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1972 Fischer Spassky World Chess Championship Chess was front page news and on the cover of Time Magazine in the summer of 1972 when American Bobby Fischer challenged world champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. Fischer, 29, had been prominent on the chess scene since 1958 when he won the U.S. championship just before he turned 15. The Soviet Union had dominated international chess for 25 years, but Spassky was bamboozled by Fischer's unpredictable openings. Fischer clinched the 24-game match, held in Reykjavik, Iceland, after 21 games with a record of seven wins, three losses, and eleven draws. Fischer's victory generated tremendous interest in the game in the United States. Known as the 'Fischer Boom,' membership numbers in the U.S. Chess Federation reached their peak in the following two years. The eccentric Fischer never defended his title. He opted to resign as world champion in 1974 when not all of his 64 conditions to defend against Anatoly Karpov were accepted by chess' governing body. Since then Fischer has been a recluse. He did make an appearance in 1992 to play his old rival Spassky in a specially arranged match in Yugoslavia. (This violated UN sanctions against Yugoslavia at the time.) Fischer won the match and proclaimed he was still the legitimate world champion. Despite having Jewish ancestry, Fischer is an anti-Semite and a passionate Holocaust denier. Fischer called a Manila talk-radio station to applaud the 9/11 terrorist attacks in a profanity-filled rant. Fischer now lives in Iceland where he was granted citizenship.
Tags: Bobby  Fischer  Boris  Spassky  chess 
Added: 12th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lindbergh Kidnapping Case 1932 One of the most famous criminal cases in American history was the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., son of the famous aviator. On March 1, 1932, sometime between 8 and 10 p.m., the toddler was snatched from his upstairs nursery at the Lindberghs' still-under-construction retreat home near Hopewell, New Jersey. A note in badly written English was found on the window sill. It demanded $50,000 in ransom for the safe return of the child. A crude homemade ladder was also found leaning against the house. There were few other clues. The case took an odd turn when a 72-year-old good samaritan named John F. Condon took out a newspaper ad volunteering to act as an intermediary to negotiate with the kidnappers. His offer was accepted but neither Lindbergh nor Condon immediately informed the police for fear of putting the child's life in danger. Eventually the money--much of it in rare gold certificates--was paid to a man in a cemetery but the child was not returned. Shortly afterward a child's body was found in a wooded area not far from the Lindbergh home. It was badly decomposed and was identified as the Lindbergh child based on a slight deformity on its right foot. The child had died from a severe skull fracture. Eventually Bruno Richard Hauptmann, a German immigrant with a criminal record in his homeland, was tracked down for spending one of the gold certificates at a gas station. About $15,000 in ransom money was found in his house. Planks from his garage matched the wood used to make the crude ladder. Hauptmann proclaimed his innocence, claiming he was only holding the money for a man named Isador Fisch who had returned to Germany and died there. Hauptmann said he only began spending the money after learning of Fisch's death. Hauptmann was tried, found guilty, and executed in 1936. There is little doubt that Hauptmann was somehow connected with the kidnapping, but there are lingering suspicions that he was assisted by someone who knew the routine and the goings-on at the Lindbergh household. The Lindberghs were not even supposed to be at their Hopewell home on the night of the kidnapping. The kidnapper(s) also had to know precisely when and where the boy would be left unattended.
Tags: Lindbergh  kidnapping 
Added: 14th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bob Beamon Long Jump Record The most mind-boggling one-shot achievement in sports history (in my humble opinion) occurred at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. American Bob Beamon obliterated the world record for the long jump by nearly two feet! To put this in perspective, until Beamon's fateful leap, the world record in the long jump had only advanced eight inches in the previous 32 years. Beamon's record leap of 8.90 metres stood until 1991. Beamon still holds the Olympic record.
Tags: Bob  Beamon  long  jump  record 
Added: 15th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hello Dolly Louis Armstrong adds his unique voice to this classic. He like Barbara Streisand stand out in anything they do. Can you name the song Louis near the time of his passing, still managed to record for a Bond film ?
Tags: Louis  Armstrong  Barbara  Steisand   
Added: 15th December 2007
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Posted By: donmac101
Walt Disney  The Old Mill This is the '50s re-issue print of the Oscar-winning 1937 Silly Symphony, 'The Old Mill'. The original opening title featured a 'Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.' credit. No matter though, the power and depth of the 'Multiplane' camera, demonstrated here, is still impressive, 70 years later.
Tags: Silly  Symphony  Classic  Walt  Disney  Cartoons  The  Old  Mill 
Added: 16th December 2007
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Posted By: Sophia
Let the bodies hit the floor Barry Sanders I don't care what anybody thinks Barry was fun to watch. Think I have to watch the lame detroit Lions. Still a fan but what a joke!. Think where would Barry be if he was with a Good team!! Still Playing I say!
Tags: Yup! 
Added: 19th December 2007
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Posted By: Marty6697
Andy Gibb- I Just Wanna Be Your Everything As cute and wonderful as Andy Gibb was, he was probably the King Of Sap. I still loved him though!
Tags: Andy  Gibb-  I  Just  Wanna  Be  Your  Everything 
Added: 1st January 2008
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Posted By: Cathy
Norelco Vintage Christmas Commercial I doubt Norelco still exists, but the name still does and I requested the brand name for Christmas this year!
Tags: Norelco  Vintage  Christmas  Commercial 
Added: 24th December 2007
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Posted By: Old Fart
Marcia Brady Tribute Here's a tribute to Marcia Brady (Maureen McCormick) in the form of a still-photo montage from The Brady Bunch.
Tags: Marcia  Brady 
Added: 27th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton In 1969, after several years without a major hit, Brook Benton signed to a new record label, Cotillion Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Brought to the attention of producer Jerry Wexler, Benton recorded this song. Taken from his come-back album, 'Brook Benton Today', the melancholy song became an instant hit. In the spring of 1970, it topped the Billboard Magazine Black Singles chart. It also reached #4 on the Pop Singles and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts, respectively. It was also #498 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This performance was taped live in 1982.
Tags: brook  benton  rainy  night  in  georgia 
Added: 27th December 2007
Views: 1643
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Posted By: Naomi

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