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Cliff Thorburn in 2007
Cliff Thorburn in 2007

The 1980 World Snooker Championship was a ranking professional snooker tournament played from 22 April to 5 May 1980 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. The total prize fund was £60,000, of which £15,000 went to the winner. There were 53 entrants to the competition, and the main stage featured 24 players: the 16 top-ranked players and 8 qualifiers. The defending champion Terry Griffiths lost in his first match, to Steve Davis. Cliff Thorburn (pictured) won the final 18–16 against Alex Higgins, the champion in 1972. Both Kirk Stevens and Steve Davis made breaks of 136, the highest of 11 century breaks compiled during the main championship. The tournament was sponsored by the cigarette manufacturer Embassy, and received 70 hours of television coverage by the BBC in the United Kingdom. Coverage of the final was interrupted by a live broadcast of the Iranian Embassy siege, which caused numerous complaints to the broadcaster. The end of the final attracted 14.5 million viewers. (Full article...)

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Robin van Persie, a Dutch retired professional footballer, scored 50 international goals between 2005 and 2015 in 102 appearances for the Netherlands national football team. He is the team's all-time top goalscorer, and one of the most-capped Dutch internationals. Van Persie made his debut for the Netherlands coming on the field as a substitute for Ruud van Nistelrooy in a 2–0 victory over Romania on 5 June 2005. He scored his first goal three days later against Finland during a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Twenty of his goals were scored in the Amsterdam Arena, and he scored two hat-tricks for his country. Van Persie played at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Championships and at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups. He helped his team reach the final of the 2010 World Cup, in which his team lost to Spain. Van Persie made his final appearance for the Netherlands in a 4–0 defeat against France in August 2017. (Full list...)

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Texas Raiders was an American Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress built by Douglas-Long Beach. In 1967, it was purchased by a group of the Commemorative Air Force's Gulf Coast Wing, which maintained and flew the aircraft out of Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Conroe, Texas. It was destroyed on November 12, 2022, in a mid-air collision with a Bell P-63 Kingcobra at an air show at Dallas Executive Airport. All five people on board Texas Raiders and the pilot of the P-63 were killed. This photograph, taken in 2019 at Ellington Airport in Houston, shows Texas Raiders re-enacting a scene from the film Tora! Tora! Tora! during a simulated attack by members of the Commemorative Air Force's Pearl Harbor re-enactment group.

Photograph credit: Alan Wilson

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