By Barry Boyce,
18-June 6, 1910
San Giovanni, 232 km
Remo 1910- Eugene Christophe won the Milan-San Remo Classic
in horrible weather conditions. Cold wind, rain,
and snow decimated the peloton, only 4 riders finished. Christophe
finished 1 hour ahead of the second placed rider and spent
3 week in the hospital for the effort.
Comet- 1910, after the 1908 large meteor landed in Siberia,
Halley’s Comet caused panic, when it almost
collided with the planet earth.
de France- Race director Henri Desgranges was always looking
for new and innovative way to avoid the pitfalls of complacency.
Desgranges after investigating the area altered the race
schedule to include an incursion into the high mountains
of the Pyrenees.
This was the first epic trip into the “Circle of Death.”
4, 1910- Black boxing champion Jack Johnson knocked out James
J. Jeffries. Race riots erupted across the USA.
- Paris- the River Seine overflowed and Paris was flooded.
- Rugby- 1910 marked the creation of the first five nations Rugby
Florence Nightingale, 1820-1910, she led nurses to
the Crimean War in 1854 to tend the wounded. British army
doctors scolded her for meddling, but the wounded
her bedside manor. She founded the first school
of nursing in 1860. In 1907 the British government honored
her with the “Order
Leo Tolstoy, 1828-1910, Russian author of “War and Peace” and “Anna
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), 1835-1910, American author of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huck
Finn”. He was America’s master storyteller.
L'Equipe Sport Figure of the Decade1910-1919-
L’Equipe’s athlete of the decade
was Jim Thorpe, USA, winner of Olympic Gold Medals for track & field in the
pentathlon and the decathlon. After his accomplishments during the 1912 Olympic
Games, Sweden’s King Gustav V said “Sir, you are the greatest athlete
in the world.”
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