On this day…in 1926 and 1993

Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, died of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital, in 1926. Twelve days before, Houdini had been talking to a group of students after a lecture in Montreal when he commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1993

On this day in 1993, Frasier, a spin-off of the long-running mega-hit sitcom Cheers, makes its debut on NBC…and it will go on to air for 11 seasons and win multiple Emmy Awards. Frasier starred Kelsey Grammer as the erudite, snobbish Dr. Frasier Crane, a radio psychiatrist who relocates from Boston to his hometown of … [Read the full story]

Polly deservedly wins Mercury Prize over Adele

Her albums 19 and 21 have become worldwide sensations, with her second record placing in the British charts for 18 consecutive weeks. But Adele was snubbed at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize ceremony, despite being hotly-tipped to take home the prestigious award. Instead, singer-songwriter PJ Harvey, who had first won the award ten years ago, was … [Read the full story]

Maradona admitted Argentina team took performance-enhancing drugs when they played Socceroos in 1993 World Cup qualifier

Diego Maradona has admitted Argentina players took performance-enhancing drugs ahead of the 1993 World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos. Maradona made the accusation on Argentine television and accused FIFA vice president Julio Grondona, the head of Argentina’s Football Association, of knowing about the doping. “Why weren’t there any anti-doping controls in the match with Australia … [Read the full story]