Friday, 28 April 2017

April 28, 2017

225 years ago
1792


War
French forces invaded the Austrian Netherlands (present day Belgium and Luxembourg).

140 years ago
1877


Politics and government
The North West Territories Act was amended to provide for a Council.

125 years ago
1892


Disasters
12 people perished in a fire at Grand Central Theatre in Philadelphia.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Robert Cornthwaite
. U.S. actor. Mr. Cornthwaite was a character actor in numerous films and television programs, often playing scientists or lawyers. His movies included The Thing from Another World (1951) and The War of the Worlds (1953). Mr. Cornthwaite died on July 20, 2006 at the age of 89.

75 years ago
1942


Movies
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation paid a record price of $300,000 for the film rights to the play The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck.

War
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt said in a radio broadcast that since the December 7, 1941 attack by Japanese bombers on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S. troops had been dispersed worldwide; that United Nations forces would take necessary action to prevent the Axis from using French territory anywhere as bases; and that the Japanese advance toward New Zealand was being checked. A strong force of U.K. Royal Air Force bombers raided the new German naval base at Trondheim, Norway. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Joe Stilwell's Chinese troops and supporting British forces were driven back on all fronts in Burma, while machanized Japanese columns drove closer to Burma Road.

Politics and government
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to grant the Committee on Un-American Activities an additional $110,000 to carry on its work.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Office of Price Administration issued the most drastic price control regulations in the nation's history in an effort to combat inflation, which had sent the cost of living up 15% since September 1939.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)
--Harry James and his Orchestra
2 Linda--Ray Noble and his Orchestra with Buddy Clark
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
3 Anniversary Song--Al Jolson
--Dinah Shore
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Andy Russell
4 Managua, Nicaragua--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
5 Mam'selle--Art Lund
--Dick Haymes
--Dennis Day
--Pied Pipers
--Frank Sinatra
6 Guilty--Margaret Whiting
--Johnny Desmond
7 How are Things in Glocca Morra--Dick Haymes
--Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra
--Buddy Clark
--Martha Tilton
8 I'll Close My Eyes--Andy Russell
--Johnny Desmond
9 My Adobe Hacienda--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
10 Santa Catalina (Island of Romance)--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were the versions of Mam'selle by Dick Haymes, the Pied Pipers, and Frank Sinatra; A Sunday Kind of Love, with versions by Jo Stafford; Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra; and Frankie Laine (#15); Sunrise Serenade by Frankie Carle and his Orchestra (#19); Peg o' My Heart, with versions by the Harmonicats, and Clark Dennis (#22); and There is No Greater Love, with versions by Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, and Woody Herman (#24).

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Island of Death

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Mile-High Murder

Exploration
Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Harry Truman issued an executive order creating a U.S. Mission to the United Nations, headed by Warren Austin.

The first special session of the United Nations General Assembly met in Flushing Meadows, New York to consider the Palestine question. Oswaldo Aranha of Brazil was chosen chairman of the session.

Politics and government
The third session of the Indian Constitutional Assembly opened in New Delhi as Indian National Congress Party leaders admitted that partition of India into Hindu and Muslim sections may be the only solution to the country's civil strife.

Labour
Shipping in London was paralyzed by an unauthorized strike of 10,000 dockworkers who were supporting striking harbour workers in Glasgow.

60 years ago
1957


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Night the World Ended, starring Russell Collins and Harold J. Stone

Politics and government
Indonesian army leaders and civilian governors meeting in Jakarta called for autonomy for outlying islands; economic stimulation; migration from overpopulated sections; and anti-corruption measures.

Golf
Billy Casper won the Kentucky Derby Open in Louisville; first prize money was $4,300.

Auto racing
Peter Collins, driving a Ferrari, won the Grand Prix of Naples.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Georgy Girl--The Seekers

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 For What it's Worth--Buffalo Springfield
2 Western Union--The Five Americans
3 A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You--The Monkees
4 Happy Together--The Turtles
5 Somethin' Stupid--Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
6 Diamonds and Gold--Willie and the Walkers
7 No Milk Today--Herman's Hermits
8 The Girls in Paris--Lee Hazlewood
9 Rovin' Heart--The Lords
10 Love Eyes--Nancy Sinatra
Pick hit of the week: Him or Me - What's it Gonna Be?--Paul Revere and the Raiders
New this week: Don't Blame the Children--Sammy Davis, Jr.
Holiday for Clowns--Brian Hyland
Speak for Me--Gordon Waller
With this Ring--The Platters
Somebody to Love--Jefferson Airplane

Space
The United States launched five satellites atop a Titan 3-C rocket from Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Canadiana

The Expo 67 world's fair in Montreal opened to the public at 9:30 am for its first full day of business after the official opening the previous day (go here, here, and here for more on Expo 67).

Boxing
In Houston, Muhammad Ali refused his induction into the United States Army, and was immediately stripped of his world heavyweight championship and boxing license.

Former world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (39-3) scored a technical knockout of Elmer Rush (15-4-2) in the 6th round at Johanneshov in Stockholm. Mr. Rush was knocked down twice in the 4th round, three times in the 5th, and four times in the 6th.



40 years ago
1977


Died on this date
Ricardo Cortez, 76
. U.S. actor. Mr. Cortez, born Jacob Krantz, appeared in more than 100 movies, usually playing Latin lovers. His most famous role was probably that of Sam Spade in the original film version of The Maltese Falcon (1931).

Terrorism
The Red Army Faction trial ended, with Andreas Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, and Jan-Carl Raspe being found guilty of four counts of murder and more than 30 counts of attempted murder. They were sentenced to life imprisonment after the longest trial in West German history, lasting two years.

Crime
Christopher Boyce, 23, was convicted in Los Angeles of eight counts of espionage and conspiracy to commit espionage. Mr. Boyse, a former employee of defense contractor TRW Systems, passed on or sold to U.S.S.R. agents the contents of thousands of documents containing data about Central Intelligence Agency cryptographic ciphers and information about U.S. spy satellites. Mr. Boyce admitted passing the information through an intermediary, Andrew Daulton Lee, over a two-year period. Mr. Boyce claimed that he had been blackmailed by Mr. Lee after he had voluntarily disclosed to Mr. Lee secret data indicating that the CIA had withheld or distorted satellite data it was required by agreement to supply to Australia.

Law
The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure was signed; it came into force on August 9, 1980.

U.S. Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano signed regulations barring discrimination against the disabled by federally-aided schools, hospitals, and other facilities. The rules would protect 35 million disabled people, 10 million drunkards, and 1.5 million recovered drug addicts. People with hearrt disease or cancer were also covered.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Philadelphia 1 @ Boston 2 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Montreal 3 @ New York Islanders 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Mike Milbury's goal 7:51 into the 3rd period was the winner as the Bruins edged the Flyers at Boston Garden.

Andre St. Laurent scored the winning goal with 8:51 remaining in the 3rd period as the Islanders defeated the Canadiens at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, handing the Canadiens their first loss of the playoffs.

WHA
Avco World Trophy
Semi-Finals
Quebec 6 @ Indianapolis 5 (OT) (Quebec led best-of-seven series 3-0)
Winnipeg 2 @ Houston 7 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

30 years ago
1987


Died on this date
Gus Johnson, 48
. U.S. basketball player. One of the first players to make slam-dunk shots, Mr. Johnson played in the NBA from 1963-1972 with the Baltimore Bullets. He was traded to the Phoenix Suns before the 1972-73 season, but was released in mid-season and joined the Indiana Pacers of the ABA, helping them to the league championship in his final season as a professional. Mr. Johnson died of brain cancer; he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Scandal
Televangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell, who had replaced Rev. Jim Bakker as chairman of the PTL organization when Mr. Bakker had resigned in March because of a sex scandal, announced that the PTL board of directors had cut off all income to Mr. Bakker and his wife Tammy Faye; had obtained the resignation of Rev. Richard Dortch, PTL president and a longtime associate of Mr. Bakker; and stopped payments from a $265,000 fund established for Jessica Hahn, the church secretary with whom Mr. Bakker had had sex in 1980. Mr. Falwell said that PTL was $50 million in debt.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Quebec 2 @ Montreal 3 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
New York Islanders 2 @ Philadelphia 1 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-2)

25 years ago
1992


Died on this date
Francis Bacon, 82
. U.K. artist. Mr. Bacon was a hard-drinking sodomite who was known for abstract paintings showing grotesque depictions of the human condition.

Brian Pockar, 32. Canadian figure skater. Mr. Pockar, a native of Calgary, was the Canadian men's champion from 1978-1980. He placed 12th at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, and compted in six world championships, with his best result coming in his last year, when he finished third in 1982. Mr. Pockar was a sodomite who died of AIDS.

Health
The United States Department of Agriculture unveiled its first food pyramid.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Detroit 1 @ Minnesota 0 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Chicago 2 @ St. Louis 1 (Chicago won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Vancouver 8 @ Winnipeg 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Los Angeles 0 @ Edmonton 3 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-2)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 One Headlight--The Wallflowers (5th week at #1)
2 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)--Aerosmith
3 Staring at the Sun--U2
4 You were Meant for Me--Jewel
5 Elegantly Wasted--INXS
6 I Want You--Savage Garden
7 Lovefool--The Cardigans
8 Precious Declaration--Collective Soul
9 Dark Horse--Amanda Marshall
10 Make You Mad--The Odds

Singles entering the chart were Gone Away by the Offspring (#84); Sunny Came Home by Shawn Colvin (#85); Driven by Rush (#95); Tangerine by Moist (#96); In a Room by Dodgy (#97); Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind (#98); Cold Contagious by Bush (#99); and Be Inside You by Barney Bentall (#100).

Died on this date
Ann Petry, 88
. U.S. authoress. Mrs. Petry was best known for her novel The Street (1946), which was the first novel by a Negro woman to sell one million copies.

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Dabbs Greer, 90
. U.S. actor. Mr. Greer was a character actor who appeared in numerous movies and television programs, especially Westerns. He played Rev. Robert Alden in the television series Little House on the Prairie (1974-1983).

Bertha Wilson, 83. Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, 1982-1991. Mrs. Wilson, a native of Scotland, married United Church of Canada minister John Wilson and came to Canada in 1949. She played a major role in the United Church's adoption of a pro-abortion policy; became the first female on the Ontario Court of Appeal (1975) and the first female on the Supreme Court of Canada. Mrs. Wilson said that she was going to bring a feminist slant to the court, and she did. She concurred with the majority in R. v. Morgentaler (1988), which struck down Canada's abortion law; as journalist Ted Byfield said, Mrs. Wilson's "so-called judgment...reads like something you'd be handed on a street corner." It was Mrs. Wilson who came up with the preposterous ruling that foreigners were entitled to the same rights as Canadian citizens the minute they arrived in the country. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1992-1996), in which witnesses weren't under oath to tell the truth--and many didn't; no cross-examination was allowed; and some of the hearings were conducted in secret, leading former Saskatchewan Premier Allan Blakeney to quit the commission partway through the hearings because he didn't like the way it was going. Mrs. Wilson died of a long illness that some said was Alzheimer's disease, which, if her rulings were any indication, may have been present when she was on the bench. On the basis of the consequences of her actions, Bertha Wilson gets this blogger's vote as the most evil woman in Canadian history.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
Ottawa 2 @ New Jersey 3 (2 OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
San Jose 2 @ Detroit 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Jamie Langenbrunner scored 1:55 into the 2nd overtime period to give the Devils their win over the Senators at Continental Airlines Arena.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

April 27, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Rod Crossley!

240 years ago
1777


War
A British invasion force engaged and defeated Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars in the Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut.

175 years ago
1842


Economics and finance
The Currency Act of 1841 came into effect in Canada, making legal tender the British sovereign and the American eagle ($10), dollar, and half-dollar coins. French crowns and half-crowns were no longer legal tender.

150 years ago
1867


Defense
France and Prussia agreed to dismantle the Fortress of Luxembourg.

125 years ago
1892


Americana
U.S. President Benjamin Harrison laid the cornerstone at the Grant Monument in New York.

110 years ago
1907


Politics and government
The Geological Survey of Canada became a branch of the newly created Department of Mines; the GSC Museum received approval to add anthropological studies to its official mandate.

90 years ago
1927


Law
The national police force Carabineros de Chile was founded.

80 years ago
1937


Died on this date
Antonio Gramsci, 46
. Italian philosopher and politician. Mr. Gramsci was a Marxist who joined the Italian Socialist Party in 1913 and helped to found the Partito Comunista d'Italia – PCI (Communist Party of Italy) in 1921, leading the party from 1921-1924. He became one of the most important figures in Marxist thought, emphasizing the importance of Marxists capturing political power by first capturing the culture of a society. Mr. Gramsci was exiled in 1926 and then imprisoned from 1927-1934 by the Fascist regime of Duce Benito Mussolini. He was conditionally released because of his poor health, but he never recovered.

75 years ago
1942


Died on this date
Emil von Sauer, 79
. German-born Austrian musician. Mr. Sauer was regarded as one of the world's greatest piano virtuosos in a performing career from 1882-1940. He also composed works for piano.

War
For the fourth consecutive night, U.K. Royal Air Force bombers attacked the German Baltic port of Rostock, the Nazi supply base for the northern Russian front. Two Japanese mechanized columns drove 67 miles southwest of Lshio, terminus of the Burma Road. The Canadian national referndum on conscription resulted in a vote of 63.7% in favour of conscripition, giving Prime Minister Mackenzie King's government a mandate to impose overseas conscription "if necessary." Québec voted 72% against conscription, while other provinces voted 80% in favour. More than 13 million men aged 45-64 were reported registered throughout the United States in the fourth draft registration since October 1940. Indian Hindu nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi asserted in Ahmedabad the he did not approve of U.S. solders coming to India because of the American influence it could lead to; he questioned why India's soldiers could not be trained.

Law
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the power of law enforcement officers to use information acquired by wiretapping and detectaphone as evidence in court.

Economics and finance
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced the admission of J.P. Morgan and Company, Inc. to membership in the Federal Reserve System.

Disasters
80-100 people were killed when a tornado struck Pryor, Oklahoma.

70 years ago
1947


World events
A Polish court sentenced five Ukrainian nationalists to death in Przemysi.

Journalism
Cochin Chinese President Le Van Hoach suspended 13 Vietnamese nationalist newspapers in southern Vietnam.

Baseball
Babe Ruth Day was held at Yankee Stadium in New York, honouring the legendary former New York Yankees' star, who was battling cancer. The Yankees lost the subsequent game to the Washington Nationals 1-0, with Sid Hudson singling and scoring the only run in the 8th inning to win the pitchers' duel over Spud Chandler.

The Philadelphia Athletics scored 5 runs in the top of the 2nd inning to take a 5-0 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader before 34,693 fans at Fenway Park in Boston, but the Red Sox rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, and the game was tied 6-6 after 9 innings when it was called because of rain. The second game was not played.

Vern Stephens hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the St. Louis Browns a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox and a sweep of their doubleheader before 15,179 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The White Sox pulled off a triple play in the 2nd inning. The Browns scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a 4-1 lead in the first game, and barely held on to win 4-2. The White Sox had the bases loaded with 2 out in the 9th, but Denny Galehouse struck out pinch hitter Jake Jones to end the game to get his first save of the season.

Pinch runner Marv Rackley scored on a squeeze bunt by Eddie Stanky in the bottom of the 9th inning to complete a rally from an 8-4 7th-inning deficit as the Brooklyn Dodgers edged the New York Giants 9-8 before 31,675 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

Jim Tabor hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-4 win over the Boston Braves and a sweep of their doubleheader before 34,835 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The Phillies won the first game 5-4. Boston catcher Phil Masi homered in both games.

Frank Baumholtz singled home Augie Galan with 2 out in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 36,961 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Johnny Hetki pitched a 10-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Fritz Ostermueller, who allowed 8 hits in also pitching a complete game.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Cindy, Oh Cindy--Eddie Fisher (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Cindy, Oh Cindy--Margot Eskens (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Cumberland Gap--Lonnie Donegan (3rd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): All Shook Up--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Disc Jockey--1st week at #1; Jukebox--1st week at #1; Top 100--2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 All Shook Up--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)
2 Little Darlin'--The Diamonds
3 Round and Round--Perry Como
4 Come Go with Me--The Dell-Vikings
5 Party Doll--Buddy Knox with the Rhythm Orchids
--Steve Lawrence
6 Gone--Ferlin Husky
7 Butterfly--Andy Williams
--Charlie Gracie
8 Mama Look at Bubu--Harry Belafonte
9 School Day--Chuck Berry
10 Why Baby Why--Pat Boone

Singles entering the chart were Harem Dance by the Armenian Jazz Sextet (#42); Shish-Kebab by Ralph Marterie and his Orchestra (#45); It's Not for Me to Say by Johnny Mathis (#49); I Love My Girl, with versions by the Hilltoppers, and Cozy Morley (#50); and So Long, My Love (#53)/Crazy Love (#58) by Frank Sinatra.

Chess
Vasily Smyslov of Moscow defeated Mikhail Botvinnik to win the world championship, winning 6 games, losing 3, and drawing 13 games of a scheduled 20-game match in Moscow.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Puppet on a String--Sandie Shaw

On television tonight
Dragnet 1967, starring Jack Webb and Harry Morgan, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Gun



Canadiana
Prime Minister Lester Pearson officially opened the Canadian Universal and International Exhibition/l'Exposition universelle de Montréal, popularly known as Expo '67. The opening ceremony was broadcast in colour live via satellite to an estimated worldwide audience of 700 million viewers and listeners. Expo '67 opened to the public the next day. Go to this blog for more, and YouTube for videos on Expo '67.

Europeana
A son, Willem-Alexander, was born to Crown Princess Beatrix, the first male heir to the Dutch throne since the birth of Crown Prince Alexander in 1851. Princess Beatrix had married German diplomat Claus von Amsberg a year earlier.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Montreal 6 @ Toronto 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Jean Beliveau led the Canadiens to their win over the Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto goalie Johnny Bower pulled a leg muscle in the pre-game warmup and was replaced by Terry Sawchuk, who played a poor game.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Knowing Me, Knowing You--ABBA (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Ernie Neitzke, 82
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Neitzke was a pitcher and outfielder who played 11 games with the Boston Red Sox in 1921, batting .240 with no home runs and 2 runs batted in, and a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 6.14 in 2 games as a pitcher.

Stanley Adams, 62. U.S. actor. Mr. Adams was a character actor in numerous movies and television programs, often playing comic blowhards. He shot himself to death, 20 days after his 62nd birthday.

Diplomacy
The United States and Cuba agreed on fishing rights in their overlapping zones.

Defense
U.S. President Jimmy Carter asked Congress to grant him the power to impose heavy sanctions against any country that received U.S. nuclear fuel or hardware, if that country exploded an atomic bomb or violated international safeguards or agreements with the United States.

Politics and government
Quebec's Parti Québecois government proposed the Charter of the French Language as Bill One in the National Assembly, to make French the working language in Québec and limiting the use of English.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos traded shortstop Tim Foli to the San Francisco Giants for shortstop Chris Speier. Mr. Foli, in his 6th season with the Expos, was batting .175 with no home runs and 3 runs batted in in 13 games with Montreal in 1977; Mr. Speier, in his 7th season with the Giants, was batting .176 with no homers or RBIs in 6 games with San Francisco in 1977.

The Oakland Athletics traded pitcher Mike Torrez to the New York Yankees for pitcher Dock Ellis, second baseman Marty Perez, and outfielder Larry Murray. Mr. Torrez was 3-1 with an earned run average of 4.50 in 4 games with Oakland in 1977. Mr. Ellis was 1-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 3 games with New York in 1977; Mr. Perez was batting .500 (2 for 4) with no home runs or runs batted in in 1 game with New York, while Mr. Murray was batting .300 with 1 home run and 4 runs batted in in 9 games with the Syracuse Chiefs of the AAA International League in 1977.

The New York Mets returned infielder Luis Alvarado to the Detroit Tigers; he batted 0 for 2 in 1 game with New York in 1977.

The Cincinnati Reds signed relief pitcher Joe Hoerner, 40, as a free agent. Mr. Hoerner had previously played with the Houston Colt .45s (1963-1964); St. Louis Cardinals (1966-1969); Philadelphia Phillies (1970-1972, 1975); Atlanta Braves (1972-1973); Kansas City Royals (1973-1974); and Texas Rangers (1976).

Ellis Valentine's 2-run home run climaxed a 3-run 3rd inning as the Montreal Expos edged the New York Mets 3-2 before 7,441 fans at Shea Stadium in New York on a Wednesday night telecast on Radio-Canada. Steve Rogers pitched a 9-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Jerry Koosman, who pitched 8 innings without allowing an earned run.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings and 8 in the 5th as they routed the Chicago Cubs 21-3 before 9,248 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Bill Russell had 4 hits and Ron Cey added 3 as the Los Angeles Dodgers withstood a 4-run 8th-inning rally to defeat the San Diego Padres 7-6 before 18,132 fans at San Diego Stadium.

Darrell Evans hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 8th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros before 2,240 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Tim Foli made his first appearance in a San Francisco uniform, making an out as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning.

The New York Yankees scored a run in each of the last 3 innings to edge the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 before 15,647 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

Bob Bailor hit a home run to lead off the game and singled home Alan Ashby with 1 out in the top of the 12th inning to break a 5-5 tie as the Toronto Blue Jays edged the Cleveland Indians 6-5 before 3,639 fans at Cleveland Stadium.

Jason Thompson's grand slam highlighted a 7-run 3rd inning as the Detroit Tigers held on to defeat the Chicago White Sox 10-9 before 5,868 fans at Tiger Stadium. The teams combined for 7 home runs, 5 by the White Sox.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)--Paul Lekakis (3rd week at #1)

Weather
The temperature reached 77 F. in Edmonton.

Diplomacy
The United States Justice Department announced that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim would be barred from entering the United States because of his participation in Nazi war crimes during World War II. Mr. Waldheim, former secretary-general of the United Nations, had served in the German army, and his activities had come to light in 1986, during his successful campaign for the Austrian presidency.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Detroit 2 @ Toronto 3 (OT) (Toronto led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Edmonton 4 @ Winnipeg 2 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-0)

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Viva Las Vegas--ZZ Top

Died on this date
Olivier Messiaen, 83
. French composer, organist, and ornithologist. Mr. Messiaen regarded birds as the best singers, and incorporated birdsong into his music.

World events
Serbia (including the autonomous provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina) and Montenegro endorsed a constitution for a new Yugoslavian state, acknowledging the independence of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, and Slovenia. The new state renounced territorial claims and scheduled elections for its Federal Assembly on May 31. The new state was recognized by Canada, China, Russia, and other non-aligned countries.

Politics and government
Labour MP Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons in the 700-year history of the lower house of the British Parliament.

Economics and finance
Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics were granted admission into the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Canadiana
Lina Haddad, 27, gave birth in Montreal to Quebec's first quintuplets, three boys and two girls.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Hartford 4 @ Montreal 7 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Buffalo 2 @ Boston 0 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-2)
New Jersey 5 @ New York Rangers 8 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Pittsburgh 5 @ Washington 2 (Washington led best-of-seven series 3-2)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Truly Madly Deeply--Savage Garden (4th week at #1)

#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Hard to Say I'm Sorry--Az Yet featuring Peter Cetera

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Warum?--Tic Tac Toe (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: I Believe I Can Fly--R. Kelly

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien obtained a dissolution of Parliament and called a federal election for June 2. Mr. Chretien's Liberal government currently held a majority of the seats in the House of Commons, with the separatist Bloc Quebecois the official opposition, and the Reform Party with the third-largest number of seats.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Buffalo 3 @ Ottawa 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Detroit 3 @ St. Louis 1 (Detroit won best-of-seven series 4-2)
Dallas 3 @ Edmonton 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Anaheim 3 @ Phoenix 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Mstislav Rostropovich, 80
. U.S.S.R. musician. Mr. Rostropovich, a native of Baku, Azerbaijan, moved to Russia in his teens and began a career as one of the world's foremost cellists. He inspired and premiered over 100 pieces, working with eminent European composers. Mr. Rostropovich died a month after his 80th birthday.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
New York Rangers 2 @ Buffalo 3 (Buffalo led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Vancouver 2 @ Anaheim 1 (2 OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Jeff Cowan scored at 7:49 of the 2nd overtime period to give the Canucks their win over the Ducks at Honda Center.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April 26, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Lynn Weiss!

825 years ago
1192


Died on this date
Go-Shirakawa, 64
. Emperor of Japan, 1155-1158. Go-Shirakawa, born Masahito-shinnō, was the fourth son of Emperor Toba. He succeeded his brother Konoe on the throne, and abdicated in favour of his son Nijō.

410 years ago
1607


Americana
An expedition of English colonists went ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

130 years ago
1887


Albertana
Charles Ora Card and a small group of Mormons founded the community that became Cardston, Alberta. The settlers were religious refugees from American law, particularly over the issue of polygamy; experienced in dry farming, they introduced a variety of new crops, and joined with the Galt Company in irrigating other areas of southern Alberta.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, I.M. Pei!
The Chinese-born U.S. architect designed such buildings as the National Gallery of Art; Bank of China Tower; John F. Kennedy Library; and Dallas City Hall.

Sal Maglie. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Maglie pitched in the major leagues with the New York Giants (1945, 1950-1955); Cleveland Indians (1955-1956); Brooklyn Dodgers (1956-1957); New York Yankees (1957-1958); and St. Louis Cardinals (1958), compiling a record of 119 wins and 62 losses for a winning percentage of .657 with an earned run average of 3.15 in 303 games. After his rookie year, he jumped to the Mexican League in 1946 and was one of several players who was banned from returning to the major leagues. The ban was lifted in 1949, and he returned to the Giants in 1950; Mr. Maglie led the National League that year in earned run average and winning percentage. In 1951 Mr. Maglie and teammate Larry Jansen tied for the NL lead in wins with 23 as the Giants made a late charge to defeat the Dodgers in a 3-game playoff to win the NL pennant. He was known as "The Barber" for giving "close shaves," i.e., pitching inside to hitters, often close to their chins. Mr. Maglie died on December 28, 1992 at the age of 75.

Virgil Trucks. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Trucks played with the Detroit Tigers (1941-1943, 1945-1952, 1956); St. Louis Browns (1953); Chicago White Sox (1953-1955); Kansas City Athletics (1957-1958) and New York Yankees (1958), compiling a record of 177-135 with an earned run average of 3.39 in 517 games. He was in the military in 1944 and most of 1945, joining the Tigers in time to participate in their World Seris championship. Mr. Trucks pitched two no-hitters in 1952, despite having a 5-19 record. He began the 1953 season with a 5-4 record with the Browns, going 15-6 after being traded to the White Sox to finish the year at 20-10. Mr. Trucks was a pitching coach with several major league teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates when they won the World Series in 1960. He died on March 23, 2013 at the age of 95.

80 years ago
1937


War
In the Spanish Civil War, the German Luftwaffe destroyed the town of Guernica.

75 years ago
1942


War
Japanese troops in Burma advanced along the Rangoon-Mandalay railroad, capturing Yamethin and reaching Pyawbwe, 85 miles south of Mandalay.

Defense
The U.S. Eastern Defense Command announced plans to control the dimming of shorelights and to regulate activities of aliens in 16 Eastern states and Washington.

Disasters
1,549 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion at Benxihu Colliery in Manchukuo.

5 people were killed and 222 injured when a Hudson & Manhattan Railroad train travelling at high speed was wrecked in an underground tube in Jersey City, New Jersey.

70 years ago
1947


Died on this date
A.E. Conquest
. U.K. police officer. Mr. Conquest, the deputy police chief in Haifa in mandatory Palestine, was assassinated by Zionist terrorists.

War

Vietnam radio announced that an envoy of Vietnamese nationalist leader Ho Chi Minh had arrived in Saigon to open truce negotiations with French High Commissioner Emile Bollaert.

U.S. President Harry Truman ordered the transfer of an unspecified number of surplus ships together with naval personnel to the Chinese Nationalists.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Bambino--Dalida (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Cumberland Gap--Lonnie Donegan (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
King Hussein of Jordan named Defense Minister Toukan, a moderate, as military governor of Jordan.

Defense
The British Admiralty disclosed plans to scrap four of the U.K.'s five remaining battleships and to regroup the Royal Navy in task forces organized around Britain's 12 aircraft carriers.

Crime
Jacob Albam pled guilty in a U.S. federal court in New York to conspiring with Jack and Myra Soble to obtain U.S. defense data for the U.S.S.R.

Disasters
A boat on the Yangtze River burned and sank near Wuhan, China, drowning 100 passengers.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever--The Beatles (3rd week at #1)
2 Somethin' Stupid--Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
3 Georgy Girl--The Seekers
4 What's Wrong with the Way I Live--The Twilights
5 Ruby Tuesday/Let's Spend the Night Together--The Rolling Stones
6 All My Loving (EP)--Johnny Young
7 Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)--Engelbert Humperdinck
8 The Return of the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
9 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
10 There's a Kind of Hush--Herman's Hermits

Singles entering the chart were A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You by the Monkees (#17); Going Home/I Don't Care by Normie Rowe (#22); Who'll Be the One by the Easybeats (#25); Sunday for Tea by Peter and Gordon (#36); and Love Like Ours by the Loved Ones (#39).

Diplomacy
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson concluded his three-day visit to West Germany; he had gone to attend the funeral of former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and had engaged in talks with current Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger, U.K. Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, and French President Charles de Gaulle.

40 years ago
1977


On the radio
CBS Radio Mystery Theater, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Red Headed League, starring Kevin McCarthy and Court Benson

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
New York Islanders 0 @ Montreal 3 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Boston 5 @ Philadelphia 4 (OT) (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Jim Roberts scored 2 goals, with his first, at 7:46 of the 3rd period, breaking a scoreless tie as the Canadiens blanked the Islanders at the Montreal Forum, with Ken Dryden winning the goaltending duel over Glenn Resch.

Terry O'Reilly's goal 10:07 into the 1st overtime period gave the Bruins their second straight overtime win over the Flyers at the Spectrum.

WHA
Avco World Trophy
Semi-Finals
Winnipeg 4 @ Houston 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 1-0)

CHL
Adams Cup
Finals
Kansas City 5 @ Tulsa 4 (OT) (Kansas City won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Gilles Marotte scored 1:04 into the 1st overtime period to give the Blues their sweep of the Oilers at the Assembly Center, and their first Adams Cup championship. Alain Langlais scored for Tulsa with just 1:02 remaining in regulation time to send the game into overtime. Kansas City goalie Bill McKenzie, who posted a record of 8-2 with a goals against average of 2.18 and 2 shutouts in 10 games, was named the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs. It was the final game for the Kansas City franchise as the Blues; they switched their NHL affiliation to the Detroit Red Wings for the 1977-78 season, and became the Kansas City Red Wings.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Don't Dream it's Over--Crowded House (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison--License IV (3rd week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Montreal 3 @ Quebec 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Philadelphia 6 @ New York Islanders 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): On a Sunday Afternoon--A Lighter Shade of Brown

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Das Boot--U 96 (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Das Boot--U 96 (8th week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Minnesota 0 @ Detroit 3 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 3-2)
St. Louis 4 @ Chicago 6 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Winnipeg 2 @ Vancouver 8 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Edmonton 5 @ Los Angeles 2 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-2)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): My Love For You--Blackwood (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Old Before I Die--Robbie Williams

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Fired Up--Funky Green Dogs

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Let a Boy Cry--Gala (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Believe I Can Fly--R. Kelly (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): I Believe I Can Fly--R. Kelly (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Can't Nobody Hold Me Down--Puff Daddy featuring Mase (6th week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Montreal 0 @ New Jersey 4 (New Jersey won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Pittsburgh 3 @ Philadelphia 6 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-1)
Colorado 6 @ Chicago 3 (Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-2)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Jack Valenti, 85
. U.S. advertising and movie executive. Mr. Valenti was an advertising executive who beame a political consultant and was a "special assistant" to U.S. President Lyndon Johnson from 1963-1966 until accepting the position of president of the Motion Picture Association of America, holding the position until his returement in 2004. He devised the rating system for movies in 1968 in order to prevent possible government intervention. Mr. Valenti opposed making movies available via new technologies such as video cassettes and the Internet.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
Ottawa 5 @ New Jersey 4 (Ottawa led best-of-seven series 1-0)
San Jose 2 @ Detroit 0 (San Jose led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April 25, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Suzie Martin!

675 years ago
1342


Died on this date
Benedict XII, 53-62 (?)
. Roman Catholic Pope, 1334-1342. Benedict XII, born Jacques Fournier in France, was the third of seven popes whose papacy was located in Avignon, France. He succeeded John XXII, and was known as a reformer who didn't follow the policies of his predecessor. Benedict XII was succeeded by Clement VI.

410 years ago
1607


War
The Dutch fleet destroyed the anchored Spanish fleet at Gibraltar.

310 years ago
1707


War
A coalition of England, the Netherlands, and Portugal was defeated by a Franco-Spanish army in the Battle of Almansa, Spain in the War of the Spanish Succession.

225 years ago
1792


Died on this date
Nicolas Pelletier, 36 (?)
. French criminal. Mr. Pelletier, a highwayman, became the first person executed by guillotine. He was sentenced to death for an assault and robbery on October 14, 1791, in which the victim was killed. The crowd in Paris was reportedly dissatisfied with the rapidity of the method of execution.

125 years ago
1892


Born on this date
Maud Hart Lovelace
. U.S. authoress. Mrs. Lovelace was best known for her Betsy-Tacy series of children's books (1940-1955). She died on March 11, 1980 at the age of 87.

Died on this date
Karl von Ditmar, 69
. German geologist and explorer. Mr. Ditmar was best known for contributing to the body of knowledge about Kamchatka.

Henri Duveyrier, 52. French explorer. Mr. Duveyrier explored the Sahara Desert, and contributed to the body of knowledge about the Tuareg people. He committed suicide in Sèvres.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Ella Fitzgerald
. U.S. singer. Miss Fitzgerald, nicknamed the "First Lady of Song," was one of the most highly-regarded jazz singers in history, with achievements too numerous to mention here. She won 13 Grammy Awards and probably would have won more if the awards had been presented prior to 1958. Miss Fitzgerald suffered from diabetes in her later years and died on June 15, 1996 at the age of 79.

Religion
The Doukhobor Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood, headed by Peter Verigin, was incorporated in Saskatchewan.

75 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Moonlight Cocktail--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra (9th week at #1)

War
U.K. Royal Air Force planes bombed the German Baltic port of Rostock for the second night in a row. British radio announced that General Henri Honore Giraud, 63, a French Army commander who had been captured in may 1940, had escaped from the fortress of Koenigstein. U.S. troops arrived at New Caledonia--about 800 miles east of Australia--to assist in defending the island. Japanese columns drove west and northeast of Taunggyi, Burma.

Politics and government
Paraguayan President Higinio Morinigio ordered the dissolution of the Liberal Party on charges of "high treason."

Economics and finance
The United States and Nicaragua reached an agreement whereby Nicaragua would get a $500,000 credit through the Import-Export Bank, and the U.S.A. would build the Nicaraguan portion of the Inter-American Highway and purchase Nicaragua's rubber.

70 years ago
1947


Politics and government
Major Peter Cashin led a delegation of the Newfoundland National Convention to London. On arrival, Secretary for the Dominions Lord Addison stated Westminster's position: if Newfoundland voted to return to responsible government, it could expect no further aid from Britain. Major Cashin argued that Britain was conspiring to sell Newfoundland to the Dominion of Canada, and violating the 1934 agreement to restore responsible government as soon as Newfoundland became self-supporting again.

Elections for the Japanese House of Representatives resulted in a victory for the Social Deomcrats, who won 142 of the chamber's 466 seats, although the conservative Liberal Party obrained the largest number of popular votes.

Diplomacy
The non-Zionist American Council for Judaism announced its opposition to the seating of special Jewish representatives in the upcoming United Nations General Assembly session on Palestine.

Terrorism
The Greek government ordered the disarming and disbanding of royalist groups who were terrorizing the Laconia area of the Peloponnesus.

Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee formally approved President Harry Truman's Greek-Turkish aid bill, calling the measure "a positive move for the preservation of world peace."

60 years ago
1957


War
Nicaraguan troops invaded the newly-created Honduran state of Gracia a Dios on the Caribbean coast, claiming that some Nicaraguan territory had been used in the creation of the new state.

World events
King Hussein of Jordan decreed martial law throughout the country, imposing total curfews on Amman, Jerusalem, Ramaliah, Nablus, and Irbid after abolishing all of Jordan's political parties.

Defense
Acting to assure the survival of Jordan's King Hussein against leftist and nationalist opponents, the United States ordered the Navy's 6th Fleet from French and Italian ports to the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Politics and government
Finnish Prime Minister Karl August Fagerholm and his cabinet resigned, following Mr. Fagerholm's defeat by Vaino Tanner for the presidency of the Social Democratic Party.

Oil
U.S. Defense Mobilization Agency director Gordon Gray released an exchange of correspondence in which President Dwight Eisenhower agreed that "there is reason for the belief" that crude oil imports had risen to the point where they endangered U.S. security.

Environment
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission member Willard Libby wrote, in a letter to Dr. Albert Schweitzer, that the current level of strontium-90 in the atmsphere is "less than 1% of the maximum permissible concentration."

50 years ago
1967


Politics and government
The British protectorate of Swaziland was granted self-government, with Prince Makhosini Diamini as Prime Minister.

Defense
The Canadian House of Commons passed Bill C-243, "The Canadian Forces Reorganization Act," unifying the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, and Royal Canadian Air Force into one service, the Canadian Armed Forces, with common uniform and rank designations, to come into effect February 1, 1968.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Montreal 2 @ Toronto 3 (3 OT) (Toronto led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Bob Pulford scored 8:26 into the 3rd overtime period to give the Maple Leafs their win over the Canadiens at Maple Leaf Gardens. Johnny Bower made 60 saves as he won an outstanding goaltending duel over Rogie Vachon.

40 years ago
1977


Hockey
WHA
Avco World Trophy
Semi-Finals
Indianapolis 3 @ Quebec 8 (Quebec led best-of-seven series 2-0)

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever--Nick Kamen

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Walk Like an Egyptian--Bangles (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Sailing Home--Piet Veerman

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Sailing Home--Piet Veerman (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Irish Rover--The Pogues and the Dubliners (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): La Isla Bonita--Madonna

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): La Isla Bonita--Madonna

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Knew You were Waiting (For Me)--Aretha Franklin and George Michael (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Knew You were Waiting (For Me)--Aretha Franklin and George Michael
2 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship
3 Don't Dream it's Over--Crowded House
4 Sign 'o' the Times--Prince
5 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
6 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew
7 The Finer Things--Steve Winwood
8 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
9 Walking Down Your Street--Bangles
10 With or Without You--U2

Singles entering the chart were In Too Deep by Genesis (#54); Jammin' Me by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#84); Why Can't this Night Go on Forever by Journey (#85); Back and Forth by Cameo (#86); Soul City by the Partland Brothers (#88); Weatherman Says by Jack Wagner (#89); and Sweet Sixteen by Billy Idol (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Lean on Me--Club Nouveau (3rd week at #1)
2 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship
3 Don't Dream it's Over--Crowded House
4 I Knew You were Waiting (For Me)--Aretha Franklin and George Michael
5 Somewhere Out There--Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
6 With or Without You--U2
7 Wild Horses--Gino Vannelli
8 Heat of the Night--Bryan Adams
9 Holiday Rap--M.C. Miker G. & DJ Sven
10 Sign 'o' the Times--Prince

Singles entering the chart were Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You by Glenn Medeiros (#92); Walkin' a Fine Line by Johansen (#94); Get that Love by Thompson Twins (#96); Right on Track by Breakfast Club (#97); and Just to See Her by Smokey Robinson (#98).

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Toronto 2 @ Detroit 4 (Toronto led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Edmonton 5 @ Winnipeg 2 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-0)

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Love Song--Chage & Aska

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Why--Annie Lennox (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Quimica--Chimo Bayo (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers

#1 single in France (SNEP): Joy--François Feldman

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): To Be with You--Mr. Big

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Deeply Dippy--Right Said Fred (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Jump--Kris Kross

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton
2 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
3 Make it Happen--Mariah Carey
4 Masterpiece--Atlantic Starr
5 Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen
6 Everything Changes--Kathy Troccoli
7 Hazard--Richard Marx
8 Jump--Kris Kross
9 Beauty and the Beast--Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson
10 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue

Singles entering the chart were Just Take My Heart by Mr. Big (#69); Damn I Wish I was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins (#72); Don't Talk Just Kiss by Right Said Fred (#84); What You Give by Tesla (#89); This is the Last Time by Laura Enea (#91); Anything at All by Mitch Malloy (#92); No Sunshine by Kid Frost (#94); Lift Me Up by Howard Jones (#96); and If You Could See Me Now by Devonsquare (#99). Bohemian Rhapsody had been a major hit in Great Britain in 1975 and in North America in 1976, and had been reissued as a single, presumably because it had been featured in the movie Wayne's World (1992).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven--Bryan Adams
2 Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton
3 Human Touch--Bruce Springsteen
4 Hazard--Richard Marx
5 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
6 One--U2
7 Make it Happen--Mariah Carey
8 To Be with You--Mr. Big
9 Ain't it Heavy--Melissa Etheridge
10 Sinking Like a Sunset--Tom Cochrane

Singles entering the chart were Why by Annie Lennox (#77); A Horse in the Country by Cowboy Junkies (#81); Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (#89); Goodbye by World on Edge (#91); River of Life by Stan Meissner (#93); It's Over Now by L.A. Guns (#97); Take Time by Chris Walker (#98); and Damn I Wish I was Your Lover by Sophie B. Hawkins (#99).

Died on this date
Brian MacLeod, 39
. Canadian musician. Mr. MacLeod was a member of the rock groups Chilliwack and Headpins in the 1980s.

Yutaka Ozaki, 26. Japanese musician. Mr. Ozaki was a pianist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter who was one of Japan's most popular recording artists from 1983 until his death, which occurred shortly after being found naked, drunk and unconscious in a Tokyo alleyway. Conspiracy theories abound.

World events
Islamic forces took over most of Kabul after the previously Soviet-controlled Afghan government collapsed.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Montreal 1 @ Hartford 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Boston 5 @ Buffalo 4 (OT) (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-1)
New York Rangers 3 @ New Jersey 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Washington 7 @ Pittsburgh 2 (Washington led best-of-seven series 3-1)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Warum?--Tic Tac Toe (7th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Bailando--Paradisio

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Ottawa 4 @ Buffalo 1 (Ottawa led best-of-seven series 3-2)
New York Rangers 3 @ Florida 2 (OT) (New York won best-of-seven series 4-1)
St. Louis 2 @ Detroit 5 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Edmonton 1 @ Dallas 0 (2 OT) (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-2)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Bobby Pickett, 69
. U.S. singer. Mr. Pickett, who recorded as Bobby (Boris) Pickett, was known for his imitation of the voice of actor Boris Karloff on the hit single Monster Mash, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in October 1962, and became a perennial Halloween favourite. Mr. Pickett died of leukemia.

Religion
The funeral of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin was the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.

Business
The oil company Shell Canada was delisted after 45 years on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Royal Dutch Shell bought out the minority shareholders for $8.7-billion, and folded Shell Canada.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Semi-Finals
New York Rangers 2 @ Buffalo 5 (Buffalo led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Vancouver 1 @ Anaheim 5 (Anaheim led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Monday, 24 April 2017

April 24, 2017

400 years ago
1617


Died on this date
Concino Concini, 41 or 42
. Chief Minister of France, 1610-1617. Mr. Concini, a native of Florence, moved to France, where he served as Chief Minister to King Louis XIII. Mr. Concini eventually fell out of favour with the king, and was murdered by guards on the bridge of the Louvre.

225 years ago
1792


Franciana
The French national anthem, La Marseillaise, was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle.

140 years ago
1877


War
The Russian Empire declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

Politics and government
U.S. federal troops were ordered out of New Orleans, ending the North's post-Civil War rule in the South.

100 years ago
1917


Baseball
George Mogridge became the first New York Yankee to pitch a no-hitter, walking 3 batters and allowing an unearned run as the Yankees edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 before 3,219 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Losing pitcher Dutch Leonard pitched an 8-hit complete game.

The St. Louis Browns erupted for 7 unearned runs in the top of the 8th inning to defeat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 before 4,473 fans at Navin Field in Detroit. Carl Weilman allowed 4 hits and 2 runs--1 earned--in 7 innings to get the win, while Harry Coveleski allowed 7 hits in 7 2/3 innings in taking the loss.

The Chicago White Sox managed just 2 hits in the entire game, but scored a run with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to edge the Cleveland Indians 1-0 before 5,000 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Jim Scott pitched a 5-hit shutout to win the pitchers' duel over Stan Coveleski, who allowed just 2 hits and 2 bases on balls in 8 1/3 innings.

Pinch hitter Jack Smith singled home Walton Cruise with none out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Robison Field in St. Louis. Rogers Hornsby accounted for the other St. Louis run with a solo home run in the 5th inning, and also hit a triple. Red Ames pitched a 6-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Burleigh Grimes, who allowed 7 hits and 2 earned runs in 9+ innings.

75 years ago
1942


Died on this date
Lucy Maud Montgomery, 67
. Canadian authoress. Miss Montgomery, who was born in Clifton, Prince Edward Island on the same day as Winston Churchill was born in England, wrote 20 novels, 530 short stories, 500 poems, and 30 essays, but was best known for eight novels featuring the character Anne Shirley, beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). Miss Montgomery had an unhappy home life and died of coronary thrombosis, but left a note that may or may not have indicated suicide.

Jack "Chappie" Blackburn, 58. U.S. boxer and trainer. Mr. Blackburn was a lightweight and welterweight who compiled a record of 115-25-22-5 in a professional career spanning 1900-1923. In January 1909 he shot and killed a husband and wife and was sentenced to 15 years in prison for manslaughter, but was freed for good behaviour after five years. Mr. Blackburn trained world lightweight champion Sammy Mandell and light heavyweight champion John Henry Lewis, but was best known for training Joe Louis, who won the world heavyweight title in 1937. Mr. Blackburn was still working in this capacity when he suffered a fatal heart attack while undergoing a routine physical examination. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992.

War
U.K. Royal Air Force bombers attacked the German Baltic port of Rostock and Heinkel aircraft factories nearby. The Chinese command in Chungking announced that Japanese mechanized units in Burma, aided by aircraft, had reached Hopong near Taunggi, 100 miles southeast of Mandalay, indicating an 80-mile advance northward from Loikaw.

World events
Mexican officials arrested reported Nazi Party chief Ewald Bork and three other party officials in Mexico City.

Politics and government
The Madras section of the All-India Congress Party recommended in a resolution to the national party that "it has become necessary to acknowledge the Moslem League's" claim for a separate Muslim state.

Economics and finance
U.S. Budget Director Harold Smith told the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee that war costs would be $70 billion for fiscal 1943, $14.214 billion more than originally estimated.

70 years ago
1947


Died on this date
Willa Cather, 73
. U.S. authoress. Miss Cather wrote about frontier life on the Great Plains of the United States in novels such as O Pioneers! (1913); The Song of the Lark (1915); and My Ántonia (1918). She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the novel One of Ours (1922). Miss Cather died of a cerebral hemorrhage.

War
Chinese Communist forces released two U.S. Army officers who had been captured in Manchuria on March 1.

Diplomacy
The foreign ministers conference in Moscow adjourned after 46 days without agreement on the German or Austrian peace treaties. Participants agreed to reduce occupation forces in Germany by September 1, 1947 and appoint a four-power commission which would meet in Vienna to negotiate disputed points of the Austrian treaty.

The Argentine government announced that all of its Central American diplomatic missions would be raised to embassy rank.

Defense
U.K. Palestine High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham flew to Egypt to ask for more troops from the British Middle East command.

Agriculture
Announcing a 200,000-ton wheat shortage, the French government reduced the daily bread ration from 300 to 250 grams.

Economics and finance
The U.K. Fuel and Power Ministry proclaimed a five-month ban on the use of gas or electricity for home heating, effective May 5, 1947.

Yugoslavia announced a five-year electrification and agricultural improvement plan costing $5.6 billion.

Labour
The United Auto Workers of America approved a one-year contract providing for an 11 1/2c hourly wage increase for 220,000 General Motors workers.

Business
General Electric President Charles Wilson announced a 7% price increase to cover the cost of a $40-million wage increase recently granted to the company's employees.

60 years ago
1957


Diplomacy
U.S. delegate Henry Cabot Lodge requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to resume debate on the Suez Canal dispute.

Transportation
The first U.S. vessel to use the Suez Canal since October 1956 paid $10,295 in Egyptian canal tolls under protest.

Defense
A three-stage Lockheed X-17 experimental missile launched at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida reached a record speed of 9,240 miles per hour.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Hablemos Del Amor--Raphael

Died on this date
Vladimir Komarov, 40
. U.S.S.R. cosmonaut. Polkovnik (Colonel) Komarov was a fighter pilot and engineer commanded Voskhod 1 in 1964, the first manned space mission with a three-man crew. He was chosen to fly the Soyuz 1 mission, in which he was the sole crewman, becoming the first cosmonaut to fly into space twice. The spacecraft lifted off on April 23, 1967, but was plagued with technical problems, and after the 13th orbit of Earth, the decision was made to abort the mission. The spacecraft managed to reenter the atmosphere, but after the drogue parachute deployed, the main parachute didn't open, and the reserve main parachute became tangled with the drogue parachute, resulting in a high-speed impact that instantly killed Col. Komarov (see also here, here, and here). It was the first space mission to result in a fatality, occurring less than three months after U.S. astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee had died in a fire during a ground test of their Apollo 1 spacecraft.



Edmontonia
Former Governor General of Canada Earl Alexander of Tunis was the guest speaker at the third annual banquet of the Sir Winston Churchill Society.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul (5th week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
Boston 4 @ Philadelphia 3 (OT) (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Rick Middleton scored 2:57 into the 1st overtime period to give the Bruins their win over the Flyers at the Spectrum.

WHA
Avco World Trophy
Quarter-Finals
San Diego 3 @ Winnipeg 7 (Winnipeg won best-of-seven series 4-3)

The Jets' win at Winnipeg Arena was the last game the Mariners ever played. The team started as the New York Raiders in 1972-73; began the 1973-74 season as the New York Golden Blades; moved to New Jersey after 20 games and played the rest of that season as the New Jersey Knights; and moved to San Diego and played as the Mariners from 1974-77. The franchise was in such dire financial straits at the end that the players were playing just for pride, because they weren't being paid.

CHL
Adams Cup
Finals
Kansas City 4 @ Tulsa 3 (OT) (Kansas City led best-of-seven series 3-0)

Mike Korney scored at 10:03 of the 1st overtime period to give the Blues their win over the Oilers at the Assembly Center. Bill McKenzie played his ninth straight playoff game in goal for Kansas City, while Michel Belhumeur replaced Bruce Bullock in goal for Tulsa, making 32 saves in his only playoff game in 1977.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): You're the Voice--John Farnham

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Montreal 7 @ Quebec 2 (Quebec led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Philadelphia 4 @ New York Islanders 1 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 2-1)

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): To Be with You--Mr. Big

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Detroit 4 @ Minnesota 5 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Chicago 5 @ St. Louis 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Vancouver 1 @ Winnipeg 3 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Los Angeles 4 @ Edmonton 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Perseeseen--Klamydia (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Pat Paulsen, 69
. U.S. comedian. Mr. Paulsen was part of the supporting cast of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967-1969), where he was known for his deadpan delivery. He mounted humourous campaigns for President of the United States six times from 1968-1996, attracting small numbers of protest votes. Mr. Paulsen died in Tijuana, Mexico while seeking alternative treatment for cancer.

Allan Francovich, 56. U.S. film producer, writer, and director. Mr. Francovich made documentary films that questioned the "official" version of various events. His films included On Company Business (1980) and The Maltese Double Cross--Lockerbie (1994). Mr. Francovich suffered a fatal heart attack in the customs area of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston while returning to the United States from England.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
New Jersey 3 Montreal 4 (3 OT) (New Jersey led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Chicago 0 @ Colorado 7 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-2)
Phoenix 5 @ Anaheim 2 (Phoenix led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Sunday, 23 April 2017

April 23, 2017

800 years ago
1217


Died on this date
Inge II, 31 or 32
. King of Norway, 1204-1217. Inge II was elected King by the rebellious birkebeiner faction after infant King Guttorm died without any relatives to succeed him. After Erling, King of the rival bagler faction, died in 1206, a civil war ensued, which ended in a peace treaty in 1208. Inge II died of an illness and was succeeded on the throne by Haakon IV.

150 years ago
1867


Born on this date
Johannes Fibiger
. Danish physician and pathologist. Dr. Fibiger was awarded the 1926 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for his discovery of the Spiroptera carcinoma," which reportedly caused cancer in mice and rats. This result was later disproven. Dr. Fibiger died on January 30, 1928 at the age of 60.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Tony Lupien
. U.S. baseball player and coach. Mr. Lupien was a first baseman with the Boston Red Sox (1940-1943); Philadelphia Blue Jays (1944-1945) and Chicago White Sox (1948), batting .268 with 18 home runs and 230 runs batted in in 614 games. He played for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in 1946-1947, winning the league's Most Valuable Player award for 1947, when he hit .341 with 21 home runs and 110 RBIs. Mr. Lupien was the baseball coach at Dartmouth College from 1956-1976, compiling a record of 313-305. He died on July 9, 2004 at the age of 87.

75 years ago
1942


War
German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York, England in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck in March. The U.S.S.R. news agency Tass reported that an American plane had landed in Siberia on April 18, the day four Japanese cities had been bombed, and that the crew had been interned "in accordance with international law."

Abominations
The New York Times reported that 1,100 Norwegian teachers who refused to join the teachers' association created by Minister President Vidkun Quisling were being sent to labour camps.

Religion
Most Rev. William Temple was installed as the 95th Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England at Canterbury Cathedral.

Economics and finance
The U.S.A. and Peru reached an agreement in Washington whereby the United States would advance a $1,125,000 credit for an increase in Peruvian rubber production; establish a $25-million credit for Peruvian public works; and agree to buy all surplus Peruvian rubber for five years.

Labour
A U.S. federal grand jury in Illinois acquitted Toledo, Peoria & Western Railroad President George McNair and two other officials of violating the National Railway Labor Act by coercing union employees.

70 years ago
1947


Literature
Why They Behave Like Russians, a study of the Soviet Union by John Fischer, was published by Harpers.

Americana
The U.S. Senate passed a bill changing the name of Colorado's Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam in honour of former President Herbert Hoover.

Abominations
Hans Biebow, chief of German Nazi administration of the Łódź Ghetto in occupied Poland during World War II, went on trial in Łódź for crimes against humanity.

War
U.S. War Secretary Robert Patterson ordered the elimination of the distinction between officers and enlisted men on national cemetery grave markers.

A. U.S. federal court in New York sentenced multimillionaire international financier Serge Rubinstein to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for draft evasion during World War II.

Politics and government
Chinese Premier Chang Chun announced his new cabinet, taking 16 of its 26 members from the governing Kuomintang.

Economics and finance
At the Moscow conference of foreign ministers, the "Big Four" nations (U.S.A., U.K., U.S.S.R., France) agreed to devalue the German reichsmark, cancelling most of the currency now in circulation.

The International Wheat Conference ended a five-week session in London without an agreement after the United Kingdom rejected a five-year stabilization plan.

Labour
United Steel Workers of America President Philip Murray promised "peace in the industry for two years" as he signed a contract with U.S. Steel providing for a 12 1/2c hourly wage increase plus a 2 1/2c hourly increase in fringe benefits.

The Iowa state legislature passed a law banning closed shops, union shops, and dues checkoffs.

60 years ago
1957


Television
Robert Strom, 10, a science enthusiast from Bronx, New York, won $192,000--then a record for quiz shows--after successfully completing three rounds on The $64,000 Question on CBS.

Aviation
The United States Air Force disclosed that North American Aviation was building the airframe, and Reaction Motors the liquid-propellant rocket engine, of the experimental X-15 rocket plane, designed to fly faster and higher "than any other manned aircraft ever before has flown."

Politics and government
Chilean President Carlos Ibanez named five new cabinet ministers in order to quell growing unrest as left-wing groups charged police with the destruction of a Communist-owned printing plant during recent riots.

Journalism
U.S. State Secretary John Foster Dulles ured journalists to propose plans under which "a strictly limited number of responsible correspondents" could "go to Communist China on behalf of [the] newsgathering community as a whole."

Economics and finance
South Korean Ambassador to the United States You Chan Yang protested U.S. proposals for modification of her trade policy on China, expressing concern that "some of our allies are going to build up Communist China industrially."

50 years ago
1967


Space
The U.S.S.R. launched Soyuz 1 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, with Vladimir Komarov the sole crewman.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson arrived in West Germany to begin a three-day visit, beginning with the funeral of former West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

Politics and government
King Hussein of Jordan appointed former diplomat Saad Jumma as Prime Minister, following elections for the 60-seat Chamber of Deputies which had seen 32 incumbents re-elected, with 5 members of the anti-Hussein Muslim Brotherhood elected.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Tu mi rubi l'anima--Collage (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Swiss Lady--Pepe Lienhard Band (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Lay Back in the Arms of Someone--Smokie (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): Knowing Me, Knowing You--ABBA (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Don't Leave Me this Way--Thelma Houston

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Hotel California--Eagles
2 Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul
3 Southern Nights--Glen Campbell
4 I've Got Love on My Mind--Natalie Cole
5 So In to You--Atlanta Rhythm Section
6 Rich Girl--Daryl Hall and John Oates
7 Right Time of the Night--Jennifer Warnes
8 Lido Shuffle--Boz Scaggs
9 When I Need You--Leo Sayer
10 Tryin' to Love Two--William Bell

Singles entering the chart were Mainstreet by Bob Seger (#77); On the Border by Al Stewart (#78); You and Me by Alice Cooper (#80); Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith (#81); My Best Friend's Wife by Paul Anka (#82); I Just Want to Be Your Everything by Andy Gibb (#86); Spirit in the Night by Manfred Mann's Earth Band (#870; Do You Wanna Make Love by Peter McCann (#92); Hooked on You by Bread (#94); High on Love by Elliott Randall (#97); and Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) by Waylon Jennings (#98).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Don't Give Up on Us--David Soul
2 The Things We Do for Love--10 C.C.
3 Dancing Queen--ABBA
4 Don't Leave Me this Way--Thelma Houston
5 So In to You--Atlanta Rhythm Section
6 Hotel California--Eagles
7 I've Got Love on My Mind--Natalie Cole
8 Southern Nights--Glen Campbell
9 Right Time of the Night--Jennifer Warnes
10 Rich Girl--Daryl Hall and John Oates

Singles entering the chart were Once in a Long Time by Christopher Ward (#85); Disco Inferno by the Trammps (#88); Forecast (Heartbreak, Rain and Tears) by Charity Brown (#89); Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (#90); Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett (#91); Ariel by Dean Friedman (#94); You are on My Mind by Chicago (#95); Got to Give it Up (Part 1) by Marvin Gaye (#96); Undercover Angel by Alan O'Day (#97); High School Dance by the Sylvers (#98); Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") by Bill Conti (#99); and That Magic Touch by Angel (#100).

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Semi-Finals
New York Islanders 3 @ Montreal 4 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Steve Shutt scored the winning goal at 4:07 of the 3rd period as the Canadiens edged the Islanders at the Montreal Forum.

WHA
Avco World Trophy
Semi-Finals
Indianapolis 1 @ Quebec 3 (Quebec led best-of-seven series 1-0)

CHL
Adams Cup
Finals
Tulsa 0 @ Kansas City 3 (Kansas City led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Bill McKenzie posted his second shutout of the playoffs to win the goaltending duel over Bruce Bullock as the Blues blanked the Oilers at Kemper Memorial Arena.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10 (CKRA)
1 Lean on Me—Club Nouveau
2 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now—Starship
3 Wild Horses—Gino Vannelli
4 Somewhere Out There—Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram
5 Don’t Dream it’s Over—Crowded House
6 Montego Bay—Amazulu
7 I Knew You were Waiting (For Me)—Aretha Franklin and George Michael
8 Let’s Go!—Wang Chung
9 Tonight, Tonight, Tonight--Genesis
10 Bigtime--Expose

On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: One Day in April: 1961

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Finals
Toronto 7 @ Detroit 2 (Toronto led best-of-seven series 2-0)
Winnipeg 3 @ Edmonton 5 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 2-0)

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Stay--Shakespears Sister (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Tanka Prasad Acharya, 79 or 80
. Prime Minister of Nepal, 1956-1957. Mr. Acharya was the founding leader of Nepal Praja Parishad (Nepal People's Council). He served as Prime Minister from January 27, 1956-July 26, 1957, when he resigned.

Satyajit Ray, 70. Indian film director and writer. Mr. Ray, probably the most famous director in Bollywood history, was known for such films as Pather Panchali (1955); Aparajito (1956); Apur Sansar (The World of Apu) (1959); and Agantuk (The Stranger) (1991). He was honoured with an Academy Award for lifetime achievement just before his death.

Environment
Canadian Environment Minister Jean Charest announced that 22,000 square kilometres on Baffin Island would be the site of a new national park.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Montreal 2 @ Hartford 5 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Boston 3 @ Buffalo 2 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-1)
New York Rangers 1 @ New Jersey 3 (New Jersey led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Washington 4 @ Pittsburgh 6 (Washington led best-of-seven series 2-1)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Don't Let Go (Love)--En Vogue (4th week at #1)

Business
Ted England, head trader at Peters & Company, purchased 100 shares of Bell Canada, the last trade ever made on the trading floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange, as the TSE closed its floor after 145 years and moved to computer trading.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Division Semi-Finals
Buffalo 0 @ Ottawa 1 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
Philadelphia 1 @ Pittsburgh 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)
Florida 2 @ New York Rangers 3 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-1)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Boris Yeltsin, 76
. 1st President of Russia, 1991-1999. Mr. Yeltsin was a Communist and a member of the Politburo before resigning and leading the opposition to President Mikhail Gorbachev. Mr. Yeltsin was chairman of the Russian Supreme Soviet in 1990-1991, and became Russia's first President during the final months of the existence of the Soviet Union. He liberalized the ecoomy, but it was taken over by oligarchs, and Russia suffered severe economic and social problems. Mr. Yeltsin resigned under pressure on December 31, 1999 and was succeeded as President by Vladimir Putin.

Paul Erdman, 74. Canadian-born U.S. economist and author. Dr. Erdman, a native of Stratford, Ontario, was involved with a Swiss bank in the late 1960s, and served time in prison for fraud after the bank collapsed. While serving time, he began writing novels about finance, including The Billion Dollar Sure Thing (1973); The Silver Bears (1974); and The Crash of '79 (1976). Dr. Erdman died of cancer.

David Halberstam, 73. U.S. journalist and author. Mr. Halberstam was with The New York Times as a correspondent in Vietnam when he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for International Reporting. He wrote several books about the Vietnam War, the best known being The Best and the Brightest (1972). Mr. Halberstam wrote several excellent books on sports in his later years, including The Breaks of the Game (1981); Summer of '49 (1989); and October 1964 (1994). He was killed in a car accident in Menlo Park, California, 13 days after his 73rd birthday, while on his way to conduct an interview for a book he was intending to write about the 1958 National Football League championship game.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Conference Quarter-Finals
Dallas 1 @ Vancouver 4 (Vancouver won best-of-seven series 4-3)