A History Lesson With Booze


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Ping Pong Diplomacy with “Chairman Wow”

This week back in 1971, a chance encounter between two ping pong players — one American, one Chinese — led to a thaw in the cold war, and paved the way for President Nixon’s biggest political coup.


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The Rocking Pirates and The Rolling Wave

In the 1960s, British rock music was everywhere - except on British radio. A group of DJs took to the sea to broadcast pirate radio stations (until The Man got the message).


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A Moose-Sized Broadway Flop

"The Moose Murders" was a one-night-only disaster and set the standard for all future Broadway flops.


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Monopoly Passes Go

In 1904, Elizabeth Magie invented a game to educate players about corrupt, greedy business tycoons. Thirty years later, her idea was ripped off and marketed by big business - as the game we know as Monopoly.


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A Real-Life Robinson Crusoe

Sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned alone on a South Pacific island in 1704. The story of his years of survival on the island became the basis of a literary classic.


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Losing for a Living and the “Eternal Optimist”

This week in 1971, The Washington Generals, the hapless basketball counterpart to the Harlem Globetrotters, won their only game. Toast the biggest losers in sports history with a drink that keeps (hoop) hope alive.