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Oscar Wilde

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First Rock Festival Held in the Soviet Union

Dubbed the "Soviet Woodstock," the 1980 Tbilisi rock festival is widely considered the turning point in the history of Russian rock music. Held in Tbilisi—capital of the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic—the event was the USSR's first official rock festival. However, unlike Woodstock, the high point of youth counterculture in the US, freedom of expression at Tbilisi-80 was limited, and the jury stormed out after one performer's provocative moves. Which bands performed at the event?




Snowboarding is a sport in which the rider "surfs" down a snow-covered mountain with both feet locked onto a flat, waxed board. Its athletes are largely known for their punk sensibility, their creativity, and their dazzling half-pipe competitions, in which they perform acrobatic tricks. Though snowboarding became popular in the 1980s, it has existed since the 1920s, when riders would tie wooden planks to their feet with clotheslines. What was the first modern snowboard, invented in 1965, called?

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Tapio Rautavaara

Finland's multitalented Tapio Rautavaara was a successful athlete, singer, and actor. He won Olympic gold for javelin throwing and was also a top archer. He acted in numerous Finnish films and recorded more than 300 songs before his death in 1979, the result of a brain injury caused by a slip-and-fall accident. His death might have been averted had medical officials correctly identified the symptoms of a fatal cerebral hemorrhage instead of dismissing them as indicators of what?

Last updated on Saturday, 8th March 2014

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