Today in History for November 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany bombs English town of Coventry during World War II; ‘Moby-Dick’ published; Nellie Bly begins globe-trotting trek; Leonard Bernstein makes conducting debut; Composer Aaron Copland born. (Nov. 14)

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On This Day: 6 November 1996

Oscar-winning drama “The English Patient” premiered in Los Angeles. (Nov. 6)

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England and Australia clash in jousting ‘Ashes’ | AFP

Competing for the jousting version of ‘the Ashes’, English and Australian knights clash on horseback and break lances in a tournament of the medieval sport, with the Aussies coming on top in the inaugrual edition.

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Rugby: English fans watch the World Cup final | AFP

England fans watch the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa in London. IMAGES

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London vigil for 39 dead Chinese migrants

About a hundred people gathered for a vigil in London on Thursday, paying tribute to 39 migrants who were found dead in a refrigerated container truck near an English port a day earlier.(Oct. 24)

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Angry Syrian Kurds pelt US convoy with potatoes

Residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city have pelted U.S. troops with potatoes as they drove through, apparently on their way out from Syria. Angry Qamishli residents hurled potatoes, shouting “No America” and “America liar,” in English. (Oct. 21)

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Chris Morris on FBI-skewering black comedy ‘The Day Shall Come’

Maverick English writer-director Chris Morris parodies homeland security and the U.S. war on terror in his latest comedy drama. (Oct. 21)

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US swimmer criss-crosses English Channel in 54-hour feat | AFP

An American breast cancer survivor became the first person to swim across the English Channel four times non-stop in a 54-hour feat of endurance. Sarah Thomas, 37, an open water marathon swimmer from the US state of Colorado, can be seen in a video posted to Facebook arriving at Dover on the southern English coast with a group of supporters cheering her on.

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Bart Baker Quit YouTube — Now He’s Trying To Get Big on the Chinese Internet

Bart Baker, former YouTube celebrity, starts off most mornings by screaming in mangled Chinese.

For the past few years, Bart’s bread and butter was edgy parody music videos, mocking stars like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Good videos easily racked in tens of millions of views; a million views was a dud.

But when YouTube started de-prioritizing vulgar videos in order to keep family-friendly advertisers happy, Bart’s income took a massive plunge.

So when he got a mysterious email from a company promising to catapult him to stardom in China, he figured he’d give it a shot. A few videos later, he had millions of followers, in a country he’d never even visited.

Now, Bart’s days start with live chat and song sessions with his millions of Chinese followers on Kwai, a Chinese social media app. Then, his Chinese manager sends him a Chinese song, which Bart translates into English, with the help of Google Translate. Hours later, Bart’s English version of the track is burning up the top ranks in Douyin (China’s version of TikTok).

Bart sees immense potential in the Chinese market, and has already announced that he is quitting YouTube. Meanwhile, his Chinese manager is concerned that Bart’s American persona could be trouble in China, if it isn’t properly handled.

VICE News met with Bart Baker in Los Angeles, and his manager in Shanghai, to see if Bart’s path might be a way forward for other struggling YouTubers.

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Today in History for August 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Paris liberated during World War II; A first swim across the English Channel; Actor Sean Connery, composer Leonard Bernstein, and musician Elvis Costello born; Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ released. (Aug. 25)

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English city celebrates hometown hero Ed Sheeran | AFP

Friends from Ed Sheeran’s childhood and people who knew him at the start of his career describe the ‘big presence’ and ‘incredible work ethic’ he showed as a young performer on the rise, as his birth town exhibits memorabilia and personal items belonging to the singer-songwriter ahead of a series of homecoming concerts.

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‘When will you die?’ Hong Kong leader grilled at press conference | AFP

When Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam appeared before the press on Tuesday, she appeared to be expecting to deliver a brief statement and move on. Instead she faced a media onslaught. No sooner were her prepared remarks finished than the full-frontal assault — in both Cantonese and English — began.

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Rugby star scores on 1st NFL carry

Former English rugby star Christian Wade is giving the NFL a try with the Buffalo Bills. He scored on a 65-yard touchdown run on his first carry to help seal a 24-16 preseason-opening win over the Colts. (Aug. 9)

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Beatles fans celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road photo | AFP

Fans of the Beatles gather to cross the famous Abbey Road zebra crossing and sing Beatles songs, on the 50th anniversary of the the iconic photo of the English band.

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Ale-lujah! UK monks first in country to brew Trappist beer | AFP

Faced with declining revenues from their dairy farm, monks in the English county of Leicestershire have turned to brewing to finance their monastery and charitable works, becoming the first brewery in the country to gain the official seal of approval from the Trappist order.

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RAF, firefighters scramble to prevent English dam collapse | AFP

British Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopters lower bags of aggregate into the damaged part of a reservoir dam wall on the verge of collapse, as firefighters pump out water. The Toddbrook Reservoir dam is feared to be on the verge of caving in following heavy rain, threatening the lives and homes of residents in the central English town of Whaley Bridge who have been evacuated.

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Accused Mar-a-Lago intruder can be her own lawyer

A Chinese woman charged with illegally entering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort will be allowed to act as her own attorney, a judge ruled Tuesday. Yujing Zhang was found to be competent. She struggled with legal concepts and English. (June 12)

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Trump unveils new ‘modern’ immigration plan

President Donald Trump unveiled his new immigration plan Thursday that would give preferential treatment to high-skilled, “totally brilliant” immigrants. It would also require immigrants to speak English and pass a civics exam prior to admission. (May 16)

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Today in History for May 13th

Highlights of this day in history: Pope John Paul II shot; English colonists arrive at what becomes Jamestown; Winston Churchill gives his first speech as British prime minister; The U.S. declares war on Mexico; Singer Stevie Wonder born. (May 13)

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Champions League: English teams prepare for quarter-finals

Manchester City is preparing to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League quarter-finals at Spurs’ brand new stadium. Meanwhile, Liverpool are training ahead of their clash with Porto.