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The 2018 EFL League Two play-off final was an association football match played on 28 May 2018 at Wembley Stadium (pictured), London, between Coventry City F.C. and Exeter City F.C. The match determined the fourth and final team to gain promotion from EFL League Two, English football's fourth tier, to EFL League One; the top three teams of the 2017–18 EFL League Two season were automatically promoted to the 2018–19 EFL League One. Teams placed from fourth to seventh in the table took part in play-off semi-finals, with the winners of these semi-finals competing for the final place. Coventry won the match 3–1. Coventry opened the scoring through Jordan Willis, followed by two more goals from Jordan Shipley and Jack Grimmer. Exeter had a consolation goal in the last minutes of the match, thanks to a curled strike from Kyle Edwards. Coventry earned their first promotion since 1967, with Marc McNulty, their striker, being named the man of the match. (Full article...)
Did you know ...
- ... that Russian artist Igor Grabar dug a trench in snow to paint February Azure (pictured)?
- ... that actor Glenn Strange was unaware that he was being called to play Frankenstein's monster in House of Frankenstein until he reported to the make-up room?
- ... that when journalist and trade unionist Nisn Pups was released from jail, the Communist Party of Lithuania instructed him to change his name?
- ... that scientists initially could not determine which direction Weywot was orbiting?
- ... that Samuel Dexter Lecompte, the pro-slavery chief justice of Kansas Territory before the Civil War, administered oaths to the Fugitive Slave Act instead of the United States Constitution?
- ... that records of transgender people in Finland stretch back to the 19th century?
- ... that crew members had to sign non-disclosure agreements to stop them revealing that the Inside No. 9 episode "Hold on Tight!" was fake?
- ... that evangelist Bob Harrington would drive miles out of his way to avoid the sight of a steeple?
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- Rock singer and actress Tina Turner (pictured) dies at the age of 83.
- In golf, Brooks Koepka wins the PGA Championship.
- American football Hall of Fame fullback Jim Brown dies at the age of 87.
- Amid a political crisis in Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso dissolves the National Assembly and triggers an early general election.
- Flooding in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy causes 17 deaths and widespread disruption, including the cancellation of its Formula One Grand Prix.
On this day
May 28: Republic Day in Armenia (1918); Independence Day in Azerbaijan (1918)
- 621 – Tang forces led by Li Shimin defeated and captured Dou Jiande at the Battle of Hulao in the civil war that followed the collapse of the Sui dynasty.
- 1892 – Scottish-American preservationist John Muir (pictured) founded the environmental organization Sierra Club in California.
- 1940 – Second World War: Belgium surrendered to Nazi Germany, ending the Battle of Belgium.
- 1987 – Mathias Rust, a West German aviator, flew his Cessna 172 from Helsinki, Finland, through Soviet air defences, landing illegally near Red Square in Moscow.
- 2010 – A train derailment and collision in the West Midnapore district of West Bengal, India, caused the deaths of at least 148 passengers.
- Wulfstan (d. 1023)
- Carl Larsson (b. 1853)
- Maeve Binchy (b. 1939)
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The Head of Bhairava is a 16th-century mask from the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Made of gilt copper with rock crystal and paint during Nepal's Malla period, it depicts Bhairava, the destructive and terrifying manifestation of the Hindu god Shiva. The mask is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Photograph credit: Metropolitan Museum of Art
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