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Chile vs Nobody - 1974 WC Qualifier In one of the strangest sporting scenes ever, on November 21, 1973 the Chilean soccer team took to the field at the National Stadium in Santiago in a crucial qualifying match for the 1974 World Cup tournament against no opposition! Their opponents were supposed to be the Soviet Union. Chile and the USSR were vying for the final berth for the 1974 World Cup tournament in West Germany. In the first game of a two-game playoff, the teams had played to a hard-fought 0-0 draw two months earlier in Moscow. However, a right-wing revolution toppled the elected Chilean government shortly thereafter. Hundreds of undesirable political leftists were executed at Santiago's National Stadium just two weeks before the scheduled return match. The horrified Soviets wanted the match to be played at a neutral site--or at the very least switched to a different venue within Chile. FIFA refused to move the game to another stadium, so the Soviets refused to play. At the appointed time, as this clip shows, the Chileans kicked off, made a few passes, and scored a goal into an unguarded net. Since there was no opposing team to take the subsequent kickoff, the referee forfeited the game to the Chileans. Chile was eliminated in the group stage of the 1974 World Cup.
Tags: soccer  World  Cup  Chile  USSR  qualifier 
Added: 16th October 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
National Anthem in Boston - Apr. 17/13 Very powerful: Two days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the Boston Bruins hosted the Buffalo Sabres in an NHL game. Rene Rancourt, the Bruins' longtime anthem singer, allowed the fans to carry the tune.
Tags: Rene  Rancourt  Boston  Bruins  anthem 
Added: 30th October 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
What Mount Rushmore Was To Look Like Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota the brainchild of Doane Robinson who wanted to bring more visitors to his state. Originally it was to feature western heroes like Lewis and Clark, Red Cloud and Buffalo Bill Cody but thankfully adapted a more national theme. The photo indicates what it was to look like. The construction began in 1927 and ended in 1939 when funding ran out so they settle the busts of the presidents being the monument. The sculpture cost $989,992.32 to build.
Tags: South  Dakota  Black  Hills  Doane  Robinson  George  Washington,  Thomas  Jefferson,  Theodore  Roosevelt,  and  Abraham  Lincoln 
Added: 6th November 2013
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Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Rudolph Valentino Funeral Riot Silent movie heartthrob Rudolph Valentino died from complications of pleuritis on August 23, 1926 at the age of 31. Such was Valentino's popularity that an estimated 100,000 disorderly people lined the streets of New York City to pay their respects at his funeral. The arrangements were handled by the Frank Campbell Funeral Home. The event was a combination of facrce and drama. Suicides of despondent female fans were widely reported. Windows were smashed as fans tried to force their way into the funeral parlor. What can only be described as an all-day riot erupted on August 24. More than 100 mounted officers and NYPD's Police Reserve were deployed to try to restore order. A phalanx of officers lined the streets for the remainder of the viewing. Drama occurred inside the funeral home too. Polish actress Pola Negri, claiming to be Valentino's fiancée, collapsed in hysterics while standing over the actor's coffin. Four fascist Blackshirts formed an honor guard, which was purportedly dispatched by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. Afterward the honor guard was revealed to have been comprised of actors. It was a publicity stunt orchestrated by the funeral home.
Tags: Rudolph  Valentino  funeral  riot 
Added: 6th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Ray Bourque Gives Jersey to Espo It was one of the classiest incidents in sports history. Here's the background: Phil Esposito had set numerous league and team scoring records during his tenure with the NHL's Boston Bruins from 1967 to 1975. Espo was traded to the New York Rangers in November 1975. In 1979 rookie sensation Ray Bourque was given the #7 jersey by the Bruins. He wore it reluctantly knowing that Phil Esposito was so closely associated with it. On December 3, 1987, the Bruins retired Esposito's #7 jersey but counted on Bourque to continue to wear it. Bourque, however, had other ideas. He figured the retirement ceremony was an ideal time to return #7 wholly to Espo. Only a handful of people knew what Bourque was going to do. In a surprising and touching gesture, Bourque removed his #7 jersey to reveal his new #77 jersey that he wore for the rest of his days in Boston. Esposito was clearly moved by Bourque's selfless gesture.
Tags: Phil  Esposito    retirement  ceremony  hockey  Ray  Bourque 
Added: 9th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Near Air Disaster - 1983 Gimli Glider Incident A mistake in metric measurement nearly caused a catastrophic airplane disaster over Canadian airspace in the summer of 1983. Known to Canadians as "the Gimli Glider," on Saturday, July 23, 1983, Air Canada Flight 143, a Boeing 767-233 jet, ran out of fuel at an altitude of 41,000 feet. It was about halfway through a flight originating in Montreal en route to Edmonton with a stopover in Ottawa. Although both engines conked out due to lack of fuel, the crew was able to glide the aircraft safely to an emergency landing at Gimli Industrial Park Airport, a former Royal Canadian Air Force base in the small community of Gimli, Manitoba. An investigation later found out the airplane had run out of jet fuel because it had wrongly been fueled in litres rather than imperial gallons. Luckily for the 61 passengers onboard, the flight crew was familiar with glider flying techniques and was able to safely land the huge aircraft. With some difficulty, the airplane touched down on a small runway that had recently been converted from an abandoned military airstrip to to a race track. A race event was underway at the time but was stopped in time to allow the aircraft to land. An official investigation later revealed "company failures and a chain of human errors that combined to defeat built-in safeguards."
Tags: Air  Canada  Gimli  Glider  aviation 
Added: 12th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bobbsey Twins You often hear the expression of calling two people the Bobbsey Twins. Author Laura Lee Hope began writing the adventures of fraternal twins Bert and Nan age 12 and Flossie and Freddie age 6. The series started in 1904 and when the series was brought to its conclusion in 1979, it had reached a total of 72 volumes.
Tags: Bobbsey  Twins  Laura  Lee  Hope  fraternal  twins  Bert    Nan  Flossie  Freddie 
Added: 13th November 2013
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Posted By: Cliffy
Sad Final Years of Jerry Quarry Jerry Quarry was an extremely popular heavyweight fighter whose best years unfortunately coincided with the heydays of both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Quarry was a two-fisted slugger who possessed suprising mobility in the ring. A fine overall athlete, Quarry was a finalist in ABC's Superstars in 1974. His popularity landed him cameo appearances on TV shows such as Adam-12, I Dream of Jeannie, and Batman. However, Quarry's long career in the ring--he had about 200 amateur bouts and 66 pro fights--took a heavy toll. In 1983, six years after his last fight, Quarry and two other boxers volunteered to take neurological exams for a Sports Illustrated feature on the harmful effects of boxing. Although Quarry seemed perfectly healthy and alert, his test results were shockingly bad. By the mid 1990s, pugilistic dementia, commonly known "being punch drunk" had set in. This sad feature on Quarry was shot in 1995 when he was just 50 years old. He was under the care of his brother because he was unable to take care of himself anymore. Quarry was hospitalized in late December 1998 with pneumonia and died of cardiac arrest on January 3, 1999. He was just 53 years old.
Tags: boxing  Jerry  Quarry  pugilistic  dementia   
Added: 13th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Romanov Remains Found Nicholas II, the last czar of Imperial Russia, was executed by communist revolutionaries in July 1918. He was murdered along with his wife, son, and four daughters in the basement of a house in Ekaterinburg where they had been under house arrest for several months. The whereabouts of their remains were unkown to anyone until 1979. Only after the Soviet Union collapsed did the outside world know of one mass grave that had been found. By 2007 all the bodies had been accounted for. This 2008 news report tells that modern DNA science was invaluable in the identification process.
Tags: Romanov  remains  czarist  Russia 
Added: 14th November 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Rat Pack What a night in entertainment history. The Count Basie Band performed and Johnny Carson hosted. It was a closed circuit feed to movie theaters as a fundraiser for the Dismas House, the first fully functioning halfway house.
Tags: 1965  Frank  Sinatra,  Dean  Martin,  Sammy  Davis,  Jr.  he  Count  Basie  Band    Johnny  Carson  Dismas  House  The  Rat  Pack 
Added: 20th November 2013
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Posted By: Steve

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