Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

Former astronaut ‘Buzz’ Aldrin punches skeptic 10 years ago this hour (2002)

Video: 'Buzz Aldrin punches Bart Sibrel'

(Monday, September 9, 2002, 4:30 p.m. PDT) — Former Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin was confronted outside the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, today by conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel, who demanded that Aldrin swear on a Bible that he’d actually been to the moon. Aldrin ended up punching Sibrel in the jaw.

Soviets end U.S. Olympic basketball reign with disputed last-shot 51-50 victory 40 years ago today (1972)

Video: '1972 München Olympic Games, Basketball, USSR - USA, Final, Men'

(Saturday, September 9, 1972) — At the Munich Olympics, the U.S. Olympic basketball team lost to the Soviets, 51-50, in a gold-medal match marked by controversy because officials ordered the final three seconds of the game replayed, enabling the Soviets to win. The U.S. protested, to no avail.

It was the first time the United States did not win a gold medal since the sport’s inception into the Olympic Games in 1936.