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Althea Gibson's 1957 Wimbledon Win

Althea Gibson became the first African-American tennis player to win Wimbledon in 1957. Her strength and speed allowed her to dominate the courts. Gibson's journey from pioneer to champion began in 1956 when she won the French Open. She won both Wimbledon and a U.S. National Championship two years in a row.

Dance Like No One is Watching

Stifled by life behind the Iron Curtain, dancer, choreographer and director Mikhail Baryshnikov ... more

The Moscow Circus & Its Bears Come to America

The Moscow Circus opened its American tour in New York in 1963. The star of the show was Valentin ... more

“The Jungle” & The Pure Food and Drug Act

For most of the 20th century Chicago was at the heart of the nation’s meatpacking industry. ... more
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