125 years ago
Al Atkinson pitched his second career no-hitter as the Philadelphia Athletics edged the New York Metropolitans 3-2 in an American Association game at Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia.
120 years ago
The Cleveland Spiders defeated the Cincinnati Reds 12-3 in the first major league game at League Park in Cleveland before a crowd of about 9,500. Cy Young was the winning pitcher.
80 years ago
The Empire State Building, then the world's tallest at 102 storeys, opened in New York City.
70 years ago
At the movies
Citizen Kane premiered in New York City.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: No Friend Like an Old Friend, starring Judith Evelyn, Ruth Ford, and Tom Helmore
Mickey Mantle his his first major league home run as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3. Minnie Minoso, in his first game with Chicago, homered in his first at bat.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Runaway--Del Shannon (2nd week at #1)
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro announced that Cuba was now a socialist state and that he had banned elections.
40 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: Double Barrel--Dave and Ansell Collins
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (3rd week at #1)
2 Put Your Hand in the Hand--Ocean
3 Never Can Say Goodbye--The Jackson 5
4 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
5 Stay Awile--The Bells
6 Another Day--Paul McCartney
7 Bridge Over Troubled Water--Aretha Franklin
9 What’s Going On--Marvin Gaye
10 We Can Work it Out--Stevie Wonder
Singles entering the chart included The Drum by Bobby Sherman (#49); Reach Out I’ll Be There by Diana Ross (#60); Nathan Jones by the Supremes (#69); I Cried by James Brown (#70); You’re My Man by Lynn Anderson (#72); I’m Comin’ Home by Dave Edmunds (#76); Feelin’ Alright by Grand Funk Railroad (#77); A Mama and a Papa by Ray Stevens (#85); House at Pooh Corner by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (#87); Hot Love by T. Rex (#88); Indian Reservation by the Raiders (#98); and Sea Cruise by Johnny Rivers (#100).
Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night (2nd week at #1)
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Jodie--Joey Gregorash
4 Another Day--Paul McCartney
5 One Toke Over the Line--Brewer and Shipley
6 Carry Me--Stampeders
7 Power to the People--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
8 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
10 Woodstock--Matthews’ Southern Comfort
Singles entering the chart included Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones (#45); It Don’t Come Easy by Ringo Starr (#54); I’m Comin’ Home by Dave Edmunds (#61); and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Aretha Franklin (#100).
Calgary’s top 10
2 I Am...I Said--Neil Diamond
3 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
4 Chick-A-Boom--Daddy Dewdrop
5 Another Day--Paul McCartney
6 A Country Boy Named Willy--Spring
7 Eighteen--Alice Cooper
8 I Play and Sing--Dawn
9 Indian Reservation--Raiders
10 Snow Blind Friend--Steppenwolf
Pick hit of the week: Garden of Ursh--Karen Young
The U.S. national passenger train system Amtrak began operating.
Canonero II, a "dark" horse from Venezuela ridden by Gustavo Avila, won the 97th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville in a time of 2:03 1/5. First prize money was $145,500; Canonero II, so lightly regarded that he had been placed in the mutuel field at 8-1 odds, paid $19.40 to win. Jim French, with Angel Cordero, Jr. aboard, placed second, with Bold Reason third in the 20-horse field. Unconscious, the 5-2 pre-race favourite, finished fifth.
30 years ago
On the radio
Nightfall, on CBC
Tonight's episode: Breaking Point
This blogger spent an enjoyable evening with the CPR Stockholders of Edmonton, our local Sherlock Holmes society, at the Jagerbeiz, a Swiss restaurant. Appropriately, the quiz for the occasion was on the short story The Final Problem.
25 years ago
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Manic Monday--Bangles
2 Let's Go All the Way--Sly Fox
3 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.--John Cougar Mellencamp
4 Kiss--Prince and the Revolution
5 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys
6 Bad Boy--Miami Sound Machine
7 Harlem Shuffle--Rolling Stones
8 Addicted to Love--Robert Palmer
9 Tender Love--Force M.D.’s
10 Why Can’t This Be Love--Van Halen
11 If You Leave--Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
12 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
13 Eurasian Eyes--Corey Hart
14 Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)--Glass Tiger
15 She Sells Sanctuary--The Cult
16 Something About You--Level 42
17 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
18 Vienna Calling--Falco
19 Feel it Again--Honeymoon Suite
20 Your Love--Outfield
21 Live to Tell--Madonna
22 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
23 All I Need is a Miracle--Mike & the Mechanics
24 A Good Heart--Feargal Sharkey
25 Is it Love--Mr. Mister
26 What You Need--INXS
27 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
28 Angel in My Pocket--One to One
29 Move Away--Culture Club
30 April Fool--Chalk Circle
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Prince of Wales Conference Finals
New York Rangers 1 @ Montreal 2 (Montreal led best-of-seven series 1-0)
20 years ago
On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight’s episode: The House That Jack Built
Nolan Ryan, 44, pitched his seventh and last major league no-hitter as the Texas Rangers blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 at Arlington Stadium.
Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics broke Lou Brock's major league career record, stealing his 939th base in a game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum against the New York Yankees. Mr. Brock was in attendance to salute Mr. Henderson.
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