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FORGOTTEN HERO

I really enjoyed the article on 1968 by Jon Savage in the September issue. A picture was shown of the protest at the men’s 200-metre medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympic Games, in which two American athletes give a Black Power salute.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos are always mentioned when the picture is shown and we know how badly they were treated afterwards, but the forgotten third hero in the infamous picture is the rarely mentioned Australian, Peter Norman.

Norman can be seen in the photograph wearing the same badge as Smith and Carlos, Olympic Project for Human Rights. This organisation opposed racism in sport and, at one point, called for black athletes to boycott the games. Whilst getting ready to make the protest, John Carlos noticed that he left his black leather gloves in the Olympic Village, and it was Norman who suggested they wore one glove each, reportedly telling them, “I will stand with you”, giving us the iconic image.

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When faced with an obstacle as imposing as the Great Wall of China, most attackers would be forced to admit defeat. Not Genghis Khan. He simply went around it and invaded China by the back door. And that's not the end of his tale - we explore how the nomadic pauper created the largest contiguous land empire in the whole of human history. Plus: The spectacular falling out between Henry II and Saint Thomas Becket, how World War I birthed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, five key moments in the American Revolutionary War, and more.