History and Birthdays, June 25, 2014

I totally forgot about this yesterday.

(Source: History.com)

It was on this date in 1950 that the U.S. soccer team defeated England in the World Cup in what is “considered to be one of the greatest soccer upsets of all time.” Unfortunately, the victory “barely made a ripple” in U.S. news, as there was only one American reporter covering the event. In additions, both teams were quickly eliminated after the upset. It would be 1990 before the U.S. would even appear in the tournament again.

It’s the birthday of George Michael, Carly Simon, Jimmie Walker, June Lockhart, George Orwell, Sonia Sotomayor, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis George, and Eve Gordon.

It is also the birthday of Antoni Gaudi. “Who?” you might ask? Gaudi, born on this date in 1852 (died in 1926) was an architect. Why do I even know his name? Well, he is probably most famous for the yet unfinished work in Barcelona, called “Sagrada Familia.”
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He was also the inspiration for an album by the Alan Parsons Project, titled Gaudi. One of the tracks on the album is called “La Sagrada Familia.” Here is a You Tube clip of that song with some stunning photographs of the architecture.

TTFN,y’all!

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