220 years ago
The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a process of making fertilizer.
100 years ago
The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Cardinals at Sportsman’s park in St. Louis by scores of 9-3 and 4-0. Three Finger Brown was the winning pitcher in the first game, and King Cole pitched a no-hitter in the second game, which was stopped in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Cubs were batting and had the bases loaded, but the game was called in order for both teams to make train connections to eastern cities.
80 years ago
Died on this date
Hazel Johnson. The wife of Washington Nationals’ manager and former pitching great Walter Johnson died in Washington, suffering from heat exhaustion. She had driven to Washington from Kansas the previous week during the hottest month yet recorded in the United States. The Johnsons had five children.
Lou Gehrig hit his 7th career grand slam as the New York Yankees edged the Boston Red Sox 14-13.
75 years ago
Wes Ferrell hit 2 home runs in a game for the third time in his major league career as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 6-4 win over Bobo Newsom and the Washington Nationals.
Mel Harder of the Cleveland Indians also hit 2 home runs, but lost 6-4 to the Chicago White Sox.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: Please Don’t Tease--Cliff Richard (2nd week at #1)
40 years ago
Edmonton’s top 10
1 Mama Told Me (Not to Come)--Three Dog Night
2 Spill the Wine--Eric Burdon and War
3 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
4 A Little Bit of Soap--Paul Davis
5 Gimme Dat Ding--The Pipkins
6 Hitchin’ a Ride--Vanity Fare
7 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
8 Pearl--Tommy Roe
9 I Just Can’t Help Believing--B.J. Thomas
10 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor
Died on this date
Anne de Leusse, 15. French girl. Miss de Leusse died of a rare form of collagen disease. Her story was told by her mother Claude de Leusse in the book For Love of Anne (1972).
Uruguayan terrorists kidnapped Dan Mitrione, 50, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Brazilian Consul Aloysio Mares Gomide, 41, in Montevideo.
After a lengthy debate that precipitated a government split, Israel’s cabinet voted 17-6 to accept the Middle East peace proposal of U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers, which called for a 90-day standstill cease-fire between Israel and Egypt and negotiations conducted by Gunnar Jarring, Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S.S.R., who had previously tried to bring the two sides together. The Gahal party, which favoured retention of all Arab land taken in the Six-Day War in 1967, cast the six votes against the Rogers proposal, and quit the government.
In Amman, 25,000 demonstrators cheered a call by a Palestinian guerrilla leader for the "liberation" of all of Palestine and the rejection of the peace formula.
The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut declared a state of emergency, and the city was placed under a 9 P.M.-5 A.M. curfew to "limit the dangers to life and property" after three days of rioting by Negro and Puerto Rican youths. A 28-year-old Puerto Rican man was shot, reportedly by a policeman.
Edmonton (0-1) 11 @ Saskatchewan (2-0) 23
The Roughriders ruined Ray Jauch’s regular season debut as a head coach as Jack Abendschan tied what was then a single game record with 5 field goals. The 13,960 fans at Taylor Field in Regina saw the Saskatchewan defense hold the Eskimos to 7 yards rushing. Former B.C. Lion Leroy Sledge, playing his first game as an Eskimo and his last in the CFL, carried 5 times for 7 yards and caught 1 pass for 5 yards. Dave Cutler accounted for all of the Edmonton scoring with 3 field goals and 2 singles.
The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati 7-1 and 11-3. Rookie sensation Wayne Simpson was the Reds’ staring pitcher in the first game, but left with what turned out to be a torn rotator cuff. He pitched in only 2 games during the remainder of the season, and never fully recovered.
30 years ago
Three days of racial violence in Orlando, Florida concluded.
Chrysler Corporation reported the greatest loss ever by a U.S. car maker: $536.1 million during the second quarter of 1980.
The Albertan published its last edition. The Calgary morning newspaper had been bought by the Toronto Sun chain, and began publishing on August 1 as The Calgary Sun.
10 years ago
Politics and government
Moshe Katsav, a member of the opposition Likud Party who had once been the youngest mayor in Israel, was elected the country’s President by a vote of 63-57 on the second ballot in the Knesset. His opponent was former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, an ally of current Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Mr. Katsav, a native of Iran, became the first Israeli President to have been born in an Islamic country.
The U.S. Republican National Convention opened in Philadelphia. The party platform struck a relatively moderate tone, although it kept strong language opposing abortion rights and advocating that such opposition be required of nominees for federal courts. General Colin Powell delivered the keynote speech and said he believed that presumptive presidential nominee George W. Bush's commitment to "compassionate conservatism" could help bring the races together.
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that Canada’s federal law prohibiting the possession of marijuana was unconstitutional because it failed to recognize that some people with chronic illnesses could use marijuana as medicine. The court gave the federal government one year to amend the law.
CanWest Global Communications Corporation announced a $3.5-billion takeover of all the major Canadian newspapers held by Conrad Black’s Hollinger Inc.
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