The history of Aston Villa Football Club since 1961 includes a European
Cup victory in 1982 and a loss in the 2018 English Football League
Championship play-off Final. After a change of ownership and management
for the club and successive relegations, they returned in the 1971–72
season to the Second Division as champions with a record 70 points. In
1974 Ron Saunders was appointed manager, and by 1975 he had led the club
back into the First Division and into European competition. The club won
the league in the 1980–81 season, and the European Cup final in the
next season. They were one of the founding members of the Premier League
in 1992, and finished runners-up to Manchester United in the inaugural
season. They reached the FA Cup Final for the first time since 1957 in
2000. The arrival of a new manager and Randy Lerner as owner in 2006
marked the start of sweeping changes throughout the club. After several
years of narrowly avoiding the drop, Villa were relegated at the end of
the 2015–16 season. (
Today's selected anniversaries:
The deadliest fire in Norwegian history took place at a church
in Grue, Norway, with at least 113 deaths.
American Civil War: General Edmund Kirby Smith negotiated the
surrender of his army, the only significant Confederate Army force
remaining in the war.
Second World War: The mass evacuation of British, French and
Belgian troops cut off by the German army during the Battle of Dunkirk
Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League to become the
first English football club to win three major championships in the same
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (uncountable) The quality or state of being a fact.
2. (uncountable, specifically, philosophy) In existentialism, the state
of being in the world without any knowable reason for such existence, or
of being in a particular state of affairs which one has no control over.
3. (countable) A fact that is not changeable or that is assumed to be
true without further evaluation.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
A wiki is always in the process of being organized. But for every
hour spent organizing, two more hours are spent adding new material. So
the status quo for a wiki is always partially organized.
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