175 years ago
Non-labourer slaves in most of the British Empire were emancipated.
120 years ago
The Adventure of the Resident Patient by A. Conan Doyle, ninth in a series of short stories published in book form in 1894 as The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, was published in the August 1893 issue of The Strand Magazine.
70 years ago
Race-related rioting erupted in New York City's Harlem section, resulting in several deaths.
60 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Tell Me a Story--Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd (2nd week at #1)
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'm Walking Behind You--Eddie Fisher (Best seller--2nd week at #1; Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1; Jukebox--5th week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm Walking Behind You--Eddie Fisher (4th week at #1)
2 No Other Love--Perry Como
3 The Song from Moulin Rouge (Where is Your Heart)--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
4 Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)--Les Paul and Mary Ford
5 April in Portugal--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
6 Terry's Theme from "Limelight"--Frank Chacksfield and his Orchestra
--[Richard Hayman and his Orchestra]
7 Ruby--Richard Hayman and his Orchestra
--[Les Baxter and his Orchestra]
8 P.S. I Love You--The Hilltoppers
9 Allez-Vous-En--Kay Starr
10 With These Hands--Eddie Fisher
Singles entering the chart were Blue Canary by Dinah Shore (#26); Te Amo by Frankie Laine (#28); and Hey Joe! by Frankie Laine (#33). Te Amo was the B-side (or maybe the A-side) of Where the Winds Blow, which charted at #34).
The Université de Sherbrooke was founded.
50 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): (You're the) Devil in Disguise--Elvis Presley
The mission of the U.S. satellite Solar Radiation 4, launched on June 15, 1963, ended.
Seven people, including two small children, were killed in an explosion at a gas station in Hanmer, Ontario.
Hamilton (1-1) 16 @ Montreal (2-1) 23
Ottawa (2-1) 8 @ British Columbia (3-0) 18
40 years ago
The United States Senate Select Committee on Campaign Activities made public a 1972 White House memo from former presidential aide Charles Colson in which Mr. Colson warned that hearings on Richard Kleindienst's nomination as U.S. Attorney General could directly involve President Richard Nixon and other administration officials in the settlement of a series of anti-trust actions against the International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.
Montreal (1-0) 18 @ Hamilton (0-1) 9
Montreal quarterback George Mira completed touchdown passes to Peter Dalla Riva and Johnny Rodgers, the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner who was playing his first CFL game. The Alouettes' win over the defending Grey Cup champion Tiger-Cats at Ivor Wynne Stadium was the first CFL game for Marv Levy as Montreal's head coach. Montreal defensive back Merl Code suffered a season-ending knee injury, and didn't play another CFL game until 1976.
30 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Flashdance...What a Feeling--Irene Cara (4th week at #1)
Robert McFarlane, U.S. President Ronald Reagan's special envoy to the Middle East, arrived in Beirut to begin several weeks of meetings with leaders of various Middle East countries.
25 years ago
#1 single in Australia (Australian Music Report): Age of Reason--John Farnham
Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh began broadcasting his nationally syndicated radio program across the United States.
20 years ago
#1 single in Austria (Ö3): (I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You--UB40 (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Switzerland: Mr. Vain--Culture Beat (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): What's Up?--4 Non Blondes (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Pray--Take That (4th week at #1)
Died on this date
Baudouin I, 62. King of the Belgians, 1951-1993. Baudouin I succeeded to the throne upon the abdication of his father Leopold III and was succeeded as king by his brother Albert II.
The Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 came to a peak.
10 years ago
35-50 people were killed when a suicide bomber rammed a truck through the gates of a military hospital in Mozdok, North Ossetia, Russia. Russian officials blames Chechen separatists.
Lord Hutton, the judge investigating the recent death of British scientist and former United Nations weapons inspector Dr. David Kelly, opened his inquiry.
Tape recordings made from July 30-August 1 appeared to reveal that Baylor University head basketball coach Dave Bliss had advised assistant coaches and players to depict Patrick Dennehy (a Baylor basketball player whose body, with two bullet wounds, had been found on July 25, more than a month after he'd been reported missing) as a drug dealer, in an apparent attempt to conceal the fact that Mr. Bliss had paid money to Mr. Dennehy. Mr. Dennehy's roommate and former teammate Carlton Dodson had been charged on July 21 with Mr. Dennehy's murder.
British Columbia (4-3) 26 @ Toronto (4-3) 28 (OT)
Saskatchewan (5-2) 27 @ Calgary (2-5) 11
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