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First Academy Awards ceremony held

On this day in 1929, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hands out its first awards, at a dinner party for around 250 people held in the Blossom Room of the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. The brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of the powerful MGM film studio, the Academy was organised in May 1927 as a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement and improvement of... Read more >

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John Prescott throws a punch at a protestor

They Call Him Two Jabs

Happy John Prescott Punching Someone Day! Did you leave out a pint of Best Bitter for the Prescott Genie to consume and hang out your colourful Prescott stocking? If not, how are you going to get all those sumptuous John Prescott Punching Someone Day gifts! To the uninitiated, on this day in 2001, the Labour Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, to... Read more >