French Open History

May 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on French Open History 

The very first French Championships were in 1891, and the tournament has since evolved into one of the four Grand Slams. However, the competition did not become an international event until 1925. And in 1928, the tournament was moved to its current home, Roland Garros.

The Early Years of the French Open

french openThe first competition was a one-day national championship, which strangely enough had an English winner in the men’s tournament. Without the participation of the world’s best, the competition remained obscure until it became fully international 24 years later.

After the First World War, French tennis was on the crest of a wave, with Suzanne Lenglen winning six times between 1920 and 1926. Coupled with the need to host the Davis Cup after the winning it in 1927, the popularity of tennis in France precipitated the construction of a brand new tennis stadium at Porte D’Auteuil.
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May 22, 1455:The War of the Roses

May 22, 2011 · Posted in Military History · Comments Off on May 22, 1455:The War of the Roses 

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In the opening battle of England’s War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London. Many Lancastrian nobles perished, including Edmund Beaufort, the duke of Somerset, and the king was forced to submit to the rule of his cousin, Richard of York. The dynastic struggle between the House of York, whose badge was a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, later associated with a red rose, would stretch on for 30 years. Read more

Iceland Volcano eruption 2011 05-22-2011

May 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Iceland Volcano eruption 2011 05-22-2011 

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The Man Who Predicted the Tsunami

May 21, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on The Man Who Predicted the Tsunami 

After studying ancient rocks, a Japanese geologist warned that a disaster was imminent—to no avail

By PETER LANDERS

The giant tsunami that assaulted northern Japan’s coast surprised just about everyone. But Masanobu Shishikura was expecting it. The thought that came to mind, he says, was “yappari,” a Japanese word meaning roughly, “Sure enough, it happened.” Read more

Royal visit heavy on symbolism for Dubliners

May 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on Royal visit heavy on symbolism for Dubliners 

17 May 2011 Last updated at 12:45 ET

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By Conor SpackmanBBC News

Travelling into Dublin on Tuesday morning, it was clear that the Irish police were leaving nothing to chance.

As far as 10 miles from anywhere the Queen was due to visit, police cars were parked on unusual corners of suburban avenues. Read more

McDonald’s upgrades — cashiers out, computers in-McDonald’s restaurants in Europe

May 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comments Off on McDonald’s upgrades — cashiers out, computers in-McDonald’s restaurants in Europe 
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