Saturday, 12 June 2021

June 12, 2021

190 years ago

Born on this date
Robert Herbert
. U.K.-born Australian politician. Sir Robert was a lawyer in London before being appointed Governor of Queensland in 1859. He was elected to the Queensland Legislative Assembly in 1860, and served as the first Premier of Queensland from 1860 until his resignation on February 1, 1866. Sir Robert wanted to return to England, but was persuaded to form another ministry, which lasted for only three weeks from July-August 1866. He returned to England, where he died on May 6, 1905 at the age of 73.

170 years ago

Born on this date
Oliver Lodge
. U.K. scientist. Sir Oliver was one of the key figures in research into electromagnetism and the development of radio. He died on August 22, 1940 at the age of 89.

120 years ago

Health The city of Montréal passed a bylaw making indoor toilets compulsory.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Claudia Morgan
. U.S. actress. Miss Morgan, the daughter of actors Ralph Morgan and Grace Arnold, appeared in more than 30 Broadway plays and several movies and television programs, but was best known for playing Nora Charles in the radio program The Adventures of the Thin Man (1941-1950). She died on September 17, 1974 at the age of 63.

100 years ago

Born on this date
James Houston. Canadian author and illustrator. Mr. Houston, a native of St. Catharines, Ontario, spent much of his life in the eastern Arctic, where he drew and painted images of the Inuit and the landscape, and drew attention to Inuit carvings. He wrote almost 30 books of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults; his novel The White Dawn (1971) was made into a movie in 1974. Mr. Houston eventually settled in the United States, and died in Connecticut on April 17, 2005 at the age of 83.

Luis García Berlanga. Spanish film director. Mr. Berlanga directed almost 20 movies in a career spanning 50 years, including Plácido (1961) and ¡Todos a la cárcel! (Everyone to Jail!) (1993). He died on November 13, 2010 at the age of 89.

Genevieve Morrow. Canadian woman. Mrs. Morrow, a native of Edmonton, was this blogger's mother. She died on Janaury 18, 2012 at the age of 90, and remains greatly missed.

Soviet military commander Mikhail Tukhachevsky ordered the use of chemical weapons against the Tambov Rebellion, bringing an end to the peasant uprising in the territories of the modern Tambov Oblast and part of the Voronezh Oblast, less than 300 miles southeast of Moscow.

80 years ago

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Harlan F. Stone as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Senator James Byrnes (Democrat--South Carolina) and Attorney General Robert Jackson as Associate Justices.

Economics and finance
The Japanese government announced the signing of a Soviet-Japanese commercial agreement providing for mutual most-favoured-nation treatment and a barter exchange of goods amounting to 30 million yen in the first year.

The U.S. Senate adopted the Connolly plant seizure amendment to the Selective Service bill, giving the President power to take over any strike-bound defense plant when mediation efforts had failed. Congress of Industrial Organizations President Philip Murray denounced the use of troops and any attempt at a "mediation board" to "impose compulsory arbitration."

75 years ago

Died on this date
John H. Bankhead II, 73
. U.S. politician. Mr. Bankhead, a Democrat and the son of a U.S. Senator, represented Alabama in the United States Senate from 1931 until his death, which occurred three weeks after suffering a stroke while attending a Senate committee meeting.

Hisaichi Terauchi, 66. Japanese military officer. Count Terauchi was a Gensui (Marshal) in the Imperial Japanese Army and Commander of the Southern Expeditionary Army Group during World War II. He was ordered to lead the occupation over Southeast Asia (Singapore and Indonesia). Count Terauchi died of a stroke while under detention in a prison camp in Malaya.

Representatives of 10 Arab League states ended a four-day meeting in Syria with a resolution urging a strengthened boycott of Jewish goods from Palestine and punishment of the sale of land to Jews.

Speaking at the British Labour Party's conference in Bournemouth, U.K. Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin won overwhelming support for a resolution opposing increased Jewish immigration into Palestine and favouring continued ties with Spain.

Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Nagy arrived in Washington for discussions with U.S. officials, and announced his support of U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes' plan to internationalize the Danube River.

70 years ago

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: De Mortuis, starring Olive Deering and Walter Slezak

A mine exploded off Pusan, Korea, damaging the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Wake, killing 26 sailors.

Women in the Northwest Territories were given the right to vote and stand for office.

Politics and government
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy (Republican--Wisconsin) announced that he would give a "completely documented picture" of Defense Secretary George Marshall's dealings with Communists and sympathizers on the Senate floor.

The Western Allies banned four Communist newspapers in West Germany for three months on charges of endangering the security of Allied forces in Europe.

Economics and finance
After several weeks of discussion, economic experts from Britain, France, and the United States reported agreement on a major pattern of economic aid to Yugoslavia.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Poesía En Movimiento (Poetry in Motion)--Dúo Dinámico (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France (IFOP): Non, je ne regrette rien--Édith Piaf

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Travelin' Man--Ricky Nelson
2 Moody River--Pat Boone
3 Running Scared--Roy Orbison
4 Stand by Me--Ben E. King
5 Raindrops--Dee Clark
6 The Writing on the Wall--Adam Wade
7 I Feel So Bad--Elvis Presley
8 Every Beat of My Heart--The Pips
9 Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds
10 The Boll Weevil Song--Brook Benton

Singles entering the chart were I'm Comin' on Back to You (#72)/Lonely Life (#80) by Jackie Wilson; Yellow Bird by Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra (#79); Fool that I Am by Etta James (#83); Nature Boy by Bobby Darin (#84); Daydreams by Johnny Crawford (#88); Theme from the Motion Picture "Goodbye Again" by Ferrante & Teicher (#91); Watch Your Step by Bobby Parker (#92); Mom and Dad's Waltz by Patti Page (#94); Sad Eyes (Don't You Cry) by the Echoes (#95); Joanie by Frankie Calen (#97); Should I by the String-A-Longs (#98); Blue Tomorrow by Billy Vaughn and his Orchestra (#99); and Bobby by Neil Scott (#100). As the title indicates, Theme from the Motion Picture "Goodbye Again" was a version of the theme from the movie.

Italian Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani began an official visit to Washington, conferring with U.S. President John F. Kennedy and other American officials.

The Canadian Department of National Defence bought 66 F-101 Voodoos in exchange for U.S. control of the Pinetree Line, plus a Mutual Air Program for the purchase of 200 Canadian-built F-104 Starfighters.

Semyon K. Tsarapkin, chief Soviet delegate to the U.S.A.-U.K.-U.S.S.R. nuclear test ban conference in Geneva, offered the American and British delegates the choice of accepting Soviet terms for a test ban treaty or agreeing to a merger of the Geneva talks with a new East-West disarmament conference. He said the U.S.S.R. would not compromise its demand for a three-man council—a Russian, a Westerner, and a neutral—to administer test ban controls by unanimous decision, and that the U.S.S.R. would never accept the Western plan for 12-20 inspections annually of suspected violations in each of the two powers’ territories.

U.S. Army General Bruce Clarke delivered an official admonishment of Major General Edwin Walker, who had been relieved of his command of the 24th Division in Germany two months earlier pending investigation of charges that he had indoctrinated his troops with views of the anti-Communist John Birch Society. The admonishment, the lightest rebuke the general could have received, was for “taking injudicious actions and for making derogatory public statements about prominent Americans.”

Bill Veeck sold his interest in the Chicago White Sox baseball team to minority partner Arthur Allyn, who then bought general manager Hank Greenberg’s stock to acquire a controlling interest. Mr. Greenberg remained the team’s general manager.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Rhodesia (Lyons Maid): Put Your Hand in the Hand--Alan Garrity

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Pensieri e parole--Lucio Battisti (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Knock Three Times--Dawn (5th week at #1)

Australia's Top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Another Day--Paul McCartney (3rd week at #1)
2 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep--Middle of the Road
--Lally Stott
3 She's a Lady--Tom Jones
4 Me and Bobby McGee--Janis Joplin
5 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Allison Durbin
6 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
7 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
8 Hot Love--T. Rex
9 Too Young to Be Married--The Hollies
10 Eagle Rock--Daddy Cool

Singles entering the chart were Help Me Make it Through the Night by Sammi Smith (#41); Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones (#44); Soft Delights by New Dream (#52); and Ball Bearing Bird by Frankie Davidson (#56).

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 Rosetta--Georgie Fame & Alan Price
2 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
3 Soldiers Prayer--Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars
4 Poetas Andaluces--Aguaviva
5 Double Barrel--Dave & Ansil Collins
6 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
7 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
8 Che Sará--José Feliciano
9 Ein Mädchen für Immer--Peter Orloff
10 Tuesday's Dead--Cat Stevens

Singles entering the chart were The Banner Man by Blue Mink (#25); Me and You and a Dog Named Boo by Lobo (#27); Rumba Tamba by Martin Wulms and his Orchestra (#31); Mona Lisa by Kraaijeveld (#32); Somebody Stole My Wife by Mungo Jerry (#34); and Blauwe Korenbloemen by Zusjes De Roo (#36).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
2 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
3 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
4 It Don't Come Easy--Ringo Starr
5 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
6 It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move--Carole King
7 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond
8 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
9 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
10 Bridge Over Troubled Water/Brand New Me--Aretha Franklin

Singles entering the chart were Escape-ism (Part 1) by James Brown (#75); Double Barrel by Dave & Ansil Collins (#78); Rings by Cymarron (#84); Do You Know What Time it Is? by P-Nut Gallery (#85); Draggin’ the Line by Tommy James (#86); You're the Reason Why by the Ebonys (#89); You've Got a Friend by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway (#90); Caught in a Dream by Alice Cooper (#96); Been Too Long on the Road by Mark Lindsay (#98); I Hear Those Church Bells Ringing by Dusk (#99); and Change Partners by Stephen Stills (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Want Ads--The Honey Cone (2nd week at #1)
2 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
3 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
4 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
5 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
6 It’s Too Late—Carole King
7 Sweet and Innocent—Donny Osmond
8 Superstar—Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers
9 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
10 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Singles entering the chart were Summer Sand by Dawn (#73); Change Partners by Stephen Stills (#81); I’m the Only One by Lobo (#85); I Love You Lady Dawn by the Bells (#86); Give Up Your Guns by the Buoys (#95); If Not for You by Olivia Newton-John (#96); Caught in a Dream by Alice Cooper (#97); Mandrill by Mandrill (#98); and Your Love is So Doggone Good by the Whispers (#100).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
2 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
3 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
4 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
5 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
6 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond
7 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
8 It’s Too Late—Carole King
9 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
10 Don't Knock My Love--Wilson Pickett

Singles entering the chart included I Don't Want to Do Wrong by Gladys Knight & the Pips (#39); I Love You Lady Dawn by the Bells (#80); She Didn't Do Magic/I'm the Only One by Lobo (#82); Don't Say You Don't Remember by Beverly Bremers (#89); Help the Poor by B.B. King (#90); Rings by Cymarron (#93); Caught in a Dream by Alice Cooper (#96); You Gotta Have Love in Your Heart by the Supremes & Four Tops (#97); And When She Smiles by the Wildweeds (#99); and Do You Know What Time it Is? by Circa '58 and the Peanut Gallery (#100).

Canada’s Top 10 (RPM)
1 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)
2 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
3 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond
4 Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)--Daddy Dewdrop
5 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
6 Superstar—Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers
7 The Drum--Bobby Sherman
8 Bridge Over Troubled Water—Aretha Franklin
9 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
10 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo

Singles entering the chart were Sooner or Later by the Grass Roots (#76); Sweet City Woman by the Stampeders (#78); Southbound Train (Stand Up) by Steel River (#91); Walk Away by the James Gang (#94); Draggin’ the Line by Tommy James (#95); With My Face on the Floor by Emitt Rhodes (#96); Been Too Long on the Road by Mark Lindsay (#97); Summer Sand by Dawn (#98); I Get that Feelin' by Everyday People (#99); and And I Love You So by Bobby Goldsboro (#100).

Calgary’s Top 10 (Glenn's Music)
1 Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)--Raiders (5th week at #1)
2 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
3 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
4 Love Her Madly--The Doors
5 When You’re Hot, You’re Hot—Jerry Reed
6 Sweet and Innocent—Donny Osmond
7 Albert Flasher--The Guess Who
8 It’s Too Late--Carole King
9 The Drum—Bobby Sherman
10 Me and You and a Dog Named Boo--Lobo
Pick hit of the week: Spaceship Races—Tom Northcott

Married on this date
U.S. President Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia Nixon and Harvard University law student Ed Cox were married in the White House Rose Garden.

Yellowknife hosted its first Canadian Armed Forces air show at the airport. This blogger was in attendance on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

40 years ago

Hit parade #1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Köppäbävisan--Bengt Pegefelt (6th week at #1)

#1 single in France (IFOP): Pour le plaisir--Herbert Léonard (3rd week at #1)

South Africa's Top 10 (Springbok Radio)
1 This Ole House--Shakin' Stevens (4th week at #1)
2 Antmusic--Adam & the Ants
3 Keep on Loving You--REO Speedwagon
4 Santa Maria--Alan Garrity
5 In the Air Tonight--Phil Collins
6 Jealous Guy--Roxy Music
7 Making Your Mind Up--Bucks Fizz
8 Twilight Café--Susan Fassbender
9 Gypsy Girl--David Scobie
10 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton

Singles entering the chart were More and More by Joe Dolan (#12); and Hold on to Love by Patty Brard (#19).

After Jean Keable's report was released, 17 present or former members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were charged with a total of 44 offences having to do with illegal operations after the October Crisis in 1970.

Major league baseball players went on strike. The longest-lasting strike to that time, it went on for almost two months and wiped out 38% of the regular season.

Larry Holmes (38-0) retained his World Boxing Council world heavyweight title with a technical knockout of former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks (10-3-2) at 2:34 of the 3rd round at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

30 years ago

The Sri Lankan Army massacred 152 minority Tamil civilians in the village of Kokkadichcholai near the eastern province town of Batticaloa.

Politics and government
Boris Yeltsin became Russia’s first popularly-elected president, receiving 58.6% of the vote to 17.2% for Communist Party candidate Nikolai Ryzhkov in the Russian Presidential election.

Cree lawyer Ovide Mercredi defeated Phil Fontaine, leader of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, on the fourth ballot in Winnipeg to become the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, representing Canada's 500,000 status Indians. Mr. Mercredi, a member of the First Nations Circle on the Constitution and Manitoba vice-chief since 1989, replaced Georges Erasmus as Grand Chief.

Economics and finance
U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills opened trilateral talks in Toronto for the North American Free Trade zone; Canadian Finance Miniter Michael Wilson said that culture would not be on the table.

Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Monique Landry announced a $3- million bailout of World University Service of Canada; it was partly a Canadian International Development Agency loan. WUSC was founded 1939 to send teachers to backward countries.

Chicago 108 @ Los Angeles Lakers 101 (Chicago won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Michael Jordan scored 30 points and John Paxson scored 10 points in the final 6 minutes before 17,506 fans at the Forum in Inglewood, California to lead the Bulls to their first NBA championship.

Steve Avery (7-4) batted 4 for 4 with a triple and a run as he pitched the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 win over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York.

Dave Martinez hit 2 doubles and a triple and Tim Wallach added a home run and 2 singles for the Montreal Expos as they outlasted the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 before 11,684 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Steve Finley singled home Jeff Bagwell with 2 out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to give the Houston Astros a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies before 8,374 fans at the Astrodome.

Mike Timlin and three relief pitchers combined for a 2-hit shutout as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 before 8,089 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Losing pitcher Tom Candiotti pitched a complete game, allowing just 3 hits and 1 earned run, striking out 9 batters. The Blue Jays scored the only run when Devon White drew a base on balls to lead off the game, advanced to second base on a ground out, and came home on a 2-out single by Joe Carter.

Danny Tartabull led off the top of the 10th inning with a home run to give the Kansas City Royals a 10-9 win over the Baltimore Orioles before 22,758 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The Royals led 8-1 after 4½ innings, but the Orioles rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th and single runs in the 6th and 7th to tie the game. Leo Gomez doubled with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th, but Kansas City relief pitcher Jeff Montgomery retired the last two batters.

25 years ago

In Philadelphia, a panel of U.S. federal judges blocked a law against indecency on the internet.

Chicago 86 @ Seattle 107 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-1)

Shawn Kemp scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds as the SuperSonics averted a sweep by the Bulls before 17,072 fans at KeyArena. Michael Jordan led the Bulls with 23 points.

20 years ago

The Canadian House of Commons approved a motion bestowing honourary Canadian citizenship on South African Communist Nelson Mandela, only the second person after Raoul Wallenberg so honoured. Alliance MP Rob Anders (Calgary West) cast the only dissenting vote, citing Mr. Mandela's espousal of terrorism in the past.

Pinch hitter Mark Smith's home run with 2 out in the top of the 12th inning broke a 1-1 tie as the Montreal Expos edged the New York Yankees 2-1 before 30,034 fans at Yankee Stadium. The home run appeared to be a foul ball, but an argument from the Yankees was unsuccessful. The next day, the foul line was clearly painted in white on the left field wall.

The Seattle Mariners hit 6 home runs and the Colorado Rockies 3 as the Mariners edged the Rockies 10-9 before 41,263 fans at Coors Field in Denver. Bret Boone hit 2 homers for the Mariners.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Carl Gardner, 83
. U.S. singer. Mr. Gardner was an early rock and roll singer with the Robins in the mid-1950s before founding the Coasters in 1956 and singing lead on hit songs such as Searchin'; Young Blood; Yakety Yak; Charlie Brown; and Poison Ivy (1957-1959). The Coasters were inducted as a group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Mr. Gardner battled cancer in the 1990s, and died from congestive heart failure and vacular dementia.

Dallas 105 @ Miami 95 (Dallas won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Jason Terry came off the bench to score 27 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Mavericks win the first championship in their history, before 20,003 fans at American Airlines Arena. LeBron James led Miami with 21 points.

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