Old Trafford is an all-seater football stadium in the Trafford borough
of Greater Manchester, England, and is the home of Premier League club
Manchester United. With space for 75,797 spectators, Old Trafford has
the largest capacity of any club football stadium in England, and it is
one of two stadia in the country to have been given a five-star rating
by UEFA. The stadium is approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 km) from Old
Trafford Cricket Ground. It was nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams by
Bobby Charlton, and has been United's permanent residence since 19
February 1910, with the exception of an eight-year absence from 1941 to
1949 due to bomb damage during the Second World War. The ground
underwent several expansions in the 1990s and 2000s, raising the
capacity to over 75,000. The stadium's current record attendance was
recorded in 1939, when 76,962 spectators watched the FA Cup semi-final
between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Grimsby Town. The ground regularly
hosts FA Cup semi-final matches as a neutral venue and has also hosted
England international fixtures, as well as matches at the 1966 FIFA
World Cup and UEFA Euro 1996, and the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final.
Outside football, Old Trafford has hosted rugby league's Super League
Grand Final since 1998.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent
eruption in the recorded history of South America.
Peninsular War: An outnumbered French force under Édouard Mortier
routed and nearly destroyed the Spanish at the Battle of the Gebora
near Badajoz, Spain.
World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive
Order 9066, authorizing the forcible relocation of over 112,000
Japanese Americans and Japanese people residing in the United States to
Colonel Pham Ngoc Thao of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and a
communist spy of the North Vietnamese Vietminh, attempted a coup
attempt against the military junta of Nguyen Khanh.
The first episode of the British soap opera EastEnders was first
broadcast on BBC1, eventually becoming one of the most watched
television shows in the United Kingdom.
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And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said "The words of
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
in the sound of silence."
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