Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michael Martin!
220 years ago
The Upper Canada Assembly passed an act prohibiting the importation of slaves into the colony; it was the first such law in the British Empire.
200 years ago
Francis, Baron de Rottenburg was appointed to command British forces in Upper Canada, as Roger Hale Sheaffe was transferred to Montreal. Baron de Rottenburg was also appointed President of Council and administrator of Upper Canada, serving until December 13, 1813.
110 years ago
Barr colonists incorporated Regina, Northwest Territories as a city.
100 years ago
The first Canadian Pacific Railway train crossed the recently-opened High Level Bridge from the north side of the North Saskatchewan River to the south side.
The Natives Land Act, 1913, aimed at regulating the acquisiton of land in South Africa by "natives," i.e., blacks, was implemented.
70 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Taking a Chance on Love--Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (2nd week at #1)
60 years ago
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): I Believe--Frankie Laine (9th week at #1)
Died on this date
Ethel Rosenberg, 37; Julius Rosenberg, 35. U.S. traitors. Mr. and Mrs. Rosenberg (Julius, then Ethel) were executed in the electric chair at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, two years after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in a time of war for passing information about U.S. development of the atomic bomb to the U.S.S.R. during World War II.
50 years ago
The Soviet missions Vostok 5 and Vostok 6 returned to Earth. Vostok 6, with Valentina Tereshkova aboard, landed in Russia at 8:20 universal time after three days in space; Vostok 5, with Valery Bykovsky aboard, landed in Kazakhstan at 11:06 universal time after a then-record five days in space. They were the last of the Vostok missions, and the last manned space flights for 16 months.
The U.S.A. launched the weather satellite Tiros 7, whose mission included photography of Earth's cloud cover and measurement of infrared in various spectral bands.
The Canadian Football Hall of Fame added 6 builders and 13 players to the 1 builder (D. Wes Brown) and 2 players (Joe Breen and Brian Timmis) who had been named as the Hall's first members on November 29, 1962. The builders were Earl Grey, John De Gruchy, Seppi Dumoulin, Billy Foulds, Frank Hannibal, and Al Ritchie. The players were Harry Batstone, Ormond Beach, Lionel Conacher, Ernie Cox, Jack Jacobs, Eddie James, Fritz Hanson, Smirle Lawson, Pep Leadlay, Norm Perry, Ted Reeve, Jeff Russel, and Dave Sprague. Earl Grey, the Governor General of Canada who had donated the Grey Cup in 1909 for the championship of amateur football in Canada, was actually one of the 1962 honourees, but hadn't been publicly named because Hall officials hadn't been able to find any of his descendants to notify them in time for the announcement of the charter class in 1962.
40 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye--Demis Roussos (2nd week at #1)
Skylab 1 astronauts Pete Conrad and Paul Weitz performed a space walk, retrieving six canisters of exposed film and replacing them with fresh film for the Skylab 2 mission.
U.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed accords in Washington expanding cooperation in oceanography, transportation, and agricultural exchanges. Mr. Brezhnev pleaded with U.S. Congressional leaders not to let concerns over Jewish emigration from the U.S.S.R. stand in the way of cooperation in trade.
Albert Pass, former assistant to United Mine Workers' president Tony Boyle, was convicted on three counts of murder in the slayings of Mr. Boyle's rival Jock Yablonski and his wife and daughter, whose bodies were found in their home on January 5, 1970. Mr. Pass joined six others who had pleaded guilty or been convicted in the case, and was the highest-ranking union official to be convicted in the case to date. The special prosecutor hinted that at least one more arrest was forthcoming.
Gordie Howe, who had retired in 1971 after 25 years with the Detroit Red Wings, came out of retirement to sign a 4-year, $1 million contract with the Houston Aeros. Joining Mr. Howe with the Aeros were his sons Mark and Marty.
30 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Juliet--Robin Gibb
The crew of U.S. space shuttle mission STS-7, aboard Challenger, released a communications satellite for the use of Southeast Asia.
B.C. Place Stadium opened in Vancouver. The 60,000-seat domed stadium cost $126 million to build. The first sports event held in the stadium was a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game.
Track and field
Carl Lewis won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump at the United States outdoor track and field championships in Indianapolis.
25 years ago
#1 single in Switzerland: Theme from S-Express--S-Express (3rd week at #1)
The three-day summit of the world's seven leading industrial nations began in Toronto.
Detroit 102 @ Los Angeles Lakers 103 (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made 2 free throws with 14 seconds remaining in regulation time as the Lakers edged the Pistons before 17,505 fans at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Isiah Thomas of the Pistons sprained his ankle in the 3rd quarter, but still finished with 43 points and 8 assists.
20 years ago
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Informer--Snow (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): What is Love--Haddaway
#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Encores--Dire Straits (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Cose della vita--Eros Ramazzotti
#1 single in France (SNEP): Your Latest Trick--Dire Straits (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): What is Love--Haddaway (6th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): That's the Way Love Goes--Janet Jackson (6th week at #1)
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 That's the Way Love Goes--Janet Jackson (3rd week at #1)
2 Come Undone--Duran Duran
3 Have I Told You Lately that I Love You--Rod Stewart
4 Hero--David Crosby and Phil Collins
5 I Don't Wanna Fight--Tina Turner
6 In These Arms--Bon Jovi
7 Fields of Gold--Sting
8 Can't Do a Thing (To Stop Me)--Chris Isaak
9 Love Don't Live Here Anymore--Sven Gali
10 Sleeping Satellite--Tasmin Archer
Singles entering the chart included Can't Get Enough of Your Love by Taylor Dayne (#59); Believe by Lenny Kravitz (#60); Don't Look Down by Lindsey Buckingham (#79); and I Would Die for You by Jann Arden (#86).
U.S. publisher Walter Annenberg announced $365 million in cash grants to three universities and an obscure preparatory school in Hightstown, New Jersey. It was the largest such one-time gift in American history.
Chicago 98 @ Phoenix 108 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 3-2)
10 years ago
The United States and European Union both announced that they would not tolerate an Iranian atomic bomb and hinted that force could be used as a last resort to prevent countries from obtaining nuclear weapons.
U.S. officials announced the arrest three months earlier of truck driver Iyman Faris, a naturalized U.S. citizen, currently of Columbus, Ohio but originally from Pakistan, who they said was involved in a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge. Mr. Faris had allegedly met terrorist leader Osama bin laden and sent messages to al-Qaeda officials discussing how to sever the suspension cables. Mr. Faris had agreed in May to plead guilty to charges of providing support for terrorists.
Economics and finance
The Canadian government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien promised $190 million in compensation for farmers affected by the Mad Cow Disease crisis, and up to $300 millin if the provinces also contributed to the plan.
Saskatchewan (1-0) 20 @ Toronto (0-1) 18
Nealon Greene completed 2 late touchdown passes to Corey Grant, including a 53-yard score with 3 seconds remaining in regulation time, as the Roughriders shocked the Argonauts at SkyDome.
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