Monday, 30 May 2016

May 30, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nettee Sly!

600 years ago
1416


Died on this date
Jerome of Prague, 36 or 37
. Bohemian Christian martyr. Jerome, aka Hieronymous, was a Roman Catholic who became a follower of the doctrines of English reformer John Wycliffe and especially his fellow Bohemian reformer, Jan Hus. When the Council of Constance--convened by Antipope John XXIII and held in Constance, Germany--opened in 1414, Mr. Hus was summoned, and subsequently burned at the stake as a heretic on July 6, 1415. Jerome followed him there, and was imprisoned in April 1415. He became seriously ill, and recanted his support for Messrs. Wycliffe and Hus in public sessions of the Council in September 1415. The Council doubted the sincerity of Jerome's confession and retried him on May 23 and 26, 1416, wherupon Jerome withdrew his recantation. He was burned at the stake and thus became the first Hussite martyr.

480 years ago
1536

Married on this date
King Henry VIII of England and Jane Seymour
. Henry VIII took Miss Seymour to be his third wife just 11 days after the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn.

210 years ago
1806


Died on this date
Charles Dickinson, 25 or 26
. U.S. lawyer. Mr. Dickinson was an attorney in Tennessee. He and future U.S. President Andrew Jackson were neighbours, and a series of mutual insults resulted in a duel, which was fought in Kentucky because of laws in Tennessee against such behaviour. Mr. Dickinson shot first and seriously wounded Mr. Jackson in the chest. Mr. Jackson somehow remained standing, and fired a fatal shot into the chest of Mr. Dickinson.

140 years ago
1876


World events
Ottoman Sultan Abdülaziz was deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murad V.

100 years ago
1916


Auto racing
Dario Resta won the Indianapolis 300, whose distance was reduced from 500 miles to 300 for this year only, because Indianapolis Motor Speedway management thought the shorter distance provided a better race for the spectators. 21 cars competed.

90 years ago
1926


Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson (69-9-9-3) scored a technical knockout of Bob Lawson (26-12-3) at the Coliseum in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico when Mr. Lawson retired after the 7th round.

80 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Devil’s Foot

Auto racing
Louis Meyer became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 for the third time.



Baseball
The team from Japan’s Waseda University continued its American tour with a 10-5 win over the University of Chicago. Mr. Wakahara, the Waseda pitcher, gave up 10 hits but struck out 17 batters.

75 years ago
1941


Died on this date
Rama VII, 47
. King of Siam, 1925-1935. King Rama VII, born Somdet Chaofa Prajadhipok Sakdidej, was the last absolute monarch of Siam and, after the revolution of 1932, its first constitutional monarch. He was also the only monarch to date of the Chakri Dynasty to abdicate, which he did after the National Assembly rejected his requests for certain reforms. Rama VII was succeeded on the throne by his 9-year-old nephew Rama VIII. Rama VII went into exile in England, and died there of heart failure.

War
The German command announced that Anglo-Greek resistance had collapsed everywhere in Crete. Greek resistance activists Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climbed on the Acropolis and tore down the German flag, which had been there since April 27, 1941, when Nazi forces had entered Athens. The British government announced that Iraqi Prime Minister Rashid Ali el Gailani had fled to Iran, while British forces advanced to the outskirts of Baghdad. The Vichy French government announced that French troops had crossed the Sahara Desert to the western shore of Lake Chad--the base of General Charles de Gaulle's Free French forces--in an attempt to recover French Equatorial Africa.

Defense
Japanese defense minister Yosuke Matsuoka said that Japan would carry out her obligations under the Tripartite Pact.

Guards were increased around U.S. defense installations and factories after the Federal Bureau of Investigation received reports that sabotage was planned for the Memorial Day weekend.

Diplomacy
U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom John G. Winant returned to Washington to report to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull.

Politics and government
U.S. Senator George Norris (Independent--Nebraska) urged that U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates be nominated by nationwide primary elections instad of by the current convention method.

Auto racing
Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose combined to win the Indianapolis 500. The two drove separate cars at the start of the race, with Mr. Rose starting from the pole position, and Mr. Davis starting 17th. Mr. Rose retired after 60 laps because of a problem with his spark plugs. When Mr. Davis came in for a pit stop on lap 72, he was relieved by Mr. Rose, who drove the rest of the way to victory. The two drivers were credited as co-winners, the second and last time that happened at the Indianapolis 500.



70 years ago
1946


Died on this date
Louis Slotin, 35
. Canadian-born U.S. physicist. Mr. Slotin, a native of Winnipeg, worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico during World War II. He was working there when he was irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the demon core, and died nine days after the accident.

World events
The Bolivian junta led by President Gualberto Villarroel declared a state of siege after making many arrests on charges of plotting revolution.

Diplomacy
The Arab League announced in Cairo that its members had agreed on rejection of further Jewish immigration to Palestine, and freedom for Libya and other Arab countries in North Africa.

Society
Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall ordered legal action to revoke the state charter of the Ku Klux Klan.

Economics and finance
Argentine President Edelmiro Farrell placed the country's stock and commodity exchanges and export and insurance businesses under government control.

Labour
A strike of 75,000 hard coal miners in the United States began as negotiations continued in New York City, with United Mine Workers of America leaders demanding the same terms as those recently granted to soft coal miners.

Auto racing
George Robson won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 114.82 miles per hour. It was the first time the race had been held since 1941, since Indianapolis Motor Speedway had been shut down during the years of U.S. involvement in World War II.



60 years ago
1956


Died on this date
Carl Neuberg, 78
. German-born U.S. biochemist. Dr. Neuberg has been called the "father of modern biochemistry." He developed a process for making glycerine from sugar, and discovered the enzyme carboxylase. Dr. Neuberg headed biochemistry section of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Experimental Therapy from 1913-1936, when he was forced by the Nazi regime to resign because he was Jewish; he left Germany a year later, and settled in the United States.

Diplomacy
West European foreign ministers, meeting in Venice, approved the report of a panel of experts on the proposed creation of a European atomic energy agency and a European common market within a 10-12 year period.

U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Nathan Twining accepted an invitation to attend the Soviet Aviation Day air show in Moscow.

Religion
The Northern U.S. Presbyterian Church General Assembly, meeting in Philadelphia, approved a report of its Social Education and Action Committee urging the elimination of racial "segregation and discrimination" in the United States.

Auto racing
Pat Flaherty won the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 128.49 miles per hour. It was the first time the race was governed by the United States Automobile Club (USAC), after the American Automobile Association (AAA) had withdrawn from racing.





50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Yo Soy Aquel--Raphael (10th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Pretty Flamingo--Manfred Mann (4th week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas (3rd week at #1)
2 How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?--Nancy Sinatra
3 Backstage--Gene Pitney
4 A Groovy Kind of Love--The Mindbenders
5 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35--Bob Dylan
6 Message to Michael--Dionne Warwick
7 Shapes of Things--The Yardbirds
8 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)--The Walker Bros.
9 Gloria--Shadows of Knight
10 When a Man Loves a Woman--Percy Sledge

Singles entering the chart were Red Rubber Ball by the Cyrkle (#74); Younger Girl by the Hondells (#79); Stagecoach to Cheyenne by Wayne Newton (#85); Oh How Happy by the Shades of Blue (#87); I'll Love You Forever by the Holidays (#90); Don't Bring Me Down by the Animals (#91); Cloudy Summer Afternoon (Raindrops) by Barry McGuire (#92); How Could I Fall in Love by the Spiders (#93); Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) by the 4 Seasons (#94); Funny How Love Can Be by Danny Hutton (#95); The Real Thing by Bobby Curtola (#96); Wiederseh'n by Al Martino (#97); Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra (#98); The Pied Piper by Crispian St. Peters (#99); and (I'm A) Road Runner by Jr. Walker and the All Stars (#100). Stagecoach to Cheyenne was from the movie Stagecoach (1966).

Music
The Lovin' Spoonful performed as the headline act at the Greek Amphitheatre on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Opening acts were the Charlatans and Syndicate of Sound.

Space
The United States launched its first lunar probe, Surveyor 1, from Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Politics and government
The Prince Edward Island provincial election resulted in the governing Progressive Conservatives, led by Premier Walter Shaw, and the Liberals, led by Alex Campbell, each wining 15 seats, with the election in the riding of 1st Kings--with 2 seats--being postponed until July 11 because of the death of Liberal Assemblyman and candidate William Acorn. The PCs continued to govern until that riding was decided.

Auto racing
Graham Hill, a rookie, won the Indianapolis 500, leading only the last 10 laps after fellow rookie Jackie Stewart, who had led the previous 40 laps, was forced out of the race by a broken scavenge pump. The race was marred by a crash on the first lap that resulted in the elimination of 11 cars and a delay of 1 hour 24 minutes. Only 7 cars were running at the end of the race.



40 years ago
1976


Died on this date
Max Carey, 86
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Carey, born Maximillian George Carnarius, was an outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1910-1926) and Brooklyn Robins (1926-1929), batting .285 with 70 home runs and 802 runs batted in and 738 stolen bases in 2,476 games. He led or tied for the National League lead in stolen bases in 11 seasons, and his career total stood as the NL record until it was broken by Lou Brock in the 1970s. Mr. Carey was with the Pirates when they won the World Series in 1925, and batted .458 as they came back from a 3-1 deficit in games to defeat the Washington Nationals 4 games to 3. Mr. Carey managed the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932-1933, compiling a record of 146-161-4. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961.

Vic Ghezzi, 65. U.S. golfer. Mr. Ghezzi won 17 tournaments as a professional and 11 on the Professional Golfers Association tour, including the 1941 PGA Championship. He was elected to the PGA of America's Hall of Fame in 1965.

Auto racing
Johnny Rutherford won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time, in a race that was called after 255 miles (102 laps) because of rain, just one lap after the minimum number necessary for the race to be considered official. The race was on lap 103 when it was halted; after a delay of two hours, the cars were preparing for a restart, but the rain resumed, and the scoring reverted to lap 102. It remains the shortest Indianapolis 500 on record.



Basketball
NBA
Finals
Boston 98 @ Phoenix 105 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-1)

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Midnight Lady--Chris Norman (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Joe Brown, 60
. Canadian musician. Mr. Brown founded the country music group Family Brown, who performed together from 1967-1990. The group won 18 Canadian Country Music Association awards, and was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997.

Perry Ellis, 46. U.S. fashion designer. Mr. Ellis founded the sportswear house Perry Ellis International in 1978. He was a sodomite who died of viral encephalitis--probably AIDS-related.

Weather
I don’t know what the temperature was, but it might have been the most beautiful May day I’d seen since 1968.

Football
CFL
Gold defeated Green 18-8 in the Edmonton Eskimos’ fourth consecutive--and last--intrasquad game at Commonwealth Stadium.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)--Cher (5th week at #1)

Law
Canadian Justice Minister Kim Campbell introduced new gun control legislation, boosting penalties for some firearms offences while exempting competition shooters.

Economics and finance
Statistics Canada reported that unemployment insurance payouts were up 34.3% from April 1990; 1.22 million Canadians received benefits, and 10.2% were unemployed.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Until it Sleeps--Metallica (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): X-Files--DJ Dado (4th week at #1)

Divorced on this date
The Duke and Duchess of York--Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
--were granted an uncontested decree, ending their 10-year marriage.

Politics and government
The Alberta government of Premier Ralph Klein agreed to ban extra-billing at private clinics, starting July 1, 1996. The federal government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien had held back about $3.6 million in transfer payments under the Canada Health Act.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh 3 @ Florida 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Robert Sterling, 88
. U.S. actor. Mr. Sterling, born William Steling Hart, appeared in supporting roles in such movies as Show Boat (1951) and in numerous television programs, but was best known for his co-starring role in the television comedy series Topper (1953-1955); he also co-starred in the television comedy series Ichabod and Me (1961-1962).

Bobby Harden. U.S. musician. Mr. Harden, with his sisters Robbie and Arleen, comprised the Harden Trio, a country music group who released their first single in 1964 and placed six singles on the Billboard Country chart from 1966-1968. Their biggest hit, Tippy Toeing, reached #2 on the country chart and #44 on the Hot 100 singles chart, as well as #3 on the CJCA chart in Edmonton. After the trio broke up in 1968, Mr. Harden formed a new trio and then performed as a solo artist, as well as writing songs for other artists.

Shohei Imamura, 79. Japanese movie director. Mr. Imamura won the Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year for Vengeance is Mine (1979); Black Rain (1989); and The Eel (1997).

Crime
A jury in Rockville, Maryland convicted John Allen Muhammad of six counts of first-degree murder for the October 2002 Beltway sniper killings in the Washington, D.C. area.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Carolina 1 @ Buffalo 2 (OT) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Daniel Briere scored at 4:22 of the 1st overtime period to give the Sabres the win over the Hurricanes at HSBC Arena.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

May 29, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Cathy Brown!

150 years ago
1866


Died on this date
Winfield Scott, 79
. U.S. military officer. General Scott, nicknamed "Old Fuss and Feathers" and "The Grand Old Man of the Army," served in the United States Army from 1808-1861, and commanded forces in the War of 1812; the Black Hawk War; the Mexican–American War; the Second Seminole War; and briefly, the American Civil War. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army from 1841-1861. General Scott served as military governor of Mexico City after the Mexican-American War, and was nominated by the Whig Party as its candidate for President of the United States in 1852, but lost the election to Democratic Party candidate Franklin Pierce. General Scott died 15 days before his 80th birthday.

130 years ago
1886


Popular culture
Pharmacist John Pemberton placed his first advertisement for Coca-Cola, which appeared in The Atlanta Journal.

80 years ago
1936


Baseball
The team from Japan’s Waseda University continued its tour of the United States with an 18-16 loss to the University of Chicago, as the teams combined for 34 hits and 17 errors. Waseda scored 9 runs in the top of the 9th inning, but Chicago scored 5 in the bottom half.

75 years ago
1941


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, John E. Kennedy!


Mr. Kennedy was an infielder with the Washington Senators (1962-1964); Los Angeles Dodgers (1965-1966); New York Yankees (1967); Seattle Pilots (1969); Milwaukee Brewers (1970); and Boston Red Sox (1970-1974), batting .225 with 32 home runs and 185 runs batted in in 856 games. He was born 24 years to the day after John F. Kennedy, and was playing in Washington at the time that John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. John E. Kennedy played in the 1965 and 1966 World Series, batting .167 (1 for 6) in 6 games.

War
Candia, Crete's second-largest city, fell to German troops. U.K. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden, in a speech in London, declared that U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" were the "keystone" of British war aims.

World events
Dr. Kurt Heinrich Reith, former German Minister to Austria, was arrested in New York pending deportation proceedings.

Defense
The U.S. Maritime Commission announced that it was requisitioning 13 more merchant vessels for the Navy. The U.S. War Department announced that 8,000 British pilots would be trained annually in the United States beginning June 7, 1941.

Economics and finance
Japanese officials revealed that they had made formal representations to the Netherlands and United Kingdom in an attempt to break the deadlock in the trade negotiations between Japan and the Netherlands East Indies.

U.S. Office of Production Management Priorities Director Edward Stettinius, Jr. signed a general preference order placing steel on a limited priorities basis in order to curb non-essential civilian consumption.

Business
U.S. Federal Judge James Proctor fined the American Medical Association $2,500 and the Medical Society of Washington $1,500 for antitrust law violations.

70 years ago
1946


Died on this date
Martin Gottfried Weiss, 40
. German SS officer. SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) Weiss was Commandant of the concentration camps at Neuengamme (1940-1942); Majdanek (1943-1944); and Dachau (1944-1945). He was convicted of war crimes and hanged at Landsberg Prison, five days before his 41st birthday.

War
Nationalist Chinese troops reported capturing the Manchurian city of Kirin from the Chinese Communists.

Diplomacy
Representatives of seven Palestinian Arab parties, meeting in Jerusalem, formed the Arab Higher Front, led by Hussein Khalidi and Auni Bey Abdul Hadi. The new group differed from the existing Arab Higher Commission in favouring submission of the Palestinian dispute to the United Nations.

The Iranian embassy in Washington disclosed that Prime Minister Ahmad Ghavam Saltaneh had ordered Ambassador Hussein Ala not to make any more statements to the United Nations Security Council, following Mr. Ala's contention that U.S.S.R. forces remained in Azerbaijan.

Defense
The British Ministry of Supply revealed the development of the de Havilland DH-108 "Swallow," the world's first jet-propelled flying wing fighter plane. The first prototype had made its first flight on May 15 at Royal Air Force base Woodbridge, England.

U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that the United States favoured the regulation of armaments to allow nations no more than was necessary to maintain internal order and international peace and security.

Aviation
The Montreal Assembly of the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization voted to offer the seat held open for the U.S.S.R. to another country.

Labour
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) drafted an agreement with the International Labor Organization under which the latter would become a specialized UN agency.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to President Harry Truman the Case strike control bill, calling for a 60-day cooling-off period before strikes; increased federal mediation; and union and management liability for breach of contract.

The 59-day soft coal strike in the United States ended when United Mine Workers of America President John L. Lewis signed a U.S. government-sponsored agreement providing for an 18 1/2c hourly wage increase and a miners' "welfare and retirement fund" financed by a levy of 5c per ton.

A 22-hour general strike by 26,000 union members in Rochester, New York ended after the city agreed to allow its workers to join any organization "which does not claim the right to strike against the public."

60 years ago
1956


Diplomacy
The U.S.S.R. embassy in Washington announced that Soviet naval attaches had suggested an exchange of courtesy calls between the Soviet and American navies.

French Resident Minister for Algeria Robert Lacoste rejected international mediation of the North African conflict.

Defense
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower asked Congress for an additional $112.5 million to finance nuclear weapons, military propulsion reactors, and an "accelerated" civilian power reactor program.

Politics and government
Former Illinois Governor and 1952 U.S. presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson won a narrow victory over U.S. Senator Estes Kefauver (Tennessee) in the Florida primary for the 1956 Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.

Environment
A whooping crane, believed to be the first ever born in captivity and the 31st of its species in existence, hatched at Audubon Park Zoo in New Orleans.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Ancora tu--Lucio Battisti (9th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): Sweet Love--Ferrari

#1 single in the U.K.: Fernando--ABBA (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Love Hangover--Diana Ross

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Silly Love Songs--Wings
2 Welcome Back--John Sebastian
3 Love Hangover--Diana Ross
4 Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)--Silver Convention
5 Shannon--Henry Gross
6 Happy Days--Pratt & McClain with Brother Love
7 Misty Blue--Dorothy Moore
8 Fooled Around and Fell in Love--Elvin Bishop
9 Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)--Fleetwood Mac
10 Sara Smile--Daryl Hall and John Oates

Singles entering the chart were Mamma Mia by ABBA (#76); You're My Best Friend by Queen (#77); Silver Star by the Four Seasons (#80); C'mon Marianne by Donny Osmond (#81); You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Lou Rawls (#86); Sophisticated Lady (She’s a Different Lady) by Natalie Cole (#91); Everything that 'Cha Do (Will Come Back to You) by Wet Willie (#92); Vaya con Dios by Freddy Fender (#95); Lonely Teardrops by Narvel Felts (#98); Music by John Miles (#99); and Sharing the Night Together by Arthur Alexander (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Shannon--Henry Gross
2 Silly Love Songs--Wings
3 Welcome Back--John Sebastian
4 Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)--Fleetwood Mac
5 Shout it Out Loud--Kiss
6 Boogie Fever--Sylvers
7 Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)--Silver Convention
8 Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen
9 Love is the Drug--Roxy Music
10 Rock and Roll Love Letter--Bay City Rollers

Singles entering the chart were Dance Wit Me by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (#90); Freight Train by Eugene Smith (#91); Take the Money and Run by Steve Miller (#92); Knowing How, Knowing When by Suzanne Stevens (#93); Afternoon Delight by Starland Vocal Band (#94); Early Riser by the T.H.P. Orchestra (#96); Everyday Without You by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds (#97); Let Her In by John Travolta (#98); Sixteen Tons by the Don Harrison Band (#99); and Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton (#100).

Yellowknifiana
Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in Yellowknife held its annual graduation dance; this blogger went and had a good time.

Football
CFL
All-Star Game @ Clarke Stadium, Edmonton
East 14 West 27

Larry Highbaugh of the defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown to help the West defeat the East before 21,762 fans in the first Canadian Football League game ever played in May. Tom Campana of the Saskatchewan Roughriders scored the other 2 West TDs, while Art Green of the Ottawa Rough Riders scored the lone East touchdown. Mr. Green and Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster sharted the award for most valuable player on offense, while defensive end Wayne Smith of the British Columbia Lions was voted the most valuable player on defense. Two players ended their careers in this game: quarterback Jerry Keeling of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and defensive tackle Jim Stillwagon of the Toronto Argonauts, both of whom played for the East. It was the first pre-season All-Star Game to be played under an East-West format; previous games had pitted the defending Grey Cup champions against the All-Stars.

30 years ago
1986


Basketball
NBA
Finals
Houston 95 @ Boston 117 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)

The Celtics outscored the Rockets 34-19 in the 3rd quarter, which made the difference in the game before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden. Larry Bird led Boston with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Wind of Change--Scorpions (4th week at #1)

Politics and government
India's Congress (I) Party named former Foreign Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao as its interim leader, succeeding former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who had been assassinated eight days earlier.

20 years ago
1996


Died on this date
Tamara Toumanova, 77
. Russian-born U.S. ballerina and actress. Miss Toumanova, born Tamara Vladimirovna Khassidovitch, began her public career in ballet at the age of 10 as a guest performer with the Paris Opera Ballet. She joined Les Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo in 1931 at the age of 12, and spent the rest of her career there. She appeared in several movies, including Days of Glory (1944); Invitation to the Dance (1956); Torn Curtain (1966); and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970).

Politics and government
In Israeli elections, Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu narrowly defeated incumbent Shimon Peres of the Labour Party for Prime Minister, 50.5%-49.5%; it was the first time that the Prime Minister was elected apart from the rest of the Knesset. In the parliamentary elections, Labour won 34 of the 120 seats, with a Likud-Gesher-Tzomet coalition taking 32 seats, followed by Shas (10); National Religious Party (9); Meretz (9); and six other parties accounting for the remaining 26 seats.

Crime
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in Halifax boarded the Taiwanese-registered ship Maersk Dubai and arrested the captain and five sailors on charges of murdering three Romanian stowaways who had been thrown overboard.

Economics and finance
Canada and the United States signed a softwood lumber agreement that set export quotas for British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, and also put in place an export tax for any amounts exceeding that quota. The agreement came after 15 years of debate and legal proceedings concerning the issue.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Detroit 1 @ Colorado 4 (Colorado won best-of-seven series 4-2)

The Avalanche eliminated the Red Wings at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver and advanced to the finals for the first time in their history. The game was marred by a dirty hit from Colorado forward Claude Lemieux on Detroit forward Kris Draper at 14:07 of the 1st period. Mr. Lemieux hit Mr. Draper from behind into the edge of the bench, giving him a broken jaw and a shattered cheek and orbital bone. Mr. Lemieux was given a 5-minute penalty and game misconduct.

10 years ago
2006


Scandal
WestJet Airlines settled a lawsuit with rival Air Canada, admitting that its “highest management levels” had schemed to steal commercial data from Air Canada; WestJet paid all legal bills, plus a $10-million donation to charity.

Labour
The Ontario Labour Relations Board ruled illegal a one-day wildcat strike by Toronto Transit Commission workers, stranding 800,000 riders.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

May 28, 2016

200 years ago
1816


Died on this date
Wolde Selassie, 71 (?)
. Ethiopian warlord. Wolde Selassie succeeded in subduing rivals and controlling much of Ethiopia in the early 19th century, with Emperor Egwale Seyon being a figurehead ruler. Wolde Selassie was the first Ethiopian ruler to have close contact with Europeans, and pursued friendly relations with the United Kingdom.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Walker Percy
. U.S. author. Mr. Percy was based in Covington, Louisiana, and was known for writing novels set in and around New Orleans. His first novel, The Moviegoer (1961), won the National Book Award for Fiction. Mr. Percy joined the Roman Catholic Church in 1947 and his works of fiction and non-fiction reflected his Catholic faith. His best-known work of non-fiction was probably Lost in the Cosmos (1983). Mr. Percy died on May 10, 1990, 18 days before his 74th birthday.

War
British Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig advised the Canadian government of Prime Minister Robert Borden to abandon the Canadian Ross Rifle, since it overheated and jammed in combat; his recommendation was accepted by the government after the issue became public.

80 years ago
1936


Baseball
Goose Goslin drove in all the Detroit Tigers' runs with an outfield fly in the 2nd inning and hit a grand slam in the 7th, but the Chicago White Sox rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 9th to beat the Tigers 6-5 at Navin Field in Detroit.

The Brooklyn Dodgers scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning and held on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-10 before 1,000 fans at Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Tom Zachary entered the game in relief for Philadelphia with 2 out in the top of the 8th; after retirinf the next batter to end the inning, he faced 5 batters in the 9th, and allowed 4 hits, a base on balls, 5 runs--4 earned--and was charged with the loss to drop to 0-3 for the season. For Mr. Zachary, it was the 546th and final game of his 19-year major league career.

75 years ago
1941


War
British forces began the evacuation of Crete under heavy German pressure. The German command announced the capture by German and Italian troops of Halfaya Pass in Egypt southeast of Solum.

Defense
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt told a special press conference that he had no intention of asking Congress to repeal or modify the Neutrality Act, and that he did not plan to institute convoys for war material being shipped to Britain. The U.S. Maritime Commission requisitioned the 26,454-ton liner America, the largest merchant ship ever built in the United States, which would be turned over to the Navy.

Aviation
A spinproof private plane designed by Dr. Otto Koppen for General Aircraft Corporation was demonstrated in Newark, New Jersey.

Scandal
Former Kansas City Democratic Party boss Tom Pendergast and two other men were found guilty of contempt for deceiving a U.S. federal court in a $10-million fire insurance settlement.

Economics and finance
U.S. Interior Secretary Harold Ickes urged priorities on gasoline, oil, and electric power on the Eastern seaboard because of the increasing shortage.

Labour
The American Federation of Labor Executive Council pledged its support for U.S. President Roosevelt's plea for labour peace, and called upon its unions to refrain from striking against defense industries without first seeking mediation.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) President Harry Bridges, a native of Australia, testified at his U.S. deportation hearing that he now or ever was a member of the Communist Party. It wasn't until the 1990s that it was revealed that Mr. Bridges had lied.

Boxing
Tony Zale (48-15-2) retained his National Boxing Association world middleweight title with a knockout of Al Hostak (54-5-8) at 2:32 of the 2nd round at Chicago Stadium Outdoor Arena. Mr. Zale was knocked down for no count in the 1st round, but knocked Mr. Hostak down 8 times in the 2nd round.

Baseball
George Selkirk came to bat as a pinch hitter and hit a grand slam to climax a 5-run 8th inning to lead the New York Yankees past the Washington Nationals 6-5 before 25,000 fans in the first night game ever played at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

The Philadelphia Athletics scored 2 runs in the top of the 16th inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 before 1,400 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Philadelphia third baseman Pete Suder batted 4 for 7 with a double, 3-run home run, and 4 runs batted in. Boston third baseman Jim Tabor also hit a 3-run homer, with both blasts coming in the 6th inning. Tom Ferrick allowed 8 hits and 1 earned run in 10 innings to get the win in relief of Bill Beckmann, who allowed 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 6 innings.

70 years ago
1946


Died on this date
Carter Glass, 88
. U.S. politician. Mr. Glass, a Democrat, represented Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1899-1918 and in the Senate from 1920 until his death. He was Secretary of the Treasury in the administration of President Woodrow Wilson from 1918-1920.

World events
Romanian police entered the U.S. military mission in Bucharest and arrested three Romanians employed there.

Diplomacy
Rulers of seven Arab states met on the estate of King Farouk of Egypt to discuss the Palestine problem.

Defense
U.S. Army General Dwight Eisenhower and U.S. Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz addressed the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, where they urged military collaboration with Latin American nations and possibly Canada.

Politics and government
Manuel Roxas was inaugurated in Manila as President of the Philippines.

Economics and finance
U.S. Secretary of State James Byrnes and French Foreign Minister Leon Blum signed agreements in Washington settling Lend-Lease accounts and extending two credits to France totalling $137 billion.

The British House of Commons approved the government's notice of its intention to nationalize parts of the iron and steel industry.

Labour
American Federation of Musicians President James Petrillo told reporters that he was ready to test the Lea Act after Chicago radio station WAAF refused to hire more musicians.

Disasters
Flooding along the Susquehanna River and its tributaries left 20 people dead or missing, and $3 million in damage in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and southern New York.

60 years ago
1956


Baseball
Dale Long hit a home run in his eighth straight game to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers 3-2 before 32,221 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Mr. Long homered off Brooklyn starter and eventual losing pitcher Carl Erskine to lead off the bottom of the 4th inning, tying the game 2-2. Bob Friend pitched a 2-hit complete game victory, shutting the Dodgers out after walking Jim Gilliam to lead off the game, and surrendering a 2-run homer to Duke Snider with 1 out in the 1st. Mr. Long's streak of home runs in consecutive games remains the National League record, and stood alone as the major league record until tied by Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees in 1987 and Ken Griffey, Jr. of the Seattle Mariners in 1993.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Hitch Hiker--Bobby and Laurie (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Cheveux Longs, Idées Courtes--Johnny Hallyday

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Michelle--The Beatles (5th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Hundert Mann und ein Befehl--Freddy Quinn

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Sloop John B--The Beach Boys (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): When a Man Loves a Woman--Percy Sledge

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 When a Man Loves a Woman--Percy Sledge
2 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas
3 A Groovy Kind of Love--The Mindbenders
4 Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones
5 It's a Man's Man's Man's World--James Brown and the Famous Flames
6 I Am a Rock--Simon and Garfunkel
7 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35--Bob Dylan
8 Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind--The Lovin' Spoonful
9 Message to Michael--Dionne Warwick
10 Love is Like an Itching in My Heart--The Supremes

Singles entering the chart were Let's Go Get Stoned by Ray Charles (#64); Crying by Jay & the Americans (#71); Truly Yours by the Spinners (#74); Loving You is Sweeter than Ever by the Four Tops (#77); Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do) by Wilson Pickett (#81); When a Woman Loves a Man by Esther Phillips (#87); Popsicle by Jan and Dean (#89); Hanky Panky by Tommy James and the Shondells (#91); Younger Girl by the Hondells (#92); Along Comes Mary by the Association (#93); Cloudy Summer Afternoon (Raindrops) by Barry McGuire (#95); Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe (#97); He's Ready by the Poppies (#99); Little Girl by Syndicate of Sound (#100); Heart's Desire by Billy Joe Royal (also #100); and Farmer John by the Tidal Waves (also #100).

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Mississippi--Pussycat (11th week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Fernando--ABBA (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Fernando--ABBA (9th week at #1)

Education
It was the last day of classes for the 1975-76 year at Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in Yellowknife; for this blogger, it was the last day of classes ever in Yellowknife. William McDonald Junior High School in Yellowknife held its awards night.

Defense
The U.S. and U.S.S.R. signed a treaty limiting the size of underground nuclear explosions for peaceful purposes, and providing for on-site U.S. inspections of Soviet tests.

The United Nations Security Council extended for six months the Golan Heights observer force.

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): The Final Countdown--Europe

25 years ago
1991


War
Addis Ababa fell to the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, ending both the Derg regime in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Civil War.

Business
Edmonton-based Mel Hurtig sold Hurtig Publishing Ltd.--with a 100-book backlist including the Canadian Encyclopedia--to Avie Bennett's McClelland & Stewart.

20 years ago
1996


Politics and government
Premier Glen Clark led his governing New Democratic Party to a reduced majority government in the British Columbia provincial election; the NDP won 39 of 75 seats in the legislature, down from 51 in the 1991 election. The Liberal Party, led by Gordon Campbell, won 33 seats, up from 17 in 1991. The Reform Party, led by Jack Weisgerber, won 2 seats, and Progressive Democratic Party leader Gordon Wilson, formerly the Liberal leader, was elected. The Social Credit Party, which had governed the province from 1975-1991, failed to elect any of its 38 candidates, and was on its way to oblivion. Although the NDP majority was considerably reduced, it was considered a major surprise that the NDP retained power at all, as the Liberals had been 20% ahead of the NDP in polls conducted at the time the election was called on April 30. Liberal Ida Chong and NDP member Jenny Kwan became B.C.’s first Chinese Canadian MLAs.

Scandal
U.S. President Bill Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, were convicted of fraud.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Florida 0 @ Pittsburgh 3 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 3-2)

10 years ago
2006


Auto racing
Sam Hornish, Jr. won the Indianapolis 500, passing rookie Marco Andretti 450 feet from the finish line to win by 0.0635 seconds in one of the closest finishes on record. Defending champion Dan Wheldon led for 148 laps, but was forced to pit early because of a punctured tire, and finished fourth.



Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Buffalo 3 @ Carolina 4 (OT) (Carolina led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Cory Stillman scored at 8:46 of the 1st overtime period to give the Hurricanes their win over the Sabres at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Friday, 27 May 2016

May 27, 2016

170 years ago
1846


Politics and government
John A. Macdonald (Conservative--Kingston) made his first speech in the Canadian Legislative Assembly in Montreal, advocating repeal of usury laws. Mr. Macdonald had been elected to the Assembly in 1844.

125 years ago
1891


Born on this date
Claude Champagne
. Canadian composer. Mr. Champagne, a native of Montreal, wrote numerous choral works, but was perhaps best known as a professor at the McGill University Conservatory. He died on December 21, 1965 at the age of 74.

Politics and government
Canadian Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, 76, suffered a stroke, leaving him mentally alert, but partially paralyzed and unable to speak.

120 years ago
1896


Disasters
The F4-strength 1896 St. Louis–East St. Louis tornado hit in St. Louis, Missouri, and East St. Louis, Illinois, killing at least 255 people and causing $2.9 billion in damage (in 1997 U.S. dollars).

80 years ago
1936


Transportation
The British ocean liner Queen Mary left England on its maiden voyage, arriving in France four hours later.

75 years ago
1941


War
British ships sank the German battleship Bismarck off the coast of France, resulting in the loss of 2,300 lives. German forces capture the Cretan capital of Canea.

Defense
A Japanese official said in a Tokyo radio broadcast that Japan had 500 warships and 4,000 naval planes in fighting order. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that "an unlimited national emergency confronts this country, which requires that its military, naval, air and civilian defenses be put on the basis of readiness to repel any and all acts or threats of aggression directed toward any part of the Western Hemisphere." Mr. Roosevelt reasserted the doctrine of freedom of the seas, and aksed Congress for additional appropriations of over $3.3 billion for aircraft construction.

Economics and finance
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill extending for two years President Roosevelt's power to operate the $2-billion Exchange Stabilization Fund and to alter the gold content of the dollar.

Labour
American Federation of Labor President William Green denounced the San Francisco shipyard strike.

Chess
U.S.champion Samuel Reshevsky retained his title with two games remaining by drawing the 14th game with Israel Horowitz in New York.

70 years ago
1946


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Gypsy--The Ink Spots (2nd week at #1)
--Dinah Shore
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
2 Prisoner of Love--Perry Como
--The Ink Spots
3 Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)--Dinah Shore
--Andy Russell
--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
4 Oh! What it Seemed to Be--Frankie Carle and his Orchestra
--Frank Sinatra
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
--Dick Haymes and Helen Forrest
5 All Through the Day--Frank Sinatra
--Perry Como
6 I'm a Big Girl Now--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
7 Shoo Fly Pie (And Apple Pan Dowdy)--Stan Kenton and his Orchestra
--Dinah Shore
8 Cement Mixer (Put-ti Put-ti)--Alvino Rey and his Orchestra
9 Sioux City Sue--Bing Crosby and the Jesters
10 Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra

New singles entering the chart were Doin' What Comes Natur'lly, with versions by Dinah Shore with Spade Cooley and his Orchestra, and Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (#17); Cynthia's in Love by Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra (#24); I Don't Know Enough About You, with versions by the Mills Brothers and Peggy Lee (#26); and The Girl that I Marry by Frank Sinatra (#33). Doin' What Comes Natur'lly and The Girl that I Marry were originally from the Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun (1946). The Girl that I Marry was the B-side of They Say it's Wonderful, charting at #14 with the version by Perry Como.

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Baconian Cipher

This was the last episode of the season, and the last for Mr. Rathbone; he declined to renew his contract to play the role of Sherlock Holmes in both movies and radio. Beginning the following week, the program's time slot was filled by The Casebook of Gregory Hood, a detective show written by Denis Green and Anthony Boucher, the writers of The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

War
Fighting broke out along the Indochina-Siam border in an area ceded to Siam by the Vichy French regime in 1941, but claimed by the current French government.

Diplomacy
Former Spanish Republican leader Giral y Pereira told the United Nations Security Council subcommittee that civil war would break out in Spain if the UN did not take measures to remove Generalissimo Francisco Franco from power.

Defense
The U.S. War Department board investigating the Army's "caste system" said that it found many "injustices," and that there was a "need for a new philosophy."

Protest
The Haitian government ordered an 8 P.M. curfew after 30 defeated parliamentary candidates urged a general strike, overthrow of the provisional government, and new elections.

Economics and finance
General Lucius Clay of the U.S. military government in Germany confirmed reports that dismantling of factories for reparations had been halted in the U.S. zone until Germany could be treated as a single economic unit.

A British government committee reported that the United Kingdom must train 5,000 scientists yearly to maintain the country's economic progress.

Labour
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Selective Service Act did not give veterans "super-seniority" in their pre-World War II jobs.

Soft-coal miners in the United States renewed their strike as the two-week truce ended.

Congress of Industrial Organizations President Philip Murray and American Federation of Labor President William Green denounced U.S. President Harry Truman's strike control proposals as violating fundamental constitutional guarantees. Mr. Truman had asked Congress to allow him to use court injunctions against labour leaders who urged workers to staty away from their jobs in industries that had been taken over by the federal government.

National Maritime Union members in New York rejected a $12.50 monthly wage increase offer from 39 shipping companies, which had already been accepted by a union negotiating committee.

Health
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved plans to call a World Health Conference and to establish a World Health Organization.

60 years ago
1956


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Legacy, starring Leora Dana and Jacques Bergerac

Baseball
Tom Brewer allowed 7 hits and 7 runs--all earned--in pitching a complete game, but won the game, helping his own cause with his first major league home run--a 3-run blow--as the Boston Red Sox scored 7 runs in the 3rd inning after allowing 5 in the 1st, and defeated the Washington Nationals 9-7 in the first game of a doubleheader before 11,574 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Washington first baseman Roy Sievers hit a solo home run in the first game, and a 3-run homer in the 1st inning of the second game. He then doubled home Clint Courtney with the winning run in the top of the 10th as the Nationals won 11-10.

Jim Wilson pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief and singled home Minnie Minoso with the winning run with 2 out in the bottom of the 15th inning as the Chicago White Sox edged the Cleveland Indians 5-4 before 23,857 fans in the first of two games at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Early Wynn pitched a 5-hit complete game victory and singled in a run as the Indians won the second game 4-2 before 25,856 fans.

Stan Musial batted 2 for 2 with 2 runs and 3 runs batted in in the first game, and 2 for 4 with a double, home run, run, and 4 RBIs in the second game as the St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs 11-9 and 12-2 before 25,834 fans at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Homeward Bound--Simon & Garfunkel (4th week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Monday, Monday--The Mamas and the Papas (3rd week at #1)
2 I Am a Rock--Simon and Garfunkel
3 Tippy Toeing--The Harden Trio
4 Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones
5 Green Grass--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
6 Leaning on the Lamp Post--Herman's Hermits
7 Shapes of Things--The Yardbirds
8 How Does That Grab You, Darlin'?--Nancy Sinatra
9 Good Lovin'--The Young Rascals
10 Lovedrops--Barry Allen
Pick hit of the week: Crying--Jay & the Americans
New this week: Cloudy Summer Afternoon--Barry McGuire
I Love Onions--Susan Christie
Please Tell Me Why--The Dave Clark Five
I Gotta Move--The King Beezz
For a Little While--Del Shannon

World events
A four-day campaign by the Ugandan government to crush an independence movement in the internal kingdom of Buganda concluded successfully with Kabaka Edward F. Mutesa II being deposed.

Politics and government
A four-party coalition government was formed in Finland, with Social Democrat Rafael Paasio as Prime Minister. For the first time since 1948, the cabinet included four Communists.

40 years ago
1976


Education
Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in Yellowknife held its annual Awards Night. This blogger won the Canadian Studies Award and an Honour pin. Several of my friends won awards, making for an enjoyable evening.

Hockey
WHA
Avco World Trophy
Finals
Houston 1 @ Winnipeg 9 (Winnipeg won best-of-seven series 4-0)

Veli-Pekka Ketola, Anders Hedberg, and Peter Sullivan each scored 2 goals as the Jets routed the Aeros before 10,386 fans at Winnipeg Arena to win their first Avco World Trophy championship and end the Aeros' two-year reign. Bobby Hull, Lyle Moffat, and Bobby Guindon scored the other Winnipeg goals, while Ted Taylor scored for Houston in the 1st period. The Aeros managed just 17 shots on Winnipeg goalie Joe Daley, while the Jets scored on 9 of 33 shots against Houston goalie Ron Grahame, who played the entire game.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Phoenix 90 @ Boston 105 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-0)

30 years ago
1986


Popular culture
Dragon Quest, the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, was released in Japan.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Sweet Soul Music--London Boys

Baseball
In a Pacific Coast League game at Civic Stadium in Portland, Vancouver Canadians’ right fielder Rodney McCray became an instant celebrity when he crashed through the plywood right field wall while attempting to catch a drive off the bat of the Beavers’ Chip Hale.



20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Danza de los limones--Juan Antonio canta (2nd week at #1)

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Old Man & Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
2 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
3 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
4 Dreamer's Dream--Tom Cochrane
5 Ironic--Alanis Morisette
6 Follow You Down--Gin Blossoms
7 Everything Falls Apart--Dog's Eye View
8 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project
9 Closer to Free--BoDeans
10 You Learn--Alanis Morisette

Singles entering the chart were Machinehead by Bush X (#86); The Old Apartment by Barenaked Ladies (#94); Looking for It by Jann Arden (#95); Sweet Dreams by La Bouche (#96); Love Untold by Paul Westerberg (#97); and The Playboy Interview by Merlin (#98).

War
Russian President Boris Yeltsin met with Chechnyan rebels for the first time, and negotiated a new cease-fire in the war between Russia and the breakaway republic of Chechnya, to come into effect on May 31 and to include an exchange of prisoners.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Colorado 2 @ Detroit 5 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-2)

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Paul Gleason, 67
. U.S. actor. Mr. Gleason appeared in numerous movies and television programs, and played Dr. David Thornton on the soap opera All My Children from 1976-1978. He played baseball in the Class D Alabama-Florida League in 1959 and Appalachian and Western Carolina Leagues in 1960, batting .079 (3 for 39) in 13 games, with 1 home run and 1 run batted in. Mr. Gleason died from a form of lung cancer that may have been related to exposure to asbestos when he was a teenager.

Disasters
The 6.4 Mw Yogyakarta earthquake shook central Java with an MSK intensity of IX (Destructive), leaving more than 5,700 dead and 37,000 injured.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Edmonton 2 @ Anaheim 1 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Dwayne Roloson made 32 saves and Ethan Moreau and Rafi Torres scored in the 2nd period as the Oilers overcame a 1-0 1st-period deficit and eliminated the Mighty Ducks at Arrowhead Pond, advancing to the finals for the first time since 1990.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

May 26, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Isatou Ndow!

125 years ago
1891


Born on this date
Gene Paulette
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Paulette was an infielder with the New York Giants (1911); St. Louis Browns (1916-1917); St. Louis Cardinals (1917-1919); and Philadelphia Phillies (1919-1920), batting .269 with 2 home runs and 165 runs batted in in 500 games. He played in the Southern Association from 1912-1916. Mr. Paulette was permanently barred from organized baseball by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis on March 24, 1921 for failing to adequately explain a letter he'd written in 1919 to St. Louis gamblers Elmer Farrar and Carl Zork offering to elist the help of two Cardinals' players to fix the outcome of games. With his baseball career over, Mr. Paulette worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Little Rock, Arkansas; he died of a heart attack at the age of 74 on February 8, 1966.

Baseball
In an American Association game at Pendleton Park in Cincinnati between the Cincinnati Kellys and Boston Reds, Cincinnati second baseman Yank Robinson made 7 errors on 7 fielding chances. The Kellys (also known as the Porkers) won 21-16. Mr. Robinson finished the season with 79 errors in 98 games. It was the fourth and last major league game for Boston starting pitcher Tod Brynan, who allowed 4 hits, 3 bases on balls, and 6 runs--all earned--in 1 inning, and took the loss.

120 years ago
1896


Europeana
Nicholas II was crowned the last Czar of Imperial Russia; he had succeeded to the throne upon the death of his father Alexander III on November 1, 1894.

Economics and finance
Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average; the average price of the 11 initial stocks was 40.94.

Disasters
55 of 143 passengers on a streetcar were killed when it crashed through Point Ellice Bridge into the Upper Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia; the passengers were on their way to attend celebrations of Queen Victoria's birthday. The disaster was the worst streetcar accident in North American history.

80 years ago
1936


Politics and government
In the House of Commons of Northern Ireland, independent Unionist member Tommy Henderson began speaking on the annual Appropriation Bill. By the time he sits down at 3:55 A.M. on May 27, he had spoken for nearly 10 hours, the longest speech to date in any legislature of the British Empire.

75 years ago
1941


War
A spokesman in Berlin said that the British fleet in the eastern Mediterranean Sea may be considered destroyed. German troops advanced on Suda Bay as fighting on Crete continued.

Defense
The Nationalist Party of Uruguay adopted a resolution urging Uruguayan neutrality in the European war and opposing the cession of bases to foreign powers.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered all men previously registered who turned 21 years of age by July 1, 1941 to register on that date under the Selective Service Act.

Politics and government
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that Congress had the power to regulate primary elections for the nomination of candidates for federal office.

Protest
Six people were killed in rioting in Bombay, bringing the total casualties for five days to 40 dead and 140 injured.

Labour
U.S. Senator Harry Byrd (Democrat--Virginia) introduced a joint resolution in Congress condemning strikes in defense industries, and demanded the resignation of Labor Secretary Frances Perkins.

70 years ago
1946


Theatre
Garson Kanin and Arthur Laurents shared the Playwrights Company $1,500 Sidney Howard Memorial Award for "new American playwrights."

Died on this date
Joseph Medill Patterson, 67
. U.S. newspaper publisher. Mr. Patterson was a reporter with the Chicago Tribune before founding the New York Daily News in 1919, the first daily tabloid in the United States.

Politics and government
Nearly complete returns in municipal elections in the U.S. zone in Germany had the Christian Social Union with 484 seats; Social Democratic Party, 421; Communists, 47; and Liberal Democrats, 34.

Communists won 114 of 300 Assembly seats in Czechoslovakian parliamentary elections to become the country's strongest party.

U.S. Representative Zebulon Weaver (Democrat--North Carolina), a Congressman from 1917-1929 and since 1931, was defeated in primaries in an attempt to be renominated by the Democratic Party.

Transportation
The U.S. government relinquished control of the nation's railroads as normal service was resumed, after a two-day strike by the Railroad Trainmen and Locomotive Engineers Brotherhoods.

Agriculture
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clinton Anderson stated that the United States would ship a record 74 million bushels of wheat to famine areas by June 30, 1946.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Mack the Knife (A Theme from the Threepenny Opera)--Louis Armstrong (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Steig in das Traumboot der Liebe--Caterina Valente & Silvio Francesco as Club Indonesia (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): No Other Love--Ronnie Hilton (3rd week at #1)

#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--6th week at #1; Disc Jockey--3rd week at #1; Jukebox--4th week at #1; Top 100--4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Heartbreak Hotel--Elvis Presley (6th week at #1)
2 Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"--Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra
--George Cates and his Orchestra
3 (You've Got) The Magic Touch--The Platters
4 Blue Suede Shoes--Carl Perkins
5 Ivory Tower--Cathy Carr
--Otis Williams and the Charms
--Gale Storm
6 Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)--Perry Como
7 The Wayward Wind--Gogi Grant
8 Standing on the Corner--The Four Lads
9 I'm in Love Again--Fats Domino
10 The Happy Whistler--Don Robertson

Singles entering the chart were the version of Ivory Tower by Gale Storm and My Baby Left Me by Elvis Presley (#22). My Baby Left Me was the B-side of I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, charting at #25.

On television tonight
The Honeymooners, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Mind Your Own Business



Died on this date
Al Simmons, 54
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Simmons, born Aloysius Szymanski, was an outfielder with the Philadelphia Athletics (1924-1932, 1940-1941, 1944); Chicago White Sox (1933-1935); Detroit Tigers (1936); Washington Nationals (1937-1938); Boston Bees (1939); Cincinnati Reds (1939); and Boston Red Sox (1943), batting .334 with 307 home runs and 1,827 runs batted in in 2,215 games. He led the American League in runs batted in in 1929 (157); in runs (152) in 1930); and in batting percentage in 1930 (.381) and 1931 (.390), as the Athletics won the American League pennant in all three seasons, and the World Series in 1929 and 1930. Mr. Simmons served as a coach with the Athletics from 1945-1949 and the Cleveland Indians in 1950. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953, and died four days after his 54th birthday, shortly after suffering a heart attack.

Baseball
The Milwaukee Braves were held hitless for 9 2/3 innings, but ended up defeating the Cincinnati Redlegs 2-1 in 11 innings before 22,936 fans at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Johnny Klippstein started on the mound for Cincinnati and pitched 7 hitless innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter, but allowed a run in the 2nd inning on a hit batsman, 2 bases on balls, and a sacrifice fly. Hersh Freeman pitched a hitless 8th, and the Redlegs tied the game when Ted Kluszewski singled with 2 out and nobody on base in the top of the 9th, and Wally Post doubled home pinch runner Jim Dyck. Joe Black took over on the mound for the Redlegs in the bottom of the 9th, and lost the no-hitter when Jack Dittmer doubled with 2 out in the 10th. In the bottom of the 11th, Hank Aaron tripled with 1 out, Chuck Tanner and Bill Bruton were intentionally walked, and Frank Torre singled home Mr. Aaron with the winning run. Ray Crone pitched a 7-hit complete game to get the win.

Roger Craig pitched a 3-hitter and Sandy Amoros, Randy Jackson, and Carl Furillo hit home runs as the Brooklyn Dodgers blanked the New York Giants 6-0 before 23,867 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York.

Dale Long hit a home run in his seventh straight game to help the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 before 4,614 fans at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Hank Foiles and Frank Thomas also homered for Pittsburgh, while Stan Lopata homered for Philadelphia. Vern Law pitched a 9-hit complete game victory.

50 years ago
1966


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Paint It, Black--The Rolling Stones

Music
Bob Dylan and his backup group the Hawks played a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London with members of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in atttendance. The concert was recorded, and became a famous bootleg album.

South Americana
British Guiana proclaimed her independence, becoming Guyana, and remaining in the British Commonwealth.

40 years ago
1976


Died on this date
Martin Heidegger, 86
. German philosopher. Dr. Heidegger was one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th centurey, known for his contributions to Phenomenology and Existentialism. His best-known book was Being and Time (1927).

Diplomacy
The United Nations Security Council adopted a statement deploring Israel's policy of establishing settlements in occupied Arab land.

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning as they defeated the Montreal Expos 6-3 before 6,581 fans at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on the Wednesday Expos Baseball telecast on CBC. Larry Demery allowed 3 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings to get the win, with John Candelaria allowing 2 hits and no runs in 3 innings to get the save.

Former Cincinnati Reds' shortstop Darrell Chaney singled and scored a run in the 8th inning and then doubled home Ken Henderson and Dave May in the 9th as the Atlanta Braves edged the Reds 4-3 before 25,679 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

Doug Rau pitched a 3-hitter and had 2 hits of his own and scored a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers shut out the San Diego Padres 8-0 before 18,751 fans at San Diego Stadium.

Bucky Dent singled home Jack Brohamer with 2 out in the top of the 11th inning for the only run as the Chicago White Sox edged the California Angels 1-0 before 6,569 fans at Anaheim Stadium. Ken Brett allowed just 2 hits in 10 innings to get the win, with Clay Carroll pitching a hitless 11th to get the save. Don Kirkwood allowed just 7 hits and 1 earned run in pitching a complete game and taking the loss.

The Cleveland Indians scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to take a 3-1 lead over the New York Yankees, only to have the Yankees respond with 3 in the bottom of the 7th as they edged the Indians 4-3 before 13,369 fans at Yankee Stadium. Catfish Hunter pitched a 6-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Don Hood.

The Kansas City Royals amassed 21 hits, with every man in the starting lineup getting at least one hit, as they routed the Texas Rangers 14-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before 16,510 fans at Arlington Stadium. The second game was suspended after 9 innings with the score tied 4-4, to be completed the following day.

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Love Missile F1-11--Sigue Sigue Sputnik (2nd week at #1)

Weather
The temperature reached 90 F. in Edmonton.

Europeana
The European Community adopted the European flag.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Houston 100 @ Boston 112 (Boston led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Larry Bird and Kevin McHale each scored 21 points as the Celtics defeated the Rockets before 14,890 fans at Boston Garden. Houston center Akeem Olajuwon scored 33 points--25 in the 1st half; teammate Ralph Sampson scored just 2 points.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Trippin'--Push Push (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Joyride--Roxette (9th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Wind of Change--Scorpions

Politics and government
Zviad Gamsakhurdia was elected the first President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era.

Disasters
All 223 people aboard Lauda Air Flight 004--a chartered Boeing 767 from Austria--were killed when it exploded in midair soon after takeoff from Bangkok and crashed in an area of western Thailand after a thrust reverser malfunction.

Auto racing
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500 for a record-tying fourth--and final--time, narrowly finishing ahead of Michael Andretti, who had led 97 of the race’s 250 laps. A.J. Foyt was the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.



20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): California Love--2Pac featuring Dr. Dre (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Children--Robert Miles (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Macarena--Los Del Rio (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Mike Sharperson, 35
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Sharperson was a utility infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays (1987); Los Angeles Dodgers (1987-1993); and Atlanta Braves (1995), batting .280 with 10 home runs and 123 runs batted in in 557 games. He was a member of the Dodgers' 1988 World Series championship team, and played for the National League in the 1992 major league All-Star Game. Mr. Sharperson played with the Las Vegas Stars of the Pacific Coast League and was batting .304 in 32 games when he was called up to the San Diego Padres. He was driving to San Diego to join them when he was killed in a car accident.

Auto racing
Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500, the first time the race was run under the auspices of the Indy Racing League, which had been founded by Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George after a split with Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Alessandro Zampedri, who finished fourth, was seriously injured in a crash on the final turn of the final lap when he was involved in a crash with Roberto Guerrero and Eliseo Salazar. Despite having generally inferior drivers to those competing in the U.S. 500 the same day, the Indianapolis 500 provided a more exciting race.



In a race initiated by CART to compete with the Indianapolis 500, Jimmy Vasser won the inaugural U.S. 500 at Michigan International Speedway near Brooklyn, Michigan. The race was marred by a multi-car crash at the start; the race was stopped, and restarted with the drivers involved in the crash allowed to use backup cars.



Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Pittsburgh 2 @ Florida 1 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Édouard Michelin, 42
. French industrialist. Mr. Michelin was, from 1999 until his death, managing partner and co-chief executive of the Michelin Group, the tire manufacturing company co-founded by his grandfather, also named Édouard Michelin. The younger Édouard Michelin drowned while fishing in northwestern France; the boat's skipper, Guillaume Normant, also died in the accident.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Eastern Conference Finals
Carolina 4 @ Buffalo 0 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

May 25, 2016

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Brian Dickson
. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, 1984-1990. Justice Dickson, a native of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, was a lawyer in Winnipeg before being named to the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench in 1967. He subsequently was named to the Manitoba Court of Appeal and then to the Supreme Court of Canada as a puisne justice in 1973. Justice Dickson succeeded the retiring Bora Laskin as Chief Justice; he retired in 1990, and died on October 17, 1998 at the age of 82.

90 years ago
1926


Died on this date
Symon Petliura, 47
. Chairman of the Directory of the People's Republic of Ukraine, 1919-1926. Mr. Petliura, a member of the Ukrainian Social Democratic Labour party, was Secretary of Military Affairs before becoming Chairman of the Directory (Head of State). After the Bolsheviks had become the dominant political force in Ukraine, Mr. Petliura fled to Poland in 1920; he moved to several other major European cities before settling in Paris in 1924. As head of state in Ukraine, Mr. Petliura was accused of involvement in anti-Jewish pogroms; while walking in Paris, he was shot to death by Ukrainian-born Jewish anarchist Sholom Schwartzbard.

80 years ago
1936


Labour
Workers at the Remington Rand typewriter manufacturing plants in Illion, Syracuse, and Tonawanda, New York went on strike; workers at the Remington Rand factories in Ohio and Connecticut went on strike the next day.

75 years ago
1941


Died on this date
Bob Higgins, 54
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Higgins was a catcher with the Cleveland Naps (1909) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), batting .143 with no home runs and 2 runs batted in in 13 games. His minor league career spanned the years 1908-1920 and 1924-1925.

War
German Kriegsmarine Grand Admiral Erich Rader was reported by a Japanese news agency to have stated that U.S. convoys or naval aid to Britain would be "a plain act of war and unprovoked aggression" which Germany would meet with force.

Disasters
An estimated 5,000 people drowned when a storm struck a large number of villages in the Ganges River Delta in India.

Baseball
Pete Reiser hit his only career major league grand slam and drove in another run with an outfield fly to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 before 12,941 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

Greek George singled home Bill Nicholson with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 18,663 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The game was played in 1 hour 43 minutes.

Steve Mesner drove in 3 runs with a double and later scored as the St. Louis Cardinals scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning and defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader before 18,749 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The Cardinals won the second game 4-3 to complete the sweep.

Ted Williams batted 4 for 5 with a double, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 7-3 before 36,461 fans at Yankee Stadium. Lefty Grove pitched a 7-hit complete game victory, allowing 3 unearned runs on Charlie Keller's home run.

The Chicago White Sox scored all their runs in the 7th inning as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-3 before 20,520 fans at Briggs Stadium in Detroit.

The Philadelphia Athletics scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the Washington Nationals 7-3 before 12,531 fans at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

70 years ago
1946


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Gypsy--The Ink Spots

Died on this date
Marcel Petiot, 49
. French physician and criminal. Dr. Petiot was beheaded by the guillotine at La Santé Prison in Paris after being convicted of 26 counts of murder; the actual number of people he murdered during World War II may have been at least 60.

Asiatica
Transjordan became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Emir Abdullah I. He offered his throne as a "rallying point" for an Arab federation to include Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Politics and government
Indonesian Prime Minister Sutan Sjahrir called the latest proposal of Dutch administrator Hubertus Van Mook a "definite step backward" from earlier Dutch willingness to recognize Indonesian control over Sumatra.

Labour
U.S. President Harry Truman, in an address to Congress, asked for the right to use court injunctions against labour leaders who urged workers to stay away from their jobs after the government had taken over an industry. During his address, he was handed a note stating that leaders of the striking Railroad Trainmen and Locomotive Engineers Brotherhoods had settled with railroad operators for an 18 1/2c hourly wage increase.

60 years ago
1956


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): No Other Love--Ronnie Hilton (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
James Olsted, 70
. U.S. physiologist. Dr. Olsted worked at the University of California, and aided in the discovery of insulin.

William T. Granahan, 60. U.S. politician. Mr. Granahan, a Democrat, represented Pennsylvania's 2nd District in the United States House of Representatives from 1945-1947 and 1949 until his death, when he was succeeded by his wife Kathryn.

50 years ago
1966


Space
The United States launched the satellite Explorer 32, whose mission was to study the Earth's upper atmosphere.

Law
The Supreme Court of Canada, in a judgment written by Justice Emmett Hall, overruled Justice Jack Sissons of the Territorial Court of the Northwest Territories, and ruled that natives did not have the right to contravene game laws passed by the government of the Northwest Territories. The case involved an Eskimo named Sigeareak from Whale Cove, who killed three caribou in 1964, took only some of the body parts, and abandoned the rest, in violation of N.W.T. game laws. His lawyer, Ted Williams, argued that the 1763 Royal Proclamation gave natives unfettered hunting rights, and Judge Sissons had upheld that view and acquitted Sigeareak.

40 years ago
1976


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Baretta's Theme--Sammy Davis, Jr.

Politics and goverment
Leaders of social democratic parties from Latin America and Europe concluded their three-day conference in Caracas to discuss "transatlantic cooperation" on economic, political, and social issues.

Hockey
WHA
Avco World Trophy
Finals
Houston 3 @ Winnipeg 6 (Winnipeg led best-of-seven series 3-0)

30 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Living Doll--Cliff Richard featuring the Young Ones (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Midnight Lady--Chris Norman (3rd week at #1)

Died on this date
Chester Bowles, 85
. U.S. politician and diplomat. Mr. Bowles had a successful career in advertising, co-founding the firm Benton & Bowles in 1929. A Democrat, he was Governor of Connecticut from 1949-1951; represented Connecticut's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1959-1961; and served as U.S. Under Secretary of State from January-December 1961 and U.S. Ambassador to India from 1951-1953 and 1963-1969.

Terrorism
Terrorists in Vancouver, British Columbia attempted to assassinate Malkiat Singh Sidhu, a cabinet minister in the Indian state of Punjab.

Society
In Hands Across America, 6.5 million Americans held hands in a human chain across the United States in an exercise to raise money to help those in poverty.

Auto racing
The Indianapolis 500 was postponed because of rain; it was eventually run the following Saturday, May 31.

25 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): The Horses--Daryl Braithwaite (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Please--Kudo Shizuka

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Se Stiamo Insieme--Riccardo Cocciante (12th week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): The Grease Megamix--John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (11th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Losing My Religion--R.E.M.

#1 single in France (SNEP): Désenchantée--Mylène Farmer (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): One More Try--Timmy -T- (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)--Cher (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
2 Here We Go--C + C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams and Zelma Davis
3 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
4 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
5 Touch Me (All Night Long)--Cathy Dennis
6 I Touch Myself--Divinyls
7 More than Words--Extreme
8 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
9 You Don’t Have to Go Home Tonight--The Triplets
10 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five

Singles entering the chart were I'll Be There by Escape Club (#74); Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) by Crystal Waters (#80); Higher than Hope by Daryl Braithwaite (#82); Dangerous by the Doobie Brothers (#83); Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You) by Pet Shop Boys (#86); When He’s Gone by the Bee Gees (#87); Piece of My Heart by Tara Kemp (#88); Someone by the Rembrandts (#89); and Mother's Eyes by Enuff Z'Nuff (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
2 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
3 Joyride--Roxette
4 Animal Heart--Glass Tiger
5 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
6 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
7 More than Words--Extreme
8 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
9 Cry for Help--Rick Astley
10 See the Lights--Simple Minds

Singles entering the chart were A Better Love by Londonbeat (#71); Sideways by Men Without Hats (#74); Crazy by Seal (#78); Highway 5 by the Blessing (#82); Obvious Song by Joe Jackson (#85); Three Pistols by the Tragically Hip (#87); Black, White and Blood Red by BoDeans (#89); Superman’s Song by Crash Test Dummies (#92); Ludi by the Dream Warriors (#93); and Raw by the Alarm (#95).

Personal
This blogger made his last (so far) visit to London, Ontario, spending the afternoon in the enjoyable company of a lovely lady.

World events
Israel’s Operation Solomon--a 22-hour mission to airlift 14,087 Jews from Ethiopia to Tel Aviv--was completed. 35 planes made a total of 40 flights, and the Israeli government paid the Ethiopian government--now under acting President Lieutenant General Tesfaye Gebre-Kidan after the ouster three days earlier of Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam--U.S.$35 million to free the Jews.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Pittsburgh 8 @ Minnesota 0 (Pittsburgh won best-of-seven series 4-2)

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Fastlove--George Michael (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Don't Stop Movin'--Livin' Joy

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Lift U Up--2 Fabiola (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): Soirée disco--Boris (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Man Utd Man--Men United featuring the Absolutelys (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Ooh Aah...Just a Little Bit--Gina G

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tha Crossroads--Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
2 Always Be My Baby--Mariah Carey
3 You're the One--SWV
4 Because You Loved Me--Céline Dion
5 Ironic--Alanis Morissette
6 Give Me One Reason--Tracy Chapman
7 Old Man and Me (When I Get to Heaven)--Hootie & the Blowfish
8 Count on Me--Whitney Houston and CeCe Winans
9 Keep On, Keepin' On--MC Lyte featuring Xscape
10 Nobody Knows--The Tony Rich Project

Singles entering the chart were Please Don't Go by Immature (#36); Theme from Mission: Impossible by Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen (#60); You Still Touch Me by Sting (#81); and Scary Kisses by Voice of the Beehive (#90).

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Detroit 2 @ Colorado 4 (Colorado led best-of-seven series 3-1)

10 years ago
2006


Died on this date
Desmond Dekker, 64
. Jamaican-born U.K. musician. Mr. Dekker, born Desmond Dacres, was a ska and reggae singer-songwriter who had a number of hit singles in Jamaica in the 1960s before moving to England in 1969. He and his band, the Aces, were best known for the single Israelites, which reached #1 in the U.K. and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969. Mr. Dekker died of a heart attack.

Scandal
Former Enron Corporation chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company's downfall.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Western Conference Finals
Anaheim 6 @ Edmonton 3 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-1)