The Victorians enjoyed a number of traditional sports, such as hunting, horse racing, boxing, racquetball and tennis. They also enjoyed more contemporary sports, such as rowing, cricket, rugby and soccer. Track-and-field competitions became fashionable as a focus on health and fitness spread.
The Victorians rejected certain older, bloody sports, such as bear-baiting. They also tamed other sports, such as when rules established by the Marquess of Queensbury became the norm in boxing. Rules, regulation, fair play and discipline in general became as important as sheer strength and fitness. Team spectator sports were popular by the turn of the century, and the idolization of the amateur sportsman led to the 1896 Olympic Games. Because of the now-recognized health benefits of active sports, women's sports grew in popularity.Learn More
Astronauts have landed on the moon six times. In addition to the moon landings, NASA has sent astronauts on missions to flyby or orbit the moon three times.Full Answer >
The Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War, took place on April 19, 1775. It began at dawn in Lexington, moved to Concord and continued until afternoon on the road back to Lexington during the retreat of the British troops.Full Answer >
A total of 58,209 Americans died in the Vietnam War. Of these, 47,424 are listed as combat deaths, and 10,785 are listed as being killed in other circumstances. In addition, 2,489 Americans are listed as missing.Full Answer >
No single incident marked the beginning of the American war in Vietnam, though several watershed moments passed between the 1954 defeat of the French occupying force and the negotiated end of hostilities in 1973. The 1954 Geneva agreement, which ended the French presence in Indochina, called for a referendum on the form of government Vietnam would adopt in 1956. The United States cancelled the vote, and hostilities began.Full Answer >