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1998

Load of Ship

What was it about a tragic story of a big boat and forbidden love that hit a nerve and became the biggest grossing movie of all time (which it did on this day)? Was it the water? The uniforms? The frenetic Irish dancing? Or a combination of any two of them? We may never know, but it was the film that made the most money until Avatar stole its damp and salty crown. But as the same bloke made bot... Read more >

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1947

New Brighton? He Should Have Played for Old-ham

These days, footballing records appear to topple on a depressingly regular basis. Largest signing fee, longest winning streak, oddest name - these seem to change constantly. But one magnificent achievement, which occurred on this day in 1947, is still in place.

During a bruising game against Hartlepool United, New Brighton’s manager Neil McBain looked on in horror as his goalkeeper was... Read more >

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0044

Julius Caesar is Killed

“Beware the Ides of March,” the soothsayer urges Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Julius Caesar (act I, scene ii). Despite the forewarning, Caesar is stabbed in the back by his friend Marcus Brutus. Caesar falls and utters his famous last words, “Et tu, Brute?” (And you, Brutus?)

Shakespeare’s source for the play was Thomas North’s Lives of the Nobel Grecian... Read more >