Spirit Song by Edward Bear (#97); You’re Gonna Miss Me by Wishbone (#98); Want Ads by the Honey Cone (#99); and (For God’s Sake) Give More Power to the People by the Chi-Lites (#100). Fast Train was April Wine’s first single.

Calgary’s Top 10 (Glenn's Music)
1 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
2 Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)--Daddy Dewdrop
3 Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)--Raiders
4 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
5 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
6 Tillicum--Syrinx
7 Timothy--The Buoys
8 Garden of Ursh--Karen Young
9 Another Day--Paul McCartney
10 If--Bread
Pick hit of the week: Hello Mom--The Mercey Brothers

Carlos Monzon (72-3-9), who had knocked out Nino Benvenuti in 12 rounds to win the world middleweight title six months earlier, sent Mr. Benvenuti (82-7-1) into retirement with a technical knockout at 1:05 of the 3rd round at Stade Louis II in Monte Carlo. Mr. Benvenuti was knocked down in the 2nd round and again in the 3rd round,and the former champion's manager threw in the towel.

English FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1 (ET)

Steve Heighway scored in the 1st minute of extra time to break a 0-0 tie, but substitute Eddie Kelly scored 10 minutes later to tie the score, and Charlie George scored the winning goal 10 minutes after that, before 100,000 fans. The game was broadcast live in Canada on CBC radio.

Utah 125 @ Kentucky 129 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

The Stars outscored the Colonels 34-22 in the 4th quarter to send the game into overtime, but the Colonels outscored the Stars 10-6 in overtime before 9,863 fans at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Louis Dampier led Kentucky scorers with 33 points, while Willie Wise led Utah with 34 points and 17 rebounds.

The Oakland Athletics traded first baseman Don Mincher, pitcher Paul Lindblad, catcher Frank Fernandez, and cash to the Washington Senators for first baseman Mike Epstein and pitcher Darold Knowles. Mr. Mincher was batting .239 with 2 home runs and 8 runs batted in in 28 games with Oakland in 1971, while Mr. Lindblad was 1-0 in 8 games. Mr. Epstein was batting .247 with 1 home run and 9 RBIs in 24 games with Washington, while Mr. Knowles was 2-2 in 12 games.

40 years ago

Hit parade #1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Köppäbävisan--Bengt Pegefelt

#1 single in France (IFOP): Stop the Cavalry--Jona Lewie (6th week at #1)

South Africa's Top 10 (Springbok Radio)
1 I am the Beat--Look
2 Shaddap You Face--Joe Dolce Music Theatre
3 Twilight Café--Susan Fassbender
4 Woman--John Lennon
5 Spend the Night in Love--The Four Seasons
6 Here is My Love--Tommy Dee
7 Antmusic--Adam & the Ants
8 Give Me Back My Love--Maywood
9 This Ole House--Shakin' Stevens
10 9 to 5--Dolly Parton

Singles entering the chart were This Ole House; and Gotta Have More Love by Climax Blues Band (#20).

On the radio
Nightfall, on CBC
Tonight's episode: Future Fear

Died on this date
Uri Zvi Greenberg, 84
. Austro-Hungarian-born Israeli poet and journalist. Mr. Greenberg served in the Austrian army in World War I, moved to Poland in 1920, and emigrated to Palestine in 1923. He spent most of the 1930s in Poland, but was able to return to Palestine before World War II. He was a Revisionist Zionist who sat in the Herut (1949-1951) as a member of Herut, but was best known as a poet, winning several Israeli prizes.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Wind of Change--Scorpions

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

Died on this date
Rudolf Serkin, 88
. Austro-Hungarian musician. Mr. Serkin, a native of Bohemia, was a classical pianist who was a child prodigy and performed internationally before emigrating to the United States shortly after the start of World War II. He was known as one of the 20th century's foremost interpreters of the music of Beethoven, making recordings from the 1940s to the '80s. Mr. Serkin taught at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and was its director from 1968-1976.

Jean Langlais, 84. French musician and composer. Mr. Langlais was the organist at the Basilica of Sainte-Clotilde in Paris (1945-1988), and toured across Europe and the United States. He composed more than 250 pieces, mainly organ works and masses.

This blogger flew to St. John’s to begin a vacation in Atlantic Canada.

Gambler Howie Spira was convicted of attempting to extort money from New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner. Mr. Spira had already extorted $40,000 from Mr. Steinbrenner.

1,400 United Steelworkers of America workers end strike at Brunswick Mining and Smelting; cost local economy $40 million in lost wages. Bathurst, New Brunswick

25 years ago

Died on this date
Garth Williams, 84
. U.S. illustrator. Mr. Williams illustrated children's books from the mid-1940s to the 1980s. He died 22 days after his 84th birthday.

Luis Miguel Dominguín, 69. Spanish bullfighter. Mr. Dominguín, born Luis Miguel González Lucas, began his career at the age of 11, was one of Spain's most popular bullfighters in the 1940s and '50s.

Politics and government
The main political parties in South Africa agreed on the country's new constitution.

Economics and finance
The Ontario government of Premier Mike Harris cut provincial income taxes by 30%.

Stanley Cup
Western Conference Semi-Finals
Detroit 4 @ St. Louis 5 (OT) (Detroit led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Colorado 3 @ Chicago 2 (3 OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

10 years ago

Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the third pitcher in major league history--after Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood--to strike out 20 batters in 9 innings, but left the game against the Cincinnati Reds with the score tied 1-1. The Reds scored 2 runs in the top of the 11th, but the Diamondbacks scored 3 in the bottom of the inning to win 4-3 before 29,817 fans at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The winning run scored on a bases-loaded bases on balls from Danny Graves (1-1) to pinch hitter Matt Williams.

Fred McGriff’s solo home run in the 8th inning broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles before 9,010 fans at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Mr. McGriff became the sixth player in major league history to hit at least one home run off 300 different pitchers.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Lionel Rose, 62
. Australian boxer. Mr. Rose, an Aborigine, compiled a record of 42-11 in a professional career from 1964-1971 and 1975-1976. He defeated Fighting Harada to win the world bantamweight title on February 27, 1968, and made three successful title defenses before being knocked out by Rubén Olivares on August 27, 1969. Mr. Rose had a brief career as a country singer; I Thank You reached #2 in the Australian pop singles chart in 1970. Mr. Rose became a successful businessman after his boxing career; he suffered a stroke in 2007, and died after an illness of several months.

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