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"Rumble in the Jungle" Fought

The "Rumble in the Jungle" pitted boxer 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?



Inaugural Games of the Flavian Amphitheater

In 80 CE, Roman Emperor Titus celebrated the completion of the Colosseum, then known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, with lavish games that lasted for more than 100 days. Though accounts of the events are scarce, the games likely featured gladiatorial combat and battle reenactments, executions staged as recreations of myths and historical events, and animal entertainment that included extravagant hunts and fights between different species. What exotic animals are said to have done battle?

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Charles Atlas

In a 1922 contest, Angelo Siciliano, better known as "Charles Atlas," was dubbed "The World's Most Perfectly Developed Man." The once-scrawny Siciliano, who had been bullied as a child, was inspired by a tiger he had seen at the zoo to build up his physique by working muscle groups against each other. Under the Atlas pseudonym, he achieved great success marketing his "dynamic tension" fitness method. Atlas's physical measurements are buried in a time capsule located where?

Last updated on Saturday, 31st October 2009

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