" Malice is of the boomerang character, and is apt to turn upon the projector. "
William Makepeace Thackeray

Back in the day


"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 eighth round. This fight was Don King's first venture as a professional boxing promoter. What musical acts were booked for the event?



The Vestments Controversy

Arising during the English Reformation, the vestments controversy superficially pertained to vestments—liturgical garments worn by clergy members—but more fundamentally concerned the future of English Protestant identity, doctrine, and various church practices. The controversy stemmed in part from a debate about whether or not the wearing of vestments should be required during certain religious ceremonies. The development of which two branches of Protestantism was affected by the debate?

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 1922 contest. After being bullied as a child, Siciliano was inspired by the strength of a tiger at the zoo and built up his physique by working muscle groups against each other. Under the Atlas pseudonym, he achieved great success marketing his "dynamic tension" fitness method in place of weight training. Atlas's physical measurements are buried in a time capsule located where?

Last updated on Thursday, 30th October 2008

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