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Jack Johnson World Heavyweight Champion The first black boxer to hold the world heavyweight title was Jack Johnson of Galveston, Texas. Johnson held the crown from 1908 through 1915. A superb defensive fighter, he would sometimes go through several rounds without his opponent landing a meaningful punch. When he beat Canada's Tommy Burns for the title in Australia in 1908, correspondent Jack London wrote, 'Not one second of any round could legitimately be scored for Burns.' Johnson so outclassed his opposition that his title reign inspired the Great White Hope movement in America to find someone with the proper pigmentation to beat him. Nat Fleischer, who edited The Ring magazine from 1922 through 1972, rated Johnson as the greatest heavyweight ever.
Tags: Jack  Johnson  heavyweight  champion 
Added: 6th February 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Frances Folsom Cleveland Reputed to be America's most attractive American First Lady, Frances Folsom was the wife of Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was a bachelor when he became president in 1885. He married Folsom in 1886 when he was 49 and she was not quite 22, making her the youngest First Lady ever. (Attaboy, Grover!) Her father, Herbert Folsom, had been Cleveland's best friend. When Herbert died in 1875, Cleveland became the executor of his estate and 11-year-old Frances became Cleveland's ward. That Cleveland's relationship with Frances eventually evolved from guardian to romantic interest would likely be considered scandalous today, but little was made of it in 1886. They had a happy 22-year marriage that ended with the former president's death in 1908. She died in 1947.
Tags: Frances  Folsom  Cleveland 
Added: 24th February 2008
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Loie Fuller  1902 Mary Louise Fuller (Loie) was an American dancer and theatrical innovator. She began her career as a child, performing in burlesque, vaudeville, the circus, plays, and other popular entertainments. Self-taught as a dancer, Fuller explored the use of voluminous silken skirts, which, illuminated by the multicolored lighting she created, floated, flowed, and swirled in her famous Serpentine Dance, first performed in New York in 1892. Later that year she traveled to Paris, where she and her dance productions became wildly successful. She was painted by Toulouse-Lautrec, sculpted by Rodin, exalted by Mallarmé and other writers, and dramatically portrayed in various art nouveau works. Remaining in Europe, Fuller became a successful artistic entrepeneur, forming her own school (1908) and founding a troupe that toured worldwide. She continued to experiment with lighting effects and other forms of stagecraft, and ultimately choreographed more than 100 dances...
Tags: vintage      photo      Loie  Fuller 
Added: 8th May 2008
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Posted By: Teresa
Jack Johnson Vs Tommy Burns 1908 On December 26, 1908, in Sydney, Australia, Jack Johnson became the first black fighter to win the world heavyweight title. He defeated Canada's Tommy Burns, the reigning champ, in 14 rounds. The clip ends just before the police intervened to halt the one-sided contest. They also shut off the movie cameras to ensure Burns' moment of defeat wouldn't be preserved on film.
Tags: Jack  Johnson  Tommy  Burns  boxing 
Added: 12th September 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1908 Olympic Games Here's a minute of film from the 1908 Olympics in London. The opening clip shows the famous finish to the marathon: Italy's Dorando Pietri staggering into the stadium, collapsing, and being assisted across the finsh line. (Pietri was properly disqualified.) You have to love the pole vaulter landing on his feet in the sand. There were no sissy landing mats in 1908!
Tags: 1908  Olympics  London 
Added: 19th August 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Charlie Chaplin Lita Grey Marriage 1924 Lita Grey, born in 1908, became Charlie Chaplin's second wife in 1924. Charlie was born in 1889. Do the math. She was 16 while Charlie was 35. Lita was pregnant at the time and the couple married in Mexico to avoid a scandal. (Chaplin could have been charged with statutory rape in California.) Grey had made Chaplin's acquaintance when she played a dancer in a dream sequence in The Kid (1921) when she was 13. The two had virtually nothing in common and divorced in 1927. Chaplin was ordered to pay a financial settlement of $600,000 plus another $100,000 in trust for each of the two children the marriage produced. It was a record divorce settlement at the time.
Tags: Charlie  Chaplin  Lita  Grey  marriage 
Added: 22nd August 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
Four British Kings in One Photo This 1908 photograph is remarkable: Pictured are four British kings! On the far right is Edward VII, the reigning monarch at the time. At the far left is his his son, who would become George V in 1910. The two boys in the middle are Edward's grandsons who themselves would both become kings. The future Edward VIII is at the back. His brother, the future George VI, stands in front of him. The photo was taken by Queen Alexandra (the wife of Edward VII). It was published in a Christmas collection that was sold for charity.
Tags: four  British  kings  royalty 
Added: 4th February 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964
Nature Boy Nat King Cole's 1948 recording of the song was a major hit - "Nature Boy" is a song composed by Eden Ahbez, published in 1947. The song tells a fantasy of a "strange enchanted boy... who wandered very far" only to learn that "the greatest thing... was just to love and be loved in return". Eden Ahbez was american songwriter whose lifestyle in California was INFLUENTIAL on the hippie movement... George Alexander Aberle born in Brooklyn, New York in 1908 - recording artist from the 1940s-1960s This song was written by Eden Ahbez, one of the strangest songwriters of the pre-Hippie era. He was a poet, but more accurately a proto-Hippie, choosing to wear long hair, a full beard and long, white, flowing garments that promoted a Christ-like appearance. He lived in Griffith Park in Los Angeles and ate fruit, vegetables and nuts. THIS "NATURE BOY" (in my words)claimed to have been raised in an orphanage and to have crossed the US on foot 8 times before age 35. He moved to Los Angeles in the '40s, lived on 3 dollars a week Ahbez implored Nat King Cole's manager to look at his manuscript of "Nature Boy." Cole liked the Yiddish melody, and the lyrics and added it to his act. It was well received so Cole decided to record it. One problem: Cole and Capitol Records could not find Ahbez in order to secure the publishing rights. Finally they located Ahbez, camped beneath the first L in the "Hollywood" sign.
Tags: Nature  Boy  AHBEZ  hollowood  nate  king  cole  Nature  Boy 
Added: 22nd November 2009
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Posted By: mia_bambina
Olympic Lacrosse Lacrosse was an official medal sport in two Summer Olympics: 1904 and 1908. Canada won both 'tournaments' (if you can call them that). In 1904 at St. Louis there were only three teams competing. Two of them were Canadian. In 1908, the tourney in London consisted of one game between Canada and Great Britain. It was played more than three months after the other Olympic events had concluded! This photograph is from that game, won by Canada 14-10.
Tags: Olympic  lacrosse 
Added: 29th May 2010
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Posted By: Lava1964

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