190 years ago
Born on this date
Elias Howe. U.S. inventor. Mr. Howe invented the first practical sewing machine, which he patented on September 10, 1846. He died at the age of 48 on October 3, 1867.
60 years ago
On the radio
Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Sleeping Dog
40 years ago
Died on this date
Herbert Hoover, Jr., 65. U.S. bureaucrat. The son of the former president became undersecretary of state for the United States.
The first troops came home to the United States as part of U.S. President Richard Nixon's program of gradual withdrawal from Vietnam.
The United States Department of Justice intensified its school desegregation efforts by accusing the board of education of Chicago and the state board in Georgia of segregation. The department contended that Chicago practiced faculty segregation and that Georgia maintained an unconstitutional dual system.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats edged the Edmonton Eskimos 22-21 at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton in the first pre-season game for both clubs.
Tom Seaver came within two outs of a perfect game as the New York Mets blanked the Chicago Cubs 4-0 before 59,083 at Shea Stadium in New York for their second straight victory in a crucial series of games. Obscure rookie outfielder Jimmy Qualls hit a single with one out in the 9th inning to ruin Mr. Seaver’s bid for perfection.
Joe Coleman pitched a 3-hitter as the Washington Senators blanked the Cleveland Indians 3-0 at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington. U.S. President Richard Nixon was at the game; it was the fourth game he’d been to at RFK that year, and the first one that the Senators had won.
30 years ago
In Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini declared a general amnesty for "offenses committed under the past regime," except for murder and torture. The decree affected about 3,000 political prisoners.
The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee opened hearings on the SALT-II (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) treaty. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance testified, "The issue we face is not whether does wverything we would like it to do, either from an arms control or security perspective. The issue is whether we are better served with this treaty or without it. I think the answer to that is clear." He also said, "We cannot expect to shift the bargain more to our favor." Defense Secretary Harold Brown, under questioning by Republican Senator Howard Baker, said that it was "probably true" that under the treaty the explosive power contained in Soviet land-based ntercontinental missiles would rise from a present level of about twice that of U.S. land missiles to three or four times by 1985, when the treaty expired.
After receiving pesonal assurances from Saudi Deputy Premier Prince Fahd, the administration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that Saudi Arabia was "substantially" increasing its production of crude oil. Officials close to the Saudis said that the increase would be one million barrels per day for at least three months. The increase was considered sufficient to eliminate most of the world’s oil shortage for a few months.
25 years ago
Politics and government
After just nine days in office, Canadian Prime Minister John Turner called a federal election for September 4. Mr. Turner’s last act before calling the election was to make a number of patronage appointments to various positions, a task that Mr. Turner claimed to have been forced upon him by outgoing Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.
In Nicaragua,Miguel Obando y Bravo, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Managua, led a church-sponsored march to show support for Rev. Luis Amado Pena, a priest arrested in June and charged with a plot against the Sandanista government. About 27 priests and 300 other people joined the procession. Later, the government ordered 10 foreign priests who had participated in the march to leave Nicaragua.
York Minster cathedral in England was badly damaged by fire. Eyewitnesses reported that a strange cloud had hung over the building for hours, before fire fell from heaven in the wee hours--not mere lightning but a spectacular electrical storm. On Friday, July 6, David Jenkins had been consecrated as Bishop of Durham despite publicly expressing heretical beliefs. On Saturday, the General Synod of the Church of England, meeting at York, declined to take any action. In his Sunday morning sermon in the Minster, Archbishop Habgood did not rebuke Mr. Jenkins. That night God decided to make His own comment.
20 years ago
U.S. President George Bush arrived in Warsaw to begin his first visit to eastern Europe since becoming president.
10 years ago
The British Columbia Lions opened their season with a 25-13 win over the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium, ending the Eskimos’ season-opening winning streak at 21 games. The Eskimos’ last previous loss in a season opener had been against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Clarke Stadium on July 18, 1977, when Elvis Presley was still alive. The game marked the regular season debut of Don Matthews as head coach of the Eskimos, whose only touchdown was scored by Marcus Crandell, who relieved Nealon Greene (making his Eskimo debut) at quarterback in the second half. Matt Kellett, playing his first CFL game, kicked 2 field goals and a convert for the Eskimos’ other points. Robert Drummond scored 2 touchdowns, and Rocky Henry another, for the Lions. Troy Mills rushed 12 times for 74 yards for the Eskimos, but left with a leg injury in the third quarter, and was lost for several weeks. Attendance was 33,404. This blogger assisted the TSN broadcast crew in the press box for this game.
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