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Is worth an age without a name.
Sir Walter Scott

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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 until that time, 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?




Occasionally erected as monuments to enemies killed in battle, balbals are a type of kurgan obelisk—anthropomorphic stone images made in Central Asia and Eastern Europe from the Copper Age through the Middle Ages. Though they vary in design, balbals commonly depict a person holding a bowl in his upraised right hand or show a warrior holding weapons, usually in the left hand. What evidence has led some scholars to conclude that each balbal represents a certain person?

Born on a day like today


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 Sunday, 6th July 2008

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