15 years ago today, the Arsenal Football Club set an unbeaten record winning 49 matches in a row, the most ever in the English/Wales Premier League. Earning the nickname The Invincibles, the home team of Islington, London, played 22 away-games without a defeat. A special gold version of the Premier League trophy was commissioned to commemorate their winning the title with an undefeated season. In May 2018, this gold trophy was presented to Arsene Wenger as a gift during his final home game as manager after 22 years.
Overall, the Club, founded in 1886, has won 13 League titles, a record 13 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 1 UEFA Cup, and completed the 20th century with the highest average league position in the Premier. (2004)
(Photos by Jason Jones and Ronnie Macdonald, CC license)
More Good News on this Date:
- The Cathedral of Chartres was dedicated in France (1260)
- Sheffield F.C., the world’s first football club, was founded in Sheffield, England (1857)
- The 40-hour work week was enacted by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt with the Fair Labor Standards Act which also established a minimum wage and guaranteed “time-and-a-half” payment for work beyond 8-hours a day in certain jobs, and prohibited most employment of minors in factory jobs that represent oppressive child labor (1938)
- The United Nations was born and their Charter signed (1945)
- Zambia gained independence from the UK (1964)
- Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time—having written or co-written (in 1962–1978) 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each (1979)
- Poland legalized the Solidarity trade union (1980)
And, on this day in 2004, Queen became the first rock act to be embraced by the government of Iran, where western music was still strictly censored.
The Islamic republic, where homosexuality was considered a crime, gave its official seal of approval to Freddie Mercury, who was proud of his Iranian ancestry. The album of Queen’s greatest hits—released that week in Iran— was illegally bootlegged by thousands who made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.
Happy 72nd Birthday to actor Kevin Kline, who won an Academy Award for his supporting role in the hit film, A Fish Called Wanda.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kline won his third Tony Award this summer for his lead role in “Present Laughter.” He made his film debut opposite Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice, and is remembered for performances in The Big Chill, Dave, In & Out, and Silverado. (1947)
(Image from a 2017 interview on The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert, YouTube)