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Photo Of The Day: A Hockey Team From The Very First Winter Olympics In 1924

Photo courtesy Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report, via Slate

Photo courtesy Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report, via Slate

We’re still two years away from the next Winter Olympics, but on this day in 1924, the very first Winter Olympics took place in Chamonix, France. After the opening ceremony on January 25th, there followed ten days of tournaments, some of which are still recognizable—ski jumping, curling—and some of which sound utterly baffling, such as the military patrol event (a short-lived entry which eventually evolved into today’s more familiar biathlon). Even the sports that have remained relatively unchanged have gone through huge alterations in terms of uniforms and equipment, as can be seen from the worryingly unprotected hockey team above.

258 athletes from 16 nations participated in the first games. There were several memorable highlights, including the Olympic figure skating debut of Norway’s Sonja Henie, who was only 11 years old at the time (she came last, but won gold at the next three Winter Olympics). America lays claim to the very first awarded gold medal, courtesy of speed-skater Charles Jewtraw. Sadly for the host country, France failed to win a single gold medal.

Liked this? Check out the 1948 Olympics in photos, or enjoy 15 epic images from the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Video Of The Day: Muhammad Ali’s 10 Most Awe-Inspiring Knockouts

Muhammad Ali, perhaps the most celebrated boxer in history as well as a cultural force outside the ring, turns 74 today. Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali developed a passion for boxing at an early age, went on to become an Olympic gold medalist in 1960, and then the world heavyweight boxing champion in 1964.

Known for his bold public persona both on and off the canvas, Ali called himself “The Greatest.” Watch this astounding Muhammad Ali knockouts video, compiling the ten best knockouts of his career, and see for yourself.

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19 Astounding Facts And Rare Images From The Very First Super Bowl

In a few weeks, well over 100 million Americans will spend well over 10 billion dollars on food, drink, merchandise, and more in preparation for Super Bowl 50. In the host city of San Francisco alone, more than 1 million people will participate in Super Bowl Week events. Commercial advertisers will spend far more money per second than the average American family earns in a year. World-famous entertainers will take the stage. Tiffany & Co. will unveil the 33-pound, 18 karat gold-plated trophy it constructed for the winning team. And, finally, 60 minutes of football will be played.

When the first Super Bowl was played, in 1967, it had far more to do with those 60 minutes and less to do with everything else. These astounding Super Bowl I facts and rare images reveal how unbelievably different things were just a few decades ago.

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Super Bowl I Facts Name

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Super Bowl I Facts Planning

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Unsold Seats

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Tv Blackout

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First Super Bowl Facts Networks

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Super Bowl Ratings Rivalry

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Harlem Globetrotters

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Commercial Airtime Cost

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Total Television Viewers

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Ticket Prices Comparison

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Different Balls

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Max Mcgee Touchdown

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Halftime Balloons

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Kickoff Halftime

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Tape Wipe

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Pennsylvania Tape

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Tape Price

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Tape Price Commercial Airtime

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Tape Reconstructed

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Photo Of The Day: An Incredible Look At The Original Harlem Globetrotters

Original Harlem Globetrotters Team

The original members of the Harlem Globetrotters (then the Savoy Big Five) with the team’s founder and coach Abe Saperstein. Image Source: Daily News

On January 7th, 1927, the original Harlem Globetrotters played their very first game, in Hinckley, Illinois, 48 miles west of the team’s hometown, Chicago (choosing Harlem as their adopted home was a strategic decision made after the team’s founding–more on that below). A year prior, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein created the team, known as the Savoy Big Five, named after a Chicago district.

During this time, only whites were allowed to play professional basketball, but the young businessman found a way to capitalize off of his new team of primarily black men. Saperstein designed the original Harlem Globetrotters’ first uniform with America’s red, white, and blue, and stitched “New York” across the players’ jerseys. He believed that associating the team with Harlem would trick audiences into believing the team was comprised of world-class athletes from what was, at the time, the most widely-known center of African-American culture in the U.S.

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