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Klaus-Peter Sabotta Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Klaus-Peter Sabotta was an extortionist who sabotaged German railways in 1998. Claiming to represent former employees of the German railway operator Deutsche Bahn, he demanded a ransom of DM10 million. As he attempted to collect the ransom at a filling station in Bavaria, he was ambushed by police and arrested. On February 4, 2000, he was convicted of attempted murder and attempted extortion and was sentenced to life imprisonment. What were the results of Sabotta's acts of tampering?



Alan Magee's Death-Defying Free Fall

Alan Magee was an American airman who amazingly survived a 22,000-ft (6,700-m) fall from his damaged B-17 bomber during World War II. In 1943, Magee was on a daylight bombing run over France when German fighters shot off a section of his plane's right wing, causing the aircraft to enter a deadly spin. His parachute had been damaged and rendered useless, yet the wounded airman had no choice but to leap from the plane. He fell over four miles before what broke his fall?

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Oscar de la Hoya

At the age of 19, de la Hoya made his professional debut in the world of boxing, following in the footsteps of his pugilist grandfather, father, and brother. He quickly made a name for himself as an international superstar, earning an Olympic gold medal for the US Boxing Team and winning 38 of 43 professional bouts. When de la Hoya defeated Felix Sturm in 2004, he became the first boxer in history to win world titles in six different weight divisions. How many punches did he throw in the fight?

Last updated on Wednesday, 4th February 2009

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