Hans Remembers- Tuesday July 21, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- After a decade of work and one billion dollars in aid from the Evil Empire- the Soviet Union- Egypt’s Aswan High Dam was finally completed. The damming of the Nile River created Lake Nasser requiring the relocation of 50,000 residents of Egypt and Sudan and placing unexcavated archaeological sites underwater. Before the flooding the Egyptian government did relocate the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II at Abu Simbel to higher ground. The hydroelectric dam provides electricity and now protects farmers in the Nile Valley from floods and from the effects of drought.
- Former football player in the AFL- U.S. Army 1st Lt. Bob Kalsu was killed in action in the Vietnam War. Kalsu who played for the Buffalo Bills in 1968 was 25. He was the last NFL player to be killed in war until Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
- Libya’s government on this day confiscates all Jewish property.
- This one 50 years later still has me shaking my head. In 1970 the San Diego Padres would go 63-99 and finish 39 games out of first place. They would finish in last place and 12th out of 12 teams in home attendance in the National League. They were a second year team with no history to speak of yet. Clay Kirby their top pitcher on this night pitched 8 innings of no-hit baseball. The Padres were losing 1-0 and in the bottom of the 8th Padres manager Preston Gomez lifted Kirby for a pinch-hitter. The Padres would go on to lose 3-0. I can understand if this was a good team in contention for first place doing anything to win- but the Padres were a laughing stock. You keep Kirby in and let him go for the no-hitter- win or lose. At worse it would be just another loss-which it turned out to be anyway.