The history of Liverpool Football Club from 1959 to 1985 opens with the
appointment of Bill Shankly as manager of Liverpool, then a Second
Division club. Shankly overhauled the team and created the “Boot Room”,
a meeting place to discuss strategy. The club quickly won promotion to
the First Division, and within four years won their first League
championship since 1946–47 and their first FA Cup. They won further
League championships in 1965–66 and 1972–73, the FA Cup in 1974, and
their first European trophy, the UEFA Cup, in 1973. Shankly retired and
his assistant Bob Paisley took over. Paisley won three European Cups,
the UEFA Cup and six League championships in nine years before retiring
at the end of 1982–83; he was replaced by his assistant, Joe Fagan.
Liverpool won three trophies during Fagan’s first season as manager: a
fourth European Cup, the League championship and the Football League
Cup. At the European Cup Final in 1985, Liverpool fans were responsible
for crowd trouble at the Heysel Stadium. In the resulting panic, a wall
collapsed; 39 fans, mostly Italian, died, and English clubs were banned
from European competition for five years. (
Today’s selected anniversaries:
A large earthquake that occurred near Crete and its subsequent
tsunami caused widespread destruction throughout the eastern
In Brussels, Leopold I was inaugurated as the first King of the
In the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major land battle in
the American Civil War, the Confederate Army under Joseph E. Johnston
and P. G. T. Beauregard routed Union Army troops under Irvin McDowell.
During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin
became the first humans to walk on the Moon.
Turkish adventurer Erden Eruç became the first person in
history to complete a solo human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(law, historical) The offence in English law of bringing suit in or
obeying a foreign (especially papal) court or authority, thus
challenging the supremacy of the Crown.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
There is a real, living unity in our time, as in any other, but it
lies submerged under a superficial hubbub of sensation.
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