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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
National Police Gazette The National Police Gazette, often simply referred to as the Police Gazette, was an American newspaper founded in 1845 by two journalists, Enoch E. Camp and George Wilkes. The editor and proprietor from 1877 until his death in 1922 was Richard Kyle Fox, an immigrant from Ireland, who turned the publication into something close to a national institution. With its focus on lurid crime, sleaze, vice, and bimbos, it was a periodical commonly found in the nation's pool rooms, barber shops, and taverns. Its sexy illustrations and advertisements sometimes challenged the obscenity laws of the day. What really made the Police Gazette popular was its coverage of sports. No other newspaper in the United States covered sports to its extent--especially prize fighting. Published on pink paper, its coverage of major boxing events was so beloved by the public that often 300,000 issues were printed to satisfy demand following an important bout. The usual run was about 150,000 copies--easily enough to make it a gold mine for Fox. Fox started the tradition of awarding championship belts to boxers. Fox died in 1922 and the Great Depression hurt circulation considerably the following decade. Neverthelees the Police Gazette survived as a periodical in various forms until 1977.
Tags: National  Police  Gazette 
Added: 30th January 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Joe DiMaggio Hitting Streak The most spectacular of all baseball records is Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941. (This photo was taken after DiMaggio tied the old record of 44 straight games with a hit set by Willie Keeler back in 1897.) No one has really seriously challenged it in all the years since. Depending on which mathematician you believe, DiMaggio's streak is supposedly safe for another 500 to 3,100 years!
Tags: Joe  DiMaggio  hitting  streak 
Added: 22nd September 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Billy Papke - No Boxing Trunks In the 19th century and first decade of the 20th century, there were no rules requiring boxers to wear trunks. Occasionally a fighter opted just to wear merely a protective cup which exposed much of his backside. This photo shows Billy Papke's wardrobe--or lack thereof--when he challenged Stanley Ketchel for the world middleweight title in 1908.
Tags: boxing  trunks  cup  revealing 
Added: 9th January 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Spelling-Challenged Protester This photo of a protester was taken at an anti-Israel demonstration on Fifth Avenue in New York City on December 29, 2008.
Tags: misspelled  protest  poster 
Added: 24th July 2009
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Teen Talk Barbie Controversy 1992 In July 1992 Mattel released Teen Talk Barbie. Each doll was randomly programmed to 'say' four out of a possible 270 phrases, such as 'Wanna have a pizza party?' and 'Will I ever have enough clothes?' One phrase raised the ire of women's groups: 'Math class is tough!' According to the complainers, the phrase encouraged the negative stereotype of girls being mathematically challenged. Even though only about 1.48% of the Teen Talk Barbies could repeat that taboo phrase, Mattel removed the phrase from further production. The company also offered to replace any doll that had it. There were few takers. The rarity and controversy of the 'math class' phrase has made it a very desirable collectors' item.
Tags: Teen  Talk  Barbie  controversy 
Added: 21st June 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
 Scary Stories 3 More Tales To Chill Your Bones 1991 Yes I know part is the 80's but its in the 90s for the fact that Scary Stories 3 : More Tales To Chill Your Bones came out in 1991 and started me on getting this series in the 90's. Some kids can relate to this and did the same? You know it peaked your interest and you had to get the whole set! LOL Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a series of three children's books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The scary stories of the title are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted by Schwartz. The titles of the books are Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1981), More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (1984), and Scary Stories 3 : More Tales To Chill Your Bones (1991). The first volume was published in 1981, and the books have subsequently been collected in both a box set and a single volume. There is also an audiobook version of each book, read by George S. Irving. Reprints of the books with new illustrations by Brett Helquist have been announced. This series is listed as being the most challenged series of books from 19901999 and seventh most challenged from 2000-2009by the American Library Association for its violence. The surreal and nightmarish illustrations contained within are also a frequently challenged component of the original books. To celebrate the books' 30th anniversary, Scholastic re-released them with new illustrations from Brett Helquist, the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This has come under criticism from fans of Gammell's illustrations, citing that they are not as effective or as scary as the originals.
Tags:   Scary  Stories  3  More  Tales  To  Chill  Your  Bones  1991 
Added: 19th August 2012
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Posted By: masonx31
Reporting Changes From 1910 I own a local reporting website in the Bridgeport CT area called DoingItLocal.com and started researching papers from an earlier era. This was 1910 and the writing style sure was different!
Tags: The  Bridgeport  Farmer  Imbecile  mentally  challenged  insane  man  425  Hancock  Avenue  Bridgeport  CT  shanty 
Added: 20th June 2015
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Posted By: Steve
Spiderman Fights The Drug War Spiderman deals with drug abuse in an issue that challenged the Comics Code and was instrumental in getting it changed. This was followed by other characters such as Green Arrow dealing with drug abuse in the form of his own sidekick being an addict.
Tags: Comics 
Added: 6th December 2015
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Posted By: WestVirginiaRebel

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