It’s been a long wait for fans of Liverpool FC, but The Reds finally have their wish as they were crowned champions of the Premier League last night.
The last time Liverpool won the league title was back in the 1989-90 season, where they finished on 79 points. This was nine points clear of Aston Villa, who finished in second behind the Merseyside-based squad.
Since then, the world has seen many, many events since then but here are seven note-worthy moments that occurred since Liverpool last won the Premier League.
Nelson Mandela freed from prison (1990)
In 1942, the young Nelson Mandela joined the African National Congress and actively fought against the apartheid, a system of institutionalised racial segregation that existed in South Africa and South West Africa.
Despite spending years nonviolently protesting against apartheid, Mandela co-founded Umkhnonto we Sizwe, which was also known as MK. This group used sabotage and guerrilla war tactics as a means to an end for the apartheid system, after Mandela believed that nonviolent protests wouldn’t be effective in making a change.
After being sentenced to five years in prison, Mandela was brought to trial once more where himself and 10 other ANC men were faced with life imprisonment for political offences, including sabotage. After serving 27 and a half years in prison, Mandela was finally released in 1990 and went on to become South Africa’s first Black president, serving from 1994-1999.
The death of Princess Diana (1997)
An infamous moment in British history, when Diana, the Princess of Wales (who was also known as “the People’s Princess”) died in a car crash in the French capital, Paris.
Soon after the princess left the Ritz Paris, where she was staying at the time, the driver of the princess’ vehicle, Henri Paul, lost control and crashed into a pillar at the entrance of the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris. Dodi Fayed, Diana’s boyfriend, and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene while Princess Diana later died at 6am at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital.
The funeral of the Princess, which was held in London on September 6, was watched by two billion people. Fortunately, her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry still carry on her legacy today.
September 11 (2001)
A memory in time most, if not all, of us have either witnessed or heard about, when the United States of America was under attack on that fatal day, which is also known as 9/11.
On this day, 19 militants who were associated with the terrorist group, Al-Qaeda, hijacked four american planes and carried out suicide attacks on american targets. Unfortunately, three of these planes met their objectives with two colliding with both World Trade Center towers in Manhattan and one flying into the Pentagon. However, one other plane was brought down and crashed into a field, regained by the hostages onboard who, sadly, lost their lives in the crash.
2,977 victims lost their lives on this fatal day, not including the 19 hijackers. However, similar attacks were made on the London public transport system on July 7, 2005, also known as the 7/7 bombings, when eight terrorists co-ordinated suicide attacks, killing 52 people.
Boxing Day Tsunami (2004)
A day were people should expecting to deal with the Christmas hangover and not moving much after eating a whole Christmas Dinner and Cake in one night. Unfortunately, it was a fight for survival for those living, or on holiday, in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia in 2004.
It was a 9.1 magnitude earthquake, on the Richter Scale, which ripped through the fault line underneath the Indian Ocean which triggered the deadliest Tsunami ever recorded. Within a matter of hours, the Tsunami which could reach approximately 30-meters high had taken 230,000 lives.
What we learnt from this disaster was the region lacked a tsunami-warning system and the general population awareness of tsunamis was low. However, according to SBS news, the infrastructure and the general public’s awareness around this topic have been increased in the area.
Japanese Tsunami (2011)
Although, not as deadly as the tsunami in 2004, the country of Japan suffered a devastating blow by a tsunami, on March 11, 2011 as 15,000 people lost their lives in the disaster and 9,000 were missing.
However, the Tsunami wasn’t the only risk to the public’s health and well being. In the aftermath of the earthquake (measuring at 9.0 on the Richter Scale), the following tsunami had disabled the power to Japans Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant which resulted in a meltdown.
The accident was rated at a seven, sharing a place with Chernobyl on the INES (International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale), as high amounts of radioactive material was released days after the natural disaster after three reactors had exploded. This incident was the second worst nuclear accident, after the infamous Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986 and it resulted in an evacuation residents who lived within a 12-mile radius of the plant.
In 2016, citizens of the United Kingdom voted on a referendum, resulting in the public being in favor to leave the European Union. from the result to the day we officially left, this year, the whole ordeal has seen two British Prime Ministers resign before the current PM, Boris Johnson, finally got a deal to go through.
The UK had been a member state within the EU from 1 January 1973 to 31 January 2020. In this 47-year relationship, when the referendum came through and Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May finally triggered Article 50 (the two-year transition out of the EU) the relationship seemed to turn sour.
Many of us just wanted it over a done with, while others worried about how it would affect them. However, despite failed negotiations between parliament, the PM and the EU, we finally left the union as of January 31.
This list wouldn’t seem complete without the inclusion of the current Coronavirus pandemic. Originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the world suffered a big hit as many countries were forced to go into lockdown as the virus continued to spread.
Sports, like everything else, were heavily affected by the outbreak. The Formula One season hadn’t even started before it was postponed and there was speculation that the Premier League maybe null and voided, scrapping all the hardwork the Merseyside team had done this season.
At the time of writing this, on a global scale, 9.63 million people have been confirmed to have contracted the deadly disease with 490,000 people who have died from the virus. However, normality is slowly returning as some sports are returning to our screens and pubs and restaurants are set to reopen on July 4.