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This Day in Pop Culture for November 14


2005: 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. (Image: Pixabay)


  • 1916: Sherwood Schwartz (TV Producer)
  • 1921: Brian Keith (actor)
  • 1922: Veronica Lake (actress)
  • 1927: McLean Stevenson (actor)
  • 1964: Patrick Warburton (actor)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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