[Daily article] August 7: 1998 FA Charity Shield

The 1998 FA Charity Shield was the 76th in a series of annual English
football matches organised by The Football Association and usually
played between the winners of the previous season’s Premier League and
FA Cup competitions. It was contested on 9 August 1998 by Arsenal, who
won both titles the previous season, and Manchester United, the league
runners-up. Watched by a crowd of 67,342 at Wembley Stadium (pictured),
Arsenal took the lead when Marc Overmars scored 11 minutes before half-
time. They extended their lead in the second half, as Overmars and
Nicolas Anelka found Christopher Wreh, who put the ball into an empty
net at the second attempt. In the 72nd minute, Arsenal scored a third
goal, when Anelka got around Jaap Stam in the penalty box and shot the
ball past goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel. Arsenal won the match 3–0,
United’s first defeat in the Shield in 13 years. United completed a
treble of trophies in the 1998–99 season, winning the league, the FA
Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Ming Chinese general Cao Qin staged a failed coup against the
Tianshun Emperor.


US President George Washington invoked the Militia Acts of 1792
to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion in western Pennsylvania.


The Soviet Union informed Turkey that the way the latter was
handling the Turkish Straits no longer represented the security
interests of its fellow Black Sea nations, escalating the Turkish
Straits crisis.


Two years after the discovery of toxic waste that had been
negligently disposed of, US President Jimmy Carter declared a federal
health emergency in the Love Canal neighborhood (pictured in 2012) of
Niagara Falls, New York.


Georgia launched a large-scale military offensive against the
separatist region of South Ossetia, opening the six-day Russo-Georgian

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

grass tops:
(idiomatic, plural only) People in a position of power or influence at a
local level.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but
getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart
enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  
–Garrison Keillor

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