Friday, 29 June 2012

July 4, 2012

150 years ago
1862


Literature
Lewis Carroll first told the story of Alice's Adventures Underground to the Liddell sisters.

100 years ago
1912


Boxing
Jack Johnson (38-5-8) retained his world heavyweight title against Fireman Jim Flynn (28-9-14) in Las Vegas, New Mexico when Captain Fred Fornoff of the New Mexico Mounted Police stepped into the ring to stop the fight in round 9 of a scheduled 45, saying the fight had turned into "a slaughter and a merely brutal exhibition." Referee W.W. Smith had repeatedly warned Mr. Flynn about head-butting, and films showed Mr. Flynn head-butting in an attempt to free himself while Mr. Johnson was holding his upper arms from behind. It was Mr. Johnson's first defense of the title since defeating former champion Jim Jeffries two years earlier to the day.

Baseball
George Mullin pitched a no-hitter as the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Browns 7-0 at Navin Field in Detroit.

70 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sleepy Lagoon--Harry James and his Orchestra (3rd week at #1)

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Duplicates, starring Patricia Ferris, Alexander Lockwood, and Darren McGavin

40 years ago
1972


Died on this date
George Schuster, 99
. U.S. auto racing driver. Mr. Schuster drove his Thomas Flyer to victory in the "Great Race" from New York to Paris in 1908.

Diplomacy
A telephone “hot line” was set up between Pyongyang and Seoul, an hour after North and South Korea agreed to end their antagonism and take steps toward peaceful reconciliation.

30 years ago
1982


Died on this date
Daniel P. Sullivan, 78
. U.S. law enforcement officer. Mr. Sullivan was an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who helped to track down John Dillinger and the Ma Barker-Alvin “Creepy” Karpis gang.

Antonio Guzman Fernandez, 71. President of the Dominican Republic, 1978-1982.
Mr. Guzman died from a bullet wound to the head. The official report said that the bullet came from Mr. Guzman’s pistol, which had accidentally discharged. There was speculation that Mr. Guzman had committed suicide, but this was officially denied. He was succeeded as President by Vice-President Jacobo Majluta Azar, who immediately announced that he would transfer power to President-elect Salvador Jorge Blanco on August 16, as scheduled.

War
Israeli troops began to prevent food, water, and fuel from entering the part of Beirut controlled by the Palestine Liberation Organization. There were 6,000 Palestinian guerrillas in the area, and about 500,000 Lebanese civilians.

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Let it Be--Ferry Aid (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Voyage, voyage--Desireless

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): It's a Sin-- Pet Shop Boys

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Star Trekkin'--The Firm (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): It's a Sin-- Pet Shop Boys

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
2 Alone--Heart
3 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
4 Songbird--Kenny G
5 Shakedown--Bob Seger
6 Always--Atlantic Starr
7 In Too Deep--Genesis
8 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
9 Just to See Her--Smokey Robinson
10 Point of No Return--Expose

Singles entering the chart were La Bamba by Los Lobos (#70); Here I Go Again by Whitesnake (#81); Shattered Glass by Laura Branigan (#85); When Smokey Sings by ABC (#86); Dreamin' by Will to Power (#87); In Love with Love by Debbie Harry (#88); Want You for My Girlfriend by 4 by Four (#89); and Falling in Love by the Fat Boys (#90). La Bamba was the title song from the movie.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
2 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros
3 Always--Atlantic Starr
4 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
5 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
6 Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)--Paul Lekakis
7 Alone--Heart
8 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
9 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew
10 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley

Singles entering the chart were Cross My Broken Heart by the Jets (#80); Too Good to Be Enough by Corey Hart (#83); It's Not Over ('Til it's Over) by Starship (#86); Wot's it to Ya by Robbie Nevil (#89); Don't You Just Know It by Amazulu (#90); Living in a Box by Living in a Box (#94); Back the High Life Again by Steve Winwood (#96); and Dragnet by The Art of Noise (#97). Dragnet was the title song from the movie.

Crime
A court in Lyons, France convicted former Nazi Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie of crimes against humanity. Previously sentenced to death in absentia, Mr. Barbie was now convicted on new charges of deportations of 842 people resulting in 370 deaths. In one incident, he was convicted of deporting 44 children and 7 adults from a children’s home to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, where all but one died. Mr. Barbie had lived in Bolivia for 32 years until being returned to France in 1983. Since the death penalty was no longer in force in France, Mr. Barbie was sentenced to life in prison.

Five policemen in South Korea were sentenced to 5-15 years in prison for the death of a student in January.

Football
CFL
Toronto (0-1-1) 33 @ Saskatchewan (0-2-1) 33

The Argonauts were leading the Roughriders 26-9 with less than 6 minutes remaining in regulation time, but Saskatchewan struck back with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Tom Burgess to Albert Brown, converted by Dave Ridgway; a 56-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Glen Suitor; and a 32-yard field goal by Dave Ridgway with 2 seconds remaining. Tony Johns rushed 4 yards for a Toronto touchdown, converted by Lance Chomyc, with 45 seconds remaining in the first 5-minute overtime period, and the Roughriders tied the game with 2:11 remaining in the second overtime period on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Burgess to Tron Armstrong, converted by Mr. Ridgway. Mr. Ridgway attempted to kick a single from field goal formation on the last play of the game, but Paul Tripoli of the Argonauts ran the ball out of the end zone to the Toronto 1-yard line. Toronto quarterback John Congemi was immediately slugged in the face by Saskatchewan defensive tackle James Curry as Mr. Suitor returned the ball for his touchdown. Several days later, CFL Commissioner Doug Mitchell suspended Mr. Curry for one game, but Mr. Curry appealed, and he never did serve the suspension.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Jump--Kris Kross (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kimi ga iru dakede--Kome Club (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Sensacion de Vivir--Xuxa (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Jump--Kris Kross

#1 single in France (SNEP): Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Knockin' on Heaven's Door--Guns N' Roses

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Abba-esque (EP)--Erasure (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)
2 Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot
3 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 Jump--Kris Kross
5 Achy Breaky Heart--Billy Ray Cyrus
6 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
7 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
8 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue
9 Tennessee--Arrested Development
10 The Best Things in Life are Free--Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson

Singles entering the chart were This Used to Be My Playground by Madonna (#80); Come and Talk to Me by Jodeci (#83); Honey Love by R. Kelly and Public Announcement (#86); Even Better than the Real Thing by U2 (#89); Give U My Heart by Babyface (featuring Toni Braxton) (#95); and Crucify by Tori Amos (#97).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 You Won't See Me Cry--Wilson Phillips
2 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
3 Hold on My Heart--Genesis
4 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey
5 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
6 America--Kim Mitchell
7 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
8 Do it to Me--Lionel Richie
9 Why--Annie Lennox
10 Steel Bars--Michael Bolton

Singles entering the chart included This Used to Be My Playground by Madonna (#60); Restless Heart by Peter Cetera (#81); and Even Better than the Real Thing by U2 (#85).

10 years ago
2002


Football
CFL
Ottawa (0-2-0-1) 24 @ Edmonton (2-0) 40

The Renegades, playing their first regular season road game, led 10-6 with 4 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter, but former Eskimo quarterback Dan Crowley completed touchdown passes of 91 yards to Denis Montana and 78 yards to Eddie Brown—also former Eskimos—to give Ottawa a 24-6 lead with 1:16 remaining. The Eskimos replied quickly, as quarterback Jason Maas completed a pass to Scott Robinson for 59 yards, and then hit Mr. Robinson with an 8-yard touchdown pass on the next play. Sean Fleming's convert made the halftime score 24-13. Ronald Williams and John Avery rushed for touchdowns in the 3rd quarter, and Mr. Maas completed a touchdown pass to Terry Vaughn in the 4th quarter to cap the Eskimos’ comeback before 30,152 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. The Ottawa defense sacked Mr. Maas 7 times. Edmonton defensive end Rahim Abdullah, playing his first CFL game, blocked a field goal.

July 3, 2012

100 years ago
1912


Baseball
The New York Giants edged the Brooklyn Dodgers 2-1 at Washington Park in Brooklyn, as Giants' pitcher Rube Marquard earned his 19th straight win in 1912, a major league record for a single season that still stands.

50 years ago
1962


World events
Algeria received her independence from France.

Baseball
Jackie Robinson became the first Negro player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was voted in in his first year of eligibility.

40 years ago
1972


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (1-0) 43 @ Montreal (0-1) 10

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Happy Talk--Captain Sensible

#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Don't You Want Me--The Human League

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Don't You Want Me--The Human League (2nd week at #1)
2 Ebony and Ivory--Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
3 Rosanna--Toto
4 Always on My Mind--Willie Nelson
5 Hurts So Good--John Cougar
6 Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me--Juice Newton
7 The Other Woman--Ray Parker, Jr.
8 Crimson and Clover--Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
9 Heat of the Moment--Asia
10 Eye of the Tiger--Survivor

Singles entering the chart were Vacation by the Go-Go's (#62); Love Will Turn You Around by Kenny Rogers (#66); And I am Telling You I'm Not Going by Jennifer Holliday (#86); Megaforce by 707 (#88); Words by Missing Persons (#89); Too Good to Turn Back Now by Rick Bowles (#90); and Gloria by Laura Branigan (#95). Megaforce was the title song from the movie that had opened in theatres on June 25, and was one of the year's biggest critical and commercial flops.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 I've Never Been to Me--Charlene (2nd week at #1)
2 Ebony and Ivory--Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
3 Body Language--Queen
4 Crimson and Clover--Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
5 Rosanna--Toto
6 Homosapien--Pete Shelly
7 The Other Woman--Ray Parker, Jr.
8 Hurts So Good--John Cougar
9 867-5309/Jenny--Tommy Tutone
10 Always on My Mind--Willie Nelson

Singles entering the chart were Hold Me by Fleetwood Mac (#43); Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger) by Donna Summer (#49); and Making Love by Roberta Flack (#50).

War
Israeli armoured troops sealed off the Muslim section of west Beirut.

Politics and government
About 70% of Mexico’s 31.5 million eligible voters cast ballots in the country’s presidential election. Results weren’t made public for two days.

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (4th week at #1)

Crime
A court in Lyon, France sentenced former Lyon Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie to life in prison for crimes against humanity.

Protest
Panamanian business leaders seeking the ouster of dictator General Manuel Antonio Noriega called for a general strike lasting from July 3-5.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (1-1) 24 @ Winnipeg (2-0) 51

Willard Reaves led the Blue Bombers’ attack with 26 rushes for over 180 yards and touchdowns of 3 and 41 yards. James Murphy added to the Winnipeg offense with 8 pass receptions for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, each covering 32 yards. Running back Cedric Minter rushed 16 times for 58 yards for the Rough Riders and returned 8 kickoffs—tying the league record for a single game—for 148 yards.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (7th week at #1)

Space
The Canadian Space Agency announced that astronauts Marc Garneau and Chris Hadfield would begin a four-year training period in August in preparation for a space flight planned to assist in the construction of the space station Freedom.

World events
Iraq’s official news agency denied that a military coup had been attempted against President Saddam Hussein.

Politics and government
Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel, running unopposed by any candidate for re-election, failed to get a majority of votes in one of the houses of the Federal Assembly. The opposition to Mr. Havel’s re-election came mainly from Slovak representatives.

10 years ago
2002


Football
CFL
Montreal (2-0) 28 @ Toronto (0-2) 12

July 2, 2012

75 years ago
1937


Disappeared on this date
Amelia Earhart, 39
. U.S. aviatrix. In 1928 Miss Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and in 1932 she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. On June 1, 1937, she and navigator Fred Noonan flew east from Miami, Florida in an attempt to fly around the world. On July 2, with 7,000 of 29,000 miles remaining, they departed Lae, New Guinea for Howland Island, more than 2,500 miles away. Their last reported position was near the Nukumanu Islands, about 800m miles into the flight. For more, see the Amelia Earhart official website.

60 years ago
1952


On the radio
I Was a Communist for the FBI, starring Dana Andrews
Tonight’s episode: Where the Red Men Roam

On television tonight
The Unexpected, hosted by Herbert Marshall, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Magnificent Lie, starring Raymond Burr, Carol Brannan, and Erville Anderson

50 years ago
1962


Died on this date
Peter Ryan, 22
. U.S.-born Canadian skier and auto racing driver. Mr. Ryan won the U.S. National Ski Association's junior downhill event in 1957, but switched to auto racing after breaking both legs in a skiing accident in 1959. A member of the Sports Car Club of America, Mr. Ryan won the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, Ontario, on September 30, 1961, when it was a sports car event. Eight days later he competed in his only Formula One event, the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York, where he finished ninth. Mr. Ryan was killed in a crash at the Coupe Internationale des Juniors Formula Junior race at Rheims, France. He was inducted as one of the charter members of the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1993.

40 years ago
1972


Died on this date
Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., 95
. U.S. religious leader. Mr. Smith was the tenth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, better known as the Mormons, from 1970-1972. One of many descendants of Mormon founder Joseph Smith, Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr. was the son of the church's sixth president, who had held the position from 1901-1918. Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr. was a member of the Quoroum of the Twelve Apostles from 1910 until his death. Under his presidency, the church continued its policy of barring Negroes from the priesthood.

Diplomacy
A five-day summit in Simla, India between Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistani President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto concluded with an agreement calling for partial troop withdrawal along their 800-mile common border. Meeting for the first time wince the December 1971 war between their countries, the two leaders agreed to return most of the land captured in the 14-day war. The summit accord also called for eventual settlement of the 25-year-old dispute over the status of Kashmir.

Terrorism
A knife-wielding South Vietnamese hijacker, later identified as an anti-war dissident while a student in the United States, was shot and killed by a passenger while struggling with a pilot of a Pan American jumbo jet at Tansonhut Airport in Saigon, after attempting to divert the plane to Hanoi.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10 (CFRN)
1 Rosanna—Toto (4th week at #1)
2 Any Day Now—Ronnie Milsap
3 Six Months in a Leaky Boat—Split Enz
4 Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me—Juice Newton
5 Island of Lost Souls—Blondie
6 Hard to Say I’m Sorry—Chicago
7 Personally—Karla Bonoff
8 Even the Nights are Better—Air Supply
9 Love Over and Over—Kate and Anna McGarrigle
10 Take Me Down—Alabama

Weather
It was one of the dreariest summer days this blogger can remember, with gray skies, low-hanging clouds, and a steady downpour.

Law
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 9-0 to uphold a New York state law prohibiting the use of children in pornographic films, photographs, or performances. The New York law also prohibited the sale of such materials. The New York Court of Appeals had previously declared the law unconstitutional on the grounds that the state could not prohibit materials that were entitled to constitutional protection from government interference, but the Supreme Court ruled that sexual exploitation and abuse of children needed to be prevented. Associate Justice Byron White stated that child pornography was a “category of material outside the protection of the First Amendment,” and therefore could be regulated whether or not it was obscene.

Economics and finance
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate had held steady in June at 9.5%, the highest level in 40 years. Unemployment had risen among adult men, while factory employment had declined. The unemployment level among Negro teenagers had reached a record 52.6%.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (3-1) 9 @ Edmonton (2-2) 16

Warren Moon rushed 15 yards in the 2nd quarter for the Eskimos’ only touchdown in their win over the Blue Bombers. The heavy rain which had fallen all day kept up throughout the game, and the attendance of approximately 25,000 was the lowest for an Eskimo game since the opening of Commonwealth Stadium in 1978. It was one of the wettest games this blogger has ever attended, and I was lucky not to get pneumonia. Mike Williams, recently acquired from the Toronto Argonauts in a trade for linebacker John Pointer and receiver Mike Smith, got into the game for a few plays at quarterback in the game’s final minutes. It was the final appearance in an Edmonton uniform for safety Pete Lavorato, who had played from 1975-1981. He subsequently played for the British Columbia Lions and Montreal Concordes. Winnipeg players whose careers ended with this game included defensive tackle York Hentschel, who had played with the Eskimos from 1975-1980; and receiver Bob Gaddis, who had played for the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts from 1977-1981 before joining the Blue Bombers during the 1981 season.

25 years ago
1987


Crime
U.S. border control agents in Sierra Blanca, Texas, 90 miles southeast of El Paso, found 19 Mexican men—18 of them dead—in a locked railroad boxcar attempting to enter the United States. 17 of the 19 men were reportedly illegal aliens. The men had entered the boxcar on the afternoon of July 1, having agreed to pay $400 each to a smuggler. Tools that the smuggler had given the men could not be used to open a hole. The lone survivor recounted the horror of the fatal entrapment.

Perennial U.S. presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche was charged with conspiring to thwart an investigation of a $1 million credit card fraud. Five organizations and 13 individuals associated with Mr. LaRouche had been indicted in 1986. The alleged fraud involved unauthorized charges to credit cards of persons who had used the cards to purchase Mr. LaRouche’s publications. The new indictment charged that Mr. LaRouche and some of his associates had sought to obstruct a grand jury investigation by destroying records, by attacking the U.S. attorney investigating the case, and by sneaking three of the original defendants out of the United States.

British murderer Ian Brady offered to assist police searches of Saddleworth Moor for bodies of his victims for the first time since being convicted of three murders in 1966.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate had declined from 6.2% in May to 6% in June, the lowest figure since December 1979.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Abba-esque (EP)--Erasure (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
Israeli President Chaim Herzog asked Labour Party leader Yitzhak Rabin to form a government, nine days after Labour had captured 44 of 120 seats in the Knesset in the country’s general election. Mr. Rabin assembled a coalition including Meretz—a coalition of three parties supporting an independent Palestinian state that had won 12 seats—and Shas, an ultra-Orthodox religious party that had taken 6 seats.

Ali Kafi, a member of Algeria’s High State Council of State, was named Chairman, succeeding Mohammed Boudiaf, who had been assassinated three days earlier. Continued military rule of Algeria seemed likely.

Crime
The Irish Republican Army admitted killing three men whose bodies had been found the previous night in South Armagh in Northern Ireland.

Environment
Canadian Fisheries Minister John Crosbie shut down the Newfoundland cod fishery for two years in an attempt to replenish dwindling stocks. 19,000 fishermen and plant workers lost their jobs for the duration of the shutdown, and they angrily rejected a government offer of $225 per week for 10 weeks as compensation.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate in June had increased to 7.8%. President George Bush said that the figure was “not good news,” but blamed part of the problem on Congress’s failure to pass his economic package.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (2-0) 21 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 19
Saskatchewan (1-1) 26 @ Edmonton (0-2) 15
Hamilton (2-0) 31 @ British Columbia (0-2) 24

10 years ago
2002


Adventure
Steve Fossett of the United States became the first person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a balloon.

July 1, 2012

150 years ago
1862


War
In the U.S. Civil War, General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate forces suffered 5,000 casualties at the hands of General George McClellan’s Union forces at Malvern Hill, Virginia. Despite his success, Gen. McClellan withdrew his troops to Harrison’s Landing. In the previous week’s fighting, the Union army casualties had been 1,734 dead; 8,062 wounded; and 6,053 missing out of an available force of 115,000. Out of a force of 95,000, Confederate casualties had been 3,478 dead; 16,261 wounded; and 875 missing.

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Fifty Beautiful Girls, starring Joseph Anthony, Brian Keith, Grace Kelly, and Rusty Lane

50 years ago
1962


World events
Burundi and Rwanda both achieved independence from Belgium.

40 years ago
1972


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Take Me Bak 'Ome--Slade

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face--Roberta Flack
2 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
3 Hurting Each Other--Carpenters
4 Vincent--Don McLean
5 Alone Again (Naturally)--Gilbert O'Sullivan
6 Without You--Nilsson
7 Most People I Know Think that I'm Crazy--The Aztecs
8 Sylvia's Mother--Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
9 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
10 A Horse with No Name--America

Singles entering the chart were Tumbling Dice by the Rolling Stones (#23); Run Run Run by Jo Jo Gunne (#31); and Rocket Man by Elton John (#37).

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
2 Outa-Space--Billy Preston
3 Nice to Be with You--Gallery
4 Lean on Me--Bill Withers
5 Troglodyte--The Jimmy Castor Bunch
6 (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All--The 5th Dimension
7 The Candy Man--Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation
8 Too Late to Turn Back Now--Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
9 I Need You--America
10 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

Singles entering the chart were Breaking Up is Hard to Do by the Partridge Family (#68); I'm Still in Love with You by Al Green (#70); Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma by Ray Charles (#76); Power of Love by Joe Simon (#81); Pop that Thang by the Isley Brothers (#92); Mother Nature by the Temptations (#87); Circus by the Mike Quatro Jam Band (#91); Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me by Mac Davis (#92); Jesahel by English Congregation (#94); What a Wonderful Thing We Have by the Fabulous Rhinestones (#97); Butterfly by Danyel Gerard (#98); Popcorn by Hot Butter (#99); and I Refuse to Smile by Mandrill (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Nice to Be with You--Gallery
2 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
3 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
4 Sylvia's Mother--Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
5 The Candy Man--Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation
6 (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All--The 5th Dimension
7 Troglodyte--The Jimmy Castor Bunch
8 I Need You--America
9 Wild Eyes--Stampeders
10 Morning has Broken--Cat Stevens

Singles entering the chart were Coconut by Nilsson (#79); Old Man by Matt Lucas (#87); Jesus Please Don't Save Me by Murray McLauchlan (#90); Motorcycle Mama by Sailcat (#91); Riverboat Ladies by Timothy (#93); and Jesus by Cliff Richard (#94).

30 years ago
1982


Politics and government
Major General Reynaldo Bignone, a retired army officer, was sworn in as President of Argentina. In his inaugural address, Maj. Gen. Bignone said that the ban on political activity, which had been in force for six years, would end. He promised to consult regularly with civilian leaders, and expressed hope that Argentina would be a true democracy by March 1984. His first task was to negotiate the release of 650 prisoners of war captured by the United Kingdom during the war in the Falkland Islands from April-June.

Health
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that starch blockers, currently popular diet aids, were unapproved and possibly dangerous, having prompted complaints of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains. Experts argued that if, as advertised, the tablets worked to block the digestion of starch, large amounts of undigested starch would reach the large intestine; intestinal bacteria would then digest the starch and cause the symptoms mentioned. The companies manufacturing the tablets were given 10 days to file a plan for discontinuing manufacture of the pills.

Religion
2,000 couples were married in a mass wedding at Madison Square Garden in New York staged by the Unification Church, the cult founded and led by South Korean pseudo-Messiah Rev. Sun Myung Moon. The marriages were not exactly made in heaven, as this article by Let Us Reason Ministries points out.

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (5th week at #1)

Personal
This blogger enjoyed the holiday formerly known as Dominion Day, which, this year, was on a Wednesday, providing a welcome break in the middle of the week. I was one of many people experiencing a warm summer night in Harris Park in downtown London, Ontario.

Politics and government
South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan announced that the next president would be chosen by direct popular vote and that he would step down on February 25, 1988. Mr. Chun acknowledged the public’s “ardent desire” for direct democracy in place of the indirect system that virtually ensured continued rule by his Democratic Justice Party.

Crime
Geoffrey Collier, former head of securities at the U.K. investment house Morgan Grenfell, became the first person convicted of insider dealing since the practice had been made illegal in Britain in 1980.

Law
U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced that District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge Robert Bork was his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Lewis Powell. Mr. Bork had been U.S. Solicitor General from 1973-1977, and had been appointed to his current position by Mr. Reagan in 1982. President Reagan called Judge Bork a “prominent and intellectually powerful advocate of judicial restraint.” U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Joe Biden (Democrat—Delaware) predicted that the fight over Judge Bork’s nomination would be contentious, while U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (Democrat—Massachusetts) attacked Judge Bork as an extremist.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-0) 40 @ Calgary (1-2) 15

B.C. linebacker Kevin Konar recovered 2 fumbles—1 in the Calgary end zone for a touchdown—and forced a third fumble, which was recovered for a touchdown in the Calgary end zone by teammate John Ulmer. The Stampeders turned the ball over 7 times, losing 3 fumbles, 4 interceptions, and 2 turnovers on downs. Terry Irvin, who had been a star defensive back with the Stampeders from 1977-1983 before playing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes, returned to the Calgary lineup for what turned out to be his last CFL game. He ended his career with 62 interceptions, second in league history to that time behind Larry Highbaugh’s 66. Because the CFL schedule had been reworked after the June 24 folding of the Alouettes, the Stampeders were playing their third game in 11 days.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Abba-esque (EP)--Erasure (2nd week at #1)

Canadiana
Queen Elizabeth II paid a brief visit to Canada to help celebrate the holiday formerly known as Dominion Day.

Economics and finance
Provincial personal income tax rates rose 1% in British Columbia; 1.5% in Ontario; and 2.5% in Newfoundland.

June 30, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Lucia Rios!

150 years ago
1862


War
In the U.S. Civil War, General George McClellan's Union troops withstood an attack by General Robert E. Lee's Confederate troops at Frayser's Farm (or Glendale), Virginia.

50 years ago
1962


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Stai lontana da me--Adriano Celentano (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Come Outside--Mike Sarne (with Wendy Richard) (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Can't Stop Loving You--Ray Charles (5th week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Stripper--David Rose and his Orchestra
2 I Can't Stop Loving You--Ray Charles
3 Roses Are Red (My Love)--Bobby Vinton
4 Palisades Park--Freddy Cannon
5 It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin'--Johnny Tillotson
6 Stranger on the Shore--Mr. Acker Bilk
--Andy Williams
7 Snap Your Fingers--Joe Henderson
8 Al Di La'--Emilio Pericoli
9 Playboy--The Marvelettes
10 Wolverton Mountain--Claude King

Singles entering the chart were Breaking Up is Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka (#74); Little Red Rented Rowboat by Joe Dowell (#78); Worried Mind by Ray Anthony and his Orchestra (#93); My Daddy is President by Little Jo Ann (#96); Where Have You Been (All My Life) by Arthur Alexander (#97); Till Death Do Us Part by Bob Braun (#98); The Loco-Motion by Little Eva (#99); Good Lover by Jimmy Reed (#100); Shake a Hand by Ruth Brown (also #100); and Sugar Plum by Ike Clanton (also #100).

Died on this date
Nina Nichols, 68
. U.S. murder victim. Mrs. Nichols was sexually assaulted and strangled with nylon stockings in Boston, becoming the fourth victim of the Boston Strangler.

Helen Blake, 65. U.S. murder victim. Mrs. Blake was sexually assaulted and strangled with nylon stockings in Lynn, Massachusetts, becoming the third victim of the Boston Strangler.

Space
The U.S.S.R. launched the satellite Cosmos 6.

Baseball
Sandy Koufax pitched his first career no-hitter, striking out 13 batters, as he led the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 win over the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium.

40 years ago
1972


Hit parade
Calgary's top 10
1 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond (2nd week at #1)
2 How Do You Do--Mouth and MacNeal
3 Nice to Be with You--Gallery
4 Troglodyte--The Jimmy Castor Bunch
5 Outa-Space--Billy Preston
6 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
7 Young New Mexican Puppeteer--Tom Jones
8 I Need You--America
9 Tumbling Dice--Rolling Stones
10 Little Bitty Pretty One--The Jackson 5
Pick hit of the week: Woman is the Nigger of the World--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Died on this date
Billy Joe Booth, 32
. U.S.-born Canadian football player. Mr. Booth was a defensive end with the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders from 1962-1970. He was an All-Eastern All-Star in 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1969, and won All-Canadian honours in 1969, when he was voted the Eastern Football Conference’s Most Outstanding Lineman. Mr. Booth played in the Rough Rider’s Grey Cup loss in 1966 and wins in 1968 and 1969, and in 1970 was named to The Canadian Magazine’s Grey Cup all-star team for the 1960s. He was regarded as one of the CFL’s toughest players in the 1960s, and in a memorable move, was inserted into the Rough Riders’ offensive backfield in the final minutes of their 53-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the season-opening game in 1968 for the purpose of taking on the Tiger-Cats’ leading “meanie,” Angelo Mosca, who was believed to be taking too many liberties with Ottawa backfielders. A nagging groin injury limited Mr. Booth’s effectiveness in 1970, and he retired after the season and moved back to his native Louisiana. He decided to return to soutehrn Ontario with a friend for a fishing trip, and was killed when their small plane crashed, apparently after exploding in the air during a thunderstorm. Mr. Booth and his friend James Magee, 32, who was the pilot, were the only occupants.

30 years ago
1982


War
El Salvador’s army began a 1,000-man offensive, backed by warplanes and artillery, against rebels 15 miles north of San Salvador.

Law
10 years after the United States Congress had passed the proposed Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution—“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”—the amendment died because not enough state legislatures had passed it by the June 30, 1982 deadline. 35 of the 38 required states had passed the ERA, but late efforts in Illinois and Florida failed, and five more states that had passed the ERA between 1973 and 1977 had rescinded their approval.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (3-1) 14 @ Hamilton (3-1) 17

25 years ago
1987


Protest
5,000 demonstrators, including Panamanian government officials, attacked the United States embassy in Panama City, some pelting the embassy with rocks and bottles. The following day, the U.S. charged that the incident had taken place with the “unmistakeable involvement” of the government of Panama.

Economics and finance
The new Canadian $1 coin, which quickly became popularly known as the “loonie” because of the picture of a loon on its face, was released.

The United States Commerce Department corrected a previous estimate and announced that the index of leading economic indicators had risen 0.2% in April, not declined 0.6%, as previously reported. Furthermore, the index had risen 0.7% in May.

20 years ago
1992


Politics and government
Fidel Ramos, a former defense secretary and an ally of outgoing President Corazon Aquino, was sworn in as her successor. He appealed to Communists and rebels to end their revolts.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took her seat in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.

Economics and finance
Canada announced the sale of one million tonnes of wheat to India, Canada’s first sale of wheat to India in eight years.

The United States named Canada as one of 20 countries using unfair trade practices and dumping steel on the U.S. market.

The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had increased 0.6% in May, the fifth straight monthly advance.

Baseball
AL
Texas 16 Toronto 13

10 years ago
2002


Crime
A part-time firefighter was charged with starting Arizona’s Rodeo Fire on June 18 in order to secure employment. The fire had merged with the Chediski Fire on June 23 to create the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

Economics and finance
The price of a first-class postage stamp in the United States rose from 34c to 37c.

Soccer
World Cup @ Yokohama
Final
Brazil 2 Germany 0

Ronaldo scored both goals and was named the World Cup’s most valuable player.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

June 29, 2012

160 years ago
1852


Died on this date
Henry Clay, 75
. U.S. politician. "The Great Compromiser" represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, serving three terms as Speaker of the House between 1811 and 1825. Mr. Clay was Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams from 1825-1829 and was an unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States as the nominee of the National Republican party in 1832 and the Whig party in 1844 after failing in an attempt to win the Whig nomination in 1840.

150 years ago
1862


War
In the U.S. Civil War, Union forces under General George McClellan held off Confederate forces commanded by General Robert E. Lee at Savage Station, Virginia.

75 years ago
1937


Weather
The temperature in Edmonton reached 101 F. (37.2 C.), the hottest day ever recorded in the city.

Aviation
Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan arrived in Lae, New Guinea, having completed about 22,000 of the 29,000 miles planned for their trip around the world. They had departed Miami, Florida on June 1, heading eastward, after a westward attempt from Oakland, California had been unsuccessful.

40 years ago
1972


Law
The U.S. Supreme Court, in Furman v. Georgia, ruled that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual" punishment.

War
U.S. President Richard Nixon announced that the United States would “return to the negotiating table” at the Paris peace talks on July 13 on the “assumption” that North Vietnam was ready to negotiate “in a constructive and serious way.” He said that the Vietnam War could “be ended well before January 20, 1973.”

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Ein bißchen Frieden--Nicole (7th week at #1)

Died on this date
Henry King, 96
. U.S. film director. Mr. King directed 117 movies, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for The Song of Bernadette (1943) and Wilson (1944). His last film was Tender is the Night (1962).

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Montreal (0-4) 13 @ Ottawa (2-2) 31
British Columbia (1-3) 22 @ Calgary (2-2) 23

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
Roh Tae Woo, leader of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Justice Party and that party’s candidate in the December 1987 presidential election, acceded to opposition demands for reform. He supported a constitutional amendment to provide a direct presidential election; amnesty and restoration of civil rights for opposition leader Kim Dae Jung; release of most political prisoners; “bold social reforms;” and a crackdown on crime and corruption.

U.S. Senator Al Gore of Tennessee announced his intention to seek the 1988 Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.

Baseball
AL
Toronto 14 @ New York 15

20 years ago
1992


Died on this date
Mohammed Boudiaf, 73
. Chairman of the High Council of State of Algeria, 1992. Mr. Boudiaf was one of the founders of the Front de libération nationale (FLN) that led Algeria's war of independence against France from 1962-1965. After independence, Mr. Boudiaf fell into disfavour, and spent 27 years in exile in Morocco. He was invited back to Algeria to become Chairman of the High Council of State, a figurehead body for the military junta in power at the time. He was assassinated by a bodyguard while making a televised speech at the opening of a cultural centre in Annaba i his first public appearance outside Algiers since becoming head of state.

World events
Serbs who had been besieging the Bosnia-Herzegovinian capital of Sarajevo turned control of the Sarajevo airport over to 34 United Nations troops, clearing the way for delivery of food and medicine to the city. The first plane carrying relief supplies arrived within hours.

Society
The United States Supreme Court upheld parts of a Pennsylvania law imposing some limits on a woman’s ability to obtain an abortion. President George Bush welcomed the decision and said, “I oppose abortion in all cases except rape or incest or where the life of the mother is at stake.” Arkansas Governor and presumptive 1992 Democratic party presidential nominee Bill Clinton, reaffirmed his support for abortion on demand, saying that the “constitutional right to choose is hanging by a thread.”

10 years ago
2002


Died on this date
Rosemary Clooney, 74
. U.S. singer. Miss Clooney was one of the most popular singers of the early 1950s, with such hits as Come On-a My House (1951); Tenderly (1952); Mambo Italiano (1954); and Hey There (1954). She was the favourite female singer of this blogger's mother.

War
A North Korean patrol boat exchanged fire with a South Korean vessel, sinking it. Each country blamed the other for the incident.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (0-2) 15 @ Hamilton (1-0) 27

June 28, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, James Remnant!

120 years ago
1892


Defense
The U.S. battleship USS Texas was launched at Norfolk, Virginia.

60 years ago
1952


Hit Parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Here in My Heart--Al Martino (Best Seller--3rd week at #1; Disc Jockey--1st week at #1); Kiss of Fire--Georgia Gibbs (Juke Box--3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Kiss of Fire--Georgia Gibbs (5th week at #1)
--Tony Martin
2 I'm Yours--Don Cornell
--Eddie Fisher
3 Blue Tango--Leroy Anderson and his "Pops" Concert Orchestra
--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
4 Here in My Heart--Al Martino
5 Delicado--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
6 Be Anything (But Be Mine)--Eddy Howard
7 I'll Walk Alone--Don Cornell
--Jane Froman
8 Walkin' My Baby Back Home--Johnnie Ray
9 A Guy is a Guy--Doris Day
10 The Blacksmith Blues--Ella Mae Morse

Singles entering the chart were Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart by Vera Lynn (#18); Watermelon Weather by Perry Como and Eddie Fisher (#21); Botch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina) by Rosemary Clooney (#33); and Smoke Rings by Les Paul and Mary Ford (#35). Watermelon Weather was the B-side (or maybe the A-side) of Maybe, which charted at #16.

50 years ago
1962


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Come Outside--Mike Sarne (with Wendy Richard)

Died on this date
Mary Mullen, 85
. U.S. murder victim. Ms. Mullen died of a heart attack, but when Albert DeSalvo was arrested in 1964 and confessed to being the Boston Strangler, he said that she had collapsed when he had grabbed her, becoming his second victim.

40 years ago
1972


Personal
It was the last day of the school year at Yellowknife Public School, and the last day of grade 6 for this blogger. Summer holidays began at noon on a cloudy Wednesday.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
All-Star Game
CFL All-Stars 22 @ Calgary (1-0) 23

Backup quarterback Jim Lindsey directed the Stampeders to two late touchdowns—scored by Herm Harrison and Jesse Mims—as they became the first defending Grey Cup championship team to defeat the All-Stars in the three-year history of the game. Defensive tackle John Helton scored the first Calgary touchdown on a fumble return; it was the only touchdown of his 14-year career. Larry Robinson converted 2 of the Calgary touchdowns and added a field goal. Jim Young of the British Columbia Lions, Peter Dalla Riva of the Montreal Alouettes, and Terry Evanshen of the Alouettes scored touchdowns for the All-Stars. Ken Phillips of the Lions kicked a field goal for the All-Stars but missed all 3 convert attempts—the last time a kicker missed 3 converts in a CFL game. Toronto Argonauts’ quarterback Joe Theismann quick-kicked for a single for the other All-Stars’ point. Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ defensive back Garney Henley was named the game’s Most Valuable Player despite being beaten for the winning touchdown. A sellout crowd of 23,616 was in attendance at McMahon Stadium. The game was televised to the United States, with Don Chevrier of CBC calling the play-by-play and former Detroit Lions’ star Alex Karras providing colour commentary.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): I've Never Been to Me--Charlene (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Harry Mills, 68
. U.S. singer. Harry was the third oldest of the five Mills Brothers who were one of the most popular vocal groups in teh United States for several decades, beginning in the late 1920s.

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in France: Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison--License IV (12th week at #1)

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-1) 1 @ British Columbia (1-0) 44

20 years ago
1992


Disasters
An earthquake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale—the highest reading in California in 40 years—struck southern California. Its epicentre was in Yucca Valley, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles. A second quake, measuring 6.5 with an epicentre about 20 miles west of the first quake, struck three hours later. One child was killed, 350 people were injured, and damage was estimated at $16 million.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (1-2) 28 @ Calgary (2-1) 36

10 years ago
2002


Business
Xerox Corporation announced that between 1997 and 2001 it had overstated its equipment revenue by $6.4 billion and its pre-tax income by $1.4 billion, a much larger restatement than had been anticipated.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-0) 30 @ Ottawa (0-1-0-1) 27 (OT)
Toronto (0-1) 15 @ Winnipeg (1-0) 39
Edmonton (1-0) 27 @ Calgary (0-1) 21

Paul McCallum’s field goal in overtime gave the Roughriders the win over the Renegades at Frank Clair Stadium in the first regular season game for an Ottawa CFL team since 1996. Joe Paopao, who had been head coach of the British Columbia Lions when they beat the Ottawa Rough Riders in that team’s last game in 1996, lost his debut as head coach of the new Ottawa team.

Ronald Williams rushed for 120 yards and Jason Maas completed a 101-yard touchdown pass to Chris Brazzell as the Eskimos held off a late rally to defeat the defending Grey Cup champion Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The game was televised on TSN, but a technical error early in the game took the game off the television screens until the last few minutes of the 4th quarter.

June 27, 2012

150 years ago
1862


War
In the U.S. Civil War, 57,000 Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee attacked Union Brigadier General Fitz John Porter's 34,000 troops at Gaines Mill, Virginia.

140 years ago
1872


Born on this date
Paul Laurence Dunbar
. U.S. writer. Mr. Dunbar, a child of former slaves, was the most famous Negro writer in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, publishing 22 books and numerous poems and song lyrics.

90 years ago
1922


Literature
The John Newbery Medal for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children was awarded for the first time. The first winner was Hendrik Willem van Loon for his novel The Story of Mankind.

70 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sleepy Lagoon--Harry James and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Bruce Johnston!
The Beach Boys’ musician is one week younger than the group's founder and leader, Brian Wilson. Mr. Johnston was born Benjamin Baldwin in Peoria, Illnois and adopted by a family from Chicago named Johnston, who moved to Los Angeles. Mr. Johnston wrote and produced records as a teenager for artists such as the Gamblers and Ron Holden, and performed on his own and with Terry Melcher as Bruce & Terry. When Brian Wilson quit touring with the Beach Boys at the end of 1964, session guitarist Glen Campbell replaced him on tour in the early months of 1965, but decided to pursue a solo career instead of joining the group full-time. Mr. Johnston joined the Beach Boys on tour on April 9, 1965, and joined them in the studio for the first time when California Girls was recorded a month later. He didn't appear on the front cover of a Beach Boys' album until Friends (1968), although he can be seen in photos on the back cover of Pet Sounds (1966), and was present at photo sessions for several earlier albums. Mr. Johnston's composition Tears in the Morning, on which he sang lead, was released as a single in October 1970, but failed to become a hit except in the Netherlands. Disney Girls (1957), released in 1971 as a track on the Surf's Up album, wasn't released as a single, but was highly regarded and covered by other artists, including Art Garfunkel, and is occasionally performed by the Beach Boys in concert to this day. Mr. Johnston fell out with then-Beach Boys' manager Jack Rieley and left the group early in 1972, shortly after the beginning of recording for the album Carl and the Passions--"So Tough" (1972). With Mr. Melcher, he formed the group California Music (later known as California), who released several singles from 1974-1978. Barry Manilow had a major hit in late 1975-early 1976 with Mr. Johnston's composition I Write the Songs, which won a Grammy Award in 1977 as song of the year. Mr. Johnston released a solo album titled Going Public in 1977. In late 1978, Mr. Johnston rejoined the Beach Boys as a performer, songwriter, and producer, and has remained with the group ever since. For most of the time since 1999, he and Mike Love have been the only real Beach Boys performing under the group's name.

Happy Birthday, Danny Breeden!
Mr. Breeden, a native of Albany, Georgia, was a catcher who played 3 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 1969 and
25 games with the Chicago Cubs in 1971. In 28 games he batted .151 with no home runs and 5 runs batted in. Mr. Breeden played in the minor leagues from 1963-1973, batting .257 with 51 home runs and 266 runs batted in in 946 games. Mr. Breeden's brother Hal, a first baseman, was my favourite player for several years when he was with the Montreal Expos. The brothers were teammates with the Cubs in 1971. Hal was born two years and one day after Danny.

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Appointment on Mars, starring Leslie Nielsen, William Redfield, and Brian Keith

40 years ago
1972


Hockey
After 15 years with the Chicago Black Hawks, Bobby Hull signed with the Winnipeg Jets of the new World Hockey Association. The contract was for $2.5 million over 10 years. Mr. Hull was named the team's head coach, and would continue his playing career. "The Golden Jet" had scored 604 goals with the Black Hawks; only Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings, with 786 goals in 25 seasons, had scored more.

Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (37-1) scored a technical knockout over Jerry Quarry (43-6-4) at 19 seconds of the 7th round at the Las Vegas Convention Center. On the undercard, Bob Foster (48-5) retained his world light heavyweight title with a knockout of Mr. Quarry’s younger brother Mike (35-1) in the 4th round. For Jerry Quarry, it was his second loss to Mr. Ali in less than two years; for Mike Quarry, the loss to Mr. Foster was the first defeat of his professional career.

30 years ago
1982


War
Israel issued a new peace proposal with three major points: The Israeli army would maintain the cease-fire in Beirut, but would react with full severity if it were violated by the Palestine Liberation Organization; the Lebanese army would occupy west Beirut; and all members of the PLO would turn over their weapons to the Lebanese army and leave the country.

Disasters
Weekend windstorms in the southern Brazilian state of Parana killed 43 people and injured 500.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (3-0) 25 @ Saskatchewan (2-2) 16

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Let it Be--Ferry Aid (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Star Trekkin'--The Firm (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (2nd week at #1)
2 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
3 Always--Atlantic Starr
4 Alone--Heart
5 Songbird--Kenny G
6 In Too Deep--Genesis
7 Shakedown--Bob Seger
8 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
9 Diamonds--Herb Alpert (vocals by Lisa Keith and Janet Jackson)
10 Just to See Her--Smokey Robinson

Singles entering the chart included It's Not Over ('Til it's Over) by Starship (#66); Living in a Box by Living in a Box (#80); Jam Tonight by Freddie Jackson (#82); Lies by Jonathan Butler (#86); and Holiday by Kool & The Gang (#87).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
2 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros
3 I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston
4 Always--Atlantic Starr
5 Boom Boom--Paul Lekakis
6 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
7 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew
8 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
9 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
10 Alone--Heart

Singles entering the chart included Don't Mean Nothing by Richard Marx (#86); Luka by Suzanne Vega (#91); Endless Nights by Eddie Money (#94); Ocean Blues (Emotion Blue) by Tom Cochrane (#96); and In the Name of Money by Gino Vannelli (#97).

Football
CFL
Calgary (1-1) 16 @ Edmonton (1-0) 54

Henry “Gizmo” Williams set a CFL single-game record with 221 yards on punt returns, and returned 2 for touchdowns to help the Eskimos defeat the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton cornerback Greg Harding intercepted a Rick Worman pass on the last play of the first half; it was his last CFL interception, because he was cut from the team before the next game. Starting Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan led the team to an early touchdown, but was soon injured, and was replaced by Damon Allen.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Jump--Kris Kross

#1 single in Italy: Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (5th week at #1)

#1 single in France: Smells Like Teen Spirit--Nirvana (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Be There--Mariah Carey (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey
2 Baby Got Back--Sir Mix-a-Lot
3 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 Jump--Kris Kross
5 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
6 Achy Breaky Heart--Billy Ray Cyrus
7 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
8 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue
9 Tennessee--Arrested Development
10 The Best Things in Life are Free--Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson

Singles entering the chart included I Need Love by Olivia Newton-John (#79) and Sleeping with the Lights On by Curtis Stigers (#91).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion (3rd week at #1)
2 Hold on My Heart--Genesis
3 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 You Won't See Me Cry--Wilson Phillips
5 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
6 Do it to Me--Lionel Richie
7 America--Kim Mitchell
8 I'll Be There--Mariah Carey
9 Why--Annie Lennox
10 Sinking Like a Sunset--Tom Cochrane

Singles entering the chart included The One by Elton John (#59); Too Funky by George Michael (#65); Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus (#84); Good Stuff by the B-52's (#88); and If You Believe by Kenny Loggins (#90).

Died on this date
Allan Jones, 84
. U.S. singer and actor. Mr. Jones appeared in the Marx Brothers movies A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races (1937). In The Firefly (1937), he sang Donkey Serenade, which became his signature song. Mr. Jones was the father of singer Jack Jones, who was born the night Donkey Serenade was recorded.

Track and field
World decathlon champion Dan O'Brien failed to clear the 15-foot, 9-inch minimum height in the pole vault in three attempts at the U.S. Olympic Trials in New Orleans, and failed to make the U.S. Olympic team for the games in Barcelona. The result was a disaster for the Reebok shoe company, which had made Mr. O'Brien the focus of a $25-million advertising campaign.

10 years ago
2002


Died on this date
John Entwistle, 57
. U.K. musician. Mr. Entwistle played bass guitar for the rock group the Who. Generally regarded as the “quiet” man of the group, he died after a night of partying in Las Vegas with a floozie while on tour with the Who.

Economics and finance
At the Group of Eight (the world’s major industrialized nations) meeting in Calgary, a program was announced that would give billions of dollars in aid to African countries that adopted a range of reforms in their governments and economies.

Law
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a program in Cleveland whereby public school money was given to students in the form of vouchers to be used at the private school of their choice did not violate the separation of church and state, even though 95% of the vouchers were used to pay tuition at religious schools.

June 26, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Beth Stover!

150 years ago
1862


War
In the U.S. Civil War, Confederate General Robert E. Lee started Seven Days' Battles at Mechanicsville, Virginia. Union General George McClellan withdrew his forces to Gaines Mill.

50 years ago
1962


Baseball
Earl Wilson pitched a no-hitter as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 at Fenway Park in Boston.

40 years ago
1972


Edmontonia
The Law Courts building officially opened.

Diplomacy
The United Nations Security Council voted 13-0, with the U.S.A. and Panama abstaining, to condemn Israel for its reprisal attacks against guerrilla bases in Lebanon on June 21 and June 23.

Politics and government
Giulio Andreotti was sworn in as Premier of Italy. Mr. Andreotti, a Christian Democrat, headed a three-party coalition and the 34th cabinet in Italy since the end of World War II.

Boxing
In one of boxing’s great injustices, Roberto Duran (29-0) won the world lightweight title when he hit defending champion Ken Buchanan (43-2) with a low blow after the bell to end the 13th round at Madison Square Garden in New York, and Mr. Buchanan was unable to continue.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: I've Never Been to Me--Charlene

#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Ebony and Ivory--Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder (7th week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Don't You Want Me--The Human League
2 Ebony and Ivory--Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
3 Rosanna--Toto
4 Always on My Mind--Willie Nelson
5 The Other Woman--Ray Parker, Jr.
6 Crimson and Clover--Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
7 Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me--Juice Newton
8 Hurts So Good--John Cougar
9 Heat of the Moment--Asia
10 I've Never Been to Me--Charlene

Singles entering the chart were Wasted on the Way by Crosby, Stills & Nash (#52); Love is in Control (Finger on the Trigger) by Donna Summer (#82); American Music by the Pointer Sisters (#85); Route 101 by Herb Alpert (#86); Think I'm in Love by Eddie Money (#88); Street Corner by Ashford & Simpson (#90); and I Really Don't Need No Light by Jeffrey Osborne (#95).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 I've Never Been to Me--Charlene
2 Ebony and Ivory--Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
3 Body Language--Queen
4 867-5309/Jenny--Tommy Tutone
5 Crimson and Clover--Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
6 Rosanna--Toto
7 The Other Woman--Ray Parker, Jr.
8 Homosapien--Pete Shelly
9 Don't You Want Me--The Human League
10 Love Plus One--Haircut One Hundred

Singles entering the chart were Keep the Fire Burnin' by REO Speedwagon (#44); Even the Nights are Better by Air Supply (#45); Too Many Times by Mental as Anything (#47); Foolin' Yourself by Aldo Nova (#48); and Enough is Enough by April Wine (#50).

25 years ago
1987


Economics and finance
The Central Committee of the U.S.S.R.’s Communist Party endorsed Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s economic reforms and elevated three of his allies to full membership in the Politburo. Mr. Gorbachev had addressed the committee the previous day, calling for a “radical reorganization of economic management” by the end of the 1980s. He had endorsed competition for state-owned enterprises; reduced central control over pricing and distribution of goods; and more decision-making by local party organizations.

Politics and government
The United States Senate voted 84-2 in favour of a resolution calling for free elections in Panama.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-1) 32 @ Ottawa (1-0) 36

The Rough Riders held off a late challenge from the defending Grey Cup champion Tiger-Cats to give Fred Glick a win in his first regular season game as a CFL head coach. Ottawa receiver Carl Williams caught 3 passes for 82 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown in what turned out to be his only CFL game. He was cut before the next game, and never played in the league again.

20 years ago
1992


Scandal
Lawrence Garrett resigned as U.S. Secretary of the Navy, saying that he accepted “full responsibility” for the Tailhook scandal. In September 1991 members of the Tailhook Association, a private organization of Navy and Marine Corps fliers, had held their convention at a hotel in Las Vegas. After complaints from women, two Navy investigations concluded that 26 women, including 14 military officers, had been abused at the convention, which had included heavy drinking and entertainment by nude dancers. An admiral was relieved of command for ignoring a complaint. In June it was revealed that Mr. Garrett had been nearby at the time of the misconduct. On the day of Mr. Garrett’s resignation, Navy Lieutenant Paula Coughlin, who claimed to have been assaulted by 20 or more men, met with U.S. President George Bush.

Labour
U.S. President George Bush signed legislation ordering an end to the two-day-old strike of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers against the freight rail company CSX Transportation, Inc. Other freight railroads had shut down operations, and Amtrak passenger trains had been halted where their trains used the freight rails. The United States Congress passed back-to-work legislation on June 25 that provided for a 38-day period for negotiations.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (1-0) 33 @ Saskatchewan (0-1) 11

10 years ago
2002


Crime
The day after WorldCom, the second-largest American long distance communication carrier, admitted that it had overstated its cash flow by more than $3.8 billion during the previous past five quarters, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed fraud charges against the company.

Law
A three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, covering California, Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance could not be recited in public schools because the phrase “under God,” added to the pledge in 1954, violated the constitutional prohibition against government support of a particular religion.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

June 25, 2012

Born on this date
Hapy Birthday, Gail McGonigal!

60 years ago
1952


On the radio
I Was a Communist for the FBI, starring Dana Andrews
Tonight’s episode: A Riot Made to Order

On television tonight
The Unexpected, hosted by Herbert Marshall, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Leopards in Lighing, starring Jim Davis, Paul Guilfoyle, and Richard Karlan

50 years ago
1962


Abominations
The United States Supreme Court ruled by a 6-1 margin that the reciting of an official prayer in the public schools of New York was unconstitutional.

40 years ago
1972


Died on this date
Nat Fleischer, 84
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Fleischer began publishing the boxing magazine The Ring in 1922. He became the magazine's sole owner in 1929, and edited it until his death.

Disasters
At least 500 people were reported dead after floods destroyed hundreds of homes and crops in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh.

30 years ago
1982


At the movies
Megaforce, directed by Hal Needham and starring Barry Bostwick and Michael Beck, opened in theatres. It was one of the year's biggest critical and commercial flops.

War
Israeli fighter-bombers, warships, and artillery unleashed a barrage on west Beirut. Armoured units drove Syrian tanks and troops from the Beirut-Damascus highway, and Israel agreed to a new cease-fire.

Politics and government
Alexander Haig resigned as U.S. Secretary of State. His reasons weren’t immediately clear, but it was speculated that he and President Ronald Reagan had disagreed over the policy to be followed in Lebanon. President Reagan nominated former Secretary of the Treasury George Shultz to succeed Mr. Haig.

Law
The United States Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech limited the right of public school administrators to remove books from school libraries that they considered objectionable.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Calgary (1-2) 23 @ Edmonton (1-2) 18

The crowd of over 50,000 at Commonwealth Stadium set a CFL record for a pre-season game that still stands. The Edmonton cheerleaders, the CHQT QT’s, appeared in white and green mini-skirts, an improvement over the tight-fitting uniforms of 1979-1981. It was the first appearance for Sandie Topechka as an Eskimo cheerleader.

25 years ago
1987


Died on this date
Boudleaux Bryant, 67
. U.S. songwriter. By himself or with his wife Felice, Mr. Bryant wrote many country and pop music hits, most notably for the Everly Brothers. Songs written or co-written by Mr. Bryant included Wake Up, Little Susie; Bye Bye, Love; Bird Dog; Problems; Devoted to You; Love Hurts; Rocky Top; Mexico; and Raining in My Heart.

Diplomacy
Pope John Paul II held an audience in Rome with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim. After their private talks, the pope publicly praised Mr. Waldheim for his work in the 1970s as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Pope John Paul said nothing publicly about allegations that Mr. Waldheim had been involved in human rights abuses while serving in the German army during World War II, but the Roman Catholic Church said it was “surprised and grieved” by Jewish opposition to the meeting of the two heads of state.

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 2451.05.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (1-0) 38 @ Toronto (0-1) 30

The Montreal Alouettes were scheduled to open the season against the Argonauts at Exhibition Stadium, but the team folded on June 24, and a new schedule was hastily announced. It was the first game for Mike Riley as head coach of the Blue Bombers, and the only CFL game for his younger brother Pete, who wore #8 for Winnipeg as a backup defensive back. Winnipeg defensive end John Sturdivant returned a Toronto fumble 27 yards for his only CFL touchdown in what turned out to be his last CFL game; he was cut before the next game, and never played in the CFL again. John Congemi—in his first CFL game—and Danny Barrett split the quarterbacking for the Argonauts. It was the first CFL game ever televised on TSN.

20 years ago
1992


Died on this date
Jerome Brown, 27
. U.S. football player. Mr. Brown was an All-American defensive tackle with the University of Miami Hurricanes in 1986, and played with the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League from 1987-1991, winning All-Pro all-star honours in his last two seasons. He was killed in a car accident in his hometown of Brooksville, Florida.

Crime
Former British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm was acquitted of charges of breach of trust over the 1990 sale of his theme park.

Law
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Goods and Services tax was within the jurisdiction of the federal government.

Economics and finance
Revising its previous estimate upward, the United States Commerce Department said that the economy had grown at an annual rate of 2.7% in the first quarter of 1992.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
British Columbia (0-1) 36 @ Ottawa (1-0) 43
Calgary (1-1) 20 Toronto (1-1) 1 @ Portland, Oregon

The Stampeders’ win over the Argonauts, televised on TSN, was the first CFL game played in the United States since a pre-season game between the Edmonton Eskimos and British Columbia Lions at Everett, Washington in 1967. The Eskimos and Lions had played a pre-season game at Multnomah Stadium in Portland in 1957.

10 years ago
2002


Football
CFL
British Columbia (0-1) 20 @ Montreal (1-0) 27

Lawrence Phillips scored 3 touchdowns in his first CFL game to lead the Alouettes past the Lions at Molson Stadium.

June 24, 2012

90 years ago
1922


Died on this date
Walter Rathenau, 54
. German businessman and politician. A leading industrialist, Mr. Rathenau became Germany's Foreign Minister on February 1, 1922. He was assassinated by army officers Erwin Kern and Hermann Fischer two months after signing the Treaty of Rapallo with the U.S.S.R., in which Germany renounced her territorial claims from World War I. Anti-Semitism was said to be a factor in Mr. Rathenau's assassination.

Football
The American Professional Football Association changed its name to the National Football League.

80 years ago
1932


World events
A coup ended the absolute monarchy of King Prajadhipok of Thailand, whose Chakri dynasty had ruled the country for 150 years. Thailand's absolute monarchy, which had existed under several dynasties for 700 years, was replaced by a constitutional monarchy.

60 years ago
1952


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Night of Reckoning, starring John Baragrey and Gusti Huber

Horse racing
Eddie Arcaro, 36, became the first American jockey to achieve 3,000 wins when he rode a horse named Ascent to victory at Arlington Park, near Chicago.

50 years ago
1962


Baseball
Jack Reed's 2-run home run into the upper deck of Tiger Stadium in the top of the 22nd inning gave the New York Yankees a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers. Jim Bouton pitched the bottom of the 22nd inning to preserve the victory.

40 years ago
1972


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Vincent--Don McLean (2nd week at #1)

Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (4th week at #1)
2 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face--Roberta Flack
3 Hurting Each Other--Carpenters
4 A Horse with No Name--America
5 Without You--Nilsson
6 Vincent--Don McLean
7 Alone Again (Naturally)--Gilbert O'Sullivan
8 Everything I Own--Bread
9 Marshall's Portable Music Machine--Robin Jolley
10 Most People I Know Think that I'm Crazy--The Aztecs

Singles entering the chart were Young New Mexican Puppeteer by Tom Jones (#25); Someday Never Comes by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#30); Beautiful Sunday by Daniel Boone (#34); and Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard by Paul Simon (#40).

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Candy Man--Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation (3rd week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Nice to Be with You--Gallery
2 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
3 The Candy Man--Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation
4 Sylvia's Mother--Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
5 Outa-Space--Billy Preston
6 (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All--The 5th Dimension
7 Troglodyte--The Jimmy Castor Bunch
8 Lean on Me--Bill Withers
9 Oh Girl--Chi-Lites
10 Too Late to Turn Back Now--Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Singles entering the chart were Hold Her Tight by the Osmonds (#70); Bed and Board by Barbara Mason (#82); Sweet Inspiration/Where You Lead by Barbra Streisand (#83); War Song by Neil Young and Graham Nash (#85); You Don't Mess Around with Jim by Jim Croce (#86); Starting All Over Again by Mel and Tim (#88); Motorcycle Mama by Sailcat (#92); I Miss You (Part 1) by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (#94); Got Pleasure by Ohio Players (#97); and A Simple Man by Lobo (#99).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (3rd week at #1)
2 Sylvia's Mother--Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
3 The Candy Man--Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation
4 Old Man--Neil Young
5 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
6 Nice to Be with You--Gallery
7 (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All--The 5th Dimension
8 Morning has Broken--Cat Stevens
9 Isn't Life Strange--The Moody Blues
10 Wild Eyes--Stampeders

Singles entering the chart were Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan (#85); Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Blue Haze (#89); Where is the Love by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (#91); Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) by the Hollies (#92); Beautiful Sunday by Daniel Boone (#94); Gone by Joey Heatherton (#96); Nobody But You by Loggins and Messina (#97); Starman by David Bowie (#98); Ask Me What You Want by Millie Jackson (#99); and Hushabye by Robert John (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Song Sung Blue--Neil Diamond
2 Nice to Be with You--Gallery
3 Troglodyte--The Jimmy Castor Bunch
4 Amazing Grace--Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
5 Young New Mexican Puppeteer--Tom Jones
6 Outa-Space--Billy Preston
7 Little Bitty Pretty One--The Jackson 5
8 Powder Blue Mercedes Queen--The Raiders
9 Guns, Guns, Guns--The Guess Who
10 Walkin' in the Rain with the One I Love--Love Unlimited
Pick hit of the week: How Do You Do--Mouth and MacNeal

Disasters
Nine people were killed when a light plane crashed and burned on a street in Winnipeg shortly after takeoff.

30 years ago
1982


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10 (CFRN)
1 Rosanna—Toto (3rd week at #1)
2 Who Can it Be Now?—Men at Work
3 When He Shines—Sheena Easton
4 Six Months in a Leaky Boat—Split Enz
5 Any Day Now—Ronnie Milsap
6 Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me—Juice Newton
7 I Don’t Know Where to Start—Eddie Rabbitt
8 The Other Woman—Ray Parker, Jr.
9 Love Over and Over—Kate and Anna McGarrigle
10 My Girl—Donnie Iris

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (2-1) 24 @ Toronto (3-0) 34

25 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)--Whitney Houston (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Jackie Gleason, 71
. U.S. actor and bandleader. “The Great One” was one of television’s biggest stars from 1949-1971, starting with The Life of Riley (1949-1950). He created a number of characters for skits on The Jackie Gleason Show, none more popular or enduring than bus driver Ralph Kramden, the main character of “The Honeymooners.” The Honeymooners became a separate series in 1955-56, but the ratings weren’t as high as for Mr. Gleason’s variety show, so the series was cancelled after one season, and the variety show returned, incorporating “The Honeymooners” skits. Mr. Gleason had appeared in minor roles in movies in the 1940s (often as "Jackie C. Gleason"), and appeared in major roles in such films as The Hustler (1961); Gigot (1962); Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962); Papa’s Delicate Condition (1963); Soldier in the Rain (1963); Skidoo (1968); Smokey and the Bandit (1977); and Nothing in Common (1986). Despite not being able to read music, Mr. Gleason had a good ear, and he directed an orchestra that recorded best-selling albums with titles such as Music for Lovers Only and Music to Change Her Mind.

Terrorism
The Organization for the Defense of Free People freed the son of the Lebanese defense minister and his driver, who had been kidnapped in Beirut a week earlier. American Broadcasting Company correspondent Charles Glass, who had also been kidnapped on June 17, remained in custody.

Football
CFL
The day before they were to open their regular season in Toronto, the Montreal Alouettes folded. This blogger first heard the news on the radio just after 4 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time while working on an all-night assignment for library school.

20 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Abba-esque--Erasure

10 years ago
2002


Died on this date
Pierre Werner, 88
. Prime Minister of Luxembourg, 1959-1974; 1979-1984. Mr. Werner was often credited as the first politician to suggest a single European currency.

Diplomacy
U.S. President George W. Bush made a speech outlining a new Middle east policy, in which he said that if the Palestinian people ended terrorism, reformed their economy, established democracy, and changed their leadership, the United States would support the creation of a provisional Palestinian state.

June 23, 2012

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sherry Holden!

90 years ago
1922


Labour
Two days of violence during a coal mine strike at Herrin, Illinois concluded with 36 people killed, 21 of them miners.

Golf
Walter Hagen of Rochester, New York finished 1 stroke ahead of Jim Barnes and George Duncan at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England, becoming the first American to win the British Open.

80 years ago
1932


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC

This was the last episode of the season.

50 years ago
1962


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Stai lontana da me--Adriano Celentano (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Come Outside--Mike Sarne (with Wendy Richard)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Can't Stop Loving You--Ray Charles (4th week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I Can't Stop Loving You--Ray Charles (5th week at #1)
2 The Stripper--David Rose and his Orchestra
3 Palisades Park--Freddy Cannon
4 Stranger on the Shore--Mr. Acker Bilk
--Andy Williams
5 It Keeps Right on A-Hurtin'--Johnny Tillotson
6 Roses Are Red (My Love)--Bobby Vinton
7 Snap Your Fingers--Joe Henderson
8 Playboy--The Marvelettes
9 Al Di La'--Emilio Pericoli
10 The One Who Really Loves You--Mary Wells

Singles entering the chart were Ahab, the Arab by Ray Stevens (#86); Goodbye Dad by the Castle Sisters (#93); Dancin' Party by Chubby Checker (#96); I Just Can't Help It by Jackie Wilson (#98); and Keep Your Love Locked (Deep in Your Heart) by Paul Petersen (#100).

40 years ago
1972


Economics and finance
The British Treasury announced that it was freeing the pound sterling from its official parity rate of $2.6057 U.S. and letting it float temporarily in the international money market to a new level determined by supply and demand. British Chancellor of the Exchequer Anthony Barber told the House of Commons that the move had been caused by large speculation against the pound that had forced the U.K. to use its reserves, and had led to intervention by Europe’s central banks to maintain the official rate.

Scandal
U.S. President Richard Nixon and aide H.R. Haldeman discussed ways to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation of the June 17 break-in at the Democratic National Committee's offices in the Watergate complex in Washington.

Law
U.S. President Richard Nixon signed Title IX, a statute which barred sex discrimination at schools receiving federal funds, effectively forcing colleges to create sports programs for women if they wanted to keep their revenue-producing sports programs for men. The lasting effect of trying to enforce a non-existent equality has not been to enhance women's sports programs, but to kill men's programs (e.g., California State University at Fullerton, from which Canadian Football Hall of Famers such as Damon Allen and Mike Pringle came, no longer has a football program).

25 years ago
1987


Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the consumer price index had increased 0.3% in May.

20 years ago
1992


Politics and government
In the Israeli general election, the Labour Party, led by Yitzhak Rabin, took 44 seats in the 120-seat Knesset to take power for the first time in 15 years. Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s Likud Party took 32 seats, while the three-party coalition called Meretz won 12 seats. Labour supported a “land for peace” compromise with Palestinians, while Likud opposed Palestinian self-rule and was committed to constructing more Jewish settlements in the occupied territories. Meretz supported an independent Palestine. It was expected that Meretz and several small parties would join with Labour to produce a parliamentary majority for Mr. Rabin.

Crime
New York crime boss John Gotti was sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and five counts of murder.

10 years ago
2002


Disasters
In Arizona, the Rodeo and Chediski fires merged, creating the largest wildfire in the state’s history; about 330,000 acres had been burned.