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Liberace Christmas Show 1954 Here's a few minutes from Liberace's 1954 Christmas show. He invites you to sing a chorus of Jingle Bells as he plays.
Tags: Liberace  Christmas  special  Jingle  Bells 
Added: 22nd December 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
1954 Cotton Bowl Illegal Tackle Here is one of the all-time great sports bloopers: At the 1954 Cotton Bowl Game, Rice University's Dickie Maegel is heading down the sideline for a touchdown until Alabama's Tommy Lewis comes off the bench to intervene.
Tags: Dickie  Maegel  Tommy  Lewis  football 
Added: 14th June 2009
Views: 6607
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Posted By: Lava1964
Godzilla He's been around since 1954. Great memories here.
Tags: Yup! 
Added: 15th April 2009
Views: 1181
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Posted By: Marty6697
Fool Fool Fool The Clovers 1954
Tags: Good  Stuff! 
Added: 4th May 2009
Views: 1575
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Posted By: Marty6697
Rocky Marciano Battles Ezzard Charles On June 17, 1954, world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano had his toughest title defense. Challenger Ezzard Charles (a former champ) took Marciano the 15-round distance. It was a rugged affair, as this photo shows.
Tags: boxing  Rocky  Marciano  Ezzard  Charles 
Added: 17th June 2009
Views: 1800
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Posted By: Lava1964
USSR Wins 1956 Olympic Hockey Until the 1950s, Canada could send virtually any amateur team to Europe and win the annual International Ice Hockey Federation world championship tourney. (For example, Canada beat Denmark 49-0 in one game at the 1949 event using a team from Sault Ste. Marie, ON!) The Soviet Union took an interest in Olympic sports in the early 1950s. They surprisingly beat Canada 7-2 at the 1954 world tourney in their debut. In 1955 Canada sent the national amateur champs from Penticton, BC and won the championship by beating the USSR 5-0. With the national senior amateur championship team from Kitchener, ON representing Canada at the 1956 Olympics at Cortina, Italy, Canada was supposed to win another Olympic championship. Surprisingly they finished third after losing to both the USA and USSR. This clip shows the Soviets' 4-0 win over the USA and their 2-0 win over Canada. Canada's goalie was Denis Brodeur--the father of NHL great Martin Brodeur. Men were men back then: Few wore helmets and goalies didn't wear masks.
Tags: 1956  Winter  Olympic  hockey  Cortina 
Added: 14th February 2014
Views: 1770
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Posted By: Lava1964
Marilyn Bell Swims Lake Ontario On September 9, 1954, Canadian teenager Marilyn Bell became the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. Some 300,000 onlookers witnessed her arrival near the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto 20 hours and 59 minutes after Bell began her swim in Youngstown, NY. Bell's feat was actually made in defiance of CNE organizers who had offered a $10,000 prize solely to American marathon swimmer Florence Chadwick. (Chadwick abandoned her effort after becoming ill. The CNE did award Bell the cash.) The straight-line distance of the swim was about 32 miles. Bell, who was a month shy of her seventeenth birthday, swam an estimated 40 miles while battling fifteen-foot waves and lamprey eels. Bell later swam both the English Channel and the Strait of Juan de Fuca before retiring from marathon swimming in 1958.
Tags: Marilyn  Bell  Lake  Ontario  swimmer 
Added: 6th September 2009
Views: 2347
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Posted By: Lava1964
NBA Shot Clock Invented 1954 It was the innovation that saved professional basketball: The 24-second shot clock. Coach Howard Hobson came up with with the idea of a shot clock, but it was first used in 1954 in Syracuse, New York. There Danny Biasone, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Syracuse Nationals, experimented with a 24-second version during a scrimmage game. He then convinced the NBA to adopt it. In the pre-shot clock days, the NBA had problems attracting fans and television coverage. This was largely due to the stalling tactics used by teams once they took the lead. Without the shot clock, teams could pass the ball in the front court endlessly without penalty. If the team in the lead chose to stall, the trailing team was forced to commit fouls to get the ball back following the free throw. Low-scoring, boring games with many fouls were common. The most extreme case occurred on November 22, 1950, when the Fort Wayne Pistons defeated the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18. A few weeks later, the Rochester Royals and Indianapolis Olympians played a soporific six-overtime game with only one shot in each overtime. The NBA tried several rule changes in the early 1950s to speed up the game and reduce fouls before eventually adopting Biasone's idea. How did Biasone arrive at the strange figure of 24 seconds? According to Biasone, 'I looked at the box scores from games I enjoyed, games where they didn't screw around and stall. I noticed each team took about 60 shots. That meant 120 shots per game. So I took 48 minutes--2,880 seconds--and divided that by 120 shots. The result was 24 seconds per shot.' When the shot clock first came into vogue, it made players so nervous that it hardly came into play; players were generally taking fewer than 20 seconds to shoot. According to Syracuse player Dolph Schayes, 'We thought we had to take quick shots. But as time went on, we saw the inherent genius in Danny's 24 seconds. You could work the ball around for a good shot.'
Tags: NBA  shot  clock 
Added: 15th November 2009
Views: 3797
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Posted By: Lava1964
Our Gang - Scotty Beckett Scotty Beckett joined the Our Gang troupe in 1934 as a five-year-old. Wearing an oversized sweater and a backward baseball cap, the photogenic Scotty was the stereotypical 'cute kid.' He stopped doing Our Gang comedies after just two years to do roles in feature films. He had a successful acting career as a teen. Most notably he played the youthful Al Jolson in The Jolson Story (1946). However, by 1954, Beckett's acting career was over. His adult life was a series of bad marriages, alcoholism, drug abuse, small-time crime, and violent incidents. Once he engaged in a prolonged gun battle with police. On May 8, 1968 Beckett checked himself into a nursing home after receiving a beating. He died two days later from what may have been a suicide or a drug overdose. Beckett was 38 years old.
Tags: Our  Gang  Scotty  Beckett 
Added: 24th November 2009
Views: 2540
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bugs Bunny Controversy The last line of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon Bewitched Bunny upset the politically correct crowd in the 1980s. In the final scene Bugs' nemesis, Witch Hazel, is transformed into a beautiful female rabbit through magic but retains her witchy cackle. As Bugs walks off with her he comments, 'Sure, I know, but aren't they all witches inside?' In Canada, censors declared the offhand remark to be misogynistic. In some DVD releases the last line has been changed to, 'Sure, I know, but who wants to be alone on Halloween?'
Tags: Bugs  Bunny  censored  cartoon 
Added: 8th February 2010
Views: 3166
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Posted By: Lava1964

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