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100 Words, 100 Days: Day 46.2 On Nationalism.

We love him despite his unique looks.

Wayne Rooney plays for Manchester United, a soccer team with plenty of Irish support. To us ManYoo fans, Rooney can do no wrong. He finds the net on a regular basis.

Steven Gerrard is a Liverpool player. To fans worldwide, he is the heart and soul of the team. Likewise with John Terry and Frank Lampard. Irish supporters of Chelsea FC know their team depends heavily on these lions of football.

But put an England shirt on any of these players and Ireland bays for blood. It seems ironic that these men are both heroes and villains to the same set of supporters.

 

 

On This Day…20 September

Monday, 20 September 2010

After what was a great weekend for Irish sport (Katie Taylor winning her third consecutive World Amateur Boxing title; Cork coming out on top to win their first All-Ireland championship in 20 years; the u-17s doing us proud in Trinidad & Tobago by reaching the World Cup quarter-finals – only to lose to Japan; Dimitar Berbatov scoring a hat-trick for Manchester United against Liverpool), I warmly welcome you to Monday, and another week of On This Day.

And so let’s get the show on the road, starting with this day in…

1519 – Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

1633 – Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun. The CDF obviously thought the world revolved around them.

1857 – The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.

1881 – Chester A. Arthur is inaugurated as the 21st President of the United States following the assassination of James Garfield. Being the 21st, Chester got the key to the door of the White House.

1946 – The first Cannes Film Festival is held.

1967 – The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched at John Brown  & Company, Clydebank, Scotland. It is operated by the Cunard Line.

1973 – Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

2000 – The British MI6 Secret Intelligence Service building is attacked by a Russian-built Mark 22 anti-tank missile. Where’s James Bond when you need him?

The beautiful Sophia Loren celebrates her 76th birthday today.

Sophia Loren: Age is but a number.

Also celebrating birthdays today are:

George R. R. Martin, American author of A Game of Thrones, is 62.

Gary Cole, American actor and star of The Brady Bunch, is 54.

Alannah Currie, New Zealander musician and singer with The Thompson Twins is 53.

My first ever live concert was The Thompson Twins, at the SFX Hall in Dublin. So sue me!