Daily Almanac for Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Born on this date in 1946, was the hulking 7’4, 520-lb André the Giant, Professional wrestler, walking to the ring in the late 1980s. By John McKeon – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

FROM WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

André René Roussimoff (French: [ɑ̃dʁe ʁəne ʁusimɔf]; 19 May 1946 – 27 January 1993) was a French professional wrestler and actor. He was better known by his ring name André the Giant, and was best known for his time in the World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation (WWWF/WWF, now WWE) promotion from 1973 to 1991.

Roussimoff stood over seven feet tall, which was a result of gigantism caused by excess growth hormone, and later resulted in acromegaly. It also led to him being called “The Eighth Wonder of the World“. In wrestling, he found success as a fan favorite throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, appearing as an attraction for various professional wrestling promotions. During the 1980s wrestling boom, he was paired with the villainous manager Bobby Heenan and feuded with Hulk Hogan in the WWF. The two headlined WrestleMania III in 1987, and in 1988, he defeated Hogan to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, his sole world heavyweight championship, on the first episode of The Main Event. He also held the WWF Tag Team Championship once (with Haku).

Outside of wrestling, he was best known for appearing as Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride. After his death in 1993, he became the inaugural inductee into the newly created WWF Hall of Fame. He was later a charter member of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame; the latter describes him as being “one of the most recognizable figures in the world both as a professional wrestler and as a pop culture icon.”

TODAY’S ALMANAC

ST. DUNSTAN’S DAY

Traditional weather lore has it that St. Dunstan was a great brewer who sold himself to the devil on the condition that the devil would blight the apple trees to stop the production of cider, Dunstan’s rival drink. This is said to be the cause of the wintry blast that usually comes about this time.

Every Year

1530s

1780s

1790s

1840s

1860s

1890s

1920s

1930s

1940s

1960s

1970s

1990s

2000s

2020s

COURTESY www.almanac.com

RELATED ARTICLES
NFL Week 12 Preview
3 days ago
NFL Week 9 Preview
3 weeks ago
Cincinnati Reds News
3 weeks ago
NFL Week 7 Preview
1 month ago
NFL News Week 5
2 months ago
NFL Week 4 Preview
2 months ago
NFL Week 3 Preview
2 months ago