December 13, 2014

Ben Haenow wins X Factor 2014 –
Ben Haenow has been named this year’s UK X Factor winner after going head-to-head with Fleur East in the 2014 final at Wembley Arena. The singer from Croydon, south London, was chosen by a public vote with over 10 million votes cast. Mel B the former Spice Girl and one of the four judges, missed the final due to illness. Tulisa Contostavlos stood in as her replacement.
Melanie_BMel B

FIFA dismiss complaints over report –
A complaint by US lawyer Michael Garcia who spent two years investigating World Cup corruption claims for Fifa has been dismissed by football’s governing body. Garcia’s findings were released as a 42-page summary by FIFA-appointed independent judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. Garcia said his summary was “incomplete and erroneous”. There have been calls to release the full report in the wake of Garcia’s complaint, but FIFA president Sepp Blater has said it cannot do so for legal reasons.
2014_FIFA_Announcement_(Joseph_Blatter)_Sepp Blatter at the 2014 FIFA Tournament Announcement in 2007

Indecent proposal –
A Dutchman’s attempt at a romantic wedding proposal using a mobile crane has resulted in the crane falling over and smashing into a neighbour’s roof. The man had rented a crane in the central town of Ijsselstein to descend in front of his girlfriend’s bedroom window, play her a song and ask her to marry him. Despite the disaster, in which no-one was hurt, his girlfriend accepted his offer.

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Our Streets –

OUR STREETS from Jared Rosenthal on Vimeo.

List of the day –

Host countries of the FIFA World Cup Finals (from Wikipedia)

Year Host Continent Winner
1930  Uruguay South America  Uruguay
1934  Italy Europe  Italy
1938  France Europe  Italy
1942 Cancelled due to World War II Did not identify because of World War II No Winner
1946 Cancelled due to World War II Did not identify because of World War II No Winner
1950  Brazil South America  Uruguay
1954   Switzerland Europe  West Germany
1958  Sweden Europe  Brazil
1962  Chile South America  Brazil
1966  England Europe  England
1970  Mexico North America  Brazil
1974  West Germany Europe  West Germany
1978  Argentina South America  Argentina
1982  Spain Europe  Italy
1986  Colombia (cancelled) South America No Winner
 Mexico (replaced) North America  Argentina
1990  Italy Europe  West Germany
1994  United States North America  Brazil
1998  France Europe  France
2002  South Korea /  Japan Asia  Brazil
2006  Germany Europe  Italy
2010  South Africa Africa  Spain
2014  Brazil South America  Germany
2018  Russia Europe
2022  Qatar Asia

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