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Olympic Cheater Boris Onischenko At the 1976 Montreal Olympics a scandal enveloped the modern pentathlon competition. It centered around the Soviet Union's team captain Boris Onischenko. Entering the fencing part of the event, Onischenko, a skilled swordsman who had won medals at both the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, was paired against British captain Jim Fox. Fox complained that something was amiss with Onischenko's epee. Officials seized it and determined it had an illegal grip. Onischenko was given another epee and the match continued with Onischenko winning easily. However, further examination of Onischenko's original weapon found it had been electronically altered to register phantom hits. The Soviet team was immediately disqualified. To their credit, the rest of the Soviet modern pentathlon team shunned Onischenko (whom the world media dubbed Dishonest-chenko) for his shenanigans. The Soviet men's volleyball team threatened to throw Onischenko from the highest window of the Olympic village if they encountered him.
Tags: fencing  Boris  Onischenko  cheater  Olympics 
Added: 29th October 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Sound Sale at Target 1980 TV commercial A retro commercial from 1980, when you could wander into Target and buy both LP albums as well as a expensive Panasonic VCR only slightly smaller than a tank.
Tags: Target  TV  commercial  television  music  sound  sale  1980  1980s  Panasonic  vhs  vcr  electronics  records  Star  Wars  Kenny  Rogers 
Added: 16th January 2010
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Posted By: robatsea
Shana - I Want You 1989 After a few hits in the 80s/90s Shana disappeared from the mainstream music scene. She reappeared as a country music singer under her full given name Shana Petrone.
Tags: Shana  -  I  Want  You  1989  mainstream  music  country  music  Shana  Petrone     
Added: 10th May 2010
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Posted By: Old Fart
Audie Murphy Plane Crash 1971 Audie Murphy, the most decorated American soldier during the Second World War, died tragically in an airplane crash while commuting to a business meeting. Shortly after noon on May 28, 1971, during Memorial Day weekend, Murphy was killed when his private plane crashed into Brush Mountain, near Catawba, Virginia, 20 miles west of Roanoke. The pilot and four other passengers were also killed. In 1974, a large granite memorial marker was erected near the crash site. Most people believe Murphy was 47 years old when he died, but there is strong evidence that points to his true age being a year younger.
Tags: Audie  Murphy  death  airplane  crash 
Added: 12th July 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Armstrong 1962 One Step Cleaner Tags: Armstrrong  One  Step  Cleaner 
Added: 10th October 2010
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Posted By: Carl1957
tronpants I'm a boob
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Added: 11th October 2010
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Posted By: fishkettlebanana
The Importance of Correct Spelling During the 2010 Illinois gubernatorial election, Green Party candidate Rich Whitney was the unfortunate victim of a spelling error on the electronic voting machines used at the advance polls. Whitney's surname somehow was misspelled without the 'n'--thus his name appeared on the screen as 'Rich Whitey.' Moreover, of the 23 advanced polling stations, 12 were in predominantly black areas. The 55-year-old Whitney was predictably miffed by the gaffe. Election officials apologized for the spelling error--which was noticed too late to be corrected--but stressed that 90 percent of Illinois voters typically cast paper ballots on election day--where Green's name was spelled correctly. Green finished a poor fourth in the election. He garnered less than three percent of the vote.
Tags: Rich  Whitney  election  Illinois  spelling  error 
Added: 17th January 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Niagara Falls Dries Up - 1848 The photo below is an aerial view of what Niagara Falls usually looks like. But for a period of about 40 hours on March 29-31, 1848 Niagara Falls stopped. No water flowed over the great cataract for the first time in recorded history. Not surprisngly people went a little nuts. Niagara Falls was already a big tourist attraction by 1848. Villages sprouted on both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the river to accommodate the sightseeing throngs. Residents also built waterwheels to harness the Niagara River’s power to run mills and drive machinery in factories. An American farmer out for a stroll shortly before midnight on March 29 was the first to notice something. Actually, he noticed the absence of something--the thundering roar of the falls. When he went to the river’s edge, he saw hardly any water. Came the dawn of March 30, people awoke to an unaccustomed silence. The mighty Niagara was a mere trickle. Mills and factories shut down because the waterwheels had stopped. The bed of the river was exposed. Fish died and turtles floundered about. Brave—or foolish— people walked on the river bottom, picking up exposed guns, bayonets and tomahawks as souvenirs. Was it the end of the world? Perhaps it was divine retribution for what some folks thought was a U.S. war of aggression against Mexico? In an age of religious revivals, theological explanations abounded. Fearing the end of the world, thousands of people filled special church services praying for the falls to start flowing and the world to continue, or for salvation and forgiveness of their sins as the Last Judgment approached. Because communications were haphazard in 1848, no one knew why the falls had stopped. But from Buffalo, NY word eventually arrived that explained the bare falls and dry riverbed. Strong southwest gale winds had pushed huge chunks of ice to the extreme northeastern tip of Lake Erie, blocking the lake’s outlet into the head of the Niagara River. The ice jam had become an ice dam. And just as news traveled inward, news also traveled outward. Thousands came from nearby cities and towns to look at the spectacle of Niagara Falls without water. People crossed the riverbed on foot, on horseback and in horse-drawn buggies. Mounted U.S. Army cavalry soldiers paraded up and down the empty Niagara River. It was a potentially hazardous act for there was no telling when the rushing waters might return. One entrepreneur used the hiatus to do some safety work. The Maid of the Mist sightseeing boat had been taking tourists on river rides below the falls since 1846, and there were some dangerous rocks it always had to avoid. Since the river had ceased running and the rocks were in plain sight, the boat’s owner sent workers out to blast the rocks away with explosives. March 30 was not the only dry day. No water flowed over the falls throughout the daylight hours of March 31. But that night a distant rumble came from upriver. The low-pitched noise drew nearer and louder. Suddenly a wall of water came roaring down the upper Niagara River and over the falls with a giant thunder. The ice jam had cleared. To the relief of the locals, the river was running again.
Tags: Niagara  Falls  dries  up  natural  history 
Added: 21st March 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Franklin Roosevelt In His Dress In 1884, when FDR was photographed at age 2 1/2, the times dictated that boys wore dresses until age 6 or 7, it was also the time of their first haircut. Ladies’ Home Journal article in June 1918 said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Today’s color dictate wasn’t established until the 1940s, as a result of Americans’ preferences as interpreted by manufacturers and retailers.
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Added: 15th April 2011
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Posted By: Cliffy
1964 Hairstyles Here is the brunette Colleen Corby in the August 1964 issue of Seventeen magazine to remind us all of what a girl had to suffer before she could create her hairdo! Ouchie! Whether you used these brush hair rollers or orange juice cans for curlers, sleeping in these was a chore, not to mention a pain. Anything for beauty, right? But once you got the important stuff out of the way, like rolling up your hair, THEN you could concentrate on your chemistry homework and fidget with your slide rule, a portable mechanical analog computer. To sum it up, today we use handheld electronic calculators; But women STILL go to great lengths and pains for their hairstyles!
Tags: 1964  hairstyles  ColleenCorby  SeventeenMagazine  slideruler  hairdos  pain  suffering  beauty  VintageMagazines     
Added: 26th June 2011
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Posted By: AngoraSox

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