" A classic is classic not because it conforms to certain structural rules, or fits certain definitions (of which its author had quite probably never heard). It is classic because of a certain eternal and irrepressible freshness. "
Edith Wharton

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"Rumble in the Jungle" Fought

The "Rumble in the Jungle" pitted Muhammad Ali against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Zaire, Africa. The match is remembered for the sweltering heat and for Ali's incredible performance in regaining the heavyweight title. Ali, surrounded by spellbound fans, used a strategy later dubbed the “rope-a-dope” technique to tire Foreman before winning in the 8th round. This fight was Don King's first venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event?




Andre-Jaques Garnerin used his invention, the parachute, when he undertook the first jump from a hot air balloon in 1797. Since then, parachuting, or skydiving, has been utilized in military operations as well as for recreation and sport. Skydiving typically involves jumping from an aircraft at an altitude of about 4,000 m (13,000 ft), free-falling, and then deploying a parachute to slow the landing. Who holds the record for the highest parachute jump in history?

Born on a day like today


Charles Atlas

Angelo Siciliano, better known as "Charles Atlas," was dubbed "The World's Most Perfectly Developed Man" in a NYC contest in 1922. Siciliano had been a small and weak child, but, inspired by the strength of a tiger at the zoo, he built up his endurance by working muscle groups against one another. Atlas went on to achieve phenomenal success marketing his "dynamic tension" fitness methods in the place of weight training. Atlas' physical measurements are buried in a time capsule where?

Last updated on Tuesday, 30th October 2007

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