The ancient sport of boxing became centered in the United States in the early 20th century. Many immigrants and African Americans there saw boxing as an opportunity to gain riches and status. Here are a few who emerged as champions.
Women boxers still struggle to gain acceptance by the establishment, but in 2012 women’s boxing became an official Olympic sport. Nicola Adams was the first flyweight to win agold medal.
The Sky’s the Limit
Among the many milestones in space exploration, two significant events took place on April 12. On that day in 1981 NASA launched its first space shuttle, Columbia, heralding a new era in space flight. And 20 years earlier Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person to travel into space. We take a closer look at these historic achievements.