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Underworld: Historical and Cultural References

Identify the historical and cultural reference from Don Delillo's 1997 novel Underworld.
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Last updated: February 2, 2021
First submittedAugust 21, 2020
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The baseball player who hit 'the shot heard around the world'
Bobby Thomson
The dodgers pitcher who threw the ball.
Ralph Branca
The New York ground where the game was played.
Polo Grounds
Bruegel painting which shows death conquering humankind.
The Triumph of Death
Roman God of the Underworld.
Pluto
Radioactive chemical element named after the above. Famous for chain reactions.
Plutonium
These jet bombers were built for Cold-war era deterrence missions.
B52 / Boeing B52
Singer of Long Tall Sally.
Little Richard
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This actor played the leading role in The Honeymooners.
Jackie Gleason
These massive towers were built in California between 1921 and 1954 by Simon Rodia.
Watts towers
A work of Christian mysticism written in 14th century. It suggests the only way to know God is to stop considering any particular attributes he may have.
The Cloud of Unknowing
Nuclear crisis which went from October 16–28 in 1962.
Cuban Missile Crisis
Irreverant stand-up comedian whose stand-up angered establishment figures. Arrested for obscenity in 1961.
Lenny Bruce
The magazine the Zapruder film was sold to for $150,000.
Life
Truman Capote's legendary masquerade party. Attendees included some of the most cultural influential people of the 50s and 60s.
Black and White Ball
Painter of 'Arrangement in Grey and Black'
James McNeill Whistler
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