He literally put his neck on the lineGrumpy, sports-loving cynics often state that they don't make footballers like they used to. These days they are spoiled, pampered millionaires, while previously they were tough, hardworking he-men who would smoke pipes while they played and did a shift down the foundry during half time.
Though that might be a slight exaggeration, there can be no deny... Read more >
On this day in 1961, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space. The suborbital flight, which lasted 15 minutes and reached a height of 116 miles into the atmosphere, was a major triumph for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NA... Read more >