Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May 31, 2017

140 years ago
1877


Canadiana
Brantford, Ontario was incorporated as a city.

110 years ago
1907


Politics and government
Clifford Robinson was sworn in as Premier of New Brunswick, replacing William Pugsley.

90 years ago
1927


Transportation
The last Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles.

80 years ago
1937


Auto racing
Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time; he won again in 1939 and 1940. Mr. Shaw led for 131 of 200 laps, but slowed down in the last 20 laps because of an oil leak and a worn tire. He barely held off Ralph Hepburn to win by 2.16 seconds, the closest finish in the race until 1982. 14 of the 33 cars that started the race were still running at the end.

75 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): In the Mood--Glenn Miller and his Orchestra; Joe Loss and his Orchestra (5th month at #1)

War
In reprisal for the British Royal Air Force raid on Cologne, the German Luftwaffe heavily bombed the English city of Canterbury. Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines began a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia.

Golf
Sam Snead beat Jimmy Turmesa to win the PGA Championship in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Five Minutes More--Frank Sinatra; Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra (1st month at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra (12th week at #1)

Politics and government
Lajos Dinnyes, a Peasant Party leader acceptable to the U.S.S.R., took office as Prime Minister of Hungary.

Italian Prime Minister Alcide de Gasperi presented his fourth cabinet, the first post-World War II government without Communist representation.

Japanese Prime Minister Tetsu Katayama presented his new cabinet, with Socialists and conservative Democrats filling most positions.

Protest
Student disturbances and and anti-government demonstrations continued in China, resulting in five deaths among Sun Yat-sen University students in Canton.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Harry Truman signed the $350-million foreign aid bill for Europe and Asia, delegating its administration to Secretary of State George Marshall.

Horse racing
Phalanx, with Ruperto Donosco up, won the 79th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, New York in a time of 2:29 4/5.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 single in France (IFOP): Bambino--Dalida (9th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Butterfly--Andy Williams (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Johnny Kilbane, 68
. U.S. boxer. Mr. Kilbane was world featherweight champion from 1912-1923, the longest period in the division's history. He compiled a professional record of 110- 16-15-1 from 1907-1923. Mr. Kilbane was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995.

Defense
The United Kingdom relinquished her air base at Mafraq Jordan, following the termination of the 1948 British-Jordanian military treaty.

Politics and government
U.S. playwright Arthur Miller was convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to reveal the names of writers alleged to be Communists with whom he had attended meetings in New York in 1947.

A bipartisan U.S. Senate committee proposed legislation to revamp federal regulation of lobbying and election campaign spending, requiring professional lobbyists to register with the Comptroller General.

Labour
The International Labor Organization's directorate voted in Geneva to end restrictions on the re-election of the ILO director general, permitting David Morse of the United States to serve a second five-year term.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Somethin' Stupid--Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra (4th week at #1)
2 When I was Young--Eric Burdon & the Animals
3 This is My Song--Petula Clark
4 A Little Bit You, A Little Bit Me--The Monkees
5 Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever--The Beatles
6 Puppet on a String--Sandie Shaw
7 Ciao Baby--Lynne Randell
8 Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)--Engelbert Humperdinck
9 Dedicated to the One I Love--The Mamas and the Papas
10 Going Home/I Don't Care--Normie Rowe

Singles entering the chart were Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings by Tom Jones (#28); Don't Blame the Children by Sammy Davis, Jr. (#31); New York Mining Disaster 1941 by the Bee Gees (#32); Hi Ho Silver Lining by Jeff Beck (#34); Young Girl by the Twilights (#35); This is My Song by Harry Secombe (#36); Little Games by the Yardbirds (#37); I'll Eat My Hat by Little Pattie (#38); and Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon by Neil Diamond (#39).

Died on this date
Billy Strayhorn, 51
. U.S. musician. Mr. Strayhorn was a pianist and composer who was best known for his collaboration with bandleader Duke Ellington. Mr. Strayhorn's compositions included Take the 'A' Train; Lush Life; and A Flower is a Lovesome Thing. He died after a three-year battle with esophageal cancer.

Canadiana
Queen Elizabeth II gave 12 white swans to the City of Ottawa as her Confederation gift; they were flown from England to Canada.

Auto racing
A.J. Foyt drove through a pileup on the last lap to win the Indianapolis 500 for the third time, averaging a then-record 151.207 miles per hour. Parnelli Jones, driving a car with a gas turbine engine, dominated the race and had a 45-second lead, but a ball-bearing holder in the gear box broke with just four laps remaining, forcing him out of the race.



40 years ago
1977


Died on this date
William Castle, 63
. U.S. movie director and producer. Born William Schloss, Mr. Castle was known for directing low-budget thrillers--mainly from the 1940s through the 1960s--and for the gimmicks he employed in promoting his films. For Macabre (1958), he insured viewers against death by fright. House on Haunted Hill (1958) was filmed in "Emergo," which involved a plastic skeleton appearing to emerge from the screen and sliding along a wire in the theatre. For The Tingler (1959), theatre seats were wired with electric buzzers in a process called "Percepto." Homicidal 1961) offered a "fright break" near the end of the film, where viewers who were afraid to see the climax could go out and get their money back. For Mr. Sardonicus (1961), there was a "punishment poll," offering viewers to vote "thumbs up" or "thumbs down," by means of a card handed to them, on whether the title character should live or die. Reportedly, no audience ever voted to spare the villain, and it was widely believed that only one ending had actually been filmed.

Law
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that seniority systems that perpetuated past racial discriminations were not necessarily illegal, stating that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act had intended to allow the continued "routine application" of seniority systems "even where the employer's pre-act discrimination in such cases resulted in whites having greater existing seniority rights than Negroes." The decision rejected the views of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Justice Department that such systems were invalid, positions supported by numerous lower court rulings.

Oil
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was completed after three years of work.

Agriculture
The Canadian Wheat Board sold China 3 million tonnes (110 million bushels) of wheat, valued at $330 million.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Philadelphia 98 @ Portland 130 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Lionel Hollins scored 25 points; Maurice Lucas added 24 points; and Bill Walton contributed 12 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 blocked shots to help the Trail Blazers beat the 76ers before 12,666 fans at Memorial Coliseum. Julius Erving led the 76ers with 24 points.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Lean on Me--Club Nouveau (5th week at #1)

#1 single in France: Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison--License IV (8th week at #1)

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 1 @ Edmonton 3 (Edmonton won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Murray Craven scored with a 2-man advantage just 1:41 into the game to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead at Northlands Coliseum, but Mark Messier tied the game 6 minutes later, and Jari Kurri scored with 5:01 remaining in the 2nd period to give Edmonton the lead. Glenn Anderson scored the insurance goal with 2:24 remaining in the game to give the Oilers the Stanley Cup for the third time in the previous four years. It was the first time since 1971 that the finals had gone seven games, and May 31 was the latest date yet for the playoffs to end. Philadelphia goalie Ron Hextall made 40 saves, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the playoffs.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Tears in Heaven--Eric Clapton (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Rhythm Is a Dancer--Snap!

#1 single in Switzerland: To Be with You--Mr. Big (5th week at #1)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Wanna B Like a Man--Simone Jay

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Blood on the Dance Floor--Michael Jackson (4th week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Maria--Ricky Martin (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Ik zing dit lied voor jou alleen--Jantje Smit

#1 single in Wallonia (Ultratop 40): María--Ricky Martin (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Con Te Partiro (Time to Say Goodbye)--Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): I Wanna Be the Only One--Eternal featuring BeBe Winans

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): MMMBop--Hanson (2nd week at #1)

Transportation
Premiers Pat Binns of Prince Edward Island and Frank McKenna of New Brunswick cut the ribbon opening the $1-billion, 13-kilometre long Confederation Bridge between Borden-Carlton, P.E.I. and Jourimain Island, New Brunswick.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Detroit 4 @ Philadelphia 2 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Sergei Fedorov scored the winning goal for the Red Wings as they defeated the Flyers at CoreStates Center.

Law
Commissioner Sidney Linden issued his report on the Ipperwash Provincial Park crisis of 1995, finding that the Ontario government of former Premier Mike Harris; the federal government; and the Ontario Provincial Police bore some responsibility for events that led to aboriginal protester Dudley George's death. Mr. Linden called for the federal and Ontario governments to return disputed land to the Stoney Point First Nation with compensation, and establish a permanent, independent and impartial agency to settle land and treaty claims.

Business
Quebecor acquired Osprey Media's chain of newspapers for $517-million.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

May 30, 2017

175 years ago
1842


Crime
John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill in London with Prince Albert.

125 years ago
1892


Boxing
Peter Jackson (60-3-3-30-2) of Australia won the British Empire heavyweight title by knocking out fellow Australian Frank Slavin (34-3-5-19) in the 10th round at National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London.

110 years ago
1907


Albertana
King Edward VII granted Alberta's Coat of Arms by Royal Warrant, described as: Azure in front of a Range of Snow Mountains proper, a Range of Hills Vert, in base a Wheat Field surmounted by a Prairie both also proper, on a Chief Argent, a St. George's Cross.

100 years ago
1917


Auto racing
Louis Chevrolet, averaging 102.181 miles per hour, won the 250-mile Sharonville Sweepstakes at Cincinnati Motor Speedway. The Indianapolis 500 wasn't held in 1917, so this race took its place for Memorial Day.

90 years ago
1927


Scandal
Police in Lethbridge, Alberta arrested a local evangelist for bootlegging after they discovered that his travel church--a trailer towed behind his car--was actually a working distillery.

Auto racing
George Souders won the Indianapolis 500, averaging 111.551 miles per hour and winning by 8 laps, the largest margin since 1913. He was the first driver to win the race by driving the entire distance without a relief driver or riding mechanic.



80 years ago
1937


On the radio
Repertory Theater of the Air
Tonight’s episode: R.U.R.

R.U.R. was a play written in Czech by Karel Čapek. Premiering in 1921, it introduced the word "robot" to the English language.

Protest
Chicago police shot and killed 10 labour demonstrators, injured 30, and left 28 with serious head injuries from police clubbing during the "Little Steel Strike."

75 years ago
1942


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tangerine--Jimmy Dorsey and his Orchestra (4th week at #1)

War
The Mexican Senate followed the previous day's Chamber of Deputies action in voting unanimously to declare war on Germany, Italy, and Japan. British and Canadian planes ravaged Cologne in World War II's first 1,000-plane bomber raid. Over 500 Canadians were involved in the 90-minute saturation attack aimed at crippling Nazi war production; the gothic Cologne Cathedral was miraculously left standing. The Battle of Kharkov ended in a major German victory with the capture of an estimated 200,000 Russian troops. U.K. tank and motorized forces mounted a counter-attack against German forces southwest of Tobruk, Libya.

70 years ago
1947


Died on this date
Shortly Cantlon, 43
. U.S. auto racing driver. William Cantlon competed in the Indianapolis 500 11 times from 1930-1947, with a best result of second in 1930. He was killed on lap 40 of the Indianapolis 500 when he swerved to avoid the spinning car of Bill Holland and crashed into the wall.

War
French forces in Madagascar captured Samuel Rakodontrabe, alleged leader of the colony's nationalist rebellion.

Labour
The French General Confederation of Labour urged a relaxation of the government's wage-freezing policy as workers staged short strikes in five industries to enforce wage demands.

Disasters
An Eastern Air Lines DC-4 crashed near Fort Deposit, Maryland, killing all 53 passengers in the worst U.S. air disaster to date.

Auto racing
Mauri Rose, who had shared victory in the Indianapolis 500 with Floyd Davis in 1941, won the race by himself for the first time, averaging 116.338 miles per hour. He passed teammate Bill Holland late in the race, as Mr. Holland, apparently believing he was a lap ahead of Mr. Rose, waved Mr. Rose ahead of him.



60 years ago
1957


Diplomacy
The U.S. State Department ordered Lieutenant Karoly Meszaros, assistant military attache of the Hungarian legation in Washington, to leave the United States, in retaliation for the expulsion of U.S. diplomatic personnel from Budapest.

Politics and government
Prince Souvanna Phouma resigned as Prime Minister of Laos.

Protest
8 people were killed, 70 injured, and 400 arrested in a riot in Beirut by opponents of Lebanese Prime Minister Sami el Solh's pro-Western government.

Auto racing
Sam Hanks won the Indianapolis 500, with an average speed of 135.601 miles per hour. It was his 13th attempt at winning the race, and he announced in victory lane that this was the last time he would participate in the event.



50 years ago
1967


Died on this date
G.W. Pabst, 81
. Austrian film director. Georg Wilhelm Pabst's movies included The Joyless Street (1925); Pandora's Box (1929); Diary of a Lost Girl (1929); The Threepenny Opera (1931); and Kameradschaft (1931).

Claude Rains, 77. U.K.-born U.S. actor. Mr. Rains had a distinguished stage career in England before moving to the United States in the early 1930s, and achieving success in movies, starring in The Invisible Man (1933), and receiving Academy Award nominations for his supporting performances in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Casablanca (1942); Mr. Skeffington (1944); and Notorious (1946).

Africana
Nigeria's Eastern Region seceded as the independent Republic of Biafra, sparking a civil war.

Defense
Egyptian President Gamal Nasser and King Hussein of Jordan signed a joint defense agreement in Cairo.

Auto racing
The Indianapolis 500 was suspended after 18 laps because of rain, with Parnelli Jones leading; the race was completed the next day.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Amayadori--Masashi Sada (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Gavilán o Paloma--Pablo Abraira (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Wells Twombly, 41
. U.S. sportswriter. Mr. Twombly was a columnist with several newspapers before joining the San Francisco Examiner in 1969, and becoming known as one of America's most literate sports columnists, and one who frequently questioned the values and ethics of sports. This blogger regularly read Mr. Twombly's column in The Sporting News in the mid-1970s, and he was my favourite of that newspaper's writers. Unfortunately, Mr. Twombly drank himself to death.

Music
The single Honkin' Down the Highway/Solar System by the Beach Boys was released on Brother/Reprise Records.

Diplomacy
U.S. First Lady Rosalynn Carter, acting as personal emissary of her husband, President Jimmy Carter, began a 13-day visit to seven Central and South American countries, where she reviewed political and economic questions with heads of government and other officials.

Baseball
Dennis Eckersley pitched a no-hitter, walking just 1 batter and striking out 12, to win the pitchers' duel over Frank Tanana as the Cleveland Indians edged the California Angels 1-0 before 13,400 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Mr. Tanana allowed just 5 hits as his record for the season dropped to 8-2. The only run scored in the 1st inning when Duane Kuiper tripled with 1 out and scored on a sacrifice squeeze bunt by Jim Norris.

Paul Splittorff allowed 5 hits and 1 earned run in 7 1/3 innings to lead the Kansas City Royals over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 before 20,002 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Toronto catcher Phil Roof batted 0 for 3 and made 4 putouts and an assist, participating in a double play, in the 857th and last game of his 15-year major league career.

Reggie Jackson and Graig Nettles hit home runs to help the New York Yankees edge the Boston Red Sox 5-4 before 35,521 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Carlton Fisk homered for the Red Sox. Mike Torrez pitched a 7-hit complete game, allowing 3 earned runs, to win the pitchers' duel with Bill Lee, who also pitched a complete game. The game was the national telecast of Monday Night Baseball on ABC, and a memorable moment occurred when sportscaster Howard Cosell turned around to accept a hot dog that was offered to him, only to be struck in the chest at that moment by a foul ball off the bat of Boston third baseman Butch Hobson.

Lee May batted 4 for 5 with 2 home runs, a double, 3 runs, and 5 runs batted in to help the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Minnesota Twins 9-7 before 16,065 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

Dave Collins and Bill Stein hit home runs in the first game and Carlos Lopez hit 2 homers in the second game to help the Seattle Mariners sweep a doubleheader from the Texas Rangers 7-4 and 9-3 before 17,844 fans at Arlington Stadium.

Steve Rogers and Stan Bahnsen were the respective winning pitchers as the Montreal Expos swept a Memorial Day doubleheader from the New York Mets 5-1 and 3-2 before 41,033 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Tony Perez hit a 2-run home run in the first game and Andre Dawson hit a 2-run homer for Montreal in the second game.

Lou Brock and Ken Reitz each batted 4 for 5 as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago Cubs 14-0 before 25,241 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Pete Falcone pitched a 6-hit shutout for the Cardinals.

Mike Ivie batted 2 for 5 with 2 doubles in the first game and 5 for 5 with 3 doubles in the second game, while George Hendrick hit a home run in each game to help the San Diego Padres sweep a doubleheader from the San Francisco Giants 12-8 and 9-8 before 25,807 fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Let it Be--Ferry Aid (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Multimix--The Communards (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Crockett's Theme--Jan Hammer (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Crockett's Theme--Jan Hammer (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Hold Me Now--Johnny Logan (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): With or Without You--U2 (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 With or Without You--U2 (3rd week at #1)
2 The Lady in Red--Chris DeBurgh
3 Always--Atlantic Starr
4 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Kim Wilde
5 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
6 Head to Toe--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
7 Big Love--Fleetwood Mac
8 Wanted Dead or Alive--Bon Jovi
9 Heat of the Night--Bryan Adams
10 I Know What I Like--Huey Lewis and the News

Singles entering the chart were Rhythm is Gonna Get You by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine (#64); Wot's it to Ya by Robbie Nevil (#71); Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue (#78); She Don't Look Back by Dan Fogelberg (#83); Right Next Door (Because of Me) by the Robert Cray Band (#85); and Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (I Just) Died in Your Arms--Cutting Crew (3rd week at #1)
2 With or Without You--U2
3 La Isla Bonita--Madonna
4 Lean on Me--Club Nouveau
5 Boom Boom (Let's Go Back to My Room)--Paul Lekakis
6 Looking for a New Love--Jody Watley
7 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now--Starship
8 Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You--Glenn Medeiros
9 Heat of the Night--Bryan Adams
10 Moonlight Desires--Gowan

Singles entering the chart were Funkytown by Pseudo Echo (#87); Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue (#91); Every Little Kiss by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#93); Give Me All Night by Carly Simon (#95); and Dirty Looks by Diana Ross (#96).

Politics and government
The Soviet Politburo dismissed Defense Minister Marshal Sergei Sokolov and Major Aleksandr Koldunov, commander-in-chief of air defense, in reaction to the previous day’s event, when 19-year-old West German Mathias Rust had flown a small plane from Helsinki across 400 miles of Soviet air space and landed in Moscow’s Red Square, a few yards from the Kremlin Wall. General Dimitri Yazov was named the new defense minister.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): To Be with You--Mr. Big (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kimi ga iru dakede--Kome Club (3rd week at #1)

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

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Please Don't Go--Double You (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Please Don't Go--Double You (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in France (SNEP): Joy--François Feldman (6th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Please Don't Go--Double You (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Chart Information Network): Please Don't Go/Game Boy--KWS (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Jump--Kris Kross (6th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)--En Vogue (2nd week at #1)
2 Jump--Kris Kross
3 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
4 One--U2
5 Bohemian Rhapsody--Queen
6 Live and Learn--Joe Public
7 Let's Get Rocked--Def Leppard
8 Save the Best for Last--Vanessa Williams
9 In the Closet--Michael Jackson
10 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins

Singles entering the chart were This is the Way We Roll by Hammer (#83); Last Train to Trancentral by the KLF (#86); Just for Tonight by Vanessa Williams (#89); Make You a Believer by Sass Jordan (#91); Fall in Love Again by Eddie Money (#93); Bad Luck by Social Distortion (#94); and Why by Annie Lennox (#96).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 One--U2 (4th week at #1)
2 Sinking Like a Sunset--Tom Cochrane
3 If You Asked Me To--Celine Dion
4 Let's Get Rocked--Def Leppard
5 Human Touch--Bruce Springsteen
6 Lift Me Up--Howard Jones
7 Under the Bridge--Red Hot Chili Peppers
8 Constant Craving--k.d. lang
9 Damn I Wish I was Your Lover--Sophie B. Hawkins
10 Hold on My Heart--Genesis

Singles entering the chart were Nu Nu by Lidell Townsell (#76): When Lovers Become Strangers by Cher (#77); The Best Things in Life are Free by Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson (#79); Weight of the World by Ringo Starr (#81); Back in the Hand by Corey Hart (#83); and Love of My Life by Carly Simon (#88). The Best Things in Life are Free was from the movie Mo' Money (1992).

Music
Procol Harum and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra performed the second of two concerts at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This blogger, who had been at the concert the previous night, sneaked in to hear the encore.

Politics and government
Canadian constitutional reform talks in Ottawa broke up with agreement upon a distinct society clause for Québec and native self-government, as well as more provincial powers in immigration, job training, and culture.

Economics and finance
Canada backed United Nations sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro: oil imports, air flights, all trade except food and medicine.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Pittsburgh 1 @ Chicago 0 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 3-0)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Lonely--Nana (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Bailando--Paradisio (6th week at #1)

On the radio
Morningside, hosted by Peter Gzowski, on CBC

Mr. Gzowski signed off on his last show in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, where he got his start as a journalist. He presided over 3,000 hours of radio and conducted 27,000 interviews for Morningside over 15 years.

Crime
Child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, New Jersey of raping and strangling a 7-year-old neighbour, Megan Kanka. The case inspired "Megan's Law," which requires that communities be notified when sex offenders move in.

Business
Ohio-based Comair agreed to purchase 30 Canadair Regional Jets from Bombardier for $600 million, with an option for a further $600 million.

Hockey
NHL
Lawyer and Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden was appointed President of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

10 years ago
2007


Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Ottawa 0 @ Anaheim 1 (Anaheim led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Samuel Pahlsson scored unassisted with 5:44 left in regulation time to give the Ducks their win over the Senators at Honda Center. Anaheim goalie Jean-Sebastian Giguere faced just 16 shots in posting the shutout.

Monday, 29 May 2017

May 29, 2017

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Cathy Brown!

850 years ago
1167


War
A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III was defeated by Holy Roman Empire forces led by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel in the Battle of Monte Porzio.

150 years ago
1867


Europeana
The Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 established the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary.

125 years ago
1892


Died on this date
Bahá'u'lláh, 74
. Persian religious leader. Bahá'u'lláh, born Mírzá Ḥusayn-`Alí Núrí, founded the Bahá'í Faith--a religion teaching the essential worth of all religions, and the unity and equality of all people--in 1863.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
John F. Kennedy
. 35th President of the United States of America, 1961-1963. Mr. Kennedy, a Democrat, was the son of U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Joe Kennedy and grandson of U.S. Representative and Mayor of Boston John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, after whom he was named. John F. Kennedy was a decorated U.S. Navy officer in World War II; he represented Massachusetts' 11th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947-1953, and represented the state in the Senate from 1953-1960. He won a close and disputed election against Vice President and Republican Party candidate Richard Nixon in 1960, and succeeded Dwight D. Eisenhower as President in 1961. Mr. Kennedy's time as President included tense relations with the U.S.S.R.--culminating in the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962; the beginning of the manned space race with the Soviet Union; and increasing demands by Negroes for civil rights in the United States. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963 at the age of 46; conspiracy theories abound.

75 years ago
1942


Died on this date
John Barrymore, 60
. U.S. actor. Mr. Barrymore, born John Blyth, was the younger brother of actors Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, and was known as "The Great Profile." He had a distinguished career on stage and in movies such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920); Sherlock Holmes (1922); Grand Hotel (1932); Counsellor at Law (1933); and Twentieth Century (1934). Heavy drinking took its toll on him in later years, contributing to a decline in his career and leading to his death.

Music
Bing Crosby first recorded the song White Christmas, for the movie Holiday Inn (1942).

War
The Mexican Chamber of Deputies voted unanimously in favour of a declaration of war against Germany, Italy, and Japan. German tanks broke through British lines at Sidi Rezegh, Libya, 50 miles west of the Egyptian border. The Chinese command claimed that its troops had been forced to retreat from Kinwha and Lanchi in Chekiang Province because of the Japanese use of poison gas. Japanese forces entered the Chinese city of Lungyu, west of Kinwha, and engaged Chinese troops in street fighting.

Transportation
The Association of American Railroads adopted general war measures which included reduction in luxury passenger accommodations; elimination of non-essential trains; and an increase in passenger capacity.

Economics and finance
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a Treasury Department plan to curb tax evasion by disallowing excessive salaries and war bonuses as "ordinary and necessary" business expenses.

70 years ago
1947


Diplomacy
Speaking on Palestine to the British Labour Party congress in London, U.K. Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin said that neither the Balfour Declaration nor Britain's League of Nations mandate justified depriving Palestinian Arabs of their rights, or sanctioned unlimited Jewish immigration.

Politics and government
Hungarian Premier Ferenc Nagy, on vacation in Switzerland, resigned in response to U.S.S.R. charges that he had plotted with Bela Kovacs and other Peasant Party leaders to overthrow "Hungarian Democracy."

Defense
Under Soviet pressure, Denmark demanded the renegotiation of a 1941 agreement allowing the United States to construct and maintain weather stations, airfields, and a Navy refuelling station in Greenland.

Economics and finance
U.S. and U.K. authorities consolidated economic agencies in their zones of Germany into a bi-zonal Economic Council, empowered to formulate "general policies for the...economic reconstruction of both zones as an integrated economic area..."

Crime
A U.S. Army court martial in Yokohama sentenced Colonel Edward Murray to 10 years' imprisonment for stealing $92,000 in diamonds while serving as custodian of the Bank of Japan vaults.

Disasters
A United Airlines DC-4 crashed during takeoff from La Guardia Airport in New York, killing 42 passengers.

60 years ago
1957


At the movies
Love in the Afternoon, directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and starring Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, and Maurice Chevalier, received its premiere screening in Paris.

Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, received its premiere screening in New York City.

World events
King Hussein of Jordan accused U.S.S.R. agents in Syria of bribing Army officers to attempt to overthrow him.

Politics and government
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower accepted the resignation of Treasury Secretary George Humphrey and nominated former Navy Secretary and deputy Defense Secretary Robert Anderson to succeed him. Mr. Humphrey was expected to become chairman of the National Steel Company.

Economics and finance
Representatives of Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg agreed on basic principles of a projected 50-year treaty establishing a Benelux ministerial organization to decide economic and financial questions and a Benelux court.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Marionetas en la Cuerda (Puppet on a String)--Sandie Shaw (3rd week at #1)

On television tonight
Coronet Blue, starring Frank Converse, on CBS
Tonight's episode: A Time to Be Born

This was the first episode of the series, which had been originally scheduled to have been shown during the 1965-66 season.



Space
The European Space Research Organization satellite ESRO 2 was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Don't Cry for Me Argentina--Julie Covington (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Ba Maw, 84
. Chief Minister of Burma, 1937-1939; Naingandaw Adipadi (Head of State) of Burma, 1943-1945. Ba Maw led the Burmese government under British colonial rule in the late 1930s, and headed a civilian government under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Auto racing
A.J. Foyt became the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times, winning for the first time in 10 years.



Basketball
NBA
Finals
Philadelphia 107 @ Portland 129 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Maurice Lucas scored 27 points and added 12 rebounds, while Bill Walton scored 20 points and added 18 rebounds and 9 assists as the Trail Blazers defeated the 76ers before 12,666 fans at in the first Finals game ever played in Portland. Julius Erving led Philadelphia with 28 points and Doug Collins added 21.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): La Isla Bonita--Madonna (4th week at #1)

Died on this date
Charan Singh, 84
. Prime Minister of India, 1979-1980. Mr. Singh was leader of the Bharatiya Lok Dal, part of a coalition government in the late 1970s. He succeeded Morarji Desai as Prime Minister, but resigned without facing parliament, and Bharatiya Lok Dal were defeated in elections several months later. Mr. Singh continued to lead the party until his death.

Politics and government
The conference called "A Western Assembly on Canada's Economic and Political Future" was held in Vancouver, British Columbia. It featured discontented Western conservatives who were upset with the Progressive Conservative federal government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and the lack of a voice for Western concerns at the national level. The conference concluded with the decision to found a new political party. The Reform Party of Canada was founded at a convention in Winnipeg five months hence. Neither of Vancouver's two daily newspapers bothered to report on the conference in Vancouver.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Rhythm is a Dancer--Snap! (2nd week at #1)

Music
Procol Harum and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, whose performance together (with the Da Camera Singers) on November 18, 1971 had resulted in a bestselling 1972 album, reunited for the first of two concerts at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, the scene of the earlier concert. The Da Camera Singers weren’t part of the reunion and most of Procol Harum’s membership had changed (I think pianist/singer/composer Gary Brooker may have been the only member left from 1971), but it didn’t matter. It was said that most of those who had attended both the 1971 and 1992 concerts thought the latter was better. I paid $28 for my ticket, and got my money’s worth. No official recording was released, but I had it on good authority that a copy could be obtained if one got in touch with a certain person in the broadcasting industry.

Environment
The U.S. administration of President George Bush announced that it would not sign the biodiversity treaty—agreed to by representatives of 98 nations, one week earlier—because of concerns about how money being spent under the treaty would be dispersed and because U.S. companies developing biotechnology products would not have adequate patent protection.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the gross domestic product in the first quarter of 1992 had increased at an annual rate of 2.4%, somewhat higher than previously reported.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Fire--Scooter (5th week at #1)

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Dave Balon, 68
. Canadian hockey player. Mr. Balon played left wing with the New York Rangers (1959-63, 1968-71); Montreal Canadiens (1963-67); Minnesota North Stars (1967-68); Vancouver Canucks (1971-73); and Quebec Nordiques (1973), scoring 414 points on 192 goals and 222 assists in 776 regular season National Hockey League games, 14 goals and 21 assists in 78 Stanley Cup games, and no points in 9 World Hockey Association games. He played on Stanley Cup championship teams in 1965 and 1966, and assisted on the Cup-winning goal in 1966. Mr. Balon's play declined badly in his last couple of seasons, likely indicating that he was already beginning to suffer from the multiple sclerosis that afflicted him until his death.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

May 28, 2017

125 years ago
1892


Born on this date
Sepp Dietrich
. German military officer. Waffen-SS Oberst-Gruppenführer Dietrich was Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's chauffeur and bodyguard, but advanced his position as a result of the Night of the Long Knives on June 30, 1934. He commanded the 6th Panzer Army during the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944-early 1945. Mr. Dietrich was imprisoned from 1945-1955 for war crimes and from 1957-1958 for his role in the Night of the Long Knives. He died on April 21, 1966 at the age of 75.

Minna Gombell. U.S. actress. Miss Gombell was a character actress who appeared in numerous plays and movies such as The Thin Man (1934); Block-Heads (1938); and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). She died on April 14, 1973 at the age of 80.

Environment
John Muir founded the Sierra Club in San Francisco.

100 years ago
1917


Born on this date
Papa John Creach
. U.S. musician. Mr. Creach was a blues violinist who played on recording sessions with the rock groups Jefferson Airplane and its successor, Jefferson Starship in the 1970s, while also being a member of the band Hot Tuna. He died on February 22, 1994 at the age of 76.

Barry Commoner. U.S. ecologist. Dr. Commoner was one of the founders of the modern environmental movement, arguing that capitalist technologies were responsible for environmental degradation, rather than overpopulation. His books included Science and Survival (1966) and The Closing Circle (1971). Dr. Commoner died on September 30, 2012 at the age of 95.

Protest
3,000 white men began a race riot against Negroes in East St. Louis, Illinois.

90 years ago
1927


Economics and finance
The Canadian House of Commons approved the Old Age Pension Plan for those over 70 years of age with a demonstrable need, who passed a means test. It was the federal government's first major venture into public welfare.

80 years ago
1937


Died on this date
Alfred Adler, 67
. Austro-Hungarian born psychiatrist. Dr. Adler began his medical career as an opthalmologist before changing to psychiatry. He studied with Sigmund Freud and was president of the Vienna Psychoanaytic Society in 1910, but split from Dr. Freud a year later. Dr. Adler founded the school of psychotherapy known as individual psychology; he emphasized the importance of overcoming feelings of inferiority, which likely came from his personal history as a child of below-average size. When Dr. Adler became successful, Dr. Freud offered the scholarly comment, "I made a pygmy great."

Politics and government
Stanley Baldwin retired as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and was succeeded by Neville Chamberlain. Mr. Baldwin's last act as Prime Minister was to raise the salaries of Members of Parliament from £400 a year to £600--the first raise since 1911--and to give the Leader of the Opposition a salary.

Business
The German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen was founded.

75 years ago
1942


War
Mexican President Manuel Avila Camacho asked the Mexican Congress to declare war on Germany, Italy, and Japan. In retaliation for the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, Nazis in Czechoslovakia killed over 1,800 people. The German High Command announced that the "battle of encirclement south of Kharkov had resulted in an outstanding victory," with 165,000 prisoners counted. German forces in Libya split into two columns, attacking British troops at Bir Hacheim and El Gazala. Chinese forces abandoned the Chekiang provincial capital of Kinwha to the Japanese.

Diplomacy
Acting Argentine President Ramon Castillo indicated that Argentina would continue its policy of strict neutrality and not break with the Axis.

Labour
U.S. Attorney General Francis Biddle overruled the Immigration Appeals Board and ordered the deportation of Australian native and California Congress of Industrial Organizations leader Harry Bridges on the grounds that he had been a member of the Communist Party since his arrival in the United States in 1920.

70 years ago
1947


Died on this date
August Eigruber, 40
. Austrian politician. SS-Obergruppenführer Eigruber was Nazi Gauleiter of Reichsgau Oberdonau (Upper Danube) and Landeshauptmann of Upper Austria in the mid-late 1930s,, and Reichstatthalter (Reich Governor) of Oberdonau from 1942-1945. He was convicted of crimes against humanity for atrocities that took place at Malthausen concentration camp, and was hanged at Landsberg Prison. 25 other Malthausen guards were also hanged, after 22 had been hanged the previous day.

Literature
Inside U.S.A. by John Gunther was published in New York by Harper.

Diplomacy
Fazi el-Kawukji, leader of the Palestinian Arab revolt in 1936-1939, threatened war against the Jews of Palestine if the United Nations Palestine Inquiry Commission made recmmendations unfavourable to the Arabs.

Americana
A bill granting U.S. citizenship to the inhabitants of Guam was endorsed by the Interior, State, War, and Navy secretaries, and submitted by the House of Representatives Public Lands Committee.

Politics and government
Two days after recapturing power in a coup, Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza assumed control of the country's armed forces.

Religion
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. ended in Grand Rapids, Michigan after passing resolutions against women ministers, peacetime military conscription, and federal aid to education.

Labour
The week-old strike of Ford Motor Company supervisory workers demanding representation by the Foremen's Association of America spread to the company's plant in Buffalo, New York.

60 years ago
1957


War
Cuban Army troops clashed with guerrillas in the Sierra del Cristal area, killing 16 rebels, according to government reports. In other fighting, guerrilla leader Fidel Castro's forces killed 11 government soldiers.

Diplomacy
Following three days of talks in Washington, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer issued a commuique endorsing a U.S.-U.S.S.R.-U.K.-France foreign ministers meeting on German reunification and a preliminary arms control agreement.

The Jordanian Army accused the Syrian Army had plotted with hired assassins and Communists to remove King Hussein from power.

Health
Sources in the Philippines reported 185 deaths in an influenza epidemic.

Baseball
National League club owners met in Chicago and voted unanimously to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to move to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Amarsi un po'--Lucio Battisti (4th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Swiss Lady--Pepe Lienhard Band (9th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (Veronica Top 40): You're My World--Guys 'n' Dolls (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: Have I the Right?--Dead End Kids (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K (BMRB): I Don't Want to Talk About It/The First Cut is the Deepest--Rod Stewart (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sir Duke--Stevie Wonder (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sir Duke--Stevie Wonder
2 I'm Your Boogie Man--K.C. and the Sunshine Band
3 When I Need You--Leo Sayer
4 Dreams--Fleetwood Mac
5 Got to Give it Up Pt. 1--Marvin Gaye
6 Southern Nights--Glen Campbell
7 Couldn't Get it Right--Climax Blues Band
8 Lonely Boy--Andrew Gold
9 Angel in Your Arms--Hot
10 Lucille--Kenny Rogers

Singles entering the chart were I'm in You by Peter Frampton (#51); Easy by the Commodores (#81); Just a Song Before I Go by Crosby, Stills and Nash (#83); Barracuda by Heart (#85); Watch Closely Now by Kris Kristofferson (#91); It Feels So Good to Be Loved So Bad by the Manhattans (#92); Lady (Put the Light on Me) by Brownsville Station (#94); I Don't Love You Anymore by Teddy Pendergrass (#95); People in Love by 10 C.C. (#97); and Yu-Ma/Go Away Little Boy by Marlena Shaw (#100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 When I Need You--Leo Sayer (2nd week at #1)
2 Southern Nights--Glen Campbell
3 Right Time of the Night--Jennifer Warnes
4 I'm Your Boogie Man--K.C. and the Sunshine Band
5 Angel in Your Arms--Hot
6 Sir Duke--Stevie Wonder
7 Hotel California--Eagles
8 Lido Shuffle--Boz Scaggs
9 Couldn't Get it Right--Climax Blues Band
10 Dreams--Fleetwood Mac

Singles entering the chart were Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") by Maynard Ferguson (#85); Can't Stop Myself from Loving You by Octavian (#91); Da Doo Ron Ron by Shaun Cassidy (#93); Slow Down by John Miles (#94); You're Moving Out Today by Bette Midler (#96); I'm Going Down by Rose Royce (#97); High on Love by Elliot Randall (#98); So High (Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away) by Dave Mason (#99); and While I'm Alone by Maze (#100).

Disasters
A fast-spreading fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky killed 165 people and injured more than 200 others.

30 years ago
1987


On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Dangerous Assumptions: Spring 1953

This was the 26th and last episode of the series.

World events
Mathias Rust, a 19-year-old resident of Hamburg, West Germany, flew a single-engine Cessna from Helsinki across 400 miles of Soviet air space and landed in Moscow’s Red Square, just a few yards from the Kremlin Wall. Mr. Rust left his plane and visited with onlookers before being seized and imprisoned.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Edmonton 2 @ Philadelphia 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Brian Propp and J.J. Daigneualt scored 1 minute 24 seconds apart in the 3rd period to complete a comeback from a 2-0 deficit as the Flyers edged the Oilers at the Spectrum.

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Why Me--Linda Martin

Economics and finance
The Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high of 3,398.43.

Sport
Dave Steen, bronze medal winner in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, was named to the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Chicago 1 @ Pittsburgh 3 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 2-0)

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): MMMBop--Hanson

10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
David Lane, 68
. U.S. white nationalist leader. Mr. Lane co-founded the white supremacist organization The Order, which was responsible for the 1984 murder of radio talk show host Alan Berg. Mr. Lane was the getaway driver, and was sentenced to 190 years in prison for his role in the crime; he died of an epileptic seizure in prison.

Marquise Hill, 24. U.S. football player. Mr. Hill was a defensive end with the Louisiana State University Tigers from 2001-2003, and was a member of the national championship team in 2003. He played with the New England Patriots from 2004-2006, and was a member of the team that won the 2005 Super Bowl. Mr. Hill and friend Ashley Blazio fell off a jet ski into Lake Ponchartrain, with neither wearing lifejackets; he kept her afloat and she was rescued, but he died.

Politics and government
Robert Ghiz, son of former Premier Joe Ghiz, led the Liberal Party to victory in the Prince Edward Island provincial election, ending 11 years of Progressive Conservative government. The Liberals captured 23 of 27 seats in the Legislative Assembly, with the PCs, led by Premier Pat Binns, taking the remaining 4 seats--the exact reversal of the parties' standing going into the election.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Ottawa 2 @ Anaheim 3 (Anaheim led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Travis Moen scored with 2:51 left in regulation time to break a 2-2 tie as the Ducks edged the Senators at Honda Center.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

May 27, 2017

1,275 years ago
742


Born on this date
Dezong
. Emperor of China, 779-805. Dezong, born Li Kuo, was an Emperor of the Tang Dynasty; he succeeded his father Daizong. Dezong faced a number of rebellions resulting from his attempts to destroy regional warlords. Dezong died on February 25, 805 at the age of 62, and was succeeded on the throne by his son Shunzong.

180 years ago
1837


Born on this date
"Wild Bill" Hickok
. U.S. lawman. A teamster, scout and spy for the Union in the U.S. Civil War, Mr. Hickok held a number of law enforcement positions in the west before being shot and killed in Deadwood, Colorado on August 2, 1876 at the age of 39.

150 years ago
1867


Died on this date
Thomas Bulfinch, 70
. U.S. mythologist. Mr. Bulfinch was known for Bulfinch's Mythology (1881), a collection of three earlier books.

125 years ago
1892


Disasters
31 people were killed when a cyclone destroyed two towns in Kansas.

110 years ago
1907


Health
Bubonic plague broke out in San Francisco.

100 years ago
1917


Religion
Pope Benedict XV promulgated the 1917 Code of Canon Law, the first comprehensive codification of Catholic canon law in the legal history of the Roman Catholic Church.

90 years ago
1927


Business
The Ford Motor Company ceased manufacturing the Ford Model T and began to retool plants to make the Ford Model A.

80 years ago
1937


Americana
The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California, was officially opened for "Pedestrian Day."

Baseball
Mel Ott's 7th home run of the season gave the New York Giants a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 2,435 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The winning pitcher was Carl Hubbell, and the win was his 24th straight in regular season play going back to the previous year.

Pinch hitter Roy Johnson's 2-run home run in the top of the 8th provided the winning margin for the Boston Bees as they edged the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 before 2,284 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Don Padgett hit a 2-run homer with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th to draw the Cardinals to within a run, but Leo Durocher was retired for the final out.

Bucky Walters pitched a 9-hit complete game and batted 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 runs batted in to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 11-2 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Pete Fox singled home Birdie Tebbetts with 1 out in the top of the 13th inning to break a 4-4 tie as the Detroit Tigers edged the New York Yankees 5-4 before 10,000 fans at Yankee Stadium.

Hal Trosky tripled home 3 runs to climax a 5-run 5th inning as the Cleveland Indians held on to beat the Philadelphia Athletics 8-7 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

Monte Weaver pitched a 6-hit complete game and didn't allow an earned run to win the pitchers' duel over Monty Stratton as the Washington Nationals edged the Chicago White Sox 2-1 at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Milt Gray made his major league debut behind the plate for the Nationals, batting 0 for 3 and making 2 putouts.

75 years ago
1942


War
More than 13,600 women volunteered for the U.S. Women's Army Corps on the first day of recruiting.

World events
Reinhard Heydrich, the Nazi bureaucrat whose titles were Deputy Protector of Bohemia and Moravia, Director of the Reich Main Security Office, and President of Interpol, was seriously injured when Jan Kubis, one of the leaders of a British-trained team of Czech and Slovak soldiers carrying out an assassination attempt code-named Operation Anthropoid, threw a bomb into Mr. Heydrich’s car as it was crossing a bridge in Prague. Josef Gabcik, another of the leaders of the plot, had attempted to shoot Mr. Heydrich, but his machine gun had jammed, and Mr. Kubis had thrown his bomb after Mr. Heydrich had decided to take on the attackers after ordering his driver to stop.

Law
The first Inter-American Conference on Coordination of Police and Judicial Measures opened in Buenos Aires, with only Honduras, Guatemala, and Costa Rica not reperesented.

70 years ago
1947


Died on this date
Ed Konetchy, 61
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Konetchy was a first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals (1907-1913); Pittsburgh Pirates (1914); Pittsburgh Rebels 91915); Boston Braves (1916-1918); Brooklyn Robins (1919-1921); and Philadelphia Phillies (1921), batting .281 with 74 home runs and 992 runs batted in in 2,085 games. He was known for his consistency, speed, and defensive skill.

Politics and government
Nicaraguan Chamber of Deputies President Banjamin Lacayo Sacasa, a supporter of dictator Anastasio Somoza, was named provisional President of Nicaragua, the day after Mr. Somoza had led a bloodless coup that deposed President Leonardo Arguello.

Harvard University recognized American Youth for Democracy as a campus student organization despite congressional condemnation of the group as Communist-oriented.

World events
The Chinese government in Nanking reported an incipient famine in the southern provinces of Kwangsi and Hunan, despite stockpiles of United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration food in Chinese warehouses.

Hockey
NHL
Maurice "Rocket" Richard was named the winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the National Hockey League for the 1946-47 season.

60 years ago
1957


Hit parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): All Shook Up--Elvis Presley (Best Seller--8th week at #1; Disc Jockey--6th week at #1; Jukebox--6th week at #1; Top 100--7th week at #1)

Toronto's top 10 (CHUM)
1 All Shook Up--Elvis Presley
2 Love Letters in the Sand--Pat Boone
3 I Like Your Kind of Love--Andy Williams
4 Bye Bye Love--The Everly Brothers
5 Start Movin' (In My Direction)--Sal Mineo
6 Dark Moon--Gale Storm
7 A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation)--Marty Robbins
8 Fabulous--Charlie Gracie
9 Girl with the Golden Braids--Perry Como
10 Yes Tonight, Josephine--Johnnie Ray

This was the first week that the CHUM chart was published; there were 1,512 issues, ending with June 7, 1986, after which the station changed its format.

Diplomacy
The U.S.S.R. and Hungary disclosed a new agreement under which Soviet troops stationed in Hungary would be subject to Hungarian laws and courts.

Politics and government
Danish Prime Minister Hans Hansen announced the formation of a new cabinet, including nine Social Democrats, four Radical Liberals, and three Single Tax Party members.

Egyptian President Gamal Nasser took over the leadership of the newly-formed National Union, Egypt's only political party.

U.S. Senator Theodore Green (Democrat--Rhode Island) reached the age of 89 years, 7 months, 26 days, becoming the oldest person yet to serve in Congress.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): This is My Song--Petula Clark

#1 single in France: A Whiter Shade of Pale--Procol Harum (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): 29 settembre--Equipe 84 (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Puppet on a String--Sandie Shaw (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Ha! Ha! Said the Clown--Manfred Mann (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Silence is Golden--The Tremeloes (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Groovin'--The Young Rascals (2nd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Groovin'--The Young Rascals (2nd week at #1)
2 I Got Rhythm--The Happenings
3 Respect--Aretha Franklin
4 The Happening--The Supremes
5 Sweet Soul Music--Arthur Conley
6 Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)--Engelbert Humperdinck
7 Don't You Care--The Buckinghams
8 Creeque Alley--The Mamas and the Papas
9 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon--Neil Diamond
10 Somebody to Love--Jefferson Airplane

Singles entering the chart were New York Mining Disaster 1941 by the Bee Gees (#73); Windy by the Association (#75); Love Song by the Artistics (#80); Mary in the Morning by Al Martino (#82); Come to the Sunshine by Harpers Bizarre (#83); Make Me Yours by Bettye Swan (#86); San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie (#89); Baby Please Come Back Home by J.J. Barnes (#91); Night and Day by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 (#93); For Your Precious Love by Oscar Toney, Jr. (#96); Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat by Bob Dylan (#97); To Be a Lover by Gene Chandler (#98); Light My Fire by the Doors (#99); Only Love Can Break a Heart by Margaret Whiting (#100); and The Flower Children by Marcia Strassman (also #100).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 I Got Rhythm--The Happenings
2 The Happening--The Supremes
3 Happy Jack--The Who
4 Groovin'--The Young Rascals
5 Close Your Eyes--Peaches and Herb
6 Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)--Engelbert Humperdinck
7 Don't You Care--The Buckinghams
8 I'm a Man--The Spencer Davis Group
9 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon--Neil Diamond
10 When I was Young--Eric Burdon & the Animals

Singles entering the chart were She'd Rather Be with Me by the Turtles (#66); Together by the Intruders (#71); Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat by Bob Dylan (#77); Shake by Otis Redding (#82); Give and Take by the Mandala (#85); Silly Jilly by the Art Snider Ensemble (#86); Pretty Blue Eyes by the Guess Who? (#87); Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli (#92); 7 Rooms of Gloom by the Four Tops (#93); Sunday Will Never Be the Same by Spanky and Our Gang (#94); Eight Men, Four Women by O.V. Bright (#95); Come to the Sunshine by Harpers Bizarre (#97); Here We Go Again by Ray Charles (#99); and Funky Broadway by Dyke and the Blazers (#100).

Vancouver's top 10 (CFUN)
1 Here Comes My Baby--The Tremeloes (2nd week at #1)
2 I Could Be So Good to You--Don and the Goodtimes
3 Him or Me - What's it Gonna Be?--Paul Revere and the Raiders
4 Come on Down to My Boat--Every Mother's Son
5 Six O'Clock--The Lovin' Spoonful
6 The Happening--The Supremes
7 Sweet Soul Music--Arthur Conley
8 Creeque Alley--The Mamas and the Papas
9 Groovin'--The Young Rascals
10 There is Love--Jim "Harpo" Valley

Singles entering the chart were Windy by the Association (#23); Don't Sleep in the Subway by Petula Clark (#32); I've Lost You by Jackie Wilson (#36); Pay You Back with Interest by the Hollies (#43); That's Someone You'll Never Forget by Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires (#44, charting with its A-Side, Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)); Sunday Will Never Be the Same by Spanky and Our Gang (#45); San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie (#46); Come to the Sunshine by Harpers Bizarre (#47); Do it Again a Little Bit Slower by Jon & Robin and the In Crowd (#48); and The Oogum Boogum Song by Brenton Wood (#50).

Vancouver's top 10 (CKLG)
1 Groovin'--The Young Rascals (2nd week at #1)
2 Round Round--Jonathan King
3 Six O'Clock--The Lovin' Spoonful
4 Respect--Aretha Franklin
5 She'd Rather Be with Me--The Turtles
6 Creeque Alley--The Mamas and the Papas
7 Live--The Merry-Go-Round
8 Here Comes My Baby--The Tremeloes
9 Windy--The Association
10 100 or Two--Springfield Rifles

Singles entering the chart were Pay You Back with Interest by the Hollies (#22); San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie (#24); No Good to Cry by the Wildweeds (#28); The Tracks of My Tears by Johnny Rivers (#29); and New York Mining Disaster 1941 by the Bee Gees (#30).

Politics and government
Australians voted in favour of a constitutional referendum granting the Australian government the power to make laws to benefit Indigenous Australians and to count them in the national census.

Defense
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was launched by Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter Caroline.

40 years ago
1977


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Ain't that Just the Way--Barbi Benton (4th week at #1)

Disasters
A Soviet Aeroflot jetliner crashed on its landing approach to Havana Airport, killing 56 passenges and 10 crew members.

30 years ago
1987


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): You're the Voice--John Farnham (8th week at #1)

On television tonight
Nightline, hosted by Ted Koppel, on ABC

Disgraced televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were the guests, and Nightline achieved the highest ratings in its history. I was able to see the program on the set in my London, Ontario basement suite despite not having a cable connection, and it was broadcast only on a cable station.



Died on this date
John Howard Northrop, 95
. U.S. biochemist. Dr. Northrop shared the 1946 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with James Sumner and Wendell Stanley "for their preparation of enzymes and virus proteins in a pure form."

25 years ago
1992


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): It's My Life--Dr. Alban

Politics and government
Leneen Forde, a native of Ottawa, Ontario, was appointed Governor of Queensland, becoming the first woman governor of an Australian state.

Economics and finance
Canada agreed to join fellow G7 members in a $6-billion fund to stabilize the shaky Russian ruble.

Environment
Environment Canada announced plans to issue a daily ultraviolet radiation index to remind Canadians about the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

20 years ago
1997


Politics and government
Six days before the Canadian federal election, the Reform Party of Canada held a major rally at the University Pavilion in Edmonton, with party leader Preston Manning as the keynote speaker.

Scandal
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Paula Jones could pursue her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Bill Clinton while he was in office.

Disasters
The 1997 Central Texas tornado outbreak occurred, spawning multiple tornadoes in Central Texas, including the F5 that killed 27 in Jarrell.

Auto racing
Arie Luyendyk won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time, in a race that was resumed on lap 16 after being suspended the previous day. With one lap remaining and the race being run under a caution flag, the green and white flags suddenly came out, and Mr. Luyendyk sped up and pulled away from runner-up Scott Goodyear and the rest of the field.



10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Ed Yost, 87
. U.S. inventor. Mr. Yost invented the modern hot air balloon, making the first successful free flight in 1960.

Auto racing
Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500, which was interrupted twice by rain and finally called after 166 laps. It was the first of Mr. Franchitti's three Indianapolis 500 wins.

Friday, 26 May 2017

May 26, 2017

380 years ago
1637


Abominations
A combined English and Mohegan force under John Mason attacked a village in Connecticut, massacring 400-700 Pequots, including old people, women, and children.

150 years ago
1867


Born on this date
Mary of Teck
. Queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, 1910-1936. Queen Mary was the wife of King George V; they were married from 1893 until his death on January 20, 1936. She died on March 31, 1953 at the age of 85.

120 years ago
1897


Literature
The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker was published in London by Archibald Constable and Company.

110 years ago
1907


Baseball
Ed Walsh pitched a no-hitter for the Chicago White Sox as they beat the New York Highlanders 8-1 at South Side Park in Chicago in a game that was called after 5 innings.

100 years ago
1917


Disasters
Several powerful tornadoes ripped through Illinois, including the city of Mattoon, killing 101 people and injuring 689.

75 years ago
1942


War
German and Italian forces commanded by Generaloberst Erwin Rommel defeated Allied forces in the Battle of Gazala in Libya. Chinese forces claimed to have killed 3,000 Japanese soldiers in their attack on Kinwha, Chekiang Province, claiming that three of the five Japanese drives on the provincial capital had been stemmed.

Defense
British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov signed a 20-year U.K.-U.S.S.R. mutual assistance pact reaffirming the principles of the Atlantic Charter and replacing the agreement signed on July 12, 1941.

Economics and finance
U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull presented U.S.S.R. Ambassador to the United States Maxim Litvinov with terms for a new Lend-Lease agreement, which would require the Soviet Union to liberalize postwar economic relations.

The British Labour Party convention in London adopted Harold Laski's resolution demanding "socialization of the basic industries and services of the country and the planning of production for community consumption."

Labour
The U.S. Fair Employment Practices Commission ordered eight New York and New Jersey comapnies holding war contracts to cease discrimination against Negroes, Jews, and aliens.

70 years ago
1947


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mam'selle--Art Lund (3rd week at #1)
--Dick Haymes
--Dennis Day
--Pied Pipers
--Frank Sinatra
2 Linda--Ray Noble and his Orchestra with Buddy Clark
--Charlie Spivak and his Orchestra
3 Heartaches--Ted Weems and his Orchestra
--Harry James and his Orchestra
4 My Adobe Hacienda--Eddy Howard and his Orchestra
5 Anniversary Song--Al Jolson
--Dinah Shore
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Tex Beneke with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
--Andy Russell
6 Across the Alley from the Alamo--The Mills Brothers
7 Managua, Nicaragua--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
8 Guilty--Margaret Whiting
--Johnny Desmond
9 That's My Desire--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra
--Frankie Laine and Mannie Klein's All-Stars
10 I Believe--Frank Sinatra

Singles entering the chart were After Graduation Day by Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (#19) and Ivy, with versions by Jo Stafford; and Woody Herman with the Four Chips (#22).

On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Tom Conway and Nigel Bruce, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Submerged Baronet

The Casebook of Gregory Hood, starring Elliott Lewis and Howard McNear, on MBS
Tonight`s episode: The Crown of Drasalines

This was the last episode of the season.

Died on this date
Nellie Neilson, 74
. U.S. historian. Dr. Neilson was the first female president of the American Historical Association. She specialized in the development of rural medieval England.

World events
Units of the Nicaraguan National Guard under former President Anastasio Somoza took over the government and ousted President Leonardo Arguello in a bloodless coup.

Defense
U.S. President Harry Truman presented the United States Congress with a plan to standardize the armed forces of all Western Hemisphere nations, including Canada, with American training and equipment.

U.S. War Secretary Robert Patterson and General Dwight Eisenhower announced plans to organize 2,500 specialized reserve units to provide medical and scientific skills in a national emergency.

Politics and government
The British Labour Party opened its annual convention in London with resolutions supporting government conscription and colonialism policies.

Labour
U.S. National Federation of Telephone Workers President Joseph Beirne rejected an invitation to affiliate with the Congress of Industrial Organizations.

60 years ago
1957


On television tonight
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The West Warlock Time Capsule , starring Henry Jones and Mildred Dunnock

Politics and government
Labour leader Pierre Eustache Daniel Fignole was inaugurated as provisional President of Haiti, the third in the previous five months.

Abdel Majid Kubar assumed the office of Prime Minister of Libya, following the resignation of Mustafa ben Halim for health reasons.

Diplomacy
The Hungarian government ordered 13 members of the U.S. legation staff in Budapest to leave the country within six weeks, in retaliation for the legation's six-month boycott of official contact with Hungarian authorities.

Protest
Nationalist Chinese leader Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek apologized for the May 24 anti-American riots in Taipei, and ousted the local garrison commander and military police commander for failing to curb the demonstrations.

Society
A United Nations Demographic Yearbook published on this date estimated world population at 2.691 billion and predicted a growth to 2.778 billion within the next year.

50 years ago
1967


Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand: Spicks and Specks--The Bee Gees (2nd week at #1)

Edmonton's top 10 (CJCA)
1 Groovin'--The Young Rascals
2 On a Carousel--The Hollies
3 For What it's Worth--Buffalo Springfield
4 Him or Me - What's it Gonna Be?--Paul Revere and the Raiders
5 I was Kaiser Bill's Batman--Whistling Jack Smith
6 Creeque Alley--The Mamas and the Papas
7 Here Comes My Baby--The Tremeloes
8 Somebody to Love--Jefferson Airplane
9 Don't Blame the Children--Sammy Davis, Jr.
10 Hip Hug-Her--Booker T. and the M.G.'s
Pick hit of the week: Mirage--Tommy James and the Shondells
New this week: Walkin' Mary Home--The Nomads
Can't Take My Eyes Off You--Frankie Valli
Long Legged Girl (With the Short Dress On)--Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires
Volare--The Lettermen
Coney Island Parade--Dennis Gaines

On the radio
Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Langford and Kenneth Baker, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: The Illustrious Client

Music
The album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles was released in the United Kingdom on Parlophone Records, six days ahead of schedule.

40 years ago
1977


Adventure
George Willig, "the human fly," scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into police custody when he reached the top. It took Mr. Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and he was fined $1.10—a penny per floor.

Hockey
WHA
Avco World Trophy
Finals
Winnipeg 2 @ Quebec 8 (Quebec won best-of-seven series 4-3)

The Nordiques scored 6 goals in the 2nd period as they routed the defending champion Jets at Le Colisee to win their only Avco World Trophy Championship.

Basketball
NBA
Finals
Portland 89 @ Philadelphia 107 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Doug Collins scored 27 points and Julius Erving added 20 as the 76ers beat the Trail Blazers at the Spectrum. Bill Walton led Portland with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

30 years ago
1987


Diplomacy
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, addressing 5,000 Communist Party officials in Bucharest, drew no applause when he referred to complaints from Hungary about mistreatment of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, or when he criticized nepotism without mentioning the Romanian regime of President Nicolae Ceaucescu, which practiced it. His explanation of his reform program also drew no applause.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Philadelphia 4 @ Edmonton 3 (Edmonton led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Rick Tocchet scored in the 3rd period to give the Flyers a comeback win over the Oilers at Northlands Coliseum. The Oilers led 2-0 in the 1st period and 3-1 in the 2nd.

25 years ago
1992


Died on this date
Danny Biasone, 83
. U.S. basketball executive. Mr. Biasone, owner of a bowling alley, was the owner of the Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball Association in the 1950s. Alarmed at the prospect of dwindling attendance because of teams’ tendency to “freeze” the ball to protect a lead, Mr. Biasone persuaded the other franchise owners in the NBA to adopt a time limit for the team in possession of the ball to take a shot; the 24-second clock took effect in 1955.

Hockey
NHL
Stanley Cup
Finals
Chicago 4 @ Pittsburgh 5 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 1-0)

The Penguins came back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Civic Arena.

20 years ago
1997


Hit parade
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Elegantly Wasted--INXS (2nd week at #1)
2 Staring at the Sun--U2
3 I Want You--Savage Garden
4 Your Woman--White Town
5 MMMBop--Hanson
6 Say You'll Be There--Spice Girls
7 Lie to Me--Jonny Lang
8 Clumsy--Our Lady Peace
9 One Headlight--The Wallflowers
10 You were Meant for Me--Jewel

Singles entering the chart were All for You by Sister Hazel (#91); Midnight in Chelsea by Jon Bon Jovi (#92); I Wanna Be There by Blessid Union of Souls (#93); Open Your Eyes by Ivan (#95); Peace by Joe Brooks (#96); and I Don't Mind by the Age of Electric (#99).

Died on this date
Ralph Horween, 100
. U.S. football player. Mr. Horween, born Ralph Horwitz, was a fullback and punter with the Harvard Crimson in 1916, 1919, and 1920, making the All-American team his first two years and playing on the team that won the 1920 Rose Bowl. Under the name Ralph McMahon, Mr. Horween played in the National Football League with the Racine and Chicago Cardinals from 1921-1923, serving as an assistant coach in 1923. He had a successful career as a lawyer and businessman; he and his brother Arnold, who also played football, ran the family business, the Horween Leather Company, which made the NFL's footballs for many years. Ralph Horween was the first NFL player to reach the age of 100, and he and Arnold were the only Jewish brothers to play in the NFL until Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz in the 2000s.

Auto racing
The Indianapolis 500, postponed from the previous day because of rain, was suspended because of rain after 15 laps, with Tony Stewart leading; the race was completed the following day.



10 years ago
2007


Died on this date
Howard Porter, 58
. U.S. basketball player. Mr. Porter was a forward and center with Villanova University from 1968-1971, leading the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game in 1971, which they lost 68-62 to the University of California at Los Angeles. Mr. Porter was named the tournament's most valuable player, but the awarded was vacated when it was revealed that he had signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Condors of the American Basketball Association during his senior year. Instead of joining the Condors, Mr. Porter joined the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association, playing with them from 1971-74, and then with the New York Knickerbockers (1974); Detroit Pistons (1974-77); and New Jersey Nets (1977-78). He scored 4,215 points (9.2 per game), with 1,872 rebounds and 212 blocks in 457 regular season games, and 335 points (9.3 per game) in 36 playoff games. Mr. Porter died in Minneapolis a week after being severely beaten.