The Associated Press college football poll was created in 1936 to try to answer the simplest yet most divisive question in sports: Who’s better? The poll helped give a regional sport more of a national scope and helped define the Army-Notre Dame rivalry.
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1386 | Teaching begins at Germany’s newest university as Heidelberg U. opens
Germany’s Heidelberg University holds its first lecture today and will do so for centuries to come, surviving the Black Death that will ravage the continent, France’s destruction of the city, the chaos of the Protestant Reformation, and the cataclysm of two world wars.1985 | First Blockbuster night as video rental superstore premieres
Software entrepreneur David Cook opens his first video rental store in Dallas, offering customers a streamlined experience and large selection. The Blockbuster chain will grow to more than 8,000 stores by 2010 before competition from online and streaming services run it virtually out of business.1987 | ‘Black Monday’ crash as mayhem strikes Wall Street and world markets
Hong Kong’s stock market is the first domino to fall in a cascade of global financial markets sent tumbling by a combination of faulty computer-assisted trading, oil price fluctuations, missile attacks on US vessels, and even a cyclone in the UK. The Dow Jones falls by a precipitous 508 points, or more than 22 percent.