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Women in WWE

Throughout its history, women have served in various onscreen roles in the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. In the 1990s, WWE introduced the term Diva to refer to its female performers; the term was applied to women who appear as wrestlers, managers or valets, backstage interviewers, or ring announcers. The term was discontinued at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, 2016 when the new Women's Championship was introduced. WWE refers to their female talent as Women Superstars or Superstars. In 1983, the Fabulous Moolah, the NWA World Women's Champion and legal owner of the title, joined the WWF and sold them the rights to the title after they disaffiliated from the National Wrestling Alliance and recognized her as the first WWF Women's Champion. Additionally, the WWF recognized Moolah as having been champion since first winning the title from Judy Grable in 1956 and disregarded other reigns or title losses that occurred during the title's existence in the NWA. Thus, The Fabulous Moolah's reign was considered to have lasted 27 years by the promotion.

WWF introduced the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship with Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria recognized as the first champions after defecting from the NWA. The following year, music artist Cyndi Lauper began a verbal feud with her manager "Captain" Lou Albano; when it was time for Lauper and Albano to settle their differences in the ring, a match-up was scheduled with Albano's represented wrestler Moolah against the challenge of Lauper's protégé, Wendi Richter. Moolah lost the title at The Brawl to End It All, broadcast live on MTV. Richter lost the title to Leilani Kai the following year, but won it back at WrestleMania I on March 31, 1985. In the summer of 1985, the WWF did a storyline where all established managers in the promotion competed to offer their services to Randy Savage. Savage revealed his new manager to be Miss Elizabeth on the August 24, 1985 edition of WWF Prime Time Wrestling. In real life and Miss Elizabeth were married, but this was not mentioned on television. Miss Elizabeth's first major angle was during Savage's feud with George "The Animal" Steele in 1986.

In the angle, Steele fell in love with Miss Elizabeth, angering Savage and leading to a series of grudge matches between him and Steele. She figured prominently in Savage's 1986 feuds with Hulk Hogan and Ricky "the Dragon" Steamboat and his 1987–1989 feuds with wrestlers such as The Honky Tonk Man, Andre the Giant, Bad News Brown, Big Boss Man and Akeem. In 1988, Miss Elizabeth was given the title "First Lady of the World Wrestling Federation" due to her being the first female in World Wrestling Federation history to manage the World Wrestling Federation champion; when Savage—who had formed an alliance with Hogan—turned on Hogan in early 1989, Miss Elizabeth was a major factor, she sided with Hogan. Meanwhile, Savage became allied with "Sensational" Sherri, who had success as a wrestler from 1987–1989 and was phased into a role as an ill-tempered, venomous manager. Sherri debuted on July 24, 1987 by defeating The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's Championship. Renaming herself'Sensational' Sherri, she reigned as champion for fifteen months before losing it to Rockin' Robin.

In 1987 Mike McGuirk was introduced as the first female ring announcer of the promotion, arriving after Jesse Ventura referred her to the WWF. In the fall of 1987, McGuirk provided color commentary for several arena show tapings in the Houston, Texas area, which aired on Prime Time Wrestling; the first Survivor Series pay-per-view saw the first female elimination match. In February 1989, the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship was deactivated and The Glamour Girls were the final title holders. Sapphire debuted in November 1989 on Saturday Night's Main Event XXV as a'fan' cheering on Dusty Rhodes at ringside in his match against Big Boss Man. Sapphire began to manage Rhodes, who adapted Rhodes' gimmick as she adorned black outfits with yellow polka dots. Sapphire and Rhodes feuded with Randy Savage and Sensational Sherri and wrestled in a tag team match at WrestleMania VI. Rockin' Robin was the last WWF Women's Champion in the late 1980s. In 1990, Sensational Sherri remained with the Randy Savage.

Sapphire departed from the company in mid 1990. Miss Elizabeth worked with Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire between WrestleMania VI and SummerSlam. Miss Elizabeth returned in 1991 and was a key player in Randy Savage's retirement match with The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII. At WrestleMania IX, Luna Vachon debuted and aligned herself with Shawn Michaels, she aligned herself with Bam Bam Bigelow to feud with Sherri and Tatanka. Martel left the company in 1993. In 1993, the WWF reinstated its Women's Championship, a title, vacant since 1990, Madusa Miceli was brought in by the company to revive the women's division, she debuted under the ring name Alundra Blayze, because WWF owner Vince McMahon did not want to pay Miceli to use the name Madusa, which she had trademarked. She wrestled in a six-woman tournament to crown a new Women's Champion, in the finals, she pinned Heidi Lee Morgan on the December 13, 1993 episode of All American Wrestling to win the title. After the tournament, Miceli asked WWF management to bring in ne

Manuel Acuña

Manuel Acuña Navarro was a 19th-century Mexican writer. He focused on poetry but wrote some novels and plays, he died by suicide at age 24. It is not certain why he killed himself. Acuña was born in the city of Saltillo, Coahuila, on August 27, 1849 to Francisco Acuña and Refugia Navarro, he was taught how to read at an early age. His parents received the first letter. Subsequently studied at the College Josefino Saltillo city and around 1865 he moved to Mexico, where he entered as a boarder at the College of San Ildefonso, where he studied mathematics, Latin and Philosophy. Subsequently, In January 1868 he began his studies at the School of Medicine. Acuña lived at a time at which Mexican society was dominated by philosophical-positivist intellectuality. Furthermore, he was living. In January 1868, Acuña initiated his studies in medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he was a distinguished student. During the first months there, he lived in a room in the ex-convent of Santa Brígida.

From here he was transferred to a room at the medical school, the same one that some years before was inhabited by another Mexican poet, Juan Díaz Covarrubias. In this room, many of the young writers of that time met: Juan de Dios Peza, Manuel M. Flores, Agustín F. Cuenca, Gerardo M. Silva, Javier Santamaría, Juan B. Garza, Miguel Portilla, Vicente Morales among others, it was in 1868. He first became known with a poem of his close friends Eduardo Alzúa. In the same year, encouraged by the cultural renaissance that followed the triumph of the Republic, he participated, along with Agustín F. Cuenca and Gerardo Silva, among others, in the founding the Nezahualcóyotl Literary Society, in which he presented his first verses; the works presented in the society were published in the magazine El Anáhuac and in a pamphlet of the newspaper La Iberia named “Literary Essays of the Nezahualcóyotl Society”. This pamphlet is considered as one of the works of Acuña, since it contains, in addition to works of other writers, eleven poems and an article in prose of his own.

He was only 24 years old. On May 9, 1871, a dramatic work that he wrote called; this work was well received by the public and critics recognized him as an outstanding poet. Rosario de la Peña was the woman, the most intimately related to Acuñas’s last years, she was the great love of his life. In fact, most of Acuña's friends were in love with this woman, her house was turned into a social gathering place for these poets, where each one exposed his new verses and debated philosophy. Among his works are: Nocturno. Acuña killed himself on December 1873 by ingesting potassium cyanide, it is said that tears welled up in his closed eyes, in accordance to advice given a poem that he wrote: "como deben llorar en la última hora, los inmóviles párpados de un muerto" His unrequited love for Rosario de la Peña was said to be the motive for his suicide. The day Acuña died, he was guarded by his friends at the medical school. On December 10, Acuña was buried at the cemetery “Campo Florido”, with the attendance of representatives of literary and scientific societies, as well as a huge crowd of people that admired him.

His brother, Juan de Dios Peza, Gustavo Baz, Eduardo F. Zárate and Justo Sierra gave their last goodbyes to Acuña, his body was transferred to “La Rotonda de los hombres ilustres”, where a monument was erected in his honor. Acuña was a well-known figure amongst Mexican writers. Acuña influenced most of them in their writing, it was not in the way they wrote, but that some of their works were done in such a way that they wanted to remember him for a long time. After Acuña’s death, José Martí wrote a poetic letter to Acuña. Hojas Secas de Manuel Acuna - Poema de amor at www.poema-de-amor.com.ar "Nocturno a Rosario" por Manuel Acuña at www.rjgeib.com Works by or about Manuel Acuña at Internet Archive Works by Manuel Acuña at LibriVox

Texas A&M Aggies baseball

The Texas A&M Aggie baseball team represents Texas A&M University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The Aggies have competed in the Southeastern Conference since 2013; the Aggies play home games at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. The team is led by head coach Rob Childress. Texas A&M baseball has compiled an all-time record of 2550-1427-42 through the 2014 season; the Aggies have won 19 conference championships. Texas A&M has made 33 NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the College World Series six times, in 1951, 1964, 1993, 1999, 2011, 2017; the Aggies have a record of 2–12 in the College World Series. Texas A&M played its first baseball game in 1894. No games were recorded from 1895 to 1903. Seventeen head coaches led A&M baseball from 1904 to 1958, including football coaches Charley Moran, Dana X. Bible, Homer Norton. During this period, A&M finished with a 626–469–27 record, claimed seven Southwest Conference titles, made their first trip to the College World Series in 1951. In 1951, led by Beau Bell, the Aggies won a three-game series in the District VI Playoffs over Arizona and advanced to the College World Series.

In the 1951 College World Series, Texas A&M defeated Ohio State 3–2 in a first round elimination game to give the Aggies their first College World Series win. Tom Chandler came to Texas A&M as an assistant to head coach Beau Bell in 1958, he took over as head coach in 1959 and won the Southwest Conference championship in his first year. Over the next 25 years at the helm, Chandler led the Aggies to 4 more conference championships, 8 NCAA postseasons, an appearance in the 1964 College World Series, his teams finished 660–329–10. Chandler was honored for his accomplishments by being inducted into the American Association of Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, his jersey is now displayed on the left field wall at Olsen Field in recognition of his contributions. Mark Johnson, an assistant under Chandler, assumed head coaching duties in 1985 and guided the program for just over two decades. During that time, his teams put together a win-loss record of 876–431–3 and made College World Series appearances in 1993 and 1999.

Johnson's ranked teams and powerful offenses in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s brought excitement and increased attendance to Olsen Field. His #7 jersey hangs on the right field wall at Olsen Field in honor of his service to A&M. Johnson's 876 wins are the most in Texas A&M history. Johnson led the Aggies to a 37–29 postseason record in 13 appearances. In 1989, the Aggies were SWC Co-Champions; the Aggies won the SWC Tournament and hosted a regional at Olsen Field, which included Jackson State, BYU, South Alabama, #12 LSU. The Aggies exploded in the first three games, outscoring their opponents 65–13 before they were upset by LSU twice, ending one of the most remarkable seasons in A&M history. Despite not advancing to the College World Series, the Aggies finished the year #2 overall in the final Baseball America poll; the Aggies defeated # 3 Texas 4 including twice in the SWC Tournament. Johnson led the Aggies to the College World Series in 1993; the Aggies won the Southwest Conference championship and swept through the Central I Regional in College Station at Olsen Field to advance to Omaha for the third time.

A&M defeated Kansas, 5–1, for the 2nd CWS win in A&M history. Notable stars on the team included Jeff Granger, Brian Thomas, Chris Clemons, Trey Moore and Kelly Wunsch; the Aggies again advanced to the College World Series in 1999, led by Daylan Holt, Steven Truitt, John Scheschuk, Dell Lindsey and Casey Fossum. In the College Station regional, the Aggies lost to Long Beach State in game 2 before defeating Ole Miss and Long Beach State twice to advance to the Super Regionals, where they faced #17 Clemson; the Aggies defeated Clemson in a best of 3 series, 2–1, earning the team's fourth trip to the College World Series. In 2006, Texas A&M hired Nebraska associate head coach and pitching coach Rob Childress to take over the program. After struggling to a losing record his first year, Childress has guided the Aggies to a 359–208–2 record, two Big 12 championships, one Southeastern Conference championship, College World Series appearances in 2011 and 2017. Childress has led the Aggies to the postseason eleven years in a row, beginning in 2007.

The Aggies advanced to the 2011 College World Series, led by Michael Wacha, Ross Stripling, John Stilson, Tyler Naquin, Jacob House, Matt Juengel. A&M faced Missouri in the final game of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. Missouri took an early 6–0 lead before the Aggies rallied to win it in the bottom of the 10th with a walk off home run by Andrew Collazo. Texas A&M won the College Station Regional with wins over Wright State, Seton Hall, Arizona to advance to the Super Regional at Tallahassee to face the 5th national seed, Florida State. A&M won the first game 6–2 but was blasted in game 2, losing 23–9; the Aggies would win the rubber match 11 -- 2. The Aggies lost to eventual champion South Carolina in a close game, 5–4; the Aggies play at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park, named in honor of C. E. "Pat" Olsen, a 1923 graduate of Texas A&M University and a former baseball player in the New York Yankees farm system. The field opened in 1978 and underwent major renovation after the 201

Royal Hotel, Birmingham

The Royal Hotel just The Hotel, was a hotel located on Temple Row in Birmingham, England. Opened in 1772, it was the first establishment in Birmingham to describe itself as a "hotel", a new term entering usage around this time to denote a more fashionable and genteel establishment than the more traditional inn. Notable guests who stayed at the hotel included Louis XVIII of France, Lord Nelson, the Duke of Gloucester and Queen Victoria; as well as accommodation for visitors, the hotel included assembly rooms that formed Birmingham's main meeting place for polite social gatherings during the part of the Midlands Enlightenment. 80 feet long and 30 feet wide, the assembly rooms included an organ and space for an orchestra, were decorated in a "tasteful and decorative manner" with three large chandeliers, six large mirrors and five cut glass lustres designed to reflect candlelight throughout the room. The room was accessed through up a grand staircase; the building of the hotel was motivated by criticism of Sawyer's Assembly Rooms in Old Square in 1765 by the Duke of York, who remarked that "a town of such magnitude as Birmingham, adorned with so much beauty, deserved a superior accommodation, that the room itself was mean, but the entrance still meaner".

In response to this slight a group of influential local figures met at Widow Aston's Coffee House in Cherry Street in 1770 and resolved to raise £4,000 to build a hotel worthy of the town's reputation. The result was the establishment of a tontine, that raised £15,000 with subscribers including John Ash, founder of Birmingham General Hospital; the principle events of the social season at the hotel during its early years were its Subscription Dancing Assemblies, series of concerts held by Jeremiah Clarke and the Birmingham Dilettanti Musical Society. In 1788 these were combined to form a single social season which featured six concerts and balls held every month during the winter, with card and dancing assemblies during the intervening fortnights, a separate season of monthly concerts during the summer. From 1790 the hotel was one of the venues for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival. On 14 July 1791 the hotel was the venue for the dinner to celebrate the storming of the Bastille, to lead to the Priestley Riots, on 14 December 1829 it was the site of the founding of Thomas Attwood's Birmingham Political Union.

The hotel retained an upmarket reputation throughout its existence, but with only three shares remaining and the lease on the hotel expiring, the tontine was wound up in 1861 and the hotel sold for redevelopment

Quorto

Quorto is an Irish-bred British-trained Thoroughbred racehorse. He was one of the best two-year-olds in Europe in 2018 when he was unbeaten in three races including the Superlative Stakes and the National Stakes. Quorto is a bay colt with a white star bred by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin organisation, he was sent into training with Charlie Appleby at Godolphin's British base in Suffolk. He was sired by Dubawi a top-class son of Dubai Millennium, whose wins included the Irish 2000 Guineas and the Prix Jacques Le Marois. At stud, Dubawi has been a highly-successful breeding stallion, siring major winners such as Monterosso, Al Kazeem, Lucky Nine and Night of Thunder. Quorto's dam Volume was a high-class performer who won the Fillies' Trial Stakes and finished third in both the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks. At the end of her racing career she was auctioned at Tattersalls in December 2014 and bought for 700,000 guineas by John Ferguson Bloodstock on behalf of Godolphin, she was a granddaughter of the outstanding staying mare Victoire Bleue who won the Prix du Cadran and Prix Gladiateur.

Victoire Bleue was in turn a granddaughter of Virunga who ran third to Allez France and Dahlia in the Prix de Diane and was a half-sister to Vitiges. On his track debut, Quorto started at odds of 9/4 for a minor race over six furlongs at Newmarket Racecourse on 22 June. Ridden by James Doyle he took the lead approaching the final furlong and won by two and three quarter lengths from the John Gosden-trained filly Handmaiden. William Buick took the ride when the colt was stepped up in class for the Group 2 Superlative Stakes over seven furlongs the same course and three weeks and started the 5/4 favourite. After racing in second place behind the Irish challenger Cape of Good Hope for most of the way he went to the front a furlong out and went clear of his six opponents to win "very readily" by three and three quarter lengths. After the race Charlie Appleby commented "We were confident coming here today that he had come forward and that the step up in trip was going to suit, he has shown some gears there.

William said he has a great racing mind. He is an exciting horse, for sure". In September, Quorto was sent to Ireland to contest the Group 1 National Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh in which he was again partnered by Buick, he was made the 11/8 favourite ahead of Anthony Van Dyck in a seven-runner field which included Land Force and Christmas. He raced in third place behind Christmas and Anthony Van Dyck before taking the lead a furlong out and kept on well to win by one and a quarter lengths, he appeared to lean into the runner-up Anthony Van Dyck in the closing stages but after a stewards' inquiry the result was allowed to stand. Appleby said "He's a typical Dubawi. From the Superlative Stakes to here, he needed all of that time and he had a spell where he went a bit quiet on us, but that's typical of a Dubawi... we were all confident coming into today". In the official ratings for Irish-raced juveniles for 2018 Quorto was given a mark of 121, making him the best two-year-old of the year.

He was rated the second best two-year-old in Europe behind Too Darn Hot

1080 (skateboarding)

The 1080 is a skateboarding trick, performed on a vertical skateboard ramp, in which the skateboarder makes three full revolutions while airborne. It was first completed by a 12-year-old American, Tom Schaar, on March 26, 2012. Schaar completed the stunt on a MegaRamp at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California on his fifth attempt. Red Bull described the 1080 as "the Holy Grail of all skateboard tricks." Schaar has since repeated the feat, completed a 1080 in competition while participating in the 2012 X Games Asia on April 30, 2012. He won the gold medal in the Skateboard Mini MegaRamp category, the youngest person to have done so. At The Dew Tour Ocean City Tom landed the 1080 in Skate Mega 2.0. The jump was filmed by several cameras at the MegaRamp at Woodward West in California. A roll-over feature was custom-built which allowed the skater to drop in on the 70-foot-tall and roll right over a 50-foot gap in the ramp, thus allowing Schaar to keep momentum going all the way through to the quarter pipe.

Schaar performed a 900 while warming-up. He attempted to perform the 1080, failing four times before landing his fifth attempt, being propelled 15 feet above the top of the ramp. Tom Schaar, 30 March 2012, at MegaRamp Woodward West, California Jonathan Schwan, 29 April 2013, at MegaRamp Woodward West, California Mitchie Brusco, 17 May 2013, at XGames Barcelona, Spain Mitchie Brusco, 21 July 2018, at XGames Minneapolis, USA Tom Schaar landed the 1080 on 6 different occasions