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May 18, 1997: French footballer Cantona bids adieu

Today in History: May 18, 1997: French footballer Cantona bids adieu

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French footballer Eric Cantona during the press conference at Dubai Creek and Golf Club - Guf News Archives
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French footballer Cantona bids adieu

1997 - French striker Eric Cantona retired from professional football, his club Manchester United announced. Cantona, 31, has had a moderate season with United, although the club retained the English Premier League title, their fourth league triumph in five seasons. Cantona has had a colourful history in his years with the club, most famously in 1995 when he took a flying kick at a Crystal Palace fan and ended up in court. Club chairman Martin Edwards announced Cantona’s retirement at a hastily-arranged news conference at the club’s Old Trafford ground. Cantona was not at the news conference but the club read a statement on his behalf. “I’ve played professional football for 13 years, which is a long time. I now wish to do other things,” the statement read.

May 18

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1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed emperor of France.

1830 - Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for the manufacture of his invention, the lawn mower.

1899 - The first Hague Peace Conference opens in the Netherlands.

1910 - Haley’s Comet is seen from Earth as it moves across the Sun.

1914 - The Mariner becomes the first cargo-carrying steamboat to pass through the Panama Canal.

1951 - United Nations moves its headquarters to New York City.

1967 - United Nations agrees to Egyptian demand to withdraw forces from Gaza Strip.

1969 - Apollo 10 is launched on a mission that serves as a dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.

1974 - India tests a nuclear bomb for the first time, in the deserts of Rajasthan.

1991 - China suffers one of the biggest floods in its history, at least 200,000 people killed.

1994 - Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip, ending 27 years of occupation.

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2008 - The Al Saja’a Industrial Area’s recycling plant opens in Sharjah.

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