Ambrose Light was a brigantine, operated by Colombian rebels. It was captured by USS Alliance as a suspected pirate vessel in 1885; the accusation of piracy was rejected by a court of law. On April 24, Commander Lewis Clark, of the South Atlantic Squadron, was sailing to Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, when the lookouts aboard Alliance sighted the one-gun Ambrose Light, it was flying a strange flag featuring a red cross over a white background so the Americans assumed the vessel was a pirate ship. A chase began and the Americans were preparing to fire a shot over the vessel's bow when a Colombian ensign was observed and Ambrose Light came to a halt. Commander Clark put Lieutenant M. Fisher and a boarding party on the rebel ship and it was found to have been armed with one cannon and sixty armed sailors. A large cache of ammunition was discovered; the Colombians revealed their letter of marque from the rebel leader Pedro Lara, giving the men of Ambrose Light permission to blockade Cartagena.
Commander Clark took the rebels prisoner and the brigantine as a prize. The ship was put under the command of Lieutenant Fisher with ten others and sent to be condemned in New York. After arriving on June 1, a stowaway was found, starving to death, hiding behind some casks in the cargo hold; the man received medical attention. Following the court proceedings, it was agreed that Alliance had lawfully seized the rebels as pirates because Pedro Lara, or any rebel, had no right to commission warships. After a legal decision, the ship was returned in return for costs; the court ruled that the ship could be used to transport troops between Colombian ports during the Colombian Civil War. When fighting broke out in Cartagena, American Secretary of State Thomas F. Bayard released Ambrose Light and her crew; this incident was the basis for a decision in case law that defines who can be called a pirate in the United States. West Indies Anti-Piracy Operations of the United States Oppenheim, Lassa. International law: a treatise, Volume 1.
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Neil Sedaka: Now is a studio album by American songwriter and pop star Neil Sedaka. It was released in 1981 on the Elektra label, it was the last Sedaka album to be released on that label; as with other Neil Sedaka albums of that period, it was released in Europe on the Polydor label. "Losing You" "What Have They Done to My Town?" "Pictures from the Past" "Since You've Been Gone" "On the Road Again" "Summertime Madness" "My World Keeps Slipping Away" "Love Is Spreading Over the World" "Bring Me Down Slow" "The Big Parade" Elektra issued two 45 rpm singles featuring material from this album. The first one featured "My World Keeps Slipping Away", which reached No. 36 on the US Adult Contemporary Chart. The second single did not chart. In 2013, a bootleg album was released on CD from vinyl. Neil Sedaka had recorded "Pictures from the Past" in 1965 during his days with RCA Victor, but the 1965 version was not released until 1978, when it was included in the RCA compilation The Many Sides of Neil Sedaka.
The version included on this album is a newly recorded version. Sedaka's recording of "Since You've Been Gone" was a cover version of a song that he and Howard Greenfield had written for Clyde McPhatter in the early 1960s. Sedaka's recording of "My World Keeps Slippin' Away" was a cover version of a song he and Howard Greenfield wrote for Connie Francis under the title "My World Is Slipping Away" in 1967. Sedaka's recording of "Love Is Spreading Over the World" was a cover version of a song he had composed for Perry Como, who recorded it in 1970, for The Captain and Tennille, who had included it on their Dream album in 1978. Sedaka's recording of "The Big Parade" was a cover version of a song made famous by Jane Olivor on her 1977 album Chasing Rainbows and made famous by Michael Allen in 1975 where the single charted on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at #23
This is a list of British television related events from 1956. No events. 17 February – The Midlands becomes the first part of the UK outside London to receive ITV, when ATV Midlands begins broadcasting their weekday franchise. The weekend franchise, ABC, appears a day later. 28 March – Television transmissions begin from the new Crystal Palace site in south London 28 April – John Wayne makes his British TV film debut, with the first showing of his 1939 western film Stagecoach, on BBC tv. The film is shown again on 24 December as part of BBC tv's Christmas line-up. 3 May – Granada Television begins broadcasting, extending ITV's coverage to Northern England. ABC's weekend franchise appears two days later. 10 May – British TV debut of Gunsmoke as Gun Law, on ITV. The TV programme will have a 20 year run on ITV before moving to other channels. No events. 6 July – Hancock's Half Hour debuts on the BBC Television Service. 8 July – The anthology drama series Armchair Theatre, produced by ABC Television for the ITV network, begins its long run.
No events. 15 September – The Adventures of Sir Lancelot debuts on ITV. After being sold to the NBC network in the United States, it becomes the first British television series to be made in colour. No events. No events. 24 December – Christmas Eve highlights include the second showing of the John Wayne 1939 western film Stagecoach on BBC tv. 25 December – Christmas Day highlights include the British TV debut of The Lone Ranger on BBC tv. Late autumn – Granada starts broadcasting across Yorkshire. Trade test colour films are broadcast on BBC Television for the first time 4 July – Abigail and Roger 6 July – Hancock's Half Hour 6 January – This Week 27 April – The Tony Hancock Show 10 May – Gunsmoke 20 June – Opportunity Knocks 8 July – Armchair Theatre 20 July – My Husband and I 15 September – The Adventures of Sir Lancelot 17 September – The Adventures of Aggie 5 November – What the Papers Say BBC Wimbledon BBC Cricket Come Dancing Andy Pandy What's My Line? Flower Pot Men Watch with Mother The Appleyards All Your Own Rag and Bobtail The Good Old Days Panorama The Grove Family Zoo Quest The Woodentops The Adventures of Robin Hood Picture Book Sunday Night at the London Palladium Take Your Pick Double Your Money Dixon of Dock Green Crackerjack Fabian of the Yard 6 January – Angus Deayton and television presenter 9 January – Imelda Staunton, actress 14 February – Tom Watt, radio presenter and actor 11 March – Helen Rollason, sports journalist and television presenter 19 April – Sue Barker, tennis player and television presenter 26 April – Koo Stark, actress 13 May – Richard Madeley, television presenter 28 May – Julie Peasgood, actress and television presenter 1 June – Louise Plowright, actress 10 October – Amanda Burton, actress 30 October – Juliet Stevenson, actress 28 November – Lucy Gutteridge, actress 7 December – Anna Soubry, television journalist and politician 1956 in British music 1956 in the United Kingdom List of British films of 1956