[Daily article] December 31: Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce (born 1960) is an English football manager, currently for
Hull City, and a former player. A defender, he began his professional
career at Gillingham in 1979, and made over 200 appearances before
transferring to Norwich City five years later. From 1987 to 1996, he
played for Manchester United, winning the Premier League, FA Cup,
Football League Cup and European Cup Winner’s Cup. He was the first
English player of the twentieth century to captain a team to the Double.
Bruce began his managerial career with Sheffield United, and briefly
managed Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic and Crystal Palace. He joined
Birmingham City in 2001 and twice led them to promotion to the Premier
League during his tenure of nearly six years, but resigned in 2007 to
begin a second spell as manager of Wigan. At the end of the 2008–09
season he resigned to take over as manager of Sunderland, a post he held
until he was dismissed in November 2011. Seven months later, he was
appointed manager of Hull City, and has since led the club to promotion
to the Premier League and the 2014 FA Cup Final.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Lý Chiêu Hoàng, the only empress regnant in the history of
Vietnam, married Trần Thái Tông, making him the first emperor of the
Trần Dynasty at age seven.


Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease at £45 per annum to
the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin and began brewing Guinness.


American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee, began in an engagement where both sides would suffer their
highest casualty rates of the war.


Jean-Bédel Bokassa, leader of the Central African Republic
army, and his military officers began a coup d’état against the
government of President David Dacko.


Panama took control of the Panama Canal Zone from the United
States, in accordance with the 1977 Torrijos–Carter Treaties.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

1. (Christianity, historical) A monthly or quarterly religious service
participated in by Methodists which extended past midnight.
2. (Christianity) A religious service involving a review of the year passed
and preparation for the year ahead participated in by Methodists and
members of other Christian denominations which starts late on New Year’s
Eve and ends after midnight on New Year’s Day; hence, the night that
begins on December 31 and ends on January 1.
3. A religious or spiritual vigil.
4. (West African) A night watchman.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  You study, you learn, but you guard the original naiveté. It has
to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is
within the lover.  
–Henri Matisse

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