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The Thrilla in Manila

Frequently rated among the greatest boxing matches of all time, the Thrilla in Manila saw world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali meet rival Joe Frazier for the third—and final—time. Leading up to the match, Ali had publicly taunted Frazier, calling him a "gorilla." Because many believed Frazier to be past his prime, Ali—though older—was expected to win. However, the fight went on for 14 brutal rounds in the sweltering Manila heat, and neither man was able to knock out the other. Who won?



Bride Kidnapping

Almost always illegal, but still prevalent in parts of Asia, the Caucasus, and elsewhere, bride kidnapping is a custom in which a man abducts a woman for the purpose of marriage. The two may or may not be acquainted, and the man sometimes has help with the abduction. In some cases, the process includes rape. In others, the kidnapper apologizes to the woman's family. In Kyrgyzstan, the man's family may gather to convince the kidnapped woman to marry her captor. How does she signal her acceptance?

Born on a day like today


Vladimir Samoylovich Horowitz

A Russian-American virtuoso pianist, Horowitz made his debut in Russia at 17. Within years, he was touring internationally, with much success. He eventually settled in the US, where his extraordinary technical virtuosity made him one of the most popular pianists of his time. Always susceptible to nervous strain, in 1953 he decided to quit performing publicly. He returned to the stage in 1965 and occasionally thereafter until his death. Why did Horowitz's father lie about his son's birthday?

Last updated on Monday, 1st October 2012

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