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A Brief History On October 25, 1999, American golfing professional Payne Stewart was on a Learjet chartered to fly from Florida to Texas, when the jet apparently lost pressurization (air rapidly leaked out of the plane) causing all on board, including the pilots, to pass out. Or the jet failed to ever properly pressurize in the first place. The pilot-less jet continued on a 1500 mile flight with no one on board regaining consciousness.  When the jet ran out of fuel over South Dakota, it fell uncontrolled out of the sky and crashed.  All aboard the Learjet were dead, probably…

A Brief History On October 7, 2018, the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League ended their incredible run of ineptness by finally winning a game on a Sunday, after losing 36 consecutive Sunday football games dating back to December of 2015!  The victory did not come easy, as the Browns pulled off the historic win by making a field goal in overtime, winning 12-9.  The Browns had previously ended their 17 game losing streak that stretched 635 days by tying the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-21 in overtime in the 2018 season opening game.  On September 20, 2018, the Browns finally…

A Brief History On October 3, 1919, Adolfo Luque, born in Cuba in 1890, became the first Latin American major league baseball player to play in a World Series.  Dolf, as he was called, pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, had a long major league career, playing from 1914 to 1935.  Although “non-white” players were excluded from the major leagues at the time (until 1947), Dolf and other Hispanic players with particularly light skin and especially blue eyes passed the criteria for being “white” and were allowed to play.  Luque posted a good major league pitching record of 194 wins against…

A Brief History On September 29, 2018, the 2018 Australian Football League finals series culminates with the 2018 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The AFL Finals are now down to four teams, all now competing to end the season lifting the trophy. While Collingwood battled to a ten-point win over Greater Western Sydney to book their place in the preliminary finals against Richmond, Melbourne will now face West Coast after an impressive win over Hawthorn to subject the Hawks to a second defeat in these finals. While Melbourne, Collingwood and West Coast will all be backing themselves to now go all the way, if…

A Brief History On June 13, 1956, Real Madrid defeated Reims 4–3 in the final of the 1955–56 European Cup at Parc des Princes, Paris.   After many years of planning, the European Cup took place for the first time at the beginning of the 1955 football season. It was inspired by the South American Championship of Champions, which had been a regular fixture since 1948 and the top teams from each European country were invited to participate. There were 16 participants in total with competitors including Hibernian, Servette, Anderlecht, Stade de Reims and Real Madrid – the latter two made…

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