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Football Association Formed

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of football in England and is the oldest football organization in the world. The FA played a leading role in establishing rules for the modern game, and it has a special place in the hearts of many soccer historians and fans worldwide. The FA runs several competitions, including the FA Cup, which is the main "knockout" cup competition in England and the oldest in the world. When and where was the first exhibition game using FA rules played?



Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is an iconic American gospel singer. Known as the "Queen of Soul," she recorded such hits as "Respect," "Chain of Fools," and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." She has won 18 competitive Grammy Awards, including an unprecedented 11 for Best female R&B vocal performance, and on January 3, 1987, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What US state has declared her voice to be a natural wonder?

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Domenico Scarlatti

Scarlatti was an Italian composer and virtuoso harpsichordist of the Baroque era who was extremely influential in the development of keyboard music. His keyboard sonatas, which number over 500, exemplify his mastery of the homophonic "free style" of composition and are often compared to works by Mozart and Gershwin in their technical complexity. As a young man he is said to have engaged in a keyboard competition with what contemporary composer?

Last updated on Thursday, 26th October 2006

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