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Olympic boxing great Stevenson dead at age 60

Teofilo Stevenson (from German archives, photo by Bernd Settnik via wikipedia commons)

Cuban boxing officials have said that three-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Teofilo Stevenson died earlier in June of a heart attack at age 60.

Stevenson, a heavyweight, was known for his devestating right hand, and won gold medals in the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics.

The 6’3 Stevenson was Cuba’s second-known celebrity next to the nation’s president, Fidel Castro.


Info compiled from Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, May 21, 2012; historical highlights


Today is Monday, May 21, the 142nd day of 2012. There are 224 days left in the year.


* On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland; Earhart’s achievement came on the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight to France.

* In 1471, King Henry VI of England died in the Tower of London at age 49.

* In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.

* In 1881, Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross.

* In 2002, The State Department named seven

nations as sponsors of terror, with Iran at the top of the list. The other countries were Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.


69 HILTON VALENTINE, rock musician with The Animals

64 LEO SAYER, singer of the disco song “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”

55 JUDGE REINHOLD, actor from the Beverly Hills Cop movies

22 SCOTT LEAVENWORTH, actor from the TV show, 7th Heaven

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Tuesday, April 17, 2012; Historical facts, Birthdays


Today is Tuesday, April 17, the 108th day of the year.  There are 258 days left in 2012.


* On April 17, 1937, the animated cartoon character Daffy Duck made his debut in the Warner Bros. cartoon Porky’s Duck Hunt, directed by Tex Avery.

*  In 1492, a contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, for a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.

* In 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in an attempt to topple Fidel Castro, whose forces crushed the incursion by the third day.

* In 1969, a jury in Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.


Victoria Beckham is 38 today (2007 photo by Darkness Blackheart via wikipedia commons)

64 JAN HAMMER, musical composer for TV shows and movies

53 SEAN BEAN, actor

48 LELA ROCHON, actress

45 LIZ PHAIR, singer


38 VICTORIA ADAMS BECKHAM, singer with the Spice Girls

27 ROONEY MARA, actress


Info compiled from Entertainment, Radio & TV news

Corona leads USA over Cuba in Olympic qualifier


Joe Corona (2011 photo by Hefebreo via wikipedia commons)

Joe Corona scored three goals as the United States beat Cuba 6-0 in the Americans’ opening match of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Nashville, Tennessee.

Corona is a 21 year-old from San Diego, California who plays for Club Tijuana in the Mexican League.


Info compiled from USA Soccer

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Tuesday, October 25, 2011; Historical events & Birthdays


Pumpkin Bats by Riley (courtesy of

Today is Tuesday, October 25, 2011, the 298th day of the year. There are 67 days left before 2012. This is also Halloween Week.


Highlights in History

* In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown went on trial in Charles Town, Va., for his failed raid on Harpers Ferry. Brown was convicted and hanged.

* In 1881, artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, Spain.

* In 1910, America the Beautiful, with words by Katherine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published.

* In 1962, U.S. ambassador Adlai E. Stevenson presented photographic evidence of Soviet-built missile bases in Cuba to the U.N. Security Council.

* In 1971, the U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.


Bobby Knight in November 2008 in Lubbock, TX (photo by Truett Holmes via wikipedia commons)

71 BOBBY KNIGHT, Hall of Fame Basketball coach

67 JAMES CARVILLE, Political strategist

54 NANCY CARTWRIGHT, Voice actress for The Simpsons TV show

41 ED ROBERTSON, Lead singer of the group Barenaked Ladies

41 CHELY WRIGHT, Country singer

27 KATY PERRY, Pop singer

26 CIARA, R&B singer

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