300 years ago
The month-long Siege of Belgrade ended with Prince Eugene of Savoy's Austrian troops capturing the city from the Ottoman Empire.
150 years ago
U.S. Army General Philip Sheridan was relieved of his command at New Orleans after being appointed to head the Department of the Missouri in order to pacify the Plains. Gen. Joseph Mower was left in command at New Orleans.
100 years ago
Died on this date
Harry Brown, 19. Canadian soldier. Private Brown of the 10th Battalion Québec Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force, died of wounds near Hill 70, near Loos, France. After his company was surrounded and the signal lines cut, Pvt. Brown delivered a message across no-man's land while severely wounded. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on October 17, 1917.
90 years ago
The Dole Air Derby from Oakland to Honolulu concluded with only two of the eight planes that had started the race landing in Hawaii. The others crashed or disappeared, with the loss of a total of 10 lives. Arthur Goebel in his modified Travel Air 5000 plane Woolaroc, with William V. Davis as navigator, won the race in a time of 26 hours 17 minutes to win the $25,000 first prize. The Breese-Wilde 5 Monoplane Aloha, piloted by Martin Jensen, with Paul Schluter as navigator, arrived after 28 hours 16 minutes, to win the second prize money of $10,000. Mr. Jensen gave Mr. Schluter only $25 for his efforts.
80 years ago
The Alberta Bank Employees Civil Rights Act was disallowed by the Supreme Court of Canada. The act was passed by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, dominated by the majority Social Credit government of Premier William Aberhart.
75 years ago
U.S. Marines raided the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin.
70 years ago
The Radcliffe Line--the border between the Dominions of India and Pakistan--was revealed.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)--Marty Robbins
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Banana Boat Song--Harry Belafonte (6th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): All Shook Up--Elvis Presley (6th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tammy--Debbie Reynolds
2 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter--Billy Williams
3 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear--Elvis Presley
4 Bye Bye Love--The Everly Brothers
5 It's Not for Me to Say--Johnny Mathis
6 White Silver Sands--Don Rondo
7 Love Letters in the Sand--Pat Boone
8 Send for Me--Nat "King" Cole
9 Whispering Bells--The Dell-Vikings
10 Diana--Paul Anka
Singles entering the chart were Marching Along to the Blues (#45)/Dancin' (#52) by Perry Como; Lotta Lovin' by Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps (#51); and Soft Sand by the Chordettes (#60).
Saskatchewan (0-1) 20 @ British Columbia (1-0) 44
50 years ago
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Black Velvet Band--Johnny Kelly (4th week at #1)
Hamilton (1-1) 17 @ Montreal (0-2) 16
Montreal kicker Ron Parson missed 2 short field goal attempts in the 4th quarter--hitting the goal post on one, and being wide on the other--enabling the Tiger-Cats to escape with a victory over the Alouettes at Molson Stadium. It was the last game in a Hamilton uniform for rookie defensive back Mike Law, and the last game in the 14-year Hall of Fame career of Hamilton offensive end Hal Patterson, who suffered a kidney injury when hit by Montreal linebacker Al Ecuyer.
40 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I Feel Love--Donna Summer (5th week at #1)
The U.S.S.R. icebreaker Arktika became the first surface ship to reach the North Pole.
Saskatchewan (3-3) 27 @ Toronto (2-4) 26
British Columbia (4-2) 25 @ Winnipeg (2-3) 17
Ron Lancaster threw a touchdown pass to Steve Mazurak with 1:04 remaining in the game, and Bob Macoritti's convert gave the Roughriders their win over the Argonauts before 49,714 fans at Exhibition Stadium. Toronto led 25-13 in the 3rd quarter.
Leon Bright returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and caught a 65-yard TD pass from Jerry Tagge to lead the Lions over the Blue Bombers before a capcacity crowd of 25,210 at Winnipeg Stadium. Winnipeg kicker Bernie Ruoff made a 95-yard kickoff, the longest of the season in the Canadian Football League.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): The Loco-Motion--Kylie Minogue (2nd week at #1)
Died on this date
Clarence Brown, 97. U.S. film director. Mr. Brown directed 53 movies, including seveal that starred Greta Garbo. His films included The Eagle (1925); Flesh and the Devil (1927); A Woman of Affairs (1928); Romance (1930); Anna Christie (1930); A Free Soul (1931); Anna Karenina (1935); The Rains Came (1939); The Human Comedy (1943); The White Cliffs of Dover (1944); National Velvet (1944); The Yearling (1946); Intruder in the Dust (1949); and Angels in the Outfield (1951). Mr. Brown was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director five times, but never won.
Rudolf Hess, 93. German Nazi politician. Mr. Hess was Adolf Hitler's deputy in the Nazi regime in the 1930s and early 1940s. He was captured in Scotland in 1941 after flying solo on an apparent attempt at a peace mission. Tried at Nuremberg after World War II, he was sentenced to life in Spandau Prison in Berlin. The Soviets always refused permission for Mr. Hess to be released, and he was the prison's only inmate for the last 30 years of his life, which ended when he reportedly committed suicide.
25 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): L.S.I.--Shamen
Died on this date
Michael Ralph, 32. Canadian soldier. A member of 22 Field Squadron, Sergeant Ralph was killed by a land mine during operations in Croatia and became the first soldier with the United Nations Protection Force to be killed in Operation Harmony, the Canadian participation in Bosnia and Croatia.
Politics and government
The Republican National Convention opened at the Astrodome in Houston. Pat Buchanan, who had opposed President George Bush for renomination as the party’s 1992 candidate for President of the United States, endorsed Mr. Bush in a fiery speech. Former President Ronald Reagan then delivered an excellent speech in what turned out to be his last major public appearance.
Former Hull, Quebec Mayor Marcel Beaudry was appointed Chairman of Canada's National Capital Commission, replacing Jean Pigott.
Stan McKay, a Cree from Manitoba, was elected the first aboriginal Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
U.S. Actor-director Woody Allen admitted being romantically involved with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his longtime companion, actress Mia Farrow.
Kevin Gross pitched a no-hitter as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the San Francisco Giants 2-0 before 25,561 fans at Dodger Stadium.
Mark Lemke doubled home David Justice with 2 out in the top of the 10th inning to break a 4-4 tie and give the Atlanta Braves a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates before 38,062 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
Frank Thomas drove in 2 runs with a sacrifice fly and a single to help the Chicago White Sox edge the New York Yankees 4-3 before 38,553 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
Mike Macfarlane batted 3 for 4 with a home run, 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 3 runs batted in to help the Kansas City Royals defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 before 28,927 fans at Royals Stadium. Mr. Macfarlane's 2-run homer was the key hit of a 4-run 6th inning.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Men in Black--Will Smith (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: I'll Be Missing You--Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112 (5th week at #1)
Canadian-born country singer Hank Snow was honoured as the old Canadian National train station in Liverpool, Nova Scotia reopened as the Hank Snow Country Music Centre. Mr. Snow, 83, was too ill to attend, but donated two vintage cars and one of his rhinestone suits to the centre.
10 years ago
Died on this date
Bill Deedes, 94. U.K. journalist and politician. Mr. Deedes, a Conservative, represented Ashford in the House of Commons from 1950-1974, and was Minister Without Portfolio from 1962-1964. He joined the London Morning Post as a reporter in 1931, then with the Daily Telegraph after the latter paper acquired the former in 1937. Mr. Deedes edited the Daily Telegraph from 1974-1986, and continued his career as a journalist after being made a life peer; he was still writing a column at the time of his death.
Eddie Griffin, 25. U.S. basketball player. Mr. Griffin was a forward and center with the Houston Rockets (2001-03) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2004-07), scoring 2,171 points (7.2 per game), with 1,744 rebounds (5.8 per game) , 236 assists (0.8 per game), and 518 blocks (1.7 per game) in 303 games. He had a long history of heavy drinking, and sat out the entire 2003-04 season when he entered an alcohol rehabilitation centre after signing with the New Jersey Nets. Mr. Griffin signed with Minnesota for 2004-05, but the drinking continued, and he was released by the Timberwolves in March 2007. He was trying to get in shape in order to play in Europe when he drove drunk and was killed when he crashed his car into a moving train at 1:30 A.M. after ignoring a warning signal.
British Columbia (5-2-1) 45 @ Calgary (3-4-1) 45
Calgary quarterback Henry Burris rushed for 2 touchdowns and passed for 4 others as the Stampeders tied the Lions before 30,826 fans at McMahon Stadium.
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