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An illustration of The Great Fire of Peshtigo in Wisconsin. People are shown trying to run and flee the fire in a chaotic scene.

Why America's Deadliest Wildfire Was Largely Forgotten

On the night of October 8, 1871, women snatched their children from their beds, men formed ad hoc fire brigades, and the terrified residents of Peshtigo, Wisconsin fled what would become the deadliest wildfire in American history. So why did the Peshtigo wildfire fade from ...read more

Mary Decker of the USA, comforted by a track official, cries out in frustration after falling down during the women's 3000m final at the Olympic games 11 August 1984 in Los Angeles (B&W only). AFP PHOTO JEAN-CLAUDE DELMAS

10 Historic Moments of Olympic Hype and Heartbreak

Although they were favored to win gold at the Olympics, some Americans failed to even medal. In an especially cruel twist, two sprinters didn't even make it to the quarterfinals at the 1972 Games in Munich. 1. Overhyped Decathlete Dave Johnson Settles for Bronze at 1992 Barcelona ...read more

South Africa captain Francois Pienaar receives the William Webb Ellis Trophy from President Nelson Mandela after the home team defeated arch rival New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby Union World Cup in Johannesburg.

How Nelson Mandela Used Rugby as a Symbol of South African Unity

On June 24, 1995 at Johannesburg's Ellis Park Stadium, South Africa won the Rugby World Cup 15-12 over its arch rival New Zealand. The match stands as a hugely symbolic moment in South African history. It marked the nation’s first major sporting event since the end of its ...read more