220 years ago
The first U.S. copyright law was enacted, protecting books, maps, and other original materials.
120 years ago
George Gore, Buck Ewing, and Roger Connor hit consecutive home runs in the 8th inning as the New York Giants whipped the Pittsburgh Burghers 23-3 in a Players League game.
90 years ago
Gaston Chevrolet won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 88.16 miles per hour.
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds split two games at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In the first game, Cubs’ pitcher Grover "Pete" Alexander ended the game with a home run in the 10th inning as the Cubs won 3-2. It was Mr. Alexander’s 11th straight win. The Reds won the second game 4-2 behind the pitching of Jimmy Ring.
The New York Yankees outslugged the Washington Nationals 7-6 and 10-7 at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Yankees scored 3 runs in the 9th inning to win the first game, and Babe Ruth hit a tremendous home run off Walter Johnson in the 8th inning of the second game.
80 years ago
Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Clint Eastwood!
The St. Louis Browns scored the tying run against the Chicago White Sox and ace pitcher Red Faber with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, and then Oscar Melillo stole home plate to give the Browns a 3-2 win.
60 years ago
On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: Command Performance
40 years ago
Died on this date
Terry Sawchuk, 40. Canadian hockey goaltender. Mr. Sawchuk played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League, beginning with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1949-50 season (he played his first game in January 1950). He played for the Red Wings from 1950-55; 1957-64; and 1968-69. He also played for the Boston Bruins, 1955-57; Toronto Maple Leafs, 1964-67; Los Angeles Kings, 1967-68; and New York Rangers, 1969-70. He won 447 regular season games and 54 playoff games. Mr. Sawchuk recorded 103 regular season shutouts--the first on January 15, 1950, and the last on February 1, 1970. His shutout total stood as a league record until it was broken by Martin Brodeur in 2009. Mr. Sawchuk played on Stanley Cup championship teams (not counting his brief time with the Red Wings in 1950) with Detroit in 1952, 1954, and 1955, and with Toronto in 1967. His best season was probably 1951-52, when he played in every game, posting a 1.90 goals against average with 12 shutouts during the regular season. He followed that with 4 shutouts in the playoffs, giving up just 5 goals as the Red Wings swept to the Stanley Cup in the minimum 8 games. Shortly after the Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round, Mr. Sawchuk and teammate Ron Stewart, who had both been drinking, got into a fight over expenses on the house they shared on Long Island. Mr. Sawchuk fell on top of Mr. Stewart’s bent knee and suffered severe internal injuries. While in hospital, Mr. Sawchuk told police that he accepted full responsibility for the incident. Several operations on his liver were unsuccessful, and he died of a blood embolism.
An earthquake hit Peru’s northern Andes and coastline; more than 50,000 were killed, 150,000-200,000 were injured, and 20,000 were missing. The quake destroyed 80% of all structures in the area. With dams weakened by the tremor, Llanganuca Lake in the Andes burst its dams and swept away the towns of Yungay and Caras, with a combined population of 80,000.
Luis Aparicio and Walt Williams each had 5 hits and Mr. Williams scored 5 runs as the Chicago White Sox outlasted the Boston Red Sox 22-13.
In the Baltimore Orioles’ 6-1 loss to the California Angels, Baltimore center fielder Paul Blair was hit in the face by a pitch thrown by reliever Ken Tatum. He was taken off the field with a broken nose and other fractures, and required plastic surgery. He remained an excellent center fielder, but was never as good a hitter again.
30 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Funkytown--Lipps, Inc.
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Funkytown--Lipps, Inc.
2 Call Me--Blondie
3 Biggest Part of Me--Ambrosia
4 Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer--Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes
5 Lost in Love--Air Supply
6 Cars--Gary Numan
7 Sexy Eyes--Dr. Hook
8 Coming Up--Paul McCartney
9 Hurt So Bad--Linda Ronstadt
10 The Rose--Bette Midler
Funkytown was an obnoxious last gasp of disco. Coming Up was from Mr. McCartney’s album McCartney II, which, like his McCartney album from 1970, had Mr. McCartney playing all the instruments. The Rose was the title song of a movie starring Ms. Midler.
Died on this date
Henry Viney, 69. Canadian sportscaster. Mr. Viney was an amateur basketball referee for many years, and officiated major competitions of the Edmonton Grads. He spent 35 years with CFCN radio and television in Calgary, appearing for many years on broadcasts of Calgary Stampeders’ football games, and doing television editorials under the title As I See It on the late news every weeknight ("That’s the way I see it; I’m Henry Viney."). Mr. Viney regularly contributed articles to the programs for Stampeders’ home games from the 1950s through 1979. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. An arena in northeast Calgary is named in his honour.
Pope John Paul II continued his visit to France as he met with French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in Paris to discuss world problems. The pontiff later met with 15,000 Polish immigrants and their descendants at the Eiffel Tower and said mass for 2,500 workers at the Basilica of St. Denis in a working-class suburb of Paris.
The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Boston Red Sox 19-8 despite giving up 6 home runs. 4 of the Boston home runs came in the 4th inning, including consecutive homers by Tony Perez, Carlton Fisk, and Butch Hobson.
25 years ago
Three days after a riot instigated by English fans at Heysel Stadium in Brussels that resulted in 39 deaths, the British government announced a ban on travel to continental Europe for English soccer teams and their fans for the foreseeable future.
20 years ago
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his entourage, which included his wife Raisa, were welcomed at the White House by U.S. President George Bush and his wife Barbara. The leaders and their aides met twice, focusing on the issue of German reunification, but failed to resolve the question of a united Germany’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which Mr. Gorbachev opposed. Mrs. Gorbachev helped to open an exhibit of Russian religious texts at the Library of Congress, and a number of leaders in the arts, entertainment, and politics attended a reception hosted by the Gorbachevs at the Soviet embassy.
Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat denied that the PLO had any official connection with the previous day's raid on the coast of Israel by guerrillas in speedboats, which resulted in the capture of both boats and the deaths of four guerrillas. A radical faction of the PLO had claimed responsibility. Israeli leaders called on the United States to end its diplomatic contacts with the PLO.
10 years ago
Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi declared that Ethiopia had recovered all the territory it had lost in earlier fighting with Eritrea, and that the war was over. Eritrea said that the war would continue.
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