August 18, 2008 |
BEIJING -- In a gymnastics meet that has been littered with controversy about allegedly underage gymnasts, a 33-year-old woman, the oldest by a decade in the Olympics, won a medal Sunday. Oksana Chusovitina, a veteran of five Olympics who won a team gold medal in 1992 with the Unified Team of athletes from the former Soviet Union, earned an individual silver medal Sunday when she did two sturdy vaults. Her 9-year-old son, Alisher, is in recovery from leukemia, the illness that brought Chusovitina to Germany six years ago. It is because of that illness that Chusovitina competes for Germany instead of her native Uzbekistan.
August 17, 1987 |
Time was, the traditional American bride chose a husband, a honeymoon site, a church, a china pattern and a silver pattern, sometimes in reverse order. Then came "the era of the flower children," says George Holmes, editor of Jewelers' Circular-Keystone, a trade magazine, "and formal dining went out"-- along with the other stuff. Even with today's return to such traditions, silver--one of America's oldest crafts--may not make the lineup.
December 24, 1987 |
Two brokerage houses accused of joining in a conspiracy to corner the silver market in 1979 and 1980 have paid Minpeco SA, Peru's leading minerals company, a total of $34 million in an out-of-court settlement, Minpeco said Wednesday. The two brokerages--Merrill Lynch & Co. and Prudential-Bache Securities Inc.--were among several defendants in a multimillion-dollar civil lawsuit.
March 5, 1988
Could we have a little more realistic perspective on life from the L.A. Times sportswriters? I am an American and I was ecstatic when Brian Boitano won the gold medal, but I was saddened to see the headline of Mike Downey's column: "Orser Goes 0 for the Olympics, Finishing Second Once Again." I was saddened because Downey denigrates the accomplishment of Orser and of Canada, as if only the first-place finisher deserves approbation, while all other finishers are "losers." When Orser won the silver medal, it was truly a great moment for him and for Canada.
September 27, 2003 |
Geologists turned archeologists have discovered that large-scale silver mining in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia began at least 400 years earlier than researchers had believed, sometime around AD 1000. Using conventional techniques, researchers had previously concluded that the Incas discovered the large silver deposits at Cerro Rico de Potosi in the mid-15th century, but the evidence was inconclusive because most of the silver artifacts in the area had been removed by looters.
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July 26, 2012 |
U.S. teammates Jack Davis and Harrison Dillard were locked in a close race in the final of the 110-meter hurdles at the Helsinki Olympics in July 1952 when Davis, who was barely ahead, banged into the ninth barrier and lost his slim lead. At the finish line, the sprinters were clocked at an identical 13.7 seconds, a new Olympic record. But a photo finish showed Dillard first by an eyelash. Four years later, Davis lined up in the starting blocks of the same event at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.
October 30, 1986
James A. Baker III, secretary of the Treasury, struck the first U.S. bullion silver dollar in history. It was the first of 1 million, 1-ounce American Eagle silver dollars to be struck at the San Francisco Mint by Nov. 24, when they will be distributed first to 27 bulk dealers nationwide, then to retail outlets for public sale. Hundreds of guests looked on as Baker struck the silver blank twice, as is done with special coins to sharpen the impressions.
June 2, 1988 |
Texas oil tycoon Nelson Bunker Hunt denied plotting to corner the world silver market in 1979-80, stating under oath Wednesday: "I never participated in any conspiracy with anybody at any time." Hunt and his two younger brothers are being sued for $150 million by a South American silver company that claims the Hunts manipulated the world silver market eight years ago.
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April 2, 1989 |
Like pale reminders of a bygone era, the silver objects filled the room with their gentle hue. Clustered toward the front were an array of tiny boxes in the shapes of elephants, deer, birds and turtles. Nearby in a glass case, a set of bells decorated with dancing girls daintily adorned a shelf. Scattered throughout were intricately carved tea sets, serving bowls, vases, platters, lip balm containers, cups, salt shakers and wedding sets.
November 5, 1993 |
A jury ruled Thursday that a British lord--and not Croatia or Hungary--is the rightful owner of a Roman-era silver collection with a value estimated up to $100 million. The state court jury ruled that neither of the Eastern European governments had rights to the Sevso collection and that it belonged to Lord Spencer Douglas David Compton, the seventh Marquess of Northampton. "I'm absolutely thrilled. This is super," Lord Northampton said after the ruling.