1994 FIFA World Cup

The 1994 FIFA World Cup was the 15th edition of the FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national soccer teams. It was hosted by the United States and took place from June 17 to July 17, 1994 at nine venues across the country; the United States was chosen as the host by FIFA on July 4, 1988. Despite the host nation's lack of soccer tradition, the tournament was the most financially successful in World Cup history; the total attendance of nearly 3.6 million for the final tournament remains the highest in World Cup history, despite the expansion of the competition from 24 to 32 teams, first introduced at the 1998 World Cup and is the current format. Brazil won the tournament after beating Italy 3–2 in a penalty shoot-out at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California near Los Angeles, after the game had ended 0–0 after extra time, it was the first World Cup final to be decided on penalties. The victory made Brazil the first nation to win four World Cup titles. There were three new entrants in the tournament: Greece and Saudi Arabia plus two countries that were formed at the end of the Cold War: Russia, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, for the first time since 1938, a newly reunified Germany took part in the tournament, following that country's reunification in October 1990, which took place a few months after West Germany's victory in the 1990 World Cup.

Three nations bid for host duties: United States and Morocco. The vote was held in Zurich on July 4, 1988, only took one round with the United States bid receiving a little over half of the votes by the Exco members. FIFA hoped that by staging the world's most prestigious tournament there, it would lead to a growth of interest in the sport. An inspection committee found that the proposed Brazilian stadiums were deficient, while the Moroccan bid relied on the construction of nine new stadiums; the U. S. bid was seen as the favorite and was prepared in response to losing the right to be the replacement host for the 1986 tournament following Colombia's withdrawal. One condition FIFA imposed was the creation of a professional football league—Major League Soccer was founded in 1993 and began operating in 1996. There was some initial controversy about awarding the World Cup to a country where football was not a nationally popular sport, at the time, in 1988, the U. S. did not have a professional league of its own anymore.

Success of the 1984 Summer Olympics the soccer tournament contributed to FIFA's decision. The official mascot of this World Cup was Striker, the World Cup Pup, a dog wearing a red and blue soccer uniform with a ball. Striker was designed by the Warner Bros. animation team. A dog was picked as the mascot; the sponsors of the 1994 FIFA World Cup are divided into two categories: FIFA World Cup Sponsors and USA Supporters. The official game ball was the Adidas Questra; the games were played in nine cities across the country. All stadiums had a capacity of at least 53,000, their usual tenants were professional or college American football teams. Other considered venues in Annapolis, Columbus, Kansas City, New Haven, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Tampa were not used. Several venues, including Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami and Candlestick Park in San Francisco, were rejected because of conflicts with Major League Baseball; the venue used most was the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, with eight games, among them one round of 16 match, a semi-final, the third-place game, the final.

Giants Stadium near New York hosted. The least used was the Pontiac Silverdome near Detroit, the first indoor stadium used in a World Cup, with four group stage games; the Pontiac Silverdome was the only venue of the 9 used that did not host any knockout round matches. Because of the large area of the continental United States, the match locations were far apart; some teams in Groups A and B had to travel from Los Angeles or San Francisco all the way to Detroit and back again, covering 2,300 miles and three time zones one way. The teams in Groups C and D only played in Foxborough and Dallas – a trip from Boston to Dallas is 2,000 miles, but only covers one time zone; the teams in Groups E and F had it a bit easier – they played in East Rutherford and Orlando, which while far apart are at least all in the same time zone. A few teams, such as Cameroon and Italy, did not have to travel great distances to cities to play matches; the variety of climate in different cities all over the United States made playing conditions challenging.

Aside from the oceanic coolness of Boston, the Mediterranean climate of San Francisco and the coolness of Chicago, as they had been in Mexico in 1970 and 1986 most matches were played in hot and/or humid conditions, thanks to nearly all of the matches being scheduled to be played during the day instead of at night in order to suit a time difference compromise for television in Europe and the Middle East. Although playing in the dry heat and smoggy conditions of Los Angel

HMS Waldegrave (K579)

The second HMS Waldegrave, the first to enter service, was a British Captain-class frigate of the Royal Navy in commission during World War II. Constructed as a United States Navy Buckley class destroyer escort, she served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1945; the ship was laid down as the unnamed U. S. Navy destroyer escort DE-570 by Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Inc. in Hingham, Massachusetts, on 16 October 1943 and launched on 4 December 1943. She was transferred to the United Kingdom upon completion on 25 January 1944; the ship was commissioned into service in the Royal Navy under the command of Lieutenant Tempest Hay, RN, as the frigate HMS Waldegrave on 25 January 1944 with her transfer. She served in the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II, garnering battle honours for her operations in the North Atlantic Ocean and English Channel and the Normandy Landings at the American Beachheads; the Royal Navy returned Waldegrave to the U. S. Navy on 3 December 1945; the U. S. Navy struck Waldegrave from its Naval Vessel Register on 21 January 1946.

She soon was sold to the Atlas Steel and Supply Company of Cleveland, for scrapping resold in 1946 to the Kulka Steel and Equipment Company of Alliance and sold a third and final time on 8 December 1946 to the Bristol Engineering Company of Somerset, Massachusetts. She was scrapped in June 1948; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Navsource Online: Destroyer Escort Photo Archive Waldegrave HMS Waldegrave HMS Waldegrave Destroyer Escort Sailors Association DEs for UK Captain Class Frigate Association HMS Waldegrave K579 Photo gallery of HMS Waldegrave

Murder (2002 TV series)

Murder is a British television crime drama series, first broadcast between 29 May and 19 June 2002, that ran for a total of four episodes on BBC Two. The series starred Julie Walters as Angela Maurer, a mother who seeks help from a local journalist after her son, Christopher, is killed the day after his 21st birthday; each episode focuses on a different character, somehow linked to the story through Angela, including the journalist, a shopkeeper, a police detective and a witness to the crime itself. The serial was written by playwright Abi Morgan, directed by Beeban Kidron. Producer Rebecca de Souza said of the series, they are presented in a particular way. The focus tends to be on the police investigation. We wanted to explore the idea that, alongside the immediate family, many people are affected by murder – some in surprising ways." Writer Abi Morgan said of her inspirations for the series. "Their stories were so incredible, there was a strong sense. I wanted to capture the intensity of what they were living through as well as the odd normality of it.

Their experiences had a surreal sense about them, but at the same time they had to carry on with their lives. What keeps Angela going is her drive to find out who did it, once the investigation is over, there is nowhere else to go. You just have to live with it."Walters was awarded a BAFTA television award in 2003 for Best Actress for her role as Angela Maurer. The series averaged around 3 million viewers, with the first episode notably beating ER in the ratings. Notably, the series has never been released on VHS or DVD. Julie Walters as Angela Maurer Roland Manookian as Ryan McGuinness Nicola Reynolds as Roz Finch Paul Higgins as Lee Finch Jason Done as Christopher Maurer Robert Glenister as Robert Weldon David Morrissey as Dave Dewston Imelda Staunton as DCI Billie Dory Aaron McCusker as DS T. J. Holland Elizabeth Rider as DS Wentworth Om Puri as Akash Gupta Ron Cook as Gareth McGuinness Murder on IMDb