The 1923 FA Cup Final was an association football match between Bolton
Wanderers and West Ham United on 28 April, the first to be played at the
original Wembley Stadium in London. This Football Association Challenge
Cup (FA Cup), the showpiece match of English football’s primary cup
competition, drew a chaotic crowd of up to 300,000, far exceeding the
stadium’s official capacity of around 125,000. Mounted policemen,
including one on a light-coloured horse (pictured) that became the
defining image of the day, had to be brought in to clear the crowds from
the pitch. (The match is still referred to as the “White Horse Final”.)
Although West Ham started strongly, Bolton proved the dominant team for
most of the match and won 2–0. David Jack scored a goal two minutes
after the start of the match and Jack Smith added a controversial second
goal during the second half. The pre-match events prompted discussion in
the House of Commons and led to the introduction of safety measures for
Today’s selected anniversaries:
Nichiren, a Japanese monk, expounded Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō
for the first time and declared it to be the essence of Buddhism, in
effect founding Nichiren Buddhism.
About 1,300 miles (2,100 km) west of Tahiti, Fletcher
Christian, acting lieutenant on board the Royal Navy ship Bounty, led a
mutiny against the commander, William Bligh.
Presaging a campaign of genocide against Serbs of Croatia, the
Ustashe movement massacred around 190 people in Gudovac.
Aloha Airlines Flight 243 suffered an explosive decompression
in flight between Hilo and Honolulu, Hawaii, with one fatality as a
flight attendant was ejected from the aircraft.
Wiktionary’s word of the day:
(idiomatic) To harm, to injure.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Do you know what it feels like to be aware of every star, every
blade of grass? Yes. You do. You call it “opening your eyes again.” But
you do it for a moment. We have done it for eternity. No sleep, no rest,
just endless … endless experience, endless awareness. Of everything.
All the time. How we envy you, envy you! Lucky humans, who can close
your minds to the endless deeps of space! You have this thing you call
… boredom? That is the rarest talent in the universe! We heard a song
— it went “Twinkle twinkle little star …” What power! What wondrous
power! You can take a billion trillion tons of flaming matter, a furnace
of unimaginable strength, and turn it into a little song for children!
You build little worlds, little stories, little shells around your
minds, and that keeps infinity at bay and allows you to wake up in the
morning without screaming!
–A Hat Full of Sky
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