viernes, octubre 10, 2008

... Cassius Clay o Muhammad Ali

...derroto de manera arrolladora a Sonny Liston el 25 de mayo de 1965 en los Estados Unidos, en el primer minuto del primer round?
La foto fue tomada por Neil Leifer, y su fotografía pasó a la historia como una de las mejores relacionadas con el mundo del deporte.
Todo un ejemplo de la suerte de estar en el lugar indicado en el momento justo para tomar la foto buena.
Los fotógrafos al otro lado del ring es probable que no tuvieran la misma oportunidad que Neil para obtener la mejor perspectiva.
Muhammad Ali Biography (1942 - )
Originally Cassius (Marcellus) Clay, Jr - Boxer, born Cassius Marcellus Clay on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
As an amateur boxer (1954–60), winning 100 of 108 matches, he became the 1960 Olympic light-heavyweight champion.
Financed by a group of Louisville businessmen, he turned professional, and by 1963 had won his first 19 fights. He won the world heavyweight title in 1964, defeating the purportedly invincible Sonny Liston when he retired at the end of the sixth round.
At that time he joined the Black Muslims and adopted the name Muhammad Ali. After defending the championship nine times within two years, in 1967 he refused to be drafted into the army on religious grounds, and was stripped of his title and barred from the ring.
Ali's action earned him both respect and anger from different quarters, but he did not box for three-and-a-half years; he took his case to the Supreme Court and had his boxing licence restored in 1970.
In 1971 he was beaten by Joe Frazier, but beat him in 1974 in Zaire, and went on to meet George Foreman later that year, knocking him out in eight rounds to regain his title.
He was beaten by Leon Spinks in a split decision (Feb 1978), but regained the title the same year - the first man to win the world heavyweight title three times.

Colón se salvó...

... por un eclipse?

Day Life Com News -

A girl views a total lunar eclipse through a telescope at the Explora Science and Art Center February 20, 2008 in Panama City.

The Moon turned an eerie shade of red for people in the western hemisphere, recreating the eclipse that saved Christopher Columbus more than five centuries ago.

In a lunar eclipse, the Sun, Earth and Moon are directly aligned and the Moon swings into the cone of shadow cast by the Earth.

Stranded on the coast of Jamaica, Columbus and his explorers were running out of food and faced with increasingly hostile local inhabitants who were refusing to provide them with any more supplies.

Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realised that a total eclipse of the Moon would occur on February 29, 1504.

He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not cooperate, he would make the Moon disappear from the sky the following night.

The warning, of course, came true, prompting the terrified people to beg Columbus to restore the Moon -- which he did, in return for as much food as his men needed.

He and the crew were rescued on June 29, 1504.