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Althea Gibson Wins Wimbledon

Gibson, a US tennis player, was the first African-American woman to compete on the world tennis tour. Though tennis had essentially been segregated, she was finally given an opportunity to play at the US Championships in 1950. Having broken the color barrier, she went on to become the first black person to win Wimbledon. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1971. In 1964, Gibson became the first African-American player in what other sports organization?




Dalmatia, a historic region of Croatia, is located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea roughly extending from Rijeka (Fiume) to the Gulf of Kotor. It is generally mountainous with a coastal lowland famed for its scenic beauty and resorts. The population is largely composed of Roman Catholic Croats; however, Eastern Orthodox Serbs and some Italians also live in the area, mainly at Zadar, the historic capital. Why might a beachgoer prefer Dalmatia over Italy?

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Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh was "discovered" by the actress Norma Shearer, whose late husband, Irving Thalberg, had been a senior executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. After securing a contract with MGM, Leigh left college, where she had been studying music and psychology, and went on to appear in over 50 films. She is perhaps best known for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho, which earned her a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. She is the mother of what famous actress?

Last updated on Friday, 6th July 2007

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