A Brief History On November 18, 1982, five days after a championship fight for the lightweight (135 pounds) crown, Kim Duk-Koo of Korea died from a blow given by Ohio boxer Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, the defending champ. Digging Deeper Challenger Kim Duk-Koo brought a professional record of 17-1-1 into the fight and held his own early in the fight, but the champ dominated the later rounds.  The fight was stopped in the 14th round after Kim was solidly knocked down by Mancini.  The fight was not stopped soon enough, however, as just minutes later Kim fell into a coma and never woke up, dying a few days later…

A Brief History On November 18, 1307, Swiss archer William Tell split an apple into two pieces  on his son’s head with a well-aimed arrow.  For defying Austrian authority, both he and his son were to be executed, but their lives would be spared if Tell, an excellent marksman, could hit the apple.  Ever since, William Tell has been perhaps the greatest Swiss hero, the very symbol of patriotism.  But was he real? Digging Deeper Written accounts of the incident only surfaced in the late 15th century, almost 170 years later.  It is typical that many events in history, be they real or fictional, are only recorded long after the…

 A Brief History In 2014, in a total of four rounds, hackers released private pictures of celebrities, many containing nudity, supposedly taken from their iCloud accounts.  The most famous victim of the first round from August 31, was Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.  Other victims from the September 20, September 26 and October 5 rounds included Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson, Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettiere, Mary-Kate Olson, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Upton and a finally a man, Hulk Hogan’s son Nick.  In these 2014 celebrity photo leaks, which are also known as the “Fappenings 1, 2, 3 and 4” or “Celebgate,” photos of at least 100 individuals of note were made public. …

A Brief History On November 17, 1871, The National Rifle Association (NRA) was first chartered in the state of New York by William Church, the editor of the Army and Navy Journal and General George Wood Wingate.  The first president of the NRA was Union General Ambrose Burnside who had also worked as a gunsmith in Rhode Island. (Hey! this author has been to Rhode Island, have you?) Digging Deeper It is believed that during the Civil War, the Union Army fired about 1,000 rifle shots for every Confederate soldier hit.  Burnside was well aware of the sorry state of marksmanship among his…

A Brief History On November 16, 1938, the psychedelic drug Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) that has since become known as “acid” was first synthesized by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofman (not to be confused with Abbie Hoffman, the social radical).  You probably did not have any idea when, where and by whom LSD was invented, and to be honest, neither did the author. In fact, sometimes who exactly invented something is a matter of dispute.  Here 9 more such inventors whose names are generally not common knowledge to the masses are listed.  Who would you add to the list? Digging Deeper 9.…

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