The 1990 World Cup soccer championship accomplished what world leaders have so far failed to do - temporarily stopped the war in Beirut, Lebanon, reports the January 1991 Reader's Digest.

Fighters forgot for the first time their hatred of one another and watched soccer games on TV. So avid were the viewers that when electrical power was cut while games were in progress, whole groups of citizens rushed downtown to where power was available, cramming inside strangers' homes and joining the crowd glued to TV sets.