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661

Year 661 was a common year starting on Friday of the Julian calendar. The denomination 661 for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years. King Chlothar III of Neustria and queen regent Balthild found Corbie Abbey in Picardy, giving it immunity from taxation, visits from local bishops in exchange for prayer. Perctarit and Godepert become co-rulers of the Lombards, following the death of their father Aripert I, they split the kingdom, establish their capitals in Milan and Pavia. Battle of Posbury: King Cenwalh of Wessex invades Dumnonia, he is victorious over the native Briton tribes near Crediton in Devon, drives them to the coast. King Wulfhere of Mercia and his army harry the Berkshire Downs and move south to conquer the Meonwara and the Isle of Wight. Wulfhere appoints Æthelwealh as king of Sussex, Æthelwealh is baptized in Mercia, he receives the recently-conquered territories in modern-day Hampshire.

January 27 – Assassination of Ali: Ali ibn Abi Talib, first Shia imam and fourth caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate, is struck on the head with a poisoned sword by the Khawarij Abd-al-Rahman ibn Muljam while at prayer at a shrine at Kufa, dying two days later. According to Shia Islam, his son Hasan ibn Ali succeeds him as the second imam. According to, he is succeeded by Muawiyah I, age 59, who moves his seat of government to Damascus, founds the Umayyad Caliphate, ending the Rashidun Caliphate. Approximate date – Muawiyah I imprisons patriarch Giwargis I, after his refusal to pay tribute. Christians are persecuted and their churches are destroyed. Approximate date – The imperial fleet of Japan invades Kyūshū by the order of Empress Kōgyoku. On its way, princess Nukata composes a famous poem at Nikitatsu in Iyo Province. C. May – Empress Kōgyoku builds the palace of Asakura in Kyūshū, from trees cut down from the shrines. Two months she dies. People say. July 24 – Emperor Tenji ascends to the throne of Japan after his mother Empress Kōgyoku's death.

He sends an expeditionary force under Abe no Hirafu to Korea. King Munmu becomes the 30th ruler of the Korean kingdom of Silla. Maximus the Confessor, Christian monk, is recalled from exile in Thrace, he is tried, sentenced to mutilation. His tongue and his right hand are cut off to prevent his further opposition to the Monothelites. Approximate date – In Gaul all Roman bishops are replaced with Frankish bishops, they become common, as Frankish leaders control the episcopate. February 12 – Ōku, Japanese princess Early June? – Al-Hajjaj ibn Yusuf, Arab governor Approximate date – Ælfwine, Northumbrian king of Deira Chen Zi'ang, Chinese poet and official Liu Zhiji, Chinese historian January 3 – Benjamin, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria January 29 – Ali, first Shia Imam February 17 – Finan of Lindisfarne, Irish-born bishop July 24 – Kōgyoku, twice empress of Japan Aripert I, king of the Lombards Cenberht, West Saxon king in Wessex Cuthred, West Saxon prince in Wessex Approximate date – Landry, bishop of Paris

The Kim Sisters

The Kim Sisters were a Korean-born American singing trio who made their career in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. They are known for being the first South Korean music group to achieve success in the U. S. market, for performing more than 20 times on The Ed Sullivan Show. The group consisted of Sue and Mia. Sue and Aija's parents were Kim Hae-song, a popular conductor, Lee Nan-young, one of Korea's most famous singers before the Korean War, best known for her song, "Tears of Mokpo." Mia's father was a musician and Lee Nan-young's elder brother. In 1950, North Korea captured and executed Sue and Aija's father, Kim Hae-song. Following her husband's kidnapping, Lee Nan-young adopted Mia and had her daughters form a singing group in order to support the family. Lee bought American records on the black market so that the girls could learn songs like Hoagy Carmichael's "Ole Buttermilk Sky," which they performed in bars and nightclubs for American soldiers stationed in South Korea during the Korean War.

The Kim Sisters were popular among the American troops, who spread the word about the group to American entertainment producer Tom Ball. He flew to South Korean in 1958 to hear the group perform, The Kim Sisters signed a contract with Ball soon after. However, it took them nearly a year to acquire visas to go to the United States. In 1959, The Kim Sisters arrived in Las Vegas to perform in Ball's "China Doll Revue" at the Thunderbird Hotel. After they fulfilled their contract at the Thunderbird, The Kim Sisters began performing at the Stardust Hotel, it was during this time. They performed on the show an additional 21 times. On American television shows; the Kim Sisters performed wearing Korean cheongsam and singing popular American songs. In 1962, their cover of The Coasters song "Charlie Brown" reached #7 on the Billboard singles chart, making The Kim Sisters the first commercially successful Korean artists in the United States. Aija died of lung cancer in 1987. Mia lives in Hungary with her husband, famous musician Tommy Vig, still performs in America and Korea.

Kim Sisters live performance The Story of Mia Kim and the Kim Sisters

Alicia McCormack

Alicia McCormack is an Australian water polo goalkeeper. Her playing career started at the age of fourteen with the Kirrawee High School water polo team, today she plays for the Cronulla Water Polo Club in the National Water Polo League and is a member of the Australia women's national water polo team. Although she did not play water polo in 2010 due to injury, McCormack has won gold medals at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2006 FINA World Cup. Working at the New South Wales Institute of Sport, McCormack is studying for a Bachelor of Primary Education. McCormack was born on 7 June 1983 in New South Wales, she is 168 cm tall, weighs 73 kilograms, is right handed and has a tattoo featuring the Olympic rings. McCormack entered Helensburgh Public School in 1988 as a kindergartener and graduated from Kirrawee High School, she began a Bachelor of Primary Education while on scholarship at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Her partner is a Navy clearance diver. McCormack was at a barbecue attended by Prince William when he visited Sydney in 2010.

At the barbecue, people ".... were surprised by the amount of "royal" attention McCormack, the Australian goalkeeper and a member of the -medal winning team at the Beijing Olympics, received when Prince William was seen to bow to the amused McCormack at a barbecue."In 2010, McCormack was working at the New South Wales Institute of Sport as the personal assistant to Charles Turner, the chief executive of the organisation. McCormack is a goalkeeper, prefers to wear cap number thirteen, she started playing water polo. In 2000, she represented New South Wales on the state junior team, she has a water polo scholarship from the New South Wales Institute of Sport. McCormack plays her club water polo for the Cronulla Water Polo Club in the National Water Polo League, serving as the team's head coach in 2010 when she was unable to play due to a shoulder injury, she returned to the playing roster in 2011, while serving as an assistant coach on the team. She continued her involvement with the club into the 2012 season – during which she helped the side to 8–4 and 7–4 wins in the first two games of the season.

She took a break from the Cronulla team following their 18 February 2012 game in order to attend the national team training camp. McCormack is a member of the Australia women's national water polo team and played her first game with the senior team at the 2003 Holiday Cup in the United States. In 2005, she was part of the side that won a bronze medal at the FINA World League Super Finals in Kirishi, Russia; that year, she was part of the team that finished sixth at the FINA World Championships in Montreal, Canada. In 2006, McCormack won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Western Australia; that year, she was part of the Australian side that finished fourth at the FINA World League Super Finals in Cosenza, Italy. She was part of the 2006 FINA World Cup team in Tianjin, that won a gold medal. In a 2007 Asia-Oceania qualifier for the World League Super Finals, she made seventeen saves in a 19-2 victory against Japan, she was part of the 2007 silver winning side at the FINA World Championship in Australia.

She played in goal in the December 2007 series against New Zealand where Australian won the first two tests 18–1 and 17–1. McCormack was part of Australia's Oceania Olympic qualification campaign in 2008. In an 18 -- 1 victory over New Zealand during the qualifiers, she made, she was named to the team that competed in 2008 at the FINA world league preliminary round in Tianjin, China. In a 2008 Asia-Oceania qualifier against China for the World League Super Finals, she played in the 11–9 win that went to a penalty shoot out, she helped the team win by making a two handed stop of a Chinese shot in the last minutes of the game. She competed in the FINA World League Super Finals in Tenerife, where Australia took home a bronze medal, she won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of the Australia women's national water polo team. Her team ended up in the bronze medal match after losing 8–9 to the United States in the semi finals and playing against Hungary for the bronze. Earlier in the Olympics, her team had tied the Hungarians.

In 2009, McCormack was part of the Australian side that finished third at the FINA World League Super Finals in Kirishi, Russia. She was part of the team that finished sixth at the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, in 2009. In April 2011, she attended a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport where the coach was "selecting a team for the major championships over winter." She competed in a warm-up match for the 2011 FINA World League against Italy in Ostia, Italy, in July that Australia won 12–11. In February 2012, she was named to the final training squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics, she attended training camp. The team of seventeen players will be cut to thirteen before the team departs for the Olympic games, with the announcement being made on 13 June, she was part of the Stingers squad that competed in a five-game test against Great Britain at the AIS in late February 2012. This was the team's first matches against Great Britain's national team in six years. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she was part of the team that won bronze

Graenum Berger

Graenum Berger was an American Communal administrator and communal planner, world traveler, the founding President of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews. He was the brother of Ambassador Samuel D. Berger. Berger was born in Gloversville, New York the child of Jewish immigrant parents, his parents were Orthodox Jews, Gloversville had a strong and vibrant Jewish community. In 1955, Berger met a group of Ethiopian Jewish students in Israel, he knew little about them. He began reading, writing letters, in ten years accumulated a vast file of information. While visiting Ethiopia in 1965, he found penniless Jews trying to eke out a primitive living in a country that discriminated against them in every aspect of their lives; as a Jewish communal executive who knew all the professional and volunteer leaders in the American Jewish community, he assumed all he had to do was to bring the problems of the Ethiopian Jews to their attention and they would be solved. He presumed Israel would rise to the occasion and undertake a resettlement effort.

He was wrong on both counts. So began his 35-year effort to bring the 50,000 member Ethiopian Jewish community to Israel, which led to Operation Moses in 1984-85, Operation Solomon in 1991. Shortly before his death, Dr. Berger was asked to comment on the "Felash Mura", descendants of ancient Falasha whose families had long abandoned Judaism, he felt they were not Jews and should not be granted the right to go to Israel under the Law of Return. Regardless, the aliyah of the Felash Mura began and continues to this day at the rate of 300 per month. Berger was given an old prayer book written in Ge'ez and a circumcision knife by the community that he contacted as a thanks. After his death, they were given by his family to the rabbi of a synagogue in New York he was a founding member of, the Pelham Jewish Center. Yeshiva University awarded Graenum the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in 1973. In 1989, the Graenum Berger Bronx Jewish Federation Service Center, a social welfare agency, was named in his honor.

After 43 years of professional leadership, Berger retired in 1973. He died in 1999, he authored a number of books including: The Jewish Community as a Fourth Force in American Jewish Life Black Jews in America The Turbulent Decades, vol. I and II Graenum, an autobiography A Not So Silent Envoy a biography about his brother, Ambassador Samuel D. Berger Rescue the Ethiopian Jews!, a memoir, the story of his quest. Aliyah Aliyah from Ethiopia American Association for Ethiopian Jews Beta Israel Ethiopian Jews in Israel Law of Return Guide to the Papers of Graenum Berger at the American Jewish Historical Society, New York. Graenum Berger, Rescue the Ethiopian Jews!: a memoir, 1955-1995, J. W. Bleeker Hampton Pub. Co. 1996, ISBN 0963564110 Howard M. Lenhoff and Jerry L. Weaver, Black Jews and Other Heroes: How Grassroots Activism Led to the Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews, Gefen Publishing House Ltd, 2007, ISBN 9789652293657

Eric W. Mann

Eric William Mann was an English cricketer and philatelist who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1947. He was President of the Royal Philatelic Society London between 1946 and 1949. Mann was an expert on the stamps of Tasmania. Mann was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, he was played both cricket and football at school, captaining the cricket team in 1901 and the football side in 1899 and 1900. He captained the cricket team to victory in the Eton v Harrow match at Lord's in 1901, scoring 69 runs in an innings, described as "fine and attractive". At school Mann was described as "a good player and a good captain" and at University he played for the Cambridge University side from 1902 to 1905, captaining it in his final season, he won his first cricket Blue in 1903 and played in three University matches from 1903 to 1905. His Wisden obituary described him as "a hard-hitting batsman with free style and special strength on the leg-side" and as "a useful change bowler", although he played little first-class cricket after leaving university, at least in part due to business commitments.

He played in six matches for Kent County Cricket Club whilst at university but had "little success" and in 1905 captained an MCC side which toured North America, playing in both first-class matches against the Gentlemen of Philadelphia. Mann died at Rye in Sussex in 1954 aged 71

Creson Antao

Creson Antao is an Indian footballer who plays as a Defender for Sporting Clube de Goa in the I-League. The Majorda-based footballer, who first started as a Volleyball player only to be spotted by coach Shabbir Ali to join Fransa-Pax FC, had a good stint with his former club for two seasons where he served as the captain, before he switched allegiance to Dempo S. C.. Armando Colaco who spotted the potential in Creson in his early 20s only to be drafted into the senior team; the 2011-12 season was the best for Creson, who not only stepped up his performance as a defender but earned the respect of his seniors and coach Armando as the future face of Dempo defence. Creson, who retired 2010-11 season with a knee injury, came back in the new season and featured in every game Dempo played, he was not only a consistent performer in the back line but lifted his game to a new level. Creson used to wear the Jersey No 4 for Dempo S. C.. On 27 June 2014 it was announced that Antao has signed for Sporting Clube de Goa on a two-year contract.

Creson Antao at Soccerway Profile at Goal.com