This Day in Pop Culture for November 14

Domino Day is Ruined By a Sparrow

Domino Day was an annual event where teams from all over the world would travel to the Netherlands to work together to create the world’s largest display of toppling domino stones which was broadcast on TV each year from 1998 to 2009. Typically, the event would have a few setbacks during the building of the display, but on this day in 2005, the unthinkable happened. A sparrow flew into the building and landed on a few of the stacked dominoes which then led to the toppling of 23,000 (of the 4 million already stacked) other dominoes to fall. Outraged by the disruption, the event organizers hired an exterminator to shoot the sparro. But then, the shooting outragred a few animal rights groups who took court action against both the exterminator and Endemol Netherlands (the Domino Day production company). In the end, the exterminator was fined 200 euros.

Yanni is Born

On this day in 1954 Yiannis Chryssomallis was born. Better known as Yanni, the Greek self-taught new age keyboardist is best known for his unique blend of jazz, classical, soft rock and world music. Though not the most  popular musician, his new age records were usually made it to #1 in the Top New Age Album category on Billboard. But before he played music, he set a Greek national record in the 50-meter freestyle swim when he was just 14. He once dated actress Linda Evans from 1989-1998 and his band had once included pianist John Tesh. His most recent work, Inspirato, came out earlier this year.

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