(1829) First Oxford-Cambridge boat race plies the ThamesCambridge student Charles Merivale and his friend, Oxford’s Charles Wordsworth, devise a competition to determine which of the two premier British universities boasts the best rowers. The Boat Race will become immensely popular, attracting 250,000 or more spectators annually.The Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club, rowed between men’s open-weight eights on the River Thames in London, England. It is also known as the University Boat Race and the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. wiki/The_Boat_Race(1935) An addict takes his last drink and a support group is bornDr. Bob Smith has a beer to calm himself before performing surgery, and thanks to the help of his new friend Bill Wilson, it will be his final drink of alcohol. The fellow alcoholics have come together to kick their addiction, and their collaboration will form Alcoholics Anonymous.Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith. Subsequently, The history of Alcoholics Anonymous has been documented in books, movies, and AA literature. This history begins with the group’s early struggles and continues through its worldwide growth.
wiki/History_of_Alcoholics_Anonymous(1940) Italy enters WWII on the Axis sideFive years after invading Ethiopia and leaving the League of Nations because of it, the Kingdom of Italy, under Benito Mussolini’s rule, declares war on Britain and France. Italy joins Germany and Japan as a WWII Axis power, and will be the first to fall to an Allied offensive.The participation of Italy in the Second World War was characterized by a complex framework of ideology, politics, and diplomacy, where in its military actions were often heavily influenced by external factors. The imperial ambitions of the Fascist regime, which aspired to restore a “Roman Empire” in the Mediterranean (their Mare Nostrum), were partially met with the annexation of Albania and the Province of Ljubljana, and the occupation of British Somaliland and other territories, but ultimately collapsed after defeats in the East and North African campaigns, and the fall of Italy to the Allies at the end of the Italian campaign. In 1943 Benito Mussolini was ousted and arrested by order of King Victor Emmanuel III, provoking a civil war. The northern half of the country was occupied by Germans and made a collaborationist puppet state (with more than 600,000 soldiers), while the south was governed by monarchist and liberal forces, which fought for the Allied cause in the Italian Co-Belligerent Army (at its height numbering more than 50,000 men), helped by circa 350,000 partisans of disparate political ideologies that operated all over occupied Italy. wiki/Military_history_of_Italy_during_World_War_II(2007) ‘The Sopranos’ ends, not with a bangHBO’s crime-family drama wraps up its sixth and final season with the closing scene abruptly cutting to black. The ending will leave many of the show’s 12 million viewers puzzled as to whether lead character Tony Soprano is dead or alive—or wondering if their cable got whacked.An innovative look at the life of fictional Mafia Capo Tony Soprano, this serial is presented largely first person, but additional perspective is conveyed by the intimate conversations Tony has with his psychotherapist. We see Tony at work, at home, and in therapy. Moments of black comedy intersperse this aggressive, adult drama, with adult language, and extreme violence.
First episode: Jan 10, 1999 Theme song: Woke Up This Morning Episode duration: 75 minutes Creator: David Chase Producers: David Chase · Matthew Weiner · Terence Winter · Brad Grey · Robin Green · Mitchell Burgess Awards: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series · Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series · Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series · Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series · Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series