What do Dr M, royal weddings and Uefa finals have in common?

Melanie Chalil
Dr Mahathir being sworn in as Malaysia’s seventh prime minister at the National Palace. The 92-year-old premier was also the country’s fourth prime minister, a role he assumed in 1981. — Picture by AFP

PETALING JAYA, May 21 — We’ve all heard the saying life is a circle. But if you believe otherwise, events that have unfolded in 2018 may just change your mind.

After all, for some, three historical occasions this year would invoke a sense of déjà vu, as similar events also took place back in 1981— 37 years ago.

Let’s start with something a little closer to home.

Two weeks ago, on May 9, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad became the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia after a stunning victory that ended 61 years of the Barisan Nasional government.

Dr Mahathir was also the country’s fourth Prime Minister, a position he assumed in 1981. He was 56 then. At 92, Dr Mahathir is currently the world’s oldest democratically elected leader.

Britain’s Prince Harry and Suits actress Meghan Markle tied the knot over the weekend in a gorgeous ceremony at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel. — Picture by Reuters

From one happy occasion to another, the royal wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle — who is now known as the Duchess of Sussex — which took place over the weekend was watched by millions across the globe.

The couple wed in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle with a guest list that included the British royal family, Hollywood celebrities and sports personalities.

Prince Harry’s parents, heir to the British throne Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer at their wedding in 1981. — Picture by AFP

In 1981, Prince Harry’s parents Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer tied the knot at St Paul’s cathedral — the wedding was dubbed the wedding of the century and was watched by some 750 million people worldwide.

This weekend, yet another 1981 event that will repeat itself is the Uefa Champions League Final that will see Real Madrid play against Liverpool.

The 2018 Uefa Champions League Final will take place on Saturday at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev. — Picture by AFP

On May 27, 1981, Liverpool played against Real Madrid at the European Cup Final which was held in Paris, France. After a goalless first half, Liverpool won the league when Alan Kennedy scored a goal in the second half with a 1-0 score.

The victory was Liverpool’s third European Cup.